Reviews of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series
On the Esther volume:
“Tomasino’s treatment of the book of Esther is discerning, judicious, balanced, nuanced and, because of all that, eminently useful to scholar as well as pastor. All readers will find enlightening and informative observations and analysis that will enhance their study. From detailed treatment of the Hebrew text to attention to the theological and devotional implications of the text, there is something here for everyone. This is now my top pick for an evangelical commentary on Esther.”
– John H. Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
“Anthony Tomasino has provided here an exegetically sound and deeply thoughtful volume on Esther. The series affords him the luxury of moving from the original text to interpretation, then to theological reflection and pastoral application. We all know that the book of Esther is both fascinating and important, but it often gets relegated to relatively brief treatment for a variety of reason. Tomasino is to be congratulated on a wonderful accomplishment. Readers will benefit from this commentary for years to come. ”
– Bill Arnold, Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary
Purpose of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series
The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series incorporates the latest in critical biblical scholarship, yet each volume is written from a distinctly evangelical perspective. The authors explore the context and meaning of the biblical books while showing the value and truth of the texts in ancient times and today. These commentaries present historical and literary insights for understanding the text within the Bible’s larger story and applying it to everyday life.
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Volumes in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series
Exodus by Eugene Carpenter
In the book of Exodus, the promises to the patriarchs begin to reach fulfillment: Yahweh takes a people for Himself and dwells among them as their God. In this volume, Eugene Carpenter interacts with the most current scholarship and analyzes the Hebrew text to trace this important theme through Exodus. Throughout his commentary, Carpenter gives readers his own translation, demonstrates how the theology of Exodus interacts with the rest of the Bible, and offers suggestions for applying Exodus to the Church.
Eugene Carpenter (1943–2012) was Professor of Old Testament, Hebrew, and Biblical Theology at Bethel College. Carpenter served as a pastor and teacher in a variety of church and ministry settings.
1 & 2 Samuel by Harry A. Hoffner Jr.
This volume of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary represents the final work of renowned scholar Harry A. Hoffner, Jr. An expert Hittitologist, Hoffner brings his understanding of ancient Near Eastern cultures to the text of 1–2 Samuel, providing a commentary that is sure to make an impact for years to come. First and Second Samuel pick up where the book of Judges leaves off, continuing the narrative sweep of the history of Israel. They cover the life of the prophet Samuel, the rise and fall of Saul as King, and the reign of King David. Hoffner examines these books in their historical context, he discusses the many characters found throughout, and he considers how they anticipate a coming perfect king, Yahweh’s true Anointed One.
Harry A. Hoffner Jr. (1934–2015) was John A. Wilson Professor of Hittitology Emeritus at the University of Chicago. He was considered a world expert on ancient Near Eastern culture specializing in the Hittite language, history, and civilization.
Ezra & Nehemiah by Israel Loken
By analyzing Ezra’s and Nehemiah’s elements of narrative and the historical backgrounds, Israel Loken explains how and why God’s people rebuilt Jerusalem and changed their way of worship. Loken examines the views of other scholars before drawing persuasive conclusions about what convinced God’s people to follow Him, once again, with their entire beings. Loken then tells us what the characters and events in Ezra and Nehemiah teach us about worship, life, and God. This rare combination makes this contribution both scholastic and applicable.
Israel Loken is chair of the Bible and theology departments at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas. He regularly leads tours to Israel.
Esther by Anthony J. Tomasino
The story is a familiar one, made popular by Sunday School teachers, novels, and movies: her people threatened with extinction, Queen Esther must summon the courage to approach the Persian King Xerxes in order to save the Jews. But what is the real message of Esther? In this commentary, Anthony Tomasino closely examines the Hebrew text to explore the motifs of feasting, sovereignty, assertiveness, and reversal in the book of Esther. He also explores its connection with the celebration of Purim, the theme of the invincibility of the Jews, and the conspicuous absence of any mention of God.
Anthony J. Tomasino is director of the biblical studies program and associate professor of Bible, Old Testament and Hebrew at Bethel College. He is the author of Written Upon the Heart: The Ten Commandments for Today’s Christian and Judaism before Jesus: The Events and Ideas that Shaped the New Testament World.
Song of Songs by A. Boyd Luter
The biblical book that deals most extensively with romantic and sexual wisdom is the Song of Songs. In this commentary, A. Boyd Luter argues that the Song contains an inverted parallel structure that divides it into seven sections, taking a young couple from their initial longings and expressions of affection for each other, to their wedding day, and on to the various struggles that threaten to derail their love. For each section, Luter comments on the text and background of the Song and provides helpful suggestions for how it might be preached and applied today.
A. Boyd Luter is adjunct online professor of New Testament at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored several books, including Looking Back, Moving On, God behind the Seen: Expositions of the Book of Ruth and Esther, and Inspired Preaching: A Survey of Preaching in the New Testament. Luter has written numerous articles and book reviews for various publications, including Bibliotheca Sacra, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Faith and Mission, Journal of Pastoral Practice, and Cr
Lamentations by Abner Chou
This EEC volume on Lamentations examines the language of intense lament and loss over Jerusalem. Old Testament expert Dr. Abner Chou provides detailed discussions of the authorship, date, and historical background, as well as textual and genre issues. Before beginning verse-by-verse commentary, Chou provides context for key theological issues present in the book, making it a comprehensive and valuable work for any study of Lamentations.
Abner Chou is assistant professor of biblical studies at The Master’s College and Seminary. He has been involved in research for commentaries, books, and journal articles, and has contributed papers to the Evangelical Theological Society.
Ephesians by S. M. Baugh
In this commentary on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, S.M. Baugh identifies the main theme as “unity in the inaugurated new creation.” He then walks the reader through the indicative first part of the letter, which sets forth various aspects of the Christian faith, and the imperative second part, which calls readers to a lifestyle based on these truths. Along the way, Baugh examines ancient sources to provide a first-century perspective, while also interacting with recent scholarship and ultimately asking what this letter means for the modern-day believer.
S. M. Baugh is Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, California. He is the author of New Testament Greek for Interpreters and A First John Reader.
Philippians by Mark Keown
Philippians is considered one of Paul’s most encouraging letters. Mark J. Keown shows how Paul appeals to Christ’s exemplary acts of humility and sacrifice to encourage believers to live worthy of the gospel in every aspect of life. He draws attention to the pastoral heart of the imprisoned Paul, who warns the Philippians against false teachers while calling them to demonstrate their imitation of Christ through a commitment to mission and “radical generosity.”
Through rigorous examination of the original Greek text and engagement with the latest scholarship, Keown delivers an in-depth commentary on Philippians that captures the message of Paul’s encouraging letter for believers today.
Mark J. Keown (ThD, Laidlaw College) is a Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Laidlaw College in Auckland, NZ and is the author of Congregational Evangelism in Philippians as well as numerous essays and journal articles. He is also an ordained minister and served at Greenlane Presbyterian Church from 1997–2003.
Philemon by Seth M. Ehorn
In this volume, Seth M. Ehorn takes the uncommon stance that slavery is not the central issue of Philemon; instead, God’s providential work is. According to Ehorn, this is seen in the themes that Paul addresses throughout his letter: reconciliation, forgiveness, love, and faithfulness—attributes that Christ exhibited. Ehorn adopts the view that Paul wrote to his friend, Philemon, on behalf of Onesimus, Philemon’s runaway slave. As a “friend of the master,” Paul reminded Philemon of his Christian character, suggesting that he should continue to act accordingly. By using and interacting with various interpretive approaches (such as discourse, rhetorical, epistolary, and sociological), Ehorn shows how Paul embodied Christ’s actions and how we can do the same.
Seth M. Ehorn is currently a doctoral candidate studying New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh, New College. Prior to New College, he completed an MA in biblical exegesis at Wheaton College Graduate School in Illinois where he was awarded the Merrill C. Tenney Award for New Testament studies. He has contributed several articles to the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (forthcoming) and written many book reviews in academic journals.
1, 2, & 3 John by Gary Derickson
In this volume, Gary Derickson explores how John communicates his pastoral concerns in his three epistles. Interacting with the most recent scholarship, Derickson focuses on John’s message and concerns rather than following the common theory of a Johannine school and secessionist polemic. He distinguishes pastoral and polemical elements within John’s message and recognizes John’s own assessment of his readers’ faith. By encouraging his readers to express God’s love through being actively involved in each other’s lives, John shows that he is not concerned with how we possess eternal life but with how we express it as we relate to God.
Gary Derickson is ministry division chair at Corban University. He has published articles in Bibliotheca Sacra, ETS Studies Series, The Master’s Seminary Journal, and The Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society. He contributed to The Nelson’s Complete Study Bible and is co-author of The Disciplemaker: What Matters Most to Jesus.
Jude by Herbert Bateman
Jude calls believers to stand firm in their belief in Jesus’ messiahship, even when various forms of rebellion occur around them. In this comprehensive volume, Herbert Bateman examines the historical, cultural, and literary context of Jude’s letter, identifying the “godless” as Zealots and other Judaeans caught up in an insurgence against Rome. At the same time, the letter admonishes readers to extend mercy to those who inadvertently rebel against God, both inside and outside the church.
Herbert Bateman runs the Cyber-Center for Biblical Studies, and he serves as an adjunct faculty member for Liberty Seminary. He has also served on the faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, Grace Theological Seminary, Taylor University of the Upland, Tyndale Theological Seminary in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, the Philippines, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has a BS from Philadelphia Biblical University, a ThM Dallas Theological Seminary, and a PhD Dallas Theological Seminary.