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Lexham Geographic Commentaries (6 vols.)

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Lexham Geographic Commentaries

The Lexham Geographic Commentaries deliver fresh insight by drawing attention to an often overlooked component of biblical stories—their geographical setting. Geography is a central concern throughout Scripture, but the full significance of the geographical context is easily overlooked without a familiarity with the places, the relative distances, and the ancient setting. To create an innovative, award-winning commentary on the geographic and physical background of the biblical text, we partnered with noted Bible scholar and cartographer Dr. Barry J. Beitzel. This commentary will not only place you in the sandals of the ancient writers of Scripture, but it will explain the significance of the geographic details in the biblical text for your life today.

When you order this collection, all of the volumes listed below as Now Available are automatically downloaded. As forthcoming volumes are completed, they will download automatically as soon as they ship.

Praise for the Lexham Geographic Commentaries

A great number of the skills that contribute to solid biblical interpretation involve considering a text in one or another of its various contexts—linguistic, literary, historical, social, cultural, rhetorical, intertextual. But how often do we give adequate attention to the geographical and archaeological contexts of the events about which we read or the settings in which Jesus was raised, taught, acted, died, and rose again? This distinctive and clearly-focused commentary is replete with solid information about those geographical and archaeological contexts, and with connections to the Gospel texts (ranging from the secure to the suggestive, but always stimulating), that will admirably help us keep those physical contexts in view as we read, interpret, teach, and preach from the Gospels.

—David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary

What a resource! Whether you study the Bible, teach or preach it, or are planning to do a movie where you need to understand how people lived, the Lexham Geographic Commentary on Acts through Revelation is a treasure trove of information about first century life. This is up to date and full of detail that not only will inform you but fascinate you as well. Just very well done.

—Darrell Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary

Most New Testament professors are at best amateurs when it comes to geography and archaeology and for many of us the geographical information is inaccessible, but the Lexham Geographic Commentary on Acts through Revelation brings it all together. Just what Bible readers, pastors, and professors need! An abundance of images, excellent scholarly descriptions and narratives, and first-rate scholarship all bundled into an accessible format. I will not study any from Acts to Revelation without having this volume at my side.

—Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: Lexham Geographic Commentaries
  • Editor: Barry J. Beitzel
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Volumes: 6
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Now Available

Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels

  • Editor: Barry J. Beitzel
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Page Count: 600

2019 Christianity Today Book Award Winner for Biblical Studies

The Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels delivers fresh insight by paying attention to an often overlooked component of the Gospel stories—their geographical setting. Many familiar Gospel narratives are filled with geographic details that we gloss over because of our distance from the Holy Land. In a world of dirt roads and dry riverbeds, where shepherds watch their flocks in the hills and fishermen mend their nets by the sea, Jesus taught from hill and plain, using the surrounding landscape as the backdrop for his teaching. Jesus’ parables and illustrations are often brimming with geographic clues, but the significance of these distinctive details is often lost on us today.

Lexham Geographic Commentary on Acts through Revelation

  • Editor: Barry J. Beitzel
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Page Count: 512

The Lexham Geographic Commentary on Acts through Revelation delivers fresh insight by drawing attention to the geographical setting for the spread of Christianity in the first century AD. Geography is a central concern in Acts, but the full significance of its geographical context is easily overlooked without a familiarity with the places, the types of transportation, the relative distances, and the travel conditions around the Mediterranean in the first century AD. Luke’s account mentions places from all over the known world, and Paul’s missionary travels covered an estimated 15,000 miles by land and sea.

Forthcoming

Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Pentateuch

  • Editor: Barry J. Beitzel
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Estimated Publication Date: 2022

Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Historical Books, Volume 1

  • Editor: Barry J. Beitzel
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Estimated Publication Date: 2023

This volume covers the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth.

Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Historical Books, Volume 2

  • Editor: Barry J. Beitzel
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Estimated Publication Date: 2023

This volume covers the books of 1–2 Samuel, 1–2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

Lexham Geographic Commentary on Poetry and Prophecy

  • Editor: Barry J. Beitzel
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Estimated Publication Date: 2024

About the Editor

Barry J. Beitzel is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Dropsie University in Philadelphia. He obtained a postdoctorate in Ancient Near Eastern Geography from the Université de Liège, Belgium, and has engaged in postdoctoral archaeological work through UCLA in eastern Syria. Dr. Beitzel is the author of The New Moody Atlas of the Bible. His publications on Near Eastern geography have appeared in a variety of monographs and journals, from Biblical Archaeology Review and The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research to Iraq: The British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

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  1. Matt Doebler

    Matt Doebler

    1/2/2023

    We are now in 2023 and the Pentateuch volume (slated since March of 2022 to have a 2022 release) has still not shipped. What gives, Faithlife?
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  2. Peter Stone

    Peter Stone

    12/1/2022

    I am disappointed that the next version of this series has still not been released. I have tried emailing a few times without any reply. This series started out great and I was really looking forward to the rest but by the silence coming from Lexham over this series I think we will be waiting a long time for it to be completed if it ever is. I won't give this series a rating as I believe it should get a 5 but a 1 for keeping readers up to date. I would suggest Lexham keep their readers up to date about things like this as most readers are understanding if they know what is happening.
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  3. Matt Doebler

    Matt Doebler

    11/24/2022

    There is only one month remaining in 2022 and the Pentateuch volume has still not been released…please don’t waste your money by purchasing the whole set.
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  4. Marco Ceccarelli
    It has been a long time since I bought this series, but the three volumes of the Old Testament continue to lag behind and their publication date continues to be moved forward. It doesn't seem serious to me
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  5. Jim Lowther

    Jim Lowther

    10/13/2022

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    I appreciate Dr. Beitzel's (a former professor of mine) filling us in about the process ahead for the remaining volumes. I am confident he has done his work. However, having learned the hard way, I will no longer pay money ahead of time for a yet to be published title from Logos/Faithlife. The risk has not proven worth the reward. Having paid in advance I have waited eleven long years for the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary to be completed and as yet only thirteen (mostly smaller) volumes have been published. So I advise you wait (and wait) until there is a shipping product.
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  6. Matt Doebler

    Matt Doebler

    9/29/2022

    2022 is getting long in the tooth and we’re STILL waiting for that Pentateuch volume
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  7. Matt Doebler

    Matt Doebler

    6/17/2022

    STILL waiting for that Pentateuch volume.
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  8. Matt Doebler

    Matt Doebler

    4/3/2022

    Still waiting for that Pentateuch volume.
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  9. Deepak Kumar Singh
    Barry's explanation is appreciated but I would still prefer to wait for other volumes to be released before you purchase them. You are likely to get offers/discounts in future too and should save money for it till then. The two volumes released are excellent & highly insightful and I am sure that other vols would be also top notch.
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  10. Barry J. Beitzel
    As I understand it, the Pentateuch volume is slated to be released digitally almost immediately. The hard copy edition is supposed to be released by mid-November, 2022. Both of the Historical Books volumes have been completed on my end and submitted to Faithlife. I believe the first of those two volumes is presently undergoing in-house editorializing and final graphics. My best guess is that the volume will appear in digital form in early 2023, with hard copy edition to follow about 6 months later. As I say, the 2nd volume of the Historical Books was completed and submitted on my end about 8-10 months ago. But it is also true that those two volumes contain more than 650,000 words, plus bibliographies, and including somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 images, graphs, pictures, and the like, so this is not an easy product to produce for Faithlife. As far as the Poetry/Prophesy volume is concerned, all the the text (minus about 25,000 words yet to be produced for me) has been fully edited on my end and submitted to the Press. I'm not in a position to state when that final volume will appear, but my strong suspicion is somewhere around 2024.
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