Fascinating cultural and historical insights into God's Word
We are far removed from the time and culture of the biblical world, and this distance easily leads to misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Our understanding and appreciation of God's Word increase exponentially when we know the historical and cultural context in which the biblical books were written. Richly illustrated with full-color photos throughout, The Baker Illustrated Bible Background Commentary includes articles by leading Old and New Testament scholars on subjects such as
· countries, cities, and cultures of the Holy Land and the Greco-Roman world · trade, travel, and business · religious groups and customs · fashion, athletics, feasts, and celebrations · honor, shame, and hospitality · and much more
This colorful, informative volume is an essential companion for pastors, teachers, and laypeople who want to enhance their personal Bible study and help others do the same.
"Hays and Duvall have done the church a favor in bringing to us the Baker Illustrated Bible Background Commentary. By offering keen theological insight into the text, helpful historical and cultural analysis, and full-color pictures to go along with it, they have given every person desiring to grow in their knowledge of the Bible an invaluable tool to do so. This is a wonderful resource that both pastors and lay leaders will find extremely beneficial in their teaching and study of Scripture. I highly recommend it."
Dr. Jarrett Stephens, teaching pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church
"I love this book for three reasons. First, though the book is large, the articles are short, to the point, and cover a range of issues. Second, the articles are clear and informative and will make better readers and followers of Jesus. Third, the book is beautifully designed and supplemented. Reading the Bible is a communal, contextual, and constructive act. Thankfully, this book brings readers into conversation with many who have studied the context of Scripture in depth. This is a great resource that will serve the church for many years to come."
Patrick Schreiner, assistant professor of New Testament language and literature, Western Seminary