Please note that this is not (yet) a book review. I just received my copy of The Tony Evans Bible Commentary and am looking forward to reading it in sections and chunks as I use it as an aid in studying various portions of Scripture.
The reason I’m so wholeheartedly recommending it is that I trust Dr. Tony Evans. I’ve read many of his books. I’ve used his devotionals in my personal quiet times with God. I listen to him preach regularly via his podcast. He’s solid. He’s biblical grounded and culturally relevant.
About Dr. Tony Evans…
Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas for over 43 years, founder and president of The Urban Alternative, long-term chaplain of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys, and author of over 100 books, booklets, and Bible studies. He has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. Dr. Evans was the first African-American to be graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Doctoral degree. He is also the first African-American to publish a Study Bible and Commentary. Dr. Tony Evans is married to Lois, his wife and ministry partner of over 50 years. They are the proud parents of four, grandparents of thirteen and great-grandparents of two. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 1,300 US outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit TonyEvans.org.
Here’s a little background on the commentary from the back cover…
Tony Evans is one of the most influential church leaders of our time and has been studying and preaching the Gospel for over 50 years. He is senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX and founder of The Urban Alternative, a ministry which promotes a kingdom agenda philosophy designed to enable people to live all of life underneath the comprehensive rule of God.
The Tony Evans Bible Commentary includes an introduction to each Bible book followed by passage-by-passage exposition of the entire Bible by Dr. Tony Evans. In addition, there is a special front matter section with introductory resources. The insights in this commentary will help explain God’s Word in a fresh way. Applying these truths will empower readers to have transformed lives that then transfer the values of the kingdom of God to others.
The Tony Evans Bible Commentary features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-changing message and to share it with others.*
* And let me issue this disclaimer: I’m not a big fan of the CSB. While I agree with the publisher that it is a more literal translation, I also think there are some passages that have been disputed and the decision on how to handle the translation issues was less the science of translation and more the ideological leanings of the publisher, Holman, which is owned by the Southern Baptist Convention.