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Armwood | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Aug 20 2011 5:53 PM

I was just wondering if the wbc set is really a good set? Many have said that the set can be hard to follow. I wanted to know your thoughts Whisper

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John Nerdue | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 20 2011 6:06 PM

I think it can be hard to follow at times but I like it. It has sections for text critical and grammatical issues as well as form and then commentary, oh and nice bibliographies.

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 20 2011 7:43 PM

Word Biblical in one of the best commentary sets available.  It is of more value to those who have some knowledge of Greek and Hebrew, but would be of value to any serious student of scripture.  It is on the scholarly side as compared to a more devotional commentary.  I would rank WBC and the NICOT / NICNT as the two best sets available.  That is just my opinion.

If I had no Greek or Hebrew training, I would think the Tyndale Commentaries might be a better choice.

"In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church," John Wesley

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Frank Sauer | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 20 2011 8:14 PM

Saw the info for the sale and was really impressed! Just way beyond my personal budget, even at the great deal that it offers. Many will be happy with this sale!

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T MacLeod | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Aug 20 2011 8:20 PM

It has kind of an annoying format (in some volumes the "Commentary" and "Explanation" sections are really very similar, and there is really no good reason for them to be separated in my opinion), but overall it's a pretty good series--I paid $426 for it, on sale, and don't regret it. It's a bit more conservative than I would like, but most of the authors do a good job discussing a range of viewpoints, and this is useful even if their own viewpoint is ultimately disagreeable.

Don't be put off by people who say it's hard to follow. Once you become familiar with its format, it's easy to find what you want.

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 21 2011 12:32 AM

Vincent Armwood:
I was just wondering if the wbc set is really a good set?

The Word Bible Commentary set is excellent value, well worth the price if you want a scholastic commentary that deals with the form/structure/setting of the text, translation notes, nuances of the Greek/Hebrew words, and acknowledgement of a range of scholastic views about the text.

Like any set, the quality varies from volume to volume, but you can get some idea of how the WBC scholarship is viewed by noting the number of times its volumes are included in the top 2 commentaries available, according to http://bestcommentaries.com/topcommentaries/

There are better commentaries available, e.g. BECNT (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the NT) is excellent on the NT books it exists for, and there is a pre-pub ugrade for further NT books at present. But for a scholarly whole-Bible commentary set, the value of the WBC is unsurpassed. I use it most weeks.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 21 2011 3:54 AM

Vincent Armwood:

I was just wondering if the wbc set is really a good set? Many have said that the set can be hard to follow. I wanted to know your thoughts Whisper

No own thoughts (still contemplating, as even a good deal may be too much dollars), but a link to our resource page on the wiki, which has some MVP thoughts and link to further info:  http://wiki.logos.com/Resource$3a_Word_Biblical_Commentary 

Hope this helps,

Mick

Edit: PS: Welcome to the forums, Vincent - overlooked at first that this is your initial posting here. As the relative value of the big commentary sets tends to be discussed from time to time, maybe you can find a number of older forum discussions by googling for "WBC site:community.logos.com" or likewise.

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nicky crane | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 21 2011 9:04 AM

I use it, not every day, but every week.  I got it on sale for $499, excellent value.  In this Nelson deal you get lots of other books thrown in  for the extra $100.  If you've got the funds, go for it! 

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Praiser | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 21 2011 12:40 PM

Vincent Armwood:

I was just wondering if the wbc set is really a good set? Many have said that the set can be hard to follow. I wanted to know your thoughts Whisper

Welcome to the forums Vincent!

I had the hardcover set until I discovered them in the Logos version and bought it.  

I use this set and appreciate the value. The sale going on now with the additional commentaries and books is a great buy if you are serious about getting this set. Below is a link to a site that has some information on how they rate the commentaries based on factors that are listed on the site. You may find it interesting as the WBC makes it into the top two commentaries for many of the books of the Bible. The site also has library recommendations from various colleges and seminaries.

http://www.bestcommentaries.com/topcommentaries/

http://www.bestcommentaries.com/series/word-biblical-commentary-wbc/

http://www.bestcommentaries.com/topseries/

Again commentaries might be rated differently, depending on the views or backgrounds of those rating them.

 

Two books that I would recommend as helpful in your commentary quest are:

http://www.logos.com/product/5342/new-testament-commentary-survey-6th-ed  

http://www.logos.com/product/6259/commentaries-for-biblical-expositors

Both are worthwhile investments and they are available in LOGOS!

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 21 2011 1:36 PM

Logos is really going to need to start consulting with me before they offer something on sale since they always are offering things I have. Stick out tongue  On second thought, perhaps that's good since I don't spend more money that way.  Wink

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