The New International Commentary of the Old and New Testament is a rich, academic resource for studying the Bible. Published by Eerdmans, this set contains scholarship from well-known theologians. Olive Tree is proud to make this commentary available inside the app, making it incredibly easy to use.

If you’re wondering whether this commentary would be a good fit for you, you’ve come to the right place. Firstly, we’ll learn a bit about the editors. Then, we’ll take a look at how the commentary works inside the app. Lastly, you’ll learn about the different volumes we offer.

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One of the best ways to learn about a commentary is to learn about the editors and their thoughts on the series.

Old Testament Series Editor: Robert L. Hubbard Jr.

Robert L. Hubbard Jr.
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Dr. Robert Hubbard taught Old Testament at North Park Theological Seminary from 1995 to 2012. Even in retirement, he has continued to teach courses there. Before teaching at North Park, he was a faculty member at Denver Seminary from 1976–1995. Additionally, he served as an active duty chaplain in the U.S. Navy for four years, then as chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1974 to 2000.

He authored The Book of Ruth: New International Commentary on the Old Testament (Eerdmans, 1988). It received the Christianity Today Critics Choice Award as the best commentary of 1989. He is also the author of numerous other books and serves as general editor of several commentary series. For example, he wrote the Joshua volume for the NIV Application Commentary, the Kings volume for the Everyman’s Bible Commentary, and was an editor of the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series. He is ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Hubbard’s Thoughts on NICOT

Someone once said, ‘The past is another country — they do things differently there.’ At times, indeed, the Old Testament resembles another very different country. Maneuvering through levitical laws, bloodshed in Joshua, or Daniel’s apocalyptic visions, sincere readers often wonder what the Old Testament means and how it can be the Word of God. For several decades The New International Commentary on the Old Testament has helped countless people traverse this difficult literary terrain.

This premier commentary series enjoys a worldwide readership of scholars, pastors, priests, rabbis, and serious Bible students. They eagerly consult its high-quality volumes to inform their preaching, teaching, and academic research, and they warmly welcome each newly published volume as they would an encounter with a stimulating new friend. Through the rigorous yet reverent study contained in these commentary volumes, readers hear afresh the voice of the living God speaking his powerful word.

All of the NICOT volumes combine superior scholarship, an evangelical view of Scripture as the Word of God, and concern for the life of faith today. Each volume features an extensive introduction treating the biblical book’s authorship, date, purpose, structure, and theology. The author’s own translation of the original Hebrew and verse-by-verse commentary follow. The commentary itself carefully balances coverage of technical matters with exposition of the biblical text’s theology and implications.

Readers who want to hear God’s voice anew through Scripture will find The New International Commentary on the Old Testament to be a faithful, trustworthy guide for helping them navigate the strange other country we call the Old Testament.

New Testament Series Editor: Joel B. Green

Joel B Green

Green teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary and has held several positions during his time there: Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Dean of the School of Theology, and Provost. Prior to coming to Fuller, he served for ten years at Asbury Theological Seminary. Additionally, Green has written or edited more than 40 books, such as: Dictionary of Jesus and Gospels, Two Horizons Commentary, and Practicing Theological Interpretation. Currently, Green is the Teaching Pastor at La Cañada United Methodist Church.

Green’s Thoughts on NICNT

‘Faithful criticism’ characterizes volumes in The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT). Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has been widely recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike for its attention to the text of Scripture, its currency with contemporary scholarship, and its service to the global church.

The interpretive work reflected in these commentaries is based on careful study of the Greek text, but commentary readers need not be practiced in the biblical languages in order to benefit from them. In the same way, NICNT volumes reflect serious work in technical areas — such as linguistics, textual criticism, and historical concerns — but the commentary itself focuses on understanding the text rather than navigating scholarly debates. Readers can turn to the footnotes and excursuses for more specialized interaction with the Greek text and engagement with critical issues and literature.

In order to keep the commentary fresh and contemporary, NICNT volumes are revised and replaced as needed. Newer volumes in the NICNT account for emergent emphases in biblical studies. These include heightened attention to rhetorical features of New Testament texts, the cultural settings within which they were written, and their theological significance for God’s people. In this way, the NICNT series endures as an accessible, authoritative guide to the biblical text.


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Olive Tree’s New International Commentary (NICOT & NICNT): Old and New Testament Set provides the current published volumes of both NIC sets, and additionally provides access to four previous New Testament volumes that can still provide value for study and citation: Gospel of John (Morris)First Epistle to the Corinthians (Fee)Epistle to the Hebrews (Bruce); and The Letter of James (Adamson). Olive Tree users can get both value and convenience by purchasing this combination set.


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1 Comment

  1. Carlos Camarillo

    Sorry, I do not speak English
    If possible, send promotions of material in Spanish