3 Collections You Should Complete Today

We’re always improving Logos products. We want to make it easier to find the books you’re looking for, and easier to keep up with all the available works from your favorite authors, commentaries, and series.

Here are three popular products we’ve recently reorganized. In each case, we removed redundant overlapping products: now, just by checking the product page, you can see all the available works without doing the inventory legwork on your own. If you’re missing anything, you’ll get a dynamically discounted price on the collection as a whole. And if the “Add to cart” button is grayed out, you can ignore the price—you already own everything in the set. (And kudos to you!)

christian-origins-and-the-question-of-god-series1. N. T. Wright’s Christian Origins series

This week, we updated Christian Origins, the series everyone’s raving about, with Paul and the Faithfulness of God. If you don’t yet have the series, now’s a good time to jump in—you’ll only pay for the books you don’t yet own. Check out the product page to see your special discount!

2. Exegetical Summaries Series

We’ve updated the Exegetical Summaries collection, too. Exegetical Summaries provides summaries and surveys of major commentaries’ and theologians’ arguments, helping you overcome the challenges of translation, exegesis, and interpretation. You can quickly identify exegetical challenges, discover a text’s interpretive history, and survey the scope of everything written about each verse and phrase.

preaching-the-word-series3. Preaching the Word Series

The Preaching the Word series takes an expository and pastoral approach to exegesis, helping you teach the main messages and themes of 36 books of the Bible. Combining practical application and an expositional focus, this 30-volume collection (condensed into 28 Logos resources) will save hours of research time for any pastor, teacher, or researcher.

Completing these commentary sets might be a far better deal than you think—after all, you’ll only pay for the volumes you’re missing out on.

Take a look at your favorites today!

New: Rent the BECNT, BCOT, and UBC!

baker-exegetical-commentary-on-the-new-testamentWe’re excited to announce a new way of trying out some of Logos’ best-loved commentaries. Now you can rent the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament: Wisdom & Psalms, and the Understanding the Bible Commentary (formerly known as the New International Biblical Commentary) for one- or twelve-month terms—ideal for students, ministry interns, or researchers working on a paper, sermon series, or other research project.

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Own it for $699.95
Rent it for $23.33/month or $233.30/year

The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT), one of today’s most respected sources for New Testament exegetical studies, equips you to know the gospel better. Praised by pastors for its thoughtful scholarship and by laypeople for its readability, the BECNT is a standard exegetical commentary for any Bible study library.

Baker Commentary on the Old Testament: Wisdom and Psalms

Own it for $292.44
Rent it for $10.83/month or $108.30/year

The seven-volume Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms is tailored to the distinctness of poetry and wisdom literature. It provides students and pastors with a careful reading of the text and its theological implications.

Understanding the Bible Commentary

Own it for $469.46
Rent it for $22.95/month or $229.50/year

This user-friendly series helps you navigate the Bible’s sometimes-difficult terrain. Each of the 36 volumes breaks down the barriers between the ancient and the modern world, revealing the power and meaning of the biblical texts today.

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Discover what makes these collections so highly acclaimed: rent or buy your favorites today!

P.S. For just a few dollars more than rental fees, payment plans let you make these collections yours for life. Across a span of six, twelve, or eighteen months, you can pay off these collections gradually, not all at once, and start using your new commentary right now. Order today!

How to Complete Your Commentary Sets

How do you know if you own all the available volumes in a commentary series or academic journal? As publishers have released new volumes, Logos has released upgrade sets—what if you’ve missed one?

Well, we’ve begun updating our major commentary sets with the most recently shipped volumes. Take a look at the commentary series listed below—you’ll find all the available volumes on their product pages. Sign in, and with Dynamic Pricing, you’ll get a price that reflects the volumes you already own. Now’s a great time to make sure you’ve got all the most recent volumes!

Here’s what we’ve updated so far:

concordia-commentary1. Concordia Commentary

Compiled into a single Logos collection for the first time, Concordia is a Christocentric commentary on the New and Old Testaments. It pays special attention to the original Greek and Hebrew and analyzes the text’s running themes and imagery.

2. NIV Application Commentary Series

This lengthy series provides a compellingly thorough and applicable analysis of the biblical text. Praised by James Montgomery Boice, Warren W. Wiersbe, Charles Stanley, and Howard G. Hendricks, the set aims to bring the Word deeper into your life.

brazos-theological-commentary-on-the-bible3. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible

This theologically focused commentary prioritizes the theological interpretation of Scripture, providing extensive bibliographies and lengthy introductions to each book.

4. New American Commentary Series

The New American Commentary series assumes biblical inerrancy and focuses on the Bible’s theological unity. It engages today’s scholarly issues head-on, and comes together as a valuable tool to benefit the life of the church.

5. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

This peer-reviewed academic journal critically analyzes the Hebrew Bible on a myriad of topics. Providing hundreds of articles from 1996 to 2011, it represents the latest in Old Testament scholarship.

baylor-handbook-on-the-hebrew-bible-series6. Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible Series

The Baylor Handbook on the Hebrew Bible is a scholarly study of recent scholarship on Hebrew linguistics, surveying and analyzing issues in the Hebrew text. The series’ textual analysis provides pastors and scholars with the insights they need to appreciate Hebrew nuance.

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Now’s the time to jump into a new commentary series or update your existing set! With payment plans, you don’t have to commit to the entire price at once—you can easily break it down into affordable monthly payments, and begin your studies now.

Stay tuned for more updated commentary sets in the future; we’ll keep you informed.

Update your commentaries today—you might be surprised how big of a Dynamic Pricing discount you qualify for!

Read Aloud with the ESV Audio Bible

A few months ago, we released Logos 5.1 with some exciting additions to the Read Aloud feature. Now you can adjust the reading speed, skip backward 30 seconds if you missed something, drag the progress bar ahead or behind, or scroll through the text to jump the audio ahead with you. With word-for-word audio-to-text synchronization, Logos remembers where you left off anytime you transition from home computer to mobile device.

See for yourself:

 

Now we’re bringing that capability to the ESV.

And even better: it’s free!

Pre-order the ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible free while it’s on Pre-Pub and you’ll have it added to your account once it ships. [Read more...]

Get an Even Better Deal: Lexham Bible Guides and More

Interested in making Logos’ own in-house publications even more affordable?

We’ve moved numerous Logos Bible Software publications from Pre-Pub to Community Pricing, where you and your peers can have a say in the prices of these insightful volumes. Bid what you think is right, and get your community to place their bids, too! Now’s a great time to get on board and set the prices as low as they’ll ever be.

Here are the products we’ve moved:

lexham-bible-guide-luke (1)Lexham Bible Guides

  • Luke: regularly $99.95—suggested bid is currently $50; with more bids, it could go even lower!
  • Ruth: regularly $39.95—suggested bid is $18
  • Jonah: regularly $39.95—suggested bid is $18
  • 1 Peterregularly $39.95—suggested bid is $20

The Lexham Bible Guides are your starting point for study and research. Each guide surveys all the relevant literature on a passage and brings the summary back to you.

As complete introductions to each literary unit in the Bible, these guides will bring new thoroughness to your research.

Lexham Methods Series

Regularly $299.95—suggested bid is $200

The Lexham Methods Series enables pastors to learn, refresh, or master the tools of biblical scholarship—and feel confidently equipped to share the materials with others. [Read more...]

Going Fast: Early Church Fathers, Eschatology, and More

We’ve got eight new Pre-Pubs on their way into production—get them now before you miss the best price! You’ll gain insight into the theologies of Hans Urs von Balthasar, John Calvin, the early Church Fathers, and others—grab these collections while you still can.

Calvin ReformedCalvin and the Reformed Tradition

This is Richard Muller’s penetrating work on the modern understanding of Calvin’s soteriology in the Reformed tradition. Through a series of essays, Muller reveals the often-overlooked diversity of the Reformed tradition and the origins of the Reformed doctrines of the atonement, the free Gospel, and the order of salvation.

Standard Lesson eCommentary: 2013–2014

Having trouble guiding the study of your small group or adult Sunday school? The Standard Lesson eCommentary series is the perfect guide for your group, providing engaging discussion questions, practical applications, commentary notes, and resources for visual learning. The commentary includes notes for both the NIV and the KJV.

LinguisticsLexham Methods Series (4 vols.)

Whether you’re looking for teaching resources or interested in learning more about biblical criticism, the Lexham Methods Series provides the material you need. Discover the methodology and key contributors to textual criticism, traditional criticism, linguistic criticism, and literary criticism, and further your own research—at any level, from introductory to graduate—in any of these areas. [Read more...]

Get the Works of Geerhardus Vos on Pre-Pub!

For nearly a century, the works of Geerhardus Vos have remained scattered and difficult to find. Now, for the first time ever, the father of Reformed Biblical Theology makes his way into Logos with a must-have collection of his life’s work. This 14-volume collection compiles nearly all of Vos’ published and unpublished works—everything from his groundbreaking studies on Mosaic authorship, Pauline eschatology, and messianic consciousness, to his little-known poetry, dictionary articles, and book reviews.

But why Vos?

Fluent Hebrew and Arabic, Vos brought biblical theology and textual apologetics to Reformed and Presbyterian churches nationwide—without ever leaving the classroom. He shaped the teachings of the PCUSA and numerous other Presbyterian, Reformed, and Evangelical churches for the next century with his eschatological and hermeneutical insights in New Testament studies. These teachings shaped John Murray, J. Gresham Machen, Herman Ridderbos, and Cornelius Van Til in profound and incredible ways. These are insights that G. K. Beale and Sinclair B. Ferguson still use in their classrooms and commentaries today. Major scholars still read and reference him as a source for teaching interpretation and exegesis. Don’t miss out on this important aspect of theological history. He’s a major part of theological studies today.

Save money on Pre-Pub

This collection is generously discounted while we work on digitizing it. Preorder Vos’ works today!

And don’t miss out on his Reformed Dogmatics—now being translated into English from Dutch.

Building a Sermon with Logos 5

It’s Saturday night, and your preaching pastor or Sunday school teacher is sick / has a family emergency / is on a plane to Hawaii. And now you’re suddenly teaching in the morning. What do you do?

I’m going to show you how to build a memorable, powerful sermon with Logos 5’s new Sermon Starter Guide. Hopefully this will shave hours off your prep time—hours that you can spend with your family or give to other ministries in your church.

Let’s build a sermon on Philippians 2:1–4.

I’ll start by typing in Php 2:1–4 in the Sermon Starter Guide search bar:

Logos automatically recognizes that the core message of this passage is humility. What a terrific place to begin! As soon as I hit enter, Logos 5 populates my list with thematic outlines and topics that I can click on to explore things like humility, encouragement, or pride.

Logos 5′s thematic outlines are particularly time-saving in the sermon-building process. They provide lists of cross-references, set up in bullet-point outlines of particular themes you may want to treat in your sermon. If you’ve found one that you’d like to use as a foundation, export it to your word processor—Word, OpenOffice, etc.—or, if you want to show it off to your church or group, put it straight into a presentation program like Proclaim.

I want to focus on “Christlikeness” as my core message, so I’ll pick that outline. Once I’ve exported it to my word processor, I can delete points or add my own.

My sermon now looks like an outline of Bible verses summarized with headers. While it would be great to simply read the Bible to my audience, I think it might be helpful to look up other quotations, sermons, and stories that relate to becoming like Christ. Further down in the Sermon Starter Guide is a section called “Illustrations,” which has its own section on Christlikeness. I find some quotes I like in Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes, namely from Charles Spurgeon, which leads me to Spurgeon’s sermon “Christ’s People—Imitators of Him.”

The Sermon Starter Guide has given me several threads to explore, with dozens of resources I can pull into my sermon to help me explain the passage to my group. Whether I want to make my sermon more conversational for a general audience or more exegetical for an informed audience, I can easily follow these threads deeper and deeper until my sermon has the substance and strong points I want, all guided by a single theme.

Every step of the sermon-building process in Logos 5 has been designed to give you substance and save you time. In less than 20 minutes, you can have an outline supported by a dozen or more Scripture passages and guided by a single theme. You can be well on your way into researching illustrations, stories, and visualizations to make your sermon come alive.

Upgrade your base package—get Logos 5

Sermon Starter is available only in Logos 5 Bronze and higher, so upgrade your base package now to experience the best in Bible study.

What Is Your Reasonable Service?

“I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”—Romans 12:1 (KJV)

Wilhelmus à Brakel was a major theologian and scholar in the Dutch Puritan Reformation of the seventeenth century. He took Romans 12:1 to heart, applying its message to his character with sincerity and piety. For his congregations and Reformation movement, he desired nothing besides godliness and holiness. The Christian’s Reasonable Service exemplifies his heart as he systematically presents a theology of piety.

It has been argued that this is the best work in Puritan literature. Reformed believers in the Netherlands and England instantly found this work as endearing as à Brakel himself. As his magnum opus, The Christian’s Reasonable Service contains the compelling doctrine of à Brakel’s experiential theology.

What is your reasonable service? It is a reasonable question—one that à Brakel ponders as a way to assess our Christlikeness, guiding the reader through this biblical theology at the same time. Pre-order this classic four-volume Puritan masterpiece and help us get this spiritual systematic theology into Logos for the benefit of all who take Romans 12:1 to heart.

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5 Ways to Use Logos 5′s New Timeline

The Timeline is a new Logos 5 tool of epic proportions, connecting you to the legacy of God and his people through the ages. Much more than a static list of events, it gives you new ways to interact with the books in your library.

Here are five ways to see the big picture using Timeline:

1. Connect your reading to a world of history 

Hundreds of books in your Logos 5 library are equipped with the Timeline visual filter, allowing you to connect your reading to the other major events in the era you’re reading about. (Example)

2.  Find your subject of study on the Timeline

Use the Timeline’s filter to cut out events irrelevant to your study. Or hit CTRL + F (PC) or CMD + F (Mac) to jump quickly to a person or event in history and see what’s happening around it. (Example)

3.  Get the Timeline to follow along with your reading

When you set the Timeline to the same linkset as a book with Timeline flags, the Timeline will move you as you scroll through your book, jumping from era to era. (Example)

4.  Branch out

Studying 1 Kings? Go to the Timeline and find the events of Solomon; if you find an event you want to know more about, jump into Bible Facts and find every person who was involved, find out where it took place, and see what biblical passages mention it. (Example)

5. Browse for fun—you never know what you’ll find!

As you scroll through the massive Timeline of Christian and world history, you’ll find events that link directly to articles and chapters from your library—works like Exploring Church History, 131 Christians Everyone Should Know, The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, and History of the Christian Churchmost of which already come in certain Logos 5 base packages. (Example)

Upgrade your base package—get Logos 5

Timeline is available only in Logos 5 Bronze and higher, so upgrade your base package now to experience the best in Bible study.