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Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Upgrade (BECNT) (7 vols.)

by 7 authors Turner, David L., Stein, Robert H., Bock, Darrell L., Thielman, Frank, McCartney, Dan G., Yarbrough, Robert W., Green, Gene L.

Baker Academic 2007–2010

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Overview

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Upgrade (7 vols.) provides commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness. The commentaries admirably achieve the dual aims of the series—academic sophistication and pastoral sensitivity and accessibility—making it a useful tool for professors, students, pastors, and church leaders. The user-friendly design includes shaded chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit and concluding text-critical notes.

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Key Features

  • Academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility
  • Includes abbreviations, transliteration of Hebrew and Greek, and a map
  • Indexes of subjects, authors, Greek words, and Scripture and other ancient writings

Praise for the Print Edition

In this age of unprecedented proliferation of biblical commentary series, it is an outstanding accomplishment for the Baker Exegetical series consistently to have produced what with only rare exceptions have become the best available commentaries on the Greek text of the New Testament book or books treated.

Craig Blomberg, Denver Journal

This series has set a new standard in reader-friendliness with its attractive presentation that combines detailed exegetical comment on the Greek text with accessibility for those who have little or no knowledge of the original language of the New Testament.

I. Howard Marshall, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis, University of Aberdeen

Individual Titles

Matthew

  • Author: David L. Turner
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 848

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New Testament scholar David Turner offers a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on Matthew. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Turner leads readers through all aspects of the Gospel of Matthew—sociological, historical, and theological—to help them better understand and explain this key New Testament book.

As the first Gospel in the canon, Matthew has received a great deal of attention through the centuries from both scholars and preachers. Turner attempts to stand between the two groups and offer a commentary that is fresh, accessible, and insightful. He emphasizes Matthew as a literary work in its own right (rather than in relation to Mark and Luke) and includes important insights into the Jewish background of this Gospel, explaining Matthew in the context of Second Temple Judaism as a book for Christian Jews living among non-believing Jews.

A fine commentary that will be of significant value especially to pastors, teachers, and students as one of the first commentaries they reach for when they attempt to unpack this Gospel.

Michael J. Wilkins, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

This is a solid, streamlined treatment of Matthew that gets to the heart of the key issues in each passage and avoids turning itself into a multivolume commentary, like so many recent offerings on the Greek text of one of the Gospels. . . . Turner, moreover, shows just how close a progressive dispensationalist can come to mainstream evangelical perspectives; only rarely will nondispensationalists find themselves disagreeing with him. Warmly recommended.

Craig L. Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

David L. Turner is a graduate of Cedarville University, Grace Theological Seminary, and Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati. He has been professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary since 1986 and has previously published several articles on the Gospel of Matthew.

Mark

  • Author: Robert H. Stein
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 864

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In this volume, respected New Testament scholar Robert Stein offers a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on the Gospel of Mark. The commentary focuses primarily on the Markan understanding of the Jesus traditions as reflected in this key New Testament book. The author analyzes each section in Mark to show how it fits the immediate and larger context of the Gospel. He offers verse-by-verse comments on the words, phrases, sentences, and themes found in the section, and explores what Mark is seeking to teach.

Robert H. Stein has composed an excellent commentary on Mark 1:1–16:8. He explains well the purpose and structure of the Gospel, discusses in detail its problematic verses, judiciously selects views of other commentators, and explains why he thinks the Gospel ends at 16:8. Hence Stein's commentary will be a precious vade mecum for pastors and preachers, students of the New Testament, and teachers in biblical studies.

Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Professor Emeritus, biblical studies, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Bob Stein has written a great commentary on the Gospel of Mark. It is rich with interpretive insight, yet it is very reader friendly. Scholars, pastors, students, and lay readers will appreciate how Stein tackles difficult questions head-on and presents sensible solutions. Reading this commentary gives the reader a real sense of what the evangelist Mark was trying to say and how his original readers would have understood him. It makes an excellent contribution to the BECNT series.

Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia

Robert H. Stein (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) was most recently senior professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He previously taught at Bethel Seminary. A world-renowned scholar of the Synoptic Gospels, Stein has published several books, including Luke, A Basic Guide to Interpreting the Bible, Studying the Synoptic Gospels, and Jesus the Messiah.

Acts

  • Author: Darrell L. Bock
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 880

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Darrell Bock provides a thoroughly evangelical commentary on Acts in this volume. With extensive and current research from major works written in the last fifteen years and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Bock covers all aspects of the book of Acts—sociological, historical, and theological—for a deeper understanding of Acts. He also seeks to make his commentary readable and concise for those that are not knowledgeable in Greek.

Darrell Bock's long-anticipated sequel to his fine and detailed work on the Gospel of Luke is now available . . . Written in a clear and engaging manner that most anyone can grasp, yet without skimping on interaction with scholarly discussion, Bock manages to critically analyze the huge corpus of literature on Acts with grace and finesse and to make his own contributions along the way. This commentary will serve us well for many years to come.

Ben Witherington III, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary, doctoral faculty, St. Andrews University

. . . While unfailingly traditional in its interests and scope, Bock remains in touch with today's church by seeking to facilitate a robust conversation between Acts and contemporary readers. I especially appreciate his attention to the theological cast of Acts, rightly identifying God as the story's central character and the text's most essential referent. Judicious, learned, reverent, as clearly written as it is clear headed in exegetical decisions, Bock's commentary makes a fine contribution to Acts criticism. I recommend its use for the seminary classroom and the pastor's study.

Robert W. Wall, Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, Seattle Pacific University

Darrell L. Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of many books, including the volumes on Luke in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (8 Vols.) and the IVP New Testament Commentary Series (18 Vols.).

Ephesians

  • Author: Frank Thielman
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 544

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Noted New Testament scholar Frank Thielman offers a substantive yet accessible commentary on Ephesians. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, this beautifully written commentary leads readers through all aspects of the book of Ephesians—sociological, historical, and theological—to help them better understand its meaning and relevance.

Careful historical exegesis, judicious exegetical decisions, and consistent concern to highlight the theology of the text make this an indispensable commentary.

—Eckhard J. Schnabel, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Thielman's Ephesians admirably combines the features that distinguish excellent commentaries on Scripture: breadth of research in both classical and contemporary writings, careful attention to the form and structure of the Greek text, clear writing, and appropriate theological and practical application. This commentary will join Hoehner and O'Brien as the first references on Ephesians to which I turn.

Douglas J. Moo, Blanchard Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College

Thielman's commentary plumbs its depths and is a model of informed and lucid interpretation. Like its subject, it is rich and edifying and repays careful reading.

Brian S. Rosner, senior lecturer in New Testament, Moore Theological College

Frank Thielman (PhD, Duke University) is Presbyterian Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the author of a number of books, including Philippians (NIVAC); Paul and the Law: A Contextual Approach; From Plight to Solution: A Jewish Framework for Understanding Paul's View of the Law in Galatians and Romans; The Law and the New Testament: The Question of Continuity; and Theology of the New Testament: A Canonical and Synthetic Approach. He is also an ordained Presbyterian (PCA) minister.

James

  • Author: Dan G. McCartney
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 368

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In this volume an expert in the field of Biblical Interpretation, Dan McCartney provides a detailed and thorough exegesis of the book of James through direct interaction with the Greek text. Working from the text, McCartney also provides a thorough sociological, historical, and theological treatment of James with rigorous academic sophistication. Nevertheless, the content of this commentary remains highly accessible and will prove to be an excellent tool for students, pastors, and scholars.

A fresh and important contribution to the literature on James. This work is exegetically rewarding, theologically rooted, and pastorally wise.

Thomas R. Schreiner, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dan McCartney has written an informed, scholarly, and evangelical commentary on James that is both readable and informative. It contains fresh perspectives in addition to covering the ground that all solid commentaries need to cover. It will be quite useful to evangelical pastors who want a solid basis for preaching or teaching on James.

Peter H. Davids, professor of biblical theology, St. Stephen's University

Dan G. McCartney (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament interpretation at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He previously taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for more than twenty years.

1–3 John

  • Author: Robert W. Yarbrough
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 464

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Robert Yarbrough offers a historical and theological commentary on the Johannine Epistles. The commentary explores the relationship between John's Epistles and Jesus' work and teaching, interacts with recent commentaries, reviews the history of interpretation, and seeks to relate these findings to global Christianity. Yarbrough looks at the Johannine Epistles from several perspectives—sociological, historical, and theological. The result is a guide that clearly and meaningfully brings 1–3 John to life for contemporary readers.

[An] expert, stimulating, and astutely pastoral reading of the Epistles of John. . . . Not least in its lively and very considered analysis and translation of the Greek texts, Yarbrough's commentary offers something worthwhile at every turn.

—John G. Lodge, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

By attempting to read 1–3 John in a fresh way, uncoerced by (though not uninformed by) scholarly tradition, Yarbrough offers a helpful and often different perspective on the Johannine Epistles, some of the most interpretively complex material in the New Testament. I find especially helpful his illuminating engagement with the history of interpretation, his careful attention to textual questions, and his quite insightful appeal to the language of the Greek version of the Old Testament (the background John and his audience shared).

Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Seminary

Robert W. Yarbrough (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He has authored, coauthored, or translated several books, including the groundbreaking textbook Encountering the New Testament. He is also coeditor of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.

Jude and 2 Peter

  • Author: Gene L. Green
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 448

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Respected New Testament scholar and teacher Gene Green offers a linguistically and rhetorically informed commentary on the books of Jude and 2 Peter. With extensive research, using recent scholarship, Green leads readers through the sociological, historical, and theological aspects of these New Testament books. This commentary will deepen your understanding of these letters.

Green reveals himself to be well-informed, clearly in control of a vast amount of detail. . . . This is a fine example of a historical-grammatical commentary, informed by significant knowledge of classical literature and recognition of rhetorical structures.

Peter H. Davids, Review of Biblical Literature

This commentary is full of careful historical exegesis that is especially well informed by the literature, philosophy, and rhetoric of the Greco-Roman world. It is an ideal companion to a detailed study of these still undervalued New Testament books.

Richard Bauckham, emeritus professor of New Testament studies, St. Andrews University, Scotland

Gene L. Green (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. In addition to writing numerous articles, he is the author of commentaries on 1 and 2 Thessalonians and 1 Peter. Prior to coming to Wheaton in 1996, he taught in Latin America for thirteen years.

Product Details

  • Title: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Upgrade (7 vols.)
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 4,416