How does the Expositor’s Bible Commentary Approach Scripture?

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Expositor's Bible Commentary

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How does this commentary approach Scripture?

Hear from the General Editor, the late Frank E. Gaebelein:

The chief principle of interpretation followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical onenamely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.

This endeavor to understand what in the first instance the inspired writers actually said must not be confused with an inflexible literalism. Scripture makes lavish use of symbols and figures of speech; great portions of it are poetical. Yet when it speaks in this way, it speaks no less truly than it does in its historical and doctrinal portions.

To understand [Scripture’s] message requires attention to matters of grammar and syntax, word meanings, idioms, and literary formsall in relation to the historical and cultural setting of the text.

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  • Jim says:

    I own Expositors. Use it regularly. I appreciate its focus on the grammatico-historical method. Many of the contributors are well known in their own right. This gives me great confidence when using it.

    Does the revised version hold to the same approach? Are the new contributors to the revised version as broadly accepted within their spheres as evangelicals and adept at bringing the scripture to life within its historical context?

  • Klemens R. Sachs says:

    I wonder why only English speaking scholars are included, and why Pentecostals are not? I understand the additional workload to involve and translate Latin American, Asian, African, and non-English European scholars – the price would probably rise. The breadth and richness would probably rise significantly, too.
    I do not at all understand, however, why Pentecostals are not included. I know that maybe many of them represent the literalistic school, however this would exclude those as they don’t follow the approach. And I am sure there are those who have quite a balanced approach and would be ready to contribute within the boundaries of what you describe above. After all, Pentecostals are Evangelicals, fully respecting and applying the authority of the bible, and by the way are the fastest growing Evangelicals in the world.

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