Long ago, in many times and many ways, I spoke to you about the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. As volume as have been released, I’ve posted about each one:
- James (ZECNT)
- Ephesians (ZECNT)
- Matthew (ZECNT)
- Galatians (ZECNT)
- Colossians/Philemon (ZECNT)
- 1 & 2 Thessalonians (ZECNT)
- Luke (ZECNT)
- Acts (ZECNT)
- 1, 2, 3 John (ZECNT)
- Mark (ZECNT)
Then I was able to review how two of the volumes worked in Logos. Now, I’m letting you know about the remaining volumes in the set. The actual full available set can be found here, but I’m commenting on a slightly earlier version of the bundle.
Because you can read my reviews of the individual volumes by following the links above, I won’t be commenting as much about the contents. Instead, I’m focusing on the usability in Logos. However, one thing to note content-wise is that if you get the Acts volume in Logos, it is an expanded digital edition. As the author, Eckhard Schnabel explains:
I thank Clint Arnold and the members of the editorial team for their invitation to write the commentary on Acts, for their comments on the manuscript, and for their willingness to work out a solution when the submitted manuscript was twice as long as contracted. While allowing the print edition of the commentary to be longer than originally anticipated, they arranged with Zondervan that the electronic version of the commentary will contain the full manuscript, with a large number of In Depth sections that had to be omitted from the print edition and with fuller documentation of and interaction with the work of other Acts scholars.
The print edition runs 1168 pages, so I’m not sure if that means Schnabel submitted a manuscript closer to 2500 pages, or if he contracted for a lesser amount and the 1168 was the max for the print and you’re getting a few hundred (or less) bonus pages in the digital edition. In any case, the only downside in this is that the Acts volume doesn’t have page numbers in the Logos edition like the other ZECNT volumes do.
While we’re talking about those “In Depth” sections that are in the Acts volume, I like how they cease to be sidebars in the digital edition. It would be helpful if they were indexed so they could be more easily accessed, but I like how they integrate into the flow of the main text more easily reading scrolling through the digital edition. On the downside, when it comes to scrolling through these volumes, say on your iPhone (even a 6), the The Translation and Structural Layout sections get cut off and can’t be fully seen. In the previous review I showed you what they look like on an iPad. Usually those are fine, but they’re almost worthless when accessing the titles on your phone.
Luckily, I don’t primarily use Logos on my phone. Instead, I do my main reading and highlight on the iPad, but then do more serious study and cross-referencing on the computer. As you can see in this screenshot, I have several commentary series in the New Testament and I’ve integrated the ZECNT volumes into my New Testament studies layout (click to enlarge):
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Within the left panel, you can see, from left to right, TNTC, ZECNT, PNTC, BECNT, and NICNT. If you notice also, there is a small “A” next to the book cover icon. That means I’ve linked the panels so if I change the reference in one, it adjusts the other. So right now it’s set for Acts. But if I change the ESV to Ephesians 4, all the linked commentary panels will also change. With a few clicks I can not only read a section of Scripture, I can toggle over to see what a half dozen different commentaries offer. Also, as a sidenote, you’ll notice I have both the ESV Study Bible and NIV Zondervan Study Bible notes under the biblical text.
When it comes to actually studying the text, I like to read through it a few times and with several translations (you can see which in the enlarged version). Then, the translation/layout in the ZECNT is the next thing I’ll look at. One thing I really appreciate with the ZECNT is the commentary proper breaks down by verse and offers both the Greek and English before comments. From there, I’ll compare comments between commentaries, and ZECNT is a valuable series to be able to use in this regard. While it only has 10 volumes, it’s a good split between Gospels, Paul, and General Letters at the moment. I’m looking forward to more volumes being released and will plan to add them to my Logos library once that becomes an option. As you build your own Logos commentary library, you ought to take advantage of the Zondervan/Thomas Nelson sale and get this bundle today!
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Thanks to Logos for the review copy!