This commentary is the first that WTS bookstore will carry of a commentary series that has been published fairly rapidly. It is based on the New Living Translation (it includes the complete text of that translation). My thoughts on the NLT are that it is a very idiomatic, periphrastic translation. It is very much in line with the “dynamic equivalence” method of translation, though it is not quite as far out in that direction as, say, the New Century Version, or even the Living Bible. This is a translation done by responsible scholars, at least. I would argue that it goes a bit too far in the direction of dynamic equivalence. However, the commentary series does have quite a number of reputable scholars contributing to it, and it would be an excellent addition to an expositor’s library. There are currently 15 volumes out a the moment, published from 2006 to the present, and covering already well more than half of the Bible, including most of the New Testament.
New Commentary Series
August 13, 2010 at 10:39 am (Books (reviews and recommendations))