Fresh Translation, Inspiring Commentary, and Teachable Applications

The Old Testament for Everyone was aptly titled since the gospel message is for everyone. Respected Old Testament scholar Dr. John Goldingay explains familiar and obscure passages of the Bible in a style that is easy to read, understand, and apply. You’ll find wisdom that will transform your preaching and teaching ministry.

Scholarship That Is Hidden in Plain Sight

A companion to the New Testament for Everyone by Dr. N.T. Wright, this work includes fresh translation, inspiring commentary, and teachable applications. What makes both of these sets stand apart from other scholarly works is that they are written for anyone who loves to preach, teach, or find new discoveries in God’s Word.

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Teach with More Confidence and Clarity

The Teacher’s Outline & Study Bible (TOSB) is an in-depth, easy to follow resource for creating sermon series & lessons or deep personal study. Each volume contains four months of solid, Bible-based weekly lessons, 35-45 minutes in length.

For each lesson, the TOSB features:

  • Bible Outlines – All Scripture is outlined, verse by verse, highlighting the main points of the passage.
  • Inspiring Commentary – Practical commentary on each verse and point makes it easier to teach and understand.
  • Study Questions – Thought-provoking questions draw your students into the lesson at their need level.
  • Illustrations – Insightful illustrations uphold the principles of Scripture.
  • Applications – Real-life application of the Scripture promotes spiritual growth
  • Summaries – Lesson summary brings it all together and helps you restate the points your students need to remember most

In Wordsearch, you can arrange the outlines and the commentary in separate windows alongside your favorite Bible translation. This helps you see the context of the passage and easily navigate between verses and the supporting material.

When you open a lesson, you’ll see a title for the study, followed by the verses, a practical goal or aim of the study, a key memory verse, an introduction, a commentary, real world application, illustrations that make the lesson clear, and questions to stimulate thought.

This is followed by a reflections and response section, which can be a journal for the leader or used as a way for your group to make the lesson more personable. There is also a section called “A Closer Look” that includes more details for preachers and teachers. You get all of this for every single lesson in this set.

TOSB will quickly become one of your go-to resources in Wordsearch. Two new volumes have just been released, and all volumes are on sale. Learn more and see a video here.

Study Key Words with Theological Dictionaries

For over 50 years, the most authoritative Greek lexicon on the New Testament has been the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT), more commonly known as “Kittel.” A host of biblical scholars consider it to be the best New Testament dictionary ever compiled, not only for theologians, but also for preachers and pastors.

What made TDNT a breakthrough Bible study tool was the careful and exhaustive way it treated each New Testament Greek word. The authors discuss how each word was used in classical Greek literature, its use in the Hebrew Septuagint, and its use throughout the New Testament. It then will also see the word’s uses in other sources such as Philo, Josephus, and the pseudepigraphal and rabbinical literature.

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Staff Pick – NIV Application Commentary

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Wondering what to read next? With the thousands of books on the Wordsearch site, it can be tough to decide on what book to add to your library. But we’re here to help! Today’s Staff Pick highlights one of our employee’s favorite book sets. And don’t miss the special discount, plus an excerpt of the commentary on John, at the end of this post just for stopping by!

Recently, I started doing a study in the book of John in chapter 4, the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. I decided to look into The NIV Application Commentary, because a Wordsearch customer highly recommended it to me. I have to say that I do not usually reference the NIV for any of my studies or readings, so I was a little bit skeptical of what I would find. The depth and clarity of the NIV Application Commentary surprised me. I really like the way the commentary is laid out. It has an “Original Meaning” section, a “Bridging Context” section, and a “Contemporary Significance” section.

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Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible

The word hermeneia is a Greek word that means interpretation or translation. In the ancient world, hermeneia was traditionally used to describe the meticulous and thorough exposition of Scripture. Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible is written and designed to follow that ancient principle. This 51-volume commentary is massive in scope and will help you understand the history of the Bible and how it has been interpreted over time.

Over 30,000 Pages of Scholarship

A commentary this large can be intimidating, but the reason Hermeneia has over 30,000 pages is because the editors didn’t want to put an arbitrary limit on their work. The commentators were able to explore each passage and how it was interpreted over time as fully as necessary. When they explain what they see as a problem of interpretation, they provide you with the full critical discussion, along with the sources and information of where it came from.

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5 Questions with the Editor of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary

Tony Merida is lead pastor Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as associate professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also one of the editors of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary volumes (on sale now), showing readers how to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture.

We talked with Tony about his Bible study tips, sermon prep, and more.

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