Best Overall OT Commentaries

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CL | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jan 7 2012 9:16 AM

The title describes what I'm looking for. I'm interested to hear your take on the best overall Old Testament commentary sets. My OT commentaries are lacking. What's the best bang for the buck here? Please list all recommended. Thanks!

CL

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Jesse Blevins | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 7 2012 9:44 AM

This one has been a standard for years : 

 

http://www.logos.com/product/5790/keil-and-delitzsch-commentary-on-the-old-testament

 

It is theologically conservative and includes good word study. It is probably one of the best overall Old Testament commentaries. A bit dated but still relevant. IMHO. 

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Gene Britton | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 7 2012 11:03 AM

I still like K&D.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 7 2012 11:20 AM

Take a look here: http://www.bestcommentaries.com/topcommentaries/

You will notice three series predominating the 'best of' list: New International Commentary on the OT, Word Biblical Commentary, and The New American Commentary.

The reviewers are probably all evangelicals and the reviews are for modern works.

I have all three series along with others, but refer to these three on most OT books.

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Jim VanSchoonhoven | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 7 2012 12:27 PM

It depends on your level, the highest conservative resources would the ones mentioned, by Mark. however in the next level down I would mention Tyndale, Expositor's, Langes, K and D. all are very good for the level they are at.  The top ones give more details but the others get you on the right track and cost a lot less.

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CL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 7 2012 11:27 PM

I'd love to have the money for WBC and the other top notch one, however it isn't there. Maybe I should save up my Christmas credit and my pennies for purchasing the WBC eventually.

I thought about the Tyndale Commentaries.

CL

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2012 1:12 AM

logosfan:
I'd love to have the money for WBC and the other top notch one, however it isn't there. Maybe I should save up my Christmas credit and my pennies for purchasing the WBC eventually.

I thought about the Tyndale Commentaries.

The Tyndale OT Commentaries are certainly worth having. Check the Best Commentaries site that Mark suggested: you'll find TOTC has some volumes in the top 2.

While TOTC does not have the most recent scholarship or the word-count of some larger sets, there are some really good authors in there: Derek Kidner, Donald Wiseman, Gordon Wenham, R K Harrision, Richard Hess, Alex Motyer and others.

So, I would strongly encourage you to get it unless you need a more voluminous set such as NICOT.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2012 4:33 AM

Allen Browne:
So, I would strongly encourage you to get it unless you need a more voluminous set such as NICOT.

Definitely. The Tyndale set is very worthwhile and if you look around you can buy it rather inexpensively. It is my first recommendation for a complete set for lay persons and has value to anyone teaching or preaching.

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Fab | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2012 6:35 AM

Hi,

Nice topic. I was wondering about the Expositor's Biblical Commentary vs Tyndale Commentaries. Apparently TC 2 times cheaper and on of the best ...

What's the Bible version used for the TC ? The NIV is the basic one for the EBC, which I don't really like, but some people said it's still a very good commentary. Maybe better for the NT? and the TC better for the OT ?

What would you recommend ?

 

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Jim VanSchoonhoven | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2012 8:11 AM

You may want the EXpositors set if you are dispensational  and the Tyndale set if you are not, both are good sets they are great sets for what they are, not really spendy sets, I have them both! they are not NIVOT or the Word biblical, or even NAC but they are top of the line at the next level

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CL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2012 8:11 PM

I have the Expositor's set and find it somewhat useful. I guess I'm just getting spoiled on the Pillars and Baker Exegetical sets...

I'll either go for the Tyndale or save up for the WBC. Thanks for all the advice.

CL

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Jim VanSchoonhoven | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2012 9:40 PM

You said...I guess I'm just getting spoiled on the Pillars and Baker Exegetical sets...but at the start of these talks you were talking about what are the best OT sets!  Another series is The UBS series for translators.
I think you will like the Tyndale set.

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CL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 8 2012 11:07 PM

Jim, you are right! This is about OT commentaries, however the quality and breadth of the Pillars and Bakers are what I'd like to see for OT sets. I believe that means, I have to fork out $500-$1500 for the set though... OUCH!

So, I'll either purchase the Tyndale for less or save up for the WBC.

 

CL

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 9 2012 2:26 AM

logosfan:
So, I'll either purchase the Tyndale for less or save up for the WBC.

How technical do you want your commentary to be?

For each section of text, the WBC gives translation, notes, form/structure, comments, and explanation. Lots of Hebrew/Greek content. Lots of quotes and opinions to choose from.

By contrast, the Tyndale is shorter, more direct, less diverse, less technical, more directly to the point.

Hope that info helps you decide.

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CL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 9 2012 5:16 AM

That's a good question Allen. I don't having the extra material. I find it compelling; not daunting when someone gives me lots of info. I enjoy taking what I need from it! I'd rather have too much than not enough.

So, I'd probably prefer the WBC...too bad it's the more expensive. :(

CL

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Giovanni Baggio | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 9 2012 7:13 AM

Best OT commentaries...hmmm...it depends on your theological inclinations.  If you want to be conservative then the ones mentioned are good if you want to be liberal and support homosexuals then go for the International Theological Commentary hey! hey! It's true, it was discussed in this thread>>> Click Me <<< other forum users brought the topic up, not me. Wink

Giovanni

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Jim VanSchoonhoven | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 9 2012 8:46 AM

After seeing your response it looks like your best buy would be looking for the WBC, you can find it on sale sometimes for 399 and it comes with another set of commentaries, or call logos for their best deal. It is the best set with the level of comments you have been  talking about! I have it in another foramat, it is more libral than the NINOT, but still conservative over all, it is a top line set that is affordable compared to the others.

I used the NIVOT, while working on my DTH, it is the best, but I could not afford it than, now after haveing two stokes and brain damage in three places I have so many Dr. bills that I really can not afford it, but some one is giving it to me as a gift and it should be here this week or next. I thank God for such a great gift!

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