For Black Americans, the rendering of their cultural identity matters. Columnist Ken Makin explores the historical fight for a capital “B.”

Over the past few months, Bible Gateway Plus has been updated with a collection of volumes of the celebrated NIV Application Commentary. The NIV Application Commentary is a robust Bible reference series, the goal of which is to bear a scholar’s level of focus on each individual book of the Bible. Each volume is edited by a separate Bible scholar, each of whom approach the biblical text with the utmost seriousness and always provide thorough justification for their positions by grounding them in the historical data and textual evidence. Within Bible Gateway Plus – which puts a pastor’s level of biblical resources…

Albert Mohler, Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series is “nothing less than a library of faithful exegesis and exposition” that is “unparalleled in our times.” And this month only, you can get the complete set of The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series (33 vols.) for 35% off. Already own volumes in this series? Dynamic Pricing customers have a rare opportunity to snag the entire set at an even deeper discount—you’ll get the best deal possible without paying for the same volume twice. From beloved and respected Bible scholar and preacher John MacArthur,…

Challenging. Ambiguous. Uncertain. Overlooked. These are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the book of Ecclesiastes. Yet for those who take up the challenge, Ecclesiastes offers great wisdom and insight into the nature of man, the authority of God, and the eternal dangers of elevating earthly and material pursuits over God’s rightful place of worship—theological topics applicable to all Christians today. In June’s Free Book of the Month, Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 23a: Ecclesiastes, author Roland Murphy delves into this sometimes perplexing book and studies its textual history, historical and sociological context, and place…

Recently I’ve been asked basically the same question from various Logos users. The gist of the question goes like this: I own numerous multi-volume sets of commentaries. In the Library when I drag over a volume from the set to the Prefer these resources list, the entire series gets prioritized. That means that set of commentaries always shows up first in the Commentaries section of the Passage Guide regardless of the biblical passage I’m studying. I have favorite volumes from each set I want to prioritize. So if I’m studying John, I want Pillar first. If I’m researching 2 Corinthians…

Commentary writing is unlike any other type of writing. It’s a long and complex process that requires hundreds of hours of research before even a single word is put to the page. With multiple editorial and review passes that follow, the final product is a culmination of years of work and involves a whole team of people alongside the author. This interview with JoAnna Hoyt, author of Amos, Jonah, & Micah: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, will shed some light on this complicated writing process. 1. What did you learn about God from writing these commentaries? I learned from Amos that God’s…

Though one of the shortest books of the New Testament, Titus is packed with vital instructions on the qualifications of church leaders, the importance of sound doctrine, and how to live a godly life. In Living Doctrine: The Book of Titus, author Daniel Akin presents a scholarly and exegetical work on the book of Titus with the readability and warmth of a devotional study. For a limited time, when you order Living Doctrine along with two other digital copies of any of these new Lexham Press releases, you’ll receive a free digital copy of Michael S. Heiser’s book Supernatural: What…

Many familiar Gospel narratives are filled with geographic details that we gloss over because of our distance from the Holy Land. Yet climate, landscape, natural resources, and other features of geography leave a lasting mark on the societies and cultures that have developed within them. In a world of dirt roads and dry riverbeds, where shepherds watch their flocks in the hills and fishermen mend their nets by the sea, Jesus taught from hill and plain, using the surrounding landscape as the backdrop for his teaching. Jesus’ parables and illustrations are often brimming with geographic clues, but the significance of…

The Bible is both a divine and human book, and The Apollos Old Testament Commentary series takes both aspects seriously. This collection is still on Pre-Pub, but it’s going to ship April 20. That means your chance to pick up this ten-volume series at a steep discount is disappearing fast. Here are five reasons to pre-order this collection today. 1. These commentaries deliver expert-level content to the non-expert. Written by an international team of scholars, these commentaries expound the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to any student of the Bible—from the seminary undergrad to the armchair…

Logos sells many different commentaries. Literally thousands. They all fall into different categories, and here’s one schema you could use to organize them (borrowed from here, though there are others): Devotional/practical commentaries (NIVAC, LABC) focus on applying the Bible to real life. Pastoral/homiletical commentaries (REC, MNTC) were originally sermons and primarily provide models for other preachers. Exegetical commentaries (NAC, NICNT) go deep, but typically reserve Greek and Hebrew for footnotes. Critical commentaries (ICC, WBC) go a bit deeper and assume knowledge of the original biblical languages. Framing the issue Non-Christians generally don’t write commentaries in the first three categories. You…

Does God lead us into temptation? Do we have to ask him not to? As most Christians know from painful experience, temptation is as easy to find as it is hard to resist. Every day, in a hundred ways, we face pressure to cut corners, mistreat others, and gratify our wayward desires. Sometimes we grasp the danger and paddle mightily against the current. Other times we sink into sin as if relaxing into an easy chair. But frequent failure leaves us demoralized and ashamed. Temptation already feels like an unfair fight. So why would God ever ratchet up the difficulty?…

“There’s no way to know it without discovery.” — Sara Groves, songwriter Groves isn’t talking about commentaries when she sings that line, but she’s describing a fundamental truth about deep knowledge: it only comes by discovery. And discovery cannot be rushed. Ideally, anyone digging into a biblical text wants to understand what God is revealing about Himself. The truths will be big, so they must be studied slowly and from every angle. Here’s how to use commentaries as tools for discovery, rather than shortcuts to answers. 1. Bring opinions to the commentary In seminary, we were generally not allowed to consult…