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Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation

ISBN: 9781441250698

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Shouldn’t a Bible commentary clarify what God’s Word actually says? Going beyond questions of authorship, date, sources, and historicity, respected linguist and teacher Gundry offers a one-volume exposition of the New Testament that focuses on what is most useful for preaching, teaching, and individual study—what the biblical text really means. Providing interpretive observations in a “breezy” style that’s easy to read and adaptable for oral use in pulpit or classroom presentations, Gundry directs his book to an evangelical audience. His crisp translation of the New Testament inserts various phrasings of passages in brackets, allowing for smooth transition from original text to alternative and contemporary readings.

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  • Provides material that sparks deeper study
  • Offers succinct, fast-paced commentary while addressing important points of interpretation
  • Explores the entire text of the Greek New Testament in an accessible and scholarly format

Top Highlights

“This chapter began with the disciples’ false assumption that sinning produced physical blindness (9:2). It ends with Jesus’ saying that mental blindness produces sin.” (Page 404)

“They’d asked him, ‘Who’s the man that said to you, ‘Pick up and carry your mat and walk around’?’” (Page 374)

“Over against the foregoing features of Gnosticism, 1 John emphasizes righteous conduct, love for fellow believers, and belief in the incarnation of God’s Son in the indivisible person Jesus Christ.” (Page 968)

“And if [the selection is] by grace, [it] no longer [originates] out of works, since the grace wouldn’t be grace any longer. ‘No longer’ and ‘not … any longer’ mean no longer in argument (that is, logically), not no longer in history (that is, temporally); for according to 9:11–13 divine selections never did originate out of works. To incorporate works as a consideration in the exercise of grace is to evacuate grace of its very meaning.” (Page 610)

“The metal breastplate worn by Roman soldiers stands for righteousness, which here means behavior consistent with the gospel’s truth and contrary to the bad behavior fostered by false doctrines.” (Page 779)

A magnum opus that reflects a life-long engagement with the text. . . . This volume will be a valuable resource for busy preachers and faith formation leaders who need reliable and accessible authority for their preparation, and it will likely be a useful starting point for lively discussion among scholars.

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This is a great resource in a great format for a great purpose from a great scholar. Bob Gundry has been a treasure for people who love the Bible for many years, and this is one of his richest gifts to us yet.

John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, CA

Like having a wonderful tour guide to a foreign country, Gundry’s study of the New Testament introduces and guides one through the many joys and causes for reflection that are a part of a trip through the New Testament. The guidance provided is judicious in its choices of what to comment on and skilled in its presentation of the key ideas. It will surely serve well those who use it.

Darrell Bock, senior research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

There is no better single-volume commentary on the New Testament than the one Bob Gundry has written. It offers succinct, fast-paced commentary, yet without neglecting the important points of interpretation. Busy pastors, students, laity, and even veteran scholars will find much in this commentary to appreciate. It belongs in every library and study.

Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada

This is not just another ho-hum commentary, the product of someone reading and repackaging previous commentaries. This is rather the fruit of a lifetime of close, intense attention to the text of the Greek New Testament; the upshot is that one happily finds on every page of this exegetical treasure fresh readings and independent judgments.

Dale C. Allison Jr., Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Gundry’s magnum opus culminates the life’s work of one of our generation’s preeminent New Testament scholars. The weight of this commentary is matched by the substance of Gundry’s interpretation within its pages, reflecting his lifetime of scholarship. This one-volume commentary on the New Testament is a rare accomplishment that must find a place on the bookshelf of every serious preacher, teacher, and student of Scripture.

Karen H. Jobes, Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Wheaton College and Graduate School

Robert Horton Gundry is an American New Testament scholar and Westmont College’s Scholar-in-Residence. He received his Ph.D. from Manchester University in 1961 and taught for several decades at Westmont College in California.


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  3. Jesse Williams
    Concise + insight = this commentary
  4. Rick



    Whoever gave this one star does not appreciate rigorous exegesis. If you want prime rib from God's Word then buy this book. If you want twinkies and ho-ho's then buy a Daily Devotional.
  5. Richard Tatina
    Get it now! The technicality of Gundry's observations outweigh any drawbacks that come from Gundry's perspective on Redaction Criticism.
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