Our Top Picks: Best Bible Commentaries

the-expositors-bible-commentaryOver the next few months, we’ll be highlighting some of the most popular products in each resource category on Logos.com. Today we start with commentaries.

Three reader favorites

It’s important to lean on the wisdom and experience of those who have come before us (Proverbs 11:14). Commentaries are one of the best ways to do just that:

“It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others . . . It has been the fashion of late years to speak against the use of commentaries . . . A respectable acquaintance with the opinions of the giants of the past, might have saved many an erratic thinker from wild interpretations and outrageous inferences”
—Charles Spurgeon

Logos.com offers nearly three thousand commentaries. That’s a lot to choose from, so here are three of our most popular sets:

1. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary

The EBC gives you an analysis of each biblical book, plus an introduction, outline, and bibliography. The result is a well-rounded, accessible commentary recognized for excellence by an ECPA Gold Medallion Award. A team of 50 authors contributed their expertise, each articulating well-researched convictions while dealing fairly with opposing points of view.

word-biblical-commentary2. Word Biblical Commentary

For a more academic perspective, add the 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary to your Logos library. This huge set enjoyed universal acclaim in print, and now, networked with your other resources in the Logos format, it’s even more powerful. The WBC’s depth makes it one of Logos’ most sought-after series.

3. NIV Application Commentary

On every page, this newer set demonstrates how the truth of Scripture remains as relevant today as it ever was. Like many commentaries, it explains historical background and original-language nuance; more than that, though, it also offers pragmatic modern applications for the truth it unearths.

Coming soon . . .

We’re not done adding to our commentary library—there’s some great new content on the way. You can bid on or pre-order both of these sets right now!

Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters

Charles Spurgeon wrote formal commentaries on only two books—Psalms and Matthew. But, of course, he taught on the rest of the Bible all throughout his massive body of work. Logos’ own Elliot Ritzema has undertaken the task of combing through Spurgeon’s essays, lectures, sermons, and books, gathering Spurgeon’s words into commentary form. The first volume—Galatians—is available for download right now, and eight more volumes are available for pre-order at a great discount.

the-speakers-commentaryThe Speaker’s Commentary

In the late nineteenth century, the Anglican Church was at a crossroads. Controversial issues of historical critcism, racism, and polygamy clamored for a definitive response. F. C. Cook led a team of 30 scholars to craft a remarkably self-aware set of commentaries that speak not just to Anglicans but to the the global church about its place in a fallen world. We’re bringing this 13-volume set to Logos through Community Pricing, so you can help set the price—and get an amazing discount.

Download, pre-order, or bid on your favorite commentary sets right now—you can take up to 18 months to pay with an interest-free payment plan.

Pick out your favorite commentaries today!

3-Day Sale: Get 30% Off Commentaries on Romans!

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Here’s the deal: you have three days to get 30% off our most popular commentaries on Romans! This sale is exclusive to Romans commentaries, so it’s likely you’ll find your favorites among the nearly 60 products.

Don’t wait—you have until Monday at 11:59 p.m. (PST) to take advantage of this offer!

Here are four of the most popular commentaries on sale:

baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testament-romans1. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Romans

Get to know Romans with this clear, comprehensive resource by Thomas Schreiner, which wrestles with the book’s theological issues. You’ll also get a four-part exegetical guide to simplify your study.

2. The NIV Application Commentary: Romans

Join Douglas Moo in examining Romans paragraph by paragraph. You’ll look at how Paul’s first-century concerns relate to contemporary issues.

the-new-american-commentary-romans3. The New American Commentary: Romans

A fundamental tool for teachers and expositors seeking to interpret Romans, this commentary illuminates the book’s historical and contemporary significance.

4. Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 38a: Romans 1–8

The WBC stands out for its thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. This widely acclaimed volume is an exceptional resource for theologians, instructors, students, ministers, and anyone else interested in building a thorough understanding of Romans.

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Martin Luther considered Romans to be as much a theological essay as a letter to a church. Because of the book’s rich theological insight, Luther even asserted that it would be beneficial for every Christian to memorize the letter.

This three-day sale’s selection of nearly 60 commentaries gives scholars, pastors, and laypeople the tools they need for a thorough study of this important epistle. You don’t want to miss your chance to get resources on Romans at a great price.

The sale ends Monday at 11:59 p.m. (PST)—get your favorite commentary on Romans right now! 

Behind the Scenes: Updates to the Word Biblical Commentary

word-biblical-commentaryOne of the biggest benefits of owning Logos resources is that you’re constantly getting free updates and improvements.

Have you ever wondered about what goes into updates like these? We thought we’d give you a behind-the-scenes look at the recent update to the Word Biblical Commentary.

Hundreds of thousands of links

Logos books are tightly linked to all the other books in your library. We’re always looking for ways to make these connections even tighter by updating, improving, and adding links.

Here are a few examples of the kinds of things we link—not just in the WBC, but in all your books:

  • When you click a Scripture reference, you’re taken to your preferred Bible translation, or the Greek or Hebrew text.
  • When you click a bibliographic citation, you can instantly open the cited work to get the full context. (If you’ve ever seen something quoted out of context, you know why this is valuable.)
  • When you click a Greek or Hebrew word, you can get the definition, and then go to your preferred lexicon for more.
  • When you view the table of contents, you can click chapter and section headings to navigate to those destinations in the book.
  • When hover over an abbreviation, the full title appears. For example, when N. T. Wright refers to NTPG, you’ll instantly see that it stands for New Testament and the People of God. With print books or other ebook formats, you would have to flip to the front of the book to see what the abbreviation stood for.
  • When the author of the book refers to what they said in the previous chapter, you can click the reference—say, “previous chapter”—to be taken there. Your Logos books have context-sensitive linking: only a human who is familiar with the work would know what “previous chapter” is referring to and know where to link it.
  • When the text refers to a footnote somewhere else in the book, or something said on another page, you can click the link to be taken there.

There are lots of other things we link. Many are obscure, and most you don’t notice. But they’re all important.

Here’s how many links are in the updated version of the Word Biblical Commentary:

  • 131,893 links to external resources, including 3,212 new links. Many of these links point to other books.
  • 739,341 data-type references—links to special data. For example, if the author refers to Genesis 1:1, the link is a data-type reference, not a normal link. This is because, when you click it, the software takes into consideration things like your preferred Bible translation. The short story is that a data-type reference is like a normal link, except with lots of things going on under the hood.
  • 357,373 links within resources: indexes, footnotes, links to abbreviations, links to table of contents, and so on.
  • 50,711 milestone links, which help you navigate your resources more quickly and help provide more accurate data when you right-click.

What about typos?

There are 22,165,650 words in the Word Biblical Commentary. Since we last updated WBC, we’ve received 11,243 typo reports. Of 11,243 typos reported, we fixed 9,939. In other words, the WBC went from a 99.955% accuracy rate to nearly 100%. (We’re hesitant to say we hit 100%, because with 22,165,650 words, it’s possible we still missed one.)

(If you’re doing the math, it sounds like we left 1,304 reported typos. Here’s why.)

The best part for you? All the updates are free!

There’s nothing extra you need to do to get these updates. If you already own the WBC, they’ve already been delivered to you. It’s automatic, and it doesn’t cost a dime.

The WBC is only one of thousands of products we’ve updated in the past year. We have an entire team in one of our departments working exclusively on improving existing resources.

The result of these constant improvements is that, over time, your library is getting smarter, better, and faster. It’s becoming a more effective tool for the work you do every day.

We’re constantly improving Logos resources

When you buy a resource in Logos, you’re not just getting a digital text that somebody built and forgot about.

You’re getting a product from a company that’s investing in improvement every day.

Why? Because we know that the extra updates might make all the difference when you’re working on your next sermon or preparing your next lesson—and that makes a very real difference in peoples’ lives.

Get the WBC today!

If you don’t yet own the Word Biblical Commentary, what are you waiting for?

Get the set today for $63.33 per month with a 12-month interest-free payment plan. This is ideal if you have a book budget, because it allows you to spread your payments out over a few months without having to worry about accumulating interest.

You’ll get the most up-to-date version—and you’ll always have the latest and greatest version for as long as you own it.

Don’t wait—get the WBC now!

Place Your Bid on Moffatt’s New Testament Commentary Series

moffatt-new-testament-commentary-seriesRight now, you can get the best price on the Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series. It’s on Community Pricing, and the current bid is only $30—that’s 83% off!

Rigorous yet readable, these commentaries examine the entire New Testament. James Moffatt, who lectured on Greek and New Testament at Oxford, went on to teach church history at the United Free Church College, where he worked on his greatest ambition: providing an easily readable Bible translation. From there, Moffatt edited this entire series, which is based on his NT translation.

Practical insight into difficult passages

The series’ notes and commentary are rich with solid biblical exegesis and analysis. Moffatt writes,

“My idea was and is to have [the series] written by scholars who were in close touch with the actual life of Christian people, not from an outlook through college windows.”

True to his aim, the commentary gives you practical insight, helping you:

  • Bring out the meaning and message of the Gospel of Mark
  • Familiarize yourself with Luke’s character
  • Apply Paul’s lessons on contentment and rejoicing to your life
  • Understand the context of Revelation
  • And much more

Moffatt’s contributions to New Testament studies were immense. His interest in NT history and the theology of Jesus helped guide and direct the twentieth century’s conversations on theology. Moffatt contributed to other top collections, like the International Critical Commentary, and rounded out the Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series with contributions from 12 of his favorite scholars and authors.

Expand your New Testament knowledge—place your bid on the Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series today!

Then check out the rest of Moffatt’s works.

Further Your Ministry Without Putting It on Pause

Improve Your Ministry with Mobile EdAs Christians, we’re all called to ministry in one form or another. Whether it’s formal work in the church or love and support for someone who needs them, ministry is a huge part of who we’re called to be as followers of Jesus. But how do we do it in a biblical, God-glorifying way?

A biblical education can go a long way toward providing the skills we need to serve those around us. But if you have a family, a job (in or outside the home), or other responsibilities, how can you get this important education?

A new way to learn

Logos Mobile Education is your answer—it’s a new way to study, learn, and grow. There are many courses available that you can start on immediately, and dozens more coming in the near future. They’re all taught by world-class scholars and professors in a format that goes with you wherever you are.

Each course has personal video lectures, helpfully enhanced with on-screen text and broken into small, cohesive segments. These courses make it easy for you to study, whether you have five minutes or an hour. The videos are paired with searchable, highlightable transcripts featuring learning objectives and further readings. This makes your lectures more than just a one-time learning experience: they become reference material you can come back to again and again.

Start learning with Mobile Ed today

Get started with our Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle, which contains nine courses designed to help you grasp the basics of doctrine, the flow of Scripture, and even how to use Logos for your studies. And don’t forget to pre-order the Elyse Fitzpatrick Bundle, which gives you three courses on counseling and personal development:

With these practical courses, you’ll begin equipping yourself to better understand God and his Word and to make a deeper impact in the lives of those around you.

Get Logos Mobile Education, and start learning today.

Why Context Is Key—and What to Do about It

Bible-in-7-Acts_cover_6In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Peter Jackson devotes the first seven minutes to the story of the creation of the One Ring and the war against Sauron. Without this historical perspective, the audience would have no background for any of the events in this epic trilogy—context matters.

God’s story of redemption spans thousands of years, from the beginning of civilization to the destruction of the Second Temple and beyond. The Bible in Seven Acts brings the Bible’s historical and cultural context to life. Each volume provides comprehensive, in-depth analysis of biblical history’s most important people, places, and events.

Understand the context of Jesus’ birth

Say we want to understand the political and cultural climate in Judaea when Jesus was born. We could turn to Act VI: Herod to Jesus to find timelines that provide historical context for the reign of Herod the Great.

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We quickly learn that Herod “quelled all rebellion, and . . . seized control of key Jewish institutions . . . using them in concert with his personal army to maintain control of his kingdom.” 

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This insight into the fragile relationship between Herod and the Jewish people helps us understand Jewish hopes and expectations during the intertestamental period.

Perfect for studying and teaching alike

the-bible-in-seven-acts-with-slidesThe series’ slides make it easy to share what you learn. Pastors can use The Bible in Seven Acts to enrich their sermons with more depth and perspective. Ministry leaders will gain a level of biblical orientation normally available only to those who pursue seminary training or a Bible college degree. Students and academics will find The Bible in Seven Acts to be an invaluable study aid to enhance any curriculum, help in researching and writing stronger papers, and free up time for ministry, work, and family.

Each volume is interconnected with your existing Logos library to give you relevant, curated content with a click. We’ve done the research, so you can pursue new avenues of exploration without losing countless hours in the process.

And The Bible in Seven Acts is currently on Community Pricing, so you have a say in how much it costs! Get the whole story of the Bible—place your bid today.

What People Are Saying about Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary

lewis-and-shorts-latin-dictionaryIn case you haven’t seen the comments on Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary, here’s what some of you are saying:

“This is the most accessible and comprehensive of Latin dictionaries and at a price which should be an inducement to anyone who wants the best value for the least outlay. . . . I’ve [had a] bid on this since December 2011, please get it into production!”

This is THE Latin Dictionary—and while we’re all rating something we didn’t use in Logos, I compared the sample pages to the current edition as sold on Amazon for three-digit prices (paper!) and found no differences. I’m in at the maximum bidding price—let’s get this into production!

“This is a massive resource (those 2019 pages are really tiny print on gigantic pages). It is also easily the best Latin English dictionary ever made. . . . I can imagine it takes quite a bit of effort to tag something so large.”

“Check how much it costs in paper, and then remember how useful it would be in digital format.”

This is a stellar dictionary—and at anything under $50 it’s an extremely low price, considering all the ways that you can leverage this dictionary in Logos. A hardcopy, it should be remembered, goes for at least twice that price. And no hardcopy can even begin to compete with what we can do with a Logos dictionary.”

Imagine you’re in the thick of writing a research paper, or up to your neck working through the Church Fathers, and you come across a Latin word. Maybe you know enough Latin to get you through most of the time—but not this time. Or maybe you don’t know Latin at all, but the word might make or break your argument, or might be the perfect anecdote to add to your sermon. You simply don’t know.

What’s a dictionary like this worth to you?

In print, you’d pay more than a hundred dollars. Or you’d have to track down a copy at a library. (Or you’d have to settle for an inferior dictionary.) And then you’d have to navigate your way through more than two thousand pages of dense text to find the entry you’re looking for. There’s a cost to each of those options—not only in dollars, but also in your time.

For something that’s worth this much, $24 is a steal—especially when you consider the value of the tagged, robust digital edition, fully integrated with your library and connected to Logos’ study tools.

Maybe it’s not for you. If that’s the case, don’t bid. Spend your money wisely.

But if you think you’ll ever need a dictionary like this, remember that it’s only available for $24 while it’s on Community Pricing, so now is the time to get it.

And if you’ve already bid on the product, leave your own comment at the bottom of the product page and encourage others to get it at the best price while they still can!

Are You Up to Date On N. T. Wright, the BECNT, and the ECC?

We recently reconfigured N. T. Wright’s New Testament for Everyone series, the BECNT, the ECC, and other popular commentaries. Now you can find all the available volumes in one place—on sale for a limited time!

baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testament-16-volsBaker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (16 vols.)

The BECNT is a standard name in biblical studies. Its accessible language and diversity of contributors uphold its reputation as a trustworthy commentary that puts biblical truth first. And whether you’re fluent in ancient Greek or you’re just starting to learn, using this commentary in Logos lets you approach the New Testament in its own language.

And, for two weeks only, the BECNT is on sale at an amazing discount! Until February 24, you can buy or upgrade the collection (now with the most recent volume on Galatians) for a low introductory price—and if you own any part of the collection, your price will be even lower, since you won’t pay for what you already own. Get an incredible discount, and use payment plans to make it even more affordable.

New Testament for Everyone Series (18 vols.)

N. T. Wright’s ambitious commentary series makes the New Testament’s topics and books accessible to everyone. Across 18 volumes, Wright translates and examines the entire New Testament, digging into the background of each book and delivering modern interpretations that bring together exegesis and practical application. Through February 24, you can use coupon code NT4EVERY1 to get 10% off!

(By the way, did you notice New Testament Prayer and Wisdom for Everyone arrive on Pre-Pub?)

Focus on the BibleFocus on the Bible Commentaries (41 vols.)

Featuring scholarship from Cyril J. Barber, Christopher W. Morgan, A. Boyd Luter, and others, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries series is truly Scripture-centric. By studying the text’s historical and cultural environment, the authors’ purpose and style, and the subject matter of the text itself, the series aims to bring you into the very heart of the Bible. Save 10% when you use coupon code FOCUS2014 through February 24!

Eerdmans Critical Commentary (8 vols.)

The Eerdmans Critical Commentary unpacks the biblical text using modern historical, textual, archaeological, and linguistic scholarship, making it easier to grasp theological and applicable meaning. Expand your preaching and your scholarship with the ECC, and save 10% when you use coupon code ECC2014 through February 24.

These sales end very soon—get (or complete) your favorites today!

Martin Luther on Education, Vocation, Worship, and More

Select Studies in Martin Luther's Life and InfluencePre-order Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence and you’ll get 25% off!

Have you ever wanted to know what Luther thought about a particular topic? This collection groups Luther’s writings into categorized units, allowing you to learn just that. These 29 volumes examine Luther’s works and shed light on his opinions.

Discover where Luther stood on key issues

This collection offers essential texts (such as Gustaf Wingren’s classic Luther on Vocation) and provides fresh insight into many aspects of Luther’s life and theology. Explore his doctrine of the church, notion of Christian liberty, views on worship, and beliefs about the Sacrament of Communion. Discover new research on his mother’s influence in his life, and see his devotional writings in a new light.

You’ll learn about Luther’s transition from medieval Catholicism, explore a selection of his political writings, and immerse yourself in studies of his thought in relation to historicism, Germany’s cultural revolution, and the English Reformation. Covering a rich variety of subjects within Lutheran studies, this collection helps you deepen your understanding of Luther and his legacy.

All 29 volumes are fully searchable, and you can examine analysis of Luther’s thought side by side with Scripture, Luther’s original works, and those of other influential teachers.

Pre-order it at the best price!

While Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence is on Pre-Pub, you can pick it up for 25% off—that’s $115 in savings!

Don’t miss this opportunity: pre-order yours today.

Logos 5: Investigate Biblical Events

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

For years, with the Bible Facts tool, we’ve been able to study the Bible’s people, places, and things. Now, in Logos 5, we can use Bible Facts to investigate biblical events. Let me show you how:

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts.
  • Type “Passover” into the reference box (A).
  • Notice the dropdown list, with a variety of events (B).
  • Select “The first Passover is celebrated” to build the report for that event (C).

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The left sidebar displays facts about the event, including:

  • A brief description of the event, including the Scripture where it’s referenced (D)
  • A link to the Timeline dataset (click it to open the Timeline, with the event centered in the window) (E)
  • Links to dictionary articles about the event (F)
  • Biblical references of other places in Scripture where the event is mentioned (G)
  • A list of key players in the event (click a link to build a Biblical People report) (H)
  • The setting where the event took place (click a link to build a Biblical Places report) (I)
  • A list of objects mentioned in the event (click a link to build a Biblical Things report) (J)

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I don’t know about you, but I think this sidebar is incredible! When I studied an event with print books, I had to flip through lots of resources—encyclopedias, atlases, manners and customs books, and more. Now all that data is localized and organized in one easy-to-use spot.

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Start investigating biblical events—get Logos 5 today!