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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Aug 15 2018 11:52 AM

What are your favorite one volume commentaries?  When do you typically use them?

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Mike Binks | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 12:31 PM

Michael Kinch:
What are your favorite one volume commentaries?

The Africa Bible Commentary.

Michael Kinch:
When do you typically use them?

When the writers are likely to be presenting scripture from the worldview of a different culture.

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Steve Robinson | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 12:41 PM

Believer's Bible Commentary. It provides a solid amount of verse-by-verse commentary in just one volume.

My MAIN use of it is on my mobile devices as it is one of the core resources I have downloaded to always have available.

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Greg Corbin | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 12:51 PM

My favorite one volume commentaries are actually study Bibles....MacArthur Study Bible, Zondervan NIV Study Bible, ESV Study Bible, and the Jeremiah Study Bible (sadly, not available in Logos).  All four of these are more valuable than any single volume commentary I have found.

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

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 2:16 PM

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

It is one volume (a single resource) for this purpose. It is excellent, and my go-to commentary. I consult other commentaries like EBC, NAC, TNTC/TOTC as needed. 

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 4:56 PM

NIB is considered one resource in Logos.  I also like Africa Bible Commentary for the different insights it offers.  BKC is another must have

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William McFarland | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 5:28 PM

I've always like the New Bible Commentary. I have it in hardback and electronically. Very solid.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 5:57 PM

Duplicate. 

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 5:59 PM

NIB if you called it so would be the best one without doubt... but going with the spirit of the question... While there are numerous good one and two volume works. In my mind Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible is without compare. This volume constantly seems to offer great insight and for more verbose commentary than you normally get in a one volume. And several times I have found much great and more in-depth comments in this one volume work than a multivolume commentaries I have consulted. I will mention a second one as well,  Fortress Commentary on the Bible (2 vols.) offers a less consistent quality work. It is a fine work but often it bites of chunks too large to cover in an adequate manner. That said it is very good in offering commentary on the ancient context the text,   interpretive tradition, and  contemporary discussion. This 3 fold approach offers an invaluable resource that I usually find most useful. These 2 works are both more in the critical method of study but both feel very reverent in their treatment of the text.

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Daniel Radke | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 9:08 PM

William McFarland:

I've always like the New Bible Commentary. I have it in hardback and electronically. Very solid.

Let me give a second shoutout for the New Bible Commentary. This is a great resource for getting the big picture of how a verse fits into its larger context of a paragraph, chapter, section, etc. Its contributors are some of the biggest names in evangelical scholarship over the last 50 years (e.g., D. A. Carson, R. T. France, John Goldingay, Donald Guthrie, Derek Kidner, I. Howard Marshall, Doug Moo, Leon Morris, J. A. Motyer, Bruce Waltke, Gordon Wenham, etc.). It also has helpful articles on what the BIble is, interpreting the BIble, biblical history, poetry in the Bible, overview of the Pentateuch, Reading the Gospels, etc. I often go to this when studying a Bible verse. I highly recommend it.

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Liam Maguire | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 4:50 AM

Mike Binks:

Michael Kinch:
What are your favorite one volume commentaries?

The Africa Bible Commentary.

+1. This is my go-to one-volume commentary. The very fact that the ABC is from a different culture from my own means that it often draws out points and applications that I miss because I am a tighty-whitey middle-class westerner. :P. 

NBC and KBC are good too.

Michael Kinch:
When do you typically use them?

I tend to use them as my first port of call when I need to find out something (non-technical) about a passage. Also when preparing studies, sermons, talks, etc. I tend to go to my one-volume commentary after having made my own notes on the passage. This helps to A. check that I've accurately recognized the thrust (main point) of the passage, B. that I understand the flow (the progression of the story, argument, etc.) of the passage, C. ensure that I'm thinking correctly about the ethics (application, implications, etc.) of the passage. I find it useful to do this before moving on to more technical/single volume commentaries and often find that one-volume commentaries are better for this.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 7:58 AM

I differentiate between study bibles and one-volume commentaries. 

My main one-volume go-to's are: Bible Knowledge Commentary (BKC) and the Moody Bible Commentary (MBC).  I do like the Believer's Bible Commentary as well though I have it in print... I'd buy it in Logos but it never seems to go on sale... not sure why.

My main study bibles are: MacArthur Study Bible and ESV Study Bible (with a tie for third using the Faithlife Study Bible, NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, and Zondervan NIV Study Bible).

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 8:53 AM

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

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Barbik | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 9:51 AM

Brevity is the soul of wit.

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 12:34 PM

NIB - is it this one? https://www.logos.com/product/5409/new-international-bible-commentary 

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 2:54 PM

Michael Kinch:
What are your favorite one volume commentaries? 

If I were only allowed one 'single volume' commentary and no other commentaries at all, I'd choose the Bible Knowledge Commentary. It is longer and therefore offers more than some of the others mentioned here. 

Michael Kinch:
When do you typically use them?
 

I no longer do.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 3:13 PM

Michael Kinch:
When do you typically use them?
 

I find them useful for identifying in advance of a small group Bible Study what issues might come up. They tend to comment upon what a "new" Bible reader will find puzzling.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 5:25 PM

Veli Voipio:

DAL was making a joke as the 12 volume set of New Interpreter’s Bible downloads into Logos as One resource. But Zonervan‘s NIBC is a most wonderful resource. As are most all the ones that have been mentioned here in my mind. 

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 6:08 PM

Veli Voipio:

No that one, this one: https://www.logos.com/product/8803/new-interpreters-bible 

NIB has a one volume commentary and also a Study Bible, but, unfortunately, they’re not available in Logos. “A” company has them.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 7:03 PM

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.

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