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ZIBBCOT is "Commentary Set of the Year" and Other Blog Reviews
“The only way I can put it is this: every church and every pastor and ever seminarian, especially those who are evangelical, will want this commentary series within arm's reach on his or her desk. There is nothing like it -- and we all know commentaries repeat one another endlessly -- and this one doesn't.”
—Scot McKnight on Jesus Creed
“It is an excellent resource. The 5 volume 2500+ page Zondervan “backgrounds” commentary makes an intensely interesting read for those who wish to examine the Pentateuch and the rest of the Hebrew Bible with an eye for backgrounds to its content in the longue durée of ANE culture.”
—John Hobbins on ancient hebrew poetry
“This should be on every pastor's shelf or at least in the church library.”
—Louis McBride on church connection (Baker Book House's blog)
“The Pentateuch is also arguablt the portion (except maybe Psalms) that most ministers preach from when they venture into the OT. . . . It’s fair to say, then, that this particular volume of the ZIBBC needs to be the showcase volume. I’m happy to say that Volume 1 does the set justice. It is far more comprehensive than anything comparable, like a handbook on the Pentateuch1 or “normal” commentaries which, by their nature, must focus more on textual analysis. I’ll try and illustrate those points while giving you some highlights of the set.
—Mike Heiser on The Naked Bible
“The pictures are useful too. For example, I was writing a paper on Zechariah 4 last year, the passage that mentions the lampstand with seven bowls, each with seven spouts for wicks. I couldn’t find a picture of these anywhere (in available books). Everyone described it but no one had a picture. This not only has a picture of a seven-spouted bowl, but it has a picture of a real one, not a recreation. This is immensely helpful in understanding what Zechariah is talking about. The book is full of helpful illustrations and descriptions that enlighten the background of the text.”
—David Wickiser on Unworthy Slave
“The handsome layout makes reading it a pleasure. The copious endnotes make tracking down textual references easy. And the exegetical and theological payoff makes owning these volumes essential for anyone who cares about understanding the Bible in its cultural environment.”
—Seth Ehorn on sententiae nil
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