Buy 2, Get 14 Free!

Library of NT Studies: JSNTS on the Gospels and Acts (16 Vols.)Time is running out for the Library of NT Studies: JSNTS on the Gospels and Acts (16 Vols.) collection. It’s set to ship in just another day or two. At $299.95, it’s a steal. Let me tell you why.

You would spend an average of $305.28 to pick up any two of these titles in print. Yes, you read that correctly. Any two.

Here are the 16 volumes with Amazon’s latest prices:

  • $72.00 The Gospel of Matthew in Its Roman Imperial Context
  • $84.00 The Date of Mark’s Gospel: Insights from the Law in Earliest Christianity
  • $216.00 Mark’s Gospel—Prior or Posterior?: A Reappraisal of the Phenomenon of Order
  • $168.00 Word and Glory: On the Exegetical and Theological Background of John’s Prologue
  • $162.00 The Unity of the Farewell Discourse: The Literary Integrity of John 13:31-16:33
  • $180.00 The Lazarus Story within the Johannine Tradition
  • $180.00 Echoes of a Prophet: The Use of Ezekiel in the Gospel of John and in Literature of the Second Temple Period
  • $144.00 The Temple of Jesus’ Body: The Temple Theme in the Gospel of John
  • $64.80 Dynamic Reading of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts
  • $157.50 The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts: The Promise and Its Fulfillment in Lukan Christology
  • $168.00 The Finger of God and Pneumatology in Luke-Acts
  • $168.00 Echoes of Scripture in Luke-Acts: Telling the History of God’s People Intertextually
  • $180.00 Jerusalem and the Early Jesus Movement: The Q Community’s Attitude toward the Temple
  • $144.00 Apocalypticism, Anti-Semitism and the Historical Jesus: Subtexts in Criticism
  • $192.00 The Jewish Context of Jesus’ Miracles
  • $162.00 Historiography and Hermeneutics in Jesus Studies: An Examination of the Work of John Dominic Crossan and Ben F. Meyer

Most people probably wouldn’t spend the $2442.30 to pick up all 16 volumes in print. I know I wouldn’t. But are there any two books in this list that you think you might want to buy at some point? If so, why not buy the Logos collection instead? We’ll throw in the other 14 volumes for free!

166 Volumes of Greek Goodness!

Jacques Paul Migne’s Patrologia Graeca is a massive series of 166 print volumes of Greek writings from the 1st century through the 15th century. We’ve been asked many times if we’d consider making this indispensable set available, and we’re finally ready to give it a shot.

As you can imagine, digitizing 166 volumes of small Greek and Latin text—each volume ranging anywhere from 500 to 1,500 pages—is no small undertaking. Print sets are next to impossible to obtain. When we last looked into getting one, the price tag was in the $40,000 range!

Instead of trying to Pre-Pub the whole thing at once and putting it out of the range of just about everyone of our users, we’re going to release it in chunks. This will make it more affordable for you, allow you to pick and choose the sections you want, and make it so you don’t have to wait a decade for the completed project!

The first chunk, volumes 1-18 (20 print volumes), covers the pre-Nicaean period and features the writings of Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, Melito of Sardis, Papias, Justin Martyr, Tatian, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and dozens of others.

Why Would You Want It?

That’s the million dollar question—actually, the $400 question. Allow me to take a stab at some reasons that you should consider placing your pre-order.

Greek Studies

Comparative Grammar

The Greek New Testament is a fairly small corpus of literature. There are hundreds of words, forms, and grammatical structures that occur only once in the whole GNT making it difficult to adequately evaluate them. Being able to compare NT usage—vocabulary, morphology, and syntax—to other Greek writings like the LXX, OT Pseudepigrapha, Josephus, Philo, the Apostolic Fathers, etc. is incredibly valuable. But even these bodies of literature don’t address all of the questions grammarians and exegetes have. Significantly broadening the corpus of Greek texts that can be compared to the Greek NT is a major boon to biblical Greek studies.

Textual Criticism

In many cases the writings of the church fathers shed light on which readings of the biblical texts are earlier and more likely to be original. If you’ve looked at a Greek New Testament apparatus, you’ll see references to the fathers on nearly every page. Being able to look up these references will allow textual critics to get one step closer to the sources—and even make advancements in the field of textual criticism.

Church History

Reading the Original

Have you ever been reading somewhere in Schaff’s ECF and wanted to see the underlying Greek behind the English? I know I have. Have you ever wished you could follow references to the Father’s in footnotes in commentaries and other academic literature? With our digital edition of Patrologia Graeca, this kind of study will finally be easily accessible.

Many people don’t realize that Philip Schaff’s 38-volume Early Church Fathers represents only a fraction of the writings of the church fathers. If you want to read some of the church fathers, reading them in Greek or Latin is the only option. Serious students of the history of the formative years of the church cannot afford to ignore this massive collection of writings.

History of Interpretation

Since Scripture references will be tagged, you’ll be able to evaluate all of the places where a certain passage of Scripture is discussed—a crucial part of in-depth study on difficult passages. Want to find out how the fathers handled baptism for the dead in 1 Cor 15:29? No problem. Add your Patrologia Graeca collection to your Passage Guide, use the Reference Browser, or run a search like bible = "1 Cor 15:29".

Convinced yet? Read more or place your order at the Pre-Pub page.

Where Are the Textual Apparatuses?

Textual apparatuses (a.k.a. critical apparatuses) are essential tools for serious exegesis. They list alternate readings, the texts that contain those readings, and often the level of certainty the editors had in choosing the reading they went with.

Students of the biblical languages will notice, though, that the main editions of the Hebrew OT (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia) and the Greek NT (NA27 and UBS4) that come with our upper-end base packages lack the corresponding textual apparatuses. Without the apparatuses, you still need to reference your print volumes to check for variant readings. Are you stuck using part digital and part print for your study of the Hebrew and Greek texts?

There are two standard textual critical tools included in the Original Languages Library and Scholar’s Library: Gold.

If you don’t own either of these base packages, you can either upgrade or buy the resources individually.

There are several other critical apparatuses available as add-on resources.

Apparatuses for the Hebrew Old Testament

  • BHS Apparatus Criticus
  • BHQ Apparatus Criticus (partial)

Both of these are included in SESB 2 and not available for individual sale. The BHS apparatus is also included in the Logos edition of SESB 1.

Apparatuses for the Greek New Testament

  • NA27 Apparatus Criticus
  • UBS4 Apparatus (not a separate resource)
  • Majority Text Apparatus (includes the Majority Text GNT)

The NA27 apparatus is part of SESB 2 and the Logos edition of SESB 1. The UBS4 apparatus is available only in SESB 2. The Majority Text apparatus is bundled with the GNT.

It should be clear by now that if you really want to build the critical apparatuses section of your digital library, SESB 2 is a must.

For more on apparatuses and resources relating to textual criticism see the Critical Apparatuses section of the Product Guide for Greek Bible Texts & Tools. You’ll also want to check out the article “Critical Apparatuses: What and Why.”

Bring on the Commentaries!

Commentaries are our best-selling category of books. We have thousands of volumes of commentaries available, and we are adding more on Community Pricing and Pre-Pub all the time. It’s hard to keep up with all of them, so I thought I’d highlight some of the recent ones:

Also, check out our newly updated Commentary Product Guide, which should now be a nearly exhaustive list of multi-volume commentaries available for Libronix.

Still waiting for your favorite commentaries to make their way to Libronix? Let us know!

NA27 vs. UBS4: What’re the Differences?

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece, 27th ed. (NA27) and the United Bible Societies Greek New Testament, 4th ed. (UBS4) or between the various Greek New Testaments available for Libronix? Wonder no more. Rick Brannan has done extensive comparative analysis between these two popular editions of the Greek New Testament and gives you all of the details in this very informative article “NA27 vs. UBS4 (Greek New Testaments).” He also helpfully compares our various Greek New Testament texts.

I turned to Rick on a question a while back regarding a difference between the NA27 and UBS4 and quickly learned that Rick really knows his stuff on this. I think Rick’s article would make excellent required reading for Greek students (and professors!).

Go give it a read, and be sure to bookmark it for future reference.

Searching Footnotes in the NET Bible

I read a request last week from someone wishing for a way to search the footnotes in the NET Bible. If you’re familiar with the NET Bible, you know how valuable the notes are. While you probably normally want to see notes when you’re looking at a specific passage of Scripture, sometimes you may want to search them for particular words or phrases.

If you own one of our base packages, then it’s very likely that you have the NET Bible with notes. (The Christian Home Library is the only base package that doesn’t include the NET Bible.)

To search just the footnote text, you would want to use a field search. Simply put footnote: before the word or phrase you’d like to search for. Make sure to use the Basic Search rather than the Bible Search (or Bible Speed Search), since the Bible Search by default excludes footnotes (i.e., everything but Bible text). A search like this will return results only in the footnote text and eliminate everything else.

“Aquinas’ Summa Theologica is my favorite book after the Bible.”

http://www.logos.com/images/products/thumb_4245.jpegWe mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that Dr. Norm Geisler is here in Bellingham, WA and will be speaking tonight on “The Importance of Creation.” You may recall our talking about Dr. Geisler on the blog before. Back in February Scott Lindsey, the director of our ministry relations department, spent a day with Dr. Geisler and shared loads of interesting tidbits from their conversation.

One of the things that didn’t make that blog post was something that Scott shared with me about Dr. Geisler’s favorite book—after the Bible, of course: Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica (aka Summa Theologiae).

Dr. Geisler expressed surprise that Aquinas’ magnum opus wasn’t available for Libronix, so we decided to look into it.

Someone (whose initials are WD) commented on that post about Geisler:

Dr. Geisler is one of the BIG GUNS, not just in our time, but all of Church history. His name appears on lists with Augustine and Aquinas.

Speaking of Aquinas, when are you guys at Logos going to offer the Summa? Dr. G would totally approve……..

Well, WD and Dr. Geisler, we’re happy to finally announce that Aquinas’ Summa Theologica is on Pre-Pub, in both English and an English-Latin bundle!

Field Searching in the Critical Review of Books in Religion

Critical Review of Books in Religion (1988-1998)I didn’t plan to continue my field searching series, but I just stumbled across some very helpful fields in the Critical Review of Books in Religion that I didn’t previously know about. They’re too good not to pass on to you. (It really does pay to look carefully at the information in “About This Resource”!)

In addition to the standard Surface Text and Footnote Text fields, there are Review Title, Author, and Review Author fields.

Review Title Field

This field allows you to search for words that appear in the titles of the books being reviewed. I can think of at least two scenarios where this would be beneficial.

First, if you are doing research and trying to build a list of resources on a particular topic, a Review Title search would turn up a very targeted list of hits in seconds. Let’s say that you are writing a paper on Calvin or getting ready to preach through Romans. The search rtitle:calvin turns up 8 books about Calvin, and the search rtitle:romans turns up 45 books on Romans. You can then read the reviews to see if the books look helpful.

Second, you could use the Review Title field to look up a review on a specific book. If you know the title of the book, a simple quote search will normally suffice, unless the name is fairly nondescript. But if you don’t know the exact title, searching on a word or two in the Review Title field will give you much more targeted results.

Author Field

With the Author field, you can quickly find all the books by a particular person. The search author:carson turns up three reviews for three different books by D. A. Carson. The search author:n* author:wright turns up the two reviews of books by N. T. Wright. Whether you want to read the reviews, look up some missing bibliographic information, or find new books by your favorite author, the author search will serve you well.

Review Author Field

Since there are thousands of reviews, many of the reviewers will be unfamiliar to you. It’s often helpful to know the reviewer’s basic views on the Bible to properly assess his opinions. For this reason you may want to read especially the reviews written by scholars whose opinions you trust. The Review Author fields lets you do just that. A search for rauthor:moo will take you to Douglas Moo’s review of James Edwards’ Romans commentary. Since Moo has one of the best commentaries on Romans ever written, he is well equipped to review other Romans commentaries.

If you enjoy having access to all these book reviews in the Critical Review of Books in Religion (CRBR), you’ll be please to know that the Review of Biblical Literature (RBL), which is essentially the continuation of CRBR, is soon to be available in Libronix.

How Can I Find All Geminate Verbs in the OT?

I got an interesting email last week from an individual who was wondering if there was a way to find all of the geminate verbs in the Old Testament. I had never done this particular search before, but I was pretty sure that it could be accomplished fairly easily since Libronix supports regular expression searching. With my scanty knowledge of regular expressions, I took a stab at it, but eventually had to turn to Bradley Grainger for help.

While this search is a little on the complicated side for those without much knowledge of regular expressions, I thought it would be a great opportunity to demonstrate the power of Libronix. And with a little help from the tips below and Vincent’s excellent article on Hebrew Regular Expression Searching, this kind of searching really is within your reach.

What’s a Geminate Verb?

First, let’s define a geminate verb (also sometimes called double ayin, ayin-ayin, or ע״ע verbs). Hebrew verbs in their dictionary form are composed of three consonants. A geminate verb is a verb whose second and third consonants are identical. So סבב would be a geminate verb, as would ארר ,חנן ,צרר ,חלל, and שׁדד.

How Do You Search for Geminate Verbs?

What we want is to do is search the lemma field for words with a consonant followed by another consonant, which is followed by that same consonant again, and we want to search only for verbs, not nouns or other parts of speech.

Here’s the search that we would use to accomplish this for two different morphologies:

lemma:/.(.)\1/ @ WestMorph = v*

lemma:/.(.)\1/ @ AFMorphHeb = V*

To perform this search, you can use the Bible Speed Search, the Bible Search, or the Hebrew Morphological Bible Search (which is handy if you want to search multiple Bibles that share the same morphology).

What Do Those Letters and Symbols Mean?

Let’s break the search down into its main components so you can see what’s going on.

The Field: lemma:

The lemma: is a field search telling Libronix to ignore everything else besides lemmas. (We’ve recently covered some of the benefits of field searching here on the blog.)

The Regular Expression: /.(.)\1/

The next part, which begins and ends with /, is the regular expression. It is composed of three parts.

  1. The first period specifies that we want any character. Since we are limited to the lemma field, it will find only a letter from א to ת (the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet).
  2. The next part, (.), is just a repetition of the first part, specifying that we want another letter from א to ת. (The parentheses are added in order to point back to this part from the next part.)
  3. The final portion, \1, specifies that the third letter must be the same as what was found in the parentheses (i.e., the second letter).

The @ Operator: @

The @ sign is short for ANDEQUALS and simply tells Libronix that you are looking for all the words where both x and y are true. In this case, the x is the regular expression and the y is the specified morphology.

The Morphology: WestMorph = v*

The last part of the search specifies which morphology to search (you may have several different Hebrew morphologies) and what parts of speech you want to include. In this case, we’re going to search BHS with the Westminster 4.2 morphology, and all we want to see are verbs.

Search Results and Search Analysis by Lemma

To get a complete list of all geminate verbs, you could work through all of the hits and compile your list, but there’s a much easier way. Just click the “Search Analysis by Lemma” at the top of the search results to group your search results by verb.

Then you can simply scroll through the list and see all of the geminate verbs in alphabetical order in the right margin.

If you want to learn more about what you can do with regular expression searching in Hebrew, see Vincent’s article Hebrew Regular Expression Searching.

Update: I replaced the regular expression /[\u05D0-\u05EA]([\u05D0-\u05EA])\1/ with the much simpler /.(.)\1/.

That Was Fast!

St. Paul and Justification (Westcott) [DOWNLOAD]In perhaps record time a Community Pricing title reached 100% of the pre-orders that it needed to send it into production—and the orders keep coming in and the price continues to drop.

Frederick Brooke Westcott’s St. Paul and Justification went up on CP on Monday afternoon of last week (June 9). By Thursday morning—just two-and-a-half days later—it had already crossed the 100% mark at $8! Later in the day it crossed at $7 and then that night at $6. Sometime on Saturday it crossed at $5. Bidding doesn’t close until this Friday (June 20) at noon PST, so there’s still time to drive the price down even further.

A recent reprinting of this volume has a list price of $34.95 and sells at Amazon for $26.56. It could be yours in the eminently usable Libronix format for only $5—or perhaps even less.

This is a prime example of how quickly CP titles can move and how low the prices can go when enough people bid. If you haven’t used the Community Pricing Program, now’s the perfect time to give it a try.

For more information on how Community Pricing works, see our previous blog post.

Update: More orders have come in today, pushing it over at the $4 mark. Will it get down to $3 by Friday? We’ll have to wait to see.

Update 2: Sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning it crossed at $3. Can we hit $2?