So I’ve been asked to prepare a curriculum for a series of workshops/seminars for African American clergy to acquaint (or reaquaint) them with the variety/breath and depth of biblical scholarship that there is out there.
In working up this curriculum, I’ve been putting together a reading list of commentaries and other books that I think would be really helpful. That’s when it struck me.
The Methodists have Abingdon Press with the Abingdon Old/New Testament Commentaries and the Interpreting Biblical Texts Series.
The Presbyterians/Reformed have Westminster-John Knox Press and the Interpretation series.
The Lutherans (at least the ELCA and the like) have Augsburg-Fortress Press and their commentary series.
Even the free-range/freelance folk have Yale Univ. Press and the Anchor Bible series.
Notice who’s missing? Us.
For all of our talk that the world needs our saving message, why aren’t we putting our message out there in as many places as can be seen. Why don’t we have a biblical commentary series? Or a Koranic commentary series? A commentary on the Vedas? The Tao? The sayings of Confucius? Hell, why not even commentary on the poetry of Rumi or Hafiz or Rilke?
For all of our talk, why aren’t we putting our ideas out in the religious marketplace for others to see?