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  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Books of Colossians and Philemon

    from Keith Mathison Feb 22, 2009 Category: Articles

    The epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon were written by Paul during the early part of his Roman imprisonment. Paul apparently wrote to the Colossian church because he had heard that false teachers had come to the city and were spreading erroneous doctrine in the young church. There are a number of helpful commentaries on Colossians and Philemon, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Obadiah

    from Keith Mathison Feb 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    The book of Obadiah, the shortest in the Old Testament, is a brief oracle against the nation of Edom. Edom represents all nations that are hostile to God and to his kingdom. Such nations will always be judged. There are a number of helpful commentaries on Obadiah, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Amos

    from Keith Mathison Feb 07, 2009 Category: Articles

    Amos prophesied at a unique time in the history of the divided kingdom. He preached to an affluent society that was deeply involved in false worship and in the mistreatment of the poor. These wealthy and powerful Israelites were confident and secure. Into the midst of this complacent society comes Amos, declaring that Israel has broken God's covenant. There are a number of very good commentaries on Amos, and the following are five of the best. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Joel

    from Keith Mathison Jan 31, 2009 Category: Articles

    While most of the other prophets can be dated with some degree of accuracy, it is notoriously difficult to date the book of Joel. Suggestions have been offered ranging from the ninth century to the second century B.C. There are a number of good commentaries on Joel, and the following are five of the most helpful.    Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Philippians

    from Keith Mathison Jan 24, 2009 Category: Articles

    The epistle to the Philippians is the last of the four "prison epistles" of Paul. This letter was not written for one single purpose. Paul had a number of reasons for writing. Most of all, however, he wrote to them because he had a deep care and affection for them. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the epistle to the Philippians. Keep Reading
  • So What Makes the Reformation Study Bible Different?

    from Keith Mathison Jan 22, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    Anyone who steps into a Christian bookstore or opens a Christian book catalog is immediately struck by the large number of Study Bibles available. There are specialty Study Bibles, such as The Literary Study Bible, the Apologetics Study Bible, and the Archaeological Study Bible. There are Study Bibles geared to application (Life Application Study Bible) and Study Bibles geared to word-study (The Thompson Chain-Reference Study Bible). There are also Study Bibles prepared by well-known pastors and teachers (The MacArthur Study Bible). Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Hosea

    from Keith Mathison Jan 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    Hosea's prophetic ministry to the northern kingdom of Israel likely began soon after the ministry of the prophet Amos (ca. 752-750). Although little is known about the prophet himself outside of what can be learned from the book that bears his name, his basic message of judgment and hope is clear. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the book of Hosea. Keep Reading
  • Ten Significant Christian Publications - 2008

    from Keith Mathison Jan 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    The year 2008 witnessed the publication of a large number of Christian books. Deciding which to include in this list was no simple matter. I've included titles that I believe will have a lasting influence for one reason or another. I have not listed these publications in any particular order. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Daniel

    from Keith Mathison Jan 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    Like Ezekiel, the book of Daniel contains a number of enigmatic prophecies. And like Ezekiel, the difficult nature of these prophecies has resulted in a wide variety of conflicting interpretations. The lack of consensus presents a challenge for the reader, but it is not necessarily an insurmountable one. An examination of the best commentaries can be helpful in sorting through the issues. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the book of Daniel. Keep Reading
  • Christ and Culture

    from Keith Mathison Jan 09, 2009 Category: Articles

    In the first centuries following the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah and the inauguration of the new covenant under which the people of God became a trans-national people crossing all borders, the church had few choices in the matter of her relationship to the surrounding culture. The options were limited due to persecution. As the church gained in numbers and influence, however, the situation began to change. With the (at least nominal) conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan (AD 313), the questions became acute. Now Christianity was tolerated. Keep Reading

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