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New Testament Commentary Survey by D. A.…

New Testament Commentary Survey (original 2001; edition 1993)

by D. A. Carson (Author)

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Title:New Testament Commentary Survey
Authors:D. A. Carson (Author)
Info:Baker Pub Group (1993), Edition: Subsequent, 92 pages
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New Testament Commentary Survey by D. A. Carson (2001)


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I have used this survey since seminary and find it helpful in laying out the strengths and weaknesses. My current version is bundled in my Logos Bible Software, which is helpful because it hyperlinks to commentaries I happen to have there.

I don't currently own the companion volume to this, Tremper Longman's Old Testament Commentary Survey. In many ways I think that is superior to this, though I don't think it has been updated quite as much. Carson is a good exegete and attentive to issues in the text, but I don't always agree with his conclusions and he gives short-shrift to scholars he doesn't agree with. Although this remains a pretty useful survey. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
Useful book to assist the spending of hard earned money. Carson has a graceful eloquence and strong judgement while describing different commentaries and supporting books. ( )
  paulvan | Jan 7, 2008 |
1 vote ntutak | Jan 4, 2007 |
An excellent resource for the wise spending of scarce dollars for students and pastors on limited budgets. Referring to this volume will prevent the penny challenged student from having buyers regret for wasting prescious funds on items that do not help them. Four years old at this time, this is the kind of work that goes out-of-date after about 5 years, and as new materials come onto the market in this subject area. ( )
  temsmail | Dec 12, 2006 |
So you decide you want to buy some commentaries. But which ones? The choices can be dizzying. Some focus on theology, others on the Greek, others on the cultural context. Some are for profesionals, some for bible students, some for laypersons. And with many commentaries running upwards of $40 or more, you have to be selective.

D.A. Carson's New Testament Commentary Survey is a useful tool for cutting through the commentary clutter. Carson is the well-respected research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and co-author of probably the most popular introduction to the New Testament. In NTCS, he goes through every book in the New Testament and discusses all of the respective serious commentaries. He is candid about what he sees as the qualities and inadequacies of each. He describes their strengths in different areas, such as exegesis, theology, and cultural understanding. He evaluates their usefulness to different audiences, such as bible students, pastors, interested laypersons. The analysis is interesting and well written. The book is an easy read and avoids being dry or boring.

In addition to discussing the commentaries for each book of the New Testament, Carson discusses books that are not technically commentaries (in that they do not provide verse-by-verse discussion), but which focus on aspects of specific NT books. Carson also mentions the prices of each book discussed. Finally, there is a helpful "best buys" guide in the back that offers his admittedly subjective opinion on what the best values are for the "theological student" and "well-trained preacher."

I would have added another star if the there was a more systematic approach to grading the commentaries in different areas (theology, exegesis, etc.) and for level of skill targetted (academics/those proficient in Greek, laypersons, pastors, theology students, etc.). But even without this the survey is very useful. ( )
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This is the most useful survey of New Testament commentaries currently available.
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This much-anticipated sixth edition of New Testament Commentary Survey offers students and pastors an updated look into available resources on the New Testament. Pastors, seminarians, and theology students will eagerly welcome this invaluable tool into their biblical studies libraries. In this succinct yet thorough survey, Carson examines sets, one-volume commentaries, and New Testament introductions and theologies, before offering extensive comments on the available offerings for each New Testament book, noting intended audience, levels of difficulty, and theological perspective. He records the publisher, price, and current publication status, identifies those texts he considers overpriced, and advises readers when to delay purchase for forthcoming works. The book concludes with a useful "Best Buys" section where Carson indicates the most valuable works for each individual New Testament book.

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