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What’s in My Library: Atlas (Bible)

Today’s guest post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”

Logos Deluxe Map SetAtlas (Bible)

Definition: A Bible atlas contains maps pertaining to the events that occurred in the Bible. A Bible atlas would include maps about the placement of the twelve tribes of Israel or the travels of Paul.

Example: Logos Deluxe Map Set

Application: As you read in John 4 about Jesus having to go through Samaria, an atlas will help explain the significance of the passage.

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Product Guide on Luke’s Gospel

The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: LukeFor some reason, the Gospel of Luke really resonates with me. I so easily identify with the structure, language, and style of Luke’s Gospel above the others. In fact, when I look back on my years in the pastorate, my fondest memories come from the years that I preached exegetically through this Gospel.

Logos Bible Software played a huge part in developing that series for me but I wish I had access at the time to the Product Guide on Luke which compiles all the titles we currently sell on Luke’s Gospel.

Just to throw in my own $.02, one of my favorite resources for Luke was The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: Luke, by Darrell L. Bock. Not an overly large commentary for the size of Luke’s Gospel, but a very good exposition from a commentator with a strong Luke/Acts background, and writes from a real pastoral center.

The wonderful thing about the Product Guide on Luke is that it lets you peruse the whole gamut of resources we have available on Luke. If there is something that you feel is missing that we definitely should have, drop us a line at suggest@logos.com and let us know.

Greek in a Week

Greek in a Week

If you’re like many of our users, you use Logos Bible Software to aid your study of the Greek language. In fact, over the years, our grammars, lexicons, and other Greek texts and tools have been some of our bestselling books.

A few months ago, we began partnering with John Schwandt to offer an intensive course on the Greek language called Greek in a Week. Professor Schwandt is the Senior Fellow of Classical Languages at New St. Andrews College and brings years of teaching and research experience on New Testament Greek. He’s also the voice behind the Greek Audio New Testament.

We’ve already had successful Greek in a Week courses in Houston, Baltimore, and Santa Barbara. The upcoming course in the San Francisco/Oakland area runs from October 8–10, and is now open for pre-registration.

Greek in a Week equips you to study the New Testament in the original language and to get the most out of your Bible language aids. The course also teaches you the logic and structure of the language and helps you take your exegesis to a deeper level. In fact, in just a few days, you can learn the basics of New Testament Greek and begin translating the book of 1 John.

If you’re a pastor who wants to brush up on the Greek skills you learned in seminary, Greek in a Week is the perfect refresher course. It will also provide an advantage to students who want to jumpstart their understanding of the language in preparation for Greek coursework in seminary. You’ll also learn how to use Logos Bible Software to enhance and enrich your study of the Greek New Testament.

The cost of the course goes up as it gets closer, which means your registration is heavily discounted when you sign up early. That means if you want to qualify for the pre-registration price for the San Francisco/Oakland course, you need to register soon.

A few weeks before the course begins, your card will be charged, and Professor Schwandt will contact everyone in the course to work out a location in the Bay Area that’s convenient.

Head on over to the Greek in a Week page to learn more about the course and to read testimonials from previous students. If you live in the Bay Area, you’ll also want to pre-register soon to take advantage of the lowest price.

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The Lighter Side of Discourse Analysis: Thematic Highlighting

We are serious about Bible study, and we are serious about getting the church back into the study of Greek and Hebrew. But we have a lighter side, too. So, as a reminder to place your Pre-Pub order for Dr. Steve Runge’s Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis, we have a few, short, on-the-lighter-side, videos coming for you to enjoy and to help illustrate the Discourse Grammar‘s content.

Today’s video: Thematic Highlighting

What’s being said about Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament:

“. . . . Runge’s work will become a required text in my Greek classes.”—Dr. Gerald Peterman, Professor of Bible and Chair of the Bible Department, Moody Bible Institute

“. . . . I commend his pioneering work for serious consideration by all New Testament students and scholars.”—Dr. William Varner, Professor of Greek Exegesis, The Masters College

The Discourse Grammar is at the end of production and is getting ready to ship soon, so make sure you place your order before the price goes up!

And stay tuned for next week’s video: Changed Reference

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament Now on Sale

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

The Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, edited by G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson, has quickly become a standard reference work for pastors who preach regularly on the New Testament, for New Testament biblical scholars, and for students of the Bible. In fact, it received a 2008 Christianity Today book award in the category of Biblical Studies, and has been widely praised by New Testament scholars.

For every book of the New Testament, the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament isolates and comments on both the obvious Old Testament quotations and the more subtle allusions. Under the editorial direction of G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson, this commentary features an impressive list of contributors, including:

  • Craig L. Blomberg
  • Andreas J. Kostenberger
  • I. Howard Marshall
  • Moisés Silva
  • G. K. Beale
  • Jeffrey A. D. Weima
  • George H. Guthrie
  • D. A. Carson
  • G. K. Beale
  • Sean M. McDonough
  • And lots more! Check out the product page to see the complete list.

More than a year ago, we put this massive commentary on Pre-Pub as part of the 14-volume Baker Hermeneutics Collection. Hundreds of users took advantage of the offer and have already added this book to their library.

Now, we’ve been able to release this volume for individual download, and we’re offering an introductory sale price. For just a couple weeks, you can get this commentary for $39.95 with coupon code NTUSEOFOT.

This coupon code expires on September 15, 2009. After that, you’ll still be able to get the commentary, but the price will jump to $59.99. Make sure you order today while it’s still on sale!

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Jaywalking through the Scriptures

Exploring the Old and New Testament CollectionIf you ever watched The Tonight Show with Jay Leno you will remember a segment called “Jaywalking.” It was a pretty simple concept: have a camera man follow Jay around and ask random people some, not so obscure, questions about history, geography, and important current events. Jay ends up with great exchanges like this one:

JAY: What is the opening line of the Bible?
PERSON: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

If you ignore the fact that this 5 minute segment is edited down from a couple of hours of footage, and that all the bystanders that answer these questions correctly are removed, it is pretty easy to find this segment simultaneously humorous and horrifying. Some of the topics that people have absolutely no idea about are so important to us as a republic that there is almost a fear that you are watching something important in our collective consciousness eroding away.

As we see spiritual trivialities replace important Scriptural knowledge and principles, I am deathly afraid sometimes that this same erosion it is happening in the Church as well. We need to be more intentional about cultivating our Biblical literacy. This is why I am excited about the Exploring the Old and New Testament Collection which is in Pre-Publication right now. Here are six fantastic volumes that, together, operate as a university level Old and New Testament survey. Or if you prefer, you can also purchase the two-volume Exploring the New Testament Collection or the four-volume survey Exploring the Old Testament Collection separately. Every volume is written by professors with backgrounds in teaching biblical truths to students. Moreover, they are written to be read for your personal edification or to be used as an aid to teach the material to your class or small group.

To be able to handle Scripture effectively and with any fidelity it needs to be understood on a macro level before you begin to dissect it. Biblical surveys are a fantastic way to help you get a firm handle on the panorama of Scripture. From that panoramic view you can then focus in more and more and really gain an understanding as to how smaller portions of Scripture illuminate the whole. It is the desire of most of us at Logos to be able to equip everyone with the tools needed to ensure that rightly dividing the Word of truth isn’t something that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Black Hawk Down and Bible Study

In the September–October issue of Bible Study Magazine, Chaplain (Major) Jeff Struecker shares how his study of the Bible not only helped him during the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu (featured in the book and movie Black Hawk Down), but how Scripture influences every aspect of his life as a soldier. Read the article now.

Major Struecker speaks from experience, including combat in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Iris Gold in Kuwait, Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu, Somalia, and multiple tours in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards for actions in these imminent danger zones include the Southwest Asia Service Medal (1 Service Star), Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd award), National Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal (with “V” Device for valor, 3rd award). He has received other medals as recognition for his service in the United States Army. In addition to these awards and others, Struecker took first place in the David L. Grange Best Ranger competition in 1996.

Do you know someone serving in the military? Please send them a link to the article. We hope that it will be an encouragement to all soldiers seeking to grow in faith during military service. We are currently offering this feature article, “Drawing on Scripture Under Gunfire,” as a free download at http://www.biblestudymagazine.com/chaplain/.

What’s in My Library: Archaeology (Biblical)

Today’s guest post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”

Archaeology (Biblical)

Definition: A biblical archaeology book details archaeological discoveries that are pertinent to biblical history or Christianity. This book is normally arranged topically according to specific locations such as Jericho or the Dead Sea.

Example: Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land

Application: While you are reading about Jericho in Joshua 7 or Ephesus in Acts 18, if you wonder about discoveries recently made in these areas, then an archaeology book is where to go.

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Logos Team Leads the Pack in 2009 Tour de Whatcom

The anticipation of the yet-to-be-completed Logos Bicycle Jersey Pre-Pub didn’t stop a group of Logos employees from gathering for this year’s Tour de Whatcom. Even without the jersey, the Logos team looked sharp on the road as they led the peloton in both the 50- and 105-mile rides.

In order to gather more interest for the Logos jersey, Jim Straatman, our IT Manager, actually took a prototype of the Logos jersey and safety-pinned sections of it onto his regular jersey! Place your Pre-Pub order to help move it into production and soon enough, you can look for riders around the country sporting the new Logos Bible Software bicycle jerseys . . . if you can keep up. ;)

Tour de Whatcom Wrap-Up

In the century leg of the Tour, a ride spanning the same distance from the U.S./Canadian Border (Peace Arch Crossing) down to Seattle, Jim Straatman and Scott Alexander averaged almost 20 mph—good enough to finish first. For Jim, this was his first organized 100+ mile ride where several hundred people participated. And leave it to our IT Manager to capture the ride’s GPS data!

For the 50-milers, it was Sean Fields, Director of Visual Design here at Logos, who finished first with an average speed of over 19 mph. The Tour has become a traditional birthday celebration ride for Sean, who remarked, "It’s a great way to start off a new year of my life—a fun fast bike ride!"

In all, nine Logos employees participated in this year’s Tour:

Bradley Grainger (pictured, left): Software Development
Bryan Albert (pictured, left-center): Software Development
Jacob Carpenter (pictured, right-center): Software Development
Scott Alexander (pictured, right): Software Development
Jim Straatman: IT Manager
Sean Fields: Director of Visual Design
Allen Peterson: Software Development
David Schwegler: Software Development
Bryan Smith: Software Development

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People behind the Product: Jim Straatman

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Michael Bird: Most Influential Books

Michael Bird, who blogs at Euangelion, is a young New Testament scholar who teaches at the Highland Theological College in Dingwall, Scotland. A couple of weeks ago he was in the US on a road trip with some folks from the Zondervan Academic team. During his visit, they did a series of video interviews with him. In the last one, Michael talks about some of the authors and books that have had significant influence on him. The video is embedded below. (If you don’t see it, view the post on the blog.)

Michael mentions Chrysostom, Ambrosiaster, and Calvin as influential ancient authors. But he singles out two modern authors and their books: N. T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God and D. A. Carson’s commentary on John’s Gospel in the PNTC and his 2-volume For the Love of God devotionals (see other works by D. A. Carson).

If you’re looking to build your digital library with some quality books, these recommendations from Michael Bird would be a great place to start—and, best of all, they’re all available for Logos Bible Software.

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