OPEN THREAD: What new, simple, one-volume, highly readable Bible commentary do you recommend?
This is for a person who has 1) never read the Bible, 2) has NO—as in ZERO—background in the Christian faith [ie, if you mentioned a common parable or story in the Bible he would know nothing about it], and 3) does not particularly enjoy reading but is interested in learning more about the Bible as he reads it [very slowly]. He is degreed and works in a highly technical field, so he’s not a buffoon; he’s just not a pedant and he’s not knowledgable and he knows it. If you told him to find a particular “book” of the Bible he would not be able to do so. If you told him that really the golden calf represents the evil of the gold standard in US monetary policy he might actually believe you if you had a good reputation as a Christian and said it with a sufficient air of authority.
Also, the Bible commentary should be at minimum moderately traditional—and preferably entirely so, to my specifications [heh].
Also, if you think that everyone really *could* understand the KJV and the 1662 BCP if only they had just a bare minimum of intensive tutoring, then probably you should not advise, since intensive tutoring is not in the cards for this person. [And my favorite is the KJV and the 1662 BCP and the 1940 hymnal, so don’t start with me. Also, no hand-waving, tambourines, or liturgical dance.]
And it should be one volume.
I am leaning towards this one, based on the recommendation of a treasured advisor:
But I could be convinced not to buy this one especially if I heard squeals of outrage over its revisionism or complete unreadability.
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