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New Perspective for Your Hebrew Scripture Study

One way to add fresh perspective and insight to your Hebrew Bible study is to incorporate Jewish scholarship. Resources like the Jewish Publication Society’s Jewish Women Collection can help you experience the Scriptures that Jesus studied and memorized in a whole new light.

Founded in Philadelphia in1888, the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) sought to provide immigrants’ children with Jewish heritage books in English. As the oldest publisher of Jewish books in the United States, JPS publishes works of history and philosophy, as well as translations of scholarly and popular classics. Here is a small list of JPS literature available from Logos:

There are also quite a few JPS products on Pre-Pub including:

How the Resurrection Transformed Peter, You, and Me

Logos Talk is bringing you special Holy Week devotionals from a number of authors. If you’d like more resources to prepare your heart for Easter, Logos has discounted a number of Holy Week titles.

What Happened to Peter?

Like Steve Runge, I identify with Peter. Not only am I encouraged by Peter’s missteps,  foibles, and failures, but I’m also challenged by the post-resurrection dynamo that Peter becomes. For Peter, Jesus’ return changed everything; Peter is restored, commissioned, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. This brash fisherman who would hide and disassociate himself from Jesus (Mk 14:66-72) becomes the one who stands before the crowds on Pentecost—calling 3,000 people to repentance.

Peter, who had been hit-or-miss throughout the gospels, now gives one of the most impassioned sermons in the Scriptures. His message features this powerful testimony to the resurrection:

“Israelite men, listen to these words! Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—this man, delivered up by the determined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing to a cross through the hand of lawless men. God raised him up, having brought to an end the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” (Acts 2:22-24 LEB)

The imagery of death being unable to hold captive the Son of Man is beautiful. I love the way that Bertrand communicates it in the TDNT, “The abyss can no more hold the Redeemer than a pregnant woman can hold the child in her body.”

Resurrection: A Living Hope

Peter’s sermon shows that something dramatic, something supernatural, had happened inside of him. And Peter clearly communicates the origin of this change in the salutation of his first epistle:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead . . . (1 Peter 1:3)

Christ’s resurrection had changed everything; because of this, Peter overflowed with life-giving hope. This resurrection transformed Peter entirely, from his status before God (1 Peter 3:21) to his responsibility to others (1 Peter 1:22-23).

Easter is a good opportunity to ask myself important questions. Do I make decisions based on short-term gain or living hope? Am I still impacted and motivated by the resurrection, or, better yet, am I living in a way that only makes sense in light of the resurrection?

Peter’s life reminds me that the resurrection isn’t part of the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith. What reason do I have not to live boldly and courageously? I live on this side of the resurrection.

What does the resurrection mean to you? Let us know in the comments, and check out our discounted Holy Week resources.

Free Francis Chan Books from Vyrso!

Vyrso’s free Francis Chan offer has expired. Check out Vyrso’s April sale for more freebies and special offers. 

Vyrso.com is offering Francis Chan’s Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell for free. This very special offer is only available until Saturday, April 7, at 11:59 p.m. (PST), so get your free ebooks and share this opportunity with your friends!

Francis Chan, founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA, released Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God in 2008. This powerful book about falling in love with God shot to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list, selling over 175,000 copies in the first year.

Giving all of Crazy Love’s royalties away to the charitable Isaiah 58 Fund, he began work on Forgotten God: Reversing Our Neglect of the Holy Spirit. This message of embracing a life led by the Holy Spirit also resonated with readers, and Forgotten God was on many bestseller lists as well.

In 2011, Chan released his third book Erasing Hell, where he examines what the Scripture says about the afterlife, an issue Chan says, “we can’t afford to get wrong.”

These ebooks can be read on:

Don’t wait! This amazing offer is only available through Saturday, April 7. Jump over to Vyrso’s special Francis Chan page and get your free ebooks now!

Save on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works for a Limited Time

Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God—the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the call of God.”—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The definitive edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s works and letters is on Pre-Pub. This 15-volume collection features Bonhoeffer’s significant contributions to Christology and Christian ethics, biographical information, and correspondence. The Pre-Pub price of $339.95 is a limited-time savings—the price goes up Wednesday, April 11.

It is difficult to separate Bonhoeffer’s legacy from the turbulent times that birthed his theology. A vehement anti-fascist, he became a double-agent in the German military intelligence organization Abwehr. Bonhoeffer, after wrestling with the ethical implications, joined a small resistance group within the Abwehr with the intention to assassinate Hitler.

Bonhoeffer was arrested on April 6, 1943. Although his custody wasn’t in connection to any assassination attempts, Hitler eventually uncovered Bonhoeffer’s part as an Abwehr conspirator. Bonhoeffer was led to the scaffold in the Flossenbürg concentration camp on April 9, 1945—only days before the American liberation of the camp. Bonhoeffer’s last reported words were, “This is the end . . . for me, the beginning of life.”

The Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works collection includes Letters and Papers from Prison, a brilliant collection of correspondence that reveals the spiritual foundation alluded to in Bonhoeffer’s theological writings. Whether discussing the evolution of his theological thought, the difficulties of life in prison, or everyday trivialities, Bonhoeffer’s letters are marked by a steadfast devotion to God—a devotion which influenced all who came in contact with him.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Works goes up in price on April 11, so don’t wait. Order your copy today to get this limited-time discount!

Save 75% on Logos March Madness Champion N. T. Wright!

After a 3-week tournament with 64 authors and nearly 200,000 cumulative votes, you’ve voted N.T. Wright the champion of Logos March Madness! He may have got the votes, but you’re the real winner—right now you get 75% off a selection of N.T. Wright’s works. Use coupon code 7MM12 to get the deals.We’ve also discounted a selection of runner-up, D. A. Carson’s works by 60%. Use coupon code 6MM12 for these deals.

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The Pathway to Glory: The Triumphal Entry

Logos Talk will be bringing you special Holy Week devotionals from a number of authors. If you are looking for more resources to prepare your heart for Easter, Logos has discounted a number of Holy Week titles.

Today’s guest blogger is Thomas Black, a Logos Forum MVP and a Pastor in Moweaqua, Illinois.

The Pathway to Glory—John 12:20–36

Everybody wants glory, but not everyone is willing to pay the price required to attain it. Jesus’ path to glory was not through teaching, preaching, healing, or any of the works he did during his earthly ministry. His path to glory led through the grave.

In his gospel account of the triumphal entry, John ends with a hyperbolic grumble from the Pharisees; “the entire world” was going after Jesus. The Greeks step in almost as evidence, seeking an audience with Jesus through Philip. Philip in turn goes to Andrew, and they go as one to Jesus. At the very least, their arrival provides an opportunity to proclaim that the hour that Jesus has been talking about has finally come—the hour of his glorification. But this begs the question: If the triumphal entry was not the glorification of Jesus, then what was?

The answer lies in the parable about the seed of wheat: it must die in order to bear fruit (Jn 12:24). When He reflects upon His own desire to run away from the hour placed before Him (Jn 12:27), He immediately rejects it as an alternative. The very reason he had come was glorification, and that glorification required the grave.

That which is true of Jesus is also true of those who follow Him (Jn 12:26). For a disciple of Jesus Christ, the pathway to glory is not in proclaiming excellent sermons, or writing brilliant papers in seminary. Neither is it discipling hundreds or even thousands of people. The pathway to glory is dying to self that we might live in Christ.

The pathway to glory for Jesus and the pathway to glory for those who follow him is the same: we must die in order to live.

What does it mean to die to self? What are some practical steps towards taking up our cross and following Jesus (Lk 9:23)? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

Check out our special Holy Week resources.

Celebrate Princeton’s Bicentennial with the Princeton Theology Collection!

Logos is celebrating Princeton’s bicentennial with the Princeton Theology Collection. Use the coupon code Princeton17903 to purchase this collection before April 13, 2012, and it’s yours for only $399.95!

For 200 years the world has benefited from Princeton Theological Seminary’s rich history. If you aren’t convinced, read through a list of Princeton alumni. You’ll find influential figures like:

Logos wanted to do something special to celebrate Princeton’s birthday, so we put together the Princeton Theology Collection. This collection compiles the works from four of Princeton’s central figures.

Time has not lessened the influence of these theological giants. Many of the moral, ethical, and spiritual issues they tackled in the nineteenth century are still as timely and important. Firmly rooted in the Reformed tradition, they laid a foundation for what it meant to be a Calvinist in America while battling critics of biblical inspiration and authority.

If you were to purchase these four collections separately, you would pay over $700. The Princeton Theology Collection is on sale for $499.95; that’s a savings of over $200. But it gets even better! If you purchase this commemorative collection before April 13, 2012 with the coupon code Princeton17903, you can get it for $399.95!

Celebrate Princeton’s birthday today and pick up the Princeton Theology Collection today before the coupon code expires!

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to bid on the Princeton Theological Review (443 issues). This collection features over 82,000 pages worth of powerful journal articles in the tradition of Old Princeton. It is currently on Community Pricing; help set the price on this collection. Place your bid now.

Looking for more Old Princeton content? Check out these amazing resources:

The Logos Forums Have 75,000+ Users! Are You One of Them?

Logos announced the creation of our forums in the summer of 2009, and yesterday those forums crossed the 75,000 user mark! It was only nine months ago that we celebrated reaching 50,000 users. In nine short months, the forum community has grown by 25,000 users.

5 Reasons the Logos Forums Are So Popular

1. You Have Access to Experienced Users

You’ll find a forum for nearly every platform and product from Logos Bible Software. You can get the answers you need about any number of Logos related issues. You can find specific forums for:

With nearly 350,000 posts in over 40,000 threads, you’re sure to find answers to most of your Logos-related questions. In fact, we suggested in February 2011 that the forums were the #1 tool for getting the most out of your Logos software.

You’ll be surprised by all the things you can learn to do on the Logos forums. Here are a couple recent examples:

There is even a post that explains how to ask for help on the forums!

2. You Can Get Resource Information and Recommendations

The forums are full of pastors, scholars, and students. If you are looking for suggestions or information on resources, this is a great place to take your questions. But it doesn’t end there! The forum community’s a great place to ask all sorts of Bible study related questions.

Here are a few examples of such questions that have come up in the forums lately:

3. You Will Keep Your Finger on the Pulse of Logos

Besides the blog, the forums are the best place to keep track of what’s going on at Logos. You can find up-to-date discussions about new products, promotions, sales, and services. In fact, there have been watchful “forumites” who have outscooped us before official announcements a time or two .

The forums are monitored by Logos employees and you will often find the marketing team, developers, and occasionally even president and CEO Bob Pritchett weighing in on forum discussions.

If you want to get the very latest information, the forums are a good place to frequent.

4. You Can Promote Your Favorite Resources

The Community Pricing and Pre-Pub programs help you get new resources at lower prices. But occasionally you will want to get more bids on a Community Pricing project to try to bring the cost down or promote a Pre-Pub to help propel it into development. The forums are a helpful tool for making your case.

Right now we are in the middle of March Madness; the forums are also a  great place to encourage others to vote for your favorite authors!

5. You Can Build Relationships

One of the best things about the forum is that you have 75,000+ users from all over the world, from many denominational backgrounds, and from every walk of life gathering together to talk about the one thing they have in common, their reverence for Scripture.

If you haven’t capitalized on the many benefits of the Logos forum, why not do so now? To make it easy, I have created a new thread where new users can come and introduce themselves and get to know some of the others in this huge community. Come say hi!

Have a suggestion for how we can celebrate 100,000 forum users? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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But don’t wait! The contest ends March 30. View the video and enter to win at www.logos.com/takethetour.

An Interview with Dr. Ben Witherington III

I remember reading Conflict and Community in Corinth and enjoying it so much that I rushed out to buy and devour Grace in Galatia. Since then, the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series has become invaluable to my New Testament studies.

Logos recently added the 5-volume Ben Witherington III Collection to the growing list of resources available from Dr. Witherington. This collection offers sensitive insight into areas of doctrine and interpretation where discussions can become entrenched and contentious.

Some of the topics include:

  • Baptism
  • God’s sovereignty
  • Prophecy
  • Grace
  • The Lord’s Supper

After looking at the content in this collection, I was excited for the opportunity to interview Dr. Witherington.

Logos: What are the risks of reading the Scriptures through a particular dogmatic lens? Do you see any benefits?

Dr. Witherington: I honestly don’t see any benefits to reading Scripture through a dogmatic lens. Over and over again it leads to eisegesis rather than exegesis, a reading back into the text things that are not there and reflect a later era.  It’s called anachronism.

For example, I was having a conversation with a Greek Orthodox brother the other day who wanted to insist that Jesus’ dialogue with Nicodemus was about the Christian theology of baptism—”born of water and the Spirit.”  Besides the fact that historically such a conversation surely was unlikely to happen between two early Jews (after all, there was no church or Christian baptismal practice yet), there is the further problem that the very next verse explains that ‘water’ here refers to what happens at physical birth (flesh gives birth to flesh) and then Spirit is the one who produces “the new birth” or “being born again.”  The discussion is indeed about the necessity of conversion even for devout early Jews.

Logos: Many Christians are raised or educated within specific theological frameworks, each with its inherent strengths and weaknesses. Assuming that your tradition is orthodox, how do you maintain the tension of honoring your background while allowing Scripture the freedom to contradict and challenge your beliefs?

Dr. Witherington: I don’t think your primary concern should be with the theological tradition you are raised in. Your primary concern should be your faithfulness to God’s Word wherever that leads, even if it contradicts things you were taught. I think you should value your tradition but critique it in light of the Bible.

Logos: Theology often comes out of a wrestling match between the theologian, his presuppositions, and Scripture. Of the five books in the Ben Witherington III Collection, which one was the biggest wrestling match for you?

Dr. Witherington: Clearly, the most controversial one is The Problem with Evangelical Theology. In that book I argue that all Evangelical traditions are most apt to stretch Scripture or misinterpret it when they try to say something distinctive. In other words, all Evangelical traditions fall short of full conformity to Scripture—whether we are talking about Calvinism, Arminianism, Pentecostalism, Dispensationalism, or any other ism.

Logos: What part do other believers play in challenging the way we interact with Christ through Scripture? How do we stand on our convictions and challenge each other without getting contentious and divisive?

Dr. Witherington: I find it invigorating, a sort of “iron-sharpens-iron” situation, when orthodox Christians of varying views challenge and have friendly debates about things. It helps us see our strengths and weaknesses, and, if it is done in a charitable manner, can be helpful to all.  But the ruling principle is speaking what you see to be the truth in love, not in a partisan spirit. All persons who have a high view of Scripture have much to learn from each other, and we should all admit our knowledge is partial and incomplete. Humility pills should be taken all around when we discuss these things.

Logos: What projects are you currently working on?

Dr. Witherington: I am currently working on a college-level Introduction to the New Testament for Oxford University Press, and my wife and I are working on our fifth novel in our series of archaeological thrillers.  The last one came out last fall, entitled Corinthian Leather, and has been well reviewed.  The next one is called Roma Aeterna, and centers on finding the tomb of the apostles Adronicus and Junia.

Logos: Thank you Dr. Witherington for taking the time to talk to Logos Talk.

You can save nearly $60 on the Ben Witherington III Collection (5 vols.) while it’s on Pre-Pub, or check out other Ben Witherington resources on Logos today!