Book Reviews -- By: Mark R. Stevenson

Journal: Emmaus Journal
Volume: EMJ 21:2 (Winter 2012)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Mark R. Stevenson

Book Reviews


Mark R. Stevenson

Accordance Bible Software®: The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition Tremper Longman III & David E. Garland, general editors, 13 vols. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006–2010. Oak Tree Software, Inc. 498 Palm Springs Drive, Suite 100, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701, (877) 339–5855, Macintosh Format. $459.99.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary has been a very useful and highly regarded commentary set for the last forty years. Its original purpose was “to provide preachers, teachers, and students of the Bible with a new and comprehensive commentary on the books of the Old and New Testaments.” It was written by evangelical scholars who were committed to “the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.” While the different authors reflected different views on eschatology, the set presented a general premillennial position.

The original editor, Frank Gaebelein, said that for a commentary to continue to be useful it must handle contemporary trends in biblical studies so as not to become outdated. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary has been revised with this goal in mind. While its authors seek to keep up with modern scholarship, their primary goal is still to explain the biblical text. The authors of the revision are committed to the same evangelical faith and the same high view of Scripture as the authors of the original set.

I reviewed the New Testament volumes of this set in the last issue of The Emmaus Journal (EmJ 21 (2012): 78–83). The purpose of this review is to consider the Old Testament commentaries.

Two things are apparent immediately when comparing the revision with the original set. The original set of twelve volumes had an introductory volume with general articles on the inspiration and authority of the Bible, its translation and interpretation, its geography, eschatology, and several other subjects. It also had articles on both the OT and the NT dealing with language, textual criticism, theology, archaeology, chronology, and history. This introductory volume is not found in the revised set. Second, the original set of twelve volumes has expanded to thirteen. There are eight volumes on the OT as compared with the original six commentary volumes (along with the introductory volume).

In the OT revision. nineteen biblical books have been revised by the original author,1 three by the original author with assistance from a younger scholar,You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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