A commentary that eerily sounds like Genesis 3:4

Someone recently gave me a copy of “The Ryrie Study Bible” published by Moody Press (last copyrighted in 1978). Based on the New American Standard translation (last copyrighted in 1977), this study Bible contains a “Gospel Harmony” section, a topical index, multiple maps, multiple time-lines, numerous chain-reference scriptures, a table for weights, measure and coins, a breakdown of Jesus’ parables, a schedule to read the Bible in a year, ample space for marginal notes and a footnote commentary provided by Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D..

Despite all of the “extras” that came with this copy of the Bible, I took the book for one specific reason – I did not have a hard-copy of a NAS Bible. So I took the book and started reading.

Now, whenever I check out a translation for the first time, I have a few “go-to” scriptures in the Old and New Testament that I read in order to get a basic understanding of the original translator’s goal, namely: were they attempting to make a beneficial word-for-word translation for the reader, or were they inserting their own theological point-of-view by making a word-for-thought translation to influence the reader. Continue reading

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A one-volume commentary on the Old Testament?

A question appeared on a closed social media site about commentaries, or a single commentary, on the Old Testament. No information was given about price range nor what type of commentary was desired, only that the person did not have a lot of money. A one-volume commentary on the OT alone is a challenge.

If the commentary needed is one that expounds the meaning of the text, one might consider something like Paul House’s OT Theology, or even Thomas Olbricht’s He Loves Forever, even though the latter is quite brief. Continue reading

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300 words per Bible chapter

Could you write "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" using about 300 words for each Bible chapter? G. Campbell Morgan did it, in 542 pages (Revel, 1959). Would be a fascinating and daunting challenge to do a similar project today.

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Weekend Nudge: one-volume commentary

It’s Saturday, and the preachers are finally getting around to sermonizing for Sunday. (Weylan: “Yeah, right!”) Bible school teachers will begin to think of their classes in the morning. (Laura: “You got it!”) So one of the resources available to Bible students is the one-volume commentary.

So here’s your nudge for the weekend (actually for Saturday and Sunday, the latter being the First Day of a new week): what one-volume commentary do you like best and use? It should cover at least the whole New Testament, if not the whole Bible.

One-volume commentaries are a favorite of mine. (For what reason, I can’t say, other than I like getting to the point, and pithiness.) So this is a subject dear to my heart.

It can be within the brotherhood or not, though within, you’ll be highly restricted as to choices.


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