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The Christmas 2010 Collection 1

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Today’s guest post is by Deni Avant, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

There have been plenty of great Christmas specials to take advantage of this year and the Christmas 2010 Collection 1 is no exception. With this collection, you save nearly 94% on more than $8,000 worth of books! Think about it—you get 250 books for just $2 each!

Collection 1 contains a variety of commentaries with volumes from Pillar New Testament Commentary, College Press NIV Commentary, IVP New Testament Commentary, Crossway Classic Commentaries, New American Commentary, and Horae Homileticae. You’ll also get theological works, practical life titles, and biblical studies.

Check out just a few other titles you’ll get in Collection 1:

  • The JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis by Nahum M. Sarna is an illuminating and exhaustive treatment of Genesis with line-by-line analysis, excursuses, and helpful maps.
  • Drawing Near: Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith by John MacArthur can be used as a daily devotion in combination with God’s Holy Word and will help guide you in a growing relationship with God.
  • New Testament Background Commentary by W. Harold Mare serves as both a commentary and dictionary of words, phrases, and situations that shed light on the text.
  • Apologetics by Cornelius Van Til is an important work on Christian apologetics from an eminent Reformed thinker.
  • History of Interpretation by Frederic William Farrar surveys the history of biblical interpretation from the early Jewish rabbis through Farrar’s own time.

Works from H. A. Ironside, John G. Butler, A. W. Pink, Charles Spurgeon, John Calvin, and many more make a great addition to anyone’s library!

Learn more about all 250 titles that are included in the Christmas 2010 Collection 1!

Remember to check out the larger Christmas collections! They provide more resources at even deeper discounts.

Start the New Year Right with a Logos 4 Discount

Base Packages

During the holidays, I find myself introspective about the coming year. Although I tend to be skeptical of New Year’s resolutions, I am inspired by Jonathan Edwards’ example of resolving to character reformation. Edwards kept a list of resolutions which he read through weekly.

His resolutions included admonitions like:

  1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.
  2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.
  3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.

Jonathan’s twenty-eighth resolution reads,

“Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.”

Logos wants to help you keep your Bible study resolutions with deep discounts on all base packages

This is in keeping with the mission and goal at Logos Bible Software, where we seek to serve the church by equipping pastors, students, missionaries, teachers, and the church at large with tools that make Bible study easier and more accessible.

If you are resolved to improve your scriptural studies this year, consider doing it with one of our Logos 4 base packages. We have been offering 20% off of all of our base packages for a while, but that sale ends at midnight on January 2, 2011.

Logos 4 can help take your personal Bible study to new heights. For starters, Logos 4 provides thousands of infographics, maps, charts, and graphs, as well as tools to make Hebrew and Greek study accessible to English Bible students. But that’s not all! With a Logos base package you can put an entire library of theological and biblical books at your fingertips and get the information you need right away with lightening quick searches.

All Logos 4 base packages are multi-platform and will work on PC and Mac. There is no need to purchase one package for home, and one for your office. A single base package syncs across your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and even online. With Logos 4 you have your resource library available where you need it most.

Don’t forget, there are still discounts on Logos 4 upgrades as well! Just head over to the Upgrade Discounter and see the custom discounts we have—just for you.

Like I said, this sale isn’t going to go on much longer. Act quickly to save big on Logos 4—and start this year on the right foot.

The Sale Everyone Is Talking About

Master Collection

When we launched the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) in the middle of December, we knew we were offering something amazing. It isn’t every day you are going to have the opportunity to pick up 2,010 titles for $1 a book. This is exactly what the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) offers—over $61,000.00 in print value at the insanely low price of only $2,010!

I spent some time on the Logos forum this morning enjoying the excitement of what forumite Ted Weis called “Logos Sale Influenza,” the affliction that keeps bringing you back over and over again to scroll through long list of sale titles.

The enthusiasm regarding the Logos Christmas sale—particularly the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.)—is quite apparent on the forums.

Many of the forum exchanges revolve around how many titles overlap between larger base packages, like Platinum, and the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.). When we put the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) together, we knew that many of you would already own some of the titles included in the collection. We pressed forward, however, completely convinced that—even if you owned half of the resources in the Master Collection—it was still a remarkable sale.

This is the conclusion that many of our power users are coming to as well.

One forum thread that caught my eye was Praiser’s thread, titled Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) A GREAT Bargain! Praiser had created a spreadsheet comparing the Portfolio Edition (with many add-ons) to the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.). I was struck by the fact that, not only did this spreadsheet (which is updated throughout the forum thread) represent hours of work, after all that work, Praiser ended up placing an order for the Master Collection.

Praiser’s logic was summed up in this quote,

“Here is a thought to consider. So if you only got 1,340 [new] resources from the collection at $2,010, that would be $1.50 per resource. Now if you think of those resources you really value (you know the ones on your “list”) that are included in the Collection, what would they cost you any other time of the year?”

Praiser is not the only one to come to this conclusion. When discussing the wisdom of purchasing the Master Collection vs. buying individual sale titles at 50% off, Logos forum MVP Matthew C Jones says,

“I have already come to the conclusion that 97% off is a better deal than 50% off. And yes, I do have a lot of duplication because I have Portfolio Edition and many extras added on (ie: B.B. Warfield, A.W.Tozer Collections.) So in reality Dan Pritchett is giving a better deal percentage wise to the “have-nots” thus enabling them to enjoy more resources. I don’t know the final savings % yet but I am already sold on the Master Collection because the resources I don’t yet have but will get FAR out distance a 50% sale price. That is enough to sway my decision.”

Keep in mind that both Praiser and Matthew C Jones have compared the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) with the Logos Bible Software 4: Portfolio Edition. The Portfolio package features 1,700 resources and is going to have the most overlap with the 2,010 titles available in the Master Collection. Even for the Portfolio owners, the Master Collection is a huge value. If you own any other base package, the savings and value in the Master Collection only goes up.

Now, more than ever, we are convinced that the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) is not only the largest collection we have ever offered, but the best deal as well. But this deal isn’t going to be around forever. Come Sunday, January 2, 2011, the sale ends. Trust us, you aren’t going to want to spend the rest of 2011 lamenting the fact that you missed out on this incredible bargain!

Payment Plans: Your Key to Logos’ Best Deals

Christmas Specials

If you are a regular blog reader, you have heard a lot recently about the amazing Logos Christmas Sale—and rightly so. The 2,010 volume Christmas 2010 Master Collection is the largest collection we have ever assembled and we’re selling it for $1 per volume! We’re talking about 2,010 titles worth more than $61,000.00 in print for sale at nearly 97% off the retail price.

Let’s be honest though, how many of us don’t think twice about a $2,010 purchase? Sometimes it is difficult to justify a huge investment—even when it is the deal of the century.

To help remedy this, we created some smaller sale collections. The books in each of the smaller collections are completely unique. So, you could pick up the 250 volume collection and the 500 volume collection without worrying about doubling up on content.

We have also discounted every title available in the Christmas 2010 Master Collection by 50%. This way you can pick and choose the titles you want at a discount that is still pretty remarkable.

Just remember, as the collections get smaller, so do the discounts. Where the Christmas 2010 Master Collection is a savings of almost 97%, by the time you get to the 125 volume Christmas 2010 Starter Collection the savings drop to 93%. When you choose to purchase individual titles, you are only saving 50% off of the retail cost. These are still great savings, but you want to get the best deal you can for your investment.

Using the Payment Plan is a great way to take advantage of the best deal in Logos history. With the Payment Plan you can spread the purchase of your Christmas collections out for up to a year.

When you use a Payment Plan, the Christmas 2010 Master Collection can go from $2,010 right now to $172.50 over twelve months. The 500 volume Christmas 2010 Collection 3 becomes a much more manageable $46.66 a month over the course of a year. With our interest free Payment Plan, you get a better value by paying incrementally.

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All you need to do to use the Payment Plan is simply click the “ADD TO CART” button on one of the collections. When you go to check out, you will be prompted with payment options which will let you choose the Payment Plan that will work for you.

We also know that some of our users have a strict book purchasing budget. We intentionally extended the sale through midnight January 2 to allow you to take advantage of your 2011 book funds.

Take another look at our incredible Christmas values, and think about how you can use one of our Payment Plans to get the biggest bang for your buck.

The Time to Upgrade Is Now!

Time is running out to take advantage of our upgrade discounts. Right now is the best time to add valuable new Logos 4 content for pennies on the dollar. Plus, you will find that the higher you upgrade from your existing base package, the deeper the discount. You can get up to 20% off your Logos 4 upgrade today.

The upgrade discount is even more manageable when you use a Logos Payment Plan to stretch out your payments over a period of a couple months, or even up to a year.

As you can see from our Base Package comparison chart, the number of resources you receive increases dramatically with every step up from one package to the next. The following graph shows the number of resources you get in Platinum is nearly triple the number available in the Scholar’s Library.

When you upgrade your Logos 4 Base Package, you aren’t upgrading your software—you are simply getting tons of new books at an incredible value.

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Upgrading from a current Scholar’s Library package to Scholar’s Library: Gold would typically cost you $750.00, but right now you can upgrade for only $637.50—that’s a savings of 15%! With a Payment Plan, that can be stretched out for up to 12 payments of $58.13. When you upgrade from Scholar’s to Gold you increase your number of resources from under 500 to 950. And consider this: you would receive 37 volumes of the New American Bible Commentary which—in itself—pays for the cost of the upgrade!

One more step up—from Scholar’s to Platinum—increases your upgrade discount to 20% and nearly triples your resource count.

You owe it to yourself to check out our upgrade discounter to see the prices that are available for you. Simply go to the upgrade discounter, sign in to your Logos.com account, and see your special discount and compare the different packages.

Discounts Extended!

From now through January 2, 2011 we are offering everyone the opportunity to take advantage of any or all of the “12 Days of Logos” specials.

We’ve had some issues with Feedburner’s automated emailer and realize many of our customers didn’t receive the email announcements about each daily deal. We tried to fix the problem, but we’re still not sure why some didn’t get email notifications, and why some days no email was sent from Feedburner at all.

To make sure everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of these great deals, we’ve added 13 more days for everyone to get the discounted rates on the titles that were featured during the 12 Days of Logos.

We’re sorry for any challenges that may have occurred because of this and we hope you enjoy this great Christmas special!

The coupon codes are extended through January 2 and will expire on January 3, 2011 so don’t miss out!

Before you start ordering, please read these important notes:

  • You must manually enter your coupon codes into the coupon code section at the bottom of the checkout page
  • Our coupon code system will only support 3 coupon codes at a time, so if you want to buy more than 3 items, you’ll need to do so in multiple transactions
  • If using more than one coupon code, they must be comma separated
    (Example: 12Days201003,12Days201007,12Days201012)
  • After entering your coupon codes, be sure to click “Update Cart” and confirm that all your discounts have been applied

To see a list of all 12 deals and their discount prices, visit www.12daysoflogos.com.

The Return of the 12 Days of Logos Sale!

We received your 12 Days of Logos wish lists (and checked them twice) and with Christmas quickly approaching, we’ve put together 12 specials for you!

The 12 Days of Logos is back with more great offers. Starting December 9 and running through December 20, we’ll be posting a new deal every day on www.12DaysofLogos.com. Each day, there will be something new, and the offer will last for 24 hours. So you’ll have to act fast to grab it! With some titles going for up to 80% off, you’ll want to check the site every day to get the latest offer!

We’re giving you a one-day warning to get ready for all the great deals, but we can’t let today pass without offering another great deal. So to kick-off the 12 Days of Logos, we’re offering a two-for-one kind of deal today—a one-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine plus a print copy of Lee Strobel’s book The Unexpected Adventure for only $19.95. Yes, we know we’re an electronic publisher, but we decided to offer the print book so you’d have the option of enjoying it yourself or giving it away! Or, if you’re already a subscriber to Bible Study Magazine, buy a gift subscription and keep the book.

Be sure to visit www.12daysoflogos.com each day to see the daily special. Since these offers only last for 24 hours, subscribe to the RSS feed or sign-up for daily reminders so you don’t miss a single day!

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How is the SBLGNT Apparatus Different from Other Apparatuses?

Textual apparatuses can be excellent tools. They do an incredible job of densely packing a large amount of information into a small portion of the printed page. They contain information that is incredibly valuable to the specialist. But the compact nature, abbreviations and symbols take time and effort to master.
The apparatus for the SBLGNT is different. Using a minimum amount of symbols and abbreviations, it gathers some of the most well known textual critics of the past and present (Tregelles, Westcott and Hort, Robinson and Pierpont, those responsible for the Greek text behind the NIV, and those responsible for the NA27/UBS4 text) and records where they agree and where they take different readings. In this way, it is very similar to the apparatus that the Nestle text had for its first twelve editions (1898–1927).
The editions represented in the SBLGNT apparatus form a rough spectrum from Robinson-Pierpont as a representative of the Byzantine text, to Tregelles which, while pre-papyri, was one of the first to break from the Byzantine, to Westcott and Hort (including the great uncials but little papyri) to the NIV Greek text and the NA text which have the benefit of available papyri. The sorts of differences that end up in the SBLGNT apparatus are:

  • Likely to be represented in an English translation. The KJV, of course, uses a more Byzantine Greek source. The NIV and NA do not. Several other NT translations (ESV, NLT, NET, etc.) actually have their own underlying Greek text with some degree of difference from the NA27, most of the divergences in those would also be accounted for with readings given in the SBLGNT. This range of information gives the person preaching/teaching/exegeting the passage familiarity with options their pupils or parishioners may have represented in their translations.
  • Given the “spectrum” of the editions, the variant info might quickly point out some more interesting variants. If the SBLGNT agrees with Westcott and Hort, Tregelles, and NIV/NA but disagrees with Robinson-Pierpont, it is likely a pretty standard difference with the Byzantine text. But if the SBLGNT’s chosen reading is only present in Robinson-Pierpont or Tregelles then it might be more interesting and worth a deeper look into the specialist-oriented materials such as the UBS or NA apparatuses, technical commentaries such as ICC or Word Biblical Commentary, the Editio Critica Maior, Tischendorf, Comfort & Barrett, and the like.

No one apparatus is perfect for everyone. The NA27 apparatus gives manuscript-level information to those who require it. The UBS4 apparatus is geared towards translators. The SBLGNT apparatus complements these functions, pointing out readings of interest for further research, instead of competing with them.

More SBLGNT News

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve been rolling out additional downloads and SBLGNT-related products. The big news is that free access to the SBLGNT is available on the Logos iPhone app and Logos iPad app. You can also access the SBLGNT online for free at Biblia.com.

We have also recently made the SBLGNT text and apparatus available with the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament Collection (3 vols.). If you have Scholar’s Silver and higher, then you already own the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament Collection (3 vols.), which means these updates should have already downloaded. If you don’t have Scholar’s Silver or higher, now is the perfect time to upgrade, with discounts up to 20% off!

Head on over to SBLGNT.com to learn more about the project and get your free SBLGNT download. We just posted PDF of the entire New Testament in addition to all the other versions, so check it out!

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Black Friday – Cyber Monday 2010

Black Friday Cyber Monday

We’ve been thinking about having a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale, soliciting ideas from our customers, and doing a little research on Black Friday sales in general.

One of the first things we came across in our research was a lot of reporting on the stress and frenzy of Black Friday shopping. Apparently if you decide to get in a car and go to the shops, it is going to be insanely busy. One description of Black Friday we read started off like this:

“Like lions stalking their prey, eager shoppers line up at the crack of dawn, waiting to pounce on the best deals. In a jungle-like atmosphere, anxious shoppers strategize their method of attack and then grab their purchases, all for the chance at a good deal.”- Lauren Wietchy, Valley Vanguard

Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it?

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to shopping, so this year, we have decided to give you the best of both worlds: shopping without leaving your pajamas or the comfort of your home, and the thrill from the bargain “hunting” aspect of Black Friday.

Here’s the deal:

You pick any three products that you wish were on sale, send us an email, and we’ll send you our exclusive limited time sale price. If you like the prices, buy one, two, or all three. You decide.

We have thousands of titles available at exclusive Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts, but we aren’t going to publicly advertise what they all are (crazy, huh?!) No price list, no product list, The deals are so good that we are limiting them to three per customer, and only by request.

Here’s where the thrill comes in.

You have one chance to pick your top three items and send in one request for a price quote on just those three items.

We have sales staff working on Friday and Monday (and maybe a little email coverage on Saturday too), and we’ll try to get back to as many emails as possible on Friday and Monday, but as long as you are in before the deadline you are covered.

Send one email to sales@logos.com. In the email you must include the following information:

  • Your name and phone number.
  • The name of three products you want exclusive Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on.
  • The web address (URL) of each of the three products you want exclusive Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on.

To help make sure you don’t waste your only three chances for an awesome deal, it’s only fair to warn you that, due to various contracts and licenses, some titles aren’t able to be discounted at all. (Zondervan, Galaxie, Concordia…) Also, don’t ask for a quote for any title that is not shipping yet, since all Pre-Pubs and Community Pricing titles are not available yet, and the sale ends before they go live.

For all emails that arrive before midnight on Monday November 29th, 2010 we will reply with a Black Friday/Cyber Monday exclusive sale price and you will have 48 hours to respond in order to get that price.

Ready, set, shop!

Start browsing our site for the products you want and send your emails in! We’ll get to them first come, first served.

Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Today’s guest post is by Stephen Smith, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Have you ever stopped to consider that Thanksgiving is one of the most profoundly Christian holidays imaginable? We gather together to give thanks. But to whom? The only one we could possibly thank for everything in our lives is a God who personally cares for us and takes responsibility for providing for all our needs.

Last week I asked the Logos Facebook fans what they thought Thanksgiving’s theme verse should be. What struck me was the answers didn’t come from just one section of Scripture. They came from throughout the Bible—the Pentateuch, the Poetical books, the Gospels, and the Epistles. Even the Prophets give us reasons to be thankful:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
(Lam. 3:22-23 ESV)

Our fans helped me realize something amazing: the entire Bible gives us reasons to thank God. He made everything. He offered us salvation. He gives us gifts. He cares about every detail of our lives. He corrects us so we can learn. He established the Church so we can fellowship, grow, and serve. And He left us countless stories and examples of His works throughout history so we can confidently trust Him to bring all things to a just conclusion that glorifies Him!

In short, God has given us in His Word and Himself everything we could possibly need to live and grow (2 Tim. 3:17)!

So that’s what I’ll be giving thanks for today. How about you? Take a minute to post on our wall what you’re thankful for so we can reflect together on how the Lord’s at work today.

And if you’re not already a fan, hit “like” below so you can jump in on the conversation.