As we spend time with our friends and loved ones this Christmas Eve, our thoughts naturally turn to the birth of the Messiah. And yet, so many misconceptions persist about Jesus’ arrival on this earth. With that in mind, here are some resources you can use to explore the Savior’s birth that are on sale this December:
R.C.H. Lenski highlights the importance of genealogy to a first-century audience—and the incredible lineage of Jesus through David, as well as Abraham. In the entire commentary, he goes beyond exegesis, providing linguistic and textual analysis; historical background like information on the author, date, time of writings, authorial intent, and chief themes; and much more. Often addressing difficult text, evading nothing, Lenski evaluates multiple interpretations before choosing one in particular.
The Lenski Commentary will introduce you to a range of interpretations and viewpoints, allowing you to see how other interpretations relate to one another, and will provide the context as to why he settled on a particular viewpoint.
In this first of two volumes on the Gospel of Luke, Joseph A. Fitzmyer provides an exhaustive introduction, a definitive new translation, and extensive notes and commentary on Luke’s Gospel. Fitzmyer brings to the task his mastery of ancient and modern languages, his encyclopedic knowledge of the sources, and his intimate acquaintance with the questions and issues occasioned by the third Synoptic Gospel.
Though many of Isaiah’s prophecies about the Messiah’s birth come in the early portion of the book, chapters 40–66 are replete with prophecies concerning Jesus Christ, including the powerful chapter 53. At this time of celebration, let us not forget that this infant baby whose birth we observe would become the man Jesus, born to die for the sins of the whole world.
In this commentary, John N. Oswalt builds on his earlier argument that the central theme of Isaiah is servanthood. Throughout the book, he keeps readers focused on the character of Israel’s sovereign redeemer, on the blind servant Israel, and on the ultimate work of the suffering servant in whom the world can find its savior.
These are just a few great titles on sale: be sure to check out the rest of this month’s discounted products!