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The New American Commentary is for those who have been seeking a commentary that honors the Scriptures, represents contemporary evangelical scholarship, and lends itself to the practical work of preaching and teaching. This series serves as a minister's friend and a student guide.
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 1993
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)|
Series: New American Commentary
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Pastors Will Love It!July 21, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Heres one of the most conservative, pastor friendly commentaries available on the book of Job today. Its in the economical New American Commentary (NAC) series. Its wonderful to read a commentary that approaches the text in such a reverent, believing way. Thats exactly the way Robert Alden discusses the Book of Job here.
He provides a thoughtful Introduction much more geared toward the pastor than the scholar. He begins by discussing structure and explains how the scholarly world is in more agreement than is usual in the area of structure with most biblical books. He surveys the issues that help decide the dating of the book of Job and arrives at a conservative, older dating. In discussing authorship, he boldly speaks for the full inspiration of Scripture (believe it or not, that is rather rare today). Next, he tackles geography and culture followed by canonicity. He ends his Introduction with a helpful overview of literary style, theology, and purpose.
The commentary proper provides the kind of help that pastors and teachers are looking for. For the record, some scholarly reviews have not been that high on this volume, but that has nothing to do with anything other than Mr. Alden not being obsessed with esoteric scholarly minutia. Words, geography, obscure statements, as well as theology are all brought out clearly. If your goal is to explain the text, I believe you will greatly appreciate this commentary. In the category of a commentary for pastors or teachers, Id have to say that this volume is as good as any out there today. For the money, this is a must-buy.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.