The Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) is 62 volumes of excellent scholarship, and each volume offers accurate, focused, and inspiring commentary. Instead of having one dominant focus like other commentaries, the WBC is expositional, critical, homiletical, and devotional all at once, and also provides summaries and applications.
Highly acclaimed by preachers, teachers, and the academic community, over 50 top Bible scholars (all with a high view of Scripture and divine revelation) have contributed to this work. Each scholar was chosen for his particular field of expertise and it’s made obvious in the focused level of scholarship within each volume.
The WBC is formatted in a way that is easy to follow and that lends itself to excellent Bible study technique. Every passage covered by the commentary is organized in this way:
- Translation – Every author begins each passage with his own translation from the original language. Every word has been carefully considered, and in the following sections you will find a wealth of evidence that explains his specific choices of translated words.
- Introductions offer an extensive information on the author, background, history, cultural issues, and theological considerations of the book.
- Forms/Structure/Settings deal with language issues. It discusses whether a text was written like a poem, song, prayer, command, etc. Much attention is paid to language issues and grammatical concerns.
- Commentary is the heart of this work and you’ll find it to be well-researched and thorough. The authors offer much detail concerning the original languages, giving you deep understanding of Greek and Hebrew words and phrases. The word studies alone in this series are worth the price of the set.
- Explanation is a summary of the study on each passage written in a way that allows you to find practical ways to apply this text for preaching, teaching, and ministry.
The WBC is great for preparing sermons or deeper Bible study. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a stronger theological understanding of Scripture. And in WORDsearch, you’ll be able use these 58 volumes much easier than if you had hard copies. You can compare translations, cross-reference, see what other commentaries have to say, and more all in one place.
Read the excerpt below from the Genesis volume covering Genesis 16: 1-16. We hope you’ll be blessed and inspired by the content in this commentary, and if you love this sample, the entire series is on sale for your WORDsearch library (much better than a PDF!) for a limited time. The publisher of this series rarely discounts these books, but, through September 30, they are permitting us to sell the WBC for $9.99 per volume. In print, these books normally sell for $40-$50 each.