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The essential commentaries for a preacher's library
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About the Author
-University College of Wales, B.S.
-Reformed Theological Seminary, M.Div.
-University of Wales, Ph.D.
Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at the Jackson campus of RTS. After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where, in addition to his work at the seminary, he serves as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. In addition to serving in the pastorate, Derek has served as editor of the Evangelical Presbyterian, a monthly denominational magazine. A graduate of RTS in 1978, he gained a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Lampeter in Calvin's preaching on the book of Job. He has written or edited 15 books and has contributed to commentary series by Banner of Truth and Evangelical Press. He also co-edited Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, (P & R) with Philip Ryken and Ligon Duncan. In 2004, Derek Thomas became Editorial Director for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and the editor of its ezine, Reformation 21.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you can own only one, I'd say go for Glynn's. If you can only buy three, purchase Carson, Glynn, and Longman. Derek Thomas' is really much more narrower in terms of what he deems worthy (if it's dispensational, he doesn't recommend it too much, if it's not Presbyterian, etc. he doesn't list as many)
The other books are much more open to varying views...
Purchase Thomas for building a good, and mostly Reformed library of commentaries that one can use to faithful teach and preach the word week in a week out. Then buy those other resources for a complete listing as you began to expand.