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Why Context Is Key—and What to Do about It

Bible-in-7-Acts_cover_6In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Peter Jackson devotes the first seven minutes to the story of the creation of the One Ring and the war against Sauron. Without this historical perspective, the audience would have no background for any of the events in this epic trilogy—context matters.

God’s story of redemption spans thousands of years, from the beginning of civilization to the destruction of the Second Temple and beyond. The Bible in Seven Acts brings the Bible’s historical and cultural context to life. Each volume provides comprehensive, in-depth analysis of biblical history’s most important people, places, and events.

Understand the context of Jesus’ birth

Say we want to understand the political and cultural climate in Judaea when Jesus was born. We could turn to Act VI: Herod to Jesus to find timelines that provide historical context for the reign of Herod the Great.

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We quickly learn that Herod “quelled all rebellion, and . . . seized control of key Jewish institutions . . . using them in concert with his personal army to maintain control of his kingdom.” 

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This insight into the fragile relationship between Herod and the Jewish people helps us understand Jewish hopes and expectations during the intertestamental period.

Perfect for studying and teaching alike

the-bible-in-seven-acts-with-slidesThe series’ slides make it easy to share what you learn. Pastors can use The Bible in Seven Acts to enrich their sermons with more depth and perspective. Ministry leaders will gain a level of biblical orientation normally available only to those who pursue seminary training or a Bible college degree. Students and academics will find The Bible in Seven Acts to be an invaluable study aid to enhance any curriculum, help in researching and writing stronger papers, and free up time for ministry, work, and family.

Each volume is interconnected with your existing Logos library to give you relevant, curated content with a click. We’ve done the research, so you can pursue new avenues of exploration without losing countless hours in the process.

And The Bible in Seven Acts is currently on Community Pricing, so you have a say in how much it costs! Get the whole story of the Bible—place your bid today.

Martin Luther on Education, Vocation, Worship, and More

Select Studies in Martin Luther's Life and InfluencePre-order Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence and you’ll get 25% off!

Have you ever wanted to know what Luther thought about a particular topic? This collection groups Luther’s writings into categorized units, allowing you to learn just that. These 29 volumes examine Luther’s works and shed light on his opinions.

Discover where Luther stood on key issues

This collection offers essential texts (such as Gustaf Wingren’s classic Luther on Vocation) and provides fresh insight into many aspects of Luther’s life and theology. Explore his doctrine of the church, notion of Christian liberty, views on worship, and beliefs about the Sacrament of Communion. Discover new research on his mother’s influence in his life, and see his devotional writings in a new light.

You’ll learn about Luther’s transition from medieval Catholicism, explore a selection of his political writings, and immerse yourself in studies of his thought in relation to historicism, Germany’s cultural revolution, and the English Reformation. Covering a rich variety of subjects within Lutheran studies, this collection helps you deepen your understanding of Luther and his legacy.

All 29 volumes are fully searchable, and you can examine analysis of Luther’s thought side by side with Scripture, Luther’s original works, and those of other influential teachers.

Pre-order it at the best price!

While Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence is on Pre-Pub, you can pick it up for 25% off—that’s $115 in savings!

Don’t miss this opportunity: pre-order yours today.

Stay Up to Date on Our Best Content

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You subscribe to LogosTalk because you want to hear about special offers, improve your Bible study, and stay up to date on the latest Pre-Pub and Community Pricing products—but have you checked out our other blogs?

We have an entire family of blogs, covering everything from devotionals to Bible study tips to seminary advice. Here are a few you might enjoy:

faithlife_blogFaithlife: The Faithlife blog is the voice of both the Faithlife Study Bible app and the social platform at Faithlife.com. It offers advice on personal Bible study and corporate worship, and urges believers to seek and celebrate the truth of Scripture.

vyrso_blogVyrso: Stay up to date on free and discounted books, up-and-coming writers, Christian-living tips, exclusive interviews with pastors and authors, and more!

proclaim_blogProclaim: Great for pastors, worship leaders, and users of Proclaim Church Presentation Software, the Proclaim blog covers everything related to the worship arts. If you’re involved in service planning, this blog is a must-read.

logos_academic_blogLogos academic: The Logos academic blog features content and deals related to biblical studies, ancient languages, and other areas of academic interest. You’ll find interviews with biblical scholars, book reviews, guest posts, information on Mobile Ed, and much more.

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Your Last Chance to Pre-order Camp Logos 2 on DVD

camp-logos-2-dvd-romUntil February 6, you can save $25 on the Camp Logos 2 DVD. After that, though, the price goes up—pre-order today and save 10%!

Thousands of pastors, students, scholars, and other learners have used Camp Logos to get the most from their Bible study. Camp Logos 1 is the perfect place to begin, and Camp Logos 2 takes you even further into what Logos has to offer.

Why Camp Logos 2 is a must-have for Logos 5 users

The Camp Logos 2 DVD picks up where the first Camp Logos left off. Not only does it help you master the software—it guides you through customizing it to maximize your study.

You’ll receive practical training on:

  • Organizing and indexing your library
  • Text comparisons
  • Original-language searches
  • Understanding morphology
  • Passage lists
  • And much more

What others are saying about Camp Logos

Here’s what people love about Camp Logos 1:

“Absolutely the best in Logos training; each new session builds on the previous one, and you can watch it over and over again!!!”

“It is a very good course. I have had Logos for several years, but I am using it far more effectively since going through these DVDs. I did not know how much I did not know until I finished going through the DVD training. If you already payed for the Logos software and the books, the cost of the training so you can use the material more effectively only makes sense.”

“I’ve studied the Camp Logos 1 DVD-ROM; the training is amazing, simple, concise . . . After following the first camp, I realized that, ‘Did you know that most Logos users only utilize 10% or less of Logos 5’s full potential?’ is really true.”

Don’t wait—after February 6, you’ll miss your only chance to pre-order Camp Logos 2 at the best price. Pre-order the Camp Logos 2 DVD now!

Logos Named a Best Christian Workplace for 7th Time

Best Christian Workplaces 2014Logos Bible Software has been recognized as one of 2014′s Best Christian Workplaces by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute!

The BCWI surveyed over 135,000 employees from 575 organizations across the globe, including Christian ministries, schools, publishers, and radio stations. The award is based on a 50-question survey that covers job satisfaction, commitment, personal growth, pay, and benefits.

We first won this award back in 2006, when we had around 100 employees. Now we have close to 400. Despite that increase, our work environment still reflects the same core commitments: Honor God. Love others.

Bob Pritchett, Logos president and CEO, said:

“We’ve worked hard to create a great workplace—a  place where our employees can learn, grow, and create a product that helps people all over the world study the Bible.

What makes this award so special is that it’s a reflection of our employees’ feedback. It is based on responses from the people who know Logos best, and that’s very rewarding.”

We’ve recently hit a number of other incredible milestones. Just a few weeks ago, we reached 40,000 resources available in the Logos or Vyrso formats. Earlier this year, we hit 100,000 forum members and half a million posts, and next month, we plan to expand our team into a fourth building in downtown Bellingham, WA.

Despite such huge growth, some things still remain the same: Bob Pritchett still meets and interviews every new employee, and Dan Pritchett, vice president, still takes new hires out to lunch to get to know them better. On their first day, every employee is introduced to our values: HOAGIES, for Honesty, Openness, Awesomeness, Growth, Initiative, Elegance, and Shipping.

You can learn more about our corporate culture by checking out our employee handbook.

Join the team!

We have over 70 positions open, for both employees and interns, across all departments—marketing, ministry development, sales, and more!

If you’re interested in working in a fun environment filled with talented people (and conveniently located near the world’s best taco truck), check out our careers page for a full list of job openings.

Improve Your Marriage with Jimmy Evans and MarriageToday

MarriageToday QuoteRight now, you can pre-order the Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive for 38% off!

Christian marriage expert Jimmy Evans and the teaching staff at MarriageToday have brought together over 400 sermons and small-group lessons for Christian couples who are married or thinking about marriage.

No marriage is hopeless

Jimmy and his wife, Karen, know that no marriage can’t be saved. After their first few years together nearly ended in divorce, they rebuilt their marriage by applying the principles they now share. Today, after 40 years of marriage, they teach that no matter how hopeless a marriage appears, every couple has a 100% chance of success—in fact, they can thrive!

“We’ve learned through personal experience that no matter how it may appear right now . . . no matter what kinds of challenges your marriage faces . . . no matter how high or thick the walls between you and your spouse may be . . . your relationship can be whole, fulfilling, exciting and strong. And if it’s good now, it can get even better.” —Jimmy Evans

The Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive covers 400+ topics, helping you overcome past wounds, face present challenges, and prepare for future obstacles. To hear more about what Jimmy Evans has to offer, check out the interview we did with him last year.

Attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Each year, Jimmy and Karen Evans host a MarriageToday conference. This year, they’ll be teaching on “Becoming One”—it’s an event you don’t want to miss. The event will be held in Southlake, TX, but you can also attend via webcast.

This year, make a commitment to improving your marriage. Pre-order the Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive, and attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Changes to Logos Product Support

Changes to Logos Product SupportWe recently changed the way we think about Logos product support. We’ve divided products into three categories—supported, maintenance, and unsupported. Here’s what each one means for you:

Supported versions receive free updates online, get new features and bug fixes, can read the latest resources and data sets, can sync documents and settings, and have telephone support. Supported versions may require the newest operating system versions.

Maintenance versions receive free updates online, can read the latest textual resources (but may not support newer data sets and features), can sync documents and settings, get critical bug fixes, and have telephone support. Plus, maintenance versions can run on older operating system versions.

Unsupported versions do not receive updates and may not read the latest versions of resources. Web services that are used by only unsupported versions may be discontinued without notice. Documents and settings created in an unsupported version may not sync to the latest versions of the software.

For more details on these support categories, visit the Logos Support Lifecycle page.

Logos 4.6c will become unsupported in April

Currently, Logos 5.2 is the supported version and Logos 4.6c is the maintenance version. On April 8, 2014—the same day Microsoft ends extended support for Windows XP—we’ll change Logos 4.6c to unsupported status, and Logos 5.2a will become the maintenance version. The new supported version, Logos 5.3, will require Windows 7 or OS X 10.8 or later.

What this means if you’re running Windows XP or OS X 10.5

If you’re still running Logos 4.6c on XP or OS X 10.5:

  • Your software will continue to run and read the resources you already have.
  • You will not receive any updates to the software.
  • New resources you purchase at Logos.com may not work in Logos 4.6c.
  • Documents and settings you create may not sync to the latest version of Logos.
  • In the future, you may get web service errors when trying to run the program; it may be necessary to work offline in order to start the application.

What this means if you’re running Windows Vista, OS X, 10.6, or OS X 10.7

If you’re still running Logos 4.6c, upgrade to Logos 5 to get all the new features, or download the free Logos 5 engine.

If you’re already running Logos 5, the latest version you will be able to install is Logos 5.2a. You will enter maintenance support, which means:

  • Your software will continue to run and read the resources you already have.
  • You will receive critical bug fixes and updates.
  • New resources you purchase at Logos.com will download automatically and be readable in your version of Logos. (New datasets may require the latest version of Logos.)
  • Documents and settings will sync to the latest version of Logos.

Most Logos customers are already running Windows 7 or OS X 10.8 (or later); by limiting new releases to these newer operating system versions, we can free up development and testing resources, and take advantage of new capabilities in Windows and OS X.

If you’re a Mac user, visit How to Upgrade to OS X Mavericks to check if you can upgrade to the latest version of OS X for free. This will let you install the latest version of Logos 5.

What this means if you’re running Windows 7, Windows 8, OS X 10.8, or OS X 10.9

Since you’re running a recent version of Windows or Mac OS X, your Logos experience will be unchanged. You’ll keep getting the latest updates to Logos 5 and your resources for free.

If you’re still running Logos 4.6c, upgrade to Logos 5 to get all the new features, or download the free Logos 5 engine!

How to Engage with Art and Culture

Daniel A. SiedellAs Christians, how do we engage with art and culture? Whether we try to avoid it and remain unstained by the world, or we press into it in an attempt to redeem it for God’s glory, we all have to ask ourselves this question. So, what passages of Scripture help us answer it, and how do we interpret them and apply them today?

Dr. Daniel A. Siedell, visiting professor of Christianity and culture at Knox Theological Seminary, is teaching a Doctor of Ministry class in March addressing this exact topic. If you’re currently enrolled in Knox’s DMin program, or if you would like to further your education and begin your studies, this is well worth your time. You can apply by visiting DMin.me or, if you’re already a Knox student, register by emailing the registrar.

Dr. Siedell has sent us a letter to share with you, inviting you to take this remarkable class:

Dear prospective Christ & Culture student,

I feel your pain. The world of art and culture is indeed confusing and intimidating. St. Paul tells us to be as innocent as doves and as wise as serpents and to dwell on all that is good. And yet we are surrounded by cultural artifacts—movies, television shows, paintings, literature, music, and a host of other images, objects, and events—that may or may not be “good” and worth dwelling on, and we worry that we will lose what’s left of our innocence, not to mention that of our children or our parishioners.

But are art and culture always something to be avoided? Must we always keep them at arm’s length? So much of what we hear and read about art and culture inside and outside the church is negative and polemic, so it’s easy to get the impression that the arts and culture should simply be avoided if they cannot be used as tools for communicating what we think are Christian virtues.

But what about those paintings, novels, comic books, films, and songs—those artifacts of popular and high culture—that move us, that attract us, that describe us? As Christians, how can we justify our interest in, and perhaps even love of, them—especially if they don’t seem to offer an explicitly Christian message, or perhaps they even challenge it?

Join me at Knox Seminary the week of March 10 and we’ll devote a week to thinking and talking about art, culture, and theology from every conceivable perspective. But we’ll also experience art—we’ll explore what happens when we listen to music, look at a painting, read a novel, watch a film, and listen to a poem. In short, we’ll explore how to listen to works of art and culture. We’ll take this week to let art be art, to let it breathe as an aesthetic experience that opens us to God and to the world, in ways that just might surprise us. And we’ll think about how our experience of art and culture can help us understand vocation, deepen our pastoral work, discipleship, counseling, and parenting, and even help us understand preaching and the proclamation of the Gospel itself.

But ultimately, in listening to art and culture, we’ll discover what it reveals about ourselves—about who we are before God and our neighbor.

I look forward to spending the week with you.

Grace and Peace,

Daniel A. Siedell, PhD

Join Dr. Siedell and other brothers and sisters in Christ as they engage Scripture and art, and discover how God intended us to relate to the expressions of the world around us. Apply today, or request more information at DMin.me.

Go Seahawks! Logos Bible Software Roots for the Home Team

12th man 2The Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl, and Logos stands firmly behind them! Here’s proof: a 12th Man flag flying high at Logos HQ.

From the beginning, this has been a season of high expectations. The Hawks were favored to beat out longtime rival San Francisco for the NFC West crown, and many predicted that the team would contend for the NFC Championship and even a Super Bowl title. The Seahawks have lived up to every expectation.

Earlier this season, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized the Seahawks’ fans as the loudest in the world. Their passion and savvy create a home-field advantage for the Seahawks—one so measurable that the team has taken to calling their fans the 12th Man. Since 2005, Seahawks opponents have committed more false-start penalties than any other team—130—due in large part to the noise in Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

As the Hawks prepare for their February 2 showdown with the Denver Broncos, the team’s loyal fans are wearing signs of solidarity back home. Logos is no exception.

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Seahawks: Logos Bible Software stands behind you!

How are you supporting the Seahawks? Let us know: tweet @Logos using #SB48!

Get $100 Off Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry

berit-olam-studies-in-hebrew-narrative-and-poetryThrough February 4, pre-order the 13-volume Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry commentary series and get $100 off!

Berit Olam (“The Everlasting Covenant”) gives you the latest developments in literary analysis of the ancient Hebrew texts. This collection is an enormous breakthrough in biblical scholarship and commentary—it’ll help you find answers that are both theologically meaningful and wide in scholarly scope. It represents some of the best linguistic and historical research available in English.

Immerse yourself in Hebrew storytelling & poetry

The authors reflect a variety of traditions, yet they share the same desire—to help you better appreciate the craft, poetry, and storytelling of the ancient Hebrew world.

The series looks not only at the historical context in which the Scriptures were written, but also at how Christians throughout the ages have interpreted them.

“Berit Olam, an outstanding contribution to biblical literature, is a multivolume commentary filling a needed niche in the field . . . recognizing the fine arts of storytelling and poetry that make up the biblical corpus and therefore contributing to a fuller understanding and appreciation of the art forms that constitute the biblical text.” —Robin Gallaher Branch

What stands out about this collection is that it doesn’t place any one hermeneutical method above the others. Instead, it combines a look at Christian thought throughout the ages and attention to historical detail to give you a well-rounded commentary on 27 books of the Bible.

Get it first—at the best price!

Through February 4, you can pre-order Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry for 28% off—that’s $100 in savings! This is a Pre-Pub you don’t want to miss.

Get it as soon as it ships: pre-order yours now!