Announcing a New Series

Tolle Lege Press is now coming out with something that should push them into the mainstream of Reformed publishers. The first volume will be coming soon. This series aims to be a non-technical, but still substantive commentary on the New Testament, aimed at helping preaching, and aimed specifically at promoting expository, lectio continua preaching from a confessionally Reformed perspective. Yours truly is helping to edit this series. The main editor is Jon Payne, who graciously pulled me off the Galatians project, as I was right in the middle of moving to South Carolina. Lord-willing, I will be able to help with the John volume, currently being written by Terry Johnson. Other contributors include Derek Thomas, Jon Payne, Danny Hyde, Kim Riddlebarger, Joel Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson, Harry Reeder, Iain Campbell, and David Hall. ‘Nuff said!


  1. Benjamin P. Glaser said,

    March 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Not to be a Debbie Downer but do we really need another commentary series? Especially since this seems to be a copycat of the already in progress Reformed Expository Commentary Series?

    Who has time in the parish to read dozens of commentaries on a passage?

  2. greenbaggins said,

    March 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Ben, the Reformed Expository Commentary series has not always gotten hits in the confessional category. Doriani on James, for instance, is not very good. Chapell on Ephesians didn’t impress me either. There are many jewels, of course. Everything Phillips, Ryken, and Duguid have done is excellent. Haven’t used Derek Thomas’s commentary on Acts much, but I suspect that’s a winner. Personally, I never see a need to have to justify more commentary sets. There is always more gold to dig out of the Scriptures. On the gospel of John, for instance, I am currently reading 51 commentaries, and every single one of them has something none of the rest of them have.

  3. paigebritton said,

    March 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    So the answer to Ben’s second question is: Lane. ;)

  4. Benjamin P. Glaser said,

    March 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    51 commentaries? Are you serious?

    I know Paige used a “;)” but that was an honest question. How do you have time in the parish to consult 51 commentaries for a sermon? I serve a small congregation (<40 members) and don't see how I could carve the time necessary to do that and still do visitation, personal evangelism, prayer, etc… Maybe that's just me.

  5. greenbaggins said,

    March 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Yes, Ben, I’m serious. Many of them, of course, are not large. I also read fairly quickly. I know what I’m looking for, and so I usually find it. Now, John has way more commentaries written on it than almost any other book of the Bible. John even gives Romans a run for its money. On most books of the Bible, therefore, I read in the nature of 35-40 commentaries.

  6. paigebritton said,

    March 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Ben, I would guess that Lane is exceptional as a learner — he is obviously gifted with a lively mind that absorbs books like sponges take in water. GB itself is an outgrowth of this unusual mental energy. His capacity for commentaries (not to mention his library) is probably greater than most pastors’ (and maybe most readers’!). If you surveyed others here, you’d probably turn up a variety of responses about commentary use.
    :) pb

  7. Chris Hansen said,

    March 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Just ordered Fesko’s inaugural volume in the series last week and am excited to dig in to it. Whether or not one feels there is any pressing need for more commentaries, the people involved in this project ought to be enough to pique anyone of a Reformed presuasion’s interest.

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