Colossians and Philemon (Zondervan ECNT), reviewed

I got an ad in the mail the other day for a new commentary series that claimed to avoid all the weaknesses of previous commentary series while building on their strengths. (!) With how many good “old” commentaries there are, I think commentary users should critically examine new series, and certainly not take claims like … Continue reading Colossians and Philemon (Zondervan ECNT), reviewed

James (Zondervan ECNT), reviewed

James is no “epistle of straw,” as Martin Luther once (in)famously said of the book. But many–with Luther–find it difficult to reconcile Paul and James on faith and works. Paul: “A person is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” James: “A person is considered righteous [i.e., justified] by what they do and … Continue reading James (Zondervan ECNT), reviewed

Luke (Zondervan ECNT), reviewed

The last few weeks I’ve been spending time with David Garland’s Luke volume in Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (ZECNT) series. Garland’s commentary is more than 1,000 pages, but this should not be a surprise, since Luke is the longest Gospel. Like the rest of the ZECNT series, it is “designed for the … Continue reading Luke (Zondervan ECNT), reviewed

Words on the Word Weekend Recap

Here’s a Words on the Word weekend recap. Friday the 17th through Sunday the 19th at WotW had the following: Kids’ takes on things: My 4-year-old son reviews Duck Soup / Little kids review Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” (VIDEO) / Calvin’s macabre snowmen Abram’s take on two five-star books: James (Zondervan ECNT), reviewed / Basics of Biblical Aramaic Cool … Continue reading Words on the Word Weekend Recap