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Derek Thomas's "The Essential Commentaries for a Preacher's Library"

Sep 21 2008

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Derek Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary,  and John Tweeddale published the 2nd edition of The Essential Commentaries for a Preacher’s Library in 2006. Thomas and Tweeddale have generously allow their “Recommended” books to be included in BestCommentaries.com. From my review of their work:

For each book of the Bible, Thomas categorizes books into “Recommended” (usually 2-4 books), “Consider” (as many as 20) and “Books to be considered for sermon preparation” (another 10-20).

The book is very user-friendly and well laid out. Unlike Glynn who only bolds recommended works, Thomas’ annotations are helpful. The comments are not as lengthy or thorough as Carson, Longman, or Rosscup, but the emphasis on older commentaries and commentaries useful for preaching and the fact that this work covers the entire Bible plus some theological works makes this inexpensive book very valuable and unique.

Their work is one of the least expensive and most useful commentary reference books available. We are extremely glad to have their thoughts included on the site.

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