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"In the Old Testament we read God’s word as it was spoken to his people Israel. Today, thousands of years later, we hear in these thirty-nine books his inspired and authoritative message for us."
All of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament writers and editors share these convictions. These words capture the mission of this visionary series of commentaries. For the large portion of today’s readers who encounter the Old Testament like a tourist encounters a foreign country, the NICOT series is both a dependable teacher and a sturdy bridge between two vastly different cultures: ancient Israel and the contemporary world. Every NICOT book was designed to make God’s word as accessible as possible.
Scholars, ministers, and devoted Bible students will appreciate the how clear these volumes are. The contributors bring established academic mastery, broad backgrounds in teaching, and their gifts of writing to bear on their excellent research—making this series intellectually sound and readable.
Issues of context, composition, dating, purpose, structure, and theology are given emphasis in introductions, which accompany each book. A relevant bibliography cites helpful resources for the reader who wants to go further in personal study. The commentary itself is founded on the author’s translation from the Hebrew text. It proceeds verse-by-verse, providing comments on technical matters, the Biblical writer’s own theology, and life application.