The Gold Medallion Award–winning Expositor’s Bible Commentary is a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this 12-volume reference work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the New International Version for its English text, but also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. Each book of the Bible has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography. Notes on textual questions and special problems are correlated with the expository units; transliteration and translation of Semitic and Greek words make the more technical notes accessible to readers unacquainted with the biblical languages. In matters where marked differences of opinion exist, commentators, while stating their own convictions, deal fairly and irenically with opposing views.
“Inspiration is that supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit whereby the sacred writers were divinely supervised in their production of Scripture, being restrained from error and guided in the choice of words they used, consistently with their disparate personalities and stylistic peculiarities. God is the source of Holy Scripture; Christ Jesus is the central message; and the Holy Spirit, who inspired it and illumines its message to the reader, bears witness by this inscripturated Word to the Word enfleshed, crucified, risen, and returning.” (Page 25)
“The canonical Scriptures are therefore God’s providential gift to the church, preserving the community of faith from vulnerability to legend, superstition, unfounded tradition, corruptive invention, and much else.” (Page 12)
“Wolterstorff develops his distinction between the divine speech-act and the human language-act in two ways: (1) Deputized spokesmen often speak authoritatively for those who commission them, though they employ words not actually communicated by their superiors and (2) what really counts in virtually all speech is the speech-act that is the utterance of words. We shall consider these points in order.” (Page 15)
“The importance of the LXX lies partly in its being based on a pre-Christian Hebrew text of a different type from the Masoretic, and partly on its having been the Bible of Greek-speaking Christians from early apostolic days.” (Page 42)
“The Bible insists that God not only addresses mankind universally through nature, history, and the reason and conscience of man, but that he also addresses his Word articulately to chosen persons in a special way.” (Page 14)