New! Evangelical Exegetical Commentary on Philemon Releases Today

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

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

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

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

This is a great opportunity to highlight one of the key benefits of Logos 4: automatic updates.

With automatic updates, your software and all your books are always up-to-date. Logos syncs all your content together across all devices and platforms. You’ll always have the latest and greatest, whether you’re using a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet, or you’re accessing your content on Biblia.com.

This is just one of hundreds of features of Logos 4, and it’s a great reason to upgrade if you’re still using Libronix/Logos 3. Remember, the current discounts end on September 30, so you have just a few more days to save big on your upgrade. You’ll get tons of new content, plus all the new features built into Logos 4, like automatic updates.

What are you waiting for? Upgrade today before the discounts expire!

The Importance of Historical Context

Jesus in Context book coverWhy a blog post about Darrell L. Bock and Gregory J. Herrick’s book Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study?

If you’re at all like me, there comes a point in your reading of the New Testament where you start to realize that the world of the New Testament is vast in scope, and the New Testament itself only tells us a little about the context of that world. And you start to wonder how much you’re missing. Not doctrinally, of course. I’m thinking more of the literary and historical setting of the New Testament.

From here (if you’re like me) you research a bit and you find there’s all sorts of stuff you can read. There is so much it is almost overwhelming. You can (and should) read, of course, the Old Testament for the setting of the people of God. But this is only the start.

From here you can dip into the apocrypha (or deuterocanonical books) for insight on the developments between the testaments. Then the firehose opens wide: you can go from here to the works of Josephus (a historian contemporary with the time of the New Testament), and to Philo (an Alexandrian Jew from the same era) whose writings are preserved for us. You can go to the Apostolic Fathers (a personal favorite of mine) for some understanding of how the early Christians lived, thought and preached. You can go to Jewish literature — to the Talmud, to the Targums, to the Mishnah and all sorts of stuff. You can also go to what is called the “Old Testament Pseudepigrapha,” which helps you understand how both Jews and Christians interacted with their literature, and how they understood it, and what they expected to happen. From here your search will only get wider.

But (again, if you’re like me), that’s a whole lot of reading. And some of the material is a bit … er … “dry” in translation. What to do?

Thankfully, Bock and  Herrick published a book called Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study. What is this book? It is laid out in parts, and it provides readings from texts like those of Josephus, Philo, the OT Pseudepigrapha, Apostolic Fathers, Targums, Talmud, etc. for each major section of the gospels. So, for the section on “The Calling of the Disciples” (Mt 4:18; Mk 1:16–20), a section of the Qumran Hymn Scroll (1QH 5.7–8) is referenced. On the section of the healing of the Demoniac in the Synagogue (Mk 1:23–28; Lk 14:33–37), some Greek Magical Papyri (yes, such things exist) and 1QapGen 20.27–29 (the Genesis Apocryphon from Qumran) are cited. This is fun stuff!

You’d have to read and study a whole lot to put all of this together for the Gospels. But Bock and Herrick have done the heavy lifting for you. And they’ve arranged it in a way that makes it easy to consult while you’re studying the Gospels on your own. If you’ve ever thought, like I did, that there is more to the literary and historical context of the NT that (if you knew of it) might help your understanding of these important events recorded in the Gospels, then you should definitely check out Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study.

A few further notes

In 2002, Darrell Bock published a book called Jesus According to Scripture (currently on pre-pub here at Logos). That book arranges the Gospels in such a manner that makes the events of the Gospels easier to associate with their likely order of occurrence. The numbering system used by that book is also used in Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study. While Jesus in Context is considered a companion volume of sorts to Jesus According to Scripture, both texts do stand alone and are designed to be useful for their contexts.

Also, the Baker New Testament Studies Collection includes Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study and 13 other volumes. The collection is a great set of books at a great price. If you’re interested in more than one or two of the titles, you might want to consider the whole collection instead of the individual volumes.

Last Chance to Get Learn to Do Word Studies with Logos on Pre-Pub!

Learn to Do Word Studies with Logos Bible Software is a collection of videos, featuring Michael Heiser and Johnny Cisneros, designed to teach users how to do word studies. You have just a few more days to get it at the Pre-Pub price, so place your order before it’s too late!

Who Is This For?

  • If you’re a pastor and you’d like to beef up your sermons by exploring the meaning of Greek and Hebrew words, this series will show you how to apply the Word Study Guide to your sermon preparation each week.
  • If you want to understand more about the languages behind the English Bible translations you use for your own personal Bible study, we’ll show you how word studies can benefit your study.
  • If you’ve heard your pastor talk about what certain words in the Bible mean and you’d like to learn more for yourself, we’ll give you everything you need to explore what you learned on Sunday at a greater depth.
  • If you want to enrich your understanding of God’s Word, we’ll give you all the basics for using Logos Bible Software for word studies.

To view sample videos and learn more about the project, head on over to the main page for the series, and be sure to pre-order before the end of the week to get in on the discounted price!

Recommended Commentaries: Exodus

Save over 50% off the retail price of the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection (9 vols.)—with the coupon code PENTACOMM!

The Featured Commentary Series

Logos Talk wants to help you find the best commentaries for your needs. The Featured Commentary Series will be a regular column highlighting some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

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

Exodus Commentaries

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

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

Get a Great Deal on the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection

User’s have highlighted the JPS Tanakh commentaries as favorites in their study of Genesis and Exodus. We want to offer you a super deal on this incredible collection. Now you can get all nine volumes of the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection for over 50% off the retail price! 

Use the coupon code PENTACOMM at checkout and get the entire collection for $249.95! Act soon though, the sale ends Friday, September 23.

 

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

Get Proclaim Free through the End of the Year!

We are excited to announce Proclaim will release a FREE beta version on October 11, 2011.  This new church presentation software is compatible with Logos 4, allowing you to easily send images and quotes over to your presentation. Sign up below to be notified as soon as it releases!

This release is going to change the way pastors, worship leaders, and other ministry partners put together a presentation. Not only will pastors be able send information and media directly from Logos 4 to a presentation, but worship leaders and others will be able to access a presentation throughout the week to add songs, backgrounds, and announcements. That’s right, multiple people can work from home or their church—or anywhere with internet access—on the same presentation.

Each presentation you create in Proclaim includes a unique “signal.” Signals” is a feature allowing you to send out interactive information to the mobile devices users in your church so they can follow along with the presentation. When creating or editing your presentation, Proclaim will tie a “Signal” to the slide as you select which content you would like to send to local mobile devices. You can send a Scripture, a quote, or even a donation request for mobile giving.

You can also sync with your CCLI SongSelect account to pull in lyrics with one button, without ever leaving the application. With engaging and easy-to-use features like this, Proclaim is sure to become the standard in church presentation software.

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Not only will Proclaim be FREE when it releases initially, but you can get it FREE through the end of the year, if the Proclaim Facebook page reaches 11,000 fans by 11/11/11. Be sure to tell your ministry team, worship team, and fellow worship leaders to “Like” the page as well.

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Be Encouraged by Bible Study Magazine

For three years, Bible Study Magazine has been delivering an impressive array of tools for Bible study.

We’ve always featured cover articles on church leaders and biblical scholars with a focus on their interaction with Scripture. You will find it inspiring to read how Scripture enriches the lives of leaders like Josh McDowell, John Piper, Kay Arthur, and Mark Driscoll.

Subscribers to Bible Study Magazine enjoy powerful discussions with notable church figures, discussions which yield quotes like:

“Some of the happiest hours of my life have been sitting at the desk with a sheet of paper and the biblical text and thinking, ‘How does this text divide? What are its main themes? What’s going on here?’ You are looking into God’s workshop. God is in this text and you are actually seeing how the Holy Spirit worked; that’s just amazing.”—N. T. Wright

“I’ve done pretty much the same thing for the past 30 years—I have a morning Bible study time. What works best for me is to have one book in the Bible that I am reading, and I read until something strikes me. I don’t have any prescribed length to read—it could be a chapter or a few verses. When something strikes me, though, I’ll put a date in the margin of the page. . . . [I'll note why] that passage speaks to me. In all my Bibles for the past 30 years, you will see dates in the margins.”—Max Lucado

“I don’t memorize verses that don’t help my soul. I’m not into mechanical memorizing. I’m into fighting the fight of faith. I want to memorize Scripture so that I can defeat the devil at 3 o’clock in the afternoon—that’s why I memorize!”—John Piper

It is stimulating and empowering to note how these leaders and scholars regularly interact with the Scripture in their personal life, and an encouragement to do the same.

On the cover of the Sept–Oct ’11 issue of Bible Study Magazine, you’ll find Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel. He told us that Bible study is addicting: “The more you know, the more you hunger and thirst for knowledge of the Word. . . . Feed that, and watch the desire grow.” 

We at Bible Study Magazine couldn’t agree more.

Make sure to subscribe by September 30 to begin your subscription with Chuck Smith’s remarkable insight.

Join Bible Study Magazine on Facebook and tell us who you would choose to see featured in a future issue. Not on Facebook? Leave us a comment and tell us who you’d love to have on the cover of Bible Study Magazine.

Why don’t you let Bible Study Magazine help you get the most out of your Bible study? Subscribe today at almost 50% off the cover price!

Community Pricing Alert—3 Other James Hastings Products You Should Know About

Coins Current in Palestine c. B.C. 500–A.D. 135

Coins Current in Palestine c. B.C. 500–A.D. 135

Last week, Dale Pritchett championed Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics on Community Pricing.

Edited by Scottish Presbyterian minister and biblical scholar James Hastings, it’s just one of the collections offered in Community Pricing edited by this important 20th century theologian (did you know he was the original founder and editor of the Expository Times?).

There’s also A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels (2 vols.), the single volume Dictionary of the Bible, and the important, five-volume Dictionary of the Bible.

The Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.) boasts over 4,500 pages of articles written by 194 different scholars, such as William Ramsay, F. Max Müller,  A. T. Robertson, Alfred Plummer, S. R. Driver—just to name a few. This amazing reference set is close to 80% and could cross over soon, so you’ll want to place your bid today to make sure you take advantage of this awesome Community Pricing steal.

Be sure to place your bid today!

5 Reasons the Perseus Project Is Incredible

Last month we announced the release of nearly 1,500 resources in the Perseus Collection—for free. In case you were wondering why you should bother downloading such a large addition to your library, we’ve compiled five reasons why Perseus is incredible:

  1. Educational Value:
    C. S. Lewis said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”Familiarity with the classics of Greek and Roman literature has often been a hallmark of a well-rounded education. Equally important is knowledge of one’s own history and culture. With the seven bundles included in our Perseus Collection, you can browse 340 volumes on 19th century American history, 22 volumes on the Renaissance, and even read hundreds of Greek and Latin classics such as Aristotle, Epictates, Plutarch, Homer, and many more.
  2. English Translations
    In the Perseus Classics Collection we not only have a world class collection of Greek and Latin literature, but we have dozens of English translations as well. So don’t worry if you can’t read Sophocles in the original Greek. We’ve got you covered.
  3. Dictionaries and Lexicons
    Greek and Latin lemmas are tagged in hundreds of resources. With the click of a button, you can access dictionaries and lexicons in an instant. The Greek is morphologically tagged allowing you to perform advanced searches and Bible word studies right from your copy of Aristotle or Herodotus.
  4. Textual Searching
    Believe it or not, adding hundreds of Greek classics to your library can seriously enhance your Bible study. Take Acts 18:13 for example:

    “This man is persuading [ἀναπείθω] people to worship God contrary to the law.”

    This word, anapeitho, occurs only once in the entire New Testament. It is helpful to have a word occur multiple times to enable translators to give it the correct meaning from context. With more data, it is much easier to determine the intended meaning.

    Just by adding the Perseus Classics Collection to your library, you will not only find the one occurrence in the New Testament, but another 191 occurrences of this word being used in classical Greek literature.

    If you really want to dig into the Greek New Testament and experience the words used in another cultural context, you are going to love the Perseus Classics Collection paired with Logos Bible Software.

  5. It’s free!
    Let’s be honest, isn’t this a great reason? We know you will enjoy these resources as much as we do, and we are thrilled to be offering them for free!

This is groundbreaking stuff, so share the news! Pass it along via your favorite social media platform, then browse to the Perseus Collection page and pre-order now!

Leave us a comment and tell us what Perseus collection you are most excited about!

Recommended Commentaries: Genesis

If you do a faceted search for commentaries on Logos.com, you will find nearly 100 pages of resources. Among those you will find some of the best commentaries ever written! But what if you are looking for a solid commentary on a specific book of the Bible? It can get overwhelming when you are looking for the right tool to purchase for the study or sermon series you are working on. Where do you even begin?

The Recommended Commentary Series

Logos Talk wants to help you find the best commentaries for your needs. The Recommended Commentary Series will be a regular column highlighting some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

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

Genesis Commentaries

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

Commentaries in Collections

Single Volume Commentaries

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

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

* The 40-volume New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Back-To-School Sale ends Monday, September 12, at midnight! This is the lowest price in years and, if you act fast, you can still get it for $88 per month with a payment plan! Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to get the special price.

Upgrade Discounts End Soon!

We’ve been running some sort of upgrade discount ever since the launch of Logos 4 back in November 2009. As not all good things can last forever, you have three weeks to take advantage of base package upgrades. Special upgrade discounts end September 30, 2011!

Don’t Wait Any Longer

If you’ve been considering upgrading your Logos 4 base package to a higher base package level, or even if you are still using Logos 3, this is your last chance to save money on your upgrade!

Act before the discounts expire and you could save as much as $630.00 on your upgrade! With all the new content you’ll get, your upgrade price will be cheaper than if you were to get just one or two titles by themselves.

But no matter which package you upgrade to, the bottom line is that you’ll pay less if you upgrade by September 30, 2011. If you wait, you’ll pay more—up to $630.00 more. It’s that simple.

See your personalize upgrade discount now!

7 Reasons for Upgrading Now

Besides the limited-time discounts and savings, there are lots of other great reasons to upgrade. Here are just a few:

  • Add up to hundreds of new books to your digital library for pennies on the dollar
  • Improved passage guides, word study guides, exegetical guides, reports, and search results
  • Powerful new tools, features, databases, and more if upgrading from a lower base package level
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  • Syncing between home, office, mobile devices, and the web
  • An interest-free payment plan to help stay within your budget

Best of all, upgrading before the discounts expire will save you money. Just remember, the higher you upgrade, the deeper your discount.

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Find out what discounts you qualify for and use our interest-free payment plan option during checkout by upgrading now!

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