|Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you chapter by chapter through all the books of the New Testament. Its like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. Youll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus. Youll discover the close, sometimes startling interplay between Gods kingdom and the practical affairs of the church. Best of all, youll gain a deepened awareness of the Bibles relevance for your life.|
Written in a clear, engaging style, this beautiful commentary provides a new and accessible approach that more technical expository and exegetical commentaries dont offer. It features:
Commentary based on relevant papyri, inscriptions, archaeological discoveries, and studies of Judaism, Roman culture, Hellenism, and other features of the world of the New Testament
Hundreds of full-color photographs, color illustrations, and line drawings
Copious maps, charts, and timelines
Sidebar articles and insights
Reflections on the Bibles relevance for 21st-century living
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