Concordia Commentary: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.
This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to Himself through our Lord's life, death, and resurrection.
The commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes "that which promotes Christ" in each pericope.
Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes found throughout Scripture, including such dialectics as Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, folly and wisdom, this fallen world and the new creation in Christ. Careful attention is given to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Further light is shed on the text from archaeology, history, and extrabiblical literature. Finally, Scripture's message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, confession of the faith—all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come. (publisher's website, emphasis added)
This commentary expounds Proverbs as an Old Testament Wisdom book that reveals Jesus Christ, who is the agent of creation and the wisdom of God incarnate. Proverbs inculcates God's wisdom through didactic sayings that teach prudence and discretion for the life of faith, which is contrasted to the ways of the world. This commentary explains both the larger features of the book and the individual proverbs that comprise this treasury of divine wisdom. (publisher's website)
- Note how the book of Proverbs "grew" (19, 493ff)
- See "The Spectrum of Advice" (37)
- What are the differences between the MT and LXX in Proverbs? (47)
- Wisdom as "path" (255ff)5
- Wisdom for rulers (especially just after an election (361ff)
- A footnote connecting 18:22 to Song 5:1, an insight to share in (pre)marital counseling (396)
- Background for the "inwardly digest" prayer of LSB 308 and TLH 14 (456)
- Learn a better way to translate my Confirmation verse, 22:6, " Consecrate a child according to the way he should go, and even when he becomes old, he will not turn from it" (436, 437-8, 441-3)
- Luther on Proverbs: 499ff
- Chiasm (26:1-12, 524)
- A Christian view of alcohol (622-624)
- 31:1-31, "An Acrostic Poem about a Godly Wife," 627-645
God raised up Ezra and Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem and prepare for the Messiah. Their books show how God works in His people and in Jesus Christ, who accomplished out salvation through His perfect life, atoning death, and glorious resurrection. (publisher's website)
Modern readers are often surprised at how important a wall was for protection, sovereignty, and pure worship. We live in days when "a thin blue line" protects us domestically and military strength abroad is not enough to defend our porous borders from numerous external threats. Perhaps current events will teach us again how "good fences make good neighbors." Nehemiah and the people had to wait a long time to legally rebuild the wall. And that was a necessary step to protect the rebuilt temple, which also had to wait for legal permission for reconstruction.
"....the gathering to read the Teaching of Moses and the diligence of the Levites to ensure that the people understood it (Neh 8:7-8) were part of preserving Israel's hope in the Messiah. They were also necessary steps to be taken before the wall was dedicated" (507). Here the commentator shows a proper focus of this Old Testament book on Christ, as well as answering scholarly theories about Nehemiah 8-9 being allegedly "out of sequence."
And now the "lightning round." Answer the following with the help of Dr. Steinmann:
- Who wrote Ezra and Nehemiah? (2-12)
- Are they one book or two? (12-21)
- How would you explain the interrelation of Persian Kings, Jewish High Priests, and the content of Ezra and Nehemiah? (Words failed me. I need the chart on 66-67. Even Luther fell short: 149, 474)
- Was the Ark of the Covenant available to be placed into the rebuilt temple? (No, 214)
- Why does Ezra 9-10 spend so much time on exogamy (marrying outside one's group) and what is the true meaning behind its prohibition and the true theme of these chapters? (319ff)
- When was the "Reformation" in Nehemiah? (Chapter 13, 478ff)
This gifted commentator is a prolific author, evidenced by his CPH biography below, but also by his extensive personal Bibliography contributions (Ezra and Nehemiah, xlviii). I would love to hear a presentation in person. Perhaps Andrew E Steinmann would be interested in a trip to Wyoming for an exegetical workshop...
We at QBR are very grateful for Concordia Commentary and eagerly look forward to Ecclesiastes, Isaiah 40-55, and Matthew 11:2-20:34.
Andrew Steinmann holds a B.S. from the University of Cincinnati, an M. Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary (Ft. Wayne) and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. He has served as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Fraser, Michigan (1981–86); taught at Concordia College, Ann Arbor (1986–91); served as editor at God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society (1991–94); served as staff pastor at Lutheran Home, Westlake, Ohio (1995–2000); and taught at Ashland University and Seminary (1996–2000). He is currently Professor of Theology and Hebrew at Concordia University Chicago, where he has served since 2000. Dr. Steinmann has published articles and essays in national and international journals including Bibliotheca Sacra, Concordia Journal, Concordia Pulpit Resources, Concordia Theological Quarterly, Hebrew Studies, Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology, Lutheran Education, The Michigan Academician, Review of Biblical Literature, Revue de Qumran, TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism, Vetus Testamentum and several reference works. He is the author of seven books including The Oracles of God: The Old Testament Canon (Concordia, 1999), Fundamental Biblical Aramaic (Concordia, 2004 with Andrew Bartelt’s Fundamental Biblical Hebrew), Is God Listening?: Making Prayer a Part of Your Life (Concordia, 2004), Proverbs in the Concordia Commentary series (forthcoming), and Daniel in the Concordia Commentary series (forthcoming). He is co-author with Andrew Bartelt of Workbook and Supplementary Exercises for Fundamental Biblical Hebrew and Fundamental Biblical Aramaic (Concordia, 2006). Dr. Steinmann is also contributing editor to the textbook Called to Be God’s People: An Introduction to the Old Testament (Wipf and Stock, 2006), as well as a consultant for The Lutheran Study Bible (publisher's website).