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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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
To craft informed sermons, pastors scour commentaries that often deal more with minutia than the main point—or they turn to devotional commentaries which may contain exegetical weaknesses. The Teach the Text Commentary series bridges this gap by utilizing the best of biblical scholarship and providing the information pastors need to communicate the text effectively.
Keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, this analysis of the book of Matthew gives pastors the big idea and key themes of the passage, ideas for teaching and illustrating the text, and full-color illustrations, maps, and photos.
Jeanine K. Brown focuses on the cultural setting of Matthew’s theological biography of Jesus. Her careful interpretation and practical application focus on Jesus’ identity as the Messiah and the empowering presence of Jesus’ Spirit to enable his people to carry on his mission.
The Teach the Text Commentary Series is richly enhanced by Jeannine Brown's outstanding contribution.
—Michael J. Wilkins, distinguished professor of New Testament language and literature, Talbot School of Theology
Matthew roots the story of Jesus . . . in its first-century context [and] provides clear guidance for biblical communicators to imagine how to embody the story anew in the twenty-first-century church.
—Joel Willitts, professor of biblical and theological studies, North Park University
Jeannine K. Brown has taught at Bethel Seminary for nearly two decades in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and integration. She is the author of Scripture as Communication and Becoming Whole and Holy: An Integrative Conversation about Christian Formation. She is the associate editor of Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second Edition and teaches three courses in the Mobile Ed: Studies in Biblical Interpretation Bundle, L (7 courses) including Introducing Literary Interpretation, The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament: Methodology and Practice, and Interpreting New Testament Narrative: Studies and Methods.
Mark’s concern in his Gospel is that his readers know the good news of who Jesus is: God’s Son and suffering Messiah. It is a book of action, demonstrating Jesus’s identity with a strong emphasis on what he did—acts of service and of power that often left onlookers amazed. Inherent in this revelation of Jesus’s identity is a call to radical discipleship fueled by total dependence on him. Renowned scholar Grant R. Osborne provides keen insights to help preachers and teachers bring Mark’s important message to life for today’s listeners.
Grant Osborne’s Mark admirably fulfills the goals of the Teach the Text Commentary Series by making accessible to a wide audience the best of scholarship on the book. I recommend this commentary—and the Teach the Text series generally—to teachers and pastors who want quick access to the basic meaning of the biblical text.
—Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College
Grant Osborne has been teaching about Jesus and the Gospels for forty years. Now he brings all that experience and expertise to a study of the Gospel of Mark. The result is a concise yet seasoned, sensitive treatment of this important Gospel. So open this book and be prepared to learn more not only about Jesus but also about the walk of faith from a well-qualified guide.
—Darrell L. Bock, executive director of cultural engagement and senior research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
This commentary shows Grant Osborne at his very best—combining his mature understanding of the Bible with practical application and illustration. Osborne brings a lifetime of studying and living God’s Word to each unit, in which he moves from the big idea to illustration by way of exegesis and teachable theological truths. The illustrations run the gamut from Augustine to Downton Abbey, and many points in between. I thoroughly enjoyed these many and varied examples and think that they will be of great benefit to pastors and teachers who are looking for help in making Mark’s Gospel come alive for their hearers.
—Stanley E. Porter, president, dean, professor of New Testament, and Roy A. Hope Chair in Christian Worldview, McMaster Divinity College
Grant R. Osborne is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of a number of books, including The Hermeneutical Spiral, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Revelation, and the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Matthew.
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.
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.
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.
To many Christians, the book of Revelation is either an inscrutable enigma to avoid or a detailed blueprint of the end of history over which to obsess. Both approaches tend to miss the book’s rich teachings about God Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, God’s people, worship, spiritual warfare, perseverance, judgment, and more. J. Scott Duvall unpacks Revelation with an emphasis on both historical and literary contexts, helping the modern teacher and reader focus on the book’s messages of warning, hope, and comfort, remembering that Jesus is Lord. Revelation issues a clarion call to faithful living in the face of the threat of persecution and the temptation to compromise, a call we need to hear today.
Scott Duvall’s volume on Revelation can only be described as magnificent in every respect. This well-written commentary is characterized from beginning to end by careful interpretation, insightful theological analysis, and extremely helpful and applicable illustrations. Students, teachers, pastors, and scholars will all benefit from Duvall’s significant contribution to the study of this challenging book. I gladly and heartily recommend this fine work.
—David S. Dockery, president, Trinity International University
Duvall reliably guides contemporary readers to the message that John conveyed to his readers in the first century, he consistently focuses on the biblical text rather than on the various theories and interpretations, and he responsibly helps pastors and Bible study leaders to teach, preach, and apply John’s message as God's message to the church today.
—Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Duvall has done a splendid job of providing clarity to an often misunderstood segment of Scripture. His balanced approach to the text provides for his readership a sane and dependable understanding of this crucial book in the New Testament.
—Robert H. Mounce, president emeritus, Whitworth University
J. Scott Duvall is chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and J. C. and Mae Fuller Chair of Biblical Studies at Ouachita Baptist University. He is the author or coauthor of many articles and books, including Grasping God’s Word, Biblical Greek Exegesis, and Devotions on the Greek New Testament.
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.