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Bible Commentaries

Christ Above All

Turkish Title: İbranilerin Mesajı

Original Title: The Message of Hebrews

Author: Raymond Brown

ImageTimes were hard for the first readers of the letter to the Hebrews. Many had been exposed to fierce persecution. They had been assaulted, their homes had been plundered, and some had even been cast into prison. To such people this letter came as an encouragement.

The writer of the letter turns their eyes to Christ, shows how he fulfills the hope expressed in the Old Testament sacrifices, and calls his readers to a steadfast faith that will take them through the hard times they now face.

The Day of the Lion

Turkish Title: Amos'un Mesajı

Original Title: The Message of Amos

Author: JA Motyer

Image  An exposition of the prophet Amos, in which his call to relevant faith is championed.

'Affluence, exploitation and the profit motive were the most notable features of the society which Amos observed and in which he worked.' 
 
With these words Alec Motyer exposes and explains the astonishingly relevant - but never popular - message of the prophet Amos.

A New Heart and a New Spirit

Turkish Title: Hezekiel'in Mesajı

Original Title: The Message of Ezekiel

Author: Christopher J.H. Wright

Image The land was awash with false gods and groaning under all kinds of social evil. The inevitable happened; God's horrific judgment on his people started to unfold. A young Ezekiel, carried off to exile in Babylon, was commissioned by the Lord to warn of a more devastating and unthinkable judgment.  

When the most traumatic event in Israel's whole biblical history did happen - the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple - Ezekiel's ministry took a new turn as the bulk of the displaced population joined the existing exiles. 

Fullness and Freedom

Turkish Title: Koloseliler ve Filimon'un Mesajı

Original Title: The Message of Colossians and Philemon

Author: R.C. Lucas

Image Sometimes we try to add to the gospel our own recipe for spiritual fullness. Paul claims that all God's riches are to be found in Christ alone.

Fullness and freedom - -two aspects of Christian life that we all want to share. Paul wrote about them at length (and depth) in his letter to the Christians at Colossae, where certain new teachers were proclaiming that "mere Christianity" is not enough. There is, they suggested, a fuller experience, a greater liberation, than they had so far enjoyed. But Paul was adamant: all God's fullness is in Christ alone, and only through his complete work are we set free. 

Songs For the People of God

Turkish Title: Mezmurlar'ın Mesajı

Original Title: The Message of Psalms

Author: Michael Wilcock

Image A practical and readable introduction to the Psalms which effectively unfolds the text and meaning as songs for the people of God.

The book of Psalms is a favourite of Christians, even though we frequently read it in portions and pieces, hopscotching through the familiar and avoiding the odd, the unpleasant and the difficult. But though the individual psalms arose from an assortment of times, experiences and settings, the book is composed in a deliberate pattern, not as a random anthology. The meaning of the Psalms is discovered in this pattern and order.

The Tests of Faith

Turkish Title: Yakup'un Mesajı

Original Title: The Message of James

Author: Alec Motyer

Image As a good communicator, James addressed his readers directly and pointedly with vivid images from ordinary life and attention-gripping statements. This rich exposition brings James's letter to life for today's reader.

This book powerfully brings out James's memorable themes - the link between enduring trials and maturity; the question of perfection; the good gifts of God; faith, works and Christian concern in a world of human need; the implications of careless and evil words; the meaning of war; the church and healing; confession of sin; and the need for active purity in life