Have you discovered the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series (ZEC for short)? It’s so new (the volume on James has the earliest copyright date, 2008) that you may not have noticed it yet. If you spend some time with the series, though, you will immediately see that it is different from many other commentary series. Imagine if some of the top Evangelical scholars were to write exegesis papers—not stuffy ones, but ones you actually wanted to read—over every passage in the New Testament. This is what the ZEC is like!
Though not complete yet, the ZEC is an ongoing commentary project that takes every biblical passage and analyzes it by the following categories:
- Literary Context—a concise discussion of how the passage functions in the broader literary context of the book.
- Main Idea—a one- or two-sentence statement of the big idea or central thrust of the passage.
- Translation and Graphical Layout—perhaps the greatest distinction of the series, the purpose of this diagram is to help the reader visualize, and thus better understand, the flow of thought within the text.
- Structure—the commentator describes the flow of thought in the passage and explains how certain interpretive decisions regarding the relationship of the clauses were made in the passage.
- The Exegetical Outline—the overall structure of the passage is described in a detailed exegetical outline.
- Explanation of the Text—the emphasis on this section of the text is to convey the meaning of the passage.
- Theology in Application—a reflection of the theological contribution of the passage.
This series is ideal for the person who has had one or two years of original languages, but may or may not be a little bit rusty. ZEC is not as technical as the Word Biblical Commentary or the New International Greek Testament Commentary as it is designed for a broader audience. If the reader has not had any training in biblical languages, the series is still accessible because all Greek text follows English translation.
- Ruth by Daniel I. Block (2015) (Added September '17)
- Obadiah by Daniel I. Block (2013) (Added September '17)
- Jonah by Kevin J. Youngblood (2013) (Added September '17)
The OT volumes listed above are also available for individual purchase.
- Matthew by Grant R. Osborne (2010)
- Mark by Mark L. Strauss (2014) (Added September '17)
- Luke by David E. Garland (2012)
- John by Edward W. Klink III (2016) (Added September '17)
- Acts by Eckhard J. Schnabel (2012)
- Galatians by Thomas R. Schreiner (2010)
- Ephesians by Clinton R. Arnold (2010)
- Colossians & Philemon by David W. Pao (2012)
- 1-2 Thessalonians by Gary S. Shogren (2012)
- James by Craig L. Blomberg and Mariam J. Kamell (2009)
- 1, 2, 3 John by Karen H. Jobes (2014) (Added September '17)
The NT volumes listed above are also available for individual purchase.
Prices for Sets, Individual Volumes, and Upgrades
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- Matthew (Regular Price $59.90)
- Mark (Regular Price $44.90)
- Luke (Regular Price $59.90)
- John (Regular Price $49.90)
- Acts (Regular Price $59.90)
- Galatians (Regular Price $35.90)
- Ephesians (Regular Price $39.90)
- Colossians & Philemon (Regular Price $35.90)
- 1-2 Thessalonians (Regular Price $34.90)
- James (Regular Price $29.90)
- 1, 2, 3 John (Regular Price $34.90)
Upgrades from previously available 8-volume NT Set:
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