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I thoroughly enjoyed the historical and observational commentary. It is broken up into manageable chunks of information that are relavent to the Scripture and also includes simple but profound insights from the point of view of an educated and thinking believer. I always find beauty and depth in Scripture; these books have helped me add another perspective to that in the way they anchor the story in historical context as well as a larger overall relavence for believers today.
I love the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary. They are easy to use/navigate, have very interesting perspectives, and MAPS! and pictures. For a visual learner like me these are invaluable resources for bringing the Bible alive. I lok forward to collecting all volumes for both the Old and New Testament. I highly recommend this resource to both the serious scholar and the lay person looking to add some depth to quiet time/ Bible Study activities.