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Matthew, Mark, Luke, NT Volume 1 (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary | ZIBBC)

, 2002
ISBN: 9780310528272



This volume helps readers understand the historical and cultural background of the New Testament. Brimming with lavish, full color photos and graphics, each book walks you verse-by-verse through the New Testament.

Reading this volume is like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. You’ll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus. You’ll discover the close, sometimes startling interplay between God’s kingdom and the practical affairs of the church. Best of all, you’ll gain a deepened awareness of the Bible’s relevance for your life.

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  • Commentary based on relevant papyri, inscriptions, archaeological discoveries
  • Studies of Judaism, Roman culture, Hellenism, and other features of the world of the New Testament
  • Numerous full-color photographs, color illustrations, and line drawings
  • Copious maps, charts, and timelines
  • Sidebar articles and insights
  • Reflections on the Bible’s relevance for twenty-first century living

Praise for the Series

Overall, this is a very fine set that will help a reader to gain a foundation of understanding the historical environment of the first century AD, the context in which the New Testament was inspired, written, and disseminated throughout the early Church. It would of course make an excellent addition to a church library.

—Kevin P. Edgecomb, biblicalia

This is one of the most helpful resources to me when preparing Bible studies and messages. Each New Testament book is written by a reputable, evangelical scholar who has expertise in that particular book. For each New Testament book, there is a very helpful capsule in the beginning that tells you the important facts of each book (author, date, occasion, and key themes). Next, there is a helpful brief commentary for the whole book. There are excellent, color in-text maps as you read the commentary. Furthermore, there are great feature articles that give you insights into some of the pertinent beliefs, gods/goddesses, and key terms that are featured in the New Testament book. There is also a capsule on ‘reflections’ that help the reader ponder and meditate on key themes and concepts. Finally, there is a wonderful annotated bibliography at the end of each book for further, suggested reading. I give it my highest recommendation and believe that it will be an excellent resource for laypersons, seminary students, pastors, professors, and Sunday School teachers.

—Online Reviewer

  • Title: Matthew, Mark, Luke: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, Volume 1
  • Author: Clinton E. Arnold
  • Series: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Print Publication Date: 2002
  • Logos Release Date: 2010
  • Pages: 516
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Mark › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Luke › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Matthew › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9780310528272, 9780310218067, 9780310591689, 0310528275, 0310218063, 0310591686
  • Resource ID: LLS:ZIBBCNT01
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T04:33:04Z

Written in a clear, engaging style, this volume provides a new and accessible approach that more technical expository and exegetical commentaries don’t offer. What’s more, Logos Bible Software gives you the most advanced tools and features for reading and studying this volume. With Logos, you can search by topic or Scripture reference. Learn more about the people, places, and historical events behind the text you’re studying. Incorporate pictures, illustrations, and graphics in sermons or lesson plans. Find relevant results from this commentary when you run a Passage Guide.

Arnold, author of Powers of Darkness: Principalities and Powers in Paul's Letters, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and has done post-doctoral work at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen in Germany. He is currently associate professor of New Testament at the Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.


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  1. Rev. Don Godwin
    One of my favorite resources. Scholarly, yet still accessible. Just the right balance and a wealth of information that sets it apart from most other commentaries. (Here's hoping they FIX volume 2 sometime soon!)