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Product Details

  • Series: NIV Compact Series
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Supersaver edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310228689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310228684
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 1.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the amazing distinctives of the Bible is its unity. It is in reality a book containing many books, written over centuries by all kinds of people—shepherds and kings, priests and prophets—yet it paints one big, remarkably clear picture. This cohesiveness is what makes the Bible unique.

The NIV Compact Bible Commentary explains the Bible book by book. But unlike other commentaries, it begins with the larger context—the Bible as a whole—then shows you how all its books fit into the grand picture. Instead of a verse-by-verse exposition, it unlocks the meanings of larger sections of Scripture. You’ll see how key themes, concepts, and even specific terms from earlier books of the Bible are echoed and expanded on in later books.

If you’re serious about studying the Bible, if you need a resource to prepare a Bible lesson, or if you simply want to know the Bible better, this is one commentary you should have, even if you already own several. Written by respected theologian John Sailhamer, its insights offer valuable, wide-angle perspectives on the central messages of Scripture, and its compact size makes it perfect for school, church, the workplace, and as a travel companion -- Publisher

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Presenting the NIV Compact Series in softcover. Smart. Convenient. Keep the whole set within reach on your desktop. Grab a volume or two volumes and take them with you anywhere. Each NIV Compact book packs a lot of information in a small package--one that fits where other books won't and travels light when larger volumes tip the scales. And the price is as compact as the size--but don't let the modest cost fool you. There's a lot of knowledge here, condensed to provide the most salient information in an efficient format. For a hand-sized reference library that does more than scratch the surface, this 4-volume series is the route to take: big on insight, small in size, and easy on the pocketbook. Now in softcover, the NIV Compact Series includes: ? NIV Compact Bible Commentary--Begins with the larger context--the Bible as a whole--then shows how all its books fit into the grand picture. It offers valuable, wide-angle perspectives on the central messages of Scripture ? NIV Compact Nave's Topical Bible-- Based on the NIV Nave's Topical Bible, this compact edition omits biblical text while retaining topical muscle. And like its full-sized counterpart, it improves on the original, KJV-based edition by adding more than 500 headings, 2,000 subtopics, and 1,300 cross-references. ? NIV Compact Concordance-- This streamlined adaptation of the award-winning NIV Exhaustive Concordance provides more than 50,000 references and over 2,000 exhaustive entries for practical and significant Bible study. ? NIV Compact Dictionary of the Bible-- This unique volume is actually three books in one: a dictionary for easy-to-find, practical information on thousands of topics; a topical index for detailed study of nearly 150 larger topics; and a survey providing an introductory overview of the Bible, biblical history, and biblical culture

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dean G. Richard Lobs III on August 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a commentary to tuck into your brief case and carry about with you. The NIV Compact Bible Commentary the best short commentary I have ever used.
Though I give it five stars, Sailhammer's commentary is not even. His treatment of the Torah is the highwater mark of the book. The New Testament by contrast seems hurried and not as full as his treatment of the Hebrew Scriptures. This should be no surprise given his speciality in the Hebrew Scriptures.
I have given away a number of copies to people who have an interest in biblical interpretation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Payne on August 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sailhamer provides concise, sound commentary on the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. My husband and I have read this book for enjoyment as well as used it as a reference for specific passages. We strongly recommend this book to any new Christian reading through the Scriptures for the first time as well as the well-read Bible student.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2002
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As a new Bible reader and studier, I have found this book to be very worthwhile for getting an overview of Biblical material. It is easy to get lost while reading a book of the Bible (for us newbies, anyway!), and Sailhamer's book shows the reader the Big Picture so that it is easy to keep on track. There are more in-depth commentaries, but if you are new at this, I recommend this book. I gave it four stars because I think it could be a BIT more detailed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "donordug" on July 14, 2001
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I was assigned this book in Seminary and instantly fell in love with it. It gives a good through indepth overview of each of the books of the Bible that will not only help the scholor but the novice and searcher as well. I had the oppertunity to take a class from Dr. Sailheimer and now know why the book is as good as it is. You will be blessed by meeting the man as well as reading his book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Josh Hinton on December 27, 2007
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This is a wonderful resource for both the beginning bible reader and the Hebrew scholar. Dr. Sailhamer helps you follow the meaning of the text of Scripture. It is presented in a very clear, readable manner.

I have had the book for years and reference it all the time. I continue to buy more copies to give away as gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Carannante on October 9, 2008
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I ordered this book as a supplementary tool and I've found it to be helpful. I feel you could also use other numerous supplementary tools that would go a little more in depth, but this book has a great general summary of each book and each chapter for the NIV Bible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John G. Conner on January 24, 2014
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This may be the best one volume overview commentary out there. The Old Testament work alone is worth it, especially the Pentateuch. Just wait till he takes you through the Psalms. What makes it stand out is the interaction with the whole Bible and not just individual books of the Bible. It reads the Bible as having both a divine author and human authors. I commend it for interpreting passages in light of all the Bible.

I now keep copies on hand everywhere.
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John H. Sailhamer is professor of Old Testament at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Brea, California and was formerly senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His other works include An Introduction to Old Testament Theology and The NIIV Compact Bible Commentary.

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