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Teach the Text Commentary Series Upgrade Collection (10 vols.)

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Edited by Mark L. Strauss and John H. Walton, the Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best in biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from interpretation to communication of each book of Scripture. The six pages of focused commentary in each preaching unit allow pastors to quickly grasp the most important information in each discussion. Every unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text, along with full-color images.

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  • Provides easy access to the information pastors need to effectively communicate Scripture
  • Contains a concise summary, main theme, illustrations, and interpretation for each passage
  • Points to the key theological themes of the passage and ways to communicate these themes to today’s audiences
Few commentaries help the reader move beyond study to thoughtful application, and fewer still move beyond application to teaching. That’s why I am thrilled with the Teach the Text Commentary Series from Baker. Pastors and teachers are going to love this series. I highly recommend it.

George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University

Pastors, communicators, and fellow Bible teachers, shove some books over and make room on your shelves. The Teach the Text Commentary Series was specifically envisioned with us in the lens and emphasizes precisely what matters most: communicating the heart of the authoritative text itself. Here is the best of biblical scholarship made accessible, applicable, and relevant to life right here on the hot pavement where we need it most.

Beth Moore, founder, Living Proof Ministries

Most commentaries are either too technical or too light to be of much help, leaving us to wander through the text on our own. Accurately balanced between good scholarship and solid preaching perspectives, these commentaries provide an unusually deep and relevant approach to the text. If you take preaching and teaching the Word seriously you must take this series seriously as well.

—Joe Stowell, president, Cornerstone University

I love Bible commentaries. But, some are too much; some are too little. The Teach the Text Commentary Series lands right in the middle—the best of scholarship in a manageable size for busy pastors and teachers.

Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals

The Teach the Text Commentary Series builds a wonderful bridge between the academic works of the past and contemporary works of the present day. The content is easy to comprehend while giving enough meaty knowledge so everyday students and teachers of the Bible can grab hold of the powerful text with an assurance of sound interpretation. I can’t wait for my first copy to sit squarely on the corner of my desk!

—David Anderson, lead pastor, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, MD

The Teach the Text Commentary Series is a perfect tool for the pastor looking for ‘sermon-ready’ insights. They not only provide the most relevant ‘sermon-friendly’ information but organize it in a manner that makes it simple for the pastor to use.

—Miles McPherson, senior pastor, The Rock Church, San Diego, CA

Teach the Text is the kind of commentary I have looked for a long time. It deals with the kinds of questions that busy pastors have to ask and answer in order to preach the Scriptures every week. I commend it to those of you who are in that kind of ministry.

Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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For sheer spectacle, you can hardly beat the book of Exodus: a murderous king, God’s appearance to Moses in the burning bush, the series of miraculous signs in Egypt, the Passover, the parting of the Sea of Reeds, and the giving of the law at Mount Sinai. The events of Exodus form the foundation for understanding God and his plan of salvation, serving as the paradigm for the saving ministry of Jesus Christ.

God delivers the nation of Israel out of Egypt, but more importantly, he comes to dwell in their midst, beginning the restoration of the broken fellowship with humanity that began at the fall. T. Desmond Alexander skillfully comments on this important biblical text, providing key background information, theological nuances, and interpretive insights to help pastors, teachers, and readers understand and apply the lessons of Exodus to the Christian life today.

T. Desmond Alexander is director of Christian training at Union Theological College in Belfast, Northern Ireland. From 1980 to 1999, he was lecturer in Semitic studies at the Queen’s University of Belfast. His main field of research is the Pentateuch, about which he has written extensively in academic journals and books. Alexander also has a special interest in the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. He is the author of From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Main Themes of the Pentateuch and Abraham in the Negev, and he is a coeditor (with Brian S. Rosner) of the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology (IVP, 2000), available from Logos.

Leviticus and Numbers

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To many, Leviticus is difficult to understand and can seem distant from contemporary life. In reality, it has much to teach Christians about God, sin, holiness, worship, and ethical living, and it provides the framework for greater understanding of Christ’s atoning work. Joe Sprinkle offers historical and cultural information, in addition to insightful commentary on the text, in order to help any teacher bring Leviticus alive for today’s audience.

Numbers tells of the journey from Sinai to the Jordan and of the rebellion of the people that led to forty years of wilderness wandering. This commentary helps the reader navigate the lists, laws, and narratives of Numbers in order to illuminate the important lessons of Numbers that apply today: the dangers of disobedience, the fulfillment of God’s promises, the importance of godly leadership, and God’s commitment to his people.

This commentary deserves a wide reading. Sprinkle frequently cites the results of archeology that illustrate the biblical text and has modern, moving illustrations that illuminate the theological content of the sections he is explaining from Leviticus and Numbers. This work will be a great source for Bible teachers to teach the text in a contextual and exegetically responsible way.

Mark F. Rooker, senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Joe M. Sprinkle (PhD, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is professor of Old Testament at Crossroads College in Rochester, Minnesota. He is author of The Book of the Covenant: A Literary Approach and Biblical Law and its Relevance, as well as articles in journals, dictionaries, and a study Bible.


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Joshua covers a critical period in the history of Israel, as God brings them out of the desert wanderings into the land he promised them, through a series of spectacular military maneuvers. Yet readers today may struggle with commands from God that offend modern sensibilities. And what does the conquest and division of the promised land have to do with the Christian life?

Professor Kenneth Mathews helps teachers, preachers, and everyday readers understand this important Old Testament book in its original context and apply it for today. While Joshua is historical, it is also theological. The crucial lessons then and now are that God’s word is truthful and authoritative and that he fulfills his promises.

The clear, comprehensive, and cogent exposition found in these pages evidences the wisdom and thoroughness of a mature scholar who has invested many years researching and teaching this biblical book. It is a genuine joy to recommend this outstanding work.

David S. Dockery, president of Trinity International University

Kenneth A. Mathews (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Michigan) is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Paleo-Hebrew Leviticus Scroll and Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People. He also translated Leviticus for the New Living Translation of the Bible.

Judges and Ruth

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Judges covers a dark time in Israel’s history, and the narrative often leaves the reader shocked at the actions of God’s people. In spite of Israel’s unfaithfulness, God remains faithful. He, not the leaders he raises up, is the hero of the story. Way helps the reader understand this perplexing text, using two interpretive questions: What is wrong with this picture? Where is God in this story?

Concurrent with the time of the judges, Ruth provides a counterbalance to the darkness of Judges, showing there were still people who kept the covenant. But it too is a story about God—his love, loyalty, and compassion—and of how he paved the way for King David and, ultimately, Jesus.

Concise and well-written. The unique conventions of the Teach the Text Commentary Series—such as highlighting big ideas and key themes and giving guidance on teaching and illustrating the text—will make this commentary very helpful to those involved in a regular teaching ministry.

Clinton E. Arnold, dean and professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Kenneth C. Way (PhD, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is associate professor of Bible exposition at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He is also the author of Donkeys in the Biblical World: Ceremony and Symbol.

Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

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Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther are the historical books from Israel’s postexilic period. While lacking miraculous intervention found in previous historical books, God is nevertheless active behind the scenes, working through human agency and sovereignly orchestrated “coincidences” to achieve his purposes: the restoration and protection of his people, despite opposition and outright threat.

Packed with colorful historical background material and cogent theological insight into the narrative stories, this is one of the most helpful commentaries I know of on these important books. Anyone planning to teach or preach from Ezra, Nehemiah, or Esther would be wise to drink deeply from this expertly written volume.

J. Daniel Hays, dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies, Ouachita Baptist University

Douglas J. E. Nykolaishen (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is an ordained minister and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He and his wife, Cora-Fay, live in Arkansas.

Andrew J. Schmutzer (PhD, Trinity International University) is professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute. He is coauthor of Between Pain & Grace and has published in Bulletin for Biblical Research and Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. Andrew and his wife, Ashley, live in West Chicago.

Psalms, Volume 2 (Psalms 73–150)

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Throughout the centuries, the Psalms have held a beloved place in Judaism and Christianity and in the lives of individual believers. They express in profound ways the thoughts and emotions of the soul, from the highest experiences of joy and praise to the lowest valleys of lament. C. Hassell Bullock has been deeply shaped by the Psalms, and this commentary is born out of a lifetime of loving study—as a Christian, a professor, and a pastor. He brings all three perspectives to bear, skillfully leading the reader through each psalm, with attention paid to genre, structure, theology, and practical application. Here is wise guidance for preachers and teachers who wish to bring the timeless messages of the Psalms to today’s believers.

In this creative work, Bullock has served up a feast for us to fully engage the riches of the Psalms. From structure to theology, outlines to application, it’s all here, fresh and accessible. Both the novice and the veteran lover of the Psalter need look no further. This is a fabulous tool to help the contemporary church bring the honesty of lament back into the hearts and practice of believers--we need it!

Andrew J. Schmutzer, professor of biblical studies, Moody Bible Institute; coauthor of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther in the Teach the Text Commentary Series

C. Hassell Bullock (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Hebrew Bible emeritus at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of the two volumes on Psalms in the Teach the Text Commentary Series as well as An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books, and Encountering the Book of Psalms.

Jeremiah and Lamentations

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Jeremiah and Lamentations showcase a dark time in Judah’s history, before and during the exile to Babylon. Here is insightful commentary to help the modern reader and teacher understand and apply these important but often neglected portions of Scripture. Jeremiah brings God’s indictment against the people for repeated and egregious covenant violations. This is accompanied by a call to repentance that, if left unheeded, will lead to God’s judgment. The people don’t repent, and God does punish them, yet Jeremiah includes a message of hope for future restoration through a new covenant that will also bless the nations. Lamentations serves as a sequel to Jeremiah, in the aftermath of Jerusalem’s fall and the exile. The author laments over the destroyed city and, more importantly, over the sin that brought its downfall. It is a study in anguish, yet it too contains glimpses of hope in a restoring God.

Daniel Hays has long been one of my go-to Old Testament scholars. His work on Jeremiah and Lamentations is going to serve very well those who teach and preach from these inspired texts. Balance, insight, careful exegesis, and healthy theology characterize this book. It is a most welcome addition to this excellent series.

Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

J. Daniel Hays (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of biblical studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God's Word and The Dictionary of Bible Prophecy and End Times. A former missionary to Ethiopia, Hays has also done mission work in Niger, Jordan, Myanmar, and Indonesia.


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The book of Acts is theological history, showing how Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection informed the life, teaching, and ministry of the early church. God’s power is displayed through the Spirit in the outward spread and influence of the gospel. We see how God’s Old Testament promises are fulfilled in the church, composed of both Jews and Gentiles. It is an open-ended story, so its history and theology are needed for the life and mission of the church today.

David Garland has written a wonderful commentary that is consistently faithful to the text, thoroughly informative on historical matters, deeply committed to theological explanation, focused on contemporary application, and always eminently readable.

Eckhard J. Schnabel, professor of New Testament studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

David E. Garland (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean for academic affairs and William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. He is the author of numerous books, including award-winning commentaries on 1 Corinthians and Mark.

2 Corinthians

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Even in the first century, church life could be messy. Just ask Paul and the Corinthians. Though the apostle had previously addressed problems at the church in Corinth in person and by letter, troubling issues remained. Arrogant and overbearing false teachers, factions, and disloyalty to Paul and the true gospel were just some of the issues plaguing the church. Second Corinthians speaks into this situation, pleading for church members to be reconciled and restored to one another, to Paul, and to God. The letter also addresses important topics such as pastoral integrity, comfort in suffering, strength in weakness, the true source of boasting, sexual purity, and Christian generosity. Dr. Hubbard applies a keen eye to the original situation and helps the modern teacher make the connection to today on these still-relevant issues for church health and mission.

Hubbard’s commentary on 2 Corinthians is a treasure for students and preachers. Here we find expert exegesis deeply rooted in the historical context and culture of the day. At the same time, the theological message of each paragraph and its application for today’s world are powerfully communicated.

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Moyer V. Hubbard (DPhil, University of Oxford) is professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is the author of New Creation in Paul's Letters and Thought, Christianity in the Greco-Roman World, and another commentary on 2 Corinthians.

James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude

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Jim Samra provides insightful and pastoral commentary on these powerful books. James addresses faith and works, the role of mercy, and Scripture. First Peter takes up God’s plan of salvation and the issue of Christian suffering. It’s an encouragement to faithful discipleship as sojourners in a hostile world. Second Peter exhorts us to growth and faithfulness, specifically in the face of false teachers. The short book of Jude emphasizes contending for the apostolic faith in the face of ungodliness in the church and society.

Crisp, to the point, and full of wisdom—that is how Jim Samra teaches the texts from James, Peter, and Jude. Here is a commentary that is pastoral, careful with the text, discerning, and quite useful.

Darrell L. Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; senior Bible teacher, Back to the Bible

Jim Samra is senior pastor of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has a PhD from Oxford University, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a BS from the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Gift of Church and Being Conformed to Christ in Community. Jim and his wife, Lisa, have four amazing children and therefore spend a lot of time listening for guidance from God.

Mark Strauss is Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, Distorting Scripture?, The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy, Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series, Mark in the Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary series, and Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series.

John H. Walton is Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: God’s Purpose, God’s Plan; The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament; and A Survey of the Old Testament.


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