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IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament
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IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament


IVP 1993

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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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