- The divine inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture are baseline convictions for this commentary
- All 4 Gospels and Acts are covered in this single volume
- Written by four world-class New Testament scholars
- Take skeptics challenges seriously and face them head-on
When skeptics and doubters attack the accuracy of the Bible, are you equipped to give a strong defense of the faith?
The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible offers biblical answers to the most difficult questions that often aren’t even addressed in seminaries. Many consider this work to be the most comprehensive defense of the Gospels and Acts that has ever been published. It provides a faith-affirming context for exploring the many Bible difficulties that Bible readers face.
You’ll discover the authors are four world-class biblical scholars who offer students of the Word knowledge to defend the reliability of Scripture and know the historic evangelical understanding of its teachings.
These theologians have extensively researched the literature of skeptics and New Testament critics. They also directly address the questions asked by many Christians. Instead of going through each verse, the authors focus in on the verses identified as relevant to the topics of apologetics and biblical reliability. Facing the challenge head on, each commentary note states the challenge as a critic would, taking the critical viewpoint seriously in order to convey the weight of its importance. The authors then offer practical and intelligent solutions that support our faith and align with a high view of Scripture.
Here is a relevant example from John 1:7, 9.
“The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.”
The authors note that critics have used this verse to support universalism, that all people will in the end be saved through Jesus, explaining:
“Yet, this confuses the desired with the actual result of John the Baptist’s testimony concerning Jesus. In other words, while God desires all people to believe (cf. 1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9), this is not the actual outcome, because not all people will in fact believe.
John does not speak here of internal illumination in the sense of general revelation (contra Morris 1995, 84), but of external illumination in the sense of objective revelation requiring a response (Brown 1966, 9). The rest of the Gospel illustrates clearly that not all did in fact receive the light, though it was available to all through Jesus’ presence and teaching (Borchert 1996, 113). In the present verse, John is emphasizing the universal scope of Jesus’ coming and the potential spiritual enlightenment available to all who believe, an enlightenment available not only to Jews but to all people (cf. 1:12-13; 3:16; 10:16; 12:32; cf. 1:10; 3:19-21).
Reading the verses following verse 9, it becomes increasingly apparent that John is not proposing a form of universalism: “He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, yet the world did not recognize Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him” (1:10-11). Even though the world was created through the Word (an echo of 1:3), it did not recognize that Word, because it was estranged from him (Ridderbos 1997, 44). Yet the world should have recognized the one through whom it was made. Keener is correct to point out that “God did provide the light for all humanity in Jesus’ incarnation [for instance, T. Levi 14:4 says that the law was given to ‘enlighten every person’] just as in the Jewish tradition he provided the light of Torah to all nations at Sinai. But just as the nations rejected Torah, so the world rejected God’s Word made flesh” (2003, 395).”
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About the General Editor
Jeremy R. Howard, Ph.D., is Publisher of Bibles & Reference Books at B&H Publishing Group. He is also General Editor of the HCSB Study Bible and author of Understanding Jesus. He holds a Ph.D. in Christian Apologetics & Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
About the Authors
Michael Wilkins, Matthew, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of New Testament and the Dean of the Faculty at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Among his man publications are several related to the Gospel of Matthew.
Craig Evans, Mark, Ph.D., is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, In Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the Director of the MA program and is the author of hundreds of books and articles.
Darrell Bock, Luke, Acts, Ph.D., is Executive Director for Cultural Engagement at the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership & Cultural Engagement, and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has authored more than thirty books.
Andreas Köstenberger, John, Ph.D., is senior research professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society and author of numerous books.