Archive - September, 2011

5 Reasons the Perseus Project Is Incredible

Last month we announced the release of nearly 1,500 resources in the Perseus Collection—for free. In case you were wondering why you should bother downloading such a large addition to your library, we’ve compiled five reasons why Perseus is incredible:

  1. Educational Value:
    C. S. Lewis said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”Familiarity with the classics of Greek and Roman literature has often been a hallmark of a well-rounded education. Equally important is knowledge of one’s own history and culture. With the seven bundles included in our Perseus Collection, you can browse 340 volumes on 19th century American history, 22 volumes on the Renaissance, and even read hundreds of Greek and Latin classics such as Aristotle, Epictates, Plutarch, Homer, and many more.
  2. English Translations
    In the Perseus Classics Collection we not only have a world class collection of Greek and Latin literature, but we have dozens of English translations as well. So don’t worry if you can’t read Sophocles in the original Greek. We’ve got you covered.
  3. Dictionaries and Lexicons
    Greek and Latin lemmas are tagged in hundreds of resources. With the click of a button, you can access dictionaries and lexicons in an instant. The Greek is morphologically tagged allowing you to perform advanced searches and Bible word studies right from your copy of Aristotle or Herodotus.
  4. Textual Searching
    Believe it or not, adding hundreds of Greek classics to your library can seriously enhance your Bible study. Take Acts 18:13 for example:

    “This man is persuading [ἀναπείθω] people to worship God contrary to the law.”

    This word, anapeitho, occurs only once in the entire New Testament. It is helpful to have a word occur multiple times to enable translators to give it the correct meaning from context. With more data, it is much easier to determine the intended meaning.

    Just by adding the Perseus Classics Collection to your library, you will not only find the one occurrence in the New Testament, but another 191 occurrences of this word being used in classical Greek literature.

    If you really want to dig into the Greek New Testament and experience the words used in another cultural context, you are going to love the Perseus Classics Collection paired with Logos Bible Software.

  5. It’s free!
    Let’s be honest, isn’t this a great reason? We know you will enjoy these resources as much as we do, and we are thrilled to be offering them for free!

This is groundbreaking stuff, so share the news! Pass it along via your favorite social media platform, then browse to the Perseus Collection page and pre-order now!

Leave us a comment and tell us what Perseus collection you are most excited about!

Recommended Commentaries: Genesis

If you do a faceted search for commentaries on Logos.com, you will find nearly 100 pages of resources. Among those you will find some of the best commentaries ever written! But what if you are looking for a solid commentary on a specific book of the Bible? It can get overwhelming when you are looking for the right tool to purchase for the study or sermon series you are working on. Where do you even begin?

The Recommended Commentary Series

Logos Talk wants to help you find the best commentaries for your needs. The Recommended Commentary Series will be a regular column highlighting some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Genesis Commentaries

We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Genesis. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Commentaries in Collections

Single Volume Commentaries

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Genesis which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Exodus!

* The 40-volume New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Back-To-School Sale ends Monday, September 12, at midnight! This is the lowest price in years and, if you act fast, you can still get it for $88 per month with a payment plan! Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to get the special price.

Logos 4: How to Locate a Collection in Your Library

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 and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsLogos users often ask me how to find a collection of resources in the Library that they purchased from Logos.com.

For example, let’s say you download the 15 volumes contained in the IVP New Testament Studies Collection. If you type IVP or Studies or Collection, in the Library’s Find box, your resources will not be listed. The reason is, IVP New Testament Studies Collection is just a marketing or working title Logos gives to these books it groups together.

The resources in this (or any) collection appear in the Library according to the actual title of the book, such as Is the New Testament Reliable? or Contextualization in the New Testament.

Using the Library’s Find box, there are a few ways to locate collections:

The key is to look at the individual titles contained in a collection as they appear on Logos.com, because this is how they will also appear in your Library. Just remember not to use the marketing title from the website which does not appear in your Library.

Logos 4: How to Locate a Collection

What collection or collections have you added to your library recently? For students, is there a particular collection you would love to have for this new semester? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: September 10

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of September 10, 2011.

Key Item

The 40-volume New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Back-To-School Sale ends Monday, September 12, at midnight! This is the lowest price in years and, if you act fast, you can still get it for $88 per month with a payment plan! Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to get the special price.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

Social Media

Products

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

What’s new with Community PricingA Lot!

Remember to check the Community Pricing page often! Use the faceted browsing to sort by newest, by progress, or even by price. Community Pricing is one of the best places to find a great deal—Bid today, save tomorrow!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Customer Service

Marketing Department

Publications

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Upgrade Discounts End Soon!

We’ve been running some sort of upgrade discount ever since the launch of Logos 4 back in November 2009. As not all good things can last forever, you have three weeks to take advantage of base package upgrades. Special upgrade discounts end September 30, 2011!

Don’t Wait Any Longer

If you’ve been considering upgrading your Logos 4 base package to a higher base package level, or even if you are still using Logos 3, this is your last chance to save money on your upgrade!

Act before the discounts expire and you could save as much as $630.00 on your upgrade! With all the new content you’ll get, your upgrade price will be cheaper than if you were to get just one or two titles by themselves.

But no matter which package you upgrade to, the bottom line is that you’ll pay less if you upgrade by September 30, 2011. If you wait, you’ll pay more—up to $630.00 more. It’s that simple.

See your personalize upgrade discount now!

7 Reasons for Upgrading Now

Besides the limited-time discounts and savings, there are lots of other great reasons to upgrade. Here are just a few:

  • Add up to hundreds of new books to your digital library for pennies on the dollar
  • Improved passage guides, word study guides, exegetical guides, reports, and search results
  • Powerful new tools, features, databases, and more if upgrading from a lower base package level
  • A customized upgrade discount based on your current package level
  • No need to reinstall. After you upgrade, the next time you sign in to Logos, you’ll automatically start downloading the new content
  • Syncing between home, office, mobile devices, and the web
  • An interest-free payment plan to help stay within your budget

Best of all, upgrading before the discounts expire will save you money. Just remember, the higher you upgrade, the deeper your discount.

See What You’ll Get—And What You’ll Save

Compare contents and discounts side by side and get the one that’s right for you!

Take Advantage of Our Payment Plan

Did you know you can use a payment plan to spread your payments out over 12 months? This is great for parents or students, or for pastors with a monthly book budget. If you’re considering upgrading soon anyway, this is a great way to get the discount now while not having to spend beyond what you can afford.

Find out what discounts you qualify for and use our interest-free payment plan option during checkout by upgrading now!

If we can help answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 875-6467 or (360) 527-1700. Just call us before the current deals expire!

For those who have recently upgraded, what reason for upgrading was the most compelling? Leave us a comment so others can hear from you!

Give Us Your Feedback with the Logos User Survey!

One of the best ways to create excellent software is to listen to your users. In fact, it is our conviction that customer feedback continues to make Logos Bible Software even better.

There are a number of channels to communicate with Logos. You can leave comments on the blog, email us at suggest@logos.com, comment in the forums, our Facebook page, or contact us via Twitter (and this is just the tip of the iceberg).

Not only do we thrive on your feedback, we find it beneficial to know more about you. Are you a church leader, pastor, student? How often do you use Logos Bible Software? What are your favorite periodicals? Do you own a Kindle? These kinds of questions are invaluable to us as we consider future directions and technologies.

We encourage you to visit our user survey and help us serve you better.

Simply answer the questions you are comfortable answering and skip any questions which are not applicable. You can leave the survey at any time and come back to it later to pick up where you left off.

The more data you can give us, the better position we are in to offer the products and services which will serve you best. So get started on the Logos user survey now!

Get Hasting’s Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics on Community Pricing

For nearly fifteen years I have tried—without success—to get people interested in Hasting’s Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics.

It began when I was cornered at a conference by a pair of seminary professors who marveled that we had neglected a Logos edition of Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics. I went online and purchased a print edition and started to use it myself with great enjoyment. Since then I have placed this set on and off Pre-Pub a number of times without success—yet I keep trying.

It is one of the finest reference sets produced in the last century. It is still one of the most quoted reference sets in the field of religion and biblical studies to this day. Over the years, many scholars and professors have commented on the many articles in this series which are addressed in no other reference work. It is a popular goto series for our own writers and researchers.

Why won’t this set make it through Pre-Pub? One problem is that the series has always been a library resource. Not that many private copies were ever sold. With a retail value of nearly $800, it has been out of reach for all but the most ardent enthusiasts. Perhaps, together, we can bring this fine work within reach of everyone.

I know you are probably not interested in spending $800 for a collection you have never heard of, but maybe you would be interested at $20, $30, or $40. I know I would. Help us save this set for future generations. Take the opportunity to bid for this set for pennies on the dollar.

Community Pricing ensures you will never pay an amount higher than your bid and you may even win the opportunity to purchase at a lower price if enough people participate. The only way to lose out is to bid lower than the final price that covers production costs.

With Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics (13 vols.) available on your ipod, Iphone, iPad, or Android device—you could be a walking encyclopedia yourself!

Bestselling Author Carol Kent Raves about Logos Bible Software

Carol Kent and Logos Presenter Scott Lindsey during the Women in Ministry Summit.

Last week we ran a blog post on one attendee’s experience at the Women in Ministry Summit Logos hosted. We wanted to share another testimonial of how this day of training and fellowship positively impacted these ministry leaders.

Today’s guest post is from the founder of Speak Up Ministries, Carol Kent, who attended the Summit. Carol is an international public speaker and the bestselling author of several books. She blogs and directs an annual Speak Up Conference to equip the next generation of speakers, writers, and leaders.

Do you have a heart for teaching God’s Word, but a limited budget? Have you ever wondered which reference books you should purchase to best get prepared to minister to others? Do you love the Bible and long to share truth with your Bible class, retreat group, or small group?

I could have answered “Yes” to all of those questions before I was introduced to Logos Bible Software. Now, instead of spreading reference books all over my dining room table to prepare for a message, I have an entire library loaded on my laptop, so I can study on a plane, in my home, or on the road.

Logos Bible Software has revolutionized the way I do Bible study. I have Greek and Hebrew definitions of Bible words at hand by hovering my curser over any verse.

Preparation that used to take me twelve hours for one message now takes only a third of that time.

I love this software, but the best part of Logos is the people who work for this remarkable company. I have never experienced customer service that is so personalized and helpful. Scott Lindsey and the Logos team who sponsored The Women in Ministry Summit in Dallas made learning fun! They were patient, long-suffering, humorous, giving, and encouraging.

I am impressed with their program, but even more, I appreciate the way in which—even at the summit—they created an atmosphere for learning that made the most technologically challenged person feel included. The Women in Ministry Summit rocked in every way.

Here are a few of Carol’s pictures from the Summit. Check out all of the photos from the Women in Ministry Summit in our Facebook album.

See for Yourself What Logos 4 Can Do for Your Bible Study

Take a tour of the features available in Logos 4, and see how this award-winning software can take your Bible study to the next level! Then take a look at our base packages and see which one might be right for you.

10 Pre-Pubs for Your Old Testament Studies

We recently shared some suggestions for finding bargains on Logos.com. One suggestion was to keep your eye on the Pre-Pub page, a valuable place to get new resources at a fantastic price.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of Old Testament resources available on Pre-Pub. We wanted to highlight a few which—if you act fast—you can purchase before they go into development.

  1. Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection (11 vols.)
  2. Isaiah 40–66: A Commentary
  3. Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS on Nevi’im (7 vols.)
  4. Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS Old Testament Monographs (7 vols.)
  5. Studies in Old Testament Themes (6 vols.)
  6. Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection (18 vols.)
  7. History of Old Testament Interpretation Collection (14 vols.)
  8. Studies on Esther (4 vols.)
  9. Studies on Joshua Collection (3 vols.)
  10. Studies on Zechariah (4 vols.)

Take advantage of these Pre-Pub prices soon. It will only take a few more orders to kick most of these items into production!

Leave us a comment and let us know which of these Pre-Pubs you would love to add to your library!

The Ninth Annual Logos Bake-Off

We use the word culture to define the shared values and practices of a group, and one can get a real sense of the culture at Logos by our many cook-offs. What sort of things would you learn from a cook-off about the company culture at Logos?

  • We love to eat
  • We value the community building activity of eating together
  • We have a healthy appreciation for competition

Consider the ninth annual Logos bake-off. This event was held on the afternoon of August 16, in the historic Flatiron Building.

Ten brave contestants offered their best baked goods to hundreds of hungry Logos employees. In the end, three entrants were chosen as this year’s crème de la crème:
  1. David Ladiges: Chocolate Chip Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
  2. Bethany Olsen: Butterfinger Pie
  3. Caleb Hazel: Barnyard Berry Cheesecake

David was more than happy to share the recipe for his award winning cheesecake pie with us!

Guilt Free Chocolate-chip Strawberry Cheesecake

2 Chocolate Oreo Pie Crusts
1 1/2 lbs. cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream (room temperature)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 tablespoons vanilla
12 ounces chocolate chips
1–2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
Strawberry filling (vary amount to taste)

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and mix until smooth again. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until smooth once more. Add eggs and, yes, mix until smooth. Stir in 9 ounces of chocolate chips, reserving the remaining chips. Divide evenly into the pie crusts.
  2. Spread strawberry filling over the pie filling in an “S” shape and, using a knife, make shallow cuts in the filling to create a marbled effect mixing the topping into the filling. (Use about 2–5 tablespoons of filling per pie as desired). Reserve some strawberry filling for the topping.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50–60 minutes. When the center is nearly set (usually around 55 minutes) turning off the oven, open the oven door and leave the pies cooling for one hour.
  4. Remove pies to counter or wire rack to cool to room temperature before chilling in the refrigerator for 3—4 hours. After pies are chilled, spread a very thin layer of strawberry filling over the top of the pies. (Use about 1—2 tablespoons of filling per pie).
  5. Melt reserved chocolate chips and mix in whipping cream until smooth. Divide evenly over the pies and spread until tops of the pies are completely covered. Return pies to fridge to chill until ready to serve.

Join Us!

If you think your recipe could win the tenth annual bake-off or you would just like an opportunity to taste tons of tasty treats, why not look into a career with Logos Bible Software?

Leave us a comment and tell us what baked good you would enter in a Logos bake-off!

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