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Win a Tour of the Holy Land!

Jerusalem

Last summer, we announced that we were working on putting together tours of the Holy Land. Now we’re excited to bring you Faithlife Tours, a powerful way to connect with the Word. With Logos’ maps and infographics, you’ve studied the sites where the biblical stories took place.  But what if you could take a boat over the sea of Galilee, be baptized in the Jordan River, reflect on the Incarnation in Bethlehem, and stand on the Temple Mount?

Now, with Faithlife Tours, you can do more than read about the crucifixion—you can travel the Via Dolorosa and see firsthand the traditional sites of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Each tour is fully integrated with the Faithlife Study Bible, FaithlifeTour_Logoso you’ll have the tools you need to learn more. On your tour, you’ll visit Biblical places like:

  • Christ’s birthplace in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1, Luke 2:1–6)
  • Mt. Carmel, where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18)
  • The Pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:1–15)
  • The Garden Tomb, believed by many to be the location of Jesus’ burial and resurrection (John 19:41)

To celebrate Faithlife Tour’s launch, we’re giving away a tour of Israel for you and a friend or loved one. Don’t want to take the chance and risk your preferred tour date getting filled?  Invest in a tour and enter anyway! If you win, you’ll get a full refund, and you’ll also win a Nexus 7 tablet, preloaded with the Faithlife Study Bible and the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible to help you study the passages related to the sites as you visit them.

Logos 5: Sermon Starter Guide

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

The Sermon Starter Guide, a new Logos 5 template located in the Guides menu, jumpstarts (not replaces) your message preparation. When you generate a report for a biblical theme or text, you’ll notice two important sections: Theme and Thematic Outlines. I wanted to make sure you know the mechanics of these two very helpful sections.

Undergirding all Sermon Starter Guide reports are approximately 230 popular preaching themes, identified by the Content Innovation Team (CIT) at Logos.

When you generate a report for a topic or theme, the Theme section provides a brief description of that specific theme or one closely related to it.

When you generate a report for a passage, the Theme section displays descriptions of all the themes that use your biblical reference as a key supporting passage. For example, if you build a guide for Colossians 3:16, you’ll see both Education and Music presented under the Theme section.

SSG Theme

 

The Thematic Outlines section uses the Dictionary of Bible Themes (DBT) as a source.

SSG Title Page

 

When you generate a report for a topic or theme, the Thematic Outlines section presents all the outlines from DBT containing your topic or a similar one as a part of the title of the outline. For example, if you build a report for the theme God:Wrath, you’ll see these titles under Thematic Outlines: Anger of God; Anger of Jesus Christ; Anger, divine; and Provoking God.

SSG Thematic Outlines

 

When you generate a report for a passage, the Thematic Outlines section presents all the outlines from DBT containing your passage somewhere in the outline. For example, when you create a guide for Deuteronomy 1:42, you’ll see these outlines under Thematic Outlines: Alienation, Defeat, Nature of sin, and Nature of warfare.

SSG Thematic

 

I certainly hope these behind-the-scenes explanations are helpful. Also, as former news anchor Dan Rather would say, a tip of the Stetson to the CIT for its hard work in compiling all of this useful data!

Coming Soon: Survey Your Congregation in Real Time

Can you imagine polling your congregation and including the results in your presentation—in real time? Soon you’ll be able to do just that using Proclaim church presentation software’s Signals feature; church members will be able to vote right from their mobile devices.

Just post a survey slide, and everyone will get a Survey Signal sent to their Logos or Faithlife Bible app. As they vote, results will appear onscreen. Now’s the perfect time to get your church familiar with Signals—the new Survey Signal feature is coming soon, and you can be one of the first in the world to use this cutting-edge tool. Download Proclaim now.

Available in Logos 5: Lexham English Septuagint, Alternate Texts

Base Packages II

One of the new resources released with Logos 5 (and available in collections from Bronze up, and also in the Minimal Crossgrade) is the Lexham English Septuagint. And now we’re happy to inform you that an associated resource, the Lexham English Septuagint: Alternate Texts, is ready.

The Lexham English Septuagint (LES) is a new English translation of the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Jewish Scriptures). It uses the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint as a starting point, creating a literal but readable translation.

Now, one of the things we’ve learned about translations of the Bible over, say, the past 40 years is that, well, there are a lot of translations. We have the KJV, the NASB, the NIV, the NRSV, the LEB, the CEB, and all sorts of other translations in English.

There were also a lot of translations back in the days when the Septuagint originated, and we have knowledge of some of these different translations. One of them, known as the Theodotion edition, evidences itself in a different edition of the book of Daniel. Theodotion’s Daniel, while having much the same content as what is known as the “Old Greek” edition of Daniel, simply says it in different ways. So much so that we know that these aren’t really transmission variations, but translation variations. Sort of like how the NIV and NASB both have different English words for Daniel (in most places) but are translating the same material.

The Lexham English Septuagint: Alternate Texts (LES:AT) resource includes Theodotion’s version of Daniel, as well as the additions to Daniel: Susanna, Bel, and the Dragon (yep, dragon!), the Prayer of Azariah, and the Song of Three Youths. The Prayer of Azariah and Song of Three Youths are traditionally inserted in Daniel 3, making the Septuagint version of Daniel 3 exactly 100 verses long in the LES!

The LES:AT also includes an alternative version of Tobit, which is found in Codex Sinaiticus. Again, it is largely the same story, just a different translation.

The work on these books was not complete when Logos 5 and the LES were initially released. It has since been completed. Folks who have upgraded to Logos 5 packages that include the LES are already licensed for the Additional Texts volume. You should receive it soon, if not already, as an automatic download.

For a limited time, you can still save at least 15% on a base package. With the addition of Lexham English Septuagint: Alternate Texts, this is the ideal time to upgrade to Logos 5.

Strengthen Your Ministry at Pastorum Live

Join us for the Pastorum Live conference in Chicago April 11–12, 2013.

At Pastorum, Bible scholars and pastors will unpack the mission of the church as displayed in Scripture, starting at the very beginning. You and your peers will overview God’s plan from Genesis to Revelation, and find ways for your local church to carry out the mission of our God and King.

Not only will you revive your theological knowledge—you’ll sharpen it with Drs. Mark Futato, Mike Goheen, John Walton, and others. During each session’s panel discussion, these speakers will share ideas for applying academic subjects in your church. You’ll see how the cultures of the Bible parallel or contrast with today’s environment.

Register by January 31 and pay only $79! The first 300 people to register will receive all Pastorum 2013 video content for free.

Register now!

New DMin Track: Theological Exegesis

Today’s post is built around content from Michael Allen, coordinator of the theological exegesis track and D. James Kennedy Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Knox Theological Seminary.

Knox Theological Seminary is proud to introduce the world’s first Doctor of Ministry track in theological exegesis. In this program, you’ll learn to interpret and explain Scripture in the context of theology, taking what has been mostly an academic conversation and connecting it to the lives and communities of Christians worldwide.

The track emphasizes canonical, creedal, and contextual biblical interpretation:

  • You’ll read each passage in light of the scriptural canon’s broader context, and you’ll see how each piece fits into the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and his kingdom.
  • You’ll use the church’s creeds and confessions (past and present) as prompts to refine your interpretive work, and you’ll learn to see the past as a constant presence for the community of faith.
  • You’ll understand the Word’s answers to modern questions and struggles.

Classes start this month with Michael Allen’s “Hebrews: Exegesis and Theology.” As you study Hebrews, you’ll learn to read the Old Testament overall by studying how the epistle’s anonymous author exegetes Israel’s Scriptures. You’ll familiarize yourself with both classical and contemporary works, growing in your capacity to recognize wisdom in disparate sources. And you’ll see how this ancient text addresses compelling issues today.

Knox’s theological exegesis track is your chance to master nuanced interpretation and life-changing preaching without giving up your ministry responsibilities. Take the first step toward your DMin—explore the new track at DMin.me/course-tracks/exegesis.

Only 3 Days Left to Get 12 Days of Logos Deals: Act Now!

12 Days of Logos

This year’s 12 Days of Logos deals are almost gone. The 2012 lineup was one of the best we’ve ever had—remarkable discounts on The Essential IVP Reference Collection, the ESV Study Bible Notes, NIVAC, Anchor Yale Bible, and more. You can still get killer deals on items like:

The Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3The Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3
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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (1979–1995) (4 vols.)
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Tyndale CommentariesTyndale Commentaries (49 vols)—TNTC/TOTC 
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Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms (6 vols.)
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Get multiple deals at an unbeatable price

Want more than one of these terrific offers? Having trouble affording them? Just use an easy-to-budget, interest-free payment plan. You have one chance to save the most amount of money: the first time you buy. Why let a one-time price keep you from getting the products you want? For a huge collection like the Anchor Yale Bible, for instance, you can cut the 12 Days price, $1,689.95, down to 12 monthly payments of just $146! But what if you want the Anchor Yale Bible and NIVACYour monthly payment could be as low as $112.77 with an 18-month payment plan. Call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467 to see if your purchase qualifies for an 18-month plan.

So don’t wait—all deals end at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on January 2. Take full advantage of these deals while they last!

Last Chance for Christmas Savings! Deals End January 2

Christmas has passed, but our Christmas sale hasn’t! Until January 2, you can still take advantage of seasonal discounts. Don’t miss out on great deals like:

15% off base packages

For a limited time, you can save at least 15% on Logos 5.  There’s no question that the best way to get tons of new content at the best price is with a base package. Our software is new, and our base packages are, too. Choose one that does what you need—and more than you imagined.

Up to 85% off bundles

Bundles are one of the simplest, most valuable ways to start studying what you love. But don’t wait—prices double after January 2, 2013, when all bundles revert to their regular prices. Through the end of our Christmas sale, you can save up to 75% off individual title prices—or, with a Master Bundle, up to 85%!

If you’re looking for a specific study topic, you have 19 different choices—or, if you would rather round out your library, get a Master Bundle, full of every resource from all 19 individual bundles. You don’t have much more time to get hundreds of new books at rock-bottom prices! Order now to get the best price.

12 Days of Logos

Another year of terrific 12 Days of Logos deals is over, but the coupon codes live on. Until 11:59 p.m. (PST) January 2, you can get any of the deals at their 12 Days sale prices. Take full advantage of these awesome deals before they’re gone!

Win Logos 5 & a Surface tablet

If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time! We’re giving away five base packages—Starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and ­Platinum—and, with Platinum, a brand-new Surface tablet running Windows 8 Pro!  If you win but already have Logos 5, we’ll refund your purchase in Logos credit. If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time—entry closes December 31, 2012.

Start the new year with great savings! Take advantage of these exciting offers on our Logos Christmas deals page. But don’t wait too long—seasonal discounts end after January 2.

Software Bíblico Logos: an Amazingly Successful Experiment / un experimento asombrosamente exitoso

It’s common to hear Hispanics refer to American society as “advanced” and express frustration at the difficulty of finding cutting-edge technologies south of the border. One notable exception, though, is in Bible-study technology. Logos has reimagined its software to suit the interests of Hispanics, offering a set of Bible-study tools as advanced as their English-language counterparts.

The intention was generous, and the move somewhat risky. By and large, Hispanics don’t enjoy the purchasing power of the American consumer. Their Bible-study habits generally stay at the devotional level, with little need for advanced technology.

But the experiment yielded an awesome response. From the get-go, Logos’ Spanish department has averaged over 30% yearly growth. Users have steadily proved their demand for better tools and content, some by paying a month’s wages. With 30 books, our very first package started timidly, but today the Biblioteca Premier offers 422 Spanish resources.

For Hispanics, this year closes with an stupendous gift opportunity. The recent released Biblioteca Premier features a bibliography covering every angle of Bible study: Bibles, commentaries, lexicons, theology, apologetics, evangelism, history, and more. What’s more, the new Logos 5 features will satisfy the homiletical yearnings of the many Hispanic pastors who prefer to study and preach topically rather than expositorily. To top it off, all Spanish libraries are discounted by 15% through the Christmas season.

How better to bless your Hispanic pastor friend or leader than by telling them about Logos? Or, better yet, by getting them this amazing blessing and seeing their awesome response?

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Seguido los hispanos describen la sociedad americana como “muy avanzada,” con aire de desánimo, al percatarse de que las tecnologías más avanzadas no están fácilmente disponibles para ellos fuera de los Estados Unidos. Hoy día, no obstante, existe una notable excepción a esta norma. Se trata de la tecnología de estudio bíblico. Software Bíblico Logos ha tomado herramientas originalmente diseñadas para el consumidor americano y las ha re-adaptado para el mercado hispano.

La intención ha sido generosa pero no sin riesgo, comenzando porque los hispanos, en términos generales, no gozan del poder adquisitivo del consumidor americano. Además, sus hábitos de estudio bíblico generalmente permanecen a un nivel devocional que no demanda de mucha tecnología.

La gran sorpresa ha sido que el experimento ha resultado en una increíble bendición con una reacción inédita. Desde su comienzo, el departamento hispano de Logos ha promediado más de 30% de crecimiento anual. Los usuarios han comprobado su deseo de herramientas avanzadas y buen contenido de estudio bíblico. Algunos han estado dispuestos a pagar tanto como el equivalente de un mes de sueldo. El primer paquete comenzó titubeante, ofreciendo 30 libros. Hoy día la Biblioteca Premier ofrece 422 recursos de estudio.

Para los hispanos, este año cierra estupendo con una gran oportunidad de regalos. La Biblioteca Premier, recientemente debutada, cubre una bibliografía de todo ángulo de estudio: Biblias, comentarios, léxicos, teología, apologética, evangelismo, historia, y más. Además, las funciones de las nuevas bibliotecas de Logos 5 saciarán la sed homilética de muchos pastores hispanos con estudio y predicación por tópico más que expositiva, máxime cuando todas las bibliotecas se encuentran descontadas un 15% durante las fechas navideñas.

¿Qué mejor manera de bendecir a un amigo pastor hispano o líder que hablándole de Logos? Aún mejor, ¿obteniendo para su amigo una biblioteca Logos 5 y siendo testigo de la gran bendición y la inédita respuesta?

Deals That Keep Giving: 12 Days of Logos Deals Still Available!

12 Days of Logos

Didn’t get what you wanted this Christmas? There’s still time to save up to 47% with the 12 Days of Logos sale!

The Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3

The Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3Get the comprehensive biblical reference collection—over a dozen of IVP’s award-winning resources for 42% off! The Essential IVP Reference Collection is a compilation of works from some of today’s best biblical and theological scholars. Dive into biblical words and terms with this collection’s incredible dictionaries and studies on New Testament Greek. Get the background commentaries and Bible-reference books that have set the standard in Bible study for over a generation. Wrap your mind around the Bible’s difficult passages with IVP’s Hard Sayings of the Bible, and give visual context to the words you’re reading with the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. You can do all of this, and tons more, with the Essential IVP Reference Collection Version 3, now only $109.95!

The NIV Application Commentary: New Testament

NIV Application CommentaryHow do you apply what you’ve learned about Jerusalem, Ephesus, or Corinth to modern life? How do you translate a difficult Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic passage so that it’s clear in today’s terms? NIVAC is different than other application commentaries—it takes you back to the first century to look in depth at the stories, and then forward again to show you how to apply those biblical lessons in today’s world. Let this wonderful commentary do the legwork for you, and focus on building a better biblical understanding. Get NIVAC for only $249.95—that’s 35% off!

Anchor Yale Bible

These are the big guns in biblical scholarship. With over 80 volumes of prestigious scriptural exegesis and translation, drawing on the wisdom of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish scholars from around the world, the Anchor Yale Bible has what you need for deeper Bible study. These commentaries, written to the most exacting standards, are a must-have for any serious student of the Bible. And with a payment plan,* now you can get AYB for only $146 per month. Get yours today!

 

These are just a few of the incredible resources still available through the 12 Days of Logos. With unbeatable deals on superb items like the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE), Tyndale Commentaries, John Piper Collection, and much more, the 12 Days of Logos is a one-stop shop for the best in Bible study.

See the whole lineup to get the deal best suited to your needs. But hurry—these deals last only until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on January 2!

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