- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic; 5th ed. edition (15 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801039916
- ISBN-13: 978-0801039911
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Old Testament Commentary Survey Paperback – 15 Apr 2013
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From the Back Cover
Leading Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman III provides students and pastors with expert guidance on choosing a commentary for any book of the Old Testament. The fifth edition has been updated to assess the most recently published commentaries, providing evaluative comments. Longman lists a number of works available for each book of the Old Testament, gives a brief indication of their emphases and viewpoints, and evaluates them. The result is a balanced, sensible guide for those who preach and teach the Old Testament and need help in choosing the best tools.Praise for Previous Editions
"This little book is an excellent aid for the study of the Old Testament. It is more than a bibliography; it is an annotated listing of many of the most important resources available in English. . . . A 'must' for any serious student of the Bible."
--Dianne Bergant, CSA, The Bible Today
"If you are preparing a new sermon series and looking for advice on commentaries, you must consult [this volume]. . . . [It] will help to save you lots of money in the long run."
"Skillfully navigate[s] the dense terrain of the commentary world and offer[s] sage advice for those engaged in biblical study. . . . The format of Longman's volume is . . . user-friendly. . . . Readers will certainly be helped in making informed decisions about how best to spend both their time and money."
--Mark R. Stevenson, Emmaus Journal
"A bibliographic tool worth consulting."
--International Review of Biblical Studies
"This short guide will be very useful for building one's theological library, and for directing theological students to the best commentaries in English."
--Pierre Constant, Eusebeia
About the Author
Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has authored or coauthored numerous books and commentaries.
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Some drawbacks I noticed are 1) the list of commentaries reviewed are not exhaustive, and 2) the book does not review Old Testament introductions or theologies. On the first point, anyone who is searching for commentaries knows that there are many on almost every book of the Bible (hence this work), but I felt as thought some of the individual commentary lists were a little short, and I frequently come across Old Testament commentaries that are not contained in this work. I would like to see more works reviewed in a resource like this, but maybe it is selective on purpose. On the second point, this is just something extra I want because D. A. Carson's companion work on New Testament commentaries includes this; so I really can't take stars away for something that is outside the scope and title of the book.
Overall, very helpful in evaluating Old Testament commentaries and finding quality resources that aid in biblical study.
My complaint is with the fifth edition. It contains few additions and misses a number which should have been included. If you have the fourth edition, you do not need to purchase this one.