11 Pre-Pubs Shipping Soon

Now that Anchor Yale Bible is done, our electronic text development team is starting to pump out quite a few other Pre-Pubs. The following 11 are projected to ship within the next 2 to 3 weeks:

I’m pretty excited about picking up several of these, and I know many of you are too. But if you haven’t placed your pre-orders yet, you’d better act fast or else you’ll miss out on the opportunity to pick up some of these titles at the nicely discounted Pre-Pub price. In some cases you have just a few days left to get your pre-orders in.

Inside the May–June Issue of Bible Study Magazine

The fourth issue of Bible Study Magazine is hot off the press and should be in your mailbox very shortly, if it hasn’t arrived already.

In the meantime, enjoy this preview of the May–June issue, which features a cover story about author and speaker Randy Alcorn.

By the way, don’t forget about this issue’s special promotion. We’ve partnered with Eternal Perspective Ministries to give away 40 signed copies of Randy Alcorn’s excellent book Heaven, and we’re also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and a copy of Bible Study Library. Visit www.biblestudymagazine.com/alcorn/ for all of the details.

If you’re considering subscribing, you have until June 5th to get the current issue.

Getting the Most Out of Anchor Yale Bible

Anchor Yale Bible (84 Vols.)If you purchased the Anchor Yale Bible, by now you’ve probably had a chance to install it and explore a bit. Those of you who are relatively new to Logos may be wondering how to get the most out of your new commentaries. In this post, we’ll share some tips that will help you put your investment to good use.

Setup Tips

1. Copy the resources to your hard drive.

It may go without saying, but be sure to copy all of your resource files to your hard drive rather than running them off the CD. With your CD in your drive, go to Tools > Library Management > Location Manager and follow the instructions. Everything will be much faster with the files on your hard drive. AYB will take up 308 MB of disk space.

2. Create a collection.

While it’s not essential to using your new commentaries, creating a collection can provide some additional benefits that you might find useful (e.g., faster, more target searching and more exhaustive results in the Passage Guide). In my opinion, this is a good thing to do for many new products you purchase.

You can either create your own collection by going to Tools > Define Collections > New (see also this video demonstration) or download the one I already created and put it in C:\Documents and Settings\{UserName}\My Documents\Libronix DLS\Collections on a Windows machine or in Users/{UserProfile}/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Collections on a Mac.

3. Make sure your resource association is installed.

A resource association allows your entire series to function in some ways as a single book. That means that if you’re in the AYB commentary on Romans and want to jump to the commentary on Isaiah to look up a related passage, just type in the reference in the Reference Box at the top left-hand portion of the resource window.

If that doesn’t work, it’s probably because you don’t have the Resource Association installed. On Windows, run Libronix Update to get it (i.e., Tools > Libronix Update). Alternatively, you could create your own resource association. (This feature is currently only in the Windows version.)

Usage Tips

1. Explore AYB in “My Library.”

To see all of your Anchor Yale Bible commentaries in My Library, simply type in the series abbreviation, AYB, and all of your other titles will be filtered out. Alternatively, if you created a collection, you can simply select your collection from the Collection dropdown.

2. Use AYB in the Passage Guide.

Since the files for the Anchor Yale Bible are commentaries, they will instantly just work when you run a Passage Guide on any portion of Scripture covered by the series. If you don’t see the Anchor Yale volume(s) show up in the initial list of 15 that appears, be sure to click “More »” to see the rest of your commentaries that cover your passage. One of the cool features of the Passage Guide in is that it will remember your top five favorites on each book of the Bible. So the next time you study a passage in the same book, the commentaries that you’ve used most will appear at the top.

To get even more out of AYB in the Passage Guide, click on Properties, scroll down to the Collections section, and check the box next to your AYB collection.

This will tell the Passage Guide to search all of the other commentaries in the AYB for any mention of your passage, providing you with even more to dig into.

3. Find even more with advanced searching.

If you created a collection, you can also do some powerful searching by using the Basic Search (Search > Basic Search) or the Reference Browser (Go > Reference Browser). Just be sure to limit your searches to your new collection, and in just a second or two you’ll be able to find all of the occurrences of words, phrases, Bible references, and more in your entire AYB collection.

We just felt we had to give it away—no strings attached.

Money Matters
In an effort to increase subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine, we were planning on giving away a free download of Money Matters by Larry Burkett as an incentive to everyone that subscribed to the magazine in the month of May. Right now the magazine is on sale for only $14.95 for a full year, and Money Matters is a $20 book, so it was a pretty good deal.

After thinking more about the tough economic times we are in, and how much this book could be of use to so many people, we just decided to give it away for free to anyone that wants it—with no strings attached.

All promotions, marketing and freebies aside, we really encourage you to subscribe to Bible Study Magazine. It has something for all levels of Bible study, and is not only receiving rave reviews from the Christian audience, but the secular as well. In fact it was just recognized as one of the top ten of all magazines launched in 2008 by Library Journal!

Check out what Library Journal says in
Best of 2008: Magazines.

“The best new magazines of 2008 have in common the potential to create a devoted readership able to sustain circulation… Each succeeds in presenting distinctive and visually appealing content, in some cases with remarkably creative design. These mags demonstrate that the art of graphic design is thriving. The Best Magazines of 2008 represent a range of target audiences, from general to special interest…

…Bible Study Magazine is a serious, clearly written popular mag that uses biblical scholarship to illuminate but not refute the principal beliefs of evangelical Protestantism. Content includes interviews with well-known evangelical ministers and reports of research by religious studies professors, historians, and archaeologists. …this colorful popular pub is to Bible studies what Scientific American is to science or Psychology Today is to psychology. A thoughtful bridge between the work of scholars and laypersons looking for a deeper understanding of biblical texts.”

We would be thrilled if you would subscribe to Bible Study Magazine for just $14.95 for the entire year, but you don’t have to. No strings attached, if you want Money Matters, go ahead and take it free of charge, just follow the simple steps listed below:

Step 1
Add Money Matters to your cart.

Step 2
Enter coupon code: BIBLESTUDYMAGAZINE at checkout.

Step 3
If you’d like, click “Add to Cart” to subscribe to Bible Study Magazine.

Step 4
Proceed through checkout, and notice that whether you added Bible Study Magazine to your order or not, you will still be required to enter a valid credit card. The system will be unable to process the order for your free book without a valid credit card being entered, even though your total may be $0.00 and you won’t be charged at all.

Step 5
Tell your friends, and link to this post from your blog so others can take advantage of this free gift too!

UPDATE: This promotion ended May 31st, 2009

Bible Study Magazine—One of the Best New Magazines of 2008

Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the associate editor and project manager for Bible Study Magazine.

Library Journal, the premier magazine for librarians, featured Bible Study Magazine as one of the top 10 magazines launched in 2008.

Steve Black, who wrote the article and reviews countless periodicals a year, said Bible Study Magazine is “a serious, clearly written [publication] that uses biblical scholarship to illuminate but not refute the principal beliefs of evangelical Protestantism. . . . [It] is to Bible studies what Scientific American is to science or Psychology Today to psychology. A thoughtful bridge between the work of scholars and laypersons looking for a deeper understanding of the biblical texts.” Check out the full review.

We are honored for Library Journal to hold our publication in such high esteem. We envisioned Bible Study Magazine as a bridge between scholarship and the church and are thrilled that our vision has come to fruition. To be featured alongside top-notch publications such as BBC Knowledge, Food Network Magazine, Science Illustrated and World Affairs is also an honor. Accompanying these magazines about culture, the sciences, and the world demonstrates that God has placed us in an influential position—something we do not take for granted.

But we are not just honored—we feel blessed. With over 500 magazines going under last year alone, we are grateful that ours is a success. When reflecting upon Bible Study Magazine from inception to present, we see God in every step along the way. We are committed to offering something eternal—the Word of God. We strive for excellence, not just because good isn’t good enough, but because our publication is about an experience. It is a journey into God’s Word resulting in a betterment of family, church and life.

You asked Logos how to study the Bible and we delivered Bible Study Magazine. We find the best stories about Bible study to motivate you, and top-notch tips, tricks and Bible studies to guide you.

The Bible expands our relationship with God—bringing us His very words. Because of that, we have made the business of Bible Study Magazine about God’s business. There is nothing more important than knowing what the Bible says, what it means, and how it applies to our lives. Bible Study Magazine is about getting you into God’s Word. Bringing you truth in crisis and teaching you how to find the truth for yourself. We are here to help you know God. And for God placing us in that position, we are grateful.

Subscribe today and experience it for yourself. Or gift someone else the experience. Share it with your friends by ordering in bulk.

Greek Syntax: Preposition with Multiple Objects

Awhile back in the Logos newsgroups, someone asked this question:

I am trying to do a search of the Greek where you have a controlling preposition followed by two nouns joined by a conjunction. I am sure it can be done, but I am not experienced enough with searches to do it.

A couple of examples might help you understand what I am trying to accomplish. In John 3:5 you have EX (εξ) being the controlling preposition followed by UDATOS KAI PNEUMATOS (υδατος και πνευματος) the two nouns UDATOS (υδατος) and PNEUMATOS (πνευματος) joined by a conjunction KAI (και).

This example is one of those things that is just easier to explain in the context of a video than in writing. So I shot a video—watch out, it clocks in at over 15 minutes—to show how I worked through the problem.

Click the image below to launch the video in a new Window, or download it and save it for later.

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Watch | Download

Themelios: A Wealth of Evangelical Scholarship

Themelios (99 Issues) Journals are perfect resources to have in your Libronix library. I turn to my journals collection over and over again. Finding relevant scholarly articles on a given topic or by a particular author takes just seconds with our powerful searching. Compare that to the amount of time it would take to pull hundreds of paper volumes off the shelf (assuming you even owned them all) and scan through each one’s table of contents.

Even more significant is the ability to find all of the occurrences of a particular passage of Scripture or mentions of certain words or phrases. In Libronix you can get these results in less time than it would take you to pull the first journal off your shelf and flip to the back, only to find out that there is no Scripture index or topic index. That’s right, if you want those kinds of results in print, you’ll have to read every volume cover to cover!

We already have dozens of first-rate journals available for purchase, but we’re always looking to add more. Our latest offering is Themelios, “an international evangelical theological journal that expounds and defends the historic Christian faith.” From 1975 until 2007, Themelios was a publication of the RTSF/UCCF in the UK. In 2008 The Gospel Coalition acquired it and continues to release top-notch content.

Contributors to the journal include leading evangelical scholars and pastors such as Richard Bauckham, G. K. Beale, Craig Blomberg, Gerald Bray, Geoffrey Bromiley, D. A. Carson, Peter Enns, R. T. France, Ronald Fung, Richard Gaffin, Simon Gathercole, Michael Haykin, Paul Helm, Tim Keller, Derek Kidner, Robert Letham, Richard Longenecker, I. Howard Marshall, Alister McGrath, Richard Mouw, Scott Oliphant, J. I. Packer, Clark Pinnock, Stanley Porter, Philip Graham Ryken, Thomas Schreiner, John Stott, Carl Trueman, David Wright, N. T. Wright, Robert Yarbrough, and many more.

We’re taking pre-orders for all 99 issues published between 1975 and 2008 and will release future volumes as they become available (intervals TBD). If you haven’t already, go have a look and place your pre-order to help send this wealth of evangelical scholarship into production.

Horatius Bonar: “Unparalleled in Gospel Clarity”

The Life and Works of Horatius BonarHoratius Bonar (1808–1889) was a powerful Scottish Presbyterian preacher, a voluminous author, and perhaps the greatest hymn writer that Scotland has ever produced—yet few today have directly benefited from his many contributions to evangelical faith and life.

According Iain Murray, Horatius Bonar “is one of the greatest of the little-known evangelical leaders,” and he is so obscure to most “because many of his writings have long been rare and unobtainable.”

Joel Beeke likewise has high esteem for Bonar and his writings: “I have been collecting and reading Horatius Bonar’s writings for 35 years and have always found him to be unparalleled in Gospel clarity. He is simple yet profound, and always insightful. Bonar is particularly gifted at reasoning with unbelievers and removing doubts of believers.”

C. H. Spurgeon wrote of Bonar’s The Everlasting Righteousness; or, How Shall Man Be Just with God?, a book that I read in seminary with much profit, it is

a rich book, suggestive, gracious, full of holy unction. Unlike many writers of the Evangelical school Dr. Bonar is not content with baling out milk for babes, but gives us real thought and teaching. There never was any need that orthodoxy and platitudes should go together, but they often have done so; no one can bring that charge in reference to this work. We say to all our friends, read and be refreshed.

This collection brings together all of Horatius Bonar’s extant writings, many of which have never been published in print. In all it is 137 volumes:

  • 41 books
  • 14 volumes of hymns and poems
  • 5 volumes of biographical material
  • 29 volumes of letters, manuscripts, and tracts
  • 25 volumes of the Quarterly Journal of Prophecy
  • 21 volumes of The Christian Treasury
  • a photo gallery
  • an audio lecture

Place your pre-order now to help bring these rich writings to a new generation of Christians—and to many generations to come.

Read more about Horatius Bonar in your Libronix library:

What Makes Logos Books So Special?

Not all digital books are created equal. I regularly interact with people who have never used Logos Bible Software, and one of the most common things I hear goes something like this: “I already have ________ as PDFs. Why would I want to get the Logos version?”

I go on to explain all of the things that you can do with Logos resources that you can’t do with PDFs, and people get interested. Once they try it for themselves, they are blown away. One professor recently responded this way, “I can’t believe how fantastic this is in Logos—far superior to PDFs.”

One of the things that makes Logos resources so useful is all of the tagging behind the text. We put together a video recently that talks about the various kinds of links in our digital books. What is a red link, and how does it differ from a blue link? Did you know that just about every word is a link? Find out more in the video below.

For more videos, visit www.logos.com/videos or www.macbiblesoftware.com/videos.

40 Free Copies of Randy Alcorn’s Heaven, and More!

The May–June issue of Bible Study Magazine features a cover story about Randy Alcorn and how Bible study influences his everyday life as an author, speaker, and husband, so we’ve teamed up with Eternal Perspective Ministries to give away 40 signed copies of his excellent book Heaven.

We’re also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and a copy of Bible Study Library.

There are four different ways to enter the giveaway, and you can increase your chance of winning by doing all of them.

Complete any or all of the following by May 31, 2009 to enter:

  1. Simply fill out the entry form and click “Submit.”
  2. Post a link in any of your social spheres (blog, forum, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) to www.biblestudymagazine.com/alcorn letting people know about the giveaway. In June, we’ll search through all the backlinks to the site and select winners at random.
  3. Since Bible Study Magazine is published by Logos Bible Software, if you mention the giveaway and post a link to www.logos.com, we’ll search through those backlinks as well and select winners at random.
  4. Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine between now and May 31, 2009, and we’ll give you two more entries.

Head over to the giveaway page at BibleStudyMagazine.com for all of the details.