From time to time in the spirit of Jim Roscup we like to rate commentaries here at ET. One thing that i was reminded of again this week is that every commentary rating is somewhat misleading. What I mean by that comment is that sometimes commentaries really surprise you. For example, one of my favorite applicational commentaries is the NIV Revelation commentary by Craig Keener. However as i came to chapter 5 i found his commentary quite weak. On the other hand David Aune’s 3 volume exegetical commentary set has not been nearly as helpful to me as R.L Thomas’ 2 volume masterpiece. However in Chapter 5, I found many very helpful comments in Aune’s commentary. So just remember this point the next time you’re preparing a sermon. Life is like a set of commentaries you never know what you’re going to get (or something like that).
On Rating Biblical Commentaries