Logo's Yale Anchor Bible (AYB) missing Albright's Gospel of Matthew

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Paul | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, May 12 2012 10:03 AM

Anyone notice the AYB set sold by Logos is missing W.F. Albright's 1995 Gospel of Matthew commentary?  Is there a reason for it being missing? Or is it in development?

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Mike W | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 12 2012 10:52 AM

I have this in Logos (W.F. Albright and CS Mann).  The 1995  version on Amazon has a copyright date of 1971 which is the same as the date in Logos and the samples on Amazon look like it the same book as the one in Logos.  Do you not have this at all or are you asking about a later edition?

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 12 2012 11:02 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong but that's the older 1971 with some subsequent edits. But yes, I noticed it before buying the set, and also noted various comments on Albright's work. I mainly work from Hermeneia (Luz) and WBC (Hagner).

On the Accordance forum site from the Accordance lady just last month:  'We keep trying to contact Yale Publishing, but don't seem to be getting anywhere at present.'

I felt lucky to get the set from Logos AND at a significant discount this last Christmas. Logos is pretty much the only source for the set as a whole (and digitized as well).

"God will save his fallen angels and their broken wings He'll mend."

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 12 2012 11:03 AM

Mike ... I posted just after you ... interesting you have it. When did you get AYB?

"God will save his fallen angels and their broken wings He'll mend."

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Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 12 2012 11:27 AM

Hi Mike and DMB:

I bought the set 2 weeks ago.  I searched through my sets and Albright's book is not there.  Then I went back to Logos website and I realized that Albright's commentary is not listed on the product description.  So perhaps they had it in the past but now it is not there any more.  I wonder why.  It is disappointing because I was hoping to dig into Sermon of the Mount from various viewpoints.  Perhaps an oversight on Logos' part?

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Mike W | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 12 2012 11:37 AM

DMB:

Mike ... I posted just after you ... interesting you have it. When did you get AYB?

August of 2010.  In front matter it notes that is was first published in 1975 but it also says  "First Yale University Press impression 2008" so I'm not sure if there is a newer version or not (the 1995 paperback on Amazon lists Doubleday but not Yale University Press).  I just checked and Logos currently does not advertise this as part of the set.  I don't know when this changed.  The current set does include one of the two available volumes on Mark (1-8) but not the second volume on Mark (the rest of Mark) Nahum, or the second volume of Proverbs (there could be others but I didn't check).  These were release after I bought the set and they are currently available separately but not in the set.  I did buy the volumes that were released after I bought the set but I did not buy Matthew separate. I don't see Matthew currently for sale on Logos website. There was a change in leadership at Yale in the latter half of 2010 that resulted in contracts with Logos being re-examined (the Yale Reference Library was delayed almost a year after it was ready for release due to this).  I'm wondering if Logos lost permission to sell Matthew.

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Mike W | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 12 2012 11:56 AM

DMB:
. I mainly work from Hermeneia (Luz) and WBC (Hagner)

I tend to like WBC and the NICOT/NT sets but Herneneia and Yale are both good to have.  Did you get Hermeneia on the deal they had for Hermeneia and Continental commentary together for an incredible discount?

I also use the other software on Mac (Logos doesn't have the CNTTS database and a few other text critical tools).  They are a much smaller company and don't seem to have the clout Logos has with publishers.  

Logos has some incredible deals but I didn't see anything in the Christmas deals the last two years that I wanted but didn't have (Also I like to buy commentaries in full sets rather than one at a time).  March Madness seems to be a different story and my wallet seems much lighter in AprilConfused

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 12 2012 12:23 PM

Regarding Hermenaeia (I always spell it wrong), yes ... I got it on special with Continental. Maybe someday I'll hit the sweetspot on Continental but so far, I just don't see it.

I definitely recommend AYB's Nahum if only for its extensive discussion on 'Archaeomusicology' (I had an earlier thread on this).

I also like the lead-off in the intro:

'At first glance, the “angry God” we meet in Nahum seems far removed from the God revealed elsewhere in the Old Testament, and even farther removed from the God of the Greek New Testament. When read in isolation from its larger literary context, the book is sometimes interpreted as a vengeful nationalistic expression of glee over the destruction of a bitter enemy. Consequently some scholars dismiss Nahum as an example of perhaps the best of the “false prophets” Jeremiah opposed.'

Oh good ... I'd heard Nahum was NOT tip-top as a false-prophet.

I just like the commentator's humor ... he goes on to explain Nahum's value, etc.

"God will save his fallen angels and their broken wings He'll mend."

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Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 12 2012 1:37 PM

I am not an academic and my approach to Scripture is that of a "pre-critical" evangelical.  I enjoy my NICNT/OT and WBC very much.  However, the AYB is helpful because it provides other interesting viewpoints; and often the analysis of language is more detailed and balanced than evangelical commentaries. I may or may not agree with them, but as someone who loves the Bible, I want to hear what Evangelical viewpoint is missing.  I have Nahum commentary also and I found the archemusicology analysis delightful, and certainly this kind of analyses are not found in Evangelical commentaries.  In Joel Marcus' Mark volume 2, I found this very cute conclusion in the Appendix final essay:

"This survey, then, has shown that some of the theories about the empty tomb tradition are more likely than others. It is improbable that that tradition is a total invention of the early Christian community, or that Joseph of Arimathaea is an entirely fictional character, or that Jesus was still alive when placed in the tomb, or that his disciples or Joseph of Arimathaea stole his body. It remains possible that the body was stolen by someone else. But it is also possible that it was missing on the third day for the reason implied by the Gospels themselves—because Jesus had risen bodily from the dead."  

I am glad a liberal commentary series came to the right conclusion.  I hope I can get my Matthew AYB soon.

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Paul Knopf | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 12 2012 1:53 PM

I got the Anchor Commentaries on prepub (mar 31 2009) and it included Matthew.  The one I got had 84 volumes and the current set has 83.  I wonder if the only change was the removal of the Matthew commentary

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