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.
“In accord with the traditional opinion, the snake is more than a literal snake; rather it is Satan’s personal presence in the garden.” (Page 234)
“Ham’s reproach was not in seeing his father unclothed, though this was a shameful thing (cp. Hab 2:15), but in his outspoken delight at his father’s disgraceful condition.” (Page 419)
“Three days are given to making the ‘uninhabitable’ earth productive, and three days concern filling the ‘uninhabited’ earth with life.” (Page 130)
“Historically, three opinions have won a significant following for identifying the ‘sons of God’: (1) angels, (2) human judges or rulers, and (3) the descendants of Seth.” (Page 325)
“However, Cain did not bring the firstfruits (bikkûrîm; cp. Lev 2:14); he brought only ‘some’ of his crop (v. 3). This is contrasted with the offering of Abel (‘but Abel’), who brought not only ‘some’ of his ‘firstborn’ (bikkōrôt) but the best of the animal, the fatty portions (v. 4).” (Page 267)
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