Christianbook.com Ratings and Reviews

Customer Reviews for Baker New Testament Commentary Survey, Sixth Edition

This product is no longer available. Continue shopping at Christianbook.com.

Baker New Testament Commentary Survey, Sixth Edition

Carson provides an updated---and candid---look at what resources pastors and students need to build a library for New Testament research. Examining sets and one-volume commentaries, he offers information on audience, level of difficulty, theological perspective, publisher, and price. A useful "Best Buys" section indicates his picks for the most valuable works for each NT book. 176 pages, softcover from Baker.
Average Customer Rating:
4.5 out of 5
4.5
 out of 
5
(6 Reviews) 6
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Snapshot (6 reviews)
5 stars
4
4 stars
1
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0
2 out of 2100%customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for New Testament Commentary Survey, Sixth Edition
Review 1 for New Testament Commentary Survey, Sixth Edition
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Still ploughing a furrow that needs ploughing.

Date:August 10, 2013
Customer Avatar
Davidandhisharem
Location:Bristol England
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Quality: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
As a theology student in the mid '80's I found Carson a voice in the wilderness when it came to guidance through the commentary jungle and now 30 years on am very happy to report that this edition still does a job worth doing well and not without a generous smattering of humour.
It is pretty much comprehensive on the commentary front and the only omission I could find was McHugh's ICC commentary on John 1 - 4.
Whether it is because of publisher's restrictions on space or not he often mentions that he is limiting himself to certain titles concerning works relating to NT books but again he seems pretty comprehensive to me.
Many a time he will mention that a particular commentary is strong in a particular area, eg the history of exegesis of the book in question, and this enables one to pick commentaries that complement one another or on the other hand avoid buying two commentaries that do pretty much the same job. This aspect is probably the strongest feature of the book.
When reading him it helps to be aware that
A) he is no great lover of the WBC series and its tautological format
B) that he mentions several pre-war commentaries without explaining why they are worth having (and in my experience they invariably are, eg Rawlinson, Rackham or Westcott) and
C) he rarely explains why a particular commentary was so seminal or deemed important at the time of its release OR explains its fall from favour - an aspect I would find helpful but not exactly necessary.
Having read his book with interest I was surprised to see that the likes of Vermes, Morton Smith and E P Sanders get barely a mention - a reflection of how often NT commentaries are hermetically sealed from the issues of the day? Or how quickly they had fallen from favour?
These are observations and not criticisms from someone who would happily pay extra for the next edition to be a hundred pages longer so as to learn about commentaries in the context of what was going on in the theological world around them.
+1point
1of 1voted this as helpful.
Review 2 for New Testament Commentary Survey, Sixth Edition
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Looking forward to the 7th Edition

Date:June 3, 2013
Customer Avatar
Steve Ford
Location:Sterling, VA
Age:55-65
Gender:male
Quality: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Meets Expectations: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
D.A. Carson' Reviews of New Testament Commentaries has been providing a very useful service for many years. He is an evangelical who highlights strengths of non-evangelical commentaries. His internal rating system is very helpful and his rating of individual commentaries and series is especially useful. I am looking forward to the release of the 7th edition which is due out later this year.
+2points
2of 2voted this as helpful.
Review 3 for New Testament Commentary Survey, Sixth Edition
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:April 1, 2008
Customer Avatar
Joshua Nelson
I have found that using Carson (NT) and Longman (OT) along with Glynn's Commentary and Reference Survey is extremely helpful in finding the best commentaries for my purpose for any particular book of the Bible. "In a multitude of Counselors there is safety." With three opinions drawn from many other opinions in reviews in journals, etc.; you really do (de facto) have a multitude of counselors. Of course, this does not eliminate the need to think, occasionally look a particular commentary up on the internet and read reviews or search the table of contents; and of course it does not eliminate the need for God's guidance; but this is a great tool to use, and God is not above using seemingly natural means to accomplish his purposes and lead us. This is a tool He has provided to help us to diligently search for other counselors (commentaries) after studying the Bible ourselves- "in a multitude of counselors there is safety"
+3points
3of 3voted this as helpful.
Review 4 for New Testament Commentary Survey, Sixth Edition
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:February 9, 2008
Customer Avatar
Allen Davidson
I would recommend this book to anyone before buying New Testament commentaries because it addresses some of the issues within the commentaries treatment of the text. It tells if the original language is dealt with and where the weaknesses lie. A very comprehensive and thorough work, recommended to me by the New Testament department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
+2points
2of 2voted this as helpful.
Review 5 for New Testament Commentary Survey, Sixth Edition
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:December 16, 2007
Customer Avatar
Cordell Hines
It is a very handy tool. reviews more commentaries than I knew existed. It doesn't just limit itself to commentaries, it reviews other N.T. tools.
+2points
2of 2voted this as helpful.
Review 6 for New Testament Commentary Survey, Sixth Edition
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:October 8, 2007
Customer Avatar
Eimi
Oct '07 I purchased Carson's commentary survey hoping for approachable writers through his comments and suggestions. I also hoped to get a better sense of the many views, (being a beginner student) of which I think overall Carson has done well with this book. His survey seems to be generally geared for both layperson and mid-level, and also from studied believer to advanced and pastor. I appreciated his brief and varying comments on level, depth, position, accessibility, scholarship and publisher/price info. As his survey listings are many, it is important to read carefully, for one can miss a small gem of insight here and there. On approach Carson succeeds. Combined with Glynn's, some authorships offered agreements. I found this to be a good general and fair review, as journals can be inaccessible and the information is helpful for further searches.
+1point
2of 3voted this as helpful.