The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary (John, Hebrews-Revelation) (Bible Knowledge Series)
This is neither theology nor a word study: It's a means of transporting the reader back to New Testament days to see, touch and hear as much of the world at that time as possible. Readers will appreciate the book's...
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This is neither theology nor a word study: It's a means of transporting the reader back to New Testament days to see, touch and hear as much of the world at that time as possible. Readers will appreciate the book's unique layout as it goes chapter-by-chapter through the historical, geographical, cultural and economic background of the biblical books of John and Hebrews through Revelation. The commentary uses extreme detail to take the reader right into New Testament settings, not through theology or word study, but through the sights and sounds of the world where Christ and His disciples walked. Since "any text apart from its context is a misunderstood text," the background information this volume supplies will help the reader gain the correct biblical interpretation.
This powerful reference tool is a book-by-book, chapter-by-chapter, detailed look at the historical, cultural, and economic background of the Gospel of John, and Hebrews—Revelation. Much more than simply theology or a Word study, The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary opens a window to transport the reader back into the setting of the New Testament to see, touch, and hear as much of the world of that time as possible.
the better acquainted you become with the background of the New Testament, the better you'll be able to avoid misunderstanding the allusions and references that run throughout the writings of the New Testament. Historical events, social customs, religious beliefs, figures of speech, turns of phrase, and institutions all contribute to how the Bible's first readers would have understood it.
With this powerful reference in hand, you will never look at the New Testament the same way again!
Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies, Luke (New International Bible Commentary), Mark (Word Biblical Commentary), Jesus and the Ossuaries, Fabricating Jesus and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. His edited volumes include (with Bruce Chilton) Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research, Dictionary of New Testament Background, From Prophecy To Testament and (with John Collins) Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
He has recently served on the advisory board on The Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs, such as Dateline, and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. He most recent work is Matthew (New Cambridge Bible Commentary.)