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Package: Wuest Word Studies & New Testament Expanded Translation

Kenneth Wuest was a long time Greek teacher at Moody Bible Institute back in 1920’s, ‘30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. (Yeah – he taught almost 30 years). At that time, Moody was one of the leaders in both dispensationalism and fundamentalism.

When he started writing, it was his intent to bring the nuance of the Greek language out for the non-Greek speaking English reader. This reviewer thinks that he hits that mark pretty well.

His first book was entitled Treasures from the Greek New Testament for the English Reader. This was a collection of twelve essays (which became twelve chapters – imagine that!) that are topical. His second book was a commentary on 1Peter entitled First Peter in the Greek New Testament for the English Reader (do you see a common theme?). It is pleasantly verse by verse.

Over the course of his writing career, he wrote commentaries on Mark, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1Timothy, 2Timothy, Hebrews, 1Peter, 2Peter, 1John, 2John, 3John, & Jude. [If you’re keeping score at home, that means he missed Matthew, Luke, John, Acts, 1Corinthians, 2Corinthians, 1Thessalonians, 2Thessalonians, Titus, Philemon, James, and Revelation.]

In addition to his commentaries, he also wrote six topical books – all revolving around word studies in the Greek New Testament.

Theological Bias

I’ve already noted that Wuest is both dispensational and evangelical in his doctrinal outlook. I also mentioned that in the era he wrote, Moody was considered a fundamentalist institution. That’s good.

I would like to point out that Wuest was not a KJV lover. He served on the translation team that produced the NASB. He actually published an entire expanded translation of the New Testament. But as you might think with his NASB background, his own translation is based on the Nestle Greek text, and not the Textus Receptus (which is the text behind the KJV). Personal kudos for rejecting the ASV; but he was one of the early proponents within the fundamentalist movement to depart from the KJV. He makes no apologies for correcting “error” in the KJV. For this reason alone, I don’t recommend this resource to anyone not grounded in bibliology.

Entry Length

Again, please note that his NT commentary covers only 15 books of the NT (of 27 total books); but because he left off four of the five longest books in the NT, his commentary actually covers far less than 50% of it. However, where he does have comments, they are more than sufficient. For me, they are right in the sweet spot between “sufficient” and “verbose” (I guess I like ‘em a little longer than sufficient…).

I like to provide an example from Rom 3:24 in these reviews. So here is Wuest on Rom 3:24 –

QUOTATION BEGINS – “Freely” is dōrean [δωρεαν], “freely, for naught, gratis, gratuitously, without just cause.” “Grace” is Charis [Χαρις] which signified in classical authors a favor done out of the spontaneous generosity of the heart without any expectation of return. Of course, this favor was always done to one’s friend, never to an enemy. But when Charis [Χαρις] comes into the New Testament, it takes an infinite leap forward, for the favor God did at Calvary was for those who hated Him. It was a favor clone out of the spontaneous generosity of God’s heart of love with no expectation of return. There are no strings attached to grace. It is given dōrean [δωρεαν], gratuitously. Of course, grace in the form of salvation is so adjusted that the one who receives it, turns from sin to serve the living God and live a holy life, for grace includes not only the bestowal of a righteousness, but the inward transformation consisting of the power of indwelling sin broken and the divine nature implanted, which liberates the believer from the compelling power of sin and makes him hate sin, love holiness, and gives him the power to obey the Word of God.

This grace shown the believing sinner is made possible, Paul says through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. “Redemption” is apolutrōseōs [ἀπολυτρωσεως], the verbal form of which is apolutroō [ἀπολυτροω], “to redeem by paying the lutron [λυτρον] price.” There are three words translated “redeem,” agorazō [ἀγοραζω], “to buy in the slave market” (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23, 2 Pet. 2:1), Christ bought us in this slave market of sin by His own blood; believers are His bondslaves; exagorazō [ἐξαγοραζω], “to buy out of the slave market” (Gal. 3:13; 4:5), the redeemed are never to be put up for sale in any slave market again; and litroō [λιτροω], “to set free by paying a price” (Tit. 2:14, 1 Pet. 1:18): the believer is set free from sin and free to live a life pleasing to God in the power of the Holy Spirit. The redemption price, the precious blood of Jesus, makes it possible for a righteous God to justify a believing sinner on the basis of justice satisfied. This Paul proceeds to explain in the next two verses. – QUOTATION ENDS

This might be a little longer than his typical comment, but you get the flavor here of how he writes.

Language Skills Needed

Did you remember the ending phrase in his titles? “…for the English Reader.” While a little bit of Greek is helpful (he does use words like “aorist,” “imperfect,” “middle voice,” and even “pluperfect,”), he actually does a pretty good job of explaining the importance of each of those words in his exposition. So Greek is helpful, yes, but not essential in profiting from this work. HOWEVER: keep reading for more info on the necessity of language skills.

Academic Target

Wuest and I are going to disagree on this. His work; my review. Wuest would tell you that his target was the Bible disciple who wanted to know more about his English Bible by expanding all of the nuances of the Greek into English. Fair enough. I would tell you that Wuest does not like the KJV, believes there to be translation errors in it, and those errors are due to the KJV coming from a corrupt Greek text. Hmmm. I have a problem with that.

Some of his comments are based on the Nestle text, which differs regularly from the TR. A knowledge of Greek will be very helpful – especially to those expositors who, like me, use the KJV/TR. When he makes an argument based on the Nestle text, it will be very helpful to know what the TR instead says. So due to his theological bias, I don’t recommend this resource to anyone who is not clear in his stance on bibliology. I have it tagged above as “Pastoral” for this reason.

And Then There’s All This Topical Content

Let’s not forget that he wrote six topical books, totaling almost another 100 chapters. From a personal perspective, this will be a harder tool to use (how are you going to find his interesting comments on “crowns” in a topical presentation?). But the writing is just as good, even though it may be hard to find.

Contents Conclusion

I like Wuest very much, as a matter of fact. It is too bad he did not finish all of the NT Books. I wish he had. And with the above mentioned foibles in mind, I recommend the use of his writing to you. This is a DDT approved Good Resource.

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Package: Jon Courson’s Application NT & OT Commentaries

In a unique blend of pertinent information and inspiration, Jon Courson sheds light in a fresh way on the timeless truths of God’s Word. He has amassed a wealth of interesting topics in a very readable and comfortable expositional style. He combines thorough and comprehensive teaching of every paragraph of Scripture in the New Testament along with practical in-depth topical studies.

He has a unique ability to articulate the Bible’s truths with insight, focusing on valid life applications. This commentary is very useful for laymen as well as ministers of the gospel.

About the Author:

Jon Courson is one of the most exhilarating ministers today. In his unique style, Pastor Jon has written an Old Testament commentary that is a scholarly work, but is easy to read and makes practical applications for us in our daily walk with Jesus. This volume begins Jon Courson’s verse-by-verse commentary on the Old Testament. It is your opportunity to study the Bible with one of the great Bible teachers of our time.

See the excellent review below by DoctorDaveT

 

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Package: NIV Application Commentaries: OT & NT (44vols.)

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The NIV Application Commentary helps you communicate and apply biblical text effectively in today’s context.

To bring the ancient messages of the Bible into today’s context, each passage is treated in three sections:

  • Original Meaning. Concise exegesis to help readers understand the original meaning of the biblical text in its historical, literary, and cultural context.
  • Bridging Contexts. A bridge between the world of the Bible and the world of today, built by discerning what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible.
  • Contemporary Significance. This section identifies comparable situations to those faced in the Bible and explores relevant application of the biblical messages. The author alerts the readers of problems they may encounter when seeking to apply the passage and helps them think through the issues involved.

This unique, award-winning commentary is the ideal resource for today’s preachers, teachers, and serious students of the Bible, giving them the tools, ideas, and insights they need to communicate God’s Word with the same powerful impact it had when it was first written.

theWord Features:

  • Verse popups
  • Verse (span) synchronization
  • Fully searchable text
  • Footnotes
  • Pages links
  • Easy navigation of topics via topics tree display.
  • *Scripture Index
  • *Subject Index
  • *Author Index
  • Special Text Colors
    • Normal: Text
    • Hyperlink: Glossary | Gen. 9:8
    • Page Number: [pg 21>
    • *Greek Transliteration: kataskanoo
    • *Hebrew Transliteration: ’ish ha’elohim
    • *Greek Transliteration: archon
    • *Greek: εὐδόκησα
    • *Hebrew Transliteration: weʿattah
    • *Hebrew: יָרֵךְ

Note: Does not display commentary under Bible text.
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The Text of the Old Testament, An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica, THIRD EDITION

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Major revision of a landmark work in Old Testament scholarship

Ernst Würthwein’s introduction to the Biblia Hebraica has long served as a textbook for generations of students interested in the history of the Old Testament text and the problems of textual criticism. From its first appearance in 1952 to the fifth German edition in 1988, the book was faithfully updated by Würthwein himself in light of new research. But now a new edition of “Würthwein” is due.

While staying true to the original structure and character of Würthwein’s classic work, Alexander Fischer has rewritten the text completely to bring it up to date with the new Quinta edition of Biblia Hebraica. Besides updating information throughout, this edition includes a new chapter on the texts from the Qumran. This third edition of The Text of the Old Testament will be an indispensable resource for serious students of the Biblia Hebraica and Old Testament exegesis.

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  • Verse popups
  • Abbreviation popups
  • Fully searchable text
  • Easy navigation of topics via topics tree display.
  • Images
  • Special Text Colors
    • Normal: Text
    • Hyperlink: BHS | Deut 34:10-12BHS
    • Page Number: pg 21
    • Latin: supra
    • Transliteration: qādēs̆: ṭāhēr
    • Greek: σωμάτων
    • Hebrew: מִשְׁפָּט
    • Aramaic: כְּתִיב
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New American Standard Bible 1977 (NASB)

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Since its completion in 1971, the New American Standard Bible has been widely embraced as “the most literally accurate English translation” from the original languages. Millions of people, students, scholars, pastors, missionaries, and laypersons alike, trust the NASB, learning from it and applying it to the challenges of their daily lives. Discover what the original text says, word for word.This is the original 1977 edition of the NASB. It includes italics for words which are not in the original, poetry styling and small caps, chapter headings, numerous translator’s notes (more than 17,000) and cross-references (more than 93,000).

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Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

This is a digital Bible for theWord Bible Software

The first complete Bible produced by The Lockman Foundation was the Amplified Bible. The Amplified Bible is a translation that, by using synonyms and definitions, both explains and expands the meaning of words in the text by placing amplification in parentheses and brackets and after keywords or phrases. This unique system of translation allows the reader to more completely grasp the meaning of the words as they were understood in the original languages. Through multiple expressions, fuller and more revealing appreciation is given to the divine message as the original text legitimately permits.

The Amplified Bible is free of personal interpretation and is independent of denominational prejudice. It is a translation from the accepted Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek manuscripts into literary English. It is based on the American Standard Version of 1901, Rudolph Kittel’s Biblia Hebraica, the Greek text of Westcott and Hort, and the 23rd edition of the Nestle Greek New Testament as well as the best Hebrew and Greek lexicons available at the time. Cognate languages, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and other Greek works were also consulted. The Septuagint and other versions were compared for interpretation of textual differences. In completing the Amplified Bible, translators made a determined effort to keep, as far as possible, the familiar wording of the earlier versions, and especially the feeling of the ancient Book.

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Package: BHS5 (Text) || ETCBC (WIVU) (Gloss, Lemma, Morphology, Clausing)

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BHS5 Description

Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) is known to be the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible. It is widely regarded as a reliable edition of the Hebrew and Aramaic scriptures and is the most widely used original-language edition among scholars.

ETCBC (WIVU) Description

The ETCBC data is comprised of the text of the BHS5. It provides Lemmas which work in sync with our Hebrew dictionaries. Morphology is provided and explained via the morphology dictionary. An English gloss is provided for a quick overview of a word with pronouns in color. A transliteration is provided for those new to learning Hebrew.

Sentence markers indicate where a sentence begins. Clause markers indicate a start to a clause while also explaining the clause for example: “Type: NominalDomain: NarrativeKind: Nominal”. Likewise with Phrase markers indication of start and explanation is given for example: “Type: NominalDetermination: determinedFunction: Subject” all of these markers are toggled via the F key.

The text contains both Ketiv and Qere variants. Ketiv variants are displayed in brown color, Qere in blue. Qere variants can be toggled on/off with the R key.

Lastly the pointings can be toggled on and off using the V key for those who are interested in reading the consonants with out the distraction of the points.

theWord Features:

  • BHS5 Text
  • Lemma
  • Morphology
  • English gloss (on hover over word)
  • Transliteration (on hover over word)
  • Sentences markers.
  • Clauses markers with explanation
  • Phrases markers with explanation
  • Sentence/Clauses/Phrases. To toggle on/off these use the F key.
  • The text is pointed Hebrew. To toggle on/off pointings use the V key.
  • The text contains both Ketiv and Qere variants. Ketiv variants are displayed in brown color, Qere in blue. Qere variants can be toggled on/off with the R key.
  • Morphology Dictionary (in book view)

⦁ Morphology for the BHS5/ETCBC
⦁ Fully searchable text
⦁ Easy navigation of topics via topics tree display.

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