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Commentaries differ very widely in pitch, difficulty, method, theological orientation,detail, length, quality, and so forth.  Take sheer bulk, for example.  All of of the commentaries depicted in the photograph below cover Exodus:  the first (moving from left to right), in a 1-volume commentary on each book of the Old Testament-cum-Apocrypha; the second, in a slim one-volume commentary on Exodus alone; the third, in a substantial one-volume commentary on the book by Brevard Childs; the fourth in the two thick volumes by William H. C. Propp; and the fourth, in Patrick Miller's xv + 477 pp. on the mere 17+ verses of the Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1-17 and Dt 5:6-21):

Various Biblical Commentaries on Exodus

Where to Search for Commentaries

Use the Advanced Search area of the Library catalog to identify commentaries.  Select either Search Scope:  SPU Library or Search Scope: SPU Library + Summit, as follows:

SPU Library Search Boxes

To search beyond Summit, use (from the Library home page, and only if you like) Libraries Worldwide (WorldCat):

SPU Library Search Boxes with "Libraries Worldwide" circled at the bottom

How to Search for Commentaries

Search for commentaries in the Advanced Search area of the SPU discovery system as follows:  Subject contains Biblical book AND Subject contains Commentaries.  Substitute for Biblical book the book of the Bible (here Deuteronomy) you want a commentary on:

SPU Library Advanced Search

The SPU discovery system (above) should be sufficient, and especially if you change the Search Scope to SPU Library + Summit:

SPU Library search boxes: Library Resources and Search Scope SPU Library + Summit are selected

Identifying Some of the Better Commentaries

Prioritize commentaries in the series (plural) listed by Dr. Koenig:

List of Commentaries

To do so, ADD A NEW LINE and then keywords or a phrase identifying the series to the Any field of the commentary search above, as follows:

SPU Library Search Boxes with "Any Field" selected

Then supplement that, if necessary, with my handout entitled Commentary on Commentaries: