Bible Commentaries

Gary’s 2014 edition of Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is a culmination of thirty-two years of personal Bible study. These study notes are now available for you to use.

 

A Unique Approach to Bible Study

Welcome to Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures, a unique approach to Bible study. Study Notes is designed to guide its readers into the biblical text using proposed thematic schemes that follow the redemptive structure of the Holy Bible, so that a person knows what a passage of Scripture is saying in respect to the overall theme, or message, of that particular book. These thematic schemes serve as a key unlocking the meaning of the Scriptures in a magnificent way. An accumulation of 30 years of Bible study, Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is a 9,500 page resource especially designed to aid the preacher and teacher by helping them navigate through a sermon/teaching series so that there is a cohesive unity throughout a series of messages on a book of the Bible, guiding the listeners along a spiritual journey with a clearly defined destination, transforming each person to become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Identify the Central Theme of the Text

Every week a preacher wrestles with the central idea of the text. Sometimes he identifies it, and sometimes he is sidetracked by a secondary theme of interest within the text. There is a never-ending effort to identify the theme and preach the text correctly, and commentaries and other reference books offer little assistance in this area. I believe that the themes of each book of the Holy Bible can be established. There are new biblical hermeneutics that can be followed in order to establish these themes. While the historical-grammatical studies have been extensively used by pastors as well as scholars for centuries, and textual criticism and various forms of higher criticism have been used by scholars as well, none of these have successfully “extracted” recognizable themes to each book of the Bible. These new biblical hermeneutics have been of tremendous value in my efforts to identify biblical themes.

Amazingly, as one identifies the themes of each biblical book and compares these themes to one another, it becomes clear that the Bible is intricately woven into a harmonious unity. We are left to conclude that the themes and arrangements of these books were orchestrated by God Himself guiding man over the sixteen hundred years of its writing and composition using approximately forty authors.

 

Logos Bible Software is now offering Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures (2011 edition) for sale. Please go to http://www.logos.com/product/15107/studynotes-on-the-holy-scriptures.

 

Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures (2013 edition) is now available for those who use E-Sword at BibleSupport.com

                      

 

The Amazon Kindle edition of Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures (2014 edition) is available at Amazon.com

 

 Please feel free to download these e-books below. These e-books are free. Also, many of the New Testament books are currently available for free access and reading through Amazon Prime. If you have any problems with a download, please send me an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and I will be sure to get the download to you.

 


 

 

 

 

Introduction to the Holy Scriptures (free)
126 pages, 0.98 MB
 
 
 

The Book of Genesis (free)

425 pages, 2.9 MB

 

The Book of Exodus (free)

192 pages, 1.2 MB

 

The Book of Leviticus (free)

80 pages, 0.50 MB

 

The Book of Numbers (free)

111 pages, 0.67 MB

 

The Book of Deuteronomy (free)

100 pages, 0.66 MB

 

The Book of Joshua (free)

80 pages, 0.52 MB

 


The Book of Judges (free)

76 pages, 0.50 MB

 

The Book of Ruth (free)

22 pages, 0.18 MB

 

The Books of 1 & 2 Samuel (free)

190 pages, 1.2 MB

 

The Books of 1 & 2 Kings (free)

162 pages, 1.0 MB

 

The Books of 1 & 2 Chronicles (free)

147 pages, 0.88 MB

 

The Book of Ezra (free)

34 pages, 0.25 MB

 

The Book of Nehemiah (free)

48 pages, 0.34 MB

 

The Book of Esther (free)

25 pages, 0.18 MB

 

The Book of Job (free)

114 pages, 0.74 MB

 

The Book of Psalms (free)

309 pages, 2.0 MB

 

 

The Book of Proverbs (free)

457 pages, 3.0 MB

 

The Book of Ecclesiastes (free)

88 pages, 0.65 MB

 

The Song of Solomon (free)

167 pages, 1.34 MB

 

The Book of Isaiah (free)

189 pages, 1.24 MB

 

The Book of Jeremiah (free)

126 pages, 0.77 MB

 

The Book of Lamentations (free)

22 pages, 0.19 MB

 

The Book of Ezekiel (free)

124 pages, 0.78 MB

 

 

The Book of Daniel (free)

113 pages, 0.83 MB

 

The Book of Hosea (free)

36 pages, 0.24 MB

 

The Book of Joel (free)

13 pages, 0.13 MB

 

The Book of Amos (free)

36 pages, 0.26 MB

 

The Book of Obadiah (free)

12 pages, 0.1 MB

 

The Book of Jonah (free)

17 pages, 0.13 MB

 

The Book of Micah (free)

19 pages, 0.16 MB

 

The Book of Nahum (free)

12 pages, 0.1 MB

 

The Book of Habakkuk (free)

11 pages, 0.7 MB

 

The Book of Zephaniah (free)

11 pages, 0.8 MB

 

The Book of Haggai (free)

9 pages, 0.6 MB

 

The Book of Zechariah (free)

32 pages, 0.2 MB

 

The Book of Malachi (free)

14 pages, 0.1 MB

 


 

The New Testament

 

The Gospel of Matthew (free)

513 pages, 3.7 MB

 

The Gospel of Mark (free)

208 pages, 1.5 MB

 

The Gospel of Luke (free)

403 pages, 2.8 MB

 

The Gospel of John (free)

366 pages, 2.6 MB

 

The Book of Acts (free)

305 pages, 2.2 MB

 

The Epistle of Romans (free)

307 pages, 2.2 MB

 

The Epistle of 1 Corinthians (free)

233 pages, 1.7 MB

 

The Epistle of 2 Corinthians (free)

158 pages, 1.3 MB

 

The Epistle of Galatians (free)

126 pages, 1.0 MB

 

The Epistle of Ephesians (free)

193 pages, 1.4 MB

 

The Epistle of Philippians (free)

103 pages, 0.77 MB

 

The Epistle of Colossians (free)

101 pages, 0.76 MB

 

The Epistle of 1 Thessalonians (free)

76 pages, 0.61 MB

 

The Epistle of 2 Thessalonians (free)

46 pages, 0.37 MB

 

The Epistle of 1 Timothy (free)

146 pages, 1.1 MB

 

The Epistle of 2 Timothy (free)

74 pages, 0.61 MB

 

The Epistle of Titus (free)

39 pages, 0.35 MB

 

The Epistle of Philemon (free)

55 pages, 0.43 MB

 

The Epistle of Hebrews (free)

314 pages, 2.3 MB

 

The Epistle of James (free)

130 pages, 0.94 MB

 

The Epistle of 1 Peter (free)

135 pages, 0.98 MB

 

The Epistle of 2 Peter (free)

92 pages, 0.75 MB

 

The Epistle of 1 John (free)

47 pages, 0.36 MB

 

The Epistle of 2 John (free)

38 pages, 0.30 MB

 

The Epistle of 3 John (free)

34 pages, 0.27 MB

 

The Epistle of Jude (free)

33 pages, 0.25 MB

 

The Book of Revelation (free)

133 pages, 0.95 MB

 

 

 

 

Every week a preacher wrestles with the central idea of the text. Sometimes he identifies it, and sometimes he is sidetracked by a secondary theme of interest within the text. There is never-ending effort to identify the theme and preach the text correctly, and commentaries and other reference books offer little assistance in this area. I believe that the themes of each book of the Holy Bible can be established. There is a procedure called composition criticism that can be followed in order to establish these themes. Composition criticism is a relatively new and undeveloped field of biblical criticism. While the historical-grammatical studies have been extensively used by pastors as well as scholars for centuries, and textual criticism and various forms of higher criticism have been used by scholars as well, none of these have successfully “extracted” recognizable themes to each book of the Bible. Composition criticism has been of tremendous value in my efforts to identify biblical themes.

Amazingly, as one identifies the themes of each biblical book and compares these themes to one another, it becomes clear that the Bible is intricately woven into a harmonious unity. We are left to conclude that the themes and arrangements of these books were orchestrated by God Himself guiding man over the sixteen hundred years of its writing and composition using approximately forty authors.

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