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Thinking Green: Environmental Stewardship and the Psalms

Is it possible to be “Green” and be Christian? How should we interpret and put into practice Genesis 1:26? God created our planet, what is our responsiblity in maintaining it? Are there places in the Bible that speak about environmental stewardship? These are questions many Christians are asking themselves. And Arthur Walker-Jones, Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Winnipeg, believes the answers can be found in one of the most popular books of the Old Testament: the Psalms.

The Green Psalter: Resources for an Ecological Spirituality mines the Psalms with these very questions in mind. Walker-Jones explores the “Green” phenomenon in popular culture and current events—such as the movie An Inconvenient Truth and Hurricane Katrina—through a biblical lens, and discusses what role Christians might play in this global movement.  Walker-Jones makes his points with engaging prose and fresh and original insight on the Psalms. As one reviewer suggests, “he makes a convincing case the psalter is ‘greener’ than one might think” (Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Emory University).

The Green Psalter is just one volume out of the eleven included in the Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection. Bringing together some of the top scholars on the Hebrew Bible, such as Walter Brueggemann and Marvin A. Sweeney, this collection will provide a solid foundation for study of the Hebrew Bible. And right now, you can pick it up for only $199.95 in Pre-Pub, a savings of almost 40%.

Don’t Miss William Mitchell Ramsay on Community Pricing!

Plug the name “W. M. Ramsay” into your Logos search bar, and watch how many hits come up in your library. At the turn of the 20th century, this archeologist travelled to the holy lands to disprove the history of the Bible—and guess what? The overwhelming evidence he found in favor of the Bible led to Ramsay’s conversion.

Ramsay spent over a dozen years living in, and writing about, the Bible lands. Now, over 100 years later, as you can see in your Logos search results, his research on Near Eastern culture and the Bible is still proving to be invaluable for scholars today.

Ramsay’s fascinating exploration into the history and places described in the Acts of the Apostles deepens our understanding of early Christianity. Ramsay’s work brings to life the cities that Paul travelled through, such as Galatia, Tarsus, and Iconium. It gives context and history for the places that Luke wrote about. You’ll gain a new perspective on the cities and churches referenced in John’s Revelation.

Having all sixteen volumes of the William Mitchell Ramsay Collection linked to your library and your Bible sounds pretty cool, right? What makes this collection even more exciting is that it is in Community Pricing, and getting close to crossing the 100% mark. Right now, the most you’ll pay is about $1.88 a book. The more people that bid on this collection, there’s good chance it’s going to get even cheaper. So make sure to place your bid today and take advantage of this amazing deal.

Have you been to the Holy Lands? Leave us a comment and tell us about your most memorable experience! If you haven’t, tell us which biblical site you would love to visit.

Removing the Veil: Revealing God’s Truth for Women

Beginning with Proverbs 31, author Margaret English began studying specific Scriptures regarding women. Ten years later, her journey into the Bible’s passages pertaining to women led her to write Removing the Veil: Revealing God’s Truth for Women. In Removing the Veil, English uses exegetical work to uncover God’s way for men and women to serve as leaders in the church and in society. By exploring women’s roles in the Church, English celebrates women’s gifts and callings and then encourages them to go out and use them. Removing the Veil is divided into three sections:

  1. Unveiling Our History
  2. Unveiling Our Hearts
  3. Unveiling Our Hope

What others are saying:

A quiet revolution is taking place today as more and more women realize who Jesus destined them to be. Removing the Veil is a part of this revolution. Those who study the biblical truths outlined in this well-researched book will find true freedom from the cultural and religious mindset that have kept so many women in spiritual bondage. —J. Lee Grady, author of 10 Lies the Church Tells Women

. . . This thoughtful, passionate, and well-researched book offers tremendous insight into this critical leadership consideration. —Samuel S. Hemby, Ph. D., Southeastern University

In writing Removing the Veil, Margaret English has validated every woman active in Christian ministry and every woman called to it. Through her historical study and her exposition of biblical passages, she clearly shows that God’s design from the beginning has been for men and women to work side by side to advance His kingdom, and that God did not set limitations on what roles women could play in accomplishing this work. . . —Maureen D. Eha, Features Editor, Charisma magazine

So grab Removing the Veil while it’s on Pre-Pub for $10.95 and join English on her ten-year journey into the heart of biblical womanhood.

Do you have favorite resources on the role of women in the church? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

Nearly 1,500 Free Perseus Books for Logos 4

NOTE: When this post went live the resource count for the Perseus works came to more than 3,000 books. Initially we treated every day of the the Richmond newspaper as a separate book (just as Perseus had). We have made the decision to merge the Richmond items into one book which makes the Perseus count 1,100–1,500. It is still the same amount of content without 1,000+ one page books.

We’ve been keeping a secret. A big one. For the past few months, we’ve been working on making nearly 1,500 books from The Perseus Project accessible in Logos 4. And today we’re announcing that they’re available for pre-order.

The biggest secret? We’re going to release them for free.

There’s no catch. No strings attached. Just thousands of free books for use in Logos Bible Software 4.

What Is Perseus?

The Perseus Collections are focused primarily on Greek and Latin classics, like Aristotle and Plato. They also cover the history, literature, philosophy, and culture of the Greco-Roman world—important contextual sources for biblical scholars. Additionally, they contain other key works of Renaissance literature, and literature from early America. In short, Perseus is a library of the West’s most enduring and influential classics.

The Perseus books are available in the following 7 configurations:

  1. Perseus Classics Collection (1,114 vols.)
  2. Perseus Arabic Collection (37 vols.)
  3. Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri (257 vols.)
  4. Perseus Renaissance Collection (22 vols.)
  5. Perseus Civil War and 19th-Century American Collection (340 vols.)
  6. Beowulf
  7. Richmond Times-Dispatch (1,355 vols.)

Why Perseus Is So Valuable

With Perseus, you get a massive amount of valuable content. What makes this great is that it’s completely free. Imagine—imagine if we were to charge you even $1 for each of these books!

How You Can Get It

Because of the massive size of this project, the release has the potential to overwhelm our servers. We simply don’t have the capacity to deliver this much content all at once to all the users who want it, so we’ll be releasing it in stages on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here Is How Perseus Will Be Released

  1. We’re taking pre-orders. By placing a Pre-Pub order, you can reserve your spot in line. Don’t worry, even though you’re placing an order, you won’t be charged anything.
  2. In a few weeks, when we’re ready to release, we will remove Perseus from our website altogether. It will go offline for a period of time while we process the orders, and it won’t be available to anyone. Depending on how many pre-orders we get, it could be offline for quite some time.
  3. Once all the pre-orders for all collections are processed, we’ll bring it back to Logos.com so more people can download and enjoy it.

Please note that The Perseus Collections require the latest version of Logos Bible Software 4.3.

The bottom line is that you need to place your Pre-Pub order early to get it first. Once we start processing pre-orders, it will be unavailable and disappear from the website. The key is to get your pre-order in before the window of time closes.

How Perseus Enhances Your Use of Logos

Even if you’re not a Greek or Latin scholar, The Perseus Collections can still enhance your use of Logos.

Many of the Greek and Latin classics come with one or more English translations. That makes many of these resources accessible to you even if you’re not a specialist, or you’re not proficient in the ancient languages. Many resources also have tagging in place, so you can link them together and read them side-by-side.

The Greek texts will be getting lemma tagging (we’re exploring morph tagging, too—but we can’t promise anything specific yet), which means they’ll enhance Bible Word Study reports. For example, if you’re doing a word study on a Greek word which occurs only once in the New Testament, your Bible Word Study report will draw in data from the wealth of other Greek texts in The Perseus Collections. You’ll get better results simply because the Bible Word Study report has more material to draw from.

Lexicons that cite these resources as source documents will be getting linked. (Most aren’t quite yet—but they will be in the future.) This means, for example, if BDAG cites a text from Aristotle, you can click the citation and the Perseus edition of Aristotle will open instantly to the exact location being referenced.

Spread the Word!

It’s rare that thousands of classic works are made available for free to anyone who wants them. It’s even more amazing when you consider that these aren’t just PDFs or text files. They’re Logos books, and they take advantage of many of the features and tools built into Logos Bible Software. So it’s hard to put into words how phenomenal this opportunity really is.

That’s why we’re asking you to help spread the word. There are people who may not hear about it—people who don’t read the blog, who don’t get the emails—who aren’t aware of what these resources can do in Logos Bible Software. These people need to know about it.

Here’s what you can do to help them find out:

While The Perseus Collections make up an amazing amount of valuable content, they aren’t for everyone. If you don’t read Classics and don’t study Greek and Latin texts, you may not want to download this content, especially if you have a slow internet connection or an older computer. Keep in mind that you’ll have bigger and more frequent downloads and more regular and longer indexing. If you’ll use it, it’s definitely worth it. If not, you might want to consider just helping to get the word to those who would really benefit from it.

If you’re pre-ordering it, what Perseus books are you most looking forward to using in Logos Bible Software? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Personal Book Builder: The Inside Scoop

The most anticipated tool for Logos Bible Software has been Personal Books tool. Originally called Personal Book Builder (PBB), the tool was created for Libronix (Logos version 3) so that users could create their own books. It had a few shortcomings in that it created resources that were not exactly like their Logos produced counterparts. But that model has changed. Personal Books now have all the functionality of any other resource produced by Logos except it is produced by you.

What’s It For?

Personal BooksIf you’ve ever wished there was a way to bring all of your seminary papers, excurses studies, position papers, even your graduating thesis on “Middle Eastern Soil Samples and Their Impact on the Imago Dei,” and whatever else you can imagine into Logos, so that you could search it, reference it, and use it along with all of the other thousands of resources Logos makes available; your answer is Personal Books.

How Do I Use It?

Using the Personal Books tool is amazingly simple.

  1. Create your masterpiece in Word or any word processor that can save in a .docx format
  2. Save the file and remember where you saved it
  3. In Logos, click Tools | Personal Books
  4. When the Personal Books pane opens, locate and click Add book
  5. Add the information like Title, Author, Copyright, and Description, then set the resource type, adjust the language, and even add a book graphic
  6. Then click Add file and navigate to your original document
  7. Once you’ve finished, click Build Book and Logos does the rest

From this point forward your book can be located in your Library, added to collections, searched, highlighted, and more, just like every other Logos resource. Congratulations you’ve been (self) published!

Is That It?

Logos’ Personal Books tool opens up an entire vista of possibilities. Personal Books can be just like Logos books with tagging, milestones, and more. As I write this, the finishing touches are being put on the Personal Books section of the Logos help file and will be available soon (if not already) to help guide you through the basics of what Personal Books can do. Already, the Logos user community has been building the Wiki page for Personal Books. Like every other aspect of Logos Bible Software, the user forums are often the best place to search for and find answers to your questions.

But Wait, There’s More!

Logos’ Personal Books tool is already growing and more is planned. One user has created a script to automatically create tags and hyperlinks between resources and another created a script to add page numbers! In the past, Logos 3 PBB required users to find ways to share their work. My own website hosts almost a thousand Logos 3 format PBB resources contributed by the community. Now however, Logos has plans to integrate directly with the Logos.com website so that your works can be made available around the globe if you want them to be.

Sweet! Where Do I Get It?

Logos’ Personal Books tool is the main component of Logos 4.3. By clicking the Help Button | About Logos Bible Software in your copy of Logos you’ll see what version of Logos you are currently using. If it’s not at least 4.3 you can simply wait for Logos to update itself or type the command “update now” in your command bar and let Logos Bible Software do the rest.

What are you most looking forward to adding to your Logos library or what excites you most about the Personal Books tool? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Today’s guest blogger is Thomas Black, a Logos Forum MVP and a Pastor in Moweaqua, Illinois.

Free Personal Book Builder Ships with New Logos 4 Update!

We are excited to announce that the completely redesigned Personal Book Builder has shipped with the new version (4.3) of Logos Bible Software. Like all previous updates, version 4.3 is a free download for all Logos 4 users.

Personal Book Builder

With this update, Personal Book Builder will be added to Logos 4 as a completely free feature. You will now be able to create your own fully tagged, fully searchable books in Logos. These resources can be marked up with your own notes and highlights, and you can add links to your other Logos resources.

Create Your Own Resources!

Personal Book Builder allows you to create your own powerful, feature rich books for Logos 4! These books will operate with much of the same functionality as your other Logos resources.

Just think of all the documents you can combine with your Logos library. You can add your sermons, Sunday school lessons, personal Bible studies, or journals. Teachers can upload their curriculum and students can add their papers, essays and theses. Virtually any work you have on a Word document (.docx) can be integrated into your Logos 4 resources. Did I mention this was free?

How Do You Get the Update?

Logos 4 Users

If you have automatic updating enabled (screenshot), which is the default setting, Logos 4 should notify you that updates are ready to be installed. When you see the balloon tooltip window, right-click on the Logos icon in your system tray and choose to “Install update” (screenshot). If Logos 4 hasn’t downloaded the update by the end of the day, type Update Now into the Command Bar (screenshot). This will force Logos 4 to check for any available updates (screenshot) and begin downloading them.

Need to Upgrade to Logos 4?

If you are using a previous version of Logos Bible Software and waiting for that perfect time to upgrade to Logos 4, this is it! Not only do you get the newest version of Logos 4 including the Personal Book Builder, you will receive:

  • Up to hundreds of new books for pennies on the dollar
  • 100+ powerful new tools, features, databases, and more
  • Access to your library on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android device, and Biblia.com
  • An interest-free payment plan option for up to twelve monthly payments

Visit our customized upgrader to find out what discounts you qualify for.

New to Logos?

If you have not made the leap to Logos, what are you waiting for? There are a number of enthusiastic users who would love to tell you how much you will benefit from Logos Bible Software. Purchase a base package today and see how Logos 4′s incredible features can dramatically improve your Bible study.

What’s New in Logos 4.3?

Version 4.3 brings a number of important new features—many of which are in direct response to your requests. Here are the major ones:

  • Personal Book Builder
  • Resource Justification and Hyphenation—Full justification of resource text, with hyphenation, can be enabled/disabled in Program Settings. The default setting is Enabled.
  • Exegetical Guide—The default “Parts of Speech” setting in the “Word by Word” section is now “Include only these parts of speech” with only Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives and Adverbs selected.” Other parts of speech will be displayed, but will be grayed out. Clicking on a grayed-out word will generate data and navigate to the result.

There were also some nice little improvements made to resources, notes, searches, sentence diagramming, and syncing.

There are also some new features available for Mac users including updates to notes, keyboard shortcuts, and setup.

Check out “What’s New in Logos 4.3” to see a complete list of the changes.

Leave us a comment and tell us what you plan to add to your Logos 4 library with the Personal Book Builder!

Sacra Doctrina: Postmodern Theology

Many of the world’s technological advances have helped to make the world a smaller, more intimate place. From the lateen sail and the internal combustion engine to the printing press and the World Wide Web,  the speed which people and ideas travel around the globe is increasing rapidly.

Although this is a great advantage for the Gospel, it comes with challenging questions as well. How do we maintain an attitude of respect toward other religious viewpoints without compromising our commitment and beliefs in the Christian faith? What is a healthy middle ground between the polar extremes of pluralism and exclusivism?

These are just a couple of the questions that S. Mark Heim attempts to tackle in his award-winning book The Depth of the Riches. In this winner of the Theologos Award for Best Academic Book in 2001 from the Association of Theological Booksellers, Heim looks closely at, not only the paths of various religions, but also their salvific ends.

Retired professor Emeritus of World Christianity at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Dr. M. Thangaraj said this about The Depth of the Riches,

“How do I maintain an attitude of respect for and reverence toward other religions without compromising my strong commitment to the Christian faith? Christians cannot but struggle with this  question in today’s setting of religious pluralism. S. Mark Heim assists us in this struggle by offering a clear analysis of the grammar of religious diversity and a creative exposition of the doctrine of the Trinity. This book presents ‘a meditation on the Trinity,’ one that celebrates both the unique act of salvation in Jesus the Christ and the trinitarian plenitute that houses a variety of religious ends. Heim writes in such a way that, while reading his book, we can think, argue, and pray—all at the same time.”

The Depth of the Riches is only one of the six books in the Sacra Doctrina: Christian Theology for a Postmodern Age Series, a collection dedicated to applying Christian tradition and Scripture to the new challenges in our postmodern context.

In the Sacra Doctrina: Christian Theology for a Postmodern Age Series you will find timely discussions on such important topics as ecological theology, the church as a reflection of the Trinity, a theological look at human personhood, and more. This collection deals with postmodern concerns both theologically and academically without being entirely unapproachable, and right now it is on Pre-Pub at nearly 50% off the retail price!

Get in early and take advantage of our special Pre-Pub pricing for this exceptional collection.

Is there a title you find particularly interesting in this collection? Leave us a comment!

 

Why Christian History Matters

I’m a historian and a Christian. In fact, it was my study of history that led to my conversion. I realize this is an unusual progression, and perhaps it is a bias that leads me to believe that the common neglect of history among Christians is lamentable. But bias or no, the neglect is real, and I think I understand it: if our destiny is in eternity, and if Christ is immediate to each of us, of what ultimate significance is the past? Isn’t our relentless quest for the early church or the original manuscripts an implicit repudiation of history?

The value of historical knowledge, then, seems to be simply a matter of being articulate, of being well-read, or of being capable of apologetics. Or else, it has value as an antiquarian hobby—some find history interesting in the same sort of way that others find stamps interesting. If this is the case, surely history is at best ancillary to our Christianity.

But, I think this line of reasoning is mistaken. Rather, I would argue that the connection between history and Christianity is essential. Because the Incarnation was nothing less than the entry of God Himself into the stream of human history, it affirms the reality and value of the lived human experience. The Second Person of the Trinity affects our salvation not as an abstraction, but as a human life. In becoming a son, a friend, a teacher, in speaking our language and mourning our dead, God affirmed the temporal and social reality of our being. In entering our history at a specific time, in continuity with a meaningful past, and proclaiming a future of consummation, Christ repudiated the classical understanding of cyclical and ultimately meaningless history and codified the Jewish understanding of history as the story of God and His people, a story with a beginning and an end. Christianity has temporality in its essence.

With this in mind, the Christian ought to read all history as salvation history, and understand Christianity itself as having duration. It seems to me that a description of Christ that does not include his birth and childhood, while not necessarily wrong, is certainly incomplete; and, likewise, an understanding of Christianity that does not include its history.

And so, we must study history. From the Apostolic Fathers to the Reformation, from the ancient world, through the medieval, and into modernity, with Logos you can make a serious study of church history. We have large, comprehensive collections, such as the Calvin and the History of Calvinism Collection or the Philip Schaff Collection that allow you to dig deep into a historical topic, and we also have shorter histories written by prominent historians that will allow you to brush up on your historical knowledge, such as Church History in Plain Language or our Studies in the Reformation.

History is most profoundly understood, though, through the study of primary sources, such as those found in the A New Eusebius: Documents Illustrating the History of the Church to AD 337, or the Works of the Venerable Bede, and Logos has a massive library of such texts. Whether you want to study the ancient Jews  or the church as it enters the post-modern age, Logos has the resources. If you are unsure where to begin, try browsing Logos products by history products and see what piques your interest.

What are your favorite texts for studying Christian history? Leave us a comment and let us know.

The Versatile Ken Boa Collection

For the past twenty years, Ken Boa has been writing, speaking, and discipling across the country. As president of Reflections Ministries, Boa has worked hard to provide people with the tools they need to know and follow Christ.

We are proud to offer fourteen of his works in the Ken Boa Collection (14 vols.), which is on Pre-Pub now for $159.95.

This collection contains many resources including handbooks and daily devotionals, which address several different topics like spiritual living, Bible study, prayer, and more. If you really want to see the diversity in this collection, take a look at just five of the fourteen titles in this collection:

And with nine other titles in this collection, this diverse group of books will make a great addition to your library! Be sure to check out the Ken Boa Collection (14 vols.) while it’s on PrePub for $159.95.

Do you have a favorite book by Ken Boa? Leave us a comment and let us know!

How to Find a Bargain on Logos.com

There are definitely deals to be found on Logos.com. Here are some tips to ensure you don’t miss them.

Bid on Community Pricing Products

We often post on Logos Talk about deals that are available on Community Pricing because they’re some of the greatest bargains you are going to find on Logos.com.  The more people who bid on Community Pricing products, the lower the prices go. We’ve had collections sell for less than $10.

Puritan Sermons 1659–1689 (6 vols.) is a good example of the kinds of bargains you can find on Logos.com. The average bid for this six-volume collection of inspiring sermons, from the likes of John Owen and Richard Baxter, is $30. But it isn’t finished yet. With enough bids, the price can fall even lower!

Take a look at the Community Pricing page and see what’s available.

Check the Pre-Pub Page Often

Pre-Pubs are another way to get more book for your buck.

To justify the cost of developing a resource, we put that resource in Pre-Publication (or Pre-Pub). People vote on the resources they want to see developed by pledging to buy them while they are on Pre-Pub. Once we gather enough sales to pay for the creation of a resource, it moves from Pre-Pub into development.

During the Pre-Pub process, the resources are much cheaper than they will be once they are developed. The resources stay at that Pre-Pub price until they complete the development process. Once the resources are available for download, their price goes up.

It is a good idea to search the Pre-Pub page for the newest listings so that you can see when your favorite books go up. You’ll also want to check by ship date to make sure that you don’t miss out on getting a deal on a product that is about to ship.

Take Advantage of Faceted Browsing

Logos.com allows you to refine your search by a number of criteria. If you search the Products page for theology books sorted by price (lowest to highest), you are going to find all sorts of great deals. In fact, you might even run across some free resources. Try this with various topics and resource types.

Download Our Free Mobile Apps

I would be remiss not to mention Logos’ mobile apps. Both the iPhone app and the Android app (currently in beta) are completely free. With this free app you get over 40 Bibles! When you register or sign in to your free Logos account you get more than 30 additional books—absolutely free.

But that’s not all! You will not believe the Bible study you can do when you combine the iPhone app with a Logos 4 base package. Imagine having all of these features on your mobile device:*

  • Your resource library at your fingertips
  • Text comparison
  • Passage guides
  • Original language translations
  • Original language word studies
  • and much more!

At the low price of completely free, this is a true bargain.

*The Android app is currently in beta and, while it does have some great features, it has not yet reached parity with iPhone app.

Sign Up to Receive Special Email Notifications

Logos is often doing some kind of special promotion or giveaway. Sometimes you might not even know about it if you aren’t receiving our Freebies, Contests, and Giveaways emails.

We also send out Logos NewsWire emails alerting you to special prices and product news.

Receiving these notifications is easy. Sign in to your Logos.com account (or register for free) and click on the notifications tab. Then simply make sure that (A.) the Freebies, Contests, Giveaways and Logos NewsWire boxes are checked, and then (B.) click the update button.

 

Soon you’ll be getting updates on all the special offers available from Logos.

Keep Your Eye on Our Social Media Channels

Most Logos specials are going to be mentioned on one (if not all) of our social media outlets. And occasionally we will have specials that are specific to certain outlets. Don’t miss these events!

You can keep track of what Logos is up to by following us on:

  • Logos Talk: A great way to make sure that you don’t miss any important blog news is to subscribe to the RSS feed. You can have every blog sent to your email inbox or any web-based news readers you follow.
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Leave us a comment and tell us about the best deal you have received from Logos.