on 2 June 2014
Don't be fooled by the size of this commentary or the style of it. This may not be a verse by verse exposition of the text but I guarantee you will find the content is covered as thoroughly as in any such commentary. Plus you'll find it a lot more enjoyable and entertaining! I have never yet read a commentary by Dale Ralph Davies that I have been disappointed with and the reasons are as follows. His comments on the text are thorough and insightful and unlike many modern commentators he is very good at applying the text to the modern day and how Christians should be living. The other thing I like is the easiness and readability of what he writes. Pastors don't necessarily want to be baffled by theological jargon, they just want to preach in a way that is straightforward and easy to understand for their congregations. Certainly, this is something that Dale Ralph Davies seems to keep in mind when he writes as he has many years experience as a Pastor and still continues to have a preaching ministry (which certainly shows in the way he writes). That being the case if you're looking to get just one commentary on Joshua, whether it be for preaching or Bible study, then get this one. I doubt you find one that is more informative and you certainly won't get one that is more fun to read!
on 2 August 2012
Absolutely fantastic, I never thought I would find a commentary so thoroughly enjoyable, Davis manages to communicate deep truths clearly, and in a very interesting way. I flew through it in just over a week, and would definitely re-read it, to pick up more thoughts on Joshua. I truly will never see Joshua in the same way again (in a good way!)
I'm now reading the second book authored by Davis, on Judges, and will then read all the others in the Focus on the Bible series by him.
If you want an accessible way to get into a deeper study of the bible, then I can't recommend this enough.
on 8 November 2013
Excellent, relevant exegesis, 100% recommend! Direct, even finding treasure in the 'dry' parts (dry for 21 c Western Christians perhaps) of the listing of inheritances. Pointing always towards finding God's overwhelming grace.