A New Low Price for The Commentary

I’ve gotten a good bit of email from Sunday School teachers, Pastors, and interested lay folk who have expressed an interest in obtaining the Commentary on the Bible which I’ve written in PDF format but who have been unable to afford the $199 price tag.

So I’ve made a decision:  I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to make the collection more affordable.  Accordingly, as of today, the set will run $75.  I would lower it more but I feel that all the work put into it over the course of many years falls under the ‘the laborer is worthy of his hire’ category.  Still, I feel that the set aids layfolk to understand the Bible better, so I’m very keen to make it accessible.

At $75 it’s less than any other commentary on the entire Bible, so a bargain indeed.

So if you or someone you know has wanted to get a copy of the collection in PDF format, you can do so from yours truly for $75 by clicking my PayPal Link.

Here’s what a couple of folk have thought of it:

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I have already read the Pastoral Epistles portion entirely.  I read the same way as I eat; first portions I just worry about satiating my hunger; then the following portions I really savor the food, and slowly digest it taking the most of its nutritious benefits. Right now, reading Jim’s commentary, I am at the second phase of “my eating habits”. I am loving the new information, not the run-of-the mill type of commentary, not the customary supporting material, but every point is perfectly didactically placed and scholarly supported.

As one of the demonstrations of God’s sense of humor and “uncommon management” skills, He made me a pastor (now temporarily in modern terms, without a flock, other than only a few people who seek me for guidance) and I think Jim’s commentary will be most valuable as I take this interval as a unique opportunity for further preparation for when God places me back in full pastoral ministry.   – Milton Almeida, Oklahoma, USA.

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Jim West is a man of very decided opinions. However, and this is much to his credit, in the Commentary I’ve read he does not advocate his opinions about Scripture. What he does is explain and simplify, working from the original language, without being simplistic. And this is to be commended. – Athalya Brenner

Today is the Last Day to Take Advantage of the Greatest Commentary Sale Ever

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From now through the end of the day you can purchase the entire Commentary for $100.  Yup.  You read that right.  For the next 9 days you can acquire the entire Commentary in PDF format for half price.  How?  Just by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s that simple.  It really is an exceptionally useful work for the layfolk in your life (even if it isn’t aimed at academics).  Here’s what a couple of layfolk think:

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This commentary set is written and designed exactly for the average person. The person who hasn’t spent years in book learning and writing papers. Rather, it’s for a person who feels a yearning to know a bit more so they can grow spiritually and intellectually in the faith. The average person might not know where to start on the journey. This set does it beautifully. – Doug Iverson

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I am a Christian and a Bible Study Teacher at my church. I have been in church all of my life, but I found it difficult to take on the teaching responsibilities of a Senior Adult Ladies Class. Although I have read the Bible, there are many things that I do not understand. I also was worried because the ladies in my class are “Studiers” of the Bible and the thought crossed my mind “What can I teach these ladies that they do not already know?” As you can see from my comments, I was wondering how “I was going to do it” instead of wondering how “God would do it”!

But when you teach it, you have to go deeper than just reading. I believe that God wants us to continue to go deeper each time we open the Bible. One of the references I use for my studies are the books written by Jim West “For The Person in The Pew”. Jim can take a complicated set of scriptures and bring the meaning into clear view. Every time that I start a new Bible study, I order one of his books. We just finished the book of Revelation and his book was helpful in taking the complicated and making it simple.

Jim has a way of wording his explanations of the scripture in such a way that it makes you want to read deeper and then just watch and see what God can do! Jim is a gifted person and I am glad that God has blessed his life so that he could in turn bless mine.

Sherry Liles
Knoxville, TN

The Commentary on Baruch is Out

Published today.  Just scroll down the page to the section on the Apocrypha and you’ll find it.

While you’re obtaining this little gem why not go ahead and acquire the whole series either in print (buying each volume individually) or in PDF (for $199).  It’s easy enough to do- just click the Paypal link and be sure to leave your email address when you order.

The Publisher and I Have Had A Chat…

And I’m going to move forward to finish the remainder of the Apocryphal books for the ‘Person in the Pew’ series.  Having already done Sirach, Wisdom of Solomon, and 1-2 Maccabees, I’ll do Baruch and The Letter of Jeremiah and the Prayer of Azariah; Judith and Tobit; Psalms of Solomon; and Susanna and Bel and the Dragon.  4 volumes, then, ahead.

Stay tuned.

With Biblical Literacy At An All Time Low in America…

It may be time for you to up your biblical knowledge.

The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history.

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The books can be obtained now only in PDF format from yours truly for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.

Make an investment in your biblical literacy.  Here’s what one reader thinks of it:

Saint Paul knew more than I can ever imagine about Christians living in tension with the Gospel and with each other, and his several letters to the Church in Corinth are pivotal to the entire New Testament. Which is why I am so pleased to mention here some recent commentaries by a friend of mine, Jim West, on I and II Corinthians.

Subtitled ‘for the Person in the Pew’, and published by Quartz Hill Publishing House of Quartz Hill School of Theology, California, these two commentaries are in fact part of a much larger project by West to write similar commentaries on every book of the Bible, and to make them available in print and electronically for everyone to read. That project is now nearly completed and the results are tremendous.

I think there are three main reasons why these commentaries are so successful. First, West is a first-class Biblical scholar, one who makes the intelligent critical study of the text central to his theological interpretation. That commitment is rarer than one might imagine and to have it realized across the entire Bible is an astonishing feat that gives us now a unique resource.

Second, and delightfully, Jim West is a great writer: his pages fizz with sharp words and phrases and he appears incapable of saying anything boring about these texts. This ability keeps us reading along with him and, more importantly, reading along with Saint Paul. I have rarely come across any Christian writing project, aimed at ‘the person in the pew’, that has succeeded so brilliantly in bringing alive its subject matter.

Third, West couldn’t dodge an issue if his life depended on it, which can be an uncomfortable position for a Christian theologian. Corinth, as with most churches in most places, had some strange people believing and practising some odd things. The knack, as West points out, is to engage them endlessly with love and grace rather than self-righteous anger, but to engage them: ‘Paul lived with a purpose. And he urges the Corinthians to do the same. As we all who name the name of Christ must’ (West on I Cor. 9:27, p.60).

I am going to be talking to Jim about making these commentaries available through Ming Hua’s website, but inspect them for yourselves if you have the time: you will find them a superb companion to your own reading of the Bible and, as importantly, a great reminder of just how much the early Church struggled with some of the same problems we face now.

Gareth Jones, Principal
Ming Hua Theological College
Hong Kong

A Commentary Sale For the Anniversary of the Beginning of the Zwinglian Reformation

In honor of the outbreak of the Reformation in Zurich, The Commentary is on sale for the very low price of $75 (the regular price is $199).  Yes, you read that correctly, you can obtain a commentary on the entire Bible and several of the Deuterocanonicals for only $75.  You need simply click my PayPal Link and include your email with your order and they’ll be sent to you within a few hours.  It’s that simple.

This sale runs today only.  And the commentary is actually quite good.  Here’s what one reader has to say-

I am a Christian and a Bible Study Teacher at my church. I have been in church all of my life, but I found it difficult to take on the teaching responsibilities of a Senior Adult Ladies Class. Although I have read the Bible, there are many things that I do not understand. I also was worried because the ladies in my class are “Studiers” of the Bible and the thought crossed my mind “What can I teach these ladies that they do not already know?” As you can see from my comments, I was wondering how “I was going to do it” instead of wondering how “God would do it”!

But when you teach it, you have to go deeper than just reading. I believe that God wants us to continue to go deeper each time we open the Bible. One of the references I use for my studies are the books written by Jim West “For The Person in The Pew”. Jim can take a complicated set of scriptures and bring the meaning into clear view. Every time that I start a new Bible study, I order one of his books. We just finished the book of Revelation and his book was helpful in taking the complicated and making it simple.

Jim has a way of wording his explanations of the scripture in such a way that it makes you want to read deeper and then just watch and see what God can do! Jim is a gifted person and I am glad that God has blessed his life so that he could in turn bless mine.

Sherry Liles
Knoxville, TN

You can read other reviews here.

Because The World Needs to Understand the Message of the Bible… The Commentary Sale to Beat All Sales

I think people need to understand the Bible.  The Commentary I’ve written helps lay-folk do just that.  And in times like these, it becomes even more critical that people know what the Bible actually says.

So we’re having a sale.  For the next week (through 5 February) you can get the entire commentary for – hold on to your seat – $75.  It’s normally $199 so that’s over half off.

If you or someone you know needs to know what the Bible is about, this Commentary can help you and them do it. Simply order the PDF’s from yours truly for the aforementioned $75 by clicking my PayPal Link and I’ll email them off to you in a zipped file posthaste.

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Read more about it, including various endorsements,.

#TBT – To a Time When People Understood the Bible, and You Can Too Now

Because you can acquire for a pittance the PDF’s of THE COMMENTARY from yours truly for a paltry $199 $100 (on sale for throwback Thursday) by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s that simple.

The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series is now complete.  It is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history.

Here’s what the Principal of Ming Hua Theological College, Hong Kong, thinks of it (specifically concerning 2 Corinthians and generally of the whole) :

Saint Paul knew more than I can ever imagine about Christians living in tension with the Gospel and with each other, and his several letters to the Church in Corinth are pivotal to the entire New Testament. Which is why I am so pleased to mention here some recent commentaries by a friend of mine, Jim West, on I and II Corinthians.

Subtitled ‘for the Person in the Pew’, and published by Quartz Hill Publishing House of Quartz Hill School of Theology, California, these two commentaries are in fact part of a much larger project by West to write similar commentaries on every book of the Bible, and to make them available in print and electronically for everyone to read. That project is now nearly completed and the results are tremendous.

I think there are three main reasons why these commentaries are so successful. First, West is a first-class Biblical scholar, one who makes the intelligent critical study of the text central to his theological interpretation. That commitment is rarer than one might imagine and to have it realized across the entire Bible is an astonishing feat that gives us now a unique resource.

Second, and delightfully, Jim West is a great writer: his pages fizz with sharp words and phrases and he appears incapable of saying anything boring about these texts. This ability keeps us reading along with him and, more importantly, reading along with Saint Paul. I have rarely come across any Christian writing project, aimed at ‘the person in the pew’, that has succeeded so brilliantly in bringing alive its subject matter.

Third, West couldn’t dodge an issue if his life depended on it, which can be an uncomfortable position for a Christian theologian. Corinth, as with most churches in most places, had some strange people believing and practising some odd things. The knack, as West points out, is to engage them endlessly with love and grace rather than self-righteous anger, but to engage them: ‘Paul lived with a purpose. And he urges the Corinthians to do the same. As we all who name the name of Christ must’ (West on I Cor. 9:27, p.60).

I am going to be talking to Jim about making these commentaries available through Ming Hua’s website, but inspect them for yourselves if you have the time: you will find them a superb companion to your own reading of the Bible and, as importantly, a great reminder of just how much the early Church struggled with some of the same problems we face now.

Gareth Jones, Principal
Ming Hua Theological College
Hong Kong

Click the link above and get it through Sunday, October 9 for $100.  Half price.

The BEST Endorsement of THE Commentary Yet!

Via Ralph Keen, an expert on Melanchthon, who has evidently discovered a new ipsissima verum verba of the great Reformer!

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Get your own copy of The ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series and BE LIKE MELANCHTHON.  It is the only series of Commentaries written by a single person on the entire Bible and aimed at layfolk in modern history.

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Just buy the PDF’s from yours truly for a paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s that simple.  And if you mention Melanchthon in your email, you can have it for $150!!!!!  Seriously bargain-ous!!!

The Entire Bible Explained

the-person-the-pew-commentary-seriesBy me.  For you (and your beloved layfolk).  And you can get the 66 books of the Bible explained for a paltry $199 (less than the cost of a college course on one book of the Bible) and as a bonus, just for you, a number of the Deuterocanonicals for free!

You can acquire the PDF’s from yours truly for that paltry $199 by clicking my PayPal Link.  It’s that simple.  It’s a good commentary. But don’t take my word for it, listen to the viewpoint of a reader:

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I am a Christian and a Bible Study Teacher at my church. I have been in church all of my life, but I found it difficult to take on the teaching responsibilities of a Senior Adult Ladies Class. Although I have read the Bible, there are many things that I do not understand. I also was worried because the ladies in my class are “Studiers” of the Bible and the thought crossed my mind “What can I teach these ladies that they do not already know?” As you can see from my comments, I was wondering how “I was going to do it” instead of wondering how “God would do it”!

But when you teach it, you have to go deeper than just reading. I believe that God wants us to continue to go deeper each time we open the Bible. One of the references I use for my studies are the books written by Jim West “For The Person in The Pew”. Jim can take a complicated set of scriptures and bring the meaning into clear view. Every time that I start a new Bible study, I order one of his books. We just finished the book of Revelation and his book was helpful in taking the complicated and making it simple.

Jim has a way of wording his explanations of the scripture in such a way that it makes you want to read deeper and then just watch and see what God can do! Jim is a gifted person and I am glad that God has blessed his life so that he could in turn bless mine.

Sherry Liles
Knoxville, TN

They aren’t saying that about other commentaries, are they…   😉

I’ve Tried to Be As Gentle and Sensitive As Possible…

But apparently I need to be blunt. So, ok- if you don’t buy the commentary you will roast forever. There. Now the truth is out there. Act now, before it’s too late-

IMG_8299For many years I’ve been working on the ‘Person in the Pew’ commentary series. It is complete now with just 2 Kings coming soon from the publisher so I believe I’ll once again offer the entire series as a zipped file of pdf’s.

Individual books can still be obtained by the usual route but the entire series in pdf can only be acquired directly from me. And the procedure is simple:

1- Drop me an email at jwest@highland.net telling me you’d like it.
2- Paypal the cost of the volumes.
3- I will then send them to you without delay.
4- When 2 Kings is out, the pdf will be sent to all who have obtained the series (though you’ll probably need to remind me).

But do please note, the purchase entitles you to make use of the volumes for your personal use but they may not be shared or given or sold to second parties under any circumstances.  Of course there’s no way to monitor your honesty in this matter, but you’ll know.  And so will God.

Mind you, I’m not a marketer and I know nothing about business or the business of selling things. I’ve never been in biblical studies for the money and I’m not aiming to make a fortune with the complete series in pdf.

But, that said, all the hours put into these volumes are worth something, so I’m selling the lot for $199. That’s authentically inexpensive considering the thousands of pages written. And it’s a good commentary.

Now Available: The Devotional and the Next Volume in the Commentary

zwinglibullsmallHuldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger were two of the leading Reformers of the 16th Century. They are not as well or widely known as Martin Luther and John Calvin, but they had much to say to their contemporaries and they continue to have much to say today. The extended selections from Zwingli’s and Bullinger’s works serve as guides to devotional thoughts and each is followed by a brief prayer. The texts selected were chosen because of their power and spirit. They offer readers an opportunity to, metaphorically, sit with Zwingli and Bullinger at their desks and listen to them as they turn our attention towards God. But readers will also be, slowly and carefully it is hoped, introduced to the theology of Switzerland’s greatest Reformers. Step by step and day by day users of this volume will not simply be pointed to devotional thoughts, but to theological education. This book, then, has a dual purpose: to offer spiritual guidance and to offer theological instruction.

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Visit the publisher’s website and scroll down till you find what you wish.