Has anybody in the brotherhood written a book that covers all the chapters of the Bible, setting out their content with brief comments? I think it was G. Campbell Morgan who did a volume like this, which I found worthy of study.
The old standard used to be the New Bible Commentary: Revised, which has been updated again and has a name like 21st Century Edition or some such. But lately I’ve been using editor F.F. Bruce’s, New International Bible Commentary, which I have in English under a previous name, but it has the same innards. It has also been translated into Portuguese, so that’s a plus. That’s the one I’d have to name, I reckon, out of the few one-volume commentaries I have.
I’ve bought a couple of one-volume commentaries since then, but although they have some good features, they don’t seem to measure up all around. Nor did I expect them to, since one was a hodge-podge of liberal, feminist, and liberation theologies, another a Catholic liberal volume (which has a lot of good features, however), yet another doctrinally fine, but not so helpful on overall approach, literary structure, and theological synthesis.
I can handle the denominational and other religious works better than something by brethren which takes off on all kinds of tangents, which I don’t buy. One expects it from other quarters, but the disappointment would be so great, coming from a brotherhood source, that I don’t bother.
So my vote is Bruce’s work, at least, for this year. Ask me again next year.
My wife has two one-volume commentaries, the B.W. Johnson book and Jim Sheerer’s commentary. Honestly, I don’t use either of them, though I am keeping the Sheerer book for her. In an interesting footnote, Sheerer’s book was published by Yeomen Press, Chickasha, OK, which is a beautiful little town outside of Oklahoma City and just a few miles from the Rush Springs Church of Christ, a superior body of Christ.
I do not use one volume commentary’s like I once did. Those that I did use were the following: Barnes (on NT); I still like Barnes. Edersheim on OT History; When I was in Desert Shield, it was his volume that I took with me. At that time we were in post-combat mode, and I was able to read it through. It is an old work, but I still like it. I have often reflected on my library and what it would be that I feel compelled to keep if I had to whittle down. Of the one volume books, these would be two that I think I would hold on to.
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.