As I slog my way through Nehemiah- which has been every encouraging and convicting- here are the resources I’m using.
- Ezrz and Nehemiah (NICOT) by Fensham. It’s been very helpful from an academic standpoint. Not overwhelming at all. Sometimes authors in this series have been influenced by the higher critical schools, but this seems to be a solid, conservative volume.
- The Messaage of Nehemiah (BST) by Raymond Brown. Very good commentary with some use of the original language and some application. I really enjoy using this whole series. It is very useful for preaching and teaching.
- Nehemiah: Building a City Within the City sermon series by Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill. His sermons are typically about an hour. At times he can belabor his point, but I learn alot about leadership from Mark. Sometimes his jokes are funny.
- The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Vol. 4 (edited by Frank Gaebelein) including Ezra & Nehemiah by Edwin Yamauchi.
Here are some good resources other guys in the study group are using:
- Ezra-Nehemiah (WBC) by Williamson. It comes highly recommended by Tremper Longman. The Word Biblical Commentary series can seem overwhelming at times. It works thru each passage in terms of Form/Structure/Setting and then Comment. It includes lots of work in the original languages. Some authors have been influenced by the higher critical school.
- A Passion for Faithfulness: Wisdom from the Book of Nehemiah by Packer. It is thematic rather than exegetical. That has its place, obviously, but makes it more difficult to use when you’re approaching the text exegetically. But … it is J.I. Packer so it’s got to be good!
Nehemiah is a helpful book to develop a heart for the city (please, don’t use it during a building program or to demonize those who oppose your ministry- 2 common errors pastors make). There are lessons about handling conflict both from outside and within the church. But the main theme is God’s glory- how our great and awesome God works for us, in us and thru us to accomplish the restoration of the city thru the gospel. It should humble and encourage us seen that way instead of “be like Nehemiah.” See instead what God has done in Christ. Okay, off my soapbox……….