04/11/2016 in: Product Reviewson
If you’re looking for a great Bible commentary you may have noticed three resources in the Olive Tree store that have similar names:
- Expositor’s Bible Commentary (12 Volumes)
- Expositors Bible Commentary – Revised Series (13 Volumes)
- Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Abridged (2 Volumes)
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.
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.
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.