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Jonathan Bradley | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Aug 25 2015 6:49 PM

What commentary sets would be considered academic versus, lets say devotional? 

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 25 2015 7:10 PM

Quite a few.

  • Anchor
  • Continental
  • Hermeniea
  • Old Testament Library
  • New Testament Library
  • Word
  • Pillar
  • Baker Exegetical
  • Zondervan Exegetical
  • New International Commentary (OT/NT)
  • New International Greek Testament Commentary
  • Black's
  • International Critical Commentary
  • Cambridge Greek Commentary
  • Expositor's Greek Commentary
  • Evangelical Exegetical

I'm sure I've missed some.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 25 2015 7:18 PM

Always New Interpreter's Bible too, Which has it;s academic critical commentary followed by reflections after which are more practical/devotional.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 25 2015 7:34 PM

Mark Smith:
I'm sure I've missed some.

Others include:

  • Navarre
  • Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
  • Sacra Pagina
  • Brazos
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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Aug 25 2015 11:10 PM

How about https://www.logos.com/product/5790/keil-and-delitzsch-commentary-on-the-old-testament ?

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 26 2015 12:15 AM

Jonathan Bradley:
What commentary sets would be considered academic versus, lets say devotional?

Hi Jonathan.

You already have several good answers, but I'm wondering if your question is based on a desire to buy and manage your resources well? If so, you might take a peek at the wiki page about defining collections:

https://wiki.logos.com/Example_Collections

Under "Commentaries", you'll find an example of the commentary series we usually think of as Academic, as well as several other categories.

Hope that helps.

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 26 2015 1:46 AM

Part of the answer depends also on the question "academic for whom?" If you mean commentaries you can quote in a paper at the graduate level, for instance, here again, it would depend on the academic milieu you are in. In many seminaries, many of the commentaries mentioned above might do, but in a secular university, more obviously confessional commentaries may or may not be spurned (e.g., Zondervan, Brazos, Baker). At times, it depends on the academic reputation of the writer as well, who may be "forgiven" by liberals for being confessional if this person is too eminent a scholar to be ignored.

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Lonnie Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 26 2015 6:44 AM

You may also want to check out the Best Commentaries website and see which commentaries they have marked as technical

http://bestcommentaries.com/

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Jonathan Bradley | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 26 2015 6:16 PM

Would the NAC and the Pulpit Commentaries be academic? 

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 26 2015 6:25 PM

Jonathan Bradley:
Would the NAC and the Pulpit Commentaries be academic?

In the example collections, NAC is suggested as "Intermediate" and Pulpit as "Expository".

That doesn't mean you can't use them for academic purposes of course. It's just that they don't emphasize academic argument. Pulpit is also quite old now, so it does not represent current scholarship; but it does often summarize or quote significant earlier commentators.

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