- Hardcover: 3091 pages
- Publisher: Banner of Truth (January 1, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851512119
- ISBN-13: 978-0851512112
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.9 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,912,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Commentary on the Holy Bible
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About the Author
Matthew Poole (1624 1679) was born at York, England, and educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (B. A., 1649; M.A., 1652). From 1549 he ministered at St Michael le Querne in London. In July 1657 he was one of eleven Cambridge graduates incorporated M.A. at Oxford on occasion of the visit of Richard Cromwell as chancellor. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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The great British Reformed Baptist pastor Charles Spurgeon, when asked what commentary he would select if could have only one, responded that, since he had read Matthew Henry's expositions so thoroughly, he would pick Poole. Praise doesn't come much higher than that endorsement.
While you can easily find Poole for free through various biblical study software programs, I have loved having the volumes in print as well. Hendrickson did a great job on the printing & binding which makes this superb resource an even greater joy to use. Pick them up.
One of the things I am especially pleased with is that, in some cases, he gives various interpretations of a word's meaning or sometimes even the whole point that is intended. It's not that he's swaying in his understanding. It seems to be a simple acknowledgement of uncertainty. So instead of guessing, as some do, he communicates the different perspectives. And often he will let the reader know to which interpretation he leans.
The only drawback is his comments sometimes lack enough detail. Anyone like me, who not only wants to know what it means but why, better be prepared to do the research if this is important. Poole doesn't always explain how he arrived at a particular understanding and he doesn't give a great deal of historical data either. But in researching these things myself, I generally find Poole to be on target with what I'm able to conclude.
In my opinion, either Matthew Poole or Matthew Henry is the first commentary set a student should consider, depending on preference. Both cover the whole Bible. Both are very handsome sets of books (unless you purchase the Matthew Henry commentary in one book). And most importantly both are the scholarly works of men who have a passion for God's word. However, I slightly favor Poole's comments simply because they're an easier read.