5 Stars Out Of 5
August 21, 2012
I have to be up-front here - James is my favorite NT book, the NICNT is my favorite commentary series and Scot McKnight is one of my favorite contemporary theologians. So I was very excited when I found out this was going to be a reality and I purchased it to use for preaching through James recently. I was not let down and very pleased with this book.
The NICNT is one of the best multi-purpose and semi-technical commentaries on the market today. They are solidly evangelical and solidly exegetical, without getting too bogged down with unnecessary detailing. They might be a tad much for those without theological training, but I would highly encourage laypeople to pick up one (especially this one!) and see if they feel comfortable with it. All the Greek/Hebrew is transliterated or footnoted and overall they help you understand the text on a deeper level and usually end with theological or application points, but they don't hold your hand or tell you exactly what to believe. They're a great all-around series for seminary students as well as for those preaching and teaching.
I certainly appreciate Scot McKnight's take on all things related to the faith and would encourage you to read his other works, which can all be found on this website!