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on 20 June 2003
First published in 1953, the New Bible Commentary has been revised and updated 4 times. It has been and still is, the best one volume Bible commentary available. To cover all 66 books of the bible means that some detail must be sacrificed, but the authors capture the flow of the argument in each book well, and also have time to discuss important and controversial issues.
Many of the articles are written by people with best-selling full-length commentaries on the books they were assigned. So you get G J Wenham on Genesis and Peter O'Brien on Colossians, for example.
Highly recommended.
If you would like this book at a bargain price, with 17 other helpful books, including the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, Sinclair Ferguson's New Dictionary of Theology, the New Bible Dictionary and the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Amazon also sells the Essential IVP Reference Collection CD ROM.
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on 2 September 2001
The scholars who have contributed to this sterling commentary are clearly people after the heart of the truth in the Bible. The writings are from various times, and have been updated regularly and revised to keep the style relevant to the modern reader. Although the quotations are from the NIV, the commentary does not glue itself to any particular translation. Rather it seeks to determine the most likely from a number of sources - often explaining how some translations do not offer a meaning as passionate as the original text.
I would recommend this book to ANYONE seeking to learn more about their Bible. It is non denominational, it does not seek to conclude on issues, only to clarify what the writers of the bible appear to mean, by demystifying the problems with reading what can be hard to understand through the veil of translation into English.
This is one book that I have next to my bible 95% of the time, and CONSTANTLY turn to it. Interestingly enough, I find I cannot separate my Bible from it, as when I am reading the commentary it makes clear the woven tapestry that the Bible is, it does this by making one think of OTHER portions than the one that may be under discussion. It is self referential and is therefore confident in that which it describes, and it mirrors the Bible very well in this.
Its a GREAT book that leaves no stone unturned, and completely follows the books of both Old and New Testament.
I would (and did) choose this one over ANY other Bible study book.
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on 15 October 2009
This is a useful basic commentary for the whole Bible, which works through each book systematically, examining and explaining the main themes, the meaning of individual passages and the historical backdrop. It summarises the different interpretions of hotly debated passages and outlines debates over issues such as the dating of Daniel. It also adds its own verdict, dependant on the weight of current evidence and theological consistancy. Its theological slant is towards the more traditional end of the scale, but not without very good reason. Anyone who wants a really in debth guide would be better off buying comentaries for individual books of the Bible, but as a starting point and general overview, this is very good.
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on 28 October 2009
New Bible Commentry has proved to be a very useful reference for my bible study at church in our current study in Revelation, and I'm sure it will continue to assist me in future studies.
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on 30 June 2014
this is a great intro commentary - I use it alongside more in depth commentaries as the foundation blocks for my understanding. thoroughly recommended!
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on 20 February 2016
Ok - but given the size I had hoped it would be more in-depth. Not my "go to" if I struggle to understand a biblical point and need a deeper understanding - I ordered the full set of Matthew Henry's commentary (6 Volumes) for that. As with all things, discernment needed directly from the Holy Spirit and the word of God.
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on 6 March 2014
The Commentary is as described, and in very good condition! There was a problem with its arrival- and the seller was extremely helpful and patient as the problem was not with them but they still assisted as much as they could- thank you!
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on 16 May 2014
A good, balanced overview of the whole Bible, respecting the text and message. Scholarship and readablilty - accessible to the thinking layperson as well as to church leaders.
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on 23 November 2011
The New Bible Commentary by IVP is wholeheartedly recommended. It is fresh and helpful withour being technical. The reader can enjoy in-depth Bible study and grasp the meaning of scripture in the light of recent scholarship, without being lost in theoretical discussion. A Must have in the study or library.
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on 4 December 2009
I got a loan of the New bible commentary (third edition) and I really liked it. Very much common day english meaning it was so easy to understand straightaway with lots of references linking to other parts of the bible. I bought the 21st edition thinking I would get the same book with little differences but this book is totally different. The wording is too brief and there are very little references. I was very dissapointed, sent it back and got a secondhand first edition on Ebay.
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