Zondervan has historically done a pretty stellar job of sending me various books for review. Although it has never involved a volume in their NIV Application Commentary series, those volumes are on sale in ebook format, this week only. You can see the deals here.
The volumes in this series that I use are mainly Old Testament and all in Logos. I have all the ones on the Pentatuech and the Prophets, as well as a few others. I’ve read several cover to cover and found them profitable. The basic format used moves seamlessly from interpretation to application and is very helpful in brainstorming applications during sermon prep.
A while back, I did a series on commentary recommendations for the entire Bible. Here’s the table of contents:
- Old Testament Backgrounds
- The Pentateuch
- The Former Prophets
- The Latter Prophets
- The Writings
- Gospels and Acts
- Paul’s Letters: Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Thessalonians
- Paul’s Letters: Prison and Pastorals
- General Letters
The post on Old Testament Backgrounds gives a good orientation to both the background of the Old Testament and how to select commentaries on it. After I finished the series, I collated my recommendations into a single post, which you can read here. That post also shows you how many of the NIVAC volumes I recommended. There isn’t a corresponding New Testament backgrounds post, but this is a similar type of post. Along with all of this, you can read my reviews of specific commentaries, although they are rarely very in depth.
In the meantime, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to get some of these volumes for just under $5 a piece. If you’re studying a specific book, either for teaching or personal growth, these volumes will help you understand the text and think through relevant applications to your own life. If you’ve got specific questions about them, hit me up in the comments or shoot me an e-mail!