Category: Look Inside

Look Inside: New Anchor Yale Volumes

Posted by on 06/18/2018 in:

Look Inside New Anchor Yale Volumes

We’ve added 5 new volumes to our Anchor Yale collection:

  • Revelation: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Koester
  • Joshua 1-12: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Dozeman
  • Judges 1-12: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Sasson
  • Ruth: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Schipper
  • Amos: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Eidevall

We thought this would be a perfect time to give you a look inside this classic resource.

RESOURCE GUIDE

As always, you can find content inside the Anchor Yale series that relates to the passage you have open. Just look in the Resource Guide!

Then, you’ll be able to quickly navigate to which part of the commentary you want to read. The Anchor Yale series comes with its own translation, textual notes, dictionary entries, and commentary.

CONTENT

Here are some examples of the different kinds of content you’ll find inside the Anchor Yale Commentary Series.

EXTRAS: INDEXES, MAPS, AND MORE

The Anchor Yale Commentary Series also has maps sprinkled throughout it. These will also appear in the Resource Guide when a map in this series is applicable to the passage of Scripture you are reading.

There are in-depth introductions for every volume.

Outlines will appear in the Resource Guide for quick access. Here’s one from the new Revelation volume. All of those green verse references are hyperlinked. If you tap on them, a pop-up window will appear, showing you the Scripture immediately and conveniently.

And, of course, there are plenty of indexes!


LEARN MORE ABOUT ANCHOR YALE

Now that you’ve looked inside the Anchor Yale series, head on over to our website! You can read a description provided by the publisher, see all the volumes that we have available, and watch a video on how commentaries work in our app.

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Look Inside: Cornerstone Biblical Commentary

Posted by on 06/05/2018 in:

Look Inside Cornerstone Biblical Commentary

CORNERSTONE BIBLICAL COMMENTARY

One of the best ways to decide if a commentary is right for you is to read the general editor’s preface. This gives you an overview of why and how they created the commentary. Here’s what the general editor, Philip W. Comfort, has to say about the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary:

The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary is based on the second edition of the New Living Translation (2015).

Nearly 100 scholars from various church backgrounds and from several countries (United States, Canada, England, and Australia) participated in the creation of the NLT. Many of these same scholars are contributors to this commentary series. All the commentators, whether participants in the NLT or not, believe that the Bible is God’s inspired word and have a desire to make God’s word clear and accessible to his people.

This Bible commentary is the natural extension of our vision for the New Living Translation, which we believe is both exegetically accurate and idiomatically powerful.

The NLT attempts to communicate God’s inspired word in a lucid English translation of the original languages so that English readers can understand and appreciate the thought of the original writers. In the same way, the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary aims at helping teachers, pastors, students, and laypeople understand every thought contained in the Bible. As such, the commentary focuses first on the words of Scripture, then on the theological truths of Scripture—inasmuch as the words express the truths.

The commentary itself has been structured in such a way as to help readers get at the meaning of Scripture, passage by passage, through the entire Bible.

Each Bible book is prefaced by a substantial book introduction that gives general historical background important for understanding. Then the reader is taken through the Bible text, passage by passage, starting with the New Living Translation text printed in full. This is followed by a section called “Notes,” wherein the commentator helps the reader understand the Hebrew or Greek behind the English of the NLT, interacts with other scholars on important interpretive issues, and points the reader to significant textual and contextual matters. The “Notes” are followed by the “Commentary,” wherein each scholar presents a lucid interpretation of the passage, giving special attention to context and major theological themes.

The commentators represent a wide spectrum of theological positions within the evangelical community.

We believe this is good because it reflects the rich variety in Christ’s church. All the commentators uphold the authority of God’s word and believe it is essential to heed the old adage: “Wholly apply yourself to the Scriptures and apply them wholly to you.” May this commentary help you know the truths of Scripture, and may this knowledge help you “grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord” (2 Pet 1:2, NLT).

THE CONTENTS

Inside the Olive Tree Bible App, you can easily navigate between the 20 different volumes found in this set.

In this first image, there are a few important details you should note.

  1. Each volume prepares you with a section on abbreviations, and transliteration & numbering system, and information about the author. This is great information to have when using an in-depth commentary.
  2. There are introductions for each book, giving you plenty of necessary background on Scripture before you dive deep.
  3. The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary is structured around an in-depth outline. You’ll receive the whole outline at once in the book introduction. But you will see it again as you make your way through the commentary text!

USING THE COMMENTARY IN THE APP

Per usual, this commentary works with the Resource Guide! If you’re reading a passage of Scripture, and the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary has something to say about it—we will be sure to let you know. Just look in the Resource Guide for a number to appear next to the commentary. Tap on it, and we will show you the applicable sections!

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Visit our website to watch a video on how commentaries work in the app, see which volumes are included in this set, and learn more about the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary. It’s a fantastic resource!

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Fellowship That Produces Joy

Posted by on 06/01/2018 in: , ,

Fellowship That Produces Joy

“How about coming over to the house for some fellowship?”
“What a golf game! Man, did we have great fellowship!”
“The fellowship at the retreat was just terrific!”

That word fellowship seems to mean many things to many different people. Perhaps, like a worn coin, it may be losing its true impression. If so, we had better take some steps to rescue it. After all, a good Bible word like fellowship needs to stay in circulation as long as possible.

True Christian fellowship is really much deeper than sharing coffee and pie, or even enjoying a golf game together. It is possible to be close to people physically and miles away from them spiritually. One of the sources of Christian joy is this fellowship that believers have in Jesus Christ. Paul was in Rome, his friends were miles away in Philippi, but their spiritual fellowship was real and satisfying. In Philippians 1:1-11, Paul used three thoughts that describe true Christian fellowship: I have you in my mind (Phil. 1:3-6), I have you in my heart (Phil. 1:7-8), and I have you in my prayers (Phil. 1:9-11).

I HAVE YOU IN MY MIND (1:3-6)

 “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy” (Philippians 1:3-4)

Isn’t it remarkable that Paul was thinking of others and not of himself? As he awaited his trial in Rome, Paul’s mind went back to the believers in Philippi, and every recollection he had brought him joy.

Am I the kind of Christian who brings joy to my fellow Christians when they think of me?

I HAVE YOU IN MY HEART (1:7-8)

“It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart” (Philippians 1:7)

Now we move a bit deeper, for it is possible to have others in our minds without really having them in our hearts. (Someone has observed that many people today would have to confess, “I have you on my nerves!”) Paul’s sincere love for his friends was something that could not be disguised or hidden.

How did Paul evidence his love for them? For one thing, he was suffering on their behalf. His bonds were proof of his love.

Paul’s love was not something he merely talked about; it was something he practiced.

He considered his difficult circumstances an opportunity for defending and confirming the gospel, and this would help his brethren everywhere.

I HAVE YOU IN MY PRAYERS (1:9-11)

“And it is my prayer…” (Philippians 1:9)

And what did Paul pray for the Philippine believers?

He prayed that they might experience abounding love and discerning love. Christian love is not blind! The heart and mind work together so that we have discerning love and loving discernment. Paul wanted his friends to grow in discernment, in being able to “distinguish the things that differ.”

Paul also prayed that they might have mature Christian character, “sincere and without offense.

This means that our lives do not cause others to stumble, and that they are ready for the judgment seat of Christ when He returns.

Paul also prayed that they might have mature Christian service. He wanted them filled and fruitful (Phil. 1:11).

He was not interested simply in church activities, but in the kind of spiritual fruit that is produced when we are in fellowship with Christ.

The difference between spiritual fruit and human religious activity is that the fruit brings glory to Jesus Christ.

“I have you in my mind … in my heart …  in my prayers.”

This is the kind of fellowship that produces joy, and it is the single mind that produces this kind of fellowship.

Adapted from BE Series Commentary by Wiersbe. Like this content? Learn more about this series here.

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What’s Inside an Archaeology Study Bible?

Posted by on 05/30/2018 in:

What's Inside an Archaeology Study Bible

If you’re like me, you hear the word “archaeology” and you primarily think of Indiana Jones. Then, if you toss the word “study” next to it, you know it will be nothing like Indiana Jones. Instead, you get a mental image of a lot of dirt being pushed around with tiny brushes. How riveting… but actually, it really can be riveting! But We are here to tell you what is inside an archaeology study Bible, and just how influential it can be on your study of God’s Word.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

But the truth is that history and archaeology are essential to Christianity.

  • God created time and history
  • The universe has a beginning and end
  • The historical event of Christ’s death and resurrection is key to your salvation
  • Your hope is grounded in a real place, at a real time… in history

Archaeology is an area of study that helps us uncover more truths about history. It teaches us important details on the setting and background in which the story of the Bible occurs. A plethora of authors wrote the Bible over at least a thousand-year period, so this information is crucial to our understanding of the text.

THE THREE PILLARS

The ESV Archaeology Study Bible encourages any and all types of Christians to experience the relevancy of archaeology. Here’s an excerpt from the introduction of this study Bible, explaining its 3 primary functions:

Three foundational pillars define our approach to this task. The first pillar is biblical orthodoxy.

All of the contributors hold to classical evangelical orthodoxy in the historic stream of the Reformation and affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness, and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written Word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice. They also affirm that God’s Word clearly teaches that the only means of salvation is through the Lord Jesus Christ. The message of the Bible is addressed to all men and women, and God’s revelation in Christ and in Scripture is unchangeable. Through the Bible the Holy Spirit speaks yet today. He illumines the minds and hearts of God’s people in every culture to perceive its truth freshly through their own eyes, thus disclosing to the church the very wisdom of God (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21).

The second pillar of the work is academic integrity.

The contributors to this project are highly trained scholars who are well versed in archaeology and related fields as they pertain to the Bible. The reader ought to peruse the List of Contributors included in this work, which demonstrates the excellent academic training and in-field experience shared by each of the contributors. The ESV Archaeology Study Bible steers clear of “pop-archaeology” that sensationalizes but is unreliable.

The third pillar of the work is accessibility.

Our hope is that this work will be broadly used throughout the church. It should be a helpful resource for all Christians. Pastors ought to find the material helpful as they seek to build up their congregations in the historicity and truthfulness of the Scriptures. Students—undergraduates and seminarians—should find it useful in their studies and in apologetics. In addition, we desire that laypeople, as they study this Bible, would be encouraged to dig deeper into the Scriptures and to grow in grace, knowledge, and truth.

WHAT MAKES THE ESV ARCHAEOLOGY STUDY BIBLE UNIQUE?

1. THE ESV

First, all of the historical and archaeological information is based on the English Standard Version. This translation is very reliable and used through the world.

2. THE TRIO

Have you heard of the ESV Study Bible and the ESV Bible Atlas? These two resources are meant to be paired with the ESV Archaeology Study Bible! Together, they cover a range of topics and areas of study. With all three, you will have a collection that provides a strong and well-rounded introduction to the Bible.

3. THE PROFESSIONALS

All of the contributors to this project are trained archaeologists and epigraphers. More specifically, main contributors are professionals who have actually used their hands to dig in the biblical lands. This adds a very unique perspective to this study Bible—and it’s one you can count on!

BUT WHAT IS INSIDE?

Here’s a list of everything that comes inside this study Bible:

  • Thousands of notes illuminate the biblical text by providing archaeological, historical, and geographical background on various events, places, people, and everyday items mentioned in Scripture.
  • Hundreds of sidebars provide more in-depth information on topics of interest from an archaeological perspective.
  • Hundreds of full-color photos, maps, and diagrams invite the reader into the visual world of the Bible.
  • Book introductions describe the ways in which archaeological fieldwork has allowed us to understand each book of the Bible better.
  • Fifteen articles written specifically for this project explore key topics of interest in biblical archaeology.
  • Specially crafted charts provide an easy thumbnail guide to such matters as the Hebrew calendar and important texts of the ancient world.
  • An all-new glossary defines key words used throughout the ESV Archaeology Study Bible.

SEE FOR YOURSELF!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FULL COLOR MAPS

ARTICLES

READ ALONGSIDE ANY BIBLE TRANSLATION

LINKED VERSE REFERENCES

GET THE ESV ARCHAEOLOGY STUDY BIBLE

Now that you know what is inside the ESV Archaeology Study Bible (and that it most certainly isn’t a snooze-fest!), go get it! Visit our website to add this resource to your library.

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Introducing: Strong’s Tagged Gospel Harmonies

Posted by on 05/04/2018 in: ,

Strong's Tagged Gospel Harmonies

I was excited when we launched Gospel Harmonies a few years ago. The ability to view all four Gospels at the same time made comparing and contrasting the narratives a breeze. Now, I’m even more excited to introduce Strong’s Tagged Harmony of the Gospels.

These new titles display the four Gospels side-by-side like our other harmonies. But, we’ve also added the power of our Strong’s tagging, that appears in a convenient pop-up window. This lets you do original language study of the Greek text of all four Gospel texts at the same time.

Let me show you how it works.

HARMONY LAYOUT

Navigate to a passage in one of the Gospels. For this example, I’m in Matthew 27:2.

As you can see, I’m able to read about Jesus before Pilate in all four gospels. Here’s Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This allows me to see how each Gospel writer recorded this event.

PLUS: STRONG’S TAGGING

This is how the Strong’s Tagged Gospel Harmony can take your Bible study to the next level.

Tap on any highlighted word and you’ll get a pop-up window.

In that pop-up, you’ll get the Greek word and a definition. But that’s not all! You’ll also get the ability to search for this word through the Gospels.

Just tap “search” and you’ll instantly see the results.

Or, you can tap “lookup” to see more dictionary entries from your library.

And then tap the dictionary of your choice to read an article for this word.

MORE TO COME

We’re releasing these as they are ready and hope to continue to expand the number of translations available. As an added bonus, if you’ve previously purchased a qualifying item, you can get special upgrade pricing on our website. Check out the full list of all Harmony of the Gospels here. Let us know what you think about this new resource in the comments!

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The Faith of a Dying Thief

Posted by on 03/24/2018 in: , ,

In Christ’s Words from the Cross Charles Spurgeon talks in great lengths about Jesus’ crucifixion, including those who were crucified with him The dying thief did the impossible that day. In front of multitudes of scoffers, he used the only part of his body not nailed to the cross (his tongue) to proclaim Jesus’ identity: the Messiah. The following is an excerpt from Spurgeon’s message.

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THE FAITH OF A DYING THIEF

The story of the salvation of the dying thief is a standing instance of the power of Christ to save, and of His abundant willingness to receive all that come to Him, in whatever plight they might be. I cannot regard this act of grace as a solitary instance, any more than the salvation of Zacchaeus, the restoration of Peter, or the call of Saul, the persecutor. Every conversion is, in a sense, singular: no two are exactly alike, and yet any one conversion is a type of others. The case of the dying thief is much more similar to our conversion than it is dissimilar; in point of fact, his case may be regarded as typical, rather than as an extraordinary incident.

Remember that our Lord Jesus, at the time He saved this malefactor, was at His lowest. His glory had been ebbing out in Gethsemane, and before Caiaphas, and Herod, and Pilate; but it had now reached the utmost low-water mark. Stripped of His garments, and nailed to the cross, our Lord was mocked by a ribald crowd, and was dying in agony: then was He “numbered with the transgressors,” and made as the offscour-ing of all things.

Yet, while in that condition, He achieved this marvelous deed of grace.

Behold the wonder wrought by the Saviour when emptied of all His glory, and hanged up a spectacle of shame upon the brink of death! How certain is it that He can do great wonders of mercy now, seeing that He has returned unto His glory, and sitteth upon the throne of light!

“He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

If a dying Saviour saved the thief, my argument is that He can do even more now that He lives and reigns. All power is given unto Him in heaven and in earth; can anything at this present time surpass the power of His grace?

It is not only the weakness of our Lord which makes the salvation of the penitent thief memorable; it is the fact that the dying malefactor saw it before his very eyes. Can you put yourself into his place, and suppose yourself to be looking upon One who hangs in agony upon a cross? Could you readily believe Him to be the Lord of glory, who would soon come to His kingdom? That was no mean faith which, at such a moment, could believe in Jesus as Lord and King.

If the apostle Paul were here,

and wanted to add a New Testament chapter to the eleventh of Hebrews, he might certainly commence his instances of remarkable faith with this thief, who believed in a crucified, derided, and dying Christ, and cried to Him as to One whose kingdom would surely come. The thief’s faith was the more remarkable because he was himself in great pain and bound to die.

It is not easy to exercise confidence when you are tortured with deadly anguish. Our own rest of mind has at times been greatly hindered by pain of body. When we are the subjects of acute suffering it is not easy to exhibit that faith which we fancy we possess at other times. This man, suffering as he did, and seeing the Saviour in so sad a state, nevertheless believed unto life eternal. Herein was such faith as is seldom seen.

Recollect, also, that He was surrounded by scoffers.

It is easy to swim with the current, and hard to go against the stream. This man heard the priests in their pride ridicule the Lord, and the great multitude of the common people, with one consent, joined in the scorning; his comrade caught the spirit of the hour and mocked also, and perhaps he did the same for a while; but through the grace of God he was changed, and believed in the Lord Jesus in the teeth of all the scorn.

His faith was not affected by his surroundings; but he, dying thief as he was, made sure his confidence. Like a jutting rock, standing out in the midst of a torrent, he declared the innocence of the Christ whom others blasphemed. His faith is worthy of our imitation in its fruits.

He had no member that was free except his tongue, and he used that member wisely to rebuke his brother malefactor and defend his Lord.

His faith brought forth a brave testimony and a bold confession.

I am not going to praise the thief, or his faith, but to extol the glory of that grace divine which gave the thief such faith, and then freely saved him by its means. I am anxious to show how glorious is the Saviour–that Saviour to the uttermost, who, at such a time, could save such a man, and give him so great a faith, and so perfectly and speedily prepare him for eternal bliss. Behold the power of that divine Spirit who could produce such faith on soil so unlikely, and in a climate so unpropitious.

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See the Lost Sermons of Spurgeon [PICTURES]

Posted by on 03/22/2018 in: ,

In 1857, Charles Spurgeon promised to release all his earliest sermons. But, due to the incredible amount of other work he was committed to accomplishing, this dream was never fulfilled. Now, 160 years later, the Lost Sermons of Spurgeon have been recovered and his promise kept.

A TEENAGER’S NOTEBOOKS

Christian George, the primary editor for the Lost Sermons of Spurgeon collection, discovered 11 of Spurgeon’s handwritten notebooks in London. Inside, he found 400 of Spurgeon’s earliest sermons, dating from 1851-1854.

George found the very first sermons that Spurgeon preached while he was a teenager. Back then, Spurgeon had no idea that he would grow up to become the Prince of Preachers, sharing the good news of Christ all over the world.

REVIVING FOR PUBLICATION

The most wonderful part of the Lost Sermons of Spurgeon series is that George didn’t simply make the text available to us. Instead, he and his team carefully compiled the works and included:

full-color facsimiles

transcriptions

photographs

introductions

editorial annotations

a timeline

indexes

and a short biography on Spurgeon

LOST SERMONS OF SPURGEON

If you love reading Spurgeon’s work, we highly recommend this resource. It is curated by those who deeply admire and Spurgeon, inspiring them to pour all the time, energy, and detail required to make this volume fantastic.

Learn more about the Lost Sermons of Spurgeon here.

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Look Inside: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Posted by on 03/21/2018 in:

THE BASICS

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.

THE PURPOSE

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.

THE PROCESS

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. ‘

THE CONTENTS

This resource goes above and beyond in content. The book introductions are thorough, covering information such as:

  • Significance
  • Authorship
  • Date
  • Unity
  • Text
  • Integrity
  • Destination
  • Purpose
  • 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

LEARN MORE

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.

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Introducing: New Beacon Bible Commentary Set

Posted by on 02/21/2018 in: ,

This week, we’ve added 29 volumes of the New Beacon Bible Commentary Set to our website! This Wesleyan commentary based on the NIV is readable, relevant, and academically thorough. General Editors Roger Hahn, Alex Varughese, and George Lyons care deeply about the Church being well-equipped to study and teach God’s Word.

Want to know what’s inside? Hear from the Editor’s themselves:

GENERAL EDITOR’S PREFACE

“The purpose of the New Beacon Bible Commentary

…is to make available to pastors and students in the twenty-first century a biblical commentary that reflects the best scholarship in the Wesleyan theological tradition. The commentary project aims to make this scholarship accessible to a wider audience to assist them in their understanding and proclamation of Scripture as God’s Word

Writers of the volumes in this series not only are scholars within the Wesleyan theological tradition and experts in their field but also have special interest in the books assigned to them. Their task is to communicate clearly the critical consensus and the full range of other credible voices who have commented on the Scriptures. Though scholarship and scholarly contribution to the understanding of the Scriptures are key concerns of this series, it is not intended as an academic dialogue within the scholarly community.

Commentators of this series constantly aim to demonstrate in their work the significance of the Bible as the church’s book and the contemporary relevance and application of the biblical message. The project’s overall goal is to make available to the church and for her service the fruits of the labors of scholars who are committed to their Christian faith.

The New International Version (NIV) is the reference version of the Bible used in this series; however, the focus of exegetical study and comments is the biblical text in its original language. When the commentary uses the NIV, it is printed in bold. The text printed in bold italics is the translation of the author. Commentators also refer to other translations where the text may be difficult or ambiguous.

The structure and organization of the commentaries

…in this series seeks to facilitate the study of the biblical text in a systematic and methodical way. Study of each biblical book begins with an Introduction section that gives an overview of authorship, date, provenance, audience, occasion, purpose, sociological/cultural issues, textual history, literary features, hermeneutical issues, and theological themes necessary to understand the book. This section also includes a brief outline of the book and a list of general works and standard commentaries.

The commentary section for each biblical book follows the outline of the book presented in the introduction. In some volumes, readers will find section overviews of large portions of scripture with general comments on their overall literary structure and other literary features. A consistent feature of the commentary is the paragraph-by-paragraph study of biblical texts. This section has three parts: Behind the Text, In the Text, and From the Text.

The goal of the Behind the Text

…section is to provide the reader with all the relevant information necessary to understand the text. This includes specific historical situations reflected in the text, the literary context of the text, sociological and cultural issues, and literary features of the text.

In the Text explores what the text says,

…following its verse-by-verse structure. This section includes a discussion of grammatical details, word studies, and the connectedness of the text to other biblical books/passages or other parts of the book being studied (the canonical relationship). This section provides transliterations of key words in Hebrew and Greek and their literal meanings. The goal here is to explain what the author would have meant and/or what the audience would have understood as the meaning of the text. This is the largest section of the commentary.

The From the Text section examines the text

…in relation to the following areas: theological significance, intertextuality, the history of interpretation, use of the Old Testament scriptures in the New Testament, interpretation in later church history, actualization, and application.

The commentary provides sidebars on topics of interest

…that are important but not necessarily part of an explanation of the biblical text. These topics are informational items and may cover archaeological, historical, literary, cultural, and theological matters that have relevance to the biblical text. Occasionally, longer detailed discussions of special topics are included as excurses.

We offer this series with our hope and prayer that readers will find it a valuable resource for their understanding of God’s Word and an indispensable tool for their critical engagement with the biblical texts.”

HOW IT WORKS

If you’re reading a passage of the Bible in the main window, this commentary will track side-by-side with you in the Study Center. The Resource Guide will also let you know when there is an introduction or outline from this commentary that is applicable to what you are reading in the main menu. These features speed up your Bible study AND get you the information you need, without you searching for it.

Also, verses are linked in the resource, along with abbreviations. See what this looks like!

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Want to learn more about this title, watch a video on how commentaries work in the app, and more? Visit our website!

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Look Inside: Essential Bible Reference Collection

Posted by on 02/16/2018 in:

Learning how to study the Bible shouldn’t be difficult. The Essential Bible Reference Collection provides four quality, easy-to-use resources to get you started. Before you know it, you’ll feel confident using Bible dictionaries, handbooks, and historical resources.

Let’s take a look inside this new collection in our store!

THE ESSENTIAL BIBLE COMPANION

This resource covers each book of the Bible! It gives easy-to-digest bits of information that will help build context before you begin your study. Each introduction covers:

  • Summary Overview
  • Key Themes
  • Purpose
  • Author
  • Recipients
  • Interesting Facts

There are also applicable pictures—which are always a plus!

LOOK INSIDE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE ESSENTIAL BIBLE DICTIONARY

This resource is a typical Bible dictionary. You can look through it alphabetically on its own like this:

OR — you can use the lookup feature. Either select a word in the text or look for articles in the resource guide.

RESOURCE GUIDE

SELECT A WORD AND TAP “LOOK UP”

ESSENTIAL BIBLE COMPANION TO THE PSALMS

Similar to the Essential Bible Companion, this resource provides fundamental information on each Psalm.

You’ll find information on:

  • Type
  • Author
  • Background
  • Structure
  • Special notes

AN ENTRY ON PSALM 1

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PICTURES AND IMAGES

There are also photos, charts, and lists. Some of the hyperlinked lists (that can be made full-screen) include: unusual terms found in the Psalter, Hebrew References to God, and Types of Psalms.

ESSENTIAL BIBLE COMPANION TO LIFE IN BIBLE TIMES

This resource is a short Bible handbook covering topics on family, household, work, society, government, and religious life during Biblical times.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

TAP TO READ HYPERLINKED VERSES 

IT’S ESSENTIAL

A resource like this is great for anyone wanting to start the journey of deeper Bible study. Learn to use a dictionary, handbook, and historical resource to investigate passages of Scripture. You’ll build context and be able to interpret the Bible more accurately.

Visit our website to learn more about the Essential Bible Reference Collection.

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