Focus on the Bible Commentary Series – New Testament | Reviews and Volumes

Reviews of the Focus on the Bible Commentary Series

matthew bible commentaryOn the Matthew volume:

Brian C. Stiller, president, Tyndale University College and Seminary: “Charles Price has set a standard that challenges us. There is something that happens in biblical proclamation: a moment in which the Spirit of God invades our minds and wills. Few do it as well as Charles.”

On the Mark volume:

Michael Bentley, Evangelical Times: “Written in simple, non-technical language for ordinary church members…the reader will be amply rewarded by the author’s explanation of the text and its application to modern life.”

On the Romans volume:

Reformed Theological Review: “The commentary is easy to read, interacts in a popular but sound way with wider scholarship on Romans, and contains helpful pastoral applications throughout.”

Purpose of the Focus on the Bible Commentary Series

From the publisher: “These commentaries are popular level commentaries especially useful for pastors and small group leaders. They are useful for personal devotions and spiritual growth. Many of the authors of the commentaries are leading expositors of God’s Word on their specialty subjects. The series holds to the inerrancy of scripture and the uniqueness of Christ in salvation.”

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Allan Harman on Deuteronomy:

“Deuteronomy consists of Moses’ preaching to the children of Israel before the entry into Canaan. The sermons come to a climax in chapters 29 and 30, and I was amazed at the intensity with which Moses pressed home his message. He sets before Israel the alternatives of life and death, and wants them to choose life (30:19-20).”

Richard Belcher on Job:

“There is something unique in this commentary that very few commentaries have. A personal story of suffering is told as one reads the commentary.”

Volumes in the Focus on the Bible Commentary Series

Matthew – Charles Price

Mark – Geoffrey Grogan

Acts – Bruce Milne

romans bible commentaryRomans – Paul Barnett

R. Kent Hughes, retired senior pastor, College Church, Wheaton, IL:

“Distinguished New Testament historian and pastor, bishop Paul Barnett, has given us a clearly written commentary on Romans which, while critically conversant with the present debate over the new perspective, is clear and accessible to preachers and Bible teachers. The deft hand of a scholar preacher is everywhere evident in the neat organization, precision, lucid explanative and warmth of this most helpful work.”

1 Corinthians – Paul Barnett

David Jackman, former president, The Proclamation Trust:

“A scholar’s eye for background detail, a preacher’s careful attention to meaning, a pastor’s application to the challenges of our contemporary context. All three combine in this clear-minded and warm-hearted exposition of First Corinthians, to make Paul’s great letter come alive with sparkling insights and pressing relevance.”

2 Corinthians – Geoffrey Grogan

Galatians – Joseph A. Pipa Jr.

Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary:

“Here is a clear, succinct, and powerful exposition of a key Pauline letter. Pipa writes pastorally, an apt reflection of Paul’s own desire to inform and edify. He writes learnedly, aware of challenges to Paul’s gospel from Federal Vision and New Perspective quarters.”

Ephesians – Paul Gardner

Steve Wilmshurst, Evangelical Now: “…handles the text soundly and carefully and also provides applications at the end of most sections.”

Philippians – Hywel R. Jones

Colossians and Philemon – John Woodhouse

Bill Cook, professor of New Testament interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

“This commentary by John Woodhouse is a rich source of biblical insight on the texts of Colossians and Philemon. This volume is a great resource for the pastor as he prepares to feed his flock, but it is equally helpful for students of the Bible who desire to understand better these magnificent letters. Maybe even more importantly, the text reflects the author’s own love for the Savior. I can gladly commend it.”

1 and 2 Thessalonians – Richard Mayhue

1 and 2 Timothy, Titus – Douglas Milne

Anthony E. Bird, Reformed Theological Review:

“This is a valuable resource that will promote better understanding of these much neglected epistles and their message.”

Hebrews – Walter Riggans

James – Derek Prime

James – B. Dale Ellenburg and Christopher W. Morgan

Robert A. Peterson, professor of systematic theology, Covenant Theological Seminary:

“…this is a solid and useful commentary written by two pastor-scholars to help the church be the church as God intended.”

1 Peter – Derek Cleave

Richard Mayhue, professor of theology and pastoral ministries, The Master’s Seminary:

“An indispensable research source for pastors, teachers, and bible students.”

2 Peter and Jude – Paul Gardner

Norris Wilson, Evangelical Times: “Not only does he begin the exposition of each book by giving an excellent outline, but he also ends each section with tremendously apt and relevant application, under the heading ‘Special Lessons for Today.’ Altogether, this is warmly recommended for individuals or groups.”

1, 2, and 3 John – Michael Eaton

Revelation – Paul Gardner

Richard L. Pratt, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando:

“Paul Gardner has given us an in-depth, but clear, approach . . . His insights into the meaning of this book will touch every dimension of the Christian life.”


Also see:

Bible Commentary Series (index)

New Testament commentaries (index)

Old Testament commentaries (index)