Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Much better selection than Galatians. First-rate: Best, Eadie, Hodge, Hoehner, Lincoln, Lloyd-Jones, O'Brien, Barth Second-rate: Calvin, Clark, Foulkes, Muddiman, Snodgrass, Bruce, Abbott, Martin, Perkins, Urpritchard Third-rate: Simpson, Taylor, Thompson Forthcoming: Hendrix (Herm), Klein (EBC rev.), Thielman (BECNT), Turner (NIGTC), Wolfe (NAC) Conservative: Eadie, Hodge, Hoehner, Lloyd-Jones, O'Brien, Calvin, Clark, Foulkes, Snodgrass, Bruce, Abbott, Urpritchard, Simpson Moderate: Barth, Martin, Taylor, Thompson, Muddiman Liberal: Best, Perkins Of the forthcoming, Hendrix will be liberal, Klein, Thielman, Turner and Wolfe should all be fairly conservative.


At 7/19/2006 05:21:00 PM, Blogger non-farming agronomist said...

Commentaries... I confess I find myself using them less and less. In recent years, I have used them mostly as a check to make sure my odd ideas are not QUITE heretical.

An example.

I have been preaching through Mark. As I read, and read, and prayed, and thought, I found that even though we all know Mark was written to "gentiles" like "Romans" and that Christ is the... well, you get what I mean. We usually approach the book with an idea behind us.

Instead, I have been reading it as if I had never read it before. I find that Mark is writing this gospel NOT simply to gentiles. But instead, to losers.

Mark and Peter (his main source, I believe) were both losers. Mark was a failed missionary. Peter was the temper flaring Ear chopping Paul debating loser of the New Testament.

And Jesus was JUST what they needed.

My point BaggyPants, is this... commentaries might just maybe lead to eisogesis.

I know.. I am an arrogant sod.

At 7/19/2006 05:45:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Baggins said...

Eisogesis is certainly a danger to be avoided. There is definitely a wrong way to use commentaries, I agree. However, I am just not original enough to come up with enough sermonic material on my own. I need commentaries for that reason. Anything that is good in my sermons is certainly not original with me. :-)

I really like your description of Peter. A real loser. Like me.


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