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Proverbs (The NIV Application Commentary) Hardcover – November 3, 2003
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Dr. John Carlini
Senior Pastor, Devon Church
While I like this commentary I found it somehow repeats itself in certain topics when discussing on the "Bridging Contexts" and the "Contemporary Signficance" sections. I don't think this is Paul Koptak's fault because the overall structure is already prescribed in the NIV Application Commentary series, and that's why I give this book four stars.
The NIV Application Commentary (NIVAC) is a unique commentary that seeks to give the reader both the meaning of a passage of Scripture in its original context and a practical application for today's life.
The NIVAC on Proverbs begins with an introduction chapter that discusses how to study the book of Proverbs, what a proverb is, how to understand the book and its authorship. The introductions to most commentaries prove to be useful because they give much more information that a typical study bible would, but it is still short enough to be read through in one sitting. The author provides an outline of the book which helps to see the flow of the book. The Bibliography is an excellent resource since, at least personally, it is hard to find good material on Proverbs.
The Text and Commentary section of this book will divide each passage of Scripture into three sections:
Original Meaning - This is the section where the author will explain the meaning of the text in its original context. Having read several of the commentaries in this series I was eager to see how the author would handle the book of Proverbs. I was very pleased with how he lays out this section. In the chapters that are more individual proverbs, he treats them verse by verse, giving treatment to them separately, but them adding some comments about the overall flow and connection within the chapter. In chapters where the proverbs group together well the author will treat them as a group.
Bridging Context - In this section the author gets us from the original context to the contemporary context by a "bridge".Read more ›
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This book would have been fine if the author had refrained from inserting his dogmatic political views into it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by professional dilettante
This book has been very helpful. I lead a women's group and we are studying Proverbs. The format is excellent as it helps us relate Proverbs to our lives.Published 17 months ago by Denise
Dense book that I've finished. I am sure it will teach me a lot.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very good reference book on the subject of Proverbs. Good for coming up with sermon ideas, I use it all the time.Published on July 25, 2013 by Kenneth E. Ronaghan
Excellent journey through proverbs. Well writing and easy to grasp. A must have commentary.The instruction manual for life. Highly recommended.Published on June 8, 2013 by Dan
This commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to Modern application. Truly the title speaks for itself.Published on February 7, 2013 by jo