Item description for Commentary-Haggai & Zechariah (NIV App Comm) by Mark J. Boda...
Overview Haggai/Zechariah, which is part of the NIV Application Commentary Series, helps readers learn how the message of these two prophets who challenged and encouraged the people of God after the return from Babylon can have the same powerful impact on the community of faith today.
Publishers Description The NIV Application Commentary SeriesThe setting: Jerusalem. Recently returned from Babylonian captivity, the Jews are occupied with personal pursuits while the temple of Yahweh lies in ruins. To the prophets Haggai and Zechariah falls the task of calling God's people to their forgotten priority: rebuilding his house. Heeding prophetic admonition, the people overcome the obstacles that face them and prosper in their work----thanks largely to the vision and encouragement of the prophets.The books of Haggai and Zechariah represent a golden period in Old Testament history, but they are often overlooked. Yet these two minor prophets speak a major message to the church today. It is one that calls us, as a community of faith, to the priority of God's house, and inspires us with glimpses of its future glory.Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Mark J. Boda shares perspectives on Haggai and Zechariah that reveal their enduring relevance for our twenty-first-century lives.Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable----but the job is only half done The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.'This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible's timeless message speak to this generation.BILLY GRAHAMSome commentaries build walls that isolate you back in the ancient world. The NIV Application Commentary builds bridges that make the Bible come alive with meaning for contemporary lift----and the series does so concisely, clearly, and accurately. No wasted words or academic detours----just solid help and practical truth 'WARREN W. WIERSBE
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.3" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2004
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series NIV Application Commentary
ISBN 0310206154 ISBN13 9780310206156 UPC 025986206154
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More About Mark J. Boda
Mark J. Boda is professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College and professor in the Faculty of Theology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. His other books include the NIV Application Commentary volume on Haggai and Zechariah.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Commentary-Haggai & Zechariah (NIV App Comm)?
Solid for NIVAC Jun 17, 2006
While you might expect an application-based series such as the NIVAC to gloss over as exegetically difficult and remote a book as Zechariah, Mark Boda does an excellent job in communicating it to us for today. I used it while leading a men's Bible study for a team of new missionaries, and I'm glad I had it.
PROS: This book is probably a little more in-depth in the exegesis ("Original context") than other NIVAC volumes, and Boda provides a lot of historical background to fill in the reader on a period of time that gets little coverage (the early Persian period). The best part by far was Boda's "bridging the contexts" section, which I think is valuable as a way of teaching the reader interpretational principles. Mind you, Boda is strongly Reformed, but he argues extensively for his position that the Church is the true Israel, for whom the prophecies of Zechariah will reach fruition. I also appreciate that the text isn't dealt with verse-by-verse as much as whole visions or prophecies (especially useful in dealing with the difficulties of chapter 4 in Zechariah).
As a whole, too, the NIVAC series has top-notch printing and binding from Zondervan. The pages are thick, the print is bold and readable, and this is a commentary that will withstand heavy usage.
CONS: As expected with a commentary series this brief, Boda doesn't do a whole lot when weighing various exegetical options. For example, he makes reference to an interpretation of 9:1-8 as reaching fulfillment in the southward-moving conquest of Alexander, but then he doesn't weigh whether this was the prophet's intended meaning. Instead he leaves it and goes on to discuss the other features of the text here.
For a Bible study leader or pastor wishing to find a resource for teaching from Haggai and Zechariah, I find this to be a helpful resource. But I've heard a lot of good things about Joyce Baldwin's Tyndale commentary as well.
A goldmine of information on post-exilic Israel Sep 19, 2005
The post-exilic books of the Old Testament are often overlooked by Christian. In this book, Dr. Mark J. Boda seeks to bring the books of Haggai and Zechariah to life for the Christian reader. In the introduction to the two Biblical books, the author lays out the cultural context in which the books were written, and places the books within what was happening among the Jews in contemporary Palestine.
Dr. Boda rejects the view of some theologians that some of Zechariah's visions point forward toward a suffering messiah, instead seeing them as condemnations of contemporary Jewish leadership, with the experiences of Jesus being seen as a mere "reenactment" of the Jewish exile (see page 515). Also, he argues that the church is the new Israel, and that as such any prophecy suggesting future events for the Jews must be interpreted as applying to the church, the "True Israel," and not contemporary or future Jews. "There is a future for the Jewish community, but not apart from Jesus and his gospel." (P.57)
So, overall, I found this to be a very interesting book. Dr. Boda is a very knowledgeable man, and his book is a goldmine of information on post-exilic Israel.