If you’re intending to use Logos for more than just reading electronic books, you should buy a ‘base package’. A base package not only contains hundreds of books at a discounted price, but also access to many of the tools that make Logos great. As well as the standard base packages, Logos also has base packages aimed at Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics, Charismatics/Pentecostals, Lutherans, Methodists, Orthodox Christians, Seventh-Day Adventists and those from the Reformed tradition.
In considering Logos, you should think first about the ‘colour’ of the package (Bronze, Gold, Diamond, etc.), and then about which denominational flavour you want. Assuming your budget can handle it, you should be considering
- Starter ($294.95) — an entry-level package, without original languages
- Bronze ($629.95) — students and preachers who need a little help in the original languages, but not many commentaries
- Silver ($999.95) — students and pastors wanting to dig deeper
- Gold ($1,549.95) — pastors and post-grads looking to do detailed exegesis or explore historical theology
- Platinum ($2,149.95) — pastors wanting to do in-depth Greek exegesis
- Diamond ($3,449.95) — pastors who want a wide range of resources from the last three centuries, and are involved in ministry and more academic work
- Portfolio ($4,979.95) — pastor-theologians, particularly those with a strong interest in Bible background.
- Collector’s Edition ($10,799.95) — seminary professors (or possibly PhD students) who major in OT or NT studies, and who want a varied library that crosses disciplines or are involved in church leadership.
The guide below is aimed particular at those I know best — students, preachers and academics within the evangelical tradition, so bear that in mind as I assess the value of hte various packages. I don’t know Catholicism, SDA or Orthodoxy well enough to comment on them. Remember, there are dozens of differences between each package, but I try to highlight only the most important. I’m fortunate enough to own all the base packages on this page, so at least you know I’m speaking from experience.
Within each family, all the larger packages include everything in the cheaper packages (so Baptist Gold contains everything in Baptist Silver). This means you can upgrade from one package to another by paying the difference between the two, plus only a little bit more. So if you can’t afford the package you want now, you could buy a cheaper one and upgrade later. You can also mix and match base packages without paying twice for resources that are included in both packages. That’s definitely worth considering once you get past the Gold level.
Finally, if you want a 10% discount and possibly some free books, don’t order online. Instead call Logos at 1-888-875-9491 (or email [email protected]), and tell them Mark Barnes referred you. You’ll get the discount, and I’ll get a little something, too :-).
Starter ($294.95, or $265.46 with a discount)
Starter includes several English Bibles (though it’s missing the NIV, NCV, NKJV and GNT), reverse interlinears, lectionaries, maps, images, interactive resources, and a handful of dictionaries, one-volume commentaries and theologies. Tools include only limited Bible Word Study, Passage Guide and Exegetical Guide functionality. It’s very light on lexicons.
Suitable for: Those looking for an entry-level package, who aren’t working with the original languages.
- Anglican Starter also adds several dozen books on theological topics, mostly written by Anglicans or about Anglicanism. The most valuable addition is undoubtedly N.T. Wright’s New Testament for Everyone Series ($199.95), which is superior to the one-volume commentaries it replaces. NCV and NKJV replace the HCSB and NET Bible. The devotional works and commentaries are replaced with those that reflect Anglican thinking (there’s a strong emphasis on the lectionary).
- Baptist Starter swaps out many resources for equivalents more in the Baptist tradition. NKJV, NCV and GNT replace the NRSV, RSV and NET. The New Bible Dictionary ($39.95) is a welcome addition, but the Dictionary of Biblical Languages (DBL) and most lectionaries are gone. In their place are the works of Andrew Fuller ($59.95), John Dagg ($37.95), Augustus Strong ($99.95) and John Bunyan ($79.95), and a few books for ministry and preaching.
- Lutheran Starter also has NCV and NKJV, this time at the expense of HCSB, NLT, Message and NET, and it’s also missing the NIV reverse-interlinear (which means if you later buy the NIV, it won’t have reverse-interlinear functionality). It has stronger commentaries than Starter, with the Lutheran Commentary [$174.95] and Keil and Delitzsch Commentary [$119.95], although that’s at the cost of several small Bible dictionaries (including DBL) and some basic ministry/devotional works and the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Also included is the English Septuagint [$24.95], Creeds of Christendom [$49.95], several historical and liturgical works, and two editions of both the Book of Concord and Luther Bibel.
- Methodist/Wesleyan Starter also loses a few Bibles (HCSB, NASB and NET), this time adding NCV, NKJV and the RSVCE with reverse interlinear NT. Oddly, the Lexham Bible audio edition and SBL Greek NT are also missing, so you’ll have to remember to pick these up separately (they’re free). Several historic commentaries, encyclopaedias, Bible dictionaries and Systematic Theologies are gone. In their place are Wesley’s Explanatory Notes [$29.95], Pope’s Compendium of Christian Theology [$99.95] and Wilson’s Methodist Theology [$27.99].
- Pentecostal/Charismatic Starter also swaps out resources for their equivalent, and loses a few Bibles (such as HCSB and NASB) and DBL. It’s very weak on commentaries. In their place are several books on prayer and charismatic/Pentecostal theology, including Sam Storms’ Theological Studies [$32.95].
- Reformed Starter adds several books on biblical and theological topics (the most valuable additions are Battle’s Calvin’s Institutes [$69.95], and the Works of Jonathan Edwards [$119.95]), but has less on devotions, counselling or ministry. There are also some good works on early creeds, but fewer dictionaries and English Bibles (the GNT, HCSB, and NLT are all missing).
Verdict: Unless you’re keen to get Wright’s NT for Everyone series, Anglican Starter doesn’t have much for the generalist, but may suit Anglicans who are Anglicans by conviction, rather than by accident. That’s even more true of the Baptist Starter, Methodist/Wesleyan Starter and Pentecostal/Charismatic Starter, but if you don’t fall into those categories, Starter (for dictionaries), Lutheran Starter (for commentaries) or Reformed Starter (for theology) would be better choices.
Bronze ($629.95, or $566.96 with a discount)
Bronze includes everything in Starter and adds much more. It’s twice the price, but worth the upgrade, particularly for those studying the original languages. The most useful additions are: the NIV and GNT, several Greek and Hebrew Bibles and Lexicons (including BDB [$49.95], TLNT [$89.95], and TLOT [$99.95]), and the Lexham Theological Wordbook [$69.96]), commentaries such as the 10-volume Socio-Rhetorical Commentary [$199.95] and two older sets: Keil and Delitzsch Commentary [$119.95] and Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Also added is the Baker Encyclopedia on the Bible [$139.95], the Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, [$59.95], several versions of the Septuagint including an English translation [$24.95], several Greek and Hebrew grammars, Bloesch’s Christian Foundations Collection [$99.95], Battle’s translation of Calvin’s Institutes [$69.95], the Alfred Edersheim collection [$69.95] and English translations of Josephus [$19.95] and Philo [$29.95]. Just as importantly, you also get access to the Beitzel Photo Library [$29.95] and other media, and most of the advanced tools, including the Timeline, Sermon Starter Guide and Greek pronunciation.
Suitable for: Students and preachers who need a good general package, intend to do a little work in the original languages, but don’t need many commentaries.
- Anglican Bronze is an interesting upgrade from Anglican Starter. It includes few of the highlights noted in Bronze (only the BDB, TLOT, Septuagint, Philo and the tools and media). In addition to the works of William Law [$149.95], Thomas Cranmer [$179.95] and William Tyndale [$39.95], its highlights are the Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament [$139.95], the 11-volume Old Testament for Everyone series [$139.95], N.T. Wright’s Christian Origins and the Question of God Series [$169.95] and the 37 volume Early Church Fathers [$249.95].
- Baptist Bronze includes only a few of the highlights from Bronze (BDB, LTW, BEB, Septuagint, Calvin’s Institutes and the tools and media). Instead, you get several English Bibles (NLT [$39.95], NRSV [$10] and RSV [$10]), the Holman NT Commentary [$149.97], the New Bible Dictionary [$39.95], What the Bible Teaches [$79.95], several more Greek, Hebrew and English Bibles and interlinears, the works of Arminius [$99.95] and Shedd [$179.95] and a few works of Baptist history.
- Lutheran Bronze has BDB, TLOT, TLNT, LTW, Keil & Delitzsch, the Septuagint and the tools and media from the best of Bronze. It also adds the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology [$49.95], the Concise Oxford English Dictionary [$11.95], Pannenburg’s Systematic Theology [$129.95], Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament [$229.95], Leupold’s Commntaries [$109.95], several collected works, and a smattering of theology and church history — including the 37 volume Early Church Fathers [$249.95].
- Methodist/Wesleyan Bronze has quite a few of the Bronze additions: NIV, BDB, TLOT, LTW, Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, BEB and Philo. It also adds an NRSV reverse-interlinear of the apocrypha [$44.99], some biographies and journal of Charles Wesley, the Concise Oxford English Dictionary [$11.95], Eerdman’s 7-volume Weslyan Bible Commentary [$199.95], Adam Clarke’s Commentary [$79.99] and John Miley’s Systematic Theology [$44.99].
- Pentecostal/Charismatic Bronze shares only BDB, LTW and the tools and media with Bronze. The most valuable is surely the 57-volume A. W. Tozer collection [$399.95], also useful are the works of R. A. Torrey [$179.95] and Andrew Murray [$194.95].
- Reformed Bronze has much of Bronze: BDB, TLOT, TLNT, LTW, the Septuagint, Calvin’s Institutes, Josephus and Philo and the tools and media. Of what you get instead, the most important is 46 volumes of Calvin’s Commentaries [$149.95]and the Opening Up commentary series [$299.95]. Also worth noting is the Armchair Theologians Series [$169.95] and Concise Oxford English Dictionary [$11.95].
Verdict: Neither Baptist Bronze nor Methodist/Wesleyan Bronze has any stand-out additions, in my opinion. Choosing between the other Bronze packages is tough. Anglican Bronze, Lutheran Bronze or Reformed Bronze probably represent better value for money than standard Bronze if you can manage without the English Bibles and BEB, simply because of the better commentaries and/or the Church Fathers. Pentecostal/Charismatic Bronze loses a lot, but gains a lot in Tozer. Go with your denominational instincts: choose Anglican if you want the Fathers and For Everyone, Reformed if you want Calvin, Pentecostal if you want Tozer, Lutheran if you want the Fathers and Augsburg, Methodist/Wesleyan if you want the Wesleyan Bible Commentary.
Silver ($999.95, or $899.96 with a discount)
Silver contains all the resources in Bronze, and is a worthwhile upgrade. The two main highlights are undoubtedly the 41-volume New American Commentary Series [$509.95], Calvin’s Commentaries [$149.95] and the 37 volume Early Church Fathers [$229.95]. They alone are well worth the extra $370 in my opinion. Also worthwhile are Hebrew/English interlinear Bible [$99.95], some Greek/English editions of the apostolic fathers, and the rather optimistically priced Lenski’s NT commentary [$299.95] and Horae Homileticae [$489.95]. Most of the tools missing from Bronze are also added, including Ancient Literature, Clause Search, and Reported Speech.
Suitable for: Students and pastors wanting to dig deeper.
- Anglican Silver feels very different from Silver, with none of the noted highlights from Silver (except the Church Fathers which were also in Anglican Bronze). Most of the additions from Anglican Bronze are aimed squarely at middle-of-the-road Anglicanism, such as the 12-volume Feasting on the Word lectionary commentary [$247.95] and the 10-volume New Library of Pastoral Care [$189.95], rather than the more evangelical NAC in standard Silver. Other useful additions include Black’s New Testament Commentary [$249.95], a number of patristic works including the 10-volume Popular Patristics [$129.95]. The Baker Encylopedia of the Bible is also added [$139.95].
- Baptist Silver retains Silver’s New American Commentary Series, and the interlinear Hebrew Bible and the apostolic fathers. The other highlights are replaced with all 63 volumes of Spurgeon’s Sermons [$249.95] and several ‘Works Of’ collections, including A. T. Robertson [$249.95], Edgar Young Mullins [$144.95], and D. L. Moody [$119.95].
- Lutheran Silver keeps Silver’s Lenski NT commentary set, the interlinear Hebrew Bible, and the apostolic fathers, and obviously retains the Church Fathers from Lutheran Bronze. There’s no NAC, but it can boast 16 volumes of Bonhoeffer’s works [$529.95].
- Pentecostal/Charismatic Silver has none of Silver’s highlights, but it does have David Guzik’s Commentaries [$249.95] the Life Application Commentary [$199.95] and the useful IVP New Testament Commentary Series [$289.95]. Also included are some useful dictionaries, including the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology [$49.95], Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible [$79.95], and the Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament [$139.95] and some of the works of Elmer Towns [$109.95] and Charles Finney [$99.95].
- Reformed Silver also misses out on most of Silver’s highlights, though it does include the Early Church Fathers and Calvin’s Commentaries are, of course carried up from Reformed Bronze. The 41-volume Focus on the Bible Commentaries [$409.95] together with the 19th-century Lange’s Commentary [$299.95] and 17th-century Poor Man’s Commentary [$126.95] together take the place of NAC. Like most of the other denominational packages, there’s a fair smattering of theology and history, too.
Verdict: Silver is not quite as compelling as the upgrade from Starter to Bronze, but nonetheless it represents excellent value for money, as the two main highlights are expensive, multi-volume works, which are both very useful. Baptist Silver is worth considering if you’d prefer Spurgeon’s sermons to the Early Church Fathers. The NAC is a big loss to Reformed Silver, and its replacements lack the NAC’s up-to-date scholarship. Pentecostal/Charismatic Silver is worth considering if you prefer good quality modern commentaries that centre on application. Both Lutheran and Anglican Silver have little general appeal beyond their own denominational boundaries in my opinion, although the inclusion of Bonhoeffer’s works in Lutheran Silver might attract those more interested in theology than commentaries. But for most users Silver is probably the best option.
Gold ($1,549.95, or $1,394.96 with a discount)
Gold contains everything in Silver, and a lot more. There are recent commentary sets — Black’s New Testament [$249.95], the superb Pillar New Testament [$524.95], New International Greek Testament [$599.95] the UBS Handbook [$619.95], plus a few Lexham Bible Guides. For OT background you get Charles’ Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha [$119.95] and Ancient Near Eastern Texts [$79.95]. You also get the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament [$199.95] and 37 volumes of Themelios [$209.95] and the final datasets: word senses and NT manuscripts.
Suitable for: Pastors and post-grads looking to do detailed exegesis or explore historical theology.
- Anglican Gold contains none of these highlights, except for the datasets and TDNT, and Black’s which was added back in Anglican Silver. Useful additions include the Theological Lexicon of the New Testament from Bronze [$89.95], Charles Simeon’s Horae Homileticae from Silver [$489.95], the Book of Common Prayer Collection [$199.95], several volumes of medieval and more recent theology, the SPCK Library of Ministry [$209.95], plus collected works from Charles Wesley [$99.95], Charles Gore [$219.95], J. C. Ryle [$249.95], Joseph Barber Lightfoot [$199.95], George Stanely Faber [$129.95], John Lightfoot [$189.95] and Evelyn Underhill [$129.95].
- Baptist Gold has more of Gold’s best resources, including NAC (from Baptist Silver), APOT and TDNT. It also includes 13 volumes of the Lexham Bible Guides (covering all of Paul’s letters) [$534.95]. Other additions since Baptist Silver include dozens of commentary volumes of which the only useful modern set is the IVP New Testament Commentary Series [$289.95]. Several primary sources for OT and NT background are included, and TLOT is added from Bronze. The rest is a mixture of ministry, theology and biblical studies from the last several centuries.
- Lutheran Gold includes Lenski’s commentaries the UBS Handbooks and Charles’ Apocrypha and Psuedepigrapha. To that are added the Lutheran Commentary [$174.95], the Continental Commentary [$599.95] and the Expositor’s Greek Testament [$199.95]. Also included is the 29-volume Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence [$462.95] and Aquinas’ Summa Theologica [$249.95].
- Pentecostal & Charismatic Gold has only two of Gold’s highlights, Charles’ Apocrypha, and TDNT. Over P&C Silver, it adds a large number of useful resources for background and original language work, plus Warren Wiersbe’s Old Testament “Be” Series [$159.95], the Works of John Wesley [$249.95], and a number of small collections from modern authors such as Neil T. Anderson [$119.95], H. Norman Wright [$84.95], Chuck D. Pierce [$99.95], Dutch Sheets [$69.95] and Jack W. Hayford [$35.95].
- Reformed Gold retains the Pillar commentary series, TDNT, and Themelios. It adds the modern International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [$129.95], N. T. Wright’s Christian Origins and the Question of God [$169.95], and no less that three large scale systematic theologies: Barth’s Church Dogmatics [$499.95], Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics [$89.95] and Berkouwer’s Studies in Dogmatics [$329.95]. There are many collected works: A. A. Hodge [$149.95], Herman Witsius [$179.95], James Ussher [$149.95], John Owen [$299.95], Richard Sibbes [$99.95] and Robert J. Breckinridge [$129.95].
Verdict: Gold represents terrific value for money if you’re looking for good quality modern commentaries and they alone are well worth the $550 premium over Silver. But the denomination packages are far less attractive in my view. Baptist Gold might tempt those looking for less technical commentaries, and Lutheran Gold may appeal to those who appreciate German or Continental scholarship. Pentecostal & Charismatic Gold adds exegetical tools, but lacks commentaries. Reformed Gold is strong on theology, but weak on Biblical Studies. Ultimately, the lack of good commentary sets in the denominational packages means that for most people regular Gold is the best option.
Platinum ($2,149.95, or $1,934.96 with a discount)
Platinum includes all of Gold, and adds a lot of resources, but costs $600 more. For the extra dollars you get several Greek texts including NA28 [$39.99] and the Greek Audio New Testament [$44.95], plus morphologically tagged Greek editions of Josephus [$179.95], Philo [$99.95] and the Apocryphal Gospels [$49.95]. Useful commentaries include the pastoral Warren Wiersbe’s Old Testament “Be” Series [$159.95] and IVP New Testament Commentary Series [$289.95], the academic Exegetical Summaries [$554.95] and JPS’s Tanakh Commentary Collection [$399.95], a few critical 19th century commentaries and Metzger’s Textual Commentary on the NT [$31.95]. Greek lexicons are better served, with the addition of BDAG [$150] and Louw-Nida [$35.95]. Also included is Aquinas’ Summa Theologica [$249.95], the Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge [$319.95] and some ANE journals.
Suitable for: Pastors wanting to do in-depth Greek exegesis.
- Anglican Platinum has none of these additions, except Summa Theologica. Improvements over Anglican Gold include the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture New Testament [$148.95], John P. Meier’s A Marginal Jew [$199.95], Butler’s Lives of the Saints [$249.95], the works of George Whitefield [$199.95] and Erasmus [$199.95], and a number of works of medieval, 19th-century and modern theology, from Anselm of Canterbury [$17.95] to Alistair McGrath [$185.95]. Anglican Platinum also adds works from other base packages, including Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament [$119.95] from Bronze, and UBS Handbooks [$619.95] from Gold.
- Baptist Platinum also misses out on several of Platinum’s highlights, although it does include the IVP commentaries (from Baptist Gold), Metzger, and Louw-Nida. Several relatively simple commentary sets have been added: Believers Church Bible Commentary [$399.95], College Press NIV Commentary [$769.95], Exploring the Bible Commentary [$169.95], Reading the New Testament Commentary [$209.95] and Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures [$399.95], plus Butler’s Bible Biographies [$299.95]. The works of John Gill [$299.95] and Zwingli [$69.95] are also included. The only really academic works are Justification and Variegated Nomism [$69.95] and TDNT [$199.95] which is added from Gold.
- Lutheran Platinum has most of Platinum’s Greek works (NA28, Greek audio, Josephus, Philo, Metzger, and Louw-Nida). To that are added Greek exegetical dictionaries (TDNT [$199.95] and EDNT [$139.95]), Moulton’s Grammar of New Testament Greek [$179.95] and the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament Bundle [$149.95]. For the OT, there are quite a few volumes that will help with background, including the Ugaritic Library [$429.95]. as well as Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series [$243.95]. NT background is also fairly well served, e.g. with the Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition [$89.95] and Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism [$79.95]. Several one-volume Bible dictionaries included in early standard base packages are also finally added, as is The Encyclopedia of Christianity [$349.95].
- Reformed Platinum has only Philo, Metzger, Louw-Nida and Schaff-Herzog from Platinum’s goodies. The New American Commentary [$509.95] is finally included, and takes its place alongside the Evangelical Press Study Commentary [$299.95]. For Greek, there’s Liddell and Scott’s Lexicon [$135]; in Biblical Studies, Justification and Variegated Nomism [$69.95]; in Systematics, Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics [$179.95]. There are several collected works: from the contemporary Douglas Wilson [$189.95] through Geerhardus Vos [$159.95], B. B. Warfield [$274.95] and George Whitfield [$199.95]. There are also a few ministry collections on Marriage and Family [$89.95] and Preaching and Worship [$169.95].
Verdict: The Platinum base packages are something of a mixed bag. Platinum might suit pastors wanting to do in-depth Greek exegesis, but offers little new on the OT. Anglican Platinum is woefully short of commentaries and exegetical aids in my opinion. Baptist Platinum has some nice commentaries, but at this level I’d expect at least some of the additions to be more exegetical and academic. Lutheran Platinum is good for NT exegesis, fairly good for OT/NT background, OK for theology (if you like the Continental sort) but almost all its commentaries are very dated. Reformed Platinum is certainly a good improvement on Reformed Gold, it’s fairly well-balanced, and is not too far behind Platinum for Biblical Studies. If you’re not a pastor doing in-depth Greek exegesis (or even if you are) remember that for about the same money, you could purchase Gold plus one of the denominational Silver base packages. That mix is likely to offer better value for money for most people.
Diamond ($3,449.95, or $2,639.21 with a discount)
Diamond includes all of Platinum, and adds more than 580 resources for around $1,300. That includes some commentary sets, of which the most valuable is probably College Press NIV Commentary Series [$769.95]. Most of the other sets are incomplete or dated. Wesleyans may appreciate Wesleyan Bible Study Commentary Series [$249.95] which covers the NT and the Eerdmans Wesleyan Bible Commentary [$199.95], which covers just seven volumes at present. Moulton’s Grammar of New Testament Greek [$179.95] will help with exegesis. There are also several journal sets, including 26 volumes of The Journal of Biblical Literature [$299.95], For OT background the Context of Scripture [$299.95] is a welcome addition. They are collected works from Spurgeon [$499.95], John Wesley [$249.95], Charles Wesley [$99.95] and B. B. Warfield [$274.95]. The Jewish Encyclopedia [$349.95] is comprehensive, if somewhat dated. The rest of the additions range from A Grammar of the Hittite Language [$81.95] to 101 Things Husbands Do to Annoy Their Wives [$8.95].
Suitable for: Pastors who want a wide range of resources from the last three centuries, and are involved in ministry and more academic work.
- Anglican Diamond includes only the works of John and Charles Wesley (although Charles has been included since Anglican Gold). Some modern critical commentaries are finally added to Anglican, namely Continental Commentary Series [$599.95], Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series [$243.99], International Critical Commentary New Testament [$1,049.95], and International Theological Commentary [$449.95], all of which represent Continental/European scholarship. Several volumes of modern theology are also present including Canterbury Studies in Spiritual Theology [$329.95], Colin E. Gunton Theology Collection [$119.95], Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theological Trilogy [$449.95] and John Polkinghorne’s Science and Theology Series [$159.95]. There’s also plenty from the 19th century.
- Baptist Diamond includes the College Press NIV Commentary, and Moulton’s Grammar. Like Anglican Diamond, the major additions are commentary. They tend towards the expository rather than exegetical, and Several of these are 19th century sets or from less well-known authors. But notable sets include Calvin’s Commentaries [$149.95], Focus on the Bible Commentaries [$409.95], the UBS Handbooks [$619.95] and Welwyn Commentary Series [$724.95]. There are several excellent lexicons, including BDAG [$150], Liddell and Scott’s Greek Lexicon [$135] and Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) [$159.95]. There are many books on minstry, and several relatively simple evangelical biblical studies resources, including the Day One Biblical and Theological Studies Collection [$269.95] and Donald Fortner’s Discovering Christ in All Scriptures [$179.95]. The Early Church Fathers [$229.95] finally makes an appearance.
- Reformed Diamond includes Spurgeon, the Context of Scripture, and Warfield (although the latter two were in Reformed Platinum). Again there are several welcome commentary additions. This time the majority are contemporary, and there’s a mix of academic and more pastoral works, and of evangelical and more mainstream. On the academic side the best are Exegetical Summaries [$554.95], Mentor Commentary Series [$369.95] and New International Greek Testament Commentary [$599.95]. On the pastoral side Sheffield / T&T Clark Bible Guides [$262.95], Welwyn Commentary Series [$724.95], Westminster Bible Companion [$399.95]. There’s a wide range of other resources, including older works on the History of Calvinism [$249.95] and Scottish Reformation [$104.95], Richard Muller’s excellent Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics [$179.95] and Hughes Oliphant Old’s The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church [$239.95]. As always in the Reformed base packages, there are also many collected works, this time R. L. Dabney [$149.95], Stephen Charnock [$149.95], Thomas Manton [$599.95], Cornelius van Til [$199.95] and John Knox [$199.95].
Verdict: Prior to the Diamond level the denominational packages tended to be very weak on commentary sets, but thankfully they’ve now caught up. Personally, I’m not convinced the standard Diamond package is worth the premium over Platinum. If the denominational Diamond packages don’t appeal, you might be inclined to mix and match some of the smaller packages. But Anglican Diamond is good value for Anglicans committed to Continental/European theology, Baptist Diamond would suit pastors wanting non-academic commentaries combined with high-quality Greek tools. Reformed Diamond offers an excellent mix of exegetical tools, Biblical Studies, systematic theology and historical theology, mostly in the reformed or evangelical stream.
Portfolio ($4,979.95, or $4,481.96 with a discount)
Portfolio adds another 900 resources to Diamond for an extra $1,500. Most of the commentary sets that had been restricted to denominational packages have been added, including N. T. Wright’s New Testament for Everyone [$149.98], Believers Church Bible Commentary [$399.95], Holman New Testament Commentary [$149.97], Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament [$229.95], Reading the New Testament Commentary [$209.95]. Language tools include HALOT [$159.95] and the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament Bundle [$149.95]. Resources for background include Writings From the Ancient World [$355.99], Neusner’s Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud Collection [$279.95], the Ugaritic Library [$429.95], Jewish Law [$299.95], and much of the Second Temple Period Collection. Church history is served by Classic Studies on the Apostolic Fathers [$249.95], and theology by Barth’s Church Dogmatics [$499.95]. The collected works of Jacob Arminius [$89.95], John Knox [$99.95] and John Owen [$299.95] are also added, and of course there are hundreds of other resources from Biblical Studies, theology, history and ministry.
- Anglican Portfolio keeps only the New Testament for Everyone (though that’s been present since Anglican Starter), the Lexham Discourse Bundle, and Ugaritic Library. Several language resources including Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions [$349.95] and Moulton’s Grammar of New Testament Greek [$179.95]. The International Critical Commentary Old Testament [$889.95] joins its NT counterpart, along with eight volumes of the Eerdmans Critical Commentary Series [$339.95]. The indispensable Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary [$269.95] is an excellent addition and the Encyclopedia of Christianity [$349.95] is also included. There are two large subsets of the Fathers of the Church series, covering St Augustine [$659.95] and the Latin Fathers of the Nicene Era [$579.95], which complement the Oxford History of the Christian Church [$499.95]. For ministry there are also several volumes on liturgy, and Fortress Press’ Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series [$246.95] and Homiletics Collection [$149.95].
- Reformed Portfolio retains the Ugaritic Library, Church Dogmatics and John Owen (both present since Reformed Gold), Knox (present since Diamond), HALOT and the Lexham Discourse Greek Bundle. Many volumes of modern commentaries are added, mostly Continental/European: Black’s [$249.95], Continental Commentary Series [$599.95], Forms of the Old Testament Literature [$243.99], International Critical Commentary New Testament [$1,049.95], International Theological Commentary [$449.95] and the UBS Handbooks [$619.95]. There are a few resources for background study, including Gnostic & Apocryphal Studies Collection [$249.95]. Several resources from Anglican Portfolio are also in Reformed Portfolio, such as Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions [$349.95], Moulton’s Grammar of New Testament Greek [$179.95], Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary [$269.95] and Encyclopedia of Christianity [$349.95]. Finally the collected works: A. W. Pink [$249.95], Archibald Alexander [$189.95], J. C. Ryle [$249.95], James Hastings [$529.95], Loraine Boettner [$99.95], P. T. Forsyth [$119.99], Samuel Rutherford [$149.95], Thomas Boston [$199.95], Augustus Toplady [$99.95], Thomas Goodwin [$199.95], Ulrich Zwingli [$69.95] and William Shedd [$179.95]
Suitable for: Pastor-theologians, particularly those with a strong interest in Bible background.
Verdict: Portfolio is a reasonably good upgrade from Diamond, but it’s not for most people. To benefit from it you really need to be a pastor-theologian with a strong interest in Bible background. Anglican Portfolio is worth getting mostly for the Fathers of the Church, ICC (Old Testament) and AYBD. If they don’t appeal, then it’s probably a pass. Reformed Portfolio adds value to the Reformed stream for those who want European/Continental commentaries. They and others will appreciate HALOT, AYBD and other sets, but that might not be enough to justify the $1,500 price increase from Reformed Diamond. For most users then, the advice is the same as earlier. If you have a Portfolio-sized budget you may be better off mixing and matching smaller base packages or bundles.
Collector’s Edition ($10,799.95, or $9,719.96 with a discount)
Collector’s Edition is twice the size of Portfolio, but it’s more than twice the price too, weighing in at more than $10,000 and 5,000 resources. You’ll gain a number of useful modern commentary sets over Portfolio. From expository to technical, they include Opening Up Commentary [$324.95], Feasting on the Word [$247.95], Focus on the Bible Commentaries [$409.95], Westminster Bible Companion [$399.95] Evangelical Press Study Commentary [$299.95], Mentor [$369.95], International Theological Commentary [$449.95], 86 volumes of the Anchor Yale Bible [$1,969.95], 59 volumes of the International Critical Commentary [$1,899.95]. Dozens of volumes of older commentary sets are also included. Useful reference works include the new International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [$129.95], Dictionary of Classical Hebrew [$249.95], and a wide range of Greek and Hebrew grammars. For background work there’s Charlesworth’s Old Testament Pseudeipgrapha [$119.95] and the Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition [$89.95]. There are also a number of second and third tier academic journals. The monographs in theological studies are not terribly attractive, comprising mostly of 18th and 19th century works. Historical studies are fairly well represented, this time being a mix of older and more up-to-date works. There’s a little on ministry and preaching, and rather more on apologetics. But its the Biblical Studies monographs that really shine. It’s very hard to summarise what’s included, as they’re so varied and there are literally hundreds of them. But generally speaking, the additions to Collector’s are often academic monographs from publishers like Sheffield Academic Press, T & T Clark, Magnes Press, Fortress Press and Eerdmans, with proportionally fewer 18th and 19th century works. Here’s just a small sample: Hermeneutics Collection [$189.95], Near Eastern History Collection [$399.95], Magnes Press Hebrew Bible Collection [$329.95], Judaism and Christianity Collection [$179.95], JSOTS Studies on Exodus [$119.95], David [$219.95], 1 & 2 Chronicles [$219.95] Psalms [$299.95], Jeremiah [$179.95], and JSNTS Studies on the Gospels and Acts [$249.95]; the PBI NT Studies Collection [$218.95].
Suitable for: Seminary professors (or possibly PhD students) who major in OT or NT studies, particularly those who want a varied library that crosses disciplines, or are involved in church leadership.
Verdict: Despite the massive cost, Collector’s Edition represents excellent value for money for those who can put it to use. Like Portfolio, it’s not for most people. Most pastors will be better served by a smaller package. Professors of Church History or Systematics probably won’t find enough relevant content to justify the cost. But for OT or NT seminary professors and PhD students, there are few other places where you can get such a range of academic commentaries and monographs for such a (relatively) low price.
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