Monthly Archives: June 2008

Pets Are A Blessing From God (#1)

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Scenes From Christ’s Life In Drawing

The ‘longer’ you look at this picture, the ‘more’ you see.
Look at the lines the artist used to draw this picture of Christ. There are scenes from Christ’s life.
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Matthew Poole’s Commentary – 3 vols

MatthewPooleCommentary3vols.jpgHere’s another bible commentary that I own in both hardback and software.
Hatthew Poole’s Commentary of the Bible – 3 volumes is another very popular bible commentary.
Here’s the blurb:
Perhaps the only true rival to Matthew Henry! Charles Spurgeon said, “If I must have only one commentary, and had read Matthew Henry as I have, I do not know but what I should choose Poole. He is a very prudent and judicious commentator . . . not so pithy and witty by far as Matthew Henry, but he is perhaps more accurate, less a commentator, and more an expositor.” 3104 pages total, three hardcovers from Hendrickson.
Currently, the 3 volume hardback versions sells for about $60 at ChristianBook.com; however, I’m sure I didn’t pay that amount. I’m thinking I picked it up for sale for about $40.
Every now and then ChristianBook.com deeply discounts some items. Watching their ads is very worthwhile as you can get some outstanding books at a small cost.

Hendriksen & Kistemaker – New Testament Commentary – 12 vols

WilliamHendriksenSimonKistemakerNewTestamentCommentary12vols.jpgWilliam Hendriksen & Simon J. Kistemaker’s New Testament Commentary, 12 Volumes is an indepth bible commentary of the New Testament.
You’re not dealing with a lightweight collection of a commentary glossing over a few verses. At 12 volumes they go in depth in their commentary of the New Testatment.
Also, while you are sometimes able to pick up multi-volume collections at very low prices at ChristianBooks.com, this one doesn’t quite fall into that range. At $100, it’s not cheaps; however considering the fact this 14 volume collection, it contains thousands of pages of commentary.
Here’s the blurb:
This set is ideal for pastors and serious Bible students of the Reformed tradition. It is the only complete commentary on the New Testament written solely from a Reformed perspective. The award-winning twelve-volume hardcover set features verse-by-verse exegesis and applications, critical notes on the Greek text, chapter summaries, and extensive bibliographies and indexes of authors, Scripture, and other ancient writings enhance the usefulness of each volume.
Begun by William Hendriksen, Baker’s New Testament Commentary has earned the acclaim and respect of Reformed and evangelical scholars and pastors. Since Hendriksen’s death in 1982, the series has been continued by Simon J. Kistemaker. Four of the volumes compiled by Kistemaker earned the Gold Medallian Award (Hebrews, James and 1-3 John, Acts, and 1 Corinthians). The series was completed in 2001 with the publication of Revelation. Now, for the first time, the entire twelve-volume set may be purchased.
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.

Actually, the price of $100 certainly isn’t bad for 12 books. That comes out to less than $10 per hardback.

Walvoord & Zuck’s – The Bible Knowledge Commentary

WalvoordZuckTheBibleKnowledgeCommentaryOldAndNewTest2Vols.jpgJohn F. Walvoord & Roy B. Zuck’s ‘The Bible Knowledge Commentary – Old and New Testament (2 vol) collection is another outstanding bible commentary.
Here’s the blurb:
Edited by John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, The Bible Knowledge Commentary features insightful exposition and commentary on the entire Bible from members of the distinguished Dallas Theological Seminary faculty. For commentary from the historical-grammatical and premillennial perspectives, it’s hard to beat this commentary, and the commitment to scriptural inerrancy is unmatched. Thoroughly conservative and Evangelical, this commentary showcases what Dallas Theological Seminary has become world famous for, and offers all students of the Bible an insightful and applicable commentary.
This 2 volume hardback set is available through ChristianBook.com for about $40.
I don’t own the printed version; however, I do have the collection within my e-Sword software.
This was not free software. I had to pay $20 for the collection.
Ideally, it’s nice to have both the printed and electronic versions; however, I’m happy to have this one on software. The great part about the software version is that you can easily copy parts of it, then transfer to your word processor without having to type everything.

James Montgomery Boice – Romans – 4 vols

JamesMontgomeryBoiceRomans4vols.jpgYesterday I mentioned bible commentaries which deal with only one book of the bible.
The collection to the left is one of those commentary sets.
James Montgomery Boice’s 4 volume set on the book of Romans is another well known commentary.
Here’s the blurb:
The Boice Commentary is now available in paperback. This series combines careful scholarship and clear communication in a verse-by-verse and section by section reading of various biblical texts. James Montgomery Boice, a former pastor, combines thoughtful interpretation with contemporary insight for daily living, and explains the meaning of the text and relates the text’s concerns to the church, Christianity, and the world in which we live. This commentary is useful for devotions, sermon preparation, preaching and teaching.
This 4 volume paperback collection is available at ChristianBook.com for about $45.00.
Donald Grey Barnhouse also wrote a 4 volume set on Romans which is available for $39.00.

J.C. Ryle – Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

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While recent blog entries have talked about complete bible commentaries, the Expository Thoughts on the Gospels by J.D. Ryle is a little different.
Rather than a complete commentary on the entire bible, Old Testament, or New Testament, J.C. Ryle’s commentary centers on the Gospels.
This four volume collection is quiet outstanding and is considered another classic.
I do not own this collection, but at $29.95, I could easily pick it up from ChristianBook.com.
While I certainly like complete bible commentaries, there’s certainly something to be said for those commentaries which center on one aspect or part of the bible.
Covering Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, this commentaries certainly centers in on the Life of Christ.
I’ve even seen some multi-volume commentaries which deal with just one book of the bible. I’ll write about one tomorrow.
Here’s the blurb:
Observing the need for biblical understanding in his own parish, this classic commentary from one of England’s most influential evangelical leaders in the 19th century is rich in devotional applications and exposition, which are as relevant today as when originally penned. As a Pastor and reformed scholar, J.C. Ryle writes to the average Christian in a devotional manner, aiming to help readers know Christ better and his understanding of life and people make this a perfect resource for pastors and laypeople alike. This reprint features 4 hardbound volumes.

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown Complete Commentary 3 Vols

JamiesonFaussetBrownCompleteCommentary3Vols.jpgI used to have the one volume (condensed) version of this commentary in my collection; however, I gave it away many years ago when I turned from God.
In fact, I once had a very nice collection of bibles, study bibles, bible commentaries, and other religious books. About ten years ago, due to some events in my life, I turned from God and gave everything away.
That was a huge mistake on both fronts. Now I wish I had never turned away from God, having lost a decade of communion with God. Naturally, it has taken about a thousand dollars to get most of these books back.
The Jamieson, Fausset & Brown was one of my favorite commentaries. Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset, David Brown did an excellent job on their work.
Here’s the blurb:
Long considered one of the best conservative commentaries on the entire Bible, the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary offers practical insight from a Reformed Evangelical perspective. The comments are an insightful balance between learning and devotion, with an emphasis on allowing the text to speak for itself. Volume one covers Genesis through Esther, volume two covers Job through Malachi, and volume three covers the entire New Testament (Matthew through Revelation). Introductions are offered for the Pentateuch, the Mosaic account of creation, Hebrew poetry, and for each book in the Old Testament, as well as for the gospels, Acts, Romans, and the entire corpus of the epistles.
I’m not sure why I haven’t bought the collection for my present collection. I can get the entire 3 hardback collection at ChristianBook.com for a little less than $30.
I do have the collection on software in my e-Sword program.

Albert Barnes Notes On The Old And New Testament 14 Volumes

AlberBarnesNotesOnTheOldAndNewTestament14Volumes.jpgAlbert Barnes Notes on the Old and New Testament – 14 volumes is another commentary that is considered a classic.
While I don’t own the printed copies, I do have this collection on software within my e-Sword computer programs.
Here’s the blurb:
One of the best-selling commentary sets of all time! James Murphy and Albert Barnes’ conservative verse-by-verse explanation of the KJV text is dependable and profitable for sermon preparation, Bible study, and teaching. A thoroughly evangelical resource, it offers pastors and laypeople a fine blend of scholarly insight, non-technical language, and practical application. 14 Hardcovers.
This entire set of 14 books may be purchased from ChristianBook.com for $90.00.
You can’t beat the prices at ChristianBook.com

NIV Bible Commentary

ZondervanNIVbibleCommentary2vols.jpgThe Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary (2 vols) is a great bible commentary.
Many years ago I purchased it together with the NIV Study Bible.
Volume 1 is the Old Testament and Volume 2 is the New Testament.
The style of the book is a little different now, but the content is the same.
All in all, a very good bible commentary.