• I am not an Academic in any sense. I am a lay member of the United Methodist Church. I stumbled across this book due to the excellent search tools provided by Logos. I was most interested in the material related too the title, specifically, the influence of the Jesus's brothers on the early church. I stumbled across the discussion of Clopas in the NT which had been discussed in a Bible study I attend. I found his treatment of these topics to be well expressed and well thought through. I cannot judge the quality of his scholarly work but I suspect it is also very good. Slightly challenging for a lay person I still found the material useful and not overwhelming. He did not overwhelm me with Greek but used it so to benefit scholars and laity. Expect to find involved analysis and proofs that involve multiple steps. He also works on several proofs simultaneously when the evidence bares on several points.
    1. I am an experienced lay Bible study teacher for adults. I am so tired of working with books with 10 DVD lessons or 10 chapters in a $5 book. I need more meat in my sandwich. The NIVAC is not technical and does not use Greek or Hebrew without explaining what it means. It is not a "Sermon in a box" commentary for pastors. It is a really good explanation of the value of each book and why we should study it..Each NIVAC book divides the Biblical book into practical sections and then 4 subsections for each sections. 1. The NIV text. 2. The "Original Meaning." 3. "Bridging Contexts" to help us understand what is in the section. 4. "Contemporary Significance" to help us understand the message for today. I love the Word Biblical Commentary, or Barclay or Wiersbe; but NIVAC is my go to series whether I am looking for a book for a teacher or a book for the whole class to buy. I have been in a men's Bible Study for 20 years. We wanted to do Daniel again after 12 years. Our usual thinking is to look to Wiersbe or Barclay but thought these might be too light. The Word Biblical Commentary might be too much. I found this book and the entire group loves the layout and the depth. Perfect for us. We will use this series again.
      1. Update: We finished Daniel in 15 months of weekly study using the NIVAP. The best Bible study ever. Now we are on to Isaiah. We are allowing 24 to 36 months. Why do a short study of the same book every other year that covers the same stories again?
    2. I am an experienced lay Bible study teacher for adults. I am so tired of working with books with 10 DVD lessons or 10 chapters in a $5 book. I need more meat in my sandwich. The NIVAC is not technical and does not use Greek or Hebrew without explaining what it means. It is not a "Sermon in a box" commentary for pastors. It is a really good explanation of the value of each book and why we should study it..Each NIVAC book divides the Biblical book into practical sections and then 4 subsections for each sections. 1. The NIV text. 2. The "Original Meaning." 3. "Bridging Contexts" to help us understand what is in the section. 4. "Contemporary Significance" to help us understand the message for today. I love the Word Biblical Commentary, or Barclay or Wiersbe; but NIVAC is my go to series whether I am looking for a book for a teacher or a book for the whole class to buy.