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Niv Application Commentary Proverbs

October 23, 2003 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9780310218524
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Description

What is wisdom? Does occupying the top of lifeÆs heap mean you have it? Does being near the bottom mean you donÆt? Wisdom can certainly help you acquire wealth, influence people, or succeed at your career, yet it involves more than knowledge alone. ItÆs also a matter of understanding GodÆs perspectives in applying what you know and having the character to act accordingly. That is why true wisdomÙthe kind that begins with fear of the LordÙfrequently runs counter to what our culture values and applauds. This is the wisdom the book of Proverbs teaches.Proverbs deals with the relationship between heaven and earth on a practical level that covers the broad swath of human activity. We could all use more wisdom in our lives; the book of Proverbs was designed to guide us into it. Proverbs is far from monolithic. It has multiple authors and employs diverse styles. But its goal remains simple: to equip us for living in a way that succeeds first and foremost in GodÆs eyes.Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Paul Koptak shares perspectives on Proverbs that reveal ageless truths for our twenty-first-century lives.Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but donÆt discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuableÙbut the job is only half done!The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.

About this Author

Paul E. Koptak (PhD, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary/Northwestern University) is Paul and Bernice Brandel Professor of Communication and Biblical Interpretation at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

ISBN: 9780310218524
Format: Hardcover
Series: The NIV Application Commentary
Pages: 720
Publisher: Zondervan
Published: 2003-10-23

Reviews

"At a time when many pastors are deeply in need of inspiration and encouragement, these volumes... would be a good investment for congregations, even if it means adding a line to the annual budget."

"Here at last is a commentary which is not only academically well informed but which helps that commentary reader hear God's Word and consider its implications; scholarship in service of the Church."

"If you want to avoid hanging applicational elephants from interpretational threads, then the NIV Application Commentary is for you! This series excels at both original meaning and contemporary significance. I support it one hundred percent."

"It is encouraging to find a commentary that is not only biblically trustworthy but also contemporary in its application. The NIV Application Commentary series will prove to be a helpful tool in the pastor's sermon preparation. I use it and recommend it."

"It takes more than interpretation of God's Word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in preaching and teaching. Without it, we've missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing 'doers of the Word.'"

"The NIV Application Commentary builds bridges that make the Bible come alive with meaning for contemporary life--and the series do so concisely, clearly, and accurately. No wasted words or academic detours--just solid help and practical truth."

"The NIV Application Commentary dares to go where few scholars have gone before---into the real world of biblical application faced by pastor and teachers every day. This is everything a good commentary series should be."

"The NIV Application Commentary is a magnificent gift to the church!"

"The NIV Application Commentary meets the urgent need for an exhaustive and authoritative commentary based on the New International Version. This series will soon be found in libraries and studies throughout the entire evangelical community."

"The NIV Application Commentary series doesn't fool around: It gets right down to business, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into the present so that it can be heard and delivered with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend's embrace."

"The NIV Application Commentary series helps pastors and other Bible teachers with one of the most neglected elements of good preaching---accurate, useful application. Most commentaries tell you a few things that are helpful and much that you do not need to know. By dealing with the original meaning and contemporary significance of each passage, the NIV Application Commentary series promises to be helpful all the way around."

"The NIV Application Commentary series promises to be of great service to all who preach and teach the Word of God."

"The NIV Application Commentary series will be a great help for readers who want to understand what the Bible means, how it applies, and what they should do in response."

"This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible's timeless message speak to this generation."

"This is the pulpit commentary for the 21st Century"

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