6 Reasons to Add Classic Commentaries to Your Library

Classic CommentariesOver the past year, we’ve added hundreds of classic commentary volumes to our system, including commentaries on every book of the Bible, plus a handful of nineteenth-century commentary sets, like the Cambridge Greek Testament and Meyer’s Commentary.

In the middle of all these releases, you may have missed the 40-volume collection of commentaries on the Minor Prophets. If you haven’t yet placed your bid, here are six reasons to do so:

1. Add breadth and depth to your scholarship

C. S. Lewis famously wrote:

“Every age has its own outlook. It is especially good at seeing certain truths and especially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. . . . Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us. Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction.

Even if you normally use more recently written commentaries, it’s still important to listen to voices of the past, and to understand how previous generations of Christians have discerned the meaning of the Bible for their own time and place. This makes it extremely beneficial to round out your library with classic scholarship.

Whether you’re doing academic work on the Minor Prophets or you’re planning a sermon series on Jonah or one of the other books covered in this set, make sure you get this collection to broaden and deepen your research.

2. Get access to all the citations in more modern commentaries

These commentaries have influenced generations of Bible scholars. Even if modern commentaries take a different approach from scholars of the past, there’s no escaping the influence of classic commentaries. Even modern interpretations of the Bible interact with and engage the ideas that were formed in the past.

3. Walk through the hall of fame of classic biblical scholarship

From nineteenth-century greats like F. W. Farrar and Samuel R. Driver to Puritan classics like Jeremiah Burroughs on the book of Hosea, you’ll get contributions from some of the most influential Bible scholars of the past 400 years.

4. Play a part in bringing these works back to life

Most of these books haven’t been published in print for more than a century. They’re either hard to access—rarely available in print, or available only as part of libraries—or hard to use, because they’re available only as scanned PDFs of old print books.

By placing your bid on this collection, you’ll play a part in breathing new life into these works. When we receive enough bids to cover costs, we’ll begin building the new digital editions. Logos resources are built from the ground up and fully integrate with the tools and resources in your library. This brings you more value than you could ever get in print.

5. Take advantage of this incredible price

Right now this collection of 40 commentaries is going for $30, which is just 75¢ per volume. That’s a book lover’s dream!

If you’ve had your eye on one or two of these books in print, you’ll likely pay less for them when you get them as part of this collection—plus you’ll get dozens of additional books.

After this product crosses 100%, it will move to Pre-Pub and the price will jump from the current $30 to $249.95. Don’t miss out on this amazing chance to get 40 commentaries for 75¢ per volume!

6. Get more out of this collection with the Logos edition

It’s an even better deal when you consider how useful these commentaries will be for you in Logos Bible Software. You’ll get access to these commentaries in your Passage Guide, and the commentaries link to other resources in your library—Bibles, lexicons, and more. You’ll also be able to access them on all your devices—your desktop, phone, or tablet. You’ll be able to take notes and highlights, and everything will sync together and stay up to date.

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  1. Vladimir says

    Dear James, I would reccomend “Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture CD-ROM” http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=2477