Exegetical Theology and Bible Commentaries

Mark 1:1–8:26 — Concordia Commentary

About this Volume: The reign of God has come in Jesus Christ, but in hiddenness, in humility and lowliness. Jesus came to serve and give his life as a ransom for many (10:45). Jesus promised a triumphant revelation of himself after the cross (14:28), but within Mark (ending at 16:8) the disciples do not yet(…)

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The Theme and Message of Mark’s Gospel

The following excerpt is taken from Dr. James Voelz’s commentary on Mark 1:1–8:26, part of Concordia Publishing House’s Concordia Commentary series.  

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Book Giveaway: Win a free copy of Isaiah 56–66!

Sorry, this contest has ended. Try again next time!   To celebrate the release of our latest Concordia Commentary, we are pleased to offer one lucky winner a free copy of Isaiah 56–66. Isaiah 56–66 is the culmination of the prophet’s message condemning humanity’s sin and promising the Suffering Servant, who atones for that sin,(…)

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In Commemoration of Adam and Eve

Pastor Valerius Herberger (1562–1627) served St. Mary’s parish church in Fraustadt (now Wschowa) Poland during the most difficult days of the Counter-Reformation when a royal decree ousted the congregation from its building in 1604. As a deacon and preacher in the congregation for nearly forty years, Herberger left us a remarkable example of biblical interpretation,(…)

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What others are saying about the newest Concordia Commentary, Isaiah 56-66

Dr. Reed Lessing’s commentary on Isaiah 56-66 has received outstanding advance endorsements from the academic community. Read below what scholars are saying about the book! As with his earlier work on Isaiah 40–55, Professor Lessing has given us a highly useful commentary on chapters 56–66. More than many others, it nicely balances linguistic and grammatical precision, exegetical(…)

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An Interview with Dr. R. Reed Lessing, author of Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 56–66

Dr. Reed Lessing is a veteran author for Concordia Publishing House. His latest book is Isaiah 56–66, the twenty-seventh volume in the Concordia Commentary series. We interviewed Dr. Lessing to find out more about him, his commentary, and its contribution to the church.  Tell me about yourself. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and have enjoyed(…)

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Coming Soon! Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 56–66

Pastors, scholars, and teachers know the Concordia Commentary volumes offer trustworthy theological exposition of the original inspired texts of the sacred Scriptures. In the newest volume of the series, Isaiah 56–66, Dr. Reed Lessing combines a meticulous analysis of the Hebrew with an engaging, memorable, and homiletical proclamation of the prophet’s meaning. He shows that(…)

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An excerpt from the newest Concordia Commentary: Isaiah 56–66

Quoted by our Lord Jesus Christ in his inaugural sermon in his hometown of Nazareth (Lk 4:18–19), Is 61:1–3 is commonly called the Fifth Suffering Servant Song in Isaiah, and for good reason. This programmatic text reverberates throughout the Gospel narratives in Christ’s ministry of preaching and healing, and particularly at His Baptism, when the(…)

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See Us in San Diego at the 2014 AAR-SBL Convention!

The Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature will be held jointly in San Diego, California, on November 22–25. Attendees are invited to stop by the CPH book booth, #817, during the convention. We will have a full display of the twenty-seven volumes in print in the Concordia Commentary series,(…)

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Disputes over the General Epistles

The following is an excerpt from Lutheran Bible Companion, available now. The LBC, a two-volume set, covers every canonical book of the Bible, including the Apocrypha. This selection is from the “The General Epistles” in volume two.   Disputes over the General Epistles Before studying the General Epistles, readers should gain some understanding of their history in the(…)

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