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Get a Better Understanding of the Ancient World for Just $7

Hediod CollectionWe tend to think of ancient Greece (and the ancient world generally) as belonging to a single period: antiquity. The closer we look, though, the less antiquity looks like one internally consistent era—in fact, ancient Greece had its own rupture between ancient and modern. Between the two are the fascinating works of Homer and Hesiod.

The Greeks’ own Greek classics

By the time Aristotle composed his first arguments against Plato, the works of Homer and Hesiod were already hundreds of years old and venerated as classics. Most modern historians place Homer between 800 and 700 BC; Hesiod was active between 750 and 650 BC. (For reference, that puts us squarely in OT times: around then, Isaiah would have been carrying out his ministry in Judah.) Homer you know from his epics the Iliad and the Odyssey; Hesiod you know from the story of Pandora’s Box, which was actually a jar. The Greeks thought of Homer and Hesiod as a pair: the former gave the culture its great shared narratives, and the latter filled in the details—Hesiod described Greek mythology, farming, economics, astronomy, time-keeping, and more. Generally, his poems are didactic: they told the ancient Greeks how to live. Between Homer’s myth-building and Hesiod’s instructional goals (not to mention his exacting detail), these poems give us a remarkable window into ancient Greece.

A vexed relationship with the past

One of the things that make Homer and Hesiod so interesting is how they negotiated their own sense of ancient and modern. Bertrand Russell writes, “The Olympian gods, who represent religion in Homer, were not the only objects of worship among the Greeks, either in his time or later. There were other darker and more savage elements in popular religion, which were kept at bay by the Greek intellect at its best.” H.J. Rose describes these elements in his Primitive Culture in Ancient Greece: there were statues of Pan, which were beaten when food was scarce; there was a cave favored by the wolf-Zeus, in which no one cast a shadow and after entering which no one survived longer than a year; there was a clan of possible werewolves. We associate ancient Greece with pure reason, but all of this was still going on in classical times.

Russell argues that “The Homeric poems, like the courtly romances of the later Middle Ages, represent the point of view of a civilized aristocracy, which ignores as plebeian various superstitions that are still rampant among the populace. . . . Guided by anthropology, modern writers have come to the conclusion that Homer, so far from being primitive, was an expurgator . . . holding up an upper-class ideal of urbane enlightenment.” That is, Homer’s works aren’t just a window into ancient Greece—they were a biased, active hand in shaping its religious customs.

We see a converse phenomenon in Hesiod, and this time the primitive customs are the Olympian myths themselves. Hesiod’s Theogony lays out Greek belief point by point, from the creation of the universe through the gods’ rise to power. The interesting part, though, isn’t what he writes—it’s how he was read. Even as the Greeks began to turn away from this mythology and seek purely rational explanations for the world, they continued to read Hesiod out of a sense of tradition: out of respect for antiquity.

It’s easy to think of the ancients as credulous, grasping at the nearest magical explanation for the phenomena around them. What we see in Homer and Hesiod, though, is a self-aware tension between past and present—one that feels very modern. Homer distances himself from ancient pagan belief to advocate for the Olympian pantheon. Hesiod fleshes out that Olympian pantheon but is, as the times change, relegated to a mere emeritus role. In many ways, the relationship of ancient Greece to its own antiquity looks like the relationship of modernity to ancient Greece. That’s what makes Homer and Hesiod so interesting: they represent not only timeless literature, but also an influential culture navigating its past and present.

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Get 61% off Hesiod, the Homeric hymns, and the Homerica

You know how important ancient Greece is—it gave us mathematics, history, philosophy, and more. (In turn, Platonism contributed to the Christianity of the early Church Fathers and, in particular, helped bring about Augustine’s conversion and some of his most interesting thought.) If you’re interested in ancient history and biblical context, ancient Greece should be part of your study.

You also know how important the Iliad and the Odyssey are: if you don’t own these masterpieces, stop reading this post, add them to your Logos library, and start enjoying them today.

But Homer’s lesser-known works—the hymns and Homerica—and Hesiod’s writings give you an especially nuanced window into ancient Greek culture. Now Noet is building these classic texts in tagged, research-friendly editions that sync with the rest of your library and give you access to Logos’ powerful study tools. Currently, Noet’s two-volume Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns and Homerica is just $7 on Community Pricing­—that’s 61% off!

Once you’ve added these important texts, you can get the big picture with one of Noet’s research libraries: the Classical Greek Bundle gives you the Iliad, Homeric GrammarLiddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon (LSJ), and more; better yet, the complete Classical Foundations Bundle gives you everything in the Classical Greek Bundle, plus essential works of philosophy, additional original-language resources, the 1,114-volume Perseus Classics Collection, and far more.

Bid on Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns and Homerica for just $7, and then pick the Noet library that’s right for you!

Get the Best Deal on a Reformed Base Package

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Right now, when you pick up a brand-new Reformed base package, you can save in multiple ways. Here’s how you can fit an entire library into your budget and get the best deal on the resources you love:

1. Take 15% off any Reformed base package!

Right off the bat, you can get 15% off any Reformed base package, Starter through Platinum. You’re already getting massive savings thanks to these packages’ built-in bundling discounts; for just a little while, though, you can save even more. But this special introductory price will only be available for a limited time. Use coupon code REFORMEDBP and get 15% off a brand-new Reformed base package!

2. Watch Dynamic Pricing lower your price

With Dynamic Pricing, if you already own any resources in the package you choose, they’re automatically subtracted from your final price—you get a personalized discount, and you never pay for the same resource twice. If you own even one of the resources included in the Reformed base package of your choice, your price will be lowered automatically. And the more resources you own, the lower your final price!

3. Choose the payment plan that works for you

Dynamic Pricing and your special introductory savings make Reformed base packages a spectacular deal, and interest-free payment plans make budgeting even easier. For as little as $25/month, you can bring a wealth of resources to your home, your office, and your pocket.

The larger your purchase, the more payment options you have. Depending on the package you choose, you can disperse your payments over 12 months, 18 months, or—for larger purchases—even 24 months.

Choose the Reformed base package that fits your study, and the payment plan that fits your budget.

Pick out your Reformed base package today, and take an additional 15% off!

Save on over 150 Products This Month!

April Monthly SaleThrough April 30, you can get big savings on 150+ resources! Don’t miss your chance to expand your library with these limited-time deals.

Here are a few of the top resources on sale:

Theological Dictionary of the New Testament

Regularly $199.95—get it for $179.95

This 10-volume reference work is the authorized and unabridged translation of the famous Theologisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament, commonly known as “Kittel” and considered by many scholars to be the best New Testament dictionary ever compiled. Balancing ordinary lexicography and the specific task of exposition, TDNT treats more than 2,300 theologically significant New Testament words, including the more important prepositions and numbers, as well as many proper names from the Old Testament.

the-epistle-to-the-romansThe Epistle to the Romans

Regularly $49.95—get it for $32.95

In this important work, John Murray offers rich biblical insight, meticulously researched background information, inspiring wisdom, and highly accessible prose. The Epistle to the Romans was groundbreaking when it was first written, and it’s still highly valued for its scholarship today. This set is a fantastic addition to the library of any biblical scholar, pastor, or teacher of Scripture. If you’re looking to get more from Romans, you’ll find Murray’s volumes to be the ideal companion.

History of Israel Collection

Regularly $399.95—get it for $329.95

Israel’s people and events (and the texts that describe them) have reached the far corners of the world, and yet the history of Israel remains understudied, underappreciated, and often controversial. Who were the Israelites, and what kind of world did they inhabit? The 19-volume History of Israel Collection brings together the most important scholarly works on Israel’s history.

fortress-press-studies-in-matthewFortress Press Studies in Matthew

Regularly $64.95—get it for $54.95

Fortress Press Studies in Matthew covers numerous interpretive topics relating to the Gospel of Matthew. God with Us provides a pastoral reading of Matthew, focusing on his views on social justice, worship, missions, and more. Matthew as Story brings a literary-critical approach to the Gospel, analyzing such narrative elements as plot, character, setting, and climax. Matthew in History shows how Matthew has been interpreted throughout history and illustrates contemporary issues in biblical interpretation.

These aren’t all the products on sale this month! Check out all of April’s sale products.

Save Time with a Better Small Group Curriculum

studies-in-faithful-living-patriarchs-collection-complete-church-curriculumAs a small group leader, I’m always on the lookout for high-quality curricula that will save me time.

My church, like many others, increasingly relies on small groups to foster spiritual growth in the community through prayer, service, and study. Because of this, a lot of responsibility falls on the shoulders of small group leaders. It’s an amazing privilege and opportunity, but finding exceptional small group curricula is time-consuming. Great curricula include excellent academic content and conversation topics, but they’re not too challenging or inaccessible. I end up spending a lot of time tweaking and refining curricula to make up for missing aspects. What I want are multifaceted curricula that will give me this time back. The Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection has been my answer.

Spending your time wisely

The Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection is a three-volume resource with incredible time-saving potential. This collection includes all-encompassing character studies on three patriarchs: Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. Group members can pick up the individual books, and leaders can benefit from discussion guides and videos in the complete church curriculum.

When my small group went through Abraham: Following God’s Promise, we found accessible biblical teaching, engaging prose, and motivating application. Every chapter focuses on an important event in Abraham’s life, beginning with an orientation on theme, literary context, and historical and cultural background. Then the chapter offers a deeper look into the story through the lenses of interpretation, original language, and theology. The Studies in Faithful Living volumes even show you how each event connects to other parts of the Bible and other ancient texts—something my small group found especially fascinating. Every chapter ends with application for everyday life and discussion questions that cultivate transformation and action.

The Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection offers me three valuable character studies that I’m confident my small group will engage and enjoy. I don’t have to spend time tweaking, altering, or tailoring—instead, I can use that time to plan service events or social activities. I can meet with group members individually, and I can pray for them outside small group. The possibilities are endless.

Start saving time, and breathe easy. Pick up the Studies in Faithful Living Patriarchs Collection for your small group today!

Get 15% Off New Lutheran Base Packages

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Our brand-new Lutheran base packages are here! You can be among the first to own one of these specially designed packages, packed with powerful Bible study tools and a broad selection of Lutheran resources. Choose your Lutheran base package now, and use coupon code LUTHERANBP to take 15% off!

Here’s just a taste of the valuable resources that come with Lutheran Gold:

Save big on a massive library

When you purchase a base package, you maximize your savings by getting great resources like these (and hundreds more) in one massive library. Starter gives you 195 resources—worth $3,500 in print—for less than $300. Gold gives you over 750 resources, worth $18,000 in print, for less than a tenth of that cost. What’s more, when you buy a Lutheran base package now, you’ll get an extra 15% off!

You can take advantage of payment plans to make budgeting even easier. Pay for your package all at once, or disperse your payments over 12 months. If you order Silver or Gold, you can even choose an 18-month payment plan!

Study with the best tools

Lutheran GoldIn The Lutheran Commentary, Henry Eyster Jacobs says “The name ‘Lutheran’ ought always, in the sphere of scholarship, to designate first of all devotion to exegetical study.” A Lutheran base package gives you access to a wealth of exegetical resources, plus the tools to explore them efficiently.

Lutheran base packages tie into every resource you own, helping you delve into the Lutheran tradition with essential reference works like the Luther Bibel (1545) and A History of Lutheranism. Pull up related works side by side, and find the texts you need with the Passage Guide and the Topic Guide. A Lutheran base package can save hours of your time, allowing you to spend more of it with the passions and people God puts in your life.

A Lutheran base package gives you foundational Christian texts from the early church, the Reformation, and contemporary Lutheran perspectives. Sift through the collective wisdom of hundreds of Lutheran theologians, professors, pastors, teachers, and preachers. Jump to the source with references and citations that link right to the work in question. Study the life of key theologians, like Martin Luther himself. Dive into the influential writings of Augustine, Bonhoeffer, and others.

Don’t miss out on this deal!

These packages are brand-new. If you get yours now, you’ll be among the first to own a Lutheran base package, and you’ll enjoy special savings by taking 15% off. But these prices won’t last—you can only save 15% for a limited time. Use coupon code LUTHERANBP and choose yours today.

Get 44% Off the New Kittredge Shakespeare Collection

new-kittredge-shakespeare-collectionShakespeare, wrote Ben Johnson, “was not of an age, but for all time!”

He wrote in a spectacular English that shaped how we speak today. He described the human condition—love, doubt, revenge, laughter—in all its beauty and confusion. He gave the culture a series of almost universally recognized images and stories.

Any one of these accomplishments would have secured his place in history. That Shakespeare achieved them all is astonishing.

Logos is building his major works in a series of very special editions: the 25-volume New Kittredge Shakespeare Collection. It’s on Pre-Pub for 44% off, but the price is about to go up. If you love language and literature, or if you’re interested in understanding the culture by way of one its most important pillars, you’ll want to pre-order this one right now.

Kittredge?

George Kittredge (1860–1941) was a literary critic in the classical mold—multilingual, witty, academically rigorous, staggeringly well-read. He taught quite a few classes at Harvard, among them English 2, the beloved Shakespeare survey that first earned him fame. From all those years of teaching came his annotated Shakespeare editions, which remained the standard in American scholarship long after his death.

Kittredge was a “philologist”: a student of literature who approached his work with a historian’s concern for cultural context and a scientist’s demand for rigorous proof. Academia, no less than other human institutions, is subject to trends; halfway through the twentieth century, philology was replaced by New Criticism, which sought to examine texts in a vacuum, independent of culture and authorship. Subsequent academic schools—above all, New Historicism—returned to Kittredge’s interest in context, but in a newly postmodern intellectual climate, his would-be-scientific rigor seemed pedantic or naïve. Like philology, Kittredge never came back into style.

It’s modern criticism’s loss: that philological lens makes his Shakespeare collection incredibly rich. For Kittredge, the object of study wasn’t just Shakespeare—it was the past itself. Now, with the research-friendly Logos editions (imagine how Kittredge would have loved the cross-references!), you can rediscover the Shakespeare collection that the Ivory Tower forgot.

“Without Tyndale, no Shakespeare”

You know that Shakespeare’s an important window into the culture. What you may not know is that Shakespeare’s works are shot through with biblical references. Shakespeare, it seems, had much of the Bible almost memorized.

These aren’t word-for-word quotations; Shakespeare didn’t cite Scripture directly. Rather, he incorporated its language to imbue his works with a layer of special drama. You have to know your Bible to pick up on most of these allusions. (Hamlet, in the face of despair, tells Horatio, “There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow”; attentive readers will hear the echo of Matthew 10:29.) Specifically, Shakespeare was a beneficiary of the work of William Tyndale, whose widely available translation gave England a vast bank of shared references (like “the fall of a sparrow”) and encouraged a literate culture. David Daniell, founder of the Tyndale Society, went so far as to say that without Tyndale, there could be no Shakespeare.

The connections between Shakespeare and Christianity merit more than this passing mention; if you’d like to learn more, you can pick up several volumes on the topic with Logos’ Shakespeare and Christianity Collection. In the meantime, though, suffice it to say that reading Shakespeare need not come at the expense of reading your Bible—you’ll be surprised and delighted to encounter traces of Scripture all through his most famous works.

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The New Kittredge Shakespeare Collection is 44% off on Pre-Pub, but it’s moving fast—the price is going up very soon. This is your chance to own one of humanity’s literary treasures, curated and explained by one of the twentieth century’s greatest scholars and critics.

Don’t let this one pass you by—pre-order the New Kittredge Shakespeare Collection right now.

Take 15% Off a Brand-New Anglican Base Package!

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For the first time ever, you can choose from a line of brand-new Anglican base packages that bring Logos’ powerful tools to the rich Anglican tradition.

We’ve carefully selected resources that help you study in accordance with Scripture, tradition, and reason. These new Anglican base packages come in a range of sizes—Starter through Diamond—to meet your budget and give you the most for your dollar. Pick one today, and use coupon code ANGLICANBP to get 15% off!

Starter comes with all the essentials: 182 resources chosen just for you. Diamond gives you everything you could possibly need—almost 1,600 resources (including over 700 resources unique to the Anglican base packages), worth $44,700 in print. Whichever package you choose, you’ll get hundreds of resources designed to help you reason with Scripture and root yourself in the Anglican tradition, all for less than one-tenth the cost of buying these books in print.

Here are a few of the Anglican resources you won’t find in any other base package:

Everything you need, instantly

anglican goldBefore we even produced these Anglican base packages, Right Reverend Rowan Williams, master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, had already called Logos “A rich resource of material, offering a wide range of theological perspectives and material for both study and discipleship”—one that “[w]e are very fortunate to have . . . available so conveniently and attractively.”

With Logos, the more resources you own, the more valuable each individual resource becomes. These Anglican base packages help you get the most out of your favorite texts. The lectionary feature is on your home page by default, making it easy to dig into the texts you reference every day. If you use the Revised Common Lectionary, you can set it to sync with a relevant commentary, like Feasting on the Word, and your favorite Bible translation. Whenever you sign in, you’ll have instant access to the current reading (and options to go further into each passage), so it’s easy to stay on track. And since you can search using the calendar, you can even jump ahead to Sunday to learn more about what’s coming up.

You’ll also have a liturgy section in the Passage Guide. As you prepare to work through a liturgy with your congregation, the Passage Guide lets you search by date or by Scripture passage, so you can instantly find where you need to be and pull up the liturgy alongside your resources.

Ground yourself in tradition. Grapple with Scripture. Use reason to discern meaning. And do it all at once.

15% off: now’s the best time to get yours!

For a limited time, you can save 15% on a brand-new Anglican base package. These packages give you all the tools you need to study Scripture, prepare sermons, and grow in wisdom faster and more easily than ever before.

Choose yours now, and use coupon code ANGLICANBP to take 15% off!

Free! R. C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions Series

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Right now, you can get R. C. Sproul’s 17-volume Crucial Questions series for free!

Answer the tough questions

Throughout these 17  books, Sproul explores the core questions people ask about Christianity. You’ll get titles like Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?, Does God Control Everything?, What Is Faith?, and Who Is the Holy Spirit?—books that give you simple, biblical responses to some of the most challenging issues in apologetics and evangelism. Whether you’re preaching, teaching, or answering these questions for yourself, Crucial Questions makes a valuable addition to your Logos library.

It can be tough to articulate basic questions about the authority of the Bible, the effect of prayer, and the identity and attributes of God, let alone explain them to new believers. Sproul thoughtfully addresses these big issues, and Logos makes his answers fully searchable—you’ll have at-the-ready answers to the questions new believers ask all the time, all from a respected Christian teacher.

Get more with Logos versions

thumb-330 When you download these books with Logos, free means more. These 17 volumes automatically integrate with your entire Logos library, helping you find answers when you need them. Using the Topic Guide, you can pull Sproul’s answers up side by side with parallel commentaries, maintaining the essential balance between the in-depth exploration of Scripture and the practical presentation of its truths.

Start answering these crucial questions for yourself. Start sharing what you learn. When you can get all these books for free, “I don’t know” won’t be the end of the conversation anymore.

Get your free books right now!

Then enter to win a MacBook Air, Logos 5 Gold, eight Vyrso books, and two tickets to the upcoming Ligonier conference in Seattle!

Now Updated: Analytical Bible Expositor, Baylor Handbook, and More

analytical-bible-expositorWe’ve recently updated some of our most popular collections and series to include all the most recent volumes. It’s easy to make sure you’re up to date: if you already own volumes in a collection, you’ll get a custom Dynamic Pricing discount. As long as you’re logged in, the product page will display your custom price!

Why not get the volumes you’re missing?

Here are the most recent updates:

1. Analytical Bible Expositor (24 vols.)

You can finally get the Analytical Bible Expositor—previously only available as individual volumes or smaller sets—as a single, discounted collection. To celebrate, we’re offering even deeper discounts for a limited time. Just use coupon code ANALYTICALBIBLE through March 31 to get 10% off your purchase or upgrade!

2. Baylor Handbook Series (13 vols.)

Updated to offer the Hebrew and Greek collections in one complete set, the Baylor Handbook Series is now even more useful. For just $299.95 (or, if you already own some volumes, much less!), get all 13 volumes and start understanding the Bible’s linguistic and grammatical nuance.

church-and-postmodern-culture-series3. Church and Postmodern Culture Series (7 vols.)

We’ve combined the original five-volume collection and its two-volume upgrade: now you’ll find all seven volumes in one place, at one great price. Study contemporary theology alongside postmodern culture, and get a better understanding of where the church is headed.

4. Drama of Scripture Trilogy

Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen have teamed up to provide an introductory look at the present and future of theology in modern society: the Drama of Scripture Trilogy, which applies a Christian worldview to the biblical story, to systematic philosophy, and to postmodern culture. These volumes make excellent studies for small groups, personal reading, and academic papers, and they’re only growing more relevant. Now you can get them bundled together for much less than you’d pay for all the individual volumes.

Update your collections today!

Get 45% Off Round 4 Titles!

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Logos March Madness is down to the Final 4! The rounds are getting closer and closer—this is anyone’s game. If you want to see your favorite author win, vote right now, and be sure to rally your friends for more support!

Save 45% on round 4 resources

Right now, you can get 45% off select titles by:

Who will advance to the championships?

This round only lasts until Tuesday; after that, the top two authors advance to the championship round. Here are the authors battling for the championship spots:

  • Gordon Fee
  • D. A. Carson
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Charles Spurgeon

Who are your favorites?

Get your votes in at LogosMarchMadness.com, and then check out the complete list of discounts!

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