Commentary calls for allegiance to Messiah’s reign Believers Church Bible Commentary: Philippians Gordon Zerbe Herald Press Reviewed by Eric Jordan Doerksen What is the subject? Gordon Zerbe’s commentary on the…
Believers Church Bible Commentary
The Believers Church Bible Commentary (BCBC) series “brings the Anabaptist voice into the community of interpretation in a way nothing else can do,” says Gordon Matties, who serves as editorial council chair and MB representative.
When Christina Bucher teaches Song of Songs, her students at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College always ask: “Is this couple married? How far do they go sexually?” But the author of the…
John: Believers Church Bible Commentary
Author: Willard Swartley
The wait is over. Herald Press has finally published a commentary on the Gospel of John in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series.
Book author: Gordon H. Matties
“Whole-wheat” commentary reads against the grain
When it comes to bread options in the grocery mega-store, there are air-filled white and slightly off-white breads advertised with balloons on the packages, and then there are multigrain, seven-grain, organic, and specialty breads that speak of substance and effort. It’s the same with commentaries on Joshua…
1, 2, 3 John: Believers Church Bible CommentaryAuthor: J.E. McDermondA Mennonite farmer was approached by a zealous evangelist. The man asked the farmer, “Are you saved?” The farmer inquired into what that meant. “Is Jesus your Lord and Saviour?” asked the evangelist.
Ecclesiastes: Believers Church Bible CommentaryAuthor: Douglas B. MillerAt a certain MB church I once attended, a large plaque hung in the foyer, with the rather daunting welcome: “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God, to draw near to listen” (Ecclesiastes 5:2, RSV). That, and the occasional reading (always at a funeral) of the famous poem “For everything there is a season…” (3:1–11, RSV) make up almost the sum total of my encounters with Ecclesiastes in public church life. Rather ironic, given that the book’s name derives from the Greek word for church, ekklesia.
1 & 2 Timothy, TitusAuthor: Paul M. ZehrPaul Zehr brings clarity and warmth to a new commentary in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series: 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus. In keeping with the series’ requirements, Zehr guides the reader into the text, into the whole Bible, and into life. Zehr, a Mennonite pastor, bishop, and seminary professor, shows that the pastoral epistles do not primarily teach pastoral work. Instead, they clarify the Christian community’s theology and apply it in the context of Christian ministry.
Title: Psalms: Believers Church Bible Commentary
Author: James H. Waltner
Writing a commentary for the book of Psalms is much like writing a tour guide for an entire continent.
Title: Exodus: Believers Church Bible Commentary
Author: Waldemar Janzen
Waldemar Janzen provides a refreshing and engaging tour through the book of Exodus, drawing connections, noting what other researchers have discovered, suggesting a thoughtful opinion when there are questions, and through it all always standing to the side, not wanting to get in the way.
2 Corinthians V. George Shillington. Believers Church Bible Commentary Elmer A. Martens and Willard M. Swartley, eds. Waterloo, Ont.: Herald Press, 1998. Paperback, 309 pp. This commentary shares the strengths of…
Title: 1 & 2 Thessalonians: Believers Church Bible Commentary
Author: Jacob W. Elias (ed. Elmer A. Martens and Willard M. Swartley)
Based on response in letters to the editor dealing with the return of Christ, Jacob W. Elias’ commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians should be of interest.
Title: Colossians/Philemon: Believers Church Bible Commentary
Author: Ernest D. Martin
This fourth volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series makes a valuable resource for Bible study and teaching.