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Gathering Interest

Overview

The Asia Bible Commentary Series (Edited by Bruce J. Nicholls and Sang-Bok David Kim) aims to enable readers to understand the Scriptures in their own context and to interpret and apply them to the plurality of Asian cultures in which they live and work.

The series is designed for use by pastors in their expository ministry of preaching, teaching and counselling, by teachers and students in their theological studies, and by men and women who lead small groups in churches and homes.

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Key Features

  • Interprets scripture in light of an Asian theological context
  • Helpful for pastors, teachers, and students
  • Provides exegesis and application for each section of Scripture

Product Details

  • Title: Asia Bible Commentary Series (5 vols.)
  • Editors: Bruce J. Nicholls & Sang-Bok David Kim
  • Series: Asia Bible Commentary
  • Publisher: Langham
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,330
  • Resource Type: Commentary
  • Topic: Biblical Studies

Individual Titles

Asia Bible Commentary Series: Judges

  • Author: Athena E. Gorospe, Charles R. Ringma
  • Series: Asia Bible Commentary
  • Publisher: Langham
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 336

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The book of Judges marks an important transition in the life of Israel. It shows the cycle of deviancy and repentance, heroic actions and social collapse, the misuse of power and the marginalization of God. This commentary seeks to help readers navigate the many strange stories and characters of Judges by providing an overall framework for reading it and by explaining a way of entering its stories so that they can be appropriated in an Asian context. This commentary challenges the reader to pray and work for a spiritual revitalization, building a new social fabric in a world marked by injustice, pragmatism, and the loss of a God-centered way of life.

This commentary has everything. The stories in Judges can seem puzzling and they can make you wonder why they are in the Bible. This study enables readers to get inside the stories. It mediates useful insights from a wide range of biblical scholarship. And it sets the book in the context of life in Asia, which both helps readers understand the stories and enables the stories to help us understand ourselves and reshape who we are. It’s a great achievement.

John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, USA

Athena Gorospe holds a PhD in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, USA and is Associate Professor at Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines where she teaches in the areas of Old Testament, Hebrew language, and Theology. As an Asian scholar-activist, her research interests lie in the area of Scripture’s interface with philosophy, culture, and social transformation.

Asia Bible Commentary Series: Lamentations

  • Author: Federico Villanueva
  • Series: Asia Bible Commentary
  • Publisher: Langham
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 134

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The book of Lamentations cannot be truly appreciated without knowing suffering and the agony that follows tragic experiences. In this commentary Dr. Federico Villanueva relates the experience of his fellow country men and women in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda to the experience of the Jewish people after the destruction of Judah and the city of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. By drawing these parallels the author hopes that together we will read Lamentations in collective solidarity with a suffering people.

Upon seeing all the devastation brought by Typhoon Yolanda, our five-year-old daughter asked a theological question which we were not able to answer: “Why did God allow the storm to happen?” This was exactly the lament of our hearts, “Why, O God?” This commentary on the book of Lamentations affirmed the validity of our very human grief in the midst of losses, but at the same time, it pointed out biblical resources to draw upon to strengthen us in our journey of faith. I find it a very rich reflection to help us deepen our Christian faith in our own Asian context.

—Charlie E. Labarda, MD Survivor of Typhoon Yolanda Church Council Chairperson (2013-2015), UCCP Tacloban City, Founding Chair, BUHAT Tacloban, Philippines

Federico G. Villanueva holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. He is the Publications Secretary of the Asia Theological Association and General Editor of the Asia Bible Commentary series. Dr. Villanueva teaches part-time in several institutions in the Philippines, including the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Loyola School of Theology in Ateneo Manila, and Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay. He is author of The Uncertainty of a Hearing: A Study of the Sudden Change of Mood in the Lament Psalms (Brill, 2008) and It’s OK to be Not OK (OMF Literature, 2012).

Asia Bible Commentary Series: Psalms 1–72

  • Author: Federico Villanueva
  • Series: Asia Bible Commentary
  • Publisher: Langham
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 362

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This commentary on Psalms 1-72 provides an exposition that the reader can engage with in their own community of faith in the Asian cultural context. Along with a commentary on each Psalm, Dr. Federico Villanueva provides cultural reflections on a wide variety of relevant topics that include the likes of lament, praise, creation, meditation, depression and natural phenomena. This commentary is an excellent resource for pastors, lay leaders and Bible students but will also be useful and relevant for any Christian committed to applying the Bible in their respective contexts.

This is a marvelous commentary. It is based on the best recent study of the Psalms, but is very readable, practical, and heart-warming. Those praying or preaching on the Psalms will find it a most helpful resource.

Dr. Gordon Wenham Tutor in Old Testament Trinity College, Bristol, UK

Federico G. Villanueva holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. He is the Publications Secretary of the Asia Theological Association and General Editor of the Asia Bible Commentary series. Dr. Villanueva teaches part-time in several institutions in the Philippines, including the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Loyola School of Theology in Ateneo Manila, and Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay. He is author of The Uncertainty of a Hearing: A Study of the Sudden Change of Mood in the Lament Psalms (Brill, 2008) and It's OK to be Not OK (OMF Literature, 2012).

Asia Bible Commentary Series: Matthew

  • Author: Samson L. Uytanlet, Kiem-Kiok Kwa
  • Series: Asia Bible Commentary
  • Publisher: Langham
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Pages: 302

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The Great Commission is yet to be fulfilled. Asian churches, like Matthew’s original audience, are encountering various challenges as they obey Jesus’ last command in the First Gospel. The promise of the presence of God accompanies Jesus’ command and in Matthew’s narrative God’s presence is seen powerfully in Jesus’ life. Believers today can hold to the same promise, and this promise should be an encouragement to continue preaching God’s kingdom.

This highly insightful and useful commentary comes from a skillful and multicompetent scholar. Samson Uytanlet attends to literary dimensions of this Gospel as well as displaying sensitivity to, and competence in, both the ancient setting of Matthew’s Gospel and modern Asian contexts. He seamlessly and brilliantly weaves these elements together (along with some insights from the history of Christianity). Uytanlet properly highlights relevant issues of honor, shame, kinship, colonial contexts, and so forth and provides insights on Matthew’s Gospel from which readers in many cultures, including Western ones, will learn much. All this in a work that is well-laid out and very understandably written!

Craig S. Keener, PhD F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, USA

Samson Liao Uytanlet holds a PhD in New Testament from London School of Theology, UK. He is a faculty member of the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines and the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Philippines. He also serves as a pastor of the Gerizim Evangelical Church in Manila. He is the author of Luke-Acts and Jewish Historiography (Mohr Siebeck, 2014).

Asia Bible Commentary Series: 1, 2, 3 John

  • Author: Gilbert Soo Hoo, Pervaiz Sultan
  • Series: Asia Bible Commentary
  • Publisher: Langham
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 196

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Today the Asian church ministers in a multi-religious and often multi-cultural environment and faces serious challenges. Thankfully we have a resource that offers guidance and encouragement—the ancient documents known as 1, 2 and 3 John. In this commentary Dr. Gilbert Soo Hoo provides careful textual analysis alongside contextual relevance in the hope that the reader will hear God’s voice, encouraging them to become disciples that live in fellowship with the Father and the Son and with one another. The fundamental christological truths presented serve as a template to help evaluate various teachings and to discern what is true and what is false, which is critical for believers living and serving in multi-religious Asia.

The Epistles of John have aroused more and more scholarly attention recently. Dr. Gilbert Soo Hoo adds a voice to the many interpretations, especially from an Asian perspective. As a matter of fact, the culture and philosophy in Asian regions are very different from those in the West. Our Asian experiences will certainly enrich that of the West. In so doing, the author incorporates current scholarly opinions and joins their discussion in his commentary. Gilbert’s work adds important salt to the pluralist interpretations of John’s letters.

—Eric Kun-Chun Wong, PhD Associate Director, Divinity School of Chung Chi College The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Gilbert Soo Hoo is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Singapore Bible College. He is the author of The Pedagogy of the Johannine Jesus (2009).