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Adolf Deissmann and the Greek of the New Testament

There are some works you should just read, particularly if you’re interested in the Greek of the New Testament. Deissmann’s Light from the Ancient East (LAE) is in this category. It is an incredible book, filled with transcriptions, translations, pictures and discussions of how papyri, ostraca and inscriptions (largely those found in garbage heaps) shed light on how we understand the Greek of the New Testament. Pre-Deissmann, many thought that the Greek used in the New Testament was a special sort of Greek; after Deissmann, we realize that non-literary sources teach us a lot about the Greek used in the New Testament. It’s a book that (at least from my perspective) everyone should read. The only collection that contains Light from the Ancient East is the Portfolio collection. If you don’t have Portfolio and LAE sounds interesting, you might want to look into buying Light from the Ancient East as an individual download.
While many of you may already have Deissmann’s Light from the Ancient East (it was one of our first community pricing titles from back in 2005!), did you know that Logos offers other useful books written by Deissmann?
One of them is Bible Studies, which uses the linguistic and cultural insights gleaned from Deissmann’s study of papyri and ostraca and applies them to specific passages of the New Testament. It is a truly useful book, so much so that BDAG frequently cites it by page. And this one isn’t even in Portfolio, so if you don’t already have it, you’ll want to check it out.
We’ve also recently released a two-volume collection of books by Adolf Deissmann, the Adolf Deissmann New Testament Studies Collection. The two titles included are The Philology of the Greek Bible and St. Paul: A Study in Social and Religious History.
The Philology of the Greek Bible is based on lectures Deissmann gave as a visiting scholar at Cambridge in the early 1900′s. The key here is that these lectures are about the Greek Bible, not just the New Testament. They ooze with knowledge from Deissmann’s extensive work with non-literary (i.e. not classical literature, such as Homer, Plato, etc.) sources. The text is easy to read (I read it using Logos on my iPod) and relatively engaging.
I’ve not read St. Paul: A Study in Social and Religious History yet, but hope to fit it into my reading over the next few months. It will be interesting to see how Deissmann applies his knowledge to the study of a person.
Anyway, these are wonderful books, and they really do provide a lot of applied knowledge of the Greek of the New Testament to help us better understand the linguistic and cultural context of the New Testament.

Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges on Pre-Pub!

Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: JudgesOf all the categories of books we feature, commentaries are consistently one of our top sellers. When you stop and consider all of the commentaries that we offer, you want to pay attention to the ones who are regularly strong sellers. The Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.) has been one of our most popular collections at Logos Bible Software. Time and again, customers have shown us that this set of commentaries is an important place for them to draw biblical insights. For users who have the Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.) collection, it is helpful to be kept abreast of new additions to the series.

To this end, we wanted to draw attention to the Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges by Trent C. Butler. This commentary on Judges went live on Pre-Pub January 20, 2011. Within a couple hours it had generated half of the revenue needed to move it from Pre-Pub and into production. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to add this commentary to your Word Biblical Commentary collection while it is on Pre-Pub.

The Word Biblical Commentary series is beloved for its balanced insight into the meanings of the text within the structured framework of biblical theology. This even-handed use of the biblical text is what has made this a wildly popular series for everyone from laymen to educators and ministers. The Word Biblical Commentary series starts with a foundation of solid biblical scholarship and builds upon it a meticulous theological understanding.

If you have the Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.) collection, the only volume you will not have for your set is the Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges by Trent C. Butler. If you do not own any of the Word Biblical Commentary series then the Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges is a great place to start. You can pick it up today at the special Pre-Pub price and—once you realize how invaluable it is—you will soon be picking up the entire set.

Free Book—Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne

Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne Logos Bible Software has partnered with Desiring God to provide you with a free book to help you prepare for the 2011 Desiring God National Conference, January 31–February 2, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN.

John Piper’s session will focus on Robert Murray McCheyne. McCheyne (sometimes spelled M’Cheyne) was an influential nineteenth-century Scottish Presbyterian minister and missionary. Although he died of typhus at 29, McCheyne left behind a legacy of writings which revealed a depth and piety beyond his years.

McCheyne is also known for the creation of a Bible reading system that is still in use today. The McCheyne Bible reading plan walks you through the New Testament and the Psalms twice over the course of a year, while leading you through the Old Testament once. You can access the McCheyne Reading Plan in Logos 4 and keep track of it online at Biblia.com or on your iPhone and iPad.

To help you prepare for Pastor Piper’s session, and to familiarize yourself with McCheyne, we are giving away a free copy of Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne. You can begin reading it now, or on your iPhone or iPad on your flight or drive to MN.

This biography, written a year after McCheyne’s death, includes a detailed and insightful portrayal of McCheyne’s youth and ministry, providing personal anecdotes, as well as quotes and poems from McCheyne. Written by Andrew Bonar, a close, personal friend of McCheyne’s, this book will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this devoted man of God.

We realize that not everyone will be able to physically attend the Desiring God conference, though many will be following it over the Internet. Instead of restricting this special just to conference attendees, we wanted to extend this offer to everyone—even if you’re not yet a Logos user. Simply head over to our special McCheyne page to download the free resource any time before February 5. And while you are there, be sure to check out The Works of Robert Murray McCheyne (3 vols.), now at the special Pre-Pub price of $69.95. And don’t miss out on our collection of Piper resources, which all feature special conference discounts!

Don’t miss out. All discounts and special prices expire at midnight on February 4, 2011.

Expand Your Horizons with the Global Christianity Collection

Global Christianity

One of my favorite things about traveling abroad is the intriguing, investigative conversations that seem to always take place. Discussing a topic with someone that has a completely different cultural background is often challenging, but most of all, it’s refreshing. Hearing thoughts from another perspective on a topic that to me, seems standard, pushes me to examine it further.

The Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.) lets the reader have this same sort of conversation. This collection provides examinations from experts of diverse cultural and theological backgrounds on historical, social, and theological implications of Christianity within the framework of globalization. The Global Christianity Collection helps locate the meaning and character of Christian theology in a 21st century, global context.

As it becomes increasingly easier to connect and interact with the modern world, both positive and negative opportunities arise. This collection offers insight and information on issues that Christians in the 21st century face and efforts being made to positively impact the situation.

So if you’re looking for ways to address this world that is in a time of economic, social, technological and political interdependence, be sure to check out the Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.). This collection retails at $384.75 but is available on pre-pub for only $79.95!

Today’s guest post is by Deni Avant, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Making a Case for Your Favorite Resource

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Don’t you hate it when you get excited about a new resource on Pre-Pub or Community Pricing only to watch it languish just short of production for weeks or even months?

If you’ve been watching the Pre-Pubs or Community Pricing titles for any amount of time, you’ve seen some great resources that just don’t seem to get the attention or traction they deserve. As much as you want to add them to your library, it may not seem like you can do a whole lot do to help them into production.

That all changed when we added the Facebook “LIKE” buttons to Logos.com.

We do our best to get Logos users the titles they’re looking for. But when these resources stall in the Community Pricing or Pre-Pub phases there’s not much we can do to get them out the door.

That’s why we integrated different social buttons into Logos.com. Every product page now has a “share,” “tweet,” and “email” button. But the easiest to use is the LIKE. No pop-ups or new windows.* Just hit the button to spread the word. The more people that hit “like,” the more Facebook tells other people that it exists.

So take the production process into your own hands. You’ve no doubt had your eye on several Pre-Pub and Community pricing titles that you think everyone should own. So go ahead and make your case to your friends. Just hit the LIKE button to spread the word.

Try it out right now. Let’s see how quickly we can get these titles into production for everyone to take advantage of. Just hit “like.”

See how easy that was? If you think all your friends should take advantage of Logos resources, just head over to our product page and “like” whatever you like.

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Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint (LXX) is Complete!

In December of 2007, we announced the start of our Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint project on this blog.
After three years of work, now we get to announce that the project is finally complete!
The Septuagint (LXX) is big. Bigger than the Hebrew Bible. Over 4 times the size of the New Testament (by word count). Even with multiple contributors, it took a long time to do. But all of the text of Rahlf’s edition of the LXX has been interlinearized, even (and I’m excited about this) the alternate texts.
What are these “alternate texts”? In the print version of Rahlf’s LXX, some chapters of Joshua (15, 18, and 19) as well as Judges, Tobit, Daniel, and the Additions to Daniel (Prayer of Azariah, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon) are presented with split pages, with one edition on the top portion of the page, and another edition on the bottom portion of the page. The Logos edition of the LXX breaks these alternate texts out into their own resources (books) so they can be scrolled with and compared to other texts.
Also, if you’ve been using the ‘beta’ releases of the LXX Interlinear over the past few years, you will have noticed that there were some known issues reported in the front matter. These have all been resolved. Additionally, the LXX Interlinear resources now take full advantage of the Logos 4 Bible datatype, which means that you can refer to an LXX verse with the LXX versification. So Daniel 3.24-90 (LXX) is the Prayer of Azariah, but some traditions do not include it here and instead skip from Dan 3.23 (LXX) to Dan 3.91 (LXX). It will, however, scroll properly with the NRSV, which has the Prayer of Azariah (also known as the “Song of Three Youths”) as a separate book.
The Lexham LXX Interlinear should prove helpful to those who want to read the Greek version of the OT and Apocrypha, and also to those who are doing word studies on words found in the New Testament. Greek lexicons (like BDAG, EDNT, TDNT, and TLNT) routinely cite LXX examples when discussing word meaning and usage. For those whose Greek is rusty, the LXX Interlinear will help one further utilize such examples, and be even more help when examining quotations/allusions to the OT found in the NT.
The LXX is a very important version for students of the Bible (a previous blog post gives some details). The Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint helps to make it more useful to a greater number of people. We hope this tool is helpful to you in your study of the Bible!

Considering Christian Ethics with the Perspectives on Christian Living Collection

The Scriptures provide instruction for how the people of God are called to live. Bridging the gap between the ancient world an our modern one can, at times, be a tricky endeavor. This is where reflections on Christian ethics offer an important contribution to the Christian dialogue.

The Perspectives on Christian Living Collection (9 vols.) offers profound insight into how Christians can negotiate the philosophic and political landscapes of our modern world.

This collection includes:

  • God’s Ways with the World: Thinking and Practising Christian FaithWritten by Daniel Hardy—the former Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton—God’s Ways with the World is devoted to recovering the truth and vitality of Christian faith by attempting to trace the ways of God with the modern world.

    This uncompromising study seeks to help connect theological thought with the landmarks of Christian faith: worship; the Triune God; and the activity of God in the world, in language and cultures, in cosmology and the human being, in society and the form of the Church, and in the forms of human understanding – scientific, historical, cultural, religious and theological.

    “During the last few decades, Daniel Hardy has been a leading contributor to the revival of systematic theology in Britain. These papers provide a conspectus of the range and depth of his thinking, and will long continue to serve as sources of profound insight and understanding.”——Colin E. Gunton, former professor, King’s College, London

  • Friendship: A Way of Interpreting Christian Love
    Liz Carmichael, Chaplain and Tutor in Theology at St. John’s College, Oxford, offers deep reflection on the value of friendship in Christian spirituality.

    “Liz Carmichael recognizes that much of our religious talk about friendship or even love somehow misses the mark and threatens to become abstract. In this wonderful study, she argues, with a wealth of scholarship and experience alike, that friendship is the really radical and transforming category we need to make our hopes concrete and to flesh out love in action, mindful of how Christ himself uses the language of friendship and how theologians have thought about faith and love as friendship with God. This is a treasury of insight and resource.”—Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

  • Christian Ethics in Secular Worlds

    What contribution does the study of Christian ethics offer the secular world? This is the question that Robin Gill, the Michael Ramsay Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Kent, UK, attempts to answer in Christian Ethics in Secular Worlds. Ramsey discusses the development of Christian ethics while dealing with specific dilemmas like biotechnology, AIDS, and nuclear war.

    “As in all his books, Professor Gill combines a wide understanding of complex issues with an attractively readable style. He has provided a valuable antidote to that strand in contemporary Christian ethics based on the assumption that there is some easy and unequivocal route from Biblical faith to wise Christian social and political action.”—John Habgood, Archbishop of York of the Anglican Church

  • Living the Christian Story: The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics

    The aim of this book is to consider and set out a theological basis for Christian ethics in today’s world. Starting with an examination of our world, Colwell considers the impact of Modernism and Post-Modernism on ethics, before going on to explore the Scriptural basis for an authentic Christian ethic. He then asks how this ethic manifests itself in the Church, and considers, finally, how Christian ethics might be coherent and persuasive in contemporary society. Throughout, Colwell uses contemporary dilemmas as illustrations, and interacts with the thought of Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, Stanley Hauerwas and Jonathan Edwards to further illuminate the discussion.

    “What is good about the book is that it seeks to set ethical teaching in broader theological and cultural context than is sometimes the case… I learned a lot…”—Colin E. Gunton, former professor, King’s College, London

Other books in this collection take on such difficult subjects as the Christian response to New Testament community in a modern context, the connection between happiness and benevolence, a look at holiness and the sacrament of worship in a modern context, and much more. Also included is a collection of essays regarding the life and work of two leading Scottish theologians: John and Donald Baillie, whose writings on philosophical theology, Christian doctrine, preaching, ecumenism, and spirituality are still influential today.

Retailing at $319.70, the Perspectives on Christian Living Collection (9 vols.) can still be purchased for $99.95 on Pre-Pub. Don’t miss an opportunity to add this great collection of Christian ethics to your Logos resources today.

Meet the Christmas 2010 Starter Collection

Today’s guest post is by Deni Avant, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Some fantastic Christmas sales are happening right now and the Christmas 2010 Starter Collection is just one of many great specials we’re offering!

Of the five Christmas Collections, the Christmas 2010 Starter Collection is the smallest. Don’t worry though, you still get big savings! The Starter Collection includes 125 titles worth over $4,000. But at $2.40 per title, you’ll save 93%!

There are a variety of resources in the Starter Collection—commentaries, theological works, and Biblical studies—from authors like A. W. Pink, Oswald Chambers, H. A. Ironside, and A. W. Tozer just to name a few.

Check out a few great titles you’ll get in the Starter Collection:

  • Theology of the Old Testamentby Gustav Friedrich Oehler focuses on the supernatural character and gradual progress of revelation in the Old Testament.
  • When I Don’t Desire Godby John Piper discusses how to fight for joy as it is necessary to show God’s worthiness.
  • Philemon: The MacArthur New Testament Commentaryby John MacArthur focuses on the main doctrines of the text and how they relate to other Scriptures and what they mean to the reader.
  • The History of Christian Doctrinesby Louis Berkhof investigates the development and history of doctrines in an attempt to recover an appreciation for the doctrines in their present form.
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls in English by Geza Vermes is a completely expanded and revised edition of the English translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Religious Studies Review said The Dead Sea Scrolls in English is “by far still the best edition of the scrolls in English.”

These are just 5 of 125 titles in the Starter Collection so be sure to check out the list of everything you’ll get in this set.

Then make sure you check out the other collections too, the deals only get better as the collections get larger. With the entry level collection you get 125 great books at $2.40 a volume, as the collections get larger the price per volume drops considerably. With the Christmas 2010 Master Collection you get 2,010 new resources for $1.00 a book!

The Gift of Value This Christmas

We have a lot going on this Christmas, hopefully you haven’t missed out on the excitement surrounding this year’s Christmas collections, particularly the Christmas 2010 Master Collection: 2,010 titles worth more than $61,000.00 in print, at the ridiculously low price of $2,010! If you do the math, that’s almost 97% off.

Stop and reflect on that.

We’re taking 97% off the price, and you’re paying only 3%. Seems backwards, doesn’t it? We thought long and hard about discounting a collection this deeply, but we wanted to do something extra special this Christmas.

When talking about savings like this, it’s easy to get lost in the huge numbers. So allow me to help you put it in perspective.

$100 vs. $3

Imagine going into an electronics store to buy an item that costs $100. You missed the big sign out front, so you put a crisp $100 bill on the counter, expecting to be on your way. But the cashier stops you and begins to hand you $97 in change—$20, $40, $60, $80, $90, $95, $97.

Where would you keep 2,010 books?

Imagine trying to find space in your home for 2,010 new books. If each book was an inch thick (a very low estimation), you are going to have over sixteen stacks of books that are over ten feet tall! Hopefully you would be able to secure twenty new bookshelves quickly.

Compared to print in terms of dollars

Let me try to help you visualize how much someone would save when buying digital titles from Logos rather than the same titles in print.

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Obviously our Christmas sale represents a huge savings and an amazing opportunity! If you’re hesitant to take advantage of it, though, we have four other collections and a build-your-own option, too. Check them out and find the Christmas collection that will pay for itself over and over again in the years to come.

Build Your Own Collection for Christmas

We are so excited about the Logos Christmas Sale! We are offering some insane deals. The values begin with a collection of 125 books at $2.40 a title and culminate in the Christmas 2010 Master Collection, featuring 2,010 titles, worth more than $61,000.00 in print, at $1 a title! It is the largest collection we have ever offered, and at nearly 97% off of retail. These collections need to be seen to be appreciated.

But the values don’t end there!

We have made every title in the Christmas Master Collection available individually* at 50% off! This means that you can get a great deal on a couple of new resources or create your own special collection, tailor made—just for you. Choose as many as you want; there is no limit.

Don’t forget, any purchase over $29.90 qualifies for the Logos Payment Plan. So put together that dream collection and take advantage of the interest free Payment Plan to spread those payments out.

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If you are on a modest budget or just want to be more selective, make sure to check out the individual* titles we have on sale. There are no coupon codes required—simply add them to your cart and check out.

*Not every single title is available on its own. For the titles in the Christmas 2010 Master Collection that are not available individually, we have discounted the the collections they normally appear in by 50%!