The Bible. clarified by very smart people.



  • Based on books by top scholars
  • Easy to use: just compare it with your translation.
  • Sounds like the Bible, except a bit longer.
  • Direct conversational language
  • No Greek

Praise for Boiled Down Bible Commentaries

(in personal correspondence) I have looked through your piece on James, and I think it could be very helpful for church-goers. The outlines on the left-hand side are important for people in their reading, for it is good to know where a biblical book is headed and how the pieces fit together. This is especially true of James which at first glance seems to go all over the place.  –  PETER T. O'BRIEN,  Formerly Senior Research Fellow in New Testament at Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia 

Bartik has distilled some of the best scholarship on the sometimes puzzling letter of James and poured it into a modern-day translation that makes James' message easily digestible for modern readers. In doing so, he's helped to bridge the context gap between James, along with his first century readers, and us today, allowing us to hear this New Testament letter with rewarding freshness.  –  GEORGE ATHAS, Dean of Research, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia

I really like it. Makes it easier to get to the heart of what's going on.  –  ROGER FITZHARDINGE, Minister, Newtown:Erskineville Anglican, Sydney

It's like looking at the answers to a crossword  –  NATHAN DUNKLEY




Available commentaries


  • Every difficulty clarified.
  • Outline column helps you see how the book fits together
  • Sounds like your Bible, except friendlier.
  • 13 pages in total, including cover.
  • Looks nice when printed.
  • Based on Douglas Moo's original 271 page Pillar New Testament (2000) commentary. Used with permission. (original available here)
  • FREE
  • Also available on iBookstore 

1 Corinthians **NEW**

  • Same qualities as James (above)
  • Took ALOT longer than James (above)
  • Based on Roy E. Ciampa and Brian S. Rosner. The First Letter to the Corinthians. Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
  • Available now on Kindle Store & iBookstore