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Covering the Old and New Testaments in separate volumes, this commentary features:
- Verse-by-verse exposition of the entire Bible
- 250 in-text charts, maps, tables, and pictures
- Goodrick/Kohlenberger numbers for cross-referencing the Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance and other G/K-numbered resources
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All the verse-by-verse insights of the 12-volume Expositors Bible Commentaryin 2 convenient volumes. When you want to dig more deeply into the meaning of Gods Word, a good expository Bible commentary is ideal. You want more than a simple, one-volume commentary that just scratches the surface. But you dont want a time-consuming multi-volume set laden with fine points you cant use. The Expositors Bible Commentary Abridged Edition is tailor-made for you. Based on the critically acclaimed Expositors Bible Commentary used by pastors, students, and scholars across the world, this two-volume abridged edition offers you the full, penetrating, verse-by-verse commentary of the 12-volume series while leaving out needless technical details. Marshalling the knowledge of fifty-two top biblical scholars, it brings tremendous insight to your Bible studies. Covering the Old and New Testaments in separate volumes, this commentary features: Verse-by-verse exposition of the entire Bible 250 in-text charts, maps, tables, and pictures Goodrick/Kohlenberger numbers for cross-referencing the Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance and other G/K-numbered resources
John R. Kohlenberger III (MA, Western Seminary) is the author or coeditor of more than three dozen biblical reference books and study Bibles, including The Strongest Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, NIV Interlinear Hebrew-English Old Testament, NRSV Concordance Unabridged, Greek-English Concordance to the New Testament, Hebrew-English Concordance to the Old Testament, and the award-winning NIV Exhaustive Concordance and Expositor's Bible Commentary: Abridged Edition. He has taught at Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.
Verlyn D. Verbrugge (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is Senior Editor at Large for Biblical and Theological Resources at Zondervan. He has published a number of articles as well as the acclaimed New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology: Abridged Edition (Zondervan, 2000), Pauls Style of Church Leadership as Illustrated by His Instructions to the Corinthians on the Collection (Mellen, 1992), and A Not-So-Silent Night: The Unheard Story of Christmas and Why It Matters (Kregel, 2009).
Richard Polcyn (Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) edited the Old Testament volume. He was an editor for Union Gospel Press and continues to work as a freelance editor.
JasonM5 Stars Out Of 5Good for what it isSeptember 10, 2012JasonMQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Compared to other single-volume commentaries, this one is top notch. It is more thorough and well rounded than other sources I have examined, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to someone interested in deeper study without the need for the technical details found in most commentary sets.
The text is a significant abridgment of the 12-volume set, condensing several pages of notes to a single paragraph in some cases. The book introductions are brief and to the point. They have removed most of the discussion of source criticism, but generally acknowledge when disagreements exist while presenting a generally conservative consensus opinion (i.e. date of the Exodus). I find that I miss the book outlines, thematic overviews and some of the maps and charts that are included in the introductions of the full set.
Surprisingly, they have include many photographs (pottery, plants, mountains, artwork, etc.) and some illustrations that are not in the full set. For example, they include an artists rendering of the Tabernacle, but omit the detailed diagram that is in the Exodus introduction of Volume 2 of the full set. Personally, I would prefer the chart to the conceptual drawing, but I'm probably not the target audience.
As expected, footnotes and bibliographies are excluded, so suggestions for further study are limited, though the text does include occasional recommendations for outside sources where appropriate. There is little Hebrew or Greek in the text, even when explaining what a word means in the original language, though the included GK numbers make looking up the root word easy enough.
Hugh Hillhouse4 Stars Out Of 5August 10, 2010Hugh HillhouseI have used my volumes only a few times to date. I have found them to be good for what I seem to need. I am somewhat a novice at using this type of in depth material.
Vaughan Smith5 Stars Out Of 5September 28, 2009Vaughan SmithIn addition to pastoring a church, I teach classes on both the Old and New Testaments at the local community college. When students or church members ask me to suggest a brief commentary on the whole Bible, this one is always my top pick. I know of no better brief commentary on the entire Bible.
Jason Semans4 Stars Out Of 5August 8, 2007Jason SemansI use these in sermon prep and appreciate the contextual info at the beginning of each chapter about the authorship, location, purpose and other bits of information. The commentary portion is brief and to the point but well written and helpful.
Q: Which version of the Bible is quoted? Only want to buy these if the King James Version of scriptures is used.
This commentary is based primarily on the NIV.
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