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Believers Church Bible Commentary (BCBC) (19 vols.)
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Overview

The Believers Church Bible Commentary Series is published for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today—Sunday school teachers, members of Bible study groups, students, pastors, and other seekers. The series is based on the conviction that God is still speaking to all who will listen, and that the Holy Spirit makes the Word a living and authoritative guide for all who want to know and do God’s will.

Each volume illuminates the Scriptures; provides historical and cultural background; shares necessary theological, sociological, and ethical meanings; and, in general, makes "the rough places plain." Critical issues are not avoided, but neither are they moved into the foreground as debates among scholars. The series aids in the interpretive process, but it does not attempt to supersede the authority of the Word and Spirit as discerned in the gathered church.

The Believers Church Bible Commentary is a cooperative project of Brethren in Christ Church, Brethren Church, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Brethren Church, and Mennonite Church.

Overall Outline

The commentaries are organized into sections according to the major divisions of the text. Each section comprises five parts:

  • An introductory preview
  • A summary outline of the section
  • Explanatory notes
  • The text in its biblical context
  • The text in the life of the church

The two focused articles at the end of each chapter, "The Text in Biblical Context" and "The Text in the Life of the Church," are unique features of this series. Especially in the latter, believers church perspectives come through clearly. These include believers baptism, commitment to the Rule of Christ (Matthew 18:15-20) as part of the meaning of church membership, belief in the power of love in all relationships, and a willingness to follow the way of the cross of Christ.

There are comprehensive outlines, biographical aids, helpful charts, indexes, maps, glossaries, and essays on points that need further development.

Editorial Council and Series Editors

The writers have done the basic work for each commentary, but not operating alone, since "no . . . Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation" (2 Pet. 1:20; cf. 1 Cor. 14:29). They have consulted with select counselors during the writing process, worked with the editors for the series, and received feedback from another biblical scholar.

In addition, the Editorial Council, representing six believers church denominations, reads the manuscripts carefully, gives churchly responses, and makes suggestions for changes. The writer considers all this counsel and processes it into the manuscript, which the Editorial Council finally approves for publication. Thus these commentaries combine the individual writers’ own good work and the church’s voice.

The BCBC editors publish an annual newsletter.

The Uniqueness of This Series

These commentaries, informed by recent scholarship, are not overburdened with detail. They are written for lay leaders, teachers, pastors, college and seminary students, and all those searching the Bible for truth and life.

The writers place each section of Scripture in the perspective of the whole Bible and bring it into conversation with the past and present experience of God's people in the world. The format is unique: Preview, Outline, Explanatory Notes, Text in Biblical Context, and Text in the Life of the Church—thus providing a fine balance of exegesis, theological reflection, and life appropriation.

The BCBC series represents the Anabaptist believers church tradition as a key perspective for interpretation.

Individual Titles

Genesis

  • Author: Eugene F. Roop
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 350

Eugene F. Roop focuses on the rich story line that traces the development of a community of faith in Genesis. He explores the important theological motifs of the book and their implications for our lives today. These themes include creation, disaster and reaction, promise and fulfillment, infertility and blessing. This commentary grew out of the study of Genesis in the congregational and seminary community. It is intended to promote and enhance study in those settings.

Eugene F. Roop is president of Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Indiana, and Wieand Professor of Biblical Studies there. He has served as a pastor in the Church of the Brethren and is author of several books, including Ruth, Jonah, Esther in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series.

Exodus

  • Author: Waldemar Janzen
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 480

Waldemar Janzen (Mennonite Church) offers a fresh approach to the book of Exodus. The liberation from Egypt is a prelude to Israel's unique calling to model before the nations a new life of service under God. Exodus portrays how God, through his servant Moses, wages a dramatic battle with Egypt's mighty ruler for the release of enslaved Israel.

After wresting Israel from Pharaoh's enslavement, God fights for the soul of his doubting and resistant people. Even after Israel's covenant commitment to be God's "priestly kingdom and holy nation," Israel breaks away again.

God's grace wrests Israel away once more, this time from captivity to its own doubts, fears, and self-centeredness. In the last chapters, Exodus portrays a people focused in faith on the imageless presence of God in its midst.

Overall, Janzen’s commentary on Exodus offers lucid and balanced guidance for reading Exodus, a book that is so central to the thought and witness of Christian faith.

Review of Biblical Literature

Janzen's sensitivity to the theological texture and narrative drama of Exodus, coupled with his engaging, personal style of presentation, makes his commentary eminently useful as a source of theological reflection for pastors and lay people of all faith traditions.

—William P. Brown, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia

Waldemar Janzen is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and German, and continues to teach on a part-time basis. Among Janzen’s published works are Mourning Cry and Woe Oracle, Still in the Image: Essays in Old Testament Theology and Anthropology, Old Testament Ethics: A Paradigmatic Approach, and many articles and chapters in scholarly as well as popular publications.

Judges

  • Author: Terry L. Brensinger
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 252

Terry L. Brensinger explains the ups and downs of the Israelites during the period of the Judges. By tracing developments under each judge, he shows how Israel's condition deteriorates to near-total chaos. The book of Judges begins with depictions of Israel's obedience and faithfulness but ends with disunited and leaderless tribes. The people tend to take their focus away from serving the Lord. Instead, they follow other gods, seek false security, and do what is right in their own eyes.

By exploring the circumstances behind this decline, Brensinger provides practical applications for such contemporary issues as religious unfaithfulness, the nature of community, the roles and responsibilities of leaders, and war and violence.

Brensinger addresses an ecumenical audience from the perspective of a believers church in a reciprocal relationship with the Bible. He deals with problems of violence and war, while holding to the biblical mandate of peace. With pastoral and scholarly background, Brensinger provides all the basics one expects. He identifies with the faith of the biblical writer, who struggles with the vision of Moses and reaches toward the great prophets and Jesus.

—Millard C. Lind, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana

Terry L. Brensinger serves as professor of biblical studies and chair of the Biblical Studies, Religion, and Philosophy Department at Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania. Before he began teaching at Messiah in 1985, he pastored churches in Columbia, Kentucky, and in New York City. In 1992–93, he served as visiting professor of biblical studies at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1992–93, he was a scholar in residence at the Ecumenical Institute (Tantur) in Jerusalem.

Ruth, Jonah, Esther

  • Author: Eugene F. Roop
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 298

Eugene F. Roop focuses on three of the Bible's most compelling short stories, Ruth, Jonah, and Esther. He draws attention to distinctive narrative characteristics of these three magnificent dramas. Such scrutiny opens new vistas of interpretation that can undergird the faith, life, and neighborly relations of the church.

Each narrative features intense interaction among the characters and, in the case of Jonah, with God. As we enter the world of these struggles and events, Roop hopes we will experience in the narratives something of their sorrow and laughter, hope and faithful loyalty, and grasp of God's mercy and grace.

The strength of the Anabaptist hermeneutic is its sensitivity to the human elements of the biblical text and the practical implications of the biblical message for believers today. In both regards, Eugene Roop’s work on Ruth, Jonah and Esther is outstanding. Combining the best of recent scholarship with a high regard for the authority of Scripture, Roop makes us all grateful that these three short books have been preserved in the canon for our inspiration and edification.

—Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College

Eugene F. Roop is president of Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Indiana, and Wieand Professor of Biblical Studies there. He has served as a pastor in the Church of the Brethren and is author of several books, including Ruth, Jonah, Esther in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series.

Proverbs

  • Author: John W. Miller
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 351

The nineteenth volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series is unique for its detailed uncovering of evidence for two editions of Proverbs, a first in the time of Solomon and a second in support of King Hezekiah's historic religious reforms. In this light heretofore puzzling features of the book's design, purpose and message are clarified and the book's relevance for its time and ours greatly enhanced.

John W. Miller's commentary is a superb piece of work because of its detailed treatment of nearly every proverb, and his careful placement of the development and purpose of the book in the reign of King Hezekiah in the 8th century as a second edition.

—Laurence Boadt, Paulist Press

Here is solid scholarship with certain unpopular twists and interpretations. In place of a pedantic verse by verse approach, this thematic treatment of Proverbs provides a surprisingly contemporary manual on some critical issues of Christian discipleship. Miller offers very helpful pastoral insights for the 21st-century preacher.

—James M. Lapp, Franconia Mennonite Conference

John W. Miller is Professor Emeritus at Conrad Grebel University College/University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of numerous books, including Jesus at Thirty, Calling God "Father" and most recently, How the Bible Came to Be.

Jeremiah

  • Author: Elmer A. Martens
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1986
  • Pages: 326

Elmer A. Martens explores the message and insights of Jeremiah for today. In Jeremiah, God disciplines people and punishes them. Yet there is also forgiveness and the promise of a new covenant. This ancient book is strangely relevant to our generation.

The more we learn about the stressful times in which Jeremiah lived, about the passionate prophet himself, and about the arrangement of the book that bears his name, the more forceful the message becomes.

Elmer A. Martens, a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church, has taught Old Testament at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California, since 1970. He served as its president for nearly a decade.

Ezekiel

  • Author: Millard C. Lind
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 398

Millard C. Lind has taught the book of Ezekiel for thirty years in seminary and in the church. He skillfully opens the prophet's message about God's presence, covenant, victorious rule, concern for the nations, and cleansing for worship and obedience. The "wheel" and "dry bones" are not just for entertainment. This actor, singer, and instrumentalist is prophesying to a battered people who need the word of the Lord for survival and mission.

God has called Ezekiel to be a sentinel for his people, to warn them of pending danger. They must not look back to unjust Jerusalem nor join a revolt against Babylon. Instead, they are to turn and live by God's law, even in a foreign land. After judging the nations and Jerusalem, God will restore Israel to a renewed land. The people will be given a new heart and spirit—a resurrection. God will defeat international terror and organize Israel as a new temple community, with the Lord in their midst. Then all will now that God leads world history, not by militarists, but through a people serving as a moral exemplar for the nations.

Clear, concise, critically responsible, and informed by a deeply felt pastoral concern. Lind writes from a free-church perspective and helps to bring alive the prophet's message of judgment and salvation for readers of different backgrounds who are trying to make Christian community a reality in their own lives.

—Joseph Blenkinsopp, John A. O'Brien Professor, Biblical Studies, University of Notre Dame

Millard C. Lind is professor emeritus of Old Testament at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, where over a period of thirty years, he has taught the book of Ezekiel. He has served as a pastor, writer of adult Sunday school Bible studies, editor of a community-family magazine, participant in Bible conferences and teaching missions throughout the United States and Canada, Israel and Egypt, Britain and Europe. He has written books such as Yahweh Is a Warrior; Monotheism, Power, Justice; and published articles in scholarly and church magazines.

Daniel

  • Author: Paul M. Lederach
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 326

Paul M. Lederach (Mennonite Church) sees in Daniel a persistent call to endurance and loyalty to God, even while believers suffer for their faith, pray for deliverance, and speak truth to kings. God's reign is ever present and moving to fullness in God's own way. Although ruling beasts may rampage for a while, God is sovereign over history and cuts their time short.

This Old Testament apocalyptic book interprets ancient history through signs and symbols. It predicts a future in which martyrs are raised to everlasting life and share in the triumph of God's kingdom, which shall fill the whole earth.

Paul M. Lederach received a B.A. from Goshen (Ind.) College, a Th.B. from Goshen Biblical Seminary, an M.R.E. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and a D.Ed. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth). He has written many books published by Herald Press, such as Reshaping the Teaching Ministry, Mennonite Youth, Teaching in the Congregation, and A Third Way.

Hosea, Amos

  • Author: Allen R. Guenther
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 434

Allen R. Guenther brings an evangelical believers church perspective to the study of two eighth-century B.C. prophets. He explores theological and practical implications of their message, which he applies to the contemporary church.

This work compares Israel's distinctive religion, influenced by Baal-worshiping Phoenician neighbors, with faith in Judah. In his own marriage, Hosea dramatizes God's redeeming love. Amos's exposure of shallow piety and injustice brings him into confrontation with the official priest at Bethel. For both prophets, the Lord's judgment is to lead on to repentance and restoration.

By highlighting Hosea's rich metaphors, Guenther portrays the emotional dynamics of God's deep hatred of his people's sin and even deeper desire for renewed covenant relationships. God's people failed to know God and act with integrity. Yet each major message ends with hope because of God's unfailing love. With equal clarity, Guenther probes how Amos uncovers the hypocrisy of Israel's worship, the unjust way they treat others, and their deceptive trust in God's protection. He shows the same problems today.

—Gary V. Smith, Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

Allen R. Guenther is professor of Old Testament at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California, where he has taught since 1981. From 1967—70 and 1975—81, he taught at Mennonite Brethren Bible College and College of Arts at Winnipeg. He pastored a new congregation in Lethbridge, Alberta, during 1963–65, and an inner-city congregation in Toronto in 1971–73.

Matthew

  • Author: Richard B. Gardner
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 448

Richard B. Gardner invites readers to explore the dramatic story of Jesus which Matthew tells. He connects that story to the first-century world of its author and early readers. The commentary then shows how Matthew has shaped the church and still speaks to the life of the Christian community.

Gardner probes each section for its meaning in the wider biblical context and in the life of the church. Thus readers are prepared to wrestle with Jesus' gospel and mission, starting small, but for all nations. Ends with essays, an extensive bibliography, and a list of select resources.

Richard B. Gardner is an associate professor of New Testament at Bethany Theological Seminary in Oak Brook, Illinois. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he directs several cooperatively sponsored programs of field-based ministry education for the Church of the Brethren. Among the author’s published materials are numerous contributions to curriculum resources, including the International Lesson Annual, New Ventures in Bible Study and A Guide for Biblical Studies. He has also written for the periodicals Messenger and Brethren Life and Thought and contributed articles to the Brethren Encyclopedia. He currently serves as president of the Brethren Journal Association and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Chicago Society of Biblical Research.

Mark

  • Author: Timothy J. Geddert
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 456

Timothy J. Geddert views Mark as a profound theologian and accomplished writer, not a mere compiler of traditions. Mark's text provokes careful reflection on its subtle and challenging message of hope and its call to faithfully follow Jesus on the way.

Mark's Gospel speaks plainly, yet sometimes in riddles, of God as revealed in Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, the Son of God. Mark presents God's reign, its present hiddenness and future glory, and its surprising way of coming. Mark is also about Jesus and his followers crossing barriers to pass God's grace on to those formerly excluded. Mark's resurrection message is open-ended. Readers supply their own ending, not just in words, but by following their resurrected Lord.

Includes essays on themes useful for teaching, preaching, and Bible study; bibliographies; charts; two maps; and an index of ancient sources.

I warmly recommend Geddert's commentary. It expresses outstanding scholarship with utter simplicity and clarity. A superb guide, explaining Mark in its first-century setting and interpreting its meaning for today.

—I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Timothy J. Geddert is professor of New Testament at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary and adjunct professor at the Theologischer Seminar Bienenberg in Listal, Switzerland. He has worked as a church planter, pastor, and teacher in many countries, including Canada, the United States, and Germany. Geddert is the author of numerous books, including the Believers Church Bible Commentary on Mark. He lives in Fresno, California.

Acts

  • Author: Chalmer E. Faw
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 336

Chalmer E. Faw brings Acts to life for our day. He blends thorough biblical scholarship with wisdom from extensive and varied experience in missionary work and Bible teaching. His careful exposition of the book of Acts is supplemented with literary and theological discussion.

The key word in Acts is witness for Jesus Christ, from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. God's Spirit anoints the church at Pentecost, leads believers in handling conflicts between converts new and old, and empowers Christians to overcome false beliefs and magic. In Acts, Luke tells this dramatic story with subtle humor.

Chalmer E. Faw, a member of the Church of the Brethren, served as a missionary in Nigeria and as a New Testament professor at Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook, Illinois.

Romans

  • Author: John E. Toews
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 464

This commentary on Romans is a rich gift to the contemporary church, its lay leaders, pastors, and scholars. John E. Toews gives new eyes for readers to see what the central message of Romans really is.

I have waited a long time for this commentary! For over a generation, scholars have been challenging the tradition interpretation of Romans based on Martin Luther's emphasis on justification by faith. But until now, few commentaries have thoroughly embraced the emerging paradigm, which seeks to read Romans in its original historical and social context. Even less has percolated into the life of the church at large. John Toews' commentary fills that gap.

—Reta Halteman Finger, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania

At the center of every movement toward church renewal has been the rediscovery of Romans. Just after the World War, Karl Barth wrote a commentary on Romans which renewed church life. In the believers' church the book of Romans has always held a central place. John Toews makes it possible for all thinking Christians to understand Romans. That 'strange warming of the heart,' renewal of the mind, empowering of the will, and obedience faith all come together in this book. The interpreters of the believers' church have come of age.

—William Klassen, University of Waterloo, Ontario

John E. Toews of Fresno, California, served on the faculty of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California, (1980-93) and as president of Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario (1996-2002).

2 Corinthians

  • Author: V. George Shillington
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 312

V. George Shillington sees this letter as Paul's personal testimony about his ministry of reconciliation among the Corinthian Christians (chapters 1-9) and his ministry in defending the truth of the gospel (chapters 10-13). The thread that ties the two parts together is Paul's conviction on pastoral ministry under the banner of Christ. Paul insists that ministry is to be borne in affliction like that of Christ crucified. In raising the crucified Messiah out of the old creation, God has inaugurated a new creation, in which believers already participate. The only boast allowed is in the Lord, not in one's own achievements or elevated experiences.

In structure and style, this commentary successfully bridges the gap between biblical scholarship and church life and witness. Keenly sensitive to the precarious relationship between Paul and the Corinthians, Shillington unpacks the arguments in this difficult letter with creative insight and careful exegesis. A very helpful resource!

—William S. Campbell, King's College, London

V. George Shillington has served as professor of biblical studies and theology at Concord College (Winnipeg) since 1981 and has lectured in other institutions, including Harvard University, Trinity College (Dublin), and New College (Edinburgh). He is well-known in congregations for his enthusiastic biblical sermons. He is the author or editor of three other books and numerous articles and book reviews.

Ephesians

  • Author: Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 424

Ephesians presents readers with a volatile mix of assurance, exhilarating worship, and forceful exhortation—a bracing challenge to today's church. The letter convinces Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld that the grace-gift of faithfulness leads to worship. Power, peace, and new creation are gifts of grace equipping the church to participate in God's reconciling embrace.

This commentary guides readers to a life-changing encounter with Ephesians, probing interpretations, refreshing Christian teaching, and calling everyone to "walk" accordingly, with a song in heart and throat.

Gives penetrating challenges to Anabaptist and mainline pastors and laity. Yoder Neufeld's deep love for Ephesians is evident throughout. His writing on the much-debated Household Code is the best I've seen. He takes the armor in Ephesians 6 as positive action to powerfully equip the church for waging God's justice and peace.

—Marva J. Dawn, Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver

Explores lofty confessional peaks and rich fields of practical application. Deftly handles even difficult passages, blending careful scholarship with a gospel interpretation that is provocative, fresh, and trustworthy. Encounter with God's boundless grace leads individuals and the church to become agents of salvation, peacemaking, and hope.

—J. Nelson Kraybill, President, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana

Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld is director of Graduate Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel College.

Colossians, Philemon

  • Author: Ernest D. Martin
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 344

Ernest D. Martin takes Bible students into the rich text of the letter to the church at Colossae and the highly personal letter to Philemon. Martin draws on his experience as pastor, teacher, and writer to engage the reader in the complexities of the text. All the while, he focuses on a Christ-centered biblical theology and the amazingly revelant pastoral concerns that shaped these letters.

In commenting on Colossians, Martin highlights a wholistic Christology in contrast to the past and present perversions of the gospel. In the section on Philemon, he draws attention to the social implications of the koinonia of faith for the servants of Jesus Christ.

Ernest D. Martin's publications include Preparing for Church Membership: Leader’s Guide, Experiencing Christ in the Church, Off to a Good Start, and Jeremiah: A Study Guide. Over the past thirty years he has also written numerous Sunday school lessons for Herald Adult Studies/Adult Bible Study Guide and adult teacher sections for Builder.

1 and 2 Thessalonians

  • Author: Jacob W. Elias
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 400

Jacob W. Elias invites us to listen in while Paul and his missionary companions encourage and warn believers in ancient Thessalonica. Elias shows Paul dealing pastorally with everyday concerns of church life while reminding his converts about the big picture. What God has done through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ will yet be brought to glorious completion. The church has an active role to play in God's redemptive mission in the world.

Today, apocalyptic biblical texts are often ignored or misused. But Elias tells how the gospel proclaimed to the Thessalonians undergirds the nurture of churches marked by faith, love, and hope.

Elias's technique of 'listening in' on the conversation between Paul and the Thessalonian congregation is innovative, effective, and engaging. Students and pastors seeking a fair presentation of various sides of the scholarly debate will be rewarded, and the believers church movement will find much here to sustain its efforts.

—Robert Jewett, Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Elias has done an impressive job of remaining faithful to the text while making 1 and 2 Thessalonians accessible to pastors, teachers, and lay Christians. I recommend Elias's commentary.

—Reta Halteman Finger, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

Jacob W. Elias is author of Remember the Future. He was born in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. He studied at the University of Saskatchewan, and graduated in 1968 from Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He began pastoral ministry at Mountainview Mennonite Church, Vancouver, and in 1978 earned a ThD in New Testament from the Toronto School of Theology. He has been teaching at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary since 1977.

1-2 Peter, Jude

  • Authors: Erland Waltner and J. Daryl Charles
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 1987
  • Pages: 350

Erland Waltner explains how 1 Peter applies Jesus' teaching on loving the enemy to the life situation of scattered Christians in Asia Minor. Peter empowers believers to be communities of hope, not retaliating for the abuse they suffer, but bearing witness of their Lord by word, lifestyle, and doing good.

J. Daryl Charles shows how 2 Peter and Jude are relevant since the church still faces ethical compromises and pastoral dilemmas. Their apocalyptic imagery stresses that the concerns of Christian faithfulness and faith are absolutely crucial. The church needs such moral exhortation.

Combines scholarly approaches to these neglected books with clear exposition and timely application. Use of Anabaptist sources will appeal to a wide audence: preachers, students, and church folk. We applaud the volume heartily.

—Ralph P. Martin, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Fuller Theological Seminary

Solid biblical exposition in a reader-friendly format. Offers careful and deatiled anaylsis of these books in clear, accessible language. Quotes Anabaptists working out understandings of faith under intense suffering. Valuable for pastors, Sunday school teachers, and serious students.

—Dorothy Jean Weaver, Professor of New Testament, Eastern Mennonite Seminary

J. Daryl Charles has contributed to periodicals such as First Things, Social Justice Review, Regeneration Quarterly, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and Bulletin for Biblical Research, plus journals of New Testament study. He writes on issues of faith and culture, Christian ethics, ecumenism, and the contemporary relevance of the general epistles for the Christian community.

Revelation

  • Author: John R. Yeatts
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 524

The message of Revelation speaks to Christians for all times, and historically has especially encouraged persecuted groups. Today Christians in many parts of the world are also at opposition to the worldview of the time. Revelation gives strength to those who are oppressed, and John R. Yeatts' commentary attends to themes of martyrdom, suffering, service in the world, hope, the triumph of Christ, and the role of the church in bearing witness to the triumphant Christ. The commentary includes clear biblical commentary, relationships between various portions of Scripture, and applications drawn from the Anabaptist tradition and the larger Christian community.

This commentary is both a helpful guide to the content of Revelation and a challenge to contemporary Christians to live out the nonviolent faith of Revelation's central figure—Jesus Christ.

—Nancy R. Heisey, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Virginia

John R. Yeatts is on the faculty of Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, currently teaching psychology and religion in the School of the Humanities. Yeatts began his professional life in pastoral and denominational ministry, serving the Brethren in Christ denomination as Christian education staff.

Product Details

  • Title: Believers Church Bible Commentary (BCBC) (19 vols.)
  • Publisher: Herald Press
  • Volumes: 19
  • Pages: 7,273