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The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament

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Why was labeling the Pharisees "white-washed tombs" one of the strongest criticisms Jesus could have made? Why were the disciples, after Jesus' death and resurrection, determined to replace Judas and keep their number exactly at twelve? What is the background to Paul's denunciation of homosexual behavior? Why did Paul expect Corinthian women to cover their heads? These and ...more
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Published December 30th 1993 by IVP Academic
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Lee Harmon
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have huge respect for Craig Keener’s work ever since his 2003 two-volume commentary on the Gospel of John. It was largely instrumental in researching for my own book about John’s Gospel, and I believe has become the primary resource for Johannine studies. So when IVP sent me this brand new second-edition 800-page New Testament commentary, I was quite excited.

As a reference book, it doesn’t disappoint. Scholarly and interesting, each book of the New Testament is given a short introduction detai
Andy Hickman
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 1993.

Hugely valuable resource!
Cory Briggs

I could not understand why pseudographical writings were cited so much. A lot of times he does let the Bible interpret itself and he is to be commended for that.
Randy Mccracken
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The New Testament Bible background commentary by Craig Keener has been a standard reference work for many years. The new second edition only makes this commentary more valuable. Keener has done a thorough revision of the original and has expanded his treatment of many passages. The goal has remained the same: “The sole purpose of this commentary (unlike most commentaries) is to make available the most relevant cultural, social and historical background for reading the New Testament the way its f ...more
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent popular, slightly scholarly, but not technical commentary, which makes it great for researching, preaching, studying for lessons, et cetera. It's full of background information (e.g. Examples of Herod's temper in Matthew 2, cultural information on the parable of the prodigal son, Jewish & Greco-Roman philosophy surrounding many settings) and is well structured according to NT passages. I've found it to be very beneficial for teaching, school, and personal study. Keener w ...more
Eric Molicki
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Unique as commentaries go. The Bible must always be read recognizing that the Spirit wants to help us cross from the horizon of our own time/culture to the biblical horizon and then back again in order to gain His meaning. This commentary helps you understand the Biblical horizon's culture and setting in a very accessible fashion even for lay readers of Scripture. Great asset to have in your library.
Great reference for personal New Testament studies. Keener's voice speaks to me. Used in conjunction with other commentaries and NIV Study Bible notes. Keener's style seems personal to me, not abstract or distanced.
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Excellent! A great study companion. Keener provides brief insights into the world of the NT alongside each verse. The only problem is that sometimes you wish the commentary elaborated on some of the background it provides.
Eva  Winter
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Works well for the Kindle edition, too

I valued the book in its first edition, but the Kindle edition is even better. It's very easy to navigate and find the passage you're looking for. Five stars!
Elizabeth Licitra
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly helpful book to have as you read through the NT. Provides background information for many passages in the NT. I haven't read through every page, but I find it very helpful when trying to figure out what a particular passage is "talking about".
Oct 20, 2008 rated it liked it
A nice little resource. Very basic, good for those looking for a little more depth in their bible studies. I would recommend it for those who don't want to do heavy amounts of research but would like a resource that would take them five minutes or so to look up a passage.
E. G.
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Didn't get to read every page of this book, but used it pretty extensively in my NT Survey class. Great reference text for someone just starting to dip into the NT academically, as it provides a pretty no-nonsense, coherent overview of its historical, socio-cultural context.
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
For what it is, it really works well.
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Usually the first commentary I turn to to understand the cultural background of a New Testament passage, and often the last! Nuff said.
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Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting commentary on the New Testament. It isn't the broadest or most in depth commentary, but is useful for additional background and color when researching a topic.
A good resource for quick reference.
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Great single volume resource of verse by verse cultural background.
Glyn Williams
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very insightful. A must have on any Biblical scholar's bookshelf.
Alison Shiloh
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very helpful reference for studying the New Testament. Keener provides cultural context, parallel references, and geo-political details.
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Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books, including Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, the bestseller The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver, and commentaries on Matthew, John, Romans, 1–2 Corinthians, ...more
“Live the New Life 1:13. Men wore long robes and would tuck them into their belt, and thus “gird up their loins,” so they could move more freely and quickly. Although the image also occurs elsewhere in the *Old Testament, here Peter may specifically allude to the Passover (Ex 12:11): once God’s people had been redeemed by the blood of the lamb (1 Pet 1:19), they were to be ready to follow God forth until he had brought them safely into their inheritance (cf. 1:4), the Promised Land. Thus they were to be dressed and ready to flee. “Sobriety” in ancient usage meant not only literal abstinence from drink but also behaving as a nonintoxicated person should, hence with dignified self-control. 1:14” 0 likes
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