Reviews by Daniel Francis
June 15, 2015  |  4:04 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
In my mind this set on Psalms and Wisdom is a must have. In particular Goldingay's 3 volume set on the Psalms is an absolute treasure and is by far my favourite resource for Psalm studies. The scholarship is good easy to understand by a layman but still very insightful.
March 10, 2015  |  3:32 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
In my mind this series offers the finest of Evangelical scholarship. as noted in Jonathan Huber's review the format can take a while to get use to, but it offers not only good sound critical commentary as well as useful/insightful Explanations. I know many prefer New International Commentary series but owning both I can say I return time and time again to WBC and rarely consult the NIC. As the preface states: "The broad stance of our contributors can rightly be called evangelical, and this ...
In my mind this series offers the finest of Evangelical scholarship. as noted in Jonathan Huber's review the format can take a while to get use to, but it offers not only good sound critical commentary as well as useful/insightful Explanations. I know many prefer New International Commentary series but owning both I can say I return time and time again to WBC and rarely consult the NIC. As the preface states: "The broad stance of our contributors can rightly be called evangelical, and this term is to be understood in its positive, historic sense of a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation, and to the truth and power of the Christian gospel." This series will prove a blessing and a help to Christians and scholars from all backgrounds.
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March 10, 2015  |  3:03 PM  |  Good (4)
This series although yet to be competed (and some replacement volumes are being worked on) is over all a must to own for any serious student of the Bible. There are volumes (in my unlearned opinion) that border on next to useless, but that being said the majority are very helpful and some approach a worth of priceless in my mind. Every series will have it's stronger and weaker volumes this one is no different but there is without doubt more "grain than chaff". The Apocrypha section Anchor B ...
This series although yet to be competed (and some replacement volumes are being worked on) is over all a must to own for any serious student of the Bible. There are volumes (in my unlearned opinion) that border on next to useless, but that being said the majority are very helpful and some approach a worth of priceless in my mind. Every series will have it's stronger and weaker volumes this one is no different but there is without doubt more "grain than chaff". The Apocrypha section Anchor Bible covers not only the catholic deuterocanon but also the books of 1 + 2 Esdras (sometimes referred to as Ezra 3, 4, 5, 6; 2 Esdras having a Christian preface and postscript added to the Jewish book known as 4th Ezra). And while I would not personally put this set ahead of my favourites-- New Interpreter's Bible & Word Biblical Commentary series, this series definitely should not be over looked by any who wish to study the Bible and complements the above two series mentioned nicely.
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March 10, 2015  |  2:33 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
This is without a doubt the finest multi-volume Bible Dictionary that is out. The scholarship and breadth of the articles is without equal. There may be newer ones such as New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible and there maybe old favourites like the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (both of which i own and value deeply), but of the three if I could own only one it would be without doubt the ABD and I would feel little hard done by the decision.
February 16, 2015  |  2:54 PM  |  Good (4)
Please note this devotional series contains 1 devotion for each week and is not a daily devotional. With that out of the way it provides a devotion for each week that is drawn from the fathers and is an excellent resource to help you draw from the church past into your devotional life here and now. And while providing ply one devotional section per week, the quality of the passages could easily have you ruminating over the readings for the week. While not exactly what I was expecting, this is ...
Please note this devotional series contains 1 devotion for each week and is not a daily devotional. With that out of the way it provides a devotion for each week that is drawn from the fathers and is an excellent resource to help you draw from the church past into your devotional life here and now. And while providing ply one devotional section per week, the quality of the passages could easily have you ruminating over the readings for the week. While not exactly what I was expecting, this is definitely well worth having, if you wish to add ancient wisdom to your devotional life.
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December 17, 2014  |  7:12 PM  |  Good (4)
I decided to write a brief review of these volumes. As others have stated these are solid books. They can be a bit brief in the some of the older Old Testament volumes... And that is why I write, the OT volumes often date back to the early 60's and many really show their age. For the price it is a great bargain. It's scholarship is fairly conservative but tends to be very fair with other views.
October 11, 2014  |  9:48 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
N.T. Wright has succeeded in offering us a "Daily Study Bible" type resource for a new generation. The Anglican theologian is thoroughly committed to the authority of scripture and has offered us not only a new translation of the New Testament but also insight in applying it to our lives in the 21st century. N. T. Wright offer's lively stories to start each passage before offering us his insight and ending most sections with questions for us to ponder.
October 11, 2014  |  9:02 PM  |  Good (4)
For over a decade I have benefited from this series. It was once said of William Barclay that he had forgotten more than most ever knew about the Bible. And he offers wonderful applications and information you will not locate elsewhere. The New Daily Study Bible may be updated to be inline with the NRSV but still retains his translation before the comments. Barclay has been called too liberal and even a universalist, but there is usually very little stray from orthodoxy. His commentary on p ...
For over a decade I have benefited from this series. It was once said of William Barclay that he had forgotten more than most ever knew about the Bible. And he offers wonderful applications and information you will not locate elsewhere. The New Daily Study Bible may be updated to be inline with the NRSV but still retains his translation before the comments. Barclay has been called too liberal and even a universalist, but there is usually very little stray from orthodoxy. His commentary on parts can seem all to brief but usually gives lively comment that is thoroughly enjoyable on all of the passages of the New Testament.
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October 11, 2014  |  6:25 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
This modern commentary on the Torah (Pentateuch) offers not only insightful notes of textual, historical and theological nature but also offers many wonderful essay's. In addition to this you have gleaning sections which are snippets from other sources ancient and modern; Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and secular soured to help illuminate the previous section. Lastly it comes with a new english translation of the Torah. The translation is very fresh, gender sensitive and still managing to be ...
This modern commentary on the Torah (Pentateuch) offers not only insightful notes of textual, historical and theological nature but also offers many wonderful essay's. In addition to this you have gleaning sections which are snippets from other sources ancient and modern; Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and secular soured to help illuminate the previous section. Lastly it comes with a new english translation of the Torah. The translation is very fresh, gender sensitive and still managing to be very reverent to the text. This volume belongs in the library of any Jew or Christian who loves the Torah and wants to gain modern insights from a Jewish perspective.
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July 13, 2014  |  5:17 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
Simply the finest commentary I have ever encountered. I wish everyone could own it. The reflections are insightful and the commentary is informative without going into a depth that is off putting. It may not be for everyone, but the number of outstanding scholars from all backgrounds always amazes me. If it were the only commentary I owned I would feel lucky and at no serious disadvantage. One other thing to add is the fine series is great for Catholic believers too since it covers the full ...
Simply the finest commentary I have ever encountered. I wish everyone could own it. The reflections are insightful and the commentary is informative without going into a depth that is off putting. It may not be for everyone, but the number of outstanding scholars from all backgrounds always amazes me. If it were the only commentary I owned I would feel lucky and at no serious disadvantage. One other thing to add is the fine series is great for Catholic believers too since it covers the full Alexandrian canon as used by the RCC.
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May 24, 2014  |  3:45 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
Simply the finest commentary I have ever encountered. I wish everyone could own it. The reflections are insightful and the commentary is informative without going into a depth that is off putting. It may not be for everyone, but the number of outstanding scholars from all backgrounds always amazes me. If it were the only commentary I owned I would feel lucky and at no serious disadvantage. One other thing to add is the fine series is great for Catholic believers too since it covers the full ...
Simply the finest commentary I have ever encountered. I wish everyone could own it. The reflections are insightful and the commentary is informative without going into a depth that is off putting. It may not be for everyone, but the number of outstanding scholars from all backgrounds always amazes me. If it were the only commentary I owned I would feel lucky and at no serious disadvantage. One other thing to add is the fine series is great for Catholic believers too since it covers the full Alexandrian canon as used by the RCC.
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May 23, 2014  |  4:27 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
This study Bible is in many ways quite unique. The notes it has come to the text in many ways, offering historic insights, theological insights, as well as the occasional application. It comes to the text from a progressive background but usually ends up with solid historically orthodox conclusions. And while I may think the New Oxford Annotated Bible is slightly more important, one can not overlook what one of the former editors of the NOAB had to say about NISB (which was after the 3rd ...
This study Bible is in many ways quite unique. The notes it has come to the text in many ways, offering historic insights, theological insights, as well as the occasional application. It comes to the text from a progressive background but usually ends up with solid historically orthodox conclusions. And while I may think the New Oxford Annotated Bible is slightly more important, one can not overlook what one of the former editors of the NOAB had to say about NISB (which was after the 3rd Edition of the NOAB had been released): "Of the current editions of Study Bibles, in my opinion the most helpful for pastors, teachers, and all students of the Scriptures has now been issued by Abingdon Press under the dedicated guidance of Dr. Walter Harrelson." - Bruce M. Metzger, Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary
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May 20, 2014  |  3:43 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
Simply the finest commentary I have ever encountered. I wish everyone could own it. The reflections are insightful and the commentary is informative without going into a depth that is off putting. It may not be for everyone, but the number of outstanding scholars from all backgrounds always amazes me. If it were the only commentary I owned I would feel lucky and at no serious disadvantage. I am very impressed with Accordance's implementation (due to it's size it is in modules OT/NT). This ...
Simply the finest commentary I have ever encountered. I wish everyone could own it. The reflections are insightful and the commentary is informative without going into a depth that is off putting. It may not be for everyone, but the number of outstanding scholars from all backgrounds always amazes me. If it were the only commentary I owned I would feel lucky and at no serious disadvantage. I am very impressed with Accordance's implementation (due to it's size it is in modules OT/NT). This commentary covers the entire Alexandrian canon as has been traditionally used in the Roman Catholic Church, making it a fine choice for not only Protestants but also Catholics.
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January 14, 2014  |  1:19 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
This is a fantastic resource, and while I wouldn't label it the top one volume commentary (Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, Editors:Dunn/Rogerson sits in the spot in my mind), NIBOVC is not a too far behind second. This work is not an abridgement of the 12 Volume commentary, but a fresh original work by top scholars (although more than a few contributors to the NIB, also worked on the NIBOVC). This is truly a volume that should be in every Bible lovers library, and I am quite pleased to own i ...
This is a fantastic resource, and while I wouldn't label it the top one volume commentary (Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible, Editors:Dunn/Rogerson sits in the spot in my mind), NIBOVC is not a too far behind second. This work is not an abridgement of the 12 Volume commentary, but a fresh original work by top scholars (although more than a few contributors to the NIB, also worked on the NIBOVC). This is truly a volume that should be in every Bible lovers library, and I am quite pleased to own it now in Accordance.
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January 9, 2014  |  4:38 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
This is a wonderful dictionary, it is not quite as in depth as Anchor but it's scope is broader and you get a a good start on almost any topic, Biblical or basic theological. The articles are well written and very accessible. Whether you are a layman, student or pastor I am sure you will will quickly find this set indispensable .

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