Why do we need Commentary in the Bible?
The Commentary can be useful in several different ways. 1) References to verses being cited. 2) The meaning of a name used in the Bible. 3) The fulfillment of a prophesy given. 4) Ancestry, who are the descendants of Japheth, Shem, Ham and their children, etc. 5) How did the prophets and apostles die? Were they martyred? What are the original sources? 6) How has society been impacted by scripture? And many other things. The New Canon Bible will typically move in opposition to the standard beliefs within the religious establishment in order to create unique perspectives about scripture in our society. When such perspectives are given each sentence is documented often with multiple scriptural references so that you can evaluate for yourself the opinion rendered. In any event it was designed to be different than anything you have probably heard taught on your Sunday morning church service.
1) References to verses being cited.
Let's consider 1 Kings 8:12 Then Solomon spoke, “Love has said that he would live in thick darkness as it is record in the Torah 69:9 in the context of 69:9-19.” Note the references have been italicized in the text. The portion in italics has been inserted so that you know which portion of scripture Solomon is referring to. Note not just a verse, but the full context so that the reader has a full understanding of what Solomon is referring to so that the reader does not take what was spoken out of context within the Bible.
Let's consider Hebrews 11:35 Women received their dead back by resurrection (the Annals of the Kings of Israel and Judah 26:8-37; Luke 7:12-16). Others were tortured, refusing to accept the terms of release so that they might obtain a better resurrection (Martyrdom of Polycarp 9:2,14:2).” Note not only are sources within the Bible stated, but also sources outside of the Bible, in this instance the Martyrdom of Polycarp so that the reader may have a full understanding of what the inspired Word of God is saying.
Let's consider John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written in Psalms 69:9 within the context of whole 69th Psalm, “Passion for your house will consume me.” In other versions of the Bible they will just say “it is written”, however, the New Canon Bible tells you where and often in the context of what was written as well.
2) The Meaning of a Name Used in the Bible.
Genesis 15:18-21: “In that day Love made a covenant with Abram, affirming, “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt, the Nile, to the great river, the Euphrates River: the land of the Kenites located in Saudi Arabia, Kenizzites located in Yemen, Djibouti, and Eritrea, Kadmonites located in the general vicinity of Oman and Qatar, Hittites located in Turkey, Lebanon and Syria, Perizzites located in Palestine, Rephaites located in Palestine, Amorites located in Jordan and Iraq, Canaanites, located in Palestine, Girgashites, also located in Palestine and Jebusites, located in Jerusalem.” Just stating the Hebrew names does nothing unless the author knows the underlying meaning within the name given. In this case what good is it to know what lands Abraham will receive for his descendants if you have no idea where those lands exist today?
Acts 13:9: But Saul meaning ‘Great One’, who was also called Paul meaning ‘Little One’, filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at him... Names often have prophetic meanings. However, unless the meaning of the name is made known it does not give the full impact to the reader. Another good example is John 1:42: He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him, christening, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas (which is translated Peter which means ‘the Rock’).”
3) The Fulfillment of a Prophesy Given.
Let's consider Isaiah 14:1 “But Love will have compassion on Jacob(the Supplanter), and will again choose Israel(the Arabs) and set them in their own land. The foreigners will join with them, and they will attach themselves to the house of Jacob(the Supplanter), as the Lord prophesied through Noah in the Torah 9:27.” Most religious organizations will delve into the prophesies in the Gospels, Revelation, and Daniel, but neglect the prophecies from Noah, Elijah, Jacob, Moses, etc. In this case we have shown how the prophesy in Isaiah ties to the prophesy of Noah for the best understanding.
Let's consider Matthew 1:1 The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Christ, the son of David: fulfillment of the Annals of the Kings of Israel and Judah 2:1-4, 8:25 and Jeremiah 33:17-18, the son of Abraham: fulfillment of the Book of the Dreaded Upright 8:11.” Note that we have tied the fulfillment of prophesy not only to the existing Canon, but also to the book we have inserts as part of the New Canon, in this instance we are citing from the Book of the Dreaded Upright.
4) Ancestry, who are the descendants of this a specific person or people?
Let's consider 1 Chronicles 1:2 The sons of Japheth(the Caucasians): Gomer(the father of Greeks), Magog(the father of the Russians), Madai, Javan(the Vikings, Norwegians, and Swedes), Tubal(the Italians, Romanians, and Spanish), Meshech(the Georgians and Armenians), and Tiras.” The Book often lists many geologies which for more people are completely meaningless as they are unable to associate the names with the people groups. However through the writings of Josephus, prophecy and other sources we can give the identity of many of these groups. In this case we have given the identity of the descendants of Japheth to the extent that we know them.
Let's consider Isaiah 11:13 The jealousy of Ephraim(the Arabs) will depart; those hostile to Judah(the Jews) will be cut off. Ephraim(the Arabs) will not be jealous of Judah(the Jews relationship from the west and love from the Christians), and Judah(the Jews) will not be hostile to Ephraim(the Palestinians and Arabs).” A proper understanding of prophesy helps to explain why there is conflict in our world today as well as a great hope to the end of that conflict. In the case of Isaiah 11:13 a hope to the end of the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews and also a divine explanation as to the underlying sources of the conflict itself.
5) How did the prophets or Apostles die?
Often times we wonder what ever happens this prophet or that disciple. However there are many sources such as Foxes Book of Martyrs & The Lives of the Prophets that have the answers. So when appropriate we have cited these sources and others so that our readers can easily read from within the New Canon Bible what happened to these prophets. There are other sources as well, for example we have portions from the Acts of Peter so that our readers can see what happened to Peter in his last days.
6) How has society been impacted by Scripture?
Most people have no idea the extent to which the Bible has really impacted our living today. Our concepts of marriage, sex, family have been altered in both the Christian and Secular worlds as society changed through an understanding of scripture. Sometimes it was a good understand and other times it was flawed, but for better or worse understand how the Bible has altered the course of our history has been both tremendous and far-reaching.