Get the Best Price on Homer’s Masterpieces

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“The ‘Iliad’ and the ‘Odyssey’ stand at the head of the epic poetry of the world. . . . Artistically, in spite of their early date, they are the product of a mature art, expressing with supreme nobility and grace permanent and varied yet simple types of human nature, in a language unsurpassed for its combination of directness, simplicity, and beauty.”
—William A. Neilson

More than 2,500 years ago, Homer composed the Iliad and The Odyssey. So complete was his success that, for the next 20 centuries at least, most Western writers aspired not to surpass him, not to invent some creative new form, but simply to rewrite him with new settings and new characters. (Think of Virgil’s Aeneid; think of Joyce’s Ulysses.)

Why was Homer so influential?

Homer’s fame isn’t the result of any one attribute—it’s the result of at least three:

  • His themes are nearly universal: honor, dignity, battles, long journeys home. They helped cement Greek culture (which became the intellectual context for early Christianity), and they’re still powerful today.
  • His prose is a delight, graceful and memorable. The Homeric adjectives are especially famous.
  • He’s just plain fun to read, full of adventure and memorable characters.

The great translator Alexander Pope writes,

“[Homer’s] work is a wild paradise, where, if we cannot see all the beauties as distinctly as in an ordered garden, it is only because the number of them is infinitely greater. It is like a copious nursery, which contains the seeds and first productions of every kind, out of which those who followed him have but selected some particular plants, each according to his fancy, to cultivate and beautify.”

Get the best price before July 9

Noet’s 15-volume Bristol Classics Homer Bundle gives you the Iliad, The Odyssey, and a number of insightful commentaries. It’s a terrific window into Homer’s world.

The bundle is on Pre-Pub for 23% off, but that deal won’t last long—on July 9, the Pre-Pub price is going up by $20.

Get the best price: pre-order the Bristol Classics Homer Bundle before July 9!

Big News: Hebrew Audio Is Shipping Soon!

hebrew-audio-pronunciationsMany of you have been eagerly awaiting an exciting feature for OT study: Hebrew Audio Pronunciations. Well, we’re delighted to announce that we’re shipping Hebrew Audio Pronunciations on July 14!

An invaluable resource for Hebrew study

For years, Logos users have been learning from our Greek Pronunciation Addin, which integrates seamlessly into Greek editions of the New Testament. Now Logos brings the same convenience and depth of study to Hebrew.

You can listen to audio pronunciations of Hebrew words, making it easier to incorporate Hebrew into a sermon, build your vocabulary, or learn more by listening to the Hebrew as you read. The feature supports Aramaic, too, helping you understand the Word whether you’re in Genesis or Daniel.

Get 40% off for a limited time

Hebrew Audio Pronunciations is an amazing addition to Logos, and right now you can get it on Pre-Pub for $29.95—that’s 40% off! After the 14th, though, the price is going up.

Get the best price: pre-order Hebrew Audio Pronunciations today!

Get 75% Off Boice’s Expositional Commentaries!

TopProduct-July-Blog-400x400Right now, you can use coupon code BOICE2014 to get Boice’s Expositional Commentaries for 75% off—that’s $300 in savings!1

James Montgomery Boice was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was also president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the parent organization of The Bible Study Hour, on which Boice was a speaker for more than 30 years.

Why people love this set

No matter where you turn in this 27-volume series, you’ll find powerful content written from a pastoral perspective. Here’s what people are saying:

“Dr. Boice’s commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.”
—R.C. Sproul

“I praise God for the extraordinary ministry of James Montgomery Boice—a compelling preacher, a profound theologian, and a champion for the truth of God’s Word. . . . His expository commentaries are an enduring treasure for the church, with clear explanations of the biblical text and practical applications for healthy Christian discipleship.”
—Philip Ryken, president, Wheaton College

“Most sermons do not read well as books or commentaries. James Boice’s sermons are a notable exception. They contain no pyrotechnics and no clever rhetorical flourishes, simply good, solid exposition and sound application. For myself, I have found his work on the Psalms especially to be extraordinarily helpful.”
—Paul Woolley, professor of church history, Westminster Theological Seminary

Still not convinced? Take a look at the reader reviews.

Powered by Logos’ research tools, this set makes an excellent resource for sermon prep. You and your congregation will reap the benefits of Boice’s experience and wisdom.

Don’t miss out: get Boice’s Expositional Commentaries today, use coupon code BOICE2014 at checkout, and save $300!

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Free Book: The Righteousness of Faith according to Luther

July FBOTMThis month, you can get Hans J. Iwand’s The Righteousness of Faith according to Luther for free!

Iwand’s 1941 monograph is an important contribution to our contemporary understanding of Luther’s theological significance. At long last, Randi H. Lundell’s beautiful translation makes it available to English-language readers.

The Righteousness of Faith according to Luther is more than just another historical study of a Reformation theme; it is a vigorous exercise in pastoral dogmatics. Iwand teases out the nuances in Luther’s distinction of the law from the gospel with provocative insights on nearly every page. This is a volume not simply for Reformation scholars but for seminarians, pastors and thoughtful laity.”
—John T. Pless, Concordia Theological Seminary

Then get another book for just 99¢!

PlusOne_150x244For only 99¢ more, you can download Brett Muhlhan’s Being Shaped by Freedom: An Examination of Luther’s Development of Christian Liberty.

Did Luther get Christian freedom right? Muhlhan seeks the question by examining two related questions:

  • What is Luther’s understanding of Christian freedom?
  • How did his understanding stand up under the pressure of reformation?

Muhlhan contends that the sublime beauty of Luther’s early understanding of Christian freedom—an understanding that empowered the German Reformation—is consistently the same understanding he used to undermine papal heteronomy and refute radical legalism.

“This well-researched and well-written book is a unique contribution to Luther studies. No other work so clearly and creatively demonstrates how Luther’s concept of inner freedom works out in the early, difficult social situations the reformer faced.”
—Michael Parsons, Spurgeon’s College

Luther’s bold claims and controversial opinions have been picked apart by scholars and theologians since the sixteenth century. Iwand and Muhlhan give insightful context and though-provoking views to help you wrestle with a few of the same things Luther found himself up against.

Get The Righteousness of Faith according to Luther for free, and then get Being Shaped by Freedom: An Examination of Luther’s Development of Christian Liberty for just 99¢ more!

 
P.S. Check out the July giveaway page: you could win part 1 of the 15-volume Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence collection!

Last 3 Days: Get 15% Off a New Base Package!

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This is your last chance to save 15% on Logos 5 during the new base package sale! If you’re thinking about getting Logos 5, it’s important that you do so right away. Just use coupon code GETLOGOSNOW and you’ll save 15% on a brand-new base package.

You’ll get the most useful, in-depth commentaries, lexicons, language and grammar tools, and more. You’ll get a suite of powerful study tools that help you learn more, faster. And, with our bundling discounts and your 15% discount, you’ll know you’re getting an outstanding value.

Instead of spending extra time and money to put together a collection piece by piece, you can pick from our carefully curated base packages—all at 15% off!

On a budget? No problem

Logos-5A payment plan makes the library you want more affordable by spreading out the payments in easier-to-manage chunks. (You’ll never pay interest, either!)

What’s more, for every purchase over $1,900, we’re offering extended plans: you can choose any of the largest Logos 5 packages, start using it today, and spread your payments out over 12–24 months.

Start using your dream library right now: pick out your Logos 5 base package, and then set up an interest-free payment plan at checkout.

There’s no more time!

At the end of the day on Monday, June 30, coupon code GETLOGOSNOW will expire. But right now, you can still get a new Logos 5 base package at the best price. As always, your purchase is backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Don’t miss your chance! Use coupon code GETLOGOSNOW and get 15% off your new base package.

Get 30% Off Jonathan Edwards’ Most Complete Works

the-works-of-jonathan-edwardsThere’s a good chance you’ve read Jonathan Edwards’ best-known sermon: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” which resulted from Edwards’ struggle to convey the graphic events of Revelation to his congregation. But Edwards wrote much, much more than that.

He was a brilliant, God-fearing man. He helped trigger the Great Awakening, he was the third president of what’s now Princeton University, and he’s been dubbed one of America’s most important theologians.

In the words of John Piper,

“there are few [theologians] in the world who combine the sharpness of mind, the scope of thought, the allegiance to Scripture, the depth of insight, the intensity of affections, the height of imagination, and the power of expression that he brings to all his work.”

Get best price on Edwards’ works in the new Yale editions!

Jonathan Edwards’ writings continue to challenge and shape the church today. Over the past few years, Yale University has been publishing original manuscripts that have never been seen before by the public. These manuscripts make up an entirely new collection of sermons, letters, and personal writings, taken down in Edwards’ original handwriting. The new Works of Jonathan Edwards editions feature critical introductions, analyses, commentaries, reflections, and more.

The 26-volume print set from the Yale University Press sells for more than $2,700, but when you pre-order the Logos edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards, you get a far better price—not to mention integration with your Logos library and tools. This edition won’t just save you space on your bookshelf; it’ll save you time, too.

Still not convinced?

Take it from Piper:

“The God-enthralled vision of Jonathan Edwards is rare and necessary, because its foundations are so massive and its fruit so beautiful. May the Lord himself open our eyes to see it . . . and be changed.”

Get the best price: pre-order The Works of Jonathan Edwards today!

How Do You Use Logos: Dave Moser

Dave MoserToday’s guest post is from Dave Moser, an MDiv student at Westminster Theological Seminary who blogs about Christ-centered Bible study at Armchair-Theology.net.

The sermon process begins with the Bible and ends in the heart.

Every preacher is different. Some are counselors; others are theologians. Some have trouble discerning the meaning of the text; others have trouble applying the text to the heart. I’m in the latter class: I love the truth of God’s Word, but I’m often unsure how to help it speak to others.

Here’s the three-step process I use in Logos to jump-start application:

The basic idea is to search all my counseling, discipleship, and Christian-living books for the passage I’m preaching on, so I can see how all the authors in my library apply it to everyday life.

Step 1: create an “application” collection

Logos allows you to group your library based on rules. If I want to add all my counseling resources to a collection, I can just type “subject:counseling”—the collection will contain every book I own on the subject. Here’s the rule I developed for my application collection:

subject:(discipleship, “christian life”, “pastoral care”, counsel, “spiritual growth”, sanctification, formation, holiness) OR (title:grow ANDNOT title:church)

I’m including books on counseling, discipleship, and Christian living because those are the books that deal with practical, everyday issues.

Here’s what it looks like in Logos:

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That’s 273 relevant books I can search to better connect with my audience!

To learn more, check out the collections tutorial on the Logos wiki.

Step 2: add the application collection to the Passage Guide

The Passage Guide is the one of Logos’ most helpful tools. It brings up all your commentaries on a given passage, shows you related images, and provides a lot of additional information.

You can modify the passage guide to 1.) include any collection you’ve created and 2.) show only results from that collection. Here’s part of what my application collection returns for Rom. 6:1–14:

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Every time I run my Passage Guide, I’ll be greeted with a similar list showing every place my passage shows up in my application resources.

For further reading, visit the Customizing the Passage and Exegetical Guides tutorial.

Step 3: apply the passage

Now it’s time to use these resources. Logos has all my matching books open to the right pages, so I can see all the ways my passage connects to day-to-day life. Here’s a sample:

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In just a few moments, I’ve learned how this passage can be powerful in the lives of:

  • Perfectionists
  • Addicts
  • Judgmental Christians
  • People considering divorce
  • Victims of abuse stuck in negative behavioral patterns

And that’s just the beginning. I never would have thought of all these application points on my own.

Not only did I find potential points of contact with my audience’s lives—if you look in the bottom left of the screenshot, you’ll notice that I also found a few great quotes and a hymn that pertains to the passage.

Now I have tons of ways to connect the Bible to my listeners. I can season the sermon with lines like, “If you’ve been dealing with an addiction . . .” or “If something’s hurt you and you feel like you can’t get out of a rut . . .,” and people will start to recognize just how relevant this passage is to their lives.

This quick search helps me do more effective ministry.

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If you aren’t using Logos 5, you’re missing out. Right now, you can get a custom discount on a Logos 5 upgrade—get yours today!

Your Last Chance to Save on the Chaplain’s Library!

612x612The brand-new Chaplain’s Library has been on sale for 15% off with coupon code CHAPLAINBP, but this introductory discount is disappearing at the end of the day tomorrow, June 27.

Here are four reasons you’re going to want to pick up the Chaplain’s Library before the price goes up:

1. It’s packed with important resources

The Chaplain’s Library wasn’t put together in a vacuum: as we built it, we consulted with chaplains on how to meet their unique needs. Whether you’re a working chaplain or you do a lot of crisis ministry, the titles in this collection will help you serve.

2. You can take your library with you

Chaplaincy is a 24-hour job. You never know when you might be called to comfort a grieving family member, speak at an event, or give counsel. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your most useful resources available wherever you are? With our free iOS and Android apps, you’ll always be equipped.

3. It’s essentially a base package

If you don’t have Logos 5 yet and you’d like to get a taste, the Chaplain’s Library is a great place to start. It has all the study tools of our Bronze base package, making it far more than just a collection of resources.

4. Did you see this endorsement?

Jeff Struecker is a former US Army chaplain and a copastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, GA. He also served (as a ranger and sergeant) in the Battle of Mogadishu, memorialized in Black Hawk Down. He had this to say:

[Y]ou’ll find no better single biblical resource than this Logos package to help chaplains bring the presence of God to the men and women they work with every day.

Don’t miss this opportunity to equip yourself for life-changing chaplaincy at a phenomenal price. Pick up the Chaplain’s Library before Friday, June 27, and not only will you get a discount based on the titles you may already own—you’ll get an additional 15% off! (Remember, use coupon code CHAPLAINBP.)

Don’t wait: get your Chaplain’s Library right now.

Studying Romans? Here’s Why You Should Look to the Old Testament

romans-through-history-and-culture-seriesPaul’s letter to the Romans is as important as it is dense. In precise, nuanced Greek, Paul articulates Christianity’s theological foundations.

So how do we decipher the meaning of this ancient, foreign text? Here we have arguably the key to understanding the faith—and it’s packed with references to Jewish covenantal law, natural law, and the cultural background shared by Paul’s Greco-Roman audience, all in a language marked by countless dialects.

How can anyone hope to really understand this essential treatise?

Get ready to let Logos do the heavy lifting. Here are four reasons a strong background in the Old Testament will be an important asset in your study of Romans:

1. Paul was a rabbi

I’ve never met a rabbi before—let alone one from the first century—but Paul’s participation in the highest form of Jewish devotion and scholarship introduces an enormous package of context that you wouldn’t find in, say, Mark or Luke. Paul’s rabbinic background affected his interpretation of the prophets of the Old Testament—and you can bet he had the whole of Torah memorized.

2. Christianity: the prophesied Jewish eschatology?

Since Christianity is founded on the texts and traditions of Judaism, understanding how Judaism sees itself ending (its own eschatology) is key to understanding Christianity and the church. And what of the Jewish eschatology discourse from Romans 8:18–11:36? Paul introduces Old Testament quote after Old Testament quote in support of his theological conclusions—but how familiar are we with what he’s quoting?

3. Paul speaks often of the “Jew and Greek”

In Romans 3, Paul speaks often of what it means to be Jewish and what it means to be Gentile or Greek (and, ultimately, what it means to be Christian) in the first century. Is the weight of this argument lost on us? Perhaps some of it—but, by studying the Old Testament, we can get a perspective on the ethnic identity adapted by Israel over the centuries.

4. The Abraham discourse of Romans 4

How can we understand Paul’s argument for justification in chapter 5 if we don’t know, from chapter 4, who Abraham was? I don’t mean the bedtime-story Abraham—I mean Israel’s Abraham, the father of nations and the beginning of the Jewish ethnic heritage.

Let’s study the Old Testament and Romans!

Four of our most recently updated collections emphasize Romans or the Old Testament. Here’s how each can improve your study:

baker-walter-c-kaiser-collectionBaker Walter C. Kaiser Collection (6 vols.)

Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations is an important volume for understanding Jewish identity and God’s mandate to the Jewish people. If you plan on studying the latter half of Romans (8–16), this kind of background information might be useful. But it’s even more useful if you’re a pastor or student: numerous volumes cover teaching, preaching, and exegesis for the church.

Want to gain deeper insight into Romans? Use coupon code KAISER20 to take 20% off the Baker Walter C. Kaiser Collection!

Romans through History and Culture Series (5 vols.)

Romans was one of the theological texts at the epicenter of theological debate during the Protestant Reformation. The Romans through History and Culture Series takes you through the interpretation and application of Romans, from medieval and ancient times to today, to provide both a broad and a precise view of how Romans was read by Augustine and the early Church Fathers.

teach-the-text-commentary-seriesTeach the Text Commentary (6 vols.)

Teach the Text: Romans by C. Marvin Pate provides an outstanding high-level overview. Pate discusses Romans’ major hermeneutical issues, including the New Perspective on Paul (at Romans 3). You don’t need to know Greek to understand this, and even if you read it fluently, the rhetorical analysis will be invaluable.

Works of N.T. Wright (48 vols.)

Paul for Everyone: Romans parts 1 and 2 provide readable, scholarly approaches to Romans. N.T. Wright adapts the New Perspective on Paul very naturally, if that interests you—but he doesn’t hit you over the head with it, so you can disagree and still find value in his commentary. This collection also contains endless discourse on the man himself, so if you’re itching to study Paul, look no further!

Pick up your favorites, and start studying Romans with Logos 5 today.

Last Chance: Get $300 Off the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle!

Nelson Bible ReferenceYou’re about to miss one of the year’s best deals: through June 30, you can use coupon code NBRB2014 to take $300 off the 200-volume Nelson Bible Reference Bundle!

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle gives you an incredible selection of resources—Bibles, commentaries, devotionals, maps, and more. Little wonder that it’s earned a glowing average rating of five out of five stars. One reviewer said, “The sheer volume of material in this bundle is mind boggling. Worth every penny.” Another said that he “Wouldn’t want to study without it!

Huge savings on the Word Biblical Commentary

The Nelson Bible Reference Bundle gives you quite a few popular resources—the Preacher’s Commentary Series, the MacArthur Pastor’s Libraries, and more—but the most popular by far is the highly acclaimed 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary. With more than 50 contributors, the WBC delivers some of our time’s best, most interesting biblical scholarship.

On its own, the WBC costs $699.95. But now you can get the entire Nelson Bible Reference Bundle for just $599.95—that’s $100 less than you’d pay for the WBC alone!

Get 200 volumes for just $3 each

This deal is a no-brainer. If you want some of the best commentaries, studies, and devotionals at an amazing price, this is your chance. Through June 30, use coupon code NBRB2014 to get $300 off the Nelson Bible Reference Bundle!