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  • Hardcover: 1648 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; REV UPD edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780801013089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801013089
  • ASIN: 0801013089
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.8 x 2.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Comprehensive, accessible, and fully illustrated--this one-volume commentary on the Bible is a must-have resource.

You want a deeper understanding of the Scriptures, but the notes in your study Bible don't give you enough depth or insight. This commentary was created with you in mind.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary is a nontechnical, section-by-section commentary on the whole Bible that provides reliable and readable interpretations of the Scriptures from forty-three leading evangelical scholars. A complete revision of the well-known Baker Commentary on the Bible, this updated resource features new articles and vibrant full-color images on more than 1,600 pages, complete with photos, maps, and timelines to illustrate the text.

This information-packed commentary will help you gain a deeper understanding of the Bible in your own personal study or in preparation for teaching. It tackles problematic questions, calls attention to the spiritual and personal aspects of the biblical message, and brings out important points of biblical theology, making it invaluable to anyone seeking to get the most out of their Bible study.


Gary M. Burge (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His published works include The New Testament in Antiquity; The Bible and the Land; Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller; Encounters with Jesus; Jesus and the Land; the NIV Application Commentary on the Letters of John; and the NIV Application Commentary on the Gospel of John.

Andrew E. Hill (PhD, University of Michigan) is professor of Old Testament studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the coauthor of A Survey of the Old Testament and the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary on the Minor Prophets and is the author of the Anchor Bible Commentary: Malachi and the NIV Application Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles.

About the Author

Gary M. Burge (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His published works include The New Testament in Antiquity: A Textbook for Students; The Bible and the Land; Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller; Encounters with Jesus; Jesus and the Land; the NIV Application Commentary on the Letters of John; and the NIV Application Commentary on the Gospel of John.

Andrew E. Hill (PhD, University of Michigan) is professor of Old Testament studies at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the coauthor of A Survey of the Old Testament and the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary on the Minor Prophets, and is the author of the Anchor Bible Commentary: Malachi and the NIV Application Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles.

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A great companion book to any bible study.
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The Bible commentators are evangelical Bible scholars who provide sound, biblical, and lucid exposition on each Bible book.
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This commmentary is very informative and easy to read.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By moviebuff on February 25, 2012
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I purchased this Bible commentary recently and it is a welcome addition to my library. The Bible commentators are evangelical Bible scholars who provide sound, biblical, and lucid exposition on each Bible book. The Bible commentary is based on the 2011 NIV version. (This review is for the book version, not the Kindle)

For each Bible book, there's the:

Introduction
Interpretive Approaches
Date, Authorship, Audience, Explanation of the Genre, Historical Context and Situation
The commentary on each chapter and section
Select bibliography

Throughout the whole commentary, there are beautiful pictures, photos of the region described in the Bible book, maps, and helpful charts. Each Bible commentator chose renown scholarly works in the select bibliography at the end which encompasses the latest research.

Some of the scholars I recognized because they have written other commentaries (Victor Hamilton - Genesis and Ezekiel, Willem VanGemeren - Isaiah, Daniel,Zephaniah, and Malachi, Tremper Longman III -- Micah, R.D. Patterson -- Habakkuk, Thomas Schreiner -- Luke, Gary M. Burge -- John, Douglas Moo -- James, Peter H. Davids -- Jude). I was glad to see the exposition by "newer" scholars who provided excellent commentaries on the other books.

As stated, each of the Bible commentators did an excellent job in explaining each book of the Bible. I wanted to comment on some particular books which caught my attention:

Job -- Gary A. Long provides helpful Mesopotamian parallels to the book of Job and explains the Date, Authorship and Composition of Job very comprehensively. He gives the most complete and helpful explanation of the cycles of dialogue and exposition on Job I've ever seen in a one-volume Bible commentary.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Watson on April 8, 2012
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This is a review of the text-only Kindle edition. When I first saw the Kindle text-only Baker Commentary, all of the reviews were for the hardcover book (the "real" book) with all the illustrations. I wondered what good was a "text-only" edition of an Illustrated Commentary, especially because the product description is for the "real" edition, and describes all the illustrations, even though this is the text-only edition. So I decided to go ahead and get the Kindle edition just to be the first to review it. The verdict: I'm sure an illustrated e-book would be better (and I'm sure it would be possible for those of us with Kindle Fires or who use the Kindle Cloud Reader), but this text-only edition is still plenty good, and worth getting.

I used the "real" Baker Illustrated Commentary (the heavy hardcover edition) in graduate school/seminary, and found it invaluable for explaining the wider context of Scripture passages, the cultural context, the geographical/geopolitical setting, etc. This text-only edition is somewhat lacking, particularly because it doesn't have the maps or timelines (which I found quite helpful). But it is the text itself which is the meat of this book, and the complete text is here in the Kindle text-only edition.

I've played around with it on my Kindle iPhone app, Kindle Fire, and Kindle Cloud Reader, and it definitely does better on the larger screens of the Fire and Cloud Reader. It's okay on the iPhone app, but due to the large size of the book (44,100 locations), it's much harder to navigate on the iPhone app.

There is no index; you'll have to use the Table of Content to navigate around the commentary. There is a link in the Table of Contents to each book of the Bible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DR-J-J TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2012
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Wow. I was pleasantly surprised at the new Baker's Illustrated Bible Commentary. Let's face it, one volume commentaries are often disappointments when it comes to usability. Part of the reason for that is that it is hard to write intriguing & insightful details when the goal is a one (or two) volume commentary. Still, thus far, I have been very happy with the approach of the BIBC, edited by Burge and Hill.

I am with the other reviewers who give this volume 4 or 5 stars. Well deserving. You will notice that the few 1 star ratings (two at the time of this writing) are for the Kindle (text-only) edition. More about the Kindle version below.

It is hard for me to imagine any evangelical Christian being less than happy with this one volume commentary. Examples?

It is hard not to begin with noted evangelical scholar, Victor Hamilton, who does Genesis in this commentary. While this shortened commentary on Genesis can't compare to his full-meal-deal commentary, it gives the teacher/preacher sound insights in quick order. (Some think Genesis 1 isn't given enough space... of course this is true... but it is not without good insights). Look at Noah's story... if this section doesn't shine new light on what his happening, then you probably aren't even searching for a one volume commentary. Great insights that come from the OT Hebrew text, without giving us the Hebrew, of course (Rain, rain, Dry, dry, etc, etc). I also thought the Hagar story was eye opening. Why does the Egyptian slave Hagar get used in this way. Why does Sarai dismiss her? Does Abram's response tell us anything? How does God first reveal himself (to Hagar) differently than before. What is the result? Good stuff here.

Roy Gane continues this excellence in his short commentary on Leviticus.
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