Since a commentary is a fundamental tool for the expositor or teacher who seeks to interpret and apply Scripture in the church or classroom, the NAC focuses on communicating the theological structure and content of each biblical book. The writers seek to illuminate both the historical meaning and contemporary significance of Holy Scripture.
In its attempt to make a unique contribution to the Christian community, the NAC focuses on two concerns. First, the commentary emphasizes how each section of a book fits together so that the reader becomes aware of the theological unity of each book and of Scripture as a whole. The writers, however, remain aware of the Bible’s inherently rich variety. Second, the NAC is produced with the conviction that the Bible primarily belongs to the church. We believe that scholarship and the academy provide an indispensable foundation for biblical understanding and the service of Christ, but the editors and authors of this series have attempted to communicate the findings of their research in a manner that will build up the whole body of Christ. Thus, the commentary concentrates on theological exegesis, while providing practical, applicable exposition.
“But the biblical narrative is not primarily a story about human courage and effort; instead, it is about the awesome power of a life built around bold faith in the Lord.” (Page 187)
“This passage also teaches that true power is to be found not in one’s position in society but in one’s posture before God.” (Page 63)
“Thus, he insisted on paying Araunah a fair price for his possessions. Furthermore, David understood the religious imperative of true sacrifice. For him, religion that cost nothing was worth nothing, either to God or humanity. The price David paid for the field was the established value of a large field dedicated to the Lord for one Jubilee cycle (cf. Lev 27:16).” (Page 480)
“In purchasing the land from Araunah and then utilizing it for sacrifice to the Lord, David was apparently following Torah guidelines regarding the dedication of land to the Lord (cf. Lev 27:20–21). When he did this, the land became permanently holy and was set aside in perpetuity for priestly use, a situation completely consistent with the site’s subsequent use for the temple of the Lord.” (Page 480)
“It is ironic—and symptomatic of Saul’s spiritual dullness—that the king believed he could obtain the Lord’s favor through an act of disobedience.” (Page 150)