Best Monograph Series

What are the best theological monograph series out there?  I know for NT studies WUNT, BZNW, LNTS (formerly JSNTSup), SNTSMS, and NovTSup are top of the line series.  I’m not so sure what the deal is with other disciplines though.  For the OT I know that JSOTSup is supposed to be good but I don’t know what else is out there really (at least off the top of my head).  For theological monographs I can only think of PTMS (because I’m reading one right now) and OTM, oh, and PTM.  So what other series are out there for OT and theology that I should know about?

WUNT — Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament
BZNW — Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
LNTS/JSNTSup — Library of New Testament Studies (formerly Journal for the Study of the New Testament: Supplement Series)
SNTSMS — Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series
NovTSup — Supplements to Novum Testamentum
JSOTSup — Journal for the Study of the Old Testament: Supplement Series
PTMS — Princeton Theological Monograph Series
OTM — Oxford Theological Monographs
PTM — Paternoster Theological Monographs


8 thoughts on “Best Monograph Series

  1. Greetings, Nick. How ’bout Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des AT und NT (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)? Recent titles include: King and Temple in Chronicles. A Contextual Approach to the Relations; and Images and Prophecy in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean.

  2. Nick,

    JSOTS is now LHBOTS (Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies). Other good OT series:
    BETL (OT & NT)


  3. Maybe I should expand the acronyms : )

    AOAT = Orient und Altes Testament from Ugarit Verlag. This tends to be largely Ugaritic/Akkadian, with some good OT stuff from time to time; a lot of German titles.
    ConBOT = Coniectanea Biblica Old Testament Series, Eisenbrauns just took this one over. It is a Swedish series, generally very good. I’m just finishing The Riddle of Resurrection about dying and rising gods in the ancient world
    BETL = Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium from Peeters; it tends to be continental in outlook. Some very good titles
    HSM = Harvard Semitic Monographs from Harvard (what a surprise!). Usually heavily language oriented
    HSS = Harvard Semitic Studies, again, from Harvard. I’ve never been terribly sure how they decide what goes in which series…both tend to be dissertations (just like LHBOTS, WUNT 2, and LNTS are). Usually very good.
    OBO = Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis from Fribourg, Switzerland. Tends to lean a bit toward Egyptology, but is a very good series with some great titles.
    SBLWAW is SBL’s Writings of the Ancient World. Very good translations of texts related to the world of the OT
    SAHL = Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Levant, from Harvard, again. This series is definitely archaeological.
    Siphrut is Hebrew (spr + the UT suffix for abstraction). This is a new series from Eisenbrauns with 3 titles so far. I have only read one of them and want to read the other two. I think it is a very good series with a lot of potential.

    By the way, I forgot BZAW, the OT version of BZNW and Harrassowitz has a series, too, BZABR = Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte, but pretty much all of it is in German and tends to be quite technical. I have a hard time with it.

    Whether they are any good or not largely depends on the title and your interests. I like at least some titles in all of them, or I wouldn’t have suggested them :)


  4. James: My interests are varied and although I prefer NT and early Christianity (= up until the 6th century) I still do appreciate some OT monographs. Thanks again for the list!

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