Religion: Biblical Landmark

It began with a Methodist publisher's casual question over a dinner table: "What, in your judgment, is the most urgent task in religious publishing today?" Answered scholarly Dr. George Buttrick of Manhattan's Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church: "A new commentary on the Bible which would bridge the gap between the exegetes [interpreters] and rank & file teachers and preachers."

That was ten years ago. Last week the first volume of just such a commentary was off the presses. Entitled The Interpreter's Bible, and prepared under Dr. Buttrick's general editorial direction, the new commentary is...

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