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Thanks again to the blogger review program at Tyndale House Publishers, I've added another Bible Commentary to my library: 1-2 Chronicles (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary). This is part of a projected 18 volume series (not all volumes are available yet) covering the entire Bible, using the New Living Translation (NLT) as its basis. It's the 3rd such commentary that I've reviewed, the other two being the pastoral letters and Psalms and Proverbs. I've loved every commentary I've seen in this series, and Chronicles is no exception.

This is exactly the commentary I wish I had when I was teaching 1-2 Chronicles eight years ago. One of my favorite features in the Cornerstone series is the fact that the Bible text is presented right alongside the commentary. This makes it very easy to study when I don't have the desk space to spread out several books at once. Tyndale is keeping in line with the other volumes in the series by continuing to include the text and commentary together.

Before jumping in the text and commentary, Mark J. Boda provides a thorough introduction to the book as a whole, its place in Scripture, and its importance within the canon. To get a taste of Boda's writing style, read the introduction yourself. I found it to be appropriately scholarly while not being stand-offish. It's highly readable without sacrificing depth.

Like other volumes in the series, the main portion of the commentary is divided into three sections: Biblical text, textual notes, and commentary. The text is the NLT, which I become more happy with the more I read. The notes are more in-depth than notes typically found in study Bibles, and often deal directly with the original text, using both the Tyndale-Strong (an updated version of the Strong's system) and the Goodrick-Kohlenberger system. So if you you want to link your studies back to the original text, this commentary helps make it easy to do so. The commentary is well-written, informative, and sufficiently deep enough to both encourage thought in personal study and provide good background to use when preparing lessons and/or sermons.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who teaches the Bible.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this product.

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