There is a lot more to see and preview from the ESV Study Bible this morning. First, Robert Yarbrough wrote the notes on the Johannine Epistles and has a commentary on John's letters coming out shortly. Collin Hanson interviewed him for Christianity Today. Crossway has now made the Introduction and notes on the entire book of 1 John from the ESV Study Bible available to preview online (HT: Justin Taylor)
Also, Barry Webb, Chair of Old Testament at Moore Theological College in Australia, wrote the notes on Esther in the ESV Study Bible. Crossway has also made the Introduction and notes for the entire book of Esther available online. The Sola Panel has an interview with Dr. Webb.
Those of you who sat in on my Old Testament Biblical Theology Sunday school class in the Spring might remember that I mentioned Dr. Webb's book on the Five Scrolls several times. This book, Five Festal Garments: Christian Reflections on the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiates, and Esther, is the best book that I have found dealing with these short books from the Writings section of the Old Testament. Dr. Webb addresses each book by first expositing it, then dealing with it in its Old Testament context, and then showing how it applies to God's people today after the advent of Christ. It's a very short book but much cheaper than buying multiple commentaries to aid you in studying these important books!
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