The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary is a brand new, 44-volume commentary series on the entire Bible, published by Logos Bible Software. It will be similar in size and scope as the Word Biblical Commentary and the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Contributors to the EEC include Eugene Merrill, John Oswalt, Stanley E. Porter, Ronald Youngblood, Eugene Mayhew, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., W. Hall Harris, and lots of other scholars.
The story of the EEC began in 2005, when a core group of Bible scholars began to dream of what a new commentary could look like. What if a new commentary series could be published—a kind of commentary pastors could use for sermon preparation, and a standard reference work seminary students could consult for exegetical research.
At that time—back in 2005—there were no new major commentary series on the horizon, and the series in publication at the time were nearly finished. It became clear to a core group of biblical scholars that the time had come to begin working on a new commentary set. Wayne House spearheaded the project, assembling a team of scholars, soliciting the help of editors, and meeting with publishers. Authors began the task of research and writing. The editorial team drafted a publication timetable.
Then, with the EEC well underway, and drafts of the first volumes nearly finished, the fateful call came. The publisher put a hold on the project. After several additional delays, the final blow came: the EEC was canceled altogether.
The reason was simple: a full commentary series on the entire Bible literally takes many years to draft, write, edit, review, refine and publish. Most of the top commentary series from the past century have taken two or three decades to complete. They have often outlived the ambitions of their founders and the life-spans of some of their authors, and they often require second and third editions of many volumes to keep pace with up-to-date scholarship.
In a world where the future of print is uncertain—where the market share for print books erodes away a little further each year as new digital formats become available—it did not make financial sense for the publisher to risk such a massive investment in a multi-year print project.
Logos Revives the Project
Wayne House approached us about publishing the EEC, and we agreed to revive the project. A project of this size and scope was thought to be a thing of the past, but we were not content to sit by and watch it die. Major new commentary series should be written. Big, complex publishing projects should not be abandoned because they are too hard to do, or aren’t guaranteed to make tons of money. That’s why we decided to move forward with publishing the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary.
Today, nearly all volumes are in various stages of research, writing, or editing. A few of the volumes are nearly complete. With this accelerated publication schedule, we will release the first volume next year, and the entire 44-volume series will be available in 2019—an unprecedented publication timetable for a commentary of this magnitude.
The publication of the EEC by Logos marks the first time a major Bible commentary series has been published in digital form before its print counterpart—and the first time it has been published with a digital format in mind. This is a major step forward in how major Bible commentaries are researched, written, read, and used by the church.
Think about it: the next standard evangelical commentary will be written and designed from the ground up for use in Logos Bible Software. And here’s something else to consider: many of the authors are dedicated Logos users. So if you’ve ever wondered “Would [insert your favorite commentary name here] have been better if all its authors had used Logos in their research?” this commentary set is for you.
How the Pre-Pub Works
As with all Pre-Pubs, the users who order the earliest get the best deal. With this Pre-Pub, we knew that this deal had to be really good, since these volumes are still being completed. The current Pre-Pub price works out to around $15.91 per volume, which is far less than you’d pay for print commentaries of a similar caliber.
As we get closer to the ship date, and as each new volume is shipped, the price will go up. Those who order earliest get the best price.
If you order now, and lock in the lowest price, and then change your mind later after seeing some previews and reading some reviews, we completely understand. Of course, we don’t think you’ll cancel after you see what’s coming—but you still have that option.
We will also have an option for a special type of payment plan only for the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. So if you’re concerned about paying the full price next year for a series of commentaries that won’t be complete for a few years, rest assured. We’re working on a solution for you and we’ll have it in place before the first volume of the EEC ships.
The bottom line is that you lock in your order now. The Pre-Pub price will start going up soon, and it will continue going up each time we ship a new volume. So to get the best deal on the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, you need to place your Pre-Pub order now.
We’ve created an entire site about the project at EvangelicalExegeticalCommentary.com. Read up on all the contributors. Read the story of how the EEC came to be. You can also check out the publication timeline, the press release, and lots more.
The best way to stay informed about the EEC is by subscribing to the EEC mailing list on EvangelicalExegeticalCommentary.com. By subscribing, you’ll be the first to know when reviews, previews, and updated information is posted. You can also follow @EECommentary on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.