To understand the Bible, understanding the cultural background of each passage is important in helping you to know the author’s purpose for writing the book and why they did.
The IVP Bible Background Commentary is a unique, accessible commentary that helps you discover what it was like to actually be there when you are reading the Bible. Verse-by-verse, you are given all the background information you need to understand the local manners and customs of ancient times and cultures. You’ll become aware of what the people in the Bible were thinking and what was going on in their daily lives. Reading this work will shed valuable light that will even help your other commentaries make more sense.
This bundle includes the Old and New Testament volumes of the IVP Bible Background Commentary. The New Testament volume included is the second edition, with its 816 pages completely updated and revised. Fifteen percent of the material is new and from the most recent discoveries in archaeology and scholarship.
The Old Testament volume covers the narratives, genealogies, laws, poetry, proverbs, and prophecies and their histories, bringing to life the discoveries of archaeologists, historians, and social scientists. The specialized knowledge of the historical, cultural, and social background for each book of the Old Testament is included, written in an understandable way.
Knowing the background of the Bible can help you in sermon preparation, Sunday school lessons, seminary students, and anyone who wants to deepen their study of the Bible.
Read the excerpt below covering Galatians: 1:1-3:5. We hope you’ll be blessed and inspired by the content in this commentary, and if you love this sample, the set of both Old and New Testament is on sale for your WORDsearch library (much better than a PDF!) for a limited time.