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baptist-covenant-theology-collection-1One of the most exciting things about working for Logos is getting to dig for treasure. There are countless theological treasures available in the public domain, both in English and in other languages. Many are available online for free, but once you go further back than the 1800s, the availability of such resources begins to shrink quickly. You have to start scavenging libraries and archives to find the gold.

The Logos transformation

Recently, we found some of this gold and put it up on Community Pricing. Below, you can see the state of the raw ore:

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This page comes from Benjamin Keach’s The Ax Laid to the Root, published in 1693; the book hasn’t been republished since. Nevertheless, it contains unique primary-source information on the doctrine and beliefs of some of the earliest English Baptists—information that merits republication for a new generation.

That’s where Logos comes in.

Here’s how that exact same page might look in Logos:

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The Ax Laid to the Root isn’t the only primary source worth bringing into the Logos format. After consulting with Baptist scholars, we’ve gathered a collection of many more primary sources discussing some of the earliest Baptist beliefs about baptism and covenant theology: the 17-volume Baptist Covenant Theology Collection.

Push this collection into production!

We think these books deserve to see the light of day again, after being hidden away for so long. But we need your help:

  • Gathering these books takes a lot of work.
  • Due to the low quality of many images, digitizing these books takes even more work.
  • Therefore, it costs us more to get this collection into production.

We’re excited about getting these books into your hands, and we want to know what you think. Show your support (and get over 80% off!) by bidding on the Baptist Covenant Theology Collection today!

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Logos helps you read this and other fascinating texts from Christian history. To take advantage of Logos’ powerful datasets and study tools, though, you’ll want a Logos 5 base package. And right now, you can get a custom upgrade discount during the Logos 5 Upgrade Sale—get yours now!

Learn How Greek Developed after the New Testament

When it comes to Greek lexicons in English that cover the millennium following the New Testament, we really only have two options: Lampe’s A Patristic Greek Lexicon and Sophocles’ Greek Lexicon of the Roman and Byzantine Periods. And a hardback Lampe goes for upwards of $500–600, normally.

BDAG only covers up to the Apostolic Fathers. So if you want any help with Justin MartyrIrenaeus, or Hippolytus, you’re out of luck.

LSJ only covers up to the non-Christian fifth century. So if you want any help with TheodoretNonnus, or John of Damascus, you’re out of luck.

You’re out of luck, that is, unless you have Sophocles’ lexicon. 1,200 pages long, it covers up to the turn of the twelfth century. That’s almost one page per year.

A Greek professor once told me that studying New Testament Greek in isolation is somewhat like taking a single slice of a tree and trying to understand the whole tree. You must understand the roots to understand where the tree comes from; you must also understand the fruit to understand the tree’s result. A single slice can be misleading.

With LSJ, you can see where the Greek came from.

With BDAG, you can zoom in on a particular slice of time to see how Greek was being used.

And with Sophocles, you can see what direction the Greek took after the New Testament era.

The lexicon isn’t the only resource included in the Sophocles collection. You also get three other resources!

Two of the greatest English lexicographers of the past 200 years, J. H. Thayer and Frederick Danker, both thought very highly of this resource. Thayer thought so highly of it that he edited and republished it himself.

Let’s bring this wonderful resource into the twenty-first century. Bid on it now!