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3 Ways Logos 5 Helps Students Succeed

Logos Mobile EducationWe’ve talked before about why Logos 5 is great for pastors. But the same things that make it such a powerful resource for ministry—its study tools, its vast network of resources, its convenience—make it an amazing advantage for students, too.

That’s why, last year, Dallas Theological Seminary partnered with Logos to equip every DTS student with a custom base package.

The response has been tremendous:

Here’s why Logos is such a powerful tool for learning.

1. It gives you all the resources you need

goldSerious scholars understand the importance of context:

  • Inevitably, the Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic introduces nuance that’s hard to translate—what might you be missing?
  • Those genealogies aren’t just lists of names; they’re lists of real people. How did they live? How do they connect to what you’re studying?
  • You think you’ve come across a surprising new interpretation—but how do you know it’s not an old one, one that’s been long ago refuted?

To address these questions, you need specific types of resources: original-language lexicons, biographical datasets, commentaries. Logos 5 gives you all of these and more. Gold, for example, offers 37 volumes of original-language lexicons and word studies, 19 more volumes’ worth of original-language grammars and tools, and 444 volumes’ worth of commentaries. With Logos 5, you (or a student you care about) will always have the resources you need. Even better, you’ll get all these resources for far less than you’d pay to buy them one by one, let alone in print.

“Bought [Gold] just prior to a major exegetical paper at seminary, absolutely worth it. It made research much easier. It saved me tons of library time!”
Gold user

2. It gives you amazing research tools

platinumSo you’re looking at dozens or hundreds of volumes of original-language data, commentaries, and more. How do you access all that information?

Logos’ research tools equip you to navigate the Bible in remarkable ways. Clause Search lets you find, say, all the instances where Jesus (named or implicit) is the subject of the verb “to teach.” The Bible Sense Lexicon shows you exactly what biblical words mean, and even lets you restrict searches by meaning. (Even though the Greek and Hebrew words for “angel” also mean other things, you can find only those instances that are translated “angel.”) The Timeline lets you jump from tagged events to a big-picture view of what else was going on in biblical and world history. At the 41-second mark above, Dr. Michael Burer compares the relationship between traditional study tools and Logos to that between a slide rule and a graphing calculator. This sort of precision is the reason why.

“As someone who is working on a master’s degree, [I find] the Platinum package . . . perfect. Not only do you have the very practical pastoral tools, but also the necessary academic tools.”
Platinum user

3. It makes studying faster and more convenient

portfolioLogos 5 is huge and powerful. It’s also designed to make your life easier.

  • You can access all your resources on your desktop computer, your tablet, and your phone. (You can even use many of Logos’ core study tools.) Battery dead? Sign in at Biblia.com and access your resources online.
  • The software remembers your study setup. If you close your MacBook and, later in the day, keep studying on your PC, you’ll find everything exactly as you left it.
  • Maybe the coolest time-saver: Logos 5 can build your bibliography for you! Just choose your citation style—it’ll cite and organize your sources automatically.

The point of study isn’t busywork; it’s learning. With Logos 5, you’ll spend less time getting organized and more time digging into the Bible.

“Though I am incredibly stingy, I must say that this Portfolio package is probably one of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made. I’m 22 and a Bible college grad, starting my master’s in pastoral leadership, and I have found this resource to be utterly useful. In my sermon prep, Bible study prep, personal devos, personal curiosity, this resource has expanded many horizons I thought I’d never be able to reach. Thanks, Logos.”
Portfolio user

Get the best price right now

More than 100 universities, seminaries, and divinity schools are already using Logos. During the Logos 5 upgrade sale, you can join them for a special low price. Logos.com’s Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator looks at your resources and gives you a personalized discount:

  1. If you already own books that are included in your base package upgrade, you won’t pay for them twice. Instead, with Logos.com’s Dynamic Pricing, you’ll only pay for what’s new to you.
  2. For just a little while, you can save even more with a personalized upgrade discount. Like Dynamic Pricing, it’s based on what you already own, but it also factors in datasets and features.

Of course, budgeting can still be tricky; that’s why Logos offers interest-free payment plans. With an 18-month payment plan, Gold costs less than $100 per month—and that’s before Dynamic Pricing and your custom upgrade discount. The Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator has already taken care of the math: just sign in at Logos.com/Upgrade and see how much you’ll save!

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Education matters. If you’re a student, Logos 5 can help you learn more, faster. If you’re a parent, Logos 5 can help your son or daughter get the most from school and from the Word. If you’re a recent grad or a lifelong learner, Logos 5 can help you deepen your knowledge every day.

Get tools and resources for deeper Bible study: upgrade to Logos 5.

 
P.S. If you’re a current student, you may qualify for our Academic Discount Program, which gives you massive discounts on products for school. Take a look!

Pre-order the D.A. Carson Sermon Library for 36% Off!

da-carson-sermon-libraryWe’re delighted to introduce an exciting new resource: the D.A. Carson Sermon Library!

This remarkable collection gives you over 500 sermons from one of the most influential New Testament scholars of our time. It also introduces innovative new ways to learn: for each sermon, you’ll get not only the searchable, tagged text but also audio recordings and bonus video content.

And right now, you can pre-order the D.A. Carson Sermon Library for 36% off!

Over 500 of Carson’s sermons integrated into your library

Few pastors, professors, and authors have impacted the world the way Carson has. For over 35 years, generations of divinity students have explored the New Testament under his guidance. He has published more than 50 books, and his personal ministry (both as a pastor and as president of The Gospel Coalition) has helped unify the body of Christ and lead people to the foundational truths of the Word. Carson has profoundly influenced Christian academia and the church—he’s a Bible teacher worth learning from.

With the D.A. Carson Sermon Library, you can follow three decades’ worth of Carson’s teaching with audio or video sermons and searchable sermon manuscripts. His sermons focus on specific biblical passages, theological topics, and practical issues—they offer valuable insight into topics like the New Perspective on Paul, openness theology, providence, suffering, discipleship, and cross-cultural ministry. Preached in churches, at colleges, and at conferences around the world, these sermons provide instruction and edification from a preeminent evangelical voice that’s deeply committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You’ll get 553 sermons, including:

  • Sermons from The Gospel Coalition National Conferences
  • “The Pastor as Father and Son” (from the 2008 Desiring God Conference)
  • “The Use of the OT in the NT”
  • “Making Sense of Suffering”
  • “Nehemiah: The Triumph and Failure of Reformation”
  • And hundreds more

This sermon library lets you join the ranks of divinity students, conference attendees, and members of Carson’s congregation who have benefited from his powerful insight into Scripture. The sermons’ searchable format makes it easy to find exactly the insights you need. And the new inclusion of audio and video makes this collection an invaluable addition to your library.

Pre-order the D.A. Carson Sermon Library today and save 36%!

Get 89% Off the Pre-Summer Pack—and Then Get Even More Deals!

pre-summer packThough the official beginning of summer is still about a month away, for many, Memorial Day weekend represents the real start to the season. It means spending time with family, grilling, and soaking up some sun.

It also means preparing your summer reading list. Logos is here to help with special limited-time savings on some awesome resources!

The best deal: the Pre-Summer Pack

The Pre-Summer Pack retails at $1,382.54, but right now, you can get it for 89% off—that’s more than $1,232 in total savings!1

At a little more than $2 per book, this variety pack is the perfect way to get the titles you’ve been wanting—and then some! The limited-time Pre-Summer Pack gives you resources from a wide variety of top scholars and authors, including A.W. Pink, I. Howard Marshall, R.A. Torrey, and others. With everything from biblical study guides to expositions to topical studies, it’s jam-packed with helpful resources for study and research.

For only $149.95, you can round out your library with an enormous bundle that, at any other time, would cost you over $1,382. And if you already have some of these resources, you’ll get a custom ownership discount—this means potential savings on top of the 89%+ you’re already taking off!

This deal won’t be around for long. Don’t miss out—get it today!

memorial day saleThen choose from even more deals this Memorial Day weekend

We also have a selection of resources on sale through Monday only:

These aren’t all the products on sale this weekend—check out the full list, and be sure to pick up your favorites while you still can!

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Pre-order the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew for $50 Off!

the-dictionary-of-classical-hebrewFor a limited time, you can pre-order The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew for $50 off!

Most Hebrew dictionaries cover only biblical Hebrew. The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, on the other hand, covers not only the biblical texts but also Ben Sira, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Hebrew inscriptions. All told, it lists, analyzes, and translates every occurrence of every Hebrew word from the earliest Hebrew texts through 200 AD.

The print edition is worth $1,200, but the (richer, more useful) Logos edition is listed at just $299.95. And right now, you can save $50 more!

Here’s what people have to say about it:

“Sheffield is to be congratulated on a remarkable achievement. Volume one proves beyond doubt that The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew is going to combine the strengths of the Gesenius-BDB tradition—thoroughness, comprehensiveness, meticulous ‘old-fashioned’ textual scholarship—with impeccable twentieth-century linguistic theory.” 
—J.F.A. Sawyer, Society for Old Testament Study Book List

“If there is anything sensational about the contemporary study of ancient Hebrew, then one must say: it is in book form, and the book is called the Sheffield Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. Absolutely indispensable!”
—Bernhard Lang, editor, Internationale Zeitschrift für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete

At a fraction of the print price, this is one Pre-Pub you won’t want to miss! Pre-order The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew today for $50 off.

How Logos 5 Helps You Study like an Expert

Take your Bible study to the next levelI’ve noticed something interesting about experts. They’re usually most interested not in already knowing, but in being able to learn.

An example: At LogosTalk, we write and edit using a modified version of the Chicago Manual of Style, which is more than a thousand pages long. When I was getting into the field, I asked a veteran editor how on earth she remembered the whole thing. She explained that she didn’t—she was just really good at finding what she needed. It came down to 1.) having access to all that information and 2.) being able to navigate it quickly and accurately.

It’s the same with experts in lots of other fields. Translators don’t need to memorize every last word in the original language; they need to know the language overall (its syntax, its standard reference works) well enough to learn what new words mean. Software developers don’t need to know how to solve every single problem ahead of time; they need to understand new problems well enough to look for solutions, and they need to know where and how to look. The important thing isn’t knowing everything off the top of your head—it’s being smart and resourceful enough to find useful answers fast.

Logos 5 helps you learn

Last week, we discussed why a large library is so valuable: interconnected by Logos’ tagging and datasets, it constitutes a network that’s far richer than any standalone volume. The cool part is that Logos 5 doesn’t just change what you study—it changes how you study, too. Logos 5 sets you up to learn more, faster.

We’ve seen that the two key criteria to really high-level learning are 1.) how much information you have access to and 2.) how confidently and precisely you can navigate it. Logos 5 base packages address the first criterion through their wealth of resources. The largest base package, Portfolio, gives you more than 2,500 resources from experts in their field—that’s a treasure chest of potential knowledge, more books than you would read in decades’ worth of formal education. (You can browse the contents of all the base packages at Logos.com/Upgrade.) And the second? Logos 5 sets you up with study tools like the Timeline, Clause Search, Bible Facts, and the Bible Sense Lexicon, which connect you to context, precise search results, original-language nuance, and far more. You don’t have to sit down and read every book in your library—thanks to Logos’ tools, you can find useful new answers exactly when you need them.

Logos 5 gives you an enormous biblical and theological library. It gives you the means to find fast, accurate answers. It equips you to study like an expert.

Get Logos 5 at the best price

Right now, during the Logos 5 upgrade sale, you can save on Logos 5 in three ways:

  1. Bundling discounts: Base packages are already a superb deal—because they bundle so many resources, they let you build a library that would cost far, far more in print. (The print equivalent of Portfolio, for example, would cost around $78,000!)
  2. Dynamic Pricing: Logos.com looks at your current library and gives you a custom discount based on what you already own. Let’s say you own a commentary included in your new base package—you’ll get a lower price, because you’re only paying for the books that are new to you.
  3. Special upgrade discount: For a limited time, the upgrade sale gives you an extra way to save. Like Dynamic Pricing, this discount is based on what you already own; unlike Dynamic Pricing, it takes your whole library (tools, datasets) into account, not just your books. If you’re upgrading from Logos 5 Starter to Logos 5 Gold, for example, you’ll get a personalized upgrade discount—one in addition to what you’re saving with bundling discounts and Dynamic Pricing.

The upgrade sale won’t last forever, though—if you’re still on the fence, now’s the time to upgrade.

Get equipped to learn more, faster. Take advantage of all three discounts before the upgrade sale ends. See your custom upgrade discount right now!

 
P.S. Budgeting doesn’t have to hold you back from getting the library you really want. If you’d rather spread out the payments in easy-to-manage chunks—interest-free!—look into a simple payment plan. Why not lock in your upgrade savings while you can, make budgeting a little easier, and start exploring your new library today?

We’ve already calculated your custom upgrade discount: take a look at Logos.com/Upgrade.

Get $200 Off the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series!

evangelical-exegetical-commentaryTime is running out on the Lexham Press sale—you have less than a week to take advantage of big discounts on all our resources!

One of the very best deals is on the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC): right now, you can save $200 on the full 44-volume collection.* That’s a huge amount off one of our biggest and best resources.

These commentaries are built digital-first, so it can be hard to imagine just how big an individual EEC volume might be. Well, we just received a typeset proof of EEC: James, and this single volume is thick! We snapped this photo in our Bellingham office just to give you a glimpse of what a physical copy looks like:

EEC James Coffee Table
 

What sets the EEC apart, though, isn’t the quantity of material—it’s the quality. Each volume incorporates the latest critical biblical scholarship and looks at application and devotional implications.

Two ways to save

To get the biggest savings on this respected series, you’ll want to go with the full 44-volume collection. Since you can save $200 during the Lexham Press sale, the per-volume cost is just $19! As new volumes are released, they’ll automatically download into your library—no need to check back for new volumes.

We’ve also set up a new 7-volume collection that includes all the currently released volumes. If you’ve already purchased any of the EEC’s individual volumes, thanks to Dynamic Pricing, you won’t pay for the same book twice. Unlike with the full collection, though, you’ll have to purchase new volumes one by one as they’re released.

Don’t wait—the price goes up in just a week. Get the entire set now and save!

*Total savings may vary depending on your Dynamic Pricing discount.

4 Bible-Focused Series You Should Know About

the-expository-thoughts-of-jc-ryleDid you know that Logos offers more than 40,000 books in our format, over 1,000 of them commentaries? Shopping Logos.com could get overwhelming, but we’re here to help you find the resources that best meet your needs. Here are four series we’ve recently updated:

1. Expository Thoughts of J.C. Ryle

Regularly $79.95—get it for $39.95 (50% off!) with coupon code EXPOSITORYRYLE

Looking for a classic, verse-by-verse commentary on the four Gospels? J.C. Ryle’s wise, pastoral commentary meets you where you’re at. It reads like a devotional—Oswald Chambers, perhaps, except in commentary form—but it sets you up to go deeper with cross-references and thoughtful theological interpretation.

2. Dr. Grant Richison’s Verse by Verse Commentary

Regularly $99.95—get it for $84.95 with coupon code VRSBYVRS

Verse by Verse is an introductory-level commentary on 19 books of the Bible, with practical lessons and in-depth background information on each and every verse. Every passage in God’s Word can be lived out by those who read and study it closely, and every student of the Word can get started with this approachable, comprehensive commentary.

exploring-the-old-and-new-testaments3. Exploring the Old and New Testaments

Regularly $114.95—get it for $97.95 with coupon code EXPLOREOTNT

SPCK’s Exploring the Old and New Testaments series brings you a closer look at every book of the Bible, and now it offers the newest editions of the New Testament volumes. Ideal for students and lifelong learners, these textbooks reveal the Bible’s cultural and historical background and provide questions for literary, theological, and structural discussion.

4. What the Bible Says Series

Regularly $185.95—get it for $149.95 with coupon code WHATBIBLESAYS

This recently expanded series addresses some of the biggest questions Christians face. What exactly does the Bible say about the afterlife? Or the church? Or suffering? The series sets you up to get the biblical answers you need and share them with your community.

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Looking for even bigger savings? If you’ve picked up individual volumes in any of these collections, you’ve already earned a Dynamic Pricing discount. Sign in to Logos.com and check out the product pages to see your savings. And remember—you can make payments even easier with an interest-free payment plan.

Pick out your favorites today!

Save Time and Money with Lexham Press

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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.

3 Rules of Thought

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.

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