I received Langham Partnership‘s January Enews yesterday, which featured a book in a new Africa Bible Commentary series brought out by a new imprint, HippoBooks.

Here’s how HippoBooks describes its imprint…:

HippoBooks is a shared imprint among several publishers and partners. Together, our vision is to stimulate spiritual and intellectual growth in the African church by developing books by African Christian authors who address African realities from an evangelical perspective.

The imprint is comprised of a broad range of serious Christian and theological publications written especially for pastors, church leaders, and academics (theological students, teachers, and scholars). Titles in this imprint include Bible commentaries and new works in biblical studies, cultural studies, ethics, history, systematic theology, and more.

…and the commentary series:

The Africa Bible Commentary Series builds on the vision of the acclaimed Africa Bible Commentary — to reach African pastors, students and lay leaders, with top notch biblical and theological scholarship, by Africans, for Africa, and the world.

These commentaries are divided into preaching units that contain detailed exposition of each passage as well as contemporary applications. The unit is not intended to be preached as a sermon, but as a resource for sermon preparation. Each unit is followed by two or three questions that could be used for a small group or personal study. Academic issues relating to the Greek text and disputes about interpretation are dealt with in extensive end notes.

The Langham Enews also linked to a review by Craig Blomberg of Samuel Ngewa’s commentary in this series on the Pastoral Epistles. Here’s an excerpt:

Affluent Westerners need to read this volume if only for the applications.  The most poignant of all for me came under 1 Tim. 5:18 (“workers  deserve  their wages”) when Ngewa described returning to Africa after graduate school and being told what his wife’s and his salaries would be by the Western mission agency that would be paying them.  When he explained about his extra needs due to resettling costs and having a baby, his request for a higher salary was denied because, as he explains, “any increase would make the gap between what we earned and the average pastor earned too large. . . .  The irony of the situation is that the person who declined our request was a missionary who was requesting more than our salaries combined to support each of his children! (p. 128)”

 Read the full review

Finally a quote from Chris Wright on the HippoBooks homepage:

“[It’s] time for the West to listen to the voice of the global Church.”

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