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New Release: Ezra & Nehemiah: A Mentor Commentary

Gavin MacKenzie

Ezra & Nehemiah is the latest addition to the respected Mentor commentary series. This series takes a high view of scripture, focusing on quality research with carefully selected photographs, illustrations and charts to support the text. In this volume,  Tiberius Rata considers the narrative of the restoration of the Jewish people to their homeland. Whilst dealing with these two books in original context he skilfully exposes lessons for the contemporary Christian and brings this insight into a key period of biblical history to life. As you dive deep into the fascinating Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah, you will discover the God who is in control of history and the hearts of his people. Thinking in the context of our seemingly very difficult world today, it is a real encouragement to be reminded how Yahweh continues to work through the lives of secular leaders, just as he did with the Persian Kings, Cyrus and Artaxerxes.

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About the Author:

A native of Romania, Tiberius Rata is the chair of the Biblical Studies Department and professor of Old Testament Studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Institute for Biblical Research and has presented papers at the national conventions of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is married to Carmen and they have two sons.

Praise for Ezra & Nehemiah:  A Mentor Commentary:

"Tiberius Rata combines exegetical skill, knowledge of the ancient world, and a pastor's heart in this volume. His explanations of the text are clear, forceful, yet concise. This work will assist the church in understanding its call to godly service to Christ and will motivate its readers to re-consecrate their lives and possessions to the work of the Kingdom."

~Kenneth A. Matthews ~ Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School

"Reasoned, researched, and concise, Rata's commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah opens a window on the historical setting for these significant books of the Old Testament. Carefully selected photographs, illustrations, and charts punctuate its pages and illuminate the text's background, literary context, and interpretation. This volume ably addresses the interests of laymen and pastors alike as they study the biblical text of the two books."

~William D. Barrick ~ Professor of Old Testament; The Master’s Seminary, Sun Valley, California

"Tiberius Rata has provided the church with a clearly written, insightful synthesis of the often-neglected books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The author's style is concise and readable; he stays on track and refuses to deviate from his primary goal of illuminating the meaning and significance of the biblical text. One of the most useful features of this volume is its attention to contemporary relevance. Without violating the meaning of the ancient text in its context, the author derives helpful practical insights that are consistent with its original intention."

~Robert B. Chisholm, Jr. ~ Chair and Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

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