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Get a Free Resource for Washington’s Birthday

Today Logos joins the rest of the United States in celebrating Washington’s Birthday (don’t worry, the sales team will still be here to take your orders!). You can celebrate with us by downloading a free copy of Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States. But hurry, it will only be available until midnight on Tuesday, February 21!

The Background of Washington’s Birthday

Americans have celebrated George Washington’s birthday long before it was declared a national holiday. It wasn’t until 1879 that February 22, became a national legal holiday (one of only 11 permanent holidays established by Congress). In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holidays act which moved the celebration of Washington’s birthday from February 22 to the third Monday in February.

While there have been many attempts to change the name of the holiday to Presidents’ Day in honor of both Washington and Abraham Lincoln (whose birthday falls on February 12), this proposal has always been rejected by Congress. Contrary to popular belief, the holiday is still Washington’s Birthday.

Since 1862, George Washington’s Farewell Address has traditionally been read in the United States Senate. This document includes the following profound statement:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

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We have also discounted some other political and patriotic titles. Check deals on these titles:

Don’t miss an opportunity to add these resources to your library. They go back to their regular prices at midnight on Tuesday, February 21.

If you want to browse similar titles, you can do a faceted search under the topic Politics & Government. Faceted browsing is a great way to find materials you may have missed.

So download your free copy of Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States today, check out some of the other deals we have available, and have a happy Washington’s Birthday!

Weekly Roundup: February 18

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of February 18, 2012.

Enter to Win Two Free Passes to Camp Logos and a Tour of the Logos Campus!

Would you like to visit Bellingham, WA, get two passes to our National Camp Logos, and tour the Logos facility? You can win an all-expense-paid trip to do just that! Take the virtual tour and enter to win.

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These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

Be sure to check out the latest collection from Community Pricing: the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.)

  • Containing the writings of early Anabaptists like Menno Simons and Balthasar Hübmaier, as well as works from twentieth-century Mennonite scholars like Daniel Kauffman and J. S. Hartzler, the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.) is a must-have for those interested in Reformation history.

Don’t miss out on these collections nearing the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video

Sales

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

Customer Service

Finance

Operations

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Watch a Logos Training Workshop Live

We are pleased to announce we will be hosting a 2 hour workshop at the Liberate Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL on February 23.

Learn how to get the most out of your library, and get your own sermons, notes, and books into Logos. And don’t miss Dr. Sam Lamerson’s presentation on studying original languages with Logos! He will be teaching on reverse interlinears, Louw-Nida numbers, morphological and syntax searching, visual filters, and much more.

Sign Up to Watch the Workshop

You can log in February 23 and watch the workshop streaming live!

Enter your email address below, and we will send you the link, as well as reminder before the event.

Or Attend the Conference in Person

Visit LiberateConference.com to learn more about the event!

This is your chance to hear from speakers like Tullian Tchvidjian, Darrin Patrick, Paul Tripp, Elyse Fitzpatrick, and more. As a Logos customer, you can get an exclusive discount! Register to attend Liberate 2012 and get $15 off your ticket!

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Use promo code LOGOS at checkout.

Why Wait until Christmas to Build Your Library? Save Big Now!

We recently made our large Christmas collections available year-round as Library Builder Collections.

Imagine if your local bookstore were to have a sale on over 2,000 books—offering them all for only $1.24 per title. By the end of the day the store’s shelves would be empty. But with Logos’ Library Builder deals, you get huge bargains that never go out of stock!

These collections are packed with the resources you need—at a price you can afford. Take a look!

The Basic Library Builder (125 vols.) contains commentaries, dictionaries, theologies, and other helpful resources. If you’re in the market for resources to build your library, but you have a tight budget to work with, the Basic Library Builder is the collection to get.

The Essential Library Builder (250 vols.)If you’re looking for a little more bang for your buck, then the Essential Library Builder is the collection for you. As with the Basic, this set contains even more important dictionaries, commentaries, and theologies to augment your library—bundled together at one low price.

The Intermediate Library Builder (500 vols.) gives you 500 books for $1.80 each including four volumes from the Pillar New Testament Commentary, three volumes from Black’s New Testament Commentary, five volumes from New American Commentary, and four volumes from the New International Greek Testament Commentary.

Note: These three collections don’t overlap with each other, so you could buy a couple of them without getting any duplicates. Even though the master collection is the best deal, all of these collections offer an amazing amount of content at amazing prices.

The Master Library Builder (2,010 vols.) the perfect collection for an expansive resource library! Adding this many titles at only $1.24 a piece is almost too good to be true. If you were to purchase the contents in this collection at their list prices, you would pay $61,127.94. With the Master Library Builder, you save over 95%! Check out the product page to see all the amazing resources which come with this collection.

These Library Builder Collections allow you to get the best resources at the best possible price. And remember, you can always use our interest-free payment plan to stretch your payments out for up to a year!

So add content (and value) to your library—check these collections out!

Did you pick up one of these collections during Christmas? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Ecclesiastes Revisited: Getting to the End of the Matter

Today’s guest post is from Miles Custis, contributing editor for Bible reference projects at Logos Bible Software and author of The End of the Matter.

Scholars often disregard the ending of Ecclesiastes. They view it—especially 12:13–14—as a later addition made by some scribe who wanted to tone down the book’s negative message.

In the typical view, the message of the book is that life is difficult and hopeless (expressed in passages like Eccl 4:2–3). The author doubts God’s justice and portrays Him as distant and unconcerned. Understood this way, the concluding message to “fear God and keep His commands” is incompatible with the rest of the book.

However, a careful reading of Ecclesiastes reveals that the author promotes a hopeful, albeit realistic, view of life throughout. He portrays God as sovereign and the giver of joy (see Eccl 2:26; 3:13; 5:19–20), emphasizing that human knowledge is limited when compared with God’s sovereign power (see Eccl 3:14 and 8:16–17). So the epilogue “fear God and keep His commands,” does not contradict the rest of the book; instead, it complements the book’s message.

In The End of the Matter I take a close look at how the epilogue of Ecclesiastes relates to the rest of the book. I examine how the author uses the term hebel—typically translated as “vanity” or “meaningless”—and what he describes as hebel. I also explore the author’s values, namely wisdom, joy, and the fear of God, finding ways to understand apparent contradictions in the book (as seen in 8:12–13). Finally, I examine how the author uses the epilogue (12:9–14) and prologue (1:1) as a literary device that presents a narrative frame around “the words of Qohelet” (the “Preacher” or “Teacher”). The author shows that, while life is characterized by hebel, one should respond by fearing God and keeping His commands.

The End of the Matter is currently under development. But if you order quickly, you can pick it up on Pre-Pub while it is still only $19.95!

4 Princeton Theologians You Should Know

B. B. Warfield’s Revelation and Inspiration is February’s Free Book of the Month!
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Over the years, Princeton Theological Seminary has been home to many first-class theologians and ministers, but a few stand head-and-shoulders above the rest. Among these are Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, A. A. Hodge, and “the Lion of Princeton,” Benjamin B. Warfield.

Archibald Alexander

As the founding principal—and first professor—of Princeton Theological Seminary (1812), Archibald Alexander forged the way in contextualizing Calvinism to the United States. He was the author of many books and treatises, including Thoughts on Religious Experience, and The Canon of the Old and New Testament Ascertained. His legacy as a strong proponent of Biblical authority played a large influential role in the lives of his successors.

See the Archibald Alexander Collection (20 vols.) on Community Pricing.

Charles Hodge

Charles Hodge was the second principal of Princeton and successor to Archibald Alexander. He was appointed Professor of Oriental and Biblical Literature in 1822. 18 years later, he was transferred to the chair of exegetical and didactic theology, where he taught until his death in 1878. Hodge instructed thousands of ministers and help revise the Presbyterian Church’s Book of Discipline. His Systematic Theology is the hallmark of his theological legacy.

See The Works of Charles Hodge (29 vols.) on Community Pricing.

A. A. Hodge

A. A. Hodge carried on the legacy of his father, Charles, serving next to him as the chair of systematic theology from 1878 to 1886. He was also an accomplished theologian, having studied and written many works on the atonement and the Westminster Confession. His theology stemmed from his experience as a pastor, his work in India as a missionary, and his teaching career spent with the students and faculty of Princeton.

See the A. A. Hodge Collection (11 vols.).

Benjamin B. Warfield

Upon A. A. Hodge’s death, B. B. Warfield was appointed to the Charles Hodge chair of systematic theology at Princeton. Warfield served from 1887 until his death in 1921.

“Those who hold to the historic doctrine today add very little to what Warfield said a hundred years ago. So also any who reject that doctrine must contend with Warfield before their work is complete. He was the theologian of inspiration. This was his gift, in God’s kind providence, to the modern church.”—Fred G. Zaspel, author of The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary

Get Benjamin B. Warfield’s Revelation and Inspiration for free, this month only. And be sure to enter the 20-volume Works of B. B. Warfield Giveaway!

Have a favorite Princeton theologian? Leave us a comment!

Weekly Roundup: February 11

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of February 11, 2012.

Tim Challies Is on the Cover of Bible Study Magazine!

“I am eager for Christians to look at personal devotions as being less about Bible study and more about relationship,” says Christian blogger Tim Challies. “I believe we can find freedom in seeing personal devotions as a conversation: hearing from the Lord in the Bible and then speaking to Him in prayer. . . . This is not about studying the way you would study a Shakespearian play or a textbook. This is relating to God. As I read the Bible, I am trying to ask questions based on my personal relationship with Him. If there is a story in there, I am asking, ‘Why would God reveal Himself in this story? Why does He want me to know this story? What am I being called to do?’ ” —Karen Jones

Subscribe now and receive the Tim Challies at nearly 33% off the cover price!

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Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

Be sure to check out the latest collection from Community Pricing: the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.)

  • Containing the writings of early Anabaptists like Menno Simons and Balthasar Hübmaier, as well as works from twentieth-century Mennonite scholars like Daniel Kauffman and J. S. Hartzler, the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.) is a must-have for those interested in Reformation history.

Don’t miss out on these collections nearing the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video

Sales

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

Customer Service

Finance

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

7 Pre-Pubs for Less Than $20!

Want to add some resources to your library on the cheap? You can find lots of books on Pre-Pub for less than $20. Here is a sampling of what’s available:

  1. In Search of the Silver Lining: Where Is God in the Midst of Life’s Storms? This book, now on Pre-Pub for only $8.95, tackles the age-old question of suffering with delightfully encouraging and fresh insights. This title ships on February 13, 2012, so make sure to get your order in soon!
  2. The Voice of God: Experience a Life Changing Relationship with the Lord: Looking for a resource that emphasizes biblical authority and gives a good outline of basic Christian doctrines? Pick up The Voice of God now for $11.95.
  3. Wake Up Church: How to be Ready for the Return of Christ: Is the church ready for the return of Christ? Are you? Greg Wilburn shares shares several scriptural exhortations to be ready for the glorious return of Christ. Wake Up Church is available on Pre-Pub for the low price of $9.95.
  4. Christian Growth from A to Z: A Practical Discipleship Manual for Both New and Growing Christians: If you are a new Christian or looking for strong material to help you mentor others, you can’t go wrong with Christian Growth from A to Z. You can add this resource to your library for $9.95.
  5. Esther: Reflections from an Unexpected Life: Jennifer Westbrook Spivey unlocks the relevance of Esther for today. For less than $10, you can learn from Esther’s story how to trust God through life’s unexpected turns.
  6. Chariots of God: God’s Law in Relation to the Cross and the Christian: Take a powerful trip through the nature of the Ten Commandments, the purpose of the law, and Christ’s victorious sacrifice with Chariots of God. This is a thorough examination of the relation of the law to both the Gospel as well as to believers, and is an excellent addition to your library for only $7.99.
  7. Who Stole My Joy?: If you need to regain the joy that the circumstances of life may have taken from you, check out Sandra Steen’s practical and inspiring Who Stole My Joy? It can be yours for only $10.95.

Check out all of the Pre-Pubs available for less than $20. Pre-Pubs are a fantastic way grow your library for less!

Pinterest—A New Way to Share Logos with Your Friends

There’s a lot of buzz about Pinterest right now. Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board, allows you to share visual information with your friends. Bible study resources may be our expertise, but today we’re sharing some fun ways to build your pinboards with Logos.

  1. Share scripture graphics. We’ve created hundreds of graphic art slides with Bible verses, and we share them daily.
  2. Share inspirational or helpful books. We will be posting books based on themes such as Prayer, Marriage and Parenting.
  3. Share pictures of your church or hometown. Logos is located in Bellingham, WA so you’ll occasionally see pictures of downtown and the surrounding natural landscapes.
  4. Videos are a fun, too! We’ve produced several videos to show how fun it is to work at Logos as well as tutorials on how to use Logos.
  5. Pin the latest Free Book of the Month! We’ll be giving away a free book each month along with a chance to win a collection by the same author throughout the year.
  6. Follow the tips from Morris Proctor’s board! Here, you’ll find many Logos Talk blog posts from Morris himself.
  7. Be sure to use the “Pin It” button to make things easier. Pinterest gives you a button to add to your toolbar. This will allow you to quickly pin your favorite Logos resources and images right to your board.

Pinterest seems likely to stick around as a fun place where people can share their interests. We would love to host a Pinterest-related contest; can you help us think of some fun ideas? Get creative, and tell us in the comments—we may go for it!

Bonus: When writing a description, you can tag your friends (or Logos) by typing “@” followed by their name, e.g., “@Logos”.

Frederick W. Danker’s Legacy

Thursday, February 2 was a somber day for every student of New Testament Greek. Frederick W. Danker, arguably the world’s foremost Greek lexicographer, passed away at the age of 91.

For many, he will forever be known as the “D” in the acronym BDAG: Bauer, Danker, Arndt, and Gingrich. Published in 2000, and comprised of over 1,100 pages, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (known simply as BDAG) is the definitive dictionary for New Testament Greek.

While its predecessors (BAG, BAGD) were simply translations and adaptations of Bauer’s German dictionary into English, Professor Danker’s dictionary was, for all practical purposes, an entirely new work.

It’s said that for 10 years Professor Danker worked on BDAG 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Because of Professor Danker’s investment of time and energy, we can study the word of God in the original Greek language, knowing that we have an authoritative and comprehensive Greek dictionary of the New Testament. May you rest in peace Professor Danker.

Along with BDAG, Professor Danker is also the author of a number of others books and articles, one of which is a commentary on 2 Corinthians in the Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament (15 vols.).