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College Press CommentaryCollege Press NIV Commentary Series is formatted with a verse-by-verse explanation of the text. It was developed for both the scholar and the average Bible student.

The College Press NIV Commentary Series is the only full commentary set in print from the Restoration Movement.

The Restoration Movement (also known as the American Restoration Movement or the Stone-Campbell Movement) in the United States frontier during the Second Great Awakening (1790–1840).

The pioneers of this movement were seeking to reform the church from within and sought the unification of all Christians in a single body patterned after the church of the New Testament. Especially since the mid-20th century, members of these churches do not identify as Protestant but simply as Christian.

Adherents are united in the belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; that Christians should celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first day of each week; and that baptism of adult believers by immersion in water is a necessary condition for salvation.

Each volume (41 volumes for the Old & New Testament) contains the following features:

  • Biblically sound exegesis
  • Clear exposition
  • Objective approach
  • Concise introduction
  • New International Version of the Bible
  • Key word translation
  • Easy to use design format
  • Practical footnotes

About the Editors

Anthony L. Ash, PhD, is professor of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University and minister at Minter Lane Church of Christ, Abilene, Texas. Dr. Ash holds the A.A. from Florida Christian College, the B.S. from Florida State University, the M.A. from Abilene Christian University, and the PhD from University of Southern California. He has authored nine books including commentaries on Luke, Acts (Chapter 1-12), Psalms (with Clyde Miller), and Jeremiah & Lamentations. He has spoken at over 400 meetings and extended lectureships and has also spoken on over 45 college and university campuses.

Jack Cottrell, PhD, is professor of Theology at Cincinnati Christian Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Cottrell holds the A.B. from Cincinnati Bible Seminary, the A.B. from University of Cincinnati, the M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary and the PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has authored nine books including What the Bible Says About God the Redeemer, What the Bible Says About God the Creator, and Feminism and the Bible: An Introduction for Christians.

About the Publisher

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Volumes in the Series

Old Testament Introduction – Mark Mangano

Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 619

Mark Mangano served as an instructor at Cincinnati Bible Seminary from 1987 until 1990 when he joined the faculty at Minnesota Bible College as professor of Bible. He is now professor of Old Testament at Lincoln Christian University. Mangano received a BA from Minnesota Bible College, a MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a MPhil and PhD from Hebrew Union College.

Genesis, vol. 1 – Paul J. Kissling

Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 392

Paul J. Kissling received a BA from Great Lakes Christian College, MDiv from Lincoln Christian Seminary, ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and PhD from the University of Sheffield, England. Dr. Kissling has served as professor of Old Testament and director of research for TCM International’s Institute near Vienna, Austria. He is now the vice president of academic affairs at Dallas Christian College. He has served for over 25 years as a minister and elder in Christian churches in Michigan, Illinois, and England. Paul has taught and preached in more than 20 countries and is the author of several books and articles in both scholarly and popular publications.

Genesis, vol. 2 – Paul J. Kissling

Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 624

Paul J. Kissling received a BA from Great Lakes Christian College, MDiv from Lincoln Christian Seminary, ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and PhD from the University of Sheffield, England. Dr. Kissling has served as professor of Old Testament and director of research for TCM International’s Institute near Vienna, Austria. He is now the vice president of academic affairs at Dallas Christian College. He has served for over 25 years as a minister and elder in Christian churches in Michigan, Illinois, and England. Paul has taught and preached in more than 20 countries and is the author of several books and articles in both scholarly and popular publications.

Exodus – Randall C. Bailey

Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 399

Randall C. Bailey is professor of Bible at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. He received his BA, MA, GSRE, and MTh from Amridge University, and his MPhil and PhD from Drew University.

Leviticus-Numbers – Clyde M. Woods and Justin M. Rogers

Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 393

Dr. Clyde M. Woods is professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Bible and biblical languages. He holds degrees from Memphis State University, 1956; AA, Freed-Hardeman College, 1957; BA, Abliene Christian College, 1958; MA, Harding College Graduate School of Religion, 1959; MRE, MTh, Harding College Graduate School of Religion, 1961; PhD, Hebrew Union College, 1965; and Hebrew Union College, 1971. Dr. Woods has authored several books and has contributed numerous articles for print and presentation at various Christian college lectureships.

Justin M. Rogers is the author of several articles. He holds bachelors and masters degrees from Freed-Hardeman University, and is currently pursuing a PhD.

Deuteronomy – Gary Hall

Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 502

Gary H. Hall attended Minnesota Bible College, Eastern Christian College, and graduated from Milligan College. He earned a MDiv from Lincoln Christian Seminary with majors in Old Testament and Theology, a MTh from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in New Testament, and a PhD in Old Testament from Union Theological Seminary.

Joshua – Mark S. Ziese

Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 402

Mark S. Ziese is professor of Old Testament, Cincinnati Christian University. Dr. Ziese received his BA from Ozark Christian College; MA from Cincinnati Christian University; MA from Hebrew Union College; and his PhD from Andrews University.

Judges and Ruth – Rob Fleenor and Mark S. Ziese

Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 398

Rob Fleenor has taught Old Testament courses at Cincinnati Christian University and has served in rural ministry in Deerfield, Missouri, and in inner-city ministry in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a BTh and BBL from Ozark Christian College, and an MA from Cincinnati Christian University. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in biblical studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.

Mark S. Ziese is professor of Old Testament, Cincinnati Christian University. Dr. Ziese received his BA from Ozark Christian College; MA from Cincinnati Christian University; MA from Hebrew Union College; and his PhD from Andrews University.

1-2 Samuel – James Smith

Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 500

James E. Smith received his undergraduate and seminary training at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He received a PhD at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Dr. Smith has served congregations in Ohio and Kentucky. For 13 years he was professor of Old Testament at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He currently serves Florida Christian College as chairman of the division of biblical studies.

1-2 Kings – Jesse C. Long

Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 544

Jesse C. Long is dean of the college of biblical studies and behavioral sciences and professor of Old Testament and biblical archaeology at Lubbock Christian University. He received his BA from David Lipscomb College, his MA from Alabama Christian School of Religion, his MEd from Georgia State University, his MPhil from Drew University, his MA (Syro-Palestinian Archaeology), and his PhD (Old Testament) form Drew University.

1-2 Chronicles – John Mark Hicks

Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 619

John Mark Hicks has been professor of theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee since 2000. Prior to his current position he most recently taught in Memphis, Tennessee, at Harding University Graduate School of Religion and Magnolia Bible College, Kosciusko, Mississippi. Hicks received his BA from Freed-Hardeman College, MAR from Westminster Theological Seminary, MA from Western Kentucky University and PhD from Westminster.

Ezra & Nehemiah – Keith Schoville

Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 272

Keith Schoville is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to his current position he was professor of Hebrew and Semitic studies at UW-Madison, 1970–1995, and instructor of Hebrew and Semitic studies at UW-Madison from 1968–1970. Dr. Schoville received his BA from Milligan College in 1956, his MA from the University of Wisconsin in 1966, and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1969.

Esther & Daniel – Mark Mangano

Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 308

Mark Mangano served as an instructor at Cincinnati Bible Seminary from 1987 until 1990 when he joined the faculty at Minnesota Bible College as professor of Bible. He is now professor of Old Testament at Lincoln Christian University. Mangano received a BA from Minnesota Bible College, a MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a MPhil and PhD from Hebrew Union College.

Job – Stephen M. Hooks

Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 485

Stephen M. Hooks is professor of biblical studies at Atlanta Christian College. He received his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Languages and literature from Hebrew Union College. He earned his MDiv from Emmanuel School of Religion and his BA from Atlanta Christian College.

Psalms, vol. 1 – Edward Tesh and Walter Zorn

Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 483

S. Edward Tesh received his AB from Johnson Bible College and his MDiv from Butler School of Religion. His thesis topic was “The Emergence and the Nature of the Tetragrammaton.” Tesh studied for a brief time at the University of Manchester (England). He began teaching at Lincoln Bible Institute (now Lincoln Christian College) in 1949. Tesh was named professor of Old Testament at Lincoln Christian Seminary in 1951. He retired from active teaching in 1991, completing 42 years of faithful service to higher Christian education.

Walter D. Zorn received his undergraduate degree from Atlanta Christian College, and majored in Semitic languages and literature at Lincoln Christian Seminary where he received his MDiv. Zorn continued his post-graduate studies at Michigan State University, writing a PhD dissertation entitled, “Mark and the Samaritans.” Walter Zorn served as professor of Bible and biblical languages at Great Lakes Christian College from 1976–1988. Since 1988 he has been associated with Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, serving as academic dean (1988–1993) and is presently professor of Old Testament and biblical languages.

Psalms, vol. 2 – Walter Zorn

Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 542

Walter D. Zorn received his undergraduate degree from Atlanta Christian College, and majored in Semitic Languages and Literature at Lincoln Christian Seminary where he received his MDiv. Zorn continued his post-graduate studies at Michigan State University, writing a PhD dissertation entitled, “Mark and the Samaritans.” Walter Zorn served as professor of Bible and biblical languages at Great Lakes Christian College from 1976–1988. Since 1988 he has been associated with Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, serving as academic dean (1988–1993) and is presently professor of Old Testament and biblical languages.

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon – Dave L. Bland

Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 469

Dave L. Bland is the associate professor of homiletics at Harding University Graduate School of Religion. Prior to that he was an associate professor at Columbia Christian College, Portland, Oregon. He has served as the pulpit minister at Eastside Church of Christ, Portland, Oregon, and White Station Church of Christ, Memphis, Tennessee.

Isaiah, vol. 1 – Terry Briley

Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 253

Terry Briley is professor of Old Testament at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee, since 1986. Terry Briley received a BA from David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University), and a MPhil and PhD from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to teaching at Lipscomb University, he is the senior minister at Natchez Trace Church of Christ and leads an annual summer mission trip to Brazil.

Isaiah, vol. 2 – Terry Briley

Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 318

Terry Briley is professor of Old Testament at Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee, since 1986. Terry Briley received a BA from David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University), and a MPhil and PhD from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to teaching at Lipscomb University, he is the senior minister at Natchez Trace Church of Christ and leads an annual summer mission trip to Brazil.

Jeremiah & Lamentations – Tim Willis

Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 431

Timothy M. Willis is Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion and chair of the religion division at Pepperdine University. He has served as a youth minister in Texas and minister of the Brookline Church of Christ, Brookline, Massachusetts. Dr. Willis received his BA (1981) and MA (1984) from Abilene Christian University, and his PhD from Harvard University in 1990.

Ezekiel – Brandon L. Fredenburg

Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 407

Brandon L. Fredenburg is assistant professor of biblical studies, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas. Formerly he served as an instructor in bible at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee and was associate minister of the Central Church of Christ in Nashville. Brandon received a BA in biblical languages from David Lipscomb College, a MA from Lipscomb University, a MDiv from Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, and is a PhD candidate in biblical interpretation from The University of Denver and The Iliff School of Theology.

Minor Prophets, vol. 1- Harold Shank

Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 447

Harold Shank is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian with a BA in Bible. He received his MA and MAR from Harding University Graduate School of Religion. His PhD in theology is from Marquette University. Dr. Shank has served as professor of Old Testament at Oklahoma Christian University and is now president of Ohio Valley University. He has served as a preacher, an author of several highly respected books, and an evangelist who has devoted much of his life’s work to developing ministries among the poor. For 32 years he was associated with the Highland Street Church of Christ in Memphis, Tennessee.

Minor Prophets, vol. 2 – Clay Alan Ham and Mark Allen Hahlen

Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 583

Clay Alan Ham has served as professor of New Testament and preaching at Dallas Christian College since 1988. He is also a visiting professor at Lakeview Bible Seminary, Chennai, India. Dr. Ham received his PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his BA and MDiv from Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. He is author of The Coming King and the Rejected Shepherd: Matthew’s Reading of Zechariah’s Messianic Hope.

Mark Allen Hahlen has served as professor of Bible and language at Dallas Christian College and as a visiting professor at Louisville Bible College since 1992. Before that, he served on the faculty of Louisville Bible College from 1985 to 1992. Dr. Hahlen received his MDiv and PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his BA from Johnson Bible College. He has held youth and preaching ministries in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Texas.

New Testament volumes

New Testament Introduction – David A. Fiensy

Pages: 409

David Fiensy, Ph.D., has been a professor at Kentucky Christian University since 1995. Prior to this he served for six years as the Senior Minister at Grape Grove Church of Christ, Jamestown, Ohio.

Matthew – Larry Chouinard

Pages: 512

Larry Chouinard received his BA and MA from Alabama School of Religion, his MTh from Harding Graduate School of Religion, and his PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. Currently he is professor of New Testament at Kentucky Christian College.

Mark – Allen Black

Pages: 295

Allen Black, PhD, is Associate Professor of New Testament at Harding University Graduate School of Religion. Dr. Black holds the AA in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, the BA in Bible and English along with the MTh in New Testament from Harding University, and the PhD from Emory University.

Luke – Mark C. Black

Pages: 394

Mark C. Black, PhD, is Associate Professor of Bible at David Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee. He is also Associate Minister at the Donelson Church of Christ.

John – Beauford Bryant and Mark Kraus

Pages: 415

Beauford H. Bryant received several degrees during his college years: Johnson Bible College, BA; Phillips University, MA and BD; Princeton Theological Seminary, MTh; University of Edinburgh, PhD He also studied at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, the University of Marburg, the University of Tübingen, and Oxford University.

Mark S. Krause, PhD was a faithful student under the leadership of Dr. Bryant. His personal relationship with Dr. Bryant made him the logical choice to finish this commentary. Dr. Krause is currently Professor of Biblical Studies and Academic Dean at Puget Sound Christian College, Edmonds, Washington.

Acts – Dennis Gaertner

Pages: 431

Dennis C. Gaertner, PhD, was professor of New Testament at Johnson Bible College and minister of Meadowbrook Christian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. Dr. Gaertner holds the BRE from Great Lakes Bible College, the ThM and the PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Romans Volume 1 – Jack Cottrell

Pages: 280

Jack Cottrell, PhD, is professor of theology at Cincinnati Christian Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio. He holds degrees from Cincinnati Bible Seminary (AB) , University of Cincinnati (AB), Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD).

Romans Volume 2 – Jack Cottrell

Pages: 280

Jack Cottrell, PhD, is professor of theology at Cincinnati Christian Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio. He holds degrees from Cincinnati Bible Seminary (AB) , University of Cincinnati (AB), Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD).

1 Corinthians – Richard E. Oster, Jr.

Pages: 412

Richard E. Oster, Jr., PhD received his BA from Texas Tech University in 1969, his MA from Rice University in 1971, and his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1974. He has done special studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and research at Franz J. Dolger Institut an der Universität Bonn.

2 Corinthians – William R. Baker

Pages: 470

William R. Baker, is professor of New Testament at Cincinnati Christian University. Dr. Baker graduated from Lincoln Christian College with a BA in ministry and music in 1974. He went on to earn the MA and MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1976 and 1978. He completed doctoral studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland in 1987. Dr. Baker is the general editor of the Stone-Campbell Journal.

Galatians & Ephesians – Kenneth Boles

Pages: 346

Kenneth L. Boles is professor of New Testament and Greek at Ozark Christian College. Mr. Boles holds a BTh degree from Ozark Bible College and the MA in Biblical and Patristic Greek from Abilene Christian University. In addition to teaching classes in beginning, advanced, and third-year Greek, he also teaches exegetical courses in Prison Epistles.

Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon – Anthony Ash

Pages: 254

Anthony L. Ash, PhD, is professor of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christain University and minister at Minter Lane Church of Christ, Abilene, Texas. Dr. Ash holds the AA from Florida Christian College, the BS from Florida Christian College, the MA from Abilene Christian University, and the PhD from University of Southern California.

1 & 2 Thessalonians – Jon Weatherly

Pages: 302

Jon A Weatherly, Ph.D. is associate professor of Bible Studies, teaching New Testament, Greek, and Hermeneutics at Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Weatherly received his B.A. in Bible & Christian Ministries from Cincinnati Bible College, the M.A., in New Testament from Cincinnati Bible Seminary, the M.Div. (Summa Cum Laude) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

1 & 2 Timothy & Titus – Michael Moss

Pages: 264

C. Michael Moss, Ph.D., is associate professor of Bible and Greek, Director of Graduate Bible Studies at David Lipscomb University, and pulpit minister at Central Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hebrews – Jim Girdwood and Peter Verkruys

Pages: 436

Jim Girdwood, Ph.D, earned degrees in ministry, language, history, and Bible at Great Lakes Christian College and Cincinnati Christian Seminary. He finished his Ph.D. at Hebrew Union College in 1970. Dr. Girdwood has taught at Great Lakes Christian College, Lincoln Christian Seminary, and Ozark Christian College. He is currently teaching at Kentucky Christian College in Grayson, KY.

Peter A. Verkruyse, Ph.D, currently teaches at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL. Peter received his B.A. in Christian Ministries from Lincoln Christian College, his M.A. in Homiletics and M.Div. in New Testament from Lincoln Christian Seminary, the M.A. and Ph.D. in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the University of Illinois (at Urbana-Champaign).

James & Jude – Gary Holloway

Pages: 203

Gary Holloway is Director of Graduate Bible Studies, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee. Formerly he served as Associate Professor at the Institute for Christian Studies in Austin, Texas and ministered with the Holland Street Church of Christ in San Marcos.

1 & 2 Peter – Allen Black and Mark Black

Pages: 225

Allen Black, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Harding University raduate School of Religion, Searcy, Arkansas. Dr. Black holds the A.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, the B.A. in Bible and English along with the M.Th. in New Testament from Harding University, and the Ph.D. from Emory University.

Mark C. Black, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Bible at David Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee. He is also Associate Minister at the Donelson Church of Christ. Before coming to Lipscomb he was the preacher for the Okolona Church of Christ in Louisville, Kentucky.

1, 2, & 3 John – Morris Womack

Pages: 193

Morris M. Womack is professor of Communication at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Dr. Womack holds the B.D. in Church History and New Testament from Butler University and the Ph.D. from Wayne State University. He has served as a full-time and interim minister for several congregations.

Revelation – Chris David

Pages: 393

Dr. Christopher Davis is a graduate of Johnson Bible College (B.A., B.Th.) and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D.). He serves as both Professor of New Testament and Vice President of Academics for Minnesota Bible College of Rochester, Minnesota. He is also Visiting Professor of New Testament for the School of Graduate Studies of Hope International University, which is based in Fullerton, California.


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