03/21/2018 in: Look Insideon
We just released an updated, 17-volume version of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT)! This resource comes with over 6,000 pages of conservative, modern scholarship—and it now includes commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians and 2 Corinthians.
This series is written by well-known and admired American scholars such as:
- Thomas Schriener
- Karen Jobes
- Darrell Bock
- Moisés Silva
Their research, writing, and academic ethic will guide you as you interpret the Bible. Additionally, the authors of the BECNT come from differing theological backgrounds, providing you with a healthy mix of viewpoints.
If you have ever put together a sermon or lesson on the Bible, you have probably dealt with research-stress. There are so many different directions that you can take a message! And, there are so many different commentaries and resources that can help you get the job done.
However, some commentaries aren’t really meant to help you write a cohesive sermon. Instead, they focus on details and technical questions… which can be fun if you are in the mood to go down some rabbit trails! But when you need to buckle down and write a compelling, and accurate sermon or lesson, you need someone to summarize the details for you.
This is the goal of the BECNT: to give the information most important for teaching the Word to others.
The authors abandoned the verse-by-verse approach that most commentaries take. Instead, the BECNT answers the most important questions about a text in well-written, paragraph form.
This doesn’t mean that the extremely technical questions are never dealt with, though! You can still access these through the footnotes.
Each commentary contains a translation of the Greek text by the author. With this process, you are sure to get key information about the passage in its original language.
But, it doesn’t stop there!
The authors of this commentary use the Greek not only as a foundation, but they weave the language throughout their own commentary. You will read concise summaries and word studies, while also understanding the passage-at-hand as a whole.
Additionally, this commentary relies on new research and is unafraid of re-evaluating long-withstanding claims… without assimilation or abandoning tradition. ‘
This resource goes above and beyond in content. The book introductions are thorough, covering information such as:
- Literary Structure
This introduction and outline will give you all the context you need for exegeting a passage of Scripture.
Additionally, the BECNT contains transliterations, maps, linked verse references, multiple indexes, and so much more. You’ll be able to navigate easily through this resource, finding information on the exact topic, passage, or even Greek word you want.
RECOMMENDATIONS (THAT AREN’T FROM US!)
Don’t just take our word on how useful this resource is! Read these helpful recommendations:
“In this age of unprecedented proliferation of biblical commentary series, it is an outstanding accomplishment for the Baker Exegetical series consistently to have produced what with only rare exceptions have become the best available commentaries on the Greek text of the New Testament book or books treated.”— Craig Blomberg, Denver Journal
“Rigorous exegesis by seasoned scholars with explicit evangelical commitments. This is also one of the best-designed, easy-to-read series as it includes intro matters, then each commentator’s translation, commentary, and textual notes for every passage. Very reliable.”— Bruce Riley Ashford and Grant Taylor, “Between the Times” blog
If you’re looking for a conservative, Greek-heavy, New Testament commentary set—this is for you. Head on over to our website to learn more about the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.