The New Covenant Commentary Series, compiled by contributors from a diverse range of backgrounds, devotes itself to the task of biblical interpretation and theological reflection. This collection unwraps each selected New Testament book section-by-section, providing a clear view of the theology and application within. Focusing on both the text and various contexts of each book, this collection illustrates the impact they had on faith and tradition at the time of their composition—and the significance they continue to have in contemporary life, faith, and ministry.
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Section-by-section commentary on six New Testament books
Comprehensive introduction, abbreviations, bibliography, and indexes for each volume
Craig S. Keener’s Romans is a helpfully concise commentary on Paul’s letter to the early Christians in Rome, which the Apostle wrote just a few years before the outbreak of Nero’s persecution. Keener examines each paragraph for its function in the letter as a whole, helping the reader follow Paul’s argument. Where relevant, he draws on his vast work in ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman sources in order to help modern readers understand the message of Romans according to the way the first audience would have heard it. Throughout, Keener focuses on major points that are especially critical for the contemporary study of Paul’s most influential and complex New Testament letter.
By grounding his exposition of Romans in the world of the first century, yet keeping his eye on the needs and concerns of the contemporary world, Keener offers here a rare commodity: a lucid commentary that is simultaneously conversant with the latest biblical scholarship and pastorally sensitive.
—John T. Fitzgerald, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami
Craig Keener has written a marvelous commentary that will prove to be a valuable tool for ministers, students, and scholars alike. By insightfully introducing and contextualizing, as well as providing excurses that guide the reader from ancient to modern times, Keener has done with excellence what a commentary should do.
—Manfred Lang, professor, Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg
Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Palmer Seminary of Eastern University. He is also the author of 14 books, including a number of commentaries.
Ephesians speaks to our deepest questions about God: the redemptive plan of God written from ages past now revealed; the work of Christ complete and effective now and for eternity; the power of the Holy Spirit to change lives and build a community. The clear message of God’s unfathomable grace establishes the believer’s hope and undergirds the call for faithful living. Down through the centuries, the clarion call to unity that permeates Ephesians has inspired and challenged the faithful to live out the promises found in Christ. This short letter speaks to the twenty-first century’s longing for friendship and wholeness.
Lynn Cohick’s commentary on Ephesians provides a practical explanation and appropriation of the letter. She demonstrates that she is well-informed about the issues, sane in her judgments, effective in her communication, and that she cares about the lives of modern Christians. Her knowledge of the ancient world allows her to bring historical and sociological information to bear on the text and its interpretation. People seeking an easily accessible and non-technical treatment of Ephesians will enjoy this commentary.
—Klyne Snodgrass, Paul W. Brandel Professor of New Testament Studies, North Park Theological Seminary
Michael Bird’s commentary on Colossians and Philemon in the New Covenant Commentary Series pays close attention to the socio-historical context, the flow and dynamics of the text, their argumentative strategy, theological message, and the meaning of Colossians and Philemon for the contemporary church today. Bird situates Colossians in the context of Paul’s Ephesian ministry and describes how Paul attempts to persuade a congregation in the Lycus Valley to remain firm in the gospel and to grasp the cosmic majesty of Jesus Christ over and against the views of certain Jewish mystics who have thrown the Colossians into confusion. He shows how, in the letter to Philemon, Paul intercedes for a slave estranged from his master through a carefully crafted feat of pastoral persuasion from a missionary friend of Philemon. The commentary combines exegetical insight, rhetorical analysis, theological exposition, and practical application all in one short volume. Bird shows Paul at work as a theologian, pastor, and missionary in his letters to the Colossians and Philemon.
Every generation needs to grapple anew with the Bible, and every pastor needs a series that pushes the text into the community. This commentary series accomplishes these tasks. May God bless these commentaries to yield communities that live out God’s gracious covenant with us.
—Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University
Michael Bird’s treatment of Colossians and Philemon is incisive, informative, and independent. He guides readers with a light touch, accurately setting out competing positions, but judiciously weighing the merits of each of these alternatives. The commentary is built on a foundation of mature, balanced, and sane exegesis—and from this firm foundation Bird draws weighty theological implications. This is a masterpiece of succinct writing and an auspicious start to the New Covenant Commentary Series.
—Paul Foster, senior lecturer in New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
Revelation is a book that many Christians find confusing due to the foreign nature of its apocalyptic imagery. It is a book that has prompted endless discussions about the “end times” with theological divisions forming around epicenters such as the rapture and the millennium. In this book, award winning author Gordon Fee attempts to excavate the layers of symbolic imagery and provide an exposition of Revelation that is clear, easy to follow, convincing, and engaging. Fee shows us how John’s message confronts the world with the Revelation of Jesus Christ so that Christians might see themselves as caught up in the drama of God’s triumph over sin, evil, and death. Fee draws us into the world of John and invites us to see the world through John’s eyes as the morbid realities of this world have the joyous realities of heaven cast over them. In this volume on Revelation we see one of North America’s best evangelical exegetes at his very best.
Gordon Fee has trained a generation of scholars and pastors in the art of biblical interpretation. In this volume, this master exegete applies his skills to guide the reader through one of the most often misunderstood books of the New Testament. Fee writes a commentary on Revelation—not a commentary on commentaries on Revelation—that provides an engaging, readable exposition of this text that lay persons will find immediately accessible. His personality shines through on every page, so that the reader does not merely encounter ’material,’ but also the faithful teacher behind the material.
—David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary
Gordon D. Fee is professor emeritus at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. He received his BA and MA degrees from Seattle Pacific University and was ordained in the Assemblies of God church in 1959. Fee earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1966. He is the author of several volumes, including First Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, and The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians in the NICNT series, as well as several other volumes such as God’s Empowering Presence, Pauline Christology, and New Testament Exegesis.
The New Covenant Commentary Series couples faithful biblical interpretation and fruitful theological reflection. In this commentary on John, Jey J. Kanagaraj unwraps the Gospel of John piece-by-piece, illuminating the theology and application within. Kanagaraj provides a valuable tool to study this Gospel through an analytical approach, illustrating the impact John’s Gospel made on faith and tradition when it was written—and the significance it continues to have. Giving his own English translations when necessary, he works through John, examining how the church is portrayed as God’s “new covenant community.” He explores how John’s Gospel is characterized by two virtues: love and obedience, emphasizing how these qualities only manifest through God’s initiating grace and faithfulness, revealed in Jesus and empowered by the Spirit. Kanagaraj discusses how God’s new community is inclusive and progressive, seeking to bring all people to one flock, under one shepherd. Kanagaraj provides helpful insights throughout the text, arguing that the idea of founding and nurturing a new community was in God’s heart before all creation.
It is a precious gift when a key biblical scholar puts together a commentary that reflects the best current research and a concern to relate the text to today. Jey Kanagaraj’s commentary does just that, providing the reader with reliable historical information and perspectives that fuse the horizons of then and now. A sound guide for the careful and the caring.
—William Loader, professor emeritus of New Testament, Murdoch University
Jey J. Kanagaraj was professor of New Testament at the Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India, and principal of Bethel Bible Institute near Salem, India. He is the author of ‘Mysticism’ in the Gospel of John: An Inquiry into its Background, and of another commentary on John’s Gospel written for an Indian audience. He has also edited two books and published numerous articles.