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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.
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Gives a really good interpretation of the scriptures. It would be easier to understand if the interpretations were given a verse at a time or even a passage instead of in phrases. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dale E. Sperling
Gives one a quick glimpse of the Bible chapter. A good way to prepare one for what will be encountered in the chapter.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
If there's a better one-volume commentary on every book of the Bible--that concisely and eruditely examines Scripture in the light of conservative, Reformed biblical scholarship... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Ramirez
The JFB commentary was a seminary staple for many, many years for a reason. Happy to had gotten my hands on this copy.Published 5 months ago by Pastor Daryl Wilson at Divine Grace Ministry