The history of Christianity is a long, winding river. At the source of the river stands Jesus Christ, along with the witness of the apostles through their preaching and writing ministries. As the river flows from the first century through the present day, it splits into the tributaries of diverse theological traditions. All of these tributaries trace their origin to the Source of the river while maintaining distinct beliefs and practices that distinguish them from the other tributaries. No matter what tributary you find yourself in, two things are essential: knowing what you believe and knowing the beliefs of other Christians. You need a knowledgable conviction.
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How did you start building your theological library? If you’re like a lot of pastors, scholars, or seminary students, you put it together one piece at a time—book by book. You began a study on a book of the Bible, bought the most respected commentaries (if you could afford them), rolled up your sleeves, and got to work. Then when the next paper or sermon series rolled around, you did the same thing.
That method often leaves huge gaps in your library. Maybe you have five commentaries on Romans, and Galatians, but how’s your Minor-Prophets shelf looking? Remember that study you did on eschatology? You bought 10 commentaries on Revelation and Daniel. But what about the book of Numbers, or Deuteronomy?
Building a library that suits your needs as a Reformed pastor, layman, scholar, or academic can be cumbersome and expensive. Even if you can afford the best commentaries available, there are so many great resources you may not know where to start.
We’ve compiled over 150 commentaries featuring top scholarship from the Reformed tradition and made them available in one massive bundle. This bundle combines expositional and exegetical works, with time-tested classics, and contemporary, world-class scholarship. Best of all, this may very well be the most affordable bundle of commentaries we’ve ever offered.
Answer New Testament questions with expert commentary
If you haven’t already, pick up this month’s Free Book of the Month and Plus One. You’ll get these two volumes for only 99 cents, then you’ll be eligible for a Dynamic Pricing discount on the full 12-volume Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament.
During the Easter sale, you can get over 25% off this series plus your Dynamic Pricing discount when you upgrade to the whole collection.
Each volume in the ACNT contains an introduction and topical overview of each book of the New Testament, along with an account of that book’s influence in church history, such as the impact of Romans on Augustine, Wesley, and Barth, as well as Martin Luther’s appraisal of James. The authors also discuss textual issues, historical topics such as authorship and dating, as well as literary conventions and exegetical and interpretive challenges.
Each commentary concludes with a bibliography of other books, articles, and reference works to consult for further study.
Find out why religious leaders wanted Jesus crucified
Examine the Gospels’ presentations of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection with New Testament scholar Darrell L. Bock. In NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts, Dr. Bock answers how the resurrection demonstrates God’s approval of Jesus as Messiah, how the early church remembered, shared, and recorded the events of Jesus’ life, and how those events became the catalyst for ministry in the book of Acts—all from the comfort of your home.
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Choose from acclaimed volumes of the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT); John Stott’s iconic best seller, The Cross of Christ; and more.
Reference top scholarship
This revolutionary commentary has set the standard for biblical scholarship for decades, hailed as an authoritative guide to Scripture.
Christianity Today heralds the NICNT as “a highly informed, refreshing, stimulating, and rich commentary that will make excellent reading for both scholars and layperson.”
Dialogue with Scripture and study atonement
John Stott’s masterful examination of Christ’s crucifixion explores a crucial question: Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship? In The Cross of Christ, Stott reveals, with great warmth and insight, the meaning of the Cross. D.A. Carson had this to say about this best-selling title:
There are not many ‘must read’ books—books that belong on every minister’s shelf, and on the shelves of thoughtful laypersons who want a better grasp of what is central in Scripture—but this is one of them.
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Through March 2, you can save up to 33% on popular Lenten titles from authors like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, N.T. Wright, John Chrysostom, and others. Get resources for navigating and growing this Lenten season with 24 products ideal for prayer, meditation, and remembering Christ.
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These 40 stirring devotions will guide and inspire you as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross. Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as you prepare yourself spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
Using N.T. Wright’s For Everyone Bible translation, this collection covers the three years of the Revised Common Lectionary. Wright’s accessible biblical translations and thoughtful reflections and prayers make this collection a valuable resource for getting the most out of the Lenten season.
Top resources for preaching and study during Lent
This lectionary commentary series offers the most extensive resource for preaching on the market today. The 12 volumes of this series cover all the Sundays in the three-year lectionary cycle, along with movable occasions, such as Christmas Day, Epiphany, Holy Week, and All Saints’ Day.
An unprecedented, monumental work, the three-volume Lectionary Commentary offers superb exegetical essays on 513 biblical texts from the Revised Common Lectionary spanning the three-year liturgical cycle. Written by 78 pastors, priests, and teachers from a variety of Christian traditions, these essays are meant primarily to serve as exegetical jump-starts for busy preachers.
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Hurry—the Lent sale ends March 2 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). Start preparing your heart today!
This year, you can save on some of our staff’s favorite titles that will help you grow in your faith as you prepare for Lent.
Through March 2, you can save up to 33% on more than 20 popular Lenten resources.
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We chose four sensational titles that will encourage you as you prepare for Lent. Plus, when you get all four staff selections, you’ll also get the two-volume Fathers of the Desert for free!
Here are our picks:
Gain inspiration as you prepare for Holy Week and Easter Sunday with these 40 stirring devotions that will guide and inspire as you move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter. Encounter themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the Cross in one of Bonhoeffer’s popular titles.
Slow down your busy life during Lent and see how you can incorporate prayer in your life. Barefoot Prayers is a sequence of beautifully crafted prayer meditations, providing simple yet profound spiritual nourishment for the Lenten season.
Get this valuable resource to help you get the most out of the Lenten season. Originally written as a source of encouragement during Lent, these three volumes exemplify thoughtful reflections based on Wright’s biblical translation and the Revised Common Lectionary.
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The Fathers of the Desert
This two-volume collection contains both an introduction to the Christian practice of monastic asceticism and a biographical survey of a number of the most famous and important of the desert fathers. And don’t forget—you can get this resource for free when you purchase all four staff selections!
With more than 20 resources to choose from, you’ll find something that will inspire you during your Lenten journey.
The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis is full of biblical insights, and during September, you can download Living the Dream: Joseph for Today by Pete Wilcox—free!
Coupling an engaging voice with biblical sensitivity, Pete Wilcox enables his readers to set their own stories alongside the narrative treasures in Joseph’s—making Joseph’s ancient story fresh for this generation. Discover how Joseph’s cycle through adversity, disunity, coping, and triumph can be applied in your life.
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Get a second book, God, Pharaoh and Moses: Explaining the Lord’s Actions in the Exodus Plagues Narrative for only 99 cents. A few months ago we launched this addition to the Free Book of the Month—it’s called the +One. The +One gives you the opportunity to get a second book from the same collection for a fraction of its original price.
Answer the questions everyone’s asking
Why does God send a series of plagues on Egypt? How do we understand the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart? What do the answers to these questions say about God’s character? Find answers to these important questions and more: download God, Pharaoh and Moses for only 99 cents today!
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Throughout September, you can also enter to win the nine-volume Old Testament Studies Collection featuring the two titles above. You can also earn additional entries by sharing the Free Book of the Month to your social networks from Punchtab. In July, Bill B. won the Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence. You could be next!
Time’s running out to save on 20 resources that will help jump-start your Bible study this fall! Prepare for the new season with commentaries and Bible study guides that will take you deeper in your understanding of Scripture.
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This practical tool expands biblical insights for the modern reader by combining an understanding of the ancient world with the timeless message of God’s Word. This resource is full of articles, outlines, and commentary from leading evangelical scholars. It also includes full-color photos, illustrations, charts, and maps that provide a deeper understanding of the Bible, plus study questions for further reflection. This well-rounded resource is a must-have for anyone looking to study the biblical world.
This text has been a popular introduction to the Pentateuch for more than 15 years, offering a unique alternative to the common critical approaches that focus on the books’ composition over content. Instead of providing commentary for individual passages, T. Desmond Alexander takes a holistic view of the books, revealing the big picture and identifying prominent themes and connections between the Pentateuch and the New Testament.
This resource takes into account the most recent scholarship, especially in relation to historical questions like the origins of Israel as a nation. It incorporates specific treatment of the spirituality and religious values of the Old Testament, and it discusses the major deuterocanonical books. This edition also analyzes ethical issues raised by the Old Testament in relation to contemporary concerns, such as ethnic cleansing. This work has been widely acclaimed as an authoritative and accessible text for students and general readers alike.
This work reflects the latest scholarship, current English, and the needs of contemporary students of the Bible. It includes a multitude of study aids right in line with the text. Expanded translations and other tools help you study the Bible while you read. The base text is a modified version of the New Century Version.
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