What do you do when you come across a difficult Bible passage? Chances are, you open a trusted commentary and see what it has to say. Sometimes, the first commentary you check has the answer you’re looking for. But more often than not, you want to reference several sources to see the different conclusions scholars have come to.
Your Logos software simplifies this process, allowing you to easily switch between commentaries keyed to the verse you’re examining.
But it can still take a while.
Lexham Bible Guides make it easy
What if you had a summary of all the relevant literature for any given passage? Lexham Bible Guides have become some of my personal favorite resources because they provide just that. I like to think of each Lexham Bible Guide as a multiple-views commentary. Look up a given passage, and you’ll find summaries of all the major viewpoints of recent scholarship.
Lexham Bible Guides work great as stand-alone study tools, but they also excel as starting points for further research. Each of the summarized views links to its primary resource. So, once you find an explanation that makes sense, you can follow through to get all the details.
For example, let’s say I’m reading through 1 Corinthians 15, and I come to verse 29—the mysterious “baptism of the dead” passage. What am I supposed to do with this? I could go through my commentaries one by one, but as the Lexham Bible Guide: 1 Corinthians points out, “The number of proposed interpretations of this issue is confounding.” In other words, that could take a while.
Thankfully, the Lexham Bible Guide puts all the major views together in an easily accessible format. After providing an overview of the issue and the general approaches that have been taken, the guide summarizes the perspectives from each scholar. Here are a few examples:
For this particular passage, the Lexham Bible Guide: 1 Corinthians includes the perspectives of 14 different scholars, including Gordon Fee, Richard Hays, and Leon Morris. I can follow through to their original resources to get all the insight they have to offer.
Now available individually
Up until now, most of the Lexham Bible Guides have only been available through the 13-volume Paul’s Letters Collection. This is still the best value if you want them all, but we recently made each volume available for individual purchase!
Just want to finish reading about the “baptism of the dead”? Then pick up the Lexham Bible Guide: 1 Corinthians! Have some other particularly difficult passage you’re working on? Then pick up the Lexham Bible Guide you need from the available volumes below:
- Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 1–11
- Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 12–50
- Lexham Bible Guide: Romans
- Lexham Bible Guide: 1 Corinthians
- Lexham Bible Guide: 2 Corinthians
- Lexham Bible Guide: Galatians
- Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians
- Lexham Bible Guide: Philippians
- Lexham Bible Guide: Colossians
- Lexham Bible Guide: 1 Thessalonians
- Lexham Bible Guide: 2 Thessalonians
- Lexham Bible Guide: 1 Timothy
- Lexham Bible Guide: 2 Timothy
- Lexham Bible Guide: Titus
- Lexham Bible Guide: Philemon