The Substance of Faith

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Bucket Book – The Mind of Jesus

One of the first books I purchased for Bible study was William Barclay’s The Mind of Jesus.  Before attending seminary I used it as a reference book whenever I studied a gospel passage.  I had not yet purchased any volumes of The Daily Study Bible, so The Mind of Jesus was my all-purpose commentary.  I used the index in the back to deduce where he might be examining a particular passage.  My copy is held together by clear packing tape, but still the pages are loose inside and marked with many notes.

In honor or all Barclay’s works, I’m putting this book on my top 50 list.  There are more elite and more thorough commentaries, but I imagine other pastors of my generation have used Barclay as much as I have.  One thing I noticed about his Daily Study Bible series: he never shied away from difficult phrases or verses.  I’ve  used some commentaries that address portions of a verse, but ignore another, difficult portion.  Barclay never does.  He tackles it all.  The Mind of Jesus is the second of my Bucket Books.

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I love Barclay’s Daily Bible Series but have never read this. I’m adding it to my “to read” list. Thanks for the suggestion.

Winnie Little

April 30, 2013