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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.

04 August 2008

Do I Spend the Money?

Wherein the Pastor Asks His Readers for Their Opinions on Purchasing Logos E-books

Logos Bible SoftwareI usually keep a closer eye on upcoming releases but just realized that the Logos release of Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament has less than two weeks on its pre-release price of $199.95. Therefore, although it’s somewhat dated and, IMO, has its own flaws, and since I already have it in hardcover, do I venture purchase at this price?

At earlier stages of development, we find a couple other titles that particularly interest me. First, the Northwestern Publishing House Electronic Library is on prepublication pricing for $399.95. How would you evaluate the dollar-worth of this set? The only component I currently own is the Triglotta.

Finally, I’m pondering the purchase of one of the greatest “graduates” of the Ivy League — the legendary Five Foot Shelf of Books coupled with noted works of fiction in the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection, pre-pub priced at $99.95.

How would you prioritize these collections? I welcome comments on “necessity” and bang-for-buck here or, better still, at the Luther Library. Also, do you have other suggestions or evaluations of the various works listed under either the prepublication or the community pricing programs?

Cross-posted from Luther Library.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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