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The Applied Old Testament Commentary

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The wisdom found in God’s Word is timeless, as relevant today as when it was first written. And the challenge for believers remains unchanged: how do we apply these truths to our everyday world? The Applied Old Testament Commentary is a fresh approach to Bible study, connecting great wisdom with your life today. Each Scripture passage is enhanced with insights on key themes and ideas. Featured articles provide a deeper look at essential concepts, while the contemporary language allows for easy reading.

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  • Offers general articles on important aspects of the Christian faith
  • Provides clear summaries and explanations of Bible passages
  • Includes helpful applications for everyday living

Top Highlights

“Abraham that after his descendants had suffered (in Egypt) for four hundred years, He would punish the nation they serve as slaves, and that afterward they would come out with great possessions (Genesis 15:13–14). Now the time had come for the deliverance of the descendants of Abraham.” (Page 209)

“To confess our sins is, in effect, to ‘judge’ ourselves. If we judge ourselves, God won’t have to do it for us” (Page 850)

“God’s overall purpose in giving the law, then, was to keep His people from sin. Why? So that He could dwell among them and have fellowship with them. God’s purpose in giving the law was one of love: He wanted to bless His people; He wanted them to be free from the power and penalty of sin. We often think of laws as being burdensome, restrictive. But God’s law is liberating; it gives blessing and life to those who live by it.” (Page 240)

“Only domestic animals were suitable for sacrificing, mainly because their sacrifice represented an economic loss to the offerer. The offerer needed to demonstrate a willingness to give up something of value and thereby prove his love and devotion to the Lord; therefore a captured wild animal was not a suitable offering.” (Page 283)

“How else could we—and the angels (verse 6)—really know Job’s character without its being tested? How can we know our own character without being tested?” (Page 783)

Dr. Tom Hale is a retired medical missionary who served in Nepal, and his book is essentially a missionary's commentary. Although he has done his biblical homework, and he thinks theologically, he does not write from the ivory tower of academia. His concern is rather for the grass roots of newly planted churches. He is familiar with the problems they face and the questions they ask. He wrestles with the need for cross-cultural application. He is committed to the unity of the church and urges us to give one another the liberty of interpretation in those secondary areas in which we disagree. And his straightforward, easy-to-read style includes both a simple vocabulary and short sentences. Inevitably a one-man commentary will not please everybody. But he has struggled to rid himself of bias, so that there is very much here for all Bible students to learn, whatever their cultural denominational background.

John Stott, All Souls, Langham Place, London

As someone who is committed to communicate Christian faith, I applaud the depth, clarity, simplicity, and relevance of the . . . commentary. Its thoroughness yet accessibility makes it an invaluable resource for Christians—both old and new.

—J. John, The Philo Trust

  • Title: The Applied Old Testament Commentary
  • Author: Thomas Hale
  • Publisher: David C. Cook
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 1329
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. › Commentaries
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-05-22T22:02:03Z

Tom Hale has served as a missionary with Interserve and is also the author of several books.

Stephen Thorson is a missionary with a degree in theology from Wheaton College Graduate School, and he teaches at the Nepal Evangelical Bible College.


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