An accessible commentary that takes readers verse-by-verse through the New Testament and explains the cultural background of each passage. To understand and apply the Bible well, you need two crucial sources of information. One is the Bible itself. The other is an understanding of the cultural background of the passage you're reading. Only with the background can you grasp the author's original concerns and purposes. This unique commentary provides the crucial cultural background you need for responsible - and richer - Bible study. This revised edition of the standard reference work in its field has been expanded to provide even more up-to-date information by Craig Keener, one of the leading New Testament scholars on Jewish, Greek, and Roman culture. This volume provides a wealth of helps including glossaries of ancient customs and important historical figures, maps, charts, and timelines; up-to-date bibliographies; and tips for using the material for preaching, teaching, and personal study.