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Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.
Allen and Laniak direct the reader's attention to the literary elements of these three postexilic books while examining the historical setting and details, which in turn point to the valuable lessons to be learned. Though the focus is on human activity, the hand of God in restoration and deliverance is clearly seen. This helpful commentary sheds light on these sometimes misunderstood books.
The Understanding the Bible Commentary Series is a re-branding of the New International Biblical Commentary Series and contains all the same content.