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Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 9 1/4 X 6 X 1 1/4 (inches)
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Series: NIV Application Commentary
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Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from the twentieth century to the first century. 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 modern context. It explains not only what the Bible means but also how it can speak powerfully today. The NIV Application Commentary series helps with both halves of Bible study. It builds a bridge from the past to the world we live in -- explaining not only what the Bible meant, but also how it can speak powerfully today.
George H. Guthrie (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. As a specialist in New Testament and Greek, he is the author of numerous articles and four books including the volume Hebrews in the NIV Application Commentary series.
The NIV Application Commentary Series doesn't fool around: it gets right down to business, brining this ancient and powerful word of God into the present so that it can be heard and believed with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend's embrace.
The NIV Application Commentary Series helps pastors and Bible teachers with one the most neglected elements in good preaching--accurate, useful application. Most commentaries tell you a few things that are helpful and much that you do not need to know. By dealing with the original meaning and contemporary significance of each passage, the NIV Application Commentary Series promises to be helpful all the way around.
James Montgomery Boice
Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible's timeless message speak to this generation.
Here, at last, is a commentary that makes the proper circuit from the biblical world to main street. The NIV Application Commentary is magnificent gift to the church.
College Church, Wheaton, IL
Here at last is a commentary which is not only academically well informed but which helps the contemporary reader hear God's word and consider its implications; scholarship in the service of the church.
If you want to avoid hanging applicational elephants from interpretive threads, then the NIV Application Commentary Series is for you. This series excels at both original meaning and contemporary significance. I support it one hundred percent.
Howard J. Hendricks,
Dallas Theological Seminary
This is the pulpit for the 21st Century
George K. Brushaber,
President, Bethel College & Seminary
It takes more than interpretation of God's word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in teaching and preaching. Without it, we've missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing "doers of the word".
The NIV Application Commentary Series shares the same goal that has been the passion of my own ministry--communicating God's word to a contemporary audience so that they feel the full impact of its message.
Willow Creek Community Church
This series dares to go where few scholars have gone before--into the real life world of biblical application faced by pastors and teachers everyday. This is everything a good commentary series should be.
Pastor, Wooddale Church
Some commentaries build walls that isolate you back in the ancient world. The NIV Application Commentary builds bridges that make the Bible come alive with meaning for contemporary life--and the series do so concisely, clearly, and accurately. No wasted words or academic detours--just solid help and practical truth.
Warren W. Weirsbe
DaveVancouver, WAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Extremely helpful approach to the study of HebrewsSeptember 25, 2012DaveVancouver, WAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The author displays fine scholarship yet gives understandable material that is easily assimilated. The unique quality of explaining the Biblical text within the arena of the culture of when it was written then bridging that culture to our own contempoary setting makes this commentary extremely valuable in presenting important applications to a Christians daily life.
being heardYoung Harris, GAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A well-written, well-researched commentaryFebruary 10, 2012being heardYoung Harris, GAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is exactly the kind of commentary I wanted to use in teaching a special study in Hebrews. The NIV Application Commentary series format of Original Meaning, Bridging Contexts, and Contemporary Significance is very helpful in presenting not only the truth of Scripture, but the context for the original reader and the application for today's generation. The Contemporary Significance sections sometime seems a little long and labored, but I guess it depends on how you want to use the study. Guthrie's credentials in writing on the daunting letter of Hebrews are excellent, and he has a pleasant and enlightening style of writing.
Andrew Kikkert5 Stars Out Of 5September 28, 2010Andrew KikkertThis commentary has been the most helpful commentary I have found in assisting me in preparing sermons with direct application for my church. An outstanding resource.
Buddy Boone5 Stars Out Of 5October 17, 2001Buddy BooneThe NIVAC series varies more than most because of the diversity of the contributors and the awful format. However, there are several volumes that are outstanding in spite of the format and George Guthrie's work is clearly one of the best in the series. Dr. Guthrie has provided us with much help in understanding the structure of Hebrews which has a profound influence on how we understand the sermon/letter. There is very little Greek help in the work, but it is very enlightening when used along with a good technical commentary on the Greek text (e.g., Lane-WBC and Ellingworth-NIGTC). Guthrie has done a great job in making the best of a goofy format. Whoever came up with the idea for the NIVAC series should know that a good commentary does what this series was intended to do, but without butchering the exegesis. Having said that, I want to be clear that many of the volumes in this series are worth having due simply to the outstanding scholarship of the contributors.
Tim5 Stars Out Of 5April 1, 2001TimTremendously helpful for understanding the complex text of Hebrews. Accurate and careful without being overwhelmingly deep. It's worth the price of the book just to get Guthrie's outline of Hebrews. Application sections are OK but not great.