This revised edition features new contributions by experts in contemporary biblical scholarship and this readable resource introduces each book of the Bible and interprets it section by section. Articles place Scripture in its historical, literary, and interpretive contexts. Features photo-illustrations, charts, and maps. Entries are cross-referenced to the companionHarperCollins Bible Dictionary. The commentary covers all of the Hebrew Bible, as well as the books of the Apocrypha and those of the New Tesatament and thus addresses the biblical canons of Judiasm, Cathol- icism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. Its innovative format covers the books of the Bible in three ways: general essays setting the literary, cultural, and historical context for the entire Bible, articles intro- ducing major sections of the Bible, and commentaries on the individual books themselves by the finest contemporary biblical scholars.
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Review 1 for HarperCollins Bible Commentary, Revised
This is one of my most consulted commentaries. I highly recommend it. It is NOT of a standard evangelical slant. The commentators step back from their personal theological convictions and just dig into the text and the minds of the original authors - and what their preaching meant to their contemporaries. Obviously, with so many writers, there are strengths and weaknesses. Much more strength.
If I read some sermon or paper that takes a theological stand on something and the preacher/writer cites a passage from the Bible, I can consult this commentary and quite often learn if the preacher is using the passage correctly or if the writer meant something completely different.
Very highly recommended.
The companion dictionary is also a recommended investment.
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Review 2 for HarperCollins Bible Commentary, Revised
Date:August 24, 2002
The Rev. J.D. Jensen
This IS a useful commentary except buyers should be forewarned that virtually all commentaries are written from the rationalistic "higher critical" mind-set. That is, denial of Mosaic authorship of the Torah, and that all prophecies in scripture were written "after the fact".