Best least expensive always useful Logos Bible commentary?

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JoshInRI | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Apr 4 2013 5:33 AM

Hi, everyone.

Baptist Mdiv Divinity School student seeking low cost commentary set  that is useful for study and sermon prep, and low cost. I have the Silver version of 5.0 but find that I need something useful like Zondervan Ilustrated (which is kinda pricey) for future sermon prep and work.  So many of the commentaries seem expensive on Logos (like NIV commentary) and not many seem geared for the beginning Student or future Pastor.  Also, this one The Expositor's Bible Commentary (EBC) (12 vols.) seems to be scanned, faded, and crooked (so avoiding it) Thanks for your input.  God bless your day.

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 6:11 AM

Joshua, have you looked at New American Commentary? It is included in Silver, and I find it quite useful. It is in my top commentaries. Word Biblical Commentary http://www.logos.com/product/8006/word-biblical-commentary is quite good. As a student you may be able to get academic discount (not sure) and pay over time.

If you decide to go with Word, watch out for specials. I got it when it was a  part of this collection http://www.logos.com/product/9653/nelson-bible-reference-bundle for about six or seven hundred dollars. Paid for it on using monthly installment.

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JoshInRI | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 6:34 AM

Thanks Lynden.  God bless your day.

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John Kight | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 6:46 AM

Joshua,

EBC would be a great addition. Also, I figured a screen shot my persuade your decision. The samples on the product page are not what you get with the Logos version.

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JoshInRI | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 6:48 AM

Mr. Knight, you are so right.  So much cleaner than the samples.  I wonder if Logos knows the sample pages deter people from buying.

Thanks.

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John Kaess | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 6:50 AM

I second the recommendation of the New American Commentary.  Also, the very best inexpensive commentary set which includes both OT and NT is the Tyndale set.

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Paul-C | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 6:54 AM

+1 for NAC, however if you have the Logos 5 Silver base pack, then you should already have this commentary set in your library.

If you are looking for alternatives, the Tyndale Commentaries (49 Vols.) seem like good value, and regularly get decent recommendations on these forums.

http://www.logos.com/product/8593/tyndale-commentaries 

*EDIT - I see John beat me to this recommendation!*

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JoshInRI | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 6:57 AM

Paul and John...thanks....great suggestions, updates, and corrections everyone.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 7:00 AM

I would consider the following in this order

Word ($700) - http://www.logos.com/product/8006/word-biblical-commentary

New American ($500) - http://www.logos.com/product/19001/the-new-american-commentary-series

College Press ($400) -   http://www.logos.com/product/8096/the-college-press-niv-commentary-series-old-testament

(Of course there are often sales or you could call sales for a "best price" discussion)

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JoshInRI | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 7:05 AM

Bruce, I bet those all are great but the Bible expressly forbids bank robbery : ) to pay for Logos books.  (Joshing just a little).  I know someone will benefit from your post though.  Blessings / josh

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 7:06 AM

Hi Joshua

I agree with others that the NAC series (in Silver) is very helpful.

You referred to use for sermon prep - the "Preaching the Word" series is one I find very useful although it doesn't cover the entire Bible.

http://www.logos.com/product/26898/preaching-the-word-commentaries

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 7:13 AM

Joshua Lieder:

Bruce, I bet those all are great but the Bible expressly forbids bank robbery : ) to pay for Logos books.  (Joshing just a little).  I know someone will benefit for your post though.  Blessings / josh

Even Graham's suggestion of "Preaching the Word" is $450.

How much were you wanting to spend?

Of course the best "deals" always come with packages or special sales.

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JoshInRI | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 7:14 AM

Graham...thanks so much.  My cup runneth over with great recommendations.  You are so decent and kind....Glory to God!

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 7:31 AM

Joshua Lieder:

Graham...thanks so much.  My cup runneth over with great recommendations.  You are so decent and kind....Glory to God!

I'm glad you are pleased but I don't understnad your enthusiasm when Graham's recommendation is in the same price ballpark as two of my previous recommendations that you thought were too expensive.

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ChelseaFC | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 7:36 AM

John Kaess:

Also, the very best inexpensive commentary set which includes both OT and NT is the Tyndale set.

john kaess

Yes

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 7:45 AM

Let's see: 1) Best; 2) Least Expensive; 3) Always useful

I think you're only allowed to pick 2 of those. Wink

Reminded me of a joke (for all I know it's a true story) about a guy with a repair shop. Behind the counter was a sign. On the top line was "Fast, Done Right, Cheap" on the second line was "Pick Two"

Okay, seriously, I think a lot of what has been mentioned is fairly inexpensive considering the number of volumes you're getting. If you're wanting something less than $100 you're probably looking at a 1 volume commentary, a NT (only - and brief) commentary set, or a legacy commentary like Matthew Henry. Bible Knowledge isn't bad, but then the FSB is pretty good too, and it's free.

I guess you should decide how much you can spend, or, (how I would do it - and therefore recommend) decide what I needed and save up for it; make due with the sem library until then.

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 8:05 AM

What about this selection?

https://www.logos.com/products/search?q=ivp+

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 8:47 AM

Joshua Lieder:

low cost commentary set  that is useful for study and sermon prep

I think your requirements are reasonable. I do not think that one would necessarily need more "advanced" or technical commentaries. A lot would depend on your pastoring and preaching style.

Many of the old, non-technical commentaries are good, with much to learn from.

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Evan Boardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 3:00 PM

If money is limiting you, maybe a set would be the wrong way to go. Decide upon a book that you want to preach from and start from there.Big Smile

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Josh | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 4 2013 5:23 PM

John M. Kight:

Yes Yes

Joshua,

Are you signed up for Logos academic discount program?

I would also recommend you pick up the IVP Essentials Collection.

It has many great resources, including a solid background commentary!

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