Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary – New Testament | Reviews and Volumes

Reviews of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Series

bible backgrounds commentary new testament setWinner of the 2011 Christian Book Award for Bible Reference

Pastor and author Dan Kimball:

“To me, every Christian should own these commentaries. I say that very seriously because when you study Scripture without looking into the historical and cultural background of what was happening when each part of the Bible was written, we miss incredibly so much meaning, understanding and depth. Using these commentaries when studying Scripture turns our study into a multi-dimensional and extremely colorful study. You will have so many ‘Oh! That’s what that means!’ or ‘Now that makes sense!’ moments when studying with this commentary. I cannot imagine doing any study of the Bible without it quite honestly and couldn’t recommend a commentary of this type any higher.”

Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School:

“There will always be disagreements between scholars on such matters, but the many comparative and archaeological resources assembled in these volumes make it a veritable gold mine for those who desire to take the ancient context of the Lord’s work and word seriously in their study, teaching, and preaching of Holy Scripture.”

Purpose of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Series

zondervan bible backgrounds commentary new testamentFrom the publisher: “Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you verse by verse through all the books of the New Testament. It’s like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context.

You’ll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus. You’ll discover the close, sometimes startling interplay between God’s kingdom and the practical affairs of the church. Best of all, you’ll gain a deepened awareness of the Bible’s relevance for your life. Written in a clear, engaging style, this beautiful set provides a new and accessible approach that more technical expository and exegetical commentaries don’t offer.”

Interviews from the ZIBBC series on Best Bible Commentaries

John W. Hilber on Psalms:

“A dominant theme of psalms is the role of the king in bringing the blessings of God’s kingdom to humanity. This responsibility for cosmic order can be seen in royal hymns and prayers throughout the ancient Near East; it is the groaning of every human heart. To know that it is my Jesus who will make the world right draws me to him in dependence and hope.”

Volumes in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Series

Volume 1: Matthew, Mark, Luke

Volume 2: John and Acts

Volume 3: Romans to Philemon

Volume 4: Hebrews to Revelation


Also see:

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Series – Old Testament

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