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A commentary is a "collection of chapter-by-chapter or verse-by-verse explanations of either a portion or the whole of Scripture. Commentaries may be written by individual scholars, who are commonly assigned, based on their interests and expertise, to write on a partiular book." - David R. Stewart, The Literature of Theology
Commentaries may be published as a single volume or as a series.
When Selecting a Commentary
Consider when selecting a commentary:
-Is it recognized by most respected scholars?
-At whom is this commentary aimed (preachers, scholars, etc)
-Does the commentary interact with the original language?
This much-anticipated sixth edition of New Testament Commentary Survey offers students and pastors an updated look into available resources on the New Testament. Pastors, seminarians, and theology students will eagerly welcome this invaluable tool into their biblical studies libraries. In this succinct yet thorough survey, Carson examines sets, one-volume commentaries, and New Testament introductions and theologies, before offering extensive comments on the available offerings for each New Testament book, noting intended audience, levels of difficulty, and theological perspective. He records the publisher, price, and current publication status, identifies those texts he considers overpriced, and advises readers when to delay purchase for forthcoming works. The book concludes with a useful "Best Buys" section where Carson indicates the most valuable works for each individual New Testament book.
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.