D.A. Carson Says This Is the “Best Technical Commentary on Ephesians”

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Late last year, we released a few new volumes in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series: S.M. Baugh’s excellent treatment of Ephesians and the longest commentary on Jude ever written. It’s the former volume that has received some high praise recently. D.A. Carson called it “unquestionably the best technical commentary on Ephesians.”

This highly praised volume is now available in print for your physical library. Of course, a reference work like this truly shines in Logos Bible Software. But why choose one or the other when you get both and save!

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Top Bible Study Resources, as Picked by the Logos Pros

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The Logos Pro team exists to provide free training to users of Logos Bible Software. Our 30-Day Bible Study Challenge has helped thousands of people learn Logos and study their Bibles.

Of course, it’s going to take more than 30 days for you to learn the Bible. Bible study is, in fact, a lifelong calling for all Christians. I polled the Logos Pros at Faithlife, and these are their recommendations for books that will help you dig deeper in your study.

Adam

image00The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is my starting point for any study on a biblical person or place, theological theme, or cultural concept. The thing I love most about AYBD is that it provides valuable insight on the background of the biblical world, drawing from a range of ANE texts, from Judaica, from church history, and from other relevant sources. Each article is a comprehensive, extensively cited study; but even though it’s academic, it’s not overly technical, so it’s accessible to a layperson like myself. The AYBD is an invaluable resource for helping me understand the mindset of biblical authors, and for making sense of the message God shares through them.

Editor’s note: the AYBD is also available in several base packages, including Reformed and Anglican Portfolio.

Jacob

zondervan exegetical commentaryCountless commentary series exist, and for good reason—each series is designed to meet a specific set of needs. It’s always important to know what you want in a commentary before purchasing. Recently, I wrote a review of Mark Strauss’ commentary on Mark and found that it, and the rest of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series, fits a number of my needs. The ZEC focuses on literary and discourse features, provides a fresh translation from the Greek, offers detailed literary and sentence-flow outlines, comments on how each discrete unit of the text contributes to its overall meaning, and concludes with a section on theological application. This series is ideal for pastors and scholars alike as they seek to understand and communicate God’s word.

Jacob’s bonus pick for Greek students: the Göttingen Septuagint. This version provides the best reconstruction of the Greek and is equipped with extensive apparatuses that can easily be accessed through Logos 6’s Textual Variants Tool.

John

cross and salvationI was originally required to read Bruce Demarest’s volume on soteriology, The Cross and Salvation, as newly minted PhD student—and I’m happy I did. Demarest’s work is notable for its exhaustive treatment of the doctrine of salvation. For each major issue, he defines the terms, surveys historical views, examines biblical texts, and applies the doctrine to everyday life.
 
 
 

Mark

exegetical fallaciesCan I pick 10? This is so hard. If I get only one, I have to pick Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson. The book is, in a sense negative: it tells you what not to do while studying and/or teaching the Bible. And a big part of me would rather pick something constructive such as Dominion and Dynasty, an incredibly insightful summary of the Old Testament. But I’m afraid that success for many Bible students may mean unlearning some bad habits they didn’t know they had. That has certainly been my experience. (If you’ve already got Exegetical Fallacies, I recommend The Hermeneutical Spiral. That’s a constructive look at Bible study from a more advanced and academic perspective, though it does not require Greek and Hebrew knowledge.)

Todd

textual variantsI’ve been using the Textual Variants tool since it launched with Logos 6; however, I recently hosted a live demo for a group of PhD students and was able to show them how the Stuttgart Scholarly Editions beautifully align with this dataset, putting a wealth of text critical resources at your fingertips. This collection of resources rounds out any student’s library with standard Greek critical texts, like Nestle-Aland 28; and Hebrew critical texts, like Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia and Biblia Hebraica Quinta. If you’re new to this area of study, then the Stuttgart Scholarly Editions also includes textual commentaries, such as Bruce Metzger’s, which are a terrific way to explore textual differences.

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An Advanced Bible Study Skill Anyone Can Master

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For many years I taught a weekly Bible class to impoverished adults. These people were highly skilled in areas of life I did not understand, but most of them had deep difficulty reading with any proficiency. I had to find a way to help them read the Bible, and the simple solution I stumbled across was one they quickly grasped—and one that I’ve found has helped me read better myself.

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Save 60% or More on 6 Great Products

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April’s monthly sale deals are about to end—don’t miss your chance to save on more than 100 products. And if you’re looking for the best deals, check out these six products, all 60% or more off the regular price.
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Study the End Times, Heaven, and Hell with Trusted Resources

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Christianity insists that the events of history are not the random effects of chaos; God’s invisible hand is guiding the ages toward a definite goal—a new heaven and new earth. Eschatology—the study of the end times—is largely concerned with future events, but it’s profoundly practical for the here and now. Eschatology reminds us that the conflicts of this age will one day pass away, and that in Christ, God is indeed making all things new (Rev 21:5).

Pastors and other Christians often turn to the books of Daniel and Revelation to understand what the Bible teaches about the end times. There are scores of interpretations to these important books, and none of them are without controversy. It’s easy to become so focused on decoding the meaning of the books’ startling imagery that we forget the essential hopefulness of the prophets’ messages. Thankfully, Christians have been exploring these biblical books for thousands of years. Solid biblical resources from a variety of viewpoints can provide sure theological footing in a treacherous interpretive landscape.

We’ve pulled together over 100 resources on eschatology to help you navigate the complexities of eschatological interpretation. Today we’re highlighting four of the best commentaries on Daniel and Revelation featured during this special event.

See all our featured resources on the end times, heaven, and hell—you can save over 70%!

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How to Access Helpful Logos Tips, Right in the Desktop App

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A friend recently emailed me asking for assistance with the markings in the Interactive resource, Psalms Explorer. This made me realize some Logos users may not be familiar with some helpful explanations built right into the software. So today’s blog will be simple and brief, but hopefully point you to some valuable documentation that perhaps you were not aware of.

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How Do I Glorify God through My Work?

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We spend the vast majority of our waking hours on the job, yet glorifying God in our work is rarely a topic of conversation in the church. Faithful Christians who desire to honor God with their vocational lives often do so by working ethically, starting lunchtime Bible studies, facilitating a prayer time, or sharing their faith regularly. While each of these activities are honoring to God, he also cares about the tasks of our jobs as well.

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Encounter New Books Every Month with Logos Now

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How do you discover great new books? With tens of thousands of titles available on Logos.com alone, searching for resources can be overwhelming. While there are certainly a variety of ways to plot a course through the maze of published works, a Logos Now membership helps you navigate this paradox of choice with ease, providing several books a month for you to discover.

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Developing a Solid Premarital Counseling Ministry for Your Church

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On April 27, Faithlife is partnering with Dr.’s Les and Leslie Parrott, authors of the much-praised premarital resource Saving Your Marriage before It Starts, for a free webinar on premarital counseling especially for pastors and ministry leaders. Faithlife spoke with the Parrotts about marriage and divorce in the church and what ministry leaders can do to strengthen Christian marriages.

You need only open a newspaper, scroll through Twitter, or log into Facebook to see them: shocking statistics on the state of marriage. Although oft-repeated claims of a 50% divorce rate in the church are misleading, the outlook isn’t exactly rosy. According to sociologist Bradley Wright, 38% of Christians who regularly attend church have been divorced. That number may seem shocking, but New York Times bestselling authors and marriage experts Les and Leslie Parrott offer what they see as an even more surprising statistic.

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Ask the Logos Pros: How Do I Export My Logos Library into Zotero?

logos to zoteroMany Logos users rely on Zotero for organizing and citing their research, and yet they may not know that there is an easy way to export their Logos library titles into that free library management tool.

With Logos 6 you can do it in five steps.
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