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Timothy Jenney
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There are just so many commentaries, each claiming to be the best at this or that. What's a purchaser supposed to do? Buy all of them?

 

In this podcast, Dr. J offers some advice on how to make an informed decision about buying a commentary. The three-step process (K.A.D.) means Know yourself, Acquire information about the commentary, and Determine what task you'll use that new commentary for. He also assesses the strengths and weaknesses of six different categories of commentaries, offering examples of each.

 

Just a reminder: the January 2011 commentary sale is quickly coming to a conclusion. Make your purchases now, before the 31st, to save BIG!

 

Sale page: http://www.accordancebible.com/Products/Jan11_Commentary-Sale/

 

Podcast: http://www.accordancefiles2.com/podcasts/p49_purchasingcommentaries.m4v

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Dr. J,

 

Another great podcast.

 

I want encourage your conclusion that some of your users put a lot of weight on the recommendations that you make, I am one of those. Your expertise and experience have been a great benefit to me. Your and David Lang's posts, podcasts, and videos have been a source of education and have been an impetus for deeper study, I am very grateful.

 

Looking forward to your information on how to study the Bible.

 

 

Keep up the good work.

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There are just so many commentaries, each claiming to be the best at this or that. What's a purchaser supposed to do? Buy all of them?

 

In this podcast, Dr. J offers some advice on how to make an informed decision about buying a commentary. The three-step process (K.A.D.) means Know yourself, Acquire information about the commentary, and Determine what task you'll use that new commentary for. He also assesses the strengths and weaknesses of six different categories of commentaries, offering examples of each.

 

Just a reminder: the January 2011 commentary sale is quickly coming to a conclusion. Make your purchases now, before the 31st, to save BIG!

 

Sale page: http://www.accordancebible.com/Products/Jan11_Commentary-Sale/

 

Podcast: http://www.accordancefiles2.com/podcasts/p49_purchasingcommentaries.m4v

I will say that this is the most important of all of the podcasts. This is the one so far that says where to jump in. I say "so far" only to be in tune with KAD: Know Yourself applies not only to Commentaries but also to Texts. I am always on the lookout for hints as to "critical" or "conservative." As a Roman Catholic I desire texts and commentaries that are critical textually and historically. Accordance gets better and better. Thank you!

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I appreciated the podcast, too. It helped me see that the commentary set I had been considering (in the LONG term) is not the best choice for me with my limited budget.

 

I'd love to see the two charts (one defining different types of commentaries, the other categorizing the commentaries available in Accordance) available somewhere on the website.

 

Lorinda

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Thank you both!

 

I'll do my best to keep these kinds of casts coming. Commentaries are the most biased of all the tools in the exegete's toolbox. One of my profs recommended his students always buy them in pairs, opposing pairs, so that they would keep each other accountable! Good advice (though a bit expensive to implement).

 

 

If you are at the very beginning of your journey, and ready to start building a quality biblical studies library, let me recommend starting with a good Bible dictionary. These resources are the least biased. The multiple authors tend to balance out each others personal biases, while topical articles that deal with the entire Bible tend to mitigate doctrinal biases. Check out podcast #24 for some tips: http://www.accordancefiles2.com/podcasts/p24_bibledictionaries.m4v

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I'd love to see the two charts (one defining different types of commentaries, the other categorizing the commentaries available in Accordance) available somewhere on the website.

 

Lorinda

I would also like to see this information on the Accordance website, and the chart kept up-to-date with all available commentaries and commentary sets.

 

It would be very useful to all users of Accordance, and should help you sell more commentaries too

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