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Logos March Madness

At Logos we tend to love books more than we love basketball. So, with March Madness starting today we thought we’d spin our own variation of the tournament and launch LogosMarchMadness.com.

The premise is simple—we’ve selected 64 of our titles and placed them in 4 divisions: OT, NT, Theology, and Popular. You visit LogosMarchMadness.com and vote for which titles advance each round. In each division, titles will compete based upon your votes. The highest voted titles advance until we have a grand champion.

To make things more interesting, we’re offering discounts on ALL the books in the tournament and YOU control how much the discount is. Every round that a book advances in the tournament, the discount increases. Discounts will be between 25% and 75%. That means that if you see a title you really want, it is up to you to spread the word and get people to vote. Post it on your blog, tell your Facebook friends, and tweet it on Twitter! If you want the discount, you need to get the votes. The discount is in your hands!

The tournament will run from March 19 through April 6 and will have 6 rounds. We’ve posted the full schedule and brackets on the site.

Opportunities like this don’t come along often, so don’t miss out. Be sure to subscribe to the Tournament RSS feed to receive updates on what books are advancing and the all important discount codes!

Logos March Madness—When books move up, prices go down. Spread the word!

New from Moody Publishers

An Updated Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint

A few months back, we released the initial version of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint. That version included several books of the Septuagint (also known as the “LXX,” it is the Greek translation of the Old Testament, plus some apocryphal/deuterocanonical books). Our plan has always been to release more content as it becomes available.

Well, more content has become available, and we’ve updated the resource. If you already own a copy of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint, then all you need to do is run the resource auto-update script, or if you’re on a Mac, head to the product page and download the new file. If you haven’t purchased the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint yet, then you can order your copy today. (Why would you want the Septuagint? Read this post for some answers.)

What has been updated?

Because we want to get more content out sooner, we are releasing the books in various stages of done-ness. There are two stages. The first stage is a “draft” stage, which represents the finished draft from the translator, supplied to Logos. The second stage is an “edited” stage, in which the general editor (Randall Tan) has reviewed and edited the draft-stage translation.

In the below lists, all available books are listed in their current stage.

If a title is bold, then it is new to that stage. So Genesis, Numbers, Job, Zechariah and Malachi are new to the edited stage; they were in a draft stage in the previous release. And Judith, II Maccabees, III Maccabees, Wisdom of Solomon and Jonah are new books altogether (added to the draft stage).

Books in an edited status are as follows:

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Numbers
  • Ruth
  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Additional Psalm (Psalm 151)
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Song of Solomon
  • Obadiah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi
  • Letter of Jeremiah

The following books are in draft status:

  • Judith
  • II Maccabees
  • III Maccabees
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Psalms of Solomon
  • Jonah
  • Jeremiah
  • Baruch
  • Lamentations
  • Ezekiel

There is still a decent amount of work left to do on the remaining books, but our translators and editor have been hard at work. As more content becomes available, we will update and re-release the updated resource so that registered users can have the latest material available—of course, at no additional charge.

Ancient Wars: Best-Documented, Most Controversial Biblical Event Made Interactive

Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the associate editor and project manager for Bible Study Magazine.

http://www.biblestudymagazine.com/images/sennacheribthumb.jpgThe Assyrian King Sennacherib’s invasion of Hezekiah’s Judah in 701 BC is one of the best-documented and most controversial events in the Bible and archaeology. The story “should be on Hollywood’s big-screen, because it is so full of drama, intrigue, big battle scenes, and surprising twists of plot” (Broyles, BSM Nov–Dec 2008, pg. 27). To help you investigate the diverse, discrepant accounts we have created an interactive online map to accompany Dr. Craig C. Broyles’ articles in the first three issues of Bible Study Magazine (the third article is online for free at BibleStudyMagazine.com). This event involves a new hope, an empire striking back and the return of the Angel of the Lord.

A New Hope. After the death of the Assyrian King Sargon II in 705 BC, a new hope of freedom emerges in the minds of several kings whose countries were militarily forced to serve the Assyrian empire, and a rebel alliance is created. Judah’s King Hezekiah joins the insurgents (2 Kgs 18:7).

The Empire Strikes Back. The newly appointed Assyrian King Sennacherib does not tolerate this rebellion—he strikes back and invades Hezekiah’s Judah in 701 BC. In the events leading up to King Sennacherib’s invasion, Hezekiah appeals to the Egyptians for aid, instead of Yahweh. Isaiah, a prophet living in Jerusalem, opposes Hezekiah’s political maneuvers, declaring that Yahweh abhors his alliance and that it will not help save Judah (Isa 30:2, 7, 31:1).

Sennacherib destroys most of Judah, including the prophet Micah’s hometown of Moresheth. Micah views the events as God’s divine judgment (Mic 1:8–16). Sennacherib recorded these events in a prism, dating to 689 BC, discovered in his palace. In the prism, he states “I locked [Hezekiah] up with Jerusalem, his royal city, like a bird in a cage” (cf. 2 Kgs 18:13–14). In a desperate measure to make Sennacherib leave Jerusalem alone, Hezekiah pays tribute to Sennacherib. This would usually not be enough for Sennacherib—he deposes, humiliates and replaces rebellious kings. In spite of Sennacherib attributing unqualified victory to himself in his prism, he does none of these things. He just moves on to crush other rebel alliances. The dark side has clearly put spin on the events. So, what went on here?

The Return of the Jedi. In the “bird . . . cage” of Jerusalem, Isaiah declares that Yahweh will rescue the city (2 Kgs 19:6–7, 22, 32–24; cf. Isa 37:6–7, 23, 33–35), and it happens. Egyptian forces approach Sennacherib, causing him to leave Jerusalem (2 Kgs 10:6‑9a; cf. 19:28, 33). The Assyrian forces then engage the Egyptians, but something unexpected occurs, they “abandon . . . their position and suffer . . . severe losses during their retreat,” according to the fifth century BC Greek historian Herodotus. Could it be that a “Jedi” has returned? “The Bible attributes this setback to ‘the angel of the LORD’ (2 Kgs 19:35), Herodotus to ‘thousands of field mice’ ” (Broyles, BSM Jan–Feb 2009, pg. 25). These events, though based only on circumstantial evidence, help us to determine why Sennacherib failed to take Jerusalem and depose Hezekiah, like he did with other kings.

These diverse, discrepant accounts give us a panoramic perspective on God’s Word, allowing for us to hear it through multiple voices.

Go investigate the story for yourself, and be sure to check out the interactive map. Then tell others about it on your blog, via email, or social network. We have made it easy with an already set-up linkable HTML code at the bottom of the page and social networking buttons at the top.

This is just one of the many excellent articles in the March–April issue of Bible Study Magazine. Subscribe now to read the others.

Nearly 100 John MacArthur Books!

We put together a new page at Logos.com recently that features all of the books of John MacArthur that we sell—nearly 100 total! In addition to his commentaries and Bible study guides on almost every book in the NT, you’ll find books covering spiritual gifts, heaven, family, parenting, counseling, Bible study, preaching, leadership, and a host of other topics.

John MacArthur, the pastor–teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California for more than 40 years and a regular conference speaker, has had a profound impact on conservative evangelical churches and Christians all over the country (and world) through his extensive preaching and writing ministries.

There’s no better way to read and study John MacArthur’s writings than in the Libronix Digital Library System. Finding out what MacArthur says on just about any topic or passage is a cinch with Libronix’s powerful searching capabilities.

While you could pick out all of the titles that interest you one by one, the most economical way to add MacArthur’s works to your digital library is by picking up the MacArthur LifeWorks and Commentaries Bundle, which includes more than 70 books and study guides for under $5 per volume.

Go have a look at the new page at www.logos.com/macarthur.

Library Journal Gives Bible Study Magazine Good Marks

Steve Black, a librarian at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and the primary reviewer for Library Journal, evaluates Bible Study Magazine and has some nice things to say about it. He even gave it a red star, which Library Journal uses to mark an outstanding title that is especially noteworthy.

Here’s his conclusion:

Bible Study Magazine is a serious, clearly written popular magazine . . . . Highly recommended for religious studies collections in academic and public libraries.

Read the rest at LibraryJournal.com.

Does your library carry Bible Study Magazine? If not, the best way to get your local library to carry it is simply to let a librarian know that you’d like to have them subscribe.

Göttingen Septuagint on Pre-Pub

Göttingen Septuagint (64 Vols.)If you’re into studying the Septuagint—and we think you should be—you’re going to love what just hit the Pre-Pub page!

The Göttingen Septuagint (a.k.a. Septuaginta: Vetus Testamentum Graecum. Auctoritate Academiae Scientiarum Gottingensis Editum) is the most important edition of the Greek translation of the Old Testament ever published. At present it spans 24 print volumes and nearly 7,000 pages, setting the bar high for text-critical studies.

For optimal use in Logos Bible Software, these 24 print volumes will be split into 65 digital resources. This means you’ll be able to view the Greek text right alongside of the apparatus, and in several cases multiple Greek translations with multiple apparatuses. By linking them all together, they will stay in sync as you scroll or jump from passage to passage.

This is without question one of the best deals that we’ve ever had on Pre-Pub. The print set could easily run you $3,000. But for a limited time, we’re making it available on Pre-Pub for only $299.95. For more than 90% off the print cost, you can add this definitive critical edition of the Septuagint to your Libronix digital library. So if you are serious about studying the LXX—or its use in the NT by Jesus and the Apostles—do be sure to check it out.

March–April Issue of Bible Study Magazine on Its Way

The third issue of Bible Study Magazine is off the press and is expected to start shipping today. That means that it should be in your mailbox in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, watch associate editor John Barry give an overview of the March–April in this new video.

By the way, we have several promos going on right now with Bible Study Magazine that you won’t want to miss out on.

First, we’re giving away 20 copies of Mark’s new book Vintage Church, 5 subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine, and a copy of Bible Study Library. Find out how you can enter to win this cool stuff.

Second, we also have a special going on with the 200-page Bible study guide to Mark’s current sermon series, Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1&2 Peter. Buy a subscription to Bible Study Magazine, and get Trial for free.

Finally, we still have some extra Kutless gear to give away.

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Mark Driscoll Comes to Logos Bible Software

Logos Bible Software came to Mark Driscoll several years ago, and he’s a fan. Now Mark Driscoll comes to Logos. We just launched two brand new Driscoll titles: Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter and the Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive.

Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1 & 2 Peter, by Mark Driscoll [DOWNLOAD]Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1&2 Peter

Trial is a nearly 200-page Bible study guide on Peter’s letters. It was written to supplement Mark’s current series that he’s preaching at Mars Hill. If you attend Mars Hill or just like to listen to Mark’s preaching via the internet, adding this title to your Logos Bible Software library would be the perfect complement.

But it doesn’t have to be used in conjunction with the sermon series. Used by itself, it would make excellent material to work through in your personal Bible study, your family Bible times, your small group, or your Sunday school class. Pastors will get loads of practical applications for their preaching on these important letters.

It’s available for immediate download for only $9.95, but you can get it for free through the end of March when you purchase a subscription to Bible Study Magazine. Visit BibleStudyMagazine.com for all of the details.

Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive

Mark Driscoll Sermon ArchiveJust as cool, if not cooler, is the new Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive. For the first time ever, 10 years of Mark Driscoll’s sermon transcriptions will be available, and having them as part of your Logos Bible Software library means you can read, study, and search the writings of this important evangelical pastor and preacher with ease.

Driscoll has preached through fifteen books of the Bible and has spoken at well over a hundred conferences around the U.S. and world. These audio sermons are being transcribed, formatted, tagged, and integrated into the most power digital library system available. There’s no better way to find out what he says on a passage or an issue than the Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive.

Mark Driscoll hits today’s issues head on. This collection is sure to provide you with a wealth of relevant information on hot topics. The Mark Driscoll Sermon Archive is currently available for only $89.95, so be sure to place your pre-order soon and lock in the lowest possible price.