The New Testament in Color: A Multiethnic Bible Commentary

The New Testament in Color

A Multiethnic Bible Commentary

General Editor Esau McCaulley
Associate Editor Janette H. Ok, Osvaldo Padilla, and Amy L. B. Peeler

The New Testament in Color
  • Length: 808 pages
  • Dimensions: 7 × 10 in
  • Published: August 06, 2024
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1409
  • ISBN: 9780830814091

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In a first of its kind volume The New Testament in Color offers a Biblical commentary that is:

  • Multiethnic
  • Diverse
  • Contextual
  • Informative
  • Reflective
  • Prophetic
  • Inspiring

“I wish someone had handed The New Testament in Color to me twenty-five years ago, and I hope many will read it now.” Nijay Gupta, Best-Selling author of Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church.

Historically, Bible commentaries have focused on the particular concerns of a limited segment of the church, all too often missing fresh questions and perspectives that are fruitful for biblical interpretation.Listening to scholars from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities offers us an opportunity to explore the Bible from a wider angle, a better vantage point.

The New Testament in Color is a one-volume commentary on the New Testament written by a multiethnic team of scholars holding orthodox Christian beliefs. Each scholar brings exegetical expertise coupled with a unique interpretive lens to illuminate the ways social location and biblical interpretation work together. Theologically orthodox and multiethnically contextual, The New Testament in Color fills a gap in biblical understanding for both the academy and the church. Who we are and where God placed us—it's all useful for better understanding his Word.

"Reading the New Testament, intentionally, through one's ethnic point of view (African American, Asian American, Hispanic, or Native American) does not violate an objective, traditional reading of Scripture. Rather, reading the Bible in and out of one's location exposes the bias of the (formerly so-called) 'objective' reading as a Euro-white reading and, at the same time, offers to the traditional readings fresh perspectives. Over and over. I thought the essays were worth the price of this book, but I was wrong. The commentaries interact with the essays in a manner that makes this book a required desk companion for anyone who wants to hear all the Word of God has to offer. A must-have for all Bible teachers and pastors."

Scot McKnight, author of The Second Testament: A New Translation and Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament at Northern Seminary

"In my own theological education, I was pressured to suppress my ethnic perspective and experiences, to conform to some sort of disembodied neutrality. Since then I have come to learn that my background, culture, and reading lens can actually enhance my ability to understand Scripture. I am thrilled to recommend The New Testament in Color because this 'library-in-a-book' reflects the beautiful mosaic of a many-colored hermeneutic. I wish someone had handed this book to me twenty-five years ago, and I hope many will read it now."

Nijay Gupta, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary and author of Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church

"Rooted in a confessional commitment to the trustworthiness of Scripture, this book draws together a diverse group of theologically minded scholars. Together they explore the multiple interpretive possibilities that emerge when Christians read across and within racial and ethnic difference. Here the promise is that God's Word will be more faithfully understood when the colorful tapestry of God's creation of multiple cultures and peoples is embraced. In these ways, this book joins a vital chorus of minoritized biblical scholars who invite readers to ponder the Bible and its readers in rich multiplicity."

Eric Barreto, Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary

"While it is not uncommon to encounter socially located interpretations grounded in a hermeneutic of suspicion, this work speaks from one of trust in the biblical text and a commitment to the central tenets of the Christian faith. It also moves beyond theories about these interpretations (although it does provide those discussions) to commentary on every New Testament book. This volume is a constructive contribution to debates about fundamental matters of interpretation from an impressive set of scholars of diverse ethnicities."

M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), Scripture Press Ministries Professor of Biblical Studies and Pedagogy, Wheaton College

"The contributors of The New Testament in Color are experts not only in the biblical subject matter but also in identifying and sharing the gifts their social location brings to the hermeneutical task. The scope of this one-volume commentary provides a nearly kaleidoscopic vision of richly varied perspectives together with solid exegesis of the texts. The editors and authors have done the church and academy a great service, shaping a resource that promises to be a boon for seminary reading lists, a go-to in church and university libraries, and a must-have on every pastor's desk."

Kara Lyons-Pardue, professor of New Testament, Point Loma Nazarene University

"The American evangelical church has desperately needed this book, The New Testament in Color. For those of us who value the power and authority of God's Word while aware of the diverse experiences and realities that shape our own culturally unique stories, we have longed for this book. This text reminds us that God is a transcendent God who speaks through a transcendent source, but that God is also God with us, immanent in the Word and also in our lives."

Soong-Chan Rah, Robert B. Munger Professor of Evangelism at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of The Next Evangelicalism

"McCaulley, Ok, Padilla, Peeler, and the volume's contributors have broken new ground with The New Testament in Color. Its essays and commentary, written by scholars of the New Testament from across racial, ethnic, and gender identities, emerge from critical, socially located methods and insights that are also informed by the writers' ecclesial perspectives and experiences. The result is an important one-volume commentary on the New Testament that speaks from and reaches out to both academic and ecclesial communities."

Mary Foskett, Wake Forest Kahle Professor of religious studies and John Thomas Albritton Fellow at Wake Forest University

"The New Testament in Color is a book I long hoped would eventually be written and is in many ways overdue. The editors have done a superb job of gathering scholars from diverse ethnic backgrounds who interpret the biblical text adeptly using the familiar critical tools of exegesis, and who also demonstrate how reading from their particular social location provides theological insight germane to all of God's people. They show how the New Testament addresses a range of issues important to today's readers, including topics of restorative justice, immigration and hospitality, racial bias and violence, the priority of families and ecclesial communities, and so much more. Not to be missed are the excellent introductory essays, which trace the ethnic histories of peoples of color and their practice of reading the Bible with a hermeneutic of trust. Exegetically precise, theologically orthodox, and prophetically challenging, this book—in a word—preaches!"

Max J. Lee, Paul W. Brandel Professor of biblical studies at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois

"The New Testament in Color is informative, prophetic, reflective, and inspiring. The authors, drawn from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, are self-aware of their social location and write with a hermeneutic of trust in Scripture. This volume makes an extraordinary contribution to New Testament studies and sets the standard for future commentaries."

Lynn H. Cohick, distinguished professor of New Testament and director of Houston Theological Seminary, Houston Christian University

"This is the book I've been searching for throughout my teaching career. There is academic excellence here, coupled with a prophetic call to hear God's Word through the rich diversity of the authors' cultural, ethnic, and racial perspectives and wisdom. There is pastoral sensitivity to the varied experiences of readers, from the emotional and psychological toll of racialized oppression to the exhortation to humility directed toward White Christians (like me). Professors, students, and all participants in the body of Christ will find The New Testament in Color to be a valuable, instructive, and challenging resource for understanding the Bible, the church, and Christian discipleship."

Caryn A. Reeder, professor of New Testament at Westmont College

Read an Excerpt


Esau D. McCaulley
African American Biblical Interpretation
Esau D. McCaulley
Asian American Biblical Interpretation
Janette H. Ok
Hispanic Biblical Interpretation
Osvaldo Padilla
Turtle Island Biblical Interpretation
T. Christopher Hoklotubbe (Choctaw) and H. Daniel Zacharias (Cree-Anishinaabe)
Majority-Culture Biblical Interpretation: Reading While White
Michael J. Gorman
Gospel of Matthew
H. Daniel Zacharias
Gospel of Mark
Kay Higuera Smith
Gospel of Luke
Diane G. Chen
Gospel of John
Miguel G. Echevarria
Gender in the New Testament
Lisa M. Bowens and Amy Peeler
Jordan J. Cruz Ryan
Letter to the Romans
Jarvis J. Williams
First Letter to the Corinthians
Gene L. Green
Second Letter to the Corinthians
Julie Newberry
Letter to the Galatians
Eric C. Redmond
Letter to the Ephesians
Esau D. McCaulley
Letter to the Philippians
M. Sydney Park
Letter to the Colossians
Dennis R. Edwards
Letters to the Thessalonians
Marcus Jerkins
Pastoral Letters
Osvaldo Padilla
Letter to Philemon
Dennis R. Edwards
Letter to the Hebrews
Madison N. Pierce
Resources for the Mental Health of the Oppressed in the New Testament: A Contemporary Reading of Ancient Teachings
Cristin J. Fort
Multilingualism in the New Testament
Ekaputra Tupamahu
Immigrants and the Kingdom of God: Do They Have a Home in God's City?
Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III
Letter of James
Daniel K. Eng
First Letter of Peter
Janette H. Ok
Second Letter of Peter
Mateus F. de Campos
Letters of John
Miguel G. Echevarria
Letter of Jude
Mateus F. de Campos
Daniel I. Morrison
List of Contributors


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