Books! Books! Books! Let’s face it, any dedicated Bible Student, regardless of the level of academia, has a love for books – especially those about, in and around the Bible. Scholars are expected to have a multitude. Pastors and students will have a desired collection. The question for them becomes: What are the best ones?
Fortunately, there is a resource that answers that question. It is the latest edition of John Glynn’s Commentary and Reference Survey. This is the 11th edition and has been divided and re-titled to Best Bible Books: New Testament Resources. Glynn has remained the primary author with Michael H. Burer serving as the editor. However, there is much contribution from the New Testament faculty at Dallas Theological Seminary. The volume is published by Kregel Publications.
The very first chapter provides recommendations for New Testament Introduction, Survey and Theology. The most useful for pastors and students will be on New Testament Introduction and Survey. This is followed by a section on “Jesus and the Gospels” in which are included a myriad of subject areas.
The core of the book is comprised of recommended commentaries on every new Testament book. Each entry contains a short evaluation of that particular volume – a vital addition that greatly aids in one’s selection process. Each entry is labeled as Good, Better or Best. At the end of each book is a section entitled “Special Studies” that zeros in on particular issues.
Following the recommendations for Revelation is a section focusing on a variety of New Testament studies. Most useful here are proposals on “Scholarly One-Volume Commentaries” (a listing of ten) and “New Testament Background” (includes a host of subjects).
What you will not find in this new edition: Glynn’s classification of books by theological belief (be sure to read the Introduction for the thought process) and no computer stuff. The reasoning is that computer-related resources such as Bible software can change almost daily.
Most importantly, this volume is not exclusive to ivory tower Bible scholars. (They likely already know of these.) If you are a pastor or a serious Bible student and have a desire to assemble a worthwhile library (there is a chapter on that subject), this is a volume you should purchase and consult before you purchase another book.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by Kregel Publications for a fair and honest review.