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Honoring Stephen H. Levinsohn

Discourse Studies and Biblical Interpretation: A Festschrift in Honor of Stephen H. LevinsohnThis past week, Steven Runge has been at the SBL international meeting in London. Among the scholars he’s been interacting with is Stephen H. Levinsohn, a linguist affiliated with the Summer Institute of Linguistics who has done important work to advance scholarship on the Greek New Testament. Steve’s work in discourse studies has been directly influenced and enriched by Levinsohn, so he was delighted to be able to interact in person with Levinsohn at SBL in London.

At the session on Levinsohn’s work, Steve surprised Levinsohn with a book written in his honor, Discourse Studies and Biblical Interpretation: A Festschrift in Honor of Stephen H. Levinsohn.

This Festschrift has been in the works for awhile. We’ve been keeping it a secret for over a year, so we’re thrilled not only to present it to Levinsohn for the first time, but to also make it available to all Logos users.

In addition to Steve’s introduction, the Festschrift contains contributions from Iver Larsen, Stanley E. Porter, Robert A. Dooley, Regina Blass, R. J. Sim, Constantine R. Campbell, Buist Fanning, Steven E. Runge, Margaret G. Sim, Lindsay J. Whaley, Rick Brannan, Nicholas A. Bailey, Randall Buth, and Jenny Read-Heimerdinger.

Why are all these scholars honoring Levinsohn? Each of these scholars has had their work challenged or influenced by Levinsohn’s work, including Steve Runge’s own Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament. Levinsohn has done more than perhaps anyone else to apply the principles of discourse grammar to New Testament scholarship. He’s meticulously examined how languages operate and the rules they follow—and the implications for reading, studying, and translating the text of the New Testament.

Right now you can pre-order Discourse Studies and Biblical Interpretation at a discount for a limited time. Get it now!

Want to share how your study of the Greek New Testament been affected by Levinsohn’s work? Want to thank Levinsohn yourself? Leave a note in the comments!

Designing Women

How can I love as Jesus loved?

Does being a woman of faith mean I can’t ever have doubts?

How can I have freedom when I’m constantly busy?

Chances are most of us have thought about questions similar to these. The 13-volume Cynthia Heald Collection, now on Pre-Pub, addresses these types of questions with Bible studies that are full of Scripture and discussion questions that guide you to discovering God’s perspective on who women are designed to be.

Of the thirteen titles in this collection, nine are part of the Becoming a Woman of . . . series. These nine titles discuss several characteristics of a godly woman including prayer, grace, simplicity, and purpose.

In each of these Bible studies, you can explore biblical references, ponder quotes from authors like C. S. Lewis and Charles Spurgeon, find verses for Scripture memory that pertain to the topic, and read about real-life trials on the characteristic of the study. Discussion questions found throughout the study will prompt you to dig deeper into the Scripture and personally reflect on your own life.

Great for individual or group study! Each book has eleven chapters that can easily be used for eleven sessions for group or individual study.

Also included in this great collection are two devotionals and two Bible study books addressing marriage and the purpose and role of a godly wife. All thirteen titles will equip readers to personally apply and strengthen the characteristics discussed in each book.

With the Cynthia Heald Collection (13 vols.) on Pre-Pub, you get each title for under $6, so be sure to check it out now!

Have you read any of Cynthia Heald’s Bible studies? Let us know what you thought!

Word Biblical Commentary—Get Way More for Way Less!

The Word Biblical Commentary (WBC) is one of our bestselling commentaries. If you’ve been thinking of adding it to your library, there are two ways you could get it:

  1. Get the WBC by itself for $699.95.
  2. Get the WBC plus 141 additional books in the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle for $589.95.

The second option is a much better deal, but it’s available for just a few more days. Here’s how to get it:

Nelson Bible Reference Bundle (200 vols.)

Introducing the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle (200 vols.)

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle is a massive collection of commentaries, Bibles, dictionaries, devotionals, popular titles, and lots more. This is what’s included:

  • 59 volumes of the Word Biblical Commentary Series (worth around $3,000.00!)
  • 35 volumes of The Preacher’s Commentary Series (worth $700.00!)
  • 12 volumes of A Treasury of Great Preaching (worth $300.00!)
  • 8 volumes of Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook (worth $240.00!)
  • 86 additional books and commentaries (worth $1,760.00)

The Word Biblical Commentary—and Lots More!

Right now, you could get the Word Biblical Commentary by itself on sale for $699.95. Instead, imagine getting the WBC, plus the Preacher’s Commentary Series, plus the 12-volume Treasury of Great Preaching, plus the Nelson Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook, and on top of that—almost one hundred additional books—all for $589.95. That’s 200 books—including the WBC—at a lower price than just getting the WBC by itself.

As you can see, if you’ve been thinking of getting the WBC, it makes more sense to get the 200-volume Nelson Bible Reference Bundle instead. Not only will you get the WBC, but you’ll get tons of other books, all for less than what you would pay for the WBC if you had gotten the WBC by itself.

You won’t see the discount on the product page, though. The only way to get the special price is to enter coupon code NELSONBIBLE at checkout.

Expires in Just a Few Days!

It’s hard to overstate just how good of a deal this really is. This collection contains around $6,000.00 worth of content. Right now you can get all of these books bundled together on sale, and you’ll pay only $2.95 per book. That’s 200 books, commentaries, study Bibles, dictionaries, language tools, pastor’s helps, apologetics resources, and lots more—all for only $2.95 each.

The main thing to remember is that this deal lasts until June 30, 2011. Don’t miss out on your chance to add more than 200 books to your library at around $2.95 a book! Use coupon code NELSONBIBLE to get this special price. Get it now!

How will you use the WBC in your study? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Tackling Tough Topics

Looking for information and guidance on some of today’s toughest issues?

One hundred different topics, and some of today’s most prevalent issues, are discussed in the Hope for the Heart Biblical Counseling Library. This in-depth counseling library provides practical strategies to address topics like the blended family, suicide prevention, cults, stress management, and many others.

Whether you are a regular counselor, a pastor, or just have a friend dealing with an issue, this collection will help answer your questions and give you biblically-based guidance on these subjects.

Each book discusses one topic, presented in a simple, outline format. Beginning with several definitions, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the issue. Next, you’ll find characteristics of those dealing with the issue and then possible causes of the problem. Finally, steps to a solution that will lead to freedom in Christ are outlined. Biblical illustrations and real-life examples are given throughout each book.

And don’t forget—you can test drive the Hope for the Heart Biblical Counseling Library by purchasing the individual titles of the collection. If you want counseling tools on a specific issue, then start off by checking out that individual title. Then you may decide that the entire collection would be a great addition to your library, so we’ll deduct your recent purchase from the cost of the collection.

Here are a few individual titles to get you started:

Have you read or used any individual titles from the Hope for the Heart Biblical Counseling Library? Leave us a comment and let us know!

4 Qualities That Set the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series Apart

Because no one person could possibly explore the full depth of a passage of God’s Word, we here at Logos often encourage people to purchase and read multiple commentaries on a book they’re studying. Each commentary series offered for Logos’ library interprets the Bible from a different perspective. And most commentary series are intentional about what aspect of biblical interpretation they want to focus on: exegetical, pastoral, theological, application, or others. So what does the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series (EEC) focus on?

The Ezra & Nehemiah: EEC volume by Israel Loken—which is now available—well illustrates four things that make the EEC different.

  1. The EEC is meant for a large audience
    The EEC editors—H. Wayne House, William D. Barrick, and Hall Harris—decided that the EEC audience would include the scholar, the pastor, the Sunday school teacher, and the person unfamiliar with the Bible. The EEC would address problems we all face. Ezra & Nehemiah by Loken considers problems and makes connections that are relevant no matter how deep someone’s relationship with Christ is.
  2. The EEC covers nearly all types of biblical interpretation
    Once the editors decided that the EEC would have a very wide audience, they asked: “What will make this commentary as helpful as possible?” Answering this question meant interpreting the Bible phrase by phrase from an evangelical perspective. The EEC would also incorporate the latest in biblical scholarship—combining historical, literary, and theological explanations with ideas for applying the Bible to everyday life. In Ezra & Nehemiah, Loken often discusses how the problems faced by God’s people after their exile in Babylon are not that different from the problems churches face today. He first makes this point through some biblical theology connections before connecting it to his thoughts about applying the Bible.
  3. The EEC is created for a digital world
    Digital books do not have page constraints. There is room for additional notes, excursuses on important issues, and anything else worth addressing. Loken included in Ezra & Nehemiah tables illustrating the historical events surrounding the book and interesting discussions like the literary connections between Ezra and Nehemiah.
  4. The EEC focuses on the biblical story
    Ezra & Nehemiah helps interpret the biblical story’s meaning for us. By analyzing the elements of narrative and the historical background of Ezra and Nehemiah, Loken explains how and why God’s people rebuilt Jerusalem and changed their way of worship. He continually emphasizes what we can learn about God’s story today from observing God’s story back then.

We’re not the only ones excited about Ezra & Nehemiah. In case you missed it, we published a blog post in April highlighting new endorsements for the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary by four leading biblical professors.

If you purchase the collection today you will receive the Ezra & Nehemiah volume immediately. Then, each time a new commentary is released, it will automatically download into your library at no additional cost.

Also, you can order the 44 volume, Evangelical Exegetical Commentary using a payment plan and spread those payments out for up to a year!

Do you already have the Ezra & Nehemiah volume in your collection? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Reflecting on Three Years of Bible Study Magazine

God’s Word has the power to do more in someone’s life than we could ever hope to do on our own. For that reason—before Bible Study Magazine was announced about three years ago—the decision was made that it would be all about the Word.

Using the print medium for this purpose was indeed a simple technology solution. We came to the conclusion that print would serve this purpose well: it was a great medium for presenting fresh ideas about Bible study.

Bible Study Magazine is still all about getting people into the Word. We are grateful for the opportunity to publish the words of people who share our passion, like Priscilla Shirer. In the current issue, Shirer says: “The exact same Holy Spirit that lives in the people we admire, who teach us the Bible, is the exact same Holy Spirit that lives inside of us. … [We can’t] only hear the voice of God when somebody else is spoon feeding it to us. We have to know that we can go to the Scriptures ourselves.”

This idea is embodied by Dr. Yohanna Katanacho. As a Palestinian by birth who now lives in Israel, he shares the gospel with those struggling with ethnic and national boundaries. Through relationships, he often has the ability to demonstrate that Christ can overcome all things. He has been a missionary in the conflict of hatred for most of his life, yet he doesn’t seem discouraged by it—the Word of God helps him with the disappointments and enables him to experience victories. Katacacho’s story is both empowering and convicting. He prompts us to be anything but passive in our faith: He tells the story of how the Bible has transformed his life and continually been his guide. “For me, the Bible is the source of my strength,” says Katacacho, “without it I would be lost, not only because of the cognitive part, but because it is a holy ground for me. There I meet God, and through that meeting, I am refreshed.”

But as Sheila Walsh says in our current issue: “Sometimes we have a hard time resting in God’s promises because so many earthly promises are broken. But while we disappoint others and they disappoint us, God is not like us: ‘God is not human that he should lie, not a human being that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?’ (Numbers 23:19).”

God is here for us. He has provided the “holy ground” of His Word so that we can rest peacefully in Him. When we look to His Word, we see His promises. Bible Study Magazine is about how God is manifest in His Word and wants to manifest His Word in our lives.

I hope you decide to subscribe now to Bible Study Magazine for yourself, a family-member, or a friend. (To gift a subscription, just enter a different shipping address at check out.) We would be grateful for the opportunity to help you or someone you know get deeper into the Word.

Have you subscribed to Bible Study Magazine? We would love for you to tell us about it!

5 Interesting Facts About John Wesley

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, turns 308 today. Like any looming figure in Christian history, Wesley has his share of both theological supporters and detractors. But there are very few that will question the fervency and urgency Wesley felt when it came to evangelism and church work. As Prime Minister, Lord Baldwin, said of Wesley, “I am supposed to be a busy man, but by the side of Wesley, I join the ranks of the unemployed.”

To celebrate Wesley’s birthday, I wanted to take a few moments and look at five little known facts about his life.

    1. John Wesley came from a huge family.
      The child mortality rate in eighteenth century England was unbelievably high. Statistics suggest that 70% of all deaths were children under ten. So it is not surprising that many families had an abundance of children. John Wesley’s mother—Susanna Wesley—was the 25th of 25 children and she went on to bear a number of children as well. John was the 15th of 19 children. Susanna lost nine of her children in infancy. When Susanna died in 1742, she was only survived by eight of her children.
    2. John Wesley was a victim of bullying as a child.
      John, a short and intelligent boy, was bullied relentlessly as a child. This abuse affected him for the rest of his life. Accounts tell of how, as an adult, Wesley would tremble when discussing the barbaric treatment he received from his peers.
    3. John Wesley vehemently opposed slavery.
      Wesley was inspired to join the anti-slavery movement when he read a pamphlet by Quaker abolitionist Anthony Benezet. He was so moved that he frequently preached against the slave trade and authored Thoughts upon Slavery—a pamphlet publicly decrying the practice. Wesley’s last letter was written to convert and fellow abolitionist William Wilberforce. In it he wrote:

      “O be not weary of well doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish away before it.”

      This letter was written in 1791, and sixteen years later Parliament finally outlawed England’s participation in the slave trade.

    4. John Wesley is one of history’s most traveled men.

Biographer Edward T. Oakes states that Wesley traveled over 250,000 miles by horseback in his lifetime—that’s ten times the circumference of the earth.

    1. John Wesley is credited for coining the phrase “agree to disagree.”

Wesley often found himself at odds with George Whitefield. Whitefield, who shared Wesley’s enthusiasm for evangelism, clashed openly with Wesley on issues of soteriology. Eventually, the rivalry between Wesley and Whitefield’s theologies introduced an impassioned partisanship among their followers.

In a memorial sermon delivered after Whitefield’s passing, Wesley minimized the schism saying:

There are many doctrines of a less essential nature . . . In these we may think and let think; we may agree to disagree. But, meantime, let us hold fast the essentials . . .

This sermon is widely recognized as the first time “agree to disagree” appeared in print.

If you are looking for more great discussion about John Wesley, check out Ten Thought-Provoking John Wesley Quotes by Robert Campbell .

Pick Up the John Wesley Collection!

Make sure you peruse the 29 volume, John Wesley Collection. This collection features all of his theological works, as well as essays, journals, letters, sermons, grammars, psalms, hymns, and various addresses. This complete collection of one of Christendom’s important figures is a must have.

Have a favorite story or anecdote about John Wesley? Please, share it with us!

Community Pricing: How Low Can it Go?

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (57 vols.) is nearing the 60% mark in Community Pricing at $50.00. That’s less than a buck a book. And guess what? The more people that bid on it, the lower the price can go. How low? That’s up to Logos users. The Community Pricing Program gives you a direct influence on the priorities and prices for all the resources in Community Pricing!

With contributors such as Herbert Edward Ryle, S. R. Driver, J. Skinner, A. Plummer, F. W. Farrar, H. C. G. Moule, W. H. Simcox, and more, The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (57 vols.) won’t remain in Community Pricing for long. With 57 volumes of commentary covering the entire Bible, insight from dozens of well-known theologians and biblical scholars, helpful maps, indexes, appendixes, and outlines for each book of the Bible—the 14,000+ pages that make up The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges will be referred to in your Bible study again and again. Just a basic search through Logos 4 of some of these top names brings up thousands of hits—these trusted scholars are still being relied on after more than a generation.

So what are you waiting for? The Community Pricing Program brings classic works together with the power of Logos at a steep discount. Make sure you get your bid in for The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (57 vols.) before it crosses over the 100% mark.

Be sure to check out the Community Pricing FAQ for any questions you might have. If you still have questions, leave us a comment or raise them in the forums—there are plenty of Logos users who would love to sing their praises about about the benefits of Community Pricing!

Theologically Sound

Summer is quickly approaching and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m looking forward to the warm weather, the blooming flowers, and most of all, the summer concerts. Listening to live music is an energizing experience: As the music begins, you’re  immersed in sound and find yourself reflecting on the lyrics that accompany it. I often find myself trying to relate to the melody and words that accompany it.

Music has always been a powerful form of communication. Musician and theologian Jeremy Begbie examines the connection between theological reflection and musical expression in Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music .

In this study, Begbie looks at Scripture, musical history, and contemporary culture to show how the reader—and listener—can discover God’s truth in the music all around them.

Here’s what others are saying about Resounding Truth:

Jeremy Begbie is a musician/theologian par excellence. Whatever music you enjoy and wherever you are on the journey of faith and understanding, he will delight, surprise, challenge, and inspire you. A wonderful book by a wonderful writer, thinker, and musician.
N. T. Wright, Bishop of Durham

Jeremy Begbie’s thinking emerges out of a fusion of the best musical thinking about theology and the best theological thinking about music. The resulting text is charged with energy and insight—and not just for musicians and theologians. This vital work is poised to energize and strengthen the entire Christian community.
—John D. Witvliet, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

This book resounds with the thoughtful, dynamic, and always engaging voice of Jeremy Begbie. Marked by a breathtaking range, driven by a creative vision, and packed with judicious insights, it will no doubt shape conversations about theology and the arts for year to come.
—Roger Lundin, Wheaton College

Make sure you order Resounding Truth while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

What’s your favorite thing about music? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

Lectionary-Based Study with Logos: Part 2

SproulThis is the second half to last week’s Lectionary-Based Study with Logos: Part 1 by Louis St. Hilaire, Logos Bible Software’s Catholic Product Manager.

Using Lectionary Resources in Logos Bible Software

Lectionary resources in Logos Bible Software are designed to make it easy to find the text for the day and to read it in the Bible translation of your choice.

The readings are arranged by calendar date and the book automatically opens at the next set of readings. For each Sunday or feast, the title, the season and the liturgical color is given. The text of the readings for the day is displayed in the translation you specify at the top of the panel, and links are provided that you can use to open your Bible or right-click to quickly open up Logos guides, tools and searches for deeper study and sermon preparation. (Click the images to see them full size.)

Lectionary Readings for the Day

For more general study, you can also find a complete listing of readings organized by liturgical event (i.e. more like a print lectionary that you can re-use year to year) in the “Index of Readings” found at the end of the lectionary.

The home page ribbon also gives you quick access to your lectionary. It displays the title and readings for the next Sunday and opens up your lectionary when you click.

To get your preferred lectionary to show up, prioritize it from Library.

In addition, the “Lectionaries” section of the Passage Guide allows you to quickly see where the passage you’re studying appears in your lectionaries. How and where a passage is used in a lectionary reveals important ways that your passage has been used in worship in connection with other passages or important feasts.

Passage Guide

To get this section to show up in your Passage Guide, click “Add” on the Passage Guide title bar and select “Lectionaries”.

Helps & Commentaries Geared Toward the Lectionary

Besides the lectionary resources mentioned in Part I, Logos also has several commentaries and sermon preparation helps that are specifically geared toward use with a lectionary:

Do you use a lectionary? Leave us a comment and let us know which one.