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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310484804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310484806
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from the twentieth century to the first century. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable -- but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.

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Excellent resource for anyone preaching God's Word 9 Jun. 2009
By Edward Choy - Published on Amazon.com
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I only give it 4 stars rather than 5 because of the layout. Garland gives you three sections for each biblical section; (1) original meaning, (2) bridging contexts, and (3) contemporary significance. These sections are great except they are not broken into preaching portions. If you preach a paragraph at a time you'll find yourself flipping back and forth often. This is not a big deal, however, as you can just use a small sticky note for each section and move them as needed.

Other than the format Garland's work is excellent. He goes appropriately into the Greek language in a helpful way, brings up significant background information and really helps the reader think through the contemporary significance. I use this often when preaching Colossians and highly recommend it.
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A practical, understandable guide with wide application 13 July 2009
By Myron Loken - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a lay pastor with a modest amount of classroom training. This series is very useful for anyone - whether they are a degreed preacher, someone like me, or an individual studying God's Word for themselves. I like the practical, personal aspect of the commentary and that fact makes them very useful. So far, I have only used the commentary on Philemon, but have several other volumes which I have perused at some length. The original context commentary is outstanding. I agree, however with Mr. Choy in his comments about the bridging contexts, and like him, have figured out a way to overcome and use them. I have found the contemporary significance section great for concluding my sermons. I plan to purchase all the volumes over time.
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By Mike Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reads well, the Author did his homework in giving many aspects of this Book,when it was written, the condition, and the cross referencing is very thorough, I appreciate this in depth study in Colossians. I would recomend it to any student of the Word, easy to read, and not childish in nature
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Series is over all great. 20 Oct. 2007
By David Calavan - Published on Amazon.com
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The NIV application series is overall great. This particular one by Garland is wonderful. Also owning the Word Biblical Commentary of the same books by O'Brien (which is a fairly technical commentary), gives me greater appreciation of Garland's ability to touch on the technical but also bring things back into the text in order to make it applicable to people. This Particular one is the only one of the series that I have, but I know Garland did the one of Mark and I have used it and some others in the series. They are all great. Recommend for any level of study.
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The section on slavery was good. 10 Nov. 2013
By Kathy - Published on Amazon.com
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Lives up to the standard of the other books in this series. I appreciate the historical background and the applications offered by Garland. The section on slavery--then and now--was very instructive.
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