While I love detailed, book-specific commentaries, when I use these tools I often lose sight of the forest for all the trees. I purchased the Evangelical Commentary on the Bible to help me quickly discern the structure and central theme of a book of the Bible. By quickly getting a handle on a book's structure and theme, I am better able to both understand and teach the text in a way that respects or honors the Biblical book itself. Having heard so many verse-by-verse sermons deviate from the purpose and meaning of the actual text, I find assurance the care Elwell takes to carefully root his commentary in the Biblical text itself. Highly recommended to those who desire to get a better understanding of the Bible as a whole.