A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, David Brown.
I acquired this book today. Some family members are moving to a smaller space, and are getting rid of all sorts of books and things. My great-grandma gave it to my great-grandpa years and years ago.
The book is old enough that it doesn’t have a publication date or ISBN number. Pages are nearly falling out, and the book smells old, of knowledge and years gone by. Its cover, I imagine once a deep red, is faded to dusty pink on the edges, and scattered with spots.
If my great-grandparents were around to read it though, they’d find the words have remained unchanged.
And that’s what I love about it.
I have other commentaries on my shelves, and have used other ones as I studied for my Bible and Theology major. Some are written in “modern day language that everyone can understand” and may claim to be “updated, better than ever!” than this tattered one that now graces my room.
At the core though, they are are the same.
Studying the Bible, learning its truths and teaching them to its readers.
I think it’s one of the parts of Christianity that appeals to me–these are not new teachings, created by someone in my lifetime or not much before it.
These are time-tested truths and a way of living, following a God who does not change.
And for someone who does not take well to change and struggles with uncertainty…an unchanging God is quite a comfort.
Til next time…