BibleTech:2009 Is Underway!

UPDATE: We have set up a live twitterfeed of the conference on the BibleTech website.

Today’s guest post is from J. D. Elgin, a member of the Marketing Department and the coordinator for this year’s BibleTech conference.

BibleTech:2009 officially begins today at 9:00 AM Pacific Time. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re missing out on all the excitement! We certainly don’t want any of our faithful blog followers to feel left out, so we’ve assembled a list of speakers who will be covering the conference live via their personal blogs and Twitter feeds. We invite you to use the links below to follow all of the action.

Three conference speakers will be sharing their thoughts on the conference, so you can get the latest by checking out their blogs or subscribing to their RSS feeds.

Or try out this Google Blog Search (also available via RSS) to catch any blogs we may have missed.

Also, you can follow these speakers on Twitter:

  • Ellen Frankel and JT Waldman of The Jewish Publication Society at @JewishPub
  • Rob Christenson of Geeks & God and Mustard Seed Media, Inc. at @Rob_Feature
  • Stephen Johnson of Olive Tree Bible Software at @RearCog

Or just follow the BibleTech:2009 hashtag, #BibleTech09, to get all of the Twitter action in one place.

You will also want to stay tuned to the BibleTech Conference website in the coming weeks. We will be recording the conference audio and will post the MP3 files as soon as we are able.

Update: Follow along with the Twitter action right at http://www.bibletechconference.com/live.htm.

Anchor Yale Bible Shipping Soon!

Anchor Yale BibleBack in August of last year, we announced that we’d soon be working on digitizing the massive Anchor Yale Bible (formerly Anchor Bible). A little over seven months later, and we’re just about done with the largest single project we’ve ever undertaken!

When we first started working on it, there were 83 volumes that we were going to be able to include. Since that time, an 84th has become available—John Reumann’s 808-page commentary on Philippians. That brings the cumulative numbers to 44,123 pages, 163 pounds, an estimated 25,300,000 words, and 10+ feet of saved shelf space!

Our electronic text development team has been pushing extra hard to have their work finished by the end of the month. So we’re almost ready to start shipping. For those of you who already pre-ordered this set, that means your wait is just about over. For the rest of you, that means that you still have a few days left to get your pre-order in at the deeply discounted Pre-Pub price.

Very few people own all 84 of these volumes due to their high cost and the amount of space they take up. Now they can be yours for just a fraction of the print cost and without requiring you to purchase any more bookshelves—and, of course, in a much more usable format.

March Madness Deals

Round 2 of Logos March Madness has closed, and we now have 16 titles (listed below) eligible for a 30% discount using the code MMR2. This code will expire on March 28th, so grab these books now.

Voting is currently open for the Sweet 16 round. Remember, the further a title advances, the greater the discount. Head over now and vote for your favorite titles.The grand champion of Logos March Madness will be offered at 75% off retail!

Title Retail 30% Off
Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology, The, Rev. ed. $17.95 $12.57
Introduction to Systematic Theology, An $24.95 $17.47
No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God $40.00 $28.00
Systematic Theology $34.95 $24.47
Desiring God $14.95 $10.47
Future Grace $14.95 $10.47
Pursuit of Holiness, The $11.00 $7.70
Theology of the Christian Life in J. I. Packer’s Thought, The $44.95 $31.47
Creation and Blessing $45.00 $31.50
Exodus, New American Commentary $32.99 $23.09
Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch, An $29.95 $20.97
Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books, An $29.95 $20.97
Light from the Ancient East $49.95 $34.97
Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical Commentary $34.99 $24.49
Synoptic Problem: A Way through the Maze, The $34.95 $24.47
Wycliffe Bible Commentary New Testament, The $29.95 $20.97

Libronix 3.0f Now Shipping—Update for Free!

Last night we released the next minor update to our Libronix Digital Library System for Windows. If you are planning to install Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (or if you already have), it is vital that you update to Libronix 3.0f to avoid some minor incompatibility problems. Best of all, the update is completely free.

In addition to the IE8 compatibility fixes, 3.0f includes several bug fixes and improvements, as well as updates to a number of resources and lectionaries. For a complete list of all of the bug fixes and changes, see the new support article.

To update, simply open Libronix and go to Tools > Libronix Update. After it looks for available updates, click “Update,” close Libronix, and then wait for the updates to download and install. When installation is complete, click “Close” and then restart Libronix.

Bible Search Bar from Bible.Logos.com

If you have biblical content on your website or blog, you’ll definitely want to consider adding the new Bible Search Bar to your sidebar. RefTagger allows your readers to have instant access to the Bible passages that you cite in your post, but what if they want to look up a verse that you don’t mention or launch a search for a word or phrase that you discuss? They could manually navigate to Bible.Logos.com, but the Bible Search Bar makes it even easier for your readers to find what they’re looking for.

The Bible Search Bar comes in two sizes, the one you see pictured to the right, which is also in the sidebar of the Logos blog, and a smaller one with horizontal orientation.

It’s very easy to add to your site. Just grab the code that we provide and paste it into your sidebar, or wherever you’d like the Bible Search Bar to appear. If you have trouble getting the styles to show up properly, you may need to add the styles to your sites style sheet or paste the style sheet link in the head section of your template.

Head on over to the new Bible Search Bar page at Bible.Logos.com to see the two options, grab the code, and get it set up on your site.

Search for Multiple Words in a Verse

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.

Normally Paul opened his letters with something like grace and peace to you from God our Father. It’s very easy to locate all the verses with both grace and peace. Open the Bible Search dialog from the Search menu. In the Search box type grace and peace. Select your Bible and set your Range to Paul’s Epistles. You just found all the verses in Paul’s letters containing both words! When you perform an "and" search, all terms must be present to be a hit. Try typing grace and peace and mercy to locate the verses with all three words.

For more tips like this, be sure to visit Morris Proctor’s Tips & Tricks blog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Logos March Madness

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

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

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

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

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

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

New from Moody Publishers

Moody Bible Study Collection (11 Vols.)Yesterday we finished posting on our Pre-Pub page 56 new books in 11 new collections from Moody Publishers. The collections are a variety of sizes and cover a wide range of topics. Whether you’re a new Christian, a student, or a seasoned pastor, there are plenty of quality titles to choose from.

There are also several other Moody collections still on Pre-Pub, and some are getting ready to ship soon, which means that you still have time to jump in before the price goes up. Give them a look as well.

View all 19 of the Moody collections and titles on Pre-Pub in our handy new search results.

An Updated Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint

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

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

What has been updated?

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

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

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

Books in an edited status are as follows:

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

The following books are in draft status:

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

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

What Does Archaeology Say about the Fall of Jericho?

If you have never made it to one of the Logos lectures, I would really encourage you to come out to the Mount Baker Theatre on Thursday as Dr. Bryant Wood, Director of Research with the Associates for Biblical Research, will present on the topic "What Does Archaeology Say about the Fall of Jericho?"

About the Lecture

Did the walls of Jericho really come tumbling down? Biblical archaeologist Bryant Wood will present an illustrated talk on archaeological findings at Jericho, a site which has been a problem in biblical archaeology since scholars claimed that there was no city there at the time of Joshua. As a result, most archaeologists claim the Bible must be in error. Dr. Wood shows that not only was there a city at Jericho at the time of Joshua’s Conquest, but that when the findings are correctly dated, it is seen that the archaeological discoveries and the biblical narrative in Joshua 2–6 harmonize in an amazing way.

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday, March 19th
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Title: "What Does Archaeology Say about the Fall of Jericho?"
  • Speaker: Dr. Bryant Wood
  • Location: Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA
  • Admission: FREE!

About This Month’s Speaker

Dr. Wood earned an M.A. in Biblical History from the University of Michigan in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Syro-Palestinian archaeology from the University of Toronto in 1985. His extensive archaeological field work includes surveying in Jordan, Egypt, and Israel, and he has been awarded grants to carry on his research. He is a member of the Near East Archaeological Society and a Fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research. Dr. Wood is currently Director of Research with the Associates for Biblical Research, Akron, PA, and editor of their quarterly publication Bible and Spade.

Mark your calendar, tell your friends, and we will see you soon.

Update: The audio is now available on the Lecture Series page.