Familiarity with the background of the New Testament prevents readers from misunderstanding the allusions and references that run throughout it. Historical events, social customs, religious beliefs, figures of speech, turns of phrase, and institutions all contribute to how the Bible’s first readers would have understood the Scriptures. These three volumes guide readers through each book of the New Testament verse-by-verse while exploring the historical, cultural, and economic setting of the New Testament writings. The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary is a powerful reference work that will enhance broader New Testament commentaries.
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Craig A. Evans received his PhD in New Testament from Claremont Graduate University and his DHabil from the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. He is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University in Texas. Evans has written and edited extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. He is also the author of Dictionary of New Testament Background, Jesus: The Final Days, and Luke in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: New Testament (18 vols.).