The Book of Zechariah is written by Mark J. Boda and published by Eerdmans is one of the well written modern commentaries on this book of the Bible. The Book of Zechariah is the most recent volume of the New International Commentary on the Old Testament, edited by Robert L. Hubbard, a historic and landmark series, one which is synonymous with superior scholarship and excellence exegesis, this volume continues this legacy. While Boda is no stranger to commentaries, yet this is his first volume in this series on scripture. This volume is one of the most through and prolific commentaries I have ever had the privilege of reading, while I disagree with some of the conclusions that Boda draws, his scholarly approach is commendable.
The Book of Zechariah begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, yet while introductions are common; this introduction is atypical of most commentaries. It is not that this work does dive into history and recent scholarship, which The Book of Zechariah does a phenomenal job of rather, it is the thoroughness that Boda takes with these introductory matters which makes this commentary atypical. In a day where these matters are either glossed over to get to the exegesis of the text or are so cumbersome that they become useless, Boda though has found a good balance in being thorough, communicating depth and attention to recent scholarship, without losing the forest in the trees.
In reference to the commentary on the text of this book of prophecy, Boda takes painstaking care in carefully showing the original context of passage while sprinkling practical application to the reader throughout the textual commentary. Yet while this commentary can be technical it is not so overtly technical that it obscures the helpfulness of the commentary.
With regard of recommending The Book of Zechariah, to others I would whole heartily recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Scholars, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and Seminary Students, there is enough scholarly weight to this text to understand a particularly issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. The caveat is to the lay person who is looking for a commentary to read as a devotional, while a basic knowledge of Greek is not needed for understanding The Book of Zechariah, it is helpful and would not be suitable for devotional reading. There are many commentaries about the book of Zechariah available at this moment but New International Commentary on the Old Testament The Book of Zechariah, is a step above the herd.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
The Book of Zechariah: New International Commentary on the Old Testament
© 2016 by Mark J. Boda
Page Count: 936 Pages