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The Geneva Bible Is Coming Soon to Logos!

Geneva BibleIf you’re at all interested in Reformed theology, the Geneva Bible, part of the English Bibles Collection, is an important resource to add to your library. It was the Bible read by the Puritans and the original study Bible of the English-speaking Reformers. It’s also one of our most requested Bible translations, and digitizing it will be no small project.

Why the Geneva Bible was translated

In 1553, Queen Mary ascended the British throne, which began a period of intense persecution of Protestants in England. More than 700 people fled England to escape persecution and settled in and around Geneva, Switzerland, in 1555. The refugees included Miles Coverdale, John Knox, and William Whittingham.

Geneva in the 1550s was the center of Reformed Protestantism. And because of the presence of Theodore Beza, it was also a growing center of biblical scholarship.

While there, the exiles began to see the need for a new translation of the Bible in their own language. The New Testament was finished in 1557, and the complete Bible—along with a revised New Testament—was finished in 1560. Continue Reading…

Get Over 90% Off The Complete Works of Thomas Manton

Thomas Manton

For a limited time, you can get The Complete Works of Thomas Manton for only $40 on Community Pricing. When costs are covered, the price will jump to $199.95, and once it ships, the price will go up to $599.95. Get your bid in now for the best price!

Who was Thomas Manton?

Thomas Manton was an important Puritan preacher and a contemporary of John Owen’s and Richard Baxter’s. He preached hundreds of sermons on Romans 8, Psalm 119, Ephesians 1, Hebrews 6, 1 John, the prayer of Jesus in John 17, and nearly every other book of the Bible—often devoting multiple sermons to a single verse of Scripture.

Both J. C. Ryle and Charles Spurgeon regarded Manton as influential in their own preaching.

Five reflections from Thomas Manton on Romans 8

  1. “Our subjection to God, as our sovereign, is built on our total and absolute dependence upon him, both for our creation and preservation; for we could neither make ourselves, nor preserve ourselves; and therefore we are subject to the will of another, whose we are, and whom we should serve.” Continue Reading…

6 Reasons to Add Classic Commentaries to Your Library

Classic CommentariesOver the past year, we’ve added hundreds of classic commentary volumes to our system, including commentaries on every book of the Bible, plus a handful of nineteenth-century commentary sets, like the Cambridge Greek Testament and Meyer’s Commentary.

In the middle of all these releases, you may have missed the 40-volume collection of commentaries on the Minor Prophets. If you haven’t yet placed your bid, here are six reasons to do so:

1. Add breadth and depth to your scholarship

C. S. Lewis famously wrote:

“Every age has its own outlook. It is especially good at seeing certain truths and especially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books. . . . Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors we are already committing; and their own errors, being now open and palpable, will not endanger us. Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction.

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Up to 40% Off New Releases from Baker for a Limited Time!

New releases from Baker are now available for pre-order at a healthy discount for just two weeks. Most of these books won’t be released in print or digital until later this summer and fall, but you can pre-order them right now!

Get the newest books by Stanley Porter, Bryan Chapell, Graham Twelftree, Thomas R. Schreiner, and others—not to mention Douglas Moo’s much-anticipated new commentary on Galatians in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, to be released later this year.

For most of these books, the discount is good for only two weeks, so get your pre-order in now to get the best price. Your card will not be charged until your book is available for download—and we’ll send you a reminder a few weeks before this happens.

Don’t miss out!

40% off for two weeks:

Free Update! Tim Keller Sermon Archive

Yesterday we issued a free update to the Tim Keller Sermon Archive. If you own this product, you received new sermons without having to lift a finger. Simply restart your software, and the new content should download automatically.

One of the benefits of Logos is that you always have the latest updates to all your resources. Sometimes the updates are small and under the hood. We’re guessing you don’t notice when we add links to new data types or fix a rogue typo. But the cumulative effect of these small updates is that your experience using Logos is always getting faster and better.

But other times, like this, the updates are big and substantial, and we’re delivering you piles of new content.

With Logos, you’ll always have the latest and greatest version, and your books will always be up to date.

If you don’t yet own the Tim Keller Sermon Archive, now is the perfect time to get it. You’ll get all the sermons already available today, plus free updates in the coming months as we continue to transcribe and digitize additional Keller sermons. Get it now!

8 Pre-Pubs You’re About to Miss Out On

There are 72 Pre-Pubs shipping in the next few weeks. We know this is a lot to keep track of, so we’ve highlighted a few of the bestselling Pre-Pubs to make sure you don’t miss out on the best prices.

The prices for all these products will be going up soon—some in just a few days. This is your last chance to pre-order these books at the best prices.

  1. Institutes of the Christian Religion
    This is the authoritative translation of Calvin’s Institutes. Not only is it the academic standard, but it’s also the most readable and accessible. It’s $69.95 after it ships, but you can pre-order it for $49.95 right now.
  2. Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: Old Testament
    This is the New International Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament, under a new publisher and a new name. Contributors include John Goldingay, Tremper Longman, Elizabeth Achtemeier, and other prominent scholars. The New Testament counterpart has been one of our bestselling commentary sets; don’t miss your chance to get the Old Testament volumes at a nice discount. The regular price is $239.95 for the set, but you can pre-order it for a little while longer for only $179.95.
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What Is the New Perspective on Paul?

The New Perspective on Paul is an important shift in how scholars have understood Paul over the past 40 years. This movement reads and interprets Paul primarily through the lens of first-century Judaism’s cultural context. New Perspective scholars have reacted to a reading of Paul through the lens of the Reformation—especially Luther, Calvin, and their followers.

Who are the important figures of the New Perspective?

  • The movement began with E. P. Sanders, who wrote Paul and Palestinian Judaism in the 1970s. This book emphasized the importance of rabbinic writings in understanding Paul. Sanders argued that Paul’s concept of becoming part of the people of God had more to do with covenantal participation, and he argued against the prevailing Lutheran understanding of the atonement.
  • In the early 1980s, James D. G. Dunn developed Sanders’ thesis and coined the term “The New Perspective.”
  • Since then, N. T. Wright has written extensively on Paul. His magnum opus on Paul will be released later this year.

The New Perspective is controversial. The emergence of Sanders, Dunn, and Wright on the scene upended the way Christians have read Paul for generations. For example:

  • The New Perspective deemphasizes a works-righteousness interpretation of the law in Pauline writings.
  • The New Perspective places the covenant in a prominent role in Pauline writings.
  • A classic reading of Paul favors a penal substitutionary theory of atonement, while the New Perspective doesn’t give this theory as much prominence

As you can see, this is a significant reframing of how Paul is read and understood. And whether or not you agree with the New Perspective, it’s undoubtedly important to understand—even if your goal is to understand why you may not agree with it. One of the benefits of having a large and robust digital library is that you have the resources and tools to adequately research both sides of controversial issues.

On the New Perspective in particular, there are books and collections to help you understand every angle:

Get 58 Volumes of Newly Translated Calvin Sermons and Lectures!

John_Calvin_2Calvin is famous for his commentaries and the Institutes of the Christian Religion. Did you know he was also a master preacher and teacher?

There are two ways you can access many of Calvin’s sermons.

1. Learn French

  • Buy a book
  • Buy a language program
  • Invest months or years of your life
  • Catch a flight to Paris
  • Spend lots of time—time you would otherwise be spending celebrating your child’s first birthday, etc.

Or . . . 

2. Support the project to translate Calvin’s sermons into English by placing a pre-order

This is a huge, expensive project. We’re not expecting to profit much from it. We just think making Calvin’s untranslated sermons accessible in English is an important endeavor, and we think you do, too.

Not many organizations have the resources to undertake a project like this, so we thought we’d give it our best shot.

Will you join us?

Support the project by placing a pre-order. As part of the pre-order process, we’ll ask for your credit card number, but we promise we won’t charge your card unless the project materializes—and we’ll send you an email first.

As an added bonus, by pre-ordering early, you’re saving $50.00. And you can even opt out and cancel your pre-order later, so there’s no risk to getting in early.

What are you waiting for? Pre-order this collection, and help us get these important works translated!

Celebrate the 450th Birthday of the Heidelberg Catechism

Heidelberg Catechism

Today we’re celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the most important and enduring confessions to emerge out of the Reformation.

History of the Catechism

The Catechism was commissioned in 1562 by Frederick III, the elector prince of the Rhineland Palatinate. According to the original preface to the Catechism, published in 1563, Frederick had at least “three objectives for the Heidelberg Catechism: that is serve

  1. As a catechetical tool for teaching the children,
  2. As a preaching guide for instructing the common people in the churches, and
  3. As a form for confessional unity among several Protestant factions.”*

Work on the Heidelberg Catechism was begun by Casper Olevianus, but largely completed by Zacharias Ursinus, whom scholars now credit as the primary author. Frederick III sent the Catechism to the publisher on January 19, 1563—450 years ago today.

How the Heidelberg Catechism is structured

The Heidelberg Catechism is divided into three sections:

  1. The misery or sin of humanity
  2. God’s redemption
  3. Our gratitude

Within this framework, the Catechism covers the law, our need for salvation, the Trinity, justification, the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and numerous other themes.

Because it addresses in compact form such a broad range of doctrinal and practical issues, it has played a key part in the formation of belief and worship in Reformed Christianity. In the early seventeenth century, it became one of the three forms of unity in the Dutch Reformed Church. In the mid–seventeenth century, the Westminster Assembly used the Heidelberg Catechism to develop its own catechism, which is now known as the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Celebrate the 450th anniversary!

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, we’re making two collections of works on the Heidelberg Catechism available for pre-order.

The first collection contains two volumes from the Text and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought series published by Baker, both written by Lylie Bierma:

  • A Firm Foundation: An Aid to Interpreting the Heidelberg Catechism
  • An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology

The second collection, which is on Community Pricing, contains several classic works on the Heidelberg Catechism from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In addition to these collections, you can also pick up several works on the Heidelberg Catechism already available in Logos, including Ursinus’ Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism.

Explore the roots of Christian Reformed doctrine—come see our Heidelberg resources.

*Bierma, Lyle, “The Purpose and Authorship of the Heidelberg Catechism,” An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2005), p. 51.

Grow Your Library with a Master Bundle

Round out your library with a broad range of key titles across 19 disciplines. The master Bundles contain all the resources in the individual bundles—but with the Master Bundles, you get much bigger discounts.

Choose from four sizes at incredible discounts, all the way up to the extra-large bundle’s 1,196 volumes at 85% off the individual titles’ Logos.com prices!

On top of that, you’ll get a discount for any books you already own. This means if you’ve already purchased one of the smaller bundles, you’ll be getting a nice discount on the Master Bundles.

But don’t wait—bundle prices will double at the end of the day on January 2, 2013. You don’t have much more time to get hundreds of new books at rock-bottom prices.

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What books are included?

The Master Bundles contain everything in the smaller bundles, so you’ll get books on archaeology, Greek and Hebrew, church history, Jewish studies, and biblical studies, and more. You’ll also get books from a wide range of theological traditions—including Catholic, Reformed, and Baptist resources—as well as dozens of resources on pastoral leadership, counseling, apologetics, and more.

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