Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Understanding The Bible Commentary Series)
Each volume in the New International Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of...
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Each volume in the New International Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. The contributors tackle the task of interpretation using the full range of critical methodologies and practices, yet they do so as people of faith who hold the text in the highest regard. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew and Greek transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.
Ezra-Nehemiah is the Old Testament equivalent of the Acts of the Apostles--it is a book of new beginnings. Just as Acts narrates the early history of the church through the work of the apostles, Ezra-Nehemiah narrates the re-establishment of the people of God after the exile through the work of Sheshbazzar, Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Allen explores Ezra-Nehemiah as a single literary text made up of three parts telling the story of three missions and the opposition they meet with. Wise and insightful, Leslie Allen has written a commentary that illuminates these texts and their intended message.
Esther is a story about a young girl who becomes queen. Laniak's thoughtful commentary examines this narrative as a story with many levels of meaning. Esther is about the minority Jewish community in the dependent state of Diaspora, navigating a precarious existence in two worlds, and it is about the triumph of right over wrong, of God's people over their enemies.
Timothy S. Laniak (Th.D.,Harvard Divinity School) is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary--Charlotte. He is the author of Shame and Honor in the Book of Esther, Shepherds after my Own Heart (Volume 20, New Studies in Biblical Theology) and Esther in Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther (New International Biblical Commentary, 2003).-Editorial Review.
Leslie C. Allen (Ph.D., DD, University of London) is Senior Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written many Old Testament works including Psalms and Ezekiel (Word Biblical Commentary) and Chronicles (The New Interpreter's Bible and Communicator's Commentary on the Old Testament), Ezra-Nehemiah (New International Biblical Commentary) and Jeremiah (Old Testament Library). In addition to mentoring PhD students, Allen teaches courses on the Hebrew Prophets, Writings, Psalms, and Lamentations. He is involved in associations in both the U.K. and the U.S. including the Society for Old Testament Study, Tyndale Fellowship, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature.
Koorong- Editorial Review.