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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
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!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Walvoord and Zuck's two-volume commentary is an excellent resource for the Bible preacher, teacher, scholar, or student.
Packed full of pertinent information for each Bible book, the typical format for a particular is as follows: 1) Introduction (including: historical setting, characteristics, audience the book is addressed to, author and date, historical proof for the book, and the book's purpose), 2) Detailed outline of the book, and 3) Commentary on the book.
While the book lacks the number of maps and charts of other commentaries, the authors have produced a well-written and detailed commentary that will benefit anyone: pastor preparing a sermon, teacher preparing a lesson, or student or unbeliever wanting to learn more about the Bible.
A highly recommened resouce!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2006
I purchased the electronic version of this book (saves space and money). It does not have the depth of a single bible book commentary and hence why my Life and Let of Paul II professor rejected me using this commentary as a credible source on my Romans exegetical paper.

But for any standard single volume commentary this is the best of the best that I have used at least. The LANTC commentary is very limited with its depth (because it focuses too much on application) while this commentary digs a bit deeper into the text.

Mark 9:48 is a very complex passage to understand for many, as few understand what the "worm" is symbolic for. Some believe that worms will literally eat up unbelievers for all of eternity, and others believe that the "worm" is symbolic for a humans internal soul.

This commentary gave me allot more depth to the passage (not as much as a single book commentary) but it did well for being a single volume bible commentary. The LANTC commentary offered less than a paragraph of commentary on this verse.

So overall I strongly reccommend this commentary. But sadly the sad state of the church is in decay. Many are not interested in these types of commentaries, since many would rather not study the bible in depth. Those who go to bible college or seminary do study in depth, and its sad that the in depth studying stops after graduation for many christians.

But for the educated and those with a deep hunger for Gods word, I strong encourage you to purchase this. If you lack the physical space, you can always buy the electronic version online.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2006
As a Christian with slight Dispensational leanings, I found this commentary very helpful. This commentary is written by a collection of Dallas Theological Seminary professors. The writings are concise and plain, yet they cover a wealth of information. They delve into the difficult topics of today, such as authorship of the Pentateuch and literal versus allegorical prophetic interpretation. Each book's commentary begins with a study of the authorship, date, audience, theme and purpose. Then an outline of the book is given. Many charts are added to help give deeper understanding, and are not too difficult for the layperson nor too minimal for the theologian to benefit from. The format of the writing gives a summary title for a passage and then discusses it, rather than going verse-by-verse or splitting up the context. For a small-volume commentary set, this is a superb contribution. I am very glad to have added it to my library, and plan to continue using it throughout my studies.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 15, 2007
My wife and I have used this commentary for several years, and found it to always be concise and reliable. We can recommend it to both the new student of the Bible, as well as the more seasoned student of scripture. The doctrinal position presented can be generally descirbed as pre-millennial and dispensational.

It appears that fewer and fewer churches today are helping their members grow to a better and deeper understanding of the Bible. Many church members are looking for help as they undertake a deeper, personal study of the Word of God. This commentary can be an invaluable source of information as one makes one's way from Genesis to Revelation.

The ultimate responsibility for personal growth lies with each individual beliver. Where the local assembly fails to provide guidance; these volumns can serve as a faithful guide to the truths of God's Word. With all sincerety, I strongly recommend that anyone seeking to grow toward spiritual maturity, make these volumns a part of their lives.

As one observes the increasing chaos in the world today; knowing God's sure plan for this age, and resting in the sufficiency of His love, and His grace is a sure source of comfort.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2005
This commentary was very helpful to me. As a Bible College student, I have gotten a great deal of helpful information from this text. The authors' expositions of each of the Old Testament books, especially the Prophets added to my understanding of the Biblical context.

At the opening of each book's commentary, selected authors provide background information about the historical happenings, as well as suggested dates and authorship. Within the commentary section, a brief introduction to each section give an overview of the topic under discussion. Key words and important figures mentioned in the text are defined and explained in a way that is relatively easy to understand and follow. Overall, the commentary as a whole is a valuable tool for anyone who enjoys an in-depth study on the Old Testament books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2005
This book is incredible! Having to have used it my self, i can honistly say that the information in here is very informative. It goes through all of the major aspects of each verse and chapter, and even throws in some of the smaller points that are very usful for study.

I would highly recommend this book to any one that needs information regarding the old and new testaments. It is well worth spending the money to get it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2001
The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Old and New Testament editions) are the perfect set for new believers. The verse-by-verse commentary is easy to use and laid out very well.
Though the book commentaries (written by Dallas Theological Seminary profs and alumni) are not deep or exhaustive, they do answer most questions and shed light on difficult passages.
The commentary text is based on the NIV (most popular translation) making this set one to keep and use for years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2007
This commentary, done by the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary, is an excellent Bible Study resource that comes from a seminary with a reputation for outstanding teaching and conservative Bible beliefs. It is very readable for the average person, and helps me better understand the background and logic of what was written originally in languages I have no clue how to translate or read, such as Hebrew and Greek. I often just pick a book out of the Bible, and follow along in my NIV Bible and the commentary for that particular book of the Bible, and get a whole new understanding on what message God is passing along in His word. There is so much history in the Bible that I'm ignorant of, and this commentary greatly helps fill in the gaps of my Biblical knowledge when reading anything in the Old or New Testaments. On those occasions when I am asked to lead a Bible study on a particular passage, I go to this resource first to get an overall understanding of the passage and likely original intent of the words of the passage.

I love the fact that the text that occurs in the NIV translation is in boldface in the commentary which helps me understand the exact passage or phrase that is being explained. I also love the explanation of some of the original words that were penned that sometimes cannot easily be translated into English in just one word.

I believe this is an excellent resource for anyone doing Bible Study or wanting to know more about God's Word, and if you like the NIV translation of the Bible as I do, these books exactly parallel that translation to make it very easy to follow along not only the words that were written and translated, but the ideas that those words may have been trying to express. I love the fact that where there is some chance for interpretation of the original words, that this commentary presents scholarly thought on that and possible meanings of the original words.

Because it is essentially the product of one well-regarded seminary, the product is consistent throughout in it's view of the Scriptures and conservative in its viewpoint. While many contributed to the work, it reads as if it was written by one person who had a tremendous storehouse of knowledge of the original languages and both the letter of the translation as well as likely thoughts it was trying to convey in the original languages. This is a fantastic companion to any NIV Bible and makes Bible study much more enjoyable and meaningful. No serious NIV Bible study should be without it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2005
Zucks Bible Knowledge Commentary is a good read for genral Bible studies of the Old Testament or college Old Testament classes. Zuck gives a lot background information that is very helpfull in studying the prophets, which helps bring clarity to their visions and their messages to Israel/Judah and surrounding nations. Zuck also helps explain other difficult passages for the reader that are debated by higher critics on a tuffer scale. For example he helps with Isaiah chapter 49 and gives simple analogies and perscriptions for the problems that accur with the branch (i.e. Servant) and to whom they may apply.

Zuck also gives an outline at the beginning of every book and sometimes even the chapters are outlined as well. Zuck also may give a short summary of the chapters and book to show his thoughts and perspective of the main focus, this in turn allows the reader to study the book through an educated lens and that may bring about things that would otherwise go unnoticed. This Bible Knowledge Commentary is best used for general studies and not in-depth research for pastors/teachers. However the commentary does really help with some of the charts that it has such as on the timeline/chronology of Jeremiah's prophecies and events. Such charts prove to bring illumination to the main points and rally help to show its main thrust.

Zuck's commentary is a very well rounded study text that has healthy theology and interpretative thoughts. Zuck does stand his ground on keeping faithful to his own beliefs but never imposes too much on the text as to add or discredit something on the text. This is an excellent book for someone's library and can be enjoyable to pass on to other Christians who may have struggles understand the Old Testament.
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