Have you ever said to yourself while studying a book of the Bible, “Self, I need some good commentaries, but I don’t even know where to look”? Well, look no further! To find the best commentaries on any book of the Bible, go to BestCommentaries.com (How’d they think of that address?!). John Dyer, a Th.M. grad from Dallas Theological Seminary, has developed a tremendous site that seeks to compile resources to give us students (re: dreamers?) a user-friendly guide for buying commentaries. Sources include:
The most notable sources are the published books by D. A. Carson, Tremper Longman, III, John Glynn, and Jim Rosscup. In addition to these print publications, the web resources of John Piper’s Desiring God Ministries, R. C. Sproul’s Ligonier Ministries, and the Denver Seminary Journal are in the site. The data from these books and websites have been used with permission from the respective owners and aggregated to provide an average score representing a wider array of biblical scholarship than would be possible with a single book. These books are still extremely valuable and should be consulted directly along side of this website.
There is even a scoring method:
- Total number of reviews – the more reviews a reviewer submits, the weight of those reviews will increase.
- Number of reviews in for a Bible book – the more reviews a user does for a given book of the bible, the weight of those reviews will increase.
- Number of “Helpful reviews” – much like Amazon, the site will eventually have a “Did you find this review helpful?” function.
- Internal modifier – for some reviewers, a behind-the-scenes modifier may be added that will give their reviews more or less weight. The reason for this is to be able to give more weight to credible academic sources that may not have many reviews.
Let the frivolous spending dreaming begin!