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Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (8 vols.)
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Examine the Greek New Testament in unparalleled depth with the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. This is the only commentary series with a theology in application section and identification of the main idea for each section. Each volume provides an exegetical outline with verse-by-verse commentary, designed to offer the most thorough examination of the text and themes of Scripture. This collection includes volumes on Matthew, Luke, Acts, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philemon, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and James.

The aim of the series is not to review and critique every possible interpretation of a passage, but rather to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context. Each passage is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting with attention to grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting. These texts are written primarily for pastors and Bible teachers, but its attention to contemporary issues in the church makes it a focused resource for anyone teaching, preaching, or studying these passages.

Since the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament is fully integrated with Logos, Scripture passages link to your English translation for quick reference, or to your Greek texts for original-language study. You can also read it along with your Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the wealth of other Bible study tools in your digital library.

Acts by Eckhard J. Schnabel won the Christian Book Award for best Bible Reference of 2013

Key Features

  • Examines the biblical text in its original context
  • Provides verse-by-verse commentary
  • Includes thorough introductions

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In this volume of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, Grant Osborne offers pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading the Gospel of Matthew. Through the use of graphic representations of translations, succinct summaries of main ideas, exegetical outlines, and other features, Osborne presents the Gospel of Matthew with precision and accuracy.

Grant R. Osborne (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is a professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1977. His areas of expertise include the Gospels, hermeneutics, and the book of Revelation. His numerous publications include The Hermeneutical Spiral and commentaries on Revelation, Romans, John, and Matthew.


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Luke is the fifth release in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series. Luke sought to assure believers about the truth of the gospel (1:4) and to advance their understanding of God’s ways in the world as revealed in Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. Luke wrote as a historian, theologian, and pastor, and Garland’s commentary strives to follow suit in assisting those who will preach and teach the text and those who seek to understand it better. The commentary presents a translation through a diagram that helps visualize the flow of thought, provides a summary of the central message of the passages, reveals how they function within the gospel, and offers an exegetical outline with a verse-by-verse commentary that takes notice of Jewish and Greco-Roman background evidence that sheds light on the text. Christians interpret the Bible to make sense of their lived experience. This commentary highlights theological emphases of each passage and applies them to the everyday struggles of faith and practice.

David E. Garland is William B. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures and dean for academic affairs at George W. Truett Seminary, Baylor University. He is the New Testament editor for the revised Espositor’s Bible Commentary and the author of various books and commentaries, including Mark and Colossians and Philemon in the NIV Application Commentary and the article on Mark in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary.


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With attention to issues that continue to surface in today’s church, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series offers pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading, teaching, and preaching the book of Acts. This volume won the Christian Book Award for best Bible Reference of 2013 for its valuable insights and thorough commentary. Acts highlights the work of God through Jesus as he grants the presence of the holy spirit, the significane of Jesus as Messiah and savior of the world, the work of the Holy Spirit as a transforming power present in the lives of followers of Jesus, the church as the community of God, the mission of the church, and the historical events and people who played a role in the expansion of early Christianity. Acts by Eckhard J. Schnabel is the highest caliber of modern scholarly studies on Acts.

This digital edition includes supplemental notes and expanded chapters not available in print form!

Eckhard J. Schnabel received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and is the Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous books, commentaries, and essays, including Early Christian Mission, Paul the Missionary, and Der Erste Brief an Die Korinther in the Historisch-Theologische Auslegung commentary series. He also spoke at Pastorum Live 2012.


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In his commentary on Galatians, Thomas R. Schreiner presents a brief and lucid commentary for pastors, students, and laypeople, while also attending to questions that have arisen in light of the New Perspective on Paul. Schreiner, endorsing a Reformation reading of the text, reminds readers of Paul’s chief concerns in writing the letter: justification by faith, the full divinity of Christ, freedom from the power of sin through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, and dependence on the Holy Spirit to live the Christian life. Schreiner argues that it is not enough to read Galatians with an academic lens; we must realize that these are issues of life and death, and we must let the gospel revive us.

Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament and the associate dean of Scripture and interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The author of numerous books, he is the preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.


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In this volume, Clinton Arnold highlights four themes that emerge in Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians:

  • The superior power of God over spiritual powers
  • The unity of Jews and Gentiles through Jesus Christ
  • The encouragement for Gentile believers to live holy lives before God
  • The need for believers to be rooted in the knowledge of their new identity in Christ Jesus

Woven into Paul’s theology is a refrain of praise and adoration to the glory of God that insists that such praise should also be our response. With attention to issues that continue to surface in today’s church, this commentary offers pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading Ephesians.

Clinton E. Arnold (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is a professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

Colossians and Philemon

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In Colossians and Philemon, David W. Pao continues providing the powerful exegetical commentary this series has offered on other books of the Bible. Written primarily for the pastor and Bible teacher, the text succinctly exegetes each passage of Scripture in its grammatical and historical context. Each passage of Colossians and Philemon is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting, with a view of grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting.

David W. Pao received his PhD from Harvard University, and is a professor of New Testament and chair of the New Testament Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus, Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme, Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, and coeditor of Early Christian Voices: In Texts, Traditions, and Symbols and After Imperialism: Christian Identity in China and the Global Evangelical Movement.

1 and 2 Thessalonians

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1 and 2 Thessalonians treats the literary context and structure of the passage in its original Greek, as well as an original translation based on the literary structure. Critical scholarship informs each step but doesn’t dominate the commentary, allowing readers to concentrate on Paul’s message to the Thessalonians as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek, all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find this book beneficial.

What makes Shogren’s contribution to 1 & 2 Thessalonians so necessary is that he delves into the technicalities of the text without leaving the reader there—a rare find in modern day Christian scholarship. This commentary is chock-full of practical, pastoral, and theological insights . . . Shogren demonstrates how these down to earth truths flow right out of a close analysis of the text. I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to discern the voice of God in the text of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. I believe that pastors especially will find this commentary to be helpful on both the technical and pastoral level. If you read through this commentary prayerfully with an open Bible you will find your head stimulated and your heart challenged and satisfied.

—Jimmy Snowden, pastor, Sovereign Grace Fellowship, Boscawen, New Hampshire

Gary Steven Shogren received his PhD from Kings College in Aberdeen. Afterwards, he served as a pastor and then as a professor. He has been a New Testament professor for 24 years. In 1998 he and his family moved to Costa Rica to learn Spanish so that he could teach at the ESEPA Bible College and Seminary in San José, Costa Rica. He has written a number of articles including articles in Anchor Bible Dictionary, Novum Testamentum, and Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. He is also the author First Corinthians: An Exegetical-Pastoral Commentary, Introducción al griego del Nuevo Testamento, and Greek New Testament Insert.


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Authors Craig Blomberg and Mariam Kamell use the historical, theological, and literary elements of James to guide their interpretation of this often-overlooked early Christian text. Their concise discussion of how the book delivers consistent, challenging instruction will help pastors and church leaders teach the message of James to today’s readers.

Craig L. Blomberg holds a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of 15 books and more than 80 articles in journals or multi-author works.

Mariam J. Kamell is a post-doctoral fellow at Regent College in Vancouver. She has published several articles on James focused on its economics or in comparison with Hebrews or 1 Peter; her dissertation focused on soteriology in James in comparison with earlier Jewish wisdom literature and the Gospel of Matthew.