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Believers’ Church Bible Commentary Series

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Introduction

"This readable commentary series is for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today-Sunday school teachers, members of Bible study groups, students, pastors, and other seekers." —From the Series Foreword

The Believers Church Bible Commentary Series is published for all who seek more fully to understand the original message of Scripture and its meaning for today. The series is based on the conviction that God is still speaking to all who will listen, and that the Holy Spirit makes the Word a living and authoritative guide for all who want to know and do God's will.

Each volume illuminates the Scriptures; provides historical and cultural background; shares necessary theological, sociological, and ethical meanings; and, in general, makes "the rough places plain." Critical issues are not avoided, but neither are they moved into the foreground as debates among scholars. The series aids in the interpretive process, but it does not attempt to supersede the authority of the Word and Spirit as discerned in the gathered church.

Objective

In cooperation with six Anabaptist denominations, to publish a comprehensive Bible commentary from the believers church perspective.

Background

The Believers’ Church Bible Commentary series is a comprehensive Bible commentary from the believers’ church perspective. Derek Suderman represents MC Canada on the editorial council made up of representatives from six denominations. The series of 44 volumes is nearing completion. The first volume, Jeremiah, was published in 1986 nearly thirty years ago. To date 28 volumes have been produced with 16 yet to be completed. MennoMedia plans to complete the series by close to 2020. MC Canada scholar Gerald Gerbrandt recently completed his work on the Deuteronomy commentary and it will be issued soon (Oct or Nov 2015). Four other MC Canada scholars are working on commentaries yet–to-be published in this series.

Process

Authors have been assigned for the 16 remaining titles, including four scholars who are a part of Mennonite Church Canada. An editorial review committee, comprised of members from each of the six Anabaptist denominations, provides oversite of the writing process. MennoMedia is the publisher. MennoMedia has assumed the financial risks of this project and is responsible for sales and fundraising.

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