Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

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Christian Alexander | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Dec 24 2021 5:20 AM

What are the pros and cons of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary?

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Greg Corbin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 24 2021 9:25 AM

PROS: It is beautifully done with great pictures, etc.   As its title suggests the focus is on the cultural and historical background of what is taking place in the Biblical text. As a result, you will find information here that you won't find in other commentaries.  Very well done and well written.

CONS:  Since it isn't focused on the text itself, you will find it lacking in terms of exegesis, application, etc.

Personally, I would say you need to view this set as supplementary, not primary.  If you already have some excellent commentary sets, such as NAC, WBC, EBC, NTC, Tyndale, Pillar, Lange's, etc.  then I would say this set would be a good supplement with unique material.  If you spring for it, just realize its limitations. 

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Christian Alexander | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 24 2021 9:32 AM

Good deal. I see there is not a ZIBBC for the Gospel of John. Do you know why?

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 24 2021 10:09 AM

Christian Alexander:

I see there is not a ZIBBC for the Gospel of John. Do you know why?

It has been withdrawn because of "a series of inadvertently unattributed references".

https://zondervanacademic.com/blog/statement-from-zondervan-academic-on-dr-andreas-kostenbergers-john-commentary 

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 24 2021 10:19 AM

Christian Alexander:

Good deal. I see there is not a ZIBBC for the Gospel of John. Do you know why?

It’s here. Craig Keener wrote the new volume: https://www.logos.com/product/184391/john-volume-2a 

DAL

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 24 2021 10:31 AM
Hopefully, inadverent commentary writing and editor-ing doesn't extend to EEC. Maybe taking longer.
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