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Subject: Suggestions for Bible commentary wanted
Date Posted: 8/1/2008 3:55 PM ET
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A few of my friends and I have started a Bible in a year program.  I absolutely love it, but I've discovered that I need a good Bible commentary.  There are so many out there and I'm trying to figure out which one I want to get.  Which ones do you have and like?  Which ones don't you like?  Why?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 1:33 PM ET
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I have several commentary sets that include “Thru the Bible (five volumes)” by J. Vernon McGee, some of The MacArthur New Testament Commentary by John MacArthur, and “The Bible Knowledge Commentary” by Walvoord and Zuck (2 volumes by the Dallas Theological Seminary.) I like The Bible Knowledge Commentary because it covers nearly every verse of scripture but is not overly in depth (two volumes, Old and New Testament). In many places, it presents a variety of ways that people look at the scripture. Here is an example as it discusses The Coming Time of Trouble in Matthew 24:4-8. 

“Jesus began to describe the events leading up to His return in glory and to indicate signs of that return. In this section (Matt. 24:4-8) He described the first half of the seven-year period preceding His second coming. That period is called the Seventieth Week of Daniel (Dan. 9:27). (However, some premillenarians hold that Christ in Matt. 24:4-8 spoke of general signs in the present Church Age and that the time of trouble begins at v. 9. Others hold that Christ spoke of general signs in vv. 4-14, with the Tribulation beginning at v. 15.)The events described in verses 4-8 correspond somewhat to the seven seals in Revelation 6. (Walvoord, however, holds that all seven of the seal judgments will occur in the second half of the seven-year period; see comments on Rev. 6.) (Walvoord and Zuck 76)

The Bible Knowledge Commentary (BKC) touches some on nearly every verse without delving in depth the way something like David Martin Lloyd-Jones’s 8 volume An Exposition of Ephesians does that examines nearly every word of the book of Ephesians… for a chapter or two! Even though The BKC is written by faculty from Dallas Theological Seminary, a school known for belief in Pre-millennial Dispensationalism, it is a useful help in understanding the scriptures.

One of the first things I would seek in a commentary is diversity of opinion rather than interpreting scripture from a single viewpoint, unless you plan to own other sets from other perspectives, or you are totally convinced of that one perspective and don’t care to consider others.  Another commentary set that I do not own, but wish I did, is the Expositor’s Bible Commentary. The price for Old and New Testament (12 volumes) is currently $342 on Amazon compared to $56.69 for the Bible Knowledge Commentary. There are also some free commentaries like Matthew Henry’s Concise; Jamieson, Fausset and Brown; and others that you can get as free add-ons with many of the free bible software programs that are available.

 Finally, I will make this suggestion. Visit the site called Sermon Audio. They have nearly two-hundred thousand sermons available  FREE! These are mp3 audio sermons, and you can search by topic, speaker, or bible verse. They come from all different pastors and speakers and you will find a full spectrum of opinions on the meaning and application of nearly any portion of the Bible. I also include links to other notable assets for Christian scholars at ezyoke.com.
 
Works Cited:

Walvoord, John, and Roy B. Zuck. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. New Testament. Portland: Victor Press, 1989.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 1:23 PM ET
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Thanks, Melvin.  My friend has Matthew Henry's and loves it.  I'll probably have to get my hands on one at some point, but I want a different point of view than what she has, so we can discuss and learn.  The Bible Knowledge Commentary sounds awesome, I'm going to have to look into that.  Thanks so much!

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 12:25 AM ET
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I hope it works out for you. I just noticed tonight that CBC has the Bible Knowledge Commentary (Old and New set) on sale for $34.99! It's hard to beat that price!

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 8:50 AM ET
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I have two sets of commentaries.  I have the full Matthew Henry and the Broadman commentaries.  Matthew Henry can be really deep and just a little over a lot of people's heads.  The Broadmans, however, are a little more simplistic and more readily accessible and understandable.  Both are good, though.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 8:59 AM ET
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There are quite a few online commentaries that you might want to check out.  Key in "online commentaries" in Google.

Here you will find several including Matthew Henry's.

I love this site, because you can read all different commentaries on a particular verse and compare what the authors are writing.

I hope these help.

Date Posted: 8/7/2008 2:26 PM ET
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Thanks you guys for the suggestions.  I'll have to take some time to research them all and see which one works best for me.  Thanks again!