Covering both the Old and New Testaments, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary will help you navigate the biblical text and its context. Through informative entries and full-color photos and graphics each volume will walk you verse by verse through the books of the Bible. Here readers find the premier commentary set for connecting with the historical and cultural background to contextualize the individual books, testaments, and Bible as a whole.
The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament (5 vols.) was winner of the 2011 Christian Book Award for Bible Reference.
Please note: these nine volumes will download as ten separate resources into your digital library.
This is a unique and important commentary. It is a milestone in the collection and comparative interpretation of ancient Near Eastern texts, pictures, and other archaeological materials as well as geographical, historical, and cultural information as they relate to the Old Testament. There is nothing else like it available today. . . . There will always be disagreements between scholars on such matters, but the many comparative and archaeological resources assembled in these volumes make it a veritable gold mine for those who desire to take the ancient context of the Lord’s work and word seriously in their study, teaching, and preaching of Holy Scripture.
—Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D., Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
As a pastor, I am certain that the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament is a deeply valuable tool for ministry. With rock-solid scholarship, relevant commentary, and gripping visual illustrations, this will be a great tool for believers for years to come.
—Kevin G. Harney, pastor and author of Organic Outreach for Ordinary People
To me, every Christian should own these commentaries. I say that very seriously because when you study Scripture without looking into the historical and cultural background of what was happening when each part of the Bible was written, we miss incredibly so much meaning, understanding and depth. Using these commentaries when studying Scripture turns our study into a multi-dimensional and extremely colorful study. You will have so many ‘Oh! That’s what that means!’ or ‘Now that makes sense!’ moments when studying with this commentary. I cannot imagine doing any study of the Bible without it quite honestly and couldn’t recommend a commentary of this type any higher.
—Dan Kimball, pastor and author of They Like Jesus but Not the Church
Written in a clear, engaging style, the Logos editionthese digital volumes of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (ZIBBC) series provide a new and accessible approach that more technical expository and exegetical commentaries don’t offer. What’s more, Logos Bible Software gives you the most advanced tools and features for reading and studying this volume. With Logos, you can search by topic or Scripture reference. Learn more about the people, places, and historical events behind the text you’re studying. Incorporate pictures, illustrations, and graphics in sermons or lesson plans. Find relevant results from this commentary when you run a Passage Guide.
John H. Walton is the professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament; Ancient Israelite Literature in Its Cultural Context; Covenant: God’s Purpose, God’s Plan; [[product product-id="1516" caption="The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament"]]; and [[product product-id="9674" caption="A Survey of the Old Testament"]].
Clinton E. Arnold serves as the professor of New Testament language and literature and the department chair of New Testament studies at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He has contributed to many journals such as Novum Testamentum and Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and is the author of How We Got the Bible, Ephesians: Power and Magic, and Powers of Darkness: Principalities and Powers in Paul's Letters, among others.