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Any Complaints? Blame God! God’s Message for Today – Habakkuk the Prophet Speaks

This book deserves a better title! The negative words on the cover fail to convey the positive encouragement of the pages that follow. I found this little volume easy to understand, informative, relevant and stimulating. It moved me to worship the Lord. Like Habakkuk in his day, I am mystified by what is going…

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Obadiah: A Practical Commentary

When the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem in 587 BC, Edom, despite its close family relationship with Israel, sided with the enemy. Obadiah, the shortest book in the Old Testament, condemns the Edomites, and prophesies their downfall. It then looks forward to the restoration of Judah and the ultimate fulfilment of God’s promises in Christ. David…

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Isaiah – Volume 1: Chapters 1-39

This truly magnificent book, in the EP Study Commentary series, is everything a commentary should be. It begins with a very useful introduction to Isaiah as a whole and ends with over 30 pages of detailed notes, for those who need such things. The exposition of Isaiah 1-39, which is the heart of the…

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Lamentations

This is a well-produced commentary on the book of Lamentations, which the author describes as ‘Living in the ruins’. Is it aimed at the ordinary Christian or is it more for the Bible student? The answer is probably both. It serves the ordinary Christian because it is well written and composed, with good subject…

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Revelation: The Final Word

The inevitable first question: How does the author approach the interpretation of Revelation? On the one hand he affirms that the events of the book ‘are unrolling through history all the way from the time of John until Christ returns in glory’. On the other hand, he recognises that ‘Revelation does not run in…

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Colossians & Philemon: Christ All-Sufficient

I well remember as a very young believer trying to use my first commentary on Colossians. It was like paddling through treacle. It wasn’t the author’s fault; at that point he was just far too advanced for me. What I needed was Christ All-Sufficient by Phil Arthur, a recent addition to the Welwyn series…

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Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

Greg Beale and Don Carson, together with their sixteen-strong team of contributors, have produced a very substantial tome, fit to take its place on any bookshelf (although it will need to be a sturdy one!). The fruit of ten-years’ labour has been realised in this rich and exhaustive reference work. While all of the…

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