A companion series to the acclaimed Word Biblical Commentary.Finding the great themes of the books of the Bible is essential to the study of God’s Word and to the preaching and teaching of its truths. These themes and ideas are often like precious gems: they lie beneath the surface and can only be discovered with some difficulty. While commentaries are useful for helping readers understand the content of a verse or chapter, they are not usually designed to help the reader to trace important subjects systematically within a given book a Scripture.
The Word Biblical Themes series helps readers discover the important themes of a book of the Bible. This series distills the theological essence of a given book of Scripture and serves it up in ways that enrich the preaching, teaching, worship, and discipleship of God’s people.
Word Biblical Themes are an ideal resource for any reader who has used and benefited from the Word Biblical Commentary series, and will help pastors, bible teachers, and students as they seek to understand and apply God’s word to their ministry and learning.
Already George Beasley-Murray’s John in the Word Biblical Commentary series has been hailed as a monumental study of the “spiritual Gospel.” Scholars and students are discovering fresh insights and penetrating observations on this central New Testament book. Not all readers today, however, are interested in the minutiae of the academic debate on the fourth Gospel. Rather, they are looking for guidance on the leading themes of John as material for pulpit messages, Bible-class themes, and practical daily living. This book in the continuing series of Word Biblical Themes is designed expressly for a general audience, especially busy pastors and preachers and layfolk who want to be informed by the most reliable teachers of the church.
-Ralph P. Martin, New Testament Editor of Word Biblical Themes and Word Biblical Commentary