A classic 11-volume Bible Introduction, Survey, and Commentary, with a distinctive scholarly and critical approach that strikes a balance that makes it valuable for both the beginning student and the more experienced minister.
A Bible Introduction, Survey, and Commentary all rolled into one—The Messages of the Bible is a valuable resources for Bible students and ministers alike. Originally published in 11 volumes (between 1899 and 1911), and written by Frank Knight Sanders, Charles Foster Kent, and other distinguished scholars, this extensive set is distinguished by its critical and scholarly treatment of the material. This makes it quite different from the typical Bible Introduction or Survey. An important emphasis is on how the Scriptures came to be written, often through the inclusion and development of earlier historical and literary traditions. This affects how the commentary is arranged throughout the volumes—instead of treating each book in canonical order, the arrangement is historical/chronological and thematic. Two volumes are devoted to the messages of the Prophets (Earlier and Later), one to the Law Codes in the Pentateuch, another to the work of the Old Testament historians, and others to the Psalms, the individual Poems, the Apocalyptic literature, the teaching of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John (respectively), the writings of Paul, and then to the remaining New Testament writings. This critical approach, followed in more detail within the individual chapters and sections of each volume, makes The Message of the Bible a special kind of Introduction to the Scripture—one that is not only valuable to the beginner, but to the more experienced student, teacher, and pastor as well.