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Number of Pages: 1484
Vendor: Prentice Hall / Penguin Putnam
Publication Date: 1990
|Dimensions: 7 1/2 X 10 1/2 X 2 1/4 (inches)|
This contemporary verse by verse commentary examines the scientific, literary, and historical content of the Scriptures — reflecting the exegetical variation found within the community of scholars. Features current theories on dating, historical reconstruction, and archaeological information. Provides contemporary perspectives on hermeneutics, theological depths relating to the biblical word, and themes in the Old Testament. Includes articles on Jesus, the Early Church, Gnosticism, and the subapostolic church.
NeilSafford, AZAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Scholarly. Useful for Catholics and protestants.August 26, 2011NeilSafford, AZAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent. The format is a bit scholarly. Except for the history books (Genesis - 2 Kings) the biblical books are organized in probable order of authorship. Example: Isaiah 1-39 is between Hosea and Micah (correct order). Isaiah 40-66 is between Ezekiel and Haggai.
The presentation is a bit too brief for an in-depth study; but it's very good for a first dig and is more scholarly than a typical single-volume commentary. Example: the study on the Psalms has a lot of useful introductory material. I have noticed the typical Psalms introduction doesn't exist in one-volume commentaries. If you want to really get into the Psalms, you'll need a separate commentary.
It is a Catholic commentary; so you can expect a few Catholic leanings; but they are either obvious or the writers avoid doctrinalizing. On Matthew 16:19, for example, is this: "God shall bind and loose what Peter binds and looses. This verse gives enormous authority to Peter." The writer stops well short of connecting Peter to the papacy.