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Exegetical Commentaries Bundle (37 vols.)
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Overview

Whether you are a pastor, Sunday School teacher or lay person, the 37-volume Exegetical Commentaries Bundle is designed for those who preach and teach from scripture on a regular basis. The Exegetical Commentaries Bundle serves as a beneficial addition to your digital library as it contains background information which relates to the passage you are studying as well as discussion of critical issues which relate to the passage. Additionally, the information in this commentary is designed to help with a better understanding of, as well as assisting with effectively communicating the information in scripture.

Individual Titles

Genesis: Beginning and Blessing

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2004

The book of Genesis contains some of the most beautiful and well-known stories in the Bible: the garden, the flood, the tower of Babel, and the lives of the patriarchs. But these are more than just good stories. They lay the groundwork for God’s relationship with humanity and for his plan for our salvation, making Genesis foundational to understanding everything else that happens in the Bible.

Genesis reveals much about human nature and the nature of God. From the actions of the first man and woman, we see where our rebellious, sinful nature originates. And through the whole book we see the hand of a sovereign God who is loving and merciful, but also just and holy. Time and again in Genesis, God showers his grace upon undeserving humanity, giving us our first tastes of God’s enduring faithfulness that shines throughout the entire Bible.

R. Kent Hughes, respected pastor and author of many other commentaries in this series, takes readers back to the beginning of the Bible and moves through Genesis with careful exegesis. He explores the superbly crafted structure of the book as well as the weighty themes it contains. For those who preach, teach, and study God’s Word, this exceptionally detailed work will reveal much about the beginnings of God’s great story.

About R. Kent. Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

Exodus: Saved for God's Glory

  • Author: Philip Graham Ryken
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2005

To read Exodus is to encounter God. The book is about the mercy, justice, holiness, and glory of almighty God, who rules history by his sovereign power, saves the people of his covenant, and delivers his people from bondage. Once heard, the stories recorded in Exodus leave a lasting impression. Readers return to these great acts of redemption again and again because they give captives the hope of freedom.

In this Preaching the Word volume, Philip Graham Ryken mines the majestic book of Exodus for knowledge of God’s character and instruction for his followers. So much can be learned about God through the accounts of his deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, his many divine interventions for them, and his transformation of them into an independent nation.

At once theologically instructive and decidedly practical, this commentary moves readers to great rejoicing at God’s work in the life of every person following him on the path to spiritual freedom. Ryken skillfully relates how the Israelites’ deliverance from slavery anticipated the salvation accomplished in Jesus Christ, proving that God remembers his covenant and always delivers on his promises. For those who preach, teach, and study God’s Word, this book is more than just a commentary; it is a celebration of God’s faithfulness.

About Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken is Senior Minister at Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written several books for Crossway.

Numbers: God's Presence in the Wilderness

  • Author: Iain M. Duguid
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2006

The book of Numbers tells the story of the events occurring in the years between the nation of Israel’s exodus from Egypt and their entrance into the Promised Land. The lives of two generations are recorded: the first lacking in faith and receiving their just punishment from God and the second believing the Word of God and so entering into their inheritance as his children.

Like those generations of Israelites, Christians today are in the midst of a journey between events of deepest significance—the death of Christ that was the exodus from bondage to sin and death and Jesus’ second coming to usher his children into the true and final promised land as a glorious destination to the journey. Author Iain Duguid seeks to aid both pastors and laypeople on this journey by explaining the profundities of the biblical text, especially its less transparent portions, and communicating the lasting message of God’s devotion to those who follow him in faith.

Isaiah: God Saves Sinners

  • Author: Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr.
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2005

Isaiah is widely considered the deepest, richest, and most theologically significant book in the Old Testament. It is, without question, a profound statement by God about his own sovereignty and majesty spoken through his chosen spokesman, the prophet Isaiah.

In this expository commentary on the book of Isaiah, Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., argues that Isaiah imparts a single vision of God throughout all sixty-six chapters. It is a unified, woven whole presenting God’s revelation of himself to mankind, breaking through our pretense and clashing “with our intuitive sense of things.” Ortlund makes a point of man’s uninterest in God and his unfailing inclination to disbelief, and thus the need for God to “interrupt our familiar ways of thinking.”

The emphasis of this addition to the Preaching the Word series is this: God saves sinners. He saves them willfully and powerfully and needs no help from us, presenting himself in all his unmistakable glory. The message of Isaiah, shown thoroughly and thoughtfully in this commentary, will reignite a passion for the glory of God in the hearts of believers and will present that glory clearly and potently to those who have yet to be brought to saving faith.

Jeremiah and Lamentations: From Sorrow to Hope

  • Author: Philip Graham Ryken
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2001

The "Weeping Prophet," the rabbis said, began wailing the moment he was born. Jeremiah had reason to weep--he witnessed the devastating consequences of life without God.

Sadly, the relativism Jeremiah saw in ancient Israel predominates in America today. That's why his words are so relevant for our lives. Better than anyone else, Jeremiah exemplifies through his courage, passion, even his sufferings, how believers can live for God in a society that has turned against Him.

While the book of Jeremiah shared the last, desperate days of the Jerusalem he loved, Lamentations expresses the cries of his heart. Yet they reveal more than the prophet's grief--they are an attempt to reflect on the meaning of human suffering. Lamentations gives voice to the deepest agonies, with the hope that some comfort may come from crying out to God for mercy. Together the two books illustrate the eternal principle that man reaps what he sows.

It is a lesson the world--and the church--needs to hear. With the heart of a pastor and the knowledge of a scholar, Philip Graham Ryken applies these words of life to us today. His commentary will not only help you understand and teach from these spiritually relevant books, but inspire you with the courage and passion of God's personal call for you to live in these times.

About Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken is Senior Minister at Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written several books for Crossway.

Daniel: The Triumph of God's Kingdom

  • Author: Rodney Stortz
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2004

Containing both triumphant stories of God’s provision and difficult prophetic images, the book of Daniel stirs readers’ imagination and interest. Examples abound of Daniel’s unswerving dedication to the God of Israel, and the prophet describes the coming days in striking detail.

Throughout this book the nature of Daniel’s God is revealed to us. God’s plans for the future judgment and deliverance of this world, and his followers’ relationship with him throughout these events, mark the book. He is a God who loves his people and is in sovereign control over all the events of this world. His knowledge and control over both present circumstances and future events is undeniable.

In this study of Daniel, Pastor Rodney Stortz showcases the coming triumph of God’s kingdom. Stortz’s careful exegesis and perceptive applications focus on personal holiness, the wisdom and power of God, and the importance of Daniel’s prophecies concerning the Messiah, the Antichrist, and Antiochus Epiphanes. In addition, this commentary uses the light of the New Testament to unseal Daniel’s scroll, giving a clear understanding of his prophecies. This expositional commentary shows plainly how central the book of Daniel is for understanding coming judgment and the necessity for faithful living until then.

The Sermon on the Mount: The Message of the Kingdom

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2001

Within the three chapters of Matthew known as the Sermon on the Mount are truths so rich and deep that no matter how often or how closely we examine their words, they continually bring new relevance to our lives. Do you want to know what kind of character you should have as a Christian? What should define your outer way of life and your inner habit of mind? Then study the Sermon. Ponder each sentence and test yourself by it.

There is no other section of Scripture that brings you face to face with your own humanity and the grace of salvation as the Sermon does. As Christ masterfully expounds on the Kingdom of Heaven, He presents believers with the perfect standard of the Christian life. He challenges the genuineness of our words and actions, allowing us to know exactly where we stand in relation to the Kingdom. Both humbling and encouraging, it is the greatest message ever preached.

Kent Hughes faithfully explores the words that penetrate our hearts, and brings forth the lessons from this matchless model of the Christian life.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

Mark: Jesus, Servant and Savior (vols. 1 & 2)

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1989

In our age of aggressive evil and apathetic faith, the Gospel of Mark resounds with the dynamic power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps the most dramatic and action-packed of the synoptic Gospels, Mark's writing continues to inspire increased commitment in the Church at large.

Mark's portrayal of Christ as the Servant-Savior takes on fresh relevance in these masterful expositions by respected pastor/author R. Kent Hughes. With careful exegesis, the author draws from the text many practical lessons for everyday living and effective ministry. His numerous illustrations reflect wide interests, extensive reading, and years of experience pastoring and counseling those who seek to know Christ and walk in his ways.

This resource includes two volumes on Mark, the first part analyzes Jesus' teaching and healing ministry while the second volume focuses on the culmination of Jesus' time on earth. As the Messiah confronts evil spirits, heals the helpless, and challenges the orthodox, a final conflict with the religious establishment becomes inevitable--and we, like the ancient world, must decide if we will acknowledge him as our Lord and Savior.

Those who preach, teach, and study will find this book a gold mine of helpful information. With divisions and outlines that are never forced, but flow naturally from the text, Mark will be a great boon to those charged with communicating the Word, and to all who seek to grow in their faith through personal Bible study.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

Luke: That You May Know the Truth (vol. 1)

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1998

Luke’s carefully researched and “orderly account” of the life of Christ is one of the finest pieces of historical writing in all of ancient literature. Yet it also accomplishes its divinely appointed – and more personal – purpose: that people of every century “may know the truth”.

In this volume, R. Kent Hughes’ covers the first eleven chapters of Luke with precision and refreshing originality. Luke the historian--with his painstaking reporting--will make you certain about the truth of not only his Gospel, but the gospel. Luke the theologian--with his careful recounting of Christ's mercy and compassion--will touch you with God's love and grace. And Luke the physician--with his heart for people, especially the less privileged--will help you to love others more deeply. This may well be the only commentary you'll ever need to teach and preach the power, the celebration, the glorious message of Luke's beloved Gospel

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

Luke: That You May Know the Truth (vol. 2)

  • Author: R. Kent Hughest
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2001

"Those who study Luke cannot stay the same," says commentator R. Kent Hughes. "He took great pains to present the gospel with maximum power under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The result is a compelling story." Especially when it is read and studied in sequence, as Hughes has done in these two volumes.

This second volume of Hughes’ commentary on Luke starts with chapter 11 and concludes with Christ’s Ascension in chapter 24 of the gospel. Luke the historian--with his painstaking reporting--will make you certain about the truth of not only his Gospel, but the gospel. Luke the theologian--with his careful recounting of Christ's mercy and compassion--will touch you with God's love and grace. And Luke the physician--with his heart for people, especially the less privileged--will help you to love others more deeply. This may well be the only commentary you'll ever need to teach and preach the power, the celebration, the glorious message of Luke's beloved Gospel.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

John: That You May Believe

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1999

While each of the Gospels presents Christ with a distinct emphasis, the Gospel of John focuses on His greatness. As the timeless Creator-God of the universe. As the Word made flesh. As the gracious Lover of our souls who is the only Way to the Father.

Instead of detailing the facts and events of His earthly life, as the other Gospel writers did, John concentrates on the meaning of Jesus' words and the message of His works, clearly presenting Him as the long-awaited Messiah with one mission in mind--to do the work of the Father who sent Him.

Follow along with Pastor Kent Hughes in this engaging, verse-by-verse commentary as he leads you through this magnificent Gospel. His careful exposition and wise application will guide you to a richer understanding of not only God's greatness, but of His great goodness to us all.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

Acts: The Church Afire

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1996

Dynamic churches--congregations that are experiencing phenomenal growth, Christian ministries that God is using to take down walls, churches where souls are being saved and lives transformed--inspire us and make for great reading. The book of Acts, the divinely inspired history of the early church, is all this and more.

In the author's words: "One reason I love to study the book of Acts is its uniqueness. It is the sourcebook for the spread of early Christianity. Without it we would know little about the apostolic church except what could be gleaned from Paul's epistles. It is the chronicle of the spreading flame of the Holy Spirit."

In this welcome addition to the Preaching the Word series, Pastor Kent Hughes provides fascinating commentary on the book of Acts:

  • The birth of the church
  • Bold gospel preaching that resulted in thousands being won to Christ
  • The transformation of the church's greatest enemy into her greatest spokesman
  • Expanded international witness due to persecution and in response to divine calling
  • Walls of racial and religious pride blown away
  • The dramatic missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul
  • The cost of discipleship and the rewards of faithfulness
This encouraging commentary on a marvelous Bible book is sure to challenge all Christian believers who seek to walk with Christ and to serve him more effectively through the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

Romans: Righteousness from Heaven

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1991

Many Christians, pastors and laymen alike, consider the Apostle Paul's Epistle to the Romans the richest lode of theological truth ever written. Its themes of justification by faith, abounding grace, freedom from sin and from the old nature, living sacrifices, God's sovereignty/man's responsibility, and much else have both challenged and nourished followers of Christ for centuries.

A systematic theology, a practical presentation of the Christian life, an apologetic for the gospel of Jesus Christ--the Book of Romans is all this and more. In this helpful commentary Pastor R. Kent Hughes brings all his talent for clear exposition, pointed application, and literary expression to bear on this power-packed Pauline letter.

Whether used as source material for sermons, adult Sunday school classes, and Bible study groups, or as a guide for individual study of the Scriptures, this volume will encourage and equip believers in their walk with God.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2006

Many Christians, pastors and laymen alike, consider the Apostle Paul's Epistle to the Romans the richest lode of theological truth ever written. Its themes of justification by faith, abounding grace, freedom from sin and from the old nature, living sacrifices, God's sovereignty/man's responsibility, and much else have both challenged and nourished followers of Christ for centuries.

A systematic theology, a practical presentation of the Christian life, an apologetic for the gospel of Jesus Christ--the Book of Romans is all this and more. In this helpful commentary Pastor R. Kent Hughes brings all his talent for clear exposition, pointed application, and literary expression to bear on this power-packed Pauline letter.

Whether used as source material for sermons, adult Sunday school classes, and Bible study groups, or as a guide for individual study of the Scriptures, this volume will encourage and equip believers in their walk with God.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

Ephesians: The Mystery of the Body of Christ

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1990

The Apostle Paul's Letter to the Ephesians is one of the most dynamic portions of all of Scripture. Called by one commentator "the crown and climax of Pauline theology," it issues a clarion call to all who follow the Master. With its dual focus on Christ and the Church, with it's careful presentation of doctrine, then duty, it points the way to true Christian living and victory in a sin-embattled world.

In this helpful volume, Pastor Hughes provides an interesting treatment of the major themes of Ephesians:

  • The celebration of full redemption
  • The mystery of a new humanity - a third race - in Christ
  • The fullness of Spirit for holy living
  • The beauty of God-given roles in the home and workplace
  • The implications of our position with Christ in the heavenly realms
  • Resounding victory in spiritual warfare

This practical commentary on a strategic Bible book will challenge and equip preachers/teachers and their hearers for a walk of spiritual power.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

Colossians and Philemon: The Supremacy of Christ

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1989

In our day of massive religious confusion, the message of Colossians is among the most timely of all the New Testament books. Today many seek to exclude belief in God from every corner of modern life. Others flaunt "New Age" ideas about God and Christ which collide with the Scriptures. Confusion reigns and many are in need of knowing the Truth.

Christians in the first-century city of Colosse lived in a similar situation. Having first received the true Christian faith, they were soon confronted with distortions of the truth concerning the divinity and humanity of Christ and at the same time tempted by spiritual elitism. And the answers they needed are the same timeless answers that the modern world cries out to hear.

In this study of Colossians; Pastor R. Kent Hughes' expositions go to the heart of the text in Colossians, amplifying its message with memorable illustrations and penetrating insight. His careful exegesis and perceptive applications offer new understanding and promote lasting growth in Christ.

Here is a resource with solid help for pastors, teachers, and indeed anyone who wishes to understand or to communicate the grand message of the book of Colossians--a timely volume with enduring value of the Church of Jesus Christ.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: To Guard the Deposit

  • Authors: R. Kent Hughes & Bryan Chapell
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 2000

There are substantial reasons to be energized by the prospect of studying the Pastoral letters of Paul. Between them they teach the proper ordering of the church (1 Timothy), present a developed challenge to all who call themselves disciples of Christ (2 Timothy), and suggest God's plan and priorities for mature ministry (Titus)--all so that the Lord may be most glorified.

Whether you are corporately or privately concerned about the church's--or every Christian's--role and responsibility to communicate the truth of the gospel in this diverse and pluralistic society, the Pastorals offer great perspective. They remind us that, like Timothy, we are to guard what has been entrusted to our care. To fight the good fight. And to keep preaching the Word.

A well-ordered church, a clearly called and mature leadership with its priorities straight, and a body of believers committed to living a godly life in Christ are key to people being saved and coming to the knowledge of the truth. Through the apostle's words and the commentators' insights here, we gain an understanding of what God requires of those who would lead in the local church, as well as those who would be led. Embracing grace, loving godliness, and sharing Christ were not just charges to the early believers, and are not solely the responsibility of pastors, deacons, and elders in the church. They are exhortations for any of us who call ourselves disciples of Christ today.

About the Authors

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

Bryan Chapell is distinguished professor of preaching at Knox Theological Seminary, and has authored several articles and books, including In the Grip of Grace and the award-winning Christ-centered Preaching.

Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul (vols. 1 & 2)

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1993

The book of Hebrews conveys a double dose of spiritual power. It not only presents the greatness of Christ in ways no other New Testament writing does, but it repeatedly demands a heart response from the reader. No one can study Hebrews and not grow spiritually and come face to face in a new way with Christ.

It is also true that no New Testament book has had more background research than Hebrews, and none has spawned a greater diversity of opinion. However, virtually all agree that the grand theme of this epistle is the supremacy and finality of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Life-changing themes come from God to us in this marvelous epistle. The unequalled glories of Jesus Christ--the solemn danger of drifting away from dependence on divine grace--a heavenly high priest who understands and is ever ready to help--the rest only God can give, even in the middle of trials and of demanding ministry--the hope that is ours through a blood covenant with an awesome God--these and other topics from Hebrews must be understood and put to work practically if we are to live and serve as God's people today.

Those who preach, teach, and study the Word of God will find this book a gold mine of helpful discussion a Bible book easily misunderstood and often overlooked. With divisions and outlines that are never forced but flow naturally from the text, Hebrews will be a great resource for all who desire to communicate God's truth and seek to grow in their own faith through personal Bible study.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

James: Faith That Works

  • Author: R. Kent Hughes
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication Date: 1991

The epistle of James is perhaps the most practical--and most convicting--book of the entire New Testament. It is a marvelous exposition of the outworking of genuine Christian faith. True faith works!

In this volume of the Preaching the Word series, Pastor Hughes combines relevant discussion with practical application of the book of James. Major themes include:

  • Joyful endurance in times of trial
  • True wisdom
  • Recognizing and resisting temptation in a tempting world
  • Beyond knowing the Word of God: doing
  • The telltale signs of real faith
  • Perils of the tongue
  • Humility and grace
  • The divine prescription for healing
  • The prayer of the righteous

A marvelous commentary on a Bible book which is dangerous to read or study--it changes one's life! Like the earlier members of this series, this volume will challenge and equip preachers/teachers and their hearers for wise ministry for Christ founded on faith that works.

About R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes pastored the College Church in Wheaton, IL for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2006. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited each commentary from the R. Kent Hughes Preaching the Word commentary series.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Matthew

Matthew

  • Author: Craig S. Keener
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 444

Matthew was the most popular Gospel in the early church, widely read for its clear emphasis on Jesus' teaching. Drawing on its use as a teaching or discipleship manual, Craig Keener expounds Matthew as a discipleship manual for believers today. In his skilled hands, this first-century text becomes as relevant and contemporary as information downloaded from the Internet, while it challenges us with its divine perspective on how life ought to be lived.

In this clear, incisive commentary, readers will find an introduction with background material concerning authorship, date and purpose, as well as a summary of important theological themes. A passage-by-passage exposition follows that focuses on understanding what significance the Gospel of Matthew had for its original readers in order to see its relevance for the church today.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Luke

Luke

  • Author: Darrell L. Bock
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 412

Luke's portrait of Jesus shows Him coming into Galilee proclaiming "good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind." More than any other Gospel the Gospel of Luke shows Jesus' concern for the downtrodden and oppressed, those marginalized by society, including women and children. It also displays his concern for those outside the house of Israel.

Luke's Gospel seems "tailor-made" for the multicultural world we live in, filled with misunderstandings and sometimes bitter ethnic divisions. His story explains how men and women of different ethnic origins can be transformed into a unified community and share together in the blessings of salvation.

In this stimulating, pastorally oriented commentary, readers will find an introduction with background material concerning authorship, date and purpose, as well as a summary of important theological themes. A passage-by-passage exposition follows that focuses on understanding what Luke had to say to his original readers in order to see its relevance for the church today.

IVP NT Commentary Series: John

John

  • Author: Rodney A. Whitacre
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 424

The Gospel of John declares its purpose clearly--"these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and thay by believing you may have life in his name." Thus it fulfills a dual function, encouraging believers and providing them with evidences for proclaiming that Jesus is God's Messiah, the divine, incarnate Son of God.

Christians today, as in the first century, can draw strength and courage from John's telling of the story of Jesus, a telling that consistently reflects not only the words and deeds of Jesus but their inner significance. We are called to worship as we find the Father, Son and Spirit revealed in the Gospel. And as in Jesus we discover God's light, life and love, we learn to respond in faith, humility and obedience.

In this engaging, pastorally-oriented commentary, readers will find an introduction with background material concerning authorship, date and purpose, as well as a summary of important theological themes. A passage-by-passage exposition follows that focuses on understanding what John had to say to his original readers in order to see its relevance for the church today.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Acts

Acts

  • Author: William J. Larkin
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 422

If ever there was a hostile environment for the gospel, it was the strife-torn ethnically diverse backwater of the Roman Empire known as Palestine following the ascension of Jesus. In the sequel to his Gospel, Luke tells how the Holy Spirit transformed a ragtag band of believers into a unified, world-engaging church. Beginning from Jerusalem, they made converts throughout Judea, Samaria and the rest of the known world. Followers of Christ in our own increasingly postmodern, post-Christian culture can find here inspiration and insight that will aid them in their own witness to the unchanging Lord of life.

In this engaging, pastorally oriented commentary, readers will find an introduction with background material concerning authorship, date and purpose, as well as a summary of important theological themes. A passage-by-passage exposition follows that focuses on understanding what Luke had to say to his original readers in order to see its relevance for the church today.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Romans

Romans

  • Author: Grant R. Osborne
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 447

Few individual books of the Bible have changed the course of church history the way Paul's letter to the Romans has.

Whether one thinks of Augustine's coversion in the fourth century, Luther's recovery of justification by faith in the sixteenth or Barth's challenge to recover theological exegesis of the Bible in the twentieth, Romans has been the catalyst to personal spiritual renewal and the recapturing of gospel basics.

Paul, in seeking to bring unity and understanding between Jews and Gentiles in Rome, sets forth in Romans his most profound explication of his gospel and its meaning for the church. The letter's relevance is as great today as it was in the first century.

In Grant R. Osborne's careful study of Romans, readers will find an introduction that sets the letter in context and surveys its general content, highlighting issues surrounding its authorship, date, occasion and purpose. Passage-by-passage commentary follows that explains what the letter means to us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers.

IVP NT Commentary Series: 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians

  • Author: Alan F. Johnson
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 343

Upwardly mobile Christians facing radically diverse ethnic, religious, economic and social conditions. The church divided over issues of leadership and authority, sexual morality, gender and worship, marriage and divorce. Sound familiar?

First-century Corinth and its challenges were not so different from our own. Yet in the midst of this detailed, practical letter to a church in crisis is found one of the greatest paeans to love ever written. And, of course, love is just what is needed to address complex human issues--whether in the first century or the twenty-first.

Alan F. Johnson's deft analysis of 1 Corinthians features an introduction that explores the social, cultural and historical background of the city and its people. Rounding out the introduction, Johnson discusses the letter's occasion and date, authorship and purpose, and major theologicall themes. His passage-by-passage commentary follows, seeking to explain what the letter of 1 Corinthians means for the church today as well as what it meant for its original hearers.

IVP NT Commentary Series: 2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

  • Author: Linda L. Belleville
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 357

Church conflict is never pleasant—whether the issue is theological or practical, whether it is over the character of the gospel or over how to spend church funds. Though few church squabbles today come close to matching the intensity and seriousness of what Paul faced in the commercial and hedonistic hotbed of Corinth, his strategies and pastoral wisdom in confronting the problems there can still serve as a helpful model for us in responding to a culture marked by individualism and materialism.

In this careful study of 2 Corinthians, readers will find an introduction that discusses the letter's occasion and purpose, authorship, and other background information, as well as its important theological themes. Passage-by-passage commentary follows that seeks to explain what the letter means for us today as well as what it meant for it original hearers.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Galatians

Galatians

  • Author: G. Walter Hansen
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 212

To the young church in Galatia, marred by ethnic and social rivalries, Paul made his great healing declaration of unity through faith in Christ. Abolished were the divisions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female. Christians today will also find a healing word addressed to present-day divisions of race, social class and gender. The new community in Christ draws its life not from rules and regulations but from the Spirit who frees and unites us.

In this warm, invigorating volume, readers will find helpful background material on the letter's date, destination, purpose, form and theological themes. Unlike many other commentaries on Galatians, the passage-by-passage exposition found here highlights not only the individual dimensions of justification by faith but also its social dimensions.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Ephesians

Ephesians

  • Author: Walter L. Liefeld
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 279

For those who long to delve into the mind and purposes of God, few books are more helpful than Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Here the apostle paints in broad strokes the great plan of God for his church, centered on its head, Jesus Christ, and living out its calling in praise of God's glory. Beginning with doxology, Paul calls on the church to support its words of praise with deeds to match.

Christians today will find here inspiration and insight that will confirm their allegiances and shape their lives. Written with warm pastoral insight, this commentary supplies readers with a helpful introduction, covering authorship, date, background material and a summary of theological themes. A passage-by-passage exposition follows that focuses on understanding what Paul had to say to his original readers in order to see its relevance for the church today.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Philippians

Philippians

  • Author: Gordon Fee
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 204

Nothing cripples a church's effectiveness like internal strife. In Philippi, Paul addressed a congregation whose private struggles were compounded by opposition and suffering from without. Paul's strategy was to write them a letter of friendship and moral exhortation, reminding them of their "partnership in the gospel," their mutual suffering for the cause of Christ, and their need to "stand firm in one spirit." His approach and counsel can serve us well today.

In this warm, well-written study of Philippians, readers will find an introduction that discusses the letter's occasion and purpose, authorship, and other background information, as well as its important theological themes. Passage-by-passage commentary follows that seeks to explain what the letter means to us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Colossians & Philemon

Colossians & Philemon

  • Author: Robert W. Wall
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 225

To the Colossians, preoccupied with legal codes and intellectual disputes, Paul wrote a letter stressing not only the centrality of Christ but also the need for Christians to live out their faith in genuine community. Paul's antidote to a privatized and intellectualized faith will provide relief to many Christians today. To Philemon, a powerful church leader, Paul wrote a strong personal letter asking him to embark on a new relationship with his slave Onesimus. Drawing on insights from Scott Bartchy, Robert Wall argues that the issue had more to do with power relationships than with slavery. As a model for conflict resolution and mutual relations within the Christian community, Paul's letter has much to offer the church today.

In this careful study of Colossians and Philemon, readers will find introductions that discuss the letters' occasion and purpose, authorship, and other background information, as well as important theological themes. Passage-by-passage commentaries follow that seek to explain what each letter means for us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers.

IVP NT Commentary Series: 1-2 Thessalonians

1-2 Thessalonians

  • Author: G. K. Beale
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 279

Fascination with the end times is not just a recent phenomenon.

The young church at Thessalonica, having taken root during Paul's brief stay there, pondered when the end might come as well. Paul, in order to instruct them more fully, wrote them two letters, which taken together expound the "already-and-not-yet" character of his views of the end times. His instruction and counsel can serve us well today.

In this careful study of 1-2 Thessalonians, G. K. Beale offers an introduction that sets the letters in context and surveys their general content, highlighting issues surrounding their occasion and purpose. His passage-by-passage commentary seeks to explain what these letters mean to us today as well as what they meant for their original hearers.

IVP NT Commentary Series: 1-2 Timothy and Titus

1-2 Timothy & Titus

  • Author: Philip H. Towner
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1994
  • Pages: 271

Questions about the nature of Christian leadership and authority, attitudes toward wealth and materialism, proper responses to cults, the role of women in the church, and even the validity of the institution of marriage are not new. Paul addressed these issues in personal letters to Timothy and Titus as leaders of first-century congregations in Ephesus and Crete. What he had to say to them is as relevant to us as today's newspaper headlines.

In this clear, pastorally oriented commentary, readers will find helpful background material on authorship, date and purpose, as well as an overview of theological themes in the Pastoral Epistles. The introductory material is followed by passage-by-passage explanation of the meaning these letters had for their first-century hearers in order to pave the way for understanding their significance for readers today. Students, pastors, Bible teachers and everyone who wants to understand the message of the Pastoral Epistles for the church will benefit from this excellent resource.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Hebrews

Hebrews

  • Author: Ray C. Stedman
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 168

For people beginning to doubt the uniqueness and supremacy of Christ, the author of the book of Hebrews provided one of the longest, most profound arguments in the New Testament. Christians today will find their understanding stretched and their loyalty confirmed by this rich presentation of our great High Priest, the Son of God, whose sacrifice of Himself took away our sins and gave us continual access to God.

Written in a fresh, succinct style, this commentary from a leading evangelical pastor supplies helpful background information that paves the way for our seeing what the text means for us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers.

IVP NT Commentary Series: James

James

  • Author: George M. Stulac
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 206

What is the proper relationship between faith and deeds? How do Christians mature in the faith? What hope can we offer those who face trials of various sorts? How do we learn to control our tongues and not get bogged down with riches? The apostle James faced these questions in profound ways and offered sound pastoral advice to his readers, scattered by persecution. His word to them can become a vital word to us if we are prepared to listen.

In this keen, pastorally oriented commentary, readers will find helpful background material concerning authorship, date and purpose, as well as helpful, passage-by-passage commentary. The exposition focuses on understanding what James had to say to his original readers in order to see its relevance for the church today.

IVP NT Commentary Series: 1 Peter

1 Peter

  • Author: I. Howard Marshall
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 184

As a young church in a hostile environment, Peter's first readers found in his letter encouragement, not just for facing suffering, but for living responsibly in the world as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Christians today will also find in Peter's letter a wealth of practical counsel on how to conduct themselves in family and social life, as well as in relation to a society that makes it tough to follow Jesus Christ.

In this invigorating volume from one of today's leading evangelical scholars, readers will find an introduction that discusses the letter's form, authorship, destination and primary theological themes, followed by passage-by-passage commentary that always seeks to answer the question of what the text means for us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers.

IVP NT Commentary Series: 1-3 John

1-3 John

  • Author: Marianne Meye Thompson
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Pages: 168

When to fight and when to compromise are not always easy choices to make. Stubbornly defending the truth can easily end up in arrogance that discredits the gospel, while too readily seeking middle ground can leave truth by the wayside. Torn by conflict and marred by schism, the congregation to whom John addressed his letters stood in need of his strong exhortations to love and unity within the bounds of truth. His word to them is well suited to the church today, confronted by controversies within and without that challenge its ability and will to stand for the truth in a pluralistic society.

In this careful study of John's letters, readers will find an introduction that discusses the letters' occasion and purpose, authorship and date, order and theological themes. A passage-by-passage commentary follows that seeks to explain what each letter means for us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers. Students, pastors, Bible teachers and everyone who wants to understand John's message for the church will benefit from this excellent resource.

IVP NT Commentary Series: Revelation

Revelation

  • Author: J. Ramsey Michaels
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Pages: 265

Interpretations of the book of Revelation abound. One main view suggests that the book indirectly describes events in John's own time. Another interpretation sees Revelation as a prophetic survey of the history of the church. Still others view the book as a precise prediction of unfolding events at the yet-to-come end of the world. The trouble with all three, argues Ramsey Michaels, is that they make the Revelation of John irrelevant to Christians throughout much of history. Failing to take seriously what John saw, such interpreters fail to comprehend the value of Revelation to Christians in any age. Michaels strives to capture Revelation as a prophetic letter of testimony, a testimony as relevant to the church today as it was in John's day as the church faces evil and looks for the victory of the Lamb.

In this stimulating, pastorally oriented commentary, readers will find an introduction with background material concerning authorship, date and purpose, as well as a summary of important theological themes. A passage-by-passage exposition follows that focuses on what John had to say to his original readers in order to see the relevance of his book for the church today.

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  • Title: Exegetical Commentaries Bundle (37 vols.)
  • Volumes: 37