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How to Understand the Bible’s Context

Understanding scriptural context can be difficult. If you really want every angle, you might be consulting dozens of biblical dictionaries and encyclopedias. And with print editions, that’s an awful lot of flipping pages and checking tables of contents.

Now there’s a better way.

With Logos 5, you get more than an extended library of hundreds of books and features. You get a fast, precise way into that information: Logos 5′s Bible Facts feature.

 “Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool gets you exactly where you need to go . . . History is all about being able to accurately make the connections, and so is Logos 5.”
—David Barton, founder and president, Wallbuilders

Here’s how it works:

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Right now, you can save big on a base package upgrade. Check out all of Logos 5′s smart features, and upgrade to Logos 5 today.

Get the ESV Audio Bible Free on Pre-Pub!

esv-hear-the-word-audio-bibleThe ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible allows you to simultaneously read and listen to the entire ESV using the audio read-along feature for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. And right now, you can pre-order it free—you just have to own the ESV translation.

This audio Bible provides more than 75 hours of Bible reading, conveniently recorded for listening at home, in your car, on your mobile device—anywhere you have an internet connection. You’ll appreciate the ESV’s word-for-word precision, literary excellence, and beauty.

About the ESV

The English Standard Version, first published in 2001, is considered “essentially literal.” One of today’s most widely used translations, it seeks to capture the precise word-for-word meaning of the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Millions prefer this translation for personal reading, public worship, in-depth study, and Scripture memorization.

In Logos, the audio syncs perfectly with the ESV Bible text. Logos saves your spot, so when you shut down your computer and open the app on your smartphone or tablet, you’ll pick up right where you left off. Continue Reading…

Get Big Discounts during Our Labor Day Sale

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Labor Day, for many of us, means an end to summer and a return to routine. Because that often entails getting back to more regular Bible study, we’re discounting a few of our best-selling collections and resources. This sale runs only through September 3—if you’ve had any of these on your wish list, get them right away!

Included in the sale:

new-testament-for-everyone-seriesNew Testament for Everyone Series (16 vols.)

Regularly $179.95—get it for $139.95 with coupon code LABORDAY2013

The New Testament for Everyone Series (16 vols.) provides guides to the books of the New Testament, as well as Wright’s fresh translation of the entire NT text.

Tyndale Biblical Reference Collection (12 vols.)

Regularly $149.95—get it for $139.95 with coupon code LABORDAY2013

Whether you’re preparing a sermon, teaching a Sunday school class, leading a small group, or simply hoping to expand your knowledge of the Bible, you’ll find useful resources in the 12 vol. Tyndale Biblical Reference Collection. Continue Reading…

10 Powerful Quotes from William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce For English abolitionist William Wilberforce (August 24, 1759–July 29, 1833), campaigning against slavery was a natural extension of appreciating Christ’s love. Wilberforce’s compassion and his high view of Christian ideals shine through in his writings.

Though Wilberforce wrote only one book, A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, many of his other writings and sayings appear as a daily devotional in 365 Days with Wilberforce.

Through August 26, you can use coupon code WILBERFORCE1 to get 22% off A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christiansand WILBERFORCE2 to get 50% off 365 Days with Wilberforce.

The following quotes were assembled using these two resources, as well as 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Modern Church and 300 Quotations for Preachers:

Wilberforce on faith, responsibility, and more

1. “No one expects to attain to the height of learning, or arts, or power, or wealth, or military glory, without vigorous resolution, strenuous diligence, and steady perseverance. Yet we expect to be Christians without labour, study, or inquiry.” Continue Reading…

Who Was John Owen? His Life and Legacy

John Owen (1616–August 24, 1683) was one of the world’s greatest Reformed theologians. Through August 27, you can use coupon code JOHNOWEN2013 to get $130 off his collected works.

John Owen Quote

(From 300 Quotations for Preachers.)

“I thank God for John Owen’s unwavering passion for communion with God. We are debtors to his mighty pen and to the passion for God’s glory . . . that drove it.” —John Piper

To have known the pastoral ministry of John Owen . . . (albeit in written form) has been a rich privilege; to have known Owen’s God an even greater one.” —Sinclair Ferguson

Originally a Presbyterian, Owen, influenced by the works of John Cotton, came to believe in a more Congregational form of church government. He served as dean of Christ Church in Oxford from 1651 to 1660, when the monarchy was reestablished and he was ejected. Continue Reading…

Scapegoats and Sin Offerings

Sept Oct BSMMany reading plans stall at (or at least take a detour around) Leviticus. Forging through instruction on sacrifices, clean and unclean foods, and purity laws can be overwhelming for the modern reader.

In the Sept–Oct ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, you’ll find powerful articles that will help you wade through Leviticus’ bloody sacrifices and odd laws to find new meaning that applies to contemporary life. Our writers take on topics like scapegoats, sin offerings, and why rock badger wasn’t on the list of “clean” animals.

In addition to this special section, here’s what the Sept–Oct ’13 issue offers:

  • A cover story featuring Chip Ingram: In “Religion vs. Relationship,” Chip Ingram, senior pastor of Silicon Valley’s Venture Christian Church and president of Living on the Edge, discusses what the Bible says about discipleship. According to Ingram, “The goal isn’t that people know everything about the Bible; it’s that they apply what they learned . . . This is true spirituality. This is becoming a disciple of Christ.”
  • Helping the Hidden: In our feature story, John Ashmen, president of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, discusses both the plight and the hope of the homeless population. “Many homeless people need a life change before they need an address change,” said Ashmen. “That change comes from understanding who they are and how Christ in their life can make a difference.”
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Get Free Updates to Logos 5

Logos 5You have two ways to get the latest, best software from Logos: not only upgrading, but also updating.

Upgrading means moving to a new base package to get new resources, datasets, and features, like Clause Search, Bible Sense Lexicon, and Topic Guide. When you upgrade, all your current resources get transferred to your new base package.

Updating, on the other hand, builds on your upgrade and is absolutely free. Updating allows you to take advantage of continual improvements to the software and products—for life. That means that when you upgrade your base package, you’re not making a static purchase; you’re investing in a dynamic resource that will continue to improve as it updates.

Here’s what you can look forward to with free updates for life:

1. Improved books & resources

We make regular updates to Logos resources, fixing typos and adding tags, hyperlinks, and footnotes. Take the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary—a little over a year ago, our team added 70,000 hyperlinks to bibliographic references, data types, and other Logos resources. We also added citation data and tagging to a wide range of illustrations and thousands of articles. Continue Reading…

Get $660 off the Hermeneia and Continental Commentaries

Hermeneia CollectionNow’s the time to take advantage of back-to-school savings—through September 13, you can get one of the world’s most respected critical commentary series at a huge discount.

Use coupon code BTS2013 and take $660 off the Hermeneia and Continental Commentaries!

This academic-level series features internationally renowned scholars, including Harold Attridge, Robert Jewett, Hans Dieter Betz, and Martin Dibelius. One of the most informative and influential Bible commentaries ever written in English, this bundle takes advantage of the full range of philological and historical tools, including textual criticism and the methods of the history of tradition and religion.

The Hermeneia series is perfect for the student, pastor, scholar, or layperson looking for the best in biblical scholarship.

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How to Study the Bible’s Key Themes

The Bible wasn’t written as a subject-by-subject textbook—its themes and topics are all spread out. That where Logos 5’s Topic Guide comes in.

With the Topic Guide, it’s easy to study the Bible by subject: just search and go!

Explore topics in depth: In addition to biblical texts, you’ll be prompted with relevant material from your library, giving you a deeper understanding of even the most complex biblical topics.

Discover biblical connections: Never miss a related verse. The Topic Guide connects passages from your Bible in a network of themes and concepts. As you delve into your topic, you can always get more specific or more general—jumping from “baptism” to “infant baptism,” for example.

Make a message: Need some inspiration for your sermon or lecture? The Topic Guide is a great way to get started. Then launch the Sermon Starter Guide from the Topic Guide for more teaching and preaching ideas.

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Learn more about Logos 5′s smart features, and upgrade to Logos 5 today!

Last Chance: Free Commentary on Mark

understanding-the-bible-commentary-markToday is the last day to get Larry W. Hurtado’s Understanding the Bible Commentary: Mark for free! This freebie is part of our 500K celebration—be sure to check out all the other deals, including a free $20 gift certificate. 

Who is Larry W. Hurtado?

Larry W. Hurtado is emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh. An internationally respected New Testament scholar, he is an expert on the Gospels, the apostle Paul, early Christology, the Jewish background of the New Testament, and New Testament textual criticism. He is a coeditor of Jesus among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels and The Dead Sea Scrolls in Their Historical Context, and the author of Text-Critical Methodology and the Pre-Caesarean Text: Codex W in the Gospel of Mark.

Understanding the Bible Commentary Series

understanding-the-bible-commentary-series-new-testamentThe Understanding the Bible Commentary Series is a collaboration between 20 different authors. The 18 vol. New Testament set has been praised by one Logos user as:

 “. . . simply [p]henomenal–the authors are the best bar-none—FF Bruce, Craig Evans, Donald Hagner . . . there is simply no set, none, that you will find this stacked on scholarship for this price. There is simply none.”
—J. R. Woods

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