The New Beacon Bible Commentary is an engaging, indispensable reference tool that equips you to study and meditate on God’s Word. Written from the Wesleyan theological perspective, it offers insightful scholarship to help you unlock Scripture’s deeper truths and garner an awareness of the history, culture, and context attributed to each book studied. Readable, relevant, and academically thorough, it offers a new standard for understanding and interpreting the Bible in the twenty-first century.
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From oppression to deliverance to intimacy with God, the storyline of Exodus influences the entire Bible. In Exodus the giver of the law, Moses, anticipates the fulfiller of the law, Jesus. This book is the linchpin for the story of salvation, and the key to the Old Testament understanding of God’s people and their life with him.
H. Junia Pokrifka has combined both scholarship and creativity to produce an outstanding commentary on this pivotal biblical book. Not only is this addition to the New Beacon Bible Commentary series thorough in its scope, but it is also enhanced by the author with charts, a map, and finely honed illustrations.
H. Junia Pokrifka serves as general director of a mission organization that she cofounded, Phos Ministries. After serving as professor of Old Testament, she retired from Azusa Pacific University. She holds an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an STM from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD in Old Testament from the University of St. Andrews.
Spanning four hundred years, the books of First and Second Kings tell the stories of Judah’s and Israel’s rulers from the end of David’s reign to the exile. As the final section of the Hebrew Bible’s Former Prophets, these narratives give special attention to the choices these rulers made and the consequences that ensued. For readers then and now, within these writings are entwined stories of both warning and hope.
Karen Strand Winslow, the author of this engaging New Beacon Bible Commentary, has skillfully probed the depths of these remarkable writings. Drawing on the tools of archaeology, geography, history, and textual analysis, Dr. Winslow has crafted an outstanding exploration of the composition, theology, and application of the biblical text. Particularly useful is the inclusion of six maps to illustrate significant geographical references. Here again is another exceptional addition to the NBBC line.
Karen Strand Winslow is professor of biblical studies, chair of the Biblical and Theological Studies Department, and director of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program at Azusa Pacific Seminary. She earned an MAR (OT) from Asbury Theological Seminary and is ordained in the Free Methodist Church. She holds a PhD from the University of Washington and has taught biblical, Jewish, and women’s studies at Seattle Pacific University, Greenville College, and the University of Washington. Her published works include Early Jewish and Christian Memories of Moses’ Wives (2005) and commentaries on 1 and 2 Kings, Esther, and Isaiah (forthcoming). She was an editor and contributor to The Wesley Study Bible (2009) and Relational Theology: A Contemporary Introduction (2012).
Starting over is challenging—especially after the devastating failure that results in exile. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah not only grapple with the effects of failure but also testify to the gracious hand of a compassionate God who restores his people in the face of insurmountable odds.
The stories of rebuilding and reform in Ezra and Nehemiah are expertly handled in this latest volume of the New Beacon Bible Commentary. Dr. Jim Edlin skillfully unpacks the literary design, authorship, and textual analysis of these books, while highlighting significant theological features, such as the role of collective participation in communal restoration.
Jim Edlin is professor of biblical literature and languages and the Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy at MidAmerica Nazarene University. He earned an MDiv from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a ThM and PhD in Old Testament studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His previous publications include NBBC, Daniel and Discovering the Old Testament (Beacon Hill Press). He is a frequent contributor to Adult Faith Connection and Illustrated Bible Life (WordAction).
Prominent in both Judaism and Christianity, Isaiah is a book about redemption. Consisting of two parts, the first of which being the subject of this commentary, Isaiah’s overall message tells of God’s redemptive plan for all history, not just that of Israel. It is a book that strikes heavily on the thematic notes of God’s holiness, his saving acts, his sovereignty, and his lordship over all nations.
Exploring this formidable prophetic book in its canonical entirety is just one of several outstanding features of this commentary. As with other NBBCs this volume probes the issues of authorship, historical background, theology, and application. The author, Barry L. Ross, has continued the high standard of scholarship present in all New Beacon Bible Commentaries.
Barry L. Ross is professor of Old Testament at the Anderson University, Indiana and has served in Japan and India as missionary.
Possibly the earliest Christian documents, the Thessalonians letters are addressed to Christians in a society surrounded by polytheism and nestled at the crossroads of an empire. With topics ranging from Christology and the second coming to ethics and holy living, these writings are a balm to the suffering, an encouragement to the struggling, and an admonishment to the idle.
Terence Paige deftly handles the content of Thessalonians as well as issues of authorship and composition. He expertly marries both the academic and spiritual tasks of spiritual study to produce an NBBC volume that is a welcome addition to the libraries of lay and clergy alike.
Terence Paige is professor of New Testament and coordinator of biblical studies at Houghton College. He has also taught at Belfast Bible College in Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and serves on the local district board of ministerial development for the Wesleyan Church. He has a PhD from the University of Sheffield (England) as well as earned degrees from Regent College, Vancouver (Canada), and Seattle Pacific University. He has published multiple articles in Bible dictionaries and academic journals.
Scholars have long debated over the authorship and significance of the Pastoral Epistles-1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. From authorship by Paul himself to authorship by persons unknown writing in the spirit of Paul, the range of scholarly opinion is wide and varied. David Ackerman sifts through these differences and emerges with a well-informed perspective of his own. He expertly takes the reader beyond the debate to the timeless and transgenerational message of these canonical treasures.
As with all New Beacon Bible Commentaries, this volume includes not only the helpful critical resources intrinsic to every commentary but also the skilled insights of an expert biblical interpreter.
David A. Ackerman is a minister in the Church of the Nazarene and adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Nazarene Bible College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. He was the professor of New Testament at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (Philippines) and lecturer in Bible at Nazarene Theological College (Brisbane, Australia). He earned degrees from Northwest Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, the University of Denver, and Iliff School of Theology.