Post Number: 101
|Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 2:18 pm: || |
I am a former Adventist. Of course in the past I used the SDA commentaries, full of EGW.
Post Number: 148
|Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 2:35 pm: || |
I have used Matthew Henry's commentaries in the past. That said I try not to use outside sources when studying the scripture. Maybe I am just wary because that is how the SDAs mislead me in the past.
Post Number: 102
|Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 4:34 pm: || |
Thank You. I fully understand that thought for sure.
Post Number: 13
|Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 4:44 pm: || |
I have been enjoying Pastor John MacArthur's study notes. I think you can buy it as a separate book, or as part of the Bible version you prefer, or even get it on Kindle or use the special iPhone app (like I do).
Post Number: 15273
|Posted on Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 1:36 pm: || |
I agree that John MacArthur's notes are good. In fact, I believe that he has recently released his commentaries on the entire Bible based on his preaching through Scripture over the past 40 years.
Another set of commentaries based on sermons are J. Vernon McGee's commentaries available through "Through the Bible With J. Vernon McGee". McGee died in the 80's, I believe, but the recordings of his teaching through Scripture are still played on radio stations and are available online as downloads or audio streaming.
As Elizabeth Inrig once said, "McGee's commentaries will never lead you astray." They are not speculative, simply commenting on the verses of the Bible, based on his knowledge of the biblical languages.
In general, though, I go to commentaries as the last resort. A good Bible Dictionary is actually very helpful because it will give the linguistic and even the historic context of words and will give texts where the same or similar words are used and will explain their contextual meanings.
A good commentary, if one knows the author, however, is helpful. It's just REALLY important to read commentaries by people who are extremely careful with and faithful to the text.
Post Number: 1898
|Posted on Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 1:46 pm: || |
I concur with you regarding the commentaries of
J. Vernon McGee.
I have been so blessed by his passion for "Truth" and his dedication to
bringing it forward.
Post Number: 2217
|Posted on Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 5:34 am: || |
Actually, Bible dictionaries have their own dangers. Those writing the dictionary often "define" words according to their own theology. It pays to look at several different dictionaries.
Douglas Moo has written some outstanding commentaries on several books of the Bible (particularly Romans and Galatians). While I don't have much use for the NIV, don't let that dissuade you from looking at the New International Commentary on the New Testament. It is one of 5 different commentary sets (plus assorted individual book commentaries) that are on my shelves. I like having a variety of perspectives when I need to dig a little deeper on something.
Post Number: 43
|Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 7:48 am: || |
Although it's not a commentary per se, the ESV Study Bible serves that function quite well. It does have some of the Reformed/Calvinist thing there, but that's not a deal-breaker for me. I also like the Hayford Bible Handbook. It's a single volume and it's more pastoral in nature.
Post Number: 15
|Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 8:13 pm: || |
Go to bestcommentaries.com.
Post Number: 28
|Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 5:52 pm: || |
I have found gems in Matthew Henry's Commentary. An example:
“Clouds and darkness often surround the children of the light. They see Jesus walking on the sea. Even the approaches of comfort and deliverance often are so mistaken, as to become the occasions of fear. Nothing is more powerful to comfort saints than this, I am Jesus whom you love. Though the night be dark, and the wind high, yet we may comfort ourselves, we shall be at the shore before long.”