Posted by Pastoral Musings on 17th December 2010
Coming at a time when I’m sick, I fear that my review will not be up to par.
Suffice it to say that the layout of the ZECNT series is good. I like the print format, page size, layout, and everything about it.
The content is great. I’ve worked more with James than any of the others, and can honestly say that it is a very good commentary.
The strength of the ZECNT is not that it has good comments on the text, thought it does. Its strength lies in that it is an exegetical commentary. That being said, it is an exegetical commentary for the common man. One need not have an extensive knowledge of Greek to benefit from it. In fact, one can learn much from the ZECNT without having any knowledge of Greek, though it is helpful to have some.
The commentary presents the literary context, the main idea, a translation of the text, the structure of the text, an exegetical outline, and then an explanation of the text. What stands out to me as extremely helpful is the way that they divided the various pericope. I think that they have done well with this, and I think that I shall find myself agreeing with them in the manner in which they block out the sections of texts.
I can hardly recommend this series enough. Whether one is a seasoned scholar, or a newcomer to the faith, the ZECNT is great for the serious student of Scripture. It has become my favorite. I look forward to each new volume with much anticipation.
Review copy provided freely by Zondervan with no demand of a positive review.
- Book Review: Swindoll’s Insights on James 1&2 Peter (pastoralmusings.com)