Suggested Commentary Tags

In video #15 I recommend that you tag all your commentaries in at least three categories. If you’re not yet familiar with all your commentaries, you may find this list of suggested categories and their descriptions helpful:

  • Technical Commentaries — Typically, technical commentaries will be detailed, fairly academic, and emphasise aspects of language and grammar (often using untransliterated Greek and Hebrew). They’ll frequently discuss several possible interpretations of a passage, weighing the different views. They’ll concentrate almost exclusively on what the text would have meant to the original readers, and won’t be concerned about contemporary application.
  • Intermediate Commentaries — Typically, intermediate commentaries will discuss the meaning of the Bible text, in a serious but not overly-academic way. If they discuss Greek and Hebrew words, those words will be transliterated, and there will be little grammatical analysis. They may acknowledge different interpretations of a passage, but probably only in footnotes. There may be some application for the contemporary church, but that won’t be a main emphasis.
  • Expository Commentaries — Typically, expository commentaries will discuss the meaning of the Bible text at a fairly simple level. They’ll be simple to read, with plenty of application and illustrations — a bit like a printed sermon. They’ll be hardly any footnotes, and hardly any Greek and Hebrew (which would be transliterated, if used at all).
  • Historical Commentaries — Historical Commentaries are commentaries written in the medieval period, or earlier. Exegetical methods have changed significantly since then, but they give valuable insights into how the Bible has been interpreted in Church History.
  • Background Commentaries — Background Commentaries don’t commentate on the overall meaning of a passage, but provide insights from the historical and cultural background wherever that’s appropriate.

The rules below includes every commentary that is part of a base package in Logos 4, 5 or 6 (including Verbum), and nearly all of the add-on commentary sets that are currently available, including the Classic Commentaries series.

The rules work by series, so books that aren’t in a series are listed separately.

Commentaries Collections Rules

An easy way to add these to your desktop version of Logos, is to join the Commentary Collections Faithlife group, then click on the documents tag and copy any you wish. They’ll automatically appear in Logos next time you sync.

Background Commentaries

type:bible-commentary (series:(“IVP Bible Background Commentary”, “Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary”), title:(“Has God Not Chosen the Poor?”, “Manners and Customs of the Bible”, “Background Commentary”, “The Political Paul”), mytag:commentary-background)

Expository Commentaries

type:bible-commentary (series:(“3:16 Bible Commentary Series”, “Africa Bible Commentary Series”, “An Exposition of Ephesians”, “An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible”, “Analytical Bible Expositor”, “Barnes’ Notes on the Old and New Testaments”, “Boice’s Expositional Commentary”, “Cecil Sherman Formations Commentary Series”, “Clear Study Series”, “Daily Study Bible Series”, “David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible”, “Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works”, “Discovering Christ”, “Essential Bible Companion Series”, “Every Christian’s Library”, “Exploring the Bible Commentary”, “Expositions of Holy Scripture (MacLaren)”, “Expositor’s Bible”, “Feasting on the Word”, “Focus on the Bible Commentary”, “Following God Workbooks”, “For Everyone Bible Study Guides”, “Gaebelein Selected Works”, “Gaebelein’s Gospel of Matthew”, “Gleanings (AW Pink)”, “Gromacki Expositions”, “High Definition Commentary Series”, “Holman New Testament Commentary”, “Horae Homileticae”, “J. C. Ryle Collection”, “Knowing the Bible”, “Life Application Bible Commentary”, “MacArthur New Testament Commentary”, “Manna in the House: or, Daily Expositions of the Gospels”, “Old Testament for Everyone”, “Opening Up Commentary”, “Poor Man’s New Testament Commentary”, “Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary”, “Preaching the Word”, “R. C. Sproul Exposition Collection”, “Reformed Expository Commentary”, “Romans: Donald Grey Barnhouse”, “Roy Gingrich’s Commentaries in Outline Form”, “Roy Gingrich’s Commentaries in Outline Form: Bible Themes”, “Spurgeon Commentary Series”, “St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary”, “Standard Bible Studies”, “Studies in the Book of Acts”, “Summarized Bible”, “Swindoll’s New Testament Insights”, “Teach the Bible”, “Teacher’s Bible Commentary Series”, “The Church Pulpit Commentary”, “The Gospel according to the Old Testament”, “The Lectionary Commentary”, “The Navarre Bible”, “The Orthodox Bible Study Companion”, “Teed Commentary”, “Treasury of David”, “Walking with Jesus”, “Welwyn Commentary Series”, “Wiersbe’s Be Series”, “Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines”, “Works of H.A. Ironside”, “Works of John Bunyan”), author:(“Blanchard, John”, “Chambers, Oswald”, “Pink, Arthur Walkington”), mytag:commentary-expository) -series:(“Expositor’s Bible Commentary”)

Intermediate Commentaries

type:bible-commentary (series:(“A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition”, “An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews (Owen)”, “Ariel’s Bible Commentary”, “Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament”, “Baker Commentary on the Old Testament”, “Baker New Testament Commentary”, “Believers Church Bible Commentary”, “Berit Olam Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry”, “Bible Lessons International”, “Black’s New Testament Commentary”, “Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible”, “Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture”, “Charles Hodge Commentary”, “College Press NIV Commentary”, “Cornerstone Biblical Commentary”, “Encountering Biblical Studies”, “EP Study Commentary”, “Everyman’s Bible Commentary”, “Exploring the Old and New Testament Collection”, “Expositor’s Bible Commentary”, “Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition”, “H. C. Leupold Commentary Collection”, “Ignatius Catholic Study Bible”, “International Theological Commentary”, “Interpretation Commentary”, “IVP New Testament Commentary”, “Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament”, “Lexham Bible Guide”, “Logion Press Commentary Series”, “Matthew: A Commentary”, “New American Commentary”, “New Covenant Commentary Series”, “NIV Application Commentary”, “Old Testament Survey Series”, “Orthodox Christian Reflections”, “Preacher’s Commentary”, “Pulpit Commentary”, “Reading the New Testament”, “Sacra Pagina Series”, “Social-Science Commentaries”, “Standard Reference Library Through-the-Bible Commentary”, “Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures”, “The Bible in Its World”, “The Bible Speaks Today”, “The Bible Speaks Today (US)”, “The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges”, “The New Testament for English Readers”, “The Randall House Bible Commentary”, “Rhetorica Semitica”, “Rushdoony New Testament Commentaries”, “Teach the Text Commentary Series”, “The Story of God Bible Commentary”, “The Two Horizons Commentary Series”, “Tyndale Commentaries”, “Understanding the Bible Commentary Series”, “United Bible Societies’ Handbooks”, “Wesleyan Bible Commentary”, “Westminster Bible Companion”), mytag:commentary-intermediate) -series:”The Church Pulpit Commentary”

Technical Commentaries

type:bible-commentary (series:(“A Commentary on the Book of Genesis”, “An Exegetical Commentary: Revelation by Robert L. Thomas”, “Anchor Yale Bible”, “Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library”, “Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha Commentaries (Charles)”, “Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament”, “Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament”, “Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible”, “Concordia Commentary”, “Continental Commentary”, “Eerdmans Critical Commentary”, “Evangelical Exegetical Commentary”, “Exegetical Summaries”, “Forms of the Old Testament Literature”, “Hermeneia”, “Illuminations”, “JPS Tanakh Commentary”, “Letters and Homilies”, “Mentor Commentaries”, “Minor Prophets Exegetical Commentary”, “New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament”, “New International Greek Testament Commentary”, “Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament”, “Pillar New Testament Commentary”, “Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series”, “Study Guide Commentary Series”, “The Book of Isaiah (Young)”, “Word Biblical Commentary”, “Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament”) OR mytag:commentary-technical OR (series:”International Critical Commentary” AND pubdate:>1950))

Historical Commentaries (Antiquity)

type:bible-commentary (series:(“A Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church”, “Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture”, “Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on John”, “Early Church Fathers”, “The Church’s Bible”, “The Fathers of the Church”) OR mytag:commentary-antiquity)

Historical Commentaries (Medieval)

type:bible-commentary (series:(“A Commentary on the New Testament from the Talmud and Hebraica”, “A Commentary on the Psalms from Primitive and Mediæval Writers”, “Catena Aurea”, “Morals on the Book of Job”, “The Bible in Medieval Tradition”) OR mytag:commentary-medieval OR author:bede)

Historical Commentaries (Reformation)

type:bible-commentary (series:(“Calvin’s Commentaries”, “Luther’s Works”, “Reformation Commentary on Scripture”, “The Complete Works of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori”, “The Great Commentary of Cornelius à Lapide”, “The Works of Rev. John Lightfoot”) OR mytag:commentary-reformation OR (series:”Crossway Classic Commentaries” AND author:(Calvin, Henry, Leighton, Luther, Manton, Owen))

Historical Commentaries (1750-1950)

type:bible-commentary (series:(“A Brief Explication of the Psalms”, “A Commentary on the Apocalypse”, “A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews”, “A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans with a Revised Translation”, “A Commentary on the Vision of Zechariah the Prophet”, “A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles”, “A Devotional Commentary”, “A Historical and Critical Commentary on the Old Testament”, “A Historical and Critical Commentary on the Old Testament: Exodus”, “A New Catena on St. Paul’s Epistles”, “A New Translation of the Proverbs of Solomon from the Original Hebrew”, “A Paraphrase and Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews”, “A Popular Commentary on the New Testament”, “A Practical Commentary upon the First Epistle General of Peter”, “A Suggestive Commentary on the New Testament”, “American Commentary on the New Testament”, “American Commentary on the Old Testament”, “An Attempt Towards an Improved Translation of the Proverbs of Solomon”, “An Attempt Towards an Improved Version, a Metrical Arrangement, and an Explanation of the Twelve Minor Prophets”, “An Exposition of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians”, “An Exposition of the Epistle of the Apostle Paul to the Hebrews”, “An Exposition of the First Epistle General of John, Comprised in Ninety-Three Sermons”, “Beet Commentaries”, “Biblical Manuals”, “Billroth’s Commentary on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians”, “Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges”, “Catholic Standard Library”, “Charles Ellicott Commentary”, “Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament”, “Clark’s Foreign Theological Library”, “Clark’s Foreign Theological Library, Fourth Series”, “Clark’s Foreign Theological Library, Third Series”, “Clark’s Peoples Commentary”, “Commentary on the Prophets of the Old Testament”, “Commentary on the Psalms by E. W. Hengstenberg”, “Constructive Bible Studies Secondary Series”, “Contributions to Oriental History and Philology”, “Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament”, “Denton’s Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles”, “E. Y. Mullins Commentaries”, “Eadie’s Commentaries”, “Ecclesiastes; A Contribution to Its Interpretation”, “Explanatory Notes upon the Old Testament”, “Exposition of the Book of Proverbs”, “Exposition of the Gospel of St. John”, “Expository Discourses on the First Epistle of the Apostle Peter”, “Gnomon of the New Testament”, “Godet Commentary Collection”, “Handbooks for Bible Classes”, “Handbooks for Bible Classes and Private Students”, “Harvard Theological Studies I”, “Horæ Apocalypticæ”, “Hosea: Translated from the Hebrew with Notes Explanatory and Critical”, “Joel: A Translation, in Metrical Parallelisms, according to the Hebrew Method of Punctuation”, “John Owen’s Commentaries”, “Lange’s Commentary”, “Lectures on the Book of Ecclesiastes”, “Lectures on the Gospel according to Luke”, “Lewis Sperry Chafer Collection”, “Life and Service Series”, “Literary Illustrations of the Bible”, “Local Examination Manual”, “MacEvilly New Testament Commentaries”, “New Century Bible”, “New Commentary on Acts of Apostles”, “Nichol’s Series of Commentaries”, “Notes, Critical and Practical, on the Book of Exodus”, “Philips’ Series of Scripture Manuals”, “Plain Commentaries”, “Posthumous Works of the Rev. Ralph Wardlaw, D. D.”, “Psalms of the Pharisees, Commonly Called the Psalms of Solomon”, “Publications of the Society of Hebrew Literature”, “Scripture Primers”, “St. Edmund’s College Series of Scripture Handbooks”, “St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: A Practical Exposition”, “Studies in the Gospel of John”, “Text-Books of Religious Instruction”, “The Acts of the Apostles Explained”, “The Annotated Bible (Gaebelein)”, “The Apocalypse”, “The Bible for Home and School”, “The Biblical Cabinet”, “The Book of Psalms (Cheyne)”, “The Book of Psalms (Horsley)”, “The Book of Psalms (Perowne)”, “The Book of Ruth in Hebrew”, “The Book of the Prophet Hosea”, “The Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets”, “The Book of Wisdom”, “The Books of the Bible”, “The Century Bible”, “The Church of the First Days”, “The Churchman’s Bible”, “The Complete Commentary on the New Testament”, “The Convention Series”, “The Earliest Gospel: A Historical Study of the Gospel according to Mark”, “The Epistle of the Apostle Paul to Romans”, “The Epistle to the Hebrews in Greek and English with Critical and Explanatory Notes”, “The Expositor’s Greek Testament Commentary”, “The Gospel according to Saint Matthew with an Explanatory and Critical Commentary”, “The Hebrew Text, and a Latin Version of the Book of Solomon, Called Ecclesiastes”, “The Holy Scriptures with Commentary”, “The Indian Church Commentaries”, “The Lutheran Commentary”, “The Messages of the Bible”, “The Modern Commentary”, “The New-Century Bible”, “The Oxford Church Biblical Commentary”, “The Practical Commentary on the New Testament”, “The Preacher’s Complete Homiletic Commentary”, “The Prophets of the Restoration”, “The Proverbs of Solomon”, “The Psalms, with Introductions and Critical Notes”, “The Revelation of St. John”, “The Sacred Books of the Old and New Testaments”, “The Sacred Books of the Old Testament”, “The Short Course Series”, “The Spiritual Interpretation of the Scriptures”, “The Standard Series”, “The Student’s Commentary”, “The Temple Bible”, “The Twelve Minor Prophets”, “The Westminster New Testament”, “The Wisdom of Ben Sira”, “Theological Translation Fund Library”, “Translations of Early Documents: Series II: Hellenistic-Jewish Texts”, “Westminster Commentaries”) OR mytag:commentary-historical-modern OR (series:”International Critical Commentary” AND pubdate:<=1950) OR (series:”Crossway Classic Commentaries” ANDNOT author:(Calvin, Henry, Leighton, Luther, Manton, Owen) OR (pubdate:=>1750 AND pubdate:=<1950))

This collection tries to use publication dates to increase the number of volumes, but in so doing catches a few earlier commentaries that were republished in this period. You can either remove the dates from the filter, or add the other historical collections into the “minus these resources” section.

One Volume Commentaries

type:bible-commentary ANDNOT series:* AND (((subject:”Bible—Commentaries” ANDNOT subject:”Bible—Commentaries—Collected works”) OR (subject:”Bible. O.T.–Commentaries” AND subject:”Bible. .N.T.–Commentaries”) OR subject:”bible handbooks” OR subject:”bible introductions”) OR mytag:commentary-one-volume) ANDNOT title:volumes

Study Guide Commentaries

type:bible-commentary AND (series:(“Bryan Williams Bible Study Collection”, “Not Your Average Bible Study”), mytag:commentary-study-guide)

Textual Commentaries

type:(bible-commentary, bible-notes) AND (title:(“The Lexham Textual Notes on the Bible”, “A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament”, “A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament”), mytag:commentary-textual)

Special Commentaries

type:bible-commentary (series:(“Biblical Theology of the New Testament”, “Mekhilta de-Rabbi Ishmael”, “Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai”, “Pastorum Series”, “Philo & Holy Scripture”)OR mytag:commentary-special OR title:(“Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament”))

Individual commentaries

Each of the books in the Handbook of the Old Testament Series intermediate
Each of the commentaries from the A. W. Pink Collection expository
Each of the commentaries from the Gaebelein Selected Works/a> series expository
Each of the commentaries by Oswald Chambers expository
Each of the books tagged as commentaries by Arnold Fruchtenbaum expository
Each of the books in An Exposition of Prayer in the Bible expository
Basics for Believers: An Exposition of Philippians (Carson) expository
Bible History: Old Testament (Edersheim) intermediate
The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke (Brown) – included in the Raymond E. Brown Collection technical
The Book of Isaiah (Young) technical
Cohesion and Structure in the Pastoral Epistles (Van Neste) technical
Commentary on the Apocrypha of the Old Testament (Charles) – included in The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament in English technical
Commentary on the Book of Genesis/Commentary on the Book of Exodus (Cassuto) technical
Commentary on the Old Testament (Keil & Delitzsch) intermediate
Cosmic Battle and Political Conflict: Studies in Verbal Syntax and Contextual Interpretation of Daniel 8 (Gzella) technical
Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis (Ross) intermediate
The Cross and Christian Ministry (Carson) – part of the Select Words of D. A. Carson expository
The Cross and the Prodigal: Luke 15 Through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants (Bailey) – part of the IVP Jesus Studies Collection intermediate
The Death of the Messiah, Volumes 1 & 2: From Gethsemane to the Grave: A Commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels (Brown) – included in the Raymond E. Brown Collection technical
The Discipline of Mercy (Kress) intermediate
Encountering the Book of Romans: A Theological Survey (Moo) – included in Baker Encountering the Bible Collection intermediate
The Epistle to the Ephesians: A Commentary (Schnackenburg) technical
The Epistle to the Romans (Moule) intermediate
An Exegetical Commentary: Revelation (Thomas) technical
Expositions of Holy Scripture (MacLaren) expository
Ezekiel’s Prophecy on Tyre (Ez. 26:1–28:19): A New Approach (van Dijk) technical
Faith that Endures: A Practical Commentary on the Book of Hebrews (Pentecost) expository
The Farewell Discourse and Final Prayer of Jesus: An Exposition of John 14–17 (Carson) – part of the Select Words of D. A. Carson expository
First Corinthians: An Exegetical-Pastoral Commentary (Shogren) intermediate
Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels (Strauss) – included in Zondervan Old and New Testament Introductions intermediate
From Eden to Egypt: Exploring the Genesis Themes (Williams) expository
Genesis: A commentary (Waltke) – included in Zondervan Commentaries Collection technical
The Genesis Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings (Morris) expository
God in Everyday Life: The Book of Ruth for Expositors and Biblical Counselors (Brandt) expository
The Gospel of John: A Commentary (Bruner) – part of Eerdmans New Testament Commentaries Collection technical
Gospel According to St John: An Introduction with Commentary and Notes on the Greek Text. (Barrett) – part of Select Works of C. K. Barrett (7 vols.) technical
The Greek Testament (Alford) technical
Has God Not Chosen the Poor?: The Social Setting of the Epistle of James (Edgar) background
Invitation to the Apocrypha (Harrington) intermediate
The Jewish New Testament Commentary (Stern) intermediate
The Letter to the Galatians (Levy) — part of Eerdmans New Testament Commentaries Collection historical
The Life of Christ: A Study Guide to the Gospel Record (Mills) intermediate
Luther’s Commentary On Galatians (Luther) intermediate
Message of the Prophets: A Survey of the Prophetic and Apocalyptic Books of the Old Testament (Hays) intermediate
A Model of Christian Maturity: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians 10–13 (Carson) – part of the Select Words of D. A. Carson expository
The New Manners and Customs of the Bible background
New Testament Background Commentary: A New Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Situations in Bible Order (Mare) background
Notes for the Study and Exposition of 1st John (Kress) expository
Old Testament Theology (House) intermediate
Open Door on John (McFadyen) expository
Open Door on Mark (McFadyen) expository
A Passion for God (Ortlund) expository
The Pastoral Epistles for Pastors (Kitchen) intermediate
Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary (Hultgren) – part of Eerdmans New Testament Commentaries Collection technical
The Political Paul: Justice, Democracy and Kingship in a Hellenistic Framework (Blumenfeld) background
Preaching Mark (Thurston) intermediate
The Prophecy of Isaiah (Motyer) technical
The Prophets as Preachers: An Introduction to the Hebrew Prophets (Smith) intermediate
The Psalms: A Historical and Spiritual Commentary with an Introduction and Translation (Eaton) – included in Psalms: A Commentary and its New Testament Relevance intermediate
Romans Unlocked: Power to Deliver (Lopez) intermediate
Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14 (Carson) intermediate
A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament (Omanson) technical
The Torah Story: An Apprenticeship on the Pentateuch (Schnittjer) – included in Zondervan Old and New Testament Introductions intermediate
The Writings of John: A Survey of the Gospel, Epistles, and Apocalypse intermediate
Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament (Wuest) intermediate

14 Responses to Suggested Commentary Tags

  1. Chad M. Carpenter says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your insights on Logos Bible Software! I’ve advanced considerably in organizing my library since viewing your videos and following your suggested commentary tags.

    Would you be willing to add your tag classifications for single-volume commentaries to the list? I currently have several that I’d love to know the tag choice you use (examples include – Bible Guide, Bible History: OT, Bible Knowledge Commentary, New Bible Commentary, Word Pictures, Wuest’s Word Studies, etc.). If any further guidance on tagging commentaries could be provided, it would be greatly appreciated!

  2. Jack Caviness says:

    Thanks for these lists. You seem to have overlooked the Crossway Classic Commentary series

  3. Mark Barnes says:

    Chad: Sorry for the delay in replying. I will add single volume commentaries to the list. Most will be ‘intermediate’, though some (like Matthew Henry) would be ‘expository’.

    Jack: I don’t own the Crossway Classic Commentary set, and no previews are available on Logos’ website. But most of the volumes are available in other Logos products (though the Crossway editions have been edited for simplicity) so I think I’m familiar enough with the volumes to say that it’s a tricky set to classify. Spurgeon on Psalms, and Ryle on Matthew I’m sure would be expository, whilst Calvin on John, or Hodge on 1 Corinthians I would class as intermediate – unless the editing process has so simplified them that they too could be classed as expository. What do you think?

    • Chad M. Carpenter says:

      Great! Thanks for the time and effort you’ve put into this helpful list along with all the videos. Your tutorials have made Logos much more useful for me and I’ve let other Logos users know about this site.

  4. Craig Heberle says:

    Mark, thanks for all your hard work! Thank the Lord that you even had some of the resources that I acutally own! LOL! I have a huge “wish list” going now. 🙂

    I assume that some of the other works of Alfred Edersheim (The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, etc.) would be included in the “Background Commentaries” or I guess I could have a “Historical Commentaries” collection to capture things like Philip Schaff’s “History of the Christian Church.”

    Do you actually own all of those volumes or do you have your own “wish list” going? LOL!


    Yours in him,

    • Mark Barnes says:

      Hi Craig,
      I’ve only listed works which are actual commentaries on the Biblical text (listed in your Logos library with the ‘Type’ set to Commentary). Life and Times and History of the Christian Chuch are not commentaries in that sense, so I haven’t included them. When building my Logos library over the last ten years or so, I have concentrated on commentaries, so I’m fortunate to own about 90% of the commentaries listed here.

  5. Bethany says:

    Hi Mark, great stuff, thank you. When you do a custom passage guide, do you find it helpful to split the commentaries into sections by their tags? (eg. 3 commentary sections: Intermediate, Expository and Background).

    • Mark Barnes says:

      Yes, Bethany, that’s exactly what I do. I find it extremely helpful because I tend to consult different types of commentaries at different points in my preparation.


  6. Mark,

    Thank you so much for putting this list together. Once “my tags” start syncing with the mobile app this will make downloading and searching of for books in my library so much faster.

  7. William M K Yin says:

    Yea, thank you God for this. Really helped. Thanks to the writer as well.

  8. Albert Cooper says:

    How do I spilt my commentaries in my passage guide eg. technical, Intermediate, Expository, Backgroung

    • Karl says:

      First you need to created a new Guide Template
      Then add four “Commentaries” sections
      Then edit the settings for each section to limit it to each of the kinds of commentary

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