on 27 March 2014
This series is one of the most significant contributions to appreciating the biblical stories today. The concept of four perspectives, a variety of good authors and a limited number of words has stirred me to much appreciation of the text. I do, however, have two observations, not necessarily intended as criticisms. First, this is a broadly, but not determinedly Calvinist commentary. There is a lot to learn from Calvin and Calvinists, but I do not count myself as one. Secondly, it is, inevitably, American. Illustrations and observations relate easily to the USA rather than the rest of the world. In some respects this is good and proper, anchoring the scholarship and the imagination in a particular time and place, just that I'm not in that place. This remains the best general commentary I know of and am thoroughly challenged by their depth of scholarship and insights.