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Numbers (The Story of God Bible Commentary | SGBC)

, 2023
ISBN: 9780310490784
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A new commentary for today’s world, The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. The first commentary series to do so, SGBC offers a clear and compelling exposition of biblical texts, guiding everyday readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts. Its story-centric approach is ideal for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and laypeople alike.

Three easy-to-use sections designed to help readers live out God’s story:

LISTEN to the Story: Includes complete NIV text with references to other texts at work in each passage, encouraging the reader to hear it within the Bible’s grand story

EXPLAIN the Story: Explores and illuminates each text as embedded in its canonical and historical setting

LIVE the Story: Reflects on how each text can be lived today and includes contemporary stories and illustrations to aid preachers, teachers, and students

  • Guides everyday readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts
  • Offers a clear and compelling exposition of biblical texts
  • Explores and illuminates each text as embedded in its canonical and historical setting
Jay Sklar has provided each section of text with crystal clear and detailed explanation illuminated by helpful charts, summaries... and robust spiritual and ethcical applications for contemporary believers and churches. An exemplary commentary on a regrettably neglected book.

—Christopher J. H. Wright, global ambassador, Langham Partnerships

Pastors and lay people will welcome this new series, which seeks to make the message of the Scriptures clear and to guide readers in appropriating biblical texts for life today.

—Daniel I. Block, Wheaton College and Graduate School

An extremely valuable and long overdue series that includes comment on the cultural context of the text, careful exegesis, and guidance on reading the whole Bible as a unity that testifies to Christ as our Savior and Lord.

—Graeme Goldsworthy, author of According to Plan

Engagingly readable, it not only explores the biblical text but offers a range of applications and interesting illustrations.

—Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary

Jay Sklar

Jay Sklar, PhD, is Professor of Old Testament and VP of Academics at Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis. His doctoral research, completed under Professor Gordon Wenham, resulted in the book Sin, Impurity, Sacrifice, Atonement: The Priestly Conceptions. He has published commentaries on Numbers, Jonah, and two on Leviticus, and has a forthcoming commentary on Exodus. He has also put together a website with resources for those wanting to preach and teach any of the books from Genesis to Deuteronomy.

Dr. Sklar has a keen interest in developing theological education overseas and has travelled overseas to teach (in French) in France and Senegal.


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  1. Jody Van Dyke

    Jody Van Dyke


    As a pastor and former student of Dr. Jay Sklar at Covenant Theological Seminary, I cannot study the Bible without his continued phrase “context is king” coming to mind. In Numbers: The Story of God Bible Commentary, Jay masterfully exemplifies that which he teaches. First, Jay has his readers primarily focused on the text itself. He presents the text in light of the exodus Israelites immediate context; of their calling to walk by faith in-between their redemption from bondage (already accomplished) and their entry into the land that was promised them (yet complete). Second, Jay explains the context. He provides his reader with a better understanding of how the Israelites perceived their present situation, how they received God’s spoken word within it, and how they responded to God’s ability to accomplish that which he promised, even in the midst of impossible circumstances. Third, Jay expands the context as seen through the lens of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and makes contextually appropriate, biblically-sound, modern-day applications; likening our own time as Christians to that of the Israelites. That, as those who are living in-between our own redemption through Christ (already accomplished) and our full restoration on earth upon his return (yet complete), we are also called to walk by faith in God’s promises as spoken in his word, regardless of the circumstances. In The Story of God Bible Commentary on Numbers, Jay has provided an excellent, highly understandable, completely relatable resource for pastors and laypeople alike. In addition, though this is a non-technical commentary series, Jay’s contribution contains a wealth of information that even the most astute scholar will greatly benefit in reading. It is highly recommended! I received an advanced copy of this commentary from Zondervan Academic. Zondervan did not place any requirements or conditions on my review as a condition of receiving a complimentary copy.


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