Grant Osborne verse-by-verse commentary series

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David Housholder | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jul 2 2016 8:47 PM

I am interested to learn more about the new Grant Osborne commentaries now on pre-pub. They are described as verse-by-verse. Osborne, however, is an expert in the area of hermeneutics and thus knows context is crucial, few verses can be taken by themselves and still be fully exegeted and expounded. So it sounds like a contradiction to good commentary to say it's verse-by-verse. 

So assuming this is not fragment by fragment Lego piece approach to commentary, what is the meaning of verse-by-verse here?

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 3 2016 7:37 AM

David Housholder:
So assuming this is not fragment by fragment Lego piece approach to commentary, what is the meaning of verse-by-verse here?

I think it's an indicator of completeness of treatment and exhaustiveness of coverage. I think all major commentaries that treat a book of the bible in a thorough manner (i.e. in the length of a book) are called verse-by-verse. The idea conveys that every verse is treated, whereas smaller commentaries may only write a small piece of text per chapter, often omitting dealing with relevant details.       

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Jesse Myers | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 6 2016 10:15 AM

'Verse by verse' refers to it hewing very closely to the text and covering every verse. It's very much a commentary with a broad view to context and structure. I've been able to read a fair bit of what's been submitted and it's very good. Osborne really brings the fruit of a lifetime of study to bear on the scriptures, but he does it in a way that non-specialists will be able to appreciate and understand. 

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