Book Review: Acts: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)Acts by Darrell L. Bock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent commentary on Acts. It is exegetical, theological, and historical. It is scholarly, but not so academic as to make it unreadable.

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Book Review: The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts Vol. 2: A Literary Interpretation

The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts 2: A Literary InterpretationThe Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts 2: A Literary Interpretation by Robert C. Tannehill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second volume in a set. The first volume covers the book of Luke and this second volume covers the book of Acts. As the title suggests, this is a literary commentary focusing on the narrative unity of Luke and Acts. He is not so much dealing with exegetical issues or theological issues. Tannehill analyzes the text for patterns of recurring words, ideas, and structures. This book was helpful for studying Acts on the narrative level.

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Book Review: Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches us to Live in Light of the End

Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the EndLiving Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End by David Gibson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a commentary and study of Ecclesiastes. The author takes a practical approach to the book’s message of living life with the end of life in view. He focuses on that main theme and gives us a helpful and accessible look at the book of Ecclesiastes that Christians probably don’t pay enough attention to.

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Devotional Commentary

The Five Books of Moses

The Five Books of Moses by F. B. Meyer is classified as a devotional commentary. Meyer goes chapter by chapter through the first five books of the Bible. Each chapter gets roughly one to one and a half pages in the book.

The comments are not thorough and exhaustive, but they are worthwhile. Meyer touches on the major points in the chapters. In keeping with his usual style, he provides many practical comments.

Reading this book together with the Bible is a good way to use it. If you are reading through the Pentateuch, you could read Meyer’s comments on the chapter you just read and work through the whole that way. I have found this book helpful in this manner.