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Paul E. Zetterholm | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 9 2012 9:40 AM

Unix wrote:

"I don't agree with Logos's official theology)."

 

I can't remember ever seeing a theology of Logos.  Where might I find this?

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 9 2012 10:00 AM

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Paul E. Zetterholm:
I can't remember ever seeing a theology of Logos.  Where might I find this?

http://www.logos.com/about/publishing-philosophy.

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 9 2012 10:03 AM

In addition to the great link fgh provided, I believe Bob has used the term "broadly evangelical" before in describing the company. 

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 9 2012 10:09 AM

To get an aproximation (importance and total page # of titles can vary), You can go to:
http://www.logos.com/products/search?q=
Down on the left You can see Christian Groups. Expand and You can see which denominations have the most releases. Although it seems like many resources are not cathegorized in denominations.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 9 2012 11:12 AM

My favourite is the New Interpreter's Bible (12 vols.) 

I also use on Logos my favourites:

 Interpretation

Daily Study Bible NT/OT (OT no longer sold by LOGOS)

Word Biblical Commentary

Pillar NT series

Wesleyan Bible Commentary series

Bible Speaks Today NT

People's Bible Commentary (Christ centred Lutheran commentary) that I include among my favourites because even though i often find it less than helpful, once in a while it has some fabulous insights in it.

Augsburg Commentary on the NT

 

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Jerry Bush | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 9 2012 12:11 PM

I have not seen it mentioned, and believe it is very underrated:

Cornerstone Biblical Commentary

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I am surprised they are not more popular; I have really enjoyed these. A few years ago, Logos (or the publisher) gave away one volume (Mathew and Mark I think) and I went on to buy the rest. I hope they eventually get the rest of them out. There are still a few volumes that have not been converted to Logos.

Jerry

 

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 9 2012 3:00 PM

Jerry Bush:

I have not seen it mentioned, and believe it is very underrated:

Cornerstone Biblical Commentary

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I am surprised they are not more popular; I have really enjoyed these. A few years ago, Logos (or the publisher) gave away one volume (Mathew and Mark I think) and I went on to buy the rest. I hope they eventually get the rest of them out. There are still a few volumes that have not been converted to Logos.

Jerry

 

They're too simple in my opinion.  I did get the Matthew volume for free and I was doing a study on the beatitudes and it amazed me how simple it was.  Not too much information so I assume it's a basic set like (just my opinion) 21st Century Bible Commentary by DA Carson.  Maybe it would help if they were a little bit deeper in content but I would not buy them.  Again, it's just my opinion.

DAL

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tom | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 9 2012 4:09 PM

DAL:
They're too simple in my opinion.  I did get the Matthew volume for free and I was doing a study on the beatitudes and it amazed me how simple it was.  Not too much information so I assume it's a basic set like (just my opinion) 21st Century Bible Commentary by DA Carson.  Maybe it would help if they were a little bit deeper in content but I would not buy them.  Again, it's just my opinion.
same here

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 10 2012 9:40 AM

tom collinge:

DAL:
They're too simple in my opinion.  I did get the Matthew volume for free and I was doing a study on the beatitudes and it amazed me how simple it was.  Not too much information so I assume it's a basic set like (just my opinion) 21st Century Bible Commentary by DA Carson.  Maybe it would help if they were a little bit deeper in content but I would not buy them.  Again, it's just my opinion.
same here

I have all the volumes available, some are good others as pointed out are for to simple to be of much real help. And while in a similar boat to the People's Bible i mentioned above the strengths in the cornerstone do not seem to make up for it;s weaknesses IMHO. Some might say the same thing about PB but as I stated I do find it useful but then I was raised Lutheran and perhaps like the strong emphasis on Christ and grace.

-Dan

PS:I do believe cornerstone is worth owning but I would't put it in a top 5 resources to own.

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 10 2012 11:06 AM

Pastor James:

1. Pillar

2. NIGTC

3. Baker Exegetical

4. NIVAC

5. NAC, TOTC/TNTC,

6. Bible Speaks Today, Opening up . . . , Preachers

This list from Pastor James is pretty much parallel to my own, though I'd move NAC up a notch.

There are some individual commentaries I like for specific books that rare not a part of a set, or in some cases are but stand out from an otherwise average set.  Sometimes I'm author-centric...I buy anything I can get on the OT from Dale Ralph Davis, for one example.

I also lean toward using expository commentaries and sermon series as-a-commentary more than toward academic titles in practical use, since I'm a SS teacher and not a seminary-trained pastor (I do Gk, no Hebr.)

My advice is, find some reviews of commentaries or commentary sets from some folks you trust, and build from there.  I started my Logos sets reading reviews on Ligonier.org and a couple others that were linked on Tim Challies' blog.  (And of course, duplicating some of the paper commentaries I'd used for years.)

While I am a bit of a redneck in some of my attitudes, one thing I've learned over the years is, even in a 'bad' commentary, there are useful insights, usually good references, and a smidgen of original thought.  By way of example, I'm not a big fan of N.T. Wright, but I always find useful stuff in his writings.  So don't write a bunch of them off just because they aren't perfect.

My thanks to the various MVPs. Without them Logos would have died early. They were the only real help available.

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 10 2012 12:12 PM

Josh Hunt:

What commentary sets do you find most useful?

 

As far as sets here are the ones I use mostly:

1. Pillar
2. BECNT
3. NIGTC
4. Word
5. EEC
6. UBS

Individual books of the Bible I have prioritized every book with my favorite commentary. Some of those commentaries are my favorite, but does not make the commentary set favorite list I use. For concise quick renders I use the Bible Knowledge Commentary.

 

 

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 11 2012 9:48 AM

I just placed an order for a printed 2011 Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible
(Anyone with an opinion about that one? If I quickly get to know that it's not good I can cancel the order.)

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 11 2012 10:08 AM

Paul E. Zetterholm:

Unix wrote:

"I don't agree with Logos's official theology)."

 

I can't remember ever seeing a theology of Logos.  Where might I find this?

  Well, they didn't say it was YOUR official philosophy or theology.  It's theirs. 

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