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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jan 30 2010 6:17 AM

Has anyone taken the plunge and purchased this set ? Is it worth the cost ?

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Mary-Ellen | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 8:47 AM

I went for it on pre-pub, as a once-in-a-lifetime purchase.  The Anchor Bible is cited so very often, I consider it a unique resource.  I am really glad I have it.  But whether it's "worth the cost" is a very personal decision.  Spend some time with it in print before you make up your mind.

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 8:57 AM

Blair Laird:

Has anyone taken the plunge and purchased this set ? Is it worth the cost ?

I have both Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and ISBE (original and revised). AYBD is good and has some highly credentialed people behind it. But ISBE (rev) is good too, and much less expensive. Having both, I'm not sure the AYBD is worth the price difference. For someone working on post-graduate level education, it's probably a sine qua non. For the average preacher, or even an above average one like me Wink, ISBE (rev) is probably enough. But since some people use resources differently, if you find that you're frustrated by the lack of information in ISBE (rev), you may want to consider it anyway. (The older ISBE is probably too dated to be as helpful as the revised version ISBE.)

You can also check out the discussion here:

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/6648/53411.aspx

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 9:11 AM

Richard DeRuiter:

Blair Laird:

Has anyone taken the plunge and purchased this set ? Is it worth the cost ?

I have both Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and ISBE (original and revised). AYBD is good and has some highly credentialed people behind it. But ISBE (rev) is good too, and much less expensive. Having both, I'm not sure the AYBD is worth the price difference. For someone working on post-graduate level education, it's probably a sine qua non. For the average preacher, or even an above average one like me Wink, ISBE (rev) is probably enough. But since some people use resources differently, if you find that you're frustrated by the lack of information in ISBE (rev), you may want to consider it anyway. (The older ISBE is probably too dated to be as helpful as the revised version ISBE.)

You can also check out the discussion here:

http://community.logos.com/forums/p/6648/53411.aspx

Sorry, I guess I was not clear in my question. I was speaking of Anchor Yale Bible (84 volumes)

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Russ Quinn | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 10:03 AM

Blair Laird:

Has anyone taken the plunge and purchased this set ? Is it worth the cost ?

Blair,

This set has recently been broken into NT (http://www.logos.com/products/details/5742)  and OT/Apocrypha sets (http://www.logos.com/products/details/5740).

I am most familiar with the NT volumes (Brown on John, Fitzmyer on Luke, Acts, Romans, Martyn on Galatians, and others).

These commentaries are critical for anyone wishing to write published academic work. Their value to a pastor would be largely dependent upon the pastor's background and training.

I recently purchased the NT set but could not justify the cost of the OT/Apocrypha set for my purposes.
I would like to have Milgrom on Leviticus, Seow on Ecclesiastes and a few others if they ever become available individually.

One feature of this series is that more weight was given to the scholarly reputation of authors than denominational or theological associations. As a result, volumes vary greatly on theological perspective.

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 10:10 AM

Russ Quinn:
These commentaries are critical for anyone wishing to write published academic work.

I was planning to write a commentary and was looking at them for that very reason. Thnx

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 10:25 AM

Blair Laird:

Sorry, I guess I was not clear in my question. I was speaking of Anchor Yale Bible (84 volumes)

http://www.logos.com/products/details/4469

My bad. Should have read more closely. AYB is pretty uneven in quality (IMHO). Assuming you're writing a commentary on just one book of the Bible, you probably don't need the entire set anyway. If there is a theological library nearby, you may want to go and look at these commentaries and work with them a bit before spending that kind of money. Or see if your local library can get a copy through an inter-library loan. As uneven as this set is at points, you may be delighted or disappointed with what you find. I'm not going to buy a $2000 guitar without sitting down and playing it for a while. Nor would I do that with a set of commentaries I'm unfamiliar with.

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 10:34 AM

Richard DeRuiter:
I'm not going to buy a $2000 guitar without sitting down and playing it for a while. Nor would I do that with a set of commentaries I'm unfamiliar with.

Good advice. I will check my library. I have no theological library near me, it is very unfortunate...well maybe it is a good thing b/c I would never leave Wink

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Russ Quinn | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 12:04 PM

Some volumes are available with a limited preview at books.google.com.

Brown on John is not. Fitzmyer on 1 Corinthians is but not Romans.

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Ward Walker | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 3:00 PM

With the 12 Days of Christmas and 25% Upgrade sales now wrapped up,

perhaps it's time for the 14 Days of Valentines sale

... AYB ? .... 

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Ralph A. Abernethy III | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 3:26 PM

I would be delighted if Logos could make individual volumes of these commentaries available for puchase.

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 3:48 PM

Ralph A. Abernethy III:

I would be delighted if Logos could make individual volumes of these commentaries available for puchase.

 

me too, but I imagine it would near $100 a volume . . .

 

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 30 2010 5:37 PM

Ward Walker:

With the 12 Days of Christmas and 25% Upgrade sales now wrapped up,

perhaps it's time for the 14 Days of Valentines sale

... AYB ? .... 

 Big Smile

I second that motion WinkYesYes

 

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Ralph A. Abernethy III | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 31 2010 10:37 AM

me too, but I imagine it would near $100 a volume . .

 

Surprise  Ouchie!

 

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 31 2010 11:05 AM

Ralph A. Abernethy III:
 Ouchie!

I'd be surprised to see them that high. Probably half of that since that is about the going rate for print volumes, maybe even less. The ICC individual volumes are priced about 85% of Amazon's prices for the hard cover editions.

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John Nerdue | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 31 2010 11:43 AM

What makes these so expensive? There are a number of these in my local used book store for $5-$10 each for the physical hardcover books.

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 31 2010 12:01 PM

James Chaisson:
used

There's your answer. Used there is no printing cost, trucking, stocking, author fees, publisher profit, etc. etc.

New about $45-50 each at amazon.

 

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John Nerdue | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 1 2010 5:35 AM

What I meant was. Why are they so expensive, are they really worth $1,899.95? I have some in my local used book store for around $10. I can't afford almost $2,000 for these but I can afford $70 for a few of them. Should I buy them?

 

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Friedrich | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 1 2010 6:38 AM

James Chaisson:
are they really worth $1,899.95?

James Chaisson:
Should I buy them?

 

If you are asking if Logos is asking more than they should, probably not.  If you are asking what is their value to the consumer at that price--that depends on the consumer.  I don't have that kind of money.  So I won't buy them.  I have little experience with the OT versions and zero experience with the Apocrypha--but that would be nice to add to my library.  What I am really interested in is some of the NT commentaries.  The NT set would be on my radar, but not right now.

The value for you is your budget and your need.  of course having this set digitally would be an advantage:

  • search ability
  • portability
  • link ability
  • etc.

Everybody has their perspective, but I absolutely love the handful of NT volumes I have: RE Brown in John and John's Epistles, and Markus Barth in Ephesians.  Both are fantastic.  I used the Hebrews commentary but was a bit disappointed in that one (brief, not real profound, imho).

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