Overview

The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.

More than fifty contributors—all of whom rank among the leading Christian scholars of the English-speaking world—write authoritatively on the portions of Scripture in which they specialize. This collection also includes an enviable scholar’s array of Bible translations and Greek and Hebrew resources for in-depth research.

This massive collection contains fifty-nine volumes of material. With Logos, you can use these volumes more efficiently for research and sermon preparation. Every word from every book has been indexed and catalogued to help you search the entire Word Biblical Commentary for a particular verse or topic. With Logos, the WBC will integrate into the Passage Guide. Whenever you enter your passage and click go, results from the WBC will appear on the text you’re studying. This gives you instant access to exactly what you’re looking for in less time than it would take you to walk over to the bookshelf and begin flipping through a print volume.

Key Features

  • Provides contributions from today’s leading biblical scholars, including Gordon J. Wenham, David J. A. Clines, Peter C. Craigie, John E. Goldingay, Donald A. Hagner, John Nolland, James D. G. Dunn, and dozens of others
  • Incorporates Greek and Hebrew resources for in-depth research
  • Contains author translations
  • Includes Greek and Hebrew text throughout; Hebrew also transliterated

Product Details

  • Title: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Volumes: 59

Individual Titles

Volume 1: Genesis 1–15

  • Author: Gordon J. Wenham
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 408

Examine the compositional sources, textual witnesses, chronology, and theological significance of Genesis with Pentateuch expert Gordon J. Wenham. Review and evaluate modern critical perspectives on Genesis, and consider the legacy of nineteenth-century “higher critical” understanding of Genesis as an evolutionary document, and its relationship to other ancient Near Eastern creation stories such as the Enûma Eliš. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical Commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. Wenham studied Old Testament at Cambridge and Tremper Longman has called him “one of the finest evangelical commentators today.” He is the author of Psalms as Torah: Reading Biblical Song Ethically, The Book of Leviticus, and Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically.

Volume 2: Genesis 16–50

  • Author: Gordon J. Wenham
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Edition: 2nd or Revised and expanded
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 564

Examine the compositional sources, textual witnesses, chronology, and theological significance of Genesis with Pentateuch expert Gordon J. Wenham. Review and evaluate modern critical perspectives on Genesis, and consider the legacy of nineteenth-century “higher critical” understanding of Genesis as an evolutionary document, and its relationship to other ancient Near Eastern creation stories such as the Enûma Eliš. This volume contains an illuminating excursus on the significance of circumcision. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical Commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. Wenham studied Old Testament at Cambridge and Tremper Longman has called him “one of the finest evangelical commentators today.” He is the author of Psalms as Torah: Reading Biblical Song Ethically, The Book of Leviticus, and Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically.

Volume 3: Exodus

  • Author: John I. Durham
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 560

Study the book John I. Durham calls “A trip across holy ground,” and learn how the its narrative records the exhilarating liberation of Israel from Egypt. Durham considers the historical evidence for Israel’s presence and flight from Egypt, the call of Moses , Egypt’s plagues, and significance of Exodus’ abundance of cultic symbols and imagery. He evaluates modern critical perspectives on Exodus, and evaluates the legacy of nineteenth-century “higher critical” interpretation for the book’s historicity. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical Commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

John I. Durham is professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Volume 4: Leviticus

  • Author: John E. Hartley
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 515

Far from boring, John Hartley argues, Leviticus contains the very heart beat of faith for Jews and Christians. Experience the pure worship and holy living of God’s as you study Leviticus’ textual witnesses, composition, and theological significance. Evaluate modern critical perspectives on the book, and consider the legacy of nineteenth-century “higher critical” interpretation. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

John E. Hartley is professor of Old Testament and chair of the department of biblical studies in the C.P. Haggard School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of The Book of Job: New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT), Genesis: Understanding the Bible, and Salvation.

Volume 5: Numbers

  • Author: Phillip J. Budd
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 409

Build your knowledge of Israel’s wilderness wanderings and the development of the Hebrew cult as you study the textual history, composition, theological significance, and historical context of Numbers. Evaluate modern critical perspectives on the book, and consider the legacy of nineteenth-century “higher critical” interpretation. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Phillip J. Budd is lecturer in Old Testament at Westminster College, Oxford, and Ripon College, Cuddesdon, England.

Volume 6a: Deuteronomy 1:1–21:9, 2nd ed.

  • Author: Duane L. Christensen
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 576

For centuries the book of Deuteronomy has been studied as a compilation of three sermons followed by three appendices. In his penetrating new study of this fifth book of the Pentateuch, Duane Christensen argues that “Deuteronomy is best explained as a didactic poem, composed to be recited publicly to music in ancient Israel within a liturgical setting.” Christensen calls readers to understand Deuteronomy not only as an ancient code of Hebraic law but rather as “a work of extraordinary literary coherence, poetic beauty, and political sophistication.” Christensen's fresh look at this ancient book immerses the reader in a probing analysis of the literary, theological, and social issues of Moses' day. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Duane L. Christensen is professor of biblical studies and ancient Near Eastern History at William Carey International University. He is the author of Anchor Yale Bible: Nahum.

Volume 6b: Deuteronomy 21:10–34:12

  • Author: Duane L. Christensen
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 592

For centuries the book of Deuteronomy has been studied as a compilation of three sermons followed by three appendices. In his penetrating new study of this fifth book of the Pentateuch, Duane Christensen argues that “Deuteronomy is best explained as a didactic poem, composed to be recited publicly to music in ancient Israel within a liturgical setting.” Christensen calls readers to understand Deuteronomy not only as an ancient code of Hebraic law but rather as “a work of extraordinary literary coherence, poetic beauty, and political sophistication.” Christensen's fresh look at this ancient book immerses the reader in a probing analysis of the literary, theological, and social issues of Moses’ day. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Duane L. Christensen is professor of biblical studies and ancient Near Eastern History at William Carey International University. He is the author of Anchor Yale Bible: Nahum.

Volume 7: Joshua

  • Author: Trent C. Butler
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1983
  • Pages: 344

Reconstruct the formative years of the people of Israel with Trent C. Butler. Address a range of issues emerging from Joshua, including the historicity and form of its narratives, its textual history, and its theological significance. Combine the tools of textual and literary analysis to provide a new perspective from which to appreciate the value of the book, and evaluate modern critical scholarship’s perspectives on its origins and development. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Trent C. Butler was a professor of Old Testament at International Baptist Theological Seminary in Rüschilkon, Switzerland. he is the author of Holman New Testament Commentary: Luke, and coauthor of Holman Book of Biblical Charts, Maps, and Reconstructions and Holman Bible Handbook.

Volume 9: Ruth, Esther

  • Author: Fredric W. Bush
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 528

Engage the challenging books of Ruth and Esther utilizing the dynamic expertise of Frederic Bush. Study the narratives of these books by drawing on Bush’s knowledge of ancient Near Eastern customs, languages, and Hebrew narrative and poetry to illuminate the meaning of these books, and the development and transmission of each book’s textual witnesses. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Fredric W. Bush is professor emeritus of ancient Near Eastern studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. he is the coauthor Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament.

Volume 10: 1 Samuel

  • Author: Ralph W. Klein
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 338

Explore the textual basis, historical context, literary structure, and theological significance of some of the Bible’s most famous narratives with this commentary on 1 Samuel. Review and evaluate modern critical perspectives on the book, and considers the legacy of modern historical-critical studies. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Ralph W. Klein is Christ Seminary-Seminex professor of Old Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is the author of 2 Chronicles: A Commentary and 2 Maccabees, both in the Hermeneia commentary series.

Volume 11: 2 Samuel

  • Author: A.A. Anderson
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 348

Focus on David’s ascension and kingdom in this commentary on 2 Samuel; a book commentator A.A. Anderson calls the “central book in Scripture.” Noting 2 Samuel’s profound influence on other New Testament and Old Testament books, Anderson studies the textual history, literary structure, historical context, and ultimate significance of this book. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

A.A. Anderson is honorary fellow in the faculty of theology at the University of Manchester in England. He is the author of Qumran Cave 4: Discoveries in the Judaean Desert and The Book of Psalms.

Volume 12: 1 Kings, 2nd ed.

  • Author: Simon J. DeVries
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 376

Gain scholarly insight into the intricacies of both the events and the textual challenges of 1 Kings. Review the succession from David to Solomon, Solomon’s reign and puzzling life and chronologies of the Hebrew kings. Study the geo-political context of Israel and the shape of its international relations as it emerges as a regional power and is eventually split into two kingdoms. Simon Devries writes, “The scene is history; the players are kings and prophets; behind the curtain is the Lord of history, challenging his players to make history the scene of salvific revelation.”

Simon J. DeVries is professor emeritus of Old Testament at The Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. He is the author of Forms of Old Testament Literature: 1 and 2 Chronicles.

Volume 13: 2 Kings

  • Author: T.R. Hobbs
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1986
  • Pages: 387

Experience the tragic drama of 2 Kings as you follow the long descent of Israel and Judah to the destruction of Jerusalem and Babylonian exile. T.R. Hobbs argues that 2 Kings was intended to review the past, but also to point to the promised return to the Promised Land. He examines the historical context, textual witnesses, theological themes, and literary techniques of the author of 2 Kings. Hobbs outlines the implications of the prophetic witness in post-monarchy Judah, and examines the source materials for this dramatic historical book. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

T. R. Hobbs is professor of Hebrew and Old Testament interpretation at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. He is the author of A Time for War: A Study of Warfare in the Old Testament.

Volume 14: 1 Chronicles

  • Author: Roddy L. Braun
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1986
  • Pages: 311

Take a fresh look at 1 Chronicles and discover its meaning for God's people by examining its origins, textual witnesses, geo-political and historical context, and theological meaning. Examine 1 Chronicles’ parallel passages from Samuel and Kings, and understand how Solomon’s temple functions as a unifying literary theme in the book. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Roddy L. Braun is pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Arlington, Virginia, and was professor of Semitic languages at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is the author of Jesus: His Name and Titles: A Devotional and Theological Study.

Volume 15: 2 Chronicles

  • Author: Raymond B. Dillard
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 323

Study the literary structure, the Chroniclers use of other Old Testament books, the narratives, geo-political context, and textual witnesses of 2 Chronicles. Dillard’s lucid writing and careful study—solidly based on his familiarity with ancient languages secondary literature—make his volume on 2 Chronicles an invaluable resource for the preacher, teacher, and serious student. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Raymond B. Dillard is professor of Old Testament language and literature at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He served as editor, translator, and consultant for the New International Version, Old Testament. He is the author of Faith in the Face of Apostasy: The Gospel According to Elijah and Elisha and coauthor with Tremper Longman of Introduction to the Old Testament.

Volume 16: Ezra, Nehemiah

  • Author: H.G.M. Willamson
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1985
  • Pages: 472

Based on years of intensive study and research, this commentary provides competent guidance to the complexities of Ezra and Nehemiah. The author gives special attention to the perplexing problems associated with their form, structure, and literary history. Supporting the view that much of this material is from the fifth century BC, just as it claims to be, he concludes that “there is good reason to approach Ezra and Nehemiah as two parts of single work and that this work is to be regarded as complete as it stands.” Williamson also focuses on sections of these books commonly referred to as the “Ezra Memoir” and the “Nehemiah Memoir.” He notes the specifically theological purpose of such sections, in which the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple are defended against the enemies, and the leaders of Israel plead for recognition of their faithfulness to the commission given them by God through the Persian kings.

H. G. M. Willamson is lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at Cambridge University. He is the author of International Critical Commentary: Isaiah: 1–5, Sheffield Old Testament Guides: Ezra and Nehemiah, and coeditor of Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books.

Volume 17: Job 1–20

  • Author: David J.A. Clines
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 501

Learn how every element of Job is an essential element in the weaving of a literary and theological masterpiece. Examine the enigmatic origins and context of Job, its textual tradition, its complex structural relationships, and keys to its elegant poetry. This volume never loses sight of the big picture or the details. It constantly surveys the progress of Job, unravels the identity of its characters, and attempts to identify the distinctive viewpoints of the book’s speakers. The textual notes, which center on explaining why the English versions of Job differ so amazingly from one another, support the author's carefully worded translation.

David J.A. Clines is emeritus professor of biblical studies at the University of Sheffield. He currently serves as publisher and director of Sheffield Phoenix Press. He served as president of the Society for Old Testament Study (1996) and the Society of Biblical Literature (2009). He is the author of The Theme of the Pentateuch, Interested Parties: The Ideology of Writers and Readers of the Hebrew Bible, and On the Way to Postmodern: Old Testament Essays.

Volume 18a: Job 21–37

  • Author: David J.A. Clines
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 501

Learn how every element of Job is an essential element in the weaving of a literary and theological masterpiece. Examine the enigmatic origins and context of Job, its textual tradition, its complex structural relationships, and keys to its elegant poetry. This volume never loses sight of the big picture or the details. It constantly surveys the progress of Job, unravels the identity of its characters, and attempts to identify the distinctive viewpoints of the book’s speakers. The textual notes, which center on explaining why the English versions of Job differ so amazingly from one another, support the author's carefully worded translation.

David J. A. Clines is emeritus professor of biblical studies at the University of Sheffield. He currently serves as publisher and director of Sheffield Phoenix Press. He served as president of the Society for Old Testament Study (1996) and the Society of Biblical Literature (2009). He is the author of The Theme of the Pentateuch, Interested Parties: The Ideology of Writers and Readers of the Hebrew Bible, and On the Way to Postmodern: Old Testament Essays.

Volume 19: Psalms 1–50, rev. ed.

  • Author: Peter C. Craigie
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 504

Peter Craigie demonstrates that the biblical psalms express “the most profound of human feelings and insights—prayer, praise, liturgy, wisdom and lament.” Through careful analysis of language, form, and historical setting, he communicates both the emotional and theological impact of the psalms as originally experienced by the people of Israel at public worship and in private devotions. Professor Craigie's translations and interpretations of the first 50 Psalms provide insights into the Hebrew language and how Israel's literature draws from Ugaritic texts. He provides a careful and critical analysis of various scholarly proposals and their implications for modern interpretation of the Psalter.

Peter C. Craigie (1938–1985) was dean of the faculty of humanities at the University of Calgary. He is the author of The Book of Deuteronomy: New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Ugarit and the Old Testament: The Story of a Remarkable Discovery and its Impact on Old Testament Studies, and The Problem of War in the Old Testament.

Volume 20: Psalms 51–100

  • Author: Marvin E. Tate
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 612

Marvin Tate’s distinctive commentary traces all the biographical, historical, literary, and practical concepts of these middle psalms and demonstrates how the purpose of each one unfolds. The middle section of the Hebrew Psalter has long been regarded as an inspiring anthology of ancient religious poetry. Within this part of the Sepher Tehillim or Book of Praises, are 11 of the 12 psalms of Asaph (73–83), one of Solomon's two (72), the sole offerings of Ethan (89) and Moses (90), and four of the songs ascribed to the sons of Korah—not to mention the many attributed to David. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Marvin E. Tate is senior professor of Old Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is author of From Promise to Exile: The Former Prophets.

Volume 21: Psalms 101–150, rev. ed.

  • Author: Leslie C. Allen
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 450

Get a fresh understanding of the last 50 Psalms, as well as a deeper appreciation of their impact, in their original setting and in their history of interpretation throughout church history. Survey current research into these psalms, and review a fresh translation and textual notes.

Leslie C. Allen is professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, and was lecturer in Hebrew, Aramaic & Judaism at London Bible College. He is the author of The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah, A Liturgy of Grief: A Pastoral Commentary on Lamentations, and Old Testament Library: Jeremiah.

Volume 22: Proverbs

  • Author: Roland E. Murphy
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 305

Roland Murphy approaches Proverbs as “a collection of collections.” The long poems of chapters 1–9 introduce the collections of short sayings in chapters 10-31. With this division Murphy accepts “the unproven but likely assumption” that during the postexilic period chapters 1-9 set the tone for the mostly pre-exilic collections in chapters 10–31. Murphy cautions his readers to consider the limitations of proverbial sayings. The Israelite sages sought in their optimistic teachings to express “the mystery that surrounds all human action: not only self-knowledge, but knowledge of the mysterious role of God.” Much of the wisdom of Proverbs points out the ambiguities of life. Yet the Proverbs do not provide the final word; "rather they act as a goad, a prod to further thought."

Roland E. Murphy is George Washington Ivey Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Hermeneia: Song of Songs.

Volume 23a: Ecclesiastes

  • Author: Roland E. Murphy
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 170

Delve into the perplexing book of Ecclesiastes and study its textual history, historical context, and place in Israel’s wisdom tradition, with Roland Murphy. Revealing vast knowledge of past and present studies on Ecclesiastes, Murphy surveys the broad range of conflicting ideas about this book in historical and contemporary scholarship, dissecting all the major theories of authorship, dating, sociological setting, and linguistic analysis.

Roland E. Murphy is George Washington Ivey Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Hermeneia: Song of Songs.

Volume 23b: Song of Songs/Lamentations

  • Authors: Duane Garrett and Paul R. House
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 496

Join Duane Garrett and Paul House as they examine two of the Bible’s most unusual and compelling books. They examine the textual history, historical context, literary structure, and authorship, of each book, providing extensive notes and bibliographic references.

Duane Garrett is John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on the faculty at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Bethel Seminary, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Mid-America Baptist Seminary, and Korea Baptist Seminary.

Paul R. House is professor of biblical studies at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Fallen: A Theology of Sin, 1, 2 Kings: New American Commentary, and Old Testament Theology.

Volume 24: Isaiah 1–33, rev. ed.

  • Author: John D.W. Watts
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 624

Study the epic story of the prophet Isaiah and his dealings with Israel and other nations with John Watts. From the opening covenantal indictment to the messianic proclamations in chapters 55–66, Watts explores the complex historical background, textual difficulties, interpretive issues, and source theories for the book Isaiah. One of the most detailed commentaries ever produced on Isaiah, Watts work is a standard text for students of Isaiah.

John D.W. Watts was president and professor of Old Testament at the Baptist Theological Seminary, Ruschlikon, Switzerland. He also served as professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Studying the Book of Amos, Obadiah: A Critical Exegetical Commentary, and The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah.

Volume 25: Isaiah 34–66, rev. ed.

  • Author: John D.W. Watts
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 448

Study the epic story of the prophet Isaiah and his dealings with Israel and other nations with John Watts. From the opening covenantal indictment to the messianic proclamations in chapters 55–66, Watts explores the complex historical background, textual difficulties, interpretive issues, and source theories for the book Isaiah. One of the most detailed commentaries ever produced on Isaiah, Watts’ work is a standard text for students of Isaiah.

John D.W. Watts was president and professor of Old Testament at the Baptist Theological Seminary, Ruschlikon, Switzerland. He also served as professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Studying the Book of Amos, Obadiah: A Critical Exegetical Commentary, and The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk and Zephaniah.

Volume 26: Jeremiah 1–25

  • Author: Peter C. Craigie
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 440

Examine the compositional sources, textual witnesses, chronology, and theological significance of Jeremiah with Peter Craigie. Review and evaluate modern critical perspectives to Jeremiah, and consider the legacy of nineteenth-century “higher critical” understanding of Jeremiah as an evolutionary document. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Peter C. Craigie (1938–1985) was dean of the faculty of humanities at the University of Calgary. He is the author of The Book of Deuteronomy: New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Ugarit and the Old Testament: The Story of a Remarkable Discovery and its Impact on Old Testament Studies, and The Problem of War in the Old Testament.

Volume 27: Jeremiah 26–52

  • Authors: Gerald L. Keown, Pamela J. Scalise, and Thomas G. Smothers
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 402

Examine the compositional sources, textual witnesses, chronology, and theological significance of Jeremiah. Review and evaluate modern critical perspectives to Jeremiah, and consider the legacy of nineteenth-century “higher critical” understanding of Jeremiah as an evolutionary document. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

Gerald L. Keown is professor of Old Testament interpretation and associate dean of the school of divinity at Gardner-Webb University.

Pamela J. Scalise Pam Scalise is professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary Seattle, Washington. She coauthored The Minor Prophets, vol. 2 with John Goldingay.

Thomas G. Smothers (1934–2012) was professor of Old Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

Volume 28: Ezekiel 1–19

  • Author: Leslie C. Allen
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 348

Delve deep into the language, structure, and background of the mysterious prophecies of Ezekiel. Allen’s mastery of Hebrew provides a fresh translation and is accompanied by notes interpreting the significance of textual variants. Focusing on the meaning of the text, Allen illuminates the historical setting of the book and explains the role of the prophet with clarity and precision.

Leslie C. Allen is professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, and was lecturer in Hebrew, Aramaic and Judaism at London Bible College. He is the author of The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah, A Liturgy of Grief: A Pastoral Commentary on Lamentations, and Old Testament Library: Jeremiah.

Volume 29: Ezekiel 20–48

  • Author: Leslie C. Allen
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 336

Delve deep into the language, structure, and background of the mysterious prophecies of Ezekiel. Allen’s mastery of Hebrew provides a fresh translation and is accompanied by notes interpreting the significance of textual variants. Focusing on the meaning of the text, Allen illuminates the historical setting of the book and explains the role of the prophet with clarity and precision.

Leslie C. Allen is professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, and was lecturer in Hebrew, Aramaic and Judaism at London Bible College. He is the author of The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah, A Liturgy of Grief: A Pastoral Commentary on Lamentations, and Old Testament Library: Jeremiah.

Volume 30: Daniel

  • Author: John E. Goldingay
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 416

Uncover the mysteries of Daniel with leading Old Testament scholar John Goldingay. Goldingay illuminates Daniel’s historical setting and uses it to explain the book’s prophecies. he analyzes the composition of the book, and provides a fresh translation.

John E. Goldingay is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. An internationally respected Old Testament scholar, Goldingay is the author of many commentaries and books, including Old Testament Theology, Old Testament for Everyone, and Theological Diversity and the Authority of the Old Testament.

Volume 31: Hosea–Jonah

  • Author: Douglas Stuart
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 588

Study the books of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, and Jonah, with pioneering Old Testament scholar Douglas Stuart. Heart breaking, strange, and hopeful stories these books are among the Bible’s most misunderstood and Stuart illuminates their meaning by examining their historical context, and unlocking their mysterious stories and prophecies.

Douglas Stuart is professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the author of New American Commentary: Exodus, Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors, and coauthor with Gordon Fee of How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.

Volume 32: Micah–Malachi

  • Author: Ralph L. Smith
  • Editor: John D.W. Watts
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1984
  • Pages: 358

Explore the mysterious prophecies of Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi by studying their historical context, textual transmission, composition, and theological meaning.

Ralph L. Smith is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Old Testament Theology: Its History, Method, and Message.

Volume 33a: Matthew 1–13

  • Author: Donald A. Hagner
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 504

One of the most detailed and thorough treatments of Matthew ever written, Donald Hagner’s commentary addresses the relationship of Matthew to Luke and Mark, examines the major issues for interpreting Matthew, and provides an fresh translation based on engagement with the book’s textual history. Focusing on interpretation and message of Jesus’ kingdom, Hagner draws out illuminating theological themes, applying them to contemporary life.

Donald A. Hagner is the George Eldon Ladd Emeritus Professor of New Testament and the senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Hebrews, The Jewish Reclamation of Jesus, and The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction. Hagner is the coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary with I. Howard Marshall and an ordained minister in the American Presbyterian Church.

Volume 33b: Matthew 14–28

  • Author: Donald A. Hagner
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 576

One of the most detailed and thorough treatments of Matthew ever written, Donald Hagner’s commentary addresses the relationship of Matthew to Luke and Mark, examines the major issues for interpreting Matthew, and provides an fresh translation based on engagement with the book’s textual history. Focusing on interpretation and message of Jesus’ kingdom, Hagner draws out illuminating theological themes, applying them to contemporary life.

Donald A. Hagner is the George Eldon Ladd Emeritus Professor of New Testament and the senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Encountering the Book of Hebrews, The Jewish Reclamation of Jesus, and The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction. Hagner is the coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary with I. Howard Marshall and an ordained minister in the American Presbyterian Church.

Volume 34a: Mark 1–8:26

  • Author: Robert A. Guelich
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 454

Thoroughly engaging with the massive body of scholarship on Mark, Robert Guelich’s commentary presents a thorough textual, historical, and theological examination of Mark. He addresses “the synoptic problem” and provides an engaging and stimulating exposition on the church’s second gospel.

Robert A. Guelich (1939–1991) was professor of New Testament Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Sermon on the Mount: A Foundation for Understanding.

Volume 34b: Mark 8:27–16:20

  • Author: Craig A. Evans
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 594

Thoroughly engaging with the massive body of scholarship on Mark, Craig Evans’s commentary presents a thorough textual, historical, and theological examination of Mark. He addresses “the synoptic problem” and provides an engaging and stimulating exposition on the church’s second gospel.

Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has received degrees from Claremont McKenna College, Western Baptist Seminary, and Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels, Understanding the Bible Commentary: Luke, and From Prophecy to Testament: The Function of the Old Testament in the New.

Volume 35a: Luke 1:1–9:20

  • Author: John Nolland
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 520

Explore the rich narrative of Luke’s gospel with leading New Testament scholar John Nolland. Examining the historical context, literary structure, and relationship to other gospels, Nolland provides a detailed reading of Luke that emphasizes the historicity of the book and its theological meaning.

John Nolland is academic dean and lecturer in New Testament studies at Trinity College, Bristol, England. He is an ordained minister of the Church of England, and author of The New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Gospel of Matthew and coauthor of Built upon the Rock: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew.

Volume 35b: Luke 9:21–18:34

  • Author: John Nolland
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 510

Explore the rich narrative of Luke’s gospel with leading New Testament scholar John Nolland. Examining the historical context, literary structure, and relationship to other gospels, Nolland provides a detailed reading of Luke that emphasizes the historicity of the book and its theological meaning.

John Nolland is academic dean and lecturer in New Testament studies at Trinity College, Bristol, England. He is an ordained minister of the Church of England, and author of The New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Gospel of Matthew and coauthor of Built upon the Rock: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew.

Volume 35c: Luke 18:35–24:53

  • Author: John Nolland
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 462

Explore the rich narrative of Luke’s gospel with leading New Testament scholar John Nolland. Examining the historical context, literary structure, and relationship to other gospels, Nolland provides a detailed reading of Luke that emphasizes the historicity of the book and its theological meaning.

John Nolland is academic dean and lecturer in New Testament studies at Trinity College, Bristol, England. He is an ordained minister of the Church of England, and author of The New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Gospel of Matthew and coauthor of Built upon the Rock: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew.

Volume 36: John, 2nd ed.

  • Author: George R. Beasley-Murray
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 588

Confront the historical, theological, and textual concerns raised by the fourth gospel. George Beasley-Murray reveals John’s unique presentation of Christ as truly human and fully divine, giving special emphasis to John’s concentration on the passion and victory of the incarnate Word. His commentary illuminates John’s primary themes—the cross and resurrection—while engaging thoughtfully with contemporary research.

George R. Beasley-Murray was principal of Spurgeon’s College in England and James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Baptism in the New Testament, Jesus and the Kingdom of God, and Gospel of Life: Theology in the Fourth Gospel. Beasley-Murray’s son, Paul Beasley-Murray, wrote a biography about his father called Fearless for Truth: A Personal Portrait of George Raymond Beasley-Murray.

Volume 38a: Romans 1–8

  • Author: James D.G. Dunn
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 513

See Romans in the light of modern historical and cultural studies with this commentary from ground breaking scholar James D.G. Dunn. Dunn maintains that it is imperative to grasp the coherence of Paul’s thought as it moves with sustained logic and consistent rigor from the opening announcement of God’s righteousness revealed in Christ and the gospel through each interlocking section of this epistle. He insists that the letter must be read and understood within a specific historical and cultural context. Paul’s background in Judaism, his perception of the role of the law as a marker of national Jewish identity, God’s saving actions in Christ both in continuity with the past and as a decisive new chapter in salvation and world history, and the ongoing eschatological tension between the “already” and the “not yet”–clues that inform a penetrating and moving piece of commentary writing.

James D.G. Dunn is Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and is a leading British New Testament scholar. Dunn is a significant proponent of the New Perspective on Paul, and became only the third British scholar to be made the president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He is the author of numerous books, including Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence, The Epistles to Colossians and Philemon: New International Greek Testament Commentary, Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels, and The Oral Gospel Tradition.

Volume 38b: Romans 9–16

  • Author: James D.G. Dunn
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 459

See Romans in the light of modern historical and cultural studies with this commentary from ground breaking scholar James D.G. Dunn. Dunn maintains that it is imperative to grasp the coherence of Paul’s thought as it moves with sustained logic and consistent rigor from the opening announcement of God’s righteousness revealed in Christ and the gospel through each interlocking section of this epistle. He insists that the letter must be read and understood within a specific historical and cultural context. Paul’s background in Judaism, his perception of teh role of the law as a marker of national Jewish identity, God’s saving actions in Christ both in continuity with the past and as a decisive new chapter in salvation and world history, and the ongoing eschatological tension between the “already” and the “not yet”–clues that inform a penetrating and movving piece of commentary writing.

James D.G. Dunn is Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and is a leading British New Testament scholar. Dunn is a significant proponent of the New Perspective on Paul, and became only the third British scholar to be made the president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He is the author of numerous books, including Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence, The Epistles to Colossians and Philemon: New International Greek Testament Commentary, Jesus, Paul, and the Gospels, and The Oral Gospel Tradition.

Volume 40: 2 Corinthians

  • Author: Ralph P. Martin
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1985
  • Pages: 592

In a penetrating analysis of Paul’s responses to the various crises within the Corinthian congregation, Ralph Martin gives new insight into the particular problems of Christianity as expressed in the hedonistic, cosmopolitan setting of Corinth. He shows how Paul’s attempt to redefine the gospel in terms that clearly distinguish it from Hellenistic Jewish Christian ideology results in a moving statement of the Christian message. Rather than the “theology of glory” prevalent at Corinth, Paul articulates his theology of the cross as a “theology of weakness,” of servant- hood and ministry. What was at stake at Corinth, says Martin, was “nothing less than the essence of the kerygma as expressed in the way of the cross.”

Ralph P. Martin was a New Testament professor at the University of Manchester and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Worship in the Early Church, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Ephesians, Colossians, & Philemon, and coedited Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.

Volume 41: Galatians

  • Author: Richard N. Longenecker
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 444

One of the most influential volumes on Galatians, Richard Longenecker offers a fresh translation of Galatians and gives the reader a thorough discussion of such matters as authorship, date, and textual problems, while also addressing the problems Paul faced within his Galatian churches. Longenecker reviews the message of Paul’s opponents and the impact of Paul’s thought on Christianity.

Volume 42: Ephesians

  • Author: Andrew T. Lincoln
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 592

Focus on the power of Paul’s persuasive rhetoric and message in this commentary from Andrew T. Lincoln. Situating the epistle in its historical context, evaluating competing claims of authorship, and examining textual history of the book, Lincoln offers a fresh reading of this challenging epistle that expresses Paul’s vision for ecclesiastical and domestic life.

Andrew T. Lincoln is the Portland Professor of New Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the author of Black’s New Testament Commentary: The Gospel According to Saint John.

Volume 43: Philippians, rev. ed.

  • Author: Gerald F. Hawthorne
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 384

Engage Philippians through the fresh literary perspective of rhetorical criticism, and gain insights from recent archaeological discoveries, and a consideration of the “effective” history of the letter through its influence on the church. Gerald Hawthorne reassesses the issues of provenance and identity of Paul’s opponents and places special emphasis on the themes of joy in suffering and life in Christ are fleshed out in great detail.

Gerald F. Hawthorne (1925–2010) served as a professor of Greek for 42 years at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, as well as chairperson of the Institute for Biblical Research, which he founded. He coedited The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.

Volume 44: Colossians, Philemon

  • Author: Peter T. O’Brien
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1982
  • Pages: 384

Based on the Greek text, Peter T. O’Brien’s commentary provides a compelling interpretation of Colossians and Philemon. He examines pertinent theological questions, and situates the epistle within its historical and cultural context. He also provides extensive notes on the text, and draws out the text’s relevance to contemporary questions.

Peter T. O’Brien is senior research fellow in New Testament, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of the Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Letter to the Ephesians, Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Letter to the Hebrews, and The Epistle to the Philippians: New International Greek Testament Commentary.

Volume 45: 1 & 2 Thessalonians

  • Author: F.F. Bruce
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1982
  • Pages: 228

Detailed exegesis defines any commentary written by F.F. Bruce. Here, Bruce’s efforts provide detailed analysis of the Thessalonian context, the spread of the gospel in Macedonia, and a review of the textual transmission of these early New Testament books. Bruce explains why the Christian message caused a riot at Thessalonica, and traces the church’s anxieties over the return of Christ, clarifying Paul’s cautious response to speculation in Thessalonica and a discussion of how to deal with persecution.

F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote many bestselling commentaries and books, including The Canon of Scripture, Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit, and The Epistle to the Galatians: New International Greek Testament Commentary. He also served as general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament.

Volume 46: Pastoral Epistles

  • Author: William D. Mounce
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 786

Engage some of the hottest issues in contemporary society with this exhaustive treatment of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. Defending traditional interpretations on multiple issues, Robert Mounce provides an intense examination of the text and presents multiple excursus on topics such as qualifications for leadership and authorship.

William D. Mounce is the president of Biblical Training, a nonprofit organization offering the finest in evangelical teaching to the world for free. He served at a church in Spokane, Washington, and was a professor of New Testament and director of the Greek program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of the bestselling Basics of Biblical Greek, Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, and Morphology of Biblical Greek.

Volume 47a: Hebrews 1–8

  • Author: William L. Lane
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 372

Winner of Christianity Today’s 1993 Critic’s Choice Award, this commentary provides an interpretation of the book of Hebrews in conversation with the rapidly growing body of scholarly literature. Acknowledging that many issues such as authorship and provenance remain open, William Lane examines the evidence available and makes a compelling case for his reading of the book and its historical background.

William L. Lane (1931–1999) was Paul T. Walls Chair in Wesleyan and Biblical Studies at Seattle Pacific University. He served as a translation team for the NASB and NIV translations of the Bible. He is the author of The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel of Mark.

Volume 47b: Hebrews 9–13

  • Author: William L. Lane
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 450

Winner of Christianity Today’s 1993 Critic’s Choice Award, this commentary provides an interpretation of the book of Hebrews in conversation with the rapidly growing body of scholarly literature. Acknowledging that many issues such as authorship and provenance remain open, William Lane examines the evidence available and makes a compelling case for his reading of the book and its historical background.

William L. Lane (1931–1999) was Paul T. Walls Chair in Wesleyan and Biblical Studies at Seattle Pacific University. He served as a translation team for the NASB and NIV translations of the Bible. He is the author of The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel of Mark.

Volume 48: James

  • Author: Ralph P. Martin
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 354

One of the most challenging New Testament books, James presents many historical, theological, and textual problems. Ralph Martin tackles each one in order and with scholarly precision. He provides detailed textual notes, places the epistle historically, and engages the theological controversies raised by this often maligned epistle.

Ralph P. Martin was a New Testament professor at the University of Manchester and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Worship in the Early Church, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Ephesians, Colossians, & Philemon, and coedited Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.

Volume 49: 1 Peter

  • Author: J. Ramsey Michaels
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 420

Presenting some of the most unique problems in the New Testament, 1 Peter requires a vast knowledge of the classical world and the New Testament documents. J. Ramsey Michaels’ work on 1 Peter provides a tour through all of the relevant historical data, examining the circumstance which gave rise to Peter’s exhortations. He provides analysis of textual problems, and draws out the epistle’s implications of the epistle for contemporary life.

J. Ramsey Michaels is professor emeritus of religious studies at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, and adjunct professor of New Testament at Bangor Theological Seminary, Portland, Maine. He also taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of several commentaries, on Revelation, including The New International Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospel of John, The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: Revelation, and Interpreting the Book of Revelation.

Volume 50: Jude, 2 Peter

  • Author: Richard Bauckham
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1983
  • Pages: 377

One of the earliest works of ground breaking scholar Richard Bauckham, this commentary provides a detailed examination of the socio-historical context with a special emphasis on the political state of the ancient world at the end of the first century. Bauckham reviews textual data, and draws out insight and applications for contemporary life.

Richard Bauckham was professor of New Testament studies at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews. He retired in 2007 from this position in order to concentrate on research and writing. He currently is the senior scholar at Ridley Hall in Cambridge and visiting professor at St. Mellitus College. He is the author of Scripture, Tradition and Reason: A Study in the Criteria of Christian Doctrine, Jude and the Relatives of Jesus in the Early Church, and Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony.

Volume 51: 1, 2, 3 John

  • Author: Stephen S. Smalley
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 350

Stephen Smalley’s exhaustive commentary on the Greek text of the letters of John argues that these epistles, together with the fourth Gospel, record and reflect the spiritual history of the Johannine community itself. These letters contain theological, ethical and practical truths that are fundamental to the Christian position in every age: that Jesus is one with God as well as one with us; that love and righteousness are indispensable to the believer who seeks as a child of God to walk in the light; and that unity, however flexible, is a demand laid upon the whole Church at all times.

Stephen S. Smalley is a New Testament scholar and author. He was formerly chaplain and dean of Peterhouse, Cambridge and vice-provost of Coventry Cathedral. He is dean emeritus of Chester Cathedral. Smalley has also taught at the universities of Ibadan and Manchester. He is the author of The Revelation to John: A Commentary on the Greek Text of the Apocalypse.

Volume 52a: Revelation 1–5

  • Author: David E. Aune
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 592

An advocate of source criticism and an expert in early Christian prophecy, David Aune examines the full range of secular and biblical literature in search of possible sources for the striking literary devices in Revelation—over three volumes and more than 1,500 pages. His mastery of an incredibly broad range of ancient writings enables him to compare every pericope of Revelation to the literary traditions of the ages that preceded its writing, and thus to evaluate the possible sources for the forms John employed to write his vision. Aune’s detailed introductory comments scrutinize the entire expanse of this mysterious book, providing a monumental treatment of Revelation’s textual history. He provides an expanded outline of all twenty-two chapters and focuses on the implications for the book of Revelation in such matters as:

  • the use of chronological eschatological visions
  • the recurring sets of sevens
  • the paired angelic revelations beginning in 17:1 and 21:9
  • the scenes in the heavenly throne room with their hymns
  • possible connections between the scrolls in chapters 5 and 10

David E. Aune is Walter Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Notre Dame. In 2012 he was named the honorary president for life of the Chicago Society of Biblical research. He is the author of The New Testament in Its Literary Environment, Prophecy in Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean World, and Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity: Collected Essays.

Volume 52b: Revelation 6–16

  • Author: David E. Aune
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 576

An advocate of source criticism and an expert in early Christian prophecy, David Aune examines the full range of secular and biblical literature in search of possible sources for the striking literary devices in Revelation—over three volumes and more than 1,500 pages. His mastery of an incredibly broad range of ancient writings enables him to compare every pericope of Revelation to the literary traditions of the ages that preceded its writing, and thus to evaluate the possible sources for the forms John employed to write his vision. Aune’s detailed introductory comments scrutinize the entire expanse of this mysterious book, providing a monumental treatment of Revelation’s textual history. He provides an expanded outline of all twenty-two chapters and focuses on the implications for the book of Revelation in such matters as:

  • the use of chronological eschatological visions
  • the recurring sets of sevens
  • the paired angelic revelations beginning in 17:1 and 21:9
  • the scenes in the heavenly throne room with their hymns
  • possible connections between the scrolls in chapters 5 and 10

David E. Aune is Walter Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Notre Dame. In 2012 he was named the honorary president for life of the Chicago Society of Biblical research. He is the author of The New Testament in Its Literary Environment, Prophecy in Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean World, and Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity: Collected Essays.

Volume 52c: Revelation 17–22

  • Author: David E. Aune
  • Editor: Ralph P. Martin
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 504

An advocate of source criticism and an expert in early Christian prophecy, David Aune examines the full range of secular and biblical literature in search of possible sources for the striking literary devices in Revelation—over three volumes and more than 1,500 pages. His mastery of an incredibly broad range of ancient writings enables him to compare every pericope of Revelation to the literary traditions of the ages that preceded its writing, and thus to evaluate the possible sources for the forms John employed to write his vision. Aune’s detailed introductory comments scrutinize the entire expanse of this mysterious book, providing a monumental treatment of Revelation’s textual history. He provides an expanded outline of all twenty-two chapters and focuses on the implications for the book of Revelation in such matters as:

  • the use of chronological eschatological visions
  • the recurring sets of sevens
  • the paired angelic revelations beginning in 17:1 and 21:9
  • the scenes in the heavenly throne room with their hymns
  • possible connections between the scrolls in chapters 5 and 10
.

David E. Aune is Walter Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Notre Dame. In 2012 he was named the honorary president for life of the Chicago Society of Biblical research. He is the author of The New Testament in Its Literary Environment, Prophecy in Early Christianity and the Ancient Mediterranean World, and Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity: Collected Essays.

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