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NIVAC: The Commentary Billy Graham Called ‘an Indispensable Tool’

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The NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) is 42 volumes that bring the Word’s ancient message into our postmodern context. Authors like Douglas Moo, Darrell Bock, and David Garland shed light on Scriptures. 

Billy Graham recommended NIVAC “for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.” And Rick Warren says it’s “an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing ‘doers of the Word.’” 

NIVAC’s tools, ideas, and insights seek to help readers better understand and communicate God’s Word—a common goal with commentaries, as it should be!

According to its five-star Logos user rating, NIVAC pulls it off. 

For every passage, you’ll find these sections:

  • Original Meaning
  • Bridging Contexts
  • Contemporary Significance

Since section titles alone don’t tell you much, here’s some explanation on each, from the series introduction:

Original Meaning

This section helps you understand the meaning of the biblical text in its first-century context. All of the elements of traditional exegesis—in concise form—are discussed here. These include the historical, literary, and cultural context of the passage. The authors discuss matters related to grammar and syntax and the meaning of biblical words. They also seek to explore the main ideas of the passage and how the biblical author develops those ideas.

Bridging Contexts

This section builds a bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of today, between the original context and the contemporary context, by focusing on both the timely and timeless aspects of the text.

Contemporary Significance

This section allows the biblical message to speak with as much power today as it did when it was first written. How can you apply what you learned about Jerusalem, Ephesus, or Corinth to our present-day needs in Chicago, Los Angeles, or London? How can you take a message originally spoken in Greek and Aramaic and communicate it clearly in our own language? How can you take the eternal truths originally spoken in a different time and culture and apply them to the similar-yet-different needs of our culture?

In order to achieve these goals, this section gives you help in several key areas.

What’s the result of diving into original meaning, bridging contexts, and mining contemporary significance?

According to Warren Wiersbe:

The NIV Application Commentary builds bridges that make the Bible come alive with meaning for contemporary life.

Get the New International Version Application Commentary now.

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