A companion series to the acclaimed Word Biblical Commentary.
Finding the great themes of the books of the Bible is essential to the study of God's Word and to the preaching and teaching of its truths. These themes and ideas are often like precious gems: they lie beneath the surface and can only be discovered with some difficulty. While commentaries are useful for helping readers understand the content of a verse or chapter, they are not usually designed to help the reader to trace important subjects systematically within a given book a Scripture.
The Word Biblical Themes series helps readers discover the important themes of a book of the Bible. This series distills the theological essence of a given book of Scripture and serves it up in ways that enrich the preaching, teaching, worship, and discipleship of God's people.
Volumes in this series:
- Are written by top biblical scholars
- Feature authors who wrote on the same book of the Bible for the Word Biblical Commentary series
- Distill deep and focused study on a biblical book into the most important themes and practical applications of them
- Give readers an ability to see the "big picture" of a book of the Bible by understanding what topics and concerns were most important to the biblical writers
- Help address pressing issues in the church today by showing readers see how the biblical writers approached similar issues in their day
- Are ideal for sermon preparation and for other teaching in the church
Volumes in the Word Biblical Themes: 15-Volume Set include:
- Exodus by John I. Durham
- Joshua by Trent C. Butler
- 1 and 2 Kings by T. R. Hobbs
- 1 and 2 Chronicles by Roddy L. Braun
- Psalms by Leslie C. Allen
- Isaiah by John D. W. Watts
- Daniel by John Goldingay
- Hosea-Jonah by Douglas Stuart
- Micah-Malachi by Ralph L. Smith
- John by George R. Beasley-Murray
- 1 and 2 Corinthians by Ralph P. Martin
- Philippians by Gerald F. Hawthorne
- 1 and 2 Thessalonians by Leon Morris
- 1 Peter by J. Ramsey Michaels
- 2 Peter and Jude by Richard J. Bauckham
Word Biblical Themes are an ideal resource for any reader who has used and benefited from the Word Biblical Commentary series, and will help pastors, bible teachers, and students as they seek to understand and apply God's word to their ministry and learning.
About the Authors
Leslie C. Allen is Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. Formerly he was Lecturer in Hebrew, Aramaic and Judaism at London Bible College. He holds the MA degree from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in Classics and Oriental Studies. His PhD is from the University College of London, In Hebrew. Among his publications are The Greek Chronicles Parts 1 and 2 (supplements to Vetus Testamentum) and The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah for The New International Commentary on the Old Testament, as well as the section on Psalms 101-150 in the Word Biblical Commentary and Psalms in the Word Biblical Themes series.
Richard J. Bauckham is Lecturer in the History of Christian Thought at the Univeristy of Manchester, England. He holds the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge. He has published articles in The Journal of Theological Studies, The Reformed Journal, Evangelical Quarterly, and Tyndale Bulletin, and is a specialist in the area of eschatology and apocalypticism
Dr. George R. Beasley-Murray is former Principal of Spurgeon’s College, London, and has served as James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds the M.A. from Cambridge University and the B.D., M.Th., Ph.D., and D.D. from the University of London. Among Dr. Beasley-Murray’s many important publications are Revelation in the New Century Bible Commentary, Baptism in the New Testament, Jesus and the Kingdom of God, Jesus and the Last Days, and Gospel of Life: Theology in the Fourth Gospel.
Dr. Roddy Braun is pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Arlington, Virginia, and was formerly Professor of Semitic Languages at Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana. A widely recognized Old Testament scholar, he has published more than twenty studies in Old Testament theology. He holds the M.Div., S.T.M., and Th.D. degrees from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
Trent C. Butler is a freelance author and editor. He served ten years on the faculty of the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Rüschilkon, Switzerland, and for twenty-two years as editor and editorial director for Holman Bible Publishers and LifeWay. He wrote the Word Biblical Commentary volume on Joshua, the Layman’s Bible Book Commentary on Isaiah, the Holman Old Testament Commentaries on Isaiah and Hosea through Micah, and the Holman New Testament Commentary on Luke. He served on the editorial Board of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, and edited the Holman Bible Dictionary. Dr. Butler has a Ph.D. in biblical studies and linguistics from Vanderbilt University, has done further study at Heidelberg and Zurich, and has participated in the excavation of Beersheba.
John I. Durham is Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has written widely on Old Testament themes, servicing as Consulting Editor for the Broadman Bible Commentary and writing the volumes on Psalms in that series. He has the Ph.D. from Oxford University and has done post-doctoral studies at Heidelberg, Oxford, Zurich, and Jerusalem.
John Goldingay (PhD, University of Nottingham; DD, Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth) is professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, but lives in Oxford, England. His numerous books include An Introduction to the Old Testament, A Reader’s Guide to the Bible, Reading Jesus’s Bible, and commentaries on Psalms, Isaiah, and Daniel. He has also authored Biblical Theology, the three-volume Old Testament Theology, and the seventeen-volume Old Testament for Everyone series, and has published a translation of the entire Old Testament called The First Testament: A New Translation.
Gerald F. Hawthorne is Professor of Greek Emeritus, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, where he served on the faculty from 1953 to 1995. He is the author of The Presence and the Power: The Signficance of the Holy Spirit in the Life and Ministry of Jesus and editor, with Ralph P. Martin, of Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. He received the B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wheaton College and the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
T.R. Hobbs is Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario. The author of various articles for scholarly publications, Dr. Hobbs has the B.D. from London University; the M.Th. from Baptist Seminary, Rüschlikon, Switzerland; and the Ph.D. from London University.
J. Ramsey Michaels is Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri). Formerly Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he hold the B.A. degree from Princeton University, B.D. from Grace Theological Seminary, Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and Th.D. from Harvard University. Among his previous publications are John: A Good News Commentary; Servant and Son: Jesus in Parable and Gospel; and The New Testament Speaks (with G. W. Barker and William L. Lane).
Leon Morris (Ph.D. University of Cambridge) now in his retirement, was formerly Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, and has served as Visiting Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Dr. Ralph L. Smith is professor of Old Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has the Th.M. and Th.D. degrees from Southwestern, and has done post-doctoral studies at Harvard Divinity School and The University of Chicago. His previous books include Job: A Study of Providence and Faith, and Amos in The Broadman Bible Commentary.
Douglas Stuart is Professor of Old Testament and Chair of the Division of Biblical Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He holds the B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Among his earlier writings are Studies in Early Hebrew Meter, Old Testament Exegesis: A Primer for Students and Pastors, and Favorite Old Testament Passages.