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Verse By Verse

The Osborne New Testament Commentaries interpret Scripture verse by verse, bridging the gap between scholarship and the Church. This set of commentaries is for people seeking a straightforward explanation of the text in its context, avoiding either oversimplification or technical complexity. Respected biblical scholar Grant R. Osborne brings out the riches of the New Testament, making each book accessible for pastors and all who consider themselves students of Scripture.

 

Praise for the Osborne New Testament Commentaries

With this new series, readers will have before them what we—his students—experienced in all of Professor Osborne's classes: patient regard for every word in the text, exegetical finesse, a preference for an eclectic resolution to the options facing the interpreter, a sensitivity to theological questions, and most of all a reverence for God's word.

—Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor in New Testament, Northern Seminary

The Osborne New Testament Commentaries draw from the deep well of a lifetime of serious study and teaching. They present significant interpretive insights in a highly accessible, spiritually nurturing format. This is a tremendous resource that will serve a new generation of Bible readers well for years to come. Highly recommended!

—Andreas J. Kӧstenberger, Founder of Biblical Foundations™, senior research professor of New Testament & biblical theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: Osborne New Testament Commentaries
  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Series: Osborne New Testament Commentaries
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Volumes: 11

Luke

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Pages: 664

The Gospel of Luke is an orderly historical account, but it is far from ordinary. In the longest Gospel, Luke places great stress on the unique lordship of Jesus and God’s plan to bring salvation into this world. Throughout, Luke stresses that Jesus’ message reaches the forgotten people groups of this world, particularly the poor and women, showing us that the gospel is truly intended for all peoples.

In Luke Verse by Verse, Grant Osborne leads readers through this systematic account of Jesus’ life. He shows us why Luke may be called “the theologian of prayer” and unpacks the far-reaching power of the gospel then and now. With Osborne as guide, readers will learn what this Gospel, which introduces the Suffering Servant who has become the Risen Lord of all and reigns by his Spirit, can teach us today.

John

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Page Count: 560

John is at once the most complex and the easiest to understand of all the Gospels. If we want a young seeker or new believer to read something that is both clear and filled with the gospel and good basic theology, we give them the Gospel of John. And if we want to study an incredibly deep theological masterpiece that stretches the brightest mind, we open the Gospel of John. It is the most evangelistic account of Jesus’ life and ministry, and it also gives the mature Christian deep theological truths to chew on.

In John Verse by Verse, respected New Testament scholar Grant R. Osborne invites the reader to become caught up in the dramatic masterpiece of the Fourth Gospel. He writes, “If I were teaching a course in college or seminary on creative writing, John’s Gospel would be set alongside Shakespeare as models of brilliant characterization and plot.” It is perhaps Osborne’s favorite book of the Bible, and enthusiasm for it shines on every page.

Acts

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Pages: 576

In Acts Verse by Verse, respected New Testament scholar Grant R. Osborne examines the history of the early Church and the foundation it provides us today.

Romans

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Page Count: 542

Romans is Paul’s theological magnum opus. Within its pages, we have the Apostle Paul’s fullest presentation of the good news he preached. Written from Corinth in AD 57 to a church he had not yet met, Romans is his masterful presentation of the dire situation all humans find themselves in, the grace of God in sending us salvation, and how we should live in light of God’s great love for us.

In Romans Verse by Verse, Grant R. Osborne unpacks what this towering letter means for us today. Familiar with scholarly discussions yet committed to making Romans intelligible to the lay reader, Osborne skillfully explains what it meant for its original audience and how it applies to us today.

Galatians

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Page Count: 240

In Galatians, the Apostle Paul is engaged in a battle for the gospel. A group of legalistic Jewish Christians had gone into the Galatian churches Paul had established and begun convincing new Christians that they had to follow the Old Testament law in order to be saved. In response, Paul writes a letter urging the Galatians to live in the freedom that comes from Jesus. He pleads with them to cling to the cross of Christ and not replace it with attempts to earn righteousness through their works.

In Galatians Verse by Verse, Grant R. Osborne takes us back to the first century, showing readers the high stakes that led Paul to write this letter. Osborne skillfully explains what it meant for its original audience and how it applies to us today. The clear message of this book is that Christ is not only Messiah; he brought about an entirely new era of salvation history. Under the new covenant in Christ, believers are declared righteous before God by faith alone, then empowered to live in step with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Page Count: 267

From prison, the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Ephesian Christians that was packed with many grand theological themes: the mystery of the gospel, the work of the Trinity, the exalted nature of Christ, the gift of salvation, the church as the body of Christ, and spiritual warfare against the powers of darkness.

In Ephesians: Verse by Verse, Grant R. Osborne offers a clear exposition of this complex book. He serves as a trustworthy guide as he unpacks Ephesians, explaining what it meant in its first-century setting and how it applies to us today. Throughout he focuses on the exalted Christ who is lord of all, and the unity of the church as the new creation in Christ.

Philippians

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Page Count: 176

As he sits in a Roman prison, the Apostle Paul does not focus on the difficulties of his own situation when he writes to the Philippians. Rather, he is most interested in encouraging the Philippian church that he and his ministry team had founded on his second missionary journey. He overflows with joy as he urges his readers to maintain unity by looking to role models—himself, their brother Epaphroditus, but above all Jesus Christ.

In Philippians Verse by Verse, Grant R. Osborne gets inside this letter to show readers Paul’s close partnership with the Philippian church. These believers were always willing to help Paul when he was in a tight spot, and his relationship with them brought him great encouragement even in the midst of being persecuted for the sake of the gospel. Osborne helps readers to learn about the Philippians’ service and Paul’s gratitude so that we too can maintain joy in the direst of circumstances.

Colossians & Philemon

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Page Count: 220

While the apostle Paul was in prison, he wrote to the Colossian Christians to help them maintain their focus on the lordship of Jesus against the claims of false teachers that had snuck in among them. At the same time as he sent this letter to the wider church, he also sent a short letter to his friend and coworker Philemon that displays Paul’s masterful skill at conflict resolution.

In Colossians & Philemon: Verse by Verse, Grant R. Osborne carefully and accessibly makes sense of these two important letters, while at the same time drawing on his years of scholarly research on the New Testament. The result is a clear exposition of Colossians and Philemon, explaining what they meant in their first-century setting and what they mean today.

1 & 2 Thessalonians

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Page Count: 288

Paul’s letters to the church in Thessalonica are often considered two of the less important of his letters, but they were written to an important city and a church facing important issues. In addition to addressing the issue of Christ’s return and the problem of people who refused to work, these letters model a truly loving relationship between a pastor and a congregation.

In 1 & 2 Thessalonians Verse by Verse, respected New Testament scholar Grant R. Osborne shows readers that in a culture demanding that everyone participate in the worship of the Roman Empire’s gods, the Thessalonians desperately needed resources that would help them withstand the pressure to conform. These letters provide us with a thrilling example of affection among believers in extremely hard times and help us see how that affection can make severe trials bearable.

James

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Page Count: 296

James's letter is famous for its practical wisdom and its heart for gospel transformation reflected in action. James is like Proverbs in the New Testament—but written as a letter, reflecting the New Covenant of Christ. It advises believers facing cultural challenges in the diaspora how to approach practical issues like trials and suffering, the proper use of the tongue, and poverty and wealth from a worldview shaped by Christ. Stated simply, it teaches believers about living life in God’s world by God’s rules.

In James Verse by Verse, the late Grant R. Osborne invites readers to delve into this uniquely structured, immensely practical book. James is all about what early Christians called “the Way” and, as such, holds a unique place in the New Testament. This commentary will help modern readers embrace James as a distinctively Christian letter, full of wisdom for everyday life.

Revelation

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Page Count: 432

The book of Revelation tends to both fascinate and confuse us with its vivid and strange imagery. When we turn to trusted scholars for help, the widely divergent interpretations of the book can sometimes cause us to throw our hands in the air and stop reading. Are the visions to be taken literally or symbolically? Do they depict events from the first century or are they future, just before Jesus’ return?

In Revelation: Verse by Verse, Grant R. Osborne cuts through the confusion and offers a clear exposition of the book, explaining what it meant in its first-century setting and what it means today. Instead of being a frightening or befuddling book, Osborne urges us to see Revelation as highly devotional, causing readers to focus on the sovereignty of God, the futility of Satan, and the ultimate victory of the Lamb and his saints.

About Grant R. Osborne

Grant R. Osborne (1942–2018) was professor emeritus of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He authored numerous books, including The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, and commentaries on Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Romans (IVP New Testament Commentary), Matthew (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), and John, James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary). He also taught at Winnipeg Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen, and pastored churches in Ohio and Illinois.