Who would benefit from the Hermeneia Collection?

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Ronald Quick | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Sep 16 2010 2:38 PM

Along with the resources included in Platinum, I already have the following commentary collections: NICOT, NICNT, WBC, Lange, EBC, Tyndale, Cornerstone, Baker Exegetical, Calvin Commentaries, Barclay, UBS, NAC, NIGTC and others.  What does the Hermeneia Collection include that these do not?  I know that this is a phenomenal deal, but $600 is still a lot money.

In a nutshell, I was just wondering what I am going to be missing.

Thanks,

Ron

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 16 2010 3:24 PM

It's a good question Ron, I'm in your position so would be interested in some responses to your question. In addition to waiting on some more responses these are some of the things I am doing and you might like to take up on or two of them.

If you look at Glynn's Commentary  & Reference Survey on Google Books http://bit.ly/aa30dM in chapter 2 he classifies both Hermeneia and Continental  as Liberal, Technical Commentaries. 

In another thread Mark Barnes has give a good comparison between a couple of the major commentaries to give you a feel of the difference between their commentary.

I had a look at Best Commentariesbut there is not a great deal of reviews on the volumes in this set but it does list titles yet to be published, and classifies them as technical which is to be expected.

If you have Carson's NT Commentary Survey in you Logos Library, fire that up and do a basic search on Hermeneia to see what it turns up in turns of comments on individual volumes.

Also if you have the theological journals run a search on them to see where volumes of this series come up, there may be reviews and other times they will be mentioned as sources for further study.

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Paul N | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 16 2010 4:00 PM

Ronald, it seems to me since two of the commentary sets you list are NT only maybe you could pick up the Hermeneia OT.  That's my current rationale for myself.

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Damian McGrath | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 16 2010 4:33 PM

Andrew McKenzie:

It's a good question Ron, I'm in your position so would be interested in some responses to your question.

Andrew, the value for Australians in purchasing these commentaries is extraordinary. The retail in Oz for well over $100 each!

There are a number of real gems in the NT set. The ones I am most appreciative of are Luz's three volumes on Matthew. They were originally slated to be published in the continental commentary series and were brought into hermeneia. What makes Luz outstanding is that he offers sections on the history of the interpretation of each unit. He casts an eye over the fathers, the medieval period and the reformers as well as looking at reception in art and poetry. Considering that these 3 volumes retail in Oz for $430, I consider their availability for $15 a volume amazing.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 16 2010 5:23 PM

Damian McGrath:
Luz's three volumes on Matthew.

YesYesYes Absolutely essential for Matthew.

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 16 2010 6:03 PM

Damian McGrath:
Considering that these 3 volumes retail in Oz for $430, I consider their availability for $15 a volume amazing.

Very good point Damian ..... I just need to work out the funds.  If I had to make a choice between the two I'd lean to OT since I think this is generally an area where I'd like to beef up my commentary options... but then as you point out the three volumes on Luz make the NT set great value for an Aussie or possibly anyone international customer dealing with exchange rates.  In-store hard cover books dont' adjust to changes in exchange rates, because for th retailer their cost price was fixed at a point in time... going digital at least means you can take advantage of the exchange rates if you have the funds to meet the sweet spot in the monetary cycle when it hits....

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Mike S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Sep 16 2010 6:15 PM

I'm most interested in the Didache, Apostolic Tradition, and other similar non-canonical commentaries in the NT set. No such equivalent commentaries in another set I know about from Logos. (I actually wish I could get them separately!) 

 

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