Item description for Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary: Spreading the Light of God's Word Into Your Life by Earl D. Radmacher, Ronald B. Allen & H. W. House...
Overview At last---a comprehensive, illustrated Bible commentary you don't need a Ph.D. to use! Compiled by leading evangelical scholars, this wonderful resource is designed to put the latest scholarship and historical research at the fingertips of ordinary believers. Features over 150 life-application articles, 400 sidebars, 50 maps, 250 word studies, 100 photos and illustrations, and much more.
A comprehensive verse-by-verse commentary for lay Bible students, fully highlighted by articles, maps, charts, and illustrations-all in one volume.
Clear and Comprehensive: Annotations by leading evangelical scholars don't dodge tough issues; alternative views are presented fairly, but commentators make their positions clear.
Attractively Designed: Graphics appeal to the sound-bite generation and others who aren't traditional commentary readers.
Interesting and Revealing: Hundreds of feature articles that provide additional information or new perspectives on a topic related to Bible background.
Visually Appealing: Maps, drawings, and photos illuminate the commentary and visualize important information.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.6" Height: 1.5" Weight: 2.7 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 1999
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785214380 ISBN13 9780785214380
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Reviews - What do customers think about Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary: Spreading the Light of God's Word Into Your Life?
Wonderful book to have Apr 30, 2008
This commentary is exactly what I have been looking for. It provides detail comments for each verse. I highly recommend you to have this book for your collection.
The Best Bible Commentary/Dictionary Dec 21, 2007
This Bible dictionary is wonderful. It is very informative and in easy layman's language. I use this as a reference every day while doing my Bible study. Since I don't consider myself a professional Bible scholar, the greek and hebrew dictionaries do not appeal to me; but this dictionary is definitely for the every day, down to earth person who is trying to perfect their daily walk with God through their Bible study.
Very balanced and sound commentary on the NKJV Bible Oct 4, 2007
I am sometimes leery of depending too much on commentaries in order to extract the meaning of difficult portions of the Bible. I like to come to my own conclusions and then compare that to what the great Bible scholars say. While I enjoy commentaries by Matthew Henry, Adam Clarke and the like, I searched for a commentary that would be a bit more modern in it's approach. By that I mean, it should include aspects of advances in Textual Criticism as well as recent archaeolgical insights and other discoveries.
What I appreciate most about the Nelson commentary (and I use it across several translations) is that it is very fairly balanced, giving the reader, in almost every case, a reasonable representation of differing views. For instance, the Amillenialist vs. Pre-Millenialist vs. Post-Millenialist views are well represented and explained. While the commentary leans towards a Calvinist and dispensationalist bent, it approaches all the doctrinal areas that I've investigated fairly and gives credence to all supportable viewpoints even when it favors one over the other(s). It does not appear to give any credence to views outside the Evangelical Protestant realm and and I believe the editors to be trustworthy expositors of scripture.
Illustrations and charts are very well done and aid much in helping the reader understand the topics and their relevance to ancient as well as modern culture. This is not a "feel good" or "dispensational only" commentary, but one that uses a sound doctrinal approach to illuminate God's purposes and desires for us in His revealed Word. I highly recommend this collaborative effort as one you'll find very useful for study and comparative research. As always though, give what the Word of God says more weight than any human interpretation!
Very helpful commentary based on the NKJV Jul 10, 2007
I have several 1 volume Bible commentaries, and this one is one of the better ones. It is based on the New King James Version (NKJV) and it offers a concise yet helpful commentary on each of the books of the Bible. The editors are all conservative Bible scholars who hold to the complete inerrancy of Scripture. They interpret the prophetic books of Daniel and Revelation in a futurist and literal manner rather than in a figurative sense. In Rev. 20, they do offer different views on the millennium without stating what is their view.
The scholars hold to the Virgin Birth of Christ, the single authorship of the books of Isaiah and Daniel, and fully subscribe to predictive prophecy.
What makes this commentary distinctive is that it contains various different articles such as:
In Focus -- word studies of key Hebrew and Greek words Insight -- brief background info In Depth-- longer background or historical info, telling you how and why of biblical incidents In Life -- Life application principles In Context -- the cultural factors relevant to the text In Comparison -- charts and tables that help you compare and contrast In Person -- Personality profiles of bible characters In Time -- Timelines for each book
These articles, though brief, are very helpful and insightful.
There is also a helpful appendix at the end which covers the important archaelogical discoveries that relate to the Bible.
What I found most helpful are the comprehensive yet clearly written introductions for each book of the Bible, the simple outline for the book, and the brief yet insightful commentary for each book.
I wished the commentary used colored photographs or illustrations; most of the photographs were in black and white. Also, I prefer the NASB or NIV translation rather than the NKJV, but one cannot have everything. I have found this to be a helpful resource especially if I want to cut to the chase and get a concise commentary on a Bible passage without having to wallow in a lot of unnecessary and tedious information. It is a worthy addition to your library.
Helpful bible commentary UNLESS you already have the Nelson NKJV Study Bible May 24, 2007
This commentary is basically the study notes included with the Nelson NKJV Study Bible. The difference between the two seems to be the Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary has a few more notes than what is in the bible itself. The reason I purchased this commentary is that I am very happy with my Nelson NKJV Study Bible and wanted to have that same kind of information on some of the verses the Bible did not have references to. Even though there are a few more notes in the commentary there was not quite as much information as I had hoped for.
If you DO NOT have the Nelson NKJV Study Bible, this Commentary will make a really great asset to your library. If you already have the Bible, you might want to consider a different commentary or another of the Nelson biblical reference books.