Reviews by Daniel Francis
July 10, 2017  |  4:54 PM   |    Good (4)
Brazos is to be commended for this series, I have used this for several years and find it very insightful. Some volumes are less than stelar but all in all the volumes tend to be well written offering great theological insights on the text. These insights will help you apply scriptures in your daily life and your communication of the text. They often draw you from the passage you are reading to other parts of the Bible and right to what you need to work the text into our present reality. So ...
Brazos is to be commended for this series, I have used this for several years and find it very insightful. Some volumes are less than stelar but all in all the volumes tend to be well written offering great theological insights on the text. These insights will help you apply scriptures in your daily life and your communication of the text. They often draw you from the passage you are reading to other parts of the Bible and right to what you need to work the text into our present reality. So often it is hard to pull a gem out of it's setting and retain it's beauty, but I would like to grab a small insight out of Jonah to help you understand the sort of wise insights this series has to offer: "All of us who shall at one time be as poor as dead can pray and be heard, no matter how helpless or dead we may be inside." -- Phillip Cary, Jonah, Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
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June 26, 2017  |  2:20 PM   |    Okay (3)
I have had this series for a number of years. It is a solid commentary with fine exposition, occasionally some examples might be dated but all in all this is a most useful series with valuable insights and well worth owning, indeed it's volume on the Proverbs is one of my favourites from the series. These volumes are not technical but offer good material for devotional times and sermon ideas. The series is solidly evangelical drawing on scholars from a wide range of denominations (including ...
I have had this series for a number of years. It is a solid commentary with fine exposition, occasionally some examples might be dated but all in all this is a most useful series with valuable insights and well worth owning, indeed it's volume on the Proverbs is one of my favourites from the series. These volumes are not technical but offer good material for devotional times and sermon ideas. The series is solidly evangelical drawing on scholars from a wide range of denominations (including Episcopal, Mennonite, Reformed, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist and more) but all offering a reverent view of scripture and it's tradition.
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May 8, 2017  |  1:16 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
The WBC is a very fine commentary series. Offering critical scholarship on the Holy Scriptures from a general evangelical viewpoint. This series is well written and offers insights that can benefit students of all viewpoints. Each section begins with a fresh translation and a detailed analysis of the text (Form/Structure/Setting), commentary and Explanations (sometimes this area of reflection/application is put off till end of the larger section being discussed). While the series is critical ...
The WBC is a very fine commentary series. Offering critical scholarship on the Holy Scriptures from a general evangelical viewpoint. This series is well written and offers insights that can benefit students of all viewpoints. Each section begins with a fresh translation and a detailed analysis of the text (Form/Structure/Setting), commentary and Explanations (sometimes this area of reflection/application is put off till end of the larger section being discussed). While the series is critical have no doubts of the authors reverence for the text. This series has much Greek and Hebrew in it and is NOT transliterated. But do not let that scare you, for one beauty of Accordance is that hovering over said words a transliteration appears in the instant details window.
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April 19, 2017  |  2:34 AM   |    Good (4)
MBC is one of the finest one volume commentaries available from an evangelical perspective and while Accordance offers several good evangelical one/two volume works this is a welcome addition. It is not the first small evangelical work I usually turn to--that would be the 2 volume abridgement of the 12 volume Expositor' s Bible Commentary, but the MBC offers fresh insight on the Bible and is far more thorough than the beloved IVP New Bible Commentary the comes in the starter package. I have ...
MBC is one of the finest one volume commentaries available from an evangelical perspective and while Accordance offers several good evangelical one/two volume works this is a welcome addition. It is not the first small evangelical work I usually turn to--that would be the 2 volume abridgement of the 12 volume Expositor' s Bible Commentary, but the MBC offers fresh insight on the Bible and is far more thorough than the beloved IVP New Bible Commentary the comes in the starter package. I have used the MBC for a couple years now and have found it a good reseource for my devotional studies. In a crowded market place of evangelical commentary offerings this is one of the finest one volumes out there now. That will help you study and apply the Bible.
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April 5, 2017  |  4:37 PM   |    Good (4)
Each volume contains 10 Bible studies (190 studies in this set) with wonderful introductory materials drawn not only from Interpretation Series (IS) but also other commentaries. The insights drawn from the IS are hyperlinked to offer quick access to the passage quoted for context and more information. I can see how this series can easily help you prepare for leading a group or giving you plenty to mull over in your devotional time with each section concluding with discussion questions that ...
Each volume contains 10 Bible studies (190 studies in this set) with wonderful introductory materials drawn not only from Interpretation Series (IS) but also other commentaries. The insights drawn from the IS are hyperlinked to offer quick access to the passage quoted for context and more information. I can see how this series can easily help you prepare for leading a group or giving you plenty to mull over in your devotional time with each section concluding with discussion questions that would be great in a small group study. These volumes do not cover the entire book of the Bible but what they do cover is very informative.
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April 5, 2017  |  2:04 PM   |    Good (4)
This is a series I have used for over 15 years. All the volumes are most useful but like all series it has weaker and stronger volumes. I look at the 35 year old volume on Genesis and find it still one of the most useful volumes I have on it. This series is designed not to answer academic curiosities (though some will be answered for sure) but to give a strong theological look at how to best understand the text and what it has to say to us. Useful to preachers and lay students like myself I ...
This is a series I have used for over 15 years. All the volumes are most useful but like all series it has weaker and stronger volumes. I look at the 35 year old volume on Genesis and find it still one of the most useful volumes I have on it. This series is designed not to answer academic curiosities (though some will be answered for sure) but to give a strong theological look at how to best understand the text and what it has to say to us. Useful to preachers and lay students like myself I have no doubt the 43 volumes in this series will be ones you return to again and again to gain insight. It remains in my top 5 of favourite commentary series.
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March 21, 2017  |  4:25 PM   |    Good (4)
The original EBC offers some great commentaries on the entire Bible having used it since 1994 I can say it has weaker and stronger points. But its weak points still offer great insight. It is true that the revised version is an improvement. But a lot of what was removed from the original edition I find I miss. If you can get this set on sale it is well worth having. The voices that are here that have been replaced in the EBCR are still valuable and worth hearing. The introductory articles in ...
The original EBC offers some great commentaries on the entire Bible having used it since 1994 I can say it has weaker and stronger points. But its weak points still offer great insight. It is true that the revised version is an improvement. But a lot of what was removed from the original edition I find I miss. If you can get this set on sale it is well worth having. The voices that are here that have been replaced in the EBCR are still valuable and worth hearing. The introductory articles in Volume 1 are very good and well worth reading.
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February 13, 2017  |  9:34 PM   |    Good (4)
This small commentary is far from exhaustive, but provides a unique look at passages of particular interest to women. The scholarship is sound and passages covered are often quite in depth with insights that often are missed by those of us looking with male eyes. This makes this not only a wonderful resource for women wanting to hear their own voices, but also for men wanting to see how 52% of the population might be reading it. The scholars contributing to this fine work include famous female ...
This small commentary is far from exhaustive, but provides a unique look at passages of particular interest to women. The scholarship is sound and passages covered are often quite in depth with insights that often are missed by those of us looking with male eyes. This makes this not only a wonderful resource for women wanting to hear their own voices, but also for men wanting to see how 52% of the population might be reading it. The scholars contributing to this fine work include famous female scholars like Carol A. Newsom, Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Gale A. Yee, Gail R. O’Day, & Beverly Roberts Gaventa, as well as many other fine female scholars who perhaps less well known offers valuable insights. I have used this volume from it's original edition to this 20th anniversary expand edition. It is well worth owning giving voice to a formerly little heard group who ironically are the majority of the population.
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January 4, 2017  | 12:40 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This is my favourite one volume commentary on the Bible. While no one volume commentary is ever going to give you all you need this one provides a very good level of insight on the complete Bible (I say complete because the entire canon of the Bible is covered no matter what branch of the church you belong to). One criticism I have had of many one volume commentaries is a focus on very technical issues and very little insight or reflection (everyone is different and I do prefer to have both ...
This is my favourite one volume commentary on the Bible. While no one volume commentary is ever going to give you all you need this one provides a very good level of insight on the complete Bible (I say complete because the entire canon of the Bible is covered no matter what branch of the church you belong to). One criticism I have had of many one volume commentaries is a focus on very technical issues and very little insight or reflection (everyone is different and I do prefer to have both types of comments but find the later generally more useful in smaller works). This makes a wonderful companion for study of the Bible adding it to the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (which we are fortunate enough to have in the Accordance Starter package, meaning most all Accordance users will have this). You have a strong package based on the best of modern scholarship. This is a great way to expand your Library and not breaking the bank.
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October 4, 2016  |  2:35 PM   |    Good (4)
This series is not the first I open, but when I do I generally find it quite insightful. James Montgomery Boice a conservative Presbyterian minister and theologian but offers all believers great insight and much for us to mentally "chew on". Anyone familiar with his contribution to the original Expositor's Bible Commentary (Galatians) will be pleasantly surprised to find these volumes are just as theological solid but are at depth that the 12 volume series just could not match. His works in ...
This series is not the first I open, but when I do I generally find it quite insightful. James Montgomery Boice a conservative Presbyterian minister and theologian but offers all believers great insight and much for us to mentally "chew on". Anyone familiar with his contribution to the original Expositor's Bible Commentary (Galatians) will be pleasantly surprised to find these volumes are just as theological solid but are at depth that the 12 volume series just could not match. His works in this series are highly application based and and extremely well written reading much like a warm sermon. I will say for me in many ways he reminds me of a modern Matthew Henry.
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September 19, 2016  |  6:16 PM   |    Good (4)
This is one of the finest evangelical commentary series out there for it size and scope. It does deal with some critical issues but for the most part focuses on the meaning of scriptures for our lives. It expounds the scripture digging into greek and hebrew, provides insights into background of the passage and offers us clues on how to best live that out in our day to day lives. Here is brief snippet from the end of it's treatment of Psalm 101:

"Psalm 101 is a celebration of the Lord’s c ...
This is one of the finest evangelical commentary series out there for it size and scope. It does deal with some critical issues but for the most part focuses on the meaning of scriptures for our lives. It expounds the scripture digging into greek and hebrew, provides insights into background of the passage and offers us clues on how to best live that out in our day to day lives. Here is brief snippet from the end of it's treatment of Psalm 101:

"Psalm 101 is a celebration of the Lord’s covenant commitment to his people—a commitment that empowers us to be committed to a life of integrity before God and in relation to others."

Mark D. Futato, “The Book of Psalms,” in Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, Vol 7: The Book of Psalms, The Book of Proverbs (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2009), 322.
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June 30, 2016  | 11:58 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
This series is an indispensable work that offers what it's name suggest a feast of reflection for you dig into. You may well do this in conjunction with sermon prep which is the primary design of it, but I have used it in conjunction with my devotional time for many years and have found it a very rare occasion when I have not come away with insight that has fed my soul deeply. This series offers fresh insight for each occurrence in the lectionary so you have 6 complete sets on Psalm 23 alone. ...
This series is an indispensable work that offers what it's name suggest a feast of reflection for you dig into. You may well do this in conjunction with sermon prep which is the primary design of it, but I have used it in conjunction with my devotional time for many years and have found it a very rare occasion when I have not come away with insight that has fed my soul deeply. This series offers fresh insight for each occurrence in the lectionary so you have 6 complete sets on Psalm 23 alone. That is 24 commentary essays on this beloved Psalm. So for anyone using the RCL this is a great resource, but it offers a full meal for all Christians with a buffet not as broad as the full Bible but with choice morsels from all corners of the Bible. ENJOY THE FEAST!
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June 27, 2016  |  6:19 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This unique series offers you different viewpoints for each lectionary text, you will find four brief essays—one each on the theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical challenges of the text. Giving you many insights to reflect on and offering numerous ideas on how to best communicate the passage. It is currently incomplete but the additional texts are being added eventually. Feasting on the Gospels offers a complete look at the gospels with all new commentaries in the same style as t ...
This unique series offers you different viewpoints for each lectionary text, you will find four brief essays—one each on the theological, pastoral, exegetical, and homiletical challenges of the text. Giving you many insights to reflect on and offering numerous ideas on how to best communicate the passage. It is currently incomplete but the additional texts are being added eventually. Feasting on the Gospels offers a complete look at the gospels with all new commentaries in the same style as the original FOW. Rounding out this wonderful resource set is a daily devotional drawing primarily from the FOW volumes. This collection is something that will benefit preachers and students even if they do not follow the revised common lectionary. As it touches on most every book of the Bible (some completely) and thanks to FOG you have all the gospels covered not only fully but in many cases two or more whole sets of essays on many passages.
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June 13, 2016  |  3:19 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
As I already owned the IVP Pocket Dictionary of Ethics, I wondered whether this new title might be a book I even needed (now the tittle of IVP alone tells me it is only a starting place but I have multivolume Bible dictionaries to supplement it). Having read the blog on it I decided to take a chance and get it. I compared a few entries and found not surprisingly that Baker’s was far more in depth. One thing that has impressed me about this dictionary in the several entries I have read is not ...
As I already owned the IVP Pocket Dictionary of Ethics, I wondered whether this new title might be a book I even needed (now the tittle of IVP alone tells me it is only a starting place but I have multivolume Bible dictionaries to supplement it). Having read the blog on it I decided to take a chance and get it. I compared a few entries and found not surprisingly that Baker’s was far more in depth. One thing that has impressed me about this dictionary in the several entries I have read is not only the depth of articles but the quality and how they give you not only the facts but a depth theological insight. This book does not simply give you a simple answer to ethical questions but places it in a Biblical framework and begins well thought out theological implications to help you understand not only what the Bible has to say but how to best relate it to these same or similar questions we ask today. Strangely enough I found The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics almost devotional for me in that at the end of reading more than one article I felt the need to ponder what I read and pray over it (not in that it disturbed my faith but left me realizing deeper implications of scripture on the topic). This is not an ultra conservative book but it respects differing viewpoints and did not seem to me to be pushing any agenda, beyond perhaps a rejection of simplistic black and white answers. Our world is full of colour and this book helps to think about these issues in just that the mullti-dimensional colour of life. I am very happy to have bought this book and grateful that Accordance has brought it to us.
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June 10, 2016  |  8:33 PM   |    Good (4)
This translation in my mind is not only accurate but has a poet nature too it that is only surpassed by the King James Version. This translation is not as gender inclusive as I would like but it is an admirable attempt to correct gender bias not found in the original texts. Accordances implementation of the REB has never had the footnotes and is the only real defect in their implementation of the REB in my mind (and a rather small one at that). This oft ignored translation deserves a spot in ...
This translation in my mind is not only accurate but has a poet nature too it that is only surpassed by the King James Version. This translation is not as gender inclusive as I would like but it is an admirable attempt to correct gender bias not found in the original texts. Accordances implementation of the REB has never had the footnotes and is the only real defect in their implementation of the REB in my mind (and a rather small one at that). This oft ignored translation deserves a spot in every Bible lovers library.
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June 9, 2016  | 10:44 PM   |    Good (4)
You may well be aware of the award winning Expositor's Bible Commentary, the EBC Abridged gives you all the essential information and practical insights of the original twelve-volume set while trimming off cumbersome technical details. For years I rarely recommended this because the 12 volume set use to be priced so inexpensively. Times have changed and I will admit this set gives you a very nice resource at a very affordable price. Accordance’s version has not been seriously updated for a ...
You may well be aware of the award winning Expositor's Bible Commentary, the EBC Abridged gives you all the essential information and practical insights of the original twelve-volume set while trimming off cumbersome technical details. For years I rarely recommended this because the 12 volume set use to be priced so inexpensively. Times have changed and I will admit this set gives you a very nice resource at a very affordable price. Accordance’s version has not been seriously updated for a while so the G/K numbers are not hot linked like more modern resources but this minor flaw does not take away from the quality of this work and this remains a great bargain for anyone wanting a deeper insight into Bible.
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June 7, 2016  |  4:10 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
This is a great little commentary. Written from a Wesleyan perspective. While I am coming at the Bible from a Lutheran/Anglican/Catholic perspective, I find this volume very helpful. As with all one volume commentaries it has weaker and stronger sections. But for it size it has much to offer and is well worth owning.

From the introduction:
This commentary is a careful exegesis of the entire Bible, explaining its contents, book by book, in terms of the intentions of the authors who composed it ...
This is a great little commentary. Written from a Wesleyan perspective. While I am coming at the Bible from a Lutheran/Anglican/Catholic perspective, I find this volume very helpful. As with all one volume commentaries it has weaker and stronger sections. But for it size it has much to offer and is well worth owning.

From the introduction:
This commentary is a careful exegesis of the entire Bible, explaining its contents, book by book, in terms of the intentions of the authors who composed it and addressed it to the peoples of their own time. At the same time, it is an inspiring exposition of the Bible’s message for us and the peoples of all times. For in these writings of human beings, we find the eternal Word of God, which is the means of our salvation.
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May 30, 2016  |  5:12 PM   |    Good (4)
John Goldingay is one of today's best Biblical scholars. He has turned this intellect to giving us a devotional commentary viewing the entire Old Testament. His warm style offers great insight not only from the text but from his personal life. Personal stories and examples helps us see the Bible text and how it can apply to our lives. He also offers us important information from the text to open up the text being discussed to us. One could hope for a little more depth at times but he has given ...
John Goldingay is one of today's best Biblical scholars. He has turned this intellect to giving us a devotional commentary viewing the entire Old Testament. His warm style offers great insight not only from the text but from his personal life. Personal stories and examples helps us see the Bible text and how it can apply to our lives. He also offers us important information from the text to open up the text being discussed to us. One could hope for a little more depth at times but he has given us plenty to chew on. If you enjoy Wright's NT companion you will likely be very happy with Goldingay's offering.
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February 4, 2016  |  7:55 PM   |    Good (4)
Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition is a very fine update of EBC, while this is overall an improvement to a fine work I do miss the volume I which was full of wonderful essays and introductions. As the name would lead you to believe you have a very good expository commentary. It is easy to understand. All greek and hebrew is transliterated, making this a good choice for anyone who might be intimidated by unfamiliar script. It has been thoroughly revised weaker areas have been r ...
Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition is a very fine update of EBC, while this is overall an improvement to a fine work I do miss the volume I which was full of wonderful essays and introductions. As the name would lead you to believe you have a very good expository commentary. It is easy to understand. All greek and hebrew is transliterated, making this a good choice for anyone who might be intimidated by unfamiliar script. It has been thoroughly revised weaker areas have been replaced and the strong areas have been polished. There are sections I miss from the original, but this is a very valuable set that has a place in the library of any serious student of the Bible.
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February 4, 2016  |  2:48 PM   |    Good (4)
This is a wonderful set offering insights from a conservative viewpoint. Each chapter begins with a wonderful quote and an "In a nutshell" summery. An introduction and ends with an overview of what was studied, a section on life applications and deeper discoveries, a teaching outline and discussion questions. Making this ideal choice for Bible studies or meditative reflection.

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