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> THEO 3110 Torah/Pentateuch: 3.2 Consult Commentaries

TAB 3.4, IDENTIFY MONOGRAPHS & ARTICLES, IS NOW, I THINK, THE ONLY ONE THAT STILL RETAINS NT EXAMPLES. I AM HOPING THAT, SHOULD I FAIL TO GET TO IT IN TIME, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE THE REQUISITE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE OT YOURSELF. IF NOT, SEE ME!

Introduction

Commentaries differ very widely in pitch, difficulty, method, theological orientation,detail, length, quality, and so forth.  Take sheer bulk, for example.  All of of the commentaries depicted in the photograph below cover Exodus:  the first (moving from left to right), in a 1-volume commentary on each book of the Old Testament-cum-Apocrypha; the second, in a slim one-volume commentary on Exodus alone; the third, in a substantial one-volume commentary on the book by Brevard Childs; the fourth in the two thick volumes by William H. C. Propp; and the fourth, in Patrick Miller's xv + 477 pp. on the mere 17+ verses of the Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1-17 and Dt 5:6-21):

Where to Search for Commentaries

Use the Library catalog to identify commentaries.  Select either Search Scope SPU Library or Search Scope SPU + Summit, as follows:

(To search beyond Summit, use (only if you like) WorldCat:

How to Search for Commentaries

Search for commentaries in the Advanced Search area of the SPU Library catalog as follows:  [book] AND commentaries (plural) in subject.  Substitute for [book] the book of the Bible (here genesis) you want a commentary on:

The SPU Library catalog (above) should be sufficient, and especially if you change the Search Scope to SPU Library + Summit:

Identifying Some of the Better Commentaries

Prioritize commentaries in the series (plural) listed by Dr. Koenig:

To do so, add keywords identifying the series to the commentary search above, as follows:

Then supplement that, if necessary, with my handout entitled Commentary on Commentaries: