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Excellent commentary from a dispensationalist viewpoint
on March 22, 2005
This is an excellent commentary set written by professors from Dallas Theological Seminary. Based on the NIV text, the commentary is brief and to the point. This commentary is especially good if you want to cut to the chase and see what a particular passage or verse means without wading through a lot of irrelevant background or scholarly information. The explanations are very clear and easy to understand. Being an expositional commentary, it is ideally suited for laypeople who have limited technical knowledge of Hebrew and Greek. However, pastors and seminary students will find this helpful as well, since it is so clearly written.
I liked the organization of the commentary. It offers a very helpful introduction and outline of the book. Then it provides verse by verse commentary. I also liked some of the charts that went along with the particular book. For example, in the book of Revelation, it offers a helpful chart "7 Beatitudes in Revelation." These helpful charts are included throughout both the O.T. and N.T. volumes.
The commentators strongly hold to a conservative, evangelical position and hold to the complete inerrancy of Scripture. The prophetic books (esp. Daniel and Revelation) are interpreted according to the premillennial dispensationalist viewpoint; the commentators hold to the pretribulational Rapture and to the futurist, literal understanding of the Book of Revelation. If you hold to a different position (such as amillennial or postmillennial view) you would most likely not agree with the commentary, esp. that of Daniel and Revelation. The authors also believe that the miraculous gifts have ceased with the completion of the canon and the death of the apostles. So, if you believe all the gifts exist today, you will not agree with the commentators' position in 1 Cor. 12-14.
However, even if you don't hold to the premillennial dispensationalist viewpoint of the commentators, I believe you will still find this a very useful and informative Bible reference. I highly recommend it!