3 Ways the Classics Help Your Christian Studies

ClassicalFoundationsBundle-201x300Earlier this month, we announced the release of the Noet app. Since your primary focus is probably the Bible, you’ll want to know how Noet texts enhance biblical and theological study, especially as we approach the end of Noet’s introductory discounts (January 27).

Here are three ways the classics aid your Christian studies:

1. Understand the context of Scripture

Understanding the world of antiquity helps you understand the New Testament. With the Perseus collection and Liddell and Scott’s Greek–English Lexicon, Noet’s Classical Foundations Bundle—a vast library spanning philosophy, literature, and the classics—gives you texts and tools that will deepen your understanding of classical literature and its world.

Take Paul’s letters, for example. It’s no secret that Paul took advantage of the Greco-Roman literary conventions of his day. Studying the works of Roman rhetoricians like Cicero and Quintilian, contemporaries of Paul’s, illuminates issues of composition, form, and structure in Paul’s letters (see 1 Cor. 4:8–13). You can study earlier literature, too—for instance, you’ll see how the writings of ancient Greek rhetoricians like Demosthenes and Lysias influenced their Roman successors. With LSJ and a host of Greek and Latin grammars, you can explore these primary texts and their historical relationships.

You’ll also get key Roman works like Livy’s History of Rome and Julius Caesar’s Civil Wars, which provide insight into Rome and its evolution from republic to empire. Read the letters of Pliny the Younger, which provide the earliest accounts of Roman persecution of Christians. Against this backdrop, the emergence of Christ, and his proclamation of a kingdom of peace and mercy, become even more miraculous.

2. Explore key categories in Christian theology

The Classical Foundations Bundle includes several key philosophical texts. When it comes to ancient philosophy, no Logos library is complete without the works of Plato and Aristotle. Plato’s dialogues, for example, articulate the theory of forms, which posits the existence of distinct physical and spiritual realms. (In his Confessions, Augustine would later credit the Platonic worldview and its hierarchical ordering of the universe as instrumental in his coming to Christianity.)

Likewise, Thomas Aquinas’ massive Summa Theologica (which you can add separately) represents an effort to reconcile the revelation of Christianity with an Aristotelian framework. For example, Aquinas’ appeal to the “unmoved mover” (in one of his five proofs of God’s existence) draws on Aristotle’s notion of a “prime mover.”

The philosophical texts included in the Classical Foundations Bundle don’t stop there—you’ll also get key works by modern philosophers like Descartes, Hume, and Kant, all of whom were influenced by (and continue to influence the shape of) Christian theological reflection. Plus, you’ll be learning more with Logos-powered study tools—there’s simply no better way to explore the relationships between philosophy and Scripture.

3. Discern Christianity’s influence on literature

In addition to classics and philosophy, the Classical Foundations Bundle includes the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection, a broad library of the West’s key literary texts. And since the Bible sits at the foundation of Western culture, it’s no surprise to find its influence throughout the history of literature.

Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, for example, is a narrative rich with themes of suffering, guilt, and redemption. Tracing the experience of Rodion Raskolnikov after he commits a grisly murder, Dostoyevsky takes us on a harrowing interior journey of moral anguish, exploring the psychological effects of guilt. Written in response to the nihilism of his day, Dostoyevsky’s narrative culminates in Raskolnikov’s confession, indicating that sin cannot be forever hidden while reflecting the promise of redemption that Dostoyevsky recognized in Christianity.

Don’t miss out on introductory pricing!

Expand your library today: add these core texts in the Western intellectual tradition. You’ll make Logos an even more powerful tool for research and study, whether you’re interested in philosophy, the classics, and literature, or purely in biblical and theological study.

Introductory discounts and Dynamic Pricing—you’ll want to take advantage of these savings before they expire on January 27. Choose your favorite Noet bundles today!

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