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IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament

, 1993
ISBN: 9780830877829

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To understand and apply the Bible well, you need two crucial sources of information. One is the Bible itself. The other is an understanding of the cultural background of the passage you're reading.

Only with the background can you grasp the author's original concerns and purposes. This unique commentary provides, in verse-by-verse format, the crucial cultural background you need for responsible—and richer—Bible study.

Based on ten years of in-depth study, this accessible and bestselling commentary is valuable for pastors in sermon preparation, for Sunday-school and other church teachers as they build lessons, for missionaries concerned not to import their own cultural biases into the Bible, for college and seminary students in classroom assignments, and for everyday Bible readers seeking to deepen and enhance their study of Scripture.

Key Features

  • Glossary of cultural terms and important historical figures
  • Includes maps, charts, and bibliographies
  • Introductory essays about cultural background information for each book of the New Testament

Praise for the Print Edition

A rich and lucid resource for understanding God's Word. This work is presented in a way that serves the needs of pastors in their sermon preparation, as well as lay members in personal Bible studies.

—Charles Blake, Presiding Bishop of Church of God in Christ

Product Details

  • Title: IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament
  • Author: Craig S. Keener
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 842

About Craig S. Keener

Craig S. Keener received his PhD from Duke University and is professor of New Testament at Palmer Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

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“Jesus states that the sin is not how he gained his income but simply that he hoarded it rather than giving generously; the same emphasis appears in Proverbs.” (Luke 12:21)

“The image of a lamb among wolves was proverbial for defenselessness.” (Luke 10:3)

“Greeting no one on the way indicates the urgency of their prophetic mission representing God and not themselves” (Luke 10:4)

“Because Jewish teachers spoke of Gentile converts to Judaism as starting life anew like ‘newborn children’ (just as adopted sons under Roman law relinquished all legal status in their former family when they became part of a new one), Nicodemus should have understood that Jesus meant conversion; but it never occurs to him that someone Jewish would need to convert to the true faith of Israel.” (John 3:3–4)

“Using the jars for another purpose would temporarily defile them; Jesus shows more concern for his friend’s wedding than for contemporary ritual.” (John 2:7)

  • Title: New Testament
  • Author: Craig Keener
  • Series: IVP Bible Background Commentary
  • Publisher: IVP
  • Print Publication Date: 1993
  • Logos Release Date: 2002
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780830877829, 0830877827, 0830814051, 9780830814053
  • Resource ID: LLS:29.3.4
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-03-23T17:06:05Z
Craig Keener

Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, and is the author of 17 books, four of which have won book awards in Christianity Today. One, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, has sold more than half a million copies. He has authored scholarly commentaries on Matthew, John (two volumes), Acts (four volumes), and more briefly on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Revelation. Dr. Keener is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who spent 18 months as a refugee in her nation of Congo before their marriage.




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    For some reason Logos says that this book is in my print library but then it says that I don't have a license to view it?
  2. Nathaniel Fox

    Nathaniel Fox


    Trying to get this book but it says it is only available in a collection but then gives me no collections to purchase it in.
  3. Claude Brown Jr
  4. Angela Meister
    Personally will wait for the updated edition. I have the Old Testament on Kindle and it would be lovely to have it all linked. I also have a Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (available on Logos as a note only edition). Keener is one of the writers of that as well-- though I don't know how much he contributed on that. I have noticed many overlaps in the Old Testament comments between the commentary and the bible notes even though they are different. Kindle is kind of a crummy format for these books in my opinion (I don't have Kindle device, but navigation on computer is awkward). I will check back for the updates every now and then. These are really interesting to me.
  5. Roy Meyer

    Roy Meyer


  6. Peter Hill

    Peter Hill


  7. AJ Dunbar

    AJ Dunbar


    This is my 3rd time leaving a review or comment for this product, and it was removed both times. My question is regarding, would I be able to use the newer version if I purchased it from another website, on logos. Please do not delete this comment again. I only want to know the answer. Thanks.
  8. Rob Golding

    Rob Golding


    Good book, but let's get the new one Logos!
  9. Dudley Rose

    Dudley Rose


    Yes, outdated. Should have 2014 edition available.
  10. Ray Murray

    Ray Murray


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