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#1 Bielikov

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 08:24 AM

If the Word Biblical Commentary is a good one at the macro level, what would be a great commentary on Bible backgrounds, that is conservative in its approach? Rejecting the documentary hypothesis and deutero-Isaiah and the like. Thanks.

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 08:45 AM

For the NT I like Barclay's Daily Study Bible. He goes into quite a bit of history and background in his analysis of the scriptures. Also IVP and Zondervan both have Background Commentaries that are very good for both NT and OT.


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 08:54 AM

As John says, historically, the two sets that have been regularly championed on this forum are: 

 

1. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Old Testament and new Testaments) ZiBCOT, ZIBCNT
 
2. and IVP OT Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament /  IVP NT Background Commentary (2nd Ed.) 
 
I have both sets and use them regularly.  
 
I also concur that Barclays is excellent.

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Posted 15 October 2019 - 09:02 AM

I think the IVP and Zondervan background commentaries will work well for you, as John suggested. I also use several atlases and dictionaries to help with background information. There are many good choices among the offerings from Accordance.
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Posted 15 October 2019 - 09:55 AM

It depends on what you mean by Bible backgrounds, and how wide or broad you want to go.

A Bible dictionary or encyclopaedia may be more appropriate.

I cannot comment on how 'conservative' it may be, but the IVP 'black' dictionaries may be something you might consider.



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Posted 15 October 2019 - 11:14 AM

If the Word Biblical Commentary is a good one at the macro level, what would be a great commentary on Bible backgrounds, that is conservative in its approach? Rejecting the documentary hypothesis and deutero-Isaiah and the like. Thanks.

What is the main difference between Zondervan and IVP background commentaries?


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 11:17 AM

I only have the IVP background commentaries. At least in this case, things like the documentary hypothesis and deutero-Isaiah are not discussed because they are simply off-topic. How the Scripture came to be in its present form is a question for another kind of commentary.


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 11:47 AM

I only have the IVP background commentaries. At least in this case, things like the documentary hypothesis and deutero-Isaiah are not discussed because they are simply off-topic. How the Scripture came to be in its present form is a question for another kind of commentary.

 

Excellent, because what I am looking for is more of a backgrounds and cultural items. Thanks for the help.


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 12:18 PM

The IVP are substantially cheaper.  You could start with them and wait until the Zondervan is on sale. Often the sales can be as much as 50% off. The Zondervan is rich in images, high quality colour photographs and maps throughout. They also have more material, the hard copies have around 8-9 volumes for the complete bible. 


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 12:56 PM

The IVP are substantially cheaper.  You could start with them and wait until the Zondervan is on sale. Often the sales can be as much as 50% off. The Zondervan is rich in images, high quality colour photographs and maps throughout. They also have more material, the hard copies have around 8-9 volumes for the complete bible.


Paul, this is excellent to know!

Gregorio Billikopf

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וְהִתְהַלַּכְתִּי֙ בְּת֣וֹכְכֶ֔ם וְהָיִ֥יתִי לָכֶ֖ם לֵֽאלֹהִ֑ים וְאַתֶּ֖ם תִּהְיוּ־לִ֥י לְעָֽם׃


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 02:38 PM

I only have the IVP background commentaries. At least in this case, things like the documentary hypothesis and deutero-Isaiah are not discussed because they are simply off-topic. How the Scripture came to be in its present form is a question for another kind of commentary.

 

I just purchases IVP, the Zonderman seems to have great photos, but I have multiple photo packages from Accordance. They are beautiful but I am guilty of not using them frequently enough. Thanks again,


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וְהִתְהַלַּכְתִּי֙ בְּת֣וֹכְכֶ֔ם וְהָיִ֥יתִי לָכֶ֖ם לֵֽאלֹהִ֑ים וְאַתֶּ֖ם תִּהְיוּ־לִ֥י לְעָֽם׃






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