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  • Series: Thru the Bible 5 Volume Set
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Supersaver edition (January 28, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078520041X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785200413
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 6.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
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153 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Parks on June 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps Dr. McGee's favorite phrase expressed best, his philosophy of teaching the Word of God: "...let me put the cookies on the bottom shelf, so the children can enjoy them too." This is a commentary everyone can enjoy! It is the much more useable version of his single book commentaries which ended up three feet long!
First off, this commentary set is not exhaustive. It is easy to understand, full of practical illustrations, and does not cover every single verse of scripture. It is the compilation of the entire five-year "Thru the Bible" radio commentary put into print, and though it's not the first commentary I go to, it's the last one I'd part with!
Years ago, I ordered every one of the 266 tapes that Dr. McGee broadcasts on "Thru the Bible". I'm proud to say that I've probably listened to the entire set three of four times. Like Dr. McGee, I believe Scripture profits us most when studied as a whole. So, when the transcribed commentary set came out, I had to have it--more as a reward to myself than as a set I would use often. (I do sometimes enjoy following the commentary as he teaches on radio!) The index is a tremendous help, and a MUST for organizing themes, illustrations, cross references, etc.
In short, if you want a simple and practical explanation of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, this might well be your best first commentary set. Used along side a good study Bible such as the Zondervan Study Bible, or the MacArthur Study Bible (see my reviews), there is much to be learned. The commentary is not deep, but it's good, and best of all, he's right on track in the interpretation of God's Word.
I loved Dr. McGee when he was alive, and appreciate him more now that he's gone. The best compliment I can give him is to say that this set will make you thirst for deeper involvement in the Scripture, and to know that his work makes us hungry for more would have warmed the heart of J. Vernon McGee. He was my hero.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne A. Stewart on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
These books are as if you were sitting, visiting on the porch of your old uncle Vernon down the road a-piece, until you realize that this learned and delightful man has more initials after his name than you could think. Mr. McGee takes a single word, a sentence and a chapter from scripture and puts flesh on it, makes it real and gives it the flavor of the day and the reality of now. His delightful humor and easy wit smooth the way of learning.
Study of the Old and New Testaments can get bogged down in interpretation, reference and a thousand other thoughts. Mr. McGee not only guides you, but his demonstration of the significance of just one word has the ability to open your thinking in ways you would not have easily determined on your own. His thinking adhears to the written word and you are left with the realization that his teaching is valuable.
This process has become a most enjoyable passtime as opposed to a duty of study. Honestly, I look forward to my time studying now with a new entheusiastic interest. If you are really interested in insight and direction through scripture, Mr. McGee is just the man to help. I recommend these books wholeheartedly.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By on April 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This commentary on every book of the Bible is taken from J. Vernon McGee's Radio Broadcast. His friendly, easy, style translates well to the printed page, as does his conviction that the entire Bible is the Wholly inspired Word of GOD. Pastor McGee takes as literal a view of Scriture as is possible, and hleps to coordinate seeming contradictions. He is careful to point out fulfilled prophecies, and also points on which he and other commentators disagree. I would recommend this set for every pastor, priest, Sunday School Teacher, and bible student as a reference which should be in constant use.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Eric on October 12, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I had given my mother a copy of Talk Thru the Bible (my choice as a textbook for either O.T. or N.T. survey) as a guide to accompany her first straight through reading of the Bible. To my delight, afterwards, she asked me what would be a good commentary to use to further explore biblical themes and expand upon what she had already learned. I ordered her the five volume Thru the Bible commentary with the Topical Index taken from J. Vernon McGee's radio program to compliment her further studies.
While I don't always agree with McGee's tendency of hanging his own thoughts and commentary on a verse when not necessary, or his inclusion of Reformed dogmatics by way of presumption; more often than not I agree with the highlights of his message. I like the fact that he spent his time boiling down abstract ideas and doctrines by illustrating them through solid biblical theology in narrative tone that brings the Bible to life so that the reader can easily grasp and apply biblical themes in their own walk with the Lord. I also like the fact that McGee tends to engage popular pitfalls and misconceptions of understanding the Scriptures by frequently teaching why such assumptions fail before the whole council of our Lord. Though he clearly states that his intended audience was the layman, his commentary often exhibits surprising depth as McGee often illustrates key points in biblical typology, or the by pursuit of other rabbit trails which greatly enhance the readers understanding of the relationships between the Old and the New Testaments. Of further benefit, there is a sixth book available for this commentary that allows you to quickly look up specific topics quickly (Thru the Bible Topical Index).
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