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Zondervan The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition: 2 Volumes

Based on the critically acclaimed, Gold Medallion-winning Expositor's Bible Commentary used by pastors, students, and scholars across the world, this two-volume abridged edition offers you the full, penetrating, verse-by-verse commentary of the 12-volume series while leaving out needless technical details. Marshalling the knowledge of fifty-two top biblical scholars, it brings tremendous insight to your Bible studies.

Covering the Old and New Testaments in separate volumes, this commentary features:

  • Verse-by-verse exposition of the entire Bible
  • 250 in-text charts, maps, tables, and pictures
  • Goodrick/Kohlenberger numbers for cross-referencing the Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance and other G/K-numbered resources
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Review 1 for The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition: 2 Volumes
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Good for what it is

Date:September 10, 2012
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JasonM
Location:Monroe, GA
Age:35-44
Gender:male
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Compared to other single-volume commentaries, this one is top notch. It is more thorough and well rounded than other sources I have examined, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to someone interested in deeper study without the need for the technical details found in most commentary sets.
The text is a significant abridgment of the 12-volume set, condensing several pages of notes to a single paragraph in some cases. The book introductions are brief and to the point. They have removed most of the discussion of source criticism, but generally acknowledge when disagreements exist while presenting a generally conservative consensus opinion (i.e. date of the Exodus). I find that I miss the book outlines, thematic overviews and some of the maps and charts that are included in the introductions of the full set.
Surprisingly, they have include many photographs (pottery, plants, mountains, artwork, etc.) and some illustrations that are not in the full set. For example, they include an artists rendering of the Tabernacle, but omit the detailed diagram that is in the Exodus introduction of Volume 2 of the full set. Personally, I would prefer the chart to the conceptual drawing, but I'm probably not the target audience.
As expected, footnotes and bibliographies are excluded, so suggestions for further study are limited, though the text does include occasional recommendations for outside sources where appropriate. There is little Hebrew or Greek in the text, even when explaining what a word means in the original language, though the included GK numbers make looking up the root word easy enough.
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Review 2 for The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition: 2 Volumes
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Date:August 10, 2010
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Hugh Hillhouse
I have used my volumes only a few times to date. I have found them to be good for what I seem to need. I am somewhat a novice at using this type of in depth material.
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Review 3 for The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition: 2 Volumes
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Date:September 28, 2009
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Vaughan Smith
In addition to pastoring a church, I teach classes on both the Old and New Testaments at the local community college. When students or church members ask me to suggest a brief commentary on the whole Bible, this one is always my top pick. I know of no better brief commentary on the entire Bible.
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Review 4 for The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition: 2 Volumes
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Date:August 8, 2007
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Jason Semans
I use these in sermon prep and appreciate the contextual info at the beginning of each chapter about the authorship, location, purpose and other bits of information. The commentary portion is brief and to the point but well written and helpful.
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