Dr. Philip Carlson
- I highly recommend this commentary set. It seems that Lenski always has something insightful to say. He does discuss the Greek, but not in a highly technical way. He doesn't get caught up on textual criticism but is knowledgeable of the issues. It is not a technical commentary but is an intermediate work. I always look forward to reading his remarks on a passage. He takes a conservative approach in his exegesis and does work through each passage in an exegetical way. His interpretations are usually always informed by the context and are helpful. As a preacher who prepares multiple sermons every week, I value Lenski above the Tyndale TNTC set, the IVP set, the cornerstone set, and the BST set. In many places I would read Lenski before NAC. Obviously it is hard to compare sets where there are multiple authors and where different volumes are of higher quality, but as a general rule that is how I rank Lenski. I think it is worth the price and should be added to your collection. His insights on different passages are valuable and will not be found in other works. He does not copy or parrot other ideas, but feels fresh. I always feel that he has fairly treated each verse and does not seem rushed or concise. He is also not verbose or too detailed. Lenski is overall very helpful and highly recommended.
- I would recommend the ESV Bible Atlas as a tremendous map resource you should add to your library. This atlas is superior to the Holman Bible Atlas and the Zondervan Bible Atlas. There are more maps, larger maps, and better maps in this resource than the others. I have each of them (and a few others) and use this one more than all the others. This atlas also includes many diagrams and illustrations of ancient cities, and temples. There is a section with timelines (but that is not as good as the timelines Logos provides). There are many maps that are included in the ESV Study Bible but there are many many more in this atlas. There are maps that include secular history (Alexander the Great, intertestamental period etc.). There are a few 3D maps which help one to visualize the elevation changes and such. This resource has larger maps than the others as well. They are higher quality in resolution and visually appealing (no strange colors like the carta resources, which clearly date those maps). There are some archeological resources here as well, but they are more like "asides" and are not the main focus. They are useful images and helpful narratives attached. This is a highly recommended resource. Logos makes it easy to get these images and maps into PowerPoint also. If you are trying to decide which atlas resource to buy I would put my vote on this one.