Why prioritize your library?
Prioritizing your library allows you to pull up the resources you want quickly. The beauty of Logos Bible Software is that it allows you to quickly search thousands of resources. But not all resources are equal. Each of us has a preferred commentary series, like the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series, the International Critical Commentary Series (on sale this month) or the Hermeneia and Continental Commentaries. Prioritizing these resources brings them up first in the guides.
Setup a one or two-volume commentary
A one or two-volume commentary provides a quick survey of the text and is guaranteed to open. Often, time is at a premium. Rather than survey numerous sources, a reliable a one or two-volume commentary provides quick treatment of a passage. It can provide the scholar with a starting point for future study and point him or her n the right direction.
Additionally, what if your preferred commentary set doesn’t have a volume for the book you’re studying? Sometimes, a commentary set only covers a specific set of books, like the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection. Or, a set only covers part of Scripture, like the IVP New Testament Commentary Series. A one or two-volume commentary is guaranteed to open, regardless of what book you’re in.
Suggested commentaries include:
The Bible Knowledge Commentary is available in most base packages. Additionally, the New Bible Commentary is edited in part by respected scholar, D.A. Carson. However, the recently released in print, Fortress Commentary on the Bible promises to outshine both these works. Unlike either of the other two works, The Fortress Commentary includes a section on the Apocrypha. It is sure to hold a prominent place in any scholar’s library.
Save when you pre-order the Fortress Commentary on the Bible
The Fortress Commentary on the Bible includes a broad array of scholarship from multiple traditions. Additionally, it makes a concerted effort to assume very little on the part of the reader. For example, as Matthew Coomber notes in his introductory section, “Reading the Old Testament in Ancient and Contemporary Contexts”:
Only a handful of my students claim to have been exposed to the stories of the Old Testament outside of either Sunday school or in episodes of the popular cartoon series Veggie Tales. Due to this lack of exposure to the Old Testament, I feel compelled to give them fair warning about what they have gotten themselves into . . . .
The importance of prioritizing a one or two-volume commentary cannot be overstated. Be sure to setup your library today for optimal performance. And now, for a limited time, save $25.00 when you pre-order the Fortress Commentary on the Bible. This exciting work takes critical scholarship to the next level with a rich diversity of perspectives.