What's a good one-volume commentary?

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Carmen Gauvin-O'Donnell | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Oct 22 2014 5:34 AM

I'm asking for a friend who does not have Logos but would like to purchase something for her Kindle.

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 6:25 AM

Good for what?  There are many types of commentaries out there.  Does this friend have any theological training?  Do you care about any of the academic debate about any of the texts?  Do you want the commentary to share your theology? If so, what is it?

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 6:32 AM

Bible Knowledge Commentary is a good small commentary if one is dispensational in theology.  And though I am not, I use it at times.  However, it really is not a one volume commentary.  It is two volumes, and therefore, is able to go into a bit more detail.

I think the best one volume commentary is still The New Bible Commentary.  It is evangelical in theology, but the scholarship is excellent.  So I think it would be of value to anyone.   The one volume New Bible Commentary and one volume New Bible Dictionary are excellent starter resources, especially for laity, with very solid scholarship.  They are not particularly partisan to one school of evangelical scholarship, such as dispensationalism, Calvinism, or Arminianism.  They have been around a while, but they have been revised and kept up to date.  They regard Scripture as God's Word. I highly recommend them.  That is, of course, unless someone is hostile to evangelical scholarship.

All commentaries have a theological slant, and one just needs to be aware from what theological view the author writes. 

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 6:34 AM

Ken makes a good point. For instance, your friend may be wanting something like a devotional commentary. If that's the case, and your friend doesn't mind older English, Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Bible is a good choice. There are others as well.

There are also commentaries that give very adequate biblical outlines.

However, if you're asking about non-Logos resources, maybe you should pose this question elsewhere, like Amazon. Quite apart from forum rules, there may be formatting quirks on kindle resources that you want to be alerted to.

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William | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 6:56 AM

One of my favorite is the 2 volume (Old and New Testament) Applied Commentary series by Thomas Hale: https://www.logos.com/product/30838/applied-commentary-series

For a devotional commentary, the Daily Treasures from the Word of God is great: https://www.logos.com/product/8099/daily-treasures-from-the-word-of-god

Hope that helps

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Ken McGuire | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 7:04 AM

Some that I have found useful include:

Knowles The Bible Guide - short and readable overviews about what is going on in the text

NBC has already been mentioned.  A bit more academic, but not overly so.

The NET Bible Notes were a pleasant surprise.  If you have the background to understand them, that is.

The Harper's Bible Commentary is uneven.  Some is good, but a lot goes by without any comment at all.  This has now been replaced by the Harper-Collins Commentary - which I have not used.

The Oxford Bible Commentary is pretty good - I am glad I picked it up while available for Logos (from a software closeout site YEARS ago).  It is the one volume I use the most now.

Concordia Self-Study Commentary is OK - but way too short.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 12:40 PM

I agree. I'm picking up the new Edition as paperback - it's being in several smaller volumes right now instead of one volume, but the new Edition can be had as one volume on paper as well:

Ken McGuire:
The Oxford Bible Commentary is pretty good - I am glad I picked it up while available for Logos (from a software closeout site YEARS ago).  It is the one volume I use the most now.

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Beloved Amodeo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 2:22 PM

For what is available from Logos I agree with Dan. But if I read you right you were looking for something for Kindle. For that format I would choose Moody Bible Commentary. Sorry, but in observance of the rules I won't provide a link, but this should present only the slightest inconvenience.

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 5:39 PM

These are my top one-volume (in Logos) commentaries:

I don't know if they are available to Kindle, but I prefer JFB (#4) & BKC on my mobile device. Believer's has actually fallen out of favour, so I should revise its rating!

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 6:23 PM

Dan Francis:

WOW 80 bucks! I thought it'd be like $50 the most.  Baker's Illustrated is only $39.95 and others just as good are also $39 or less.

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Ps. By the way, to the O.P.: Africa Bible Commentary has proven to have some insightful nuggets in it and is cheap too.  Don't let the "Africa" fool you.

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 7:31 PM

DAL:

WOW 80 bucks! I thought it'd be like $50 the most.  Baker's Illustrated is only $39.95 and others just as good are also $39 or less.

DAL

Ps. By the way, to the O.P.: Africa Bible Commentary has proven to have some insightful nuggets in it and is cheap too.  Don't let the "Africa" fool you.

Actually I bought it because it has the word "Africa" on it.

But I wasn't impressed. I was hoping for more deep African culture stuffs, and the book did not deliver. Sleep

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 7:46 PM

mike:

Actually I bought it because it has the word "Africa" on it.

But I wasn't impressed. I was hoping for more deep African culture stuffs, and the book did not deliver. Sleep

My thoughts as well which is why I'm desperately trying to get the Dalit Commentary out of India ...

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 8:22 PM

MJ. Smith:

mike:

Actually I bought it because it has the word "Africa" on it.

But I wasn't impressed. I was hoping for more deep African culture stuffs, and the book did not deliver. Sleep

My thoughts as well which is why I'm desperately trying to get the Dalit Commentary out of India ...

Stott and Rick Warren both recommend the African title. Its on my wishlist. As a missionary its always interesting to hear people from different cultural bias speak on scripture. I've not heard of the Dalit Commentary, but I find myself intrigued. Is it pretty solid MJ?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 8:27 PM

abondservant:

I've not heard of the Dalit Commentary, but I find myself intrigued. Is it pretty solid MJ?

From the excerpts I've seen, I think so but my normal channels for books from India have been unable to supply me with a copy. I need to press them again.

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 8:28 PM

I have a friend living there, I'll see what I can turn up... Perhaps I can come across two copies :) Hopefully they are written in English.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 22 2014 8:35 PM

Yes, its English

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 23 2014 5:57 AM

I would concur with either Michael Childs or Beloved. Your friend won't go wrong with any of the 3 options that these two have mentioned.

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