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Genesis,  Interpretation CommentaryGenesis, Interpretation Commentary
Walter Brueggemann
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In this clear and readable style Walter Brueggemann presents Genesis as a single book set within the context of the whole of biblical revelation. He sees his task as bringing the text close to the faith and ministry of the church. He interprets Genesis as a proclamation of God's decisive dealing with creation rather than as history of myth. Brueggemann's impressive perspective illuminates the study of the first book of the Bible.
     

Exodus, Interpretation CommentaryExodus, Interpretation Commentary
Terence E. Fretheim
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This volume in the Interpretation series competently steers preachers and teachers through theological and literary difficulties in the second book of Moses. Fretheim begins by reviewing issues of faith and history, drawing out ways in which the Hebrew story of redemption can be applied to modern Christian experience. In his commentary, he pays special attention to the significance of the hardening of Pharaoh's heart, the relationship between law and narrative, and the shaping of literature by liturgy.
     

Leviticus, Interpretation CommentaryLeviticus, Interpretation Commentary
Samuel E. Balentine
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This volume focuses on the history of Israel during the time when Israel's life was marked by the various ritual sacrifices and observances commanded by God for the ordering of the nation's life. It brings an understanding of what the text says into dialogue with the critical questions and problems of contemporary life and faith. This commentary was planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, and is a contribution to the general ministry of the Word in today's world.
     

Numbers, Interpretation CommentaryNumbers, Interpretation Commentary
Dennis Olson
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(PUBWestminster/John Knox)Numbers recounts the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness until the people of Israel reached the promised land. Many of these stories (e.g., the murmuring of Aaron and Miriam, the manna from heaven, Moses' striking of the rock to obtain water, and Balaam's ass) are rich material for preaching and teaching. 208 pages, hardcover.
     

Deuteronomy, Interpretation CommentaryDeuteronomy, Interpretation Commentary
Patrick D. Miller
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The book of Deuteronomy self-consciously addresses different generations of readers---creating unusual problems in understanding and interpretation. Patrick Miller steers preachers and teachers through these difficulties, carefully discussing the nature and character of the law, the nature of the moral life under God, and even the place of Deuteronomy in the New Testament. 276 pages, hardcover from John Knox.
     

First and Second Samuel: Interpretation Bible Commentary [IBC]First and Second Samuel: Interpretation Bible Commentary [IBC]
Walter Brueggemann
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With critical scholarship and theological sensitivity, Walter Brueggemann traces the people of God through the books of Samuel as they shift from marginalized tribalism to oppressive monarchy. He carefully opens the literature of the books, sketching a narrative filled with historical realism but also bursting with an awareness that more than human action is being presented. Finding three influences essential to the books of Samuel, Brueggeman explores the influence of political power, social pressure, technological possibilites; the influence of David's personality; and the influence of Yahweh. Brueggemann uses literary analysis to show how the writer of Samuel describes God's actions in human history. He is not so much interested in how the books of Samuel were put together, as in how they communicate God's care to his people.
     

1st & 2nd Kings, Interpretation Commentary1st & 2nd Kings, Interpretation Commentary
Richard Nelson
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The Interpreter's Bible Commentary is a modern treatment of the scriptures designed to help preachers better communicate the Bible. This volume on 1 and 2 Kings by Richard Nelson begins with an introductory section which discusses the structure of the book especially as it relates to early Hebrew narrative, the theology of Kings and the audience for which it was intended. The commentary is an analysis of the text and a practical help for sermon preparation.
     

Ezra-Nehemiah, Interpretation CommentaryEzra-Nehemiah, Interpretation Commentary
Mark Throntvait
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Many commentaries on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah wallow in historical speculation: which man came first? When did Ezra travel to Jerusalem? What route did he take? Such questions don't much help preachers and teachers trying to explain the texts to others! In the clear Interpretation format, Throntveit's commentary emphasizes Ezra-Nehemiah's character as narrative and story. His approach enables you to communicate the meaning of the text without having to ''rearrange'' it to make sense.
     

Job, Interpretation CommentaryJob, Interpretation Commentary
J. Gerald Janzen
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A literary examination of the Book of Job within the context of Israel's religious history and the broader framework of the universal human condition. Approaching the character of Job from such a perspective enables Janzen to expound on the mystery of good and evil, the experiential suffering of humanity, and more. 273 pages, hardcover from Westminster John Knox.
     

Psalms, Interpretation CommentaryPsalms, Interpretation Commentary
James L. Mays
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Psalms by James L. Mays is part of the Interpretation series published by John Knox Press. This volume covers all of the psalms in 457 pages. Each psalm is given a discussion which does not exceed eight pages, and some are given one page at most. The format is terse, not notated, and is designed for teaching or preaching. The biblical text is the NRSV translation (not included), and the comments are by a person who has spent considerable time teaching the subject at the college/seminary level. The book is not written from an evangelical stand point, but is pointed toward helping the pastor/teacher reach his/her audience with the aspects of biblical usage of a given psalm.
     


Isaiah 1-39, Interpretation CommentaryIsaiah 1-39, Interpretation Commentary
Christopher Seitz
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This unique commentary allows the interpretation of Isaiah 1-39 to be guided by the final form of the whole book of Isaiah. It focuses on the theological aspects of Isaiah, giving special attention to the role of literary context. Christopher Seitz explores structural and organizational concerns as clues to the editorial intention of the final form of the material, which he argues is both intelligible and an intended result of the efforts of those who gave shape to the present form of the book. He speaks of the "presentation" of Isaiah (the way in which the prophet and his message have been shaped for posterity), and shows how many structural indications provide clues to interpretation. Seitz casts light upon the larger shape of the entire book of Isaiah.

Christopher R. Seitz is Professor of Old Testament and Theological Studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
     


Isaiah 40-66, Interpretation CommentaryIsaiah 40-66, Interpretation Commentary
Paul D. Hanson
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(PUBWestminster/John Knox)The Professor of Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School delves into Second Isaiah's beautiful poetic argument for a loving and caring God and how his creatures fit into the unfolding of history and the Messianic last days. 272 pages, hardcover.
     

Jeremiah, Interpretation CommentaryJeremiah, Interpretation Commentary
Ronald Clements
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In this addition to the popular Interpretation commentary series, Clements draws an intensely moving portrait of Jeremiah, one that often conflicts with the conventional image of earlier commentaries. Having witnessed the loss of his most treasured religious supports, Jeremiah discovered that the only secure foundation of hope is in God. True to the Interpretation format, Clements helps preachers and teachers make effective parallels between Jeremiah's situation and today's spiritual issues. 276 Pages. Hardcover from John Knox Press.

R.E. Clements is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament Studies, King's College, University of London.
     


Ezekiel, Interpretation CommentaryEzekiel, Interpretation Commentary
Joseph Blenkinsopp
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Ezekiel is one of the longest and most complex prophetic books---it's difficult to understand and to teach. This new Interpretation volume begins by explaining how to read prophecy. Then Blenkinsopp analyzes Ezekiel's structure and deciphers its language. The commentary proper focuses on the political and social situation in Ezekiel's time, showing how the destruction of Jerusalem precipitated a political and religious crisis. This clearly-drawn map through Ezekiel will hearten any teacher! Hardcover from John Knox, 288 pages.
     

Daniel, Interpretation CommentaryDaniel, Interpretation Commentary
W. Sibley Towner
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The Interptretation Bible Commentary Series is designed to help the modern pastor better communicate the scriptures. This volume on Daniel by W. Sibley Towner begins with an introductory section which discusses the audience, structure, literary elements and characters as well as theology of the book. The commentary is not scholarly but focuses on helping the preacher better communicate the meaning of the text. This is a good text for any minister.
     

Hosea - Micah, Interpretation CommentaryHosea - Micah, Interpretation Commentary
James Limburg
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In this important addition to the Interpretation Series, Limburg introduces the minor prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah. Offering a fresh perspective for preachers and teachers, Limburg interprets the words of the prophets in light of today's world, with emphasis on the major themes of peace and justice, Messiah and mission, love and forgiveness. Hardcover.
     

Nahum-Malachi Interpretation CommentaryNahum-Malachi Interpretation Commentary
Elizabeth Achtemeier
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Elizabeth Achtemeier examines the often-neglected Minor Prophets and explains them as they reflect the church at worship and at work. She sets the Minor Prophets in their canonical context emphasizing the relationship between the message of these prophets and the New Testament. Unique in the use of brief quotations from great preachers' sermons on the prophets, Nahum-Malachi is enriched with the vast insightful store of homiletical interpretation available today.

The Interpretation commentaries are written specifically for teachers and preachers in the local church through the means of expository essays. Each volume is based on the Revised Standard Version. The comments deal with whole portions or sections of the text which is used in teaching rather than individual verses or words. The series main attempts are to present the central purpose of each Biblical Book, to show its use in the liturgical traditions, and its significance for Christian ethics and theology.
     
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