Black Friday is when I pulled the trigger on the Exposition Commentary by Warren W. Wiersbe. I thought I was getting a $299 commentary for $39.99. So I was a little naive. The everyday price is $69.99. I received the 6 volume set in perfect condition: Hardcover, glued bindings and stiff heavy white pages. I don't think they would hold up to everyday use over an extended time, but on the other hand I do not handle many of my bible reference library (other than my bibles) books everyday so I am ok with that. I will be honest that I wanted want of those $600 full commentaries by theologians I have heard of. I had to google Warren W. Wiersbe to find out who he was. He was a 20th century theologian with a Baptist doctrinal background. He was also a prolific Christian writer. So for $40 I took a chance. I was very glad I did.
It just so happened that I started a new 2016 bible reading program beginning in Luke. I divided the 24 chapters into three 8 chapter segments. Each week day I would read one segment for couple of weeks which, if I didn't miss a day, would have me go through the entire book of Luke about 3 times. During my reading I had some questions pop up. Luke 24 narrates the "Road to Emmaus" story. At the end of the story the 2 on the Emmaus road with Jesus return to Jerusalem. Then someone says in verse 34 "The Lord has risen indeed and has appeared to Simon!" I was never sure in my reading who was talking there. Was it the two on the Emmaus road or the disciples in Jerusalem? I opened up the commentary and it revealed that it was the Jerusalem disciples talking. So I went to the beginning of Wiersbe's commentary on Luke and started reading. I found out that Zachariah burning incense in the temple was a high honor and a priest would do this only once in their life time. I found that extremely interesting and those tidbits of tradition and history that provide context to the bible are what I want in a commentary. I have not gone through all the volumes or even one volume, but I like the conversational style of writing which is also written in an expositional sermon type style like J Vernon McGee, James McDonald, and John McArthur. This is a very nice addition to your study library. If this was a $300 set I would rate it 3 stars, but as a $70 set I give it 5 stars based on value and content. You can spend more and get more, but I dont think you can spend $70 on 6 volumes and get more than this commentary set provides. I am very happy with my purchase.
The commentaries provide easily understandable information that I haven't found elsewhere. The insights provided are really helpful in terms of understanding the intent and historical background of the scripture.
I had been accessing the Bible Exposition Commentary online in the course of studying for Bible studies I was leading, and found it very helpful. After that program suddenly disappeared from my computer I felt lost without access to that resource, so I was delighted when I was able to get the whole commentary at a reasonable price. I am again finding it very helpful and highly recommend it as a valuable Bible study tool. I could wish that the font size was a little larger, but even apart from that I feel it was well worth what I paid for it.