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#15 - Evaluating the Abingdon Bible Commentary

by Robert Nguyen Cramer

This BibleTexts website administrator has very much enjoyed questions and insights that have been emailed to him ever since this site was launched in September of 1996. On this page I share with BibleTexts browsers a few of the questions, insights, and responses, so that we all can further learn from and with each other.


Question/insight #15: "Second, what do you think of the new Abingdon Bible Commentary that is in the process of being published, in comparison to the original 1957 edition?" (7/26/98)

Response #15:

I have the 1957 edition of the Abingdon Bible Commentary, but I have not seen a new edition. You might find it helpful to take a look at a partial list of the commentaries that I have in my own library, which you can browse at I believe the highest quality, most helpful individual commentaries at the least cost are the United Bible Societies' (UBS) Handbook series commentaries. The American Bible Society's (ABS) is the distributor for those commentaries and other excellent materials. You can browse the ABS website at All the UBS Handbook commentaries are very well done and theologically neutral.

I really don't use one-volume commentaries very often, but do I have a CD-ROM based version of Harper's Bible Commentary, which is available from Logos software systems, and I find it to be a handy reference when I'm away from home, which is where I have my biblical studies library. (For instance I am in Denver right now, but the Logos software still gives me access to many translations, commentaries, dictionaries, maps, Hebrew and Greek texts and dictionaries, etc.)

In addition to the textual commentary and the alternative Bible translations available on my BibleTexts website, you may also find helpful the Researched Bible Guide, which provides exegetical commentary on all verses the verses in the Bible Lesson. You can order it from Daybreak Publications at


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