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Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash (3 vols.)

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Overview

Hermann L. Strack and Paul Billerbeck's Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash is an important reference work for illustrating the concepts, theological background, and cultural assumptions of the New Testament. The commentary walks through each New Testament book verse by verse, referencing potentially illuminating passages from the Talmud and Midrash and providing easy access to the rich textual world of rabbinic material.

Originally published between 1922 and 1928 as Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch, Strack and Billerbeck's commentary has been unavailable in English until now.

Volume 3 is now available. Volumes 1 & 2 will ship once they are complete.

Interested in having these volumes in the original German? Check out the original Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch.

Praise for the Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash

One can only hope that Strack and Billerbeck’s comprehensive Commentary will now receive the newfound appreciation it so richly deserves.

—Christfried Böttrich, professor in New Testament, Universität Greifswald, Germany

Strack–Billerbeck marked the culmination of nearly four hundred years of Christian engagement with Talmud and Midrash, the classic sources of Rabbinic thought. If used with discrimination it opens a door, in a way that no other work does, into the intense dialogue between early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.

—Philip Alexander, emeritus professor of post-biblical Jewish literature, University of Manchester, England

Everyone interested in the Jewish context of New Testament literature will welcome the appearance of the English translation of Strack and Billerbeck’s classic commentary that provides myriads of parallels with rabbinic literature. As an added bonus, David Instone-Brewer’s introduction very helpfully clarifies the proper use of this valuable tool and at the same time answers the criticisms leveled against it in its original German form.

—Craig A. Evans, John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins, Houston Baptist University

I have long wished for an English translation of Strack-Billerbeck.

—Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

Strack-Billerbeck, the essential tool for rabbinic opinion relative to the New Testament, has been accessible only to scholars or others who could read German. That obstacle has been eliminated with this new English translation, an achievement that will certainly position it as the essential tool in the English language for discovering ‘what the rabbis taught’ in regard to the content of the New Testament.

—Michael S. Heiser, executive director, Awakening School of Theology; host of the Naked Bible Podcast

  • Title: Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash
  • Authors: Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck
  • Introduction by: David Instone-Brewer
  • General Editor: Jacob N. Cerone
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Volumes: 3
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Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash, vol. 1

  • Authors: Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck
  • Translators: Andrew Bowden and Joseph Longarino
  • Editor: Jacob N. Cerone
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Estimate Publication Date: 2022
  • Pages: 1,072

Volume one contains an English translation of the commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.

Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash, vol. 2

  • Authors: Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck
  • Translator: Jacob N. Cerone
  • Editor: Jacob N. Cerone
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Pages: 886

Volume two contains an English translation of the commentary on the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel of Luke, the Gospel of John, and the Acts of the Apostles.

Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Midrash, vol. 3

  • Authors: Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck
  • Translator: Joseph Longarino
  • Editor: Jacob N. Cerone
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Pages: 1050

Volume three contains an English translation of the commentary on Romans through Revelation.

Hermann Strack (1848–1922) was a German Orientalist and theologian. He studied rabbinics under Jewish-Bohemian scholar Moritz Steinschneider.

Paul Billerbeck (1853–1932) was a German Lutheran minister and scholar of Judaism.

About the Editor

Jacob N. Cerone is a doctoral candidate at the Friedrich-Alexander University at Erlangen-Nuremberg, coauthor of Daily Scriptures: 365 Readings in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, and the editor and translator of Adolf von Harnack's The Letter of the Roman Church to the Corinthian Church from the Era of Domitian: 1 Clement.

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  1. Gordon Kay

    Gordon Kay

    11/11/2021

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  2. Jim Darlack

    Jim Darlack

    11/3/2021

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    I'm super-happy to see this work finally translated into English (and with an abundance of linked cross-references). David Instone-Brewer's introduction to Str-B provides a helpful history, appreciation, and warning: "No New Testament scholar should limit themselves by working without the riches of Strack-Billerbeck, but the benefits of these heights require careful attention to this preflight safety warning" (v. 3, p. xxxvi. in the translation). A couple of thoughts initially: 1. This resource makes me want even MORE primary text material in Logos. For instance, the Minor Tractates of the Talmud, Sipra Leviticus, Sipre Numbers, Sipre Deuteronomy, Seder Olam Rabbah, Megillat Taanit, Midrash Rabbah, Seder Elijah Rabbah, Pesiqta Rabbati, Midrash Tanchuma, Midrash Tehillin, Pirqe Rabbi Eliezer, Seder 'Olam Zuta, Chronicle of Jerahmeel, etc. 2. Volumes 1 & 2 cannot come soon enough (given the heavy use of cross-referencing), and the excurses of volume 4 are surely important as well. 3. It is a fine time to be interested in this kind of study! I remember pouring over Str-B in seminary! Having the text in English and thoroughly hyperlinked is awesome. 4. David Instone-Brewer needs to finish TRENT. :) Sure. Be careful. Avoid parallelomania. Take into account the discoveries of the Qumran documents, etc. Avoid the mistakes of the "Old Perspective" on Paul, and be careful to heed recent scholarship on the date of various documents. Still, this promises to be an invaluable resource to those interested in New Testament backgrounds.
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  3. Edwin Estuardo Medrano
  4. Thierry Guillemin
    I'm afraid the publication may not be as interesting as it may seem at first view because of its age. If we don't know the developments for the study of Jewish writings since the beginning of last century, more particularly the critics made to the compilation, and are not able to discern what still stand and what has been abandoned by scholars since the publication of the books, it may just give us an inexact vision and exegesis... An interesting article to read could be: https://openoureyeslord.com/2013/03/26/buy-strack-and-billerbecks-commentary-but-beware-technical-article/
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  5. Greg Luecht

    Greg Luecht

    9/16/2017

    I have noticed that this work's production status has reverted back to a red "gathering interest" line from "almost there". Does anyone know of an explanation for this??
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  6. John T Reagan

    John T Reagan

    7/22/2017

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    What an undertaking! Logos, you're doing a great job. Wish it was in my budget. For now it will go in my wishlist.
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  7. Zae k  kim

    Zae k kim

    7/5/2017

    Dear Sir : "very urgent message " I have sent at least 3 message regarding my previous order of title "Commentary of the New Testament of Talmud and Midrash" 3 volume $159'95 paid.At this point ,please make sure that I would like to get printed books format instead !!. As I repeatedly mentioned to you I haven't get digital books at all of above ! Please send me as I desired above mentioned the printed books as soon as possible for me !. From start, I would expect and thought printed ones.! But you said only digital ! You misinformed Me ! I am looking forward hear from you soon. Sincerely,
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  8. jose arriaga

    jose arriaga

    3/21/2016

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  9. Dr Ursula Williams
    I wish there were more books and commentaries of this sort. It would also be nice to hear from the Jewish side and not only from the Christian side. I have learned from experience that Jews do not think the way we do and their writings cannot be easily understood. I appreciate the Talmud but a Jewish one would even be greater.
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  10. David S. Daniels
    Every biblical exegete should desire to know the context in which Jesus and the Apostles lived. We need this resource! Please, let's have a groundswell of interest to get the work into production and available for use.
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