A respected New Testament scholar provides students and pastors with expert guidance on choosing a commentary for any book of the New Testament.
D. A. Carson
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I originally bought the 5th edition of this commentary survey (also written by Carson) for a class in my undergraduate days, and immediately found it to be a useful tool in my academic career. I felt it was necessary to update to the 7th edition this year in order to hear Carson's thoughts on some of the more recently published commentaries that I was considering using for my weekly preaching.
The purpose of this book is to help the reader sift through the enormous number of commentaries out there. Carson accomplishes this by introducing you to different commentary series quite exhaustively, ranging from more scholarly and academic works to more devotional works. Carson makes brief suggestions along the way as to the strengths and weaknesses of each series. Carson, as one might expect, definitely leans toward more scholarly commentaries as being helpful, and in several places implicitly criticizes the "poorly trained" pastor (his words).
I'm looking to go to seminary in the future and bought this book as a guide to the many works (especially commentaries) written on the New Testament. I have to say that I'm not disappointed. Carson sifts through many works and gives his recommendations, often with very helpful insights in his evaluations. In researching, and when I have some money to spend, I have frequently consulted this book and have not been disappointed when selecting books in light of Carson's recommendations.
I have to take one star off though for a couple of reasons. First, I wish there was more structure. The book has clear headings as to what is being reviewed (i.e. specific books in the New Testament), but the sections are written in prose. One has to hunt through paragraphs to find different works and his evaluations, and sometimes the sections seem to run on without a clear organization. I guess what I'm saying is that maybe this work would have been better written like an thorough annotated...
Have you ever looked at the host of commentaries available on a particular book of the NT and wished you could ask a first-rate NT scholar what he thought about each of them? Most of us will never have that kind of direct access, but Carson’s New Testament Commentary Survey comes pretty close. D. A. Carson is without question one of the most prolific and respected NT scholars of our day. His commentaries on Matthew and John are some of the best available and his forthcoming commentary on Revelation is highly anticipated. His work as the editor of the Pillar New Testament Commentary series and the New Studies in Biblical Theology series have been of great service to the church. His books are too numerous to list and his influence tremendous (think Gospel Coalition). So if you could get his opinion on virtually any NT commentary in print (and many out of print), wouldn’t that be worth your time?
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