Great news! Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. continues to expand their highly-rated New International Commentary series on the Old and New Testaments. As their website says:
This premier commentary series enjoys a worldwide readership of scholars, pastors, priests, rabbis, and serious Bible students. They eagerly consult its high-quality volumes to inform their preaching, teaching, and academic research, and they warmly welcome each newly published volume as they would an encounter with a stimulating new friend. Through the rigorous yet reverent study contained in these commentary volumes, readers hear afresh the voice of the living God speaking his powerful word.
Please see Darin Allen's earlier blog post on the NICNT and NICOT series in Accordance for a personal view of the value of this series.
Update February 2016
The new NICOT set now comprises 25 volumes and adds:
The Book of Psalms
By Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Rolf A. Jacobson, Beth LaNeel Tanner
The Book of Judges
By Barry G. Webb
The new NICNT set comprises only 18 volumes since it now includes the latest edition for each book of the New Testament (except 2 Peter and Jude which has not been published yet). The latest set adds:
The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Revised Edition
By Gordon D. Fee
The four older volumes (now out of print) are still available for individual purchase, as are all the other volumes. The older volumes that were included in our original NICNT and NICNT-18 sets (John, 1Cor, Hebrews, James) will be provided free of charge to owners of those sets so that they can continue to use them in parallel with the new editions.
The previous NICNT2 and NICNT2-3 modules are no longer needed, as the newer editions they contained are now included in the new NICNT18 module.
See the article on NICOT/NICNT for a more detailed listing of current volumes and previous sets.
If you own any of the earlier sets you can upgrade to the current sets and pay only for the new volumes.
If you have previously purchased these commentaries on a different software platform, please see this page for details of the crossgrade options.
If you have highlighted your present copy of NICNT or NICOT, you can transfer your highlights from the main old module to the new. However, NICNT highlights can only be transferred for the unchanged volumes. Here is a procedure for ensuring that all your highlights are preserved.
- Search for any highlights in the older volumes of NICNT-18 or NICNT, and manually reproduce them in the individual modules (optional).
- Transfer the highlights from NICNT-18 (or NICNT) to the new NICNT18. You can find instructions in the Help files at: Digging Deeper > Color Highlighting > Transfer Highlights to Updated Modules
- Search for any highlights in the NICNT2-3 (or NICNT-2), and manually reproduce them in the relevant volumes of NICNT18 (optional).
- Remove the old sets from the Library (NICNT-18, NICNT, NICNT2-3, NICNT-2)
Many people like to buy multi-volume commentaries as complete sets, and doing so generally results in the lowest price per volume. Accordance offers a number of these large sets, such as Word, NAC, NIGTC, Pillar, Hermeneia, Tyndale, NICNT, NICOT, etc. Purchase just one or two of these sets and you'll have a commentary library that would require several bookshelves to house all the print volumes. In addition to saving money on bookshelves (and the time it takes to assemble them!), buying these sets in Accordance is typically much cheaper than buying them in print.
Still, even the Accordance editions of these commentary sets often require a significant investment, and it can be hard to justify spending hundreds of dollars on a complete set when all you really need are the volumes on the books of the Bible you're currently studying. A pastor preaching through Isaiah, for example, could spend the money for the complete NICOT series and get one commentary on Isaiah, or he could take that same money and buy just the Isaiah volumes from a half-dozen different commentary series. When finished with Isaiah, he can then do the same thing with the next Bible book he preaches from.
Last month, we released the New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT) as a complete set, and the folks who buy commentaries that way have been snapping them up. Now we're offering individual volumes for purchase to accommodate those of you who prefer the volume-by-volume approach. As with all the commentaries for which we offer individual volumes, we'll still give you a discount for purchasing three or more volumes together. See this page to purchase individual volumes of NICOT and other commentary series.
Do you prefer buying complete commentary sets or individual volumes? Why?
Any bookshelf-assembly or had-to-move-my-print-library horror stories you want to share?