ok couple of questions. first, I saw the post on what is the best commentary and i saw Matthew Henry being recommended so i checked it out and wow did i love it. im gonna go get it asap. I have never used a commentary so its definitly new to (except that in study Bible's) but what exactly is so great about separate commentaries?Second, i currently have the Nelson's study Bible BUT im just unhappy with it, its a bit draggy but the comments seem to be good i have nothing against the man lol its just after reading stuff like henry i realize why i think Nelson a bit draggy? But anyway what is a good study bible ? (i heard Life application but im not sure) oh yeah for KJV Thank you for your help as always brothers, in Christ.
Personally I dont like study Bibles. I prefer to read scripture without all the added commentary along side of it. I want to hear from God, not the commentator.If I am putting together a lesson, or I am studying a particular topic, or I come across something I simply cant understand... thats when I turn to commentaries.Besides... whats so common about 'taters anyway? Personally I like 'em mashed, sittin' right beside a juicy thick steak.Krispy
Besides... whats so common about 'taters anyway? Personally I like 'em mashed, sittin' right beside a juicy thick steak
Study bible's are usually nothing more than watered down versions of commentaries that have already been made on the subject :-) Their information is generally so sparse and little, in my personal opinion, they are of little help. They are often much more "devotional" in nature, and don't explain a whole lot. The only "study bible" I have found though worth anything is Zondervan's NIV Study Bible published by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. It actually provides relevant archealogocial/background information on various passages of Scriputre. It's a bit cumbersome to read through, but, it has many excellent 1-2 page articles scattered throughout it. I'm not a big fan of the NIV, but, the information contained in the pages is excellent.
I would suggest a reference Bible
perhaps even a Thompson Chain. Let scripture interpret scripture and use a commentary in the fashion Krispy advised. I have many study Bibles. I usually consult a few of them after I have prepared for leading a class or study group. I have noticed a lot of the comments in class/study group come right out of the notes from everyones favorite study Bible. Krispy and KJ have both addressed this problem as well. I think a plain classic reference Bible can go a long way toward teaching and learning the Word.I do not have a Thompson Chain
but I think it may very well be my next purchase.Anyone have any thoughts about the Thompson Chains?