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Friday, July 28, 2006  

Featured Item: Pillar New Testament Commentary

One of the perils of getting too consumed with module development is that you forget to mention important stuff, like this month's "Featured Item." If you're not familiar with our featured items, just go to the main page of the Accordance web-site and look in the bottom left corner. Every month we feature a new Accordance module or CD-ROM at a discounted price, in an attempt to expose our users to the vast array of material which is already available. This month, which unfortunately is almost over, we've been offering the eight-volume Pillar New Testament Commentary for $199 ($50 off the regular price).

Personally, I think the Pillar commentary is one of the best we've ever done, and it's become one of the first I consult when looking for help with a passage. This commentary, which covers Matthew, Mark, John, Romans, Ephesians, 1-2 Thessalonians, James, and 1-3 John, offers an excellent balance between depth and accessibility. Where some commentaries leave me wishing for more, while others leave me feeling bogged down in technical details, the Pillar tends to cover each passage in depth without getting lost in minutiae. Put another way, the commentary is easy to read without seeming cursory. This is an ideal combination for the busy pastor who needs help with interpreting a passage, but who doesn't have time to delve into overly technical discussions.

The Pillar New Testament Commentary approaches the Biblical text from an evangelical perspective, and its contributors include such well-known evangelical scholars as D.A. Carson, Leon Morris, and Douglas Moo.

If you don't want or need all eight volumes, you can purchase individual volumes for between $30 and $45, but with the current sale, there's never been a better time to grab the whole thing. I hope this is helpful to some of you, and I apologize for not blogging about it sooner.

I highly recommend purchasing the whole set together if at all possible. That way all eight volumes come as one module rather than multiple modules, which allows for more powerful searches of the entire commentary set. A great resource that I use several times per week in my study.

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