Bible Commentaries

Gary North

These commentaries are part of an experiment. This is the first time that anyone has attempted to write Bible commentaries that are limited to an academic field.

The project began in May, 1973, with one brief chapter on Genesis 1:1. It is not yet finished. Still to go: commentaries on the historical books, Joshua to Esther, plus Job, the Song of Solomon, Mark, and John. But most of the relevant passages in Mark are covered in Matthew and Luke. There may be as few as three verses in John, just as there were few in Revelation.

The printed pages so far total over 9,000. Three more commentaries are written but not typeset: the Psalms, the prophets, and the New Testament epistles, which include Revelation.

Have you ever wondered: Why Genesis 1:14-18 is more hated by humanists than Genesis 1:1 Why Darwin was successful in winning converts, when others had failed Why God never . . . keep reading
There are three separate commentaries in the series: Moses and Pharaoh, The Sinai Strategy, and Tools of Dominion. The book of Exodus presents Israel as God’s covenant nation. God r . . . keep reading
There is a short “Readers Digest” version: 750 pages. It is titled Leviticus: An Economic Commentary There are also four detailed volumes for the person who says “prove it.” It is called . . . keep reading
The book of Numbers is the book of Sanctions. God brought Israel out of Egypt into the wilderness. The Israelites, except for Joshua and Caleb, were afraid to invade the land of Canaan. God let the . . . keep reading
The Pentateuch — the five books of Moses — sets forth laws which, when obeyed, make socialism impossible to establish. They also make the Keynesian “mixed economy” impossible to establish. The P . . . keep reading
Moses and Pharaoh: Dominion Religion vs. Power Religion
In the fifteenth century before the birth of Jesus, Moses came before Pharaoh and made what seemed to be a minor request: Pharaoh should allow the Israelites to make a three-day journey in order to sa . . . keep reading
The Book of Proverbs is the most practical book in the Bible. It is filled with economic principles. . . . keep reading
Jesus’ recommended program of success is not a mystical rejection of the world. Rather, success is based on the correct selection and then ranking of priorities, and then the disciplined implementation of these priorities. . . . keep reading
Luke is the Gospel of the Great Economic Reversal: from poor to rich and rich to poor. It does not teach that everyone will get rich in the long run. Neither does it teach that poverty is God’s preferred way of life. It teaches that there are winners and losers in history. . . . keep reading
The Book of Acts is the socialists’ favorite book in the New Testament. This is because Acts 2 and Acts 4 record that the church in Jerusalem owned property in common. There was a reason for this, which the socialists never mention. . . . keep reading
Chapter 12 of Paul’s epistle to the Romans is a call for the division of labor in the church. This principle of church cooperation can be applied outside the confines of the institutional church. . . . keep reading
1 Corinthians
This epistle deals with the rendering of judgment. When we render judgment in economics, we impute value. Imputed value is the basis of all economic value. Economic value is subjectively imputed. It is not inherent in a commodity or labor. It is not intrinsic. . . . keep reading

1 Timothy
In Paul’s first epistle to Timothy, he lays down the standards for becoming a church officer. Several of these requirements have to do with money: attitude and use. A greedy man is not to be made a church officer. But he must also have wealth to share: hospitality. . . . keep reading


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