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Lexham Press offers digital-first study resources that help you interpret, preach, and apply the Bible. Lexham’s publications are specifically designed for Logos—they take full advantage of your software’s unique tagging and Bible-knowledge databases. And for just one more week, many of Lexham Press’ top resources are on sale. Get yours today!

Here are a couple of Lexham Press resources designed with preachers in mind:1500-quotations-for-preachers-with-slides

1,500 Quotations for Preachers, with Slides

On sale for 17% off!

It can take hours to find the right quotation to complement your sermon. With the 1,500 Quotations collection, though, finding a powerful quote takes just minutes. You’ll even get elegant slides to make sharing easy! Pastor J. D. Greear says, “Preachers of every stripe will find this a beneficial addition to their Logos collection.”

These 1,500 quotes come from some of Christianity’s most profound and influential voices, including John ChrysostomAnselm of CanterburyThomas AquinasJohn Bunyan, and G.K. Chesterton.

Get it today!

pastorum-series-collectionPastorum Series Collection

On sale for $60 off!

The Pastorum Series Collection (which includes 1,500 Quotations for Preachers and far more) is designed to help you prepare richer, more memorable sermons in less time. You’ll enhance your sermon preparation with a wealth of study questions, application ideas, worship-service plans, slides with statistical graphics, and more. In addition to hundreds of insightful quotes from all across the history of Christianity, the collection includes 400 prayers from the Bible, Augustine of Hippo, Francis of Assisi, Thomas à Kempis, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, and others. These resources were built with your Logos library in mind—study questions link directly to related resources, so you can go as deep as you want.

Get it today!

These aren’t all the Lexham Press books on sale. Check out the Lexham Press sale to see them all!

Introducing the Cutting Edge Series with Michael Bird

CuttingEdge-JustCover-223Yesterday marked the release of Lexham Press’ newest series, Cutting Edge. The first book in the series, David deSilva’s Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel, is now available for pre-order! To celebrate the series’ debut, we’re offering Transformation for the low price of $6.95 for the first two weeks. Pre-order it now before the price goes up!

Edited by renowned scholar Michael Bird, the Cutting Edge series engages significant topics in contemporary biblical scholarship, making them applicable in the life of the church and accessible to busy students of the Word.

We asked Michael Bird a few questions about this exciting new series:

What are the goals of the Cutting Edge series?

The purpose of the series is to provide, as the name says, cutting-edge studies on important and disputed topics relevant to the contemporary church. It aims to explain to pastors, students, and laypeople the significance of some major ideas that are floating around in biblical and theological studies. In some cases, the volumes will suggest fresh and provocative approaches to tired old topics.

How does the Cutting Edge series respond to major issues the church is facing?

Each short book will offer a brief engagement with a controversial topic. The volumes are designed to be accessible for nonspecialists, allowing them to understand the issues and appreciate what the debate is about. The series will force readers to think through the issues and decide on the best option.

How will Cutting Edge connect our users with the latest in biblical scholarship?

The Cutting Edge series provides Logos users with the opportunity to access the best and brightest in theological studies right on their screens. If you want to keep up with the latest trends in biblical studies or hear a scholar’s proposal on how to make sense of a controversial subject, this will be the place to do it.

What sets the Cutting Edge series apart from similar products?

There are a number of introductions to current issues in either journals or lengthy volumes. This series is meant to be a short and concise introduction to disputed areas that’s deliverable on Logos platforms and associated media.

We can’t wait to release this first book in the series. In Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel, David deSilva will expand your definition of the gospel message as presented in Paul’s letters. He argues that it is far richer than the “get out of hell free” pass that some Christians have unintentionally reduced it to today. Instead, deSilva will help us explore how Paul’s words in Romans speak of the gospel as the means to transform and renew all of creation—including ourselves.

Don’t miss out on this excellent new volume. Pre-order Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel before the price goes up!

Understand the Building Blocks of Logic

works-of-aristotleTruth.

Sometimes it seems like philosophy has given up on the concept. Postmodernism tends to treat it as relative; poststructuralism tends to treat it as an attribute of language, not reality.

That’s why it’s so refreshing to read a philosopher who sets out to build a framework for proving what’s true: Aristotle.

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Aristotle wrote on everything from biology to poetry to rhetoric, but he’s best known for his meticulous work on logic. In the Organon (six of Aristotle’s core texts—Categories, On Interpretation, Prior Analytics, Posterior Analytics, Topics, and Sophistical Refutations) and the Metaphysics, Aristotle developed the classical Three Rules of Thought, without which even basic communication would be nearly impossible:

  1. The law of identity: every thing is the same as itself and different from other things. A is the same as A; A is distinct from B.
  2. The law of noncontradiction: two or more contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time. If we claim that x equals 1 and that x also equals 2, something has gone wrong.
  3. The law of the excluded middle: either a statement is true or it’s false.

If these laws seem totally self-evident, that’s part of their force. From Euclid and Pythagoras on, most technical proofs have started with universally accepted premises (axioms) and moved through valid steps (premises) to reach nonobvious conclusions. The Rules of Thought sound fundamental enough to be axioms, but they’re really rules of inference: principles that govern whether a move from one premise to another is valid. That means that, in the Aristotelian framework, they’re raw tools we can use to determine what’s true.

(By now it’s becoming clear why, agree or disagree, Aristotle can’t be avoided: if you try to demonstrate that something’s true, you’re almost certainly taking part in Aristotelian logic.)

What does this mean for theology?

Christianity is concerned with truth; it’s little wonder that Aristotle’s framework has proved influential.

Aristotle was also the one behind the deduction and induction you kind of remember from high school. A refresher: deduction moves from the general to the specific; induction moves from the specific to the general. So if Aristotelian induction lets you work from an specific observed aspect of the world to a general claim about science, it also lets you work from a specific observed aspect of the world to a general claim about God. (In that sense, the watchmaker argument—that the universe, like an intricate watch, testifies to the hand of a creator—is inductive.) If Aristotelian deduction lets you work from an axiom to a specific claim, it lets you work from the Bible to the particulars of theology.

Aristotle’s main influence on Christianity has been through Thomas Aquinas, who convinced the church that Aristotle’s methods were preferable to those of Plato. Aquinas established five famous proofs of God’s existence, and three in particular build on Aristotle’s logic:

  1. First Mover, which comes directly from Aristotle’s Physics: If all motion is caused by some prior force, and if the world is filled with motion, where did the first motion come from? (From God.)
  2. First Efficient Cause: If all situations have a cause, what do we make of the cause at the start of it all? (It is God.)
  3. Necessary Being: Not all things in the world are merely possible; some are necessary. A necessary thing can be caused by another necessary thing, but that introduces the infinite regress invoked by the previous two proofs; there must be something that is necessary in itself. (That thing is God.)

These ancient arguments remain influential and popular with apologists like William Lane Craig. Of course, apologetics is more than just logic. It’s also rhetoric—argument—and Aristotle has much to teach on that as well . . . but we’ll leave that for another post.

Learn from the father of logic

Aristotle wasn’t a Christian thinker, but his works are tremendously important. Noet offers Aristotle’s core arguments in the 12-volume Works of Aristotle Collection—the Organon, the Metaphysics, and more. What’s more, the Noet editions let you study in ways that the ancient Greeks could only dream of: when Aristotle argues against Plato, you can jump directly to Plato’s arguments; when modern apologists cite Aristotle or the Three Rules of Thought, you can see the evidence for yourself.

If you’re interested in truth and logic, this collection is a gem.

Understand the building blocks of logic: pick up the Works of Aristotle Collection today.

 
Or get an even better deal: go with Noet’s Ancient Philosophy Bundle, which also gives you the dialogues of Plato.

These 4 Pre-Pubs Are About to Ship—Don’t Miss Out!

Logos’ Pre-Publication program lets you pre-order new resources at amazing discounts. Not only will you get new books for less—you’ll get them the instant they’re released! Some products don’t spend much time in Pre-Pub, though, so keeping an eye on the Pre-Pub page is always a good idea.

Here are a few Pre-Pubs shipping in the next couple weeks:

john-laurence-von-mosheim-collectionJohn Laurence von Mosheim Collection

Pre-order it for 25% off!

John Laurence von Mosheim revolutionized the way church histories are written: rather than taking history at face value and narrating a simple trajectory of unquestioned happenings, he scrutinized events from every angle. Mosheim is credited with bringing biblical scholarship a new standard of research and impartiality. Now you can pre-order his remarkable histories for 25% off!

Zondervan Textbook Bundle

Pre-order it for 24% off!

The Zondervan Textbook Bundle provides everything a first- or second-year Bible-college student needs. Spanning Christian history, philosophy, ethics, New and Old Testament studies, and spiritual formation, these texts have established themselves as standards in their fields. Whether you’re a professor, a pastor, a student, or an interested layperson, you’ll get introductory access to college-level curricula.

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Select Works of Geerhardus Vos

Pre-order it for 19% off!

Geerhardus Vos is perhaps the most influential Reformed theologian of the early nineteenth century, thanks to his teachings at Princeton Theological Seminary and his timeless writings. These 14 volumes represent the majority of his life’s work, demonstrating his thorough knowledge of biblical theology, eschatology, exegesis, and interpretation.

Modern Studies on the Incarnation

Pre-order it for 35% off!

The Modern Studies on the Incarnation collection presents many of the most important late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century studies on the Incarnation of Christ. Thanks to notable authors like Charles Gore, J. Armitage Robinson, and Charles Augustus Briggs, the collection interprets, translates, and contextualizes the Incarnation and related topics. These 26 volumes and 8,000-plus pages have had an enduring impact on our understanding of the union of divinity with humanity in Jesus Christ.

You won’t be able to pre-order these resources much longer. Make sure you get the best price: pre-order them today!

Save on Church History Resources during May

history-of-jerusalem-collectionNational history is among the first things we learn in school. It helps us understand why things are the way they are, and what those who came before us went through to get us here. The same is true of church history: the better we understand our roots, the better we understand the present.

Here are a few historical-studies resources on sale this month:

1. History of Jerusalem Collection

Regularly $299.95—get it for $65.95

How did Jerusalem emerge as an important theme in the Old Testament, and what are its implications for modern interpretation? Understanding Jerusalem’s past is important, and the History of Jerusalem Collection gives you the big picture. You’ll get contributions from an impressive list of scholars: Philip R. Davies, Lester L. Grabbe, Thomas L. Thompson, and more than a dozen others.

2. Early Church History Collection

Regularly $115.99—get it for $87.95

The Early Church History Collection gives you primary sources from the first 400 years of Christianity. You’ll see how the early church prayed and sang, how early Christians worshiped and preached, and what they held as fundamental to their faith. You’ll also learn how the church was affected by persecution and heresy, how it shaped and was shaped by the surrounding culture, and why it was so important that the church formulate proper doctrines of the Trinity and of Christ.

3. Romans through History and Culture Series

Regularly $119.95—get it for $87.95

The Romans through History and Cultures Series features a wealth of information on the reception of the book of Romans—specifically, its the past and present impact on theology and on cultural, political, social, and ecclesial life. If you’re interested in the intersection between Scripture and culture, you’ll find these scholarly volumes fascinating.

These aren’t the only products on sale this month! Check out all of May’s deals.

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Logos 5

Logos 5Logos 5 is more than a library. It’s a set of unique tools that allow you to study the Bible in ways you never dreamed of.

To get a behind-the-scenes look at the origins of some of Logos 5’s features, we asked Sean Boisen, director of content innovation, and Ryan, software developer, to talk about the work their teams do.

Boisen explains,

“We try to imagine the things that don’t exist in print that would enrich Bible study. The question for us is, What is there that we can put together that didn’t start life as a book and doesn’t necessarily make sense as a book? And the example I always give people is telephone directories. When was the last time you picked up a paper telephone directory to look up somebody’s phone number? You don’t. Not because there’s not enough to go around—someone still drops them off at our house at least twice a year. But I don’t ever read those because that’s a lousy way to look up somebody’s phone number. You don’t want to read it; it’s a reference book. You want to find the one thing you’re looking for in this large body of material. And so in part, for us, it’s thinking about what are the other kinds of phone books, if you will, that Logos users need.”

Just as cell phones and the Internet have given us easier ways to find exact contact information, Boisen and his team are working to provide ways for people to find exactly what they need in the biblical text.

“We have long had the Biblical People feature, [which] ties together people in the biblical text. For many people, this is a challenge, because it’s not organized like a textbook. It’s just a bunch of different stories, written by different people in different circumstances. And so it’s often hard, I think, for people to find the thread that goes through the story and make more sense out of it. Because it’s not our time, it’s not our culture.

“The best comparison I’ve heard is that it’s a lot like reading The Lord of the Rings. There are all these people you’ve never heard of, they’re traveling around this land you don’t know anything about, and they’re bumping up against all these strange circumstances. And I think there are a lot of people reading the Bible like that. There’s just all this weird stuff, and so how do we help them make sense of it all?”

Boisen and his team work to create tools that help overcome the difficulties we all face in seeing the connections throughout Scripture. One of the results of their work is the consolidated Bible Facts tool in Logos 5.

Ryan explains,

“Having a lot of information about people, places, and things in the Bible is great. We decided that it would be even greater to combine that information in one area so that it’s easy to navigate to everything related to your area of interest at once. Combining three tools into one also allowed us to easily integrate a fourth type of data. Now, when you open Bible Facts, you get immediate access to People, Places, Things, and (now) Events.”

Have you ever wished you could quickly access information and resources on every person, place, thing, and event in the Bible? With Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool, you’ll get more than just definitions. You’ll get key passages, illustrations and photos, and relevant articles. You’ll be able to view any person’s family tree, see their roles in biblical events, and discover relationships you never knew about.

Find the answers you need with the Bible Facts tool. Get a custom discount on Logos 5 today!

Get 20% Off 60+ of R.C. Sproul’s Top Resources!

works-of-rc-sproulYou’ve downloaded R.C. Sproul’s 17-volume Crucial Questions Series for free. You’ve been challenged by Sproul’s admonition to become holy, to study theology, and to share the gospel. Now you can get the whole context of his message—we recently built a massive collection of Sproul’s works, and we’re offering introductory pricing to help get these books into your library.

For the next two weeks, use coupon code 20SPROUL to purchase or upgrade the Works of R.C. Sproul for 20% off!

R.C. Sproul is not only a leading theologian and popular author in the Reformed tradition; he’s also a leading voice in mainstream Protestant theology, acclaimed by today’s evangelical leaders. This collection is full of gems, including Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of JustificationThe Reformation Study BibleThe Holiness of God, and the recently shipped Everyone’s a Theologian.

Don’t miss out!

If you own any of these volumes, you’ve already earned a Dynamic Pricing discount—just visit the product page to see how much you’ll save. Then add coupon code 20SPROUL at checkout to get an extra 20% off! You can even make monthly budgeting easier with an interest-free payment plan.

Learn from one of the biggest voices in contemporary Christianity: get the full R.C. Sproul Collection today!

Studying the Dead Sea Scrolls Just Got Easier

Dead Sea ScrollsThe Qumran Sectarian Manuscripts (QSM) collection is a tagged database of all the nonbiblical scrolls found at Qumran—the Temple Scroll, the War Scroll, the Damascus Document, the Rule of the Community, and over 700 other scrolls. These documents provide invaluable information about Judaism in the Second Temple period.

It’s been over 10 years since we first offered this database in Libronix DLS, and much has changed—both in the contents of the QSM database and in how Logos supports Hebrew and Aramaic databases generally. We wanted to take the opportunity to get the latest data and bring this incredible tool up to our current standards.

The result: QSM just got a major update! 

What’s new

It’s never been easier to study the Dead Sea Scrolls in the original Hebrew and Aramaic. Improvements in this release include:

  • More than 100 new scrolls, bringing the total to 737 documents.
  • Reorganization: several of the previously released scrolls have been reorganized to match the latest scholarship on how to reconstruct larger works from individual pieces.
  • Textual searches: QSM now shows up in the Textual Searches section of the Bible Word Study guide, making it easy to find instances of words from the Hebrew Bible in the Dead Sea Scrolls. This feature returns the best hits when running Bible Word Study directly from the Westminster database (BHW 4.18), since no data-type conversion is required, but it also works from several other Hebrew Bibles.
  • English glosses: the glossary now includes every word in the database, while the older version only had entries for those words not found in the Hebrew Bible. In addition, QSM now glosses the text on mouse hover and populates the word-selector dropdowns in various reports and search interfaces, making it easy to select the word you want.
  • Improved navigation: now it’s possible to quickly navigate to individual scrolls, columns, or fragments, instead of just to specific lines in the scrolls.
  • Improved Dead Sea Scrolls tagging: in commentaries and other reference works, we’ve tagged Dead Sea Scrolls citations with references to Brill’s Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition (DSSSE), which includes English translations and transcriptions of the most important scrolls, as well as complete bibliographic data. In this release, we’ve added a mapping of the DSSSE datatype to QSM, making it easier to link and scroll those resources together and making it possible to jump directly from tagged Dead Sea Scrolls references in your library directly to the QSM database without having to own or open DSSSE. The Brill volumes have also been updated to improve their linking with QSM and with each other.
  • Morphology update: the implementation of the morphology codes has been updated to function alongside the improvements made to the Westminster data types for the release of BHW 4.18, making it easy to search for morphological features across the scrolls and the Hebrew Bible at the same time.

Get yours today

If you already own the old version of QSM, you’ll receive this update automatically. (If you haven’t gotten your update update, just type “update resources” into the command bar and Logos will download it.)

If you don’t already have these important documents, get yours today!

Get D.A. Carson’s Advice on Selecting NT Commentaries and More

baker-academic-biblical-studies-upgradeRight now, you can pre-order works by renowned authors like D.A. Carson, Chris Keith, and Francis J. Moloney in the Baker Academic Biblical Studies Upgrade—for 25% off!

This addition to the Baker Academic Biblical Studies Bundle addresses topics that are both timeless and relevant: the reliability of the Bible, Christian views on immigration, how to choose a commentary, and much more. Since all these resources were published in the last two years, you can be sure you’re getting scholarship that’s up to date.

Used by today’s leading scholars

Here’s what people have to say about just a few of these resources:

Jesus against the Scribal Elite by Chris Keith:

“Chris Keith adds a very important social dimension to understanding the conflicts between Jesus and other teachers of his day. This fascinating book makes a new and welcome contribution to the discussion.”
—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

New Testament Commentary Survey, 7th ed. by D.A. Carson

“If you are preparing a new sermon series and looking for advice on commentaries, you must consult . . . the New Testament Commentary Survey. . . . [It] will help to save you lots of money in the long run.”
—David S. Dockery, Review and Expositor

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg

“Mention the Bible, especially a hot topic like canon or miracles, and one second later you will hear strident voices attacking the Bible’s silliness or calling others names for not believing the Bible . . . Enter Craig Blomberg with nothing less than a splendid example of ‘generous apologetics’ for the faith.”
—Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

Get nearly 1,400 pages of current biblical scholarship, and see for yourself why these books are so valuable. Pre-order the Baker Academic Biblical Studies Upgrade for 25% off!

Interested in even more deals on Baker resources? Check out the Baker American Church History Collection and the Baker Academic Christian Education Collection.

Save 25% and Celebrate the Legacy of J. Dwight Pentecost

PentecostOn April 28, 2014, just four days after turning 99, distinguished pastor and professor J. Dwight Pentecost went home to be with the Lord.

Only the 100th student to enroll at Dallas Theological Seminary in 1937, Pentecost went on to pastor two different churches in Pennsylvania from 1941 to 1951. Wanting to exponentially increase his effectiveness, he decided to go back to DTS and train thousands of future pastors.

While earning his graduate degree, Pentecost taught at DTS, eventually joining the faculty in 1958. He continued to pastor in Texas while teaching Bible exposition and authoring or coauthoring more than 20 books. He taught his last class at DTS in December 2013 at age 98.

In celebration of his life, you can purchase the 11-volume J. Dwight Pentecost Collection for 25% off. Whether you’re using them for personal edification or as teaching or discipleship tools, you’ll benefit immensely from the works of this influential evangelical thinker. Get your discount when you use coupon code PENTECOST at checkout.

Here are six inspirational quotes from books in the J. Dwight Pentecost Collection:

“That which the Word of God produces in your life is directly related to the preparation you have permitted the Spirit of God to do in your life and heart. If you came to the Word with an unprepared heart, the seed is taken away. If you came to the Word with a life choked up with weeds, with sin, with bitterness, with jealousy, with strife, the Word will never come to fruit. But if you come to the Word of God with a life that has been prepared to receive the truth of the Word by the Spirit of God, the good seed sown by the Lord Jesus will produce its fruit. As living seed, it must reproduce.” —Your Adversary, the Devil

“The commission is not fulfilled by your contribution to a missionary budget that sends a missionary to some dark place of the earth. The Great Commission is fulfilled when you, right where you are, disciple somebody else by teaching them and showing them what you have learned of the things of Christ and the Father from the Word of God.” —Design for Discipleship

“During the course of His earthly life, Christ had demonstrated the compassion of God toward the poor, the sick, the sorrowing, the outcast, and the sinful. Compassion such as He demonstrated will be required of those who are His subjects in the kingdom.” —Thy Kingdom Come

“May we experience His personal presence so that we shall be delivered when we are tempted to wrap the mantle of loneliness about us and hide away like Elijah in our caves.” —Life’s Problems—God’s Solutions

“Satan wants to turn your mind into a cesspool and have your mind occupied with that which ultimately must corrupt, defile, and spoil the whole body, distort the life, and produce sin. The battle is not first in the field of action; it is in the field of thought.” —The Joy of Living

“There is no such thing as a neutral act, or a neutral thought, or a neutral word in the life of the child of God. That which is not produced by the Holy Spirit, is produced by the flesh. Every step you take, every word you speak, every action of your life not consciously controlled by the Holy Spirit is being produced by the flesh.” —The Divine Comforter

Use coupon code PENTECOST now through Friday, May 16 to avail yourself of the informative J. Dwight Pentecost Collection at a great discount—you’ll be thankful you did.

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