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Study the Old Testament with Logos Mobile Education

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Earlier this year, the era of Logos Mobile Education began with the Pre-Pub release of the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle. Mobile Ed brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It’s education where you are.

The Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle includes nine courses, several of which acquaint you with how the Bible presents a strategic, epic story in an intelligent, deliberate way. One of these courses is OT101: Introducing Old Testament; Its Structure and Story.

What will I learn in OT101?

OT101 traces the epic history of God’s activity with humanity through his people, Israel, by focusing on the major themes of those Old Testament books that narrate Israel’s history from the call of the patriarch Abraham through the return from exile. Genesis through 2 Kings, 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah were originally written to capture this history and tell the theological story behind the events. The content of OT101 is not verse-by-verse exposition, but instead the important topics and threads that run throughout Israel’s story, showing how each book contributes to the Old Testament’s presentation of God’s plan to establish a people and kingdom.

Scholars divide this biblical history and its literary presentation into two sections: the Primary History (Genesis through 2 Kings, minus Ruth) and the Chronicler’s History (1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah). Consequently, OT101 proceeds as follows:

I. Understanding Narrative Structures

II. The Primary History

  • The Concept
  • Genesis: Blessing for the Nations
  • Exodus: Rescue and Relationship
  • Leviticus: Holiness
  • Numbers: Human Failings and Divine Faithfulness
  • Deuteronomy: Loyalty and Love
  • Joshua: Inheriting the Promise
  • Judges: The Need for a King
  • Samuel: The Rise of the Kingdom
  • Kings: The Demise of the Kingdom

III. The Chronicler’s History

  • The Concept
  • Chronicles: Experiencing Restoration
  • Ezra/Nehemiah: Building God’s House

Take the next step—or get started—on your journey to greater biblical and theological knowledge today with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle.

A Place for Hope: An Interview with Dr. Gregory Jantz (Part 2)

Dr Gregory JantzRecently, Logos had the opportunity to speak with author Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of A Place for Hope, a treatment center in Seattle for individuals struggling with addiction, depression, trauma, and other life challenges. This is the second part of a two-part interview—if you missed part one, catch up here.

Dr. Jantz, we currently have eight of your books in the Logos format, including Controlling Your Anger Before It Controls You. What can you tell us about anger? Is anger healthy or unhealthy to feel and express?

While planning this book, I realized I could exchange the word “anger” with the word “hurt.” Many times, we feel hurt and don’t know what to do with it, so it turns into anger. This book explains how to address our hurt before it becomes anger. Otherwise, the next stage is resentment, then bitterness. It creates an embittered spirit within us without our even realizing what’s occurring. [This embittered spirit] then leads to other issues, such as depression and addiction.

According to your book Healthy Habits, Happy Kids, how has culture affected interactions within families?

Culture has changed the act of sitting down to have a meal together, and that has nutritional consequences. Now we’re accustomed to this instant, fast-food culture, and even when families do sit down at the dinner table, it’s condensed because everyone is used to going so fast. Conversation is short because phones are out and texting goes on at the dinner table—that’s a problem.

You have two books that go together, Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Your Anger and Battles Men Face: Strategies to Win the War Within. What are the differences between men and women when it comes to dealing with internal struggles?

Women have a stronger tendency to internalize hurt and anger. Once internalized, that hurt and anger are transformed into something else. It may be depression; it may be an eating disorder. Men often deal with their anger more outwardly, perhaps through sports or some physical way of acting out.

In your book How to De-stress Your Life, what sources and solutions do you identify?

People become stressed, but they keep going and going. Then they become burned out, stop sleeping well, stop eating nutritiously, and yet still keep going. The final stage of stress hits, which is whole emotional exhaustion. This is the man in my office saying, “Dr. Jantz, it takes energy just to breathe.” The solution to this is to start administering self-care.

What does that self-care look like?

It’s dealing with the three deadly emotions: anger, fear, and guilt. A person who’s emotionally healthy knows not only how to manage those three, but also how to bring about a healthy response. They don’t injure themselves or others when they’re angry; they go to their faith when fear arises.

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All these titles are available in the Gregory Jantz Collection, currently on Pre-Pub for 25% off. Get yours before prices go up!

Advance Your Bible Study with Lexham Press

Lexham-Press-logo_Black_1000x588Logos Bible Software just moved all of its original content under the imprint of Lexham Press. Lexham Press provides biblical content to advance scholarship and equip the church. We create digital-first Bible study resources, scholarly works, and Bible Study Magazine. Our designed-digital content never goes out of date because we continuously update it.

Here are four ways Lexham Press advances your Bible study.

Study the Bible

Lexham Press publishes the Bible in its original languages and literal, English translations. With thousands of explanatory notes, you can read the Bible through the lens of the translators. Our digital editions of the Bible in its original languages are morphologically tagged; behind each one is research that capitalizes on over 20 years of Bible technology developed by Logos Bible Software. See how we can improve your Bible study.

Interpret the Bible

Whether you’re a scholar or new to Bible study, Lexham Press helps you interpret the Bible. Our products simplify the process of learning and speed up research. We also provide original translations of historical theology, present the work of top theologians in elegant formats, and publish original research. Increase the efficiency of your Bible research.

Preach the Bible

Freeing up a pastor’s time benefits the entire church. Often, time is lost finding that perfect quote or prayer, designing a slide, or asking the right interpretation questions. Lexham Press gives the preacher back time by resolving these difficulties while making sermons more memorable and exciting. Free up your time with our pastoral content.

Apply the Bible

Lexham Press helps you apply the Bible—making the Bible more accessible and exciting. Our devotionals and application focused commentaries take full advantage of the technology of Logos Bible Software. Enrich your devotional time with our resources.

To advance your Bible study, speed up your sermon preparation, and help you find answers fast, we’re working with top Bible scholars from around the world, and employ a team of scholars and editors. We’re here to further God’s Kingdom with you.

Study, interpret, preach, and apply the Bible with Lexham Press. Check out the content catalog today at LexhamPress.com.

Stream Free Bible Art to Your Mobile Devices

Bible Screen

Bible Screen brings Scripture to life by streaming nonstop Bible verse art and animations straight to your computer, television, digital photo frames, tablet, or phone.

Featuring original artwork that plays with or without music, Bible Screen gives you all-day inspiration through one simple application.

Bible Screen is more than a screensaver—it’s a new way to share your faith. By streaming continuous biblical art in your home, church, classroom, or workplace, you can use Bible Screen to inspire yourself and others. Check it out:

Turn any screen into a digital photo frame

Bible Screen isn’t just for computers, Roku screens, and digital photo frames. With Bible Screen, you can turn any screen into a digital photo frame—even your tablet, iPhone, or Android device.

Why turn your phone and tablet off when you can use them to showcase your faith? While you’re charging your device, you can stream Bible text animations and Scripture art. When you’re at your desk, at a coffee shop, or with your loved ones, you can stream beautiful biblical inspiration. Wherever you are, Bible Screen is a great way to share and enjoy the Word.

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Start streaming free Bible art today: download Bible Screen for your iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android device.

3 Reasons to Attend Seminary

Today’s guest post is from Dr. Samuel Lamerson, professor of New Testament at Knox Theological Seminary.

I come from a fundamentalist background in which believers are often distrustful of higher education. On a number of occasions, I’ve had church members ask me, “Haven’t you been in school long enough?” or “Aren’t you afraid of coming out of school a liberal?”

This distrust of education has a social history in the US, and it’s still felt in certain denominations and areas of the country. If you’re not sure about higher education, why should you think about attending seminary?

I offer three reasons:

  1. Attend seminary because you are called. When the Lord has given us a task, he also equips us for that task. That is the very foundation of the Reformation view of “vocation.” If God has called you to be a teacher/preacher of his Word, it’s beneficial have proper training.
  2. Attend seminary because you recognize the need. Very few of us would feel comfortable being diagnosed by a physician who was “self-taught” with no credentials. The truth is that he or she might be a great doctor, but there is no way to be sure without proper testimonials. If we think that learning about the body is important for a physician, shouldn’t we also think that learning about the Bible is important for a minister?
  3. Attend seminary because you listened. One of the greatest gifts that I have been given in life is the counsel of wise brothers and sisters in Christ. Before you attend seminary, ask the advice of a few people who you trust. (Try to include at least one person who has attended seminary.) Listen carefully to what these counselors tell you. Often, those who are around us (our family, our close friends) know our gifts better than we do ourselves. Pay special attention to this advice, and weigh it against your own sense of calling.

I loved my time in seminary (at Knox and at TEDS). It was a wonderful season of growth and learning for me. The same may be true for you if you attend seminary for the right reasons.

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Learn more about earning your DMin from Knox Theological Seminary with Logos, and start furthering your education today.

Save Now When You Pre-order the Eerdmans Commentary Collection

Last Thursday, we announced an amazing partnership with Eerdmans—and, with it, the new Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle, an enormous 309-volume library. You can still pre-order all this awesome content at Pre-Pub prices, and you can even spread out the payments with an interest-free payment plan.

There’s a lot of material in the Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of that brilliant content.

Eerdmans Commentary Collection (13 vols.)

If you’re looking for thoughtful, scholarly insight into the Scriptures, look no further than the 13-volume Eerdmans Commentary Collection. Written by the some of the most respected scholars in biblical studies, this collection will enlighten and inspire you for years to come.

Order it before Monday, December 2, to get the best Pre-Pub savings!

This collection includes:

1 & 2 Timothy and Titus by Robert W. Wall

“I commend Rob Wall for offering us, and the wider church, his canonical readings of the Pastoral Epistles. Rob does not shy away from the many tough passages in these letters, always trying to present what he sees as the ‘plain sense’ of the text in relation to other historical, ecclesial, and cultural understandings. The combination of commentary and reading by the ‘rule of faith’—supplemented by three interesting case studies—provides a thorough canonical understanding of these crucial letters from the standpoint of one who is immersed in what it means to understand the Bible as the church’s book.”
Stanley E. Porter, president, dean of theology, and professor of New Testament, McMaster Divinity College

Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross, vols. 1 & 2 by Robert H. Gundry

“A major contribution to Markan scholarship . . . An indispensable resource for scholars, students, and pastors.”
John R. Kohlenberger III, lecturer, consultant, and adjunct instructor in Bible and biblical languages, Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary

Matthew: A Commentary, vols. 1 & 2 by Frederick Dale Bruner

“This is the kind of commentary that I most want—a theological wrestling with Scripture. Frederick Dale Bruner grapples with the text not only as a technical exegete (although he also does that very well) but as a church theologian, caring passionately about what these words tell us about God and ourselves. Here he places his considerable teaching gifts at the service of the Christian community, caring as much about us as he cares about the text. His Matthew commentary is in the grand traditions of Augustine, Calvin, and Luther—expansive and leisurely, loving the text, the people in it, and the Christians who read it.”
Eugene H. Peterson, emeritus professor of spiritual theology, Regent College

A Commentary on Micah by Bruce K. Waltke

“No one knows the prophecy of Micah more thoroughly than Bruce Waltke. No one is more deeply ingrained in the secondary literature that discusses and debates this prophet. No one is better positioned to be a helpful guide to the correct interpretation and application of this marvelous book. It’s rare when a commentary is helpful to scholars, clergy, and laypeople alike, but Waltke has accomplished this masterfully.”
Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

Right now, you can pre-order the 13-volume Eerdmans Commentary Collection on its own and save over $70, or pre-order it as part of the 309-volume Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle and save $1,000. But hurry: both Pre-Pub prices go up Monday, December 2!

Get the Logos 5 Engine for Free

Logos 5 updateLast week, Logos 5 users received a free update (Logos 5.2) that included a number of feature and performance improvements. As always, you can find the complete release notes on the Logos forums.

But if you’re still using version 4 or earlier, you don’t have to miss out! You can download the Logos 5 engine for free.

The difference between updating and upgrading

We make an important distinction between upgrading and updating.

When you upgrade, you’re getting brand-new features, like the Timeline and Sermon Starter. You’re getting a wide range of new resources at heavily discounted prices, all powered by new datasets.

When you update, though, you don’t pay a thing—updating is free. You don’t get new books or datasets, but you do get the newest, best-performing code, plus free updates to books you already own—things like typo fixes, new content, and new tagging.

You can summarize the differences between upgrading and updating like this:

Price Books Datasets Code
Upgrading Not free New and updated New and updated New and updated
Updating Free Updated only Updated only New and updated

To get the most out of Logos 5, you’ll want to upgrade to a Logos 5 base package. In the meantime, though, you should update to the Logos 5 engine and get the improved performance of Logos 5.2—free.

Get the newest, best-performing software for free: download the Logos 5 engine today!

Get the Latest Westminster Hebrew Morphology for 50% Off!

BHW 2.18The latest version of the Westminster Hebrew Morphology, version 4.18, is now available. This marks our first upgrade of this significant database since version 4.2, released in 2004, and represents nearly a decade of improvements and corrections.

Already own the WHM? Get the update free

If you’ve been working with the old version 4.2, and you have your Logos Bible Software set to receive automatic updates, you might already have the new version, which was sent out as a free update for users of the 4.0/4.2 versions. Look for it under the new title: Biblia Hebraica Westmonasteriensis with Westminster Hebrew Morphology 4.18. (The version numbers aren’t decimals—think of 4.2 as version 2 of the fourth edition, and 4.18 as version 18.) The older releases were misnamed as Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia—version 1 of WHM was the text of BHS, but ever since version 2, this database has moved toward being a more accurate transcription of Codex Leningradensis (L), the oldest complete Hebrew Bible and the textual basis of the BHS and many other editions. The WHM has detailed notes about every place where it reads or corrects L differently than the BHS and the published fascicles of BHQ, making it very useful for comparing the finer points of these popular print editions.

New to the WHM? Get it for 50% off!

If you haven’t used the Westminster Hebrew Morphology, now’s the time to start—through December 2, we’ve cut the price of the new edition in half.

In addition to the textual notes already mentioned, you’ll get complete lexical and morphological analysis of every Hebrew and Aramaic word in the Bible. These tags help you identify the form of each word and its function in the sentence; they also facilitate advanced searching. WHM also includes both the Kethiv and the Qere readings, in which the text to be read aloud is different from the written text, and a reconstruction and analysis of the Kethiv readings, which by their nature lack vowels in the manuscript of L.

One of the most accurate morph databases available

The Westminster Hebrew Morphology, one of the first Hebrew Bible databases made widely available, has benefited from an enormous quantity of feedback from scholars and students. The editors at the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research (formerly the Westminster Hebrew Institute) have developed an impressive issue-tracking database to store reports and discussions of proposed changes, which helps maintain consistency and prevent regression errors. The user feedback and the editors’ hard work have created one of the most accurate morph databases available—one that gets better with every release.

In addition, the WHM tags many features not found in most other databases. Starting with version 4.12, for instance, it’s been tagging “unexpected forms”—for example, pronominal suffixes that appear at first glance to be feminine, but that context demands be read as masculine (a phenomenon that happens most often with words accented to indicate a “pause” in the verse). It also labels other morphological characteristics mentioned in advanced Hebrew grammars, such as the “energic nun,” making it easier to understand what’s going on with relatively rare word forms.

Get 50% off the latest version of the Westminster Hebrew Morphology today!

Get 8 John Piper Titles—Free!

There are plenty of reasons you should download the free Vyrso app. Here’s a big one: you’ll get free and discounted books!

Right now, we’re offering free titles by Janette Oke, Kathleen Morgan, and Steve Farrar, plus giving away eight books by John Piper. Here’s what you can get:

  1. A Holy AmbitionSanctification in the Everyday: Three Sermons by John Piper
  2. Alive to Wonder: Celebrating the Influence of C. S. Lewis
  3. Preparing for Marriage: Help for Christian Couples
  4.  A Holy Ambition: To Preach Where Christ Has Not Been Named
  5. Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God: Resources from John Piper
  6. Take Care How You Listen: Sermons by John Piper on Receiving the Word
  7. Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent
  8. Love to the Uttermost: Devotional Readings for Holy Week

Get the Vyrso app free

Downloading the Vyrso app is free and easy. Simply choose your device (iOS or Android), sign in with your Logos account (or register for one for free), and voilà—you can seamlessly integrate your Bible study materials with your personal reading.

Find the books you love on Vyrso: download the free app today!

Stay tuned to Vyrso Voice for other freebies

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Did you know that we recently gave away Warren Wiersbe’s 10 People Every Christian Should Know? Or Julie Cantrell’s bestselling novel Into the Free? If you subscribed to the Vyrso blog, you’d be in the know about all of Vyrso’s top deals and freebies. Plus, you’d get a front-row seat to exclusive interviews and guest posts by Christian authors like Tullian Tchividjian, Pete Wilson, and Elyse Fitzpatrick.

Download the Vyrso app for free, and then subscribe to Vyrso Voice today!

A Place for Hope: An Interview with Dr. Gregory Jantz

Dr Gregory JantzRecently, Logos had the opportunity to speak with author Dr. Gregory Jantz, founder of A Place for Hope, a treatment center in Seattle for individuals struggling with addiction, depression, trauma, and other life challenges.

You founded A Place of Hope 30 years ago, you’ve written 28 books, you’ve impacted thousands of lives—you’re obviously doing something right. What’s the “whole person care” approach you implement at A Place for Hope?

The whole care approach is a model I created that puts together a team specifically based on what a patient’s needs are. We have medical, psychiatric, fitness, and natural health care staff, as well as massage therapists, counselors, pastors, and chemical-dependency doctors. A whole team fit for each individual.

How does your organization differentiate itself from other treatment centers for emotional and health issues?

We’re all Christians, so we’re [a] faith-based [organization]. The whole person care is the spiritual foundation. Our theme verse is Jeremiah 29:11—it’s on the wall by the entrance. That verse is a reminder and promise to us all that we have a future, and it’s good.

What are some tips for people feeling angry or distressed, and wanting to get rid of those feelings in a healthy way?

Those feelings have to be dealt with and recognized as a problem. Many times, we develop a [concept] of unforgiveness in our lives and don’t deal with reality or handle anger well. [Thus], the step to recovery is self-forgiveness. The second step takes on the question of “how am I going to forgive those who have hurt me?” The goal is to move from being angry to [understanding] what to do with that anger.

What inspired A Place for Hope—did you wake up one day and decide “I’m going to change thousands of lives”?

The idea of whole person care came to me in college. It means living whole lives as God and Christ designed for us. The vision for A Place for Hope grew from the belief that you have to minister to the whole person in all aspects of life.

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Be sure to pre-order the Gregory Jantz Collection while it’s still on Pre-Pub for 25% off. Claim your copy before the price goes up!