Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old and New Testament brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. With careful discourse analysis and interpretation of the Hebrew and Greek text, the authors trace the flow of argument in each Bible book, showing that how a biblical author says something is just as important as what they say.
The aim of the series is not to review and critique every possible interpretation of a passage, but rather to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context. Each passage is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting with attention to grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting. These texts are written primarily for pastors and Bible teachers, but the attention to contemporary issues in the church makes it a focused resource for anyone teaching, preaching, or studying these passages.
Each volume offers a set of distinctive features, including: the main idea of the passage, its literary context, the author’s original translation and exegetical outline, its structure and literary form, an explanation of the text, and its canonical and practical significance. The diagram of each passage enables readers to grasp quickly and accurately the main idea of the text, its development, and supporting ideas; and allows them to understand how the commentator arrived at this depiction and interpretation of the passage. The commentary places a special emphasis on identifying and discussing the main thrust of each passage and showing how it contributes to the development of the whole composition. Each unit concludes with a discussion of the canonical and practical significance of the passage, synthesizing its theology and message for readers today. There are many exegetical commentaries, but none accomplish what this series has achieved.
Acts by Eckhard J. Schnabel won the 2012 Christian Book Award for best Bible Reference.
Since the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (ZECNT) is fully integrated with Logos, Scripture passages link to your English translation for quick reference, or to your Greek texts for original-language study. You can also read it along with your Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the wealth of other Bible study tools in your digital library.
Mark L. Strauss is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy, The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, a commentary on Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series, and a commentary on Mark in the revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary series.
Daniel I. Block (DPhil, University of Liverpool) is Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College.
Clinton E. Arnold is a professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He is the author of 3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare and edited the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (8 vols.) series.