New Beacon Bible Commentaries (NBBC) | Reviews, Theology

New Beacon Bible Commentaries is a biblical studies reference collection that will cover each book of the Old and New Testament when its completed. Authors in the NBBC series write from a Wesleyan theological perspective, which means they interpret Scripture according to the Arminian tradition. The publisher notes that NBBC volumes are “engaging, perceptive, and academically thorough, the New Beacon Bible Commentary will expand your understanding and deepen your appreciation for the meaning and message of each book of the Bible.”

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New Beacon Bible Commentaries (NBBC): Reviews

New Beacon Bible CommentariesOn the Philippians volume:

“Dean Flemming has written what should become “the commentary of first reference” on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians. He is thoroughly conversant with all of the serious scholarship on Philippians to date. But he makes scholarship easily accessible to average readers and points them to further reading on subjects he must treat in summary fashion. I highly recommend this commentary.”
~ George Lyons, professor of New Testament, Northwest Nazarene University

Author Interviews from the NBBC series on Best Bible Commentaries

Ezekiel – Brad Kelle (click to read full Q & A)

Preview: “As I entered the world of Ezekiel and imagined myself journeying into exile with the prophet and wrestling with questions of how to understand these events and what they mean for God and God’s people, I realized the continued relevance of theology in the midst of crisis. Ezekiel offers God’s people today resources for thinking theologically about who God is and who God’s people are in the midst of crises like destruction and exile. How does one experience and even proclaim the holiness of God in the midst of events that seem to dismantle all to which we have clung for our sense of identity and life?”

Purpose of the New Beacon Bible Commentaries

Clear verse-by-verse explanations, which offer a contemporary, Wesleyan-based understanding derived from the text’s original language. Helpful sidebars, which provide deeper insight into theological issues, word meanings, archaeological connections, historical relevance, and cultural customs.

Convenient introductory material, including information on authorship, date, history, audience, sociological/cultural issues, purpose, literary features, theological themes, and hermeneutical issues.

Comprehensive annotation divided into three sections, which explore background elements behind the text; verse-by-verse details and meanings found in the text; significance, relevance, intertextuality, and application from the text. An expanded bibliography for further study of historical elements, additional interpretations, and theological themes.

Volumes in the New Beacon Bible Commentaries

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Mark – Kent Brower

Dr. Kent Brower has taught and guest lectured at colleges, universities, and seminaries around the world for more than 30 years. He has earned degrees from Canadian Nazarene College, Eastern Nazarene College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor F.F. Bruce. Dr. Brower currently serves as Vice-Principal and Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, England, where he lives with his wife, Francine.

Luke 1–9 – David A. Neale

Luke 9–24 – David A. Neale

David Neale is Vice-President and Academic Dean at Booth University College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Previously he served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ambrose University College (formerly Canadian Nazarene University College) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He holds a BA in Sociology from Idaho State University, an MA in Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, England.

Acts – Richard P. Thompson

Richard P. Thompson is professor of New Testament and chair of the Department of Religion in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries at Northwest Nazarene University. He holds a B.A. from Olivet Nazarene University, an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University. His previous publications include Keeping the Church in Its Place: The Church as Narrative Character in Acts (T. and T. Clark) and The Tiny Church in a Big Church World (Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City).

Romans 1–8 – George Lyons and William Greathouse

Romans 9–16 – George Lyons and William Greathouse

William Greathouse is General Superintendent Emeritus Church of the Nazarene. He has also served as President, Dean of Religion and Professor at Trevecca Nazarene College. He also served faithfully as the President of Nazarene Theolgoical Seminary. He has authored numerous books and served as a pastor on the Tennessee District. He holds degrees from Lambuth College, Trevecca Nazarene College and Vanderbilt University.

George Lyons has been Professor of New Testament at Northwest Nazarene since 1991, after teaching 14 years at Olivet Nazarene University. He has also served as a visiting professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Point Loma Nazarene University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological College (Brisbane, Australia and Manchester, England), Southeast Asia Nazarene Bible College (Bangkok, Thailand) and European Nazarene College (B?singen, Germany and extensions in Razgrad, Bulgaria; Lisbon, Portugal; and Montpelier and Paris, France). He has also taught in China.

He is a past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. He holds degrees from Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary as well as a PhD,from Emory University.

2 Corinthians – Frank G. Carver

Frank G. Carver is Professor Emeritus of Religion, Point Loma Nazarene University. Retired as Professor of Biblical Theology and Greek. He holds degrees from Taylor University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D.from New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, with postgraduate work at Claremont Graduate School. He has pastored churches in both the United States and in Scotland.

Galatians – George Lyons

Philippians – Dean Flemming

Dean Flemming (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen), is Professor of New Testament and Missions at Mid-America Nazarene University, Olathe, KS. He has spent more than 20 years as a missionary educator in Asia and Europe and is author of Contextualization in the New Testament and Recovering the Full Mission of God.

1 and 2 Thessalonians – Terence Paige

Terence Paige is professor of New Testament and coordinator of biblical studies at Houghton College. He has also taught at Belfast Bible College in Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) and serves on the local district board of ministerial development for the Wesleyan Church. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (England) as well as earned degrees from Regent College, Vancouver (Canada), and Seattle Pacific University. He has published multiple articles in Bible dictionaries and academic journals.

1-2 Timothy and Titus – David A. Ackerman

DAVID A. ACKERMAN is a minister in the Church of the Nazarene and adjunct professor at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Nazarene Bible College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. He was the professor of New Testament at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary (Philippines) and lecturer in Bible at Nazarene Theological College (Brisbane, Australia). He earned degrees from Northwest Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, the University of Denver, and Iliff School of Theology.

Hebrews – Kevin L. Anderson

Dr. Kevin Anderson is the Professor of Bible and Theology, Asbury College. He holds a Ph.D. from London School of Theology/Brunel University (New Testament), an M.Div. Nazarene Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Trinity Bible College.

James – C. Jeanne Orjala Serrão

Dr. C. Jeanne Serrao is Professor of Biblical Literature and Dean of the School of Theology and Philosophy at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she founded and is the coordinator for the Bi-Annual Women In Ministry Networking Day.

Dr. Serrao has served as an Education Pastor and Christian School Administrator in Rancho Cucamonga, California. She has taught at European Nazarene College and has served as an adjunct professor for Trevecca Nazarene University, Asuza Pacific University, Claremont School of Theology (Summer Licensing School), and Nazarene Bible College Online Program. She earned her BA in Biblical Literature from Mid-America Nazarene University, and an M.Div. and an M.A. in Missions from Nazarene Theological Seminary and her Ph.D. degree from Claremont Graduate University. She is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Her husband, Carlos, is the Coordinator of Traditional Marketing at MVNU.

1 and 2 Peter and Jude – Daniel Powers

Daniel G. Powers is Professor of Bible at Nazarene Bible College. He has also served as Bible Lecturer at European Nazarene College. This ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene also holds degrees from Point Loma College, Nazarene Theological Seminary as well as a Ph.D. from Leiden University.

1, 2, 3 John – Rick Williamson

Dr. Rick Williamson is the Professor of Biblical Literature at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He has also served as Chaplain for Adult and Graduate Studies, was the Professor of Bible for the Nazarene Bible college, served as a hospital chaplain, a military chaplain and pastored in Iowa and Indiana. He holds degrees from Southern Baptist Seminary, University of Iowa, Nazarene Theological Seminary and MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Revelation – Carol Rotz

Dr. Carol Rotz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Education from Northwest Nazarene university, a Bachelor of Theology degree from Canadian University College, Master of Arts degrees from Olivet Nazarene University and the University of Port Elizabeth, and a Doctor of Literature and Philosophy from Rand Afrikaans University. Dr. Rotz retired as a member of the faculty of the School of Theology and Christian Ministries at Northwest Nazarene University where she was the chair of the Religion Department. Dr. Rotz teaches graduate and undergraduate Bible and theology. Dr. Rotz served internationally in mission education for twenty years.

Old Testament

Genesis 1–11 – Joseph Coleson

Leviticus – Thomas J. King

Deuteronomy – Stephen Green

Joshua – Stephen Lennox

Judges – Robert D. Branson

1 & 2 Samuel – Kevin J. Mellish

1 & 2 Chronicles – Mitchel Modine

Psalms 1–72 – David Thompson

Proverbs – John E. Hartley

Ecclesiastes and Lamentations – Stephen J. Bennett

Jeremiah 1–25 – Alex Varughese

Jeremiah 26–52 – Alex Varughese and Mitchel Modine

Ezekiel – Brad E. Kelle

Daniel – Jim Edlin

Hosea–Micah – Timothy M. Green