Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
ATJ 28 (1996) p. 127
Jim Rosscup, Commentaries for Biblical Expositors, Sun Valley, CA: Grace Book Shack, 1993, x + 314 pp.
This helpful guide to Bible study helps is by a professor at the Master’s Seminary, a dispensational school founded by John MacArther, so reflects a theological tradition which must be kept in mind while reading Rossup’s evaluations. Following a foreword by John MacArthur, and a preface by Cyril Barber, the author discusses some of the volume’s limitations, the main being its selectivity. He sets out to highlight works most useful to preachers. He purposefully avoids, e.g., the older, Puritan reprints, but by no means eschews older works (Calvin, Darby, Keil and Delitzsch, Tregelles). He notes commentaries in a separate, 13 page chapter under headings of “Detailed exegetical”, “expositional survey” and “devotional flavor.”
The main body of the work consists of: whole Bible commentaries, those on the entire Old Testament, the Pentateuch, individual OT books, the entire NT, background and special studies on the Gospels, and individual NT books. As a rule, each entry provides a paragraph description of the work.
By its nature, such a collection as this is out of date by the time it appears. It will also not include works seen as important by others. Rosscup does not avoid commentaries which markedly differ from his theological position, and often his comments can be useful, though one is at times unclear as to his definitions, e.g., what does “liberal” indicate? This volume could find a place in the libraries of churches and pastors who come from a similar hermeneutical position, though if they had Carson and Longman’s volumes (the latter reviewed below), this book would be redundant.
David W. Baker
Tremper Longman III, Old Testament Commentary Survey, 2nd ed., Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995, 185 pp., $10.99 paper.
Tremper Longman, professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, has done a great service for students and teachers of Scripture. We are constantly asked for recommendations concerning commentary purchase, and now we can direct enquires to this useful resource, and its companion on the New Testament by Donald A. Carson.
The work goes beyond the title, in that the first quarter of the volume addresses OT reference works (introductions, theologies, histories, archaeology, atlases, ancient Near Eastern text translations) and Hebrew helps, before moving on to commentaries, which themselves are divided into one volume works, sets, and individual commentaries. Five appendices cover: an OT library on a budget, the ideal OT reference library, five star commentaries, and the author’s own commentaries.
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