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Reflecting a broad evangelical perspective, The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible continues the publisher's proud tradition of providing quality biblical resources for nearly a century. This handy guidebook promises to make the Word of God come alive as never before.
“For the Christian living among unbelievers (generalized as ‘Gentiles’), excellent behavior characterized by ‘honorable deeds’ invites present slander but will ultimately result in the unbelievers’ glorifying God when Christ returns ‘to judge’ (2:11–12). The injunction to obey political authorities assumes their just exercise of power (cf. Rom. 13:1–7). Christian freedom does not release believers from legal obligations; rather, it intensifies their responsibility for ethical behavior by requiring their voluntary servanthood as ‘servants’ to righteousness (2:16).” (Page 708)
“At the conclusion of the chapter, Jesus confidently articulates his unique relationship to God the Father. Jesus’ singular position qualifies him to give ‘rest’ to the spiritually ‘weary and heavy-laden.’ The offer comes not from a relaxation of God’s moral requirements, but from Jesus’ partnership with them under the same ‘yoke.’” (Page 532)
“God provides sustenance for Adam in a garden called Eden (‘delight’) but forbids him to eat the fruit of one of its trees—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil—for doing so would represent rebellion and lead to independence from the Creator.” (Page 81)
“The Bible is the word of God, not because God spoke it, but because it teaches God’s message delivered through inspired speakers and authors.” (Page 16)
“The serpent proven wrong, Adam and Eve (now finally named, meaning ‘living’ or ‘life’) find that the real curse does not lie in toiling ‘by the sweat of your face,’ or in suffering pain in childbirth, or in feeling the tension that sin introduced into their husband-wife relationship. Rather, the curse reaches a deeper level: loss of the intimate fellowship with their Creator that they had enjoyed in the garden. Yet though God ‘drove the man out’ and stationed cherubim (ancient Near Eastern guardians of holy places) to guard against Adam and Eve’s reentry into Eden, he did not forsake them. Indeed, before banishing them from the earthly paradise, God himself ‘made garments of skin’ to clothe them.” (Page 81)
Gordon D. Fee is Professor Emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to his many highly respected commentaries and biblical studies, he is also the author of Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God; Gospel and Spirit; and How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.
Robert L. Hubbard Jr. is professor of biblical literature at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, and general editor of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series. He chaired the team of translation consultants for The Message by Eugene Peterson, and his books include the award-winning NICOT volume on the book of Ruth.