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Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary: Mark

by Paavola, Daniel

Item #: 012076 / 2013 / Paperback / 336 Pages


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About the Series
The great reformers’ influence upon the Bible’s interpretation and application could not help but revitalize the Church. This is as true today as it was five hundred years ago. The reformers taught with special insight due to their constant reading, studying, translating, and preaching of the Sacred Scriptures. This commentary series shares with readers today insights from the reformers and faithful commentary that stems from their heritage.
Similar to the NIV People’s Bible Commentary Series, this lay-level commentary allows readers to study the Word in a deep and meaningful way with devotional warmth and readability.
The Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary Series provides readers with an insightful New Testament commentary in the English Standard Version translation. This new series is perfect for church workers, Bible class teachers, or anyone interested in learning more about the Bible.
The series’s unique layout features both the English Standard Version and King James Version; the complimentary versions and parallel format allow readers to see both the classic and modern translations side by side.
Starting with the Pauline epistles, two volumes of the series will be released per year. Each commentary will feature introductions, notes, charts, maps, applications, articles, and quotes from ancient, medieval, and evangelical Church Fathers.
Through both broad contexts and specific verses, these historical, cultural, and doctrinal insights will surely lead readers to a sound interpretation and application of the biblical text.
Features of the Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary Series:
  • ESV text
  • KJV text
  • Book introductions
  • Notes
  • Charts
  • Maps
  • Applications
  • Articles
  • Church Father quotations

"The Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary is a unique series that promises to be a valuable resource for laity and preachers. The verse-by-verse commentary focuses on major topics, providing clear interpretation and devotional insight in keeping with how the Reformers approached Scripture, and emphasizing themes that were central in their teaching. Illustrative quotes from key Reformers and their heirs, including Lutheran, Calvinist, Anglican, and Wesleyan sources, provide insights in their own words, without trying to survey the range of views represented in this heritage. This focused approach gives a clear reading of the text that engages one’s mind and heart."
—The Rev. Dr. Rodney A. Whitacre, Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania

"Busy pastors and teachers of the scriptures need commentaries that are biblical, theological, and practical. Fortunately, the present commentary on Colossians and the Thessalonian letters fulfills those requirements. In addition, the commentary is accessible to a wide variety of readers, for it is written in a wonderfully clear way. I commend this work gladly."
—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"If the commentaries on Colossians and I and II Thessalonians is indicative of the entire series, the Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary promises to be an asset to the library of serious Bible students, whether laymen or clergy. This series exemplifies the reformers’ commitment to sola scriptura, that the revelation of God’s saving purposes is in Scripture alone, which is primarily about Christ alone. The blend of overviews and insights from our protestant forefathers with exegesis and application from contemporary reformed theologians makes for an interesting read. Contemporary readers will also appreciate the devotional notes in these commentaries. Because the study of God’s Word is not just an academic endeavor, it engages the mind, heart, and will of those who trust Christ for their salvation. While many modern commentaries seem to focus on the application of the Scriptures, the intent here is Gospel-centered interpretation, resulting in devotional application. This is a work of serious scholastic intent combined with theological scrutiny and integrity. I am grateful for such a work and confident that it will be profitable for years to come in aiding the church’s effort to know Christ more fully as He is revealed in Holy Scripture."
—Kenneth R. Jones, Pastor of Glendale Baptist Church, Miami, Florida; Co-host of nationally syndicated talk show White Horse Inn; Contributor to Experiencing the Truth, Glory Road, and Keep Your Head Up (all published by Crossway); Contributor to Tabletalk and Modern Reformation magazines

"The reformation of the Church brought with it biblical insights that revitalized churches and radically changed the course of theological studies as giants like Luther, Melanchthon, Calvin, Chemnitz, and Wesley commented extensively on Holy Scripture. The new Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary is a one-stop-resource where the observations of these and other distinguished Reformation leaders are brought together around specific books of the New Testament. This first volume in the series, Colossians/Thessalonians, is an impressive treatment of these Pauline letters that pastors, laypeople, and professional scholars will treasure and find eminently useful."
—Rev. Dr. R. Reed Lessing, Senior Pastor, Saint Michael Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Former Professor of Exegetical Theology and Director of the Graduate School, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

"There is little doubt that CPH will market the Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary as a bunch of books. Having read Colossians/Thessalonians, I believe that would be a mistake. This was not a ponderous tome to be endured; it was an opportunity to monitor a lively seminar. As leader, St. Paul places on the table church doctrines, heresies, and challenges. These topics are then discussed by the minds and pens of Luther, Melanchthon, Hus, Cranmer, Chemnitz, and others. It was a joy to hear them and a comfort to find their struggles and successes are mine." 
—Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus, The Lutheran Hour

"This first volume of the Reformation Heritage Bible Commentary proves itself to be a useful resource for pastors and laity. The brief, modern commentary focuses on the key features of each verse. Also, references are interspersed throughout the commentary to the great reformers and to the creeds of the Reformation. The results are illuminating and theologically informed."
—David W. Chapman, Associate Professor of New Testament and Archaeology, Covenant Theological Seminary

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