약칭으로 ECB로 자리잡은 Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible는 최고의 단권 주석이다.
1. 성경 66권 외에 외경 및 에녹 1서에 대한 주석도 포함하고 있다.
2. 본주석의 주 목적은 성경의 각 부분의 의미를 명확하게 하는 것이다. 단권주석으로는 불가능한 절별 분석을 과감하게 포기하고 각 unit별 의미 분석에 초점을 맞춘다.
3. 다양한 해석의 가능성이 있는 경우에는 가능한 option들을 제시하고 더 구체적인 연구를 위한 참고문헌들을 제시한다.
4. 주석에 참여한 67명의 초교파 학자들은 신선한 각도에서 본문 주석을 시도하였으며, 주영역본은 NRSV이지만 많은 학자들은 자신만의 히브리어/헬라어 역을 사용하였다.
5. 탁월한 참고문헌과 방대한 주제 색인이 있다.
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