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Teach the Text Commentary Series (6 vols.)
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Overview

The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best in biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from interpretation to communication of each book of Scripture. The six pages of focused commentary in each preaching unit allow pastors to quickly grasp the most important information in each discussion. Every unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage and sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text, along with full-color images.

With Logos Bible Software, these valuable volumes are enhanced by cutting-edge research tools. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Provides easy access to the information pastors need to effectively communicate Scripture
  • Contains a concise summary, main theme, illustrations, and interpretation for each passage
  • Points to the key theological themes of the passage and ways to communicate these themes to today’s audiences

Praise for the Series

Few commentaries help the reader move beyond study to thoughtful application, and fewer still move beyond application to teaching. That’s why I am thrilled with the Teach the Text Commentary Series from Baker. Pastors and teachers are going to love this series. I highly recommend it.

George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University

Pastors, communicators, and fellow Bible teachers, shove some books over and make room on your shelves. The Teach the Text Commentary Series was specifically envisioned with us in the lens and emphasizes precisely what matters most: communicating the heart of the authoritative text itself. Here is the best of biblical scholarship made accessible, applicable, and relevant to life right here on the hot pavement where we need it most.

Beth Moore, founder, Living Proof Ministries

Most commentaries are either too technical or too light to be of much help, leaving us to wander through the text on our own. Accurately balanced between good scholarship and solid preaching perspectives, these commentaries provide an unusually deep and relevant approach to the text. If you take preaching and teaching the Word seriously you must take this series seriously as well.

—Joe Stowell, president, Cornerstone University

I love Bible commentaries. But, some are too much; some are too little. The Teach the Text Commentary Series lands right in the middle—the best of scholarship in a manageable size for busy pastors and teachers.

Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals

The Teach the Text Commentary Series builds a wonderful bridge between the academic works of the past and contemporary works of the present day. The content is easy to comprehend while giving enough meaty knowledge so everyday students and teachers of the Bible can grab hold of the powerful text with an assurance of sound interpretation. I can’t wait for my first copy to sit squarely on the corner of my desk!

—David Anderson, lead pastor, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, MD

The Teach the Text Commentary Series is a perfect tool for the pastor looking for ‘sermon-ready’ insights. They not only provide the most relevant ‘sermon-friendly’ information but organize it in a manner that makes it simple for the pastor to use.

—Miles McPherson, senior pastor, The Rock Church, San Diego, CA

Teach the Text is the kind of commentary I have looked for a long time. It deals with the kinds of questions that busy pastors have to ask and answer in order to preach the Scriptures every week. I commend it to those of you who are in that kind of ministry.

Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Product Details

Individual Titles

1 & 2 Samuel

  • Author: Robert B. Chisholm Jr.
  • Editors: Mark L. Strauss and John H. Walton
  • Series: Teach the Text Commentary
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 352

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Robert B. Chisholm Jr.’s volume on the books of 1–2 Samuel provides carefully organized guidance for interpreting, teaching, and illustrating these important historical books.

Robert B. Chisholm Jr. (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of Old Testament and chair of the department at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of Handbook on the Prophets and From Exegesis to Exposition: A Practical Guide to Using Biblical Hebrew.

Job

  • Author: Daniel J. Estes
  • Editors: Mark L. Strauss and John H. Walton
  • Series: Teach the Text Commentary
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 288

Daniel J. Estes’ volume on Job provides carefully organized guidance for interpreting, teaching, and illustrating this important wisdom book.

Daniel J. Estes (PhD, University of Cambridge) is distinguished professor of Bible at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, and author of Hear, My Son: Teaching and Learning in Proverbs 1-9 and Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms.

Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs

  • Author: Edward Curtis
  • Editors: Mark L. Strauss and John H. Walton
  • Series: Teach the Text Commentary
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 192

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Ecclesiastes takes readers on a journey pondering the meaning of life in the midst of hopelessness. This commentary helps set the book within a biblical worldview in order to help teachers communicate and apply the profound truths of Ecclesiastes today. Song of Songs is full of evocative poetry, but centuries of interpretation have produced little consensus about how this unique book should be understood. Edward M. Curtis lays out the key themes of each book and provides carefully organized commentary for interpreting, teaching, and illustrating Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.

I can think of no one better equipped to write a commentary on the wisdom literature than Ed Curtis. Readers will discover many helpful and practical insights from Ed’s own wisdom as he skillfully guides inquirers through the complexities and delights of this literature.

Clinton E. Arnold, dean and professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Dr. Ed Curtis is an ideal person to write this commentary on the books of Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs. His scholarly expertise combines with his many years of living out the wisdom literature to provide pastors and teachers with an invaluable commentary that will help them communicate in a deep yet practical way the treasures of these often-underappreciated books.

Michael J. Wilkins, distinguished professor of New Testament language and literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Edward M. Curtis (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is professor of Old Testament and biblical studies at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is the author of many articles and books, including Discovering the Way of Wisdom and Transformed Thinking.

Luke

  • Author: R.T. France
  • Editors: Mark L. Strauss and John H. Walton
  • Series: Teach the Text Commentary
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 416

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Luke’s Gospel is about salvation. It is filled with Jesus’ encounters with lost, often marginalized people and the change he brought to their lives. Luke carefully sets his narrative both in the historical context of its day and within the prophetic context of God’s larger salvation history. In this commentary, noted scholar R.T. France provides valuable historical, theological, and practical insight for those who wish to faithfully teach and preach the powerful message of salvation found in Luke.

R.T. France (1938–2012) was a New Testament scholar who served as a senior lecturer at London Bible College, principal of Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University, and honorary research fellow at Bangor University. He is the author and editor of many books, including The New Bible Commentary, the commentary on Matthew in The New International Commentary on the New Testament, and the commentary on Mark in The New International Greek Testament Commentary.

Romans

  • Author: C. Marvin Pate
  • Editors: Mark L. Strauss and John H. Walton
  • Series: Teach the Text Commentary
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 368

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C. Marvin Pate’s volume on the book of Romans will inform and inspire pastors to make Paul’s vital message to the Christians in Rome both understandable in its context and applicable to our lives today.

C. Marvin Pate (PhD, Marquette University) is chair of the department of Christian theology, Elma Cobb Professor of Christian Theology at Ouachita Baptist University, and pastor of DeGray Baptist Church. He’s the author, coauthor, or editor of many books, including The Writings of John, The Story of Israel, and The End of the Age Has Come: The Theology of Paul.

1 Corinthians

  • Author: Preben Vang
  • Editors: Mark L. Strauss and John H. Walton
  • Series: Teach the Text Commentary
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 272

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The apostle Paul wrote 1 Corinthians to a church rife with problems: factions, pride, spiritual immaturity, immorality, improper teaching, and problematic practices in worship. Preben Vang sheds light on these controversies and problems. In particular, he shows how the cultural values of Corinth—especially the patronage system and the rhetorical and philosophical environment—contributed to problems in the church. The issue of cultural influence on Christian life and church ministry is still as relevant as ever. This insightful commentary will equip pastors and teachers to bring the powerful lessons of this letter to bear on the twenty-first-century church.

Preben Vang (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is also pastor of Grace Pointe Church in Lake Worth, Florida. He is the coauthor of Telling God’s Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End.

About the Editors

Mark L. Strauss (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego. He is the author or editor of many books and articles, including How to Read the Bible in Changing Times, Four Portraits, One Jesus, How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth, and commentaries on Mark and Luke.

John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including A Survey of the Old Testament, Old Testament Today, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament, and commentaries on Genesis and Job.