Why Studying the Apocrypha Matters

Tobit, Judith, Sirach, Bel and the Dragon—these and all the other books of the Apocrypha aren’t in the Protestant Old Testament, but they are important pieces of literature that help inform our biblical studies.

Many Christians may be nervous about studying the Apocrypha—after all, if it’s not the Bible, why does it matter? Yet these books open up a world of insights into Jewish religion and culture, especially during the intertestamental period.

Dr. David deSilva, distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary, is convinced that Protestants should be studying the Apocrypha. Watch what he has to say about it in this clip for his new Mobile Ed course:

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Logos Mobile Education: Between the Testaments

The two-course Between the Testaments Bundle contains over 18 hours of teaching from top-notch scholars Dr. deSilva and Dr. Joel Willitts. They’ll take you first into the world of the Apocrypha with Dr. deSilva’s BI291 The Apocrypha: Witness between the Testaments, then into the realm of Second Temple literature with Willitts’ NT202 A Survey of Jewish History and Literature from the Second Temple Period. These two in-depth courses will provide clarity and insights into the Jewish culture in which Jesus walked and Paul and the Apostles wrote. If you’re a serious student of the Bible, this bundle is for you!

More than distance education

mobileed_logo_smallLogos Mobile Education is bigger than the traditional classroom, and it goes way beyond any distance education. Every Mobile Ed course you get integrates into your library and becomes a valuable piece of reference material to be used time and time again in your Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, or searches. Study on your own time and at a deeper level with Mobile Ed’s Logos-integrated courses.

Mobile Ed is advancing the standard of theological education. If you want to take your study of the Bible to the next level on your schedule, look no further: Logos Mobile Education is for you. And a great starting place is the Between the Testaments Bundle, available for pre-order at 40% off for a limited time.

Order these courses today!

Only One Week Left: Get Your Back-to-School Deals before They’re Gone!

logos-back-to-school-saleIf you’ve been holding off on getting the best deals for back-to-school, you don’t have much time left. The back-to-school sale ends Friday, September 12!

For many students, a new term has begun. Even if you’re not currently enrolled, you won’t want to miss your chance to get these incredible resources at a fantastic price!

Don’t miss this once-a-year event

We’ve covered lots of exciting resources available for the back-to-school sale. If you’re a little overwhelmed and not sure what to get, don’t worry—we’ve have the perfect recommendations for you:

Hurry: school is starting!

Class is back in session soon, and these deals will be gone next week. Use coupon code BTS2014 to save on all your back-to-school essentials, but only through September 12.

Get everything you need to excel this school year.

Free Book! Living the Dream: Joseph for Today

FBOTM_150x224The story of Joseph in the book of Genesis is full of biblical insights, and during September, you can download Living the Dream: Joseph for Today by Pete Wilcox—free!

Coupling an engaging voice with biblical sensitivity, Pete Wilcox enables his readers to set their own stories alongside the narrative treasures in Joseph’s—making Joseph’s ancient story fresh for this generation. Discover how Joseph’s cycle through adversity, disunity, coping, and triumph can be applied in your life.

Don’t forget about the +One!

Get a second book, God, Pharaoh and Moses: Explaining the Lord’s Actions in the Exodus Plagues Narrative for only 99 cents. A few months ago we launched this addition to the Free Book of the Month—it’s called the +One. The +One gives you the opportunity to get a second book from the same collection for a fraction of its original price.

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Answer the questions everyone’s asking

Why does God send a series of plagues on Egypt? How do we understand the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart? What do the answers to these questions say about God’s character? Find answers to these important questions and more: download God, Pharaoh and Moses for only 99 cents today!

Enter to win the entire collection

Throughout September, you can also enter to win the nine-volume Old Testament Studies Collection featuring the two titles above. You can also earn additional entries by sharing the Free Book of the Month to your social networks from Punchtab. In July, Bill B. won the Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence. You could be next!

Don’t wait—get your free book and +One today!

New: Pre-order the Miles McPherson Sermon Archive

miles-mcpherson-sermon-archiveMiles McPherson is one of today’s most charismatic and relatable pastors, and for a limited time, you can pre-order his new sermon archive for 38% off! Regularly $129.95, this collection is on Pre-Pub for just $79.95. And for the first time ever, you can access 419 of McPherson’s sermons right in your software.

Pre-order the Miles McPherson Sermon Archive today for just $79.95!

Energize your walk with Christ with McPherson’s insightful sermons, which focus intently on God’s Word and help you live faithfully in the contemporary world. You’ll engage biblical passages in fresh ways and look into the biggest questions of the human experience—difficult questions ranging from difficult questions about suffering to understanding God’s calling on your life.

Sermons are even more powerful with Logos 5

With Logos 5, these sermons are enhanced with cutting-edge research tools. Scripture citations appear when you mouse over them, and they display in your preferred English translation. Important terms link to your favorite dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library.

Use the Sermon Finder tool to make your sermon-archive searches even more powerful. With this new tool, you can search any Bible verse or passage and quickly connect it to relevant sermons from McPherson.

Get the best deal

This is your best chance to save on the Miles McPherson Sermon Archive. That’s because our Pre-Publication program guarantees you get the lowest price on new Logos resources. When you pre-order today, you won’t be charged until your resource is ready; we’ll even send you a reminder email before it ships.

The Pre-Pub price is as low as it gets, but it won’t last forever. Pre-order your Miles McPherson Sermon Archive today!

Get a Free Book When You Subscribe to Baptist Offers!

Baptist free book blogFor a limited time, sign up to receive special offers on Baptist resources and get a Why I Am a Baptist for free!

When you subscribe to the Baptist email list, you’ll be the first to know about news and savings on the resources that matter most to you. The icing on the cake? You’ll get a free book just for signing up!

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In Why I Am a Baptist, Clarence Larkin walks you through a short history of the Baptist tradition and details why it’s different from other Protestant denominations. Learn about the origin of Baptists, infant baptism, church doctrines, and more! This is the perfect resource to help anyone grow in the Baptist tradition.

Through September 15, sign up for news and deals on Baptist resources and get Why I Am a Baptist for free! Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email within an hour with the coupon code to redeem your free book.

Get 15% off Baptist base packages

We’ve just released a new line of Logos 5 base packages with libraries specially catered to the Baptist tradition—and for a limited time, you can get 15% off any Baptist base package!Baptist BP

Each base package comes loaded with all of Logos 5’s smart and easy-to-use tools, coupled with a world-class library of Baptist resources.

For example, with Gold, you’ll get 135 volumes on Baptist history alone, plus 200 volumes of biblical commentary and hundreds more on original languages, theological studies, preaching topics, and more. Your massive library also comes with all of Logos 5’s powerful tools, so you can save time, better understand Scripture, and connect the Word to key Baptist commentaries and resources.

Discover which base package is right for you: explore all Baptist base packages and save 15% today!

Save over 50% on the Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection

september-top-product-stanley-e-porter-collectionThroughout September, use coupon code LIC2014 and save on an invaluable linguistic collection—the Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection.

Draw from a deep well of scholarly wisdom and linguistic expertise with the 24-volume Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection. As one of the world’s foremost experts in New Testament language and literature, Porter has influenced NT studies as an author and editor for decades.

This sizeable collection includes original works by Porter and six volumes from the well-respected Sheffield Reader Collection, as well as contributions from D.A. CarsonE.A. Nida, Craig A. Evans, and others. Students and scholars will appreciate volumes on discourse analysis, Greek idioms and rhetoric, the historical Jesus, translation and interpretation, the Synoptic Gospels, and resurrection studies.

Here’s what people are saying about some of the individual titles from the Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection:

“The Greek of the New Testament provides an eminently worthwhile and worthy body of literature for serious academic study, and my hope is that this grammar will enable many to take further steps towards its mastery.”

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“This massive collection of essays by various authorities will serve as a good basic introduction to the nature and history of classical rhetoric, even for those working outside the Hellenistic period. . . . every rhetorician and every New Testament scholar should plan to read it . . .”

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Don’t miss out!

If you own any of these volumes, you’ve already earned a Dynamic Pricing discount—just visit the product page and sign in to see how much you’ll save. Then add coupon code LIC2014 at checkout to save even more! You can even make monthly budgeting easier with an interest-free payment plan.

Don’t miss out—use coupon code LIC2014 and get the Stanley E. Porter Language and Interpretation Collection for over 50% off!

Answer the Tough Questions with Lexham Press

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Recently, Lexham Press collected its best content into two massive bundles: the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle and the Lexham Press Scholar’s Bundle. Both bundles include 50 volumes and qualify for Dynamic Pricing, so if you’ve invested in Lexham Press resources before, you won’t have to pay for them twice! Plus, you’ll get over 25% off the regular price of each individual volume when you get these amazing libraries.

Digital resources, interconnected

Since these resources are designed for use in a digital library, we leverage the power of Logos Bible Software to make your Bible study more efficient and comprehensive. Today, I want to show you how I’ve been able to utilize the resources contained in the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle to enhance my study.

Let’s say you’re working through the Not Your Average Bible Study volume on Ephesians with a Bible study group at your church. You’re halfway through the second section of the study and you’ve started lesson 6, “Gifts Designed for Edifying.”

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After the lesson, one of your fellow group members asks a question about spiritual gifts that you’re just unable to answer on the spot. You want to help them come to a deeper understanding of spiritual gifts, but without some research, you’re just not comfortable answering their question at this point.

Your starting point for research

The first place you go to begin your research is Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians. Here you’ll find all of the major viewpoints on a passage, curated for you with annotations and links to the original sources. You also know that Paul discusses spiritual gifts in both Romans and 1 Corinthians, so you open those Bible guides, too.

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Now that you have an overview of all the interpretations of these critical passages, you’ll be better equipped to answer your friend’s question.

Find precisely the words you need

You want to thoroughly answer your friend’s question, and you remember that the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle comes with 2,500 quotations and prayers. Using the power of Logos Bible Software, you’re able to search through all eight volumes of quotes and prayers for Scripture references to Ephesians 4:7–16. Sure enough, you’ve found the perfect quote to hammer your point home.

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Digital-first resources for you

You don’t have to be a pastor or scholar to reap the benefits of these two Lexham Press bundles. Whether you’re simply aspiring to deepen your Bible study or you’re preparing sermons weekly or writing academic papers for a seminary class, Lexham Press will help you make your study more efficient and comprehensive.

Get the Pastor’s Bundle and the Scholar’s Bundle today!

Win Logos 5 Gold
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Christian Discourse

Right now, you can win Logos 5 Gold (a $1,549.95 value) simply by participating in honest conversations about the Christian life on Christian Discourse, then sharing your insight with your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

It’s simple: the people who share the most with their community win!

Here’s how
to enter:

Step 1: Create a conversation or weigh in on an existing one on Christian Discourse.

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Step 2: Share your insight or questions on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the button shown below, then clicking the social icon you’d like to share to (you’ll need to log in).

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Step 3: Invite people to join the conversation on Christian Discourse.

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Step 4: Continue weighing in and continue sharing to increase your chance of winning!

This contest will end September 16 at midnight (EDT). The top referrer will win Logos 5 Gold or an upgrade equivalent, and four runners-up will win the Lexham Bible Guides.

So, what’s next?

Share your posts with the friends who’ve impacted you with their biblical insight, and invite them to join you on the quest to win!

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Christian Discourse is a place for honest conversations about the things that matter most. It’s designed to guide you in exploring Christianity through discussion. You’ll find conversations on theology, apologetics, devotional thoughts, Bible questions, and more—all tied to Christian living. Discover biblical insights from followers of Christ on our culture’s most pertinent issues and our world’s most pressing troubles.

The best part: you can join in and contribute to the discussion. Your thoughts and concerns matter—Christian Discourse is a safe place to share them with your family in Christ.

Join the conversation today!

3 More Ways to Fill Your Life with Scripture

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Get new Bible-verse T-shirts, postcards, and mobile apps (for iOS and Android) featuring our Verse of the Day artwork.

We started illustrating new verse art every day in 2011, and the collection has grown to 700+ unique pieces. This Bible art represents a large series of visual inspiration, and now you have three new ways to bring it into your life:

1. New Bible-verse T-shirtsbible-verse-t-shirt-isaiah-61-3

Our first Bible-verse shirts are so popular that we’ve had to reorder them three times! Now, we’re introducing five more designs based around some of the most loved verses—like Isaiah 61:3 and John 16:33. These inspiring messages make for some beautiful T-shirts that will encourage both you and those you encounter. Pre-order them today to get an introductory discount.

2. Bible-verse postcards

Postcard-Mockup4Encourage your far-away friends with these brand-new Bible-verse postcards. For a limited time, save when you pre-order a pack of 10 (two copies each of five designs). Your friends and loved ones will love seeing these encouragements in their mailbox.

Order a second set for yourself, and post them around your house or at your workstation to keep yourself thinking on things above (Colossians 3:2).

3. Bible Screen mobile apps

Our library of 700+ vibrant Verse of the Day images set to classical music is now available on your mobile device with iOS and Android apps. You can enjoy the same loop available on BibleScreen.com or browse the entire image library. Amd with what’s sure to be the most popular feature of the apps, you can also save any of the images to your device as your lock-screen or device background.

Share your love for Scripture with Verse of the Day art, now available as T-shirts, postcards, and mobile apps.

Hours Left to Save 30% with the Labor Day Sale

logos-labor-day-sale-2014Time’s running out to save on 20 resources that will help jump-start your Bible study this fall! Prepare for the new season with commentaries and Bible study guides that will take you deeper in your understanding of Scripture.

Save on titles like:

Holman Bible Handbook

This practical tool expands biblical insights for the modern reader by combining an understanding of the ancient world with the timeless message of God’s Word. This resource is full of articles, outlines, and commentary from leading evangelical scholars. It also includes full-color photos, illustrations, charts, and maps that provide a deeper understanding of the Bible, plus study questions for further reflection. This well-rounded resource is a must-have for anyone looking to study the biblical world.

From Paradise to the Promised Land: An Introduction to the Pentateuch, 3rd ed.

This text has been a popular introduction to the Pentateuch for more than 15 years, offering a unique alternative to the common critical approaches that focus on the books’ composition over content. Instead of providing commentary for individual passages, T. Desmond Alexander takes a holistic view of the books, revealing the big picture and identifying prominent themes and connections between the Pentateuch and the New Testament.

Introducing the Old Testament

introducing-the-old-testamentThis resource takes into account the most recent scholarship, especially in relation to historical questions like the origins of Israel as a nation. It incorporates specific treatment of the spirituality and religious values of the Old Testament, and it discusses the major deuterocanonical books. This edition also analyzes ethical issues raised by the Old Testament in relation to contemporary concerns, such as ethnic cleansing. This work has been widely acclaimed as an authoritative and accessible text for students and general readers alike.

The Expanded Bible: New Testament

This work reflects the latest scholarship, current English, and the needs of contemporary students of the Bible. It includes a multitude of study aids right in line with the text. Expanded translations and other tools help you study the Bible while you read. The base text is a modified version of the New Century Version.

Don’t miss your opportunity to save 30% this Labor Day! Get these deals and more—sale ends at 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on September 2.