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November 12, 2007


michael jensen

Pick and choose I am afraid is the way to go. Each series has its absolute duds. I think Aune's three volume bore on Revelation in the Word series (so much information, so little wisdom - what a waste of money, and I purchased it!), or Christiansen's frankly weird take on Deuteronomy in the same series - counterbalanced by Wenham's Genesis and O'Brien's Colossians. Or some of the truly eccentric Anchor volumes - which sit along side Raymond Brown's imperious John commentary.
I thought the Brazos series would be the solution, so I went and purchased the first volume, by Pelikan on Acts: it is woeful. The Hauerwas volume from what I have read will tell you more about Hauerwas than about Matthew, that's for sure...

simon jones

I pick and choose though tend towards exegetical ones rather than theological. You appear to have missed the New International Commentary on the New Testament which contains Fee on 1 Corinthians (essential - though a little eclipsed by Thisselton) and Towner on 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. You also haven't mentioned the Pillar series from IVP and the New International Biblical Commentary from Hendrickson. Both these tend be used by ministers quite a lot - though I'm not a big fan of the first and think the second is a very mixed bag. The New Interpreters Bible also offers a couple of essential commentaries - namely Tom Wright on Romans and Richard Hays on Galatians. The rest in the two volumes I have is again a pretty mixed bag - the problem with single volume commentaries covering a number of books.

Jim Gordon

The commentary is one of my favourite types of reading. Like others I go for those which seem to offer a serious engagement with the text. But I think what any of us 'prefers' is subjective and based on what we have found useful, stimulating -even if we are lucky / blessed, occasionally mind-blowing. Raymond Brown's Anchor on John, Brueggemann on Genesis, Luz on Matthew, Achtemeier on 1 Peter, Fretheim on Exodus, Cranfield on Romans, Thiselton on 1 Corinthians, McCann on Psalms - these are volumes that over the years have taken me to the deep end of the text and helped me swim! Rather than series, my temptation (or strategy?) is to follow several authors. I have Fitzmyer on Luke, Romans and now on order for his new volume in Anchor series on 1 Corinthians. Brueggemann's commentaries are always worth the money,including his Exodus in the New Interpreter's Bible (bound with Fretheim on Genesis so no duffers in this volume), John Goldingay's Daniel, Psalms, Isaiah...oh and did I mention Luz on Matthew?? Instead of a series, it might also be worth paying tribute to the great tradition of commentary writing and gathering on each Bible Book one of the older, and too easily dismissed commentaries from the past. But that would be another list, another story.....


Pick and choose, pick and choose. I'm partial to the word series, because I like the layout, but every series has at least a few lemons.


It also depends what the commentaries are helping you research. Personally I have found New Interpreter's Bible series and the Interpretation series helpful when preaching. As others have said there are a few lemons in every series. But it is helpful having at least one complete set; you never know when you will want to preach on lamentations. Beyond that I've gone for picking particular ones that seemed good at the time, WBC, NICNT, ICC... Calvin on 1 Corinthians (great to read something written before the 20th Century). I too have tended to follow particular authors.


What about the Baker Exegetical Commentary Series (BECNT)? Koestenberger on John, Schreiner on Romans, Jobes on 1 Peter, Osborne on Revelation, this list goes on - it is still in process and is putting out some pretty good stuff!


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