How to Apply the Bible to Your Life in Four Steps
One hallmark of biblical interpretation is the meant-means distinction: we need to determine what the Bible meant (to the original author and audience, in their context and culture) before understanding what it means (to us in our context and culture).
Authors William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard echo this hermeneutical rule in Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, Third Edition, a fully updated resource to help students unravel the mysteries of interpreting Scripture.
One of those mysteries is the means side of the equation: how to apply the Bible. The authors explain that “all applications must be consistent with the meaning of passages arrived at by means of…sound hermeneutical principles” (609). But how can one make the connection between what a passage meant, as determined…
4 Major Themes in First Peter and the Story of God
Martin Luther called the letter “one of the grandest of the New Testament.” Early church fathers Clement of Rome and Polycarp of Smyrna were inspired by the letter’s consoling, hopeful words. More recently, Karen Jobes said the five-chapter General Epistle is “significant for the church,” especially the Majority World church.
I’m referring to the first letter of Peter, which has a new guide today to help its readers navigate its major themes: Dennis Edwards’ 1 Peter (The Story of God Bible Commentary series). Of this letter Edwards writes:
First Peter will assist us by affirming our Christian identity, guiding us in our relationships within and without the Christian…
Software Sale: Word Biblical Commentary Set — Save at Least $800 on WBC
Right now, the Word Biblical Commentary set is on sale at Logos, Accordance, Olive Tree, and WORDsearch software retailers.
If you act now, you will save at least $800. This is a very steep discount—you pay an average of just $6.56 per volume!
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How will the Word Biblical Commentary help you?
The WBC series will help you build deeper theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship. Gain a thorough understanding of the Bible through historical, textual, linguistic, structural, and theological discoveries collected within the series—equipping you with balanced insight into the meaning of the biblical text.
eBook Sale: New Testament Commentaries
Save up to 81% on eBook commentaries ranging from Matthew to Revelation in our biggest New Testament eBook sale of the year.
You will find deals from several popular series including:
NIV Application Commentary Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Story of God Bible Commentary Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Revised Edition) and more
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The Sermon on the Mount (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Scot McKnight is 65% off. Mark (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Mark L. Strauss is 68% off. Romans (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Michael Bird is 64% off. Ephesians (Story of God Bible Commentary) by Mark D. Roberts…
The Story of God and 1 John 3:11–18
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16)
I would imagine several sermons pivoted around this verse over the past several days celebrating Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday. It’s also the pivot verse in a passage Constantine Campbell engages in his new 1, 2, & 3 John commentary from The Story of God Bible Commentary series.
This resource offers a clear and compelling exposition of John’s epistles, as well as a guide for everyday readers in how to creatively and faithfully live out John’s lessons contextually. (Like each volume in The Story of God Bible Commentary series, Campbell explores this passage…
Who Wrote the Book of Hebrews?
When you consider the wide agreement among biblical scholars about who wrote every other book of the New Testament, it’s a little mysterious that we don’t know who wrote Hebrews.
There are a handful of contenders. Let’s take a look at the reasons each of them might be the author.
Did Paul write Hebrews?
It is possible Paul wrote the book of Hebrews. There are a couple reasons why this might be the case.
First, in the earliest manuscript editions of the New Testament books, Hebrews is included after Romans among the books written by the apostle Paul. This was taken as evidence that Paul had written it, and some Eastern churches accepted Hebrews as canonical earlier than in the West.
Second, both Clement of Alexandria (c. AD 150 – 215) and…
Hermeneutics 101: Reasons, Challenges, and Benefits of Biblical Interpretation
Almost ten years ago I was introduced to hermeneutics by William Klein, Craig Blomberg, and Robert Hubbard in the first semester of my M.Div. program. Thanks to their sturdy textbook resource I got a goodly introduction to the important practice of biblical interpretation. Which is why I’m thrilled they’ve updated and revised it!
Now in its third edition, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation offers concise, logical, and practical guidelines for discovering the truth in God’s Word. With updates and revisions throughout that keep pace with current scholarship, this guide offers the best, most up-to-date information needed to interpret Scripture.
But how are we to learn what the Bible says? How do we…
6 Major Themes in the Johannine Epistles and the Story of God
A few years ago, Zondervan Academic launched a new commentary series to explain and illuminate Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story: The Story of God Bible Commentary. Today we’re pleased to share the next volume.
Constantine Campbell’s new commentary on 1, 2, and 3 John offers a clear and compelling exposition of the Bible, as well as a guide for everyday readers in how to creatively and faithfully live it out contextually.
This commentary examines John’s teachings with an eye to the church today—the men and women who desire a deeper relationship with God, a stronger foundation for their walk, and a clearer vision for God’s working in the world beyond their immediate circle… (19)
In a few weeks we will showcase the dynamics of Campbell’s work…
Olive Tree Bible Software Sale: These Exegetical Commentaries Are for You, If…
Right now the Zondervan Exegetical Commentaries on the New Testament and Old Testament are steeply discounted (50% off) at Olive Tree Bible Software.
If you identify with one or more of these statements, this commentary series is for you:
you would like help interpreting the words of Scripture without getting bogged down in scholarly issues that seem irrelevant to the life of the church. you would like to see a visual representation (a graphical display) of the flow of thought in each passage. you would like expert guidance from solid evangelical scholars who set out to explain the meaning of the original text in the clearest way possible and to help you navigate through the main interpretive issues. you have taken Greek and would like a commentary that helps you apply what you have learned without assuming you are…
“There can be no higher Christology than that.” An article by the late Verlyn Verbrugge
In 2014 we asked our friend and teammate Verlyn Verbrugge this question: How might a pastor or teacher find value in the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis? Verlyn later passed away in 2015, and we miss him. Before he passed, Verlyn wrote the article below. This article first appeared in the free NIDNTTE Primer, but we’d like to share it here for wider readership. -The Zondervan Academic Team
My goal is to shape people’s lives, not by “5 easy steps to achieving (fill in the blank),” but by the same way people in Bible times grasped the life-changing concepts of God’s Word.
The Historic Faith eBook Sale
To quote author Justin S. Holcomb, “Obviously, Christianity did not begin when we were born… Today’s Christianity is directly affected by what earlier Christians chose to do and to believe.”
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Do You Know about These Two Unique Features of John’s Gospel?
It has been understood that John’s Gospel is a distinct chronicling of the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth. That biblical scholars have cordoned it off from the so-called Synoptic gospels bears witness to this distinction. And if you’ve spent any amount of time with the beloved disciple’s gospel you’ve probably sensed its uniqueness, too.
But do you understand some of the central features that make it distinct? Edward W. Klink III helpfully explains two such characteristics in his new John commentary (ZECNT).
Building on the pioneering work of C. H. Dodd, who “In the twentieth century … provided the most focused analysis” (53), Klink provides readers an extended introduction to two unique features of John in order to help readers interpret it rightly: dialogues and monologues. Of the former…