The NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) is a unique commentary that seeks to give the reader both the meaning of a passage of Scripture in its original context and a practical application for today's life.
The NIVAC on Ezekiel begins with an introduction chapter that discusses differeÃ¯ÅÂnt areas of the book. Like most introductions this one covers the message of Ezekiel, the historical background, its authorship, how to interpret and an outline of the book. The bibliography is a nice benefit in helping the reader find more works on Ezekiel.
The Text and Commentary section of this book will divide each passage of Scripture into three sections:
Original Meaning - This is the section where the author will explain the meaning of the text in its original context. This section is fairly easy to read and is excellent for both Pastors and Laymen.
Bridging Context - In this section the author gets us from the original context to the contemporary context by a "bridge". This is usually the shorter section, as its intent is a very simple one: bring the reader from first century times to 21st century times. The comments in this section are very helpful and this is usually is where the author discusses the main points of the chapter as a whole, and how the original context may be "fleshed out" over different time periods.
Contemporary Significance - This is the section that sets this commentary apart from many others, in my opinion. It answers the question that every reader of the Bible asks: "How does this apply to my life?" This section is such a treat for the reader and often times in other volumes of this series I find myself checking to see what is said in this section, even in clear passages that I may not be studying with a need for a commentary. This section is outstanding. As with any commentary that gives a practical application, the reader may not agree with everything that the author puts forth, but there is a lot of quality application for everyone. This section is especially helpful because finding the practical implications in prophecy is difficult.
I would highly recommend this commentary to anyone looking for a solid intermediate commentary.
It is not highly technical but Duguid writes with great clarity and is very readable. This commentary would be a great addition for anyone looking to explore Ezekiel's prophetic book. While so many writers deal with prophecy in a way that is difficult, muddy and nearly impossible to follow this commentary shines for its clarity. Duguid is reformed and this shows through in his writing, but not to the extent that it should turn anyone off. I highly recommend this commentary.
I received a free copy of this commentary from Zondervan in exchange for a review. I was not coerced in any way to write a positive review.
This commentary is the best of its kind. The "Original Meaning" section is well written and well researched. The format of the series means that interaction with opposing viewpoints is fairly limited. If that is your interest, see Block, Greenberg, and Allen. However, even if Duguid had included only this section, the commentary still would have been worth the price. But he also excels in both the "Bridging Contexts" and "Contemporary Significance" sections. This means that even a complicated book like Ezekiel can be understood and applied by pastors, students, and laypersons. For those who are interested in both the original meaning of the text and its current application, this is by far the best treatment available.