Rahel Wells, associate professor of Old Testament at Andrews University, announced the presentation of the “Andrews Bible Commentary” at the NAD Pathfinder Bible Experience, with assistance from Armando Miranda, associate director of NAD Youth Ministries.
Luxton said Andrews is pleased to encourage strong habits of Bible study among the church’s young people. “Serious Bible study is the heart of the Advent movement,” she said. “As these Pathfinders grow in their understanding of God’s word, we want them to have the best resources available to them, and the ‘Andrews Bible Commentary’ is a great way to start.” She said that the Commentary sets will be shipped out immediately to each club directly from Andrews.
Pathfinder Bible Experience promotes and encourages Pathfinders to engage in in-depth Bible study and memorization so their understanding of scripture will increase and their relationship to Christ will grow, according to Gene Clapp, national director of PBE and pastor of the Jefferson Academy Seventh-day Adventist Church. Each year, PBE focuses on a different book of the Bible. Questions are developed by various Pathfinder leaders from the Bible text and the book introductions in the new “Andrews Bible Commentary” and the “SDA Bible Commentary.” This year, Pathfinders studied the Gospel of John.
Clapp said that teams of five or six Pathfinders from clubs in local churches in a conference first participate in an area examination and then have the chance to move to the conference, union conference, and division-wide events. At each level, the teams scoring 90 percent or higher of the highest score at their testing site make “1st place” and are invited to go on to the next level.
This year 155 teams from 129 Pathfinder clubs, totaling some 930 Pathfinders from across North America and the British Union, moved all the way through the various PBE levels to reach the finals in Tampa, held at the Florida State Fairgrounds Exposition Center. The Pathfinders from those clubs were accompanied by hundreds of more adult leaders, PBE coaches and chaperones.
Luxton said that every club that made it to the finals in Tampa would receive a Commentary set, even if no team from that club achieved a first place at the final. “It is an amazing achievement just to reach the division finals, and any club who gets there deserves our hearty congratulations, and a set of the Commentary,” she said. “As our church in North America considers the urgent need for hundreds of young pastors in the years ahead, we hope we will see some of these Pathfinders, who have studied hard now with the help of the ‘Andrews Bible Commentary,’ here at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in a few years to prepare for ministry.”
Clapp said, “This is such an unheard of and outstanding gift to each club! The leadership of North American Division Pathfinders feel it is very important for each of the Pathfinders to not only know the Bible, but also to understand the setting for each of the study books, helping in making the study book real! Thank-you Andrews University!”
The “Andrews Bible Commentary,” edited by Angel Rodriguez, former director of the General Conference Biblical Research Institute, was completed in 2022 after a 12-year production effort involving some 60 Adventist scholars from around the world. Aimed for a popular audience, the concise two-volume work has been described as “the accessible commentary by the scholars of the church for the people of the Church.”
Rahel Wells, associate professor of Old Testament at Andrews, made the official announcement of the Commentary gift at the closing ceremonies of the PBE event on behalf of the University. Wells, who is also an active leader and PBE coach with the Eau Claire, Michigan, Pathfinder Club, and one of the contributing scholars to the Commentary, told the excited participants, “The ‘Andrews Bible Commentary’ is the Adventist Bible study standard for the next generation. That means you! And Andrews University is pleased to have this part in your celebration. Congratulations!”
The “Andrews Bible Commentary” is published by Andrews University Press, the primary academic publishing house to serve the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide. The website is universitypress.andrews.edu.
Founded in 1874, Andrews University is the flagship institution of higher education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers more than 150 areas of study, including advanced degrees. Its main campus is in Berrien Springs, Michigan, but the University also provides instruction at colleges and universities in more than 25 countries around the world.
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