Only 4 Days Left to Get November’s Free Book!

Time’s running out to download a free copy of John Nelson Darby’s Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Genesis to 2 Chronicles. You have until November 30 to add this remarkable book to your library—free!

Genesis to 2 Chronicles, the first volume in John Darby’s five-volume Synopsis of the Books of the Bible, provides chapter-by-chapter commentary on the first 14 books of the Old Testament. This series has played an important role in the emergence of fundamentalism and the development of American Christianity. Darby, the intellectual and theological forerunner of well-known preachers such as Dwight Moody and contemporary authors such as Tim LaHaye, was tremendously influential. From a dispensational interpretation of the Bible to the contemporary understanding of the Rapture and the End Times, the prominent features of evangelical theology are indebted to Darby’s influence.

Of the Synopsis of the Books of the Bible series, H. A. Ironside said, “I literally devoured these five volumes, giving almost every spare moment to them, so that I read them in two weeks’ time, and I think I am safe in saying that they opened up the Scripture in their comprehensiveness in a way that nothing else has ever touched.”

If you haven’t downloaded November’s free book, do it now! And while you’re on November’s free-book page, enter to win the entire five-volume Synopsis of the Books of the Bible!

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Get John Piper’s Good News of Great Joy Free on Vyrso!

We have lots of titles marked down at Vyrso.com/CyberMonday, including an exclusive digital edition of John Piper’s latest title Good News of Great Joy—free! You won’t find this offer anywhere else.

Good News of Great Joy is designed specifically for Advent 2012. This devotional, which begins Sunday, December 2, and goes through Christmas Day, aims to put Jesus at the center of your holiday season. Get yours now!

But Good News of Great Joy isn’t the only way you can go deeper into the Word at no cost. Here are two related giveaways:

1. Earn Your DMin Free with the $18,000 John Piper Scholarship!

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Gold is a massive library for serious Bible study in English, Greek, and Hebrew. It offers a vast selection of resources (nearly 1,100, worth over $20,000) and Logos 5’s fast, intuitive, innovative design. Time to enter is limited—visit our Cyber Monday right now!

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Logos 5: Field Search in Synonyms of the New Testament

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 about two Greek synonyms, kairos and chronos, both of which are translated time or times in English Bibles. His question was two-fold:

  • Is there a specific Logos resource that explains the differences between synonyms?
  • If so, how is the resource searched?

Here’s how I replied.

The resource, Synonyms of the New Testament by Richard Trench, appears in many, but not all, of the Logos base packages. Trench, in over 100 articles, discusses subtle differences between Greek synonyms.

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse interlinear option, such as the ESV or NASB.
  • Navigate to a passage containing one or both of the Greek words (kairos and chronos), such as Acts 1.7.
  • Right-click on the word times or seasons or epochs. (A)
  • Select Lemma (B) “the word.”
  • Select Copy. (C)

 

  • Open the Synonyms of the New Testament.
  • Open the Search panel.
  • Set Basic as the type. (A)
  • Select Synonyms as the book to be searched from the resources dropdown list. (B)
  • Click the range dropdown list, which probably says All Text. (C)
  • Click the arrow to the left of Search Fields. (D)
  • Select the search field Large Text (E) (which is the title of the article in Synonyms).

  • Execute a paste (A) in the search box (B), which places the Greek word there.
  • Press the Enter key.

 

  • Notice that Logos only searches the titles of the articles (Field Search) in Synonyms, looking for your Greek word.

 

  • Click the search hit to open Synonyms to the article about the two Greek words translated time.

 

Try a field search with other resources, like Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek NT, journals, or Bibles!

Black Friday: Don’t Miss These Deals!

You can avoid the lines, the rush, and the craze during this year’s Black Friday madness. In fact, we want you to be able to enjoy your Black Friday shopping from the comfort of your own home. With the Like-athon, we gave you the power to create the ideal sale. And with nearly 9,000 Likes across Logos.com, you told us loud and clear what you wanted to see discounted!

Thanks to your collaborative efforts, Logos is ushering in the holiday season with our most-Liked products at incredible discounts! Start your holiday shopping off right with hundreds of dollars in savings on top products like:

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This decades-long project has become recognized by scholars, pastors, and serious Bible students as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

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With over 6,000 entries by 800 authors, this definitive collection is a landmark in biblical scholarship. The unabridged, six-volume Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary contains 7,200 packed pages, including numerous illustrations. Covering countless biblical subjects, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is a tremendous help for in-depth biblical exploration. During the Black Friday Like-athon, it’s 25% off!

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This collection consists of 57 books written by Tozer or compiled posthumously from his sermons and editorials. In all, this astounding collection contains approximately 11,000 pages filled with the inspirational, Christ-centered words only Tozer could pen.The 57 fantastic books of this collection are priced at 50% off for Black Friday.

These are only a few of the collections we’ve marked down during the Black Friday Sale. Visit Logos.com/BlackFriday by December 3 to see the complete list of deals available, including discounts on resources like:

  • IVP Dictionary of the Old Testament Bundle
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Don’t forget, this holiday season is a perfect time to upgrade! Check out the custom upgrade discount calculator to see your special price to move to Logos 5.

How to Study a Word’s Root: Thanksgiving

When it comes to studying the Bible, I always want to go deeper. My problem: I’m no Greek or Hebrew scholar. That’s one of the reasons I get so excited every time I open Logos 5. So much original-language research is done for me, I can instantly understand more.

I’ve been studying biblical thanksgiving lately. One place this study takes me is Psalm 136, where the psalmist pens 26 lines of gratitude to the Lord, “For his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

I look it up in my favorite Bible. Since I’m doing a little original-language digging, I’ll go ahead and turn on my reverse interlinear—it’s the table at the bottom of this image.

This entire psalm is encouraging the reader to give thanks to the Lord, who has shown lovingkindness to Israel through creation, delivering them from Egypt, bringing them to the Promised Land, and sustaining them. The psalmist closes by echoing the beginning: “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

If it’s so important that I “give thanks,” I need to know what it means!

This is where the Bible Word Study tool comes in. I right-click “thanks” and pull up more information about the Hebrew lemma. Then I run a Bible Word Study.

The Bible Word Study guide fetches the word’s definitions from my lexicons and dictionaries, and shows me how this word, ydh, is translated across my Bible.

So I learn that giving thanks to the Lord is more than saying “thank you” to God. It’s also an acknowledgement of who he is and what he has done. In the case of Psalm 136, it makes sense: acknowledge that the Lord has done incredible things for his people, and thank him, for his lovingkindness is everlasting.

But I want to go deeper. I want to find examples of this kind of thanksgiving.

With Logos 5, I’m able to take a look at other biblical words that share this root.

I see that there are 32 uses of the similar toda(h), which is a sacrifice, song of thanksgiving, etc. That’s interesting. I click the Hebrew word, and Logos 5 runs another Bible Word Study!

I can explore the definitions to see that this thankful song of praise to God was an act of worship that proclaimed his mighty works. Also, the word is used for songs like Psalm 100.

. . . which gives me a fine place to keep exploring as I study biblical thanksgiving this November!

And with the new root data in Logos 5, you can do deeper word studies like this, too!

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What Is Exegesis—and Why Should I Care?

“Exegesis” sounds like a technical and abstract idea, but at its core, it’s quite simple.

Exegesis is drawing meaning from what the Scripture says.

Exegesis is going to the Bible to understand what it meant when it was written, and letting the author’s intent govern the way the Bible is interpreted. Exegesis can involve highly technical language analysis, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, you can do it right now.

What Is Exegesis? Watch How It Works!

Let’s try out some exegesis on Luke 17:11–19, where we see Jesus cleansing ten lepers, but only one thanks him. We start by looking the passage up in Logos 5.

A big part of exegesis is answering the question, “What did the author want to get across?” We see in Luke 1:1–4 and Acts 1:1–2 that this book is intended to be an exact account of Jesus’ acts and teachings, so we need to see what Jesus says and does in this passage:

  • Jesus cleanses ten lepers.
  • Only one comes back to glorify God and give thanks.
  • Jesus commends the thankful one.

Now that we’ve covered the elementary stuff, we can start doing exegesis, right? Well, actually, we’ve already started. We determined some of what the text means by letting it speak for itself—that’s what exegesis is.

Now Let’s Try the Exegetical Guide

We can exegete this text as deeply as we want with the Exegetical Guide. First, I right-click “giving thanks” in verse 16 and select “Exegetical Guide.”

This fetches all my grammars, apparatuses, and visualizations, plus a word-by-word breakdown of verse 16. I just want to see what “giving thanks” means, so I’ll find it in the breakdown:

We can see that “giving thanks” refers to being thankful, or feeling obligated to thank. Thankfulness via obligation? That doesn’t sound so good to me at first.

But when I open BDAG (a lexicon, or cross-language dictionary), I see that the word εὐχαριστέω was a diplomatic term: the party on the receiving end of a favor would assure the other party of their goodwill. In the New Testament, this word is almost exclusively used for giving thanks to God (exception: Romans 16:4).

And with Logos 5, I can also look up any New Testament word’s syntactic force, or how syntax determines its function. This is kind of nuts-and-boltsy, but sometimes we can learn what the text is saying by looking at both what a word means and how it’s used.

Great—it’s a participle showing manner. But what does that mean? Well, I get the definition on hover.

By looking at the syntactic force, I see that the leper’s actions took on a tone of returning goodwill to the Lord who just healed him.

When I see something like this, I ask myself these questions:

  • Has Jesus done me any favors? I can think of at least one.
  • What’s my attitude of thankfulness? Do I just carry on, happy to be blessed, or do I turn it into an opportunity to glorify God?
  • Do I even feel obligated to thank him?

Exegesis may sound purely academic, but it can lead you to ask life-changing questions.

What Is Exegesis? It’s Something You Can Do!

The Exegetical Guide is certainly one of my favorite tools in Logos 5, and it may be yours, too. You can get all the Exegetical Guide functions when you get Logos 5 Bronze, but the BDAG lexicon comes in base packages Platinum and above.

So start doing exegesis on your own! Check out your special Logos 5 pricing options with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

Win Logos 5 and a Windows Surface Tablet!

Logos 5 is here!

To celebrate, we’re giving away five base packagesStarter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum—and, with Platinum, a brand-new Surface tablet running Windows 8 Pro.

Commentaries, sermon helps, original language works, your favorite Bibles—you’ll explore a massive networked library on your new Surface.

You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for with Logos 5’s smart, precise features—Clause Search, Bible Sense Lexicon, Search Suggestions, the Timeline, and more*.

And you’ll share your faith using Community Notes, Popular Highlights, and shared reading plans and prayer lists.

Already have Logos 5? If you win, we’ll refund your purchase in Logos credit. And if you’re still not sure about Logos 5, here are four reasons it’s worth it.

All Logos 5 base packages are marked down by 15% for launch, and that discount won’t be around for long. Don’t wait to get connected to the Word—get Logos 5 today.

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Logos 5: Freeze the Information Panel

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 couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post about “power reading,” which incorporates your preferred Bible and the Information Panel (Tools | Information). The gist of “power reading” is to rest the cursor on a word in the Bible—the Information Panel instantly displays data about the word.

Today’s scenario is this:

What if you see something in the Info Panel that you want to copy into a Note file or Word doc? As you move the cursor off your word and toward the Info Panel, the data may change.

Of course, you could click Settings on the Information Panel and change the Update Information option to click, but that sort of diminishes the power of “power reading.” The beauty of this setup is that you don’t have to click a thing to access data.

So here’s more power for “power reading”:

  • Open your preferred Bible.
  • Choose Tools | Information.
  • Rest the cursor on a word in the Bible to display data in the Info Panel.
  • Hold down the Ctrl or Cmd key, which freezes the data.
  • Move the cursor inside the Information Panel.
  • Release the Ctrl or Cmd key.

Once the cursor is inside the Info Panel, you can work with the text as much as you want without worrying that it might change on you!

Explore the Life of Mary This Advent Season

There’s no better time of year to explore the life of Mary than now, as we head into the Advent and Christmas season.

The Gospels mention Mary in only a few verses, so we easily assume there’s not much to learn about her life. Yet she was present as a silent witness and guiding force throughout Jesus’ early years, she was with him at the foot of the cross, and she continued his work as one of his disciples. Her story of sacrifice and devotion serves as a model for us as we seek to deepen our commitment to the Lord—and it provides the perfect church curriculum for this holy season.

A volume in the Studies in Faithful Living Series, Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, is available as a complete church curriculum or an individual study guide, allowing your entire church to engage Mary’s rich and compelling story together. Both versions feature infographics, maps, thought-provoking questions and answer boxes, Bible study tips, and an annotated reading list for further study.

Here’s a peek at what you’ll find in chapter 2 of Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan:

Historical & Cultural Background. Luke does not tell us exactly where Elizabeth lived in Judah. He simply describes the area as “the hill country” (Luke 1:39). The book of Joshua lists nine cities in the hill country of the tribe of Judah (Josh. 15:48–54; see also Josh. 11:21). It’s likely Elizabeth and Zechariah lived in the hilly region to the southwest of Jerusalem.

Mary came from Nazareth, a Galilean city west of the Sea of Galilee (see Luke 1:26). Her journey from Nazareth to the hill country of Judah covered between 80 and 100 miles. Luke does not mention whether Mary made any preparations for the trip or how she traveled; she may have gone on foot or as part of a caravan. In Mary’s day, a person traveling by foot could cover about 20 miles per day. If Mary walked to Elizabeth’s home, it would have taken her four to five days. If she accompanied a caravan, she would have arrived in about three days.

Tip: Looking at a map can often shed light on a story. To see the distance Mary had to travel to see Elizabeth, open up Logos and select “Biblical Places” under the “Tools” menu, and then search for “Nazareth.” Select the map titled “Jesus’ Journeys to Jerusalem.” You’ll see Nazareth at the top in the region of Galilee, and the hill country of Judah in the south, west of the Dead Sea between the cities of Jerusalem and Hebron.

In either case, Mary demonstrated her courage as well as her desire for confirmation of God’s plan—such a journey would have been dangerous, especially for a young girl alone. Mary serves as a role model, not only for her obedience, but for her action. She overcome any fear she may have had about surrendering to God’s call on her life or facing the possible danger involved in confirming his will. Such complete surrender freed her to act in confidence.

Dig deeper into the life of Mary and take your faith to a new level of commitment as you and your congregation prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. The complete church curriculum is available at a 25% Pre-Pub discount of $74.95, and the individual study guide is $14.95—that’s 50% off the regular price.

Take Your Education to the Next Level

Knox Theological Seminary will be kicking off 2013 with new Doctor of Ministry and Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) classes. January’s DMin classes will be The Epistle to the Hebrews: Exegesis and Theology, Preaching Christ in the Law, Prophets, and Psalms, and The Art of Biblical Preaching; the next MABTS classes will be New Testament 1—Gospel and Acts and, starting in March, History of Christianity 1—Ancient and Medieval.

The Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching is a three-year program designed to accommodate your fulltime ministry schedule. You’ll attend up to four onsite classes each year for personalized instruction from some of today’s most respected theological scholars, including Drs. Warren Gage, Haddon Robinson, and Samuel Lamerson. The rest of your studies you’ll do from the comfort of your home, office, or favorite coffee shop.

The Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) gives you the freedom to earn your master’s degree from almost anywhere. This three-year, fully online program explores the Bible’s grand narrative, training you in systematic theology, church history, ethics, apologetics, hermeneutics, and more. You’ll learn to communicate Christ and his Gospel, as well as the centrality of that Gospel to every aspect of Christian life and ministry.

Study free!

Knox is offering comprehensive academic scholarships—the $18,000 John Piper Scholarship for the DMin, and the $25,000 Billy Graham Scholarship for the MABTS. There will be an additional one hundred MABTS scholarships, each worth $2,520. Apply now!