How many books DO you need? I am trying to figure that out!

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 17 2012 4:06 PM

David Mitchell:
how do you decide how many you need?

How many can you use?

When you study a passage, how many commentaries do you read in detail? Most of us use one or two, perhaps three, but you don't have time to use more unless you are a specialist.

So, in general, I'm not buying into the classic commentaries in CP. I already have several up-to-date ones that I would use in preference, so I know I wouldn't use all these extras as well.

The number you need may be fewer than the number you can use, but it is not more.

And, based on the number of replies you received, your question is one we all face.

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 17 2012 8:15 PM

Allen Browne:

When you study a passage, how many commentaries do you read in detail? Most of us use one or two, perhaps three, but you don't have time to use more unless you are a specialist.

So, in general, I'm not buying into the classic commentaries in CP. I already have several up-to-date ones that I would use in preference, so I know I wouldn't use all these extras as well.

Why this obsessive preoccupation with commentaries?  Surely there are important works other than commentaries.  While I have a fair number of commentaries, they are probably among the least used of my resources.

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 17 2012 9:03 PM

George Somsel:
Why this obsessive preoccupation with commentaries?  Surely there are important works other than commentaries.  While I have a fair number of commentaries, they are probably among the least used of my resources.

The OP's original question related to commentaries, so that probably influenced our discussion.

But your point is valid: Logos is much more than commentaries.

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Wild Eagle | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 17 2012 9:06 PM

Mark Smith:

David,

One good one on each book will get you most of the way there. I've found that I can use three and get just about everything answered I'd want to have answered. I rarely would consult ten and then only to see if someone just happens to have an extra thought.

The issue really is not how many, but how good. If you have the top two or three commentaries on each book of the Bible listed on the bestcommentaries.com web site you are in pretty good shape. (The trouble is that some of those aren't in Logos yet.) Ten shallow or devotional commentaries are not worth one solid exegetical commentary to me.

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Michael Anda | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 17 2012 10:56 PM

Willard Scott:
We NEED one "Book." We WANT the rest. Smile


Good answer.  Good answer. 

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Graham Owen | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 18 2012 12:59 AM

George Somsel:
understand the financial difficulty since we are all suffering from the Obama Recovery.

Here in the UK it's Cameron's austerity that is the challenge!

God Bless

Graham

Pastor - NTCOG Basingstoke

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Nathan Madison | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 18 2012 2:44 AM

Now this is an excellent topic for me, I began with a plan to upgrade my base package to portfolio and then add the AYB series. Then my wife happened to see me studying using Logos 4 now she has the bright idea of replacing all of my print books (6 tall bookshelves worth) with digital copies so she can recalm living\wall space.. With that said setting goals of which books you (need vs want) and giving yourself a monthly budget will help alot in these hard economical times.   

side note (thanks for Christmas credit program it will help out alot throward the AYB set) 

Nathan Madison

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 18 2012 4:10 AM

Nathan Madison:
Then my wife happened to see me studying using Logos 4 now she has the bright idea of replacing all of my print books (6 tall bookshelves worth) with digital copies so she can recalm living\wall space..

Hope you appreciate what a good woman you married Geeked

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David Ames | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 18 2012 4:21 AM

Allen Browne:

When you study a passage, how many commentaries do you read in detail? Most of us use one or two, perhaps three, but you don't have time to use more unless you are a specialist.

Not always but I am on record as sometimes reviewing every one that shows up - Takes days - Then it takes longer to figure out which ones told you the true truth. [that step may take forever]

Not advisable for weekly sermon prep :)  Not advisable if you are not comfortable with reading the writings of 'heretics'  [[define: heretic as anyone not in your church]]

[If you ever do it take notes - add the useful ones to a collection called [for example] 'good helpers' and next time sort on only 'good helpers' - you may find 'gems' or you may change to a new church - user beware]

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John Fallahee | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 27 2012 2:33 PM

Hi Nathan, John from LearnLogos.com - The email address you provided did not work so I could not answer and send the information you needed. Please email me at support@learnlogos.com and I'll email you right away...I did not want to change subject in the thread. sorry for the interruption.

 

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