The IVP Bible Background Commentary

"The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament" is a good resource for Bible teachers, pastors, and students.  Just over 800 pages, the commentary has many good points:


1.  Helpful introduction to each book (author, theme, situation, etc.).  The author's comments on key Bible verses (John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 10:10, etc.) seem to be okay.  Some may take a different view on some of the author's points.
2.  Helpful maps and charts.
3.  Good cultural and historical insights - the author states himself on page 25 that the title is a cultural and historical type of commentary.
4.  Glossary is helpful, but could have been more comprehensive.
5.  Easy to read and understand writing style.


As mentioned earlier, this is a good resource for anyone wanting to know more about the cultural and historical context of each book.  Commentary seems to be okay.  If you are looking for other commentaries with perhaps more explanations of Bible verses, I recommend the following:  Bible Knowledge Commentary, Believer's Bible Commentary, and Expositor's Bible Commentary.


Will be a helpful resource for future lessons and presentations.  I was given a review copy by Intervarsity Press in exchange for a fair review.


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