- 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: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New Testament Commentary Set, 12 Volumes
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About the Author
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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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.
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. I compiled the list of books with information on book, year, author, and approximate length:
My priorities were 1 Corinthians, Romans, Galatians and Ephesians. The 1 Corinthians volume won an award and it was warranted. Revelation is also appealing, especially from a Reformed perspective, and it also won an award.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Thanks a lot. I appreciate it.
The book is good to the extent that I expected.