Understand Early Christianity’s Roman Context

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“In the second century of the Christian era, the Empire of Rome comprehended the fairest part of the earth, and the most civilised portion of mankind. The frontiers of that extensive monarchy were guarded by ancient renown and disciplined valour. The gentle but powerful influence of laws and manners had gradually cemented the union of the provinces. Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and luxury.”
—Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

“At the hour of midnight the Salerian gate was silently opened, and the inhabitants were awakened by the tremendous sound of the Gothic trumpet. Eleven hundred and sixty-three years after the foundation of Rome, the Imperial city, which had subdued and civilised so considerable a part of mankind, was delivered to the licentious fury of the tribes of Germany and Scythia.”
—Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The rise and fall of imperial Rome constitute one of the most important narratives in Western history—Christian history in particular. The Romans contributed core elements to government, politics, art, engineering, and almost everything else we know as modern. Under Nero, Maximinus Thrax, and Decius, Rome subjected Christians to atrocities. Under Constantine, Rome helped Christianity flourish.

If you’re studying Christianity and overlooking Rome, you’re overlooking essential context.

Study Rome from its rise to its fall

Logos offers several important resources on ancient Rome—in particular, Polybius’ The Histories, Appian’s Roman History, Livy’s History of Rome, Cassius Dio’s Roman History, and Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Together, these works set you up to study Roman history from its beginning to its end.

1. Rome’s rise

polybius-the-historiesPolybius’ The Histories gives you a fascinating look at Rome’s ascent between 264 and 146 BC. The Greek historiographer analyzes all the factors that contributed to Rome’s dominance: above all, strong leadership, the separation of powers, and advantages of geography.

Right now, The Histories is on Pre-Pub for 22% off, and the price is about to go up. You’ll want to pre-order this one right now.

2. Rome’s zenith

  • Appian’s Roman History is the only surviving account of the Roman civil wars, which were enormously important to Rome’s trajectory overall. Appian doesn’t name his sources outright, but scholars agree that Appian built on the work of Polybius; Logos lets you study these Roman histories side by side. And if you bid now, you can get Roman History for 73% off.
  • Livy’s History of Rome surveys Rome’s history from its mythical founding to the reign of Augustus. Livy offers narrative, not just chronology; in fact, books 1–10 and 21–30 have become defining examples of Golden Age Latin. Right now, History of Rome is on Community Pricing for a full 85% off!
  • Cassius Dio’s Roman History covers 1,400 years, from the founding of Rome to AD 229. Dio really shines in his treatment of events after the first century BC, many of which he witnessed firsthand; his account is unmatched in detail. You can get Dio’s Roman History for 78% off on Community Pricing.

3. Rome’s fall

Edward Gibbons classic History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is by far the most famous work on ancient Rome, and Gibbon devotes several chapters to Christianity in the Roman world. In a 1997 review, History of the Christian Church magazine noted that “for fullness and general accuracy and artistic representation [Gibbon’s] work is still unsurpassed”; years earlier, no less a rhetor than Winston Churchill credited Gibbon’s lofty style with influencing his own. History of the Decline and Fall is a remarkable overview of the factors that contributed to Rome’s undoing and the lessons that Roman history holds for world powers today. Plus, at $17.95, it’s an astonishing value.

Study Roman context with the best resources

Most of these works are on Community Pricing, which means that prices are going up very soon. Likewise, Polybius’ The Histories is on Pre-Pub, but it won’t be for long—if you’re at all interested in the ancient world, you should pre-order it now.

Pre-order Polybius’ The Histories right now, and add a more modern perspective with Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
 

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A Library of Western Spirituality: Know the Foundations of Other Traditions

CWSUnderstanding your spiritual roots plays a vital role in defining your identity as a Christian. Understanding the spiritual roots of the world around you is just as vital to evangelism. The writings and teachings that powerfully affect your daily life may not be the ones that touch the person living across the street, sitting at the desk next to you, or even shaking your hand at church.

You only control half the process of communication. When words of love, wisdom, and counsel leave your mouth, they enter the interpretive system of the listener. That’s why it’s so important to understand the foundations of others’ beliefs—whether they’re part of similar traditions or different religions entirely.

And that’s why the Classics of Western Spirituality Bundle is such a powerful resource. It’s an entire library of spiritual writings from multiple faith traditions—poetry, songs, essays, theological treatises, meditations, mystical biographies, philosophical explorations, and more. You’ll get a diverse range of classic works, not only by famous authors like Augustine and Martin Luther but also by lesser-known (but still extremely important) writers like Maximus the Confessor and Moses de León.

Not only does the collection give you everything you need to discover the roots of your own beliefs and delve into their foundational texts—it also helps you find common ground to engage people who ascribe to beliefs you don’t share. You’ll be able to identify the specific differences between Christian traditions, Judaism, Islam, and a variety of Native American religions—knowledge that makes you more effective as an evangelist.

Three valuable collections in one must-have bundle

The Classics of Western Spirituality Bundle gives you three great collections from Paulist Press:

CWS-Pre1. Pre-Reformation Christianity

The Pre-Reformation Christianity collection packs the first 15 centuries of Christian spirituality into 55 volumes of powerful scholarship. From Origen and the postapostolic era to Johannes Tauler and the eve of the Reformation, this collection engages the core texts that led up to one of the most significant spiritual events in history—and deeply impacted the spiritual climate of Christianity for centuries to come.

2. Post-Reformation Christianity

The Post-Reformation Christianity collection offers the defining works from the Reformation through modern Christianity. You’ll find some of the biggest names in Christian theology, including Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Henry Newman. You’ll also discover some lesser-known gems, like Jeanne Guyon, Miguel de Molinos, and Elisabeth Leseur.

CWS-NonChristian3. Judaism, Islam, and Native American Religions

The 27 volumes in the Judaism, Islam, and Native American Religions collection provide perspective on these important spiritual traditions. For Christians, studying the theological works of people like Fakhruddin Iraqi, Sharafuddin Maneri, and Nachman of Bratslav will both highlight the radical differences between Christianity and other religions and reveal the common ground.

Explore the spiritual landscape of the Western world

Across 26 volumes and over 45,000 pages, the Classics of Western Spirituality Bundle provides unparalleled coverage of the Western world’s dominant religious perspectives. And right now, this massive bundle is available on Pre-Pub for 21% off!

Take advantage of this special price while you still can—when the collection leaves Pre-Pub, these savings will expire forever.

Pre-order the Classics of Western Spirituality Bundle today!

Proclaim Gets a Major Update!

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We think that everyone in a church, from the administrator to the media director, should be able to create compelling visual presentations. That’s the game-changing idea behind Proclaim. Intuitive features like Smart Media ensure that you don’t have to spend time matching font and text colors with your art. Proclaim’s collaboration-oriented design meets the unique needs of everyone on your team, from the senior pastor to the worship leader to the tech volunteer.

Meet the new Proclaim

Proclaim recently got a major update—here’s a rundown of what’s new:

Redesigned user interface

Embracing the flat aesthetic, we’ve eliminated gradients and reflections. The new UI improves performance, not just looks—now there are fewer graphical elements to move around.

Speed, stability & continuity

We’ve updated some of Proclaim’s core technology, making everything faster, more stable, and more consistent across platforms. Now, slides render identically on both Mac and Windows.

Customization that lasts

Smart Media is one of the ways Proclaim saves you a lot of time. And now, if you customize a slide—say, to match an uploaded background image—your changes will be preserved even if you change backgrounds. If you customize your slides, you’ll only have to do it once!

On-Screen Bible

The new On-Screen Bible service item brings your preaching passage to life with subtle animations. With three styles and eight colors to choose from, you’re sure to find a look that fits every presentation you build. Just type a passage into the Reference box and your animation is created in seconds. Check it out:

Affordable pricing for churches of every size

You can try the new Proclaim free for 30 days. If you decide to subscribe, Proclaim specialists are standing by, eager to help, at 855-715-6467.

Proclaim pricing scales to make exceptional church presentations affordable for churches of all sizes. We don’t charge per download, so you can install Proclaim on as many computers as you like. Likewise, we don’t charge per user—you can collaborate with as many volunteers as you like, without paying extra.

Your whole church benefits from Proclaim. Use it in youth group, Sunday school class, small group, children’s church, church proper, and anywhere else you can think of—all at no extra cost.

Download Proclaim for free at ProclaimOnline.com/Download.

Or break the price into smaller, more manageable interest-free monthly payments—call us at 855-715-6467 to get a phone-only subscription deal!

Why Browse When You Can Pinpoint?

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collection (1)When I was in college, I dreaded embarking on any kind of heavy-duty research project. What should have been the most exciting part of the learning process became a nightmare—I would comb through countless books to find even a scrap of relevant data. I quickly learned that looking at the sources top scholars reference in their own work would lead me to the most pertinent information. But those of us who are already stretched thin by other responsibilities—ministry, family, career—simply don’t have time to spend hours in the library searching through the literature.

Revolutionize the way you research

The Logos platform overcomes these difficulties. With Logos’ interconnected library, I can quickly and easily find the best resources, leverage them for efficiency, and jumpstart my research process.

Look at the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection, for example. Logos’ professional research team has done all the heavy lifting. Each volume presents the most highly regarded scholarship, curated to represent all major viewpoints and annotated to provide the depth of information you’re seeking.

Say you want to research 1 Corinthians 13:1–3 to prepare a sermon or write an exegetical paper. Start digging and you’ll find a wealth of literature on these three verses—a daunting research challenge. With the Lexham Bible Guide: 1 Corinthians in hand, you hold the most relevant commentary on these verses, with scholars’ annotations and references right in line.

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If you have extra time or are especially curious about a particular argument, one click on the reference takes you directly to the original source. In just minutes, you can make headway on a project that would otherwise have taken hours.

The Lexham Bible Guides exemplify the primary goal of Lexham Press: to create efficient resources that reduce the time you spend preparing material, freeing you to pursue God’s other priorities for your life.

Start saving time today. Add the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection or the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection to your library!

One of the Most Important Works You’ve Never Read

a-system-of-christian-theologyJohann Heinrich Alsted wrote: “The article of justification is said to be the article by which the church stands or falls.”  The Reformers sought to recover this vital doctrine, which is at the very heart of the gospel. Brave men such as John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Heinrich Bullinger, Theodore Beza, John Knox, and many others gave their lives—often literally—to recover this quintessential doctrine of grace.

But the Reformation recovery of these great truths was immediately threatened by two very different, but equally militant, movements—the Counter-Reformation and the Radical Reformation. The Reformers wrote a great body of literature to guide the church through the time’s treacherous waters, but one generation after the Reformation, there remained little in the way of a comprehensive, rigorously systematized synthesis of Reformed theology to preserve the Reformers’ legacy.

Christian ethics, the needs of the church, and more

In the midst of this battle for truth, the gifted scholar Amandus Polanus provided the Reformed churches with one of the earliest and most extensive Reformed systematic theologies: the Syntagma. This monumental achievement synthesizes the body of Reformed theology into a coherent and rigorous system. Not only does it preserve and defend the Reformers’ original theology; it also presents it in a precise, nuanced way. The Syntagma covers all the topics addressed in standard theologies, and addresses the church’s practical needs with an extensive treatment of Christian ethics.

Polanus’ importance as a preserver of the Reformed tradition and a shaper of its development is undeniable. As a student, he was trained at Basel by Calvin’s successor, Theodore Beza. He later became an influential professor at Basel, where he instructed important figures such as Johannes Wollebius and others who would become the next generation of Reformed theologians and ministers. Polanus’ work served as one of the primary sources that would go on to influence the enduring Reformed confessions, such as the Canons of Dort and the Westminster Standards.

Pre-order before the price goes up!

Lexham Press wants to produce the first-ever English translation of Polanus’ Syntagma, previously available only in rare Latin editions—but we need your help. The more pre-orders we get for this classic, the more quickly we can get it to you. Pre-order your copy of Polanus’ A System of Christian Theology today, and join Polanus in preserving the legacy of the Reformation.

Don’t wait—pre-order your copy before March 7, when the price goes up!

Grow Your Library with March Deals

March sale

This March, we have nearly 200 products on sale! You can get big savings on titles like Vocabulary of the Greek Testament, Learn to Read New Testament Greek, Revelation: Four Views, and many others.

Here are a few bestsellers:

r-a-torrey-collectionR. A. Torrey Collection

Regularly $119.95—on sale for $76.95 (that’s 36% off!)

This 15-volume collection features the most important works of Reuben Archer Torrey, one of the all-time great evangelists. Torrey’s writings are regarded as classics across many fields, including theology, apologetics, Bible exposition, and practical Christian living. Torrey possessed an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible, and he used that knowledge to help readers apply Scripture in practical ways. These volumes represent a goldmine of biblical doctrine and teaching.

Alexander Strauch Church Leadership Series

Regularly $74.95—on sale for $54.95 (that’s 27% off!)

Understand leadership in the church with this eight-volume collection. Alexander Strauch delves into the qualifications of elders and deacons and the biblical roles of men and women; the collection also includes a helpful book on running productive meetings, plus two volumes on the life of Robert Chapman, a biblical leader worth emulating.

the-context-of-scriptureThe Context of Scripture

Regularly $299.95—on sale for $219.95 (that’s $80 off!)

The Context of Scripture is an impressive three-volume collection of ancient Near Eastern writings in English translation. Each translation is accompanied by cross-references to relevant biblical texts, allowing you to easily search for ancient writings that relate to a given passage. The translations also sport extensive notes and thorough bibliographies, so you can understand textual nuance and explore new areas of study.

Dogmatic Theology

Regularly $53.95—on sale for $43.95 (that’s 19% off!)

Called “one of the great systematic theologies in the modern era” and “a classic from a leading Reformed theologian,” William G. T. Shedd’s Dogmatic Theology is one of those monumental works that have truly stood the test of time. The editor, Alan Gomes, considers Dogmatic Theology “one of the finest theological systems ever produced . . . unequaled by anything produced by modern evangelicals.”

These aren’t all the products on sale! Check out all our March deals.

Logos March Madness Begins Today!

March Madness

It’s time: Logos March Madness deals are on their way!

Logos March Madness begins today and runs through March 31. We’ve pitted 64 authors against each other to compete for your votes—Charles Spurgeon, A. W. Tozer, R. C. Sproul, and others. You pick your favorite in each matchup, and the winning authors advance to the next round. Discounts start at 30% and go up with each round: 35%, 40%, 45%, 50%, 60%, and—for the winner—75% off!

Here’s the voting schedule:

  • Round 1: now–March 10 (after voting ends, first coupon codes kick in)
  • Round 2: March 10–14
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 14–18
  • Elite 8: March 18–21
  • Final 4: March 21–25
  • Championships: March 25–31

Each round ends at 4:59 p.m. (Pacific) on the final day of voting. After that, we’ll announce the latest coupon codes, as well as the next round’s matchups, within two hours. We’ll be putting a selection of each author’s works on sale, and you get to decide which authors get the biggest discounts.

Help choose the deals—head over to LogosMarchMadness.com and place your votes right now.

Then stay tuned for big discounts!

Get Big Savings on the International Critical Commentary!

Thumb_59Right now, you can save big on one of our top-selling commentaries. Just use coupon code ICC2014 through the end of March to get the International Critical Commentary for 25% off!

The ICC has long held a special place among Bible commentaries. Its rigorous scholarship brings together linguistic, textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological aids to exegesis—everything you need to understand the Bible and its world.

Normally, it’s a hard series to purchase in its entirety—buying the print volumes individually gets expensive, numerous revisions make it hard to find the most recent volumes, and most retailers don’t even offer the set as a single product. The Logos edition provides a substantial discount, and its content is far more useful.

This is the best time to buy the ICC!

Right now is the very best time to get the ICC—combine the coupon-code discount, your Dynamic Pricing discount (if you already own volumes), and a payment plan and you’ve got one of the finest commentaries available, at an extremely affordable price. The Logos edition is already a much better deal than the print equivalent, and right now you can get an even deeper discount.

Who knows when you’ll see a price like this again—so don’t wait!

Use coupon code ICC2014 through March 31 to get over 25% off the International Critical Commentary.

Prepare for Easter with 40 Days to the Cross

40 days to the crossThis Wednesday, Christians who follow the Western church calendar will enter a 40-day period of prayer, fasting, and spiritual reflection known as Lent. This spiritual practice is recognized by many high Christian traditions, but it’s also widely practiced in nonliturgical circles.

Lent is a season of preparation that traditionally includes penitence, prayer, and fasting; it culminates in the celebration of Easter.

A fresh perspective for Lent

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In addition to regular Bible readings, devotional resources can bring fresh perspective to this season. Lexham Press is pleased to introduce 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers, a resource that will guide you through Lent. You’ll journey with Augustine, Irenaeus, Thomas à Kempis, Thomas Aquinas, John Newton, Charles Spurgeon, and others as they offer insights into Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection.

You’ll be prompted to the act of confession with readings from the Psalms, and reflect on Christ’s journey to the cross with readings from Matthew. In our busy world, it’s easy to neglect the simple act of self-examination. Probing response questions at the end of each devotional will prompt you to dig deep and then end your devotional in prayer.

40 Days to the Cross will help you contemplate our shared experience of Jesus’ death and resurrection—the very center of our faith.

Get 40 Days the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers for only $8.99 through Sunday!

Cuneiform Studies: Get a Window into the Ancient World

journal-of-cuneiform-studiesEarlier this month, we let you know about a new partnership with The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), an academic organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the culture and history of the Near East.

ASOR, in serving disciplines like biblical studies and archaeology, aims not only to facilitate conversations among academics but to make cutting-edge research accessible outside the academy. Toward this end, ASOR publishes three journals for scholars and lay audiences, and we’ve made several of them available on Pre-Pub. If you’re interested in emerging scholarship in biblical studies and archaeology, you’ll want these resources in your Logos library.

From Hittite ritual to Sumerian folktales

Cuneiform, which originated in what’s now Iraq and developed from pictographs, is one of the earliest-known systems of writing. The Journal of Cuneiform Studies (JCS) was founded in 1947 to explore this window into the ancient world. Featuring articles on the history and languages of the ancient Mesopotamian and Anatolian literate cultures, JCS is published once a year and includes over 140 pages per issue. This particular collection includes 21 years of the JCS catalog—you’ll receive a massive amount of recently published material in the field. With article topics ranging from Hittite ritual to Sumerian folktales, from the practices of Neo-Babylonian court scribes to analysis of archaeological artifacts, this collection gives you a wealth of cutting-edge scholarship.

Expand your understanding of the ancient world—the context of Scripture—with this valuable series. Make your Logos library a richer environment in which to learn about archaeology. Pre-order the Journal of Cuneiform Studies before the price goes up!

Interested in more from ASOR? Check out their other journals on Pre-Pub—Biblical Archaeologist / Near Eastern Archaeology (1992–2011) and the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (1992–2011).