Statement from Zondervan Academic

ZA Blog on November 4th, 2016.

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November 4, 2016

In the summer of 2016 Zondervan Academic became aware of emerging concerns that one of its authors, Dr. Peter T. O’Brien, may not have followed commonly accepted standards for the use and documentation of secondary resources in Bible commentaries he had written. Consequently, we began a careful review of Dr. O’Brien’s commentary on Colossians and Philemon, volume 44 in the Word Biblical Commentary (WBC).

It is with sadness and regret that we have concluded this volume does not follow commonly accepted standards for the use and documentation of secondary resources. Dr. O’Brien is revered by his colleagues in the academy and by his former students. His commentaries, including volume 44 in the WBC, have been used with great benefit by the thousands who have purchased them. While we have no reason to believe that Dr. O’Brien intentionally misused secondary resources, our commitment to high publishing standards leaves us no choice but to put volume 44 of the WBC out of print in both its print and digital formats and to destroy the remaining inventory. Individuals who have purchased this volume and wish to return it for credit should call 1-800-727-3480 for instructions. Trade accounts should call 1-800-727-1309.

  • Daniel Baker 2 years ago

    I saw the notice about pulling Peter O’Brien’s #44 in the WBC series. Is the credit available for any copy of this commentary or only ones purchased from your store? Thanks!

    • ZA Blog 2 years ago

      Good question Daniel, please call 1-800-727-3480 for info on that.

  • Brent Andrews 2 years ago

    I have called the provided 800 number twice now and both times the customer representative had no idea about this replacement credit option. The only way we could get credit is if we could prove we bought it from Zondervan directly, which seeing the volume had been purchased many years ago made it very difficult to prove. They wanted to look up the sale by individual name or email and I don’t even know that email was being used by our institution when this was purchased. This process needs to be streamlined and not so difficult to inact.

  • Miro 12 months ago

    I’m not giving away my Peter O’Brien’s commentaries, even if you would pay double for them! They might not serve me much when writting academic papers because of his plagiarism, but his Commentary on Philippians (others also) are worth what they weight in gold in sermon preparation!
    Not saying that what he did was not wrong, but only that it might not be such a good idea to give them away.