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The Teacher's Commentary
By: Lawrence Richards
Publisher: David C. Cook
Category: Commentaries, Topics

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  • One of the best known teaching commentaries
  • Great for small group bible study preparation

Product Details

The Teacher's Commentary is specially designed for teachers of children as well as teachers of youth and adults, packed with "how to teach it ideas", and with insights into how the Scriptures touch the lives of people today. This is a commentary on the whole Bible that you will want to read for your personal enrichment and use every time you prepare to teach God's Word.

The Teacher's Commentary answers most questions a teacher might ask:

  • What does this passage mean?
  • How can I make this truth plain?
  • What is the best way to help my students apply this teaching?
  • What is God saying to me?
  • How does each passage or story I'm about to teach fit with what comes before or after it?
  • Where can I find other passages that develop this theme?
  • What can I do to get my class involved and interested?
  • How can I help my students really understand?

About the Author
Lawrence (Larry) O. Richards was born September 25, 1931, in Milan, Michigan. His father was an elder in the local Presbyterian church, and his mother often verbalized her faith in the home. Richards grew up in the religious education programs of his church, but after junior high school did not give much attention to his religious formation.

From 1949 through 1951, Richards attended Antioch College in Ohio. He had no clear direction and hence left college and served in the Navy from 1951-1955. He was stationed in New York City and, during this time, converted to Christ under the ministry of Donald Grey Barnhouse.

Following this experience Richards became an avid Bible student and formed some of his most basic theological convictions. After his Navy stint he resumed his academic studies at the University of Michigan where, in 1958, he received a B. A. in philosophy.

His biblical curiosity was far from satisfied when Richards entered Dallas Theological Seminary, whose Th.M. curriculum required four years of Greek and three years of Hebrew, and provided a theological framework taught from a mildly Reformed and decidedly Dispensational viewpoint. In 1962 Richards was ordained by the non-denominational Grace Bible Church of Dallas, Texas.

After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary, Richards moved to Wheaton, Illinois, where from 1962-1965 he was an editor of children’s church materials for Scripture Press Publications. He was also an Associate Pastor in charge of Christian education at a local church and taught a large Bible class.

From 1965-1972 Richards was an Assistant Professor of Christian Education in the Wheaton College Graduate School where he also taught New Testament and Old Testament courses. During this time he was also enrolled in Ph.D. studies at the joint program offered by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He graduated in 1972, having written a dissertation on the relationship between the home and church educational programs.

In 1972, Richards moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he embarked upon a career of full-time writing and speaking, in which he remains involved. Richards is the author of some 200 works, some of which have been translated into 24 languages, making him the most prolific of 20th century evangelical Christian educators and probably the most influential evangelical Christian education theorist. Some of his major works are being reprinted 20 or more years after their original publication date.

Richards currently resides in Hudson, Florida, and is actively involved in his church, Hudson’s First United Methodist Church.


No greater need is imaginable than that of a commentary for teachers of the Bible in our Sunday schools. Dr. Larry Richards has prepared The Teacher's Commentary as a magnificent and succinct insight into the Scriptures. Get one for every teacher in your Sunday school.
W. A. Criswell(1909-2002), author, Criswell's Guidebook For Pastors
Larry Richards has the gift of mining the Scriptures, finding the richest treasures, and minting them for us to use. Beginning Bible students as well as veterans cannot help but be enriched as they use this book. You can trust what Larry Richards writes about the Word, and you can put it into practical use.
Warren Wiersbe, author, Be series