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Receive Chapters of Reformed Dogmatics Before It’s Released!

It’s been nearly 18 months since we announced our translation project for Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics. The project is currently under development, and we’re excited about its progress. So excited, in fact, that we’re going to release the first two chapters early! Anyone who pre-orders Reformed Dogmatics by September 12, 2012, will have the first two chapters unlocked on September 13.

Geerhardus Vos taught at both Calvin Theological Seminary and Princeton Theology Seminary alongside such luminaries as J. Gresham Machen and B. B. Warfield. He was an outspoken proponent of Reformed biblical theology. Cornelius Van Til wrote that “Vos was the greatest pedagogue I ever sat under,” and John Murray said Vos was “the most penetrating exegete it has been my privilege to know.” This project is the first and only English translation of Vos’ Gereformeerde Dogmatiek.

We assembled a team of translators from North America and the Netherlands. The translation leader, Richard B. Gaffin, is an acclaimed Vos scholar who’s published numerous articles on Vos and who edited Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos. Gaffin has taught at Philadelphia’s Westminster Theological Seminary since 1965.

Everyone who’s pre-ordered by September 12 will get these two chapters:

  • The Knowability of God
  • Names, Being, and Attributes of God

Written in a catechetical format, Reformed Dogmatics expresses rich Reformed theology in a thoughtful question-and-answer dialogue.

On what ground do others deny God’s knowability?

On the ground that God is All-Being. They have a pantheistic view of God. Now, knowing presumes that the object known is not all there is, since it always remains distinct from the subject doing the knowing. Making God the object of knowledge, one reasons, is equivalent to saying that He is not all there is, that He is limited.

What response is to be made against this view?

a) The objection that this view presents stems entirely from a philosophical view of God, as if He were All-Being. This view is wrong. God is certainly infinite, but God is not the All. There are things that exist, whose existence is not identical with God.

b) It is certainly true that we cannot make a visible representation of God because He is a purely spiritual being. But we also cannot do that of our own soul. Yet we believe that we know it.

If you haven’t pre-ordered Reformed Dogmatics yet, what are you waiting for? Order it by next Wednesday, September 12, and add the first two chapters to your Bible study library on September 13!

Back to School Sale: Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics

Today’s post on Karl Barth is from Matthew Wilcoxen. Matt is a PhD student at Charles Sturt University, focusing on Barth and the concept of time. He is a graduate of Biola University and Talbot School of Theology.

The term classic is applied to a work with lasting influence—a singular exemplar of a new mode of thought, one that leads to widespread imitation and sharp critique. A classic of Christian theology must also, of course, be an attempt to say afresh the message of the Bible. As the dust settles on the life of Karl Barth, it becomes increasingly clear that his magnum opus, the Church Dogmatics, deserves a place on this top shelf of Christian intellectual history, where it sits rightfully alongside the works of Augustine, Aquinas, and Calvin.

Karl Barth the Professor

The son of a Reformed minister, Barth (1886–1968) was himself stimulated to study theology through a confirmation class he took as an adolescent. He went on to study at Bern, Berlin, Tübingen, and then Marburg, receiving a thorough initiation into the liberal Protestant theology regnant on the continent in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During WWI, Barth was busy studying the Epistle to the Romans. This would lead to multiple editions of a landmark commentary. In the words of one contemporary, the important second edition published in 1922 was a “bomb that fell on the playground of the theologians.” This book was so revolutionary that it catapulted Barth to the top rungs of the German academy, landing him a professorship in Göttingen. From here he would go on to teach at Münster, Bonn, and—after being expelled from Germany by the Nazis—Basel, where he would spend the rest of his career and write the bulk of the nearly-9,000-page Church Dogmatics.

Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics

The Church Dogmatics unfolds the same insight as the commentary on Romans—that revelation, the sovereign act of God, occurs outside of and in spite of all human possibilities. Through the study of, in particular, Luther, Reformed Christology, and Anselm’s Proslogion, Barth found the tools at his disposal to build a theological system on the objective reality of God in the incarnate Christ. Thus “in Christ”—applied to both God and human beings—is the method and the content of the 13 part-volumes of the Church Dogmatics. So not only due to his contemporary influence, but because Barth refuses to take as given anything other than Immanuel, “God for us,” Barth’s theology is continually solidifying its status as a classic.

This method of building a theological system engages Barth in lengthy scriptural exegesis, engagement with all strands of Western Christian theology, and critical interactions with modern philosophy. And since Barth sees true human existence in Jesus Christ, ethics is never treated as ancillary to theological reflection; in the Church Dogmatics, themes like prayer, sanctification, and other issues central to Christian discipleship figure quite prominently. There is something here for everyone—the student, the preacher, or even the accomplished scholar.

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As part of our Back to School Sale, you can pick up a copy of Barth’s classic Church Dogmatics for just $379.95 (with coupon code B2SBarth). Check out Barth and all the other amazing deals we have on sale for our Back to School Sale.

Win an iPad and a Base Package from the Glorious Ruin Tour!

The Glorious Ruin Tour, featuring Tullian Tchividjian, kicks off September 20 in Fort Worth, Texas. Glorious Ruin, Tchividjian’s latest book, looks into the gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you.

Glorious Ruin is now available for pre-order on Vyrso.com.

“Why then do we suffer? Why does God allow so much of it? What, if anything, are we supposed to learn through it? And, most importantly, when will it end? Nothing forces us to confront the deeper questions of life quite like suffering. Nothing makes us face the gnawing emptiness inside more nakedly. Nothing confirms our suspicion more powerfully that this is not how things are supposed to be.” —Tullian Tchividjian

Thanks to Logos’ ecosystem of related resources, Glorious Ruin will connect to relevant titles in your digital library, deepening its themes and references. You’ll read it on the go with the Logos, Vyrso, or Faithlife mobile app. And as always, you’ll be able to read on the web with Biblia.com.

To pre-order Glorious Ruin, visit Vyrso.com today!

To mark Glorious Ruin’s launch, Logos has teamed up with David C. Cook to bring you an awesome chance to win a copy. If chosen, you’ll also win a brand-new third-generation iPad equipped with a Logos Silver Library! This giveaway will run through the last date of the 2012 leg of the Glorious Ruin Tour, November 8. The winner will be announced Monday, November 12.

 


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Free Book of the Month: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts

“Blest are the humble souls that see their emptiness and poverty; Treasures of grace to them are giv’n, and crowns of joy laid up in heav’n.”—Isaac Watts

The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts is September’s Free Book of the Month!

Isaac Watts (1674–1748) was an English hymnist and theologian. Recognized as the “Father of English Hymnody,” he wrote over 500 hymns, including “Joy to the World” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

As a young boy, Watts began to write poems and hymns to delight his mother. He received an excellent education as a child and then studied at the nonconformist academy at Stoke Newington. After completing his education, Watts began to write hymns. The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts puts all his beloved hymns at your fingertips.

You can get Watts’ book free through the end of September, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 14-volume Works of Isaac Watts collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page now to download your free book and enter the giveaway!

Experience the Biblical Story with Rich Media

Sometimes all it takes for an idea to really click is a strong visual representation. Infographics make information more accessible, engaging, and memorable. That’s why the Faithlife Study Bible supplements its study notes with stunning images, videos, and infographics of biblical places and artifacts.

When we talk about infographics, we’re not talking about pie charts and bar graphs. We’re talking about dynamic, colorful graphic art that brings the Bible’s information to life.

The Faithlife Study Bible gives you:

  • Infographics—See the Bible’s story with over 120 infographics, timelines, and tables.
  • Photos—Get to know biblical locales, including Israel, Greece, and Turkey, with over 240 pictures.
  • Videos—Visit the Bible’s setting with over 35 videos.

We’re never done building the Faithlife Study Bible’s study notes and infographics. We’ll be adding rich media and study materials to the FSB all the time!

You can get the Faithlife Study Bible absolutely free through March, 2014.

Win a Scholar’s Library from Faithlife!

Enter now and you could win a Scholar’s Library base package from Faithlife. This grand prize will add more than 475 books and commentaries—worth nearly $8,000 in print—to your library. When you combine the Scholar’s Library with the powerful Faithlife Study Bible, you have the raw materials for profound Bible study. Enter now!

An Interview with Joel B. Green, Editor of the NICNT

One of the best resources in Logos’ Back to School Sale is the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT). Until now, you could only get the NICNT as part of the complete New International Commentary series. Now we’re thrilled to offer the NICNT at the incredible price of $679.95 (with code B2SNICNT)So thrilled, in fact, that we asked the NICNT’s editor—Dr. Joel B. Green of Fuller Seminary in Pasadena—if he would be so kind as to answer a few questions about the NICNT’s history and what goes into publishing a volume in this time-honored series.

How long has the NICNT been in existence?

The NICNT was begun in the late 1940s by an international team of scholars within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

What makes the NICNT such a popular New Testament Commentary?

Several reasons come to mind. First, although the commentaries are based on the Greek text, they don’t assume much familiarity with Greek among their readers. This makes for a scholarly yet widely accessible resource. Second, our commentaries are urged to comment on the biblical text itself, rather than provide a running dialogue with secondary literature. Of course, our commentators interact with other New Testament scholarship, but this critical engagement is carried out in the footnotes. Third, these commentaries are concerned with scholarly New Testament study in the service of the church. Our first audience isn’t the biblical studies academy, but pastors, students, and other church leaders. As a result, volumes in the NICNT put critically engaged, evangelical scholarship on display.

Commentary series have different guidelines that authors must abide by when writing a volume—word-count restrictions, confessional constraints, etc. Does the NICNT have any specific guidelines that your authors must work within?

Someone has referred to the current problem of “commentary bloat,” and the evidence is on our shelves, virtual or otherwise, with the presence of ever-larger and multivolume studies. There’s a place for that kind of exposition and scholarly interaction, but it doesn’t represent the aims of the NICNT. Most people don’t have the time to read 50–75 pages on a single pericope as they prepare for Sunday’s sermon or Thursday’s Bible study. As a result, we want single-volume commentaries of a manageable size. How this works out depends on the book in question and the challenges it presents. For example, when I was writing the NICNT on the Gospel of Luke, I needed to keep in mind that I could average no more than about 14 words of commentary for every word Luke wrote. Gordon Fee’s commentary on Philippians—well, he had considerably more space with which to work! Authors chosen for the NICNT have no confessional statements to sign, but are selected from within the larger evangelical family. F. F. Bruce, of course, was associated with the Open Brethren Church, while Gordon Fee is ordained in the Assemblies of God. I myself belong to the Wesleyan tradition and am ordained in The United Methodist Church. The list goes on to include a variety of scholars from a variety of ecclesial backgrounds, all of whom are committed to classical Christian faith.

You are now the fourth person to serve as NICNT editor. The previous two, F. F. Bruce and Gordon Fee, each wrote, like you, at least one volume in the NICNT. How does contributing to the series help you now that you’re the NICNT editor?

Bruce and Fee each wrote multiple volumes in the series and in this way helped to give the series its shape. Interestingly, the guidelines for the series that have been passed from editor to editor don’t do a lot to give the series its focus. The best advice I received from Fred Bruce when he asked me to write the NICNT on Luke was “Do it like this, but don’t do it like that . . .” Having written for the series, then, gives one a keener sense of what is needed and what temptations need to be resisted.

If you had to choose one NICNT volume as your favorite, or one that best represents the series as a whole, which would you choose?

That’s a tough question. On the one hand, I’ve often thought of Gordon Fee’s commentary on 1 Corinthians as the “standard” for evangelical commentary: clearly written, eminently readable, a model of exegesis in the service of the biblical text, biblical interpretation for the church. Among my favorites, though, would be R. T. France’s volume on Matthew, which represents decades of intimacy with Matthew’s Gospel, with his mature reflections on this Gospel evident on every page.

The series has been ongoing for many years. When and how is a decision made to replace an older volume in the NICNT?

A couple of factors guide our thinking. First, of course, a commentary can become dated in terms of the sorts of questions it seeks to answer. Second, our audience—pastors, students, and other Christian leaders—tell us that a replacement is needed as they find other commentaries more helpful. This could lead to a revised edition or to a replacement volume.

What new volumes should we look for over the next couple of years?

The most recent volume is Gareth Cockerill’s work on Hebrews, the appearance of which we continue to celebrate. Looking to the near horizon, we anticipate a revised edition of Gordon Fee’s work on 1 Corinthians, and replacement volumes on the Gospel of Mark (by Rikki Watts) and Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (by David deSilva).

Now is your opportunity to get the NICNT on sale during our Back to School Sale. While you’re there, check out all the other amazing deals we have on the NICOT, BECNT, Barth’s Church Dogmatics, and more!

Let Lexham Do Your Research Legwork!

The Lexham Bible Guides resolve your love-hate relationship with research. They summarize your books’ content and organize it in an easy-to-follow format, giving you the direction to begin your study. These guides help you do better Bible research, faster. And with your time savings and the guides’ prebuilt slides for key words and slide templates, they make it easy to share what you’ve learned.

The Lexham Bible Guides are complete Bible guides reimagined for the digital age. Hybrids between handbook-type commentaries and annotated bibliographies, they build on the technological resources available only in Logos. Written from the ground up to take full advantage of Logos’ platform, these guides link to relevant, curated content in your Logos library.

With the Lexham Bible Guides, a team of professional researchers takes care of your basic research work for you. The guides annotate top scholars’ differing opinions, summarize major views, and present the Bible’s content simply and elegantly. You’ll find content you surely know about and plenty of content you’ve never heard of—some opinions you’ll agree with and others you won’t, but either way, you’ll learn faster than ever before.

Imagine taking all of Logos’ books on Genesis 1–11, finding the most important content, and then organizing the information in a survey format. Then imagine highlighting key elements, like important words and historical/archaeological findings. Add visuals to make presenting the information simple, combine those efforts with the world’s most advanced Bible software, and you have the Lexham Bible Guides.

The Lexham Bible Guides do the heavy research lifting for you, so you’ll have time to focus on what you do best. Let us provide the platform for you to go deeper when you have time, or the basics when you need a quick overview.

Check out these examples!

Genesis 1–11:

Ephesians:

Discover a better way to do research. Pre-order Genesis 1–11 or Ephesians for the Lexham Bible Guide series at a special low price!

Stanley Hauerwas: Time Magazine’s Choice for America’s Best Theologian

Stanley Hauerwas, preeminent theologian and Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, is one of the best-regarded theologians alive today. A protégé of John Howard Yoder, Hauerwas takes his theological platform into the interdenominational conversation. Engaging with the theologies of Karl Barth and Hans Wilhelm Frei, Hauerwas brings lively discourse into the realm of contemporary theology. If you’re interested in cutting-edge theological trends, you can’t afford to be unaware of Stanley Hauerwas.

A Nonviolent Faith

John Howard Yoder’s influence can be found throughout Hauerwas’ theology. Hauerwas’ political-theological ideology, as well as his call for peace in a warlike nation, will challenge your ideas about war and nationalism. In Performing the Faith: Bonhoeffer and the Practice of Nonviolence, Hauerwas presents Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a voice for nonviolence. In War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity, Hauerwas shows how American national identity is often at odds with American faith. How did C. S. Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. live out their faith in days of social upheaval and war? How did they distinguish between national identity and their identity in Christ?

Postliberal Theology and You

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this collection is Hauerwas’ investigation into the emerging postliberal theology (or narrative theology). At the forefront of this theology is Hauerwas himself, whose work draws from, and identifies with, many interdenominational perspectives, challenging those who walk all manner of Christian disciplines to consider the ecclesiology of a cross-centered church. Is there a harmony between evangelical Protestantism and Roman Catholicism? How has this theology arisen from Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, and Anglicans, and what does this mean for the rest of us? With the Grain of the Universe is where Hauerwas brought this discussion to the table; now see how it has advanced with Hauerwas’ latest, Postliberal Theology and the Church Catholic.

Discover for yourself why Time magazine named Hauerwas “America’s Best Theologian. Snatch up this excellent collection while it’s still on sale in Pre-Pub.

4 More Days to Download August’s Free Book!

If you’ve been downloading the Free Books of the Month since the promotion started, you’ve added eight new titles to your library by now—a $125+ value! You’ve also had eight chances to win entire collections from each of the authors.

If this is the first you’ve heard of Free Book of the Month, don’t worry. There’s still four days to pick up August’s free book: The Epistle to the Hebrews by Brooke Foss Westcott.

Westcott, a British bishop, biblical scholar, and theologian, served as bishop of Durham from 1890 until his death in 1901. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he graduated in 1848. Staying on at Trinity, he obtained his fellowship in 1849 and was ordained as deacon and priest. He went on to receive honorary degrees from Oxford (1881) and Edinburgh (1883).

He was the author of numerous works, including four volumes in the fourteen-volume Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament, which you can enter to win now at August’s Free Book of the Month page.

If you haven’t downloaded August’s Free Book of the Month, get it now. And while you’re at it, enter to win the Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament, worth nearly $200!

Save on Walter Brueggemann While You Still Can!

Many of you have asked for it, and now it’s finally here! The Walter Brueggemann Collection, which contains 24 of Walter Brueggemann’s most famous works, has arrived on Pre-Pub, and it’s on special discount for the next eight days only!

Who Is Walter Brueggemann?

Renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann is one of modern America’s most prominent theologians. He challenges readers to consider the messages of the Old Testament as more relevant than the philosophies and ideas we struggle with today—postmodernism, agnosticism, consumerism. On this ground, few scholars have brought the Old Testament into contemporary relevance as cleanly as Brueggemann. His research is at the intersection of philosophy and sociology, where he explores the societies and communities of ancient Israel and how their religious beliefs and practices shaped the world around them.

If you don’t have Walter Brueggemann in your library, then it’s time to wipe the dust off your keyboard and dive into contemporary Old Testament scholarship! Some of his chief works in this collection include:

Prophecy, Poetry, and Psalms

One of the defining characteristics of Brueggemann’s exposition is his love for the prophetic nature of the Old Testament as found in unexpected and overlooked places, such as 1 & 2 Samuel, Psalms, and the Pentateuch. The prophetic hope—that one day a Savior might come and redeem Israel—permeates Scripture, and Brueggemann has left no Ebenezer unturned in his exegetical search for this Redeemer.

His research will lead you through the Psalms, where he sets new paths for exploring theology and evangelism. This collection contains no fewer than three of his works on the Psalms, and any one of them might surprise you—his passion for prayer, praise, and poetry shines through his exegesis, as though having the same purpose as the Psalms themselves. In fact, we included some books on Brueggemann’s prayers and his early thoughts on the poetry and artistry of preaching the Gospel.

This low price on Walter Brueggemann won’t last!

The low price of $299.95—it would cost you nearly $600 to buy all 24 books in printwill go up September 5, so pre-order while the collection is at the lowest price!