The New Testament is a fascinating collection of documents that illuminate the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. It contains an amazing number of details in its texts that can easily be lost on the modern mind. This means that the full impact can pass by the reader, yet sometimes that snippet of information has major consequences for the meaning of the passage.
Commentaries usefully explain the main teaching of a passage, but do not always explore the broader context. Bible dictionaries are helpful, but they are often more interested in expressing the meaning of specific words rather than the significance of situations.
Harold Mare has helped the modern reader by combining the best elements of both commentaries and dictionaries in his New Testament Background Commentary. It is both a commentary and a dictionary of words, phrases, and situations that shed light on the text. An invaluable companion to studying the New Testament, you will wonder how you managed without it.
What’s more, with the Logos Bible Software edition of the New Testament Background Commentary, all Scripture references display the text of the Bible on mouseover, and link directly to your original language texts and English Bible translations. You also get instant access to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and lexicons. That makes the Logos edition perfect for pastors looking for background information on their sermon text, for teachers looking for illustrations, and for serious Bible students looking to improve and enrich their study.
W. Harold Mare (1918–2004) was a founding trustee of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri in 1963 and served as Professor of New Testament until his retirement in 1984. After his retirement, Dr. Mare continued to teach as an emeritus professor at Covenant Seminary until his death in 2004 while doing archaeological excavations in Jordan.