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Commentary and Reference Survey: A Comprehensive Guide to Biblical and Theological Resources Paperback – July 3, 2003

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ISBN-13: 978-0825427367 ISBN-10: 0825427363 Edition: 9th

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I have been using John Glynn's Commentary and Reference Survey 10th edition and have found it to be an indispensable source. I was showing my students this most recent edition and one student commented that he wished his professors had drawn his attention to a resource like this at the beginning of his college career. Now in all of my classes I intend to introduce my students to Glynn's book. I know of resource like this which includes commentaries, surveys of both testaments, background studies, linguistic tools, systematics, church history, and in this latest edition a new section on Exegetical and Bible Study Computer Programs. Undergirding all of this is Glynn's sensitivity to the needs of lay people, Bible college/seminary students and pastors as he offers judicious comment and guidance suited to their needs and their pockets! (Prof. Trevor J. Burke Moody Bible Institute Bible Department 20070508)

So many commentaries, so little shelfspace. Glynn's comprehensive, up-to-date guide helps 'narrow the field' for pastors and students. (Christian Book Distributors 20040603)

. . . Invaluable to every evangelical church librarian. - (Church Libraries 20040603)

[An] excellent resource designed to help you make your way through the commentary maze . . . (Preaching 20040603)

If you want to get the most bang for your book-buying buck, you'll find this book to be a helpful tool. (Preaching Now 20040603)

Well worth the investment. It could save you thousands of dollars. (Biblical Worldview 20040603)

About the Author

John Glynn, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, is a freelance academic proofreader and writer. He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional; 9 edition (July 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825427363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825427367
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Peter Richert on March 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I must begin by saying that everyone should buy this book as it is only $14 bucks. If it saves you from buying one commentary then it has paid for itself. Whether or not you ultimately agree with all his recommendations only time will tell, but it is always helpful to have one more voice for advice and a respected one at that.
This survey has some strong points and weak points and I will list both. A lot of my comparisons will be made with D.A. Carson's "New Testament Commentary Survey" and Longman's "Old Testament Commentary Survey".
1) He has a conservative bias. This is generally listed as a weakness below but for us conservative people this is exactly what we are looking for. It is true that less-conservative commentaries are often helpful and indeed, Glynn recommends some. Nevertheless, it is for this very reason that we are buying this survey, so we can be steered in direction we find orthodox.
2) He lists the author's bias. Glynn lists authors as Evangelical (E), Evangelical yet slightly critical (E/cr), Conservative/Moderate (C/M) or liberal critical (L/cr). This is very helpful when choosing commentaries and is not listed in either Carson's or Longmen's commentaries. True, it is often spelled out in their descriptions but not always(!)
3) He covers both the new and old testament, as well as a whole host of other fields such as systematic theology, end times, church history, NT/OT/Biblical theology; all of which we may also seek recommendations.
4) He gives some information on future volumes which is often interesting.
5) He often gives a one liner that may help categorize the position on controversial subjects (for example, post-trib: Revelation, complimentarian:Pastorals, charismatic:1 Corinthians, etc.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Archer on November 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a money saver! I hate buying a book, only to find out that it is not worth the paper it is printed on. What a waste of money!! Glynn's book prevents me from making these ill-advised purchases. However, the biggest problem with a book of this type is that it becomes obsolete as soon as it is published. The publisher needs to arrange for quarterly online updates for all who have purchased the book. Otherwise, this is a very helpful survey, in that it tells you the theological bent of the author by classifying each book in one of the following categories: Evangelical, Evangelical/Critical, Conservative/Moderate, and Liberal/Critical. Glynn defines each of these categories.
A previous reviewer criticized Glynn's recommendations as being biased towards conservative commentaries and not recommending any of the Interpretation series in the Old Testament. This is NOT TRUE. Glynn oftentimes recommends a liberal commentary over a conservative one (for example, Houtman on Exodus, Japhet on Chronicles, Fox on Esther, Clines on Job, Clifford on Proverbs, Fox on Proverbs, Seow on Ecclesiastes, etc.). He also recommends a couple of volumes from the Interpretation series; for example, Mays on Psalms and Dobbs-Allsopp on Lamentations.
I find that Glynn is even-handed in his recommendations. Sometimes he will recommend a liberal commentary; othertimes, he will recommend moderate or conservative commentaries.
In Glynn's earlier editions of this wonderful guide, he listed the commentaries in order of quality; the best first and the worst last. Now, however, he lists them alphabetically, with the recommended commentaries in bold. The problem is that the reader has no way to know which books "just missed" getting a recommendation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
            So many commentaries, so little shelfspace. Glynn's comprehensive, up-to-date guide helps 'narrow the field' for pastors and students. Using input from many experts, he lists, ranks, and annotates over 800 commentaries; 1,200 volumes; and a wide selection of software. Resources are categorized by difficulty level and approach.
Commentaries are separated into Technical/Semi-technical and Expositional categories with annotation concerning the top choices. For instance, in the Book of Romans, Glynn highly recommends the technical/semi-technical commentaries of Charles Cranfield (Moderate Anglican), and Douglas Moo (Lutheran), as well as the expositional commentaries of Thomas Schreiner ( So. Baptist), and John Stott (Evangelical Anglican). Glynn also suggests a few alternatives.
       In the last few years Expositional commentaries have especially flourished. Many of these commentaries are applicational in nature, providing guidance for illustrations to spice up sermons. One cannot underestimate the value of illustrations in not only painting a picture of a biblical principle, but in keeping people's attention for 20-30 minutes. I don't know about you, but it only takes me 15 minutes to fall asleep (and I must confess it has actually happened)!
       The foreword is by Dr. Darrell Bock (Dallas Theo. Seminary), and it is endorsed by Drs. Haddon Robinson (Gordon-Conwell), Daniel Block (Southern Baptist Theo. Seminary), John Walton (Wheaton), George Knight (Greenville Presbyterian), and Eugene Merrill (DTS). This survey is indispensable.
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