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The Gold Medallion Award-winning Expositor’s Bible Commentary is a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this 12-volume reference work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the New International Version for its English text, but also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. Each book of the Bible has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography. Notes on textual questions and special problems are correlated with the expository units; transliteration and translation of Semitic and Greek words make the more technical notes accessible to readers unacquainted with the biblical languages. In matters where marked differences of opinion exist, commentators, while stating their own convictions, deal fairly and irenically with opposing views.

Author Bios

John H. Sailhamer

Dr. Sailhamer (1946–2017) began teaching in 1975, most recently at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was President of The Evangelical Theological Society in 2000 and published a number of books, including An Introduction to Old Testament Theology, The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary, and Genesis: The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, all from Zondervan. He contributed a number of articles and book reviews in various biblical journals and delivered several scholarly papers and particpated in several Old Testament Bible translation committees.

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Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

Walter C. Kaiser (1933–) is an evangelical Old Testament scholar, writer, speaker, and educator. He earned degrees from Wheaton College and Brandeis University.

Kaiser taught Bible and archaeology at Wheaton College and taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in several capacities. He currently serves as the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2006 retired as their President.

Kaiser has contributed to numerous publications like Journal for the Study of Old Testament and Westminster Theological Journal. He has also written over 30 books including Toward an Exegetical Theology and A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age through the Jewish Wars.

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Robert Harris

Robert A. Harris is associate professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses in biblical literature and commentary, particularly medieval Jewish Biblical exegesis. Over the years, Dr. Harris has served JTS in a variety of roles, including assistant to the director of The Library, JTS professor-in-residence at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, and as a gifted director of musical-theater productions at JTS. An expert in the history of medieval Biblical exegesis, Dr. Harris’s dissertation was titled The Literary Hermeneutic of Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency. In 2004, Dr. Harris published a book in the Brown Judaic Studies series, Discerning Parallelism: A Study in Northern French Medieval Jewish Biblical Exegesis. In addition, he has published many articles and reviews in both American and Israeli journals. Dr. Harris regularly delivers papers at academic conferences, such as the International Medieval Congress and the World Congress of Jewish Studies; many of these addresses have resulted in scholarly publications in various academic journals. Dr. Harris also lectures on biblical narrative and Jewish liturgy in congregations and adult education institutes around the country. One of his most popular series is “Unfolding the Text: An Introduction to Jewish Medieval Bible Commentaries” (the first chapter of which is entitled “I Peshat the Torah!”); Dr. Harris is currently at work on a book on this subject. Other topics include “Murder, They Wrote,” a study of Biblical murder narratives; “Threes Become Four: How the Maxwell House Haggadah Became a Canonized Text”; and “That Kislev Affair: What Really Happened at Hanukkah?” Dr. Harris’s forthcoming books include Rabbi Eliezer of Beaugency’s commentary on Amos and Jonah (with selections from Isaiah and Ezekiel). Dr. Harris has served as a rabbi in several congregations in the United States and Israel, including the Pelham Jewish Center in Westchester County, New York, and Moriah Synagogue in Haifa. For the past several years, he has taught in the Meah Program, the renowned adult-education course administered by the Boston Hebrew College. Dr. Harris spent 1995-97 as a visiting scholar at the Bible Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and returned there again in the summer of 2007 as a Visiting Associate Professor. Dr. Harris is past president of the Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, a constituent organization of the International Medieval Congress. In 2004 and 2007, he taught in Moscow at JTS’s Project Judaica at the Russian State University for the Humanities. Dr. Harris regularly performs with his garage band, SR2 (Shake, Rabbis and Roll), and composes original rock and roll. In 2006, he and his band completed a second studio CD (Keep Your Day Job!) and also issued a live album (Live at Primetime). The band’s 2003 release, Tales from the Upper West Side, according to the humorous Dr. Harris, reached the nonexistent “aluminum” category on the music charts. A former actor who performed in musical and dramatic productions in the New York area, Dr. Harris is past director of Theater at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. There, he translated more than a dozen musical comedies into Hebrew. Dr. Harris also directed musical productions in Hebrew at JTS as well as in Jewish schools around the metropolitan area. He has continued his interest in musical theater by producing concert versions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas each year for charitable causes. In the early ‘90s, Dr. Harris did stand-up comedy at New York’s Stand Up, New York Dr. Harris is a graduate of the Joint Program between JTS and Columbia University, having received a BA in Ancient Studies from Columbia and a BHL in Talmud from JTS. He also received an MA in Judaica, MPhil in Bible, rabbinical ordination, and a PhD from JTS. Dr. Harris’s wife, Nellie, is a Jewish educator, and the two are the proud parents of daughters Naamah and Merav.

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Ronald B. Allen

Senior Professor of Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary.

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