Catena Aurea Is Shipping Soon!

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Today’s guest post is by Louis St. Hilaire, Content Manager on the Logos Bible Software electronic text development team.

We’ve discussed the Catena Aurea on the blog before, but before the special Pre-Pub price expires, I wanted to share how excited I am about its completion.

For those unfamiliar with it, the Catena Aurea is a commentary on the Gospels made up of quotations from Church Fathers and other commentators compiled by Thomas Aquinas. The English translation was edited by yet another great theological mind, John Henry Newman. An earlier post from Rosie Perera explains very well how great a resource this is, but I want to explain the benefits of the Logos edition in particular.

Aside from the basic advantages of a Logos edition—like higher accuracy in the capture of the text—there are a few specific things that we’ve done to make the Catena Aurea more usable than ever.

For one thing, print editions of the Catena Aurea have a very compact format, with patristic quotations strung together in long paragraphs and their sources only indicated by brief abbreviations and marginal notes.

In the Logos edition, we’ve added spacing to make the quotations easier to see. We’ve expanded, standardized (and, where necessary, disambiguated) the abbreviations for Church Fathers names to allow for easy identification of the source and consistent searching across the volumes. We’ve added pop-ups giving information from the front matter identifying who an author is and when he wrote, and we’ve moved marginal references into more precise locations in the body text.

Most of all, we’ve linked around 3,000 patristic references that are found in the Early Church Fathers, so that, in combination with that set (in either the Protestant or Catholic editions), you can instantly explore the broader context of many of the quotes. This makes it easy to use the Catena as a starting point for deeper study of the Church Fathers and, since the quotes in the Catena are often very brief and are occasionally condensed from longer passages, it can sometimes be particularly important for establishing the complete thought of the author.

With linking of Bible references, indexing by Bible verse, and integration as a commentary into your Passage Guide, this makes the Logos edition more powerful and easy to use than anything else available.

Even at full price of $139.99, the Logos edition of the Catena Aurea is a bargain, when you consider that you’re getting a richer, more powerful resource than comparably priced print sets, but until November 30, you can get it at the special Pre-Pub price. Don’t miss out!

Logos 4: Auto Bookmarks

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Today’s 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.

After reading a while in your Bibles and books you’ll begin to notice little gray hash marks in the vertical scroll bar of the resources. These marks are called Auto Bookmarks.

Imagine as you read print books that you “dog ear” each page you read. That’s what these gray marks are. They indicate every place you’ve been in a particular Bible or book. Rest your cursor on an auto bookmark and you’ll see a preview of the text on the page. Click the mark to jump to that location.

If, however, you’d rather not see the auto bookmarks you can easily hide them:

  • Choose Tools | Program Settings
  • Set Show Auto and Favorite Bookmarks to No

If you have a change of heart, just return to Program Settings and reset the option to Yes.

47 New Zondervan Books on Pre-Pub!

Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2 (47 vols.)

Earlier this year, we released 87 books published by Zondervan, and the response was amazing! Thousands of our users got on board and got dozens of top-notch books at incredible prices.

Since then, we’ve received a flood of new suggestions for Zondervan titles. Zondervan consistently publishes some of the most important reference material in the fields of biblical and theological studies, so it’s no wonder our users have been asking for more.

Today, we’re announcing the continuation of our partnership with Zondervan to make 47 more books available in Logos Bible Software. We are thrilled that Zondervan has decided to continue to make their books available in our format.

We have just received permission from Zondervan to combine all 47 books into one giant collection and offer it at a substantial discount. The Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2 (47 Vols.) includes several bestselling titles and new releases, including An Introduction to the New Testament, by D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo, and Introduction to the Old Testament, by Tremper Longman III and Raymond B. Dillard, plus a lot more.

The Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2 (47 Vols.) is discounted on Pre-Pub right now at more than 30% off Zondervan’s retail prices. So if you’ve had your eye on a few of these titles, you’ll want to lock in your order now at the lowest price.

This 30% off deal is only an introductory Pre-Pub price. It will be going up soon, so you need to place your order right away to get the lowest price.

The Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2 (47 Vols.) contains all the new Zondervan books from the following collections:

Remember, this bundle will only move forward with your support. If you have been waiting for the chance to add more Zondervan titles to your library, we urge you to place your pre-order today.

Get it all at the best price while you still can: Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 2 (47 Vols.).

And check out the complete list of Zondervan titles available from Logos Bible Software!

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Training Resources from Morris Proctor

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If you are a regular reader of the Logos blog you know that Monday is typically set aside for Morris Proctor’s training posts. Morris Proctor is the certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. His blog posts are a regular feature, giving insight into getting the most out of Logos 4.

If you look over the last couple of weeks you will find great training tips like:

This is just the beginning of the training that is made available weekly at blog.Logos.com.

In addition to these weekly tips, Morris also leads Camp Logos training seminars around the country. These two-day training sessions in using Logos 4 for Bible study have been a valuable resource for equipping even the most seasoned Logos 4 users. Logos forum MVP, Thomas Black, shared with Logos blog readers just how much he got out of the Camp Logos seminar.

Check the schedule for a listing of upcoming Camp Logos events near you, or join us for “National Camp Logos,” held in Bellingham, Washington, each summer. Next year’s National Camp Logos will be held June 9-10, 2011. If you can make it, you can also enjoy a tour of Logos!

Camp Logos is not the only way to receive training in Logos 4. Morris Proctor also has a number of great resources available from Logos Bible Software.

Make sure you are getting the most out of Logos 4 with these valuable training tools!

Has Christianity Failed You on FreeBookPreview.com

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Zondervan and FreeBookPreview.com is offering a free opportunity to examine Ravi Zacharias’ Has Christianity Failed You. During the week of November 7–11, you can preview Has Christianity Failed You in its entirety on the free Logos Bible Software iPhone/iPad app.

Ravi Zacharias is known for tackling difficult issues with intellectual vigor and genuine sensitivity. In Has Christianity Failed You, Zacharias compassionately wrestles with many of the questions that cause believers to nurse silent doubts or walk away from the Church altogether. The odds are that if you are not struggling with your own crises of faith—you know someone who is!

Head over to FreeBookPreview.com and get instructions on how to get the free preview. Or simply download the free app and enjoy your preview.

The New Logos.com: 10 Features You Won’t Want to Miss

This week we revealed a complete redesign of Logos.com. The design includes lots of aesthetic updates and new functionality, plus lots of improvements under the hood that have laid the groundwork for future features.

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We made thousands of updates. Here’s a quick roundup of the 10 new features we think you’ll like the most:

Faceted Browsing

1. Faceted Browsing

Faceted browsing is the feature we’re the most excited about. Instead of picking just a single product category to look at, faceted browsing lets you stack multiple categories, or facets, together. Mix and match your categories to get very precise results.

Before, you could only select one product category, like “commentaries.” But now, you can see all commentaries on Romans published by Baker and available on the iPhone.

With faceted browsing, you can:

These are just a few possible facets. There are an infinite number of combinations you can use to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

2. Improved Searching

There are now more than 12,000 books available for Logos Bible Software, and the time has come to upgrade the search engine to help you find the ones you’re looking for. We’ve added lots of functionality under the hood to make your searches faster and more accurate.

3. Updated Design and User Interface

We have made substantial changes to the look and feel of the website. These changes include updates to colors, fonts, layouts, and more. We’ve paid attention to every pixel, striving to make the minor details aesthetically pleasing and the website easier on the eyes.

Getting around the site has never been easier. You’ll find well-structured navigation and better menus. In fact, you can get just about anywhere on the site in just a couple clicks.

4. Smart Messages

With the new design, Logos.com displays more content that’s relevant to you, and less content that isn’t. For example, if you’ve never visited the Pre-Pub page before, you’ll see a message that introduces you to the program. But if you’re a seasoned Pre-Pubber, then we’ll assume you know what you’re doing. Once you choose not to see it, you won’t see it again (this will be automated soon). This is just one example of targeted content across the site—some of which you might notice, but most of which you probably won’t.

5. Recommended Collections

The new Logos.com tells you when a book you’re looking at is part of a larger collection. Big collections generally give you a better value per volume than buying books individually, so it’s usually a better idea to buy collections rather than individual books.

Many of our users regularly buy books, only to find out later they could have gotten a better deal had they gotten it as part of a collection. The new website makes these collections more prominent, so you never miss out on getting a better deal when you buy your book as part of a collection.

For example, let’s say you’re thinking of getting the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament for $59.99. The new Logos.com tells you that you could get it as part of the 14-volume Baker Hermeneutics Collection, which is on sale for $329.95. At 14 volumes, that’s $23.57 per book—a big savings instead of the $59.99 you would pay for it individually. Now you’ll always know if the book you’re looking at is a better value as part of a collection.

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6. Never Buy a Book You Already Own

Have you ever purchased a book, only to find out that you already own it? It’s easy to lose track of what you own, especially if you have a large library. We hear from users all the time who buy a book, only to discover later that it’s already in their library.

We’ve incorporated this feedback into the redesign by graying out the Add to Cart button for any product you already own. When you hover your mouse over it, you’ll see a note telling you that you already own the book. (We’re still testing this feature, so let us know what you think.)

Please note that we are in the early stages of developing this feature. It’s not quite perfect—and we’re improving it—but we hope you find it useful.

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7. Grid View and List View

The new design gives you more options for how you view product lists. View your products by list view or grid. And the product pages are only a click away.

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8. New Sorting

The new design introduces several new sorting options. Now you can sort your products by bestselling, newest, oldest, savings, price, and title. On the Pre-Pub page, you can also sort by progress and by ship date.

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9. Social Integration

Share your favorite books with your friends! Just go to your favorite book and click “Like” to share it with your friends. Spread the news about the latest book by sharing it on Twitter. Send an email to your pastor with a book recommendation. Sharing your favorite books has never been easier!

This is also a great way to get Pre-Pubs to make it into production more quickly, and it’s also a way drive down the price on Community Pricing titles by attracting more bids.

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10. Lots More . . .

If you’ve spent only a few minutes on Logos.com, you know things are different. It looks and feels different. It’s sleek and fast.

The amazing thing is that there’s a lot more coming—a whole lot more, in fact. Even with all the changes, most of the work redesigning Logos.com actually happened under the hood. We spent much of our time building the infrastructure for all the new features and functionality we plan to add in the future. So far, you’ve only seen phase one—the phase that paves the way for a robust website that can handle all the cool features you’ve been requesting over the years.

20% Off Base Packages

We’re celebrating the new website with a 20% off sale on all Logos 4 base packages. Use coupon code REDESIGN at checkout to get the discount.

Upgrades are discounted, too! Visit the custom upgrade discount calculator to see what discounts you qualify for.

So What Do You Think?

The new Logos.com was built based on your direct feedback, and we’d love to know what you think.

What do you like? What don’t you like? What’s your favorite part? What should we do next? What haven’t we thought of yet?

Tell us what you think by leaving a note on our Facebook page. We are monitoring all the comments posted there, and all your suggestions will be logged and evaluated—and they will help us prioritize future phases of the redesign.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, head on over to Logos.com to see the new design!

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What Happened Between Augustine and Martin Luther?

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Today’s guest post is by Louis St. Hilaire, Content Manager on the Logos Bible Software electronic text development team.Popular views of the Middle Ages are often shaped more by Monty Python caricatures than by reality. Far from being a parenthesis in the progress of human learning and achievement that can be mostly ignored, the religious, political and philosophical developments of the medieval era are crucial for understanding the subsequent history of the West and the shape of the modern world. This is particularly true for the areas of church history and theology.

From Gregory VII to St. Francis to Jan Hus, the late Middle Ages were alive with movements to purify and reform society and the Church that presaged the changes of the Reformation era and left their mark on every form of Western Christianity. Meanwhile, the formation of the scholastic synthesis—and its eventual unraveling—are critical for understanding many Reformation-era controversies.

Logos offers some great resources for delving into the Christian thought of the medieval world, including the Summa Theologica and Summa Contra Gentiles of Thomas Aquinas, the major works of Anselm of Canterbury, a collection of writings of the Venerable Bede, and a Catholic Spirituality Collection that includes writings of Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Asissi and Thomas à Kempis.

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Seven Great Eschatological Resources

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Today’s guest post is by Kyle Anderson, from the Logos Bible Software electronic text development team.

“This is the end—for me the beginning of life.”

German pastor-theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer spoke these famous last words to his fellow prisons at the Flossenbürg concentration camp where he was imprisoned as a conspirator against the Nazi regime.

For Bonhoeffer, and many of us, the end of our earthly life is the beginning of an even greater journey: eternal life with God. But for most of us, figuring out what this means exactly is a bit trickier. To further complicate matters, Christian eschatology (the systematic study of the Last Things) is often full of rabbit trails, speculation, and esoteric biblical imagery. Finally, there are so many different biblically supported positions concerning Eschatology; it’s difficult to know where to even begin.

Hopefully this list will be a nice primer on resources that might aid you in your Biblical studies of eschatology.

  • George Ladd—The Last Things: An Eschatology for Layman

    The late Fuller Theological Seminary professor is best known for articulating the “now/not yet” nature of the Kingdom of God. God’s kingdom has been fulfilled within history in Jesus Christ but awaits its consummation at the end of history. In this volume, Ladd guides us through the Biblical witness concerning the End Times.

  • Loraine Boettner—The Millennium

    In this volume, Reformed thinker Loraine Boettner examines the relative merits, weaknesses, and Biblical support for the three three major positions concerning the Second Coming of Christ and the future of God’s Kingdom: amillenialism, premillenialism, and Boettner’s preferred position: postmillennialism.

  • Thomas Oden—Systematic Theology (3 vol.)

    Life in the Spirit, the third volume of Methodist theologian Oden’s towering systematic draws from the deep cistern classical Christianity in examining the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church universal and the individual believer. Concluding with a discussion on eschatology, the Last Things are far from a theological addendum but instead includes both “the end and meaning of the whole of human history” (p. 371).

  • Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

  • Thomas Aquinas—Catena Auraea: Commentary on the Four Gospels

    Eschatology as a discipline didn’t begin yesterday. We have much to learn from the past. Summa Theologica is an outstanding source for any topic, but is especially important for providing much of the basis for Roman Catholic thought over the last 700 years. As a compilation of Patristic commentary on the Gospels, Catena Auraea is unique in that it affords you to get a sneak peak on how the Church has historically interpreted the Gospel passages concerning the End Times.

  • Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times

    As a dictionary, J. Daniel Hays, J. Scott Duvall, and C. Marvin Pate have edited a simple but thorough tool that helps you both identify the terms and issues surrounding prophecy in the Bible. As you study those often obtuse passages concerning the Last Things, this will be a resource your reach for time and time again.

  • The Future as God’s Gift: Explorations in Christian Eschatology

    Not for beginnings, but as a collection of scholarly essays concerning related topics such as the nature of time, the practice of hope, and the future of creation you’ll have food for thought on the ways eschatology might shape our Christian faith and practice in the 21st century.

It’d be a Shame to Waste All That Preparation

You spend hours each week preparing for your sermon or lessons, and you probably have more to communicate now than ever before. We’ve provided the tools you need to take your preparation to the next level, now it’s time to take your presentation to the next level too.

For nearly two decades we at Logos have digitized print books filled with biblical information. We have also developed state of the art search and retrieval technology enabling you to mine these electronic resources for those scriptural insights.

Using Logos Bible Software you can effectively exegete and study any passage in the Bible. Having thoroughly investigated the biblical text, you probably have page after page of notes, quotes, and anecdotes. If you’re a preacher, teacher, or Bible study leader you now have to organize and present that material so your listeners can understand and apply the passage.

It is great to have high-end professional-level tools like Logos Bible Software to prepare your sermon, but until now, you’ve been on your own to know how to preach it. We felt the next step was to provide you with professional-level presentation training from one of the most gifted and professional presenters we have ever met.

Toward that end, we have worked with Morris Proctor, of MPSeminars to develop “The I-Beam of Message Building” video training for our users.

As a Logos user you perhaps know Morris as the instructor at Camp Logos, the author of training manuals, and the producer of video tutorials. First and foremost, though, he is a pastor and expository preacher. Through almost 30 years of preaching and teaching God’s word, Morris has honed his communication skills. People who hear him preach are inspired by his insights into Scripture, his passionate presentation, and his down-to-earth communication style.

Because of the encouragement from others, Morris decided to organize and record his personal sermon preparation process into the I-Beam seminar. Using the analogy of a construction I-Beam, Morris shows you how to fulfill what he believes to be the two great principles of biblical preaching or teaching:

  • Be Faithful to the Text
  • Be Functional for the Times

After explaining these foundational principles, Morris then thoroughly—yet practically—walks you through six steps of preparing an expository message:

  • Interpretation
  • Incompletion
  • Impression
  • Implication
  • Intention
  • Indentation

After completing these six steps you will have a skeleton of a sermon or lesson. Morris then carefully shows you how to add flesh to the bones. He leaves no stone unturned as he teaches you, among other things, how to begin your message with an attention-getting, need-revealing introduction, powerfully state your main points, and smoothly transition from one segment of the message to the next. Wrapping it all up, he instructs you to boldly and practically end the message as you call for action from your listeners.

The I-Beam of Message Building is a video training course to watch on your TV. It works on a standard DVD player (or DVD software on your computer). It does not require Logos Bible Software. It actually picks up where Logos Bible study ends. If you teach or preach, you will immediately profit from this resource. The I-Beam program is like a video textbook on the art of preaching and teaching biblical truths.

You will learn from a master teacher as you watch these professionally produced videos and follow along in the I-Beam manual that is included with the set. Using the hyperlinked menus and the back / forward buttons, you can jump to or review any section you desire.

I-Beam picks up where Logos Bible study leaves off. It shows you how to organize your research into sermons or lessons that are both biblical in content and applicable in presentation.

If you are a preacher, teacher, or Bible study leader the I-Beam is for you. Whether you are a seasoned communicator or a beginning presenter, the I-Beam provides foundational principles and practical advice for your proclamation of God’s Word.

To watch the video demo and learn more, see The I-Beam of Message Building page.

Logos 4: Create Your Own Study Bible

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Today’s 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.

With Logos Bible Software 4 you can in essence create your own study Bible. Think about this: a study Bible is simply the biblical text along with notes attached to verses. You can easily replicate this resource with you own notes. As you study the Bible along with commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, and the like, you pull from each book the best it has to offer about specific verses. Why not save all of this research in a note file for future use: thereby creating your own personalized study Bible? Here’s how to do it:

  • Choose File | Notes to create an Untitled Note File
  • Name the file something like My Notes
  • Open any Bible to any verse
  • Right click on any word within that verse
  • Select from the right menu Reference ‘your verse’
  • Select Add a note to ‘your note file’ at the bottom of the menu

Logos creates a note in the file with the name of your verse. Underneath the note name is a content box. You can type or copy and paste text into this box. So as you investigate those commentaries, dictionaries, etc. copy text from them into your note file.

Notice in the Bible a yellow box next to your verse. Rest your cursor on the box to see a preview of your note. By the way, this yellow box is placed in all of your Bibles! Click the yellow box to jump to the note file.

Replicate these steps for each verse you study. After a while, as you read through the Bible, you’ll have yellow boxes next to many verses. Your own study Bible is well underway. Also, remember the note file does not need to be open to see the yellow boxes in the Bible!