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.
“Ezekiel’s primary purpose was not to teach a doctrine of the resurrection. The main purpose of the vision was the restoration of Israel.” (Page 320)
“There was then present for Ezekiel to believe that the power of God could bring new life to a hopeless situation such as a nation gone into exile. Only Yahweh could replace the hopelessness of the death of the nation with new life and a new nation. While clearly the prophet had a national resurrection for Israel in mind, it also is but a small step from what he saw concerning Israel to the realization that the same God who could resurrect a dead nation also had the power to conquer humanity’s great enemy, death.” (Page 321)
“Among those taken captive in 597 b.c. was a young priest named Ezekiel who fulfilled a crucial ministry to the exiles in Babylon and to the populace still in Jerusalem, a prophetic ministry that has affected God’s people in every age since that time.” (Page 20)
“First, does this passage convey Old Testament ideas concerning the bodily resurrection of the dead? Second, what, if anything, does this passage reveal about the relationship of Israel and the church of the New Testament?” (Page 319)