Commentary Software

Published: May 23rd, 2004

This is from the latest Software Newsletter from Christianbook.com:

In this issue, we compare commentaries on CD-ROM vs. print. If you’ve ever had to conduct your research in several commentaries at once, or across multiple volumes, you know how time consuming it can be. If you’ve ever had to move a multi-volume set, you know how heavy and cumbersome it can be. And of course, if you’ve ever purchased a commentary set, you know how costly they can be.

Software is a sensible alternative. Commentary software is searchable, portable, and affordable — saving your time, your back, and perhaps most importantly, your money.

I agree that it is indeed a “sensible alternative”. As a matter of fact, in my experience commentaries are some of the most suitable tools for computer-assisted Bible study. I must confess I don’t like reading books on screen. It’s hard on my eyes and, besides, it takes away the romanticism of holding the “real” thing in your hands (i.e., a printed
book). Also, a commentary is not the kind of book you tend to read from cover to cover. Instead, you basically turn to it to look things up, or to read some sections related to the passage under study. However, when it comes to all the introductory and critical matters (which I do enjoy reading and which can at times be quite lengthy), I miss not having the printed copy with me. I can naturally print that part of the book, but that seems to defeat the whole purpose of owning an electronic version. Yes, I also admit to not liking the idea of having to print large chunks of material. I guess you can’t burn the candle at both ends ;-) Anyway, just my thoughts. Your mileage may vary.

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