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March 3, 2008
Glynn's method is to collect recommendations from reputable evangelical sources and to consolidate them into categorized lists. For each book of the Bible, Glynn distinguishes between technical, semi-technical and expositional commentaries. He usually adds a section for monographs dealing with special subjects on each Biblical book. He also has a system of noting the theological perspective of each author (such as evangelical, evangelical/critical, conservative/moderate, and liberal/critical).Along with listing commentaries, Glynn covers reference works, introductory works, theological works, church history works, language works and even Bible software (such as Logos, Accordance, and BibleWorks). Another feature of this volume worth mentioning is the footnotes regarding forthcoming volumes. Of course, these notes will quickly become obsolete, but it is a very helpful service that deserves being perpetuated.Really, this entire project is worth being continued. The concept of cataloging the most recommended books is extremely helpful to students and teachers alike. The plan of this Survey is great and highly useful for a fairly broad range of students. It is a project that requires constant updating and expansion. I truly hope that Kregel will find someone (or a team) able to take up this project and carry it on through many more editions.
The range of topics Glynn covers is impressive. It is is an outstanding book from the Evangelical perspective. One of its strengths is that Glynn covers all views points, from Evangelical, Conservative, Moderate and Critical.The other feature I have found nowhere else is his list of 'Forthcoming' books found in the foot notes. This helps me to plan what and when to buy.
I have recently purchased (this) Glynn's mini compendium of all better and best, higher and lower tiers of theological writings and references and in the process, even picked up a better knowledge of some of these areas. An excellent shining resource help for digging through common rhetoric to finding deeper scholarly works. To the student searching for the highest possible quality and accessibility (and for beginning student in mind)in a commentary/reference guide, this is on the grand scale.
A phenomenal work which I would have thought was impossible, if John Glynn hadn't done it. Dr David Instone-BrewerSenior Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament, Tyndale House, Cambridge University (UK)