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IVP Bible Commentaries

Study the Bible verse by verse with these Scripture commentaries from trusted scholars. Whether you're focusing on just one book of the Bible or you'd like to build a complete collection of your favorite commentary series, we've got you covered.

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Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture

Edited by Thomas C. Oden

Volumes in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS) offer you the opportunity to study for yourself key writings of the early church fathers. Arranged canonically and employing the RSV, each volume allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the sacred page of Scripture.

The ACCS is a postcritical revival of the early commentary tradition ...

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Ancient Christian Doctrine Series

Edited by Thomas C. Oden

This exciting five-volume series follows up on the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed. The series renders primary Greek, Latin, Coptic and Syriac source material from the church fathers in lucid English translation (some here for the first time) and gives readers unparalleled insight into the history and substance of what the early ...

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Ancient Christian Texts

Series edited by Thomas C. Oden, Gerald L. Bray, and Michael Glerup

Ancient Christian Texts (ACT) is a series of new translations, most of which are here presented in English for the first time. The series provides contemporary readers with the resources they need to study for themselves the key writings of the early church. The texts represented in the series are full-length commentaries or sermon series based on biblical books or extended scriptural passages.

Ancient ...

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The Bible Speaks Today Series

Series edited by J. A. Motyer and John Stott

Edited by J.A. Motyer and the late John R. W. Stott, the Bible Speaks Today commentaries are characterized by what Stott called a "threefold ideal . . . to expound the biblical text with accuracy, to relate it to contemporary life and to be readable." As such, each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor.

The BST series covers all sixty-six books of the bible ...

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IVP Bible Background Commentary Set

Includes: 2 books 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. In verse-by-verse format, the IVP Bible Background Commentaries provide the crucial historical, social and cultural background you need for responsible—and rich—Bible study. ...

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The IVP New Testament Commentary Series

Series edited by Grant R. Osborne
Consulting Editor D. Stuart Briscoe and Haddon W. Robinson

Pastors with a passion for sound exposition and scholars with a heart for pastoral leadership have joined forces to produce this exciting commentary series! Perfect for sermon preparation, leading small groups, or for personal Bible study, each volume includes passage-by-passage commentary based on the NIV plus background information on authorship, setting, theme, and various interpretive issues.

With ...

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Kidner Classic Commentaries

Kidner Classic Commentaries

by Derek Kidner

The Old Testament commentaries of Derek Kidner (1913—2008) have been a standard for a generation, modeling conciseness, clarity and insight. Those who read his books find in them the marks of both professor and pastor with his even-handed scholarship as well as his devotional insight. These qualities have made his commentaries in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series and The Bible Speaks Today ...

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Reformation Commentary on Scripture

General Editor Timothy George

The Reformation Commentary on Scripture (RCS) provides a crucial link between the contemporary church and the great cloud of witnesses that is the historical church. The biblical insights and rhetorical power of the tradition of the Reformation are here made available as a powerful tool for the church of the twenty-first century. Like never before, believers can feel they are a part of a genuine ...

Single-Volume Commentaries

David R. Bauer
Donald J. Wiseman
Edited by Gordon J. Wenham and J. Alec Motyer and D. A. Carson and R. T. France
Stephen S. Smalley
J. Alec Motyer

IVP Bible Reference Resources

Want to dig deeper into a particular topic when studying Scripture? Maybe you're looking to gain a better understanding of biblical cultural context or you need a specific type of reference resource like a dictionary or encyclopedia. Browse them all here!

Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity
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Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity

General Editor Angelo Di Berardino
Consulting Editor Thomas C. Oden, Joel C. Elowsky, and James Hoover

Midwest Publishing Association Award of Excellence (Scholarly/Reference)

Readers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention

The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity covers eight centuries of the Christian church and comprises 3,220 entries by a team of 266 scholars from 26 countries representing a variety of Christian traditions. It ...

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The IVP Bible Dictionary Series

Unique among reference books on the Bible, the volumes of the IVP Bible Dictionary Series bridge the gap between scholars and those pastors, teachers, students and lay people desiring in-depth treatment of select topics in an accessible and encyclopedia format.

Articles cover traditional and contemporary topics, including cross-sectional themes, methods of interpretation, significant historical ...

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Essential Studies in Biblical Theology

Series edited by Benjamin L. Gladd

Essential Studies in Biblical Theology (ESBT) explores the central or "essential” themes of the Bible's grand storyline. Whereas existing series on biblical theology are generally open-ended, the ESBT will be limited to ten or so volumes. By restricting the entire series, the scope of the project is established from the beginning.

Taking cues from Genesis 1-3, each author teases out a unique ...

New Studies in Biblical Theology
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New Studies in Biblical Theology

Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprised by New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson and Benjamin L. Gladd, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

New Studies in Biblical Theology volumes ...

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Exploring the Bible Series

These clearly written introductions offer a student-friendly approach that is rooted in up-to-date scholarship and actual classroom experience. Particularly aimed at students of theology, the Exploring the Bible Series introduces

  • Jewish and Roman background
  • literary genres and forms
  • conventional as well as new approaches to the study of Scripture
  • debated issues ...
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How To Read Series

How to Read Series

We should read a poem very differently than we read a history book, and we read both of them differently than we'd read a novel. The same is true when it comes to our approach to Scripture. That's why this series does just what its name describes: helps you understand the proper way to read various books of the Bible.

You can read the Bible on your own, and its main themes will be clear enough. ...

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The IVP Pocket Reference Series

The IVP Pocket Reference Series was designed for students, pastors, and other busy people who want an aid to formal or informal study. Informative, clear, brief, and affordable, the books included in this series will become your constant companion as you tackle the study of biblical languages, church history, apologetics, contemporary religions, ethics, theology, and more.

Over 200,000 Pocket ...

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The Biblical Imagination Series

by Michael Card

For years Michael Card's music has imaginatively explored the narrative power of the Word of God. In the Biblical Imagination Series, Card invites you to read his devotional commentary of the gospels.

In Matthew: The Gospel of Identity, Card leads us to see the unique purpose of Matthew's Gospel both in the lives of the early Christians and for us today. Matthew presents the process ...

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A Week in the Life Series

Ever wanted a first-century view of the world of the Gospels? In entertaining historical fiction, splashed with informative sidebars and images, the volumes in A Week in the Life Series give us a new view of Jesus' world and Bible-era culture. In these imaginative and entertaining narratives, New Testament scholars lead us behind the veil of centuries to see and experience the ...

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The Lost World Series

There are some historical or biblical issues that are inherently controversial—which is why they remain issues of debate. The books in the Lost World Series follow the pattern set by Bible scholar John H. Walton as they bring a fresh, close reading of the Hebrew text to an accessible discussion of the topic at hand. Addressed through propositions that move the reader through a logical sequence ...

Single-Volume Reference Resources

Donald J. Wiseman
Edited by Leland Ryken and James C. Wilhoit and Tremper Longman III
Walter C. Kaiser Jr. and Peter H. Davids and F. F. Bruce and Manfred Brauch
F. F. Bruce