Introducing the High Definition Commentary

In a previous post about which commentary is best, I introduced an important point: studying and faithfully communicating a passage is about more than knowing the details. Though details are important, they must be synthesized into a whole, and then clearly communicated to an audience (be it a congregation or a small group). A commentary needs to be faithful to the text, but understandable and applicable. This can be a challenging balance to strike.

After that post, Bob Pritchett, president and CEO of Logos, challenged me to find new ways to make cutting-edge exegetical tools more accessible. He proposed a new kind of commentary, one that organically married sound exegesis with great artwork to communicate it. Working from the English-based Lexham High Definition New Testament (HDNT) (a companion to the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament), I began the High Definition Commentary series.

The High Definition Commentary synthesizes exegetical insights from the Greek text into an expository commentary. But it’s a lot more than a commentary. I was teamed up with Shiloh Hubbard, one of our visual designers, to create teaching slides for each passage. So not only will you get cutting-edge insights from discourse analysis, there will be cool, fully-exportable graphics to sharpen your communication and save you time scrambling around for artwork.

Each section of the High Definition Commentary traces the linguistic and literary clues that identify the big ideas of the passage. Jargon-free exposition walks you through its flow and development. It is informed by the Greek, but written for those without any original language training. Personal illustrations and stories help you understand what the concept looks like in practice. The custom artwork brings it all together, enhancing your clarity and simplifying your preparation.

This resource is perfect for pastors and teachers who have a passion for really understanding how a passage hangs together. Lots of commentaries talk about the pieces of the passage, but few focus on synthesis, putting it all together.

Logos is committed to making the very best Bible study resources accessible, and the High Definition Commentary exemplifies this. If there is sufficient interest in this project, we’ll turn it into a series and begin releasing other NT volumes.

Comments

  1. Alan Macgregor says:

    Steve
    This sounds really promising. I’m already signed up to it. It could be even better if you interacted with the oral/aural context of the biblical texts, while that may mean dealing with the Greek text, it doesn’t have to be “heavy” scholarship to incorporate the insights that such an approach produces.
    Every blessing
    Alan

  2. Will I be able to change the text of the graphics to german?

  3. Steve Maling says:

    Like Alan Macgregor, I’ve already signed up for a copy. And like Alan, I think attention to “the oral/aural context” would markedly strengthen the series AND open up ways to “re-present” texts in “dramatic” ways, both pedagogically and homiletically.
    Many thanks to Steve Runge, Shiloh Hubbard, and Bob Pritchett!
    Steve

  4. I wonder how this commentary series would handle Revelation.