Shelf Life Book Review: The Story of God Bible Commentary

Jon Jordan

The Story of God Bible Commentary: Sermon on the Mount
Zonderan, 2013

The Story of God Bible Commentary series presents the unchanging biblical text to an ever-changing modern culture. In keeping with this commitment, the authors approach each passage in three ways.

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In “Listen to the Story,” the commentary authors present important parallel passages and place the passage itself within the context of the entire book and the wider story of the Bible. “Explain the Story” offers an in-depth explanation of the passage through word studies, an overview of pertinent cultural and historical contexts, and by addressing major theological interpretations of the past and present. Finally, in “Live the Story,” authors push readers toward applying the passage—as it fits within the entire story of God—to their lives.

Series co-editor and New Testament scholar Scot McKnight does not disappoint in his own volume on the Sermon on the Mount. The only volume in the series that addresses a portion of a single book, McKnight’s work introduces the main interpretive issues surrounding Jesus’ most famous teaching and serves as a resource for those who are planning to study or preach through the sermon. McKnight’s vision of the sermon as both instruction and indictment is seen throughout the commentary as he challenges readers to “become in real life the portrait Jesus sketched in the Sermon.”

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 6 No. 4