Monthly Archives: October 2010


Scholar’s Library: Gold

* Scholar’s Library Gold: $1,379.95

* Ratio of scholarly to non-scholarly works: 5
* Ratio of research works to non-research works: 4
* Subject range:5
* Contains resources not freely or more cheaply available elsewhere: 5
* Value for money: 5

This is as good as it gets in terms of value for money, if you can’t spend more than this. It’s also a dramatically more expensive collection. This is a huge amount of money to spend on a single research library, but taking a closer look you can see where the money is. There’s simply nothing else on the market which comes close to this, from what I have seen, at this price point (Portfolio is another story). It contains everything in the Scholar’s Library Silver, as well as:

* Context Of Scripture: $300 An old favourite returns


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


Scholar’s Library

 Scholar’s Library:  $629.95

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

This collection is significantly higher in price than the last, but unfortunately not as good value.  It’s a combination of most of the resources of the last collection, and a lot of the ‘leadership’ and ‘pastor’ works from an earlier collection.  It includes the works of Philo ($25), but is missing Context Of Scripture and The Text of the Earliest Greek Manuscripts.