Vernon K. Robbins once explained that “socio-rhetorical criticism integrates the ways people use language with the ways they live in the world” (Exploring the Texture of Texts: A Guide to Socio-Rhetorical Interpretations [London: T&T Clark, 1996], 1). Since the mid 90s Eerdmans has been producing a series of socio-rhetorical commentaries on the New Testament, mostly from the pen of Ben Witherington III, but also with contributions from Craig Keener and David deSilva.
To date there are volumes on Matthew, Mark, Acts, Romans, the Corinthians Correspondence, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philippians, and Hebrews. Logos Bible Software has helpfully bundled all of these resources together into a single package that retails for over $400 but is being sold for less than half that price with a financing option available.
I’ve not had a chance to examine each volume in detail. To date my interests have been in Keener’s volume on Matthew and Witherington’s volumes on Mark and Corinthians. I’m as big a fan of the printed page as there is but there’s something about the convenience of having a set like this available electronically that can’t be beat. I plan to review the commentaries in subsequent posts but I wanted to do a brief ScreenFlow video and give you a sense of how I use these resources for regular study in Logos 5. So here you go: