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Matthew Henry's Commentary: The Four Gospels [Paperback]

Matthew Henry , David Winter
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1 Feb 1989
This 200-year-old Bible commentary is edited by the Head of Religious Programmes for BBC TV and Radio and the former editor of "Today" magazine. This is the first of two volumes.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Religious; New edition edition (1 Feb 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340191392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340191392
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The straightforward manner in which Matthew Henry's Commentary brings Scripture to bear on the practical matters of life and of Christian character together with its deeply reverent, devotional style, have made it the most beloved Bible commentary of all time. For nearly 300 years, Christians have consulted its rich insights into the very heart of God's Word. Passage by passage, its prayerful, penetrating reflections inspire and challenge the reader. This careful abridgment presents in one volume the wealth of exposition and comment, metaphors, analogies, and illustrations that have set Matthew Henry's Commentary apart as one of the enduring legacies of faith. It is ideal for -- Personal devotions - Bible study - Sermon and lesson preparation -- Forever fresh and never failing to render new pearls of wisdom, Matthew Henry's Commentary is a book you will reach for often to obtain deeper understanding of the Scriptures. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Acts to Revelation 15 Oct 2013
By Jane
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Excellent commentary at a fantastic price!! Good to see the large total Bible available in a smaller more holdable form
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4.0 out of 5 stars Condensed version of Matthew Henry's commentary 28 Jun 2003
By Clare Chu - Published on
This book has been condensed to fit six volumes into one handy book. The book is still pretty thick but surprisingly light for its size. Sometimes, when Matthew Henry expresses the same thought in two or more different ways, Mr. Church cuts down to a single sentence. However he has preserved the meaning, but does not necessarily expand on the thought. He also omits references to other Bible verses that might bear on a particular commentary to save space. Since the complete volumes are not as portable, or not as readable [the unabridged one volume version], this volume is a good compromise. It is like having a pastor handy to answer questions about Bible verses, in one lightweight volume. Note that the two column format is more readable, than the 3 column format of the unabridged one volume version, although the font is still pretty small.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Effective for quick-reference, but get the unabridged, if possible. 23 July 2005
By Sam M. Tannenbaum - Published on
Matthew Henry is a devotional scholar - that is, his commentaries shouldn't be used for historical study or language study as much as for how the text of the Bible is applicable to the lives of Christians. That said, he might be the most prolific devotional commentator of all time.

I have the original six-volume commentary in my home library, and the abridged version on Quickverse on my notebook computer, for when I'm on the road. I also have this, and it does come in handy for quick reference (I used it this week while I was waiting in the doctor's office). However, one should get the unabridged Henry to get the full thrust of his commentary. This is a good quick reference tool, but probably shouldn't take the place of uncut Henry.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Superb. 6 May 2009
By C. Romaella - Published on
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Think of Matthew Henry's commentary.

Now imagine it pared down to efficient size, with errors corrected and abridgments carried out by the most dedicated scholars as lovers of the original, toward the overall aim of making the commentary into a practical and concise work.

This is it.

The preface is written by a self-professed hater of abridgments, and addresses our fears head-on.

I'd rather have this than the original. In fact, I do. It's great.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, most informative Bible commentary in my library 6 Jan 1999
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Matthew Henry has a remarkable ability in presenting a balanced, intelligent account of biblical stories. I wouldn't be without his insights to help me gain a better understanding. This is a great gift for earnest Sunday School students and active students of the Bible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift and wonderful! 14 Sep 2012
By Lovinit - Published on
This is a great gift and a wonderful addition to any Christians library! So glad I received it! It will stay on my shelves for many years to come!
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