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The first in a new series entitled The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible, this volume present penetrating analyses of the Gospels and Acts through the lens of apologetics.

A periscope based commentary-a commentary that highlights the most relevant components of sections of Scripture rather than individual verses-commentaries in this series equip readers to defend the reliability of Scripture and the historical evangelical understanding of the Bible's teachings. It is designed for use by all readers, though pastors and scholars will find it an immensely helpful resource as well. Moreover, as a commentary series created under the rubric of 'apologetics' it addresses those difficult passages that believers and non-believers find pressing and most problematic.

The Four Gospels and the book of Acts tell the story of Jesus' life and the birth of Christianity. Are these stories true history or just religious fiction? Christians accept the stories as true and say that the entire Bible is a reliable communication inspired by God. Against this, non-Christians have argued that the Bible is a book of legends, myths, and historical inaccuracies-just another example of human religious endeavor. In this new volume, four world-class New Testament scholars address challenges to the reliability of the Gospels and Acts. In order to identify the most important challenges, the authors drew from the literature of skeptics and New Testament critics, plus they included questions that many Christians ask as well. The result is the most comprehensive defense of the Gospels and Acts in recent memory.

Features:
  • Pericope-by-pericope examination
  • Strong focus on most controversial/difficult individual verses
  • Through outline of the major issues, challenges, and obstacles right from the beginning
  • Solid representations of critical, skeptical, and opposing points-biblically and historically grounded responses
  • High view of Scripture

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 800
Vendor: Holman Reference
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.81 (inches)
ISBN: 0805495304
ISBN-13: 9780805495300
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Series: Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible

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Publisher's Description

The most comprehensive volume ever produced in defense of the Gospels and Acts
 
The four Gospels and the book of Acts tell stories of Jesus’ life and the birth of Christianity. Are these stories true history or just religious fiction? Christians accept the stories as true and say that the entire Bible is a reliable communication inspired by God. Against this, non-Christians have argued that the Bible is a book of legends, myths, and historical inaccuracies—just another example of human religious endeavor. In this volume, four world-class New Testament scholars address challenges to the reliability of the Gospels and Acts. In order to identify the most important challenges, the authors drew from the literature of skeptics and New Testament critics, plus they included questions that many Christians ask as well. The result is the most comprehensive defense of the Gospels and Acts that has ever been published.
 
The primary purpose of the Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible is to equip readers to defend the reliability of Scripture and the historic evangelical understanding of its teachings. It is designed for use by general readers, though scholars will find it a probing and welcome resource as well. A secondary purpose is to encourage awareness and discussion of Bible difficulties that are not commonly mentioned from the pulpit or even the seminary lectern.
 
This is not a verse-by-verse commentary. The authors were provided an index that identified verses known to be relevant to the topics of apologetics and biblical reliability. They restricted their comments to these verses, plus any others that they recognized as germane to the aims of this project. Typically, each commentary note begins by stating the challenge or challenges regarding the text at hand. We attempt to state the case in all its potency, as a critic would state it. This approach takes seriously the critical viewpoint and helps ensure that the reader feels the full weight of the challenge. The contributors take each challenge seriously and seek to describe viable solutions that support faith and align with a high view of Scripture.

Author Bio

Michael J. Wilkins is Distinguished Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Dean of the Faculty, Talbot School of Theology, LaMirada, CA.

Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Darrell L. Bock is executive director of Cultural Engagement and senior research professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary.

Andreas J. Köstenberger is senior professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC and director of acquisitions, B&H Academic.


Editorial Reviews

Jesus said, “your word is truth,” and this invaluable Bible commentary answers questions and objections to that claim. Pastors, students, and laypeople will be encouraged and strengthened as they see that the historical and philosophical objections to the four gospels and book of Acts lack credibility.
 
Tom Schreiner
Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


The Holman Apologetics Commentaryon the Bible is a splendid series that I am very pleased to recommend. Students, pastors, campus workers, professors, and any serious-minded Christian will profit greatly from it. Indeed, it is a resource for all truth-seekers!
 
Paul Copan
Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University


This is a much-needed and immensely valuable resource. The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible: Gospels and Acts is written by leading scholars in the field who have a knack for answering tough questions in a way that is highly academic and yet understandable and helpful to the non-specialist as well. Get a copy, study it, and find practical ways to communicate its truth to our generation.

Sean McDowell
Director of Worldview Ministries
 
 
This is the commentary I have been waiting for. Finally, there's a one-volume resource on the Gospels and Acts written by leading New Testament scholars, familiar with the latest scholarship and challenges, and focused on defending the consistency and reliability of the earliest biographies of Jesus. You won't find trivial answers here! Rather, you will learn how to engage the biblical text in a thoughtful way that takes context and the complexities of history seriously. Read this commentary and watch your confidence in the biblical text grow. I will be recommending this book to my students and anyone else who has questions about the Gospels.
 
Jonathan Morrow
Author of Welcome to College and founder of ThinkChristianly.org
 
 
Discussions about the truth of Christianity often center around the Gospels and Acts. Wouldn't it be nice to have a single volume that includes discussions pertaining to authorship, date of composition, available manuscripts, potential contradictions and texts for which much dispute exists? To my knowledge, no such book existed . . . until now! This team of top-flight scholars has produced a first-of-its-kind volume that will be a welcome resource for many years to come. 
 
Mike Licona
Associate Professor in Theology, Houston Baptist University


This is a serious project produced by first-rate scholars. As I began paging through, I noticed that many of the questions I've had about particular passages were addressed with focus and careful discussion that often doesn’t make it into other commentaries. I find the authors to address many, many passages in the Bible that are strange, obscure, and otherwise difficult to understand. The writers show an unflinching engagement with critical scholarship. Frequently the explanation includes helpful background from extrabiblical writings and early church sources. The scholar and others who are interested in understanding the Bible will find much that is valuable to sort out the Gospels and Acts. At a length of 764 pages plus bibliography, this project goes a long way to open up the Bible for clear understanding of even the strangest passages.  
 
John McKinley
Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Biola University 
 
As I looked over the excellent new volume of the Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible, I asked myself, “Why hasn't someone thought of this idea before?” Here the curious Christian or the skeptic can find commentaries on books of the Bible that focus on issues of trustworthiness and historical accuracy. Also, doctrinal issues raised by potentially confusing texts are addressed head on. These volumes are written by faithful Christian scholars with an eye to the edification of the non-specialist. Highly recommended.
 
Rob Plummer
Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


This work is a well-written and useful commentary written by exceptionally qualified scholars. I know of no commentary like it, which deals with some of the most difficult passages in the Gospels and Acts and provides solid research confirming the reliability of the text. The discussion on Luke 2:1, one of the most difficult issues in the book of Luke regarding the accuracy of the text, is probably the most thorough and well-researched response to this passage for some time. Those wanting to do careful research on the reliability of the text of the New Testament now have a substantial resource that they can consult.
 
Paul Wegner
Professor of Old Testament Studies, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary 


The Gospel and Acts volume of The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible provides, in a single book, a treasure trove of answers and resources for the defense of the reliability of Scripture as well as in-depth analysis of many so-called “Bible difficulties.” This is a book that will help the pastor, strengthen the student, and point the lost to the Truth. I am grateful to have it on my shelf.
 
Jason G. Duesing
Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
 
 
Of the writing of Bible commentaries there is no end. However, the Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible stands out as a uniquely helpful resource. By focusing on those portions of the biblical text most questioned by skeptics, this commentary series will equip pastors and other Christian leaders to defend the truthfulness of Scripture in a postmodern and increasingly post-Christian context. This is the right commentary series for our present age. Highly recommended.
 
Nathan A. Finn
Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


The authority of Scripture—challenged more stridently in the early 21st century than ever—is closely tied to its reliability. Prepared by highly regarded New Testament scholars, this careful volume provides a robust yet nuanced discussion of issues presented by “higher critics” whose writings have often undermined belief in the reliability of the Gospels and Acts. The helpful format enables pastors and other serious Bible students easily to identify “problem issues” for any particular passage and to engage scholarship from all points of the theological spectrum. I welcome this resource as a great tool to assist articulating the reliability and authority of the Bible, and I look forward to other volumes in the series.
 
Kendell H. Easley
Professor of Biblical Studies, Union University


The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible is an amazing tool for pastors and students. Many commentaries, in an effort to address a wide variety of topics and concerns, fail to adequately address many of the questions that people are asking. Finally, there is a resource that provides clear and concise answers to these tough questions. I highly recommend this valuable resource.
 
Benjamin L. Merkle
Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
 
 
If you’re looking for an apologetics commentary to feast upon, you’ve found it. The Holman Apologetics Commentary On The Bible has the necessary ingredients for greatness. Written by first-rate scholars. Reliable, readable, and digestible! Bone appétit!
 
Bobby Conway
Creator of The One Minute Apologist and Lead Pastor at Life Fellowship Church in Charlotte, NC. 
 
 
The further we delve into a post-Christian world, the firmer our feet need to be rooted in Holy Scripture. The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible serves as a unique resource to this end as it provides a textually driven approach to apologetics, wherein the issues that are addressed come directly from the Bible and the conclusions that are provided show deep respect for the internal consistency of God’s Word. This is an intellectually edifying and spiritually satisfying work that will strengthen the church for years to come.
 
Anthony Chute
Associate Dean of the School of Christian Ministries and Associate Professor of Church History, California Baptist University

 

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    The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible (HACB) is an ambitious commentary series that looks to interact with the various shades of contemporary challenges to the Bible and the biblical worldview. The primary purpose of the HACB is to equip readers to defend the reliability of Scripture and the historic evangelical understanding of its teachings (p. 1). This series is designed to be used primarily by general readers such as pastors, students, and laymen. Although scholars and teachers will be certain to welcome the series considering the lineup for the inaugural volume, The Gospels and Acts, which includes, Michael Wilkins on Matthew, Craig Evans on Mark, Darrell Bock on Luke and Acts, and Andreas Kstenberger on John.

    The content of the present volume is superb and unparalleled among apologetic literature written in the defense of the Gospels and Acts. Still there are at least two things that should be noted about the commentary. First, this is not a traditional verse-by-verse commentary. According to the General Editor, Jeremy Royal Howard, the authors were provided an index that identified verses known to be relevant to the topics of apologetics and biblical reliability. They restricted their comments to these verses, plus any others that they recognized as germane to the aims of this project (p. 6). Second, the comments on each passage are concise and specific, and may result in the reader being unsatisfied and wishing another perspective or topic was addressed (i.e. there is no discussion surrounding the Islamic argument against the deity of Jesus from Matthew 21:18-22 or Mark 11:12-14). But at roughly 800 pages, this will be few and far between. Typically, the comments are narrowly aimed at specific issues related to apologetics or biblical reliability, which is stated at the offset of the comment, though some passages may require multiple issues to be addressed and are treated accordingly.

    Overall the reader will be very pleased with the HACB The Gospels and Acts. It sets out to accomplish a much-needed task in our post-postmodern context, and it delivers tremendously. If I had to make any suggestions it would be the addition of a cross-reference system to identify parallel passages to point the reader to other entries that may address the topic(s) from a different angle. Although the Subject Index (pp. 789-796) provides the reader with a wealth of navigational insight for the various topics covered and where they can be found in the volume.



    One of the most exciting things about our present day is the breadth of biblical commentaries available to the average reader. What this has done in our current context is force scholars and publishers to think outside of the box as they survey the landscape of biblical commentaries to construct new projects that better serve specific needs of the contemporary reader. It is within this reality that The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible: The Gospels and Acts should find a welcome place on the shelf of every pastor, teacher, student, and layman.

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