Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from the twentieth century to the first century. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable--but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into modern context. It explains not only what the Bible means but also how it can speak powerfully today.
Gary M. Burge is a professor in the department of Bible, theology, archaeology, and world religions at Wheaton College, and coordinator of undergraduate programs in Bible and theology. He has authored several books including commentaries on the Johannine Epistles and the gospel of John in the NIV Application Commentary series and Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians.