12 Days of Logos—the Deals are Back!

The 12 Days of Logos has returned with a dozen amazing deals for a dozen days!

The 12 Days of Logos brings huge discounts on one product per day for 12 consecutive weekdays. Starting yesterday and running through December 21, we’ll be posting a new deal every Monday–Friday on 12DaysofLogos.com. Tremendous savings are in store, so check back each day for a new deal!

Today’s 12 Days deal features The New Unger’s Bible Handbook at 35% off. Regularly $39.99, you can grab this resource at the 12 Days price of $25.95 using coupon code 12Days201102. The New Unger’s Bible Handbook is an invaluable tool for studying the Scripture and is full of helpful illustrations, photographs, and charts. It includes commentary on each book of the Bible along with an outline and historical background. And for the 12 Days price of just $25.95, there’s no better time than today to add The New Unger’s Bible Handbook to your library.

There are 10 more deals on the way for the 12 Days of Logos, and you won’t want to miss any of them! Sign up for daily reminders or subscribe to the RSS feed today!

Perseus and the Greek Background of the New Testament

On September 30 we released over 1,700 free books in the seven Perseus collections. With all the collections available for free download, a lot of people are asking “How can I use Perseus for Bible study?”

Dr. David Instone-Brewer, Senior Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament for Tyndale House, recently published an informative article on the combined efficacy of Perseus and Logos 4 in studying the Greek context of the New Testament.

“The combination in Logos of the Perseus material and the Duke Databank of Papyri makes this Logos collection more useful for NT research than any other collection of Greek literature,” says Dr. Instone-Brewer. “In my opinion, the Logos implementation of Perseus is now the best tool available for studying classical Greek background of the Bible.”

In the article, Dr. Instone-Brewer digs into the submission of women in the New Testament, and how to study this topic using Scripture alongside Greek classical literature from the Perseus collections.

The Perseus Collections are free, so if you haven’t downloaded them yet, download all seven collections today!

Do you have a favorite resource in the Perseus Collections? Leave us a comment and let us know which one and what you like about it!

Don’t Miss Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible on Community Pricing!

The time to save on the Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.), is growing short. There’s only a short amount of time left before it leaves Community Pricing, so place your bid today to get in on this limited-time low price!

Editor and biblical scholar James Hastings, who also edited the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels, and the one-volume Dictionary of the Bible, put together this 4,500 page reference work. Hastings Dictionary of the Bible has writings and analyses from over 150 scholars and discusses more than 1,500 terms, making this a valuable resource to any Bible student.

The first four volumes each contain 900 pages of definitions of people, places, terms, and ideas like Abraham, education, jealousy, Kingdom of God, Palestine, plagues, the Sadducees, and hundreds more. The fifth volume includes helpful maps, articles, and indexes to support the other volumes in this collection.

The Dictionary of the Bible is searchable by subject, and with over 1,500 terms to research, it’s sure to enrich your Logos library tremendously.

Be sure to place your bid today and get this great deal!

An Interview with Dr. William Varner

Dr. William Varner’s To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary on James is now available on Pre-Pub. I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. Varner at this year’s Evangelical Theological Society’s meeting in San Francisco to ask him a few questions about his new commentary on James.

Logos: Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions Dr. Varner. Could you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

Dr. Varner: I was saved at the age of 17, did my undergraduate work at Bob Jones University, and then went on to receive my M.Div. and Th.M. (NT) at Biblical Seminary in PA. Along the way I also picked up an M.A. in Judaic studies at Dropsie College and an Ed.D. in theological education from Temple University. I teach at the Master’s College in Santa Clarita and I also pastor the Sojourners Fellowship at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.

Logos: How did this devotional commentary on James come to fruition?

Dr. Varner: Last winter I published a technical commentary on the Greek text of James. It was aimed at scholars and developed a discourse analysis perspective on the book. By the way, it is also available through Logos! The flock of three hundred folks that I pastor was mostly unable to benefit from the commentary due to its technical, linguistic nature. So I began posting on my blog some practical comments on James based on my research, but not expressing the ideas in technical language. I then edited those posts, added some new material, and also added a personal prayer after each section. Logos liked the idea and the rest is history.

Logos: What makes To Love God and to Love Others different from traditional commentaries on James?

Dr. Varner: Only that I try to work harder at applying the practical message of James even more than good traditional commentaries. Pastors and teachers can also utilize the comments since they are presented in outline “sermonic” form. Because James uses so much of the teaching of Jesus, it was easy to come up with the title, To Love God and Others, since Jesus uses such a “creed” to summarize the OT (Matt 22:37-39). James does the same, with a strong dose of our horizontal love to others. But he does not neglect our vertical love to God either. There is more theology in James than many realize. He is not just a moralist. His ethics are theologically grounded.

Logos: How can one incorporate your devotional commentary into their daily Bible study?

Dr. Varner: The reader can work through the sections of James one at a time, say six days a week, and finish the book in about five weeks. I have included the entire English text of James, so you can read a passage of 4-5 verses, and then read my devotional comments. Finally—and this is something that a commentary rarely does—I append a brief personal prayer at the end of each section where I try to formulate the truths in that passage into the petitions of the prayer. I try to follow the old three step approach: observe, interpret, apply.

Logos: Do you have any other writings on James forthcoming?

Dr. Varner: I am glad you asked. I am presently finishing work on another exegetical commentary on James, to be included in the series called the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. It is about twice as long as the discourse commentary that I previously mentioned and probably 10 times longer than the devotional commentary. I might add that Logos is sponsoring the publication of this significant set of commentaries on the entire Bible. I think that mine will be the second New Testament volume to appear.

Logos: Thanks Dr. Varner for taking the time to answer some questions.

If you want to get To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary at the amazing Pre-Pub price of $6.95 make sure you place your order soon.

This Is Your Last Chance for Black Friday Savings!

Putting together the 2011 Black Friday sale has been a blast! We truly enjoy coming up with fun events that allow our users to save big on valuable resources. Unfortunately, the time to take advantage of these colossal deals is swiftly coming to an end. The Black Friday 2011 deals end tonight, November 28, at midnight (PST)!

But It’s Not Too Late!

The Black Friday Master Bundle

There is still time to purchase the hefty Black Friday Master Bundle. For only $999.95, you can own this 160-volume collection and save yourself over 85%!

You will get books by today’s top scholars:

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! If you were to buy all these books in print, you would spend over $6,400. Even if you bought these books on Logos.com any other week of the year, you would have to pay more than $4,000. If you pick them up before midnight tonight, you get them for only $999.95—that’s a huge savings!

Enormous Deals on Popular Picks!

We are offering twelve of our most popular titles and collections at their lowest prices ever. It isn’t too late to find some phenomenal deals on titles like:

3 Additional Bundles

If you’re interested in particular titles from the colossal Black Friday Master Bundle, you can also take advantage of smaller bundles focused on the Old Testament, New Testament, and Bible reference. Each bundle contains dozens of bestsellers at around 80% off their list prices.

But That’s Not All!

Take advantage of the time that remains to go to Logos.com/BlackFriday and enter to win $250 in Logos cash! We will have 5 winners, there is no purchase necessary, and you can enter multiple times! Imagine the things you could get at Logos for $250—wow!

The time to save big on our Black Friday deals is running out. At midnight tonight, all of these sales come to an end. So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of these incredible offers while there’s still time!

Save Almost 85% with the Black Friday Master Bundle

When we put the Black Friday Master Bundle together, we created a collection of genuine value. We pulled together some of our best content: new releases, standard reference sets, bestsellers, and top commentaries and are offering it at one rock-bottom price.

Big Savings

For only $995.95, you get 157 volumes of top-shelf resources. If you were to buy all these books in print, you would spend over $6,400. Even if you bought these books on Logos.com any other week of the year, you would have to pay more than $4,000. But you can get every book in this collection for almost 85% off through Monday, November 28!

Powerful Resources

What kinds of collections will you find in the Black Friday Master Bundle? Well, you can find resources like:

If you were to buy these 5 collections alone from Logos.com you would spend more than $1,049— that’s $49.05 more than the cost of the Black Friday Master Bundle! With the Master Bundle you get these incredible collections plus 109 more volumes! That’s a lot of additional content for virtually nothing!

Take Advantage of Logos Payment Plans

We know that some of our users have a strict book purchasing budget. With the interest-free Logos Payment Plan, you can pick up the Black Friday Master Bundle for about $88 a month. Simply select the  Payment Plan option at checkout and keep your Black Friday purchase within your book budget.

Don’t forget, we have other Black Friday sales happening!

3 Additional Bundles

If you are interested in particular titles from the colossal Black Friday Master Bundle, you can also take advantage of smaller bundles focused on the Old Testament, New Testament, and Bible Reference. Each bundle contains dozens of bestsellers at around 80% off their list prices.

Lowest Prices Ever on Our Top Collections

In addition to the special Black Friday bundles, we’ve also taken twelve of our top products and marked them at steep discounts. So while you are picking up Black Friday bundles, you can still find some phenomenal deals on our top books and collections at the lowest prices we’ve ever offered.

Don’t Forget, You Can Enter to Win Logos Cash!

Head over to Logos.com/BlackFriday and enter to win. There is no purchase necessary, and you could end up with $250 in Logos cash to spend on even more great resources!

Act Soon, These Prices Won’t Last

All of our Black Friday prices end Monday, November 28! So act quickly, and take advantage of some of the best deals we have ever offered on these resources.

Black Friday 2011: Don’t Miss This Sale!

Are you looking for some Black Friday bargains? Look no further! We have sales on bundles, collections, and base packages running through Monday, November 28!

But that’s not all! We are also giving away $250 in Logos cash to 5 winners! Keep reading for details on how to enter.

Black Friday Bundles

We have created 4 amazing Black Friday bundles for you:

The Black Friday Master Bundle (160 vols.)

This is the largest bundle and the best deal we’re offering for Black Friday. But this deal is only available during this sale—after Monday, the price goes up.

The Black Friday Master Bundle is packed with new releases, standard reference sets, bestsellers, top commentaries, and more. We pulled together some of the best content we have and are offering them at one incredible price.

You’ll get books by today’s top scholars:

These are only a few of the names available in the Black Friday Master Bundle’s 160 volumes. With the Black Friday Master Bundle, you get an entire bookshelf full of top-quality resources for you digital library!

Incredible Savings!

If you were to buy all these books in print, you would spend over $6,400. Even if you bought these books on Logos.com any other week of the year, you would have to pay more than $4,000. Now you can get the Black Friday bundle for only $999.95. That’s saving over 85%! But this sale is only good through Monday, November 28.

3 More Black Friday Bundles!

We broke the Black Friday Master Bundle into 3 smaller bundles:

  • The Black Friday New Testament Bundle (50 vols.): $329.95—80% off
  • The Black Friday Reference Bundle (38 vols.): $399.95—81% off
  • The Black Friday Old Testament Bundle (72 vols.):  $499.95—82% off

If you’ve been considering getting only a few of the books in the collection, you can spring for one of the smaller Black Friday bundles instead. For example:

  • The JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection is $379.95 by itself, or for $120 more, you can get the The Black Friday Old Testament Bundle which features the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection—and 63 additional books.
  • The 5-volume Encyclopedia of Christianity is $349.95 by itself, or for only $50 more, you can get the The Black Friday Reference Bundle, which includes the Encyclopedia of Christianityplus 32 additional reference works!

These bundles feature incredible savings, but remember the Black Friday Master Bundle is going to get you the most material at the best possible price. With the Black Friday Master Bundle, you will save over $200 off the price of all the other bundles together.

Enormous Deals on Popular Picks!

As if that wasn’t enough, we are offering rock-bottom pricing on some of our most popular collections. This weekend you can save big on collections like:

15% Off of Base Packages

Last, but certainly not least, buy any of our base packages at 15% off using the coupon code SAVE15. Logos base packages are still the best deals. With a base package, you get the most resources at the greatest possible value already—and that’s before you take another 15% off the price!

Enter to Win a $250 Logos Cash!

Yes, you read that right. We are going to give a $250 Logos cash to 5 winners! 

You don’t have to spend a thing to get your name in the drawing! Simply head over to Logos.com/BlackFriday to enter.

Take a look at the great deals we are offering at Logos.com/BlackFriday. We’re pretty sure you’ll be as excited as we are. And remember to enter our huge giveaway while you’re there. You could be one of the 5 people with $250 Logos cash!

Logos Teams Up with Zondervan for a #DailyDeal

This Daily Deal Has Expired! Keep Following Us on Twitter for More Daily Deals!

Those of you that follow us on Twitter know that our #DailyDeal program features a special 50% off deal every day of the week.

Today we are partnering with Zondervan to feature 1001 Illustrations that Connect, a powerful resource for preachers, teachers, and writers. Now you can add this collection of powerful illustrations—culled from Christianity Today‘s popular website Preaching Today.com—to your Logos 4 resources for 50% off using the coupon code DD5423 !

Make Sure You Don’t Miss Out on Future #DailyDeals!

After you pick up 1001 Illustrations that Connect,  make sure you get all of the great deals we have coming your way!

Here’s how:

  1. You’ll want to follow us on Twitter. You’ll need a Twitter account, or you can import our Twitter feed into a reader via RSS.
  2. Watch our Twitter feed each weekday, and keep an eye out for the “#DailyDeals” hashtag. This marks a 50% off, one-day-only sale!
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Share #DailyDeals with Your Friends!

Sharing these great deals with your friends and followers is really easy! Simply click ‘retweet’ so all of your friends on Twitter can get in on the deal, too!

So pick up your copy of 1001 Illustrations that Connect  at 50% off, and  make sure you check out tomorrow’s #DailyDeal!

A Case for Theological Journals

If you have spent any amount of time doing serious Bible study or research you have inevitably run into references to articles contained in theological journals. These journals are on the cutting edge of biblical scholarship, containing fresh research, insight into key theological topics, and exegesis of the Biblical text.

But too often when you want to take your studies further, you find that these journals are housed in some far-off Bible college or university. And if you wanted to order a subscription to a specific journal you’ll soon find that you may have to put off eating for a month–some of these journals can cost well over a hundred dollars for just four issues! But do not despair! With the Theological Journal Library, vol. 14 now on Pre-Pub, Logos has brought those distant libraries filled with theological journals right into the comfort of your own home.

The Need for Theological Journals

Where a Bible commentary may take up to 10 years or more to be published, journal articles tend to be published more quickly. Also, with commentaries there is often a set page limit that constrains the author to stick to the big picture while theological journals step in and go deeper into textual issues.

This freedom keeps theological journals on the cutting edge of scholarship. Often this scholarship is more specialized, focusing on issues of grammar, cultural background, or theology of a particular passage or passages of Scripture. Having access to theological journals in your Logos library is like bringing a research library into your personal place of study and allowing you to study the Bible in a more enriching manner.

Theological Journals in Logos 4

If you are a Logos user, then you know how incredible it is to have a software program that searches your entire library in a matter of seconds. In the same way you search the Bible for a particular word, phrase, or verse, you can also just as quickly search through your theological journals for any reference or verse. And when you click on a Scripture reference in your journal, Logos quickly navigates to that Bible verse. This speeds up your study and gives you more time to research—and who doesn’t want that?

Considering the amount of scholarship contained in theological journals and the speed and power of Logos 4, Theological Journal Library, vol. 14 is an invaluable addition to your library. And with the incredible Pre-Pub price of $49.95, now is the time to add it to your library and take your Bible study to an even deeper level.  And while you’re at it, check out some of these other journals that Logos has to offer!

Apostolic Fathers: Clement’s Use of the Bible

More Information on the Apostolic Fathers InterlinearOne reason I wanted to make the Apostolic Fathers Interlinear was because the writers of these documents used the Old Testament, New Testament, and even some portions of apocryphal/deuterocanonical books. These guys knew Scripture, and they used Scripture (and some related writings) in their writings.

Clement of Rome (First Clement is attributed to him, Second Clement is traditionally attributed to him though most today do not view Clement as its author) is exceptional in his use of the OT and NT. He uses large portions of Scripture to the point where they can even be useful for text-critical purposes. Did you know that 1Clem 18 is a quotation of Psalm 51, and that it largely reflects the text of the Septuagint as we have it today? And that there is a large chunk of Isaiah 53 in 1Clem 16? And that Clement also quotes from Proverbs and even Job? And that some portions sound like they’re coming straight from Hebrews (e.g. 1Clem 36) and that he probably has familiarity with some of Paul’s epistles—especially First Corinthians?

Further, there is a simply incredible prayer in 1Clem 59–61. You have to read it. Really. And trust me, it reads even better if you read it aloud!

And let’s not forget Second Clement (also known as “An Early Christian Homily”) which is essentially a sermon that uses portions of Isaiah 54 as its primary text. This is the earliest Christian sermon available outside of the New Testament, and  you can read it. Really! And it is awesome from its very start.

New Testament in the Apostolic FathersThis is all well and good, but why an interlinear and not a translation if I’m interested in folks really using this stuff? Well, I wanted to make something that folks who had some Greek and who find themselves using lexicons like BDAG could use to help them into the Greek text of this secondary material. Something people could search for Greek words and phrases, and see how they were used outside of the New Testament. Working on the Apostolic Fathers Interlinear was a lot of work, but it was also incredibly rewarding. I hope you’ll find it similarly helpful in your studies.

Here’s an extra bonus tip: If you’re interested in the Apostolic Fathers’ use of the New Testament, Logos has a neat book published in the early 1900′s called The New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers.  This book lists possible quotations and allusions to the New Testament in most of the works of the Apostolic Fathers (Barnabas, Didache, I Clement, Ignatius, Polycarp, Hermas, and II Clement). It is very helpful for looking into possible use of the NT in the Apostolic Fathers.