At some point in the near future, I plan on writing reviews for each of these individual
commentaries. (Yes, it is going to take some time to put together.) In the mean time,
I want to not only post all of these individual links, I also wanted to give you
a quick once-over of the entire set. (Again: a more formal review of the entire set
One of the interesting facts about this set is that it is continually under development.
And some of the replaced commentaries are absolutely excellent. Let me give you an
example. John Murray’s NICNT Romans volume(s) was published in 1960. At the time
it was published, it was considered a “must read” on the book of Romans. Eerdman’s
decided to replace it with a two volume commentary by Douglas Moo, which was inserted
into the NICNT set in 1996. But Murray’s commentary on Romans was still so good,
that Eerdman’s republished it as a stand alone two volume commentary on Romans -
and it is still considered an excellent commentary (still in print, too). That should
give you an idea of what Eerdman’s is trying to accomplish with this entire set:
fresh & modern excellence in exposition. That is one of their stated goals. In my
opinion, they are endeavoring to keep it.
Many of the writers in both the OT (“NICOT”) and NT (“NICNT”) series are leaders
in their fields. They are all Evangelical and Protestant in their theology. All subscribe
to a fairly orthodox statement of faith.
Many of the authors do not use a standard English text (KJV, ESV, NASB, etc.). Rather,
they use their own translations. Those that do use a standard English text use the
While all the authors are comfortable in the original languages (Hebrew & Greek),
they keep the grammatical notes out of the body of the commentary. Technical original
language comments are found in the footnotes. Those with little or no original language
training will have no difficulty following the line of thought in the main body.
Those with language skill can go deeper - in the notes.
Every book of the NT has a commentary except for 2Peter & Jude. The OT is mostly
complete, with commentaries missing for Exodus, Judges, 2Samuel, 1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles,
Esther, Psalms, Lamentations (why isn’t that included in Jeremiah?!), Daniel, Hosea,
Amos, & Zechariah.
All of the books in this set can be purchased collectively (“NIC”), individually
(“NIC/Mat”, etc.), or by testament (“NICOT” or “NICNT”). The “NIC/Rom” volume has
been available for over a year as a stand alone module. I have reviewed it for content,
as well as for how it functions in TW. I must say that it is an excellent commentary
on Romans - some say the best ever written (I don’t go that far...). I look forward
to taking a deeper look at all of the books in the days ahead.
Now, what’s so cool about this set, as far as the TW version goes, is that they are
formatted as “hybrid” modules. So, they are laid out like a book module (with easy
to see introductions, outlines, excurses, and other features you can’t put into the
“.cmt.twm” module type). And the individual verse comments move like a commentary
- very nice indeed. AND - the next stable release of TW will have all of the hybrid
books available in the “commentary links” Bible view option window. (For those of
you not afraid of using a beta version, it already has optimized the “hybrid” module
type in the “commentary links” feature.)
While not inexpensive, there is simply nothing better than this set available anywhere
- at any price. NIC is going to give you what none of the “commentary freebies” are
able to offer - consistently excellent modern scholarship - linguistically, archaeologically,
scholastically - and any other -ally that you can think of. This set is “Best of
Class” when it comes to commentary sets.
Many of these volumes are individually the best available commentaries on their individual
books. While no multiple authored set is going to be of equal value, this set does
a good job of maintaining excellence across the board. I highly recommend them.