- Series: The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 812 pages
- Publisher: Holman Reference (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805495304
- ISBN-13: 978-0805495300
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Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Holman Apologetics Commentaryon the Bible is a splendid series that I am very pleased to recommend. Students, pastors, campus workers, professors, and any serious-minded Christian will profit greatly from it. Indeed, it is a resource for all truth-seekers!
Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University
This is a much-needed and immensely valuable resource. The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible: Gospels and Acts is written by leading scholars in the field who have a knack for answering tough questions in a way that is highly academic and yet understandable and helpful to the non-specialist as well. Get a copy, study it, and find practical ways to communicate its truth to our generation.
Director of Worldview Ministries
This is the commentary I have been waiting for. Finally, there's a one-volume resource on the Gospels and Acts written by leading New Testament scholars, familiar with the latest scholarship and challenges, and focused on defending the consistency and reliability of the earliest biographies of Jesus. You won't find trivial answers here! Rather, you will learn how to engage the biblical text in a thoughtful way that takes context and the complexities of history seriously. Read this commentary and watch your confidence in the biblical text grow. I will be recommending this book to my students and anyone else who has questions about the Gospels.
Author of Welcome to College and founder of ThinkChristianly.org
Discussions about the truth of Christianity often center around the Gospels and Acts. Wouldn't it be nice to have a single volume that includes discussions pertaining to authorship, date of composition, available manuscripts, potential contradictions and texts for which much dispute exists? To my knowledge, no such book existed . . . until now! This team of top-flight scholars has produced a first-of-its-kind volume that will be a welcome resource for many years to come.
Associate Professor in Theology, Houston Baptist University
This is a serious project produced by first-rate scholars. As I began paging through, I noticed that many of the questions I've had about particular passages were addressed with focus and careful discussion that often doesn’t make it into other commentaries. I find the authors to address many, many passages in the Bible that are strange, obscure, and otherwise difficult to understand. The writers show an unflinching engagement with critical scholarship. Frequently the explanation includes helpful background from extrabiblical writings and early church sources. The scholar and others who are interested in understanding the Bible will find much that is valuable to sort out the Gospels and Acts. At a length of 764 pages plus bibliography, this project goes a long way to open up the Bible for clear understanding of even the strangest passages.
Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Biola University
As I looked over the excellent new volume of the Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible, I asked myself, “Why hasn't someone thought of this idea before?” Here the curious Christian or the skeptic can find commentaries on books of the Bible that focus on issues of trustworthiness and historical accuracy. Also, doctrinal issues raised by potentially confusing texts are addressed head on. These volumes are written by faithful Christian scholars with an eye to the edification of the non-specialist. Highly recommended.
Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
This work is a well-written and useful commentary written by exceptionally qualified scholars. I know of no commentary like it, which deals with some of the most difficult passages in the Gospels and Acts and provides solid research confirming the reliability of the text. The discussion on Luke 2:1, one of the most difficult issues in the book of Luke regarding the accuracy of the text, is probably the most thorough and well-researched response to this passage for some time. Those wanting to do careful research on the reliability of the text of the New Testament now have a substantial resource that they can consult.
Professor of Old Testament Studies, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
The Gospel and Acts volume of The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible provides, in a single book, a treasure trove of answers and resources for the defense of the reliability of Scripture as well as in-depth analysis of many so-called “Bible difficulties.” This is a book that will help the pastor, strengthen the student, and point the lost to the Truth. I am grateful to have it on my shelf.
Jason G. Duesing
Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Of the writing of Bible commentaries there is no end. However, the Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible stands out as a uniquely helpful resource. By focusing on those portions of the biblical text most questioned by skeptics, this commentary series will equip pastors and other Christian leaders to defend the truthfulness of Scripture in a postmodern and increasingly post-Christian context. This is the right commentary series for our present age. Highly recommended.
Nathan A. Finn
Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
The authority of Scripture―challenged more stridently in the early 21st century than ever―is closely tied to its reliability. Prepared by highly regarded New Testament scholars, this careful volume provides a robust yet nuanced discussion of issues presented by “higher critics” whose writings have often undermined belief in the reliability of the Gospels and Acts. The helpful format enables pastors and other serious Bible students easily to identify “problem issues” for any particular passage and to engage scholarship from all points of the theological spectrum. I welcome this resource as a great tool to assist articulating the reliability and authority of the Bible, and I look forward to other volumes in the series.
Kendell H. Easley
Professor of Biblical Studies, Union University
The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible is an amazing tool for pastors and students. Many commentaries, in an effort to address a wide variety of topics and concerns, fail to adequately address many of the questions that people are asking. Finally, there is a resource that provides clear and concise answers to these tough questions. I highly recommend this valuable resource.
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Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
If you’re looking for an apologetics commentary to feast upon, you’ve found it. The Holman Apologetics Commentary On The Bible has the necessary ingredients for greatness. Written by first-rate scholars. Reliable, readable, and digestible! Bone appétit!
Creator of The One Minute Apologist and Lead Pastor at Life Fellowship Church in Charlotte, NC.
The further we delve into a post-Christian world, the firmer our feet need to be rooted in Holy Scripture. The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible serves as a unique resource to this end as it provides a textually driven approach to apologetics, wherein the issues that are addressed come directly from the Bible and the conclusions that are provided show deep respect for the internal consistency of God’s Word. This is an intellectually edifying and spiritually satisfying work that will strengthen the church for years to come.
Associate Dean of the School of Christian Ministries and Associate Professor of Church History, California Baptist University
About the Author
Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Darrell L. Bock is executive director of Cultural Engagement and senior research professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary.
Andreas J. Köstenberger is senior professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC and director of acquisitions, B&H Academic.
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Aesthetically the commentary is laid out very nicely. Passages of Scripture are easy to find as they are centered on the page with the reference at the top in a bold background. After this the authors walk through the text with the commentary divided into sections. This is not a verse by verse exposition, but rather "the authors were provided an index that identified verses known to be relevant to the topics of apologetics and biblical reliability. They restricted their comments to these verses, plus any others that they recognized as germane to the aims of this project." To help with the readability each section begins with the passage of Scripture in bold as its heading, making it easy to navigate through this commentary to find specific areas of interest. I found the layout very helpful in finding passages of Scripture quickly.
A key question to ask is how do the authors handle the criticism of the text? The answer is that, "each commentary note begins by stating the challenge or challenges regarding the text at hand. We attempt to state the case in all its potency, as a critic would state it. This approach takes seriously the critical viewpoint and helps ensure that the reader feels the full weight of the challenge. Stating the challenge in an attenuated form, or stating only the weakest elements of the challenge, would rig the outcome and fail truly to interact with those who lodge complaints against the believer's viewpoint." This is crucial. As with theological differences, it is not acceptable to simply state one's proof texts and not engage in the opposing views points. Rather, the most helpful theological works not only state their position, but are also able to engage with other views. This is what this commentary does. Instead of finding the easiest arguments against the Bible that they can find, the authors instead confront the tough questions and seek to arm believers with sound answers.
A question that also arises is: Why present these challenges to the Bible that so many believers may be completely unaware of. The authors answer by stating that, "there are others who are eager to do the stirring for us, and would do so in hopes of convincing us that the Bible is unreliable. It is far better to face the difficulties with the aid of reliable guides who intend to bolster faith." This is an excellent point, but not the only one the authors point out. "Another answer is that we are called by God to be equipped. If what we evangelicals believe about the Bible is true, surely it can withstand unblinking examination. This does not mean we will sit in judgement over the Word of God. Rather, it means we will not shirk from engaging challenges to its accuracy and authority."
I was saved when I was 26 after living a life that denied the Bible as truth. One of the areas that strengthened my faith early on as a believer were apologetic books dealing with very tough questions. The Bible IS reliable, and we as Christians can profit greatly from seeing how empty many of the claims against it really are and also being able to better understand some of the more difficult claims. The authors of the commentary have provided the church with an excellent resource to bolster faith and tear down attacks against the Bible accuracy and authority. I am thankful for this commentary and look forward to more to come!
I received a copy of this book from B&H Publishing (Holman Reference) in exchange for an honest review.
Matthew is written by Michael Wilkins (NT professor at Talbot School of Theology), Mark is written by Craig Evans (Professor NT at Acadia Divinity College), Luke and Acts are written by Darrell Bock (Senior Research Professor of N.T. studies at Dallas Theological Seminary), and John is written by Andreas Kostenberger (NT professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary).
Each NT commentator takes a conservative, evangelical interpretation of the Gospels and the book of Acts. The commentators believe that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote their respective gospels and that each book in the Bible is divinely inspired and inerrant.
What I enjoyed about this commentary is that it blends excellent biblical exposition of each book with an apologetics emphasis which addresses tough questions and textual issues.
For example, Wilkins deals with the textual issue of Matt 2:23 about where in the OT prophetic books was the prophecy about Jesus being called a Nazarene? (p. 37). Wilkins also discusses the different order of the temptations in Matthew and Luke (pp. 44-45), and why the lists of the Twelve apostles differ in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts (pp. 75-76). Wilkins also provides a helpful overview of the post-resurrection appearances of Christ (pp. 189-191).
Craig Evans addresses questions in the Gospel of Mark such as the sparseness in Mark's account of the Temptation (p. 212) and the question, "did Mark mimick OT themes?" (p. 212) Also, Evans addresses the question, "Why did Mark say that Jesus was not able to do any miracles in His hometown?" (p. 239). Evans also explains his view on the two long endings in the Mark 16:9-20.
Darrell Bock, writing on Luke and Acts, addresses the question, "Are the NT stories simply recast or stories?" (p. 341) and the sources for the Infancy Narratives (p. 342). Bock also addresses the question of the dating of the 1st registration during the governership of Quirinius and the timing of the census (pp. 350-352). He also explains the order of Christ's woes in Luke 11 and Matthew 23 (pp. 426-427) and the question of whether the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) is a parable or a narrative (pp. 443-444). Additionally, Bock discusses the question of whether the Olivet discourse in Luke 21:5-38 was a creation of the early church or not (pp. 463-465). He also talks about the variations on the wording for the Lord's Supper (Luke 22:14-23) -- p. 468. Bock also answers the question of whether Jesus' statement to the Sanhedrin ("The Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the Power of God") was a statement of divinity or not (pp. 473-474). Finally, Bock deals with the difficult question of the timing and placement of the angels announcing the resurrection of Christ (pp. 486-492), and whether Christ appeared to the disciples in Galilee or Jerusalem (pp. 495-498).
Andreas Kostenberger's exposition of John addresses the question of authorship (a single author or Johannine community), and he provides a very lucid, condensed exposition of John (compared with his more extensive commentary on the Gospel of John in the Baker's Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament). Besides providing an excellent commentary on John, Kostenberger addresses the question of what Jesus meant when he said "you are gods" (John 10:34-36). He also deals with the question of whether the last supper was a Passover meal or not (p. 586) and what Christ meant when he said that the disciples would do "greater works" than He in John 14:12 (p. 593). Kostenberger also answers the question of who went to the tomb and when during Resurrection day (pp. 622-623).
Darrell Bock, in his commentary on Acts, provides a detailed discussion about the genre of the book of Acts and the nature of its presentation of history and the speeches (pp. 641-647). He also explains the passage about Judas Iscariot's death (Acts 1: 18-20) and reconciles the Acts account with the description by the Gospel writers (pp. 654-655). Bock also addresses the use of the LXX by Peter in his speech at Pentecost (pp. 656-663), the three versions of Paul's conversion (pp. 696-698), and how Luke got access to the letters of Paul to Felix (p. 746).
I hope this gives you an idea of what this Apologetics Commentary provides. I found this commentary to be very insightful in its commentary, and its addressing of difficult issues and questions in the Gospels and Acts. I often refer to this commentary first to get a good overview of the passage I'm studying in the Gospels or Acts and then I read individual commentaries on the Gospels and Acts for more detailed explanation.
This commentary is published by Holman Publishers, and thus they use the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) as their primary Scripture text.
If you want a comprehensive overview of the Gospels which explains both the NT passages expositionally and helps you navigate through the difficult questions /issues, this commentary is for you. I hope Holman Publishers provides a commentary for the NT epistles and the book of Revelation in the future. Very highly recommended!!