When I was around 14 or 15 years old, I decided that I would read one to three chapters from the Bible every morning, along with a corresponding commentary on the Scriptures I had just read.
With the exception of a few periods in my early 20’s where I fell away from this discipline for a few weeks or months, I have kept up this personal educational pursuit for over 15 years now. (Yes, I am THAT stubborn!)
Reading from the Word of God, and learning more through commentaries is how I start EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. It is a great way to start the day, getting grounded in Gods Word.
Now, I like to doodle in my books. Taking notes, underlining important info, and so on. While I will be the first to admit that I am REALLY rough on my books, I don’t destroy them. Unlike…. My toddlers.
Every morning, after my study, the kiddos decide to mimic what they see me doing… scribbling in the big book! Over the last year, from excessive doodling, playing, pulling, throwing and so on, my Wycliff Bible Commentary is really a marvel in modern toddler demolition. Check it out! Both covers missing. Whole pages ripped out. Whole pages drawn on. It is really something impressive to behold!
The front cover.
What nearly every single page looks like inside.
The back cover.
Now, I have reviewed books with Moody Publishers before, they are one of my all time favorite publishing businesses. They do not make shabby books. These books are TOUGH. I mean, it took over a year before the toddlers could beat this book into submission. But beat it they did, and I was at a point where if I look at the book wrong, it will fall apart. Which puts a bit of a damper on my Bible Study time.
So I sent out an e-mail, explaining my predicament with the tatters of my Wycliffe Commentary, and asked if they would be interested in sending me a replacement for review. And they said yes!! (How cool are they?!)
So here’s a bit more info on the Wycliffe Bible Commentary by Moody Publishers:
Scholars from across the conservative spectrum in American Protestant Christianity have combined to produce a valuable one-volume commentary on the entire Bible. The Wycliffe Bible Commentary brings together scholars from 15 different denominations and 25 schools of Christian higher education, and focuses on determining the meaning of the text. It is neither a devotional commentary nor a technical exegesis, but is an insightful help for serious Bible students looking to understand the text. Introductory information such as authorship, dating and an outline of the text is included for every book of the Bible, as is a bibliography for each book. Thus, The Wycliffe Bible Commentary proves itself a valuable resource for any serious Bible student.
Overview of The Wycliffe Bible Commentary:
Theologically conservative (Evangelical)
Semi-technical (Greek and Hebrew words are transliterated when they appear)
A phrase-by-phrase commentary based on the King James Version (KJV)
Geared for Bible students and pastors
I have been reading 1-3 chapter every morning from this study for about 3 years now, and am about to wrap up (just finishing the book of Acts). While it is not my FAVORITE commentary (that on goes to Matthew Henrys Commentary) it is a very good read, with valuable insights and information nonetheless. Lots of references for further study and reading, and it offers many different insights from various viewpoints, for expanded reading.
So THANK YOU AGAIN Moody Publishers, for providing wonderful quality books (both content and construction) and for your stellar customer service!