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Monday, December 22, 2014

A large project in the works for Concordia Publishing House

Together with Concordia Publishing House editor, Julene Dumit, I'll be creating an index for all three volumes of the Matthew Commentary Series, by author Jeff Gibbs. This is a large project, and it will take a few years to complete.

Anticipated index completion dates for the first two books in this series are as follows: Vol.1 in 2015; Vol. 2 in 2016. Vol. 3 is still being written, and the index completion date is not yet finalized for this book. The current plan is to have all three indexes published in the third volume.

I appreciate the relaxed, but steady pace for index completion of this series because it allows time for other indexing projects.

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