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Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary On the Whole Bible Hardcover – February 1, 1999
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If you're serious about studying the Bible and coming to a deeper understanding of, and relationship with, God, the JFB is a good place to start.
Prepare to be humbled.
The JFB often accurately and succinctly explains a passage even when Calvin, Gill and Clarke are too verbose, vague, or on occasion, just plain confusing. Even where the JFB commentary agrees with Calvin or Gill for example, JFB says in 1 or 2 sentences what takes them 2 or 3 paragraphs. I realize that was the norm when those commentaries were written, and that approach has its place, but since JFB is easier to understand and more succinct, I find it more useful.
I will continue to use all of the commentaries above, but I am searching the JFB more and more. You can find any of them online free of charge. I even have Clarke and JFB on my Dell Axim. Can't beat that.
Recently I have been studying the Book of Job and I have found JFB to be very insightful. It has given excellent exposition of the passages, but has also been very helpful in understanding the culture, customs and traditions behind the text. I do not believe for a second that one must understand all the history and traditions of Bible times to get the spiritual meaning of God's Word, however, the fact is that understanding some of the background can really cast some light on certain passages.
JFB is like Smith's Bible Dictionary. It is not the most comprehensive, but since it is more functional and easier to use, you use it more than the others, therefore, it is the most helpful.
What you end up with is a KJV Bible with verse-by-verse links to the accompanying JFB commentary -- so, this has become a primary reading Bible for me. It is also possible to read the extensive introductory material within the JFB -- for each chapter and for various larger sections of the Bible. I use OSNOVA's Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) as my default Kindle dictionary while reading this study Bible, which means I have a full commentary as well as a vast encyclopedia in support of an e-reader Bible. Just an amazing value at five bucks.
Finally, I must say that OSNOVA is by far the best e-book designer I've come across. Most of their publications are laboriously linked to a bundled KJV, with internal linking provided for footnotes and other study helps.
I just can't say enough about this particular e-book offering, or about OSNOVA in general. Highest recommendation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Vintage commentary, well respected resource. Not unique, but useful for the Bible-believing pastor. Every verse is addressed.Published 4 months ago by Edward J. Vasicek
Very easy to navigate and simple to use index make this a good study tool.Published 6 months ago by lostfriar
Great CommentaryJamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary on the Whole Bible (best navigation with Direct Verse Jump)Published 6 months ago by Valencia
Great Commentary to add to a layman's biblical library. This is the fifth commentary I own and only the better commentary I have then Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown would be my... Read morePublished 8 months ago by L. Holm