Dr. Vines has compiled a set of readings, helps, sermon outlines, and insights, to create something between a Devotional Bible and a Study Bible. Beyond being a collection of writings, there seems to be little that holds the various comments and articles together. And that left me disappointed.
When I see the title “Expository Bible”, I expect the focus to be on exposition. There is some of this — but this is not the focus of the various helps. The back cover list the following contents:
205 “Presenting the Message” – detailed outlines from Jerry Vines’ sermon archive
148 “Living the Message” – articles with illustrations for living the Christian life
237 “Applying the Message” – notes that help you see the relevance of Scriptures for your walk with Christ
311 “Discerning the Meaning” – word studies that illuminate the meaning of key words in Scripture
66 Book Introductions
But, with exception of the Book Introductions, there seems to be no consistency about which of these entries have been included. It feels like the author was allowed to license the New King James Version of the Bible and add notes as he saw fit. The entries do hold some interest and may be of some help if they could be searched and located using an electronic text. But as a bound book with inaccessible content, the result is less than satisfying to this reader.
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.