Archive - January, 2014

Logos 5: Drag Items to Open Them

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

Just in case you haven’t discovered yet, Logos isn’t one-size-fits-all—rather, it’s customizable in numerous ways. For instance, maybe when you click a shortcut icon or menu item, the feature opens in a location you don’t prefer. If so, try this simple trick: rather than clicking the option, drag and drop it in the precise place you desire.

For example:

  • Choose the Tools menu (A).
  • Click, hold, and drag Information (B).

  • Notice the highlighted blue portion of the screen as you drag (C).

  • Drop Information when the blue section is in the area you desire (D).

This easy tip will save you time as you manage your Logos desktop.

4 Ways to Get the Logos News You Want

Computer keyboard mailLogos offers more than 40,000 titles, plus lots of other tools and resources. With a selection like that, it can be hard to make sure you’re hearing about the products you care about.

Here are four ways to make sure you stay in the know:

1. Logos user survey:

Are you a pastor? A professor? A student? Do you study the original languages? What mobile platforms do you use? Questions like these not only help us serve you better right now; they help us ensure we’re moving in the right direction to serve you tomorrow.

You can start the survey, stop at any time, and then pick up wherever you left off. Feel free to skip questions that don’t apply (or you don’t feel like answering). Start the survey now!

2. Faithlife profile:

The info on your Faithlife profile not only helps us get to know you better—it helps other users in the Logos forums get to know you, too.

Oh, and when you’re filling out your Faithlife profile, make sure you include your birthday (and sign up for the Personalized Offers email list) so we know when to send you your gift!

3. Email lists:

We have an amazing number of email lists, and that’s by design. We want you to get the news you want and skip the information you’re not going to care about.

Not only do we have lists for special offers, freebies, and company news; we have a ton of lists based on your interests and preferences, like:

  • Greek studies
  • Theology
  • Orthodox resources
  • Pauline studies
  • Church history and biography
  • And many more

Head to the email-list and RSS-feed page and choose the news you want!

4. Wish lists:

Your wish list is a great way to keep track of what you’d like to add to your library. Not only will you be able to remember which resources you’ve been considering—we’ll even let you know when one of your wish-list items goes on sale.

Start populating your wish list now!

We want to help you hear about only the stuff you’re interested in, not the stuff you’re not. If you have any questions about how your information is used, check out our updated privacy policy and terms of service.

Find the Right Meaning with the Bible Sense Lexicon

Logos 5 Spring SaleIn a previous post, we saw how the Bible Sense Lexicon is like a net that, when homonyms get you tangled up, lets you capture only the exact meanings you want. Here we continue by looking at how extensions of a meaning can entangle you, too.

Consider the verb “fish.” It seems like a relatively straightforward word, meaning “to catch or try to catch fish.” But have you ever “fished” for your keys in your pocket? Have you ever seen someone “fish” for a compliment? Word meanings can extend in any number of ways.

Specialize your searches

Common biblical words often have a myriad of extended meanings. Take, for example, the Hebrew and Greek words for “house.” These words can refer to a house (the physical building), a family (i.e., the people who live in a house), a people group (as in the house of Israel), or a temple (i.e., the house of YHWH), among other meanings.

Now imagine you want to do a Bible study on the temple when it’s referred to as God’s “house.” With a regular search in English, this is almost impossible—there’s no uniform way the temple is referred to as God’s house across translations. Sometimes it’s called “the house of the Lord,” sometimes “the house of God,” sometimes just “the/this house”; sometimes translators render “house” as “temple.” (For example, in the New American Standard Bible, 2 Chronicles 32:21 reads, “And when he had entered the temple of his god,” where temple is the Hebrew word for “house.”)

We can try a few of these searches to get a feel for the difficulties. First, let’s try to be as general as possible:

  • Open a search box.
  • Type “house” in the search box and click enter.

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As you might have guessed, this is not a very useful search—it gives over 1,800 results! Let’s try to be more specific, but before we do, let’s make sure we’re not missing anything.

In the open search box, click your preferred Bible and change the setting by clicking “Top Bibles.”

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Now let’s search our top Bibles for something more specific: type “house of the Lord” (with quotation marks) in the search box, and click enter. Scroll through the different headings in the search results, and see how many hits you got in each of your top Bibles.

Here’s a sampling:

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No Bible produces the same results, and we haven’t even looked for “house of God” yet!

This is not to speak badly of Bible translations; it’s only to point out the Bible translations weren’t really created with search in mind. Could there be a better way to find all the places where the temple is referred to by the concept of “house”?

  • First, open the Bible Sense Lexicon in Logos 5.

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  • Next, type “house” in the Bible Sense Lexicon’s search box.
  • Mouse over any item in the dropdown to discover if it has the meaning you’re looking for.

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  • Click the label for “temple ⇔ house” in the dropdown.

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We get 631 results for this meaning of “house”! These will be all the occurrences of this meaning, regardless of whether the text says just “house” or whether it says “house of God / the Lord.”

Finally, mouse over the verse references in the Bible Sense Lexicon panel, or click them to see the verses in context:

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Don’t waste your time constructing searches that might not get you the results you want. Cast your net more wisely: check out the Bible Sense Lexicon.

Get the Bible Sense Lexicon by purchasing or upgrading to Gold today!

Last Chance! Don’t Miss Your Introductory Savings on Noet Bundles

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A few weeks ago, we started shipping Noet bundles, and we marked the occasion with some very special limited-time savings. Now we’re down to just three days—after Monday, January 27, Noet’s introductory discounts disappear forever!

This is your last chance to get introductory savings on a Logos-powered study library in philosophy, literature, or the classics. You don’t want to miss out—browse the Noet libraries right now.

When you add a Noet bundle, you get:

1. A complete library of key texts

noet-classical-foundations-bundle Whatever your interests, you’ll find a Noet bundle that gives you your discipline’s core works.

  • If you’re interested in philosophy and apologetics, the Ancient and Modern Philosophy Bundles give you the works of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Hume, and others.
  • If you’re interested in the New Testament, the Biblical Greek Bundle gives you Nestle-Aland’s Greek NT, 27th ed., plus LSJ, Porter’s Idioms of the Greek New Testament, and much more.
  • If you’re interested in ancient languages, the Biblical Greek, Classical Greek, and Classical Latin Bundles give you important primary texts and valuable study resources.
  • If you’re an all-around exegete, you’ll find a complete library of classical context in Noet’s Classical Foundations Bundle.

The great thing is that these libraries are carefully curated to give you the texts you’ll need. You won’t waste time on the legwork of rounding up hard-to-find editions—just pick up the Noet bundle that fits your study.

2. Logos-powered study features

noet-ancient-philosophy-bundleNoet books aren’t just important—they’re smart. With Noet’s free mobile app, you can study your new library using powerful research tools:

  • Run precise cross-library searches.
  • Set a primary source to scroll in sync with its commentary or translation.
  • See Greek and Latin gloss and morphology with a tap.
  • Remember what you learn with highlights and searchable notes that sync across all your devices.

Don’t have the mobile app yet? You can get it absolutely free!

So, let’s pause: you’re getting essential texts, powerful study tools, a terrific value, and additional limited-time savings.

Why haven’t you already picked up a Noet bundle?

“Noet is expensive”

noet-harvard-fiction-collectionClearly, the Noet editions are much more valuable than paper textbooks—they give you all the books you need, they help you learn more, faster, and they help you remember what you learn. The cool thing is that they’re a better value, too. If you’re a student, you’re probably paying hundreds of dollars for a single semester’s worth of books. With Noet, you can take that book budget and get entire discipline-specific libraries.

Plus, not only do Noet bundles give you the most important books, in carefully curated libraries, connected by smart study features, all for less than what you’re already paying for paper textbooks—for just three more days, introductory savings make them an even better deal.

Take advantage of your introductory savings: pick out your favorite Noet bundle right now.

(P.S. Don’t want to spend your book budget all at once? Spread out the costs with an interest-free payment plan!)

“I’m interested in the Bible, not the classics”

noet-biblical-greek-bundleYou appreciate rigorous study and nuanced interpretation, but you’d rather devote all your attention to Scripture. Why, then, read the classics?

Well, intellectual history and the history of Christian theology aren’t distinct disciplines—they’re a conversation, and they have been ever since Paul started using Greco-Roman rhetorical strategies to drive his points home.

In the West, the Bible is the ultimate classic, and Christian theology is woven into our literary and philosophical canon. When you study the classics, you aren’t turning your back on the Bible—you’re joining the conversation it’s been part of for millennia.

Engage the culture: pick out a Noet bundle while you can still get your introductory savings.

“Noet just doesn’t sound that interesting”

noet-harvard-classics-collectionA confession: I find some philosophy boring. I find certain philosophers’ prose intolerably dense. There are writers I’ve been trying to like for years who, deep down, I know I’ll never like. But none of that matters, because I’ve found the classical authors I love. You will, too, and then you’ll hear their ideas echo through everything else you read, just like you hear the Bible in the pages of Dostoyevsky.

But you don’t need me to describe what it’s like to get immersed in a beautiful, fascinating book. You’ve felt it.

And you know how hard it can be to find books like that, books that connect writer and reader across the barriers of time and language. With a Noet bundle, you’re getting the classics, preselected for quality by centuries of readers like you. What’s more, Noet’s study tools make deep, connected reading easier: they show you original-language nuance with a tap, and they connect you to related texts so you can focus on what you’re reading, not on indexes and tables of contents.

You don’t have to think all the classics are interesting to discover your next favorite writer. Browse all the Noet libraries at Noet.com/Products.

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You have only three more days to take advantage of your introductory savings—on Monday, January 27, they’ll be gone forever.

Don’t miss out: add your favorite Noet bundles at Noet.com/Products!

Why People Love the Spurgeon Commentary on Galatians

Spurgeon Commentary GalatiansLast fall, we released a unique publishing project—the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. Spurgeon preached and wrote a great deal on Galatians, but he never wrote a commentary on it. So we did the legwork of gathering his insights into one volume.

The resulting resource is valuable for anyone interested in what Spurgeon has to say about any passage in Galatians. It collects his thoughts and organizes them according to exposition, illustration, application, and even theme—that way you can see what stories Spurgeon told about, say, evangelism.

Why it’s so useful

We asked several reviewers to tell us what they thought of the resource, and they were unanimous in their praise! Here are samples from three reviews:

“I would, without hesitation, recommend Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians. This is a very, very good resource, and one that will surely be a terrific addition to any Logos user’s library.” —Aaron Armstrong, Blogging Theologically

“With such a large amount of material spoken by Spurgeon and so little written, it can be very difficult to discover insights on particular passages or topics from this great pastor theologian. What that means is that Logos Bible Software combed through Spurgeon’s 3,500+ sermons for direct allusions to or quotations of the book of Galatians and compiled this commentary accordingly—all so that we can easily get to Spurgeon’s insight on a particular passage.” —Jason Brueckner, The Brave Reviews

“If you are among the thousands who appreciate Spurgeon’s teaching, this resource promises to dramatically decrease research and preparation time—good news for time-starved Bible preachers and teachers.” —David Daniels, WiseReader

Join these happy reviewers in benefiting from the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians—get your copy right now!

P.S. Want to receive future volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary Collection at a discount? Pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters.

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!

Vyrso’s Top 5 Deals, Interviews, and Posts

Vyrso LogoThe Vyrso blog is having its best month ever! We’ve offered a bunch of free books, listed our top picks from 2013, interviewed some of the most promising up-and-coming Christian authors, and more.

If you’re missing out on some of Vyrso’s best content, here are five posts you need to check out:

1. Resolve to Grow: Get 20 Devotionals under $5

Make 2014 the year you commit to spending more daily time with God. To help, we’re offering 20 devotionals for less than $5 each! Through January 27, you can save on bestselling authors like Sarah Young, Jarrid Wilson, and others.

2. Top 15 Authors to Watch in 2014

We reached out to some of the most popular Christian publishers to ask which authors to watch in 2014. The result is this list of incredibly talented writers. From names you’ve probably never heard of to already-burgeoning stars, this is your go-to list for staying in the know on new Christian talent.

3. Growing toward Christlikeness: An Interview with Dr. Andrew DavisAn Infinite Journey

Dr. Andrew Davis’ first book has already received glowing reviews from the likes of D. A. Carson and Tim Challies. In his exclusive interview with Vyrso, Dr. Davis, one of our authors to watch, talks about the roadblocks to Christian maturity, his passion to explain how justification and sanctification relate, and his “infinite journey” to glorify God.

4. Win an iPad mini, Logos 5 Gold, and Real Marriage by Mark Driscoll

Mark and Grace Driscoll’s annual Real Marriage conference is right around the corner, and to kick-start this exciting event, we’re giving away some awesome free stuff! Until February 20, you can enter to win an iPad mini, Logos 5 Gold, Real Marriage, and the Real Marriage Participant’s Guide. Plus, you can use coupon code LOGOSRM to get 10% off the Real Marriage simulcast. Register for the simulcast and enter to win today!

5. Vyrso’s Top 20 Reader Favorites of 2013vyrso-badges_reader-fav-300

Our roundup of last year’s most downloaded books is awesome for two reasons: 1., it tells you which books you need to add to your 2014 reading list, and 2., most of the featured books are either free or heavily discounted. Check out our top 20 reader favorites today!

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Stay tuned to all the action: subscribe to Vyrso Voice and be the first to know about free books, new authors, and exclusive interviews.

10 Pre-Pubs You’re About to Miss

Pre-Publication is your last chance to pre-order new resources at awesome discounts. Some products don’t spend much time in the pre-order stage, so keeping an eye on the Pre-Pub page is always a good idea. Not only will you get new books for less—you’ll have them as soon as they’re released.

Here are 10 Pre-Pubs shipping in the next few weeks—don’t miss out!

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1. Evangelical Theology

Regularly $39.95—pre-order it for $29.95

Evangelical Theology is a systematic theology written from the perspective of a biblical scholar. Michael F. Bird contends that the center, unity, and boundary of the evangelical faith is the evangel, or gospel, as opposed to things like justification by faith or inerrancy.

2. Historical Theology In-Depth

Regularly $69.95—pre-order it for $49.95

In Historical Theology In-Depth, David Beale explores the doctrines, movements, and heresies that have defined Christianity’s history and continue to shape theology today. Volume 1 examines the Greek apologists, the theological traditions of Alexandria and Carthage, the battlefields of the ecumenical councils, and the writings of IrenaeusTertullianAugustine, and others from the first century through the early Reformation.

james-r-white-collection3. James R. White Collection

Regularly $168.24—pre-order it for $119.95

This 12-volume collection gives you engaging, relevant works by seasoned apologist and acclaimed author James R. White. These books cover a variety of topics: the Qur’an, the beliefs of Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, the differences between Catholicism and evangelical Christianity, the doctrines of the Trinity and justification, and more.

4. How We Got the New Testament: Text, Transmission, Translation

Regularly $21.99—pre-order it for $19.95

Stanley Porter, one of the world’s foremost experts in New Testament language and literature, offers a historical overview of the writing, transmission, and translation of the New Testament. Porter rigorously defends the traditional goal of textual criticism: to establish the original text. He reveals fascinating details about the earliest New Testament manuscripts, and shows that the textual evidence supports an early date for the New Testament’s formation.

6 more Pre-Pubs shipping soon

5. T&T Clark Jewish Studies Collection
6. Systematic Theology
7. The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary
8. Ex Auditu: An International Journal of Theological Interpretation of Scripture
9. Baker Academic Theological Studies Update
10. Wipf & Stock Jesus Studies Collection

You won’t be able to pre-order these resources much longer. Make sure you get the best price: pre-order them today!

Place Your Bid Before It’s Too Late!

Community Pricing is the best way to get new collections at the lowest prices, but with 300-plus products on Community Pricing right now, it can be tough to keep track of all the best deals. Here are six products that are close to leaving Community Pricing—don’t miss out!

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Pliny’s Natural History

Regularly $149.95—current bid is $30

One of the largest and most comprehensive surviving works from the Roman Empire, Pliny the Elder’s Natural History offers a rare glimpse into the scholarship of the ancient world. Across 37 books, Pliny covers botany, zoology, astronomy, geology, geography, mineralogy, and how each of these interacts with Roman life.

The Works of Thomas Adams

Regularly $59.95—current bid is $24

Called “The Shakespeare of the Puritans” by Robert Southey, Thomas Adams wrote elegant, edifying sermons and treatises. Though his pragmatic politics left him caught between two extremes—loyalists and radical Puritans—he was a popular preacher and lecturer. His works give you a look into English faith shortly before the English Civil War.

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Apollodorus’ The Library

Regularly $29.95—current bid is $12

The Library, one of the greatest accomplishments in ancient Greek literature, provides a plain, thorough summary of Greek mythology and legends. The text draws from the most authoritative literary materials available; aside from a few minor corrections, Apollodorus refuses to embellish upon his sources, leaving us with an accurate, trustworthy, concise overview of these Greek tales. Some of these works appear nowhere else.

Select Works of August Hermann Francke

Regularly $44.95—current bid is $14

August Hermann Francke was a Lutheran Pietist theologian, pedagogue, pastor, and social reformer. His work spanned everything from missionary coordination to preaching, from building low-income schools to teaching college-level theology, Hebrew, and exegesis. His zeal and intellect shine through in these writings, demonstrating his political and ecumenical leadership, his vision for foreign missions, and his heart for the poor.

life-and-works-of-justinian-the-greatLife and Works of Justinian the Great

Regularly $74.95—current bid is $60

Justinian the Great was the Byzantine emperor from 527 to 565. In late antiquity, he fought to restore the Roman Empire through judicial reform and reclamation of the lost Western boundaries. Known as “the last Roman,” he remains an important transitional figure spanning the ancient and medieval eras.

The Gentile and the Jew in the Courts of the Temple of Christ

Regularly $39.95—current bid is $21

Spanning the first century BC through approximately AD 160, this collection explores the historical context surrounding the dawn of Christianity. J. J. I. Döllinger examines both the early antagonism toward Christianity and the faith’s cultural and intellectual foundations.

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These aren’t all the products up for bid—check out the rest of our Community Pricing resources today!

Logos 5: Display English Bibles in the Library

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

A Logos user recently asked me this question:

Arranging my library by type (A) displays all my Bibles, including Greek and Aramaic fragments. How can I display just my English Bibles? 

A rule with filter fields will easily do the trick.

Enter this text in the library’s find box: type:Bible AND lang:English (B)

This rule instructs Logos to look in the type field for just the word Bible (C) and, at the same time, to look in the languages field for the word English (D). Both terms have to match, so you see only English-language Bibles! (E)

Of course, to show only Hebrew or Greek Bibles, change the word English to Hebrew or Greek.

 

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