3 Stars Out Of 5
An Average Commentary With a Unique Perspective
November 23, 2012
As a general rule I like the New American Commentaries. They break the text down at a nearly verse-by-verse level and tend to offer a fairly helpful exegesis of the text for non-scholars. They're based upon the NIV and in the spirit of this translation, they help to bridge the gap between the overly technical and overly devotional commentaries. I think that the average layperson would benefit from them and those with theological training will still find them helpful as well.
All that being said, I find this volume rather unhelpful. Having recently worked on a Bible study through Ezekiel, I was consulting numerous commentaries and this work seemed to offer little in new insights compared to Block and Duguid. I would recommend both of them over this work. However, it is very reasonably priced and might offer the occasional nugget of wisdom.
Obviously Ezekiel is a difficult to understand book and there are different interpretive frameworks one can utilize in seeing the big picture. Cooper takes a dispensational premillennial hermeneutic and while I don't agree with that assessment, it's good to hear from someone of that persuasion in how they understand this text. But with that in mind, I certainly would use other works to balance out this view.