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The fifth edition of Tremper Longman's classic Old Testament Commentary Survey brings reader's up-to-date on available commentaries, types of commentaries, while rating the best-of-the-best.

Whether you are an enthusiast, or just looking to build your library according to your needs this book provides expert guidance on choosing a commentary for any book of the Old Testament. The fifth edition has been updated to assess the most recently published commentaries, providing evaluative comments. Longman lists a number of works available for each book of the Old Testament, gives a brief indication of their emphases and viewpoints, and evaluates them. The result is a balanced, sensible guide for those who preach and teach the Old Testament and need help in choosing the best tools.

Additional helpful sections include:
  • How to use a commentary properly
  • The use and abuse of commentaries
  • A look at one volume commentaries
  • A look at commentary sets

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801039916
ISBN-13: 9780801039911

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Publisher's Description

Leading Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman III provides students and pastors with expert guidance on choosing a commentary for any book of the Old Testament. The fifth edition has been updated to assess the most recently published commentaries, providing evaluative comments. Longman lists a number of works available for each book of the Old Testament, gives a brief indication of their emphases and viewpoints, and evaluates them. The result is a balanced, sensible guide for those who preach and teach the Old Testament and need help in choosing the best tools.

Author Bio

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has authored or coauthored numerous books and commentaries.

Endorsements

If you are preparing a new sermon series and looking for advice on commentaries, you must consult...the Old Testament Commentary Survey...[It] will help to save you lots of money in the long run.
Semper Reformanda

[Longman] does for Old Testament ministers and theological students what D. A. Carson accomplishes for those of the New Testament in his New Testament Commentary Survey. Taken together, these two guides cover commentaries on the entire Bible...[Longman's] annotations are...very helpful to sort out theological perspectives and methodological approaches (as these inevitably influence one's exegesis and interpretation) of a seemingly endless list of Old Testament commentaries...This short guide will be very useful for building one's theological library, and for directing theological students to the best commentaries in English.
Pierre Constant, Eusebeia

This little book is an excellent aid for the study of the Old Testament. It is more than a bibliography; it is an annotated listing of many of the most important resources available in English...A 'must' for any serious student of the Bible.
Dianne Bergant, CSA, The Bible Today

Skillfully navigate[s] the dense terrain of the commentary world and offer[s] sage advice for those engaged in biblical study...The format of Longman's volume is...user-friendly...Readers will certainly be helped in making informed decisions about how best to spend both their time and money.
Mark R. Stevenson, Emmaus Journal

This is a very helpful annotated bibliography for beginning students or busy ministers, lay or ordained...This book will be of great benefit to those in search of works on biblical books, but not sure where to find them.
The Bible Today

A bibliographic tool worth consulting.
International Review of Biblical Studies

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    Not quite complete
    January 1, 2016
    Neil
    Safford, AZ
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is only a survey; but it is better than some of the online references (such as http://bestcommentaries.com/).

    Longman gives each reviewed commentary a brief blurb-style review and then he rates the commentary on a five-star scale. He says the star system reflects his opinion on whether a particular commentary is worth buying. All I can say is it is a good idea to read the full review of each commentary. For example, in Longman's review of Speiser's commentary on Genesis he says, "This commentary is a classic and probably a must-buy for the scholar, but of little use to anyone else." That's probably a fair judgment. He gives it one star and indicates that it is a commentary for the scholar (indicated by the code 'S'). The general opinion of Speiser's commentary is that it is useless; but that is not my feeling about it. I used the commentary in my personal study of Genesis and I found it to be quite useful but also challenging. I am not a scholar. It seems the commentaries I have found most useful over the years, Longman rates at an 'M' (minister) reading level.

    The Westminster Bible Companion series was totally ignored in this survey. Yes, many of the Westminsters are too brief to rate; but I know for a fact that several deserve attention. Fretheim's commentary on 1&2 Kings, for example, is very useful to the student. I suspect Brueggeman's set on Isaiah are worth reading too. I was hoping to see reviews on those particular volumes in Longman's survey.

    I suppose Longman had to draw a line somewhere or the book would have grown to an out-of-control thickness. I wouldn't mind it being around 50% thicker. I wish a little attention were given to the several quality volumes that happen to be in sets that were given no attention.
  2. Sterling, VA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Survey of Old Testament Commentaries
    June 3, 2013
    Steve Ford
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    Tremper Longman's survey of Old Testament Commentaries is based from an evangelical viewpoint. He analysis highlights strengths of commentaries written from a different point of view; but, his rating system favors commentaries written from an evangelical viewpoint.
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