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Commentary-Matthew (Zondervan Ill Bible Backgro Comm#21) [Paperback]

By Clinton E. Arnold (Editor) & Michael J. Wilkins (Contribution by)
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Item description for Commentary-Matthew (Zondervan Ill Bible Backgro Comm#21) by Clinton E. Arnold & Michael J. Wilkins...

This is a softcover set that helps readers understand the historical and cultural background of the books of the New Testament. Brimming with lavish, full color photos and graphics, each book will walk you verse by verse through the books of the New Testament.

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Discover: -How the springs at Hierapolis help us understand why Jesus described the church at Laodicea as 'lukewarm' -The background and circumstances of certificates of divorce in Judaism-How Jewish dietary laws provided a powerful metaphor for God's acceptance of the GentilesBrimming 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. It features: -Commentary based on relevant papyri, inscriptions, archaeological discoveries, and studies of Judaism, Roman culture, Hellenism, and other features of the world of the New Testament-Hundreds of full-color photographs, color illustrations, and line drawings-Copious maps, charts, and timelines-Sidebar articles and insights-'Reflections' on the Bible's relevance for 21st-century livingWritten by leading evangelical contributors: Clinton E. Arnold (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen), General EditorS. M. Baugh (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine)Peter H. Davids (Ph.D., University of Manchester)David E. Garland (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)David W. J. Gill (D.Phil., University of Oxford)George H. Guthrie (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)Moyer V. Hubbard (D.Phil., University of Oxford)Andreas J. K stenberger (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)Ralph P. Martin (Ph.D., University of London, King's College)Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews)Mark L. Strauss (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen)Frank Thielman (Ph.D., Duke University)Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Ph.D., University of Toronto)Michael J. Wilkins (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)Mark W. Wilson (D.Litt. et Phil., University of South Africa)Julie L. Wu (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary)Robert W. Yarbrough (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen)

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 7.44" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 17, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Age  18
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
Series  Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary  
Series Number  21  
ISBN  0310278317  
ISBN13  9780310278313  
UPC  025986278311  

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More About Clinton E. Arnold & Michael J. Wilkins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Clinton E. Arnold is dean of Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. Prior to becoming dean, he was a professor in the New Testament department for twenty-five years. He is the author of many books, including 3 Crucial Questions about Spiritual Warfare, and is the editor of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary.

Jeff Arnold
is a high school English and logic teacher in Santa Ana, California. A former youth pastor, he is the creator of Unleashed, an intensive training camp for Christian high schoolers that equips them to share their faith. He also trains new believers in the basics of theology as part of a team at his local church.

Clinton E. Arnold has an academic affiliation as follows - Biola University, California.

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  2. Zondervan Commentary
  3. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on New Testament
  4. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
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Good stuff  Feb 9, 2007
I am only a hundred pages or so in, and this is definately an above average commentator...
One of the best Volumes in the NIVAC series  Feb 4, 2007
I must admit that I'm not crazy about the NIV Application series format. I like the traditional verse by verse expositional commentary where you can consult it quickly simply by finding the verse you're studying. It's hard to do that with this series because it divides each section into Original Meaning, Bridging Horizons, and Contemporary Significance (which, by the way, will only seem contemporary if you live in the West).

But this volume is exceptional. Michael Wilkins has produced a sane and readable exposition of Matthew's Gospel. He has a great grasp of the background behind the text, and he helps to explain why Jesus says what He says in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). He also does a good job at identifying the stabbing truth behind each of the parables, and he does a good job at applying the text (better than most of the guys who wrote for this series).

You should get this book for your library if you are a preacher.
Excellent....for its niche  Jun 1, 2006
Based on the other review here, I feel compelled to offer (1) some comments on this installement in the NIV series, (2) and on the nature of the NIV series itself.

This commentary is excellent for its intended purpose. None of the commentaries in the NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) Series is intended to be a bastion of exegetical detail. The NIVAC was intended to fill a gap in the commentary market; namely a commentary that busy pastors, beginning students and lay people could access. Accordingly, in each of the NIVAC, as in this volume on Matthew, follows three-fold pattern.

First, the author attempts to discern the original meaning; that is, what would a 1st century reader have understood the text to mean. Second, the author attempts to determine and describe the important cultural and historical difference between their (1st century world) and out 21st century world. Finally, the author suggests some specific applications in our lives today that derive from the section of text presently being dealt with.

The first two goals, original meaning and historical differences, are the real grunt work of exegesis. This is where the commentaries can be set apart. Some are far more detailed, and at times excruciatingly detailed than others. A commentary's intended audience will determine the level of detail that the author takes the reader. NIVAC is not really meant to inform scholars. It is an entry point for others less schooled or with less time. Therefore, it misses the point to say that it is "better" or "worse" than another commentary; better or worse at what?

This volume weighs in at around 1000 pages--not a lighweight! It does a fantastic job giving a brief sketch of the important issues and decisions that the reader of Matthew must make. It gives an unparralled insight into the ongoing discussion of Matthew's intended meaning that is accessible to those with less money, time, or training than those in academia. And finally, the volume does what many of the other NIVAC do so well: suggest real life applications for the text. Very few commentaries acutally do this...because most other commentaries weren't created with that goal in mind.

If you want a super detailed, painstaking look at Matt. that covers the Greek and all its possible variations, then see: either of the folloiwng: (1) W.D. Davies & D. C. Allison, Jr. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel according to St. Matthew (International Critical Commentary, rev.), 3 vols, about; or (2) Donald Hagner, Matthew (Word Biblical Commentary), 2 vols. Dallas: Word, 1993-95 Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1988-97.

If you want a medium level approach at Matt. using the English translation with some footnotes on the Greek text, then see (1) Craig Blomberg, Matthew (NAC). Nashville: Broadman, 1992; or (2) Craig Keener, A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. G.R.: Eerdmans, 1999.

If you want a good overview of the grunt work covered above with a speical emphasis on application to your life, then this volume on Matthew is an excellent choice.
exegesis into application  Aug 7, 2005
Although not quite as full of theological explanations for Greek/Hebrew grammar this commentary bridges the gap between the outstandingly exellent Keener and the BST Green. As usual the bridging and application for each chapter is what makes this a worthwhile commentary to have. For technical exegesis Keener is by far the best of the more recent offerings, but for this combined with a thorough application Leon Morris is also very good. Ranking third would be NIV Wilkins; France is good on exegesis not so good on application and so NIV Wilkins comes just above this.

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