Don’t Miss Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible on Community Pricing!

The time to save on the Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.), is growing short. There’s only a short amount of time left before it leaves Community Pricing, so place your bid today to get in on this limited-time low price!

Editor and biblical scholar James Hastings, who also edited the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels, and the one-volume Dictionary of the Bible, put together this 4,500 page reference work. Hastings Dictionary of the Bible has writings and analyses from over 150 scholars and discusses more than 1,500 terms, making this a valuable resource to any Bible student.

The first four volumes each contain 900 pages of definitions of people, places, terms, and ideas like Abraham, education, jealousy, Kingdom of God, Palestine, plagues, the Sadducees, and hundreds more. The fifth volume includes helpful maps, articles, and indexes to support the other volumes in this collection.

The Dictionary of the Bible is searchable by subject, and with over 1,500 terms to research, it’s sure to enrich your Logos library tremendously.

Be sure to place your bid today and get this great deal!

An Interview with Dr. William Varner

Dr. William Varner’s To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary on James is now available on Pre-Pub. I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. Varner at this year’s Evangelical Theological Society’s meeting in San Francisco to ask him a few questions about his new commentary on James.

Logos: Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions Dr. Varner. Could you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

Dr. Varner: I was saved at the age of 17, did my undergraduate work at Bob Jones University, and then went on to receive my M.Div. and Th.M. (NT) at Biblical Seminary in PA. Along the way I also picked up an M.A. in Judaic studies at Dropsie College and an Ed.D. in theological education from Temple University. I teach at the Master’s College in Santa Clarita and I also pastor the Sojourners Fellowship at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.

Logos: How did this devotional commentary on James come to fruition?

Dr. Varner: Last winter I published a technical commentary on the Greek text of James. It was aimed at scholars and developed a discourse analysis perspective on the book. By the way, it is also available through Logos! The flock of three hundred folks that I pastor was mostly unable to benefit from the commentary due to its technical, linguistic nature. So I began posting on my blog some practical comments on James based on my research, but not expressing the ideas in technical language. I then edited those posts, added some new material, and also added a personal prayer after each section. Logos liked the idea and the rest is history.

Logos: What makes To Love God and to Love Others different from traditional commentaries on James?

Dr. Varner: Only that I try to work harder at applying the practical message of James even more than good traditional commentaries. Pastors and teachers can also utilize the comments since they are presented in outline “sermonic” form. Because James uses so much of the teaching of Jesus, it was easy to come up with the title, To Love God and Others, since Jesus uses such a “creed” to summarize the OT (Matt 22:37-39). James does the same, with a strong dose of our horizontal love to others. But he does not neglect our vertical love to God either. There is more theology in James than many realize. He is not just a moralist. His ethics are theologically grounded.

Logos: How can one incorporate your devotional commentary into their daily Bible study?

Dr. Varner: The reader can work through the sections of James one at a time, say six days a week, and finish the book in about five weeks. I have included the entire English text of James, so you can read a passage of 4-5 verses, and then read my devotional comments. Finally—and this is something that a commentary rarely does—I append a brief personal prayer at the end of each section where I try to formulate the truths in that passage into the petitions of the prayer. I try to follow the old three step approach: observe, interpret, apply.

Logos: Do you have any other writings on James forthcoming?

Dr. Varner: I am glad you asked. I am presently finishing work on another exegetical commentary on James, to be included in the series called the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. It is about twice as long as the discourse commentary that I previously mentioned and probably 10 times longer than the devotional commentary. I might add that Logos is sponsoring the publication of this significant set of commentaries on the entire Bible. I think that mine will be the second New Testament volume to appear.

Logos: Thanks Dr. Varner for taking the time to answer some questions.

If you want to get To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary at the amazing Pre-Pub price of $6.95 make sure you place your order soon.

15% Discount on Base Packages for the Holidays!

Whether you are a pastor, seminary student, Bible study leader, or are in need of an incredible tool for personal devotions, we have the perfect Logos 4 base package available for you. And we have extended the 15% off sale on base packages through the holidays! Simply use the coupon code SAVE15 to save.

Logos 4 is user-friendly enough to keep up on Bible and devotional reading; but powerful enough to be a personal research assistant in sermon preparation, dissertation writing, and in-depth Bible study. The intuitive nature, coupled with the adaptability of Logos 4, makes it a resource that is both capable and convenient.

Best Packages: Still Your Best Value

If you think about it, base packages are already an incredible deal. Take, for instance, Scholar’s Library: Platinum. With Platinum, you get over 1,200 resources worth nearly $18,000 in print:

That is already a savings of over 90% off the price of equivalent print editions. With the 15% holiday discount, you can save more than $250 on Scholar’s Library: Platinum!

Your Base Package on the Go!

When you add the benefits of mobility to Logos 4, things go from great to amazing! Imagine having your resources available on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device or accessing your books in any web browser on Biblia.com. Having your resources in the cloud means they are always there for you when you need them.

So check out our base packages and see which one is right for you, then save  15% off throughout the holidays using the coupon code SAVE15!

This Is Your Last Chance for Black Friday Savings!

Putting together the 2011 Black Friday sale has been a blast! We truly enjoy coming up with fun events that allow our users to save big on valuable resources. Unfortunately, the time to take advantage of these colossal deals is swiftly coming to an end. The Black Friday 2011 deals end tonight, November 28, at midnight (PST)!

But It’s Not Too Late!

The Black Friday Master Bundle

There is still time to purchase the hefty Black Friday Master Bundle. For only $999.95, you can own this 160-volume collection and save yourself over 85%!

You will get books by today’s top scholars:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! If you were to buy all these books in print, you would spend over $6,400. Even if you bought these books on Logos.com any other week of the year, you would have to pay more than $4,000. If you pick them up before midnight tonight, you get them for only $999.95—that’s a huge savings!

Enormous Deals on Popular Picks!

We are offering twelve of our most popular titles and collections at their lowest prices ever. It isn’t too late to find some phenomenal deals on titles like:

3 Additional Bundles

If you’re interested in particular titles from the colossal Black Friday Master Bundle, you can also take advantage of smaller bundles focused on the Old Testament, New Testament, and Bible reference. Each bundle contains dozens of bestsellers at around 80% off their list prices.

But That’s Not All!

Take advantage of the time that remains to go to Logos.com/BlackFriday and enter to win $250 in Logos cash! We will have 5 winners, there is no purchase necessary, and you can enter multiple times! Imagine the things you could get at Logos for $250—wow!

The time to save big on our Black Friday deals is running out. At midnight tonight, all of these sales come to an end. So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of these incredible offers while there’s still time!

Save Almost 85% with the Black Friday Master Bundle

When we put the Black Friday Master Bundle together, we created a collection of genuine value. We pulled together some of our best content: new releases, standard reference sets, bestsellers, and top commentaries and are offering it at one rock-bottom price.

Big Savings

For only $995.95, you get 157 volumes of top-shelf resources. If you were to buy all these books in print, you would spend over $6,400. Even if you bought these books on Logos.com any other week of the year, you would have to pay more than $4,000. But you can get every book in this collection for almost 85% off through Monday, November 28!

Powerful Resources

What kinds of collections will you find in the Black Friday Master Bundle? Well, you can find resources like:

If you were to buy these 5 collections alone from Logos.com you would spend more than $1,049— that’s $49.05 more than the cost of the Black Friday Master Bundle! With the Master Bundle you get these incredible collections plus 109 more volumes! That’s a lot of additional content for virtually nothing!

Take Advantage of Logos Payment Plans

We know that some of our users have a strict book purchasing budget. With the interest-free Logos Payment Plan, you can pick up the Black Friday Master Bundle for about $88 a month. Simply select the  Payment Plan option at checkout and keep your Black Friday purchase within your book budget.

Don’t forget, we have other Black Friday sales happening!

3 Additional Bundles

If you are interested in particular titles from the colossal Black Friday Master Bundle, you can also take advantage of smaller bundles focused on the Old Testament, New Testament, and Bible Reference. Each bundle contains dozens of bestsellers at around 80% off their list prices.

Lowest Prices Ever on Our Top Collections

In addition to the special Black Friday bundles, we’ve also taken twelve of our top products and marked them at steep discounts. So while you are picking up Black Friday bundles, you can still find some phenomenal deals on our top books and collections at the lowest prices we’ve ever offered.

Don’t Forget, You Can Enter to Win Logos Cash!

Head over to Logos.com/BlackFriday and enter to win. There is no purchase necessary, and you could end up with $250 in Logos cash to spend on even more great resources!

Act Soon, These Prices Won’t Last

All of our Black Friday prices end Monday, November 28! So act quickly, and take advantage of some of the best deals we have ever offered on these resources.

Vyrso’s Black Friday Sale: Inspirational Savings!

Get Piper’s A Holy Ambition Free!

There are some fantastic Black Friday sales happening right now at Vyrso.com, including an exclusive digital edition of John Piper’s A Holy Ambition. Vyrso is the only place you will find Piper’s ebook—and it’s free!

You’ll find more Christian titles for free on Vyrso this weekend. In addition to A Holy Ambition, these other ebooks are on us, too!

Great Titles, Deep Discounts

This Black Friday brings many more great titles at deep discounts—up to 80% off!

  • The Painted Table by Suzanne Field is just $1 today!
  • Bloodlines by John Piper teaches how the good news about Jesus Christ undermines the sins that feed racial strife.
  • Disciple by Bill Clem is a book about how God pursues people, how we pursue Him, and how He uses us to pursue others.
  • And many more!

These are just a few of the many great titles available in our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale. Be sure to tell your friends about these exclusive sales!

Black Friday 2011: Don’t Miss This Sale!

Are you looking for some Black Friday bargains? Look no further! We have sales on bundles, collections, and base packages running through Monday, November 28!

But that’s not all! We are also giving away $250 in Logos cash to 5 winners! Keep reading for details on how to enter.

Black Friday Bundles

We have created 4 amazing Black Friday bundles for you:

The Black Friday Master Bundle (160 vols.)

This is the largest bundle and the best deal we’re offering for Black Friday. But this deal is only available during this sale—after Monday, the price goes up.

The Black Friday Master Bundle is packed with new releases, standard reference sets, bestsellers, top commentaries, and more. We pulled together some of the best content we have and are offering them at one incredible price.

You’ll get books by today’s top scholars:

These are only a few of the names available in the Black Friday Master Bundle’s 160 volumes. With the Black Friday Master Bundle, you get an entire bookshelf full of top-quality resources for you digital library!

Incredible Savings!

If you were to buy all these books in print, you would spend over $6,400. Even if you bought these books on Logos.com any other week of the year, you would have to pay more than $4,000. Now you can get the Black Friday bundle for only $999.95. That’s saving over 85%! But this sale is only good through Monday, November 28.

3 More Black Friday Bundles!

We broke the Black Friday Master Bundle into 3 smaller bundles:

  • The Black Friday New Testament Bundle (50 vols.): $329.95—80% off
  • The Black Friday Reference Bundle (38 vols.): $399.95—81% off
  • The Black Friday Old Testament Bundle (72 vols.):  $499.95—82% off

If you’ve been considering getting only a few of the books in the collection, you can spring for one of the smaller Black Friday bundles instead. For example:

  • The JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection is $379.95 by itself, or for $120 more, you can get the The Black Friday Old Testament Bundle which features the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection—and 63 additional books.
  • The 5-volume Encyclopedia of Christianity is $349.95 by itself, or for only $50 more, you can get the The Black Friday Reference Bundle, which includes the Encyclopedia of Christianityplus 32 additional reference works!

These bundles feature incredible savings, but remember the Black Friday Master Bundle is going to get you the most material at the best possible price. With the Black Friday Master Bundle, you will save over $200 off the price of all the other bundles together.

Enormous Deals on Popular Picks!

As if that wasn’t enough, we are offering rock-bottom pricing on some of our most popular collections. This weekend you can save big on collections like:

15% Off of Base Packages

Last, but certainly not least, buy any of our base packages at 15% off using the coupon code SAVE15. Logos base packages are still the best deals. With a base package, you get the most resources at the greatest possible value already—and that’s before you take another 15% off the price!

Enter to Win a $250 Logos Cash!

Yes, you read that right. We are going to give a $250 Logos cash to 5 winners! 

You don’t have to spend a thing to get your name in the drawing! Simply head over to Logos.com/BlackFriday to enter.

Take a look at the great deals we are offering at Logos.com/BlackFriday. We’re pretty sure you’ll be as excited as we are. And remember to enter our huge giveaway while you’re there. You could be one of the 5 people with $250 Logos cash!

Recommended Commentaries: Judges

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights 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.

Judges Commentaries

We asked Hebrew Language Specialist Josh Westbury to give us his favorite commentaries on Judges. Here are a couple of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

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

Don’t miss other posts in the Recommended Commentary Series!

Logos Teams Up with Zondervan for a #DailyDeal

This Daily Deal Has Expired! Keep Following Us on Twitter for More Daily Deals!

Those of you that follow us on Twitter know that our #DailyDeal program features a special 50% off deal every day of the week.

Today we are partnering with Zondervan to feature 1001 Illustrations that Connect, a powerful resource for preachers, teachers, and writers. Now you can add this collection of powerful illustrations—culled from Christianity Today‘s popular website Preaching Today.com—to your Logos 4 resources for 50% off using the coupon code DD5423 !

Make Sure You Don’t Miss Out on Future #DailyDeals!

After you pick up 1001 Illustrations that Connect,  make sure you get all of the great deals we have coming your way!

Here’s how:

  1. You’ll want to follow us on Twitter. You’ll need a Twitter account, or you can import our Twitter feed into a reader via RSS.
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Sharing these great deals with your friends and followers is really easy! Simply click ‘retweet’ so all of your friends on Twitter can get in on the deal, too!

So pick up your copy of 1001 Illustrations that Connect  at 50% off, and  make sure you check out tomorrow’s #DailyDeal!

Logos 4: Create a Block Diagram of a Biblical Passage

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 seminars and provides many training materials.

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One of the most common questions I get asked during the breaks at Camp Logos is, “How do I create a sentence diagram?” After a little discussion, I discover the Logos user normally doesn’t want a traditional line diagram (like we learned in middle school), but a block diagram that allows us to see the general thought structure of a biblical passage.  Let’s say as we’re reading Philippians 4:9 we’d like to see an “outline” of the text, at least as it appears in English. You’ll discover from what follows that this is a relatively easy (and painless) process in Logos:

  • Choose File | New | Sentence Diagram.
  • Name the diagram if you like.
  • Click Insert Passage.
  • Type a biblical reference in the Reference box like Phil 4.9 (the passage can be as short or long as you prefer).
  • Select a Bible like the ESV from the drop down list (a literal translation like the ESV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, or LEB works best for diagrams).
  • Select Text Flow diagram from the drop down list (this selection produces a block diagram as opposed to Line diagram which creates a traditional sentence diagram).
  • Select No alternate from the drop down list (you can of course select an alternate line of text if you wish).
  • Click Insert, which places the passage in the diagramming area
  • Click and hold the word learned.”
  • Drag the word learned” down one line and to the left so that it appears underneath the phrase what you have” (notice all of the text following learned” comes with you).
  • Click and hold the word and.”
  • Drag the word and” down one line and to the left so that it appears underneath the word learned” (notice all of the text following and” comes with you).
  • Repeat the above steps until you have created the block or text flow diagram you desire.

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You can now choose the Sentence Diagram panel menu and choose Print / Export to create a hard or electronic copy of this diagram.

See? I told you it would be easy. The key to making the block diagram is to select Text Flow diagram from the drop down list when you initially insert the passage.

I can’t begin to tell you how many of these I created on paper as I prepared sermons before Logos came along. Enjoy the technology with which the Lord has blessed our generation!

This is one of the many features covered in Camp Logos 2 Live, our DVD set on how to customize your Logos Bible Software. Camp Logos 2 Live is shipping the first week of December, but you can still pre-order at the discounted price.

How do you use block diagrams of a passage in your Bible study? Leave a comment and let us know!