Finest In Its Class

The New Bible Commentary: Revised, edited by D. Guthrie and J. A. Motyer (Eerdmans, 1970, 1310 pp., $12.95), is reviewed by Clark H. Pinnock, professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois.

Since its appearance in 1953, demand has not abated for the New Bible Commentary. Yet in view of the progress made since that time in biblical studies, the publications committee of the Inter-Varsity Fellowship in Great Britain has undertaken a full-scale revision of the original, distinctly evangelical, one-volume commentary on the Bible. The aim of the work has remained the same—to provide the student of Scripture with an up-to-date treatment of the text that would combine a reverent regard for divine authority with careful scholarship of the highest order. Without fear of rebuke it can be said that this aim has been brilliantly achieved and that this volume must be the very finest in its class. For those who have profited from the first edition, the revisions have been very extensive—in numerous cases involving a completely new discussion of a biblical book (e.g., Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, John)—with the result that the volume has been vastly improved. Large quantities of the most illuminating comment, illustrated with the latest archaeological and linguist researches, have been added to produce a tool of enormous value to the Christian Church.

One way of indicating the special strength of this new edition is to observe how many highly qualified evangelical scholars have been added to the team in this new effort. Men like R. K. Harrison, G. L. Archer, M. G. Kline, D. Wiseman in the Old Testament section, and D. Guthrie, I. H. Marshall, R. P. Martin, ...

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