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Why the Apostolic Fathers Are Helpful

So why would someone bother spending their time making an interlinear of something that isn’t part of the canon, like the Apostolic Fathers Greek-English Interlinear?

As I wrote in a previous post (The Importance of Historical Context), there came a point in my walk as a Christian where I realized that historical context is important. But it isn’t just historical context, it is context of all sorts. One area where I have found benefit is in linguistic similarity. That is, similarity of words, grammar and turns of phrase. In the scope of extant material in Greek, the New Testament is relatively small. Things that seem unique, out of place or unexpected in the New Testament suddenly become easier to explain amongst a wider linguistic milieu.

One instance that illustrates this is something that happened to me a few years back. Being convinced that really digging into writings contemporary with the NT would help me understand the NT better, I embarked on a study of First Timothy, stopping at just about every phrase, and looking up similar instances outside the New Testament, in stuff like Josephus, Philo, the Septuagint and the Apostolic Fathers.

At the time, I was working on 1 Timothy 4.16: “Take pains with yourself and your teaching, persist in them: for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.” The language at the end of the verse seemed a little weird to me, both the sound of it and the possible ways to interpret it. So I began to dig in lexicons and commentaries, looking for citations. I didn’t have to dig too far. I found examples of similar language in the Apostolic Fathers — here are two examples:

And I do not think that I have given unimportant advice about self control. Whoever does it will not regret it, but also will save himself and I who advise him. For it is no small reward to return a wandering and perishing soul to salvation. (2Cl 15.1)

So then, brothers and sisters, with the God of truth, I am reading to you a request to pay attention to what is written, that you may save both yourselves and your reader. For the reward I ask you to repent with your whole heart, giving yourselves salvation and life. For having done this, we will set a goal for all the younger ones who desire to devote themselves to the piety and the goodness of God. (2Cl 19.1)

So, this idea about actions having an effect upon somebody and someone they were in some sort of relationship with isn’t an unknown idea, and these usages (and others!) outside of the NT show a similar conception. This doesn’t change our understanding of 1 Ti 4.16; it shows it that the idea of “both yourself and your hearers” is not a new thought, and that folks would likely pick it up just fine.

As I’ve worked through the Greek text of the Apostolic Fathers preparing the interlinear, I also added over 1300 notes, many of them cross-references to the OT and NT, so that reference searching in Logos would bring you right to relevant passages. If you reference search the Apostolic Fathers Greek-English Interlinear for 1 Ti 4.16, you’ll find the above two references (and two more that actually talk about condemnation instead of salvation).

But now, the work is done, and we’re very close to shipping it—on or around Oct 13, 2011. The retail price for the interlinear is $49.95; the price during this Pre-Pub period is less ($29.95 at time of posting). So if this kind of stuff interests you, then sign up for the Pre-Pub!

On Pre-Pub: The Missional Theology Collection

Missions are an important facet of the church’s participation in the gospel. Sharing the powerful message of divine reconciliation across cultures and language barriers is an integral part of Christian obedience. Jesus himself charged the church with the task of going to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19).

Missions require planning and effort. Learning to share the message in a relevant way, in an unfamiliar language, is a herculean task requiring some cultural, anthropological, methodological, and sociological understanding.

If your library could use quality books on mission related concerns, look no further than the Missional Theology Collection. This fifteen-volume collection of books from Paternoster Press offers nearly 4,000 pages of missions oriented material discussed from a distinctly twenty-first-century perspective.

In this collection you will:

  • gain understanding of the origins and spread of liberation theology
  • examine the biblical practice of using discipleship as an effective model for teaching attitudes, values, and behavior
  • challenge some misconceptions about Latin American evangelical theology
  • explore ideas for effectively engaging diverse cultures in areas like creative art, literature, politics, science, and business
  • find a critique of Clark Pinnock’s view of inclusivism
  • and much more
This collection is currently on Pre-Pub for over 60% off of the retail price—that’s nearly $300 off! Don’t miss this opportunity to add incredible insight into modern missional theology to your library.

Recommended Commentaries: Numbers

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Numbers Commentaries

We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Leviticus. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Deuteronomy which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Deuteronomy!

Today Is Your Last Chance for Upgrade Discounts

This is your last chance to take advantage of the lowest price on upgrading to Logos 4. If you have been waiting to upgrade to Logos 4—or to a higher base package—our upgrade discounts end at midnight.

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LSJ Receives a Massive Update with the Release of Perseus

The Liddell Scott Greek-English Lexicon (known as LSJ) has been a crucial resource for many Logos users in their Greek studies. Now, with the massive update released last week, LSJ is even better.

What makes LSJ so valuable is that it pulls from a massive pool of literature to help you better understand the Greek words you are studying. LSJ’s sources include the Septuagint, the Greek New Testament, a handful of early Christian literature, and thousands of Greek classics.

In light of the upcoming release of the Perseus Classics Collection, we have tagged nearly 200,000 references to the Greek classics in the Perseus Classics Collection. Now, when reading an entry in this lexicon, you need only hover your cursor over a link, and a popup will show you the context of the resource it’s from. If you right click on the reference, you can go straight to the resource, or even the English translation if it’s available.

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And make sure you check out the other Perseus Collections. You will find key works of Renaissance literature—and literature from early America.

With the whole collection, you get all of these resources added to your library absolutely free! Act fast! Perseus ships September 30, so place your pre-order now!

If you have already ordered the Perseus Classics Collection and do not own a copy of  the Liddell Scott Greek-English Lexicon, pick up your copy of LSJ today!

The Influential Words of Richard Sibbes

Richard Sibbes was one of Puritan England’s most influential theologians. He was ordained in the Church of England, lectured at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, and served as the preacher at Gray’s Inn, one of the most well-known pulpits in London.

While serving at Gray’s Inn, Sibbes grew as a preacher and became very influential among other preachers and theologians.

Sibbes’ thoughts, which influenced the writings of Thomas Goodwin, John Cotton, and others, can be found in The Works of Richard Sibbes (7 vols.). On Pre-Pub now, The Works of Richard Sibbes includes over 3,700 pages of his writings including a commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians, expositions on the Pauline epistles, sermons, a biography on Sibbes, and more.

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“Sibbes never wastes . . . time. He scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands.”—C. H. Spurgeon

“I shall never cease to be grateful to Richard Sibbes, who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil. . . . I found at that time that Richard Sibbes. . . was an unfailing remedy. His books The Bruised Reed and The Soul’s Conflict quieted, soothed, comforted, encouraged, and healed me.”—Martyn Lloyd Jones

“A ‘soul of goodness’ informs every fiber and filament of his thinking…there is not a page without food for the spiritually hungry.”—Rev. Alexander Ballock Grosart

Be sure to take advantage of this great deal while The Works of Richard Sibbes is on Pre-Pub for just $79.95—that’s under $12 per volume!

Are you familiar with the writings of Richard Sibbes? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Recommended Commentaries: Leviticus

Logos Talk’s Recommended Commentary Series highlights some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Leviticus Commentaries

We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Leviticus. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Leviticus which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Numbers!

How the Perseus Classics Collection Can Transform Your Textual Searches in Logos

Last week we discussed five reasons why the Perseus Project is incredible. One reason we highlighted was the value added to your library when doing textual searches.

Here is an example of how to use textual searches with the Perseus Classics Collection to enhance your Bible study:

The deadline for pre-ordering this amazing collection is September 29, 2011. Once we start processing pre-orders on September 30, it will be unavailable and disappear from the website. Get your pre-order in before it’s too late!

Which title in the Perseus collections are you most excited about? Leave us a comment!

New! Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on Philemon Releases Today

A few months ago we released Ezra and Nehemiah, the first volume in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. This afternoon we’ll be releasing Philemon, the second completed commentary in the series.

Philemon is written by Seth M. Ehorn, a doctoral candidate studying New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh. He has written several articles and reviews, and is contributing to the forthcoming Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

If you don’t yet own the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, then this is the perfect time to add it to your library. Not only will you get the already-completed commentaries on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Philemon, but you’ll also automatically receive new volumes every few months as they’re published.

The good news is that if you already own the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, then Philemon will download automatically. There’s nothing extra you need to do to get it—nothing extra to order, nothing you need to update in Logos. It will just work.

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