1&2 Thessalonians [NIVAC] by Michael W. Holmes presents what are perhaps Paul's most unique letters with stunning historical clarity. Holmes, also a scholar of the earliest non-canonical writings of the early church provides a rich contextual framework for the Thessalonian letters which then provides the grounds upon which he derives a rich application of the letters for us today. The emphasis on eschatology and daily living in these letters make them the ideal subject matter for the scope of the NIVAC series, and Holmes' well-rounded and insightful work is an exceptional example of biblical exposition.
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. In other words, 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 us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.
Michael W. Holmes (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies and early Christianity at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota. SPANISH BIO: Michael W. Holmes (Ph.D. por el Seminario Teologico de Princeton) fue presidente del Departamento de Estudios Biblicos y Teologicos en la Universidad Bethel, en Saint Paul, Minnesota, y ha sido profesor en Bethel desde 1982. Anteriormente formo parte de la facultad de la Escuela de Divinidades de Trinity Evangelical y del Seminario Teologico de Princeton, y ha sido Profesor Invitado del Seminario Teologico Luther en Saint Paul. Recibio su B.A. en historia en la Universidad de California en Santa Barbara (1973), un M.A. en Nuevo Testamento otorgado por TEDS (1976) y el Ph.D. del Seminario Princeton (1984). Para su Ph.D. estudio bajo Bruce Metzger, el famoso erudito en el tema del Nuevo Testamento. Los principales aspectos investigados por Holmes son la critica textual del Nuevo Testamento y los Padres Apostolicos. Entre sus publicaciones se hallan varios libros, cincuenta articulos, ensayos, o capitulos de libros, asi como mas de 220 revisiones de libros. Ha presentado sus ensayos y ha sido invitado a dar conferencias en los Estados Unidos, el Canada, Inglaterra, Alemania, Francia y Belgica, y habla con frecuencia en diversas iglesias de las Ciudades Gemelas. Ha sido miembro durante muchos anos de la Iglesia Bautista Trinity, en Maplewood, Minnesota.
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Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
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College Church, Wheaton, IL
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Dallas Theological Seminary
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President, Bethel College & Seminary
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Willow Creek Community Church
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Pastor, Wooddale Church
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