Save on Church History Resources during May

history-of-jerusalem-collectionNational history is among the first things we learn in school. It helps us understand why things are the way they are, and what those who came before us went through to get us here. The same is true of church history: the better we understand our roots, the better we understand the present.

Here are a few historical-studies resources on sale this month:

1. History of Jerusalem Collection

Regularly $299.95—get it for $65.95

How did Jerusalem emerge as an important theme in the Old Testament, and what are its implications for modern interpretation? Understanding Jerusalem’s past is important, and the History of Jerusalem Collection gives you the big picture. You’ll get contributions from an impressive list of scholars: Philip R. Davies, Lester L. Grabbe, Thomas L. Thompson, and more than a dozen others.

2. Early Church History Collection

Regularly $115.99—get it for $87.95

The Early Church History Collection gives you primary sources from the first 400 years of Christianity. You’ll see how the early church prayed and sang, how early Christians worshiped and preached, and what they held as fundamental to their faith. You’ll also learn how the church was affected by persecution and heresy, how it shaped and was shaped by the surrounding culture, and why it was so important that the church formulate proper doctrines of the Trinity and of Christ.

3. Romans through History and Culture Series

Regularly $119.95—get it for $87.95

The Romans through History and Cultures Series features a wealth of information on the reception of the book of Romans—specifically, its the past and present impact on theology and on cultural, political, social, and ecclesial life. If you’re interested in the intersection between Scripture and culture, you’ll find these scholarly volumes fascinating.

These aren’t the only products on sale this month! Check out all of May’s deals.

Get a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Logos 5

Logos 5Logos 5 is more than a library. It’s a set of unique tools that allow you to study the Bible in ways you never dreamed of.

To get a behind-the-scenes look at the origins of some of Logos 5’s features, we asked Sean Boisen, director of content innovation, and Ryan, software developer, to talk about the work their teams do.

Boisen explains,

“We try to imagine the things that don’t exist in print that would enrich Bible study. The question for us is, What is there that we can put together that didn’t start life as a book and doesn’t necessarily make sense as a book? And the example I always give people is telephone directories. When was the last time you picked up a paper telephone directory to look up somebody’s phone number? You don’t. Not because there’s not enough to go around—someone still drops them off at our house at least twice a year. But I don’t ever read those because that’s a lousy way to look up somebody’s phone number. You don’t want to read it; it’s a reference book. You want to find the one thing you’re looking for in this large body of material. And so in part, for us, it’s thinking about what are the other kinds of phone books, if you will, that Logos users need.”

Just as cell phones and the Internet have given us easier ways to find exact contact information, Boisen and his team are working to provide ways for people to find exactly what they need in the biblical text.

“We have long had the Biblical People feature, [which] ties together people in the biblical text. For many people, this is a challenge, because it’s not organized like a textbook. It’s just a bunch of different stories, written by different people in different circumstances. And so it’s often hard, I think, for people to find the thread that goes through the story and make more sense out of it. Because it’s not our time, it’s not our culture.

“The best comparison I’ve heard is that it’s a lot like reading The Lord of the Rings. There are all these people you’ve never heard of, they’re traveling around this land you don’t know anything about, and they’re bumping up against all these strange circumstances. And I think there are a lot of people reading the Bible like that. There’s just all this weird stuff, and so how do we help them make sense of it all?”

Boisen and his team work to create tools that help overcome the difficulties we all face in seeing the connections throughout Scripture. One of the results of their work is the consolidated Bible Facts tool in Logos 5.

Ryan explains,

“Having a lot of information about people, places, and things in the Bible is great. We decided that it would be even greater to combine that information in one area so that it’s easy to navigate to everything related to your area of interest at once. Combining three tools into one also allowed us to easily integrate a fourth type of data. Now, when you open Bible Facts, you get immediate access to People, Places, Things, and (now) Events.”

Have you ever wished you could quickly access information and resources on every person, place, thing, and event in the Bible? With Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool, you’ll get more than just definitions. You’ll get key passages, illustrations and photos, and relevant articles. You’ll be able to view any person’s family tree, see their roles in biblical events, and discover relationships you never knew about.

Find the answers you need with the Bible Facts tool. Get a custom discount on Logos 5 today!

Get 20% Off 60+ of R.C. Sproul’s Top Resources!

works-of-rc-sproulYou’ve downloaded R.C. Sproul’s 17-volume Crucial Questions Series for free. You’ve been challenged by Sproul’s admonition to become holy, to study theology, and to share the gospel. Now you can get the whole context of his message—we recently built a massive collection of Sproul’s works, and we’re offering introductory pricing to help get these books into your library.

For the next two weeks, use coupon code 20SPROUL to purchase or upgrade the Works of R.C. Sproul for 20% off!

R.C. Sproul is not only a leading theologian and popular author in the Reformed tradition; he’s also a leading voice in mainstream Protestant theology, acclaimed by today’s evangelical leaders. This collection is full of gems, including Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of JustificationThe Reformation Study BibleThe Holiness of God, and the recently shipped Everyone’s a Theologian.

Don’t miss out!

If you own any of these volumes, you’ve already earned a Dynamic Pricing discount—just visit the product page to see how much you’ll save. Then add coupon code 20SPROUL at checkout to get an extra 20% off! You can even make monthly budgeting easier with an interest-free payment plan.

Learn from one of the biggest voices in contemporary Christianity: get the full R.C. Sproul Collection today!

Logos 5: Locate Biblical Occurrences of a Sense

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

The Bible Sense Lexicon dataset (available in the Gold base package and higher) helps you disambiguate Hebrew and Greek words. For example, the Greek kosmos, usually translated world, has multiple senses; what does it mean in John 3:16? That’s where the Bible Sense Lexicon comes in—it connects the text to specific, contextual meanings.

At Camp Logos, I was recently asked how to find all possible meanings of a Hebrew or Greek word and all the places where those meanings appear in Scripture. Here’s a way to achieve those ends. (Stay with me—there are several steps.)

To see the specific sense of a word:

  • Open your favorite Bible (we’ll use the LEB) to the passage you’re interested in. Let’s use Luke 13:32, where Jesus says “I will complete my work” (A).

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  • Right-click the word complete (B).
  • Notice, in the context menu, that the BSL assigns the sense “to finish” to the underlying Greek word (C)

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To see all possible senses of a word and the verses in which they occur:

  • Right-click the word (D).
  • Select Lemma [the Greek word] in the context menu (E).
  • Select Search this resource (F).

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  • Click Analysis to view all occurrences of the Greek lemma in a spreadsheet (G).
  • Right-click any column header in the spreadsheet (H).
  • Make sure that at least Reference and Sense are checked (I).

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  • Drag the column header Sense to the area above the column headers. (Mac users: hold down the Option key as you drag the header.) (J)
  • Right-click an arrow to the left of a sense (K).
  • Select Collapse all (L).

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  • Notice that all the occurrences of the Greek lemma are grouped according to the senses of the word (M).

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  • Then display all the biblical appearances of a meaning by clicking the arrow to its left (N)

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Again, just for emphasis: in this Analysis view, you’re looking at all possible senses (meanings) of the Greek lemma teleioo and all the places where each sense appears in the Bible!

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Take your Bible word studies beyond just words—Logos 5′s language tools help you cut straight to a word’s meaning. Take advantage of your custom upgrade discount today!

Studying the Dead Sea Scrolls Just Got Easier

Dead Sea ScrollsThe Qumran Sectarian Manuscripts (QSM) collection is a tagged database of all the nonbiblical scrolls found at Qumran—the Temple Scroll, the War Scroll, the Damascus Document, the Rule of the Community, and over 700 other scrolls. These documents provide invaluable information about Judaism in the Second Temple period.

It’s been over 10 years since we first offered this database in Libronix DLS, and much has changed—both in the contents of the QSM database and in how Logos supports Hebrew and Aramaic databases generally. We wanted to take the opportunity to get the latest data and bring this incredible tool up to our current standards.

The result: QSM just got a major update! 

What’s new

It’s never been easier to study the Dead Sea Scrolls in the original Hebrew and Aramaic. Improvements in this release include:

  • More than 100 new scrolls, bringing the total to 737 documents.
  • Reorganization: several of the previously released scrolls have been reorganized to match the latest scholarship on how to reconstruct larger works from individual pieces.
  • Textual searches: QSM now shows up in the Textual Searches section of the Bible Word Study guide, making it easy to find instances of words from the Hebrew Bible in the Dead Sea Scrolls. This feature returns the best hits when running Bible Word Study directly from the Westminster database (BHW 4.18), since no data-type conversion is required, but it also works from several other Hebrew Bibles.
  • English glosses: the glossary now includes every word in the database, while the older version only had entries for those words not found in the Hebrew Bible. In addition, QSM now glosses the text on mouse hover and populates the word-selector dropdowns in various reports and search interfaces, making it easy to select the word you want.
  • Improved navigation: now it’s possible to quickly navigate to individual scrolls, columns, or fragments, instead of just to specific lines in the scrolls.
  • Improved Dead Sea Scrolls tagging: in commentaries and other reference works, we’ve tagged Dead Sea Scrolls citations with references to Brill’s Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition (DSSSE), which includes English translations and transcriptions of the most important scrolls, as well as complete bibliographic data. In this release, we’ve added a mapping of the DSSSE datatype to QSM, making it easier to link and scroll those resources together and making it possible to jump directly from tagged Dead Sea Scrolls references in your library directly to the QSM database without having to own or open DSSSE. The Brill volumes have also been updated to improve their linking with QSM and with each other.
  • Morphology update: the implementation of the morphology codes has been updated to function alongside the improvements made to the Westminster data types for the release of BHW 4.18, making it easy to search for morphological features across the scrolls and the Hebrew Bible at the same time.

Get yours today

If you already own the old version of QSM, you’ll receive this update automatically. (If you haven’t gotten your update update, just type “update resources” into the command bar and Logos will download it.)

If you don’t already have these important documents, get yours today!

They’re Counting on Your Bible Knowledge—Are You Ready?

baker-illustrated-reference-collectionWhether you’re a pastor, a professor, or an active member of your local church, your Bible study drives your relationship with God in a lot of ways. And for people in your congregation, classroom, or small group, your having the answers at your fingertips can be key to the formation of faith. So how do you make sure you’re getting the most from the Bible?

To help you out, we’ve put together two new collections that can help you make sure you have answers:

The Baker Illustrated Reference Collection

The six-volume Baker Illustrated Reference Collection may not seem large, but don’t underestimate its wealth of research and scope of biblical coverage: it gives you everything you need to either get started in biblical research or advance your study with better, more modern tools. Bursting with vibrant, full-color images (see below!) and filled with modern commentary and articles, these useful volumes can be yours today. Visit the product page to see if you’ve earned a Dynamic Pricing discount, and then set up a payment plan at checkout to make monthly budgeting easy!

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The James Hastings Reference Collection

James Hastings was arguably the founder of the modern biblical reference work: his two-volume Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels is a landmark study of Christology, messianic research, and the nearly endless background behind the four Gospels. This collection gives you it and thirty-two more volumes: over 18,000 pages of detailed research on Christian history, doctrine, biblical study, and biblical characters. You’ll get resources to grow, refine, and sustain your faith.

Use coupon code HASTINGS20 and get it for 20% off! 

Logos 5 makes this research even more accessible

With Logos 5′s Bible Facts tool, you’re never far from dictionary and encyclopedia entries on biblical characters, locations, animals, artifacts, and more. Searching for “Peter,” say, brings back a wealth of rock-solid research, giving you all the perspectives—classical and modern—you need. See how:

Right now, you can get a custom discount on Logos 5—upgrade today!

Get D.A. Carson’s Advice on Selecting NT Commentaries and More

baker-academic-biblical-studies-upgradeRight now, you can pre-order works by renowned authors like D.A. Carson, Chris Keith, and Francis J. Moloney in the Baker Academic Biblical Studies Upgrade—for 25% off!

This addition to the Baker Academic Biblical Studies Bundle addresses topics that are both timeless and relevant: the reliability of the Bible, Christian views on immigration, how to choose a commentary, and much more. Since all these resources were published in the last two years, you can be sure you’re getting scholarship that’s up to date.

Used by today’s leading scholars

Here’s what people have to say about just a few of these resources:

Jesus against the Scribal Elite by Chris Keith:

“Chris Keith adds a very important social dimension to understanding the conflicts between Jesus and other teachers of his day. This fascinating book makes a new and welcome contribution to the discussion.”
—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

New Testament Commentary Survey, 7th ed. by D.A. Carson

“If you are preparing a new sermon series and looking for advice on commentaries, you must consult . . . the New Testament Commentary Survey. . . . [It] will help to save you lots of money in the long run.”
—David S. Dockery, Review and Expositor

Can We Still Believe the Bible? by Craig Blomberg

“Mention the Bible, especially a hot topic like canon or miracles, and one second later you will hear strident voices attacking the Bible’s silliness or calling others names for not believing the Bible . . . Enter Craig Blomberg with nothing less than a splendid example of ‘generous apologetics’ for the faith.”
—Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary

Get nearly 1,400 pages of current biblical scholarship, and see for yourself why these books are so valuable. Pre-order the Baker Academic Biblical Studies Upgrade for 25% off!

Interested in even more deals on Baker resources? Check out the Baker American Church History Collection and the Baker Academic Christian Education Collection.

Save 25% and Celebrate the Legacy of J. Dwight Pentecost

PentecostOn April 28, 2014, just four days after turning 99, distinguished pastor and professor J. Dwight Pentecost went home to be with the Lord.

Only the 100th student to enroll at Dallas Theological Seminary in 1937, Pentecost went on to pastor two different churches in Pennsylvania from 1941 to 1951. Wanting to exponentially increase his effectiveness, he decided to go back to DTS and train thousands of future pastors.

While earning his graduate degree, Pentecost taught at DTS, eventually joining the faculty in 1958. He continued to pastor in Texas while teaching Bible exposition and authoring or coauthoring more than 20 books. He taught his last class at DTS in December 2013 at age 98.

In celebration of his life, you can purchase the 11-volume J. Dwight Pentecost Collection for 25% off. Whether you’re using them for personal edification or as teaching or discipleship tools, you’ll benefit immensely from the works of this influential evangelical thinker. Get your discount when you use coupon code PENTECOST at checkout.

Here are six inspirational quotes from books in the J. Dwight Pentecost Collection:

“That which the Word of God produces in your life is directly related to the preparation you have permitted the Spirit of God to do in your life and heart. If you came to the Word with an unprepared heart, the seed is taken away. If you came to the Word with a life choked up with weeds, with sin, with bitterness, with jealousy, with strife, the Word will never come to fruit. But if you come to the Word of God with a life that has been prepared to receive the truth of the Word by the Spirit of God, the good seed sown by the Lord Jesus will produce its fruit. As living seed, it must reproduce.” —Your Adversary, the Devil

“The commission is not fulfilled by your contribution to a missionary budget that sends a missionary to some dark place of the earth. The Great Commission is fulfilled when you, right where you are, disciple somebody else by teaching them and showing them what you have learned of the things of Christ and the Father from the Word of God.” —Design for Discipleship

“During the course of His earthly life, Christ had demonstrated the compassion of God toward the poor, the sick, the sorrowing, the outcast, and the sinful. Compassion such as He demonstrated will be required of those who are His subjects in the kingdom.” —Thy Kingdom Come

“May we experience His personal presence so that we shall be delivered when we are tempted to wrap the mantle of loneliness about us and hide away like Elijah in our caves.” —Life’s Problems—God’s Solutions

“Satan wants to turn your mind into a cesspool and have your mind occupied with that which ultimately must corrupt, defile, and spoil the whole body, distort the life, and produce sin. The battle is not first in the field of action; it is in the field of thought.” —The Joy of Living

“There is no such thing as a neutral act, or a neutral thought, or a neutral word in the life of the child of God. That which is not produced by the Holy Spirit, is produced by the flesh. Every step you take, every word you speak, every action of your life not consciously controlled by the Holy Spirit is being produced by the flesh.” —The Divine Comforter

Use coupon code PENTECOST now through Friday, May 16 to avail yourself of the informative J. Dwight Pentecost Collection at a great discount—you’ll be thankful you did.

Why It’s Time to Upgrade to Gold

goldThe Logos 5 upgrade sale is here! It’s time to start studying with the world’s leading Bible software—right now, you can get an outstanding deal on a Logos 5 base package.

Why Logos 5?

Logos 5 sets you up with a massive biblical and theological library, as well as a suite of powerful tools that help you learn and remember more. You can use the visual Timeline to see historical context. You can use Clause Search to find every mention of Jesus, including pronouns like “he” and “his.” You can use the Sermon Starter Guide to help build your insights into compelling messages.

But maybe you already know all that, and you’re still on the fence.

Thing is, the most important thing about Logos isn’t its variety of features. It’s what the features have in common: human intelligence. Studying with Logos 5 is like studying alongside a scholar who’s spent decades lovingly poring over the text—someone who’s ready to let you know when a translation comes from a surprising root, who’s eager to recommend a related resource that adds important context, who’s somehow already read and thought through everything. Someone who points you in the right direction and then pushes you to go deeper.

That’s because Logos 5 really was designed and hand-tagged by scholars like you. Here’s how:

 

Why Gold?

Each Logos 5 base package has its strength. Starter, which gives you the introductory Logos 5 experience, is (of course) the most affordable. Portfolio, Logos 5’s flagship library, gives you the most books and the most for your dollar. What Gold gives you is flexibility.

Gold is the first base package that offers all of Logos 5′s tools: before Gold, you’re missing out on valuable features. That means that, of the feature-complete packages, Gold gives you the highest ratio of tools to books—you’re getting the complete Logos 5 experience, but it’s up to you to customize the rest of your library. If you’re not ready for Platinum, Diamond, or Portfolio, go with Gold, and then add just the specific books you want. You’ll have all the features from the higher base packages, plus a core library of 1,076 biblical and theological resources—plus extra titles tailored just to you.

After all, you can buy new books one by one, whenever you want, but the only way to get all the features is to upgrade your base package. Why hold yourself back?

That focus on features makes Gold a terrific deal. People love it because it’s the most affordable way to get all of Logos 5′s tools:

“I had Silver and upgraded to Gold [and it] has made a vast difference in my studies. The extra language tools are a big plus. With . . . the quality of Logos software, I could not be happier.”

“Logos Gold has been a huge blessing to me. I purchased it for seminary, and before my schooling starts, I have already used it greatly. It has helped me better prepare for family devotions. It has aided in greatly enhancing my understanding of Scripture in my personal devotions. And, as I begin a new ministry director position at the church we now attend, I know it will be a powerful tool in that as well. All this and I still can’t wait to use it in seminary! Soli Deo Gloria! I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone in ministry as an invaluable asset to use both personally and professionally!”

“I cannot say enough about Logos 5 and the Gold package; it has been a blessing in many ways. I’m a bivocational pastor, and, with the limited time I have, these additions have been a life saver. Thank you for helping me open God’s Word to others and assisting me in truly following our Lord.”
Gold users

Get the best deal right now

Base packages are a superb value—thanks to their built-in bundling discounts, you get hundreds or thousands of books for the same price you’d spend on just a few of the individual resources. They’re an even better deal thanks to Logos.com’s Dynamic Pricing, which gives you a custom discount based on your current library: if you already own some of the titles in Gold, you’ll get an even lower price.

And, right now, you can take advantage of a third discount—the Logos 5 upgrade sale!

The best part? To make budgeting easier, you can spread out the costs with a simple, interest-free payment plan.

So browse through Logos 5’s features. Take a look at everything you get with Gold. Keep in mind that there won’t be a better time to upgrade, and that Gold’s the easiest way to get the complete Logos 5 experience.

Then upgrade to Gold today, or browse all the base packages and pick out your favorite!

Get the Best Deal on Cutting-Edge Biblical Resources

Lexham_Sale_SocialShare_LargeOn Monday, we announced an exciting sale on resources from Lexham Press: for the next three weeks, you can get big savings on all of Lexham’s amazing resources. But did you know you can save even more with Dynamic Pricing?

You’ll get extra savings if you own any of the individual volumes in these Lexham Press collections:

Even more ways to save

pastorum-series-collectionThis month, you can get 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans for free! With these eloquent, insightful quotes, you’ll be able to find an illustration for any presentation or sermon, not to mention share professionally designed slides.

In addition to your free book, you can add Study, Apply, Share: James for just $0.99! If you’re writing or preaching on James, it’s a great time-saver and—especially at this price—a stellar value.

Once you’ve picked up these two resources for just $0.99, you can get even more resources for sermon prep by adding the four remaining volumes in the 1,500 Quotations for Preachers Collection. You’ll get 1,200 more quotes from more than 100 authors and works, including Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, G.K. Chesterton, Charles Spurgeon, and others.

The best part? Now that you own 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans (you already downloaded your free book, right?), you’ll get a Dynamic Pricing discount on the rest of the collection!

If you want even more resources for sermon prep, you can get those other four volumes, a volume of prayers, and the Study, Apply, Share volumes in the massive Pastorum Series Collection.

Don’t wait around, though—this sale won’t last forever. Get the best savings: pick up the Pastorum Series Collection today, and check out the rest of the resources on sale.

Then subscribe to the Lexham Press email list for more deals!