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Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol. I: The Gospels (1965)

by Bruce R. McConkie

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If you're looking for useful, quality Biblical scholarship, avoid this set like the proverbial plague. The late Bruce R. McConkie was a self-proclaimed Mormon apologist of the first rank. His theology is inflexible, divisive, angry and confrontational; in an earlier work, he equated the Apocalypse's "whore of Babylon" with the Roman Catholic Church.
McConkie, sure of his own righteousness, lacks any scholarly qualifications whatsoever. His "commentary" consists of prooftexts showing the "truthfulness" of Mormonism, whatever "truthfulness" is. Any discrepancies between the biblical witness and 20th century Mormonism are to be attributed solely to the work of evil men, who intentionally stripped the Bible (at some unspecified time in the past) of its "plain and precious parts." (One assumes each of these missing parts would somehow have corroborated modern Mormonism.)
I could go on, ad nauseum. Devout Mormons will pay my screed no attention; but anyone else looking for a helpful Bible commentary set should certainly look elsewhere. Forewarned is forearmed. ( )
  Pianojazz | Aug 17, 2008 |
Great book for seeing the whole gospel story picture. Also, anything you ever wanted to know about the gospels is in here. Great resource. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jul 10, 2007 |
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