Concisely erudite expositional commentary vols. worth duplicating?

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Unix | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Jul 3 2016 12:22 PM

The title makes it sound like I demand the best - almost like a contradiction. Because I imply owning one or two electronic Bible Study software licenses of commentary volumes as well as a print volumes in order to be able to read together with someone and/or have access everywhere in all situations. But to explain what my actual question is:

  • If I want to read a commentary volume alongside a book in the Bible, checking the commentary as I read and intend to read through, ...
  • which volumes would You recommend (from about any series)?, ...
  • ... which are a bit semi-technical in pointing out things for which You would have had to have specialized training/knowledge (but OK if using a lexicon) in order to have guessed straight from the English, Hebrew or Greek Bible text itself what the commentary is about to say ...
  • ... which preferably have at least a bit of non-transliterated original languages (Hebrew, Greek or Coptic) ...
  • ... but which don't give full History of Interpretation (at least not for example Augustine or Karl Barth for every other verse in an entire book of the Bible), nor a well-round overview of the scholarly opinions (at least not when that would fill the whole page for just one verse) whether on technical, archaeological or theological matters ...

... but would work for reading, getting insights and then quickly moving on to the next few verses? That would be the main use. Excursuses would not be a must-have as sometimes I would like to use such commentaries just for reading through one or two dozen pretty random sequential verses from the Bible together with the commentary volume, instead of having to pick up from a theme. So whether the commentary volumes would give proper, accurate outlines (for which there perhaps are scholarly consensuses) would not be of much importance ...

  • ... i.e. commentary volumes which mention things with depth, if I may wish theological depth too ...
  • ... but that don't jump between whole-testament and one-verse or one-concept -perspectives in every paragraph, nor introduce the most elaborate theological-philosophical-ethical conclusions on every other page.

I'll give a bit of slack: The commentary volumes don't have to be recent, they can be decades old, I'd even read from Keil-Delitsch Old Testament commentary or the ICC original series volumes that were on a sale real cheap (or the GJn -volume in the series, or Kings), or Cambridge Greek Testament (I have just a few Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges - volumes too) or Moffatt commentary, or about any commentary from the 1950's and onwards.
Do You know of some volumes that fit these criteria? I'm not trying to avoid technical commentaries (I have some such) but would like something which really makes me read to get a feeling for an entire book of the Bible, and possibly for handing a future wife if she has the interest.
If You know of a commentary like this which almost fits the criteria but is a bit of lacking in how it handles concepts (for example assuming familiarity with or a library elaborating on the concepts), mention it anyway! Perhaps it would be complemented from resources such as for example Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library.
If You know of volumes like this which are perfect, but which are slightly too expositional, please mention them too, as long as they don't read like homilies, or nothing but application lacking all information about what it was like in Biblical times! (The latter not because I would object to reading application, but because I'm a bit suspicious as I don't live in a country from which many commentary authors originate and since times change (devaluing application commentaries, and I see most books I buy as an investment) and there are things like family and finances that vary between individuals (my future wife will probably be much younger than me, not as much younger as making it really unusual but anyway).)

Thank You for Your time, and if there's anything I can do for You as a favour in return, just message me!

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 3 2016 2:49 PM

To me, the NAC meets these criteria and is my favorite commentary in Mark Barnes' Intermediate section. It is also relatively inexpensive in print (@ $20/volume), for what it is. If you have rejected this series, telling why might help make more precise recommendations. 

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jul 3 2016 4:31 PM

I encountered a couple of challenges when wanting to evaluate it: Geographical, and that my first SSD wore down just when I would have had the chance. It's been quite a while since I read from any volume in that series so I can't say I remember too much. Not always critical enough and I've been avoiding authors such as Thomas Schreiner. There are many Dispensational volumes in the series and I wouldn't buy those volumes. The last (10th) Edition of John Glynn's Commentary and Reference survey doesn't list the Colossians/Philemon -volume (by Melick) nor the Isaiah -volumes (by Smith). The Ephesians volume (by Wolfe) hasn't come out yet. I doubt the Galatians (by George), Romans (by Mounce), Hosea and Joel (by Garrett), Samuel (by Bergen) or Joshua (by Howard) -volumes suit my needs. I don't think I would trust a commentary on Lk (by Stein) which is Evangelical even though the volume is Composition critical, nor an Evangelical commentary on Joel (by Garrett) if it dates the book early. Weak/verbose on GJn (by Borchert), When it comes to Jer I always have high requirements, so I don't think the volume by Huey would cut it. I'll probably keep using other options (that I have) for Prv even if not many I have are highly recommended - I'm content as is (most series have a volume on that book but instead of getting a volume that have come out in current series I could wait for some new series particularly if Ecclesiasticus also gets covered); also content for now with the partially good commentaries I have on Ezra/Nehemiah and 1-2 Kings. Judges (by Block) is highly rated but I haven't evaluated the author enough yet. Would someone be able to give a comparison of the New Cambridge Bible Commentary -volume by Bill Arnold and the two NAC -volumes by Kenneth Mathews on Gn? It might very well be worth covering Haggai by getting the volume from 2004 by Taylor and Clendenen in order to get access to a newer commentary than the 1972 one by Joyce Baldwin in the TOTC -series (I have the Tyndale Commentary series in WORDsearch):

Justin Gatlin:
To me, the NAC meets these criteria and is my favorite commentary in Mark Barnes' Intermediate section. It is also relatively inexpensive in print (@ $20/volume), for what it is. If you have rejected this series, telling why might help make more precise recommendations.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 4 2016 12:09 PM

I'm looking at a series from which I have only one volume (Psalms-Proverbs by Futato and Schwabb, Sr., in WS): Cornerstone (and looked a little bit at both TOTC and New Century Bible Commentary and remembered a Abingdon Old Testament Commentary -volume I have):
Regarding the Octateuch: I don't think I need the Cornerstone volumes, for example regarding Nm: I'll use TOTC by Wenham instead (in WS), for Dt I have for example Abingdon Old Testament Commentary by Brueggeman (in Logos, no-longer sold here), for Joshua I might use WBC (in Logos and the first Edition in print) or even TOTC by Hess, for Judges I'll probably use AYBC (in Logos and Accordance, only the first volume of two has come out) even though it's on the technical side, for Ruth I might use Interpretation: A Bible Commentary by Sakenfeld (which I have in Logos since quite a while) although I could use something more on Ruth if someone has a suggestion?
Chronicles: TOTC (2 vols. by Selman which I have in WS) comes recommended (although perhaps not the most recommended) as does New Century Bible Commentary (by Williamson, which I don't have and is not available in Bible Study softwares). The Cornerstone volume by Boda from 2007 is mentioned in John Glynn's Commentary and Reference Survey but is not marked as one of the recommended volumes on this book of the Bible. The NCBC volume by Williamson could be worth my while, it's from 1982.
Regarding Job, the Cornerstone volume from 2006 by Konkel and Longman is recommended in Glynn's survey, again not the most recommended. It's not a very-high-priority book of the Bible for me to explore though.
Regaring Isaiah, the Cornerstone volume from 2006 by Walker and Martens is mentioned in Glynn's survey, not marked as one of the recommended volumes though.
Can't find recommended Cornerstone New Testament volumes.
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Lamentations: The 2000 Interpretation: A Bible Commentary by Dobbs-Allsopp, weaves in for example secular literature. Does anyone have an opinion on this volume? The volume doesn't have the typical application as the rest of series.

Ephesians: The 2002 Believer's Church Bible Commentary by Neufeld could be worth having as it's semitechnical but I've been undecisive for years.

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Deacon Steve | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 4 2016 1:04 PM

I think I understand what your question is but I'm not sure there is one that will fill your requirement.  Keep in mind that I do not know what you already have in your library.

I wonder if, possibly, there is some combination of commentaries that would be suit your needs.  Maybe a technical resource set along with social-science, anthropological resources and a different set of resources on application.

That is the approach I have taken ... some historical/narrative/textual/source/social, some application. 

I pull those separate resources in when working through any text.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jul 4 2016 5:00 PM

I understand Your approach, Steve, but for certain parts of books of the Bible, and at certain moments, it's too much to use three commentaries for one part part of the Bible, when wanting to read commentaries almost cover to cover (perhaps not reading all of the introduction if having a better introduction in some other commentary or separately). I might sometimes read two commentaries, but for the kind of use I intended usually one. This doesn't imply that I don't read commentaries/study in other ways as well with more resources including commentaries, I'm just looking for a specific approach and have a feeling that I could read some commentaries cover-to-cover, whether ones someone could suggest or ones I already have. Like You saw I mentioned I don't avoid technical commentaries but that perhaps comes separately at another time, and I'm wary about application commentaries. A couple of professors I had 2014-2015 said that social-science commentaries are for the most part just a trend that won't last and has begun to fade.

Anyway, I'll list what I have. I already mentioned some of what I have. This is most of what I have, I only omitted very few (which were cheap) and a couple of resources which were mostly based on images (the latter tend to fill up the memory of tablets so they usually have to be avoided when updating an installation of a tablet). (Of course some of these in the list were cheap.) And since I have different Bible Study softwares and some print volumes, and for the sake of not promoting other platforms, I'll just mostly leave out the information about in which software I have them or whether they are printed matter:


I looked at the Augsburg Commentary -volume on Lk by David Tiede from 1988, but haven't been able to evaluate it nor found reviews - I haven't checked libraries yet:

Steve:
Keep in mind that I do not know what you already have in your library.

I wonder if, possibly, there is some combination of commentaries that would be suit your needs.  Maybe a technical resource set along with social-science, anthropological resources and a different set of resources on application.

That is the approach I have taken ... some historical/narrative/textual/source/social, some application.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 6 2016 1:52 PM
  • Oh, and I have: Rod Mattoon's Treasures from the Scriptures Bundle - 51 Volumes. (It didn't yet show up in my order history (under WS) since it's on a payment plan together with the Complete Biblical Library, so that's why I forgot to list it.)
  • Additionally I have: New International Commentary: The book of Isaiah by Edward J. Young (1st series), A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews by Philip Edgcumbe Hughes (preceded the volume by F. F. Bruce),
  • Reformed Expository Commentary: Hebrews by Richard D. Phillips,
  • The Expositor’s Bible (6 vols.) (bought used).

Here's an intriguing link about a new commentary series: Wisdom Commentary introduces feminist interpretation of every Bible book

There's a recommendation for a specific volume, on a webpage: in the New Beacon Bible Commentary -series: Philippians: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition by Flemming from 2009. In the recommendation it's marked as semi-technical. I should look at what I have on Philippians and whether it would be worth adding although what I must wonder if it brings up some theological perspectives (besides Wesleyan) to any extent (could be a candidate for returning it if it doesn't). I have another volume from that series which I didn't bother to mention before but this must be the only one I still had left unmentioned besides the illustrated commentaries and a few cheap ones not necessarily worth mentioning (noted in the opening post there were just a few such):

I searched Facebook for: bible commentaries
... The last search result which came up was this brief post: http://krisvallotton.com/does-the-bible-contradict-itself/

I'm looking for input. It's not so much about whether a commentary volume is worth the cost, but rather whether it's worth the time to read it, whether I read it or both me and future wife. Eventually I'll use most of the commentaries I already have, but I'm looking for an approach, like I explained, where I could get a better grasp of a part of the Bible first, before delving into deeper study or reading other books such as monographs. Which part of the Bible to cover, doesn't matter much as I have many favourite books of the Bible. On Sirach I have a monograph on the form of chapters 44-50, but as most series don't have a volume dedicated to this book of the Bible I'm lacking something. Interpreter's Bible is on a sale right now (under WS) i.e. the original series, not the "New", it's just below $60 during the Month of July. But as I have New Interpreter's Bible, would the Interpreter's Bible add much? It would of course add a perspective of bygone decades and I could find reviews when searching through journal issues I have under Accordance.
I have time to look for commentaries. Please post in this thread even if a long time has passed, I will read and appreciate all comments!

I found this phrase in a document which I otherwise perhaps don't want to post as it contained one uncritical thing about extra-biblical sources: "When I read a commentary I often find questions raised that I had not even considered, forcing me back to the text."

And I now saw this list by the Desiring God webpage: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/what-commentaries-does-dg-recommend

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 22 2016 4:37 AM

EDIT: Two main topics in this post:
1) WRITING AND PUBLISHING A BOOK
I'm looking for a co-author! I have figured out benefits I can give You and ways to compensate You with what I can let You have, on top of that I could mail You a laptop computer, and I'll always owe You favours and You can take a ride in my car or see some places over here or we can go to events - but the latter is for later on. You don't need to travel over here right away, You can come years from now, that's OK by me. I've been planning to major in Hebrew, right now I'm taking Greek. Besides Christian theology coupled with ANE literature sources I'm interested in history, I'm taking an ANE history class during the first half of the semester. You DO NOT need to have a large library since before, especially not electronic resources such as Logos/Accordance/WordSearch and Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. You may either use whatever books You have or decide by yourself to purchase or borrow from the library, or ask me for recommendations. You don't necessarily have to be on top of either current research or own journals. In order to be able to search and cite more easily and since I don't like Amazon that much I would recommend not sticking to Kindle resources.
The resulting book should be academic, and there will be a good profit %:age-wise from sales of the book. We can decide on what would be the best topics to include - I understand that is an important decision, and we'll either narrow down on some fairly narrow topic (but not writing on just one or two details of course) or include many topics adding the bonus of it becoming a sort of life-guide and buyer's strategy guide.
If You know a bit of Latin that's good and You'd be able to use those skills a bit.
Regarding denominations, I won't exclude You because of denominations, I'm OK with a range of denominations, just to name a few: Anglican, Catholic, Reformed, Mennonite, Pentecostal, Free Will Baptist, Finnish-Orthodox, Russian-Orthodox, Greek-Orthodox.
What You need to know about me is that I won't under any circumstances give up on this project including writing and paying a publisher that will give a good profit %, I have already found such a publisher but when nearly finished we would probably wait for a special offer from the publisher for a package until ordering, while polishing the manuscript. I also have an excellent home insurance, at least for the time being, that covers manuscripts if lost. I'll get better now at making backups on my computers.


I have an ad up now in the Logos Resales Facebook group, searching to buy two denominational version 5 base-packages, v6 Silver-level, for example Reformed: https://www.facebook.com/groups/548061461941184/ (it would be for a co-author or for future wife), or v5 lower levels.

2) FURTHER ABOUT COMMENTARIES
There are quite a lot of commentaries that I have that I didn't mark as recommended that I wouldn't tell You not to buy - among those sometimes perhaps the price would dictate whether it's a good buy.

I would now mark 1-3 Jn by Lieu as recommended:

Unix:

  • Old Testament Library (Judges by Niditch, 1-2 Sam by Graeme Auld, 1-2 Kg by Sweeney, Song of Songs by Exum, Is by Childs, Jer by Allen, Micah by Mays); New Testament Library (Eph by Fowl, Hebrews by Johnson, 1-3 Jn by Lieu),

John Glynn annotates in his Commentary and Reference Survey: "For those who have both Bruce and Hughes, these will do.":

Unix:

  • Additionally I have: New International Commentary: The book of Isaiah by Edward J. Young (1st series), A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews by Philip Edgcumbe Hughes (preceded the volume by F. F. Bruce),


I did buy the original Interpreter's Bible set offered under WS.

I might recommend:

  • Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching: Lamentations by Dobbs-Allsopp,

as it "weaves in such an impressive array of mostly secular literature (especially on the Holocaust) that is just as delightful to read as it is to study." Source: John Glynn's Commentary and Reference Survey, 2007.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 15 2016 4:20 AM

I'd be very grateful and owe You one, if someone starts contributing giving me recommendations, please post here! For You to get a favour in return You can contact me here by private message and then on Facebook, as I don't always return here (especially not to post). I see to that I read replies carefully though.
I may still choose to buy either under some Bible Study platform or in print, depending on in which way I will likely get the most use out of my purchases (together with a co-author, or together with a future wife, or even with friends). When I buy hardcover I see to that I get copies with the dustcovers. I will buy paperback if I have to but watch out so that the glue hasn't dried up.

At the same time, this whole thread functions as my recommendations regarding commentaries.

Note that I recommend several more commentaries besides the ones I've marked with bold typeface. I'm happy about the overwhelming majority of my commentary purchases and I would get rid of volumes I'm unhappy with by selling them away. I might even warn here and elsewhere if there are particular volumes, especially ones that have not yet been replaced within the same series, that I would definitely stay away from.

(An earlier post by someone said that the NAC-commentaries are cheap (in print). Well they often come as a set and I would never buy the set myself, not even just either one of the testaments, nor recommend purchasing a set. Cost for commentaries is not a factor that would impact my choices. But I don't agree that NAC would be cheap for what it is, and print commentaries is not a preference. I don't have preferences whether commentaries should be in print or under a Bible Study software. Personally, my costs can't go up unlimitedly anymore, at least not in jst a decade because I have a base already: Many hand-picked volumes and several various sets, so I've got several kinds of commentaries and coverage for many books of the Bible already. Of course, what may keep me spending is either if a) Someone points me to a hidden gem. Or: b) New superiour/up-to-date quality commentaries see the daylight, or ones that summarize things in a truly erudite way that would save me lots of time compared to reading what I have. Particularly those situations, or of course if I change something about how I value some commentaries, may make me get rid of some commentary volumes by selling/giving them away.)

FURTHER UPDATES TO MY LIST FOLLOWS:
Abingdon OId Testament Commentary: I'm no-longer considering to buy the Jeremiah -volume by Stulman. It's good, but it has a bit too expositional feel, and as I work in a theological seminary library I may perhaps still sometimes read it after work hours.

AYBC: (I corrected a spelling error, see where I cite below putting the added word in brackets), and I will be upgrading the sets (I can upgrade Old- and New Testament sets separately) and am looking forward to the new Ruth -volume by by Jeremy Schipper. I've since duplicated 1 Kings by Mordechai Cogan as printed matter, £45 + shipping £4, strongly recommended volume! I've also previously, quite a while ago, ordered the Is 56-66 -volume by Blenkinsopp in print, so I have it duplicated. I can really recommend these sets (although Verbum is usually far from the cheapest platform under which to get them so You should explore Your options), and if You can't afford most of them there are some really worthwhile ones: Out of the older volumes that I've duplicated in Bible Study software I have the Eph-two-volumes under two formats and do find use for it under both softwares, another old volume I've duplicated is Job but the other copy is printed matter instead of Bible Study software.

BCBC: I got the Ephesians -volume when it was on the Book of the Month -sale this Autumn.

I now recommend these (previously not marked with bold typeface as You can see where I cite myself below): ICC Kings, several more Exegetical Summary -volumes - perhaps the set if affordable (this is the only time I weigh in the cost as a factor whether to recommend), Old Testament Library: Is by Childs, Oxford Bible Commentary, WBC: 2 Kings, Hermeneia: Acts by Pervo, original Interpreter's Bible (1952).

Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series (16 vols.): I now almost recommend it. (It's newer than the Cambridge Greek Testament -set I'm also pleased with.) If You have it and purchased it with some intent, it's a keeper, use it!

CGT (Cambridge Greek Testament): I now almost recommend the Colossians and Philemon -volume (1957) by C. F. D. Moule.

Epworth Commentaries: I've since got First Epistle to the Corinthians 2nd Revised Edition by Nigel Watson.

The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: I've since added Jeremiah (1980) by J. A. Thompson under a competing platform $20. I recommend the 2nd Revised Edition (1995) which is available in print but unfortunately that particular Edition is not in any Bible Study software (to the be on the safe side: When ordering a print copy ask the seller from which Year the copy being sold, is to ensure it's the 2nd Revised Edition).
The New International Commentary on the New Testament: I've since added 1 Peter by Peter H. Davids (under a platform which I can use on my Blackberry Playbook).

UBS Handbook Series: I've since added A Handbook on Jeremiah $11.

I've since added: The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges: 1 Maccabees $8½.

Hermeneia: I've since added/duplicated 1 Corinthians by Conzelmann in print £28¼ + £4 postage.

I've since bough the entire Cornerstone Biblical Commentary -set on a good sale under a competing platform.

NCBC: Chronicles (1982) by Williamson: I'm still trying to evaluate the library copy in order to know whether to buy a copy myself:

Unix:

Steve:
Keep in mind that I do not know what you already have in your library.

I wonder if, possibly, there is some combination of commentaries that would be suit your needs.  Maybe a technical resource set along with social-science, anthropological resources and a different set of resources on application.

That is the approach I have taken ... some historical/narrative/textual/source/social, some application.

Unix:
I'm looking at a series from which I have only one volume (Psalms-Proverbs by Futato and Schwabb, Sr., in WS): Cornerstone

[...]Chronicles: ... The NCBC volume by Williamson could be worth my while, it's from 1982.

[...]

Ephesians: The 2002 Believer's Church Bible Commentary by Neufeld could be worth having as it's semitechnical but I've been undecisive for years.

Unix:
On Sirach [...], but as most series don't have a volume dedicated to this book of the Bible I'm lacking something. Interpreter's Bible is on a sale right now (under WS) i.e. the original series, not the "New", it's just below $60 during the Month of July. But as I have New Interpreter's Bible, would the Interpreter's Bible add much? It would of course add a perspective of bygone decades and I could find reviews when searching through journal issues I have under Accordance.
Unix:
I did buy the original Interpreter's Bible set offered under WS.


I recommend: IVP New Testament Commentary Series: 2 Corinthians by Linda Belleville. I don't have it yet but am aquiring it soon or when it goes on a sale in OT (my wish list) - it'll work on my Blackberry Playbook: https://www.olivetree.com/store/view_wishlist.php?wishlist=1170


Ongoing sales: WBC is on a sale, this time individual volumes too ($15), under Verbum. I might want to get something, particularly New Testament volumes as I have BAGD under this platform while not having a modern multi-volume Hebrew lexicon under this platform. I've been thinking of completing my Lk-set (the total is 3 volumes, I have one of the volumes in print), I will likely do at least the minimum purchase in order to do that. (Understanding the Bible Commentary set is on a good sale under a competing platform but I've really had trouble spotting enough great volumes in the set, perhaps I just haven't looked hard enough but I'm not sure I have access to enough recent reviews (even of older volumes) that would show if there's value in the commentary volumes now.)


MISCELLANEOUS:
I'm still looking for a co-author. You could get the Exegetical Summaries -set under Verbum:

Unix:
EDIT: Two main topics in this post:

1) WRITING AND PUBLISHING A BOOK
I'm looking for a co-author!


Please also view the two points ( 1) and 2) ) in my Suggestions-thread: More non-biblical databases, and highlight searches in collections ... which is about features and databases, which I posted two days ago.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 30 2016 2:00 PM

I've since added:

Regarding OliveTree resources: There's a coupon-code which expires in 34 hours from now, which gives 10% off on most prices, also on top of many sale prices, i.e. it expires in the turn of the Year, the time-zone is GMT -8h for the expiration date. I don't have the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary - which is on my OT wishlist (that copy I could access for extensive reading in my BlackBerry Playbook - I don't have any Bible Dictionary whatsoever on it and of course also use on desktop/laptop), under any platform nor as printed matter, instead I have New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible under Verbum and as printed matter, and the person who would co-author with me would also get it from me under Verbum. The status of whether I have the AYBD is visible under the link mentioned. I promise that if I would acquire it under some other format I'd immediately post here. My plan is that I don't buy more Bible dictionaries under Verbum, and that when something that really replaces the AYBD comes out I get it under Accordance.

In this thread I first defined the question regarding commentaries I had (still have) in the title of the thread. As Steve asked I progressed listing the commentaries I have and kept updating the list so that it truly constitutes a graded list of what I recommend (i.e. even those volumes not marked I recommend somewhat).
Finally I added about that I seek a co-author, plus mentioned a wish list. All these questions are important to me. If I would find a co-author I would be so lucky!! Please consider and I know You'd be eager to have me pin-point what the book would about but it would really be up to us both, because sometimes asking the right question(s) is both the trickiest and most important part! I have imagined I'd make a lot of use of the books I have (of course more than just the commentaries) while writing. It could start by discussing and reading a few books together. Like I've said You don't need to have an own digital library since before in Verbum/Accordance/WORDsearch
I  haven't got these things answered. I know my questions about co-authorship as well as about commentaries is are bit difficult at least as I've written a lot here about commentaries. Besides replying in this discussion, don't be afraid to send me a friendship request on Facebook or just PM here!

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 25 2017 11:06 AM

Previously mentioned NIGTC volume: Even though I haven't bolded it as I think it depends on if it work really well in Your study environment, I have now duplicated the NIGTC Colossians and Philemon -volume by Dunn in a swap getting used Bible Study software books. Close to almost recommending or bolding it as You can see!
Disclaimer: (During that sale, who's become my ex-girlfriend (a 19 Year old girl whom I treated with highest dignity) logged in temporarely with my login on the site and bought me that AYBD copy under OliveTree which is usable on my Blackberry tablet. This I see as that she supported me greatly, and to her utmost ability, she listened to me back then why it should and would get used. She was only material for potential other things, which she wanted (she was very decisive on having four kids) but we couldn't make it work, she really found what she preferred and due to an innocent enough misunderstanding she thought she was totally free to, so the relationship had been kept too open and we had not seen each other frequently enough, she was waiting for me to take all initiatives even what feelings to express. It was right that she would get engaged with another man, because I at first thought I would inspire her to read together with me and do just a bit of research but she always remained unable to promise me anything in those regards. She ended up with Accordance thanks to me, unknown how much purchases she will make. Since yesterday, I'm free from her in all thoughts as well and not sad. Tonight I for the first time chatted with a young girl living in Gothenburg whom I've written with for over a Month and we agreed I take a train there when she has a Weekend free and I stay two nights by myself at a youth-hostel (and no You can't bring guests in a youth-hostel and I would really and definitely not want to in any case).) I'm thinking of ridding off one copy of New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (NIDB) for which I have a buyer in an OK swap, I feel I perhaps have too many copies (3 including print):

Unix:
NIGTC: Colossians and Philemon by James D. G. Dunn,

I don't have the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary - which is on my OT wishlist (that copy I could access for extensive reading in my BlackBerry Playbook - I don't have any Bible Dictionary whatsoever on it and of course also use on desktop/laptop), under any platform nor as printed matter, instead I have New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible under Verbum and as printed matter

Again NIGTC: I aquired Lk (1978) by Marshall under Verbum used which looks like it will go along with a new used copy of BDAG, Ro (2016) by Longenecker and Gal (1982) by Bruce F. F., the latter two under Accordance, used, in the same swap as all other books mentioned in this post.

Spiros Zodhiates commentary on 1 Cor under WORDsearch, used, I make an exception and recommend it based on the importance of the study of the particular book AND value for money, usually value compared to price doesn't matter, I've marked the other exception (Moffatt if You got a discount when You got it, use it, last time it was on a sale was in January 2017). Value for money consists also in this case of that You are not supposed/required to add expensive technical works just to get it up functioning as intended, it's not among the technical resources though.

Continental: Ruth (2004) by LaCocque. There is also a French version. I suggested this 2004 commentary to be separated from many Years older commentary volumes in the series, under Acc that are finally producing now. "Posits female author." Recommended but if You don't have to buy a big bunch of unwanted commentaries with it! For this one I don't have a paid license. I'm hoping it would come loose from Acc.

Old Testament Library: Exodus (1974) by Brevard Childs. This was way ahead of its time and there hasn't been a suitable replacement yet, even considering a few other series at the level. Just keep urging Acc to produce it, please!! Available under Kindle, particularly if You have a so called Paperwhite device.

Also as this is my last post in quite a while: Please keep this thread alive with actual contributions!

Finally, please follow this thread over at another discussion forum (not hosted by a Bible Study software): what are the best academic biblical commentaries and why? biases, credentials, etc.,
If I have the energy to, I will try to keep my book count up to date by an approximation, in my signature. Also includes what hardware I have.

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Unix | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 8 2017 8:55 PM

I just found this critical introduction to the Old Testament, and it's on a sale right now for $24.74 so I bought it straight away:
https://vyrso.com/product/39068/a-theological-introduction-to-the-old-testament
A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd Edition, by Birch, Fretheim and Petersen
I
t's from 2005 and seems to me like it would work in similar fashion to commentaries - in the way I've asked in the title and at the beginning of this thread.

Pelican: I also recommend Saint Mark by Nineham! (Yet to aquire, Kelvin Niblett recommended it to me on my wall, there's also an old thread about the series on this forum, a thread in which I commented something):

Unix:

  • Saint John by John Marsh, 1968,


IBC: I now also recommend: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Exodus by Fretheim. I also somewhat recently (recently but it feels like such a long time because I met a half-Gk girl who has such a great relationship with Jesus! She is right now on quest together with her sister to find their relatives) bought three other volumes in the series, together with my Library upgrade, so I got 50% off reg. price. Under this the biggest platform it's such a very expensive set that I don't recommend buying as a set!

WBC: I also recommend Lamentations by Roland Murphy
Since I wrote last time (and i'm not going to write for another Year, so please keep the discussion going, and I'll follow!), I've indulged in a few sets - from which I've since before listed the most recommended volumes, particularly under WORDsearch since they managed to produce two new products and I also thought it more worthwhile to duplicate much of what I've already made deals on, for the reasons mentioned in my OP, rather than complete sets under my really advanced platforms. I'm also using WORDsearch the most right now, as a shortcut to getting started as there's no learning curve and I can click from the Exegetical Summaries series (which I now have in full and most of it duplicated (under Verbum) for future wife or co-author) to three sets, under the WORDsearch platform. (I might also eventually put a pair of BDAG somewhere, for efficiency even though I much prefer BAGD):

Unix:
Please keep this thread alive with actual contributions!


I got for example Sacra Pagina a few Months ago under Accordance. It's an NT set. I've sent a wish to WORDsearch about half a Year ago that I'd want to help them create the newest Edition of GJn (which no digital platform sells). I would almost recommend the set! If You get latest Edition I do recommend it!

What do You think - is there any need for an entry-level wordy mainly NT-set?: Wesleyan Study Bible Commentary set. It's mainly done in the '90s, the price has gone down. https://web.archive.org/web/20110505040505/https://www.logos.com/product/4749/wesleyan-bible-study-commentary-series (now included in Verbum 7 Methodist & Wesleyan Bronze Library, which I could theoretically get without having to make the first downpayment right now (that's a limited time offer)). Low-end base-packages don't seem to come with a lot of advanced commentaries! The level up has a series from the '60s. The low-end upgrade on the other hand would be a bit over $100, spreading the payments thin I would afford it, last time they even forgot to charge me the service fee for Reformed:

$0 down right now, and 4 payments of $79.28?

Updating Anglcan Silver would be very expensive by now: https://www.logos.com/product/81158/anglican-silver $285.89 ... I didn't on the first day version 7 was released (only did Verbum Silver then, and later Reformed Bronze during a minor sale), I'm on Anglican version 6 Silver.
By Anglican Silver 7 update I would mainly gain only the following - which is rather little, rather expensive update btw!1 Corinthians: A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary by Thiselton (I have the full version under WORDsearch)
Teaching the Bible Series (12 vols.) "There are commentaries and there are books on preaching—but very few books that combine elements of both to enable the preacher or Bible teacher to prepare a series on specific sections of Scripture. This series gives the Bible teacher suitable tools to understand the context of biblical books, doctrinal themes, methods of interpretation, key interpretation points, and how to communicate that message clearly. While very useful for preachers, this collection is also aimed at equipping small group study leaders, youth workers, and other Bible teachers. The books are purposefully practical."
The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament (22 vols.) edited by Stott
The Prophesy of Isaiah by Alec Motyer "Drawing on a lifetime of study and teaching the book, J. Alec Motyer presents a landmark, single-volume commentary on the prophecy of Isaiah. He emphasizes the grammatical, historical, structural, literary, and theological dimensions of the text, and pays particular attention to three central and re..."
The Works of Charles Bridges (8 vols.) and Knots Untied: Being Plain Statements on Disputed Points in Religion by J. C. Ryle (19th Century theologies); Bettenson’s Early and Later Christian Fathers (2 vols.): selections from St. Clement of Rome thru St. Athanasius and St. Cyril of Jerusalem thru St. Leo the Great; SCM Studies in Biblical Theology Series (19 vols.); Introduction to Systematic Theology by Litton; Paul and His Recent Interpreters by N. T. Wright (I prefer James D. G. Dunn, and I would not bother to compare the two so that would not be as much gain as it would seem from that Wright is more famous).

LOL! Have to laugh at myself for the ways I circumvent never having upgraded (nor updated) beyond Silver-level! The not has helped me afford other platforms.


This Gk grammar is on daily twitter deal, what do You think?: https://verbum.com/product/8028/a-grammar-of-new-testament-greek-vol-2-accidence-and-word-formation?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=8028&utm_campaign=promo-dailydeal2017 twitter.com/logos

Instead of Anglican and Methodist/Wesleyan downdate/downgrades: Maybe just settle solely for this pre-pub order I just placed during the day?: 

Today Gathering Interest Smyth & Helwys Reading the Old Testament Commentary Series Upgrade (3 vols.)

$39.99

multisoftware poll night between Aug. 8.-9, 2017 in Catholic Bible Fans group

multisoftware poll night between Aug. 8.-9, 2017 in Catholic Bible Fans group

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