Bible Commentaries

The Bible tells the story of the world: Creation, the Fall of Man, the history of national Israel, the coming of Christ, the beginnings of the Church and the future unveiling of the full glory of God. Each of these narrative threads are tightly woven into a beautiful tapestry representing Christ and His redemptive work. The individual books of Scripture are an essential part of that story, so it is important that we understand each one on its own as well as its place in the broader context of Scripture. Traditional commentaries have tried to guide readers toward this understanding through verse-by-verse exposition of passages. Such careful analysis is often helpful, but it is not the only way to approach Bible study. We emphasize resources with a broader, story-based approach that concentrate on major themes and symbolism.

Two books that ably demonstrate this narrative approach are Through New Eyes by James Jordan, and A House for My Name by Peter Leithart. Jordan's book develops a "maximalist" approach to Scripture, incorporating typology and symbolism in its studies. The original authors and readers of the Bible had a certain way of looking at the world that is reflected in the traditional canon. That way of looking was rooted in biblical typology. If we train ourselves to recognize these symbols and their meaning, we will come to a better understanding of the Biblical narrative. A House for My Name similarly follows thematic arcs through the Biblical covenants, demonstrating the coherence of the overall story. Leithart shows how the main characters and events of the Old Testament all point to Christ(John 5:39).

Commentaries are designed not only to tell us about the Bible, but to show it to us in a fresh way. A good commentary helps readers think clearly about the whole Bible, not just fragments of it, and thematic and story-based commentaries offer a holistic approach well adapted to this kind of thinking.

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1 & 2 Kings
Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
by Peter Leithart
from Brazos Press
in Bible Commentaries (Location: XBI-COMM)
Book of Psalms
by Robert Alter
First Edition from W. W. Norton and Co.
for Adult
in Bible Reading & Study (Location: XBI-STUDY)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testament
by Andrew Robert Fausset, Robert Jamieson
from Arkose Press
for Adult
in Bible Commentaries (Location: XBI-COMM)
Exploring Genesis
by John Phillips
from Loizeaux Brothers
for Adult
in Bible Commentaries (Location: XBI-COMM)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
From Age To Age
by Keith A. Mathison
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Eschatology & Prophecy (Location: XTH-ESCH)
Genesis Record
by Henry Morris
from Baker Books
for Adult
in Faith & Science (Location: XAP-SCI)
$12.00 (2 in stock)
Judges: God's War Against Humanism
by James B. Jordan
from Geneva Ministries
for Adult
in Bible Commentaries (Location: XBI-COMM)
King's Cross
by Timothy Keller
from Dutton Adult
for Adult
in Bible Commentaries (Location: XBI-COMM)
Romans & Galatians
by Rousas John Rushdoony
from Ross House Books
for Adult
in Bible Commentaries (Location: XBI-COMM)
$16.00 (1 in stock)
Storyteller's Companion to the Bible: Genesis
by John C Holbert, Michael E. Williams
English Language from Abingdon Press
for Adult
in Clearance: Christian Books (Location: ZCLE-CHR)
$5.00 (1 in stock)