Top 5 New Testament Commentaries

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New Testament commentaries are some of our most used and asked about books here at the library. Most biblical commentaries in general are located in the BS-BT section of the library shelves on the second floor. Learn more about 5 of the most popular New Testament commentaries by clicking the links below!

*Book descriptions provided by the publishers c/o the library catalog.

For online and eBook biblical commentaries, click here.

 

New Testament Commentary Survey by D.A. Carson

Highly respected New Testament scholar D.A. Carson provides students and pastors with expert guidance on choosing a commentary for any book of the New Testament. The seventh edition has been updated to assess the most recently published commentaries. Carson examines sets, one-volume commentaries, and New Testament introductions and theologies, offering evaluative comments on the available offerings for each New Testament book.

 

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig S. Keener

This unique commentary provides, in verse-by-verse format, 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 throughout to now provide even more up-to-date information by one of the leading New Testament scholars on Jewish, Greek, and Roman culture.

 

Hellenistic Commentary to the New Testament by M. Eugene Boring, Klaus Berger, & Carsten Colpe

Translations of 976 texts (compared with 626 in the German edition) are cited that directly illustrate the religious world into which early Christianity was born. Many of the texts are extensive enough to give a thorough sampling of how, for instance, miracle stories and birth stories of quasi-divine beings were told in the Hellenistic world, and how revelatory or conversion experiences were expressed in Greco-Roman religions. The texts are arranged according to the canonical order of New Testament books.

 

Zondervan Exegetical Commentary On The New Testament by various authors

With attention to issues that continue to surface in today’s church, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series offers pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading, teaching, and preaching.

 

Commentary on the New Testament: Verse by Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation by Robert Gundry

Going beyond questions of authorship, date, sources, and historicity, respected linguist and teacher Gundry offers a one-volume exposition of the New Testament that focuses on what is most useful for preaching, teaching, and individual study: what the biblical text really means.

 

Bonus: Word Biblical Commentary series by various authors

The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence.

 

Spotlight On “The Biblical Archaeology Society Library”

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The Biblical Archaeology Society Library (BAS) is a database that our library subscribes to. Union students and employees can access this database by using the library website (click on the Databases quick link on the home page, and then scroll down the database list to find the BAS Library).

Through the BAS Library, students can explore special collections on King Herod the Great, Biblical Interpretation, Where Jesus Walked, The Birth of Jesus, Dead Sea Scrolls, and more. These special collections include videos, articles, and summaries of each topic. Three different publications are also available through the BAS Library: Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review, and Archaeology Odyssey. Readers will find helpful and accessible articles in each of these journals.

If you want to learn more about the Bible, Israeli history, and archaeology, visit the BAS Library.

Featured Book: “Surprised By Oxford”

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Christians should never underestimate the power of their priesthood among nonbelievers. I was hooked, and drawn deeper into the faith, by the character of various believers and how it spoke of their God: by their humility, humor, compassion, perspective, even priorities. – Carolyn Weber

Surprised By Oxford by Carolyn Weber is a memoir that shares the author’s testimony. Weber arrives at Oxford ready to hit the books but is surprised when she instead begins wrestling with what she believes about the afterlife, the Bible, and theology in general. She also meets a fellow student who intrigues her, but she is wary of dating and Christian men in particular. What follows is a beautifully written tale of discovery, faith, friendship, and a little bit of romance.

If the title of the memoir sounds familiar, you may be thinking of Surprised By Joy, the autobiography of C.S. Lewis. Like Lewis, Weber also struggled with theology before coming to accept Christ as her Savior. And also like Lewis, Weber recorded her story so that others might have hope and believe.

To learn more about Carolyn Weber and her book, you can read her interview with The Gospel Coalition. Surprised By Oxford is available at the library in our main book stacks.

 

 

Our Books Are Shifting!

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This summer, we are moving books onto different shelves to make room for- you guessed it- more books! The Recreational Reading section has been moved to the shelves behind the DVDs, and sections A (General Works) & B (Philosophy, Psychology, & Religion) will be shifted to the left. If you’re having trouble finding a book during our shifting period, please ask us about it at the Circulation Desk. We’re happy to help!

Featured Philosopher: Søren Kierkegaard

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On this day in 1813, Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard was born in Copenhagen. Throughout his life, Kierkegaard wrote about theology, existence, culture, and belief. Criticizing the attitudes of the Church of Denmark, Kierkegaard posited instead that individual faith was of the highest importance. Cultivating a personal understanding of Christian spirituality, in opposition to a collective one, spurred Kierkegaard to write such works as Fear and Trembling, Either/Or, and Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing.

Kierkegaard used several pseudonyms for his writing, embracing the mysterious in both his theology and his authorial life. A few of his most famous ones were Johannes de Silentio (author of Fear and Trembling), Hilarius Bookbinder (author of Stages on Life’s Way), and Young Man (author of Repetition).

While Kierkegaard died in 1855, his books live on here in our library. Click this link for a full listing of all the Kierkegaard-related titles we have!