Sell your shirt…buy a book!

About two weeks ago I received my copy of the Commentary of the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, edited by D. A. Carson and G. K. Beale (great biblical scholars only use initials – no first or middle names). It is available at Amazon for about $35.

So far, I have been very impressed. Of course, I’ve only read about 30 pages of the 1,239 that are in this book, but those 30 pages have already proven to be more useful than any study Bible and almost any commentary in handling the context of the OT quotation and the intended meaning of its use in the New Testament text.

Each chapter is written by a different scholar, so some variety of quality and theological position may be expected, but the breadth of research in the volume appears to be second to none.

Sadly, as a scholarly reference, there is the token discussions of some issues that deal with higher criticism, so you may have to let your eyes glaze over as you flip past some of the introductory material to each New Testament book and get to the good stuff.

With that said, I would highly recommend this resource to you as a tool for biblical study. Hopefully, you will find it useful as well.

Your humble friend,
S. A. Ward

3 Comments

  1. JAZDaddy

    Fri 21st Mar 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation, S. A. Your opinion on such things is highly valued, and I’ll look forward to adding this useful volume to my study.

    Your brother in Christ,
    M. D. Zion

  2. JAZDaddy

    Fri 21st Mar 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Do I have to sell my shirt, though? I could possibly pick up some extra cash by selling my copies of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” ten of the “Left Behind” novels, or even my “Prophecy Study Bible.”

  3. Steve Ward

    Fri 21st Mar 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Jazdaddy,
    I’d take what you could get for such titles, but even with all ten volumes and your Kirk Cameron-autographed DVD, I’m not sure you’d reach the $35 needed. Perhaps you could throw in your Darth Tater?

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