Grasp the Bible’s Jewish Context: Get These 5 Discounted Pre-Pubs!

Judaism represents several millennia of rich history, complex debates, and influential texts. So why is it important to study ancient Judaism now? Because the study of ancient Judaism is the study of the cultural context in which Scripture was created. A clearer understanding of Judaism leads to a more contextualized understanding of God’s Word.

Discover new insights into ancient context: get these five Pre-Pubs on early Judaism at a great price. They’re about to ship, so pre-order now before the price goes up!

Get 40% off Text and Studies on Ancient Judaism (3 vols.)Text and Studies on Ancient Judaism

Regularly $149.95—get it for $89.95

This resource contributes substantial evidence on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, and Samaritan studies. These volumes provide rare ancient texts and modern translations, and challenge popular assumptions about the Book of Giants, the Samaritans, and the Qumran community.

Get 36% off the T&T Clark Jewish Studies Collection (6 vols.)

Regularly $139.95—get it for $89.95

Get a detailed look at key issues surrounding early Jewish and Christian thought. These volumes offer clear, up-to-date studies on Jewish narrative texts from the Hellenistic period, the view of salvation in Second Temple literature, and the concept of the Messiah from Jewish and Christian perspectives.

Get 39% off the Biblical and Judaic Studies from the University of California Series (10 vols.)

Regularly $279.95—get it for $169.95

Biblical and Judaic Studies

This series brings together the writings of top scholars in ancient Judaic history, politics, language, and literature, and offers original arguments on ancient cultures. These well-researched critical volumes serve as an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Near Eastern studies, as well as anyone else interested in the details of Judaic history.

Get 22% off the Early Judaism Collection (5 vols.)

Regularly $114.95—get it for $89.95

Learn from the experts: get 50 years’ worth of research on early Judaism. With insights from George W. E. Nickelsburg and E. P. Sanders, whose Jesus and Judaism profoundly influenced scholars like N. T. Wright and James D. G. Dunn, this collection provides fresh translations of primary texts and explores key issues in early Judaism.

Get 20% off Wipf & Stock Topics in Jewish Studies (3 vols.)Wipf Jewish Studies

Regularly $49.95—get it for $39.95

These three volumes provide a thought-provoking analysis of identity, memory, and Zionism. Explore the complexity of Messianic Jewish identity, and examine multiple Christian perspectives on the conflict in Israel and the relationship between Zionism and Christianity.

Act now to get the best prices: pre-order these titles before they ship!

Bid Now on the Best Latin Dictionary for Historical and Theological Study

Last month, we released a massive update to the Perseus Classics Collection, adding morph tagging for all 259 Latin texts. This month, we’re promoting the best Latin dictionary for engaging those texts: Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary, better known as “Lewis and Short.”

The authority on classical through early-modern Latin

coverLewis and Short is the go-to resource for studying classical, medieval, Renaissance, and early-modern Latin texts. With over 2,000 pages of detailed lexical data, it’s simply the best single-volume Latin dictionary to have in your Logos library. With Lewis and Short, you can quickly and easily move from individual words in the Latin Perseus texts to their entries in Lewis and Short. Consulting definitions and exploring contextual usage has never been easier.

Grasp scriptural context

You might be asking, Why would I want to study Latin texts if I’m focused on Bible study? For starters, studying Latin enables you to engage the primary texts of the Roman era, which help you better understand the context in which the New Testament and early Christianity emerged. Ultimately, you’ll become a better student of the Greco-Roman world and New Testament backgrounds.

plinyFor example, Pliny the Younger, the high-ranking Roman official, wrote letters that help us understand the inner workings of Roman imperial society—including the early imperial persecution of Christians. In a letter to Emperor Trajan (Letters, vol. 2, p. 405) , Pliny asks how he should carry out trials of suspected Christians. He describes his current method of interrogating them, and how their worship practices seem to be “nothing more than depraved and excessive superstition.” The earliest surviving Roman document to refer to early Christians, Pliny’s letter is of great historical importance for understanding the unfavorable conditions in which Christianity first spread.

Works like Livy’s History of Rome and Julius Caesar’s Civil Wars help us understand Roman history. Livy recounts the mythical founding of Rome to the reign of Augustus; Caesar’ writings describe the military conquests that transformed the Roman Republic into an empire. Studying Livy and Caesar helps us understand how Romans understood themselves—how they narrated their sense of self and history. Contrasted with an understanding of the Gospels, understanding these Roman writers makes Jesus’ proclamation of a kingdom of mercy, peace, and forgiveness even more radical.

A language rich in Christian tradition

summaWe haven’t even talked about the importance of Latin for studying theology. Though Rome eventually fell, the language of the empire lived on, serving as the official language of Christendom for over a millennium. The early apologetic works of Tertuallian and Minucius Felix, which laid the foundation for Latin Christianity, give us a glimpse of how early Latin Christians combated paganism. Augustine composed his Confessions in Latin; Thomas Aquinas‘ magisterial Summa Theologica, also written in Latin, represents Christianity’s highest theological expression in the medieval era. You can’t fully engage these important theological works without some acquaintance with Latin. What better dictionary to have in your Logos library than Lewis and Short?

Bid now on Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary to help put this important resource into production. You’ll get it for 82% off, but you need to bid quickly—it won’t be on Community Pricing forever.

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6 Ways Faithlife Makes Small Groups Better

faithlife-churchesJoining a small group is simultaneously the most rewarding and the most challenging part of many people’s church experience. Those who make the jump to hosting a group find their rewards and challenges multiplied. We built the digital faith community at Faithlife.com to minimize the friction that makes small groups difficult, allowing you to focus on the rewards.

Here are six ways Faithlife makes small groups better:

1. Study together—Something powerful happens when a whole community rallies around a passage of Scripture. God highlights different facets of the passage for each of us; we learn best when we learn together. With dozens of reading plans to choose from, you’re sure to fine one for every season.

2. Pray for one another—Faithlife makes it possible to share what’s on your heart without venting to the whole world. Privacy controls let you dictate exactly who sees what you post, so your messages reach as far as you want—and no farther.

3. Plan events—When is the group meeting? Where? Who’s bringing food? The Faithlife calendar tool takes all the guesswork out of planning your small group meetings. Plan all your meetings in the calendar’s tab to avoid confusion, and add the calendar widget to the sidebar to be sure that everyone knows the plan.

4. Share notesCommunity Notes remain one of the best-loved features in the Faithlife Study Bible app, perhaps because it’s so easy to share your notes with your faith community on Faithlife. The Documents tab stores notes of all kinds, including study notes made in your Faithlife app, setlists from Proclaim, and much more. You can upload discussion questions ahead of time, or pass around handouts without killing trees.

5. Protect privacy—Faithlife offers three levels of involvement to every group member: member, follower, and observer. At the member level, users are fully visible, and can post to the group. At the follower level, users can’t post, but they can like member-posted content. At the observer level, users can watch what’s going on, but their personal information isn’t revealed to anyone else. (This can be very helpful for anonymous support groups.) Use these three levels to keep folks involved and protect their privacy.

6. Send newsletters—With this new feature, you can create and send group newsletters right from Faithlife.com. Look for this new feature on the Newsletters tab, and learn to use it on the Faithlife blog.

The best part: you get all these benefits for a grand total of $0. Faithlife.com is free—there’s no cost to create or join a group. And you can compound its value by accessing your Faithlife group through the Faithlife Study Bible app—the world’s largest, most powerful study Bible.

Visit Faithlife.com to create your group today.

Free: Get a John Piper Title!

Pastor Appreciation MonthPastor Appreciation Month is here, which means we’re offering deep discounts on pastoral resources all month long. Until October 31, use coupon code PAM2013 to get John Piper’s Brothers, We Are Not Professionals for free!Brothers we are not professionals

Piper pleads with his fellow pastors to abandon the secularization of the pastorate and follow the Bible’s call for radical ministry. He argues that pastors are being weakened by adopting a professional mentality when they should be striving for prophetic and passionate ministry.

Get Brothers, We Are Not Professionals for free, and then save on other Pastor Appreciation Month deals:

Get 15% off a new Logos 5 base packagebase-package for blog

Logos 5 gives pastors access to the best theological resources and the most advanced Bible study tools. Save hours of sermon preparation time with smart features like Clause Search, Timeline, and Bible Facts, and gain access to top theological resources. Use code PAM2013 to save 15% on the world’s most advanced Bible software!

Get 40% off the Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Christian EducationBaker Evangelical Cropped

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This resource is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about Christian education, including church leaders, students, and professors. More than 850 articles survey the field, integrating biblical and theological concepts with contributions from education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.

Get 20% off The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way

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Michael Horton’s magnum opus is one of the most important systematic theologies since Berkhof’s. A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, Professor Horton views this volume as “doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.”

Get 25% off the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series (SRC) (8 vols.)Socio Rhetorical Commentaries

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This resource offers the first sustained attempt to read and study the New Testament as both an ancient biography and a form of ancient rhetoric. The commentaries provide a glimpse into the persuasive methods the Gospel writers used, and contextualize the purpose of the Pauline letters.

Get 25% off The Works of Cornelius Van Til (40 vols.)Cornelius

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Dr. Cornelious Van Till is one of the most respected apologetic theologians of the twentieth century. This definitive collection is an essential tool for apologists and students of Van Til’s thought. 

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Get the Best Prices on These Homeric Greek Resources!

Homer rightly occupies pride of place in the Western classical tradition. To be educated in classical Greece and Rome was to know his poetry. That still holds true today: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey often serve as the starting points of a classical course of study.

As part of our effort to apply Logos’ study tools to the classics, we’ve recently increased our offerings of Homeric texts. Right now, you can get the best prices on several primary and secondary texts, as well as resources to help you learn Homeric Greek.

Pre-order these Homeric resources before prices go up!

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey (8 vols.)

Regularly $59.95—get it for $49.95 on Pre-Pub

The Loeb Classical Library editions of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey include English translations and the original Greek with morphological tagging. Read them side by side for comparison, or look up Greek words with A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges.

Reading Course in Homeric Greek (2 vols.)

Regularly $44.95—get it for $29.95 on Pre-Pub

Learn to read Homer in his original Greek. Designed to develop an accelerated reading proficiency, this comprehensive introduction to Homeric Greek surveys grammar, orthography, phonetics, morphology, and syntax while immersing you in Homer’s poetry with selections from the Iliad.

A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges

Regularly $23.95—get it for $17.95 on Pre-Pub

This dictionary, the standard Homeric dictionary ever since its publication, gives students of Homer instructive, contextual impressions of Homeric Greek. Optimized in Logos for use with Homeric Greek texts, this resource allows you to move seamlessly between Homer’s poetry, rich lexical entries, and over 100 images.

Homeric Greek—A Book for Beginners

Regularly $19.95—currently $14 on Community Pricing

This classic text provides a comprehensive introduction to Homeric Greek. It addresses grammatical and lexical content through a series of guided lessons that draw from the Iliad, making it a wonderful aid for learning Homeric Greek. You’ll also get Greek–English and English–Greek vocabulary lists, as well as a brief introduction to Attic Greek.

Bidding closes this Friday, Oct. 18!

Hesiod: The Homeric Hymns and Homerica (2 vols.)

Regularly $17.95—currently $7 on Community Pricing

Complement your study of the Iliad and Odyssey with this selection of primary texts from the Homeric age. This Loeb Classical Library edition includes the work of Hesiod, a younger contemporary of Homer’s who also wrote important poetic works such as Theogony and Works and Days. You’ll also get the Homeric Hymns and Homerica—a series of poems once attributed to Homer because of similarities in style, but no longer believed to be his work.

Expand your facility in Greek while engaging a core figure of the classical canon: pre-order these Homeric resources before prices go up!

Introducing 300 Illustrations for Preachers

One of the hardest things about preaching is finding a suitable illustration. You’ve prayed, you’ve studied the text, and you’ve written your outline, but now you need a good story or quote to make sure your message has its intended effect. As a preacher myself, I know how hard it is to come up with new illustrations week after week that both have an impact and stay on topic.

To aid preachers in their continual quest for good illustrations, we’re introducing 300 Illustrations for Preachers by Jim L. Wilson. Wilson is a pastor and homiletics professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. For the past four years, he has regularly contributed illustrations to Sermons.Logos.com. Now we’ve collected and edited 300 of his best illustrations, optimizing them for use in your Logos library. Each illustration is:

  • Categorized by theme, so you can find it using the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos 5
  • Categorized by Scripture reference, so you can find it by searching for a particular verse
  • Linked to the source (if that illustration is based on a news story)

This resource is currently on Community Pricing, so you can decide how much you want to pay. Once it leaves Community Pricing, the price will go up, so pre-order your copy today!

5 Community Pricing Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

If you want to get amazing prices on classic resources, you can’t go wrong with Community Pricing. Here are five Community Pricing deals you’re about to miss:

Classic Studies on the Atonement (32 vols.)

This 32-volume collection of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century studies is crossing over at $20! That’s less than 62 cents a title. Place your bid by noon (Pacific Time) Friday, Oct. 18, to get this amazing price.

You’ll get titles like:

The Baptist Encyclopaedia (2 vols.)

Discover the Baptist tradition’s rich history with biographical sketches of Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, and other Baptist luminaries, along with detailed illustrations of the London Metropolitan Tabernacle (where Spurgeon preached to tens of thousands) and the Bedford jail (where Bunyan wrote his classic Pilgrim’s Progress). Explore Baptist history’s formative events and institutions, such as the founding and development of the Southern Baptist Convention, born of a need to support pioneering Baptist missionaries like Adoniram Judson and Luther Rice.

If you’re interested in the history of Baptist thought, this is resource is a must-have.

Works of Hegel (13 vols.)

Interested in modern thought? Hegel’s influential philosophy is worth knowing. And if you bid now, you’ll get his major philosophical works, plus a number of important lectures, for 87% off. That’s 18 volumes of historically significant philosophy for only $25!

Joan of Arc Collection (3 vols.)

Few people have captured the world’s imagination like Joan of Arc. If you’re interested in understanding this legend’s story, this three-volume collection is the place to start.

You’ll get:

  • Mark Twain’s well-researched novel Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
  • The standard reference source for historical research, The Trial of Jeanne D’Arc
  • What many believe is the most trustworthy manuscript of her trial, The Trial of Joan of Arc, Being the Verbatim Report of the Proceedings from the Orleans Manuscript

These three volumes are currently only $18! Bid now.

The Covenanters (2 vols.)

About to cross over at $27, these seventeenth-century books revitalized the National Covenant in Scotland. They argue against Roman Catholicism, seeking to establish the Presbyterian Church as Scotland’s sole religion.

“Dr. Hewison’s two lordly volumes on that period, The Covenanters, give only the traditional view expressed with extraordinary vigour and rigour.”
Andrew Lang

“The value of this book lies in the fact that it shows the men of the covenants and their deeds in such a way that the student of history may calmly judge them, and be assured at the same time that in making his judgment he has before him the available relevant facts.”
The Glasgow Herald

Don’t miss these deals! And check the Community Pricing page for more great opportunities to save.

Why I Love Working at Logos: Corbin Watkins

corbinSo, why do I love working at Logos? Two reasons: the variety of my day-to-day responsibilities, and my coworkers’ extreme awesomeness.

A wide spectrum of responsibilities

I started in Logos’ design and video department, and recently moved to the video team as a motion graphic artist. Over the last few months, I’ve illustrated, animated for both web and video, storyboarded, created props, written scripts, directed, edited, scored, and even acted. Thanks to all these opportunities to create high-level, meaningful work, my job stays challenging and fun.

Plus, I get access to the best technology: I use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Edge Animate, and Fireworks daily on projects like illustrated Verses of the Day, webpage designs, ad campaigns across Logos’ brands, marketing collateral (e.g., for the Logos 5 redesign and launch), and HTML5 web animation. On video projects—Verse of the Day animations, product videos, Bible Screen ads, etc.—I’m using Adobe’s After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, Screenflow, and Final Cut Pro.

Tight collaboration, talented people

Bringing each project from concept to implementation can be a long process—one that involves lots of people. I usually meet early on with the marketing project manager, brainstorm and review marker comps, scripts, or storyboards with other designers and videographers and our art director, present our chosen design to marketing managers and company executives, take a quick ping-pong break, and then work to bring those concepts to market.

It can feel like two steps forward, one step back, but it’s that distilling process that allows us to deliver the best work.

To sum it all up, I love my job because we get to make stuff like this:

We’re hiring awesome people.
Check out Logos.com/Careers today!

Study Bible Doctrine with Logos Mobile Education

A few months ago, the era of Logos Mobile Education began with the Pre-Pub release of the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle. Mobile Ed brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It’s education where you are.

The Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle includes nine courses, several of which acquaint students with how the Bible presents a strategic, epic story in an intelligent, deliberate way. One of these courses is BI201: The Story of the Bible.

What will I learn in BI201?

BI201 builds on OT101 (Introducing the Old Testament: Its Structure and Story) and NT101 (Introducing the New Testament: Its Structure and Story). OT101 and NT101 present the epic history of God’s activity with humanity through his people, Israel, and the history of the incarnation of Jesus on earth and the birth of a new, global people of God. BI201 focuses on specific connections between the two stories, demonstrating the unity of the Bible’s narrative by tracing theological themes across the Old and New Testaments.

The course begins with the dawning of the kingdom of God on earth and humanity’s rebellion against that rule at the Fall. The remainder of the Old Testament tells the story of God’s attempt to reestablish his kingship on earth through Israel. The failure of Israel precipitates the New Testament and its story of the coming of the incarnate King (Jesus), the spreading of his kingdom message, and his return at the end of days. BI201 presents the dramatic storyline as follows:

  • Act One: God Establishes His Kingdom
  • Act Two: Rebellion in the Kingdom
  • Act Three: The King Chooses Israel
  • Act Four: The Coming of the King
  • Act Five: Spreading the News of the King
  • Act Six: Return of the King

Take the next step—or get started—on your journey to greater biblical and theological knowledge today with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle.

Logos Mobile Education—it’s where you are.

Logos 5: Old Testament Prophecies about Jesus

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

A Logos user recently asked me how to find Old Testament prophecies about Jesus. One way, but certainly not the only way, is to allow Logos to do the heavy lifting with the Sermon Starter Guide. Try this:

  • Choose Guides | Sermon Starter Guide.
  • Type Jesus in the reference box (A).
  • Notice the dropdown list of preaching themes that relate to Jesus (B).
  • Select the theme Prophecy: Jesus to generate the report (C).

  • Focus on the Passages section, in which Logos lists some verses and pericopes (sections of the Bible) containing prophecies about Jesus (D).

  • Pay close attention to the Thematic Outlines section, in which Logos searches the Dictionary of Bible Themes for outlines related to the subject (E).
  • Click the title “Jesus Christ, prophecies concerning” to reveal the complete outline within the report (F).
  • Rest the cursor on the title of the article, and use the links that appear to the right to copy this outline (or verses within the outline) to another location (G).

One of the things I want you to take away from this blog is that you don’t have to be a preacher preparing a sermon to use the Sermon Starter Guide! Much like the Topic Guide, this tool can help you study nearly any subject.

Please note: the Preaching Themes dataset, which powers the Sermon Starter Guide, doesn’t appear in the Starter base package.