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Verse by Verse Teaching in the Context of the Passage.
May 18, 2015
"The MacArthur New Testament Commentary" is a 31 Volume Set. It took Pastor / Teacher John MacArthur 40 Years to preach through the New Testament Verse by Verse. I Highly Recommend the MacArthur Commentaries for any serious Bible Study. They are Easy to Read and Understand. You will find a GREAT PRICE on the Whole Set here at CBD almost HALF OFF for the 31 Volumes, the BEST INVESTMENT you will ever make. Verse by Verse Commentary in the Context of the Passage. A Must Have simply because You Will Enjoy Growing in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Note: the Last Volume is not included in this set which is Luke 18 - 24), make sure you get Luke 18 - 24 to complete the set). The MacArthur set is 31 Volumes.
I'm just finishing up my first volume in this set (well, not actually THIS set, but more on that in a minute) and have really gotten a lot out of it. MacArthur's approach is to quote a small number of related verses (from the NASB), after which he provides a bit of commentary on the verses as a whole, then follows that with more detailed commentary on the individual parts. For example, sometimes he focuses on a single word and discusses the meaning of the original Greek with a better (or at least alternative) explanation of what it means than what's in the NASB. That very methodical approach could get dull and repetitive in someone else's hands, but MacArthur's knowledge of the Scripture keeps it interesting. He's not as colorful or conversational as, say, J. Vernon McGee, but he's also nowhere near as "dry" as Matthew Henry.
If you're considering buying this set you're probably already familiar with MacArthur's views, but I should mention anyway that he's a Calvinist and doesn't hide his disagreement with Roman Catholic or Mormon theology, though none of these topics dominate his commentary.
Having said all that, there's one thing that would make me hesitant to recommend this set and caused me to rate it "Average" on "Meets Expectations". When I purchased it, I got the 29-volume set and assumed it covered the entire New Testament, but as I write this review the 30-volume set is now available. As it turns out, I should have paid more attention to the list in the description, because my 29-volume set doesn't include any volumes on Mark and only includes commentary for Luke 1-5 and 6-10. This newer 30-volume set also covers Luke 11-17, and I'm told by Moody that a future volume will cover 18-24, with Mark sometime after that. In other words, as much as I appreciate and can recommend the commentary, if you buy this set now you're either going to have to buy the remaining volumes separately (as I plan to) or be content with some gaps in which portions of the New Testament it covers.
This is one of the best commentary sets anyone can own! Very well written and very easy to read. I would recommend this set to anyone asking what set to get. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Set.
If you have any Bibilcal interest what so ever, get it.