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Product Details

  • Series: The NIV Application Commentary
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; First Edition edition (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310207231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310207238
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

These three short prophetic books of the Old Testament each contain a dual message. One is of impending judgment—for all peoples on the Day of the Lord, for an enemy of Israel, and for Israel herself. The other is of great hope—of the pouring out of God’s Spirit, of restoration and renewal, and of a coming Messiah.
Placing judgment and hope together in such a manner may seem paradoxical to a contemporary mind. But the complete message of these prophets gives a fuller picture of God who despises and rightly judges sin and rebellion, but who also lovingly invites people to return to him so that he might bestow his wonderful grace and blessings on them. These messages are no less timely today than when these three books were first written, and David W. Baker skillfully bridges the centuries to help believers today understand the messages and apply them.
Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done.
The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
With the power of Pradis®, you can quickly view the text of a hyperlinked Bible verse in your favorite translation (sold separately). You can look up original language words using Strong’s and G/K numbers. You can search the entire text for a word, phrase, or Bible verse or even an original Bible language word. You can copy and paste a portion of a Pradis text into your word processor or just print a section directly in Pradis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David W. Baker (PhD, University of London) is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Ashland Theological Seminary.

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David Baker is Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH, where he has taught since 1986. Prior to that, he taught at the University or Durban-Westville and the University of the Witwatersrand, both in South Africa, and Bethel College in St Paul, Minnesota. He has also lectured at: Laidlaw College, Auckland, New Zealand; Queensland Theological College, Brisbane, Australia; South America Theological Seminary, Colon, Argentina; River Plate Adventist University, Libertador San Martin, Argentina; Tyndale Theological Seminary, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Ontario Theological Seminary (Now Tyndale Seminary), Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As well as traveling, David enjoys editing as well as writing, having written or edited over 40 publications.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phillip H. Steiger VINE VOICE on July 1, 2009
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If you are familiar with this series, you will know the commentaries make an attempt at not only dealing with the original meaning of the texts, but they attempt to make contemporary application of them as well. That can have its benefits and its drawbacks. The drawbacks that this commentary has were the lack of breadth of application. I know no commentary or book will be able to hit on everything within a text, and while this one does a good job most of the time, the application sections did not always deal with what seemed to be the core issues of some passages.

I found the "Original Meaning" sections to be very helpful, and well in line with the other evangelical commentaries I used for my sermon series on Malachi. Overall, this commentary was useful, but I believe the NICOT on Haggai and Malachi would be a better first bet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jo on February 7, 2013
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This commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to Modern application. Truly the title speaks for itself.
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By parkerj on October 20, 2014
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The NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) is a unique commentary that seeks to give the reader both the meaning of a passage of Scripture in its original context and a practical application for today’s life. The NIVAC commentary series proves itself to be highly valuable to better understand the text of Scripture and to make solid applications out of it. The NIVAC on Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi begins with an introduction chapter that discusses different areas of the book. I find that the introduction section in commentaries on the Old Testament to be highly valuable. It is here that the reader will gain a better understanding of the arrangement of the books, what influenced the author, and the historical context Understanding the time frame and historical events proves to be invaluable information when reading through the Bible, especially the Old Testament. It is helpful to have an understanding of the surrounding political and religious climate at the time these prophets spoke and a commentary will help with that information. This is not the only focus of this commentary, as it seeks to draw practical truths out for the reader. So while this commentary does focus on certain historical features, its main goal is to bring the reader into God's big picture and draw out practical applications from the text.

The Text and Commentary section of this book will divide each passage of Scripture into three sections:
Original Meaning – This is the section where the author will explain the meaning of the text in its original context. This section is fairly easy to read and is excellent for both Pastors and Laymen.
Bridging Context – In this section the author gets us from the original context to the contemporary context by a “bridge”.
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The NIV series of commentaries are all excellent. It contains the depth for Bible scholars while maintaining easy readability for those who are curious.
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