In Old Testament Profiles & Commentaries of Cyril J. Barber (14 vols.), Barber provides accessible commentaries on the books of Exodus, Joshua through Kings, Ezra, and Esther, as well as profiles of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Over 30 years of research went into providing valuable cultural insight, consulting significant commentaries on each text, and examining modern applications of the lessons contained within them. Each volume digs through the historical events and discusses the key figures of these ancient texts, connecting them with today’s world. These concise, engaging commentaries will make a useful addition to any digital library, and can be pulled up side-by-side with the biblical books they examine.
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14 commentaries on books of the Old Testament
30 years of biblical research condensed into easily accessible texts
Contemporary applications for lessons from ancient texts
Abraham is set forth in Scripture as the father of the faithful and the “friend of God.” His spiritual experience is presented in four far-reaching crises in which he was tested and matured.
Isaac was the child of promise. He remained faithful to the Lord in spite of difficulties, and his long life illustrates for us how a man can triumph over physical ailments and family discord. In this seminal work, Cyril J. Barber discusses the lives of these key biblical figures.
Profiles of the Patriarchs, Volume 2: Jacob: How an Unprincipled Person Became a Prince with God
Joseph was a man of enduring faithfulness in the midst of hardship and strong opposition. After being released from slavery he proved himself to be a wise administrator, a loving and forgiving brother, and a devoted son. Above all, in adversity, he showed himself to be a man of God with a steadfast dependence upon the Lord and a faith in the covenant that the Lord had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Lord blessed him, and Joseph’s life continues to supply hope and encouragement to believers thousands of years later.
The Books of Samuel, Volume 1: The Sovereignty of God Illustrated in the Lives of Samuel, Saul, and David
In The Books of Samuel, Volume 2, Cyril J. Barber challenges familiar interpretations of 2 Samuel and provides personal applications of the lessons we can learn from Samuel. In his commentary, Barber emphasizes God’s own historical patterns as he explores the events of 2 Samuel.
The Books of Kings, Volume 1: The Righteousness of God Illustrated in the Lives of the People of Israel and Judah
In this thorough commentary, Cyril J. Barber builds the case that Christianity needs the teachings of 1 and 2 Kings now more than ever. The history contained within the books of Kings serves as an essential guidepost to Christians, and for those searching for direction, the truth within these texts may be the answer.
The Books of Kings, Volume 2: The Righteousness of God Illustrated in the Lives of the People of Israel and Judah
This inviting study of the books of Kings is ideal for pastors, college students, seminarians, and lay people. Cyril J. Barber draws from old interpretations and reveals new perspectives as well to provide an insightful commentary on this ancient book.
Through the example of one of history’s greatest leaders, Nehemiah, God has given us principles of leadership which work as effectively in today’s dynamic business world as they did centuries ago. Cyril Barber brings out these biblical principles with clear, effective applications for our contemporary world. By examining the challenges that Nehemiah faced and looking at how he overcame them, Barber shows how we can deal with the situations we face every day.
This newly revised and expanded edition includes study questions which will help you apply the principles as you learn them.
Cyril J. Barber’s treatment of Joshua deviates from most studies of the book of Joshua. He is conservative in his discussion of the text, and paints a real-life picture of the events as they transpired. The text is cognizant of the issues and shows God to be utterly faithful to his covenants. Barber refuses to gloss over the failures of Joshua and the Israelites, but finds in them warnings for believers today. Of particular importance is his discussion of the way to achieve day-to-day victory in the Christian life. This is a practical, devotional book designed for use by lay people.
Ruth: A Story of God’s Grace: An Expositional Commentary
From the gracious acts of God in Ruth’s time, Cyril J. Barber draws lessons for twentieth-century believers. Tracing the thread of grace throughout Ruth, he discusses the importance of decision-making, the purpose of suffering, and the power of love. Writing for the Bible student rather than the Bible scholar, Barber summarizes the book of Ruth in a concise introduction, saving all technical discussions and notes for the back of the book.
With the publication of this volume, Cyril Barber brings to a close 30 years of study and research on the books of Joshua through Esther. His treatment of each of these canonical writings is devotional, and was written during his busy pastoral and teaching ministry. In Ezra and Esther, Barber provides concise analysis, useful context, and modern applications of each text.
Judges: A Narrative of God’s Power: An Expositional Commentary
Judges, more than any other book of the Bible, illustrates the way the power of God is available to ordinary people to accomplish his purposes. These men and women reveal through their experiences that to “those who have no might, he increases power” (Isaiah 40:29). In this commentary on Judges, Cyril J. Barber provides cultural context and contemporary applications.
My Son, Jonah: A Practical Commentary on the Books of Jonah and Nahum
While a lot of people know the general story of Jonah, the abiding lessons for parents, adolescents, and children are harder to grasp. Building on an accurate translation of the Hebrew text and incorporating data from history, archaeology, and sociology, Cyril J. Barber and Gary H. Strauss demonstrate how in every age God the Father deals lovingly, yet firmly with his children. The result is an explanation of much of the teaching of the New Testament.
Cyril J. Barber is pastor emeritus of Plymouth Church in Whittier, California. He is the author of over 30 books, including numerous commentaries, The Minister’s Library, God Has the Answer, Through the Valley of Tears, Introduction to Theological Research, and Vital Encounter.
Gary H. Strauss is an associate professor of psychology on the faculty of the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is the author of two books and numerous journal articles.