For almost fifty years and for thousands of readers, The Daily Study Bible commentaries have been the ideal help for both devotional and serious Bible study. Now, with the release of The New Daily Study Bible: New Testament, a new generation will appreciate the wisdom of William Barclay. With clarification of less familiar illustrations and inclusion of more contemporary language, The New Daily Study Bible will continue to help individuals and groups discover what the message of the New Testament really means for their lives.
A fantastic commentary set for pastors, teachers, students, and laity, the words of Barclay continue to inspire readers today with his scripturally sound exegesis. Barclay's purposefully accessible writing style is evidence of his passion for bringing the Word of God to laity as well as biblical scholars. His thoroughly-researched works begin with important historical background, clarifying the context in which each New Testament book was originally written. Then, launching into commentary, Barclay discusses the Scriptures a handful of verses at a time.
This internationally popular commentary contains all seventeen volumes in the New Daily Study Bible, and will engage and delight a new generation of Christian readers. In the Logos edition, commentaries can be linked to your favorite Bibles for ease of reference, and Scriptures are easily referenced with a mouse-over. Running a Passage Guide search will produce instantaneous results with your favorite Barclay commentaries. Any linked commentaries you open will automatically turn right to the Scripture verse you are currently studying, eliminating the need for excessive scrolling.
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Though we find the Gospel of Matthew first in the New Testament, many scholars believe that the Gospel of Mark is older. Matthew then is often seen as an expansion of Mark, incorporating most of the content of Mark while also adding sections that contain the teachings of Jesus, such as the Sermon on the Mount, and stories about the birth and infancy of Jesus. The phrase "This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet" appears sixteen times in the Gospel of Matthew, suggesting an emphasis on fulfilling the Law and the Prophets and implying that a Jewish audience may have been the first hearers of this Gospel. For them then and for us today, the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as one who is "God with us" even until the end of time.
Ever question what may have been meant by the statement, "You are Peter and on this rock"? Are you puzzled by the cursing of the fig tree by Jesus or by his comments about moving mountains? William Barclay discusses these and many other interesting matters in this second volume of the Gospel of Matthew. Readers will profit by the depth of scholarship, the honesty of appraisal, and the grace of style with which Dr. Barclay deals with difficult topics such as marriage and divorce or the danger of riches. With a lively translation and engaging commentary, Barclay's comments on the latter portion of Matthew's Gospel are great for daily readings.
"When we study the Gospel according to Saint Mark," declares William Barclay, "we study the most important book in the New Testament: for in it, we have the first life of Jesus ever written." In his introduction to this volume, Dr. Barclay explains why the first three Gospels are called "synoptic," how they came to be written, and why many scholars believe that Mark was the first. Barclay's interpretation of the Gospel is full of wisdom, and it offers clear and captivating insight from beginning to end. Having picked up one section to study, the reader will find it difficult to stop reading until the whole volume is completed.
With a historian's precision, Luke's Gospel shows painstaking care both in detail and in expression. Of equal distinction is the universal appeal of the Gospel. Dr. Barclay wrote that this Gospel makes "Christ the open door for all without reserve." In many areas that were either minimized or neglected by the other Gospel writers, Luke's account is more complete, emphasizing prayer, the dignity of women, and praise of God. Barclay's insightful comments help each of us to see the infinitude of God's love through Luke's eyes.
"The Gospel according to Saint John is to many people the most precious book in the Bible," states William Barclay in this first of two volumes on the Gospel of John. In order to help uncover the tremendous wealth of this Gospel, Dr. Barclay has provided his own unique translation of the text, a detailed commentary, and a comprehensive introduction. This new edition will help bring the book in which "many people find themselves closer to God and to Jesus Christ than in any other book in the world" closer to home and freshly relevant for today's readers.
"The more we study John, the more wealth arises out of it," says William Barclay about the fourth gospel. In this volume, Dr. Barclay completes his intensive study begun in the Gospel of John, Volume 1 (that covers chapters 1 through 7) and helps give the reader a sharpened perception of the emphases of this gospel. Written during a time when heresies abounded, the Gospel of John clarifies both the humanity and deity of Jesus Christ. Through his imaginative translation and insightful commentary, Barclay uncovers the unlimited riches of this beloved book.
"What Acts aims to do," writes Barclay, "is to give us a series of typical exploits and adventures of the great heroic figures of the early Church. Although the book never says so, from the earliest times Luke has been held to be its writer." If this is so, then Luke wrote both the gospel and Acts with a purpose of showing how the new faith that had begun so humbly in Palestine had expanded. In this volume, Barclay discusses among other things the plan in Acts, Luke's skill as a historian, the accuracy of his sources, and the honesty with which he uses them. Full of unique insights and little-known information about the background of the early Church, this volume again displays Barclay's great ability for clear and perceptive expression.
One of the chief virtues of both these books is in the author’s awareness of the contribution of the historical and cultural setting to an understanding of Scripture. In each section there is pointed and pertinent application of the truth for this generation. Illustrations in many cases clinch salient points.
Dr. Barclay's fresh translation and clear exposition make Paul's very complicated letter to the church in Rome easier than ever to understand. Both in mood and in method Romans is entirely different from Paul's other writings. Here he is settling down in a systematic fashion the essence of his faith—bequeathing in a "theological last will and testament" the ideas which have most shaped Christian belief: the questions of righteousness, of the Jews as the Chosen People, and of how man is to live his daily life. Thanks to Dr. Barclay's singular gifts, Paul's deep meanings shine brilliantly here, answering fully every reader seeking the heart of this gospel.
Corinth was not only one of the most flourishing commercial centers of the ancient world, but also a symbol of vile debauchery. "In this hotbed of vice," writes William Barclay, "some of the greatest work of Paul was done." The apostle wrote to the church there, partly to bolster its resistance of sin and corruption, but equally to chide and give counsel about the contentions that were tearing it apart. In his endearing, simple, and illustrative manner, Barclay shows how the message that Paul communicated to the Corinthians continues to help us who live today in the midst of twenty-first century temptations
The letters to the Galatians and Ephesians proclaim that Christianity was dependent upon nothing but God's free gift of grace, bestowed on all who would accept that gift by faith, Gentile and Jew alike. Because they declare this universality and confute the Judaizing Christians, these letters are some of the great theological cornerstones of Christianity, according to Dr. Barclay.
Here are Barclay's offerings on these important New Testament texts. Written by Paul while in prison at Rome, the letter to the Philippians is concerned with the theological identification of Jesus both as God and human. The Letter to the Colossians combats heretical Gnostic teachings, declaring that God created the world through Jesus Christ, God's own Son. The two letters to the Thessalonians show the apostle dealing with day-to-day problems of a strategic young city church. Though written to the faithful in years gone by, Paul's words come to life for readers today through Barclay's own translation and enlightening commentary.
These oft-neglected New Testament books actually deal with topics which should be of great interest to today's readers. I and II Timothy and Titus are known as the Pastoral Epistles, and as such deal with practical matters of church management and personal conduct. The letter to Philemon is the only private letter we have from Paul, and tells the tale of a runaway slave who later may have become bishop of Ephesus. As with his other books and about which millions of readers can testify, Barclay displays a remarkable writing talent that combines a profound mastery of the ancient languages with the wider conversation of secular literature and a deep devotion to the Scriptures.
Barclay has the gift of writing in such a crisp and sparkling style that the reading of his books is an exciting experience. This volume is no exception.
—S. D. Toussaint, Bibliotheca Sacra
At first glance, the letter to the Hebrews can seem difficult to comprehend, requiring readers to be familiar with an intricate system of Hebrew sacrifices so intimidating that some might just set the whole episode aside. But William Barclay believed "that no New Testament book gives us such a glorious picture of Jesus Christ in all the splendor of his manhood and in all the majesty of his deity." So, amplified by his keen and vibrant commentary, this ancient letter emerges from apparent obscurity to be a vital resource of encouragement for Christians today.
Though located in the back part of the New Testament Canon, these letters are none-the-less vitally important. The letter of James struggled long to be accepted and Barclay examines the questions of its authorship and dating along with a discussion of its content on personal ethics. Barclay places The First Letter of Peter within its context as a "catholic" or "general" epistle, gives backgrounds into its authorship and audience, and delves into its many theological contributions to topics like the role of women. The Second Letter of Peter is primarily a denunciation of heretics and false teachers. As with all of Barclay's writings, this volume combines both his charm of style and his thorough scholarship.
The letters of John and Jude deal with heretical teachings within the early Church. In 1 John the problem was Gnosticism—a view that the material world is evil—and according to Barclay, a view that still infects the thinking of some of today's Christians. Second and 3 John contain warnings against visiting preachers who taught false doctrines and against other individuals who attacked the writer's authority. Jude indicts those individuals of loose morals, or antinomians, who had assimilated themselves into the Christian community.
In this and its companion volume (The Revelation of John, Volume 2, Chapters 6 through 22), William Barclay makes the most difficult book in the Bible easier to understand. In his introduction he examines areas such as the characteristics of apocalyptic literature and the nature of Caesar worship. John was, as Barclay shows, "soaked and saturated" in the Old Testament, and most of the imagery he employs is drawn from that source. Barclay does more than clarify the meaning of the imagery. His commentary covers the central issues of the book, such as the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the probable facts about John's exile on the island, and the meaning of Christ's knocking at the door.
Here the reader meets many of the picturesque images that are identified with Revelation—the four horses and their riders, the antichrist, the woman clothed with the sun, the beast with his number, Armageddon, the Millennium, the new Jerusalem. William Barclay helps the reader understand and interpret these and many other images drawn from Revelation that have so seized the world's imagination. And because so many of John's prophetic utterances relate to Rome, Barclay also devotes many pages to describing the great city as it was under the early Caesars.
Professor William Barclay (1907-1978) was a world-renowned New Testament interpreter and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at Glasgow University in Scotland. Having written more than fifty books, he is probably best known as the author of The Daily Study Bible series.