5 Reasons to Love the BECNT

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The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series provides commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological relevance.

All BECNT volumes feature each author’s detailed interaction with the Greek text. Each commentary admirably achieves the dual aims of the series—academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility—making it a useful tool for professors, students, and pastors. The user-friendly design includes shaded chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.

5 Reasons to Love the BECNT (Click each image to zoom in.)

It’s Exegetical, taking you verse-by-verse and passage-by-passage from Matthew to Revelation. The scholarly authors of this set don’t miss a thing. They apply the most up-to-date application of scholarship to every text. They dig deeply into areas of disagreement among theologians, giving the strengths and weakness of each side. The authors admit their own limitations, yet uphold a high standard towards biblical accuracy.

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Exegetical text of the Galatians volume

Language Issues are a critical concern. Whether you are a scholar or a layman, you will appreciate the brilliant way the BECNT handles explaining the nuances of the ancient languages. The Baker authors will take you deep into the Greek. If you need a little help, you’ll find the transliteration, showing how it’s pronounced. Even if you you have no Greek knowledge, the authors provide the closest possible translation and before long, many of these Greek words will become familiar to you.

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Explanation of the use of apostle in Galatians

Background material that’s like spending the day with a world-class historian. In each book, before you ever get to the commentary section, you’ll find a “book within a book” that offers rich background information including sections like: Overviews, Distinctive Aspects, Literary Matters, Historical Origins, Authorship, Textual History, Theological Emphases, Christology, Canonicity, Relationship to other books, and much more.

Sample of background material in the Galatians volume.

Sample of background material in the Galatians volume.

Beautiful outlines that will assist you in organizing sermons and lessons. The book of Matthew is just 28 chapters in length, yet the outline of Matthew is 153 lines long. The authors of the BECNT do not overlook even the smallest detail. Just browse the outlines and you’ll get inspiring ideas.

Part of the outline in the Matthew volume

Part of the outline in the Matthew volume

WORDsearch makes it better than having a printed edition. You already know this, but WORDsearch saves you from hours of page turning to look things up. Searching is fast and easy and your commentary stays in sync with any Bible translation of your choice. Click on a word to access your language tools for more information. Mouse-over a footnote to find a source. Find something you can use and drag it to a document where you’re creating a sermon or lesson.

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