Get the Most Out of Commentaries in Logos

I remember writing exegetical papers before I used Logos. My desk sagged under the weight of bulky commentaries. My notes were scattered across legal pads and word processor documents. I was constantly flipping between my Nestle-Aland, Biblia Hebraica, and English translations and commentaries.

Now I can access hundreds of commentaries on my computer with just a few keystrokes—and all my notes and highlights are clean and organized. But that’s not the half of it. In Logos, my commentaries are crazy powerful.

In this video, I walk you through everything you didn’t know your commentaries could do in Logos. Along the way, I’ll show you some fascinating insights into Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1.


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Get the best commentaries out there

Whether you’re writing sermons, exegetical papers, course curriculum, or just studying for your personal edification, there are certain commentaries you simply cannot go without. And Logos has them.

  • NICOT and NICNT: The New International Commentary series combines top-notch critical scholarship with a commitment to the Bible as the infallible Word of God. It’s the quintessence of savvy, evangelical exegesis—perfect for pastors, professors, and seminary students. It includes volumes from the heavyweights of evangelical scholarship, too—Bruce Waltke, Tremper Longman, Leon Morris, F.F. Bruce, Doug Moo, Gordon Fee, Robert Mounce, I. Howard Marshall, and more.
  • BECNT: If NICOT and NICNT is on the technical side, the Baker Evangelical Commentary on the New Testament sits somewhere in the comfortable middle. It has the detailed exegesis of other technical commentaries, but also plenty for the pastor seeking practical application for Sunday’s sermon. Darrell Bock, Thomas Schreiner, David Garland, Doug Moo, Robert Yarbrough, and Moises Silva are among the contributors.
  • Word Biblical Commentary: The Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) approaches the text from the framework of biblical theology. With WBC you can understand the theology of biblical writers and books, track the development of theological themes throughout Scripture, and trace the Bible’s overarching narrative—all with the help of James D.G. Dunn, Ralph P. Martin, William Mounce, Richard Bauckham, and other top scholars.

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  1. Peter Montoro says

    I normally don’t comment — but I felt compelled to note that the article has almost completely mischaracterized all three commentary series it references. The NIC is the least technical of the three, with the BECNT, while being more accessible than a fully technical series such was the WBC, the ICC or Hermenia, has considerable more technical detail than the NIC, at least in most volumes. I have absolutely no idea how the WBC was categorized as “approaching the text from the framework of of biblical theology.” I am sure there are a few volumes that do this — but it is a very strange way to speak of the goals and nature of the set as a whole — the BECNT for instance, is much more concerned about Biblical Theology, and there are other series more concerned yet. All three are useful series — but their descriptions in this post are inaccurate to the point of positive unhelpfulness.

    • Mike Meiser says

      Peter, I don’t intend to speak on behalf of the marketing team at Faithlife, but it appears that much of the wording used in the product descriptions of each commentary series was pulled directly from the publisher provided description. For instance, you made the statement “I have absolutely no idea how the WBC was categorized as ‘approaching the text from the framework of of biblical theology.'” This particular verbiage is taken directly from the product description that Zondervan provides for the WBC series on their own website. Here is the description pulled from the volume on Galatians: “The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship….This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.”

      While you still may not agree personally with how these sets are described in this blog post, Faithlife as the distributor of the publisher’s content, is trying to remain faithful to the publisher’s own description of their content. I hope this helps.

  2. Far from being critical of content or statements, this article shows me that I don’t know how to use the software to 1% of 1% of its capability or power!

    • Todd Bishop says

      Hey Brian,

      Thanks for interacting with the post. The Logos Pro Team has created additional training content, which can be found here:

      You’ll find that all of our videos teach you how to use a tool or resource in Logos to get amazing results. Plus, we’re building a new page that will house all of our free training material, letting you learn at your own pace. Please feel free to make video suggestions here or contact us directly.

  3. Peter Montoro says

    Brian — I wasn’t critiquing the capability or the power of logos. I love both and I use it every day. I love it enough that I have invested more money in it than in anything else that I own. But a premier Bible Software company like Logos owes it to its users to be more careful in their advertising.

  4. I love LOGOS software…