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How Is Youngblood's new "Jonah" Commentary (HMS) Distinct?

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9780310282990Last week Zondervan Academic was pleased to introduce the a new commentary series on the Old Testament, the Hearing the Message of Scripture series. This new series serves pastors and teachers in their study of the Old Testament by helping them better understand and convey the meaning behind each text.

Today we are highlighting Kevin J. Youngblood and his new commentary on the Book of Jonah. In the video below Youngblood explains how his commentary is distinctive among the field of Jonah commentaries.

As he explains, the distinctiveness rests in "the primary method by which it arrives at the message and the structure of the Book of Jonah as a whole." He goes on to explain how recent work in Jonah has focused around the grammar of the text and how that grammar operates at levels higher than just the sentences.

Youngblood applies grammatical criticism to clauses, paragraphs, and larger units, and demonstrates how these support the biblical author’s primary message. Such an approach serves to unify and bring focus to Jonah in a distinctive way.

If you download the PDF sample from Youngblood's new Jonah commentary, you'll get a sense for how such a method accentuates the primary point of the biblical text, and how the author of Jonah makes that point. And below Youngblood further explains how his commentary will help you quickly grasp the big ideas of the passages and how they fit in its larger context.

(Can't see the video? Watch it here)

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