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Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on the Gospel of John

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on the Gospel of John

by Joel C. Elowsky

Theodore of Mopsuestia, born in Antioch (c. 350) and a disciple of Diodore of Tarsus, serves as one of the most important exemplars of Antiochene exegesis of his generation. Committed to literal, linguistic, grammatical and historical interpretation, he eschewed allegorical explanations that could not be supported from the text, though he was not averse to t… Read more…

NIV Application Commentary Mark

NIV Application Commentary Mark

by David E. Garland

The Gospel according to Mark is widely known for its short but concise narrative-driven account of Jesus’ life—his ministry and subsequent death and resurrection. Get straight to the core of Jesus’ saving character by studying Mark, which many scholars think is a common source for the other Gospels. Let its message of new life—new life without end—… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on John Volume 1

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on John Volume 1

by Joel C. Elowsky

Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 378-444), one of the most brilliant representatives of the Alexandrian theological tradition, is best known for championing the term Theotokos (God-bearer) in opposition to Nestorius of Constantinople. Cyril's great Commentary on John, offered here in the Ancient Christian Text series in two volumes, predates the Nestorian contro… Read more…

NIV Application Commentary Luke

NIV Application Commentary Luke

by Darrell L. Bock

Luke’s gospel has earned a reputation for being greatly concerned with social justice. Jesus’ attention to those downtrodden for reason of race, class, or gender is a stunning example of how we ought to treat our neighbors. His extensively detailed ministry to diverse groups of people for the sake of unity is a particularly important message in the face… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on John Volume 2

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentary on John Volume 2

by Joel C. Elowsky

Cyril of Alexandria (ca. 378-444), one of the most brilliant representatives of the Alexandrian theological tradition, is best known for championing the term Theotokos (God-bearer) in opposition to Nestorius of Constantinople. Cyril's great Commentary on John, offered here in the Ancient Christian Text series in two volumes, predates the Nestorian contro… Read more…

NIV Application Commentary John

NIV Application Commentary John

by Gary M. Burge

The Gospel of John stands apart from Matthew, Mark, and Luke with a singularly unique perspective on the personality of Jesus. From his deliberate echo of Genesis at the beginning of his Gospel and on through the subsequent chapters, John provides an indispensable portrait of the messiah, without which our picture of Christ would be tragically lacking. &… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentaries on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentaries on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians

by Gerald Bray

Ambrosiaster ("Star of Ambrose") is the name given to the anonymous author of the earliest complete Latin commentary on the thirteen epistles of Paul. The commentaries were thought to have been written by Ambrose throughout the Middle Ages, but their authorship was challenged by Erasmus, whose arguments have proved decisive. Here f… Read more…

NIV Application Commentary Romans

NIV Application Commentary Romans

by Douglas J. Moo

The idea of absolute truth has largely disappeared from our culture. But God’s truth does not fade, and His claims on our lives must stand out in the midst of postmodernism. The church in Rome needed this message just as we do today—the message of who God is, and what He’s done for us through His sacrifice on the cross. By growing in our understanding … Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentaries on Galatians-Philemon

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentaries on Galatians-Philemon

by Gerald Bray

Ambrosiaster ("Star of Ambrose") is the name given to the anonymous author of the earliest complete Latin commentary on the thirteen epistles of Paul. The commentaries were thought to have been written by Ambrose throughout the Middle Ages, but their authorship was challenged by Erasmus, whose arguments have proved decisive. The co… Read more…

NIV Application Commentary 2 Corinthians

NIV Application Commentary 2 Corinthians

by Scott J. Hafemann

2 Corinthians follows in the footsteps of 1 Corinthians by providing a window into both Paul’s character and the character of God. You’ll get an intimate glimpse into Paul’s heart and his love for the church in this NIV Application Commentary volume by Scott J. Hafermann, who shows us both the original meaning of 2 Corinthians and how its message appli… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentaries on Genesis 1-3

Ancient Christian Texts - Commentaries on Genesis 1-3

by Michael Glerup

The church fathers displayed considerable interest in the early chapters of Genesis, and often wrote detailed commentaries or preached series of homilies on the Hexameron—the Six Days of Creation—among them Eustathius of Antioch, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Ambrose, John Chrysostom and Augustine. This vol… Read more…

Ancient Christian Texts - Greek Commentaries on Revelation

Ancient Christian Texts - Greek Commentaries on Revelation

by Thomas C. Oden

The Eastern church gives little evidence of particular interest in the book of Revelation. Oecumenius of Isauria's commentary on the book is the earliest full treatment in Greek and dates only from the early sixth century. Along with Oecumenius's commentary, only that of Andrew of Caesarea (dating from the same era and often summarizing Oecumenius be… Read more…


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