Imagine Trying to Read This without Logos

baptist-covenant-theology-collection-1One of the most exciting things about working for Logos is getting to dig for treasure. There are countless theological treasures available in the public domain, both in English and in other languages. Many are available online for free, but once you go further back than the 1800s, the availability of such resources begins to shrink quickly. You have to start scavenging libraries and archives to find the gold.

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Recently, we found some of this gold and put it up on Community Pricing. Below, you can see the state of the raw ore:

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This page comes from Benjamin Keach’s The Ax Laid to the Root, published in 1693; the book hasn’t been republished since. Nevertheless, it contains unique primary-source information on the doctrine and beliefs of some of the earliest English Baptists—information that merits republication for a new generation.

That’s where Logos comes in.

Here’s how that exact same page might look in Logos:

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The Ax Laid to the Root isn’t the only primary source worth bringing into the Logos format. After consulting with Baptist scholars, we’ve gathered a collection of many more primary sources discussing some of the earliest Baptist beliefs about baptism and covenant theology: the 17-volume Baptist Covenant Theology Collection.

Push this collection into production!

We think these books deserve to see the light of day again, after being hidden away for so long. But we need your help:

  • Gathering these books takes a lot of work.
  • Due to the low quality of many images, digitizing these books takes even more work.
  • Therefore, it costs us more to get this collection into production.

We’re excited about getting these books into your hands, and we want to know what you think. Show your support (and get over 80% off!) by bidding on the Baptist Covenant Theology Collection today!

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Logos helps you read this and other fascinating texts from Christian history. To take advantage of Logos’ powerful datasets and study tools, though, you’ll want a Logos 5 base package. And right now, you can get a custom upgrade discount during the Logos 5 Upgrade Sale—get yours now!

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Free Book of the MonthThis month, get 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans for free!

Quotations help us say what we want to say, often better than we can say it ourselves. There’s something about a well-turned phrase from a well-respected author that really drives a message home.

With 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans, choosing the right quotation to share with your congregation—a task that can sometimes take hours—will now take minutes. You’ll find entries from more than 20 authors and works, including Richard Baxter, Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, Richard Sibbes, and others. You can share the quotations with professionally designed slides, one to accompany each quotation:

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You’ll have material for sermons, Sunday school lessons, blog posts, or small group studies; plus, with slides that incorporate quotes into your presentation, sharing is easy. You’ll save a ton of time, and you’ll find precisely what you need. Get 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans for free right now!

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In addition to May’s free book, you can get Study, Apply, Share: James (normally $19.95) for just $0.99!

Study, Apply, Share: James is a resource for preparing and presenting sermons and coordinating your worship services. For each biblical paragraph it covers, it does the work of several resources: it identifies issues of interpretation, provides application suggestions, and suggests worship-service ideas. Elegant, professionally designed slides allow you to include biblical statistics in your sermons for illustration.

Explore issues of interpretation, and reach your own conclusions. Choose the application most appropriate for your faith community. Foster the creativity you need to plan powerful worship services. Get Study, Apply, Share: James for just $0.99 today!

Don’t miss out this May. Get 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans and Study, Apply, Share: James right now!

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Take Advantage of the Logos 5 Upgrade Sale!

LaunchBlogImage400x400The time has come to upgrade to Logos 5. You don’t want to put it off any longer—right now, you can get a special custom discount during the Logos 5 upgrade sale!

Why should I upgrade?

If you’ve been putting off an upgrade to Logos 5, here are three reasons to make the jump:

1. You’ll get our most acclaimed version ever

Lay users and ministry professionals agree: Logos 5 is awesome.

“Logos 5 is an incredible tool that instantly connects me with everything and everyone I need to get the Word out, from its Timeline to smart searches to social sharing.”
—Kirk Cameron, producer of Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure and star of the inspirational Fireproof

“I am absolutely thrilled with Logos 5 and the new enhancements it brings, especially searching for phrases. . . . All in all, Logos 5 is a remarkable and practical software system, beckoning me to deeper study and greater fruitfulness in the Lord’s service.”
—Michael L. Brown, PhD, author, professor, and national radio host

“My bottom line: Logos 5, whose depths I plan to plumb regularly, is even more robust and virbrant than its predecessors. If studying the Bible is something of professional or personal interest, there is, right now, nothing else that comes close.”
—Mark A. Kellner, Washington Times reporter

“I started with L1.6 Level 2. Loved L2, used it all the time. Later I purchased L2 Series X, and eventually Logos 4 Gold. I now have the L5 Platinum package and love it! I am constantly adding power to Logos through the Pre-Pub and Community Pricing programs. This software makes both pastoral study and my seminary assignments quite a bit easier.”
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2. You’ll make new discoveries

To build Logos 5′s dynamic new datasets, our Bible study experts went through Scripture chapter by chapter, pericope by pericope, and word by word. These datasets power Logos 5′s new tools, improvements, and updates.

Here’s how Logos’ director of content innovation, Sean Boisen, explains it:

3. You’ll expand your library

Logos 5 base packages are the single most cost-effective way to grow your library. They bundle hundreds of books at unbelievable discounts: you’ll be picking up thousands of dollars of content for about ten cents on the dollar.

When you factor in additional savings based on the books you already own (who wants to pay for the same books twice?) and the upgrade sale’s special discounts, you’ll be saving even more!

What’s more, consider this: Let’s say you skipped Logos 4 and went straight from Logos 3 to Logos 5. By missing Logos 4, you would have missed out on hundreds of books and collections—content that was available in Logos 4 and gone now. We rebuilt these packages from the ground up, removing over $6,400 worth of content and replacing it with tons of valuable new titles:

  • Portfolio took a big jump from 1,669 books to 2,528. It’s the biggest library we’ve ever offered. Portfolio also gives you the biggest discount.
  • Diamond was new to Logos 5, with 1,951 books and all the Logos 5 features.
  • Platinum went from 1,244 books to 1,277. It includes all the features, plus the core critical texts and original-language tools.
  • Gold went from 689 books to 1,030. If you want all the new Logos 5 features, this is the place to begin.
  • Silver now has 692 books. It has most of the Logos 5 features.
  • Bronze, which replaced Scholar’s, now has 421 books. It has some of the core Logos 5 features.
  • Starter was introduced with Logos 5. It has 213 books and just enough features to give you the basic Logos 5 experience.

In future versions, we’ll be refreshing content again. Some of these deals will only be available with Logos 5, so don’t miss out.

Upgrade to Logos 5 now!

It’s time to upgrade. See your discount right now: visit the upgrade page!

Don’t Miss These 4 New Testament Pre-Pubs

The New Testament shows us how to follow Christ, grow closer to him, and live in light of the gospel. But if you don’t have all the pieces—proper context, sound exegesis, the right perspective—you might miss the very message you need to hear. That’s why it’s important to study the New Testament with the best commentaries and references.

Here are four insightful NT collections on Pre-Pub:

journal-for-new-testament-studies-and-the-ancient-church1. Journal for New Testament Studies and the Ancient Church

Pre-order it for $100 off!

The Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft is one of the oldest and most highly regarded international scholarly series in New Testament studies. Since 1923, it’s been a forum for seminal works focusing on early Christianity and related fields; grounded in a historical-critical approach, it explores new methodologies that advance our understanding of the New Testament and its world. Logos’ edition of Journal for New Testament Studies and the Ancient Church includes both the series’ German and its English texts. It presents a variety of scholarly voices and explores a thought-provoking array of topics in New Testament studies.

2. The New Testament Library Series

Pre-order it for over $60 off!

Looking for scholarly perspectives on Paul’s ethics and the church’s ministry in the world? The New Testament Library Series provides over 5,000 pages of insightful exposition from NT scholars like Victor Paul FurnishLuke Timothy Johnson, and M. Eugene Boring. The Journal of Biblical Theology writes that “[it] belongs on the shelves of students, clergy, and professional scholars as well as the serious layperson.” It’s shipping soon: pre-order yours today, before the Pre-Pub savings are gone!

baylor-new-testament-studies-collection3. Baylor New Testament Studies Collection

Pre-order it for $75 off!

Over the centuries, the Word of God has remained steadfast. Scholarly interpretation of Scripture, however, is always evolving: even in just the last 50 years, New Testament scholarship has experienced some significant changes. The Baylor New Testament Studies Collection gives you fresh, scholarly insight into various New Testament topics, including Christian origins, oral tradition, ancient media culture, rhetorical tradition, and Johannine studies.

4. Academic Studies on the New Testament

Pre-order it for $90 off!

In this collection, important theologians like James D.G. DunnRichard J. Bauckham, and Carl Joachim Classen explore interpretive approaches to the New Testament. The Academic Studies on the New Testament collection is invaluable for anyone interested in the New Perspective on Paul, Second Temple Judaism, or early Christian apocryphal literature.

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When you pre-order, you save big and get great study tools the instant they’re ready. And the sooner you pre-order, the more you save—once a Pre-Pub ships, the special savings are gone forever. So don’t miss out: pre-order your favorite NT studies collections today!

Classical Spotlight: A Greek Lexicon, a Spanish Novelist, and a German Philosopher

noet-classical-foundations-bundleScholars have a name for the West’s interconnected canon of philosophy, history, and literature: the Great Conversation. It’s an enormous, fascinating body of work, and it’s reflected in an enormous, fascinating library: Noet’s 124-volume Classical Foundations Bundle.

That’s a lot of scholarship to take in, so let’s take a closer look at just three categories: ancient languages, literature, and philosophy.

1. Ancient languages: Liddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon

This famous lexicon covers Greek from the eleventh century BC to the fifth century AD. It’s extremely detailed: each entry gives not only a definition, but also examples of irregular inflections and, most importantly, numerous quotations from classical sources to demonstrate usage. Of course, the same level of detail that makes LSJ such a treasure makes the print edition cumbersome: to get the most out of it, you have to flip between the main entries and the supplement, and then between LSJ and the primary sources.

Not so with Logos:

You’ll want it if you’re studying Homer and Hesiod. You’ll want it if you’re studying Plato and Aristotle. You’ll want it if you’re studying Paul or Chrysostom or Origen. For serious scholars of ancient Greek, LSJ is simply the most useful dictionary in the world.

On its own, LSJ costs $135; considering how much it adds to every ancient-Greek resource in your library, that’s a smart investment. But the Classical Foundations Bundle gives you an even better deal: you’ll get 123 more volumes across philosophy, history, and the classics, including many more reference works for both Greek and Latin.

Pick up LSJ on its own, or get the best value: add it and many more language resources with the Classical Foundations Bundle.

2. Literature: Cervantes’ Don Quixote

You probably already know the plot of Don Quixote: the earnest Alonso Quijano, having read so many tales of knighthood and chivalry, imagines himself to be a knight named Don Quixote; the loyal Sancho Panza joins him on his adventures, stealing every scene with his unassuming wit. You know it’s a classic. What you may not know is how interesting it is.

For one thing, it was arguably the first novel: though several works compete for the title, the Quixote’s formal innovation is undeniable and tremendous. For another thing, it’s shot through with the most modern literary characteristic of them all: irony, the perceptible gap between what’s stated and what’s implied. (We all know Don Quixote isn’t the knight he thinks he is.) Quixote’s susceptibility to stories implicates all of us who find ourselves buying into shared narratives and allowing ourselves to be guided by them—in that sense, the story is subversive to the powers of epic and propaganda. It’s also just as meta as the twentieth century’s metafiction: in the sixth chapter of book 1, for example, a barber inspects Quixote’s library and comes across Cervantes’ own Galatea, which, he concludes, “has [only] some good invention in it” and “presents us with something but brings nothing to a conclusion.” In chapter 9, we learn (falsely) that the original Quixote itself was found in a heap of papers for sale, written entirely in Arabic. By the time we reach book 2 (not included in the Noet bundle), the protagonists have all read book 1.

It’s easy to read the great twentieth- and twenty-first-century novelists and conclude that only moderns could think this way. Don Quixote proves that assumption wrong, and it’s a sheer pleasure to read. Add it to your library, along with dozens of other literary monuments: pick up the Noet Classical Foundations Bundle today.

3. Philosophy: Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant is widely regarded as the greatest modern philosopher, so—whether or not you find merit in his conclusions—you’ll certainly want to be familiar with the broad strokes of his thought. Kant entered philosophy as a rationalist, in the mold of Descartes. Then Hume, the radical empiricist, “woke [him] from [his] dogmatic slumber,” leading him to start doubting the feasibility of working from subjective thought and perception to objective claims about the world. Truth, for Kant, conforms to the mind that thinks it: this makes him an important milestone in the postmodern turn toward the subjective.

It’s unsurprising, then, that Kant argues for God from intuition, not reason. “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe,” he writes: “the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” From that moral law follows the gap between how we are and how we know we should be; from reflection on that gap follows belief in God. But many of his theological conclusions are decidedly unorthodox—he’s widely thought of as advocating for self-salvation as opposed to atonement and divine grace; likewise, most Christians would object to his conclusion that truth is in the mind of the subject.

That’s one reason why he (like philosophy generally) is worth studying from a Christian perspective: if you’re going to make convincing arguments against these positions, you have to understand them. (Of course, there are lots of other good reasons to study philosophy.) The Classical Foundations Bundle gives you Kant’s most important works, along with the context within which he wrote—Descartes, Hume, and the other great works of the Western tradition.

Understand Kant’s philosophy and the larger context of Western thought: pick up Noet’s Classical Foundations Bundle.

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We’ve discussed the usefulness of LSJ, the inventiveness of Cervantes, and the influence of Kant. These attributes are important, but they’re not always obvious—sometimes we need context and commentary to see how everything fits together. What’s so great about the Classical Foundations Bundle is that it gives you the big picture: writers commenting on writers, philosophers refuting philosophers, trains of thought developing over the centuries. It gives you the context to not just read, but understand—the context to join the Great Conversation.

Know the West’s most important works of philosophy, history, and literature: start learning today with the Classical Foundations Bundle.

Verse of the Day Art: 3 Ways to Fill Your Life with Scripture

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Since 2011, Logos has been bringing you Verses of the Day—beautiful pieces of Bible art that highlight a different verse daily. Over the years, Logos’ professional designers have brought over 700 verses to life.

The Verse of the Day app (for Windows 8) and Bible Screen (for iOS, Android, and the web) let you get biblical inspiration on your computer, your mobile devices, and even your TV. Now there are even more ways to visually reflect on Scripture:

VOD TShirts1. Bible verse T-shirts

It can be hard to find clothes that reflect your Christian lifestyle. Sometimes Christian clothing is cheesy; sometimes it’s so cryptic that even other Christians might not get it. Now, with Verse of the Day T-shirts, you can display the Word of God wherever you go. You probably don’t talk to everyone you meet, but with a Verse of the Day T-shirt, you can share some of the most important words people will ever hear—without even opening your mouth.

Let the clothes you wear remind yourself and others that the Word of God is beautiful and alive. Brighten your wardrobe with Verse of the Day T-shirts!

wall canvas2. Verse of the Day canvases

Decorate your home with art that’s worth paying attention to. We’ve reformatted 10 Verse of the Day images so you can print them on beautiful canvases and surround your friends and family with gorgeous wall art. (We printed ours at Costco, but you can use your favorite local printing store.) The resized files are free, so you can print as many of them as you’d like! To get all 10, just follow the Bible Screen Faithlife group and download the file “Bible Screen Art (2048×1536).”

Download your print-ready files today.

bible-verse-magnets3. Bible verse magnets

Verse of the Day art is now available on magnets! Bible Verse Magnets give you a pack of 12 verses that you can easily stick to your fridge, file cabinet, or family message board for daily encouragement. For just $4.99, you can fill your home with beautiful art and spiritual wisdom.

Shipping is free—get yours today!

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Where would you like to see the Verse of the Day go next? Let us know in the comments.

3-Day Sale! Get Equipped for the National Day of Prayer

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Starting today, more than 40 resources on prayer are on sale, most for under $30!

May 1 is America’s National Day of Prayer, and to help you get ready, we’ve picked some of our favorite resources on the subject. If you’re ready to kick-start your prayer life, this is the perfect time to get equipped—check out all the deals right now.

The call to prayer has deep roots in US history. In 1775, the Continental Congress called upon the colonies to pray for wisdom as the nation was formed. In 1952, the National Day of Prayer was born: an annual invitation to pray for the country. On May 1, people across the country will set aside time to pray for America’s leadership, its people, and its future.

Here are three of the great resources you’ll find on sale until the end of the day on May 1:

1. The Lord and His Prayer, by N.T. Wright

the-lord-and-his-prayerGet it for 25% off!

The disciples asked, “Teach us to pray.” Jesus answered. In The Lord and His Prayer, N.T. Wright examines the Lord’s Prayer phrase by phrase, helping you rekindle your spirituality and discover a life full of prayer.

2. Healing Prayer, by Reginald Cherry

Get it for 25% off!

Reginald Cherry is a practicing doctor. He’s also a believer in the healing power of prayer. Blending the latest medical research, true accounts, and biblical principles, Healing Prayer examines the relationship between prayer and healing. “Prayer,” Cherry says, “is the divine key that unlocks God’s pathway of healing in both the natural and supernatural realms of life.”

3. An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible, by James E. Rosscup

an-exposition-on-prayer-in-the-bibleGet it for 25% off!

Dr. Jim Rosscup put 15 years of writing—and 50 years of study and teaching—into his magnum opus, An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible. John MacArthur says, “This is the most comprehensive material that has ever been written on prayer. . . . Not only is this a massive treatment from the Word of God, but from a man who, for twenty years, has been teaching a life-transforming course on prayer at The Master’s Seminary. He has been living out these truths and teaching thousands of young ministers to do the same with profound blessing.”

This is just the start: there are dozens more resources on sale!

This special three-day sale ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 1—pick out your favorites today.

Get the Newest Reformed Base Package at the Best Price!

Reformed DiamondWe recently released our new Reformed base packages, and they’ve been a huge hit! These new base packages combine Logos’ powerful tools with a world-class library of Reformed resources, offering an unparalleled platform for study in the Reformed tradition.

After purchasing Reformed Gold, one user said, “Over 500 titles (many related to Reformed theology) and the most powerful Bible study software in the world. Unbelievable deal, and now I’m addicted . . .”

It gets better, though. We just added Reformed Diamond to the lineup!

Why Diamond?

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to get a Reformed base package, this is it. Here are three reasons to choose Diamond:

1. You qualify for a 24-month payment plan

Diamond is the only Reformed base package that qualifies you for an extended 24-month payment plan. This means you’ll actually have a lower monthly payment with Diamond than you would with the 18-month Platinum payment plan—but Diamond has over 1,100 more resources! You’ll be getting a library worth $54,000 in print, for around $30 less a month.

2. You’ll get the biggest discount possible

For just a couple more weeks, you can get 15% off your new Reformed base package! Be sure to get Diamond at the introductory price: you’ll save over $500. Not only that, but if you already own titles from Diamond, you’ll get a Dynamic Pricing discount.

3. You’ll get hundreds of additional resources

Diamond gives you top products like The Works of Cornelius Van Til (regularly $199), the Welwyn Commentary Series (regularly $724), the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (regularly $319), the Charles Spurgeon Collection (regularly $499), and much, much more. Just those four resources cover over half your costs, and we haven’t even gotten to the other 2,200+ resources!

What if I already own a Reformed base package?

Good news: you’ll get a Dynamic Pricing discount for the resources you already own, plus 15% off the upgrade costs.

Someone who just upgraded to Diamond said that it’s “An amazing deal with some great new resources (well, new to me), like the The Dead Sea Scrolls Study Edition: vols. I–II. I already had Reformed Platinum; getting Diamond added [hundreds of] volumes to the library.”

If you’re interested in any of the resources in Diamond, now is the time to upgrade.

Don’t miss out—get it at the best price!

Own a world-class library of Reformed resources. Experience the premier research environment for study, teaching, and sermon preparation. Use coupon code REFORMEDBP and get Reformed Diamond for 15% off!

Logos 5: Alignment Indicators in the Reverse Interlinear

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.

A Logos user recently emailed me this question:

How can I find out what the symbols (arrows, bullets, etc.) mean in the reverse interlinear?

Fortunately, I’ve examined this in volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual, so I sent the questioner the following image from the book:

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If you find this helpful, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy both volume 1 and volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual. Together, these volumes discuss most of Logos’ features in detail and illustrate them with numerous screenshots.

Get more out of Logos. Pick up both volumes today!

Get a Better Understanding of the Early Christian Church

baker-academic-early-church-collectionRight now, you can pre-order the Baker Academic Early Church Collection for $78 off! Pre-order yours right now.

The collection gives you 13 volumes of theology from the church’s first five centuries, equipping you to study the roots of your faith. You’ll learn about the Church Fathers, their impact on the early church’s development, their contemporary relevance, and common misconceptions that have tainted evangelical views.

Study popular standpoints on pressing issues

The Baker Academic Early Church Collection sets you up to analyze the early church’s baptismal rites, its views on social justice and ethics, its interpretations of the Genesis 1–3 narrative, and more—not to mention topics like how Montanism and Stoicism influenced early Christianity. With contributions from scholars and theologians of all traditions, it presents a variety of standpoints on important issues, allowing you to study, compare, and come to your own conclusions.

The collection is perfect for anyone interested in early Christianity’s history, theology, and spirituality. Its individual volumes cover a wide spectrum of topics:

You can take these patristic insights, analyze them with Logos 5′s powerful tools, and understand the development of Christian thought.

Don’t miss your chance!

This collection is shipping soon, so don’t miss your chance to get the best price! Get the Baker Academic Early Church Collection for $78 off—pre-order yours today.