Overview of Commentary OrganizationIntroduction—covers issues pertaining to the whole book, including context, date, authorship, composition, interpretive issues, purpose, and theology.Each section of the commentary includes:Pericope Bibliography—a helpful resource containing the most important works that pertain to each particular pericope.Translation—the author’s own translation of the biblical text, reflecting the end result of exegesis and attending to Hebrew and Greek idiomatic usage of words, phrases, and tenses, yet in reasonably good English.Notes—the author’s notes to the translation that address any textual variants, grammatical forms, syntactical constructions, basic meanings of words, and problems of translation.Form/Structure/Setting—a discussion of redaction, genre, sources, and tradition as they concern the origin of the pericope, its canonical form, and its relation to the biblical and extra-biblical contexts in order to illuminate the structure and character of the pericope. Rhetorical or compositional features important to understanding the passage are also introduced here.Comment—verse-by-verse interpretation of the text and dialogue with other interpreters, engaging with current opinion and scholarly research.Explanation—brings together all the results of the discussion in previous sections to expose the meaning and intention of the text at several levels: (1) within the context of the book itself; (2) its meaning in the OT or NT; (3) its place in the entire canon; (4) theological relevance to broader OT or NT issues.General Bibliography—occurring at the end of each volume, this extensive bibliographycontains all sources used anywhere in the commentary.
Children will learn how to get the most out of reading their Bibles and ways to incorporate biblical truths into their lives. Through Bible reading and marking, "building" movie sets, creating scripts, and solving puzzles, kids explore Jesus' last hours, including His prayer in the garden, His betrayal and arrest, His trial and crucifixion, and the triumph of His resurrection. They'll also uncover Peter's denial of Christ and the disciple's joy when his relationship with Jesus is restored.
Digging into Ecclesiastes, readers will wrestle with life's apparent inconsistencies and futility and find clear pointers to the ultimate meaning of life.
Exploring the Song of Solomon, they will determine whether the message pertains mainly to the physical and emotional bonds of marriage, to Israel's relationship to God, to the church's relationship to Jesus, or to the individual believer's relationship to Christ.
In Lamentations, readers will see the avoidable tragedies caused by sin and the never-ending covenant love of God.