NIV Application Commentary: Exodus



Exodus [NIVAC] written by Pete Enns, a highly original and sometimes provocative thinker draws on the immense uncertainty faced by the Israelites as the left their captive Egypt and translates their context into a rich wealth for dealing with uncertainties in our world. Of course with uncertainties, the need to trust God and follow his lead becomes greater and Enns continually draws out these themes in connected fashion.

Book Summary

The NIV Application Commentary helps readers with the vital task of bringing the ancient message of the Bible into a contemporary context. It gives preachers and teachers the tools, ideas, and insights they need to communicate God’s Word with the same powerful impact it had when it was first written.

About the Book

The NIV Application Commentary helps you communicate and apply biblical text effectively in today’s context.

To bring the ancient messages of the Bible into today’s context, each passage is treated in three sections:

  • Original Meaning. Concise exegesis to help readers understand the original meaning of the biblical text in its historical, literary, and cultural context.
  • Bridging Contexts. A bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of today, built by discerning what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible.
  • Contemporary Significance. This section identifies comparable situations to those faced in the Bible and explores relevant application of the biblical messages. The author alerts the readers of problems they may encounter when seeking to apply the passage and helps them think through the issues involved.

This unique, award-winning commentary is the ideal resource for today’s preachers, teachers, and serious students of the Bible, giving them the tools, ideas, and insights they need to communicate God’s Word with the same powerful impact it had when it was first written.

theWord Features:

  • Verse popups
  • Verse (span) synchronization
  • Fully searchable text
  • Footnotes
  • Pages links
  • Easy navigation of topics via topics tree display.
  • Scripture Index
  • Subject Index
  • Author Index
  • Special Text Colors
    • Normal: Text
    • Hyperlink: Glossary | Gen. 9:8
    • Page Number: [pg 21>
    • Greek Transliteration: archon
    • Greek: εὐδόκησα
    • Hebrew: יָרֵךְ

Note: Does not display commentary under Bible text.

Special Note: Doctor Dave T has given us his review below in description. Check it out!

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DDT Review of
The NIV Application Commentary
by Peter Enns


Page Number: 624
Author Theology: New Evangelical, Progressive
Date for the Exodus: Sadly, Unknown & Currently Unknowable
Greek & Hebrew Usage: Practically None

This commentary is usable as a stand alone book, or it can be purchased as part of a massive set on the entire Bible. Like all of the commentaries in this series, it is not laid out “verse by verse.” It is laid out “paragraph by paragraph.” You don’t wave your mouse over the commentary link and get a sentence or a short paragraph. You get thousands of words. (In other words, you’d better go ahead and open up an entire dedicated commentary window.)


In dealing with the 10th plague, Enns rightly admits that the amount of biblical content that is necessary for proper treatment is longer than most preachers will want to preach from. He writes, “The inspired text does not always easily conform to a neat thirty-minute exposition. It is better if we conform our expectations to the text rather than the other way around.” That is spot on. When many contemporary writers are dumbing down the text to give us soundbite theology, this is a refreshing outlook on the biblical text.

In dealing with the 10 Commandments, Enns points out that they are not just a code to be followed, but that they actually reflect the character of God. “We see in them not simply ‘what we must do’ but what God is like.” In an age where grace is not just magnified over law, but often replaces any law, this is a bold – and accurate – assertion.

In dealing with The Golden Calf incident, Enns writes of God’s justice and righteousness in His anger. Note this pertinent quote: “It is not an arbitrary anger; God is not lashing out. God’s intense anger even against his own people indicates not how angry this powerful God can become with these puny humans, but how severe a sin Israel’s act is.” A man centered theology attempts to blame God; not so here.


I like the overall flow of Enns’ commentary. This is not verse-by-verse. If you’re looking for a quick mouseover explanation using TW’s commentary links, this module is not for you. If, though, you are looking for extensive explanation and a thorough understanding of the flow of the text and context (and you’re patient enough to read what is written…), then this commentary will be just what you’re looking for.


Here are some technical notes about how the module itself actually works. First, all intrinsic references have been properly tooltipped. So when you see numbers like “1:4” or “v. 1”, they will be blue, and hyperlinked to Scripture. A quick mouseover lets you see the text.

Second, original pagination has been maintained. That is wonderful for those wanting to make professors happy with term paper footnotes! It’s also nice if you catch a reference somewhere to a page number. Just use your book search for the pagination (“[p48>”, etc.) to find the proper page.

Third, although this is not a Hebrew commentary, Enns will occasionally utilize Hebrew words. If you’ll right-click the Hebrew word and utilize the “look-up” menu, you may be shown other resources that emphasize that particular word.


While I consider Enns’ theology suspect, his explanation is generally excellent. I am pleased to recommend this commentary work to you.

Dave Thomason – “DoctorDaveT” of


Dr. Peter Enns


Dr. Peter Enns (PhD. Harvard University) is a biblical scholar and teaches at Eastern University. He is author of several books including Exodus (NIV Application Commentary), Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins.


“The NIV Application Commentary series doesn’t fool around: It gets right down to business, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into the present so that it can be heard and delivered with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend’s embrace.” Eugene Peterson

“This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible’s timeless message speak to this generation.” Billy Graham

“It takes more than interpretation of God’s Word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in preaching and teaching. Without it, we’ve missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing ‘doers of the Word.’” Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Valley Community Church

“The NIV Application Commentary series promises to be of great service to all who preach and teach the Word of God.” J. I. Packer, Regent College

“At a time when many pastors are deeply in need of inspiration and encouragement, these volumes… would be a good investment for congregations, even if it means adding a line to the annual budget.”Christianity Today

“The NIV Application Commentary builds bridges that make the Bible come alive with meaning for contemporary life–and the series do so concisely, clearly, and accurately. No wasted words or academic detours–just solid help and practical truth.” Warren W. Weirsbe

“The NIV Application Commentary series helps pastors and other Bible teachers with one of the most neglected elements of good preaching—accurate, useful application. Most commentaries tell you a few things that are helpful and much that you do not need to know. By dealing with the original meaning and contemporary significance of each passage, the NIV Application Commentary series promises to be helpful all the way around.” Dr. James Montgomery Boice, Tenth Presbyterian Church

“It is encouraging to find a commentary that is not only biblically trustworthy but also contemporary in its application. The NIV Application Commentary series will prove to be a helpful tool in the pastor’s sermon preparation. I use it and recommend it.” Charles F. Stanley, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Atlanta

“The NIV Application Commentary meets the urgent need for an exhaustive and authoritative commentary based on the New International Version. This series will soon be found in libraries and studies throughout the entire evangelical community.” Dr. James Kennedy, PhD, Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

“The NIV Application Commentary series will be a great help for readers who want to understand what the Bible means, how it applies, and what they should do in response.” Stuart Briscoe, Pastor, Elmbrook Church

“The NIV Application Commentary is a magnificent gift to the church!” Dr. R. Kent Hughes, Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“If you want to avoid hanging applicational elephants from interpretational threads, then the NIV Application Commentary is for you! This series excels at both original meaning and contemporary significance. I support it one hundred percent.” Howard G. Hendricks, Dallas Theological Seminary

“This is the pulpit commentary for the 21st Century” George K. Brushaber, President, Bethel College & Seminary

“The NIV Application Commentary dares to go where few scholars have gone before—into the real world of biblical application faced by pastor and teachers every day. This is everything a good commentary series should be.” Leith Anderson, Pastor, Wooddale Church

“Here at last is a commentary which is not only academically well informed but which helps that commentary reader hear God’s Word and consider its implications; scholarship in service of the Church.” Arthur Rowe, Spurgeon’s College

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