The Story of God Bible Commentary is modern-day, well-reviewed, reference set, designed for the 21st century.
Each volume explains the biblical text passage-by-passage, and discusses significant verses, and then it all to the grand narrative, or “story,” of Scripture.
The series isn’t technical, so volumes don’t focus on the original languages of Scripture. They also avoid discussions on topics like the history of interpretation and the latest arguments from current scholarship.
The focus of the SGBC series is on telling the biblical story and explaining why and how it is relevant to life in the twenty-first century.
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The Story of God Bible Commentary (SGBC): Reviews
Andy Stanley, founder, North Point Ministries:
“The easy-to-use format and practical guidance brings God’s grand story to modern-day life so anyone can understand how it applies today.”
Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary:
“Opens up the biblical story in ways that move us to act.”
John Ortberg, author, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church:
“It makes the text sing and helps us hear the story afresh.”
Craig L. Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary:
“This commentary breaks new ground.”
SGBC Series: Author Interviews on Best Bible Commentaries
It has been my pleasure to conduct several interviews with authors from the SGBC series.
Wendy Widder on Daniel: (click to see full Q & A)
“As I spent a couple hours each day in the world of Daniel, where suffering made no sense but God was still in control, I was daily reminded that the One on the throne knew what was happening in my life and had it all in His hands. I took great comfort in this truth.”
More interviews: (click for full interviews)
Purpose of The Story of God Commentary Series
From the publisher: “A new commentary for today’s world, The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. The first commentary series to do so, SGBC offers a clear and compelling exposition of biblical texts, guiding readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts. Its story-centric approach is ideal for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and all who want to understand the Bible in today’s world.”
SGBC is organized into three easy-to-use sections, designed to help readers live out God’s story:
- Listen to the Story
- Explain the Story
- Live the Story
Volumes in The Story of God Commentary Series
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