Daniel: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary by Sharon Pace
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Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary
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I think the series is certainly appealing and thus engaging for readers. I'm curious to know if this is something of a future trend in publishing texts on Scripture. It seems to work particularly well for commentaries. I've spent a little time in BWiii's commentary though and did not find the content terribly helpful or stimulating. The same publisher offers Reading Matthew, by David Garland, which is cheaper and in my estimation worth a good deal more as a commentary for Matt. As you may recall from an earlier post, Mike, I used Mitch Reddish's commentary on Revelation with my Duke class last spring, and it was fantastic for all of the reasons you name--and more. Obviously, insightful historical, literary, and theological exegesis of the text is the most important aspect of any commentary, but there is so much more that can and often should be done.
The Smyth and Helwys Commentary series is intended for a wide variety of serious Bible students p. Gupta includes a thirty-one-page introduction covering many traditional introductory matters. After a helpful discussion of the major issues, Gupta concludes that Paul wrote Colossians pp. Next Gupta discusses the city of Colossae and the occasion for writing pp. The relationship between Colossians and Ephesians briefly is explored, but the commentary does not assume any dependence p. The introduction concludes with sections on reading Colossians pp. A phrase outline follows the introduction pp.