Grand Rapids, Mi; (2012-2015): Baker Academic. Thick Large Octavo. Item #031479
4,459 pages plus CD's with bibliographies and indexes at the end of each volume. The consensus of biblical scholars is this is not only the most thoroughly documented work done on the book but contains background material usually buried in obscure articles. The result is that his socio-historical approach shows a thorough knowledge of ancient historiography (James D.G. Dunn) but also an encyclopedic knowledge of ancient literature (Richard Bauckham). The four volumes include more than 45,000 references from extra biblical ancient sources. Volume I (1:1-2:47), xlii, 1038 pages; Volume II (3:1-14:28) xxxix, 1039-2191 pages. Volume III (15:1-22:35) xxxix,2193-3348 pages. And Volume IV (24:1-28:31), xxxvi, 3349-4459 pages. No serious pastor or professor of New Testament can be without this set. In addition to his extensive commentary, his use of excurse covers such diverse sub-topics as ancient physicians (Luke), the Sabbath in early Judaism, Providence, Fate and Predestination, and many others (this in volume I alone). This is a fine set all bound in pictorial paper covered boards.