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New Testament Commentary Set, 12 Volumes

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ISBN-13: 978-0801026065
ISBN-10: 0801026067
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William Hendriksen (Th.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) was professor of New Testament literature at Calvin Theological Seminary.
Simon J. Kistemaker (Ph.D., Free University, Amsterdam) is professor emeritus of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.
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  • Hardcover: 10084 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801026067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801026065
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 13 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 34.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first full commentary set that I have purchased for myself. Before turning away, keep in mind that I have used many other sets from libraries (public, academic and church) as well as from other Christians. My beliefs are strongly Reformed (Christian Reformed Church), so this set is one of the few that very closely fit with my beliefs. My prior favorite was the "Interpreter's Bible" set, which has recently been updated (I was using the older versions from local public libraries). Now, this set is my favorite.
The format between the two authors is very similar, intentionally, but I still prefer the newer format (slight improvements in keeping a flowing reading). The text has clearly been proofread very well.
As for content, I prefer Kistemaker's presentation. Part of that may be due to the fact that most of his books are later than Hendrickson's. The changes in society values does not have much impact for me, but the amount of biblical knowledge unearthed in the past 50 years is astounding. However, the impact is mostly felt in just a few chapters, so don't let that deter you.
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This set is first rate. It is written from the Reformed perspective. It is scholarly, yet usable for the laymen. Besides great commentary, Dr. Kistemaker provides wonderfully helpful word studies for those who are not fluent in Greek. Add to that his practical and applicational notes, and you have a set on the whole New Testament that for the money is unequalled. (This set is very reasonably priced.)

Thank you Dr. Kistemaker for completing this wonderful work begun by Dr. Hendriksen. And thanks to the folks in our church who gave me this set for Christmas!
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The New Testament Commentary, the first eight volumes of which were written by the late Wm. Hendriksen (through Titus) and the last four by Simon Kistenmaker, is a scholarly yet accessible commentary set. It is a bit more in depth (in my estimation) than is the New International Commentary NT, but at the same time is quite readable and does not get bogged down in minutia. (The more technical issues, such as alternate translations and meanings, are placed in the footnotes.) Moreover, because it was intended to be a single-author endeavor (although it was taken over by Kistenmaker after Hendriksen's death), it has a consistent perspective throughout. Both Hendriksen and Kistenmaker are Reformed thinkers, and so the commentary tends to adopt a Reformed interpretation.

Hendriksen's volumes include Hendriksen's personal translation of the Greek text. Kistenmaker relies on the NIV (thankfully, the original NIV), which, for those who prefer some other translation, might be seen as a disadvantage. However, since serious Bible study and exegesis is going to demand either personal consultation of the Greek text or, at the very least, looking at different translations, this should not keep someone from using this valuable commentary set.

I own several commentary sets (NICNT and Word, among others), as well as classics written on specific books (e.g., John Brown on 1 Peter; Chas. Hodge on Romans), and I consult the Hendriksen/Kistenmaker set more often than any of the others.
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By Rooster on February 14, 2014
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I have been wanted these commentaries in my library for several years. I put off buying them for a long time and noticed that the price continued to go up, and so I bought them. I Love these commentaries.
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Am in seminary and find this to be useful for papers and in teaching preparation at my church. I haven't been through many of them yet, but Hebrews is excellent!
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