Interview with Dr. Greg Harris on the Release of The Bible Expositor’s Handbook: New Testament Digital Edition

January 30, 2018

The Bible Expositor’s Handbook: New Testament takes the reader on a tour of the New Testament with Greg Harris as guide extraordinaire. Each step along the way, our guide directs our attention to the most significant theological themes and provides sound commentary to resolve interpretive issues. He also points out the hazards that can be encountered on our journey through the New Testament text—the exegetical pitfalls to avoid. When combined with the Old Testament volume of this Handbook, the student of Scripture possesses the best expositor’s theological guidebook available today.

– William D. Barrick, Retired Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, The Master’s Seminary

What part of the writing process did you enjoy most?

Dr. Harris: Every project is different, but with both the OT edition and now NT edition of The Bible Expositor’s Handbook, the only source used is the Bible. So, under those circumstances, and knowing that I am limited to 15 chapters, it is a matter of praying through, seeking God’s will, and taking my time on what each chapter of the book would contain. It was both joyful and worshipful. I got tired at times, but I very often couldn’t wait to hurry up and go to sleep so I could get up early the next morning and start where I left off. I wrote it as if this would be my last thing I ever wrote, such as Paul did in 2 Timothy or Peter did in 2 Peter.

As an added plus, God gave me Dr. Bill Barrick as my content editor for this NT edition. It was just a joy and delight to have his godly expertise and encouragement. The book is definitely better (as am I) by having him be a major part in the book’s composition.

What is the need for this book? Why should people read it?

Dr. Harris: Because it continues the story of Jesus that we started in the OT edition, but also because this is a book where you have not had to read the OT edition beforehand. I’ve tried to compile almost 40 years of teaching Bible Exposition classes and writing books on the Glory of God. Especially as the haters of God and His Word grow more dominant, I hope The Bible Expositor’s Handbook–NT Edition will be a breath of fresh Spirit-filled air, so to speak. Readers will definitely see the unity, harmony and continuity of God’s Word woven throughout with Scripture explaining Scripture. Especially when taken with the OT edition, this is a book that someone who has studied the Bible could read by themselves, or someone could do with a small group or a larger group. Each chapter ends with a summary, review section, and questions.

How does The Bible Expositor’s Handbook: New Testament Digital Edition complement your previous release, The Bible Expositor’s Handbook: Old Testament Digital Edition?

Dr. Harris: We pick up in midstream, but also do so with the first chapter of the NT edition being entitled “We’ve Been Expecting You,” based on prophecies of the OT about the Messiah. For those who did not read the OT edition, we give a brief review of all 15 chapters. For those who read the OT edition, hopefully this is “stirring them up by way of remembrance.” We see in the first chapter, that the New Testament is not the place where God starts telling the truth. The OT edition set the table for the NT edition, and we see God repeatedly being true to His Word over and over again.

Who can read this book? Is it just for seminary students?

Dr. Harris: One of the things I wrote in the OT edition is that I have written this for people who believe the Bible. I don’t fight the fight against the liberal critics that other people do as part of their ministry. I think anyone who loves God and His Word from about 8th grade upward can read this and hopefully benefit from it. I wrote this for people who just want to know God and His Word better. I’ve tried to give a lot of encouragement, through God’s Word, to stand fast. I think people will come away from reading this book more confident about what the Bible teaches and how to study it.

Where do you recommend people buy this book?

Dr. Harris: The Bible Expositor’s Handbook, has three parts to it. The Bible Expositor’s Handbook—Digital Old Testament Edition, The Bible Expositor’s Handbook—Digital New Testament Edition, and in 2019 the publisher is printing a combined printed edition of the two books in one volume.

Now, there are different ways to get the books. There is a more complete version from B&H Academic, and you need to run it off their program (like you would run something off LOGOS Bible Software).  Once installed, you can also use their app to view the books. You can also purchase a Kindle edition that basically has the book, but not the other features.

The digital editions of the books (especially the B&H Academic version) was new for me and can be somewhat daunting, but they certainly do have their benefits. The B&H Academic version has video introductions and conclusions for each chapter, and other video and audio links to it, as well as The Master’s Seminary Journal article links. Also, one of the greatest features about it is that once you have the B&H Academic version, it is not on your computer or other device, it stays on B&H’s server. That means that wherever you have access to the Internet in the world, you can long in and use “the Handbook.” Also, for soldiers, missionaries, or anyone else, it goes around the world the day it is released, with no packing of books or gathering stuff together to shift.


How to Purchase The Bible Expositor’s Handbook

All royalties from book sales go to The Master’s Academy International.

B & H Academic

Features:
-Users can log into their account and use the book from anywhere in the world, on any computer with internet access.
-Accounts can be used for The Bible Expositor’s Handbook—Old Testament Digital Edition as well.
Contains video, audio, and additional reading links for each chapter.
-Each chapter ends with study questions and space to record your answers. 

Process for installing and using the app:

1. Go to Apple Store or the Google Play App Store and download the WORDSearch Bible App to your phone or other digital device.
2. Once you have the WORDSearch Bible App open and sign in to your Lifeway ID (If you have never created an ID you will register at this time)
3. Once logged in, if you have purchased The Bible Expositor’s Handbook, NT Edition you can now open it and read within the app.


 

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