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An Interview with Joel B. Green, Editor of the NICNT

One of the best resources in Logos’ Back to School Sale is the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT). Until now, you could only get the NICNT as part of the complete New International Commentary series. Now we’re thrilled to offer the NICNT at the incredible price of $679.95 (with code B2SNICNT)So thrilled, in fact, that we asked the NICNT’s editor—Dr. Joel B. Green of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena—if he would be so kind as to answer a few questions about the NICNT’s history and what goes into publishing a volume in this time-honored series.

How long has the NICNT been in existence?

The NICNT was begun in the late 1940s by an international team of scholars within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

What makes the NICNT such a popular New Testament Commentary?

Several reasons come to mind. First, although the commentaries are based on the Greek text, they don’t assume much familiarity with Greek among their readers. This makes for a scholarly yet widely accessible resource. Second, our commentaries are urged to comment on the biblical text itself, rather than provide a running dialogue with secondary literature. Of course, our commentators interact with other New Testament scholarship, but this critical engagement is carried out in the footnotes. Third, these commentaries are concerned with scholarly New Testament study in the service of the church. Our first audience isn’t the biblical studies academy, but pastors, students, and other church leaders. As a result, volumes in the NICNT put critically engaged, evangelical scholarship on display.

Commentary series have different guidelines that authors must abide by when writing a volume—word-count restrictions, confessional constraints, etc. Does the NICNT have any specific guidelines that your authors must work within?

Someone has referred to the current problem of “commentary bloat,” and the evidence is on our shelves, virtual or otherwise, with the presence of ever-larger and multivolume studies. There’s a place for that kind of exposition and scholarly interaction, but it doesn’t represent the aims of the NICNT. Most people don’t have the time to read 50–75 pages on a single pericope as they prepare for Sunday’s sermon or Thursday’s Bible study. As a result, we want single-volume commentaries of a manageable size. How this works out depends on the book in question and the challenges it presents. For example, when I was writing the NICNT on the Gospel of Luke, I needed to keep in mind that I could average no more than about 14 words of commentary for every word Luke wrote. Gordon Fee’s commentary on Philippians—well, he had considerably more space with which to work! Authors chosen for the NICNT have no confessional statements to sign, but are selected from within the larger evangelical family. F. F. Bruce, of course, was associated with the Open Brethren Church, while Gordon Fee is ordained in the Assemblies of God. I myself belong to the Wesleyan tradition and am ordained in The United Methodist Church. The list goes on to include a variety of scholars from a variety of ecclesial backgrounds, all of whom are committed to classical Christian faith.

You are now the fourth person to serve as NICNT editor. The previous two, F. F. Bruce and Gordon Fee, each wrote, like you, at least one volume in the NICNT. How does contributing to the series help you now that you’re the NICNT editor?

Bruce and Fee each wrote multiple volumes in the series and in this way helped to give the series its shape. Interestingly, the guidelines for the series that have been passed from editor to editor don’t do a lot to give the series its focus. The best advice I received from Fred Bruce when he asked me to write the NICNT on Luke was “Do it like this, but don’t do it like that . . .” Having written for the series, then, gives one a keener sense of what is needed and what temptations need to be resisted.

If you had to choose one NICNT volume as your favorite, or one that best represents the series as a whole, which would you choose?

That’s a tough question. On the one hand, I’ve often thought of Gordon Fee’s commentary on 1 Corinthians as the “standard” for evangelical commentary: clearly written, eminently readable, a model of exegesis in the service of the biblical text, biblical interpretation for the church. Among my favorites, though, would be R. T. France’s volume on Matthew, which represents decades of intimacy with Matthew’s Gospel, with his mature reflections on this Gospel evident on every page.

The series has been ongoing for many years. When and how is a decision made to replace an older volume in the NICNT?

A couple of factors guide our thinking. First, of course, a commentary can become dated in terms of the sorts of questions it seeks to answer. Second, our audience—pastors, students, and other Christian leaders—tell us that a replacement is needed as they find other commentaries more helpful. This could lead to a revised edition or to a replacement volume.

What new volumes should we look for over the next couple of years?

The most recent volume is Gareth Cockerill’s work on Hebrews, the appearance of which we continue to celebrate. Looking to the near horizon, we anticipate a revised edition of Gordon Fee’s work on 1 Corinthians, and replacement volumes on the Gospel of Mark (by Rikki Watts) and Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (by David deSilva).

Now is your opportunity to get the NICNT on sale during our Back to School Sale. While you’re there, check out all the other amazing deals we have on the NICOT, BECNT, Barth’s Church Dogmatics, and more!

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Stanley Hauerwas: Time Magazine’s Choice for America’s Best Theologian

Stanley Hauerwas, preeminent theologian and Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, is one of the best-regarded theologians alive today. A protégé of John Howard Yoder, Hauerwas takes his theological platform into the interdenominational conversation. Engaging with the theologies of Karl Barth and Hans Wilhelm Frei, Hauerwas brings lively discourse into the realm of contemporary theology. If you’re interested in cutting-edge theological trends, you can’t afford to be unaware of Stanley Hauerwas.

A Nonviolent Faith

John Howard Yoder’s influence can be found throughout Hauerwas’ theology. Hauerwas’ political-theological ideology, as well as his call for peace in a warlike nation, will challenge your ideas about war and nationalism. In Performing the Faith: Bonhoeffer and the Practice of Nonviolence, Hauerwas presents Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a voice for nonviolence. In War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity, Hauerwas shows how American national identity is often at odds with American faith. How did C. S. Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. live out their faith in days of social upheaval and war? How did they distinguish between national identity and their identity in Christ?

Postliberal Theology and You

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this collection is Hauerwas’ investigation into the emerging postliberal theology (or narrative theology). At the forefront of this theology is Hauerwas himself, whose work draws from, and identifies with, many interdenominational perspectives, challenging those who walk all manner of Christian disciplines to consider the ecclesiology of a cross-centered church. Is there a harmony between evangelical Protestantism and Roman Catholicism? How has this theology arisen from Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, and Anglicans, and what does this mean for the rest of us? With the Grain of the Universe is where Hauerwas brought this discussion to the table; now see how it has advanced with Hauerwas’ latest, Postliberal Theology and the Church Catholic.

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If you’ve been downloading the Free Books of the Month since the promotion started, you’ve added eight new titles to your library by now—a $125+ value! You’ve also had eight chances to win entire collections from each of the authors.

If this is the first you’ve heard of Free Book of the Month, don’t worry. There’s still four days to pick up August’s free book: The Epistle to the Hebrews by Brooke Foss Westcott.

Westcott, a British bishop, biblical scholar, and theologian, served as bishop of Durham from 1890 until his death in 1901. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he graduated in 1848. Staying on at Trinity, he obtained his fellowship in 1849 and was ordained as deacon and priest. He went on to receive honorary degrees from Oxford (1881) and Edinburgh (1883).

He was the author of numerous works, including four volumes in the fourteen-volume Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament, which you can enter to win now at August’s Free Book of the Month page.

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Save on Walter Brueggemann While You Still Can!

Many of you have asked for it, and now it’s finally here! The Walter Brueggemann Collection, which contains 24 of Walter Brueggemann’s most famous works, has arrived on Pre-Pub, and it’s on special discount for the next eight days only!

Who Is Walter Brueggemann?

Renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann is one of modern America’s most prominent theologians. He challenges readers to consider the messages of the Old Testament as more relevant than the philosophies and ideas we struggle with today—postmodernism, agnosticism, consumerism. On this ground, few scholars have brought the Old Testament into contemporary relevance as cleanly as Brueggemann. His research is at the intersection of philosophy and sociology, where he explores the societies and communities of ancient Israel and how their religious beliefs and practices shaped the world around them.

If you don’t have Walter Brueggemann in your library, then it’s time to wipe the dust off your keyboard and dive into contemporary Old Testament scholarship! Some of his chief works in this collection include:

Prophecy, Poetry, and Psalms

One of the defining characteristics of Brueggemann’s exposition is his love for the prophetic nature of the Old Testament as found in unexpected and overlooked places, such as 1 & 2 Samuel, Psalms, and the Pentateuch. The prophetic hope—that one day a Savior might come and redeem Israel—permeates Scripture, and Brueggemann has left no Ebenezer unturned in his exegetical search for this Redeemer.

His research will lead you through the Psalms, where he sets new paths for exploring theology and evangelism. This collection contains no fewer than three of his works on the Psalms, and any one of them might surprise you—his passion for prayer, praise, and poetry shines through his exegesis, as though having the same purpose as the Psalms themselves. In fact, we included some books on Brueggemann’s prayers and his early thoughts on the poetry and artistry of preaching the Gospel.

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The low price of $299.95—it would cost you nearly $600 to buy all 24 books in printwill go up September 5, so pre-order while the collection is at the lowest price!

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Save Now on Our Most Popular Resources!

Summer’s coming to a close, and you know what that means—people everywhere are getting ready to go back to school. If you’re looking for the best prices on the finest academic resources, Logos has you covered! Whether you’re a student or not, our Back to School Sale will help you save big on some of our most popular resources.

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The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (23 vols.)

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The NICOT has long been the gold standard in Old Testament exegesis. Such authors as Gordon Wenham, Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman III, and Daniel Block make this a must-have series.

New International Commentary on the New Testament (21 vols.)

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Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has earned pastors’, students’, and scholars’ acclaim as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (15 vols.) 

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The BECNT is one of today’s most respected sources for New Testament exegesis. Praised for its insightful scholarship, the BECNT is an essential exegetical commentary for any Bible study library.

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4 Reasons Jürgen Moltmann Stands Out

It had been a long year. My family and I had weathered an unexpected and unwanted move, an expected and joyous birth, and a tragic and violent death. The year was a rollercoaster of extreme highs and lows. I was tired and hanging by a thread. Nevertheless, a new year brought new possibilities.

As I often do in times of trial, I turned to my theological teachers. This new year would be “My Year with Jürgen.” I set myself to reading or rereading the German theologian Jürgen Moltmann’s most important contributions to theology. I chose Moltmann for his clarity, insight, and deep reverence for God. He is a kindred spirit who has looked deeply into this earth’s pain and struggles and seen a world entirely embraced by God’s passionate love. We can live with the sure hope that “God will be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).

Born in 1926 and raised in a secular family, Moltmann had a conversion of faith during World War II: In 1944, he was drafted into military service for the German army. He subsequently took his first opportunity to surrender to a British soldier. While a prisoner of war, he was given a copy of the New Testament and Psalms and was converted. Following the war, Moltmann took an active interest in theology and studied in Göttingen. He rose to prominence in 1964 with his epoch-making Theology of Hope, a theological tour de force that has redefined eschatological discourse in biblical and theological studies for the last half century. In the years following, Moltmann continued to write and teach, and he is widely recognized as one of today’s most significant theological minds. In the New Dictionary of Theology, well-known New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham describes Moltmann’s two earliest works, Theology of Hope and The Crucified God, as, respectively, “one of the most influential theological works of the post-World War II era” and “one of the most important modern studies of the cross.”

While the eschatology of Theology of Hope and the Christology of The Crucified God stand as Moltmann’s best-known contributions to theology, his overall program has several important contours.

1. Moltmann Is Eschatological

Strictly speaking, Theology of Hope is not a systematic treatment of the last things. Instead, it is the orienting of all theology toward eschatology. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is God’s promise for the world’s future. It opens us up to an eschatological hope. It was not until the Grawemeyer Award–winning The Coming of God arrived, in 1995, that Moltmann directly addressed the content of Christ’s coming. Eschatology is the matter of hope for God and God’s glory. It’s hope for the world’s new creation, for humans’ history with the earth, and for humans’ resurrection and eternal life.

2. Moltmann Is Christological

If the resurrection opened the Church toward God’s future, it is the cross and its expression of suffering love that opened the world up to God’s act of loving solidarity with all who suffer. The Crucified God describes the cross of Jesus Christ as an event within God in which Jesus experiences a Godforsaken death and the Father experiences the loss of his son. In the resurrection, this vicarious death brings life. Thus Moltmann is able to write, “The Cross is not and cannot be loved. Yet only the crucified Christ can bring the freedom which changes the world because it is no longer afraid of death.”

3. Moltmann Is Trinitarian

Moltmann is thoroughly Trinitarian in his approach. This is made explicit in the powerful demonstration of a social trinity in The Trinity and the Kingdom. More so, Moltmann is Trinitarian in method. His contributions to systematic theology do not follow the rigid delineation of theological topics found in textbooks. Typically, Moltmann takes a topic such as creation, eschatology, or the crucifixion and asks, “what does this mean for the person and life of the Triune God?”

4. Moltmann Is Pastoral

On occasion, modern theology is criticized for not being practical enough. This charge simply does not stick with Moltmann. Deeply influenced by World War II, the social revolutions of the ’60s, the growing ecological crisis of the ’80s, and Latin American liberation theologies, Moltmann understood the theological and the ethical as deeply intertwined. This is most evident in his most recent work, The Ethics of Hope. In some ways, The Ethics of Hope is a summation of his career up to this point. It gathers together nearly 50 years of teaching and writing and presents it in an ethical framework significant to individuals, churches, and governments.

You can get the best price right now on the new 22-volume Jürgen Moltmann Collection. The price will be going up to $319.95 on August 31, 2012. This is your chance to save $50—pre-order now!

Immerse Your Church in Abraham’s Story

Pastors have the great privilege of bringing their church together in Bible study. Yet unifying a church community around a solid, engaging curriculum can be challenging. It takes time and energy to put together a program that coordinates study for individuals, small groups, and preaching. That’s why Logos created Abraham: Following God’s Promise: Complete Church Curriculum.

In addition to resources for small groups, the Complete Church Curriculum comes with sermon resources that provide solid teaching materials for Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.

Eight sermon outlines form the core of curriculum. Designed to complement the small group lesson plans, the sermon outlines equip you to preach Abraham’s story. Beautifully crafted, the sermons reinforce the material found in the book version of Abraham: Following God’s Promise. And the week’s small group lesson can be brought to life Sunday morning with expanded material focusing on exhortation and application as well as interpretation and theology.

Each sermon includes a teaching slideshow. With graphics, Scripture passages, and reflection questions, the slideshows help you communicate your sermon visually. Thumbnails of each slide appear within the sermon outline, providing a visual reference for you as you preach [see an example]. The slideshows are customizable so that you can shape content and tone to fit your message. Available for PowerPoint, Keynote, and Proclaim, they’re easy to use right out of the box.

The Complete Church Curriculum also includes sermon outline handouts for you to distribute to your congregation for note taking. In addition, an introductory sermon video and a graphics set give your staff the tools they need to advertise the sermon series.

The Complete Church Curriculum satisfies the need for a biblically sound and theologically balanced curriculum that serves everyone: pastors, small group leaders, and congregants. It seamlessly unifies congregations in a group-study experience. It not only saves pastors the time and energy spent in research, writing, and coordinating—it enables them to spend more time pursuing other important aspects of ministry. Satisfy your church’s curriculum needs by getting Abraham: Following God’s Promise: Complete Church Curriculum today.

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