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Best ready reference for Bible background information
June 18, 2016
This commentary presents background information as it applies to specific Scripture passages; so a person who is reading the Bible can have the commentary open to the same citation and read any background information that applies to the passage he/she is reading. Other Bible backgrounds resources tend to organize the same information encyclopedia style rather than Bible-order style. A Bible student may miss out on some available background information if he/she is using one of the other available resources. The student may not think to look up a particular topic by its name simply because he/she does not know there is such a topic relating to the Bible passage before him/her.
The IVP Bible Background Commentary is a ready reference. The Bible student is alerted to background information simply because it is there in writing right there at the matching citation in the commentary.
Keener is always a voice worth hearing. He seems to get better with each new book. This one should be in the hands of everyone who seeks to make the transition from reader to student. This volume will add depth and context to every passage of the NT, without become tedious and leaving the reader behind in an academic fog.
In a very real sense, the book is remarkable. It simply and effectively makes the NT more intelligible and gives the student a new vehicle for hearing the Word of God. Highly recommended.
I listened to Keener on a podcast discussing End Times and loved what I heard. Along with the recommendation of Dr. Michael Brown I went on your site and ordered the commentary. It is as if it is wirtten for a pastor that loves the Word and takes very seriously the instruction of the saints and the leading of the Spirit.