Olive Tree just released Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament for The Bible Study app.  According to the series foreward, the commentary series was named “Paideia”, which is Greek for “education”, to reflect:

(1) the instructional aim of the series—giving contemporary students a basic grounding in academic New Testament studies by guiding their engagement with New Testament texts;

(2) the fact that the New Testament texts as literary unities are shaped by the educational categories and ideas of their ancient writers and readers; and

(3) the pedagogical aims of the texts themselves—their central aim being not simply to impart information but to form the theological convictions and moral habits of their readers.

Although this series is intentionally aimed at “MA students in religious and theological studies programs, seminarians, and upper-divisional undergraduates” the authors do not go into so much theological detail as to leave the rest of us lost in a sea of research.

Paideia is also different in that the series is not a “verse-by-verse” commentary, but rather looks at the final form of the Biblical text in large units of thought.

As such, each commentary is broken out into three sections:

(1) introductory matters

(2) tracing the train of thought

(3) theological issues

Paideia also has several maps, photos, and charts that help make the biblical text more accessible to those without original language, biblical and extra-biblical historical backgrounds and preparation.

Here are a few Examples:

   

The Paideia commentaries are even more powerful with The Bible Study App.  Use the split window to read your chosen Bible translation on one side of the screen while the corresponding Paideia commentary will sync with your reading in your split window.  Or, use the pop-out windows to view the content separately.  If you are using the Windows 7 app, this is especially helpful if you have two monitors.

Like what you see? Right now, you can get the 10 volume Paideia commentary set for 50% off the regular price through May 6th.