March Madness - a strategy?

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Aaron Knotts | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Mar 11 2011 10:17 PM

So they have released the details of the books and their divisions.

Is anyone thinking there needs to be some strategy to it this time round?

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Simon Pleasants | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 11 2011 11:39 PM

 

Yes, I agree it would be good to be more strategic this time. One important factor to consider when voting is the price. A 75% discount on a $70 book is a lot more than the same discount on a $13 book (about $42). While there are many other factors to consider besides price, all things being equal it's better to vote for a more expensive book.

Below, I've listed the books in the four divisions according to price (sorry, it's rather lengthy and it doesn't have hyperlinks). Hopefully, it will be helpful when considering how to vote. 

Division 1: New Testament

$73.95

A Grammar of New Testament Greek, Vol. 1: Prolegomena

$60.00

New Testament Interpretation and Methods

$55.00

The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

$41.95

Ethics and the New Testament

$39.95

Romans: The MacArthur New Testament Commentary

$36.75

A Critical and Doctrinal Commentary Upon the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans

$35.00

The Interpretation of St. Mark’s Gospel

$34.95

Black’s New Testament Commentary: First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians

$34.95

Black’s New Testament Commentary: The First Epistle to the Corinthians

$34.95

The Jewish New Testament Commentary

$34.75

A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians

$29.99

Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: Romans, Galatians

$24.00

Reading John

$20.00

The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: Galatians

$19.99

Gospel of God: An Exposition of Romans

$14.95

The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ

Division 2: Old Testament

$72.00

The Making of the Pentateuch: A Methodological Study

$55.00

Studies In Biblical Interpretation

$52.50

An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax

$49.95

The Theme of the Pentateuch

$39.95

The Five Books of Moses

$39.50

Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew

$38.00

Introduction to the Old Testament

$34.95

The JPS Bible Commentary: Ecclesiastes

$34.95

The JPS Bible Commentary: Jonah

$34.95

Moses: Heroic Man, Man of God

$32.95

The Septuagint

$30.00

Exploring the Old Testament, vol. 3: The Psalms and Wisdom Literature

$27.99

Numbers: God’s Presence in the Wilderness

$27.00

Vital Old Testament Issues: Examining Textual and Topical Questions

$23.99

SPCK Old Testament Introduction: Theology of the Old Testament

$21.99

The New American Commentary: Deuteronomy

Division 3: Practical

$44.95

Dictionary of Christianity in America

$39.99

Topical Reader—Volumes 1 & 2

$34.00

Toward the Twenty-First Century in Christian Mission

$23.99

Laying the Foundation: Achieving Christian Maturity

$21.75

The New Citizenship: The Christian Facing a New World Order

$20.00

Heretics

$19.99

Sin, the Savior, and Salvation: The Theology of Everlasting Life

$19.95

Disciplines of a Godly Man

$19.95

What Jesus Demands from the World

$17.95

Contending for Our All

$17.95

God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself

$15.95

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

$14.99

The Practice of the Presence of God

$14.95

Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character

$14.95

The Pillars of Christian Character

$12.95

The Genesis Factor

Division 4: Theology



$72.00

Scripture, Tradition and Reason: A Study in the Criteria of Christian Doctrine

$54.00

Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity: In Dialogue with Karl Barth and Contemporary Theology

$50.00

Systematic Theology

$49.95

The Biblical Foundations of Christian Worship (Library of Christian Worship: Volume 1)

$49.95

The Promise of Trinitarian Theology

$41.95

Ground and Grammar of Theology

$36.00

Baptism in the New Testament

$29.95

Foundations of Systematic Theology

$28.99

The Atonement

$25.75

Writings of Saint Francis of Assisi

$24.00

Regarding Karl Barth

$22.99

The Trinity

$22.00

The Dark Night of the Soul

$19.99

God’s Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments

$18.99

Handbook of Evangelical Theology: A Historical, Biblical, and Contemporary Survey and Review

$17.95

Beyond the Bounds

"Upon a life I did not live, Upon a death I did not die, Another's life, another's death, I stake my whole eternity"

Horatius Bonar

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Garrett Ho | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 11 2011 11:45 PM

I briefly looked through the list, and would say that I will prioritize resources that I know I will end up buying individually eventually. This means (1) resources that aren't available as part of a set and (2) that aren't available free as public domain books or similar. After that, I definitely will consider price.

update: I checked. The expensive titles are selected out of sets. This will take some planning.

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Martin Folley | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 11 2011 11:52 PM

I have uploaded an excel spreadsheet with links and stuff on another thread.

 

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Alan Charles Gielczyk | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 12 2011 12:20 AM

Looks like we miss Ryan Burns already, nothing appeals tome.

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Aaron Knotts | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 12 2011 12:31 AM

Garrett Ho:
The expensive titles are selected out of sets. This will take some planning.

Agreed.  I am hoping we can be more collaborative about it this time round, that said, it still depends on who wants / needs what, and what they already own.

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Aaron Knotts | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 12 2011 12:34 AM

Simon Pleasants:

While there are many other factors to consider besides price, all things being equal it's better to vote for a more expensive book.

Below, I've listed the books ......Hopefully, it will be helpful...

 

Great job...thanks! Yes

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Jonathan West | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 12 2011 4:16 AM

The standout for me is undoubtedly Witherington's commentary on Acts.

It's a reasonably high price (55USD) and Carson says of it in his NT Commentary Survey: "[it] is very good indeed: his 'socio-rhetorical' approach (which in this volume tends to mean no more than that the author is sensitive both to the world of the first century and to the structure of the text) is particularly suited to this sort of biblical book."

So let's all vote Ben Witherington III in the NT section, please!

How's that for strategy?

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 12 2011 10:14 AM

Alan Charles Gielczyk:
nothing appeals tome

My feelings as well. I'll be able to sit this one out. Picked up quite a few last year, so can't complain.

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Mike Childs | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 14 2011 9:59 AM

A somewhat disappointing March Madness lineup - from my perspective.  No big favorite here as in the past.  Nothing of the quality of I. Howard Marshal's Pastoral Epistles commentary in the ICC, which was a big favorite in Logos March Madness last year.  (Or was it the year before?)

Most of the books that would interest me - such as Witherington's  commentary on Acts - I already have bought.  Probably will sit this one out.

Will just vote to advance whatever people seem to want - whether I have it or not.

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Alan Macgregor | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 14 2011 10:15 AM

Alan Charles Gielczyk:
… nothing appeals to me.

Nor to me. It looks like I'll have a cheap (UK usage meaning "low cost") month this year,  unlike in the past. Tongue Tied

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Jonathan West | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 14 2011 10:54 AM

Maybe you peeps who see nothing worth voting for would at least like to vote up Witherington on Acts to make it cheaper for everyone else as a huge favour!!!WinkHmm

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Floyd Johnson | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 14 2011 12:06 PM

Alan Macgregor:

Alan Charles Gielczyk:
… nothing appeals to me.

Nor to me. It looks like I'll have a cheap (UK usage meaning "low cost") month this year,  unlike in the past. Tongue Tied

Glad to see that I am not alone - I just added the ECC to my cart, that will be my "March Madness", especially if my wife finds out.Surprise

 

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Andy | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 14 2011 12:39 PM

Alan Charles Gielczyk:

...nothing appeals to me.

Same here.

I was fortunate enough to pick up the Master Collection at Christmas which includes most of the stuff on sale here. I guess this just illustrates what a great deal the Master Collection was... 

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 14 2011 1:11 PM

Alan Macgregor:

Alan Charles Gielczyk:
… nothing appeals to me.

Nor to me. It looks like I'll have a cheap (UK usage meaning "low cost") month this year,  unlike in the past. Tongue Tied

You could make a purchase for a poor fellow Mac user. Big Smile

Unfortunately, I already own everything I that might interest me except Witherington's  commentary on Acts. Yesterday, I was able to heckle a house full of Tar Heel fans as their team fell before Duke, but Logos' March Madness will probably not be as much fun. Geeked

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 14 2011 1:48 PM

I'm voting for Promise of Trinitarian Theology

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Patrick Rietveld | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 15 2011 2:28 AM

Jonathan West:
Maybe you peeps who see nothing worth voting for would at least like to vote up Witherington on Acts to make it cheaper for everyone else as a huge favour!!!

I agree with this. If nothing is really interesting help people who have some interests in Witherington's Acts Commentary (division 1) and Waltke & O'Connor's Introduction to Hebrew Syntax (in this order). I think that would indeed be a good strategy. Thanks if you would help!

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Brian K. Benscoter | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 15 2011 3:41 AM

I will be happy to cast a vote for Witherington's Acts for you guys each round it is available.

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Jonathan West | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 15 2011 5:06 AM

Paradise Yes

Much appreciated!

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Daniel Bender | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 15 2011 5:25 AM

Alan Charles Gielczyk:

Looks like we miss Ryan Burns already, nothing appeals tome.

Me neither, but I'm also trying to cut back on my book spending this year.  

 

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