Thursday, December 8, 2011

Job 38-42 Word Biblical Commentary by J.A. Clines

            Clines concludes his comprehensive work on Job with this volume. While the volume is large (it weighs in at slightly over 500 pages) for a commentary on five chapters of the Bible, there is much more than just commentary here. The first two hundred pages of the work focus on the Biblical text itself, providing a fresh translation as Clines works within the Hebrew text. The work, like most WBC volumes, is written in a way that scholars and pastors alike will gain benefit. There are portions that a lay level reader may struggle to grasp, but this is a necessary result from working from the original languages and using technical terms in some areas. Clines’ commentary is strong, and reflects a knowledgeable and capable understanding of the scriptures. The final three hundred pages are study tools, including the usual scripture and author indexes. However, Clines does something interesting in that he includes a two hundred and fifty page Bibliography in which he lists just about everything ever written on the book of Job. The Bibliography in sorted in various ways, and includes a section sorted by subjects found within the book, which is particularly interesting. The works are listed without comment, but just the amount of resources listed is impressive. 

I would give Clines’ commentary 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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