Biblical studies: July 2005 Archives

This is part two of my commentary recommendations post. I'm separating it out into four parts because of its length. Part one is here. None of this is new. It's just a new post so I don't have it all in one long post.

This post is the list of intermediate level commentaries, what I would recommend for experienced Bible study group leaders, with more detail than some of the basic commentaries give but not necessarily requiring seminary or Bible school training (as a fully technical commentary might).

David Howard is the author of the New American Commentary volume on Joshua and of the forthcoming New International Commentary volume on Kings, along with An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books. His thoughts on commentaries and their use are thus worth reading. I've added this to my list of resources on commentaries.

This is from my Amazon review of Edmund Clowney's The Message of I Peter: The Way of the Cross in The Bible Speaks Today series.

Clowney gives a straightforward and helpful exposition of this significant epistle. This series is highly readable, and Clowney's contribution on I Peter is no different. He has clearly thought long and hard about most of what he says, even if some of the argumentation for his views is left out of the book.

For a more serious exegetical commentary, look to Paul Achtemeier's Hermeneia volume, J. Ramsay Michaels' work in the Word Biblical Commentary series, or Peter Davids' NIC volume. I probably would agree more with Clowney's conclusions than any of Achtemeier, Michaels, or Davids, but the reality is that he's giving more of an exposition without always giving the scholarly details to back up those conclusions. When he does give arguments, they're often not detailed enough for someone who can handle the more detailed commentaries to be satisfied with. So even if I'm attracted by his conclusions, I can't always see how to respond to the others' arguments at the level they're dealing with.

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