The name Hermeneia, from the Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term used in the ancient Greek-speaking world for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work. It is hoped that the series, like its name, will carry forward this old and venerable tradition. A second, entirely practical reason for selecting the name lies in the desire to avoid a long descriptive title and its inevitable acronym, or worse, an unpronounceable abbreviation.

The Hermeneia commentary series seeks to offer authoritative interpretation of the earliest texts of the biblical books and other literature closely related to the Bible. The series is designed to be a critical and historical commentary without arbitrary limits in size or scope. It will utilize the full range of philological and historical tools, including textual criticism (often slighted in modern commentaries), the methods of the history of tradition (including genre and prosodic analysis), and the history of religion.

Hermeneia is designed for the serious student of the Bible. It will make full use of ancient Semitic and classical languages; at the same time, English translations of all comparative materials—Greek, Latin, Canaanite, or Akkadian—will be supplied alongside the citation of the source in its original language. Insofar as possible, the aim is to provide the student or scholar with full critical discussion of each problem of interpretation and with the primary data upon which the discussion is based.

Hermeneia is designed to be international and interconfessional in the selection of authors; its editorial boards were formed with this end in view. Occasionally the series will offer translations of distinguish commentaries which originally appeared in languages other than English. Published volumes of the series will be revised continually, and eventually, new commentaries will replace older works in order to preserve the currency of the series. Commentaries are also being assigned for important literary works in the categories of apocryphal and pseudepigraphical works relating to the Old and New Testaments, including some of Essene or Gnostic authorship.

The editors of Hermeneia impose no systematic-theological perspective upon the series (directly, or indirectly by selection of authors). It is expected that authors will struggle to lay bare the ancient meaning of a biblical work or pericope. In this way the text's human relevance should become transparent, as is always the case in competent historical discourse. However, the series eschews for itself homiletical translation of the Bible.
Old Testament Editorial Board
  • Sidnie White Crawford, University of Nebraska (Chair)
  • Paul D. Hanson, Harvard University (Emeritus)
  • Thomas Krüger, University of Zurich
  • Peter Machinist, Harvard University
  • Andreas Schuele, University of Leipzig
  • David Vanderhooft, Boston College
  • Molly Zahn, University of Kansas
New Testament Editorial Board
  • Harold W. Attridge, Yale University (Chair)
  • Adela Yarbro Collins, Yale University
  • Eldon Jay Epp, Case Western Reserve University
  • Hans-Josef Klauck, University of Chicago
  • AnneMarie Luijendijk, Princeton University
  • Laura S. Nasrallah, Harvard University



Year Author Title Series
forthcoming Römer, Thomas Genesis 12–50 Hermeneia
forthcoming McBride, S. Dean Exodus Hermeneia
forthcoming Wright, David P. Leviticus Hermeneia
forthcoming Levinson, Bernard M. Deuteronomy Hermeneia
forthcoming McCarter Jr., P. Kyle Joshua Hermeneia
forthcoming Greenstein, Edward L. Ruth Hermeneia
forthcoming Halpern, Baruch 1 and 2 Samuel Hermeneia
forthcoming Wilson, Robert R. 1 and 2 Kings Hermeneia
forthcoming De Troyer, Kristen Esther Hermeneia
forthcoming Greenstein, Edward L. Job Hermeneia
forthcoming Geller, Stephen The Psalms Hermeneia
forthcoming Berlin, Adele Song of Songs Hermeneia
forthcoming Schuele, Andreas Third Isaiah Hermeneia
forthcoming Roberts, J. J. M. Lamentations Hermeneia
forthcoming Hiebert, Theodore Joel Hermeneia
forthcoming Machinist, Peter Nahum Hermeneia
forthcoming Vanderhooft, David S. Habakkuk Hermeneia
forthcoming Hanson, Paul D. Haggai and Zechariah Hermeneia
forthcoming Kalimi, Isaac Malachi Hermeneia
forthcoming Attridge, Harold W. John Hermeneia
forthcoming Nasrallah, Laura Salah 1 Corinthians Hermeneia
forthcoming Mitchell, Margaret M.; Duff, Paul B. 2 Corinthians Hermeneia
forthcoming Sterling, Gregory E. Ephesians Hermeneia
forthcoming Klauck, Hans-Josef Colossians Hermeneia
forthcoming Koester, Helmut; Luijendijk, AnneMarie 1 Thessalonians Hermeneia
forthcoming Fitzgerald, John T. The Pastoral Epistles Hermeneia
forthcoming White, Michael L. Philemon Hermeneia
forthcoming Kloppenborg, John S. James Hermeneia
forthcoming Hultin, Jeremy F. 2 Peter and Jude Hermeneia
forthcoming Schüssler Fiorenza, Elisabeth Revelation Hermeneia
forthcoming Friesen, Steven J. The Revelation to John Hermeneia
forthcoming Dimant, Devorah Tobit Hermeneia
forthcoming Wright III, Benjamin G. Ben Sira Hermeneia
forthcoming Mendels, Doron 1 Maccabees Hermeneia
forthcoming Dyer, Bryan R. 3 Maccabees Hermeneia
forthcoming Orlov, Andrei A. 2 Enoch Hermeneia
forthcoming Kugel, James L. Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs Hermeneia
forthcoming Moss, Candida R. Second-Century Martyrdoms Hermeneia
forthcoming Norelli, Enrico Ascension of Isaiah Hermeneia
forthcoming Welborn, Larry L. 1 Clement Hermeneia
forthcoming Henning, Meghan R. Apocalypse of Peter Hermeneia
forthcoming Marjanen, Antti Apocryphon of John Hermeneia
forthcoming Bergren, Theodore; Buchholz, Dennis Christian Apocalypses Hermeneia
forthcoming King, Karen L. Gospel of Mary Hermeneia
forthcoming Patterson, Stephen J. Gospel of Thomas Hermeneia
forthcoming Foster, Paul Gospel Fragments Hermeneia
forthcoming Kelhoffer, James 2 Clement Hermeneia
forthcoming Holmes, Michael W. Polycarp's Letter and Martyrdom Hermeneia
forthcoming Rothschild, Clare K. Epistle of Barnabas Hermeneia
forthcoming Crawford, Sidnie White The Damascus Document Hermeneia
forthcoming Schuller, Eileen M. The Thanksgiving Scroll Hermeneia
forthcoming Zahn, Molly The Temple Scroll Hermeneia
forthcoming Rajak, Tessa; Pearce, Sarah J. K. The Letter of Aristeas Hermeneia