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Notice board: The Bible

07 December 2012


THE New International Comment­ary on the New Testament offers an expository approach, for pastors, preachers, and teachers. Scot McKnight's The Letter of James began life in a teaching context; the ideas are his, though he refers to the work of other commentators (Wm B. Eerdmans/Alban, £35.99(£32.40); 978-0-8028-2627-5).

The Bible Speaks Today, a series popular with students, offers an expository approach. Tim Meadowcroft's The Message of the Word of God looks at God's communicating: by speaking; through the written word; in Christ; and today. Each chapter concentrates on a scriptural passage; study-questions end the book (IVP, £9.99(£9); 978-1-84474-551-7).

The original Tyndale Old Testa­ment Commentary series is being replaced by entirely new volumes, updated for the 21st century. The format has been modernised. Each text is now examined in three ways: a short note on context is followed by more detailed commentary, before a third segment looks at the message being communicated. The author of Deuteronomy is Edward Woods (IVP, £11.99(£10.80); 978-1-84474-533-3).

The Common English Bible is a translation intended to reflect how people naturally speak. Holy Bible uses American spelling. This version is a paperback; other formats are available (Abingdon/Alban, £10.99(£9.90); 978-1-60926-015-6).

Early Christian Letters for Every­one is another of Tom Wright's introductions to the New Testament. This volume covers James, 1 and 2 Peter; 1, 2, and 3 John; and Judah (Jude). These books are aimed at readers without theological training, and are anecdotal in style (978-0-281-06465-6). Revelation for Everyone, Wright's thoughts about what many regard as the hardest biblical book to understand, is also published by SPCK at the same price, £9.99 (978-0-281-06463-2). And an accompanying series of study guides for groups or individuals runs alongside the For Everyone commentaries. Luke has been written by Wright with Patty Pell (SPCK, £4.99(£4.50); 978-0-281-06505-9).

What Wright has done for the NT, John Goldingay is providing for the OT. Similar in style to the books mentioned above is 1 and 2 Kings for Everyone, in which Goldingay aims to help readers make sense of some of the struggles of the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah (SPCK, £9.99(£9); 978-0-281-06130-3).

To answer The Corinthian Question- i.e., why the church there opposed Paul - Paul Barnet offers a chronological study of the epistles sent to the Corinthians. He aims to show how, although the church initially seemed to welcome Paul, the relationship between them deteriorated, and what went wrong after Paul had left (IVP, £11.99(£10.80); 978-1-84474-532-6).

Kenneth Bailey seeks to provide a fresh look at 1 Corinthians by seeing Paul as a product of his Hebrew background and the Roman Empire. Paul Through Mediterranean Eye sconcentrates on the apostle's rhetorical style, and particular reference is made to non-Western ideas, and Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew translations (SPCK, £16.99(£15.30); 978-0-281-06455-7).

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