, and i passed on the wbc sale (somewhat regretting that)...
will there be regret here too if passed on this...
help those of us who are on the fence...
(saw it was also offered at this price in october 2016)
Its hard on a budget and it so depends on what you want, and this is purely personal. I like wbc and gel with it, there are a few volumes missing and have got the nicnt on 1 cor. I also have Nivac which i really like.
Forgetting best commentary web site and totally accepting there are weak and strong volumes in all sets. For One of my first assignments, i found i had access to a library with lots of good commentaries and i was able to spend a week with them and the wbc was the one i used most.
I have come to realise that i like structure and i go to commentaries for different things at different times. I really appreciate how wbc and nivac are laid out so wbc has translation, notes on the translation, a section on structure and some comments and then the authors thoughts on interpretation. Nivac has three sections, often more, putting it in original context and then giving you something for current application.
With nicnt, you get all the info mixed up so i find it takes a lot longer to find the actual info i am looking for as i typically have to read all of the section. Yes its good but hard work.
I had to wait several years for wbc to be on sale and since then i think it has been on sale twice again and at a lower price. Nicot/nt series has also been on sale previously but also not very frequently.
Both are respected and would be valuable additions and long term, you may even find you can afford both and more, but for me, wbc suits what i am looking for and the way i work. Very personal and we are all different and want different things. (I preach but my original language skills are very poor and I'm working on that and hope to get to a basic level).
I definitely think a set of 'technical' commentaries are valuable, did you get the nignt set when on offer?
So i would get yourself to a library or a book store and compare the volumes. Even consider buying a volume of nicnt and looking at it.
But if you end up preaching or want something to really take your own personal reflection to a new level, consider nivac as well as i find without exception, it gets me thinking about a passage in a totally different way.
Edited by ukfraser, 05 September 2017 - 03:20 AM.