The book of Nehemiah highlights the priorities the people of God should aspire to and the principles needed to fulfill that mission. Bridging the gap between devotional and technical commentaries, Nehemiah: A Pastoral and Exegetical Commentary is an easy to understand exposition of this often overlooked Old Testament narrative. With a mixture of historical data and practical applications, T. J. Betts emphasizes the relevance of Nehemiah’s message for believers today.
This commentary by my friend T. J. Betts will serve well any person who wants to understand clearly and expound faithfully the book of Nehemiah. It has a beautiful balance expositionally, theologically, and homiletically. I will be sure to consult it each and every time I study and proclaim this pivotal Old Testament book.
–Daniel L. Akin, president, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
T. J. Betts is a scholar-practitioner—a student and teacher of the word who loves to proclaim that word. He is a pastor at heart, and he writes this commentary with the church in mind. Betts helps us understand some of the technical issues of the book of Nehemiah, but he doesn’t land there. Instead, he uses exposition, summaries, outlines, illustrations, applications, and reflection questions to guide us in knowing and teaching the word. This commentary is insightful, practical, challenging, and convicting. It will inform your mind while also moving your heart.
–Chuck Lawless, dean of doctoral studies and vice president of spiritual formation and ministry centers, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
The beauty of T. J. Betts’s Nehemiah: A Pastoral and Exegetical Commentary is that it genuinely lives up to its name. This engaging work is astute technically but also so focused on the emotional content of the text that it connects the heart of the reader to the divine Author’s heart as well as Nehemiah’s. I found myself not just informed but stirred, particularly by the way this work moves from the ancient walls of Jerusalem to my own life in the twenty-first century.
–Hershael York, dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
T. J. Betts is Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor of three churches for a total of nearly 15 years.