Like Sean Connery I’ve had to learn to never say never again. In the past I said that I would likely never write a commentary. I had a couple reasons for this: I have about 5 original book prospectuses prepared and ready to go and I thought that there were enough good commentaries already and there was no need for me to write another one. Well, I had two conversations at the last SBL meeting that changed my mind.
First, Tremper Longman and I were chatting over coffee and the topic of writing commentaries came up. I shared my opinion and he gave me his reasons why he thought that it was still valuable for people to continue writing commentaries. I found his ideas persuasive and then Dan Block and I were talking over lunch and he asked me to write the Zechariah volume in a new series of which he serves as the general editor, Hearing the Message of Scripture, being published by Zondervan. Dan means a lot to me both personally and professionally so when he asks me something it is kind of like an offer I can’t refuse. In any case, I agreed to write it and I’ve just worked out the details with Zondervan. They want an approximately 400 page volume and even though the series is not intended to be exhaustive this does give me enough room to be thorough. Also, I will provide my own translation and Hebrew, Greek (and I will have to insert some Akkadian) will be extensively discussed. Lastly, here is how Dan described the goal of the series:
The goal of this series is to help readers of Scripture hear the messages of biblical writings by focusing on the rhetorical, literary, and discourse features of the text.
Sounds like a fun project and you’ll probably be seeing a few posts on Zechariah in the days to come.