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Expositor's Bible Commentary: Old Testament


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The Expositorís Bible Commentary, Old Testament uses the New International Version (sold separately) for its English text, but also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. Each book of the Old Testament covered here has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography. Notes on textual questions and special problems are correlated with the expository units; transliteration and translation of Semitic and Greek words make the more technical notes accessible to readers unacquainted with the biblical languages. In matters where marked differences of opinion exist, commentators, while stating their own convictions, deal fairly and irenically with opposing views.

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About this Series

The Gold Medallion Award-winning Expositorís Bible Commentary is a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this multi-volume reference work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors' studies worldwide.

"...now, when the flood of new translations and their unparalleled circulation have expanded the readership of the Bible, the need for exposition takes on fresh urgency." (From the Preface)


  • Covers the entire Old Testament sometimes verse by verse and sometimes passage by passage with expository comments
  • Includes Introduction, Outline and Bibliography for every book in the Old Testament
  • Committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness and full authority of the Bible.
  • 29 contributors (Old Testament portion) from various countries and Christian faith traditions
  • Chief principle of interpretation: grammatico-historical, make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstancese of its writing.
  • Based on the New International Version text (sold separately) but can be used alongside all Bibles in PocketBible.
  • Unabridged edition of the Expositor's Bible Commentary. Series was originally published in 12 volumes; this offering includes the seven volumes which covered the Old Testament.

From the Preface

"The title of this work defines its purpose. Written primarily by expositors for expositors, it aims to provide preachers, teachers, and students of the Bible with a new and comprehensive commentary on the books of the Old and New Testaments. Its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible. Its seventy-eight contributors come from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland, and from various religious groups, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Free, Independent, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches. Most of them teach at colleges, universities, or theological seminaries.

...The chief principle of interpretation followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical one--namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing. This endeavor to understand what in the first instance the inspired writers actually said must not be confused with an inflexible literalism. Scripture makes lavish use of symbols and figures of speech; great portions of it are poetical. Yet when it speaks in this way, it speaks of no less truly then it does in its historical and doctrinal portions. To understand its message requires attention to matters of grammar and syntax, word meanings, idioms, and literary forms--all in relation to the historical and cultural setting of the text..."

About the Author(s)

  • Genesis: John H. Sailhamer
  • Exodus: Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
  • Leviticus: R. Laird Harris
  • Numbers: Ronald B. Allen
  • Deuteronomy: Earl S. Kalland
  • Joshua: Donald H. Madvig
  • Judges: Herbert Wolf
  • Ruth: F. B. Huey Jr.
  • 1, 2 Samuel: Ronald F. Youngblood
  • 1, 2 Kings: Richard D. Patterson and Hermann J. Austel
  • 1, 2 Chronicles: J. Barton Payne
  • Ezra, Nehemiah: Edwin Yamauchi
  • Esther: F. B. Huey Jr.
  • Job: Elmer B. Smick
  • Psalms: Willem A. Van Gemeren
  • Proverbs: Allen P. Ross
  • Ecclesiastes: J. Stafford Wright
  • Song of Songs: Dennis F. Kinlaw
  • Isaiah: Geoffrey W. Grogan
  • Jeremiah: Charles L. Feinberg
  • Lamentations: H. L. Ellison
  • Ezekiel: Ralph H. Alexander
  • Daniel: Gleason L. Archer Jr.
  • Hosea: Leon J. Wood
  • Joel: Richard D. Patterson
  • Amos: Thomas E. McComiskey
  • Obadiah: Carl E. Armerding
  • Jonah: H. L. Ellison
  • Micah: Thomas E. McComiskey
  • Nahum, Habakkuk: Carl E. Armerding
  • Zephaniah: Larry Walker
  • Haggai: Robert L. Alden
  • Zechariah: Kenneth L. Barker
  • Malachi: Robert L. Alden

About the Editor(s)

The late Frank E. Gaebelein served as general editor of Expositorís Bible Commentary. For many years he held the position of headmaster at The Stony Brook School. On his retirement in 1963 until 1966 he was coeditor of Christianity Today. Until his death in 1983 he devoted himself to editing, writing and speaking. Dr. Gaebelein was a graduate of New York University and Harvard University and received three honorary degrees.

Consulting editors for the Old Testament:

  • Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Bruce K. Watke, professor emeritus of Old Testament, Regent College and professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary (consulting editor 1972-1984)
  • Dr. Ralph H. Alexander, director of educational development, Bibleiskii Pedagogiccheskii Institut, SEND Internation, Moscow, Russia

System Requirements

Installed size (unless otherwise indicated): Approximately 34.375 MB. iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Requires iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running latest version of iOS. Download size: 34.375 MB. Android Requires Android OS 4.0 or later. Download size: 34.375 MB. Windows Phone Requires Windows Phone 7.5 or later. Download size: 34.375 MB. Windows Store Download size: 34.375 MB. Windows Desktop Requires Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10 or later. Download size: 15.125 MB. Mac OS X Requires Mac OS X 10.8 or later. Download size: 34.375 MB.

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