Designed for teachers, both for adults and children, this commentary is broken up into teachable sections, and includes helpful ideas on how to teach any passage of the Bible. It asks and answers questions like:
- What does this passage teach?
- How can I make this truth plain?
- What is the best way to help students apply this teaching?
- What is God saying to me in this passage?
- What is the context of the passage? (how the passage fits with what is before and after it)
- Where can I find other passages which develop this theme?
- How can I make the teaching interesting and interactive for students?
- How can I help students really understand?
W.A. Criswell calls this commentary a "succinct insight into the Scriptures" and urges churches to "get one for every teacher in your Sunday school." Overview of The Bible Teacher's Commentary by Lawrence Richards:
- A one-volume look at the entire Bible from a teaching perspective
- Theologically conservative
- Uses the New International Version (NIV) predominantly, but also quotes extensively from the New American Standard (NASB), the King James Version (KVJ), the Living Bible (TLB), and The New Testament in Modern English, by J.B. Phillips
- A section-by-section exposition of themes and background, with an emphasis on teaching
- Non-technical (no knowledge of Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic necessary)
- Defines key biblical and theological terms and references the Victor Bible Knowledge Commentary for more in-depth study
- Geared for Bible teachers at all levels