Don’t Miss These 4 New Testament Pre-Pubs

The New Testament shows us how to follow Christ, grow closer to him, and live in light of the gospel. But if you don’t have all the pieces—proper context, sound exegesis, the right perspective—you might miss the very message you need to hear. That’s why it’s important to study the New Testament with the best commentaries and references.

Here are four insightful NT collections on Pre-Pub:

journal-for-new-testament-studies-and-the-ancient-church1. Journal for New Testament Studies and the Ancient Church

Pre-order it for $100 off!

The Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft is one of the oldest and most highly regarded international scholarly series in New Testament studies. Since 1923, it’s been a forum for seminal works focusing on early Christianity and related fields; grounded in a historical-critical approach, it explores new methodologies that advance our understanding of the New Testament and its world. Logos’ edition of Journal for New Testament Studies and the Ancient Church includes both the series’ German and its English texts. It presents a variety of scholarly voices and explores a thought-provoking array of topics in New Testament studies.

2. The New Testament Library Series

Pre-order it for over $60 off!

Looking for scholarly perspectives on Paul’s ethics and the church’s ministry in the world? The New Testament Library Series provides over 5,000 pages of insightful exposition from NT scholars like Victor Paul FurnishLuke Timothy Johnson, and M. Eugene Boring. The Journal of Biblical Theology writes that “[it] belongs on the shelves of students, clergy, and professional scholars as well as the serious layperson.” It’s shipping soon: pre-order yours today, before the Pre-Pub savings are gone!

baylor-new-testament-studies-collection3. Baylor New Testament Studies Collection

Pre-order it for $75 off!

Over the centuries, the Word of God has remained steadfast. Scholarly interpretation of Scripture, however, is always evolving: even in just the last 50 years, New Testament scholarship has experienced some significant changes. The Baylor New Testament Studies Collection gives you fresh, scholarly insight into various New Testament topics, including Christian origins, oral tradition, ancient media culture, rhetorical tradition, and Johannine studies.

4. Academic Studies on the New Testament

Pre-order it for $90 off!

In this collection, important theologians like James D.G. DunnRichard J. Bauckham, and Carl Joachim Classen explore interpretive approaches to the New Testament. The Academic Studies on the New Testament collection is invaluable for anyone interested in the New Perspective on Paul, Second Temple Judaism, or early Christian apocryphal literature.

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When you pre-order, you save big and get great study tools the instant they’re ready. And the sooner you pre-order, the more you save—once a Pre-Pub ships, the special savings are gone forever. So don’t miss out: pre-order your favorite NT studies collections today!

Classical Spotlight: A Greek Lexicon, a Spanish Novelist, and a German Philosopher

noet-classical-foundations-bundleScholars have a name for the West’s interconnected canon of philosophy, history, and literature: the Great Conversation. It’s an enormous, fascinating body of work, and it’s reflected in an enormous, fascinating library: Noet’s 124-volume Classical Foundations Bundle.

That’s a lot of scholarship to take in, so let’s take a closer look at just three categories: ancient languages, literature, and philosophy.

1. Ancient languages: Liddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon

This famous lexicon covers Greek from the eleventh century BC to the fifth century AD. It’s extremely detailed: each entry gives not only a definition, but also examples of irregular inflections and, most importantly, numerous quotations from classical sources to demonstrate usage. Of course, the same level of detail that makes LSJ such a treasure makes the print edition cumbersome: to get the most out of it, you have to flip between the main entries and the supplement, and then between LSJ and the primary sources.

Not so with Logos:

You’ll want it if you’re studying Homer and Hesiod. You’ll want it if you’re studying Plato and Aristotle. You’ll want it if you’re studying Paul or Chrysostom or Origen. For serious scholars of ancient Greek, LSJ is simply the most useful dictionary in the world.

On its own, LSJ costs $135; considering how much it adds to every ancient-Greek resource in your library, that’s a smart investment. But the Classical Foundations Bundle gives you an even better deal: you’ll get 123 more volumes across philosophy, history, and the classics, including many more reference works for both Greek and Latin.

Pick up LSJ on its own, or get the best value: add it and many more language resources with the Classical Foundations Bundle.

2. Literature: Cervantes’ Don Quixote

You probably already know the plot of Don Quixote: the earnest Alonso Quijano, having read so many tales of knighthood and chivalry, imagines himself to be a knight named Don Quixote; the loyal Sancho Panza joins him on his adventures, stealing every scene with his unassuming wit. You know it’s a classic. What you may not know is how interesting it is.

For one thing, it was arguably the first novel: though several works compete for the title, the Quixote’s formal innovation is undeniable and tremendous. For another thing, it’s shot through with the most modern literary characteristic of them all: irony, the perceptible gap between what’s stated and what’s implied. (We all know Don Quixote isn’t the knight he thinks he is.) Quixote’s susceptibility to stories implicates all of us who find ourselves buying into shared narratives and allowing ourselves to be guided by them—in that sense, the story is subversive to the powers of epic and propaganda. It’s also just as meta as the twentieth century’s metafiction: in the sixth chapter of book 1, for example, a barber inspects Quixote’s library and comes across Cervantes’ own Galatea, which, he concludes, “has [only] some good invention in it” and “presents us with something but brings nothing to a conclusion.” In chapter 9, we learn (falsely) that the original Quixote itself was found in a heap of papers for sale, written entirely in Arabic. By the time we reach book 2 (not included in the Noet bundle), the protagonists have all read book 1.

It’s easy to read the great twentieth- and twenty-first-century novelists and conclude that only moderns could think this way. Don Quixote proves that assumption wrong, and it’s a sheer pleasure to read. Add it to your library, along with dozens of other literary monuments: pick up the Noet Classical Foundations Bundle today.

3. Philosophy: Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant is widely regarded as the greatest modern philosopher, so—whether or not you find merit in his conclusions—you’ll certainly want to be familiar with the broad strokes of his thought. Kant entered philosophy as a rationalist, in the mold of Descartes. Then Hume, the radical empiricist, “woke [him] from [his] dogmatic slumber,” leading him to start doubting the feasibility of working from subjective thought and perception to objective claims about the world. Truth, for Kant, conforms to the mind that thinks it: this makes him an important milestone in the postmodern turn toward the subjective.

It’s unsurprising, then, that Kant argues for God from intuition, not reason. “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe,” he writes: “the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” From that moral law follows the gap between how we are and how we know we should be; from reflection on that gap follows belief in God. But many of his theological conclusions are decidedly unorthodox—he’s widely thought of as advocating for self-salvation as opposed to atonement and divine grace; likewise, most Christians would object to his conclusion that truth is in the mind of the subject.

That’s one reason why he (like philosophy generally) is worth studying from a Christian perspective: if you’re going to make convincing arguments against these positions, you have to understand them. (Of course, there are lots of other good reasons to study philosophy.) The Classical Foundations Bundle gives you Kant’s most important works, along with the context within which he wrote—Descartes, Hume, and the other great works of the Western tradition.

Understand Kant’s philosophy and the larger context of Western thought: pick up Noet’s Classical Foundations Bundle.

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We’ve discussed the usefulness of LSJ, the inventiveness of Cervantes, and the influence of Kant. These attributes are important, but they’re not always obvious—sometimes we need context and commentary to see how everything fits together. What’s so great about the Classical Foundations Bundle is that it gives you the big picture: writers commenting on writers, philosophers refuting philosophers, trains of thought developing over the centuries. It gives you the context to not just read, but understand—the context to join the Great Conversation.

Know the West’s most important works of philosophy, history, and literature: start learning today with the Classical Foundations Bundle.

Verse of the Day Art: 3 Ways to Fill Your Life with Scripture

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Since 2011, Logos has been bringing you Verses of the Day—beautiful pieces of Bible art that highlight a different verse daily. Over the years, Logos’ professional designers have brought over 700 verses to life.

The Verse of the Day app (for Windows 8) and Bible Screen (for iOS, Android, and the web) let you get biblical inspiration on your computer, your mobile devices, and even your TV. Now there are even more ways to visually reflect on Scripture:

VOD TShirts1. Bible verse T-shirts

It can be hard to find clothes that reflect your Christian lifestyle. Sometimes Christian clothing is cheesy; sometimes it’s so cryptic that even other Christians might not get it. Now, with Verse of the Day T-shirts, you can display the Word of God wherever you go. You probably don’t talk to everyone you meet, but with a Verse of the Day T-shirt, you can share some of the most important words people will ever hear—without even opening your mouth.

Let the clothes you wear remind yourself and others that the Word of God is beautiful and alive. Brighten your wardrobe with Verse of the Day T-shirts!

wall canvas2. Verse of the Day canvases

Decorate your home with art that’s worth paying attention to. We’ve reformatted 10 Verse of the Day images so you can print them on beautiful canvases and surround your friends and family with gorgeous wall art. (We printed ours at Costco, but you can use your favorite local printing store.) The resized files are free, so you can print as many of them as you’d like! To get all 10, just follow the Bible Screen Faithlife group and download the file “Bible Screen Art (2048×1536).”

Download your print-ready files today.

bible-verse-magnets3. Bible verse magnets

Verse of the Day art is now available on magnets! Bible Verse Magnets give you a pack of 12 verses that you can easily stick to your fridge, file cabinet, or family message board for daily encouragement. For just $4.99, you can fill your home with beautiful art and spiritual wisdom.

Shipping is free—get yours today!

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Where would you like to see the Verse of the Day go next? Let us know in the comments.

3-Day Sale! Get Equipped for the National Day of Prayer

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Starting today, more than 40 resources on prayer are on sale, most for under $30!

May 1 is America’s National Day of Prayer, and to help you get ready, we’ve picked some of our favorite resources on the subject. If you’re ready to kick-start your prayer life, this is the perfect time to get equipped—check out all the deals right now.

The call to prayer has deep roots in US history. In 1775, the Continental Congress called upon the colonies to pray for wisdom as the nation was formed. In 1952, the National Day of Prayer was born: an annual invitation to pray for the country. On May 1, people across the country will set aside time to pray for America’s leadership, its people, and its future.

Here are three of the great resources you’ll find on sale until the end of the day on May 1:

1. The Lord and His Prayer, by N.T. Wright

the-lord-and-his-prayerGet it for 25% off!

The disciples asked, “Teach us to pray.” Jesus answered. In The Lord and His Prayer, N.T. Wright examines the Lord’s Prayer phrase by phrase, helping you rekindle your spirituality and discover a life full of prayer.

2. Healing Prayer, by Reginald Cherry

Get it for 25% off!

Reginald Cherry is a practicing doctor. He’s also a believer in the healing power of prayer. Blending the latest medical research, true accounts, and biblical principles, Healing Prayer examines the relationship between prayer and healing. “Prayer,” Cherry says, “is the divine key that unlocks God’s pathway of healing in both the natural and supernatural realms of life.”

3. An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible, by James E. Rosscup

an-exposition-on-prayer-in-the-bibleGet it for 25% off!

Dr. Jim Rosscup put 15 years of writing—and 50 years of study and teaching—into his magnum opus, An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible. John MacArthur says, “This is the most comprehensive material that has ever been written on prayer. . . . Not only is this a massive treatment from the Word of God, but from a man who, for twenty years, has been teaching a life-transforming course on prayer at The Master’s Seminary. He has been living out these truths and teaching thousands of young ministers to do the same with profound blessing.”

This is just the start: there are dozens more resources on sale!

This special three-day sale ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 1—pick out your favorites today.

Get the Newest Reformed Base Package at the Best Price!

Reformed DiamondWe recently released our new Reformed base packages, and they’ve been a huge hit! These new base packages combine Logos’ powerful tools with a world-class library of Reformed resources, offering an unparalleled platform for study in the Reformed tradition.

After purchasing Reformed Gold, one user said, “Over 500 titles (many related to Reformed theology) and the most powerful Bible study software in the world. Unbelievable deal, and now I’m addicted . . .”

It gets better, though. We just added Reformed Diamond to the lineup!

Why Diamond?

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get a Reformed base package, this is it. Here are three reasons to choose Diamond:

1. You qualify for a 24-month payment plan

Diamond is the only Reformed base package that qualifies you for an extended 24-month payment plan. This means you’ll actually have a lower monthly payment with Diamond than you would with the 18-month Platinum payment plan—but Diamond has over 1,100 more resources! You’ll be getting a library worth $54,000 in print, for around $30 less a month.

2. You’ll get the biggest discount possible

For just a couple more weeks, you can get 15% off your new Reformed base package! Be sure to get Diamond at the introductory price: you’ll save over $500. Not only that, but if you already own titles from Diamond, you’ll get a Dynamic Pricing discount.

3. You’ll get hundreds of additional resources

Diamond gives you top products like The Works of Cornelius Van Til (regularly $199), the Welwyn Commentary Series (regularly $724), the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (regularly $319), the Charles Spurgeon Collection (regularly $499), and much, much more. Just those four resources cover over half your costs, and we haven’t even gotten to the other 2,200+ resources!

What if I already own a Reformed base package?

Good news: you’ll get a Dynamic Pricing discount for the resources you already own, plus 15% off the upgrade costs.

Someone who just upgraded to Diamond said that it’s “An amazing deal with some great new resources (well, new to me), like the The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition: vols. I–II. I already had Reformed Platinum; getting Diamond added [hundreds of] volumes to the library.”

If you’re interested in any of the resources in Diamond, now is the time to upgrade.

Don’t miss out—get it at the best price!

Own a world-class library of Reformed resources. Experience the premier research environment for study, teaching, and sermon preparation. Use coupon code REFORMEDBP and get Reformed Diamond for 15% off!

Logos 5: Alignment Indicators in the Reverse Interlinear

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 emailed me this question:

How can I find out what the symbols (arrows, bullets, etc.) mean in the reverse interlinear?

Fortunately, I’ve examined this in volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual, so I sent the questioner the following image from the book:

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If you find this helpful, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy both volume 1 and volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual. Together, these volumes discuss most of Logos’ features in detail and illustrate them with numerous screenshots.

Get more out of Logos. Pick up both volumes today!

Get a Better Understanding of the Early Christian Church

baker-academic-early-church-collectionRight now, you can pre-order the Baker Academic Early Church Collection for $78 off! Pre-order yours right now.

The collection gives you 13 volumes of theology from the church’s first five centuries, equipping you to study the roots of your faith. You’ll learn about the Church Fathers, their impact on the early church’s development, their contemporary relevance, and common misconceptions that have tainted evangelical views.

Study popular standpoints on pressing issues

The Baker Academic Early Church Collection sets you up to analyze the early church’s baptismal rites, its views on social justice and ethics, its interpretations of the Genesis 1–3 narrative, and more—not to mention topics like how Montanism and Stoicism influenced early Christianity. With contributions from scholars and theologians of all traditions, it presents a variety of standpoints on important issues, allowing you to study, compare, and come to your own conclusions.

The collection is perfect for anyone interested in early Christianity’s history, theology, and spirituality. Its individual volumes cover a wide spectrum of topics:

You can take these patristic insights, analyze them with Logos 5′s powerful tools, and understand the development of Christian thought.

Don’t miss your chance!

This collection is shipping soon, so don’t miss your chance to get the best price! Get the Baker Academic Early Church Collection for $78 off—pre-order yours today.

Get Introductory Savings on Baker’s D.A. Carson Collection!

d-a-carson-collectionLast month, the Logos community voted for D.A. Carson as the Logos March Madness champion, earning you 75% off a wide array of his works.

This year’s Logos March Madness deals have ended, but we have some exciting news. Because you’ve shown so much love for D.A. Carson, we’re working with Baker to offer all 15 of Carson’s works from Baker Academic at a discount! Just use coupon code BAKERCARSON to get your 10% discount.

But you can save even more!

If you took advantage of Logos March Madness (or any other sale, for that matter) and picked up any of Baker’s D.A. Carson books, you’ll get a Dynamic Pricing discount on this new collection—you won’t pay for the books you already own. That’s a huge opportunity to add Carson titles at a great price. For example, the collection features Carson’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament­ (which wasn’t part of the Logos March Madness sale); if you’ve been holding out to get it at a special price, now’s your chance!

Stack your 10% discount on top of your Dynamic Pricing discount and you’ll save even more. But hurry—the coupon is only good through Wednesday, April 30.

Use coupon code BAKERCARSON and take 10% off the Baker D.A. Carson Collection today.

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P.S. Interested in even more resources?

We recently consolidated both the Two Horizons Commentary and the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary series, allowing you to find all the volumes on each page! Just sign in and visit the product pages to see your Dynamic Pricing discount.

Why You Should Care What de Tocqueville Says about America

tocqueville-democracy-in-americaIn 1831, a French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to understand its culture. The resulting portrait, Democracy in America, is one of the all-time great works of political philosophy—not to mention probably the most famous book about America ever written.

Democracy in America offers both glowing praise and withering criticism. It’s cited by both the right and the left. It’s been publicly quoted by every American president since Eisenhower.

Here are three reasons you should read de Tocqueville:

1. To get a new perspective on America

De Tocqueville was one of the greatest political philosophers ever, and his arguments about American culture are fascinating. A few tidbits:

  • He argues that the two greatest building blocks of American liberty are (unsurprisingly) a free press and (surprisingly) the absence of primogeniture—the aristocratic practice, widespread in de Tocqueville’s time, of leaving the entire family inheritance to the firstborn. “Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press,” he writes, “and I will provide you with a republic.”
  • Though John Adams introduced the phrase tyranny of the majority, it was de Tocqueville who popularized it. “In America,” he argues, “the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.” (He elaborates, scathingly, that “the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.”)
  • He identifies American liberty’s greatest asset as social mobility: though there exist vast class differences, those differences aren’t set in stone, as they are in an aristocracy. In de Tocqueville’s America, anyone can, through merit, ascend to any rank. (He goes on to link this social mobility with America’s reputation for materialism: because we—they, if you’re outside the US—are on a level playing field, we’re all competing; because we’re all competing, we assess things in terms of personal gain.)

Democracy in America is full of arguments like these, usually couched in memorable, highly quotable language. It’s not just a book about American history—it’s a book about how the world sees America, and how America sees itself.

2. To be an informed voice in the public discourse

When a work is cited by every American president since Eisenhower, you know it’s not only insightful, but also compelling. That’s because de Tocqueville is given to universal statements, delivered with aphoristic force. On their own, claims like these can imply all sorts of other ideological biases. But de Tocqueville, of course, was writing outside and before America’s current understanding of left and right—it’s a big mistake to interpret him as supporting the entirety of any one political platform. (The editors of the most recent translation, in 2001, almost omitted the subject index, given that “such an index may give a false sense of security” by encouraging quote-by-quote reading.) When you know Democracy in America, you’ll know the context next time you hear de Tocqueville quoted in a stump speech. You’ll be equipped to check the facts and make up your own mind.

3. To get a window into the Second Great Awakening

Many of de Tocqueville’s insights are timeless (his confident, meticulous style would have you believe that all of them are), but Democracy in America stands as a work of pure history, too. De Tocqueville, remember, was in America in the early 1800s: Andrew Jackson had recently been elected president; tensions were mounting over slavery; war with Mexico was just around the corner. Given the book’s status as a historical snapshot, one of the most interesting things about de Tocqueville’s America is how Christian it is: de Tocqueville writes that “There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.” There are innumerable similar claims.

It’s no surprise, though. After all, the Second Great Awakening was in full force—Charles Finney, Lyman Beecher, and other preachers were drawing huge crowds across the country. Democracy in America isn’t just a study of America’s general identity; it’s a detailed look at American Christianity. Pair it with IVP’s Dictionary of Christianity in America and the Charles Finney Collection or Lyman Beecher Collection and you’ll be set up to understand this important chapter in American faith.

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Get the Logos edition for 68% off!

Right now, Democracy in America is on Community Pricing for just $12—that’s 68% off. You’ve seen how much context matters; Logos, with its encyclopedias and cross-references, is the best platform for contextualized reading there is.

If you’re interested in American (or American Christian) history, you’ll find Democracy in America fascinating. This is one of the world’s masterpieces of political philosophy, in the world’s leading format for serious study: at just $12, it’s a superb deal.

That means the price will be going up very soon—don’t let yourself miss this one.

Bid on Democracy in America for just $12, and then pick up more resources to study the Second Great Awakening: pair it with IVP’s Dictionary of Christianity in America, and add the Charles Finney Collection and the Lyman Beecher Collection for even more context.

5 Reasons to Get Your MA from Knox Theological Seminary

5 Reasons to Attend KnoxKnox Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts programs aim to prepare you to carry responsible exegetical skills into a lifetime of ministry. These specialized tracks emphasize language and orient the training around Logos.

Here are five reasons you should choose Knox for your MA:

1. The curriculum is Christ-centered, gospel-driven, and mission-focused

Knox, committed to preaching Christ from all of Scripture, trains students for effective, Christ-centered ministry in the church, home, or workplace. Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:1 to present ourselves as a living sacrifice (in life and ministry) to God in light of God’s great mercy; Knox helps you carry out that living sacrifice by devoting your ministry to the gospel.

2. It’s affordable

Not only are the Knox degrees competitively priced, but Knox offers flexible payment options to help you honor God with your money and still pursue your theological education. Don’t let your finances keep you from a world-class education—learn more about your payment-plan options.

3. Your classes are flexible

Whether you live in Florida, in Alaska, or overseas, Knox has an education platform to meet your needs and suit your lifestyle. You can take classes on campus, online, or in a hybrid of the two. Knox’s online classes connect you with students from all over the world and pair you with exemplary professors to walk you through your studies, continually pushing you to academic excellence and pointing you to Christ.

4. You’ll learn from a top-notch faculty

From Moses and Joshua to Paul and Timothy, history shows that a good teacher can go a long way toward guiding your walk with Christ. At Knox, you’ll learn from some of the best teachers in modern biblical studies. Study theology, exegesis, church history, and more with such distinguished scholars as Michael Allen, Bruce Waltke, Jim Belcher, Gerald Bray, Bryan Chapell, and others—see the full faculty list.

5. You’ll learn with Logos Bible Software

Logos helps you go deeper in your studies in a fraction of the time. Many of your textbooks are available in Logos, allowing you to make use of powerful tools like the Passage Guide, Clause Search, Timeline, and more. Plus, with Logos’ bibliography tools, citing your references will be a breeze! Logos is the perfect tool to help you as you pursue your master’s with Knox.

Further your education and your ministry with an MA from Knox Theological Seminary. Learn more about Knox’s master’s programs, and get started today!