Given the growing interest in family genealogies, in this commentary Joan Cook leads us to appreciate and delight in our ancient and awesome spiritual heritage as well. We should not be surprised, however, to discover that our earliest spiritual kith and kin were guilty of deceit, marital infidelity, jealousy, and murder. But readers will learn that the God who created the heavens and the earth is also a forgiving and protective God-the God of ancient time, of our time, of all time.
Joan E. Cook, SC, teaches Scripture at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is author of Hannah's Desire, God's Design (Sheffield Academic Press, 1999) and Hear, O Heavens and Listen, O Earth: An Introduction to the Prophets(Liturgical Press, 2006), which won a first-place Catholic Press Association award in 2007. Cook has also written numerous articles on biblical women and biblical prayer.
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The design for the Preacher's Commentary gives the reader an overall outline of each book of the Bible. Following the introduction, which reveals the author's approach and salient background on the book, each chapter of the commentary provides the Scripture to be exposited. The New King James Bible has been chosen for the Preacher's Commentary because it combines with integrity the beauty of language, underlying Hebrew and Greek textual basis, and thought-flow of the 1611 King James Version, while replacing obsolete verb forms and other archaisms with their everyday contemporary counterparts for greater readability. Reverence for God is preserved in the capitalization of all pronouns referring to the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. Readers who are more comfortable with another translation can readily find the parallel passage by means of the chapter and verse reference at the end of each passage being exposited. The paragraphs of exposition combine fresh insights to the Scripture, application, rich illustrative material, and innovative ways of utilizing the vibrant truth for his or her own life and for the challenge of communicating it with vigor and vitality.
The goal of this book is to bring us a better understanding of God’s Word; to help us realize the peace and the love that comes with giving God first place in our hearts through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When God created this world, He knew what would happen. He knew that man would sin. But God wanted to give us freedom of choice. He wants a family that loves Him and wants to be with Him. That’s why He put a plan in place to help us overcome the penalty of sin.
God’s Word, and the study of books like this, help us to grow stronger in the knowledge of Him. The more that we understand, the more we will tend to make Jesus Lord over.
As you read this, you will come to understand how to walk in faith instead of fear. You will also come to know God through Jesus in a greater and more understanding way.
What this book is not is a work of apologetics. I have begun with the assumption that the Bible says what it means, and means what it says.