The Ivp Bible Background Commentary New Testament (2Nd Edition)(Hardcover)

    The Ivp Bible Background Commentary New Testament (2Nd Edition)(Hardcover)

    Craig S Keener
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    A rich, lucid resource for understanding God’s word.

    How did the pagans pray? Why in his letter was the apostle James so sure the rich would exploit the poor and drag them into court? Why did people think it was unusual for Jesus to exorcise demons “with authority”?

    To understand and apply the Bible well, you need two crucial sources of information. One is the Bible itself. The other is an understanding of the cultural background of the passage you're reading.

    Only with this background can you grasp the author's original concerns and purposes. This unique commentary provides the crucial cultural background you need for responsible - and richer - Bible study. This revised edition of the standard reference work in its field has been expanded to provide even more up-to-date information by Craig Keener, one of the leading New Testament scholars on Jewish, Greek, and Roman culture.

    This volume provides a wealth of helps including glossaries of ancient customs and important historical figures, maps, charts, and timelines; up-to-date bibliographies; and tips for using the material for preaching, teaching, and personal study.

    About the Author

    Craig S. Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. Some of his seventeen books include Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels and commentaries on Matthew (The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary), John (2 vols.), Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Revelation and a currently-being-published four-volume commentary on Acts. Four of his books, including The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, have won Christianity Today book awards.