Reviews by Daniel Francis
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
February 4, 2016  |  1:25 PM  |  Fantastic (5)
Probably the finest critical commentary I have found. This set is very scholarly, authors approach the text from an evangelical point of view but offer insight for all. Each section has in-depth bibliographies fresh translation of the text with notes. A section on Form/Setting/Structure. The Comments. Finally the Explanation section offers theological insights practical application and often a summery of all of the above. Beyond this you will find many useful essays and sidebars.
January 25, 2016  |  5:37 PM  |  Good (4)
This is a work that is almost a must own for any one who loves to study the Bible. It is a an up to date commentary looking at the entire Bible and Apocrypha as found in the NRSV. This commentary has a most unique three fold approach. To quote Accordance's blog:

The Text in Its Ancient Context. What did the text probably mean in its original historical and cultural context?

The Text in the Interpretive Tradition. How have centuries of reading and interpreting shaped our ...
This is a work that is almost a must own for any one who loves to study the Bible. It is a an up to date commentary looking at the entire Bible and Apocrypha as found in the NRSV. This commentary has a most unique three fold approach. To quote Accordance's blog:

The Text in Its Ancient Context. What did the text probably mean in its original historical and cultural context?

The Text in the Interpretive Tradition. How have centuries of reading and interpreting shaped our understanding of the text?

The Text in Contemporary Discussion. What are the unique challenges and interpretive questions the text addresses for readers and hearers today?

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The only major flaw in this work in my mind is the same you will find in most all smaller one/two volume commentaries. Occasionally the sections covered by the three treatments seems far too large but it is the nature of the beast. It should be also noted this not a conservative work and delves into questions of authorship, documentary hypothesis, and other ideas some more conservative believers may object to, but even for them I feel enough is offered to make this a useful text.
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October 12, 2015  |  8:15 PM  |  Okay (3)
This a favourite series for many, Wiersbe’s Exposition sometimes strikes me at times insightful but over all I find his work a little too uneven. One thing that is most commendable about Accordance's release is the inclusion of Lamentations and Song of Solomon. These two small OT books were never done in the release of the smaller volumes, but only came into existence in the release of the complete "Bible Exposition Commentary." This series is coming from a fairly conservativervangelical point ...
This a favourite series for many, Wiersbe’s Exposition sometimes strikes me at times insightful but over all I find his work a little too uneven. One thing that is most commendable about Accordance's release is the inclusion of Lamentations and Song of Solomon. These two small OT books were never done in the release of the smaller volumes, but only came into existence in the release of the complete "Bible Exposition Commentary." This series is coming from a fairly conservativervangelical point of view and generally has a very warm, usually non-technical look at the passage. It is very useful in that it usually offers questions at the end of each commentary section to ponder. I think it is very much worth owning but I would not recommend it as an only resource.
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October 12, 2015  |  7:51 PM  |  Good (4)
This is a very well written and broad resource. I was a bit disappointed that this volume still felt very very western based. Other voices are there but all that I have seen so far (only a few dozen articles so far) still start from a solid western point of view and sprinkles in a few other voices. I found the articles very good, but I was hoping to hear more from "others", rather than "this is what others believe." I would recommend this as a solid resource (they articles are fantastic), j ...
This is a very well written and broad resource. I was a bit disappointed that this volume still felt very very western based. Other voices are there but all that I have seen so far (only a few dozen articles so far) still start from a solid western point of view and sprinkles in a few other voices. I found the articles very good, but I was hoping to hear more from "others", rather than "this is what others believe." I would recommend this as a solid resource (they articles are fantastic), just a few fewer voices than I had hoped for.
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October 6, 2015  |  5:13 PM  |  Good (4)
This series has a long story... Started in the 1980s by Harper and Row as the "Good News Commentary" a NT commentary series, it went to Hendrickson which relabeled it the New International Biblical Commentary and had the authors completely revised and updated the volumes to be based on the NIV rather than the "Good News Bible" they completed the NT series and started the OT series. The NIBC progress seemed to stall and the series went onto Baker who renamed it the Understanding the Bible s ...
This series has a long story... Started in the 1980s by Harper and Row as the "Good News Commentary" a NT commentary series, it went to Hendrickson which relabeled it the New International Biblical Commentary and had the authors completely revised and updated the volumes to be based on the NIV rather than the "Good News Bible" they completed the NT series and started the OT series. The NIBC progress seemed to stall and the series went onto Baker who renamed it the Understanding the Bible series and published the remaining OT volumes. I tell it's long story not to bore but to show the history of this fine work.

This series of commentaries offers a massive amount of insight to help you study the scriptures. Like all series it has stronger and weaker volumes but it well worth having and provides scholar and laymen alike solid information to understand context and what the Bible is saying to us. It doesn't go into the depth you would find in some of the more scholarly texts but offers great insight and would make a solid commentary to be your starting point in exploring the Bible.
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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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