Leviticus and Numbers

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The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By providing focused commentary, this volume allows pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage; sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text; and full-color illustrations, maps, and photos.

To many, Leviticus is difficult to understand and can seem distant from contemporary life. In reality, it has much to teach Christians about God, sin, holiness, worship, and ethical living, and it provides the framework for greater understanding of Christ's atoning work. Joe Sprinkle offers historical and cultural information, in addition to insightful commentary on the text, in order to help any teacher bring Leviticus alive for today's audience.

Numbers tells of the journey from Sinai to the Jordan and of the rebellion of the people that led to forty years of wilderness wandering. This commentary helps the reader navigate the lists, laws, and narratives of Numbers in order to illuminate the important lessons of Numbers that apply today: the dangers of disobedience, the fulfillment of God's promises, the importance of godly leadership, and God's commitment to his people.


"A valuable addition to this very useful series. Not only is Sprinkle's work exegetically accurate, his theological summaries are concise and insightful. This book is especially necessary now to provide a firm foundation for interpreting this part of the Pentateuch at a time when people know less about this crucial part of God's revelation than ever."--Paul D. Wegner, professor of Old Testament, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

"This commentary deserves a wide reading. Sprinkle frequently cites the results of archaeology that illustrate the biblical text and has modern, moving illustrations that illuminate the theological content of the sections he is explaining from Leviticus and Numbers. This work will be a great source for Bible teachers to teach the text in a contextual and exegetically responsible way."--Mark F. Rooker, senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Joe M. Sprinkle (PhD, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is professor of Old Testament at Crossroads College in Rochester, Minnesota. He is author of The Book of the Covenant: A Literary Approach and Biblical Law and Its Relevance, as well as articles in journals, dictionaries, and a study Bible.


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"Few commentaries help the reader move beyond study to thoughtful application, and fewer still move beyond application to teaching. That's why I am thrilled with the Teach the Text Commentary Series from Baker. Pastors and teachers are going to love this series. I highly recommend it."--George H. Guthrie, Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible, Union University, Jackson, TN

"Pastors, communicators, and fellow Bible teachers, shove some books over and make room on your shelves. The Teach the Text Commentary Series was specifically envisioned with us in the lens and emphasizes precisely what matters most: communicating the heart of the authoritative text itself. Here is the best of biblical scholarship made accessible, applicable, and relevant to life right here on the hot pavement where we need it most."--Beth Moore, author and teacher

"Most commentaries are either too technical or too light to be of much help, leaving us to wander through the text on our own. Accurately balanced between good scholarship and solid preaching perspectives, these commentaries provide an unusually deep and relevant approach to the text. If you take preaching and teaching the Word seriously you must take this series seriously as well. "--Joe Stowell, President, Cornerstone University

"I love Bible commentaries. But, some are too much; some are too little. The Teach the Text Commentary Series lands right in the middle--the best of scholarship in a manageable size for busy pastors and teachers."--Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals, and Pastor Emeritus, Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN

"The Teach the Text Commentary Series builds a wonderful bridge between the academic works of the past and contemporary works of the present day. The content is easy to comprehend while giving enough meaty knowledge so everyday students and teachers of the Bible can grab hold of the powerful text with an assurance of sound interpretation. I can't wait for my first copy to sit squarely on the corner of my desk!"--Dr. David Anderson, Lead Pastor, Bridgeway Community Church, Columbia, MD

"The Teach the Text Commentary Series is a perfect tool for the pastor looking for 'sermon-ready' insights. They not only provide the most relevant 'sermon-friendly' information but organize it in a manner that makes it simple for the pastor to use."--Miles McPherson, Senior Pastor, The Rock Church, San Diego, CA

"We live in an era that desperately needs to hear not more cheap advice about successful living but "the words of eternal life." That means burrowing deeply into Scripture--and coming out again with fresh theological and spiritual insights for living. The Teach the Text Commentary Series does that admirably. I love the way it connects text to background to theology to illustration. I can't recall any commentary series that has done all that better. "--Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor, Christianity Today

"I cannot think of a more urgently needed commentary series for the life of a pastor or teacher. There is far too much teaching that does not give the learners the depths and theology of Scripture that they deserve to hear. That is what makes the Teach the Text Commentary Series so unique and extremely needed today. I personally think that the Teach the Text Commentary Series should be read not only by pastors or teachers but by all Christians who desire to understand the incredible richness of the Bible in our lives."--Dan Kimball, author of They Like Jesus but Not the Church and teacher at Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz, CA

"The Teach the Text Commentary Series is an ideal tool for busy pastors and teachers. Written by top-notch scholars, who 'get it' when it comes to understanding the weekly pressure of preaching a weekly sermon, these volumes get right to the heart of each biblical passage, with sound exegesis, theological insights, and relevant application. I highly recommend the series."--Pastor Jim Garlow, Skyline Church, La Mesa, CA

"Teach the Text is the kind of commentary I have wanted for a long time. It deals with the kinds of questions that busy pastors have to ask and answer in order to preach the Scriptures every week. I commend it to those of you who are in that kind of ministry."--Haddon Robinson, Harold John Ockenga Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"At last, a commentary series written by serious scholars who are seriously aiming at aiding teachers and preachers in the church. This puts whole worlds of biblical context and information in the hands that need it most."--John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; author of Who Is This Man?

"Rarely does a commentary series provide strong practical application alongside the exegetical analysis and insight of a biblical text. The beauty of the Teach the Text Commentary Series is that it does both! This series is ideal for the pastor that not only wants to communicate theological truth, but wants to do it in a way that is relevant and effective in today's culture."--Jarrett Stephens, Teaching Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX

"I wish I could have had a commentary like Teach the Text for the last twenty-seven years I have been preaching. It will save me time and make me a better preacher. I'm going to buy every commentary in this series."--Dr. Stan Van Den Berg, Senior Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Orange, CA

"As a teacher and preacher of Romans, I am grateful for Dr. Marvin Pate's excellent resource in Baker's Teach the Text Commentary Series. I have searched long and hard for the right commentary to recommend to my undergraduate students and zealous parishioners. Now I will look no further! I read everything that Dr. Pate writes because he is not only a world-class scholar but also a pastoral practitioner. I have found his treatment of the Epistle of Romans to be the perfect blend of scholarship and application. I will use it as my required textbook and recommend it broadly."--Keith R. Krell, Senior Pastor, Fourth Memorial Church, Spokane, Washington; Associate Professor of Biblical Exposition, Moody Bible Institute Spokane

"Dr. Sprinkle's new commentary on Leviticus and Numbers provides a valuable addition to this very useful series. Not only is Sprinkle's work exegetically accurate, his theological summaries are concise and insightful. He begins with a clear and informed explanation of current Old Testament scholarship and then provides practical ways to teach and apply the text. This book is especially necessary now to provide a firm foundation for interpreting this part of the Pentateuch at a time when people know less about this crucial part of God's revelation than ever."

Paul D. Wegner, professor of Old Testament, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary

"This commentary deserves a wide reading not only by the serious student who desires to dig into the text but also for the pastor or Bible teacher who desires to understand the meaning of the biblical text. Sprinkle frequently cites the results of archaeology that illustrate the biblical text and has modern, moving illustrations that illuminate the theological content of the sections he is explaining from Leviticus and Numbers. This work will be a great source for Bible teachers to 'teach the text' in a contextual and exegetically responsible way."

Mark F. Rooker, senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


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  1. Joe M. Sprinkle

    Joe M. Sprinkle

    Joe M. Sprinkle (PhD, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is professor of Old Testament at Crossroads College in Rochester, Minnesota. He is author of The Book of the Covenant: A Literary Approach and Biblical Law and...

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