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!

Ends Soon: Get 44% Off the Mobile Ed Preaching Bundle

“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth.”
—John Wesley

The church enjoys an abundance of people eager to share God’s nourishing Word through preaching, but many of us feel ill-equipped. Preaching isn’t a skill you can master in a few years; it’s a lifelong endeavor. And yet the heart of the matter is always this: to preach Christ and him crucified, and to preach from the Bible what God wants his people to hear.

How can we prepare for this challenging task?

Logos Mobile Education’s 10-course Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle will ground you in the rich heritage of biblical preaching, motivate you with a theological understanding of why we preach, and equip you with the foundational elements of preaching, from research to structure to delivery. For those of you who—like me—haven’t had the opportunity to finish (or even attend) seminary before entering formal ministry, this is a wonderful toolbox.

Right now, you can get 44% off the Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle: it’s about to leave Pre-Pub, so you should get it now before the price goes up.

You’ll get four courses on preaching from seasoned preachers Gary Carr and Kent Edwards, as well as courses on discipleship and ministry from Greg Ogden, Bev Hislop, Dan Doriani, and Michael Goheen. Each course comes with video and text; each is broken down into short segments you can learn from on your time, wherever you are. And when you’re ready to dig even deeper, each course has an abundance of recommended readings to help you as study, as well as Logos tutorials to help you get the most out of your software for sermon prep and research.

Continue learning and growing and, in the words of Ben Witherington, “your congregation will rise up and call you blessed.”

Get 44% off the 10-course Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle before the price goes up!

3 June Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

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Each month, we put a wide selection of resources on sale, allowing you to pick up items you’ve been wanting for a fraction of the regular price. This month, we’ve got some huge discounts available—but you don’t have much time left!

Here are three deals you don’t want to miss:

qumran-biblical-dead-sea-scrolls-database1. Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls Database

Regularly $179.95get it for $87.95 (that’s 51% off!)

The biblical Dea Sea Scrolls have had a profound impact on our understanding of the development and transmission of the Hebrew Old Testament, but traditionally they’ve only been available in expensive, hard-to-navigate print volumes. With the morphologically tagged Logos editions, everyone can access this biblical treasure trove.

2. Hudson Taylor Collection

Regularly $239.95get it for $109.95 (that’s 54% off!)

The Hudson Taylor Collection gives you a portrait of the life and works of this great missionary. You’ll get his devotional and autobiographical works, a biography of Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission by his family and fellow laborers, Marshall Broomhall’s stirring biography The Man Who Dared, and an edited volume of addresses from Hudson Taylor and other prominent nineteenth-century evangelists, including D.L. Moody, J.A. Broadus, and Henry Clay Trumbull.

bh-church-growth-collection3. B&H Church Growth Collection

Regularly $299.95get it for $208.95 (that’s 30% off!)

For decades, churches have wrestled with declining membership and waning cultural engagement. Young adults have left the church, more and more people sleep in on Sundays, and for many the gospel seems irrelevant and unfocused. In the face of mounting challenges, how can the church continue to effectively, compassionately carry out the mission of God in a broken world? The books in the B&H Church Growth Collection confront the central challenges that hinder evangelism and impede vital growth.

These aren’t all the resources on sale this month—check out the full list, and pick up your favorites before these deals expire!

Last Chance! Get a Massive Library for 89% Off

pre-summer-pack-300x300The Pre-Summer Pack is a superb deal: you get 60 volumes of classic theology and commentary for 89% off, which works out to less than $3 per book.

But summer’s nearly here. On Monday, June 23, at 5 p.m. (Pacific), the Pre-Summer Pack is disappearing forever.

Don’t get left out: pick up the Pre-Summer Pack for under $3 per book!

Why choose the Pre-Summer Pack?

1. It’s a remarkable value

The raw stats: the Pre-Summer Pack gives you 60 volumes, or 17,506 pages. Because it’s so large, it normally costs $1,382.56, but for just a few more days, you can get it for just $149.95. That’s 89% off, or more than $1,232.00 in savings!

Even better: if you own any of these volumes, you’ll get an additional Dynamic Pricing discount—you won’t pay for the same book twice. This makes the Pre-Summer Pack an amazing way to round out your library.

Not sure if you qualify for Dynamic Pricing? See your price right now!

2. It gives you resources you can trust

The Pre-Summer Pack focuses on writers active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The more classic titles include Spurgeon’s Messages to the Multitude, Franz Delitzsch’s A Day in Capernaum, H.B. Swete’s The Parables of the Kingdom, and Albert Schweitzer’s Paul and His Interpreters—gems that repay modern study in spades. Newer titles include Craig Evans’ and Stanley Porter’s New Testament Interpretation and Methods, Martin Hengel’s Studies in Early Christology, James D.G. Dunn’s volume on Galatians from Black’s New Testament Commentary, Joel R. Beeke’s What Is Evangelicalism?, John Polkinghorne’s Encountering Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible, and much more.

All told, you’re getting some of the most interesting new scholarship and some of the most trusted classic wisdom.

Decide for yourself: see everything that’s included.

3. It makes your whole library better

Sixty volumes is a lot of content—what if you’re not sure you want that much extra reading?

With Logos, you benefit from new books whether or not you read them cover to cover:

  • A bigger library makes for richer, more contextualized searches: adding the Pre-Summer Pack populates your search results with some of the most interesting thought from the last 200 years. What pastor or scholar wouldn’t want that chance to learn?
  • The Pre-Summer Pack adds content to the Passage Guide, too. You’ll get new perspectives, both classic and modern, on almost any passage in Scripture.
  • Adding classic titles gives you access to the citations in newer resources. With the Pre-Summer Pack, you’re not just getting new scholarship—you’re getting many more live cross-references in the books you already know and love, so you can understand how they engage the ideas that came before.

Metcalfe’s Law states that the value of a network is exponentially proportional to its size—that’s why a large library is such a treasure, and why the Pre-Summer Pack is such a superb value.

See everything the Pre-Summer Pack adds to your library.

Don’t miss out on this one-time-only deal!

On Monday, June 23, at 5 p.m. (Pacific), the Pre-Summer Pack is vanishing forever.

It’s not just the deal that’s going away—it’s the product itself. You’re never going to see it again.

If you’re still on the fence, don’t forget that you can lock in your savings with an interest-free payment plan: that way, you get to 1.) take advantage of your 89% off and 2.) handle payments on your own schedule.

Don’t miss out! Pick up the Pre-Summer Pack right now, before it’s gone forever.

Get 43% Off Some of the West’s Most Important Works

the-harvard-classics-and-fiction-collectionAugustine, Plato, Homer, Dostoyevsky—for a limited time, you can get the 71-volume Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection for 43% off!

The elements of an education

Around 100 years ago, Charles Eliot, the president of Harvard, made a bold two-part claim:

  1. That one could obtain all the elements of an education in the humanities by reading a collection of books that would fit on a five-foot shelf;
  2. That one could do it with a mere 15 minutes of reading a day.

Intrigued, the publisher P.F. Collier and Son challenged him to prove it, and Dr. Eliot started compiling the West’s most important works. The resulting library is the renowned Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection.

Eliot knew his stuff: his five-foot shelf is packed with fascinating, influential titles. Here are just a few:

And here’s the full list. Poetry, prose, philosophy, drama, economics, historically important works in science and medicine—there’s no way you could read these books, even for just 15 minutes a day, and not learn.

A snapshot of the culture

Agree or disagree with their arguments, these books have been active agents in shaping the West’s worldview—we’re talking about Adam Smith and Charles Darwin and Augustine. That makes them a singularly useful resource for anyone interested in understanding our times (1 Chron. 12:32). The collection’s works of Greek philosophy help you understand the intellectual climate leading up to early Christianity. Its works of modern philosophy help you get to know some of the best-known arguments both for and against God. Its many, many intersections with theology help you separate the sophistical and the orthodox. While the collection overall isn’t Christian, it’s a great resource for cultural study.

A superb value (and a limited-time sale)

A traditional education in the humanities costs a lot—just ask any Harvard student! Right now, though, the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection is selling for just $142.95: that’s less than one semester’s textbook budget. (Of course, tuition also pays for things like professors and classrooms; Eliot certainly understood the difference.)

If you’re an ambitious learner, the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection is a terrific way to take charge of your ongoing education.

Start learning for 43% off: get the Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection today!

Infographic: Everything You Need to Know about John MacArthur

More than 50 years in ministry, 3,000 sermons preached, 120 books written—John MacArthur is one of the most influential theologians of our time.

Today, MacArthur turns 75. Celebrate his big day by taking 50% off more than 3,000 of his sermons and enjoying a powerful infographic that shows his life and impact!

Get 50% off 3,000+ sermons by John MacArthur

Originally $399.95get it for $199.95

MacArthur Sermon ArchiveFor a very limited time, you can pre-order the 3,127-sermon John MacArthur Sermon Archive for 50% off! The archive offers spiritual insight, biblical wisdom, and fully searchable, interlinked sermons. Covering nearly five decades’ worth of MacArthur’s ministry, it features expository preaching that illuminates the meaning of the Bible and the message of the gospel.

Plus, with the new Sermon Finder tool, building on insights from your favorite sermons is simple. The Sermon Finder lets you quickly connect any Bible verse or passage to relevant sermons from MacArthur. You’ll discover how MacArthur tackled some of the toughest verses, and you’ll enrich your study and sermons with his biblical wisdom. Pre-order the John MacArthur Sermon Archive for 50% off today!

See MacArthur’s life and impact

Thanks to Tim Challies of Challies.com, here’s a gorgeous infographic that shows you MacArthur’s life and impact.

Celebrate John MacArthur’s 75th birthday: enjoy this infographic, and then share it with friends and family!

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Image courtesy of Challies.com

Get 60% Off the Classic Sermon Library Builder: That’s 7 Cents a Sermon!

Classic Sermon Builder LibraryFor a limited time, you can take 60% off the 100-volume Classic Sermon Library Builder!

It normally costs $499.95, but for a limited time, you can get it for just $199.95—that’s $300 off, or 7 cents a sermon.

This enormous collection brings together the wisdom of some of history’s greatest, most beloved pastors. It helps you create compelling sermons fast—you’ll be able to pull insights from preachers like D.L. Moody, John Wesley, George Whitefield, and others. The archive covers classic sermons from the fourth century through the twentieth, and addresses doctrinal issues, practical topics, and some of the Bible’s most difficult passages.

Plus, with Logos 5′s new Sermon Finder tool, it’s never been easier to learn from your favorite pastors. Just search for any Bible verse or passage—the Sermon Finder sweeps through your sermon archives and returns a list of all the sermons that address that verse. With the Sermon Finder and the Classic Sermon Builder Library, you can access some of the most profound pastoral insights in history.

This deal disappears on June 30, so don’t wait: get 60% off the 100-volume Classic Sermon Builder Library today!

Save big on sermon Pre-PubsD.A. Carson Sermon Library

Right now, you can get introductory savings on sermon archives from some of your favorite pastors. Here are a few sermon archives available for pre-order:

Craft powerful sermons in less time: get 60% off the Classic Sermon Library Builder, and then save on sermon-archive Pre-Pubs!

Save Time with Resources from Lexham Press

Lexham PressFor the last few years, Lexham Press has been creating resources with one goal in mind: to provide biblical content that advances scholarship and equips the church.

By helping lead the move to digital-first content, we’re offering products that are more useful than ever before. (Their value will only increase as you add more resources to your digital library.) Our aim is to create an interconnected collection of resources that, together, allow you to save time and energy.

Let’s take a look at how Lexham products can equip a pastor for better sermon preparation—or simply better study. We’ll be using three resources:

We’ll start with Philippians 2:5–11.

The origins of Philippians 2:5–11

This passage is one of the most important statements regarding Christ’s model of servanthood. A good starting point would be the discussion on the origins and different interpretations of this section. The Lexham Bible Guides are specifically designed to support this type of research. By curating all the most important interpretations and critical analyses of the text, the guide sets you up to get an overview and then choose the direction of your study.

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What’s in a word?

Once you have your exegetical background, you’ll want to find an application that’s appropriate for your congregation. Study, Apply, Share: Philippians helps you jump-start your sermon planning with application suggestions and slides for sharing. Let’s say you decide to focus your sermon or study on obedience and submission, homing in on Jesus’ emptying of himself (Phil. 2:7).

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The Greek verb for “to empty” will be of particular interest:

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A case study in submission

Now you have most of the framework for your sermon, but you want something memorable to drive your point home. The High Definition Commentary: Philippians provides this punch with professionally designed graphics.

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With your application in mind—to empty ourselves means to humble ourselves in obedience to Godyou review the commentary and find just what you need for emphasis:

“It’s what Jesus does with all His power and authority: He chooses to humble Himself instead of using His divine power to assert Himself. Paul elaborates on this in 2:8. He tells us that Jesus was obedient to death. We joke about doing things ‘to death,’ but this is the real deal!”

This example shows you how Lexham Press helps you create outstanding material and free up time to pursue God’s other priorities for your life.

Save 10% this week

Start saving time today.

This week only, use the coupon code LPPHIL2014 and get 10% off the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection, Study, Apply, Share: Philippians, and the High Definition Commentary: Philippians!

New Collections from Piper, Bonhoeffer, Packer, and Others!

crossway-john-piper-collectionWe’ve recently built (or expanded) collections featuring some of your favorite authors. Thanks to Dynamic Pricing, you can add these collections and only pay for the volumes that are new to you!

Here are five of our most recently configured collections:

1. Crossway John Piper Collection

Featuring Piper’s theological works on justification and his pastoral wisdom on suffering, prayer, and perseverance, this collection from Crossway (now 39 volumes) helps pastors meet the church’s theological and doctrinal needs. Complete your collection with a special introductory discount: use coupon code PIPERCRSWAY to get 15% off until June 25!

2. Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the pastor, professor, and martyr, proved to be one of the twentieth century’s leading theologians: his teachings on discipleship and ecumenism still dominate theological discussion today. This collection—now complete with volume 14—provides a comprehensive translation of his life’s writings, from his personal letters to his doctrinal dissertation to extensive coverage of his defiance of Nazi doctrine. No other work covers so much: you’ll get over 8,000 pages, most of them written by Bonhoeffer himself.

crossways-ji-packer-collection3. Crossway J.I. Packer Collection

This recently expanded collection gives you both timeless theology and practical wisdom for everyday life and ministry. For just $10 per book, you’ll get some of Packer’s most recent works—Keeping the Ten Commandments, Weakness Is the Way: Life with Christ Our Strength, Affirming the Apostles’ Creed, and more.

4. William Mitchell Ramsay Collection

W.M. Ramsay, an atheist, set out to Asia Minor to demonstrate the implausibility of the New Testament. He ended up affirming its historical integrity. This expanded 24-volume collection gives you a fascinating window into the Holy Land, unearths valuable proofs of the testimonies of Luke and Paul, and follows Ramsay’s journey from atheism to faith.

5. Baker Millard J. Erickson Collection

A leader in contemporary theology, Millard J. Erickson provides tightly argued theological teachings. Along with the latest edition of Christian Theology, this collection (now expanded to eight volumes) contains his contemporary theological books on the Godhead, eschatology, and postmodernism. You’ll see how theology is shifting during the present generation, and you’ll get a solid backdrop of core Christian teaching with which to analyze current theological trends.

 
Interested in more products like these? Leave us a comment and suggest an author!