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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: New Testament (4 vols.)

by Arnold, Clinton E.

Zondervan 2002

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Overview

The 4-volume Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: New Testament helps readers understand the historical and cultural background of the books of the New Testament. Brimming with lavish, full color photos and graphics, each book walks you verse-by-verse through the books of the New Testament.

Discover:

  • How the springs at Hierapolis help us understand why the church at Laodicea was described as “lukewarm”
  • The background and circumstances of certificates of divorce in Judaism
  • How Jewish dietary laws provided a powerful metaphor for God’s acceptance of the Gentiles

Reading the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: New Testament 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.

Written in a clear, engaging style, this set provides a new and accessible approach that more technical expository and exegetical commentaries don’t offer.

Key Features

  • Commentary based on relevant papyri, inscriptions, archaeological discoveries
  • Studies of Judaism, Roman culture, Hellenism, and other features of the world of the New Testament
  • Hundreds of 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

Contributors

  • Clinton E. Arnold (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen), General Editor and author of chapters on Acts, Ephesians, and Colossians
  • S. M. Baugh (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine), 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon
  • Peter H. Davids (Ph.D., University of Manchester), 1 Peter
  • David E. Garland (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), Mark
  • David W. J. Gill (D.Phil., University of Oxford), 1 Corinthians
  • George H. Guthrie (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), Hebrews
  • Moyer V. Hubbard (D.Phil., University of Oxford), 2 Corinthians
  • Andreas J. Köstenberger (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School), John
  • Ralph P. Martin (Ph.D., University of London, King’s College), Galatians
  • Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews), Romans, James, 2 Peter, and Jude
  • Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen), Luke
  • Frank Thielman (Ph.D., Duke University), Philippians
  • Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Ph.D., University of Toronto), 1 & 2 Thessalonians
  • Michael J. Wilkins (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary), Matthew
  • Mark W. Wilson (D.Litt. et Phil., University of South Africa), Revelation
  • Julie L. Wu (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)
  • Robert W. Yarbrough (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen)

Praise for the Print Edition

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

Individual Titles

Volume 1: Matthew, Mark, Luke

  • Editor: Clinton E. Arnold
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 516

Volume 2: John, Acts

  • Editor: Clinton E. Arnold
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 504

Volume 3: Romans to Philemon

  • Editor: Clinton E. Arnold
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 520

Volume 4: Hebrews to Revelation

  • Editor: Clinton E. Arnold
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 384

Product Details

  • Title: Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: New Testament
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • General Editor: Clinton E. Arnold
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,924

About Clinton E. Arnold

Clinton E. Arnold is professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.