Scholar’s Library: Silver


 Scholar’s Library Silver:  $999.95

*  Ratio of scholarly to non-scholarly works:  3
*  Ratio of research works to non-research works:  3
*  Subject range: 4
*  Contains resources not freely or more cheaply available elsewhere:  3
*  Value for money:  3

A substantial hike in price over the last collection, which means we’re now looking for $600 more value than the Original Languages Library, which is a big ask.  I think it comes close, because the coverage is broader.  This is actually the collection I started with.

It contains the same works as the last collection, as well as:

 Text of the Earliest Greek Manuscripts:  $40  Very useful, for the reasons previously described

* Ancient Egyptian Literature, Volumes 1-3:  $60  Another resource you won’t be opening often, but useful to have around the place for studies requiring archaeological background material

* Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the OT (10 Volumes):  $120  A 19th century commentary, exhaustive in its analysis, and though dated still contains much of value.  The general tone is conservative (it argues for a global flood, and rejects any form of the Documentary Hypothesis)

 A Greek English Lexicon of the Septuagint:  $75  Very useful, for the reasons described previously

* Early Church Fathers (37 Volumes):  $250  The classic collection of the works of the early Christians, essential for original research into the development of the apostasy, as well as providing a wealth of early Christian history.  I have scoured these works for their prophetic interpretations, but they are also invaluable for tracing the development of apostate beliefs, as well as the history of the Biblical canon.  It’s true this same collection of early Christian writings is available freely online, but there’s a huge advantage in terms of convenience when you use the collection which is integrated into the Logos Library system.  It’s a whole lot easier to navigate, and a lot faster to search (and you can create far more complex searches). In addition, the Logos Library edition is linked to the Bible translations you have, making it easier  to look up Bible quotes and allusions which are mentioned in the text.  There’s also the useful keylink function

However, apart from that there’s not much to offer above the standard Scholars Library considered previously.  We’re looking for $600 more value than the Original Languages Library, and it’s just not here.  There’s at least $550 of extra value in terms of specific research sources, but arguably not more.  There are more Bible translations, and some different manuscript resources, but not the type which are very likely to be used by most people.  Are you going to read the Old Syriac Gospels in Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Curetonianus?  I didn’t think so.  Nor am I.  I don’t even know what Syriac looks like. Having said which, the scope is certainly broader, which you may makes up for the financial shortfall.  I think it’s a tough choice which you’ll have to make for yourself.  I for one would miss The Context Of Scripture.