10 Best Commentary Sets For Bible College And Seminary Students
Combining superior scholarship, an evangelical view of Scripture, and concern for the life of faith today, this comprehensive, accessible commentary series is one of the most highly regarded resources of current scholarship. Prepared by world-renowned authorities, the NICOT and NICNT series reflects exacting study of the original languages and offers careful exegesis with preachers' and teachers' spiritual concerns in mind.
This series consists of 46 volumes, covering every book of the Bible except Exodus, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Esther, Lamentations, Daniel, 2 Peter, and Jude, which currently do not have a commentary available for them.
The Word Biblical Commentary series is a technical, exegetical, and academic commentary. Produced for pastors and scholars trained in the original languages and in advanced exegetical skill, this commentary series has been regarded as a cutting edge resource for many years. All technical details are reviewed and extensive bibliographies provided in each volume.
This series is extremely well regarded in Academic circles and is written by an ecumenical assortment of scholars.
The Word Biblical Commentary series is one of my go-to resources when I am doing research for a paper or preparing for a sermon. It will definitely be useful to you as you study God's Word in an academic setting.
The Expositor's Bible Commentary series is perhaps one of the most well-rounded series of commentaries. What I mean by this is that, while the authors go in-depth with the text and often discuss more technical issues, the commentary is still very accessible to the average person. I have used it for my undergrad degree, and plan to continue to use it in Seminary. I am sure that these volumes will serve you as well as they have served me.
The New International Greek Testament Commentary series is established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Such thorough exegetical work lies at the heart of these volumes, which contain detailed verse-by-verse commentary preceded by general comments on each section and subsection of the text.
An important aim of the NIGTC authors is to interact with the wealth of significant New Testament research published in recent articles and monographs. In this connection the authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text.
The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland et al. While engaging the major questions of text and interpretation at a scholarly level, the authors keep in mind the needs of the beginning student of Greek as well as the pastor or layperson who may have studied the language at some time but does not now use it on a regular basis. At least basic knowledge of Greek is essential to properly utilize these commentaries.
Engaging, perceptive, and academically thorough, the New Beacon Bible Commentary will expand your understanding and deepen your appreciation of the meaning and message of each book of the Bible.
Written from the Wesleyan theological perspective, this indispensable commentary provides pastors, professional scholars, teachers, and Bible students with a critical, relevant, and inspiring interpretation of the Word of God in the 21st century.
The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament [BECNT] is an exegetical commentary written from a broad evangelical perspective for students, pastors, and scholars. Its user-friendly design includes shaded chapter introductions which summarize key themes and unpack each individual pericope within the given book. Chapter outlines and overviews allow easy entry into the discussion while aiding review, comprehension, and recall.
The BECNT series seeks to provide a paragraph-by-paragraph exegetical commentary on the Greek New Testament so as to illuminate meaning pericope-by-pericope. To this end, the series extrapolates meaning from the text by examining the linguistic, literary, historical, and social issues pertinent to the original authors and audience. Each volume addresses and seeks to contribute to contemporary scholarship yet never loses focus of the text.
Offering a blend of critical analysis and theological insight, this outstanding New Testament commentary written by an internationally renowned team of Catholic scholars is highly regarded across denominational lines. Educators, clergy, and laypeople will appreciate its readable style as well as its depth, acumen, and clarity. Contributors include Raymond Collins, Luke Timothy Johnson, and Bonnie Thurston. If you are not Catholic, the idea of using a Catholic commentary may not appeal to you. However, in my personal experience, these commentaries are very well put together and will be a great addition to any seminarian's library.
The Pillar New Testament Commentary is specifically designed for those students of Scripture who believe that the study of the text is critical for understanding the Bible correctly. Therefore, this series is an exegetical commentary which, though oriented to the NIV, adjudicates all questions on the basis of the Greek text. Historical and social data attendant to the text round out each volume. This is an extremely accessible and readable resource for students and pastors.