WHICH BIBLE COMMENTARIES ARE BEST TO OWN?

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hello everyone pastor nev here big greetings to you all we’ve had a number of related emails that have come in having to do with a similar subject that being commentaries we’ve had a number of individuals who are now beginning for the first time to start small groups bible study groups and lead them in their own homes which is just awesome and encouraging and i just want to encourage you to keep that up a few others just wanting to enrich their own personal bible studies and we’re thinking man i would like to get my hands on some commentaries to really go a little bit further and deeper in my study of god’s word any suggestions we’ve had a few others who are first-year seminary students and wanting to build their own personal libraries for the first time and just we’re curious where do you start where do you begin what would you suggest of any pros and cons about commentaries what are your thoughts and so i thought we would start right there now firstly i would encourage you if you can and you’re able to get your hands on a resource it’s a book entitled commentary and reference survey commentary and reference survey and that’s written by john glenn GL y and n i can’t tell you how indebted i am to this resource till this day i got my hands on it early on in my walk with the lord and am thankful even now for it it saved me number one a whole lot of money and on top of that it has spared me from having to get into my possession resources books or even commentaries that i would only end up regretting and nobody once then so that’s what i’m hoping through this video i would be able to spare you all so the first thing is get your hands on a copy commentary and reference survey second thing i would say just as a general rule of thumb would be you never want to go after an entire commentary set per say now there are exceptions and i’m willing to grant that you may end up running into maybe in magazine form christian magazines or christian books commentary sets that are on sale marked down like you wouldn’t imagine go for it grab them now but generally speaking you don’t want to do that you may find yourself satisfied with say one particular book of the Bible that’s being commentated on through that commentary set like say Romans or Galatians or Genesis or Psalms but that doesn’t necessarily mean that that will be your experience with every other commentary book there on a book of the Bible okay and the reason for that is this commentary sets are a collaborative effort which is to say you basically have a number of scholars a team of scholars pull together to be able to succeed at putting this commentary set together and so what you may have experienced was the fruit of one particular scholar in that book like say Romans and you were satisfied and you may have assumed okay that’s going to be my same experience with every other book of the Bible in that commentary set and you find out that’s not the case you see why because he probably was not responsible for commenting on that particular other book of the Bible only on Romans for example the other thing is just because a scholar does well in one area one book of the Bible doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to succeed at doing the same thing in another area and so that just may be their sphere their realm their area where they do well and they did well okay and so what I would say is if you’re going to build a commentary collection if you’re going to go after that and that’s your goal your approach will probably be better off being eclectic eclectic so it’s going to be a hodgepodge approach of commentaries they may all come from different ones new and new international commentary set international commentaries that word biblical commentary set pillar New Testament commentary set Baker’s commentary set so the reason being is you want to make sure that you’re doing the extra legwork you want to make sure you’re doing the research you want to make sure that the one that you end up getting for that particular book of the Bible is the one that is done by produced by some of the best if not the best because you won this commentary to be one that you can go back to resort back to again and again you want to be satisfied with it and so I would encourage you to go about it that way now a few principles I would like to share just in terms of the use of commentaries I personally in my own study and sermon preparation like to hold off resorting to commentaries initially so in the beginning I like to give myself all of myself to my studies in a particular passage that I’m going to preach on let’s say the following week or month or whatever it may be and I’d like to see how far I can go and how much I can glean on my own without bringing in any input or voices it helps me not be too dependent and reliant it helps me not get lazy it keeps me strong it keeps me working away at the need for me to what is Paul’s tell Timothy second Timothy 2:15 do your best right do your best to study to show your own self approved a workman that does not need to be ashamed so I don’t want to lean in an inappropriate way on people too early on in my study I want to make sure that I’m working hard myself in getting all that God would want me to get out of his word now that being said I’m not at all against commentaries there are some of course I might as well mention this right here who discourage the use of commentaries who speak down on commentaries who see them as the wrong thing to do or the wrong approach to be taking saying almost as if I have the Holy Spirit why the need for it now I don’t think the two have to be opposed to each other I don’t think saying having the whole I think everyone is an agreement here and I don’t think the one has to mean the exclusion of the other here’s the reason being if though if you’re prepared to believe that the Holy Spirit can influence you can aid you can help you in your study of God’s Word then you must be equally prepared to believe that the Holy Spirit has helped many others throughout our church’s history and so why not broaden our circle why not avail ourselves to all that the holy spirit has contributed because after all I’m sure he hasn’t said it all to only us and so there must be other things that other brothers and sisters have been able to glean as well with the help of the Holy Spirit from God’s Word that are going to be equally of help to us as well so I would encourage us to take advantage of them but just bring them into our study wisely and appropriately and timely and timely the other thing I would suggest is make sure you know why you want to bring commentaries into your study because there are different kinds of commentaries out there if you’re someone who is accessible and is able to handle the original languages of the Hebrew and the Greek then obviously they’re going to be commentaries out there that will be helpful for you like the word biblical commentary or the International critical commentary and there’s some other highly technical commentaries out there okay and then there are some more semi technical commentaries if you want a commentary just for devotional purposes you have them out there there are others for homiletically aid and help your preaching and teaching and help with the area of application so it really depends on your goal because any one of these commentaries has an audience they have a target audience and that’s who they’re writing for so you want to make sure you know who you are and why it is that you want to avail yourself to a commentary that way you can zero in and hone in on that particular commentary that you’re looking for and so I would leave that leave that with you so all of this to just simply say it’ll encourage you the last thing I would say as a helpful tip bit in your pursuit of commentaries and collection of them would be this I personally like to also use commentaries because as a preacher as a teacher who has as an audience a mixed group of people some who are not believers some who are highly skeptical of the faith others who share conflicting views of the fae others who bring in different perspectives and some who are right there with me and other people who have different perspectives you want to make sure whether you’re preaching in a Sunday morning or whether you’re leading a small Bible study group you know that your audience your group is going to be a mix a mix and they come from different backgrounds and hold different perspectives as a result of those backgrounds as it comes to the study of God’s Word and so you want to make sure that you’re gaining credibility with your audience you want to make sure that your people know that you’ve done your homework as you’re preaching any particular passage because you’re going to come across passages where the commentaries will help you in this particular sense they will help you with some of the background that won’t necessarily be there on the surface of your study of God’s Word they’ll help you with some of the different approaches of the study of gods of the interpretation of that particular passage they’ll help you with some of the different texts original texts and the different manuscripts that were there in some of the different ways in which Bible Translators have sought to translate that passage okay and the other thing is you’ll be able to address some people’s apprehensions and doubts and maybe even criticisms that they’ve heard from people in their circles because all of these people are coming to your Bible study okay and so in your teaching which you which is what you want to do from time to time you do want to digress and be able to pause and add some clarification and you want to be able to say I understand there may be some who hold to this view I understand that there may be some here who’ve heard people maybe on Christian radio or maybe in TV or maybe in book form who share or hold this point of view let me explain to you why I find those positions or those points of views troubling or not tenable okay and how I came to that view and let me share with you the position that I hold and how I’m convinced at least at this point why I feel that does far more justice to the text before us and leave it up to you to make the judgment I think over the long haul over time when people find that that’s how you approach the Scriptures they realize wow this teacher is informed they don’t live in just some little bubble they’re aware of the different points of views out there wow this person is interacting with a point of view that I just heard in the radio that I just saw on TV or in the book that I was just reading or maybe someone I was talking with in the break room that will encourage someone to come to your Bible study or even visit your church because they know that you’re going to be in their shoes just as much as you got a shoe in the Bible okay and so I would encourage you to see the use of commentaries for those purposes as well and so I hope those points helped if you have any other further questions related to commenters go on ahead email me in any case god bless you you take care

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