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July 23, 2009



OK, I don't know if these would fit the criteria of "Classic" however both these commentaries I have read and been challenged by both authors to read and re:think through the text of Scripture in a different light and lens. They may not be classic to others but to me they are classically profound.
R. Alan Culpepper., Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary: Mark (Georgia: Smyth & Helwys, 2007).
Stanley Hauerwas., SCM Theological Commentary on the Bible: Matthew (London: SCM Press, 2006).


"Caird is allergic to academic jargon" - hurrah! Sounds like the kind of commentary I would like!

No sure I know any classics but Bruggeman on Psalms was one I found especially good (unfortunately I borrowed it so can't give details)

Alas beyond a few one volume things I can't claim to have a commentary on anywhere near every book - my grand plan to buy one a month once I began in pastorate ran aground very rapidly when I began buying stuff for research instead. Maybe I can restart the process some time soon...


I love this little book. My reflection on it would be that it is a true preachers' commentary: Caird focuses not on questions of authorship, date, and text, but on questions of meaning. When a group of us preached through Philippians a while back, I read seven or eight commentaries, but this one, and Markus Bockmuehl's in the Blacks series, were consistently the most helpful.

David K

I have a copy of Caird's commentary and am delighted to know its worth £46. I hasten to add of course, a la 'Antiques Roadshow', that I wouldnt dream of selling it. My offering? Alec Motyer's "The Prophecy of Isaiah" IVP 1993. Never preached on Isaiah more than in the years following my purchase. Great for preachers especially with wonderful headings crying out for sermonising.

Jim Gordon

Hi David. Thanks for your offering of Motyer's Isaiah (the big red one not the Tyndale one). You're right about his way with language - I still remember reading his Bible Speaks Today volume on Amos The Lion has Roared. It too was a fine combination of exegesis, exposition and honest to goodness readability.

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