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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 1:10 AM

Although focused on one particular angle, I'd say that the only one-volume commentary I have use for is the Commentary on the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament. 

I know that newbies would like to be able to have one volume they can turn to on a regular basis, but one better learn early that excessive dependence on one commentary will make one vulnerable to its interpretive and theological biases. And of course, the ground covered is limited. One would hope that a newbie would want to outgrow such a resource quickly although I realise many never do.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 6:15 AM

doc:

New Bible Commentary 

IVP Bible Background Commentary - Technically two but I look at it as single volume in these sort of questions.

Bible Knowledge Commentary

Eerdmanns Commentary of the Bible

ESV & Zondervan Study Bibles are also useful in some situation.

For a single volume Devotional Commentary Wiersbe’s With the Word is short but insightful.

I use custom grouping of commentaries in Desktop PG so I prioritise these first so they come up first when I run PG on mobile app on phone when I’m looking for a short study of key points in a passage. Also useful to look at when preparing for a group bible study.

This made me think of another one... Wiersbe's Outlines.  There are two resources (one for OT and one for NT) but super helpful and function very well as a quick commentary w/ application

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 6:42 AM

Francis:
I know that newbies would like to be able to have one volume they can turn to on a regular basis, but one better learn early that excessive dependence on one commentary will make one vulnerable to its interpretive and theological biases. And of course, the ground covered is limited. One would hope that a newbie would want to outgrow such a resource quickly although I realise many never do.

Though not a newbie I would consider myself informed. I use several one-volume and (some two-volume) commentaries to inform myself of the general issues with the text then I review some of my more technical and exegetical commentaries to glean more technical insights of the text. I do this after spending extensive time in devotional and prayerful contemplation of the text.

E.g. I was in Ac3.1-26. I consulted in order BKC, IVP Bible Background Commentary, MBC, Eerdmans Commentary, NBC, Fortress Commentary, ABC, NAC, Tyndale, NICOT/NT, and SIL. Based on the recommendation found in this thread I may add Believer's to my library.

Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 7:06 AM

Beloved:
Though not a newbie I would consider myself informed.

I did not mean this pejoratively and apologise if it came across as such. I am not discounting any use of one volume commentaries. MJ has also pointed to one way such volumes can be useful. Nevertheless, I think the point I made could be useful to others who read this thread and may read in recommendations a vote of confidence for over-reliance on one, typically limited in depth by space constraints, volume. Interesting that the OP asked not just about one, but which ones are good and for what use.

I recognise that newbies may find more extensive commentary overwhelming and may need to feed on milk for a while before getting meat. 

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 7:44 AM

Francis:
Interesting that the OP ask not just about one, but which ones are good and for what use.

In keeping with this question, my answer would be BKC it gives good general coverage of the major elements of the text and it's affordable (on sale now!). The other recommendation I would add would be to consult IVP Bible Background as it presents general social issues that may be absent from the commentaries. And Francis, I rarely answer to engage in disputes on the forums so I took no offense to your post and was just giving my view on the issue from someone who is definitely not an expert or an academic. 

Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.

International Standard Version. (2011). (Lk 2:52). Yorba Linda, CA: ISV Foundation.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 10:09 AM

I think there’s two types. One, a top-level cut (eg BKC), good for many type uses (me, mobile in Bible class). And the other, specialty types (eg the African).

The latter I definitely like for perspectives. JSB. Jerome’s. Oxford. I have more from Kindle, since Logos is user-constrained.


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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 10:55 AM

Denise:
The latter I definitely like for perspectives. JSB. Jerome’s. Oxford

So sad that of your list the only left for purchase in FL stores is the Jewish study Bible, I greatly value my Jerome Biblical Commentary and Oxford Bible Commentary but alas for users wanting them it is not an easy task to track them down. I do understand the issue with the publisher not wanting to make JBC available in electronic format but it has always boggled my mind as to why Faithlife has never pursued the OBC which is a fine critical work offering a solid view. I have often thought these smaller commentaries often have great value for scholars and students who do not wish to invest in whatever vain be it critical/evangelical/catholic, etc but do not mind investing a few dollars to get another viewpoint.

-dan

PS:It should be pointed out the OBC was never an in-house LOGOS product but an external product, but that said i am fairly sure other external books did eventually find their way into the Logos catalog.

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doc | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 18 2018 1:22 AM

Thankful I have both of these commentaries.

Dan Francis:

Denise:
The latter I definitely like for perspectives. JSB. Jerome’s. Oxford

So sad that of your list the only left for purchase in FL stores is the Jewish study Bible, I greatly value my Jerome Biblical Commentary and Oxford Bible Commentary but alas for users wanting them it is not an easy task to track them down. I do understand the issue with the publisher not wanting to make JBC available in electronic format but it has always boggled my mind as to why Faithlife has never pursued the OBC which is a fine critical work offering a solid view. I have often thought these smaller commentaries often have great value for scholars and students who do not wish to invest in whatever vain be it critical/evangelical/catholic, etc but do not mind investing a few dollars to get another viewpoint.

-dan

PS:It should be pointed out the OBC was never an in-house LOGOS product but an external product, but that said i am fairly sure other external books did eventually find their way into the Logos catalog.

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 18 2018 1:46 AM

 I like the Evangelical Commentary of the Bible, but also use BKC and NBC.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 18 2018 1:58 AM

Dan Francis:
the only left for purchase in FL stores is the Jewish study Bible

Although I do not own it, I have it in my wishlist. It is another instance of a specialised commentary that only exists in one-volume format. Other examples would the IVP background commentaries, though it's two volumes (OT and NT). 

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 18 2018 9:26 AM

Mattillo:
My main one-volume go-to's are: Bible Knowledge Commentary (BKC) and the Moody Bible Commentary (MBC).

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I like the notes from the NET Bible as a "Study Bible" resource.

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Deacon Steve | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 18 2018 12:24 PM

I noticed that the Bible Knoledge Commentary and the New Bible Commentary are both part of the Logos 7 Fundamentals package.  That may be a good option for picking them up depending on what else you have.  Dynamic pricing is available and, for me, I can get both essentially the price of one plus a few other resources.  Something worth looking into I think.

https://www.logos.com/product/156257/logos-7-fundamentals

The Collegeville Bible Commentary is also a good one that includes the deuterocanonical books.

https://www.logos.com/product/29111/collegeville-bible-commentary

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Stephen Steele | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 18 2018 2:08 PM

Very surprised Logos doesn't have Thomas Scott - it's a classic!

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 18 2018 4:15 PM

My current favorite is the Oxford, which I was lucky enough to pick up on disk on close out about a decade ago. I have also used the NBC, The Bible Guide, and for their specialized perspectives, the Jewish Study Bible, and the Women's Bible Commentary.

As for when I use them? General ones I use when I am curious about really basic information about a passage. At best, it gives me some basic information about how to shape questions to ask when studying the text...

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Liam | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 19 2018 9:57 AM

I use the old Matthew Poole commentary for my regular Bible reading when I have questions about a difficult text. It’s phenomenal! I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I said that I find answers to the questions I’m looking up about 9 out of 10 times! Better than anything else out there in my mind!

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Beloved | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 19 2018 11:27 AM

Liam:

I use the old Matthew Poole commentary for my regular Bible reading when I have questions about a difficult text. It’s phenomenal! I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I said that I find answers to the questions I’m looking up about 9 out of 10 times! Better than anything else out there in my mind!

Thank you, Liam,

I have this in my library and was unaware of its excellence! Thanks so very much for pointing it out.

Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.

International Standard Version. (2011). (Lk 2:52). Yorba Linda, CA: ISV Foundation.

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Ralph Mauch | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 19 2018 12:38 PM

Dave Hooton:
Greg Corbin:
It's two volumes but the Bible Knowledge Commentary (OT and NT volumes) is an excellent basic commentary.

I agree with these this 1 volume commentary, and find it extremely helpful in Bible Study groups (when using a tablet and the logos app), also the Believer's Bible Commentary, which I've given to new believers who ask about using a Commentary. Simple and to the point, and then using other more intense commentaries for questions that were raised in the group, which would be too difficult to go to for an hour and 1/2 study.

The Logos or Faithlife apps for the tablet have grown more useful from when they first began, very useful indeed, thanks Faith life!

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Avi Lebedev | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 20 2018 4:45 AM

DAL:

I will second Eerdmans and Moody’s Bible Commentary. I can’t believe I forgot to include them! 👍😁👌

DAL

The Moody’s Bible Commentary is on sale this month, would you guys recommend buying it if I already own and using BKC and NBC?

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 20 2018 6:45 AM

Avi Lebedev:

DAL:

I will second Eerdmans and Moody’s Bible Commentary. I can’t believe I forgot to include them! 👍😁👌

DAL

The Moody’s Bible Commentary is on sale this month, would you guys recommend buying it if I already own and using BKC and NBC?

I would recommend. IMHO Moody is better than NBC and it would supplement your BKC better.

DAL

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 20 2018 10:29 AM

The breadth of authors makes me think MBC on sale is a good compliment to BKC within the same theological tradition.

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