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IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword
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OT: John H. Walton, Victor H. Matthews, Mark W. Chavalas , NT: Craig S. Keener
IVP
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BACKGROUND INSIGHTS ON EVERY PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE!

To understand and apply the Bible well, you need an understanding of the cultural background of each passage. Only then can you grasp the author's original concerns and purposes. This unique commentary provides, in verse-by-verse format, the crucial cultural background you need for responsible--and richer--Bible study. It includes introductory essays about cultural background information for each book of the Bible.

The narratives, genealogies, laws, poetry, proverbs and prophecies of the Old Testament as well as the sweeping panorama of the New Testament books are deeply rooted in history. Archaeologists, historians and social scientists have greatly advanced our knowledge of the ancient world of the Bible. When we illuminate the stories, events, and backgrounds of the Bible, these texts spring to new life.

Based on years of in-depth study, this accessible and bestselling commentary is valuable for pastors in sermon preparation, for Sunday-school and other church teachers as they build lessons, for missionaries concerned not to import their own cultural biases into the Bible, for college and seminary students in classroom assignments, and for everyday Bible readers seeking to deepen and enhance their study of Scripture.

John H. Walton (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. Previously he was professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Victor H. Matthews is dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri). Mark W. Chavalas is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin--La Crosse. Craig S. Keener (Ph.D., Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Palmer Seminary (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania).

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Special Features:

- provides historical, social and cultural background for every passage of the Bible
- gathers, condenses and makes accessible an abundance of specialized knowledge
- enriches your study, teaching and preaching
- provides expanded explanations of significant background issues
- offers introductory essays on each book

"The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament is a treasure of information crucial to enriching your understanding of the Bible. The authors are experts in the field of Old Testament and its ancient Near Eastern world and present the fruits of their research in an extremely accessible way to allow modern readers to bridge the horizon back to the ancient context of the Bible." —Tremper Longman III, Westmont College

"Users of Craig Keener's IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament will be delighted to have a companion volume on a period both more remote in time and exotic in cultural background. . . . This volume . . . fills a need not addressed by any other book I know. It will open the eyes of lay readers to the vast and still largely untapped resources of ancient Near Eastern archaeology and texts for the understanding of the Old Testament. I predict a warm and enthusiastic reception for the book." — Harry A. Hoffner Jr., Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

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IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

4 stars
Outstanding (4/15/2014)
Reviewed by (Mike G, SW, MI) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Very useful commentary. I don't ALWAYS agree with it, but it is a literal gold mine of cultural information that helps me understand better what the Bible would have meant to the original hearers. Highly recommended.

5 stars
Great up to date resource! (11/30/2013)
Reviewed by (Ken Brown, Summerville, SC, ) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Outstanding scholarship. Helps you read the bible in context.

5 stars
IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword (11/30/2013)
Reviewed by (Richard Parker, Tellico Plains, Tennessee) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I have used e-sword since it inception, several years ago now. It is a premier bible study / sermon prep program and is very user friendly. With the addition of eStudySource resources it has expanded my research capabilities exponentially. If you are a preacher, pastor or bible study teacher and do not have this resource or have not expanded basic e-sword you would be well served in doing so. The IVP Bible Background Commentary is is a must if you preach expository sermons. It is a great resource for cultural, historical analysis of a text.


5 stars
Great background tool (11/30/2013)
Reviewed by (Kristen Namminga, Rangely, Colorado) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

This is a great background tool. I have the hard copies of this but it's so nice here to have it in digital form as well.

5 stars
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Reviewed by (pete ryan, perth, wa, Australia) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Fantastic Commentary. It has a non religious/denomination view which all commentaries should be. The information opens up the near east in the time of the bible so well. A must for all who really want to study the bible.

5 stars
Great Commentaries (7/25/2013)
Reviewed by (Enoch Daniell, Fayetteville, GA) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

These parallel commentaries are some of the best I have been able to find. They are great, augment verses and have aided my understanding of scripture and also provides useful information of places and cultures of the Bibical times.

5 stars
Very helpful (7/25/2013)
Reviewed by (Tom Lawrence, Moultrie, GA) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

The Background Commentary gives insight into your understanding of the culture and history that helps bring clarity to the passage of scripture.

4 stars
Bible Background Commentary (7/25/2013)
Reviewed by (Gerald Gibson, Fairview, TN) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I purchased the IVP Bible Background Commentary a few weeks ago. As with all e-sword products I have, it has been a great help in understanding the times in which Christ lived. Also, e-sword as a whole has helped me to understand the meaning of many Bible passages and in preparing adult Sunday school lessons. I tell everyone I come into contact with about e-sword and give them the CD always requesting that they give it back after they have loaded it on their computer so that I can give it to others. Thank you, Rick, for putting together such a wonderful tool to spread the message of our LORD and SAVIOR Jesus Christ.

5 stars
Practical Application (7/25/2013)
Reviewed by (Clyde Bartlett, Mount Olivet, Kentucky) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I teach a bible study in a home group setting. Without formal bible training it is necessary to use several commentaries to help understand a particular a passage. The IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword has been a tremendous blessing because it adds real life settings and real life people to each verse that we can apply to our daily living. It helps us to see the scriptures not just as historical fact but truth to be lived. Thank the Lord for people like these authors who devote so much time and effort to help give insight out of His Word to the rest of us and for e-Sword for bringing to us.

5 stars
When I was in Divinity School, I used this comment (7/16/2013)
Reviewed by (Charles Rambeau, Dunn, NC) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

When I was in Divinity School, I used this commentary in developing sermons and Bible studies. I wanted a copy of it electronically because it provides good background on scripture and will help in my pastoral duties.

5 stars
An appealing easy to use help (4/2/2013)
Reviewed by (Fraser Turner, Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

The IVP "Bible Background Commentary," is an appealing and easy useful help for any student of the Word. In some cases it provided information that is not available in some commentaries. I consider this to be an invaluable aid to study, therefore, I have no hesitation in recommending the IVP "Bible Background Commentary."

4 stars
Great Resource (4/2/2013)
Reviewed by (Jim Walker, Alcolu, SC) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Another excellent resource for Bible study

5 stars
Great product! (10/28/2012)
Reviewed by (Milt Rodriguez, GAINESVILLE, Georgia) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

great product and delivery!

4 stars
Bible background helps to bring better understandi (7/16/2012)
Reviewed by (David Stone, Brownsville, OR) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Bible background helps to bring better understanding to the Word of God. To learn the way of life for early Israel and the middle east country makes the Bible come to life more.

4 stars
Good Resource! (5/14/2012)
Reviewed by (Filipe Teixeira, Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Good Resource!

5 stars
Excellent (2/15/2012)
Reviewed by (E Strydom, Kranspoort, Mpumalanga, South Africa) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Well Researched and highly recommended.

5 stars
IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword PC (12/31/2011)
Reviewed by (Stephen Bowman, Waterford, CA) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Very Good

5 stars
Why did I wait so long (12/29/2011)
Reviewed by (Osmer Harris, Azusa, California) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I bought this because it was on sale, and I really wanted an electronic version of my hardbacks as I spend most of my available time on the computer. I have been referencing the commentaries extensively since installing them and find them a great help in understanding. They are modern in terminology and easy to understand. I think this was something that I should have invested in long ago.

5 stars
IVPBBC (12/29/2011)
Reviewed by (Patrick Melton, Yamagata City, Gifu Ken 501-2101, Japan) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

As a foreign missionary serving in Japan for over 35 years I've found eStudySource.com one of the best Bible study source helps I have.
I've gotten a lot of background help from IVPBBC. So far I've found it favorable correct on fundamental issues. I highly recommend this source for serious students of the Word of God.


5 stars
Tried & True (12/29/2011)
Reviewed by (Danny Avery, Bridge City, TX) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

IVP Bible Background Commentary has been an amazing help to me in my bible study and understanding what's behind the verses on the page. I was introduced to it while with the Navigators and once I saw that it was available for e-Sword through eStudySource I had to get it. I am usually leary of commentaries, but IVP is spot on. It is very well laid out and easy to use as well. Thank you for this amazing tool for a closer walk with the Lord & deeper understanding of His heart. Blessings!


5 stars
On the short list (12/14/2011)
Reviewed by (Kip Havard, Lufkin, TX) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

This is on my short list of "must have" resources. There simply isn't any other resource like this. If you want to understand the background of each scripture, then this is for you.

5 stars
IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword PC (12/6/2011)
Reviewed by (Janet Ellen Shen, Yishun South, nil, Singapore) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I am into Hebraic Torah studies, and this commentary has good insight into Historical backgrounds about Ancient civilization beliefs and practices. Many of which I do not find it in other commentaries.


5 stars
Super (11/10/2011)
Reviewed by (Vladimir Majersky, Backi Petrovac, Vojvodina, Serbia) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I use eSword long time. It has been a great help for my Bible study preparing sermons on a different topics. It is a great advantage to have the whole library in lap top and carry everywhere with me. It is great to have Bible translations even in many languages and be able to compare and use the best meaning. E-Sword is a great tool for me and my ministry. Vladimir

5 stars
IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & (11/10/2011)
Reviewed by (Monica Bessinger, Ashburton, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Having access to the quality of commentaries made available at a reasonable price, making the Word that much more real is wonderful. Thank you, it is an amazing tool I recommend it to all my friends.

5 stars
Should have done this earlier! (10/5/2011)
Reviewed by (Florence Jee, Alexandria, Virginia) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I am a seminarian and constantly in need of resources for my research and studies. The frustration is when you need something, the library is closed! Another frustration is, you borrowed tons of books (yes, and carrying them back to dormitory) and discover they are not as what you expected. E-sword provides such good resources and they are SO EASY to install (oh yes, FREE), VERY EFFICIENT, responds to you IMMEDIATELY (no exaggeration)to your questions. In a few seconds, I installed what I purchased! Bravo, E-Swrod! IVP Bible Background Commentary is what I needed for my studies and future ministry. Installing this e-book, I do not have to carry all these books when I travel around different places. Furthermore, this commentary is so helpful and serves your needs. I always enjoyed the 'hard copies', now I have my own e-copy! And,I got it during promotion! Yeah!

5 stars
Excellent commentary. I use this extensively in se (9/21/2011)
Reviewed by (Michael M, Lenexa, KS) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Excellent commentary. I use this extensively in sermon prep.

5 stars
Bible Background Commentary (9/21/2011)
Reviewed by (Bill Boyd, St. John, Indiana) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Because of a construction accident I am not able to handle {physical} books and commentaries to study God's Word.  The new e-Sword has made my Bible studies a lot simpler for me to use and it is a sheer delight.  I have purchased all of their commentaries and I do not understand how anyone can study the Bible without these tools.  I write Sunday school lessons, Bible studies, and sermon messages to be a help to pastors and churches.


5 stars
Turn the other cheek????? (9/21/2011)
Reviewed by (William Hart, Arlington, TX) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

Momma never taught me to turn the other cheek. What's the meaning of Jesus' instruction? His audience surely knew. To us it's "servant leadership" or "time to go up the downstair case". But his audience wouldn't know what this mondern expression means. This commentary is the best e-sword module for cultural context. I syncs nicely (like a commentary as opposed to a Topic Note)and gets to the point quickly. I became an immediate favorite of mine.

5 stars
Must have tool. (8/18/2011)
Reviewed by (Ken Pierce, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

This is a must have tool for anyone doing sermon prep or teaching a class. Minutes, sometimes hours are wasted trying to find relevant and interesting background information on a passage. The IVP Background Commentary gives you that time back by having already done the research.


5 stars
Love it (7/28/2011)
Reviewed by (Brent B, West Lafayette, IN) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I LOVE this resource. I've used it before in book form, but I decided to grab the one for e-Sword since it's cheaper and more convenient. It really helps to paint a background of those passages in the Bible that don't seem to click...getting the cultural side of things really helps to understand why people reacted to certain things the way they did.


5 stars
Works Well and Insightful (7/28/2011)
Reviewed by (Dennis Steinmetz, Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

IVP Bible background works seamlessly with e-Sword and gives me additional understanding into the various Scriptures that I study greatly enhancing my teaching. Certainly a bargain at its current price.


5 stars
Critical Resource (6/8/2011)
Reviewed by (Les Brown, Norco, CA) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

This is the first commentary I look to as I read passages from God's Word. I had already owned the physical copy and purchased the e-sword version so it would sync with whatever I'm studying. It is a brief, but helpful tool in an effective hermeneutic.


4 stars
Great Resource (5/24/2011)
Reviewed by (Cindy Skillman, Rapid City, SD) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I purchased the New Testament volume of this resource in print before it became available on E-Sword. I was able to give it to a sister who prefers her resources in hard copy. The E-Sword module is so much easier for me to use. I love it. I do wish it had been more specifically attached to the particular verses to which the commentary speaks -- that is, in many cases, the commentary will show up as a large section with individual verses labeled so that you have to scroll down to find the remarks on the verse you want -- but this is a minor issue. The reason I give four stars rather than five is that the information is not as comprehensive as I had hoped. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful resource and goes beyond what I already had available. And of course, it's not always easy or possible to link all sociological commentary to a particular passage or verse, or desirable to included it more than once. A cross reference system would be helpful, but again, a tremendous amount of work, and would doubtless have necessitated a significantly higher price. Overall, I'm glad to have purchased this module and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks for making it available.


4 stars
A Great Tool!! (3/24/2011)
Reviewed by (Michael Scribner, Biddeford, ME) - IVP Bible Background Commentary OT & NT Set for e-Sword

I found the Background Bible Commentary to be quite interesting. There seems to be a great deal of historical information included in every chapter that I reviewed I found facts that I had never heard before. It offers great insight into the culture of the time of the writing of the books of the Bible that lend insight into how to understand the structure of the verses and their wordings.
The bible is what you might call a multilevel writing. There are physical fulfillments and spritual fulfillments of prophecies, many times there are dual fulfillments of prophecies. This tool's greatest benefit, as the title suggests is it's ability to add greater insight into the historical facts about the bible, it's writers and world conditions at the time of the writings.
Four stars for a great bible history tool!




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