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  • Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Doulos Resources; 9th edition (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982871562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982871560
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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My full review can be found here: [...]
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We have sooo many commentaries on the Bible, books of the Bible, and sections and themes of the Bible. For Pete's sake, do we really need another commentary?

Well, yes.

Why this book?
 What are we supposed to do with all of these commentaries? 
One can't honestly buy every single one. We don't have the money nor the time to do so.

Instead, John Evans has wonderfully done it for us in "A Guide to Biblical Commentaries & Reference Works." For the past 20+ years, he's been compiling information on other commentaries for this Reference Guide. This isn't the first edition he's written. There have actually been 9 editions so far, and it is written with the student, the pastor, and the scholar in mind.

***The Chocolate Milk

He starts off the book by giving the reader "Two Warnings for Orientation" and about how commentaries are not to be used as a crutch. No matter how many commentaries you do read, nor how many you want to read, they do not replace your own personal Bible study efforts. All commentators have their own background of ideas and beliefs (conservative, liberal, and all in between). None of them will be 100% right, even if you combined them all. You need to use and be able to use your own mind in studying the Bible.

Then he talks a few pages about "Book Format," "Evaluating Commentaries," "Background Reading," etc. After the short intro Evans gets into the good stuff.

He goes book by book giving a list of his top commentaries and why they are good. After his highlights, he gives a successive list of other commentaries on what's good, decent, or is just a plain waste.
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My full review can be found here: [...]
[...] [.] wordpress [.] com/2013/07/20/a-commentary-on-commentaries/

We have sooooooooo many commentaries on the Bible, books of the Bible, and sections and themes of the Bible. For Pete's sake, do we really need another commentary?

Well, yes.

Why this book?
 What are we supposed to do with all of these commentaries? 
One can't honestly buy every single one. We don't have the money nor the time to do so.

Instead, John Evans has wonderfully done it for us in "A Guide to Biblical Commentaries & Reference Works." For the past 20+ years, he's been compiling information on other commentaries for this Reference Guide. This isn't the first edition he's written. There have actually been 9 editions so far, and it is written with the student, the pastor, and the scholar in mind.

***The Chocolate Milk
He starts off the book by giving the reader "Two Warnings for Orientation" and about how commentaries are not to be used as a crutch. No matter how many commentaries you do read, nor how many you want to read, they do not replace your own personal Bible study efforts. All commentators have their own background of ideas and beliefs (conservative, liberal, and all in between). None of them will be 100% right, even if you combined them all. You need to use and be able to use your own mind in studying the Bible.

Then he talks a few pages about "Book Format," "Evaluating Commentaries," "Background Reading," etc. After the short intro Evans gets into the good stuff.

He goes book by book giving a list of his top commentaries and why they are good. After his highlights, he gives a successive list of other commentaries on what's good, decent, or is just a plain waste.
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An excellent commentary on commentaries! Aug. 22 2012
By David L. Laughlin - Published on Amazon.com
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I have personally used Dr. Evans material for several editions now and was most pleasantly surprised to see it finally bound into book form.
I agree with the other four reviews--and I use this guide along with John Glynn's, "Commentary and Reference Survey," and of course the big two, Carson's & Longman's surveys.
Both Evans & Glynn's books give a MUCH broader range of religious studies and works than Carson & Longman. The annotations and descriptions are much more detailed and helpful to student, pastor, and layman.
I believe one should own all four volumes, but if you can only afford two, my vote goes to Evans & Glynn. They complement each other and together they cover the entire religious studies courses and curriculum. These books are most helpful to readers who wish to purchase the right volume for their needs.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Thorough and Useful Sept. 28 2011
By Lloyd Pierson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I keep updating Evan's guide as new editions come out and it has been well worth it. In the front, he gives a review of commentary series-- their basic outlook, scope, and purpose. This includes rating them by the ability of the user (layman, scholar, theologically trained pastor). He then works book by book from Genesis to Revelation. At the beginning of each book of the Bible, he lists his top picks for that book and then he goes alphabetically by author through the rest of the commentaries. The reader does need to spend a little time getting familiar with what the symbols mean. I appreciate that he is able to combine both pastoral insight with scholarly acumen. He does not shy away from commentaries that are outside of his theologically tradition (a Reformed, conservative evangelical perspective). After each author, he gives a short annotation that may include his own thoughts along with brief reviews from other theological or biblical journals or books. Evans often includes the price of a commentary in his recommendation. That is very helpful when two commentaries are rated about the same but may be over $100 in price difference. He also includes pastoral usability as a category-- he notes if a commentary is so big and dense that an average pastor may find it of little value in weekly preparation, but a student or scholar will find it indispensable. Having used many other commentary guides (printed, blogs, and journals), I have found Evans to be my top pick. His descriptions are judicious and accurate, and he gives fair warnings about who would find a particular commentary helpful. However, the reader needs to know what his abilities in the original languages are and his theologically ability to sift through differing positions.Evans has saved me a lot of money in either not duplicating commentaries that are too alike or by avoiding buying a well written dud.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I'd give it 6 stars if I could! Jan. 3 2011
By Brandon Lauranzon - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been using Evan's guide for three editions now (this is the first time it has been bound). I am a pastor, and I rely on Evans to save me valuable time when it comes to selecting good commentaries for preaching and teaching. I recently used this edition to buy over $1,000 worth of commentaries, as well as establish a plan for growing my reference library in the years to come. Evans takes all the various sources out there and puts them in one easy-to-use guide. He is wise, charitable, and pastoral. I can't recommend this highly enough. If you are a pastor, scholar, or you just love commentaries, buy this book immediately! You'll be glad you did!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What a GREAT tool! Jan. 23 2011
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I graduated from Reformed Seminary back in the "dark ages" -- before the computer changed all of life... there was a similar document in print that the Seminary bookstore photocopied and sold to the "skulls full of mush" who were smart enough to find it. It was a great assistance to me in beginning my library, and ministry. This new Guide to Biblical Commentaries and Reference Works takes things to a whole new level. It is a wonderful resource on resources... and I will pass it along to lots of ministry friends! Get it!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of the most valuable resources I know of April 8 2011
By Ed Eubanks, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first came across John Evans's excellent guide in 2002, in the Covenant Seminary Bookstore; it was just a stack of photocopied papers sold at cost. I bought it, and have readily bought every edition since then. 80% or more of the commentaries and reference books on my shelf were vetted and recommended by Dr. Evans in his guide, and every time I have gone against his recommendations I've regretted it!

I've been amazed at how well Dr. Evans handles even those works that he disagrees with or finds to take interpretive or theological positions opposite to his own: in a time when scorn and ridicule are typical attitudes toward those who disagree (even-- and at times especially-- within the church!), Dr. Evans is gracious and winsome, while still finding words to point out where he disagrees.

It was my great honor to get to work with Dr. Evans and Doulos Resources in the production of this most recent edition, which is even more valuable than previous editions because of his investment of a significant amount of time and research toward the 9th edition. The format and layout, while faithful to his several previous editions, is improved and easier to use, and I think everyone will find this book an incredible tool.


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