Understand Every Biblical Word’s Meaning

The Bible’s words hold so much meaning, but it’s hard to discover hidden nuance without knowledge of Greek or Hebrew. But, with Logos 5’s Exegetical Guide, you have all the power of extensive word studies readily available for any Bible verse or passage.

See how the Exegetical Guide can enhance your studies:

The Exegetical Guide helps you do a word study for any passage without prior original-language knowledge—explore complete sentence diagrams with parts of speech, verb tenses, alternative translations, and more for every single word. You can also further explore the biblical text by seeing the frequency of that word’s use throughout the rest of the Bible.

Get the Exegetical Guide and more when you upgrade to Logos 5 today! Just visit Logos.com/Upgrade to choose your new base package, but hurry—upgrade discounts disappear August 5.

One Week Only! Get 20% Off the Tyndale Bible Dictionary

TyndaleBibDictStarting this week, we’ll introduce a new weekly deal every Thursday! This week, you can get The Tyndale Bible Dictionary for 20% off with coupon code WEEKLYTBD at checkout.

Study 1,000+ topics with top scholars

The Tyndale Bible Dictionary is packed with significant biblical people, places, and terms, and it’s fully integrated with Logos 5’s Timeline and Bible Facts tools. You can easily set it as your preferred dictionary in Logos—then you’ll be directed toward this all-inclusive dictionary whenever you have questions about a person, place, or event.

Not only do coauthors Walter Elwell and Philip Comfort define the terms you want to know, but they also cross-reference articles that dig into the Bible’s context, significant words, translations, and more. The Tyndale Bible Dictionary contains over 1,000 articles and over 200 pictures on everything from the Aaronic priesthood to the Wilderness of Zin. It’s the most comprehensive, up-to-date, single-volume Bible dictionary available.

Elwell and Comfort’s introduction ends with a special prayer for their readers: “We pray that this volume will help you, the reader, in your study of God’s Word, and that such study will enrich your appreciation for the inspired Scriptures.”

Get it today!

Get The Tyndale Bible Dictionary for 20% off with coupon code WEEKLYTBD at checkout. But hurry, this sale ends July 31!

Already own this powerful resource? We’ll be offering great deals each week through our Weekly Sale email list. Sign up today and be the first to know about each week’s sale!





Time Is Money with the Lexham Bible Guides

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collectionLast week, Lexham Bible Guide: Romans shipped to customers, completing the Paul’s Letters Collection. To celebrate, we’ve placed the entire collection on sale. For a limited time, you can get it for $100.00 off! If you’ve been waiting to dive into this amazing resource, now is the perfect time.

Time is money

One of the biggest benefits of the Lexham Bible Guides is that they help you save time researching. We’ve all heard the phrase, “time is money,” but let’s put that phrase into a tangible context.

Pastors have an incredible number of job duties to perform each week. Between ministering to their congregation, meetings with staff, administrative work, and preparing sermons, it’s amazing they find the time to juggle all of these things during a workweek. Thom Rainer of LifeWay completed a large poll of pastors in the US regarding sermon prep time, a responsibility that is often invisible to typical church members. According to his results, the median sermon prep time is 13 hours per week!

According to Salary.com, the average senior pastor in the US makes almost $40.00 per hour. That means the typical pastor is “spending” $520.00 per week working on sermon prep, and that time could be invested elsewhere in the church, ministering or serving. Now, of course, faithful preaching and teaching from the Word is priceless, and worth every minute spent in preparation and prayer. But pastors understand that there’s only so many hours in the day, and every one counts.

Saving time with Lexham Bible Guides

The Lexham Bible Guides are designed to jump-start your research, saving you valuable time by curating all of the best literature in one place.

Let’s say that using a Lexham Bible Guide will shave off a quarter of a pastor’s sermon prep time. That means using just a single Lexham Bible Guide will save a pastor $130.00 per week in terms of time saved. That reinvestment could pay for the entire Paul’s Letters Collection before the end of the first month.

Do you think those numbers were too generous? Even if a Lexham Bible Guide saved only 10 percent of sermon prep time, you would be saving over $50.00 per week. If you break up the collection into 13 individual volumes, each guide would still pay for itself in savings after the very first week.

Get it today!

We would all love to have more time to do the things we care about. For those researching the Bible, the Lexham Bible Guides will allow you to save time and money.

Jump-start your research. Get $100.00 off the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection today!

Why an Upgrade Now Is Better than an Upgrade Later

last-chance-logos-5-upgrade-saleAn upgrade to Logos 5 is the best way to get all the resources that make Logos 5 powerful, while getting the best deal on a new library. But don’t wait—upgrade discounts end August 5. Check out your custom discount before it’s gone!

Open doors you didn’t know existed

Datasets power your library. If you’re using Logos 5 as just an ereader, you’re not getting the full experience of what Logos 5 can do for your Bible study. Datasets were created to connect your resources and unveil new discoveries you didn’t even know you could find, like:

Pinpointing every time Jesus heals in the Bible with Logos 5’s Clause Search. Doing this type of research in print would take hours, but now you can find every Scripture passage that applies with one click.

Searching the Bible in its historical context with Timeline. You won’t have to consult numerous historical resources to discover when exactly Paul wrote his letters to Corinth. With the Timeline, you can see exactly when historical events occurred, alongside relevant events from the same time period.

Is the “hand” a physical hand or a metaphorical hand of God? Discover any word’s meaning with the Bible Sense Lexicon. From right within the text, you can find out the Hebrew or Greek meaning behind English words.

Get all of Logos 5’s datasets when you upgrade to Gold or above—and tack on the upgrade-sale discounts when you upgrade today.

Don’t miss Logos 5’s resources

With each edition of Logos base packages, we add in a bunch of new datasets, tools, and resources. However, in order to make more room for new resources, we have to remove them as well. This doesn’t mean you’ll lose any products you already own, but if you wait until the next version, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to add to your library at the best possible price! You’ll never get a better deal on all these books than when you upgrade—it’s as simple as that.

Don’t wait until the next version to upgrade, because you may miss out on a resource you want at a fraction of the price it costs individually. We don’t know what will be removed from base packages during the next release, but you won’t want to miss out on these discounts while they last!

Check out all of our base packages at Logos.com/Upgrade—even choose from our new Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, or Seventh-day Adventist base packages!

Upgrade now, pay over time

You know you want the new datasets, and the resources in the Gold upgrade look appealing, but the price just isn’t doable for you.

Don’t pay it all now, pay it over time—claim your discounts from the Logos 5 upgrade sale, and upgrade with a payment plan!

All discounts for a Logos 5 upgrade end August 5! Visit Logos.com/Upgrade to upgrade today.

Get 90% Off Classic Studies on Christology

classic-studies-on-christologyRight now, when you bid on the 28-volume Classic Studies on Christology, you can save 90%! These classic works explore the person and work of Jesus Christ, assessing his theological importance from a variety of perspectives.

Regarding Christology, William S. Plumer says, “As one is sound or corrupt here, so is he substantially right or wrong in the main. Both now and in the last day, the great question in determining character and destiny is the same: ‘What think ye of Christ?’”

Plumer, along with such notable scholars as Henry Barclay Swete, William Sanday, and Archibald Thomas Robertson present a range of theological perspectives in this collection, filling your library with diverse discussions on Christ’s birth, life, ministry, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and more—perfect for any in-depth Christological study.

The best part? With Community Pricing, you can get the best price on this collection. Currently, the suggested bid is set at just $30—that’s 90% off the collection’s regular price! Once it ships, you’ll add over 9,000 pages of scholarly insights to your library for just over $1 per volume.

This collection is nearing the 100% mark, so don’t wait: bid today to lock in your price.

Save on more classic works

If you haven’t yet tried Community Pricing, you’re missing out. You get to help choose the works we make into Logos resources, plus you’ll get the biggest savings on the newest titles. Just bid the maximum amount you’re willing to pay, and if the final price is lower, you’ll get that price.

See our full lineup of current deals, or check out these huge savings on Community Pricing right now:

50 Deals, 3 Days: Save on Galatians Commentaries

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For three days only, you can save big on featured Galatians commentaries. No matter what your area of study, you’ll find the perfect commentaries to complement your library—most for over 30% off!

Fifty titles are on sale, but here are five you won’t want to miss:

1. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Galatians

Regularly $44.99, now only $40.95!

In this volume, highly regarded New Testament scholar Douglas Moo provides commentary on Galatians. With a user-friendly design, this accessible commentary dives into Moo’s extensive research through chapter-by-chapter exegesis, helping you understand Galatians’ sociological, historical, and theological concepts, as well as their relevance—perfect for pastors, teachers, and students alike.

2. The Expositor’s Bible, vol. 5: Luke to Galatians

Regularly $44.95, now only $24.95!

The Expositor’s Bible—a recognized standard of expository commentary—was written on the basis that the Bible is the supreme and final authority on religion and morals. This volume offers biographical and literary introductions, along with in-depth commentary and exposition on each NT book from Luke through Galatians.

3. The Anchor Yale Bible: Galatians

Regularly $44.95, now only $31.25!

This volume provides verse-by-verse commentary on Galatians’ text, historical background and analysis, and original translations—including alternative translations, annotations, and variants. You’ll get insights into all the significant historical and linguistic knowledge from this book’s fresh and creative interpretation, helping you see Paul’s perspective in a new light.

4. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series: Galatians

Regularly $18.95, now only $13.25!

With this commentary, you’ll gain a new understanding of Paul’s healing declaration in Galatians, helping you apply the same concepts to today’s divisions of race, social class, gender, and more. Highlighting both individual and social dimensions of justification by faith, this engaging volume provides readers with extensive historical background on the letter’s date, destination, purpose, form, and theological themes.

5. Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 41: Galatians

Regularly $44.95, now only $31.25!

The acclaimed Word Biblical Commentary offers the best in biblical scholarship, and this volume will help you grasp the struggles Paul faced within his Galatian churches. You’ll get a thorough discussion of Galatians’ authorship, date, textual problems, and more from leading New Testament scholar Richard Longenecker.

Get all these volumes and more—but don’t wait! These savings expire at 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on Thursday, July 24. See all the ways you can save today.

New! Get the Best Price on over 95 Audiobooks

Blog Image 400x400Get the best possible price on over 95 new audiobook titles—pre-order today! Choose from titles by popular authors like Tozer, Piper, Keller, and more!

Take your reading with you

1. Pause on your iPad, play on your desktop—audiobooks sync automatically across platforms.

Listen to your audiobook in your car, press pause, open your desktop software, and start making notes in the text version of the book—exactly where you left off. Any book that has both text and audio versions will automatically sync across platforms!  Jump back and forth between the same book on multiple devices in the audio or text format and always pick up right where you left off. You won’t need to worry about finding your last spot.

2. Learn on the go.

Turn long trips, waiting in line, your workout, and repetitive tasks into productive learning with audiobooks! These titles are compatible with the free Logos mobile apps and work from your iOS or Android phone or tablet, or your desktop computer.

3. Listen at your ideal pace.

Feel like most audiobooks are read at the wrong speed? With these audiobooks, you can choose from four different speeds: 1x, 1.2x, 1.5x, and 2x. This feature is currently available in our iOS apps.

Limited time: get the best price on Packer, Edwards, and Keller!

For a limited time, get the best possible price on books by authors like J.I. Packer, John Piper, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Knowing God by J.I. Packer (with Audio)

A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian’s existence. According to eminent theologian J.I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted with modern skepticism and have joined the “gigantic conspiracy of misdirection” by failing to put first things first. Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love his Word. Pre-order it now!

the-religious-affectionsThe Religious Affections (with Audio)

The Religious Affections—quite possibly the most important book written by America’s greatest theologian—explores the nature of true religion, true revival, and true conversion. Carefully distinguishing true Christianity from false faith, Jonathan Edwards uses his experiences as a pastor and leader of the Great Awakening as the basis for this book. Considered a masterpiece of religion and philosophy, this book continues to influence church leaders today. This product includes both the audio and Logos version of The Religious Affections. Pre-order it for 25% off!

The Cost of Discipleship (with Audio)

This book is quite simply one of the most profound and important books of the twentieth century. Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived his witness, and was both a thoughtful and engaging writer. Viewed against the background of Nazi Germany, Bonhoeffer’s book is striking, and it shares with many great Christian classics a quality of timelessness, so that it has spoken, and continues to speak powerfully, to the varied concerns of the contemporary world. Pre-order it now for 20% off!

These are just a few of the audiobooks to add to your library! Choose from a wide variety of books, including audio Bibles like the LEBNT, ESV, and the Greek NT.

As always, when you buy a Logos resource, you get future updates for free. We’ve got even more powerful features planned for audiobooks, so stay tuned!

Check out the full list and get your favorites today.

The Clock’s Ticking: Get Your Upgrade Discount While You Can!

Enhance and grow your library

If you’ve been holding off on upgrading to Logos 5, you don’t have much time left. The Logos 5 upgrade sale ends August 5!

If you act now, you can still combine your Logos 5 upgrade discount with your 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.

Whether you’re coming from an earlier version of Logos or you own Logos 5 and want the best price on the tools and resources you’re missing, check out your special pricing with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

What you’re missing out on

We’ve covered a lot of reasons for upgrading now. If you’re considering an upgrade but want to do a little more research, check out some of our recent posts:

Don’t wait! Your discount ends soon

You only have a couple weeks to take advantage of your custom upgrade discount. Lock in your discount, spread the cost over several months, and even get your money back within 30 days—you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Upgrade to Logos 5 today and save!

Logos 5: Combine Clause, Passage List, and LN Numbers for a Unique Search

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 emailed me this question:

Is there any way to use Logos 5 to locate every place where Jesus talks about sin? I know I can simply search Jesus AND sin and that will get me some (21) hits, but I am sure there are allusions and alternate words (for sin) that would not be included in that search.

I informed him that by combining several Logos tools, we can get very close to what he wants. One of the current solutions to the question involves several steps—please note: depending on your base package, you may not be able to complete this exercise.

But let’s have a go at answering this excellent question:

  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Clause as the search type (A)
  • Select The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition from the resource drop-down list (B)
  • Type this text in the Find box: person:Jesus (C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search, which locates all the places in the New Testament where Jesus is mentioned regardless of the words used to reference him (D)

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  • Choose the Search panel menu (E)
  • Select Save as Passage List (F)

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  • Notice that Logos creates a new Passage List document containing all of the verses from the search results (G)
  • Click the Search tab to return to the Search panel (H)

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  • Change the search type to Bible (I)
  • Select from the resource drop-down list a Bible, such as the ESV (J)
  • Select from the range drop-down list the Passage List that was just created (K)

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  • Type this in the Find box: < LN 88.105 – LN 88.318 >, which represents all of the Greek words in the New Testament that according to the Louw-Nida Lexicon have “negative” or unethical meanings (L)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search, which locates the verses in which both the person Jesus and an “unethical” word appear in the same verse (M)

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As you look at the results, some of the verses will not apply directly to the user’s specific question, but many will be exactly what he was looking for!

Tips for Choosing a Church Curriculum

david-c-cook-bible-lesson-commentary-2014-2015With fall right around the corner, many pastors and church administrators are finalizing their plans for which curriculum to use for their adult Sunday schools, small groups, and even Sunday-morning preaching. For those that are still weighing the options, we’ve outlined some guiding questions and practical tips to save you time.

Suit your beliefs and needs

First and foremost, does the curriculum you’re considering line up with your church’s mission, vision, doctrinal beliefs, and culture? Will it provide growth where you need it most?

Be aware of your buying tendencies. Just because something is the least expensive—or the most impressive—doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for your church. Before you buy, set aside time to pray and to seek wisdom from other leaders in your church.

Should I choose uniform or age specific?

Do you want separate curriculum for the adults, youth, and children? Or do you want everyone studying the same material?

Many publishers and denominations create curriculum that follows the International Sunday School Lessons (ISSL) / Uniform Series, a six-year study plan covering all major Bible themes. A few of the most popular include the Standard Lesson Commentary (15% off on Pre-Pub) and the David C. Cook Bible Lesson Commentary (21% off on Pre-Pub).

Uniform curricula make it easier for parents to take what they learn at church and discuss it with their kids, since everyone studies the same material. On the other hand, curricula that are age specific can help pastors focus on what their groups need most at their stage in life.

Still can’t decide? Use both: follow a uniform curriculum and let your youth and children’s pastors customize it as needed.

What about media?

studies-in-faithful-living-patriarchs-collection-complete-church-curriculumWhat types of media would make the teaching more effective and easier to understand? How much does it cost your staff to create this kind of media? Would your church members like the option of learning on their smartphones or tablets?

Premade videos, infographics, and presentation slides can save hours of prep time for pastors, as well as that part-time graphic designer / intern / youth leader who always seems a little stressed. Small group handouts and bulletin inserts also help keep people engaged, especially those with different learning styles or disabilities.

Whole-church curricula like The Studies in Faithful Living series take it a step further, providing pastors with sermon outlines, key points in the text, exegesis, and more, in addition to the media mentioned above.

Whether you choose a uniform or separate curriculum, or something packed with media and pastoral resources, remember the leaders who are teaching it. They can always use your prayers, encouragement, and most likely, a hot cup of coffee!

 

What other tips do you have for selecting a curriculum that fits your needs?