Archive - May, 2012

Save on These Pre-Pubs under $15

Keeping your eye on the Pre-Pub page is still one of the best ways to find a bargain on Logos.com.

You’ll find some of the best deals on resources while they are generating interest in Pre-Pub. Once these products ship the price goes up, and you’ll rarely find them priced this low again.

Check out these Pre-Pubs priced at less than $15. Some of them ship soon, so order now!

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Logos 4: Locate Greek Words in an English Bible

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 many powerful aspects of Logos is its ability to take us English students back to the original languages of the Bible, even though we may not be language scholars. Logos accomplishes this through the reverse interlinear option. Many of the questions I receive are related to the reverse interlinear, such as this one a Logos user recently sent:

How do I search for 2 Greek words within proximity of each other?  For example:
grace WITHIN 5 words righteousness (grace and righteousness in original languages)

I answered a similar question a few months ago in a blog, but since this is a common question I’ll address it again from a slightly different angle.

  • Open an English Bible (containing the reverse interlinear) to a passage, such as Colossians 1:2, containing the first word you want to locate. (1)
  • Right click on a word such as grace . (2)
  • Select Lemma | Search this resource. (3)(4)
  • Take the Bible to a passage, such as Matthew 3:15, containing your second word.
  • Right click on your word such as righteousness.
  • Select Lemma | Search this resource.
  • Notice you now have two search panels open.
  • Add this text to the search query in the first search panel: WITHIN 5 words.
  • Copy and paste the search query text from the second search panel to the first.
  • Make sure the query looks like this: 
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  • Use the drop down lists to adjust the search ranges.
  • Press the Enter key to initiate the search.

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Logos now locates all the occurrences of these two Greek words within five words of each other—in your English Bible!

Please note these very important observations:

If the search type is set to Bible then both terms have to be in the same verse!

If the search type is set to Basic then both terms have to be in the same chapter!

If you enjoyed this tip about using English Bibles to accomplish original language work, then you’ll benefit from Camp Logos Live 2 DVD training which highlights numerous ways for English students to dig into Hebrew and Greek using Logos.

How has digging into the Hebrew and Greek helped your study of the Bible? Leave a comment and let us know!

Last Chance: All Zondervan Pre-Pubs Ship Friday!

Time is running out to pick up incredible content from Zondervan at Pre-Pub prices. The following collections will ship Friday, May 18—don’t miss out!

Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 3 (63 vols.)

This all-encompassing collection of reference material comprises groundbreaking studies tackling important subjects such as ethics, major world religions, theology, and much more.

You can get 63 new Zondervan books at some of the best prices available anywhere—digital or print. Books like Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith, a dozen new volumes in the NIV Application Commentary, and many more are available for pre-order in a discounted 63-volume bundle .

If you were to get all these books in print, you would pay $1,674.37, and even if you searched the web and found the best deals, you would still pay well over $1,000.00. For a couple more days, you can get all these books for around $899.95 on Pre-Pub, which works out to around $14 per volume.

This pricing is only available until this collection ships Friday, May 18. After we ship, the price will jump, so the window of time to get this discount is quickly closing.

This hefty bundle is composed of the following twelve collections which also ship May 18:

Whether you  invest in the entire 63-volume reference bundle or hand-pick a few of these amazing collections, you need to act soon. We ship all of these Zondervan books May 10, and then the price goes up. Pre-order them now!

Enrich Your Walk at the Faithlife Women Conference

Need an opportunity to get away with girlfriends and strengthen your faith? Looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will have you and your mom digging through the Bible together?

The Faithlife Women conference is bringing together acclaimed speakers to talk about issues like love, family, marriage, and hope. Join us September 6–8 in Dallas, TX, and learn practical, life-changing truth straight from Scripture.

Speakers include:

Angela Thomas

Angela has authored 11 books, including the bestsellers Do You Think I’m Beautiful, My Single Mom Life, and When Wallflowers Dance. Angela ignites passion for knowing God by using her life experiences to teach scriptural principles.

Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz is the author of 28 books, including the bestselling Bad Girls of the Bible series. She’s an award-winning columnist for Today’s Christian Woman. Liz has also written articles for Faith and Friends, Woman Alive, and Enhance. More than 4,000 churches nationwide are using her video Bible study series, Loved by God.

Dr. Lois Evans

Dr. Evans divides her service between Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church and the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Board of Directors, the Dallas Baptist University Woman’s Auxiliary Board, the NRB Television Board, and The Urban Alternative Board of Directors. She has authored a number of books, including Seasons of a Woman’s Life and Stones of Remembrance.

And don’t miss powerful worship times with a unique artist:

Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith inspires women toward the heart of God through stories, songs, and Scripture. She is the author of Broken into Beautifulwhich shares a title with the heart-stirring song that she cowrote and recorded. Her latest CD, Uncluttered, was released in early 2011.

For a limited time, we’ll be offering the conference at a discounted rate of $79. After May 21, the price goes up to $99.

Go to faithlifewomen.com/live to register, or call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467! We’ll see you at the Faithlife Women Conference!

Buried Treasures in the Sands of Egypt

B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt

In 1897, two archeologists stumbled upon the greatest cache of papyrus manuscripts ever discovered. B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt’s discovery of over two thousand manuscripts buried in a trash heap in the sands of Oxyrhynchus was a watershed event for New Testament and lexicography studies.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, as they’ve come to be known, date from as early as the first century CE all the way through the ninth century CE. They include literary works from Homer, Plato, and Sophocles, as well as other important works from antiquity. Also buried in the sands were some of the earliest manuscript witnesses to the New Testament writings. Among these discoveries were fragments of Matthew 1, Romans 1, and 1 John 4, parts of 1 Corinthians and Philippians, and a leaf from Revelation. These discoveries gave paleographers and lexicographers new manuscripts to analyze and compare with the thousands already at their disposal.

Why Is This Discovery Important for New Testament Studies?

Before the discovery of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, New Testament Greek was often called “Holy Ghost Greek.” This referred to the unusual style and syntax used by New Testament authors in their writings. Scholars like Adolf Deissmann and J. H. Moulton noted that the style of the New Testament was similar to that of personal letters, informal notes, and other non-literary documents found amongst the other Oxyrhynchus Papyri manuscripts. The discovery of the papyri put to rest the theory of a divinely inspired Greek language and allowed scholars to analyze the language of the New Testament alongside contemporary first-century writings.

Having the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1–15) in your Logos library allows you to do serious textual studies first-hand. For anyone engaged in textual criticism, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri are an indispensable tool. Instead of doing research based on what other experts say, you can engage in critical research with the primary sources themselves! What’s more, included with the Greek inscriptions are discussions on particular examples, translations with line-by-line commentary and the reasoning behind textual reconstructions, and references to relevant parallels. So even if your Greek is not as good as it once may have been, the  Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1–15) is still a valuable reference tool for contextual study of the New Testament.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri are on Community Pricing, and what makes Community Pricing so great is that it lets you set the price! The final price will be the lowest one with enough bids to cover production costs. To snag a copy of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1-15) at the lowest possible price, all you have to do is make sure your bid is at or above the final community bid.

Place your bid now, and tell everyone that might be interested in this resource to bid too. The more who bid, the quicker this goes into production at the lowest possible price!

Exclusive Mother’s Day Deals from Logos!

Wondering what to get your wife or mom for Mother’s Day? Don’t get her something that will grow less significant over time; give her a gift that will yield fruit for years to come. With Logos Bible Software, Mom can mine the riches of God’s Word for valuable insight and wisdom. More women are discovering the riches of Scripture using Logos Bible Software every day.

Take a tour of Logos 4 and see why  Kay Arthur, CEO and co-founder of Precept Ministries International, calls Logos “an awesome way to expand [your] understanding of the Word through the scholarship of others.”

A Very Special Mother’s Day Offer

We have been working hard on a special Women’s Library, and Mother’s Day seems like a perfect opportunity to offer a sneak peek at this new collection. In fact, we’re offering the Women’s Library for 15% off with the coupon code MOMDAY, and you can get it at Logos.com/WomensLibrary or through our sales department at 1-800-875-6467.

The Women’s Library collection features:

  • English Bibles
  • Topical studies
  • Bible commentaries
  • Bible references
  • Counseling resources
  • Introductions and surveys
  • And so much more!

On top of great resources for Bible study, the Women’s Library includes many other special titles like:

See all the contents of this collection at Logos.com/WomensLibrary.

The retail value of the Women’s Library is over $3500, but with this offer you can pick it up for less than $300! Does your mother or wife already own a base package? You can purchase the Women’s Library add-on which will add the distinctive titles from this collection to her library. Call 1-800-875-6467 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST) for special add-on prices! But hurry, this is a special introductory offer. This library will not be this price for long.

Take 15% off All Base Packages

Are you more interested in one of our other base packages? Take 15% off our popular base packages, with the coupon code MOMDAY. Compare the resources available in our various base packages to see which one is the right fit. She will love using Logos Bible Software to enhance her study and having the freedom to take her Bible study library and tools anywhere with free Logos mobile apps.

Get your gift in time for Mother’s Day by ordering your DVD with overnight shipping, or call our sales department to have them assign an immediate download. 

Whether you use the coupon code MOMDAY to get 15% off the exclusive Women’s Library or one of our other base packages, Mom will love a Mother’s Day gift that deepens and enriches her study of God’s Word.

Save 15% from Software Bíblico Logos—Now through May 10!

Did you know that Logos has a Spanish department? It’s true! The Logos Spanish department is bringing the best Bible study tools to the Spanish-speaking world.

If you know someone who could benefit from powerful Bible study tools in Spanish, forward this post to them and let them know about Software Bíblico Logos!

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Behind the Scenes: What Happens When Your Book Gets Updated?

One of the best parts of owning a book in Logos is that it’s constantly updated for free.

If you pay careful attention, you might notice new links and other obvious updates. But most of the updates happen under the hood—like updates to milestones, data types, and other pieces of functionality that make Logos books shine.
Here’s an example of the work we did on one of our resources, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary.

Updating the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is just under 7,300,000 words long. After looking at user-submitted typo reports and going over the entire dictionary ourselves, we identified around 800 typos, and fixed all of them. Or, to put it differently, we went from 99.989% accuracy to as close to 100% as possible. (I’m hesitant to say we hit 100%, because with a work this big, it’s inevitable that we—and all our users—missed one.)

This is even more impressive when you consider that 20% of the words in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary are in languages other than English: Aramaic, Danish, German, Greek, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Latin, Dutch, Norwegian, and a few other languages. There are also 61,141 words transliterated into English. That means finding typos is a little more complicated than running a spellchecker.

How We Fix Typos

Fixing typos isn’t as clear cut as it sounds. For some words, there isn’t a clear consensus on the correct spelling, like gray and grey. And a surprisingly large number of typos aren’t actually typos—they’re submitted by U.S. users encountering U.K. spelling, and vice versa. Many U.K. users report words like center as a typo, but U.S. users report centre. (As a general rule, we follow the print edition.) Other words are reported because they’re unfamiliar: we’ve received multiple reports of pine nut as a typo, with pine cone as the suggested correction. But a pine nut is a real thing, and it’s possibly referenced in Song of Songs 6:11.

For some of our resources, it’s not unusual to check a typo report against the print edition, only to find the typo exists in print as well. Fortunately this isn’t a problem with the print edition of the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, but with 22,000 books in Logos, there are bound to be typos even in well-proofed print source material. But unlike print, the Logos edition can be updated.

More Than Typo Updates

In addition to the typo fixes in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, we also added 4,810 bibliographic milestones. We added links for 39,080 bibliographic citations—both to resources already in your library and to resources that don’t yet exist, but will someday. We also linked thousands of references to 61 new data types.

The Anchor Bible Dictionary is just one of around 22,000 resources available in Logos. At any given time, we’re making thorough updates to hundreds of books, adding links, functionality, and other tweaks to make your books shine in current and future versions of Logos. All the updates work on all your devices—Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and Biblia.com. You always have access to the latest and greatest.

The best part? You get the updates automatically—absolutely free.

There’s nothing extra you need to do to get the latest, polished version. Nothing to buy. Nothing to click. It all happens in the background, all for free.

That means if you own the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, you already have all the updates described above. If you don’t own it, now is the perfect time to get it.

5 Reasons You Need a DMin from Knox

Ever wonder how a doctorate degree could enhance your ministry?

A doctor of ministry is the go-to degree for people already ministering at churches and on the mission field. DMin curricula include lots of lengthy written assignments, stacks and stacks of expensive textbooks, and plenty of academic exercises.

But Does Academic Work Carry Over into Ministry?

You’ll spend weeks, quarters, or semesters perfecting one project in seminary. You’ll also have a heads-up on projects and assignments in your syllabus and the structure of a classroom to help you prepare for tests and papers.

You don’t get that kind of leeway in ministry.

You need biblical answers now. You need to dig into the Scriptures, research current issues, and disciple people in God’s truth. You need a foundation of sound theology and immediate access to Christian information.

A traditional DMin program takes care of the theology part, but it doesn’t give you the tools to find answers now. In real-life ministry, you don’t have semesters on end to research what the Bible says on a given topic; you need answers by Sunday morning, by this week’s staff meeting, or by the end of this conversation.

So We Made a DMin That Uses Logos!

Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software have crafted a DMin in Preaching and Teaching that prepares you for today’s fast-paced, high-tech ministry environment. It’ll enrich and deepen your preaching and teaching with theological training from some of the world’s foremost Bible scholars:

  • Dr. Bruce K. Waltke, author of An Old Testament Theology
  • Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of Christianity Today’s “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers”
  • Dr. Sam Lamerson, professor of New Testament and pastor of 16 years
  • Dr. Warren A. Gage, professor of Old Testament and Chair of Christianity and Culture

And many of the textbooks you need to get your doctor of ministry are included in your very own Logos 4: Portfolio Edition. No kidding, people: your own Portfolio—our largest base package—is included in the price!

5 Reasons Why the Knox/Logos DMin Is So Important

The DMin in Preaching and Teaching from Knox gives you a few things that you won’t find in other programs:

  • You’ll learn from the finest scholars. You saw the lineup—these scholars will pass on their knowledge and expertise directly to you.
  • You’ll graduate a Logos expert. Your first class will prep you to use Logos like the tech-savviest of scholars. By the time you’re hooded, you’ll be a regular Morris Proctor
  • You can keep your job and church. You’ll attend up to four on-site classes every year; do the rest of your studies wherever you want!
  • Your ministry will have lifelong momentum. Armed with sound doctrine and the finest Bible research technology, you’ll be prepared to quickly find the answers your congregation’s needs.
  • Logos Bible Software will cover your airfare booking and costs for your first on-site class if you apply before May 30, 2012!

Make Your Doctorate Count!

If you’re ready to start earning your “Dr.,” get one that equips you for powerful lifelong ministry through world-class teaching and Logos Bible Software. Check out the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching from Knox today.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Just Got Better!

Many pastor’s studies, seminary libraries, and Christian homes contain at least one volume of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. This commentary series has become a benchmark tool for pastors and Bible students alike. Winning the coveted Gold Medallion Book Award for exceptional Christian content and selling two million copies, the Expositor’s Bible Commentaries have provided exceptional Bible study content to this generation.

Your Favorite Commentary Series—Completely Updated!

Zondervan is continuing this award-winning legacy with a completely revised and updated Expositor’s Bible Commentary for a new millennium. This new series contains 60% more content and provides the most recent evangelical scholarship from world-class scholars including new contributors like: George Guthrie, John WaltonEugene H. Merrill, and Andreas Köstenberger.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition will add depth to your preaching, teaching, and study with brand-new commentaries covering over 30 books of the Bible written by today’s most respected teachers, pastors, and scholars. The whole revision is being overseen by general editors Tremper Longman and David Garland.

New commentaries in the revised series include the following (other volumes have been revised and updated throughout):

Pick up the commentary series that Craig Keener calls “an abundance of excellent scholarship from many of the most prominent and careful evangelical biblical scholars today.”

Get it on Pre-Pub today for only $319.99!

What If I Already Own the Expositor’s Bible Commentary?

You may own the original Expositor’s Bible Commentary series. That’s okay. Simply call us at 800-875-6467 to find out if you qualify for the special $274.99 upgrade price! Special pricing expires May 15, 2012, so call now!

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