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.
“In a similar way the Lord led Israel to the Red Sea without indicating how they would get across. Very often God waits for us to step out in faith before he opens the way for us.” (Page 266)
“Barrenness in ancient times was the ultimate tragedy for a married woman, since her husband’s hopes and dreams depended on her providing him with a son to perpetuate his name and inherit his estate (cf. Gen 11:30; 15:2–4; 16:1–2; 17:15–16; 21:1–2; 25:5).” (Page 571)
“‘This chapter was to become the source of the messianic hope as it developed in the message of prophets and psalmists’” (Page 881)
“Boogaart (‘The Story of David and Goliath,’ pp. 208–9) points out the strong contrast between ‘the soldiers’ words of resignation’ (v.25) and ‘David’s words of indignation’ (v.26): The men of Israel call Goliath ‘this man,’ David calls him ‘this uncircumcised Philistine’; they say that Goliath has come out to ‘defy Israel,’ David says that he has come out to ‘defy the armies of the living God’; they refer to Goliath’s potential victor as ‘the man who kills him,’ David refers to him as ‘the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel.’ In short, the men of Israel ‘see an insuperable, fearsome giant who is reproaching Israel; David sees merely an uncircumcised Philistine who has the audacity to reproach the armies of the living God’ (ibid., p. 208).” (Page 697)
“The writer never theologizes on the story he was telling. Yet he may have wanted to suggest that if a mere human being could love an outcast, redeem her, and bring her into fellowship with himself, God could love all the outcasts of the world, redeem them, and bring them into fellowship with himself.” (Page 544)