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Inter-Varsity Press New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition

For 40 years, the New Bible Commentary has set the standard for works of its kind. Now in this completely revised fourth edition (including over 80% new and updated material), the best one-volume commentary is now even better.

This readable and accessible volume brings together many of the finest scholars of our day to meet the needs of students, teachers and Bible readers. The 21st-century edition of the New Bible Commentary offers 66 solid, concise, evangelical commentaries---one on each book of the Bible. These detailed (passage-by-passage or verse-by-verse) commentaries, based on the NIV text, are accompanied by introductory material on date, authorship, purpose, key themes, outlines and discussions of recent developments in biblical scholarship, along with numerous maps, diagrams, and tables. In addition, seven new introductory articles have been added which overview biblical history and types of biblical literature:

  • Approaching the Bible (D.A. Carson)
  • Biblical History (Gordon McConville)
  • The Pentateuch (Gordon Wenham)
  • Poetry in the Bible (Philip Jensen)
  • Apocrypha and Apocalyptic (Roger Beckwith)
  • Reading the Gospels (R.T. France)
  • Reading the Epistles (D.A. Carson)
Contributors include: T. Desmond Alexander, George R. Beasley-Murray, D.A. Carson, Richard T. France, Donald Guthrie, Gordon P. Hugenberger, Philip A. Jensen, J.A. Motyer, Moisés Silva, Douglas Stuart, Gordon J. Wenham, and others. Overview of the New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition:
  • Theologically moderate/conservative
  • Non-technical (no knowledge of Hebrew, Greek or Aramaic needed)
  • For laypeople and teachers
  • Uses the New International Version (NIV) Bible as its English base
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Review 1 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:March 1, 2012
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Janet Farr
Location:New York, NY
Age:Over 65
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I found this commentary to be very helpful, and easily understood for a lay person.
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a very good resource!

Date:January 16, 2011
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Daniel
Location:Bath, ME
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I find this commentary to be very useful. It has a devotional quality to it and the contributors give practical applications for the readers.
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Review 3 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:July 19, 2010
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Meron
I just got the New Bible Commentary and it exceeds all expectation. I'm very excited by its sound treatment of the Word of God. I was also very impressed with the prompt and safe International delivery, I will definitely be using and recommending CBD!
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Review 4 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:June 6, 2010
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sharon briggs
I found this comentary in our church library and checked it out. It had been ordered by one of our pastors, who had recently graduated Bible college. I have found it so enlighting, that I was getting tired of checking it out and decided to order my own copy. I have used it for BSF and the Kay Arthur study, and for preparing my lesson for 1st grade Sunday School. I even enjoy reading it , for enjoyment. It is a wealth of enfromation that opens up the whole meaning of each book of the bible. I also enjoy the history inserted.
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Review 5 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:May 21, 2010
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Eloy
Great commentary! The insight is scholarly, refreshing, and mixed with a slight devotional bent. What a fantastic group of international scholars that have been gathered for this work! Overall, very clear and concise. However, there is one very minor drawback; the actual material of the pages could have been slightly thicker in cases of underlining fragments or whole sentences. But this minuscule deficiency is nothing compared to how much use and insight a Christian will certainly gain into the mind of God! SDG! To God alone be the glory!
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Review 6 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:March 22, 2010
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Rob M
While I own a range of Bible commentaries and introductions, I often turn to this book for a solid and thoughtful comment on the text of the Bible. The introductions and articles are remarkably helpful, and the commentaries are often a good way into wrestling with God's word. I have recommended everyone in our church begins their home library with The New Bible Commentary and The New Bible Dictionary.
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Review 7 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:September 19, 2008
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Jeffrey Sisemoore
I recently bought this commentary to complement a couple of verse-by-verse commentaries I already own. I have been very pleased with the approach taken by the New Bible Commentary, which is to take groups of verses and discuss them together as a cohesive whole.I have taken to reading my Bibles (NIV and NASB) to compare texts and to read the study notes and word studies in them, followed by this commentary. I find that I form an understanding by reading my Bibles and then get a fresh perspective or corroborative validation which leads me to further reflect upon the Word. The New Bible Commentary is very readable and adds much to my time with God's Word. I have owned this commentary for about three weeks. If my opinion holds after I have read it for six months or a year (which I expect will be true), then I would give this five stars. Based upon three weeks, though, I intentionally want to be conservative with my praise.
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Review 8 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:July 20, 2007
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Leonard Castaneda
I've been peeking at a copy of this commentary in a local bookstore and eventually, asked an aunt to order me a copy from this site. Written in an honest, scholarly, and thoroughly understandable manner, I chose this 1-volume commentary because of the strong reputation of IVP for sound materials. I know I will enjoy my copy when it gets to me tomorrow (July 21, 2007).
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Review 9 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:March 21, 2007
I have nearly all one volume Bible commentaries, you name it, I have it!!!!. I am a real Bible commentary lover. In my opinion, this is the best one volume Bible commentary that I have. It contains more detail and I think it is easier to read and digest than other one volume commentaries. Only one drawback is that there are no technical terms (Hebrew and Greek )that sometime we need to know what the original words seem to speak for. If you can have only one or two one volume commentaries, you may try this one and New international Bible commentary by the late FF Bruce.
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Review 10 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:November 25, 2006
For the targeted audience this is an outstanding commentary. One should not be surprised that a single volume commentary cannot cover every issue that will arise in studying the Bible.If you're looking for a good basic Bible reference tool to enhance your reading and study of the Bible, this is good value for the money.It is also a solid foundation for your own small Bible study library. Just add a good Bible dictionary (IVP has an excellent one), a good Bible concordance, and a good Study Bible (like the NIV Study Bible or the updated NASB Study Bible)- and you will have the basics for years of searching the scriptures to know Him better!One last point. If you want more indepth study, each article in this book is followed with a small bibliography which can help point you in the right direction.
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Review 11 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:June 29, 2003
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Jon
I purchased this commentary due to someone saying that it's the best one volume Evangelical Commentary on the market. For a one volume commentary, it is quite deep and touches on important issues, and isn't afraid to interact with the original languages somewhat in an easy-to-understand way (all Greek/Hebrew/Aramaic words are transliterated). The persuasion is more Calvinistic/Reformed. The book takes a moderate theological position: historical criticism is present(An unsure stand on the author of Genesis, a synoptic "problem", and things of similar nature) and sometimes it doesn't tackle doctrinal issues in the text, or simply gives all sides without taking much of a stand(female roles in the church, evolution in the creation narrative). Not all commentaries are of the same quality, some seem to be abridged versions of full-length commentaries. If you are interested in a somewhat scholarly commentary that isn't afraid to give the nod toward critical views, this is for you. If you are looking for something more conservative but still isn't afraid to discuss a tiny bit of the original languages occasionally (in an easy-to-understand way), try the Concordia Self-Study Commentary (one volume) or Self-Study Bible, or the People's Bible Commentary series by Concordia or Northwestern. I find myself reaching for those more often than the New Bible Commentary.
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Review 12 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:August 17, 2000
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Brent Wittmeier
This is easily the best one volume commentary I have ever seen. This should be a standard tool for churches whenever and wherever the Bible is taught. If it were up to me, I would get a copy of this into the hands of every small group leader in my church.
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Review 13 for New Bible Commentary, 21st Century Edition
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Date:July 14, 2000
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Matthew Sullivan
I refer to this commentary all the time in my study; both devotional and for sermon prep. You would be hard-pressed to find a finer collection of today's evangelical scholars/commentators as is assembled here. Each book of the Bible is given thorough treatment in lay language by a scholar who has immersed himself in that book for years. This is money very well-spent. Highly recommended.
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