Expositor’s Commentary Comparison

Posted by on 04/11/2016 in:

If you’re looking for a great Bible commentary you may have noticed three resources in the Olive Tree store that have similar names:

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While price may often be the biggest influence on whether you’d like to add them to your study library, the most important question is, ‘What’s the difference between them?’

Here are few things that may help you in your decision.

Authorship

All three commentary sets have a strong evangelical influence while at the same time drawing from a broad diversity of churches, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed.

The original Expositor’s Bible Commentary was compiled between the years of 1976-1992 with 50 different authors contributing.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Revised Series is a 2012 update to the original that includes the work of 56 different authors – 30 of whom are new.

The Expositor’s commentary: Abridged was published in 1994 and draws all of it’s content from 52 different authors.

Content

Both the original and the revised editions include the following content:

  • Comprehensive introductions
  • Short and precise bibliographies
  • Detailed outlines
  • Insightful expositions of passages and verses
  • Overviews of sections of Scripture to illuminate the big picture
  • Occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues
  • Notes on textual questions and special problems, placed close to the texts in question
  • Transliterations and translations of Hebrew and Greek words, enabling readers to understand even the more technical notes

The abridged edition – as expected – is more concise and leaves out much of the technical information of the larger sets but still includes the following:

  • Verse-by-verse exposition of the entire Bible
  • 250 charts, maps, tables, and pictures

All three sets use the New International Version for its English text, but also refer freely to other translations and to the original languages. Each book of the Bible has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography. They also include a balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion.

Bible Study App

In Bible+ all of this content is easily accessed in the Resource Guide found in the split window. No matter which commentary you are using they follow along with the scripture in your main window to give you easy access to expositional commentary, charts, outlines and more.

Each number indicates relevant entries for the passage

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Notes are just a tap away

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Charts and outlines are easy to use

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All three of these great commentary series on sale right now. Click the links below to see them.

2 Comments

  • Michael Adams says:

    Although rather new to Olive Tree study, I have used it back when I had a Palm.
    But over the last 6 months I have been evaluating several Programs to use for my studies.
    I had been using ESword over the years, and it has served well.
    I will still be using it.
    But have chosen Olive Tree for several reasons, and one of them is from reading the Blogs, they provide a valuable insight into the many choices we are exposed to. Your review on this one was very good, giving many details to help people make a decision on which one will be useful for them, or if it will be useful either now or sometime in the future.
    Thank you for your work.

  • Wesley says:

    I used the original Expositor’s print edition for many years, and collected the Revised edition volumes as they were released. The Revised is by far my favorite full-Bible commentary, and it’s so nice to have it in my OliveTree collection. I highly recommend it.

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