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A good commentary for the serious student of the OT24 April 2014
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The Keil and Delitzsch commentary on the OT is a classic in the field. Although it dates from the nineteenth century and thus does not benefit from more recent developments in biblical scholarship and archeology, it is still a valuable resource today and one that should be on the shelf of every serious student of the Bible. Volume 2 consists of what were originally two volumes. (Joshua, Judges, and Ruth in a volume, and 1 and 2 Samuel in another volume.) The total length of this volume is roughly a thousand pages. There is a short introduction to each book, but the background information to the individual books is not extensive.
While this commentary has enough material that is accessible to a general audience, there are a sufficient number of untranslated and untransliterated Hebrew and Greek words and phrases that a working knowledge of these languages is essential for getting the most out of this volume. However, there are some really valuable insights that students at all levels of competence can gain from studying what Keil and Delitzsch have to say.