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Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: OT (39 books) and NT (26 books)

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Note: This product does NOT contain the Gospel of John. Due to licensing issues, that portion of Volume 2 is not included in this module.

This product consists of the ZIBBC series (with the exception of the Gospel of John) that brings to life the world of the Bible through informative entries and full-color photos and graphics. ZIBBC is the premier commentary set for connecting with the historical and cultural context of the Bible.

The entire New Testament is covered in this commentary with the exception of the Gospel of John.

Old Testament (5 volumes):
Many today find the Old Testament a closed book. The cultural issues seem insurmountable and we are easily baffled by that which seems obscure. Furthermore, without knowledge of the ancient culture we can easily impose our own culture on the text, potentially distorting it. This series invites you to enter the Old Testament with a company of guides, experts that will give new insights into these cherished writings. Features include

  • Over 2000 photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams and charts provide a visual feast that breathes fresh life into the text.
  • Passage-by-passage commentary presents archaeological findings, historical explanations, geographic insights, notes on manners and customs, and more.
  • Analysis into the literature of the ancient Near East will open your eyes to new depths of understanding both familiar and unfamiliar passages.

New Testament (26 Books) (No commentary on John):
Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics, the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary walks you verse-by-verse through all the books of the New Testament. It’s like slipping on a set of glasses that lets you read the Bible through the eyes of a first-century reader! Discoveries await you that will snap the world of the New Testament into gripping immediacy. Things that seem mystifying, puzzling, or obscure will take on tremendous meaning when you view them in their ancient context. You’ll deepen your understanding of the teachings of Jesus. You’ll discover the close, sometimes startling interplay between God’s kingdom and the practical affairs of the church. Best of all, you’ll gain a deepened awareness of the Bible’s relevance for your life.


  • How the springs at Hierapolis help us understand why Jesus described the church at Laodicea as “lukewarm”
  • The background and circumstances of certificates of divorce in Judaism
  • How Jewish dietary laws provided a powerful metaphor for God’s acceptance of the Gentiles

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
• OT General Editor: John H. Walton
• NT General Editor: Clinton E. Arnold
• Publisher: Zondervan (2009 / 2002)

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Included Modules

The following modules and groups are included when you purchase this package. For details click the Title.



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