2 More IVP New Tesament Commentaries

Here’s two commentaries that you might want to check out:

1. Mark (IVPNT) by Ronald Kernaghan

Kernaghan wrote this volume in the respected IVPNT series that’s aimed at pastors, teachers, and small groups. I’d define this book as a solid work.

He adequately covers the basics in his Introduction to Mark. He begins by explaining why many scholars came to believe in the priority of Mark. In discussing authorship he reminds us that Mark has always traditionally been considered the author until more recent times. He reaches conservative conclusions on audience, date, and place of origin. His conclusions on “the gospel as parable ” are a little more sketchy to my mind.

After an outline, he jumps into the commentary proper that makes up the bulk of the book. Again, the word that comes to mind is “solid”. In every passage he opens with a modern history parallel to what he feels the passage is saying. Some fit better than others, but some readers may love that unique approach. All in all, this volume will be appreciated by its target audience.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

2. John (IVPNT) by Rodney Whitacre 

Whitacre provides one of the longest and most exceptional commentaries in the respected IVPNT series edited by respected scholar Grant Osborne. If you search, I think you’ll find most reviews will agree with my assessment.

The Introduction begins by his confessing the awesomeness of John’s Gospel. He introduces the two views of authorship which are a single author versus multiple authors. He admits complexity and offers three possible explanations for it.  He finally sees the profundity of John as the better explanation. 

He writes well on chronological and other differences with the Synoptics. He lays out the options on date, location, and purposes with equal aplomb. He makes sense of John’s uniqueness and theology and themes. In his allotted space, Whitacre does a great job in the Introduction.

The commentary is ideal for a mid-length commentary and its target audience. This book is a winner.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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