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Publication Date: 2016
Series: Story of God Bible Commentary
A new commentary for todays world, The Story of God Bible Commentary explains and illuminates each passage of Scripture in light of the Bibles grand story. The first commentary series to do so, SGBC offers a clear and compelling exposition of biblical texts, guiding readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out the Bible in their own contexts. Its story-centric approach is idea for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and all who want to understand the Bible in todays world.
SGBC is organized into three easy-to-use sections, designed to help readers live out Gods story: Listen to the Story; Explain the Story; and Live the Story.
Praise for SGBC:
"The easy-to-use format and practical guidance brings Gods grand story to modern-day life so anyone can understand how it applies today."Andy Stanley
"Opens up the biblical story in ways that move us to act."Darrell L. Bock
"It makes the text sing and helps us hear the story afresh."John Ortberg
"This commentary breaks new ground."Craig L. Blomberg
Michael F. Bird (PhD, University of Queensland) is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission; The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective; Evangelical Theology; Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts: A moderate Case for Gender Equality in Ministry and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views. He is also a co-blogger of the New Testament blog "Euangelion."
Scot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed as well as The King Jesus Gospel, A Fellowship of Differents, One.Life, The Blue Parakeet, and Kingdom Conspiracy.
John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Do you need another commentary on Romans? I dont know. But you certainly need this one!March 6, 2016John M KightMichiganAge: 25-34Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Story of God Bible Commentary is an exciting and practical commentary series that seeks to explain the biblical text in light of the grand story of the biblical narrative. The editors and contributors for this series are top-tier scholars with seasoned insight and experience into the world of biblical interpretation and proclamationmaking this series an attractive addition to the ministers library. Most recently, Romans by Michael F. Bird, adds a much anticipated and sizable volume to this growing series.
Bird opens the volume with a brief introduction. Attention is directed towards the standard introductory material, but it is curated in such a way as to position it within the overall theme of the series. As the commentary proper opens the reader is guided passage-by-passage through three major sections: (1) LISTEN to the Storyincludes the NIV translation with additional references to encourage the reader to hear the story within its broader biblical context, (2) EXPLAIN the Storyexplores and illuminates each passage within its canonical and historical setting, and (3) LIVE the Storyreflects how each passage can be lived today and includes contemporary stories and illustration to aid teachers, preachers, and beyond.
Despite the possibility of some foreseen theological and interpretive disagreements, I think the reader will find the commentary itself to be extremely useful. Bird is well-informed in regards to the contemporary theological conversations that surround the Book of Romans, and his writing style is fresh and engaging. I found the Live the Story section to be helpful, but it was a bit inconsistent in this respectmeaning some passages are better than others. Where I found Bird to really shine was the Explain the Story section. Bird is consistently helpful here, and his clever illustrations and humorous wit keep the reader engaged throughout. Theologically, I found Bird to be significantly more sensitive to the issues surrounding the New Perspective on Paul than myself, and I presume the same will be true for other readers as well. Still, his interaction was well worth reading. The reader will sense an unusual acquaintance with Bird while reading his commentary, and I found that his conversational tone really bolstered his intentions therein.
Commentaries on the Book of Romans are almost more plentiful than the sand of the sea. Do we really need to add another commentary to the already mountainous pile? Is there anything worth unearthing that hasnt already seen the sun? These are good and appropriate questions to ask. But a sufficient answer isnt as easy as it may seem. The Story of God Bible Commentary: Romans by Michael F. Bird is a unique contribution that offers a unified presentation of one of the most important Pauline epistles within the grand scope of the biblical narrative. Bird is well-informed and easy to read, and any lack of distinctive interpretive contribution is made up for in his keen ability to keep sight of the whole amid the details. Moreover, Bird does well in distilling the technical jargon that plagues much of the preexisting mountain of Romans material into a practical package that almost anyone can enjoy and understand. Do you need another commentary on Romans? I dont know. But you certainly need this one!
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.