Darwin’s 200th Birthday

On February 12, 1809, two hundred years ago today, Charles Darwin was born. It’s difficult to overstate the impact that his theory of evolution has had over the last 150 years.

The book by which he is best known, Origin of Species (or On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life), is available in our Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection (71 Vols.), which is currently on Pre-Pub. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered this set, be sure to check it out. It’s an incredible value—about $1.41 per volume!

In light of this important day and the impact Darwin has had on the relationship between science and the Christian faith, we put together a Creation and Science Product Guide, which features all of our titles on creation, evolution, and science.

In the product guide you’ll find three collections and almost 30 individual titles:

The titles are written from a variety of perspectives and will help you grapple with the relationship between faith and science. So be sure to check it out and see which ones might be good additions to your library.

By the way, if you purchased the B. B. Warfield Collection (20 Vols.), you might want to read Warfield’s article “Charles Darwin’s Religious Life: A Sketch in Spiritual Biography” (The Works of Benjamin B. Warfield, Volume 9: Studies in Theology [Bellingham, WA: Logos, 2008], 541-81). It’s a fascinating look into Darwin’s spiritual journey.

Happy International Septuagint Day

Okay, so we’re a couple of days late, but we didn’t want to miss out on International Septuagint Day, which apparently was this past Sunday.

We’ve addressed the LXX on the blog a couple of times in the last year, so I thought I’d point you to those posts just in case you missed them. They nicely illustrate the benefits of studying the Greek translation of the Old Testament.

To celebrate International Septuagint Day we’re offering a 25% discount on our Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint—the first ever Greek-English interlinear of the LXX available for any Bible software platform. Use coupon code LXX during checkout. The discount is good through the end of Valentine’s Day PST.

To see all the resources we have available on the Septuagint, be sure to check out our newly updated Product Guide to Resources for Septuagint Study. For the new titles, see especially the Additional Titles section.

20 Free Copies of Vintage Church, and More!

The March-April issue of http://www.biblestudymagazine.com/images/driscoll/vintagechurchbg.jpgBible Study Magazine has a cover story about Mark Driscoll, and we’re giving away 20 copies of his Vintage Church, which he coauthored with Western Seminary’s Gerry Breshears.

We’re also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and one 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 March 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/driscoll letting people know about the giveaway. In April, 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 March 31, 2009, and we’ll give you two more entries.

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

Counting the Ten Commandments

Counting the Ten Commandments -- at BibleStudyMagazine.comThe January-February issue of Bible Study Magazine had a very helpful article by Dr. Michael Heiser on the Ten Commandments (pages 21-23). In it he discusses the various ways different religious groups have divided the commandments. While everyone agrees that there were only 10, there is disagreement surrounding which verses go together and whether some portions constitute one commandment or two separate commandments. A helpful chart lays out these differences that exist among Judaism, most of Protestantism and the Orthodox church, and Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism.

If you haven’t yet subscribed to Bible Study Magazine, it’s not too late to get a copy of the January-February issue—but the deadline is today (Thursday, February 5). So you need to subscribe very soon! All orders placed tomorrow will start with the March-April issue.

Want a sneak peek of what’s inside? The full text and the chart of Mike’s article, “Counting the Ten Commandments,” is now available at BibleStudyMagazine.com.

Interested in doing more reading and studying on the Ten Commandments? Here are a few books that you might find helpful:

New Pre-Pubs from Wesleyan Publishing House

Wesleyan Bible Commentary Series (18 Vols.)Last week we put 43 new titles on Pre-Pub from Wesleyan Publishing House. In addition to their 18-volume commentary series covering the entire NT and three OT books, there are resources on holiness, the church, worship, devotions, and a number of other personal and ministry topics.

Have a look at these five new collections:

For other titles by Wesleyan, Methodist, or Arminian authors, check out these titles:

We’d love to hear from our Wesleyan, Methodist, and Arminian readers. What other titles would you like to see be made available? Leave a comment or send an email to suggest@logos.com to let us know.

Wallace, Runge, Decker, and Conrad Talk Greek

If you enjoy Greek grammar and linguistics, you’ll definitely want to read the fascinating discussion that’s been taking place over on Steve Runge’s blog, NT Discourse.

Steve’s post Markedness, Part 2 is what got things going. Rod Decker, Daniel Wallace, and Steve had a profitable three-way exchange in the comments.

Steve followed up with a second post What does ‘syntactic force’ mean? The back and forth continued in the comments with Carl Conrad (of the B-Greek list), Daniel Wallace, and Steve.

While Steve’s perspective is on the surface quite a bit different from the way Greek is taught in most Bible colleges and seminaries, there is actually significant agreement between well-respected Greek grammarians like Wallace, Conrad, and Decker and Steve.

Wallace, whose Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics has been used by tens of thousands of Greek students, sums it up well when he says, “It shows that we [grammarians and linguists] can cooperate in these projects and learn from each other. I believe that both sides have much to offer.”

If you’re interested in Greek studies and where they are going, be sure to read the dialog.

To learn more about Steve’s important work, check out his three products from Logos Bible Software:

Don’t Pay for Something You Can Get for Free.

Last week I read some advice that a seminary student was giving to potential Logos users. It went something like this: when trying to decide whether to invest in Logos, calculate the print value of the books that you think you’d actually use and, if that amount exceeds the cost of the package from Logos, buy it. But in your calculations make sure to exclude any books that are available for free elsewhere (e.g., from Google Books or Amazon’s Online Reader).

I think the first part of the advice is generally* sound, but the second part has problems. While it’s often a good idea not to spend money for something you can get for free, this is not always the case. The advice above leaves out two important factors: quality and convenience.

Quality

First, the advice above is not really comparing apples with apples. The quality of Logos digital books exceeds the quality of books available at Amazon’s Online Reader, Google Books, and other places on the internet.

So it may very well be worth paying money for books that are available for free online, if you want the ability to perform incredibly powerful searches, copy and paste text into papers or sermons with automatic citations, get instant access to Bible passages with a hover or a click, jump to cited books and articles, and all the other things that make Logos digital books so valuable.

So the advice would have been better if it had said, “Exclude any books that are of equal quality and available for free elsewhere.” But that still doesn’t quite do.

Convenience

Second, even if we were comparing apples with apples, that is, books of equal quality—or let’s assume you are the rare person who doesn’t need any of the benefits I mentioned above—there is value in the convenience of an integrated digital library. When your digital library is spread across multiple platforms and websites (e.g., Google Books, PDFs and Word docs on your computer, Amazon, and other places), it takes time (1) to remember where you have access to x, y, and z books and then (2) to perform multiple searches on multiple websites and desktop applications. That extra time spent can be quantified in terms of value, so it may be worth the money for the added convenience and time-saving benefit.

Let’s say you use iTunes for your music library. Numerous legal sources allow you to listen to music for free online, but you have to be connected to the internet and go to the website to listen to it. You can’t download it and integrate it into your digital music library in iTunes—or listen to it on your iPod. Perhaps for many songs that would be fine, but the benefit of convenience may make it worth it to purchase some music that is available for free elsewhere.

So I think we could further improve the advice by saying, “Exclude any books that are of equal quality and available for free elsewhere in a medium that offers equal convenience.”

Everyone has different needs and different financial abilities, and there are definitely times when it is financially wise to be content to use good secondary tools like Google Books and Amazon’s Online Reader. But if quality and convenience are important to you, it may very well be worth paying for something you can get for free elsewhere.


* However, I think you could make a case for why it might be wise to buy Logos even if the digital cost exceeded the print cost, but that is perhaps for another day and another blog post.

New Product Suggestions at Logos.com

One of the benefits of shopping online is the ability to get help from other customers when you’re making purchasing decisions. Amazon.com illustrates this well with their product reviews and product recommendations based on the purchasing habits of other Amazon.com shoppers.

For a while we’ve given you some purchasing guidance with our Top 10 Lists and Product Guides. We’re excited to add another source of information that will help you decide what to buy next.

Now at the bottom of every product page, you’ll find a list of products that other customers who bought the item you’re looking at also bought. We show you the top three, but you can see the top 10 by simply clicking more ».

In case you forget (or don’t want) to scroll to the bottom of the page, we’ve added a link at the top of each page that says, “Browse similar products.” Clicking it will jump you right to the bottom where you can explore and find all sorts of additional titles to add to your library.

For now we’ve put this new functionality in place only for currently shipping products, but you may eventually see it on Pre-Pub product pages as well.

Well, go give it a try, and let us know what you think. As always, we love to hear your feedback.

Updates to the LDGNT and HDNT

Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament Bundle (6 Vols.)Last week we released our first round of updates to the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and the High Definition New Testament: ESV Edition.

Since we shipped these two products last summer, Steve has been working on writing the Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction to Discourse Features for Teaching and Exegesis. Like the LDGNT and HDNT, the Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament is another first of its kind and promises to be a great supplement to Wallace’s Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics.

Writing this grammar has given Steve the perfect opportunity to make another careful pass over the annotations in the LDGNT and HDNT and make improvements to them.

Best of all, if you already own the LDGNT or the HDNT, you can get the updated files for free. If you use Libronix on Windows, simply run the resource auto-update script. Libronix Update will automatically copy the new files to your resources folder and overwrite the old ones.

If you’re using Logos for Mac, just download the two files (below) and copy them into your resources folder (i.e., Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume), overwriting the existing ones.

Right-click on the above two files and select “Save Link As…” (Firefox) or “Download Linked File As…” (Safari).

Free Russian Bible from Logos Bible Software

Русский Синодальный Перевод (Russian Synodal Translation)Do you read Russian, want to learn to read Russian, know someone who reads Russian, or just like free books (even if you can’t read them :))?

Then head on over to Logos.com and check out the free Русский Синодальный Перевод (that’s Russian Synodal Translation for you English-only readers), which just went up on Friday.

The RST was translated in 1876 and revised in 1956. Our edition has the Strong’s numbering system integrated for the entire Bible. That means you can simply hover over a word and see the Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic word in a pop-up window (if you have a dictionary with Strong’s tagging like the Dictionaries of Biblical Languages w/ Semantic Domains, which are included in all of our base packages, except for Christian Home).

Those of you who have purchased from us before know the ropes. But if this is your first time, or if you just need a little refresher, then keep reading. Otherwise, just go download it and spread the word!

To purchase a book (or get a free book) from Logos.com, you’ll need three things:

  1. a copy of the Libronix Digital Library System installed on your PC or Mac
  2. a Logos.com account with a credit card on file
  3. a Libronix Customer ID that is connected to your Logos.com account

Here are the steps you need to follow to get all set up:

Step 1: Download and install Libronix for Windows. (Mac users can purchase the Mac version of the engine, or buy a Mac base package.) If you already have Libronix up and running on your computer, jump to the third step.

Step 2: Activate Libronix. When you do, you’ll create a Libronix Customer ID (usually your email address, if you enter it). You can find your Libronix Customer ID by going to Help > About Libronix DLS.

Step 3: Create a Logos.com account. If you already have one, just log in.

Step 4: Make sure that your Libronix Customer ID is associated with your Logos.com account. Go to My Account, enter your Libronix Customer ID from Step 2, and click “Confirm.” If it’s already there, no need to do anything.

Step 5: “Buy” the Russian Synodal Translation. Go to the page and click “Add to Cart,” or just add it straight to your cart from here. Proceed through the checkout process and then click “Submit Order.” If you don’t have a credit card on file, you’ll need to enter your credit card information. Don’t worry. You won’t be charged. It’s an unfortunate inconvenience in our current checkout system, and we hope to change it at some point.

Step 6: Unlock and download your new book. If you’re on a Windows machine, just click the orange “Unlock & Download” button. If you’re on a Mac, just synchronize your licenses (Tools > Library Management > Synchronize Licenses) and manually put the book file in your resources folder (Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume).

Step 7: Start using your new book! Open Libronix, open My Library, then type RST to find it. Since the title is in a different script, you’ll find it all the way at the bottom. Double-click it to open it.

Enjoy!

Have any Russian-speaking friends? Let them know how they can get a Russian Bible for free!