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Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary On the Whole Bible Hardcover – February 1, 1999

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Readers of the King James Version, the New American Standard Bible, and other traditional translations have long consulted a revered set of texts to help them unearth the rich treasures of the Bible. The Zondervan Classic Reference Series brings together five renowned study aids at prices that put them within reach of all who want to get the most out of their Bible studies. You'll recognize the names instantly. Matthew Henry's Commentary. Nave's Topical Bible. Cruden's Complete Concordance. Jamieson, Fausset & Brown's Commentary on the Whole Bible. Zondervan's Pictorial Bible Dictionary. Millions of Christians depend on these beloved works today, as they have through the years, to help them better understand the Bible. ? Matthew Henry's Commentary--Rich insights into the very heart of Scripture characterize this celebrated commentary, condensed here into one convenient volume. Passage by passage, Matthew Henry offers prayerful, penetrating reflections to inspire and challenge the reader. ? Nave's Topical Bible--An indispensable tool for topical study, this volume provides more than 100,000 Scripture references--most with the complete Bible text--arranged under more than 6,000 topical headings. Billy Graham says of the Nave's Topical Bible, Outside of the Bible, this is the book I depend on more than any other. Certainly there has been no book that has helped me more in my study. ? Jamieson, Fausset & Brown's Commentary on the Whole Bible--Verse-by-verse exposition unlocks meaning through the entire Bible. I consult it continually, wrote Charles Spurgeon. The treasure store of Bible information par excellence, says Dr. Herbert Lockyer. ? Cruden's Complete Concordance--This most up-to-date, accurate edition of Alexander Cruden's venerable concordance contains over 220,000 references, allowing quick referencing of the entire Bible. ? Zondervan's Pictorial Bible Dictionary--Designed to provide quick access to information in both words and pictures, this study tool contains more than 5,000 entries and 700 images that embrace the complete spectrum of biblical concerns, from theological, to geographical, to historical and more.

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With its scholarly insights, Jamieson, Fausset & Brown's Commentary is to verse-by-verse exposition what the venerable Matthew Henry's Commentary is to devotional-style commentaries. It sheds light on the full meanings and implications of words, verses, and passages to supply you with an in-depth understanding of the entire Bible. Meticulously condensed to provide all the learned commentary of the original 6-book set in one convenient volume, Jamieson, Fausset & Brown's Commentary includes these features: - Words and phrases to be exposited are indicated in boldface for clear, easy-to-follow reading. - Introductions to each book of the Bible supply a detailed, big-picture context that helps you accurately comprehend biblical truths. - Shades of meaning drawn from the original biblical languages deepen your understanding of the Scriptures. - Extensive cross-referencing throughout the text helps you undergird your study with related verses.

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Product Details

  • Series: Zondervan Classic Reference Series
  • Hardcover: 1591 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; New edition edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310265703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310265702
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The JFB commentary on the whole Bible was authored nearly 150 years ago. Like so few of its numerous peers, the JFB still remains as the preeminent work of its kind. Today's "modern" commentaries pale by comparison and will quickly fade into obscurity. If anything, it seems as though deep understanding of the Scriptures has given way to superficial milk-spew. The JFB remains the bedrock standard of Scriptural explanation. Concise, lucid, and without apology to denomination or creed, Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown have done more for the honest Bible student than nearly any other expounder before or since. To say I highly recommend the JFB couldn't be more of an understatement.

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.
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As another reviewer said, I find myself reaching for this commentary more and more. Even though it originally came in a 3 volume set (now a 1 volume), I would not consider this an exhaustive commentary. It is concise, not just in the content covered, it is also concise in the actual exposition and phrasing. I mention this because many of the older commentaries, although excellent and more exhaustive, still tend to be too wordy for my taste. And occasionally, the less the writer grasped a subject, the more wordy they tended to be.

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.
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Being a bi-vocational pastor means I need concise and exact Biblical commentary because of working fulltime and pastoring a church fulltime. This commentary has been invaluable to me in all ways in helping me with my sermons. I don't believe there has been a time that I have not referred to it for explanation of God's word.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I own the three-volume hardback version of this concise and informative Bible commentary, and have used it profitably over the past years. When I noticed that a Kindle version had become available -- and that OSNOVA is the e-book designer -- I immediately made the purchase and loaded it onto my e-reader.

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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I have most of the best of the best in current Bible commentaries of the New and Old Testaments, however, I still find myself reaching for this one time after time. I have had the 3 volume set for many years and still love the detail presented and the heart with which it is presented. It is packed full of historical information as well as Greek/ Hebrew definitions and is excellent in all of the other additional information it provides. Despite it's age, it is a MUST have for ministers or ANYONE serious about God's Word. In my opinion, it will always be a timeless classic for all those who are seeking to enrich their lives with not only the information of God's Word, but also assisting in understanding HIM better and drawing them closer to HIM (that's really what it's all about anyway). I've just recently bought this one volume of JFB for my mother and can't wait to see what she thinks. God bless you as you seek HIS Presence.
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