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Into Grace | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Dec 19 2011 10:27 AM

I am a student of the Bible and plan to purchase a verse by verse commentary set. I desire to narrow the list down to commentaries that match what I believe. I am/believe:

 

-Premillennial

-Eternal Security of the Believer

-Salvation by faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone, apart from any human work or effort.

-Dispensational

Thanks very much for your feedback!

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 10:31 AM

This is certainly not a very in depth series, but it does cover most of the books in the Bible.

http://www.logos.com/product/5149/everymans-bible-commentary-series

 

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 10:48 AM

I almost forgot:

You would probably really enjoy John MacArthur's NT Commentaries:

http://www.logos.com/product/8796/macarthurs-nt-commentaries-collection-10

Also the Bible Knowledge Commentary (this is probably part of you base package already):

http://www.logos.com/product/133/the-bible-knowledge-commentary

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Justin Cofer | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 10:51 AM

Into Grace:

I am a student of the Bible and plan to purchase a verse by verse commentary set. I desire to narrow the list down to commentaries that match what I believe. I am/believe:

 

-Premillennial

-Eternal Security of the Believer

-Salvation by faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone, apart from any human work or effort.

-Dispensational

Thanks very much for your feedback!

 

I am a seminary student who happens to hold to all those positions.

 

These commentaries consistently do hold to those positions.  I recommend them for interested Bible students/laymen.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary which is found in most Logos packages.

The Grace New Testament Commentary.

Tom Constable's Expository Notes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Justin Cofer | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 10:56 AM

Joshua Garcia:

I almost forgot:

You would probably really enjoy John MacArthur's NT Commentaries:

http://www.logos.com/product/8796/macarthurs-nt-commentaries-collection-10

Also the Bible Knowledge Commentary (this is probably part of you base package already):

http://www.logos.com/product/133/the-bible-knowledge-commentary

Regarding MacArthur, it should be noted that he is an advocate of what is popularly called "Lordship Salvation" as opposed to the "Free Grace" position advocated by say Charles Ryrie.  I don't know if that fits into the original poster's beliefs or not.

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Donald G. Fisher | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 11:24 AM

In the hopes of brining this thread back from such a poor highjack attempt:

The Expositior's Bible Commentary Volume is also a very good suggestion.  I bought it when it was still published by Pradis and will not buy it again.  Another option is also the Theological Journal Library which will give you access to the BibSacs, Grace Journals, as well as Chafer Seminary Journals.  They are initially a pricey down payment but the investment is well worth it. 

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Wes Saad | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 11:50 AM

As others have mentioned, John MacArthur. I'm not a Dispensationlist, so I consider this one of this few faults. :) Nonetheless, he would be a good resource, dispensationalist or not.

I have wished that there were more pro-dispensationalism resources in Logos, providing more for those of us who want to know more. I've read a few dead tree books about dispensationalism, but the resources in Logos are a bit more limited. A more recent resource on the subject (I believe the author is not a dispensationalist, but he does seek to provide a fair treatment of the discussion): A Complete Guide to Understanding the Dispensationalist Controversy, http://www.logos.com/product/6498/a-complete-guide-to-understanding-the-dispensationalism-controversy

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 11:57 AM

Giovanni ... you're just not very fair, demanding consistency on the forums, and even worse quoting from the NT.  But I was surprised you didn't run with your Deu quote on failed prophesies. I have to assume you drew the line at that point.

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Into Grace | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 12:09 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions. More are welcome!

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Ted Hans | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 12:09 PM

Please can we bring this thread back on track and avoid attempts by Giovanni to hijack it. Thanks

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 12:16 PM

Into Grace:
I desire to narrow the list down to commentaries that match what I believe. I am/believe:

Welcome to the forums - I recognize this isn't your first post but it is the first I noticed. In light of the history of recommendations in the forums, I'd like to point out that a good commentary set is not going to be totally consistent and is not going to always confirm your beliefs. It's good for a first set to come from your own tradition but don't set unrealistic expectations as to what that means when the rubber hits the road.

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 12:31 PM

Some really good suggestions that fit your guidelines have been given.  Bible Knowledge Commentary and the Everyman set both sound like just what you are looking for. 

John MacArthur has been suggested.  I love John MacArthur, and John MacArthur would consider himself to believe in "salvation by faith alone, by grace alone, apaprt from any human work." 

You may or may not agree with John MacArthur.  While he does believe in salvation by grace alone through faith alone, he also believes that grace transforms a life (2 Cor. 5:17) and that good works are the inevitable result of true salvation.  Therefore, MacArthur would say that it  is impossible over the long haul to know Jesus as Savior without also knowing him as Lord.  That is what I understand MacArthur to teach.

I am not trying to hijack this thread or argue the point.  I just want you to have a feel for whether or not you might consider MacArthur's New Testament Commentaries.  He is an excellent Bible teacher, and I say that though I disagree with him about  several things.

Also, the new ECC is going to largely fit the guidelines that you have given.  The overwhelming majority of writers are in some way related to Dallas Theological Seminary, which is very dispensational.  It will likely become the standard dispensational commentary set - though a few volumes will be written by non-dispensationalists.  I believe only a couple of volumes are out now. 

 

 

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Into Grace | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 1:04 PM

Hi Michael,

Which commentary is the ECC?

Thanks

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Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 1:07 PM

Into Grace:
Which commentary is the ECC?

Wonder if ECC should be EEC => Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (44 vols.) that has shipped two volumes.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 1:25 PM

Into Grace:

I am a student of the Bible and plan to purchase a verse by verse commentary set. I desire to narrow the list down to commentaries that match what I believe.

While I by no means want to discount the value of exegetical support for your own position, I have found that I have learned much from those I disagree.  Admittedly, there needs to be enough commonality in position to understand where people are coming from, but talking with others helps you to understand your position.  You may even learn something.

SDG

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Jerry M | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 2:01 PM

Kenneth McGuire:

Into Grace:

I am a student of the Bible and plan to purchase a verse by verse commentary set. I desire to narrow the list down to commentaries that match what I believe.

While I by no means want to discount the value of exegetical support for your own position, I have found that I have learned much from those I disagree.  Admittedly, there needs to be enough commonality in position to understand where people are coming from, but talking with others helps you to understand your position.  You may even learn something.

SDG

Ken McGuire

The reason this is true is because people are/believe what they have been taught, either directly or by book.  I do not mean this as a criticism, but no one became dispensational without the influence of someone else. Luke 6:40  Matthew 10:24  It is hard on our pride, but the "I" in I believe is really what someone else taught them.  Back on topic, personally I would consider building a commentary set book by book and hand selecting them.  However, that is difficult in Logos and is definitely more expensive. If it could be done, you would have a more usable set.

 

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 2:29 PM

Jerry M:

Kenneth McGuire:

Into Grace:

I am a student of the Bible and plan to purchase a verse by verse commentary set. I desire to narrow the list down to commentaries that match what I believe.

While I by no means want to discount the value of exegetical support for your own position, I have found that I have learned much from those I disagree.  Admittedly, there needs to be enough commonality in position to understand where people are coming from, but talking with others helps you to understand your position.  You may even learn something.

SDG

Ken McGuire

The reason this is true is because people are/believe what they have been taught, either directly or by book.  I do not mean this as a criticism, but no one became dispensational without the influence of someone else. Luke 6:40  Matthew 10:24  It is hard on our pride, but the "I" in I believe is really what someone else taught them.  Back on topic, personally I would consider building a commentary set book by book and hand selecting them.  However, that is difficult in Logos and is definitely more expensive. If it could be done, you would have a more usable set.

 

 

This is true.Yes

Here are some single volume suggestions:

A great scholarly premillennial and dispensational commentary on Revelation is:

http://www.logos.com/product/5283/an-exegetical-commentary-revelation

Also, John Walvoord has written:

http://www.logos.com/product/5295/the-revelation-of-jesus-christ

http://www.logos.com/product/5297/daniel-the-key-to-prophetic-revelation

http://www.logos.com/product/5296/matthew-thy-kingdom-come

http://www.logos.com/product/5298/the-thessalonian-epistles

 

Also, Warren Wiersbe is premillennial and dispensational in his theology.

http://www.logos.com/product/5784/warren-wiersbes-old-testament-be-series

You may also find John Darby's work interesting:

http://www.logos.com/product/4091/john-darbys-synopsis-of-the-books-of-the-bible

 

 

 

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Into Grace | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 3:04 PM

Thanks again for all the suggestions.

Is the Expositor's Bible Commentary Dispensational?

http://www.logos.com/product/5457/the-expositors-bible-commentary

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Justin Cofer | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 3:38 PM

Into Grace:

Thanks again for all the suggestions.

Is the Expositor's Bible Commentary Dispensational?

http://www.logos.com/product/5457/the-expositors-bible-commentary

 

It varies from contributor to contributor.  I believe the contributors for Thessalonians, Revelation, Genesis are.  I know for certain that D.A. Carson who did Matthew is not.

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John Brumett | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Dec 19 2011 4:01 PM

Tom Constable's Expository  Expository Notes on the Bible is probable the most comprehensive on dispensational theology and free grace (over 7000 pages of notes) on the entire Bible and the best value only $40.  I would also recomment Zane Hodges Commentaries on James and 1 John, they can be purchased individually or as part of the  Robert N. Wilkin and Zane Hodge collection.  In this collection there are 3 other books dealing with the security of the believer and rewards.  Also Charles Stanley's book on Eternal Security is excellent.  The Grace New Testament Commentary was written entirely from a free grace and dispensational position.    

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