William Barclay's approach to the New Testament is simple: he translates the oldest Greek texts into modern, everyday language, and then he explains, straightforwardly, the things we need to know by asking who?, what?, when?, where? or how?. He sometimes illustrates a point with a story or a legend or a well-chosen fact - all of which break down the barriers to the ancient past, allowing the modern reader to understand fully what was really said in the Bible.
In this way, familiar Bible stories are given a startling twist. Many people find that Barclay's books are thrilling because, at last, they are brought face-to-face with the characters and the action. Many people are encouraged to find out more because their understanding of a well-known story has been changed radically. And many people are inspired because they simply recognise a truly great writer.
"The William Barclay commentaries are fantastic and I wouldn't give up my set for anything. Paints pictures with words and draws you in." - Steve Chalke
"Not only did [Barclay] demystify Christian theology, but he also did it for working people, addressing the kind of things that mattered to ordinary folks in their everyday lives... his writings are inspirational..." - John Drane