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The Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series uses a three-fold format for each section of the biblical text: (1) a commentary section containing critical analysis and interpretation; (2) a section that makes connections between the text and the modern reader by suggesting contemporary applications; and (3) special interest material related to the text. Also included is a CD-ROM containing all the text and images of the volume in a searchable format.  

Each volume in this series comes with a companion CD-ROM that contains contains:

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Daniel: Smyth & Helwys Bible CommentaryDaniel: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
Sharon Pace
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Matthew: Smyth & Helwys Biblical CommentaryMatthew: Smyth & Helwys Biblical Commentary
Ben Witherington III
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In this volume of the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series, Ben Witherington III, renowned author of more than thirty books on the New Testament, considers the fullness that the Gospel of Matthew offers for those who both study and attempt to live out the words of Jesus today. As with each volume in this series, Witherington's commentary connects the insights of biblical scholarship to the larger world of faith.
This commentary uses a three-fold format for each section of the biblical text: (1) a commentary section containing critical analysis and interpretation; (2) a section that makes connections between the text and the modern reader by suggesting contemporary applications; and (3) special interest material related to the text. Also included is a CD-ROM containing all the text and images of the volume in a searchable format.

The CD-ROM that contains: the full text of the commentary, visuals from the commentary, hyperlinked outline and visual thumbnails, powerful search capabilities, Adobe Acrobat Reader with Search, and the ability to add study notes to the file.
     

 
LukeLuke
Richard B. Vinson
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The Gospel of Luke narrates the life of Jesus from the nativity stories, to Jesus' baptism and temptation, ministry in Galilee, journey to and teaching in Jerusalem, and finally his death and resurrection. In his engaging guide to Luke's account, Richard Vinson accompanies readers on their own compelling journey-a journey through the life of Christ as seen through the lenses of critical scholarship and contemporary culture. As a result, we cannot turn away from Luke's primary messages: the good news of the Kingdom of God and Jesus' emphatic teachings on wealth and poverty, repentance and forgiveness, and the role of women in Jesus' ministry.
     

 
Deuteronomy Smyth & Helwys Bible CommentaryDeuteronomy Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
Mark Biddle

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Deuteronomy, the last and widely considered the most influential of the five books of the Pentateuch, preserves the three addresses Moses delivered to the people of Israel just prior to his death and their entry into the promised land. Its name, which means "second law," represented a reiteration, explication, and, to a degree, expansion, of the sole covenant between God and Israel. It was a reinterpretation of the law designed to meet the needs of a new generation facing a new future.

Mark E. Biddle is professor of Old Testament at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. His other publications include A Redaction History of Jeremiah 2:1-4:2, Polyphony and Symphony: Rereading Jeremiah 7-20, numerous articles, and several translations.


     

1 & 2 Samuel Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary1 & 2 Samuel Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
Tony W. Cartledge
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Returning to the ground of the highly successful first volume in the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary, Walter Brueggemann’s 1&2 Kings, scholar, writer, and preacher Tony Cartledge explores the beginnings of kingship in Israel. From the counsel of Samuel through the determination of Saul to the towering figure of David, this commentary thoughtfully considers the debt that our religious and literary heritage owes to the books of 1&2 Samuel. Cartledge describes and analyzes the events in these books as central to the preservation of the traditions that influence the remainder of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. Written in commentary form with the addition of numerous insights and visuals drawn from the worlds of art, archaeology, literature, history, and geography, 1&2 Samuel opens up the biblical text in significant and faithful ways.

Tony W. Cartledge served for 26 years as a pastor in Georgia and North Carolina before becoming editor of the North Carolina Biblical Recorder in 1999. As avid about teaching as preaching, Cartledge specialized in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Duke University. He has taught as an adjunct professor, and has written for a variety of homiletical and scholarly publications. His goal in writing is to confront the academic issues involved in serious Bible study in a readable and practical format.
     

 
1 & 2 Kings                        Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary1 & 2 Kings Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
Walter Brueggemann
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The Old Testament provides peculiarly powerful ways of thinking and seeing. Brueggemann considers the artistry of 1 & 2 Kings as it mediates between history and faith. He has spent many years engaged with the artistry and imagination of the Old Testament, pondering the ways of power in church and society and he makes clear that those issues of power in the ancient texts still pertain to contemporary times. The commentary proceeds text-by-text, special focus is placed upon Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, and Josiah as models of faith. Brueggemann provides a guide for the reader to maneuver between flat history and absolute faith. In commentary form, 1 & 2 Kings invites the reader to view fresh ways of faithful insight and wisdom.
 
Walter Brueggemann is the William Marcellus McPheddeis Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Georgia
     

 
Proverbs-Ecclesiastes Smyth & Helwys Bible CommentaryProverbs-Ecclesiastes Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
Milton P. Horne
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Drawing from recent scholarly studies in the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, these commentaries incorporate a reading of the books with a view toward connectivity and theological reflection. In addition to the imaginative artwork used for illustration, readers will find a broad appeal to contemporary literature and authors as touchstones for applied reflection. Because of their use of universal concepts and images, these books from the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible may be some of the most relevant biblical writings for the contemporary setting. For this reason readers are invited to recontextualize, through the perspectives of contemporary literature, the wise council of Israel's ancient sages.

Milton P. Horne is professor of religion at William Jewell College, where he has taught in the religion department since 1986. In addition to teaching, Horne provided the college with curricular leadership from 1995-2001 as Associate Dean for General Education, coordinating Jewell's integrated, interdisciplinary "Responsible Self" general education curriculum. His present position with the Partee Center for Baptist Historical Studies aims to expand the center's work to include an educational initiative on Christian faith and Liberal Arts Education.


     

 
Jeremiah Smyth & Helwys Bible CommentaryJeremiah Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
Terence E. Fretheim
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Jeremiah is a commentary on a prophetic book that presents many difficult literary, historical, and theological issues for the reader. After a lengthy introduction, this commentary works with sections as a whole, rather than proceeding verse by verse. The commentary focuses on literary and theological issues with the added intention of providing thoughtful reflections for those who would preach and teach these texts.


Terence E. Fretheim is Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN.He is interested in biblical-theological issues and their implications for the faith and life of the church. He is author of numerous articles and books, including The Suffering of God: An Old Testament Perspective, and commentaries on Genesis, Exodus, Kings, the Pentateuch and Interpreting the Lessons of the Church-Pentecoste I.


     

 
Romans Smyth & Helwys Bible CommentaryRomans Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
Charles H. Talbert
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Romans was written to deal with the particular historical problem of the relations between Jewish and Gentile Christians in Rome. The function of Paul’s gospel was to unify these two, while its content was a theology that placed Jew and Gentile on an equal footing, both in their sin and in their salvation. Sometimes a modern situation corresponds to Paul’s original one. In such a case, Romans speaks directly. Most of the time, modern situations are different from those in Paul’s time. Romans still speaks. Although the content of Romans was elaborated in a particular cultural context, its applicability goes far beyond the original milieu, as Christian history has amply demonstrated. Distinguished biblical scholar Charles Talbert’s Romans leads readers into the biblical world of Paul’s Letter to the Romans, while at the same time it seeks to open our ears to the lasting truth of God’s word for today.

Charles H. Talbert is Distinguished Professor of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He serves as editor of the Reading the New Testament series and is author of Reading Luke, Reading John, Reading Acts, and Reading Corinthians in that series.
     


 
Hebrews-James: Smyth & Helwys Bible CommentaryHebrews-James: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
Edgar V. McKnight & Christopher Church
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In his commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews, New Testament scholar Edgar McKnight explores the two aspects of Hebrews as covenant--the appeal to the perfection and finality of Jesus Christ and the exhortation to faithfulness based on that appeal. He also highlights the interpretative strategies of the author--strategies that are often strange to modern readers. By bringing the ancient text into the world of present readers and to take readers back to the world of Hebrews, we are able to frame the author's treatment of the problems of our spiritual ancestors from the perspective of our modern world and problems presented in our pilgrimage.

In his accompanying commentary on the Letter of James, New Testament scholar Christopher Church presents the letter as something of a biblical and historical fossil, a surviving representative of a once-flourishing Jewish Christianity. The Letter of James exposes a form of early Christianity distinct from the Pauline line that later predominated. In the picture that is created of this early Christian community, we find concerns over ethical responsibility and social justice that still serve to define Christian communities today.


Research Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Religion at Furman University, Edgar McKnight is author of Reading the Bible Today and author or editor of more than a dozen books in biblical studies.

Christopher Church serves as Professor of Philosophy & Religion at the Baptist College of Health Sciences (Memphis, TN) as well as Ethics Consultant for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where he chairs the clinical Ethics Committee. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


     

Revelation--Book and CD-ROMRevelation--Book and CD-ROM
Mitchell G. Reddish
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This writing by John is the strangest and most puzzling literature in the New Testament. It is a work that teases and tantalizes the imagination; a work that often obscures as much as it reveals. Yet if Revelation is the most enigmatic of the New Testament writings, it is also one of the most powerful. It challenges its readers to be faithful servants of God, demanding unswerving loyalty to the God "who is, who was, and who is to come." John's visions contain strong words of warning and judgment. At the same time, Revelation presents a message of comfort, offering images of hope and assurance in the midst of uncertainty and despair.

This commentary, part of the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary series, uses a three-fold format for each section of the biblical text: (1) a commentary section containing critical analysis and interpretation; (2) a section that makes connections between the text and the modern reader by suggesting contemporary applications; and (3) special interest material related to the text. Also included is a CD-ROM containing all the text and images of the volume in a searchable format.
     

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