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All Endorsements by Alec Motyer

1.

Jeremiah Volume 1 (Chapters 1-20)

Jeremiah Volume 1 (Chapters 1-20)
Lovers of Hebrew will find a kindred spirit in Professor Mackay. Those without Hebrew will find a patient teacher leaving no stone unturned to make the word of God plain.

 

2.

Divorce And Remarriage

Divorce And Remarriage
"The book we have all been waiting for' and 'one of the great books of our day."

 

3.

Rethinking Genesis

Rethinking Genesis
"Since its inception over a century ago, and throughout the following years, the Documentary Theory of Pentateuchal origins has never gone unchallenged. It is the strength of Dr Garrett's study of Genesis that he goes beyond (mere) criticism of this extraordinarily resilient theory to the development of a credible and extremely illuminating, indeed, compelling alternative - one that is thoroughly biblical, impeccably scholarly and true to the pervasive Mosaism of the Pentateuchal books. This is a book deserving a wide readership and no reader will put it down un-rewarded. Heartiest congratulations to Christian Focus on its publication."

 

4.

1 Samuel

1 Samuel
"A great feast of biblical truth made so digestible, garnished with so many apt illustrations."

 

5.

Isaiah

Isaiah
'With Allan Harman's 'Isaiah' before me, I know what the saying means that 'even a cat can look at the queen'! His work has made me wish wholeheartedly that I could start all over again. The detailed interpretative work is superb, and Harman's defence of the unity of Isaiah is robust (to say the least), and, in my view, unanswerable. I thrill to a commentator whose prime aim is to understand and explain the Hebrew Text, not just to distil the opinions of others. Thank God for this book - and its author.'

 

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The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest
"Mike Moore rightly records that the number of lives Ernest Lloyd touched for good...cannot be counted.' I am among them. In my teens I tried never to miss a meeting when Ernest came to Dublin, and, for two memorable hours, he counselled me on the future course of my life. I have revelled in this book - laughing over Ernest's inimitable typing, shedding quiet tear over Jessie's death, and always standing in very loving awe of a giant among the servants of the Lord Jesus. Let him be your teacher and example as he has been mine!"

 

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Jeremiah Volume 2 (Chapters 21-52)

Jeremiah Volume 2 (Chapters 21-52)
His workmanlike approach and marvellous attention to detail forbid him to take short cuts, fudge issues, or misrepresent those who take a different view from his own... Lovers of Hebrew will find a kindred spirit in Professor Mackay. Those without Hebrew will find a patient teacher leaving no stone unturned to make the word of God plain."

 

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Prayer, Praise & Prophecy

Prayer, Praise & Prophecy
"Geoffrey Grogan's name is sufficient to guarantee a quality work, a high doctrine of Scripture and impeccable scholarship. This very full introduction to the Book of Psalms makes one hope that the author has in mind a full-scale commentary to follow."

 

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2 Samuel

2 Samuel
"Writers will say, Why can't I write like that? Scholars, Why am I not so well read? Expositors, Why didn't I see it all like that too? And readers will join in unanimous praise for a great feast of biblical truth made so digestible, garnished with so many apt illustrations and always focused on the God of all Grace. I have lost count of the number of titbits transferred to my notebooks for future use!"

 

10.

1 Kings

1 Kings
"‘Robust' - that's the word ...a robust understanding, defence, explanation and application of First Kings as the Word of God. Here is no ‘First Kings in my own words' - the boring, fruitless fate of most commentaries on Bible History - but a delicious feast of truth, proof that the ancients were right to call the historians ‘prophets'."

 

11.

The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus
"the expositor we have all been waiting for... a statement of Christian ethics as profound as it is readable. He is as faithful in bruising as in uplifting, but, being a true pastor, even his bruises have a velvet and healing touch."

 

12.

Leviticus

Leviticus
"Dr Vasholz claims that Leviticus, far from being a book to avoid or skip over, is of basic importance to the Bible and to our understanding of what it teaches. His commentary proves the claim to the hilt. It is a high treat to enter into huge scholarship wedded to patient, detailed explanation and exposition of the sacred text. Here is Leviticus brought out of obscurity into the light, off the sidelines into the mainstream. The patience of his scholarship calls for patience in our reading, and rewards it."

 

13.

Bible Overview

Bible Overview
"That it is well written and easy to read is good for starters; but the heart of the situation is the sheer happiness of meeting someone who is so in love with the Bible, so sensible in his approach..."

 

14.

Understanding the Times

Understanding the Times
It is a very wonderful expostion of Matt. 8 ff, with illumination, instruction and rich reward in every paragraph. To me it is exactly what a Bible commentary ought to be. In one of his 'preachers' notes he lamented the standard turgid (my word, not his) stuff detailing specialist (and uniformly unhelpful) theorising, and in another he urges the necessity to 'seek the logic' - i.e. discern the mind of the Holy Spirit. To me this is what commentating is 'all about'.

 

15.

From the Finger of God

From the Finger of God
Like me, you may never have thought that the division of the Law into the categories of civil, ceremonial and moral needed prolonged enquiry. When you read this book you will be glad that Dr. Ross thought otherwise. The book would be worthwhile if only for the discussion of the Decalogue or of the fulfilment of the Old Testament in the New , but there is something for the Bible lover on every page, as well as a demanding but readable opening up of a huge area of biblical enquiry, that takes us with profit from Genesis through to the Lord Jesus and his apostles. A real and rewarding mind-opener

 

16.

Royal Company

Royal Company
"With Malcolm Maclean we are in safe hands. To be sure, his treatment of the Song extends interpretation into elaboration and application, and he will not carry every reader with him all the time, but everything he writes is true to the full biblical revelation of God in Christ, of the marvel of his love for us, and of our often faltering walk with him."

 

17.

Genesis

Genesis
"It is hard to think that more material was ever packed into a brief compass, or with greater clarity, helpfulness and ease of reading than Dr. Belcher has managed in this commentary. The words 'thoroughness', 'fairness' and 'lucidity' spring to mind to describe the whole work. Indeed, I cannot think of an important 'stone left unturned'! The treatment, for example, of the creation narrative ranks among the fullest and fairest I have ever read, but, without exaggeration every page has its quota of good things, problems solved, and truths illuminated. In a word, I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and warmly commend it."

 

18.

Divorce And Remarriage

Divorce And Remarriage
'The book we have all been waiting for' and 'one of the great books of our day.'

 

19.

When Grace Transforms

When Grace Transforms
The Beatitudes have found, in Terry Johnson, the expositor we have all been waiting for, and they become, in his hands, a statement of Christian ethics as profound as it is readable. He is as faithful in bruising as in uplifting, but, being a true pastor, even his bruises have a velvet and healing touch.

 

20.

Equipped to Serve

Equipped to Serve
I can't think of anyone who has Richard Bewes' capacity for the telling detail; who is his equal in the helpful development of an idea and in the apt illustration drawn both from wide reading and a wide experience of life and Christian ministry. Many a time I was not only moved, but moved to tears. as Richard brought me to the feet of Jesus, wrote of His centrality, all-sufficiency, supremacy, glory and coming again. I find myself renewed in appreciation and understanding of the Cross, more deeply convinced and in love with the Bible, more penitent and regretful of my past and present, more determined about prayer, more knowledgeable, more equipped - and more aware of Jesus. A truly great and effective piece of writing!

 

21.

Anthems for a Dying Lamb

Anthems for a Dying Lamb
Those who are acquainted with Philip Ross' fine doctoral work, From the Finger of God, already know what a careful scholar, student and expositor he is. The same values are evident in the present book.
Whether he is tackling the often ticklish questions of the relation of the 'Egyptian Hallel' to early Jewish Passover liturgies or the (plainly more congenial) task of exposition of the Psalms we meet with the same painstaking care, attention to detail, mastery of facts and subject, and, above all, devout recognition of Holy Scripture as the Word of God. The whole book is equally illuminating and heart-warming.

 


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