The International Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament (IECOT) is designed to offer an international, ecumenical and contemporary interpretation of the Old Testament (including deutero-canonical books) to a broad audience of scholars, laypeople, and pastors.
IECOT is international: it has editorial board members and authors from North America, Europe and Israel and all volumes will appear in both English and German.
IECOT is ecumenical in bringing scholars of diverse Christian and Jewish perspectives into collaboration. Moreover, the series covers all of the books of the Hebrew and Greek Old Testament canons, including the Deutero-Canonical books of many Christian confessions.
A main way that IECOT is contemporary is in the way it brings together two, often opposed perspectives, perspectives often described as "synchronic" and "diachronic." By "synchronic" is understood a focus on a text at one particular stage of its formation (especially its final stage). By "diachronic" is meant the study of a text=s growth over time through incorporation of earlier traditions, sources, etc. In addition, IECOT volumes include other contemporary perspectives such as gender-criticism, social-history, and reception history.