4 Stars Out Of 5
Unique One Volume New Testament Commentary
November 27, 2012
I normally avoid one-volume commentaries because they typically are not very insightful overall. If you have a good study Bible, these tend to be a good starting place for deeper study. However, there are exceptions to the rule and the Jewish New Testament Commentary is one of them. David Stern is a Messianic Jew and has dedicated his life to helping Christians understand the Jewish roots of their faith/Bible.
This work is essentially a companion piece to The Complete Jewish Bible and I would also recommend reading that translation. As a one-volume commentary, it's only going to get you so far with charts, maps, exegesis etc. However, with it being a commentary focused in on helping you see how the New Testament is firmly rooted in the Jewish faith, it will do wonders for you. Stern breaks down the 27 New Testament books and focuses on the various Jewish aspects to them - things like ancient cultural practices, Old Testament citations, as well as various theological issues. Many modern Christians are unaware or quick to forget how deeply Jewish the first century Church was and this is a very useful aid in bringing this fact to light.