Free Perseus Update: Understand Scriptural Context with Ancient Texts

Two years ago, Logos made nearly 1,500 Perseus Project books available for free. Now we’re pleased to announce an update that makes the Perseus Classics Collection—a library of some of the West’s most influential, enduring works—even more valuable.

A wealth of primary sources

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If you’re looking to understand Scripture’s context, the Perseus Classics Collection provides a rich assortment of primary documents from the ancient and classical worlds.

Upon release, the Greek Perseus texts already included lemma and morph tagging. That means they enhance your Bible Word Study reports, which pull not only from the New Testament but also from Perseus’ hundreds of Greek texts, helping you understand Greek words’ context.

Additionally, lexicons that cite classical sources link to the Perseus texts. In the Liddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon, for example, you can jump from citations of Aristotle or Aeschylus to the Perseus editions themselves, saving you time and providing insight into particular instances of a word’s use. Continue Reading…

Back-to-School Savings on the Paul’s Letters Collection

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collection (1)Students everywhere are buying textbooks and stuffing their backpacks to start a new year of learning. If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, Logos has you covered. The Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection is now available at back-to-school pricing—it normally costs $534.95, but you can use coupon code BTS2013 to get it for only $429.95 through Friday!

Understanding Paul’s letters is an important part of any Christian’s study. His epistles to the early churches and to his colaborers for Christ make up the majority of the New Testament. This collection of Lexham Bible Guides—one volume for each of Paul’s letters—opens these texts to you in a new and deeper way, guiding you to a fuller understanding of the exegetical and theological issues of Paul’s writings.

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Last Chance: Get Big Back-to-School Savings!

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Time is running out to get deep discounts on some of our top academic products. Until September 13, use coupon code BTS2013 to get big back-to-school savings.

Hermeneia and Continental Commentaries (68 vols.)

Regularly $1,349.95: get $660 off with coupon code BTS2013

This series represents some of the best in recent biblical scholarship. It makes use of the full range of philological and historical tools, including textual criticism and the methods of the history of tradition and the history of religion.

Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (6 vols.)

Regularly $269.95: get $70 off with coupon code BTS2013

This six-volume, 7,200-page reference is one of the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative works in the field. A staple of biblical and theological scholarship, it features more than 6,000 entries by 800 leading international scholars.

Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection (13 vols.)

Regularly $534.95: get $105 off with coupon code BTS2013

Not only did Paul establish churches throughout the ancient world—he also authored much of the New Testament. Understanding the exegetical and theological issues of Paul’s letters represents an important part of any Christian’s study. The Lexham Bible Guides walk you through summaries of a broad range of views, helping you gain a thorough and fresh perspective on Paul’s letters.

Liddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon (LSJ)

Regularly $135: get $15 off with coupon code BTS2013

This indispensable resource is the central reference work for scholars of ancient Greek authors and texts discovered up to 1940, from the eleventh century BC to the Byzantine Period. This title covers early Greek authors (such as Homer and Hesiod), classical Greek, and the Greek Old and New Testaments. Each entry lists not only the definition of a word, but also its irregular inflections, plus quotations from a full range of authors and sources to demonstrate usage.

German Bible Society Bundle: Student Edition

Regularly $217.95: get $100 off with coupon code BTS2013

This must-have bundle, customized for Bible college and seminary students working with Greek and Hebrew, includes original-language texts that every scholar needs. You’ll get access to the critical texts and apparatuses for the NA27, BHS, BHQ, Septuagint, and Vulgate, plus two reference works.

BDAG/HALOT Bundle

Regularly $274.95: get $25 off with coupon code BTS2013

Widely recognized as the standard modern dictionary for biblical Hebrew, the Logos edition of BDAG/HALOT provides you with one-click lexical information. This bundle integrates seamlessly with the rest of your resources—you can easily search Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and English transliterations. All cross-references and biblical references include hyperlinks to articles and biblical texts, so it’s easy to keep learning.

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The Clock’s Running Out on Upgrade Discounts

Base Packages IIIf you’re looking to save a bundle on your Logos 5 upgrade, you’ll have to hurry. The special upgrade sale ends September 30!

Act soon and you can still combine your Logos 5 upgrade discount with the Dynamic Pricing ownership discount. This ownership discount subtracts the cost of books that are already in your library—in addition to the significant upgrade discounts, we’re cutting out the cost of resources you already own.

When you factor in the opportunity to spread out your payments for up to 18 months with an interest-free payment plan, there just isn’t going to be a better time to upgrade to Logos 5.

On top of the special offers available on Logos 5 upgrades, you can also get huge discounts on special topic-specific bundles to help you build a library that fits your interests. These bundles include resources centered on New Testament studies, Greek, archaeology, church history, counseling, and so much more. Or add nearly 1,200 books to your new library with the immense Master Bundle!

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5 Reasons to Pre-order the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive

greg laurieWe just released the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive on Pre-Pub, and you’re going to want to get in on this important collection of sermons by one of America’s most beloved and revered pastors.

Here are five reasons you should pre-order your copy today:

1. You’ll get a contemporary look at timeless truth

Reading a preacher’s sermons is not only a great devotional practice—it’s an insightful look at how Scripture is used to inform and encourage people from different cultures and periods.

A study of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons is going to encourage and convict you; it’s also going to give you a glimpse of how Scripture addressed late-nineteenth-century concerns. With the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive, you’re going to see Scripture applied to contemporary issues and ideas in the way that only Greg Laurie can.

2. You’ll strengthen your studies with powerful content

This collection features nearly 1,200 sermons! All that sermon content will show up in your topic and reference searches, adding significant value to your own sermons and Bible studies.

3. You can access these sermons on multiple devices

As with most Logos books, you can access Laurie’s sermons on your desktop, tablet, and phone, plus online at Biblia.com. This means you’ll always be ready to inspire or challenge yourself with these powerful messages.

4. You’ll get them at the Pre-Pub price

If you pre-order these sermons while they’re on Pre-Pub, you’ll get them at a special reduced price, and you won’t be charged until this resource is completed and ready to ship. This is a compelling reason not to wait—pre-order yours today.

 5. Greg Laurie is excited to equip you

Don’t miss your opportunity to get the Greg Laurie Sermon Archive while it’s on Pre-Pub! Pre-order yours now.

Get the Best Deal on a Logos 5 Upgrade

Logos 5You have two ways to get a special deal on Logos 5: Dynamic Pricing, and your custom upgrade discount. When you couple these offers, you get personalized savings on the world’s most advanced Bible software.

Dynamic Pricing: never pay for the same title twice

This pricing option gives you extra discounts based on the content you own. Regardless of when you bought your resources—10 days ago, 20 years ago—you get credit for the titles already in your library. All you need to do is own at least one title included in the base package you want: you’ll get extra savings when you upgrade. The more titles you own, the bigger your upgrade discount!

Custom upgrade discount: everyone’s best deal

The Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator builds on Dynamic Pricing by taking into account everything in your Logos library—including resources and datasets—and giving you a customized price that guarantees you only pay for what’s new to you.

Even if you don’t own a base package, but you’ve still purchased commentaries and collections (or even part of a collection), your resources will contribute to your discount. If you’re using your resources in an older version of Logos, like Logos 1.0 or Libronix, no worries—these titles factor into your custom upgrade discount, too.

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Why Postmodernism Isn’t New

ancient-philosophy-bundle“Every age has its own outlook,” wrote C. S. Lewis; “We, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period.” But we need more than that—we need books that reach our conclusions long before we do, books that remind us that our new outlook isn’t so new after all.

We call our times postmodern, often with something like fear. But postmodernism is in large part a renovation of ancient ideas—ideas you should know.

Postmodernists say:

“Right and wrong are human interpretations”

Though moral relativism has a postmodern flavor, it dates back to the ancient Greeks. Plato ascribed it to Protagoras; later, Herodotus assessed other cultures’ customs without questioning their rightness and wrongness. Later yet, Sextus Empiricus determined not that morality is relative to culture, but that moral knowledge is itself impossible.

Is moral relativism postmodern? Yes, in the sense that it exists today; no, in the sense that it’s uniquely characteristic of postmodernism. Before your next debate on moral relativism, you should read Plato, who, fearing moral chaos, argued that morality must be not only in the actor’s self-interest but also based on objective truth.

“But objective truth doesn’t exist!”

We usually trace this postmodern claim back to Nietzsche’s assertion that there are no facts, only interpretations. But it, too, has ancient roots: in the fifth century BC, Protagoras argued that “Man is the measure of all things.” Later, Plato and Socrates clashed with the Sophists over the nature of absolute truth: while the Sophists venerated persuasion and rhetoric, Plato and Socrates responded that the measure of an argument isn’t its persuasiveness, but its truthfulness.

Much later, Kant argued that truth is merely nominal (“true” means something within language), not real—not a statement about a thing’s essence. “Kant drew out the limits of our mind,” said Hegel, “and because of this we can not have a knowledge of the absolute truth.” But Hegel still found a way to truth: his “dialectic,” which, like science, moves from increasingly accurate oppositions—thesis, antithesis—to synthesis, the resolution that best corresponds to what is real.

“What we experience isn’t the world—it’s just our perceptions of the world”

modern-philosophy-bundleAgain we turn to Plato. In The Republic, his Socrates explains that without philosophy, we are like bound prisoners in a cave who, having seen nothing else all our lives, see shadows on the wall and interpret them as real things. Without philosophy, Plato claims, we mistake erroneous perceptions for reality; with philosophy, we see the world as it really is. Around two thousand years later, though, Descartes argued that wax’s physical characteristics reveal nothing about the wax itself: after all, its color, scent, shape, size, hardness, and coldness are all subject to change. George Berkeley took doubt even further, arguing that the world doesn’t even exist: only our perceptions of it do. (Sound postmodern?)

But Thomas Reid rejected that notion in compelling terms, arguing that common-sense belief in the world is the basis for all philosophy—that if you don’t believe in the world as perceived, the conversation is useless.

“We don’t have individual identities or souls”

Postmodernists from Foucault to Lacan to Riceour have argued that personal identity is unstable—that, without any essential “I,” we identify with images or stories to define ourselves. This thesis of shifting (or nonexistent) identity smacks of postmodernity, but it, too, is ancient. Plutarch wrote, in the first century AD, “Dead is the man of yesterday, for he is passed into the man of today . . . Nobody remains one person.” Heraclitus wrote that we cannot step into the same river twice: not only has the river changed; we have, too. Much later, Hume took Berkeley’s claim (“the physical world doesn’t exist”) even further, arguing that not even individuals really exist—we’re nothing but perceivers of perceptions.

But if the claims are old, so are the counterarguments. Spinoza argued that all things do have an essence, and that the nature of that essence is to persist in its being. Descartes argued, famously, that because we think, we exist.

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To engage with our time’s prevailing ideas, you need to know where they come from—you need to know philosophy, both ancient and modern. Noet’s Ancient and Modern Philosophy bundles equip you with the core texts of the Western philosophical tradition: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant.

Pre-order the Ancient and Modern Philosophy bundles today, or build your library with the comprehensive Classical Foundations Bundle—everything you need to understand the origins of Western thought.

Then keep reading—where did history come from?

Win Logos 5 Silver, an iPad mini, and Ebooks from The Gospel Tour!

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To help launch The Gospel Tour, featuring Matt Chandler and Tullian Tchividjian, we’re partnering with David C. Cook to give away Logos 5 Silver, a Logos edition of Chandler’s new book (To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain), and a Vyrso edition of Tchividjian’s new book (One Way Love)1! Twenty-four runners-up will also win copies of these terrific new titles. The giveaway runs through the end of the tour—enter to win by November 14.

The Gospel Tour kicks off September 23 in Birmingham, AL. Chandler and Tchividjian aim to spread the Gospel and return to the fundamentals of faith by delving into Jesus’ story and the grace he’s given all of us.

“I’m excited to get out on the road with my good friend, Tullian Tchividjian, to lay out for people the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to encourage you that there is a path toward Christian maturation that isn’t filled with guilt and shame and a type of penance, but rather an opportunity to gather together and be encouraged by the good news of Jesus Christ.” —Matt Chandler

Enter below to win an iPad mini, Logos 5 Silver, To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain, and One Way Love:

How has God’s love worked in your life? Share your story in the comments, and then tweet about it with the hashtag #MyGoodNews!

  1. Entry closes November 14. We’ll select and notify the winners by November 30. If you win and already own Logos 5 Silver and/or any of the above-mentioned books, you’ll receive Logos.com credit in place of the prizes. Winners will have to fill out a W-9 in order to claim their prizes. By entering the contest, you are opting in to receive emails from Logos and Logos partners. []

Get These Collections at the Best Prices!

Community Pricing lets you help pick the prices of brand-new Logos resources. It’s your best chance to build up your library for less. But because of those incredible prices, many products don’t last long in the Community Pricing stage. When you see a collection or book you want, place your bid! Once it leaves Community Pricing, you’ll miss out on that price for good.

Here are seven collections you’re about to miss:

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Oxyrhynchus Papyri

Regularly $299.95—current bid is only $150

In 1898, Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt discovered thousands of papyri fragments just outside the ruins of the ancient city of Oxyrhynchus. These fragments turned out to be one of the most important papyri discoveries of all time, providing access to the editors’ transcriptions of over 1,800 fragments of detailed notes, translations, and commentary.

The Whole Works of the Rev. Ebenezer Erskine

Regularly $79.95—current bid is only $34

Ebenezer Erskine was a Scottish minister, talented orator, and key figure in the Secession Church in Scotland. He was known as a man of incorruptible integrity who acted with honesty and courage. This devotion led him to lead a group of ministers who resisted the Church of Scotland’s compromised rights. Included are this steadfast Puritan’s published sermons and poetry in their entirety, still worth studying today for any student of Puritan and Reformed thought.

text-and-studies-contributions-to-biblical-and-patristic-literatureText and Studies: Contributions to Biblical and Patristic Literature

Regularly $229.95—current bid is only $50

The early church leaders were prolific in their writing and historical documentation. While some of this work has been canonized, much has been forgotten. The Text and Studies: Contributions to Biblical and Patristic Literature collection resurrects these documents in a renewed and focused study, attempting to glean ancient wisdom and insight.

Classic Studies on the Synoptic Problem

Regularly $59.95—current bid is only $30

This collection of classic monographs on the Synoptic problem presents seminal works from eminent scholars—works that were instrumental in shaping the field of Synoptic scholarship. These foundational texts address major issues in Synoptic scholarship, such as the mixture of shared and unique material in each Synoptic account, and what this reveals about the date, composition, and interrelatedness of the Synoptics.

classic-studies-on-the-life-of-paulClassic Studies on the Life of Paul

Regularly $259.95—current bid is only $30

Each of these 18 texts explores a different aspect of Paul’s life. This collection pieces together his travels using every available historical record. It provides remarkable insight into the context of Paul’s ministry and his revolutionary teachings about Christ.

John Macpherson Collection

Regularly $49.95—current bid is only $40

John Macpherson was an author, a translator, and a Presbyterian minister. The John Macpherson Collection brings together six of his most important works on theology, doctrine, and Scottish church history. Included are Macpherson’s highly respected commentary on Ephesians, a collection of lectures on Scottish theology, Macpherson’s handbook on the Presbyterian church, and more.

jeremy-taylor-collectionJeremy Taylor Collection

Regularly $69.95—current bid is only $8

Known as the “Shakespeare of Divines,” Jeremy Taylor was a priest and writer from the time of Charles I through that of Charles II. The Jeremy Taylor Collection contains the two beloved devotionals, his essay on religious tolerance, The Golden Grove (a manual for personal devotion), and more.

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Bid now before you miss out! And make sure to check out all the Community Pricing deals.