File Name: Fleming, Don - Bridgeway Bible Commentary (Updated)
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Bridgeway Bible Commentary
A running explanation of the biblical text for the people of today's world
Used by Permission from Bridgeway Publications http://bridgeway.org.au/
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Note: Commentary has been updated to include the 50+ images that are in the original commentary. Probably half of the images are in the book notes. The remainder are scattered throughout the commentary. The commentary has also been updated so that it now works with the default font and font size.
The origins of this commentary go back to my missionary years in Thailand, when I began writing a few books in the Thai language to help local people understand the Scriptures. The result, after many years, was a series of fifteen mini-commentaries on the Thai Bible.
Although the success of the books in Thai was due largely to the lack of available alternatives, news of the books spread, and it was suggested that I prepare an English equivalent for use in other countries. Over some years the fifteen-volume series was produced in English, but by this time I had written several other books and their production was scattered over a variety of countries.
When Bridgeway Publications in Australia undertook a project to republish all these books in a new format, the fifteen volumes were revised and reissued in eight volumes under the series title, Bridge Bible Handbooks. Those eight books are now combined into the one-volume Bridgeway Bible Commentary, which is a companion in size, style and format to the Bridgeway Bible Dictionary, an A to Z of biblical information.
The eight Handbooks were dedicated to people who, in different ways, had a significant influence in my life and ministry. Since the present volume is not a new work but a reformatted (and in parts revised) version of the eight Handbooks, no new dedication attaches to it. Instead I am pleased to acknowledge again my indebtedness to those to whom the earlier editions were dedicated.
Book 1 Philip and Pat Juler
Book 2 Chun Kertyoo
Book 3 Reg and Marjorie Vines
Book 4 David Clines
Book 5 John and Grace Robertson
Book 6 Bob and Vic McCallum
Book 7 Chue Petnamngern
Book 8 Vic and Jean Fleming
In the present book, as in my other books, my aim is to provide biblical reference material that bridges two gaps at the same time. First, I want to bridge the gap in time and culture between the world of the Bible and the world of today. Second, I want to bridge the gap between the technical reference works and the non-technical reader. Above all, my desire is to produce books that will encourage people to read the Bible.
Though labelled a commentary, this volume is not a word-by-word or verse-by-verse technical reference book. But neither is it a survey that flies over the top of the various biblical books without touching the text. Perhaps ‘running commentary’ would be a more appropriate description.
My suggestion is that instead of trying to ‘dig deep’ or ‘squeeze lessons’ from the Bible, we relax a little, try to understand what each book is saying, and then let the Bible do whatever it wants to do. ‘Let the Bible speak for itself’ - which is the title of a practical handbook I have written on how we might teach the Bible in plain language. The aim of such teaching, like the aim of this commentary, is not to exhaust the meaning of the text, nor to force the text to fit our schemes of interpretation, but to provide enough background and comment to enable people to read with understanding.
The Bible has its own power as God’s Word, and is an authoritative standard for teaching truth, correcting error, and instructing in right living. It is living and active, and has its own way of making its message relevant to us as readers, but it can do so only if first we understand it. This commentary is designed to help us understand what the biblical writers might have meant, and to do so in such a way that we might readily see the relevance of the ancient Word to present-day living. And once we have the understanding, we have an obligation to act upon it.
About Bridgeway Books and Don Fleming
Bridgeway books, though credible reference works, are non-technical in style.
They are based on a firm biblical scholarship and the assured belief that once readers understand the Bible, they will find it has its own way of making itself relevant to them. Preachers, teachers and other Christian workers have found that these books do much of the preparation work for them, by helping them understand the Bible as it might have been understood by its first readers.
Bridgeway Books have been written by Don Fleming who has had wide experience in evangelism, church planting and Bible teaching, in his home country of Australia, and in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific. He is well known for his ability to explain the Bible writings concisely and simply, both in his preaching and in his writing. Bridgeway Book titles are detailed here.
Bridgeway Books have been translated into more than forty five languages.
The "bridge" element in the title reflects the aim of all Bridgeway books - to bridge two gaps at once - the gap between the word of the Bible and the world of today; and the gap between technical reference works and the ordinary reader.
Bridgeway Books are easy to read and especially suited to those who use English as a second language.
See Other Bridgeway Titles:
- Bridgeway Bible Commentary http://www.biblesupp...entary-updated/
- Bridgeway Bible Dictionary http://www.biblesupp...flemingdctxexe/
- Christianity Basics Series http://www.biblesupp...-basics-series/
- Making Sense http://www.biblesupp...n-making-sense/
- Let the Bible Speak For Itself http://www.biblesupp...eak-for-itself/
- Bible Lands, Then and Now http://www.biblesupp...s-then-and-now/
- Following Jesus http://www.biblesupp...ollowing-jesus/
- Parables and Pictures http://www.biblesupp...s-and-pictures/
- Proverbs Today http://www.biblesupp...proverbs-today/
- Going Places with Paul http://www.biblesupp...aces-with-paul/
Don Fleming 1988, 1994, 2005
First published in an 8-volume set as Bridge Bible Handbooks 1988
Reprinted 1990, 1992
First published as Bridge Bible Commentary 1994
Reprinted 1997, 2001, 2003
First published as Bridgeway Bible Commentary 2005
ISBN 0 947342 72 9
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