Timeless and Practical
Conservative in their approach to biblical interpretation, the Concordia commentaries are ideal for pastors and students alike. Written with preaching pastors in mind, they interpret the text in light of its original oral, cultural, and religious context. They follow Martin Luther’s hermeneutical method—namely, interpreting Scripture with Scripture—to provide close, conservative readings of Holy Scripture.
As a theological commentary series, these commentaries steer away from textual criticism to focus on Christology and spiritual application. The series testifies to John 1:1 in each of its volumes:
Jeffrey Gibbs cogently interprets this middle section of Matthew, providing mature hermeneutical insight without overcomplicating the text. You’ll come back to this volume anytime you crack open the Gospel of Matthew.
Putting Christ at the center of his study, Gibbs explores two themes: Christ’s revelation of himself and the people’s perceptions of Christ. This leads us to consider some essential questions: How does Christ reveal himself to us through this Gospel? How do we respond?
Israel’s postexilic period is one of its most easily overlooked. Yet this uncertain era is one of Jerusalem’s most sensitive times. Jerusalem’s walls are smashed, its people deported and imprisoned, and its temple burned—so where is the hope of a loving and all-powerful God?
Andrew E. Steinmann shows us how, in these two powerful books, Jerusalem prepares herself for the Messiah’s coming. And with Jesus coming again, perhaps we should do the same.
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