Archive - May, 2011

Classic Works—Amazing Deals

Warning!!

You may be in danger of missing out on some of the best deals Logos has to offer through our Community Pricing page if you don’t act soon! Some of our most exciting Community Pricing offerings are getting close to the finish line—you need to jump on these prices before it’s too late! Check out these titles that are too good to pass up:

And don’t miss out on these titles which need to be bid on by this Friday at 12:00 PM (PST):

That’s right! These six offerings have crossed the 100% mark and will be moved to the Pre-Pub page after this Friday at noon (PST).

And Don’t forget: with more bids, these prices can only go down! So place your bid, then spread the news. Hit the Facebook Like button on the top of each page. Push for them in the forums. Write about them on your personal blog—anything to alert others about the amazing deals on these classic works. If you have already placed a bid on one of these awesome works, tell others why you are excited about them in the comments section.

Read Beth Moore’s The Beloved Disciple for Free!

This week (May 15–May 21, 2011) Logos Bible Software is featuring Beth Moore’s The Beloved Disciple: Following John to the Heart of Jesus on FreeBookPreview.com. This means that through the end of this week, you can read The Beloved Disciple in its entirety!

Are you looking to grow your faith as you increase your understanding of God’s love? Let popular author Beth Moore encourage and edify you with lessons culled from the life of the apostle John. Follow John all the way from the thick of Jesus’ ministry to witnessing His death and resurrection. Experience John’s exile to Patmos and the wisdom of Revelation. Moore has mined the depths of John’s life and—in The Beloved Disciple—brings forth gem after gem of comfort and conviction.

How do I get the free preview?

Free book previews are featured in our free iPhone app.

Simply:

  • Download the free Logos Bible Software iPhone app.
  • Sign in or create a free Logos.com account.
  • Enjoy your Free Book Preview!

If you have another mobile device with web access, simply head to FreeBookPreview.com and follow the directions to check out Beth Moore’s The Beloved Disciple.

If you have a friend or relative with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch let them know how they can read The Beloved Disciple this week for free! And be sure to check out FreeBookPreview.com to see what previews are coming up.

Leave us a comment and let us know what you books would like to see previewed.

Come Face to Face with Biblical Characters

The Face2face Collection—now available on Pre-Pub—helps you reflect on the lives of significant biblical characters and draw upon the lessons of their lives. This nine volume collection investigates the circumstances that have shaped their lives, and connects those historic events to the way God moves in people’s lives today.

Take a closer look at David, Elijah, Samuel, Sennacherib, Simon Peter, the two Tamars, Bathsheba, Rahab, and,—a recent addition to the collection—Elisha. Read about how God’s plan unfolded in David’s battles and triumphs, what examples Elijah gives us to help break through spiritual darkness, how God used Bathsheba’s painful times for good, how Samuel teaches us about God’s purpose for us, and much more.

Each title includes helpful study guides with discussion questions and points of reflection that are great to use in small groups or for personal devotion.

Check out what others are saying about the Face2face Collection!

“They are biblical; they have sound theology; and they are relative to the issues at hand. The material is condensed and manageable while, at the same time, being complete—challenging balance to find.”
—John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, California

David, Volume 1: Encountering the Man after God’s Heart is easily the most fascinating account of David’s life that I’ve ever read.”
—Dr. Kent Philpott, Pastor of Miller Avenue Church, Mill Valley, California

“Insightful biblical interpretation and powerful theological truths are compellingly portrayed and carefully explained through Samuel: Encountering Samuel the King-Maker.
—David S. Dockery, President, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

“Out of the stony slabs of antiquity, Sennacherib emerges, flesh and blood… Sennacherib: Encountering Assyria’s Great Terrifying Ruler is a must for preachers and teachers and an invaluable aid to Bible study.”
—Rev. Dr. Jim Winter, Pastor, Horsell Evangelical Church, and author

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to pick up the Face2face Collection while it’s at its phenomonal Pre-Pub price!

What biblical characters do you identify with the most? Leave us a comment and tell us about them!

Logos 4: Spacebar Equals Page Down

mp|seminars TipsAs you read through Logos resources, you can “turn the pages” by using the Page Down key on the keyboard. If you’re like me though, sometimes it’s hard to find that little key or keep your finger on it as you move through a resource. Here’s a little trick I always use:

  • Press the Spacebar which is the same as Page Down. I can always find that big key on the keyboard!
  • Need to retrace your steps with Page Up? That’s simply Shift + Spacebar.

These simple shortcuts save me valuable time as I work my way through a resource.

What is your favorite Logos 4 shortcut? Leave us a comment and let us know!

N. T. Wright Collection Ships Soon: Last Chance to Pre-Order!

N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.

N. T. Wright is one of today’s most important and well-known theologians. His work touches many disciplines—New Testament backgrounds, Pauline scholarship, the doctrine of justification, and much more. Wright was named by Christianity Today as a top theologian, and he is a respected scholar of the New Testament—especially New Testament backgrounds. He’s also known for writing in a style that makes complex scholarship accessible for a large audience.

A few months ago, we announced a project to make 34 of Wright’s books available in Logos. The collection includes 15 books in the For Everyone series, plus volumes on eschatology, the life of Jesus, Scripture, and much more. It also includes the bestselling Simply Christian.

In the next couple weeks, we’ll be putting the finishing touches on this massive collection, which means you have a little more time to pre-order it at a discount. Once it ships, the price will jump. That gives you one last chance to add 34 N.T. Wright books to your library at a phenomenal price, so pre-order it now!

In case you missed it, check out some clips from our recent interview with N. T. Wright:

N. T. Wright in Bible Study Magazine

The May–June 2011 issue of Bible Study Magazine features N. T. Wright. Subscribe in the next two weeks to get the N. T. Wright issue!

Leave us a comment and let us know what titles in the N. T. Wright Collection interest you the most.

Remembering A. W. Tozer

A. W. TozerMay 12 marks the passing of author, pastor, and editor Aiden Wilson Tozer. During A. W. Tozer’s forty-four year ministry, he pastored several churches and wrote more than 40 books. Although Tozer has been gone for 48 years, his words, through his books and sermons, still minister to the world today.

A Few Facts about Tozer

  1. As Tozer was walking home from his job one afternoon, he heard a street preacher say, “If you don’t know how to be saved…just call on God.” When Tozer got home, he did exactly that by going into his attic and praying.
  2. Tozer used an area in his family’s basement to spend time in prayer and meditation. Tozer’s friends say that he spent at least 5 hours a day in prayer by himself without contact with anyone else.  Tozer once said, “As a man prays, so is he.”
  3. After preaching, Tozer often refused to stand at the church door to shake hands with the congregation because in his mind, that was “glad handing people and setting himself up to be flattered and thus self-deceived.”
  4. Tozer served as pastor of Chicago’s Southside Alliance Church for thirty-one years. During his time there, the congregation grew from 80 to 800 members.
  5. The Moody Bible Institute radio station, WMBI, broadcast a weekly radio program from Tozer called “Talk From a Pastor’s Study,” which focused on Tozer’s studies at Southside Alliance Church. Because of these broadcasts, Tozer was asked several times to minister to Chicago-area Bible colleges.
  6. Tozer often quizzed his seven children on what they were reading and created special bedtime stories for them.
  7. In 2007, the A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary was established as part of Simpson University. The seminary offers graduate degrees in Bible and Theology within a “Tozer culture,” in which they strive to honor, respect, and cheer for one another.

What have others said about Tozer?

“If a sermon can be compared to light, then A. W. Tozer released a laser beam from the pulpit, a beam that penetrated your heart. If you have never read Tozer—what are you waiting for? Thirty minutes spent in a Tozer essay is often better than a week at a Bible conference.” —Warren Wiersbe, Bible Teacher

“Tozer lived for and preached Jesus Christ. Contemporary Christians can benefit by discovering—or rediscovering—his writings.” —Franklin Graham, President/CEO, Samaritan’s Purse

“Tozer was a man of incisive words and momentous thoughts. Their forcefulness and acuity make his writing richly rewarding to contemporary readers.” —Christian Reader

“A. W. Tozer’s books reflect a unique blend of genuine piety and downright common sense. He challenged every sort of spiritual pretension while evidencing a devotion to Christ that was every bit as sincere as compelling.” —Charles W. Colson, Author

Explore Tozer’s Words

The fifty-seven volume A. W. Tozer Collection contains books written by Tozer or compiled from his sermons and editorials posthumously. This collection is a great way to discover Tozer’s thoughts on a variety of subjects, read his powerful sermons, follow daily devotions, and look into major themes throughout his books.

Several individual titles from Tozer are also available including:

Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite Tozer book, quote, or sermon!

Apostolic Fathers and Syntactic Analysis

Most folks who have been around Logos for awhile know that I’m pretty excited about the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. I mean, I am spending a large chunk of my “free” time working on an interlinear of the Greek portions of these writings (it’s getting closer, thank you for asking).

Just think about it: these are guys who lived and wrote shortly after the time of the apostles (Peter, Paul, James, John, etc.), let’s say between 90–200 AD. Tradition reports some of them were direct disciples of apostles. For instance, Polycarp of Smyrna is reputed to have been a student of John (reported by Irenaeus, a student of Polycarp). Clement of Rome, according to tradition, also has ties to Peter and Paul due to them all having ties to Rome.

I get excited about these writings because they are some of the earliest records we have of Christians writing, thinking and putting the gospel into practice. They’re working out the issues. And they get some stuff wrong, just like we do. But the early church took these writings seriously. After all, the Epistle of Barnabas and Shepherd of Hermas were part of Codex Sinaiticus (one of the oldest manuscripts containing the complete Bible text, dating to the fourth century) and Codex Alexandrinus (another early Bible codex, dating in the fifth century, likely) had First Clement and Second Clement after the New Testament.

I was reminded about this again at BibleTech:2011 as two different presenters (not to mention other folks I spoke with) mentioned in their presentations how useful it would be to have more and deeper analyses of the Apostolic Fathers available.

The texts are clearly important. They help us understand early Christianity a little better and they help us understand Greek (both words and grammar/syntax) a little better. BDF (a standard reference grammar for Hellenistic Greek) references the Apostolic Fathers frequently, as does BDAG. It is rumored that Daniel Wallace, in an upcoming revision to his Exegetical Syntax, will extensively supplement his material with references to the Apostolic Fathers (see here for details).

With all of this stuff happening, it seemed like a good time to remind people that we at Logos (myself included) would absolutely love to do a Cascadia-style syntactic analysis of the Greek writings of the Apostolic Fathers. It’s been on Pre-Pub for over a year now and has languished.

If you think this would be beneficial to you in your studies, you could help bring it closer by subscribing to the Pre-Pub. While useful for searching, I find these analyses useful for reading too. They help me get an idea of how each clause is put together. Over time this has helped me immensely. Now when I consult Greek text in a format that isn’t graphed (like, on my iPod on Sunday mornings during church) I can see the structures even better as I work through the text.

Below is a sample (a mock-up; no, we haven’t really done this much work) of Ignatius to Polycarp, 2.3a:

Polycarp

Here’s a translation: “The time seeks for you, like shipmasters [seek for] wind and like storm-tossed sailors [seek for] harbor, to reach to God.”

Oh, yeah: If you’re really into this stuff, we have proposed doing a Cascadia-style syntactic analysis of the Septuagint as well (more info in a previous blog post).

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about our syntactic analysis projects.

How To: Visualize the Bible with Logos Bible Software

Word Tree: God Is

Word Tree: God Is

The ability to visualize the Bible means more than being able to vividly picture people, places, or events recored in Scripture.

With Logos Bible Software 4, it also means being able to see the actual text of Scripture in a way you’ve never seen it before. To do so, familiarize yourself with the Passage Analysis tool (available in Original Language Library and above). One part of this tool is the Word Tree.

Using the Word Tree, we recently posted an image of Psalms and Genesis 1 to our Facebook Fan page that clearly and beautifully displayed God’s words and actions in diagram form.

We though it would be helpful first to show you how to do these on your own, and then invite you to show us what you can do.

Get started by watching this short video:

As you can see, in just a few steps you can capture your favorite passage using the Word Tree.

To summarize the video, go to Tools | Passage Analysis and select Word Tree. Enter a biblical reference in the passage box like Genesis 1 or 1 Corinthians 13, or get a broader view by entering a full book like Psalms or Revelation. Next, type a word or phrase in the box to the right of the passage such as God, love, or God is.

Now comes the fun part!

Take a screen capture and share your best Word Tree image with us by uploading yours to Facebook and tagging Logos Bible Software (of course, you’ll have to Like us first). Feel free to share the link to your Word Tree image by leaving a comment.

Logos 4: Open Files from the Command Box

mp|seminars Tips

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

 

On the File menu in Logos you can create all sorts of documents: Notes, Visual Filters, Prayer Lists, etc. After a while you will have a long list of documents on the File menu so finding the one you want to open may be challenging. Here is but one way among many to quickly open a document from the long list:

  • Let’s say you created a Passage List called Adoption Verses
  • In the Command box type Open Adoption
  • Click Open Passage List named Adoption Verses from the drop down list of commands

The document opens without your ever having to go to the File menu!

What file type do you commonly use? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Richard Longenecker’s Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period

Understanding the way that the Old Testament is used in the New Testament is an important part of Bible study. When you’re studying a New Testament passage that quotes the Old Testament, you need to know the reference and study further to discern the reason for the reference.
We have several resources that help with identifying the quotations (from modern translation cross references and parallel passage sets) and even have resources like Carson & Beale’s massive and helpful Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament.
But have you ever wanted to read and work through a study on how exegesis was done in the time of the New Testament? That’s what Richard N. Longenecker gives us with his excellent study Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period. Longenecker gives us less of the “what” and “who” and much more of the “why”. He explains it like this in his introduction:

To speak of “Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period” is, of course, to suggest something of our concerns and limitations. But more particularly it must be said that, in the first place, our interest is primarily with exegetical procedures—that is, with specific exegetical practices, with the presuppositions that underlie those practices, and with the manner in which biblical exegesis was carried on in the apostolic period—and only secondarily and as derived from such an inquiry will we concern ourselves with the broader issues of the relation between the testaments and the development of biblical religion. Secondly, the focus of our attention will be on the biblical quotations used by the various writers of the New Testament, and less directly on their development of biblical themes, the structure of their compositions, their allusive use of biblical materials, or their employment of biblical language. And thirdly, our desire is to trace out distinguishable patterns of usage and development that appear in the various strata of the biblical citations within the New Testament, particularly as seen when compared with Jewish exegetical practices and patterns of roughly contemporaneous times.
Richard N. Longenecker, Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Vancouver: W.B. Eerdmans; Regent College Pub., 1999), 2.

Because Longenecker is studying how exegesis is done in the “Apostolic Period”, he evaluates other sources contemporary with the New Testament to understand how they use biblical quotations as part of better understanding what is going on in the New Testament. He writes:

I am concerned to have an accurate understanding of both Jewish and Christian hermeneutics during the period under study, believing that each must be seen in its relation to the other. In addition to the New Testament, therefore, we must give close attention to the talmudic literature (Mishnah, Babylonian and Palestinian Gemaras, Midrashim, Tosephta, individual “Sayings” collections, and related codifications), the Targums, the Jewish apocryphal texts (particularly apocalyptic writings), the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Philo. (Longenecker, Biblical Exegesis, 3)

It really is a fascinating book. And it isn’t in any of the Logos 4 (KF) packages. At $19.99 (at time of posting) it is a great book to add to your library and even to read on your iPod/iPad/iPhone.

Leave us a comment and let us know what some of your favorite Apostolic resources are.

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