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The Holman Illustrated Bible Commentary is a comprehensive yet concise resource for Bible teachers, pastors, and any student of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, it provides the reader with essential information and insight that can be a clarifying touch point at every stage of preparing to teach or preach.
For each book of the Bible, an introductory section gives an overview that introduces
Circumstances of Writing
Message and Purpose
Contribution to the Bible
The commentary illuminates each verse in the Bible by focusing on a few verses at a time. The outline for each book serves as the headings throughout the commentary. This feature enables the reader to move from the big picture to the details in section-by-section fashion. The commentary is illustrated with photos and other graphics that bring the world of each Bible book to life for the reader. Also, each book of the Bible includes a substantial bibliography that enables the reader to explore more deeply.
E. Ray Clendenen is Senior Editor of Bible and Bible Reference Books for B&H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources. He is general editor of The New American Commentary, series editor of New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology, and served as associate general editor of Holman Christian Standard Bible translation, 1998-2004.
Dr. Clendenen has been a Baptist pastor, a staff worker with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a Christian college professor (Philadelphia Biblical University and Criswell College), and an adjunct professor at three Southern Baptist theological seminaries. He serves on the steering committee of Evangelical Theological Society Biblical Hebrew Language & Exegesis Consultation.
He served as Old Testament editor for a study Bible, wrote a brief popular commentary on the Minor Prophets for TheHolman Bible Handbook edited by David Dockery (B&H 1992), then a more scholarly commentary on Malachi (with Haggai), volume 21a in The New American Commentary series (B&H 2004), an associate editor of the Apologetics Study Bible (B&H 2007), and co-editor of Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue (B&H 2008). He has also written many chapters/articles and reviews for books and scholarly journals.
Dr. Clendenen studied anthropology at Rice University (B.A.), Hebrew and Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Dropsie University (M.A.), and Linguistics and ancient Greek history at The University of Texas at Arlington, associated with The Summer Institute of Linguistics (Ph.D.).
Jeremy Royal Howard is Publisher of Bibles & Reference Books at B&H Publishing Group. He is general editor of and contributor to the HCSB Study Bible that was the recipient of Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Bible of the Year Award in 2011. He is also general editor of the KJV Study Bible, Holman Study Bible: NKJV Edition, and general editor of The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible.
Dr. Howard is author if Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Jesus, Christianity and Quantum Physics: Assessing the Fitness of the Copenhagen Interpretation for Use in Christian Theology and Apologetics, co-author with Robert Lewis of The New Eve: Choosing God’s Best for Your Life, and editor/concept designer of The Men’s Fraternity Bible. He is a contributor to the Apologetics Study Bible, the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, and general editor of and contributor to If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?
He has served as a Baptist pastor, a writer/research/instructor for GlobalReach, a ministry of Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock Arkansas where he co-authored several works with Dr. Robert Lewis. He was a teaching assistant in theology, philosophy, apologetics, and church history for classes at Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Howard was educated at Tennessee Technological Institute (B.S.) with a major in biology and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D) with emphases on apologetics and worldview, philosophy, and theology.