First, I’ll be speaking in Provo April 3, along with Terryl and Fiona Givens, Steven Harper, and likely some others yet to be announced. It’s free to attend, but space is limited, so register here.
Second, one of the top five books I consistently recommend, Misreading Scripture through Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible is on kindle sale for $3.19. It’s a very accessible and easy read which makes us aware of our own cultural lenses we bring to and impose on scripture.
Third, there’s a sale on the Word Biblical Commentary, a multi-volume series covering the entire Old and New Testament in almost 60 volumes. Individual volumes are available for $7.99 in Kindle format from Amazon (ends January 27), or in print at 50% reduction (which is $20 and up) here. I own the entire set in Logos format, and use them often. They’re semi-technical, but still accessible to laypeople willing to do some work to gain knowledge. Here’s a NT sample from the publisher.
From the publisher, each section contains-
- Pericope Bibliography that introduces you to the most important works for understanding each passage.
- Translation gives you the author’s own translation of the biblical text. It reflects the end result of the author’s exegesis, and attends to Hebrew and Greek idiomatic usage of words, phrases, and tenses.
- Notes from the author that address the translation’s textual variants, grammatical forms, syntactical constructions, basic meanings of words, and translation problems.
- Form/Structure/Setting addresses the redaction, genre, sources, and tradition of the pericope; its canonical form; and its relation to the biblical and extra-biblical contexts, in order to illuminate the structure and character of the pericope. You will also discover rhetorical or compositional features important to understanding the passage.
- Comment offers verse-by-verse interpretation of the text and dialogue with other interpreters, engaging with current views and scholarly research.
- Explanation reflects on the text’s meaning and intention at several levels, so you will understand each passage’s meaning: (1) within the context of the biblical book; (2) its meaning in the OT or NT; (3) its place in the entire canon; (4) theological relevance to broader OT or NT issues.
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