Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon (NAC) by Richard R. Melick

51iwenc701l-_sx365_bo1204203200_The New American Commentary series is one of the most pastoral commentary series to be purchased anywhere.  It does not focus on high scholarly pursuits but on practical exegesis which a pastor can use to craft sermons and application which can be preached to the laymen.

One of the smaller commentaries in the series is the 32nd volume which contains Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.  It is written by Richard R. Melick, Jr. and written from a conservative baptist preservative, which makes sense given it is produced by the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, B&H Publishing.  While this work is short in stature is still packs a punch.

As with every volume in this series the work uses the New International Version (1984) of scripture.  This is important if you are not a fan of the gender neutral 2011 version of the NIV.  It should also be noted that when the author disagrees with the translation he shows it with his translation from the Greek.

Furthermore I was not impressed wit the size of the Philemon section of the commentary.  It was not that what was said was not correct or that the exegesis or application was not on point, but there was just not must to the commentary.  While while relation to its size it makes sense, yet there was a true hope for a fuller commentary.  Thankfully both the Philippians and Colossians sections were very full.

These books was provided to me free of charge from B&H Academic Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.


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