WJK TO LAUNCH NEW STUDY BIBLE, GROUNDBREAKING NEW LECTIONARY COMMENTARY SERIES

The Discipleship Study Bible and the first volumes of Feasting on the Word will publish in Summer 2008

Westminster John Knox Press has announced plans to publish two innovative new products in 2008 for preachers, teachers, and lay people in the ecumenical Christian church. The Discipleship Study Bible will be the first new NRSV study Bible in five years, and a new twelve-volume lectionary commentary series coedited by David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, Feasting on the Word, will offer a helpful and unique perspective to preachers.

“We’re very excited about the study Bible and the new lectionary series,” said Marc Lewis, acting president and publisher for WJK. “These are important new resources for the church, developed by some of today’s finest scholars, preachers, and teachers. Westminster John Knox is privileged to be their publisher.”

The Discipleship Study Bible

Bruce C. Birch, Brian K. Blount, Thomas G. Long, Gail R. O’Day, and W. Sibley Towner, editors

Laity and clergy in mainline Protestant churches frequently want an NRSV study Bible that provides resources for personal understanding and guidance for Christian living. Many of the existing NRSV study Bibles provide factual information but little direction for the individual. The Discipleship Study Bible will be unique in providing an NRSV translation with personal application notes for a mainline Protestant audience.

The annotations in this study Bible give particular emphasis to discerning scriptural guidance for living together in community. Such living encompasses but is not limited to personal piety. The biblical text has an inescapable social dimension, and this study Bible—unlike many “life application” Bibles currently on the market, which have a heavy individualistic bias—demonstrates attentiveness to the public and communal meanings and implications of the biblical text, including the social-justice and social-witness dimensions of Scripture. In short, this study Bible gives attention to both personal and corporate discipleship, to both spiritual and social needs.

It features introductory essays to each book of the Bible by top-notch contemporary Bible scholars, the complete text of the New Revised Standard Version, including Apocrypha, descriptions and notes within the text, charts, a chronology, and color maps.

The general editors are Bruce C. Birch, Dean and Woodrow W. & Mildred B. Miller Professor of Biblical Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary; Brian K. Blount, President and Professor of New Testament in the Walter W. Moore and Charles E. S. Kraemer Presidential Chairs, Union Theological Seminary-PSCE in Richmond, Virginia, and a respected New Testament scholar; Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and well-known preacher and author; Gail R. O’Day, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Academic Affairs and A. H. Shatford Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University; and W. Sibley Towner, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation, Union Theological Seminary-PSCE.

The Discipleship Study Bible will be published in June 2008.

Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary

David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor, general editors

Feasting on the Word will be unique from other lectionary commentary series in that it contains essays on each of the four assigned texts from four different perspectives: exegetical, theological, homiletical, and pastoral. The page design is also unique: with the Scripture at the top of the page and the four perspectives given equal weight beneath it, allowing the preacher to decide which one(s) to focus on.

“Wherever they begin, preachers will find what they need in a single volume produced by writers from a wide variety of disciplines and religious traditions,” write Taylor and Bartlett in the series introduction. “These authors teach in colleges and seminaries. They lead congregations. They write scholarly books as well as columns for the local newspaper. They oversee denominations. In all of these capacities and more, they serve God’s Word, joining the preacher in the ongoing challenge of bringing that Word to life.”

This new series, which is being produced in partnership with Columbia Theological Seminary, will offer the most extensive new resource for preaching on the market today. When complete, the twelve volumes of the series will cover all of the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, along with moveable occasions such as Christmas Day, Epiphany, Holy Week, and All Saints Day. Each lectionary year will consist of four volumes: the first will cover Advent–Christmas, the second will cover Lent–Easter, and two volumes will cover Ordinary Time.

The first volume will be published in June 2008.

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