Between Exegesis and Homiletics : Examining the Genres at Play in an LDS Commentary
Studies in the Bible and Antiquity
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship; Brigham Young University
In this review I intend to organize my comments around considerations of commentary genres. Although Draper and Rhodes do not specifically identify the type of commentary they intended to create, the goals listed above shed some light on the matter. Generally speaking, biblical commentaries fall into four categories: reception history, exegetical, homiletic, and finally, personal reflection or meditation. Draper and Rhodes appear to have intended to produce a mixed-genre commentary. Thus, their assertion that they have presented all the relevant information in the LDS tradition is consistent with reception history approaches. Their interest in describing what John meant, their work with translation, and their claim to read Revelation verse by verse in its historical context indicate an exegetical commentary. Finally, the authors' overt faith commitment in the early pages alerts the reader that there will be homiletic content as well as a presentation of more personal reflections and confessional interests. Since this work is produced from within the academic community, under the BYU series title, I will also evaluate it according to the standards for modern scholarly work. I have made no attempt, however, to provide an analysis of coherence with LDS doctrine.