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Recommended Commentaries: Luke

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We Want to Hear from You!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Luke Commentaries

We asked Logos Educational Designer Johnny Cisneros to give us his favorite commentaries on Luke. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

This is only a small list of the suggested commentaries for Luke! For a larger selection of suggested commentaries, visit the forum post.

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Luke which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on John!

Don’t Miss These Recommended Commentaries!

Old Testament

New Testament

Celebrate Reformation Day with a Reformed Product Guide

It was on this day—494 years ago—a 34-year-old professor and Doctor of Theology nailed ninety-five revolutionary opinions to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

The Disputation of Doctor Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences (95 Theses) was not, as it has often been portrayed, an act of defiance or challenge to religious authorities. Luther intended his theses to provide an opportunity for academic debate and discussion regarding the issue of the Catholic Church’s sale of indulgences—an issue of unrest for Luther.

Indulgences were promises sold by the church in the form of certificates for a full or partial release from the temporary punishment for absolved sins—whether in this life or in purgatory. Though Prince Frederick III the Wise had forbidden the sale of indulgences in Wittenberg, many of the devout were travelling great distances to purchase them. To Luther’s great frustration and sorrow, many of his congregants were presenting their indulgences to him claiming they no longer had to repent of their sins.

Luther wrote his 95 Theses with the intention of inviting scholars into a discussion on indulgences. The subtitle of his theses read, “Out of love and zeal for truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following theses will be publicly discussed at Wittenberg under the chairmanship of the reverend father Martin Lutther, Master of Arts and Sacred Theology and regularly appointed Lecturer on these subjects at that place. He requests that those who cannot be present to debate orally with us will do so by letter. In the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

These theses were nailed to the door of Castle Church facing Wittenberg’s main thoroughfare. Operating as a bulletin board of sorts, the door of Castle Church was a fairly common place to post important notices. With this posting, Luther also sent out a few handwritten comments to select clergy. It was scarcely two weeks before copies made their way throughout Germany—and they spread throughout Europe in less than two months!

Just as the largest flames are started from the smallest of sparks, the dissemination of these theses is known as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Many churches and communities throughout the world celebrate October 31 as Reformation Day.

Check Out Logos’ Reformation Resources

In recognition of Reformation Day, Logos is offering a guide of featured books and collections relating to the Protestant Reformation.

The Reformation Product Guide has been split into four sections:

The Reformation Product Guide offers something for anyone who wishes to study the Reformation, including dozens of collections and books by some of the most renowned Reformed theologians as well as detailed histories and biographies about the Reformation and its leaders. Don’t miss out on these great works!

Weekly Roundup: October 29

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of October 29, 2011.

Pastor Appreciation Deals End Friday, November 4!

Throughout the month of October we have been telling you all about our daily Pastor Appreciation Month specials! Pastor Appreciation Month is drawing to a close, and sadly, so are these special deals. But don’t worry! It’s not too late to take advantage of these low prices on great pastoral resources. These bargains are available until Friday, November 4! You must act fast though—you don’t want to miss out on these savings.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

  • On Wednesday, our Facebook community discussed their favorite Psalms. It isn’t too late to add to this discussion!

Twitter Daily Deals

Products

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

New to Community Pricing

These Community Pricing products are getting close to meeting their production cost. Don’t miss out on these savings!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Design & Editorial

Marketing Department

Sales

Publications

Software Development

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Pastor Appreciation Month Specials End Soon!

We have been celebrating Pastor Appreciation Month with incredible deals from Logos.com! For every week in October we picked a different theme: leadership, worship, pastoral care, and preaching. For each of these themes, we handpicked five specials which would benefit any pastor’s library.

Today we have revealed the last of these incredible deals! But don’t worry, you will have until Friday, November 4, to take advantage of these special savings. You must act fast though—once these sales are gone, they’re gone!

Don’t Miss Out on These Deals!

We have had some great Pastor Appreciation Month specials, but here are a few you don’t want to miss!

  • J. A. Broadus Preaching Collection (3 vols.)This collection is a “must-have” for anyone with an interest in homiletics. This three-volume collection includes A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, Lectures on the History of Preaching, and Sermons and Addresses. At the low sale price of $10, this collection is a strong addition to any speaker’s library.
  • The Complete Library of Christian Worship (7 vols.)Dr. Robert E. Webber has created the most comprehensive worship resource available. These seven volumes represent all aspects of biblical worship from biblical origins to contemporary use. It features materials from thousands of books and other resources on the subject of worship and original articles from over 600 scholars and church leaders, including representatives from every Christian denomination as well as many seminaries and institutions of higher learning. You can save 40% off of this collection by purchasing it today!
  • Preaching & Leadership Bundle (40 vols.)Here are forty volumes of preaching and leadership books by thirty-four different authors for only $269.95—55% off the retail price! With names like Olford, Ryrie, and Spurgeon you know you are getting timeless truths at an exceptional value.
  • Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive GuideThis superb guide has become a classic in pastoral counseling. Written with clarity and sensitivity, Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive Guide has been extensively expanded to include recent developments and research, new resources, and attention to newly urgent needs. Anyone who does any regular counseling can benefit from downloading this book at 49% off of the retail price.

Get Spurgeon’s The Pastor in Prayer for Free!

Don’t forget, you can add Spurgeon’s The Pastor in Prayer to your library—absolutely free!

This 175-page book reveals the prayers of a spiritual leader in deep communion with God. The Pastor in Prayer contains an extensive collection of Spurgeon’s prayers—some written, but many extemporaneous. Through pleading intercession and devout confession, Spurgeon’s prayers help readers understand the value of intimate prayer.

Pastor Appreciation Deals End Soon!

Check out the rest of our Pastor Appreciation Month specials and take advantage of our deep discounts on some helpful pastoral resources. Hurry! These discounts end November 4!

Recommended Commentaries: Mark

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We Want to Hear from You!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Mark Commentaries

We asked Logos Educational Designer Johnny Cisneros to give us his favorite commentaries on Mark. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

This is only a small list of the suggested commentaries for Mark! For a larger selection of suggested commentaries, visit the forum post.

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Mark which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Luke!

Don’t Miss These Recommended Commentaries!

Old Testament

New Testament

Weekly Roundup: October 22

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of October 22, 2011.

Important Information!

To celebrate the value of pastoral ministry, Logos has created Pastor Appreciation Month Specials.

For every week of October we’ve set a theme: leadership, worship, pastoral care, and preaching. We’ve lined up five resources (books, collections, or other goodies) for each of these themes which we think will benefit your pastoral Get The Pastor in Prayer for Free!ministry. Check back every day to see what new deals we’ve released—you never know what discounts or freebies may await you!

Introduce your pastor to Logos! Get 15% off of a base package today when you use the coupon code BLESSING at checkout—your pastor will thank you!

Pick Up Your Free Copy of Spurgeon’s The Pastor in Prayer!

As part of our Pastor Appreciation Month specials, we are offering Charles Spurgeon’s The Pastor in Prayer to you—absolutely free!

This offer—like the rest of our Pastor Appreciation Month deals—is good through the end of October!

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

  • On Wednesday, our Facebook community discussed whether they would rather hear a sermon preached by Peter or Paul.

Twitter Daily Deals

Products

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

What’s New with Community Pricing?

Classic Commentaries and Studies on Genesis (22 vols.) topped the 100% mark this week! It was the first of the Classic Commentaries and Studies collections to cross over. Don’t miss out on the other awesome collections in this series:

Also new this week:

Remember, Community Pricing offers some amazing deals on classic works in the field of biblical and theological studies. Thousands of Logos users have gotten books for less than the price of a latté or a gallon of gas (which is around $4.00 in Bellingham, Washington). The Community Pricing Program gives you a direct influence on the priorities and price for new products! In a nutshell, you decide which books we produce—and what price you’ll pay!

Learn more about how Community Pricing works, check out this bidding strategy, and start bidding today!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Design & Editorial

Marketing Department

Sales

Publications

Software Development

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

3 Steps for Interpreting Old Testament Pairings

You don’t have to be a biblical scholar to get into the original languages. Each issue of Bible Study Magazine features articles to help you get into the Scripture’s original Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew. Here’s one adapted from the column “Hebrew Word Study without Hebrew.”

The article—originally entitled A World without God (Bible Study Magazine, Nov–Dec 2011)— is written by Douglas Mangum. Douglas has an MA in Hebrew Bible from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a contributing editor at Logos Bible Software.

A World without God

“The earth was without form (תהו, tohu) and void (בהו, bohu), and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters” (Gen 1:2). The word pairing of the synonyms tohu and bohu doesn’t make this passage any clearer. What does it mean that the earth was formless and void? Did it already exist and God just shaped it? And did God create the matter and then shape it for a purpose?

But with a few interpretive steps, nearly any questions we have about an Old Testament pairing can be answered.

  1. Identify the Original Words and Search for the Phrase

    After finding the original Hebrew phrase behind the English “without form and void”—using the ESV English–Hebrew Reverse Interlinear—we can search for the phrase using Logos 4.In doing so, we learn that Isaiah and Jeremiah reworked this creation imagery to assert God’s authority and warn of Israel’s impending judgment. Jeremiah warned of Judah’s coming destruction by describing a future land where God’s creative energy had been reversed in punishment to unmake all things: “I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form (tohu) and void (bohu); and to the heavens, and they had no light” (Jer 4:23).

    The prophet Isaiah also used tohu and bohuto describe God’s judgment as an end to civilization and the return of the land to untamed wilderness (Isa 34:11). Both tohu and bohu can refer to an empty, lifeless wasteland. The use of these words together is so rare that we can surmise that Jeremiah and Isaiah probably had Genesis 1 in mind. The prophets made powerful connections to the image of Israel’s greatest fear—a return to primordial chaos. A world without God seemed like no world at all.

  2. Examine Passages with Similar Themes

    The Old Testament was written over hundreds of years, which means that later writers were sometimes subtly responding to other biblical passages. They often played off familiar themes to make an unexpected point. One of their favorite themes to tie in and repurpose was God’s role as creator and sustainer of life.

    We can find these connections by looking up key words, like tohu, in a lexicon. Using The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament(HALOT), we find other passages that expound on creation.In Isaiah 45:18, the prophet stresses that God’s primary objective was to provide purpose and order: “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens [He is God!], who formed the earth and made it [He established it; He did not create it empty [tohu], He formed it to be inhabited!]:  ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’ ”

    Isaiah is responding directly to the idea that God created an empty wasteland first, arguing, “No, He didn’t create a formless world. That was just one minor step in the process. He intended an inhabited life-giving world.”Isaiah focuses on God and His uniqueness, not the pre-existent state of creation. God brought form, function and order to His creation. His blessing is symbolized by order; His judgment by chaos.

  3. State What It Tells Us about God

    When reading the Bible, we must ask: how is the ultimate author of our text, God, depicted? From the opening lines of Genesis 1, God is depicted as the one who gives life, order and purpose to all things. A thriving creation is under His blessing; the wastelands are outside of His care—awaiting His creative hand.

Adapted from an article in Bible Study Magazine, published by Logos Bible Software. Each issue of Bible Study Magazine provides tools and methods for Bible study as well as insights from people like John Piper, Beth Moore, Mark Driscoll, Randy Alcorn, Priscilla Shirer, and more. Originally published in print: Copyright Bible Study Magazine (Nov–Dec 2011): pg. 44–45.

Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today for only $14.95 and enjoy powerful tips and insights for your Bible study.

Camp Logos 2 Live: Don’t Miss This Pre-Pub!

Using Logos 4 is as easy as entering a passage and clicking “Go.” This means that anyone can benefit from Logos Bible Software, but did you know that most users use less than 10% of Logos’ full potential? Morris Proctor wants to help you tap into the other 90%.

Now you can learn to use Logos 4 like never before with Camp Logos 2 Live. While Camp Logos 2 Live can be used independently, it picks up right where Camp Logos Live left off—with over nine new hours of training!

As your resources grow in Logos 4, managing your library becomes an important part of profitable Bible study. In Part One of Camp Logos 2 Live, Morris will teach you to identify and organize every book in your library! With your library tagged and organized, there is so much you can do to cater your study to your tastes and needs. As Morris says in the video above, “I believe applying this tagging system is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to enhance the use of your ebooks.”

The second part of the series walks you through some of the important features in Logos 4 which didn’t quite make it into the first Camp Logos Live. You will look at:

  • Louw-Nida numbers
  • Syntax
  • Visual Filters
  • and much more

You don’t have to be a seminary student or well-versed in Hebrew and Greek to get something out of Camp Logos 2 Live. These training sessions are aimed at helping the average user get the most out of their Logos 4 software. Allow Morris to help take your Bible study to a whole new level by bringing our popular Camp Logos training sessions right into your home. With Camp Logos on your personal computer, you can stop when you need to, return to areas of training repeatedly, and work at your own pace.

Pick up your copy of Camp Logos 2 Live while it is on Pre-Pub and get it at 20% off!

Have you attended a Camp Logos, or own a copy of Camp Logos Live? Leave us a comment and tell us how it has been helpful to you.

Recommended Commentaries: Matthew

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We Want to Hear from You!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Matthew Commentaries

We asked Logos Scholar-in-Residence Steven Runge to give us his favorite commentaries on Matthew. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

This is only a small list of the suggested commentaries for Matthew! For a larger selection of suggested commentaries, visit the forum post.

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Matthew which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Mark!

Don’t Miss These Recommended Commentaries!

Weekly Roundup: October 15

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of October 15, 2011.

Important Information!

To celebrate the value of pastoral ministry, Logos has created Pastor Appreciation Month Specials.

For every week of October we’ve selected a theme: leadership, worship, pastoral care, and preaching. We’ve chosen five resources (books, collections, or other goodies) for each of these themes which we think will benefit your pastoral Get The Pastor in Prayer for Free!ministry. Check back every day to see what new deals we’ve released—you never know what discounts or freebies may await you!

Introduce your pastor to Logos! Get 15% off of a base package today when you use the coupon code BLESSING at checkout—your pastor will thank you!

Pick Up Your Free Copy of Spurgeon’s The Pastor in Prayer!

As part of our Pastor Appreciation Month specials, we are offering Charles Spurgeon’s The Pastor in Prayer to you—absolutely free!

This offer—like the rest of our Pastor Appreciation Month deals—is good through the end of October!

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

Products

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

New to Community Pricing

These Community Pricing products are getting close to meeting their production costs. Don’t miss out on these savings!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newer postings on our Careers page:

Design & Editorial

Marketing Department

Publications

Software Development

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!