Go deeper into the Word with Paul Kretzmann’s well-loved Bible commentary, designed for the everyman.
Though rich with careful exposition and rigorous scholarship, Kretzmann’s Popular Bible Commentary was created to be put into the hands of everyday Christians—a trusted tool used by people of all education levels. Published by Concordia Publishing House between 1921 and 1924, this classic commentary is “composed in the spirit of Luther, whose one paramount desire was to have all people read and understand, believe, and live the Bible. It is a commentary such as Luther would have written, had he lived in America today: a commentary of the Bible and for the Bible” (John Theodore Mueller, from the foreword).
Kretzmann’s commentary is distinguished by its accessible language and practical focus. Forgoing lengthy discussions of grammatical technicalities, etymology, variations in the manuscripts, or heterodox opinions, Kretzmann focuses on simply offering clear exposition of the Bible. The result is a helpful Bible study aid that anyone can use, offering rich insights into the text’s meaning and application. Working verse by verse, the commentaries also include chapter summaries and brief introductions to each book.
This four-volume commentary set endures as a classic guide for laypeople, as well as for teachers, Sunday school leaders, and small group facilitators. Lutheran scholar Kretzmann’s thoughtful insights, engaging voice, and concise, practical style make his commentaries a valuable tool for Bible students of all levels.
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Paul Edward Kretzmann (1883–1965) was born in Farmers Retreat, Indiana. His early education was conducted at Concordia College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned his PhD and DD from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He pastored a church in Shady Bend, Kansas from 1906 to 1907, before moving to Denver, Colorado. He became a professor at Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1912. After Concordia’s Committee on English Theological and Religious Literature passed a resolution to oversee the creation of a popular commentary on the entire Bible in 1918, Kretzmann was chosen for the task and he undertook the work full time through 1923. His commentaries remain a classic reference and favorite study tool.