Teach the Text Commentary Series

Series Description

This series is designed to provide a ready reference for teaching the biblical text, giving easy access to information that is needed to communicate a passage effectively. To that end, the commentary is carefully divided into units that are faithful to the biblical authors’ ideas and of an appropriate length for teaching or preaching. The following standard sections are offered in each unit:

Big Idea

For each unit the commentary identifies the primary theme, or “Big Idea,” that drives both the passage and the commentary.

Key Themes

Together with the Big Idea, the commentary addresses in bullet-point fashion the key ideas presented in the passage.

Understanding the Text

This section focuses on the exegesis of the text and includes several sections.

  • The Text in Context. Here the author gives a brief explanation of how the unit fits into the flow of the text around it, including reference to the rhetorical strategy of the book and the unit’s contribution to the purpose of the book.
  • Outline/Structure. For some literary genres (e.g., epistles), a brief exegetical outline may be provided to guide the reader through the structure and flow of the passage.
  • Historical and Cultural Background. This section addresses historical and cultural background information that may illuminate a verse or passage.
  • Interpretive Insights. This section provides information needed for a clear understanding of the passage. The intention of the author is to be highly selective and concise rather than exhaustive and expansive.
  • Theological Insights. In this very brief section the commentary identifies a few carefully selected theological insights about the passage.


Teaching the Text

Under this second main heading the commentary offers guidance for teaching the text. In this section the author lays out the main themes and applications of the passage. These are linked carefully to the Big Idea and are represented in the Key Themes.

Illustrating the Text

At this point in the commentary the commentary writers partner with a team of pastor and teachers to provide suggestions for relevant and contemporary illustrations from current culture, entertainment, history, the Bible, news, literature, ethics, biography, daily life, medicine, and over forty other categories. They are designed to spark creative thinking for preachers and teachers and to help them design illustrations that bring alive the passage’s key themes and message.

General Editor: Old Testament: John H. Walton

General Editor: New Testament: Mark L. Strauss

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Forthcoming

? Hess, Richard S. Genesis
? Alexander, Desi Exodus
? Grisanti, Michael A. Deuteronomy
? Baker, David W. 1/2 Kings
? Duke, Robert 1/2 Chronicles
? Schmutzer, Andrew; Nykolaishen, Douglas Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther
? Mabie, Frederick Isaiah
? Voth, Steven M. Ezekiel
? Stuart, Douglas The Minor Prophets
? Turner, David L. John/1-3 John
? Garland, David E. Acts
? Ciampa, Roy E. Galatians/Ephesians
? Belleville, Linda Phillipians/Colossians/Philemon
? Towner, Philip H. 1-2 Thessalonians/1-2 Timothy/Titus
? Laansma, Jon Hebrews

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