Reviews by Fraser Sims
April 23, 2019  |  3:21 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
I have been investigating the history of the early churches for some time now and i am so pleased that this has been added to the list of accordance resources as i really enjoy exploring it.

This volume gives an excellent overview of the spread of christianity from about 70 to 2000 ce and provides a summary of the major events and many key players in both text and maps. The text is very readable and provides a great snapshot of the events. However, the maps really bring the text to life ...
I have been investigating the history of the early churches for some time now and i am so pleased that this has been added to the list of accordance resources as i really enjoy exploring it.

This volume gives an excellent overview of the spread of christianity from about 70 to 2000 ce and provides a summary of the major events and many key players in both text and maps. The text is very readable and provides a great snapshot of the events. However, the maps really bring the text to life helping you visualise events and are superb. They can be zoomed in on and look fantastic on an iPad (i havent tried projecting them yet but think they should look fantastic enlarged). The maps also contain more information than the text and the detail and cartography are really excellent. This and its sister volume really raise the bar for cartography. Just what an atlas should be with the focus clearly centred on the maps and the text and photos playing a supporting role.

This resource follows the same format as the sister volume, 'atlas of european reformation', which is one page of text and a map. At 160 pages covering 2000 years, this volume can only provide an overview so there are a couple of maps before constantine, a couple for the councils, a couple for the great schism, and then three sections detailing spread to the different continents. The text is not strictly chonological but the information is usefully grouped. As a result, there is some skipping about, for example the fransicans are mentioned a few pages before a more detailed account of their formation. However there is a very detailed chronology set out at the back which is clearly laid out with an interesting Diversity of information up to 2015.

@ 160 pages, there are going to be omissions, such as the only mention of origen is of his death in 250 in the chronology (and i only found that because of the search functionality in accordance, i didnt find it when looking in the hard copy). It provides a good overview of the reforms prior to the reformation. Inevatably there are about 10 pages of text and maps that cover the same period though not to the same depth as its much more detailed sister atlas on the reformation. However, there is a 5th section picking up where the sister volume leaves off covering 1720 to the present day showing the missionary spread to all the continents.

I find these two atlases very useful as they provide a top level view of what was happening where so you can easily visualise what is occuring and put a name in context either to its geographical location or in its chronological location with other individuals.

Personally i think this volume majors on the western tradition and is a bit weak on the orthodox churches (though they are represented well initially, there are very few references after the great schism dealt with on page 68 till we get a map of russia on page 148 and then a map of eastern orthodox church on page 152.)

The texts are very easy reading and not indepth studies but the bibliographies give pointers to where you can go for more information. (Though i would be warey of just relying on the Diarmaid MacCulloch volumes and i couldnt see any from orthodox scholars listed.)

When not browsing through this over a morning coffee, i will be using it to provide an overview for the detailed resource i am using (particularly behr, young or stevenson revised by frend) and this is the essential companion volume to whatever i am reading as it gives me the context and the ability to stand back and quickly see the bigger picture and how it fits together. Plus its on my ipad and phone so is with me most of the time when im out rather than a paper copy left at home so i can explore other areas over a coffee or pint while waiting to meet someone.

I am very thankful for accordance for introducing me to these two resources which i was previously unaware of. While waiting for the history of christianity to be added to accordance, i finally spent time with the hard copy of both and was immediately struck by how much better the maps are in accordance where in the paper copies, the maps often are cut across by the binding which hides some of the information. This is particularly true in this volume where the majority of the maps cross the stitching.
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April 2, 2019  |  2:38 PM   |    Good (4)
I was very strongly encouraged to get this by my tutors many years ago so i got it as a hard back copy. Later i got the cd version but found it was virtually unusable with a very poor interface. Scroll forward a couple of decades and its now in accordance with all the links and accordance magic as well as search and indexes.

For me its strength is the apocrypha material as i have a number of good commentaries on each of the standard canon. (I havent got the Eerdmans which dan rates so cant ...
I was very strongly encouraged to get this by my tutors many years ago so i got it as a hard back copy. Later i got the cd version but found it was virtually unusable with a very poor interface. Scroll forward a couple of decades and its now in accordance with all the links and accordance magic as well as search and indexes.

For me its strength is the apocrypha material as i have a number of good commentaries on each of the standard canon. (I havent got the Eerdmans which dan rates so cant compare it. I also took the descision to wait to see if accordance could get this from oup as i was already familiar with it and already had the abridged ebc, rather than get the Eerdmans.)

My first single volume commentary was peakes published in 1962 and for over 30 years of use, i was very happy with it. I am sure there are bits which have been superseded by more recent discoveries but the overall, i found peakes very useful. However, When i was studying, the oxford was more recent and certainly more readable with a larger font but i never felt it was a major step up on peakes though my tutors believed it was, hence their recommendation. The oxford commentary itself is now virtually 20 years old and i feel it has worn well but i guess there will be some who will criticise it for also being superseded by more recent discoveries. Personally, i dont like to keep changing my resources despite newer thinking, because i get used to a style and familiar with how a resource is set out. Pre accordance, this became my go to but i have been out of the habit of using it because of the inconvenience of using a hard copy when most of my resources are now in accordance and on my iPad and phone as well as my mbp.

Now having the oxford bible commentary in accordance is great for a quick look but i suspect that i will continue to use my jps/wbc/nivac combination for most of my detailed study but will probably use this volume rather than the abridged ebc when i want a quick overview or for something not covered in WBC and am looking for more than is covered in a study bible. But having it on my ipad and phone is just so much more convenient than using the hard copy which my wife still uses.

Its good but then there are also other good single volume commentaries in accordance. you will certainly not be disappointed if you are after a comprehensive and clear single volume commentary, but its worth comparing other similar resources and reviews available in accordance before you jump (unless its recommended by your tutors in which case follow their advice)!
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February 25, 2019  |  5:22 PM   |    Good (4)
While i was training, the tutors were using the 4th version of this and kept trying to get me to change to it from the study bible i was using. I got the oxford commentary edited by barton and muddiman which they also 'suggested' but got the spiritual formation bible (a renovare resource) as i wanted a study bible which took a radically different approach to my other study bibles. Both of these were hard copy and in my pre accordance days.

Jump forward several decades, i still like study ...
While i was training, the tutors were using the 4th version of this and kept trying to get me to change to it from the study bible i was using. I got the oxford commentary edited by barton and muddiman which they also 'suggested' but got the spiritual formation bible (a renovare resource) as i wanted a study bible which took a radically different approach to my other study bibles. Both of these were hard copy and in my pre accordance days.

Jump forward several decades, i still like study bibles but I also like to have a study bible that relates to the translation i am reading in accordance. (I know accordance allows you to use any study bible with any translation.)

I have been holding off getting an nrsv study bible in the hope that the noab would eventually come to accordance.
For me, the good news about this module is that it includes notes on the apocrypha which is useful and missing from all my other study bibles. There is also a parallel module which appears to be tailor made for the nrsv parallel module. Importantly for me, the noab also includes the translators notes for the nrsv. Apparently 5hese are a requirement by the nrsv copyright holders but they are still missing from the notes that come with the nrsv.

The notes are also a little more detailed rather than some of the one line comments found in some study bibles but my initial impression is that they are not as detailed as those in either the esv or the zondervan niv study bibles.

So, why only 4 stars? When buying a hard copy nrsv, you either get the cross references or you get a study bible or just the text with notes. Unlike the niv and esv study bibles, you dont get both study notes and cross references. Also, the maps are clear but only in monochrome unlike the full colour and slightly more detailed ones in the esv and zondervan niv study bibles.

Yes, there are lots of cross references in the noab study notes but we dont get the complete cross references that are included in the specific cross reference hard copy. Not sure why nrsv has taken this policy because it is the same with all the publishers of the hard copy.

Like all study bibles these days, there are lots of essays at the end and accordance have worked their magic on linking references and tagging and the contents index is brilliantly structured.

I am pleased to finally having a nrsv study bible in accordance as the nrsv is the bible used throughout our diocese. For me, i am looking forward to using it and getting to dig around in it but i doubt this will become my 'go to' because of the missing cross references which i have become used to in the esv study bible as i have been running this in parallel with the nrsv translation while waiting for noab as the translations are similar. The esv study bible also has a good range of maps in colour and scrolls with the text on my ipad.

I suspect the noab will be mainly called on when im delving into the apocrypha or rereading the nrsv translation philosophy notes.
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February 25, 2019  |  4:46 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
In the days of Christian book shops, i used to enjoy browsing and was really pleased when i discovered this and bought it immediately. I then got the Jewish Annotated nt. This was pre accordance for me. For many years my Jewish study Bible and then the Jewish Annotated New Testament have been my go to study bibles along with the esv. I then got them as electronic versions in accordance as soon as they were released.

I havent had enough time to spend comparing the notes but The number of e ...
In the days of Christian book shops, i used to enjoy browsing and was really pleased when i discovered this and bought it immediately. I then got the Jewish Annotated nt. This was pre accordance for me. For many years my Jewish study Bible and then the Jewish Annotated New Testament have been my go to study bibles along with the esv. I then got them as electronic versions in accordance as soon as they were released.

I havent had enough time to spend comparing the notes but The number of essays has been substantially increased and those i have read are of the typical excellent quality.

This is a significant revision and well worth getting. According to the preface in the second version of the jps:

"The first edition ... Many readers found the essays to be an extremely valuable resource for learning about the world of the Bible, the history of Jewish Bible study, and the methods of modern scholarship. We received so many positive reactions to the essay section that we thought it would be useful to augment it substantially, offering even more background on a wider variety of topics.

But the essays are not the only new feature of this edition. Biblical scholarship is dynamic and ever-changing. We have therefore encouraged all the original contributors of both annotations and essays to revise their work; and in some cases, we sought new annotators to reflect more recent scholarship and to include more women and Israeli scholars. Thus, this volume is over one-third new."
ADELE BERLIN
MARC ZVI BRETTLER
February 2014


I am looking forward to spending more time with it and one day i may even be able to compare the notes from both 1st and 2nd versions on the same screen on my ipad along with the jps text.

If you are coming to this review from the upgrade page, then you already know how good the 1st version is. If you were getting the second version in hard copy, you would have to pay full price againso the fact that you have an upgrade price is an added benefit.
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February 25, 2019  |  4:28 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
For many years my Jewish study Bible and Jewish Annotated New Testament have been my go to study bibles along with the esv. I bought the hard copy of the first versions of both of these and then got them as electronic versions in accordance as soon as they were released.

I havent had enough time to spend comparing the notes but
The number of essays has been substantially increased and those i have read are of the typical excellent quality.
The formatting has been improved over the first ...
For many years my Jewish study Bible and Jewish Annotated New Testament have been my go to study bibles along with the esv. I bought the hard copy of the first versions of both of these and then got them as electronic versions in accordance as soon as they were released.

I havent had enough time to spend comparing the notes but
The number of essays has been substantially increased and those i have read are of the typical excellent quality.
The formatting has been improved over the first version. In that the in text essays were at the end of the biblical book but were in line with the notes in the printed copy. In this second version, the in line essays are spread through the text.
The list of contents has also been restructured so its easy to see the links to the essays, in line essays and charts.

This is a thorough revision and well worthe getting.

If you are coming to this review from the upgrade page, then you already know how good the 1st version is. If you were getting the second version in hard copy, you would have to pay full price again!
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December 9, 2018  |  1:58 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
I first came across this translation when i bought the jewish study bible in the bookshop in Durham Cathederal, soon after publication. The study bible together with the jps translation became my 'go to' to complement my Jerusalem bible with study notes which i had had rebound.

The paper copy of the jps has one major disadvantage, it isnt tagged. As soon as i got accordance both this tagged version and the jewish study bible were among my earliest purchases.

While the jewish study bible can ...
I first came across this translation when i bought the jewish study bible in the bookshop in Durham Cathederal, soon after publication. The study bible together with the jps translation became my 'go to' to complement my Jerusalem bible with study notes which i had had rebound.

The paper copy of the jps has one major disadvantage, it isnt tagged. As soon as i got accordance both this tagged version and the jewish study bible were among my earliest purchases.

While the jewish study bible can be used with any translation within accordance, this is the translation that goes with it and the tagged version is the best one to own.

As a translation, i find this very refreshing and there are some subtle variations and insights that for me, make it an essential component in my library. Compare
Gen. 1:1 ¶ When God began to create heaven and earth—
Gen. 1:2 the earth being unformed and void, with darkness over the surface of the deep and a wind from God sweeping over the water—
Gen. 1:3 God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
(Gen. 1:1–3 JPS)

With the hebrew and your usual translation

This volume comes with the notes that include the translators philosophy.
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December 5, 2018  |  7:00 AM   |    Good (4)
This is a very good general overview book, but not an essential. One of those to add to your library so you have something to read by the fire when you want to relax and not exercise your mind too much. I could also see this book being used in a home group situation as it is very approachable and not technical so could be used by all age groups and backgrounds.

Much of it will be familiar to a bible scholar but it gathers together information which is presented in a very readable and enjoyable ...
This is a very good general overview book, but not an essential. One of those to add to your library so you have something to read by the fire when you want to relax and not exercise your mind too much. I could also see this book being used in a home group situation as it is very approachable and not technical so could be used by all age groups and backgrounds.

Much of it will be familiar to a bible scholar but it gathers together information which is presented in a very readable and enjoyable form.

I first read 'how to read the jewish bible' by Marc Zvi Brettler which i enjoyed and is very similar and covers virtually the same material as in Carasik's volume. Both books are very readable, but both books come at the material from different directions and are organised in a different way. If you have read one, you probably dont need the other but as the bible's many voices is in accordance, this is a major benefit as you can see the biblical references and explore diferent translations while reading the book.

Because i had already read 'how to read the jewish bible', an additional voice i keep hearing when reading Bible's many voices is Marc Brettler's voice. Its good to read something that complements and is consistent and confirms something else you have read and the different arrangement adds a different perspective.
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September 10, 2018  |  6:00 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
A picture is worth 1000 words and for me, nothing comes near a good map for understanding context.

In my opinion, this is the best atlas out there with very beautifully clear colourful detailed maps!

In 2008, i decided it was time to get a good atlas rather than rely on the ones in the back of my printed study bibles. I spent a long time in foyles in london comparing all the different atlases on the market at the time and the holman stood out clearly with the most comprehensive list of maps, ...
A picture is worth 1000 words and for me, nothing comes near a good map for understanding context.

In my opinion, this is the best atlas out there with very beautifully clear colourful detailed maps!

In 2008, i decided it was time to get a good atlas rather than rely on the ones in the back of my printed study bibles. I spent a long time in foyles in london comparing all the different atlases on the market at the time and the holman stood out clearly with the most comprehensive list of maps, with the clearest cartography and the sort of detail i was looking for.

Since then, this has been my go to atlas and no matter what i was looking for, there was a map that covered it.

I have looked at other atlases as they have been published, but nothing comes close (the carta bible atlas has many more maps and covers the detail but is sadly still in monochrome. This is based on the initial reproduction descisions despite the move to modern colourful data projection and colour printing technology, perhaps the next version will rectify this, but until then...).

In accordance i got the zondervan atlas but was very disappointed, not only by the limited number of maps compared to my holman, but also by the poor cartography and lack of detail on the maps. I quickly stopped using it and has been deleted from my mobile devices.

For the last few years i have used the esv study bible to follow talks on my mobile devices. The study bible has a better range of maps than the zondervan atlas and it scrolls with the bible text in a second window on iOS. The esv maps are ok and most have been included in the crossways atlas, but like the zondervan atlas, they are no where near as clear or detailed as the standard set by the holmans. (Currently, the holman Is classed as a general tool so it has to be opened on its own and cannot be opened in a second window on my ipad, but i live in hope that this will be resolved in a future version of ios accordance.)

when preparing sermons, i would still scan my holman atlas as they are the best for clarity with the most comprehensive set of maps. When i have projected or shared these maps, they have always been appreciated and commented on by the congregation or small group.

I now have my go to bible atlas with me whenever i need it on ios so am no longer restricted to just using my hard copy while at home plus i no longer have to edit the scans of my maps as accordance has worked marvels with the formatting of the maps. The maps look stunning full screen on a retina display or projected!

This is a truly excellent resource and it was definitely worth the wait for it to be available in accordance. Now i am just waiting to be able to open it in a second window with my text, an inconvenience i can live with while the development team work towards parity between all platforms.
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July 30, 2018  | 11:39 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
This was my introduction into Brueggemann.

The model of orientation—disorientation—new orientation was Refreshing and linked in with john bell's musical settings (wild goose or Iona). It is a very top level introduction to the model and helps give a fresh look at the psalms (and may even challenge the reader to think about our worship pattern on Sunday's). Something i have read and may dip into to reacquaint myself with the model but not something i would return to for detailed study.

@about ...
This was my introduction into Brueggemann.

The model of orientation—disorientation—new orientation was Refreshing and linked in with john bell's musical settings (wild goose or Iona). It is a very top level introduction to the model and helps give a fresh look at the psalms (and may even challenge the reader to think about our worship pattern on Sunday's). Something i have read and may dip into to reacquaint myself with the model but not something i would return to for detailed study.

@about 240 words per page and 70 pages long, it is very short (the screenshot shows three pages!). However, this is very readable over a pot of coffee and while not challenging (the screenshot is an excellent typical example), got me thinking and wanting to explore his other writings which i am enjoying.

The longer message of the psalms is on my 'to get' list after i have worked through my current backlog of volumes (which are mainly longer and heavier than this).

If its a choice between the two, get the full version.
But get this if you want to explore this author or
are on a very limited budget or
you want something 'light' to read over a pot of coffee or
you want a fresh top level perspective on the psalms.
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July 17, 2018  |  6:01 AM   |    Good (4)
This is the primary translation used within our church.
Having the tagged version on phone, tablet and mbp is excellent. However i have a number of issues, hence only 4 stars.

The notes that accompany this start with abreviations and do not include the 4 pages in a hard copy of the translators forward explaining the translation descisions or texts used. This is a major oversight and should be resolved as a matter of urgency, obtaining and including the etext from the publisher.

My other ...
This is the primary translation used within our church.
Having the tagged version on phone, tablet and mbp is excellent. However i have a number of issues, hence only 4 stars.

The notes that accompany this start with abreviations and do not include the 4 pages in a hard copy of the translators forward explaining the translation descisions or texts used. This is a major oversight and should be resolved as a matter of urgency, obtaining and including the etext from the publisher.

My other concern is with the publishers descisions. You can get the text (as with this), the text with cross references or the text with a study bible MINUS the cross references.

I would have preferred the notes to have included the cross references as well as textural variance notes. Even if this meant that the cost was increased (as is the case with the hard copies).

For this reason, i tend to use the esv and niv as my two normal bible translations and only use the nrsv when preparing for a service or reading during a service where the nrsv is being used. Both the niv and esv notes include full translators introduction and cross references to other scripture passages.
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July 15, 2018  |  7:21 AM   |    Okay (3)
For me, a good study bible is essential and i usually have one open when reading a passage. And it is good to have a study bible for your go to translation, if not specific ones for each translation you use frequently.

I started using accordance when i moved to mac from windows because it was included on the zondervan cd with the original niv study bible.

My accordance library grew and i started using the esv study bible in preference to the niv because of the 200 maps in addition to the ...
For me, a good study bible is essential and i usually have one open when reading a passage. And it is good to have a study bible for your go to translation, if not specific ones for each translation you use frequently.

I started using accordance when i moved to mac from windows because it was included on the zondervan cd with the original niv study bible.

My accordance library grew and i started using the esv study bible in preference to the niv because of the 200 maps in addition to the quality of the notes and the tagged esv was included in all accordance ios package.

I eventually got this updated niv zondervan study bible when it was on sale at a very good price because of the reviews but like bat man's review, i have failed to see what the Hype is about.

The formatting is better than the original study bible with links to other notes rather than links to other passages and then having to find the attached note. But the notes are not desperately enlightening and i still use the original niv study bible in preference despite the slightly more convoluted way of getting to referenced notes. For articles i still go to the jps study bible and jewish annotated nt study bible. For maps, the esv study bible, not sure if i have mentioned that before.

At church, our standard is the nrsv and while i wait for the oxford annotated study bible to be available in accordance for notes on the apocrypha, i use the esv as my go to study bible with the nrsv, because the translation tradition is very similar, the notes but especially the maps! This is followed by the jps or jant depending what i am looking at, then the original niv study bible and in that order!

It took me ages to decide to get this particular resource and I use it occasionally only because i have it, but having bought it and used it for a while, i find i could quite happily have continued to live without it as i only refer to it after the others listed above if and when i have plenty of time to click through the resources on ios.

For me the esv is the must have study bible as it works with any translation but especially the tagged esv which comes with accordance. The niv zondervan is a nice to have study bible if the niv is your bible translation of choice and you havent managed to get the original 2002 niv study bible in accordance.
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February 23, 2018  | 12:09 PM   |    Good (4)
I find this very uneven. Some sections are a few sentences and add no more information than a good study bible. Other sections are fairly detailed. The gospels are fairly well covered but the pastoral letters are a bit lightweight.

There is no book introduction or summary on author or time or social/political setting or overview to help you orientate yourself as you find in a typical commentary. The commentary launches straight into the text. For example from letter 1 & 2 peter:
1Peter 1 ...
I find this very uneven. Some sections are a few sentences and add no more information than a good study bible. Other sections are fairly detailed. The gospels are fairly well covered but the pastoral letters are a bit lightweight.

There is no book introduction or summary on author or time or social/political setting or overview to help you orientate yourself as you find in a typical commentary. The commentary launches straight into the text. For example from letter 1 & 2 peter:
1Peter 1:1 Kefa is the name Yeshua gave Shim‘on Bar-Yochanan when he called him to be his talmid (Yn 1:42&N, Mt 4:18N); in most English versions it is written, “Cephas,” following the Greek transliteration of the Aramaic word. Yeshua, upon Shim‘on’s being first to acknowledge him as the Messiah, revealed the significance of the name: “You are Kefa [which means ‘Rock’], and on this rock I will build my Community, and the gates of Sh’ol will not overcome it”(Mt 16:17-18&NN). The New Testament emphasizes that significance by usually rendering the name in Greek as “Petros” (“rock”), normally transliterated “Peter” in English.

2 peter opens with
2Peter 1:1 Shim‘on bar-Yochanan and Kefa are names for Peter the emissary (apostle). See Mt 4:18, 10:2-4, 16:17-18&NN; Yn 1:42&N; 1 Ke 1:1&N.

Giving no indication if the author is the same as the first letter or where David Stern stands on the discussion. later the commentary states

2Peter 1:14-15 As our Lord Yeshua the Messiah has made clear to me. Yeshua indicated how Kefa would die at Yn 21:18-19, though without saying when. Here Kefa knows it will be soon. According to tradition, Kefa was crucified upside down, saying he did not deserve to be crucified right side up like his Lord.

In practice I find myself turning to the Jewish annotated New Testament first and then to this volume if I have time When looking at a passage in the lectionary. There are references back to torah throughout but I feel you need to use it when working through a book.

It’s certainly not the first resource i turn to but is definitely Worth having in your library for a Messianic Jewish perspective but I think of it more as a study bible rather than a commentary. But I certainly think you need to get more typical commentaries first and think of this as a secondary nice to have resource for a non traditional perspective.
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January 26, 2018  | 10:49 AM   |    Good (4)
This is a very ‘chatty’ commentary. I find it more extensive than tyndale but I still need to refer to a technical commentary for the background and structure such as wbc.

I am fortunate that I have time to read round books and don’t regret getting this set compared to some of my other purchases. This series is certainly a good read but don’t find I am making extensive notes. The content is clearly presented but I find his style to be almost like listening to a lecture. If it was live it w ...
This is a very ‘chatty’ commentary. I find it more extensive than tyndale but I still need to refer to a technical commentary for the background and structure such as wbc.

I am fortunate that I have time to read round books and don’t regret getting this set compared to some of my other purchases. This series is certainly a good read but don’t find I am making extensive notes. The content is clearly presented but I find his style to be almost like listening to a lecture. If it was live it would be fine, but I find reading makes it slightly harder going and slightly verbose. I find the information useful and it is readable but more like a rather one sided conversation with the author.

It’s a good addition to my library but I wouldn’t consider it essential or an initial purchase (unlike wbc and nivac).

However, I have just purchased his book on isaiah which has recently been released in Accordance so he is worth persevering with.
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January 26, 2018  | 10:23 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
A must have for any New Testament study.

This is one of the first commentaries I use when studying a passage to help orientate myself. Very clear and readable and an excellent companion to traditional commentaries.

A good starting point for ideas for further detailed study.
January 26, 2018  |  9:01 AM   |    Okay (3)
I originally had the abridged version which i used a lot and so upgraded to this set as many of the volumes figured highly on the best commentary website (prior to the revised ebc being published).

However, I have come to doubt the best commentary website and now just use the website to see what is out there.

As a set of commentaries, the original ebc are ok, they do provide more information than the abridged volumes but i haven’t found that the additional information greatly enhances my ...
I originally had the abridged version which i used a lot and so upgraded to this set as many of the volumes figured highly on the best commentary website (prior to the revised ebc being published).

However, I have come to doubt the best commentary website and now just use the website to see what is out there.

As a set of commentaries, the original ebc are ok, they do provide more information than the abridged volumes but i haven’t found that the additional information greatly enhances my understanding or challenges me to think about the passage. In fact I continued to use my hard copy set of Tyndale commentaries in preference to using these in accordance, possibly because of the format and size of the tyndale commentaries.

Since getting the wbc set in Accordance, I very rarely use these volumes now. Even before getting the wbc set, I would still go to the abridged ebc as that had enough to get me thinking and rarely consulted the full set. I haven’t felt the need to get the revised ebc.

To challenge me to rethink about a passage, I use the nivac commentaries (also in Accordance and a more recent purchase than ebc).

For a fresh look at the Torah, I use the jps commentaries. And the torah, a modern commentary.

The ebc remain in my library on the mbp but I haven’t even bothered to download them onto my iOS devices as they are so infrequently used. As John has said, the notes are in a separate module, on ios devices, this means you cant view both the text and the notes at the same time. This is another downside with both ebc and the ios accordance interface. With the wbc the info is all there and helpfully structured (though the ot and nt sets cannot be linked on ios).

The main value for me with the ebc are the essays.
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January 26, 2018  |  6:24 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
I first became aware of jps when I came across the excellent Jewish study bible in a book shop. Having valued their translation and the insights in the study bible notes and essays, I bought this set. Both this set and the Torah a modern commentary have proved invaluable when researching the Torah. they both compliment each other and I wouldn’t want to be without either. The additional essays provided in this set bring the relevance of works like Leviticus into the modern day.

This set really ...
I first became aware of jps when I came across the excellent Jewish study bible in a book shop. Having valued their translation and the insights in the study bible notes and essays, I bought this set. Both this set and the Torah a modern commentary have proved invaluable when researching the Torah. they both compliment each other and I wouldn’t want to be without either. The additional essays provided in this set bring the relevance of works like Leviticus into the modern day.

This set really are an excellent addition to a library and are very well structured. They provide a different perspective and also compliment my other commentaries such as the wbc.

In an ideal world with a limitless budget, I would purchase all 12 of the jps commentaries as they are refreshing and very readable.
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January 26, 2018  |  5:01 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
This is another great commentary to have in your library. Clear and concise and very focussed. Totally endorse the reviews by Abram and dan.
January 26, 2018  |  4:57 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
In the 90s, for one of my assignments I was fortunate to have access to a very good library with a number of commentaries from different sets as well as individual commentaries and I had a week where I could use them undisturbed. I gravitated to the wbc volume as it suits the way I work and kept going back to it and spending more and more time rereading it with less time on the other ones. I was able to sample other volumes in the series.

I accept that all sets have their strong and weak ...
In the 90s, for one of my assignments I was fortunate to have access to a very good library with a number of commentaries from different sets as well as individual commentaries and I had a week where I could use them undisturbed. I gravitated to the wbc volume as it suits the way I work and kept going back to it and spending more and more time rereading it with less time on the other ones. I was able to sample other volumes in the series.

I accept that all sets have their strong and weak volumes but this set became the one I wanted in my library and for many years kept trying to get it on cd at a reasonable cost. Fortunately i didn't as the cd version doesnt have all the marvelous tagging and links in it!!!!

Accordance had the wbc set on one of their sales and I was able to get this entire set at a very attractive price and added to it as other volumes have become available (just waiting for acts and 1 cor now!). It has become my go to commentary set at the top of my library! I have supplemented it with volumes from Pillar and nicot and the original Expositors set but wbc has remained my go to. Having now got the set and used it constantly since 2014, there is no way i would want to be without it now! The more i use these volumes, the more i appreciate them. (Though i do sometimes get information overload!)

As I have used these volumes over the years I have decided it is because of the way each volume has structure. As dan has said in his review, the commentary is set out with a translation, notes, form, structure, comments and explanation. I find it much easier to home in on what I am looking for than I do in either Pillar or nicot. In pillar and nicot the information is scattered through a number of paragraphs with no discernable structure from one chapter to the next (despite one particular Pillar commentary receiving 100% on the best commentaries web site). In wbc, i can go to the section i require and not have to wade through text that, though interesting, isnt what i am looking for.

I also use the Nivac volumes which get me thinking in a different direction and the two commentary sets compliment each other, both are structured for easy navigation and orientation but very different in content and purpose.

I am so thankful for the Accordance sales that have enabled me to get these two sets. While i really appreciate Nivac, I wouldn’t want it to be my primary commentary as I need a technical one. but for me, having both, these have become an unbeatable duo.

I do not consider myself to be a scholar but someone who wants to dig deeper and these provide an excellent level of structured information.
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January 24, 2018  | 12:51 PM   |    Fantastic (5)
I first came across Jesus and the Victory of God and bought it as hard copy. I have been fortunate to hear him talk a number of times and each time have been very impressed that each sentence is full and needs time to be considered.

The books in this serious are similarly packed with information. I have retained the first three volumes as hard copy as can’t justify the expense but deliberately waited for the paul volumes to be available in Accordance as the added links make these so much ...
I first came across Jesus and the Victory of God and bought it as hard copy. I have been fortunate to hear him talk a number of times and each time have been very impressed that each sentence is full and needs time to be considered.

The books in this serious are similarly packed with information. I have retained the first three volumes as hard copy as can’t justify the expense but deliberately waited for the paul volumes to be available in Accordance as the added links make these so much better. These are high on my list to revisit.

These are serious ‘scholarly’ works and need to be read, studied, digested, considered and then reread (with copious amonts of coffee). Having the links in Accordance makes them so much easier to use but the text remains packed with information to get you thinking. The screen shots of the first and third volumes are very good examples, the one for the second volume is good as an indication of the references N.T. Wright has used which he develops in his book.

Do not make the mistake that these will be similar to his more popular ‘tom’ publications such as his for everyone commentaries.
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January 24, 2018  |  4:52 AM   |    Fantastic (5)
The quality of the images are excellent.
Ever wanted an image of a tent to illustrate paul as a tent maker?
Ever wanted an image of a potter or a shepherd?
Or Jewish life or Jewish and Christian holiday celebrations?

The range of the images is great for illustrating the bible passages to help bring them to life. They are clearly indexed with about 15 topics to help you quickly locate what it is you are after and many also have useful descriptions and scripture references.

A really useful set ...
The quality of the images are excellent.
Ever wanted an image of a tent to illustrate paul as a tent maker?
Ever wanted an image of a potter or a shepherd?
Or Jewish life or Jewish and Christian holiday celebrations?

The range of the images is great for illustrating the bible passages to help bring them to life. They are clearly indexed with about 15 topics to help you quickly locate what it is you are after and many also have useful descriptions and scripture references.

A really useful set to illustrate daily life.
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