• It focuses more on the big picture, context, and major themes, than a deep, verse-by-verse exposition. It includes a theological analysis, and makes relevant application and illustration of the main themes. It utilizes text-book formatting, with a variety of multi-colored segments, and color photos (which I like). Unfortunately, the formatting of this text is not completely compatible with the current dark mode settings. Some segments have to be viewed in the "light" or "system" theme in order to be seen. It's a shame this was discontinued. Perhaps the series will now be more profitable in digital format, and get picked up by another publisher.
    1. The commentary on 1 Timothy 2:11-15 is solid, which is increasingly rare for newer commentaries that often tend to yield to feminism. The comments are non-technical and easy to understand, but you can tell they base them on a correct understanding of the original languages. --Still investigating this set.
      1. Thank you for your remark. That makes that I don't need to buy it. ;)
      2. I do not understand your reasoning. You don't need to buy it because it is "solid", "non-technical and easy to understand", based on "a correct understanding of the original languages", or because it does not yield to feminism?
    2. Generally, I would recommend this volume. Williamson hits the relevant Scriptures bearing on the afterlife, and provides reasonable conclusions about them. He addresses disagreements within Evangelicalism, affirming the Bible does not teach annihilation, but the eternal torment of the lost. Regarding the resurrection, Williamson evidently believes this won't happen a day before the "last day", which I take to mean the end of the Tribulation. He does not, however, specify how the millennium will be populated with saved but unglorified saints. He doesn't believe the present universe will be destroyed, but that it will be regenerated. He claims what is destroyed is the sin. He interprets Revelation 21-22 figuratively, denying that a literal city comes down from heaven to earth, but views all of that description as as a reference to the bride of Christ. As with several other books in this series I've read, Williamson deals with the intertestamental writings of the apocrypha. Although they admit these books are not part of the inspired Scripture, they still include them in a "Biblical theology". I found that interesting, but would rather see that material as an appendix footnote. There's also a lot of consideration given to contemporary and historical viewpoints in the first chapter. All-in-all, I wish it were a bit more focused on what the Bible says, rather than every available opinion, but it does deal with the relevant texts in a reasonable way.
      1. For some reason, when I try to cite from this source, it doesn't show any page number. I also do not see the option of showing page numbers in the visual filters area. Am I doing something wrong, or are page numbers not available for this work?
        1. I am sorry, but this resource does not include page numbers.
        2. The lack of page numbering the Faithlife Ebooks (which seems to be a characteristic of all of them) is a serious defect. I pick up the free ones that I feel are worthwhile, but the fact that you can't cite them with page numbers, or even lead a group book study with them (since you can't tell anyone where you are), means that I will hardly ever pay money for any of these.
      2. As Paul told Timothy, the Scriptures are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. What I like about this Biblical theology of Daniel, is that it is Christ centered. This is especially evident in chapter 10, on typology. This work ultimately recognizes God's plan of salvation through Christ unfolding in the book of Daniel. You haven't correctly understood the Scriptures, until you've seen them pointing to salvation in Christ. This work is generally sound, and passes this fundamental test, by seeing and giving preeminence to Christ. Not everyone will agree on every point of this work. The author evidently holds to a post-tribulation rapture view. He thinks the woman in Revelation 12 is representative of Mary, the church, and "the people of God" in general. He does not seem to see much distinction between Israel and the church in Revelation. Rather than recognizing a gap between the 69th and 70th week (stated as "after the 69th week", but before the 70th week in Daniel 9), he views the 70th week as spanning all the time between Christ's two advents. He sees the first time, times, and half a time (3.5 years), as the time from Christ's arrival until the man of sin is revealed, and the second half as 3.5 literal years, which he attributes to those days being "shortened" for the elect's sake. Even though in Matthew 24, we see that a sheep/goat judgment will prohibit unbelievers from entering the kingdom, the author views the unregenerate nations as surviving the return of Christ, living through the entire 1,000 year reign of Christ, then being stirred up against Christ at the end of the thousand year reign, and ultimately destroyed. This is possibly his solution to the problem of populating the millennial kingdom, if all believers are raptured and receive a glorified body upon Christ's return after the Tribulation. This work also gave me a lot of fresh insights. The author strengthened my understanding of Daniel, by showing how Daniel interpreted other Scripture, and how other parts of the Bible interpret the book of Daniel. It shows the broad types and patterns that developed along the course of God's revelation, ultimately pointing to Christ. I recommend this book as a good read for anyone who wants to better understand the book of Daniel, and how it relates to the unfolding plan of salvation through Christ.
        1. It was alright. I like that it was straightforward and concise, at only around 130 pages. It has a narrow focus, showing a study of the words used for preaching, that preaching should continue in the post-apostolic era of the church, and that preaching has some continuity with the role of the Old Testament prophet and preaching roles of Jesus and the Apostles. One point that didn't quite set right with me was the ongoing emphasis it placed on the idea that preaching is only for those who are recognized as church leaders, and not for everyone. For example, in Philippians 1, Paul says that because of his chains, the "brethren in the Lord" are much more bold to proclaim the gospel. He then says some preach Christ out of envy and strife, and some out of love. The author claims those "brethren" are recognized Christian workers, not regular Christians. Why would recognized christian preachers be trying to cause Paul trouble in prison? --Seems to be going out of his way to exclude "unauthorized" preaching.
          1. Does this contain material that isn't already in NICOT? If not, why is it on Pre-order, and not shipping till December?
            1. I think it is due to John Goldingay's commentary on Jeremiah which is on Pre-Pub.
            2. Okay. Thanks.
          2. The "various versions" offering, just compares what different translations say about each verse of the Bible. You can do the same thing with the Logos text comparison tool. Then the set offers an interlinear Bible, which is already available in logos, in many packages, and you probably already own one. The same is true for the dictionary portion of this set. Then it offers a textual apparatus, which I already own a different version of, and a "bundle", which is simply a single commentary for every book in the Bible. The only thing unique to this set, which I do not already own multiple versions of, is the commentary. Reading through some of the commentary portion of this set, my response is "meh". It's okay. I'm not convinced to spend $750 for this bundle, since the only unique thing it's offering me is a commentary that seems kind of average.
            1. Thanks for sharing Randy! My thoughts exactly, I love Logos but based on the features of this product it doesn't seem like its anything special. I understand how special it was on Wordsearch because it didn't have these features as a platform in general but Logos already does. And I agree $750 seems too much even with a payment plan. I talked to current users of this product and they all say the same. That the price is too high. Logos needs to seriously consider lowering the price all the more.
          3. From scanning the "see inside" feature, what I can tell is that this is a series of structured questions. The text asks the disciple a question, then the student reads the Scripture references it gives to draw answers. I believe this is a good format for discipleship, because it leads to convictions that are based on personal discovery, rather than just parroting what someone told you to believe. I've used this kind of format before, for discipleship, and it worked well.
            1. The author of this volume at least, is promoting an evolutionary view of creation. He also tries to minimize the divine inspiration of Moses, attributing his knowledge of the events recorded in Genesis to Assyrian cylinders and texts. Here is a sample of what the author says about the creation of the world: "The mysterious era of the creation of the world must be kept carefully distinct from that of the creation of man. With the former Scripture has nothing to do; the latter is abundantly vindicated by the corroboration of advancing knowledge. But while the inconceivable remoteness of the creation of our earth, and the vast periods through which it has been slowly brought to the condition in which man appeared on it..."