The Lexham Bible Dictionary: Bigger and Better than Ever

lexham-bible-dictionaryThe most advanced Bible dictionary in existence just got bigger and better.

We’ve worked tirelessly to expand the Lexham Bible Dictionary to its current size—over 5,000 total articles and over 2.7 million words—and we’re still not finished. One of the amazing things about a digital Bible dictionary is the lack of a back cover. We’re able to quickly and easily add content to continue to expand the scope of the dictionary and to make sure it never goes out of date.

By early 2015, we’re planning on adding an additional 2,000 articles and another 1 million words, increasing the totals to over 7,000 articles and 3.7 million words. That’s an incredible amount of content!

Quality over quantity

The Lexham Bible Dictionary would not exist without the amazing contributions of over 800 scholars from around the world. These are some of the best and brightest biblical scholars working on articles that fall directly in their area of expertise. Here’s just a glimpse at some of the scholars who have worked on the dictionary:

  • Emanuel Tov, PhD, J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible Emeritus, Hebrew University, and editor in chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project
  • Mark Goodacre, PhD, associate professor, Duke University, editor of NTGateway.com, and editor of Library of New Testament Studies
  • Leonard Greenspoon, PhD, professor of classical and Near Eastern studies and of theology, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Creighton University, and editor of The FORUM (Society of Biblical Literature)
  • Daniel B. Wallace, PhD, professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, and executive director, Center for Study of New Testament Manuscripts
  • Walter C. Kaiser Jr., PhD, president emeritus and distinguished professor of Old Testament and ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

All of the Lexham Bible Dictionary‘s content is at your fingertips in Logos Bible Software and the Logos suite of mobile apps. Each article is organized so that you get the most relevant information first and can dig deeper into the topic as you continue reading. This makes it a great tool for Bible studies, Sunday school classes, small groups, and individual study.

Even better with Logos 6

Since we designed the Lexham Bible Dictionary to be a digital resource, the value of each article is exponentially increased with hand-curated links to other articles, resources, books, and datasets. It integrates seamlessly with your Logos library to help you make connections between related topics.

The Lexham Bible Dictionary is included in every Logos 6 base package.

For a limited time, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package—plus you can get introductory gifts with your Logos 6 purchase. Get the Lexham Bible Dictionary and hundreds of other amazing resources today!

Designed for Logos 6: Original Lexham Press Resources

Lexham-PressLogos 6 is packed with awesome new tools and resources to make your Bible study smarter, easier, and faster.

Lexham Press built a number of these amazing resources from the ground up, specifically for Logos 6. Explore the biblical world with stunning media and curriculum and dig into the biblical text with these revolutionary resources.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new from Lexham Press in Logos 6:

Enhance your Bible study

lexham-press-diy-bible-studyWith new Bible study resources from Lexham Press, taking your study to the next level is easier than ever.

It all starts with DIY Bible Study. This highly visual curriculum leverages Logos Bible Software and Lexham Press products to deepen your Bible study—or to help you begin. Video lessons explain Bible study principles and survey every book of the Bible. And application-focused content, accompanied by stunning graphics, helps you see what the Bible meant to its original readers and what it means for us today.

Paired with DIY Bible Study are two curated collections of Bible Study Magazine content:

  • Moment with God: A Devotional on Every Biblical Book: We all have our “God moments,” but the intimacy doesn’t always last. Each author in Moment with God captures this beautiful struggle, as they draw on their own stories and the Bible itself. This hand-curated collection of some of the richest devotionals from Bible Study Magazine celebrates God’s faithfulness, no matter what the moment looks like.
  • Study Like a Pro: Explore Difficult Passages from Every Book of the Bible: “Why don’t I have the insight into the Bible that he has?” “Where did she learn to interpret the Bible so well?” We’ve all asked ourselves these questions. This collection of tried and true articles from Bible Study Magazine, written by experts, walks you through Bible difficulties and teaches you to study like a pro.

We’ve also designed spectacular media to enrich your Bible study. With the Lexham Bible Background Slides, you’ll get a slide presentation on every book in the Bible. Each slide collection includes the book’s theme, authorship, and context, and offers easily digestible maps, timelines, and content outlines.

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Revolutionary Bible resources

If you’re digging deep into the Bible’s text, Lexham Press has designed some groundbreaking resources specifically designed for Logos 6 and optimized for your Bible study.

lexham-theological-wordbookThe Lexham Theological Wordbook takes a new approach to explaining important concepts and categories used in the biblical languages. Unlike most lexicons that organize by lemmas, this wordbook groups entries according to meaning, broadly construed by semantic domain, with the related lemmas from Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek placed together. Each article explains a concept and defines the words and idioms used to express that concept in the Bible.

We’ve also updated the Lexham Bible Dictionary with 2,192 new articles, taking the total article count to 5,159. There are now more than 2.7 million words in the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

There are also five new glossaries giving you a quick overview of hundreds of biblical concepts and terms:

  • Lexham Glossary of Theology: This glossary provides brief definitions for hundreds of terms from the Bible and from theology, giving you a quick overview of various theological topics.
  • Lexham Glossary of Semantic Roles: The Semantic Roles and Case Frames dataset tags the text of the Bible according to roles played by each part of a given statement. This glossary defines the labels used to describe these semantic roles.
  • Lexham Cultural Ontology Glossary: The Bible references many cultural concepts from the ancient world that are unfamiliar to us today. This glossary defines these concepts as used in the Cultural Concepts dataset.
  • Lexham Glossary of Literary Types: Several literary types and devices are used throughout the Bible’s text, including allegories, parables, psalms, and letters. This glossary defines the types and devices identified in the Tooman Literary Type Analysis of the Old Testament and the Mackie Literary Type Analysis of the New Testament.
  • Lexham Propositional Outlines Glossary: The Propositional Flow Outline dataset organizes the text of the Bible onto separate lines that are indented relative to their subordinate or superordinate relationships. This glossary defines the labels used to identify those relationships.

Get Logos 6 today!

Many of these features and resources are exclusive to Logos 6. With Logos 6 and Lexham Press, you’ll advance your Bible study to whole new level.

And for a limited time, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package: now’s the perfect time to get Logos 6!

Romans, Now Available in High Definition

high-definition-commentary-romansRomans is Paul’s longest and most important epistle. The letter is filled with significant passages, as Paul unpacks the transformative nature of the gospel. But digging into the text can be pretty daunting if you’re not a Greek-language expert. All sorts of important details and interpretive cues could be lying beneath the surface.

Like a high-definition television brings out all of the visual details in your favorite movie, the High Definition Commentary: Romans brings out all of the linguistic details in this letter. The newest volume in this highly acclaimed series just shipped last week. You can get both the Philippians and the Romans volumes for 15% off using coupon code HIGHDEFCOM at checkout.

Study Romans and share it, too

The High Definition Commentaries are excellent study tools to help you cut through the technical jargon and understand the original Greek text. They also equip you to share your newfound understanding, as the rhetorical devices Paul uses are explained using modern English. We’ve also included over 120 custom-designed graphics that help you visually engage the text.

Here’s what author Steve Runge has to say:

See what others are saying

We also sent advance review copies of the High Definition Commentary: Romans to a few prominent scholars. Here’s what they have to say about it:

Steve Runge is not only one of the pioneers of discourse analysis of the Greek New Testament, but he is also a pioneer of a new type of New Testament commentary: one that is built on the rigorous observations of discourse analysis, and yet is packaged in a very accessible manner to be used by anyone wanting a helpful guide through the text. Alongside informed and insightful handling of the Epistle to the Romans, this commentary includes helpful images, illustrations, and applications, all of which will benefit preacher and general Bible reader alike.

—Constantine R. Campbell, PhD, associate professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Romans can be daunting for students. What is Paul saying and how do we understand it? We can be thankful to Runge for providing us with a discourse analysis of the letter which is accessible to the ordinary person. The many slides in the book also assist us in grasping what Paul is up to in the letter. Runge’s work on Romans will be helpful to scholars, preachers and teachers, and students of the scriptures.

—Tom Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, associate dean, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Steve Runge presents a learned and helpful study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. It is a visually stimulating work where Paul’s thoughts are literally mapped out in front of you. Runge successfully shows the reader how Paul’s argument in the letter is put together on one block after another. It is a great tool for anyone who is serious about teaching Romans!

—Michael F. Bird, PhD, University of Queensland, lecture in theology at Ridley College

The High Definition Commentaries are a one-of-a-kind Bible resource. Get both the Philippians and Romans volumes for 15% off with coupon code HIGHDEFCOM at checkout.

This coupon code expires soon, so order today!

Not Your Average Bible Study for Your Church

not-your-average-bible-study-seriesLexham Press has shipped the three newest volumes in the Not Your Average Bible Study Series. If you’ve ordered the collection already, you should already have Sermon on the Mount: Living for God’s Kingdom, 1 Peter: We Are Refugees, and 1­–3 John: Radical Hospitality in your Logos library. For those of you who were waiting until these three volumes shipped, now is the perfect time to get them!

Updates to the Logos editions

In addition to shipping these three volumes, we’ve also gone back and updated Logos editions of the first nine volumes in the series.

Since these were developed for Bible Study Magazine, a print publication, we assumed that a physical Bible would be present with you as you worked through these Bible studies. In each volume, we included instructions to underline, highlight, and physically interact with your Bible.

These instructions don’t really work in a digital publication, especially one that is enhanced with all of the amazing features in Logos Bible Software. We’ve updated these instructions in the digital editions to utilize the various tools built into the software so that your study is more efficient than ever! These updates should be ready within a few weeks.

Ordering for your church or Bible study group?

The Not Your Average Bible Study Series works great for both individual study and group study—it’s designed for both settings.

Together, with your community, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the Bible’s ancient context
  • Ask the same questions scholars ask
  • Apply the Bible to your life, each step along the way
  • Tell the biblical story as part of your own story

If you’re interested in purchasing bulk orders of either the digital or print editions, our sales team (800-875-6467) is ready—give them a call today.

Whether you’ve been studying the Bible your whole life or you’re just getting started, the Not Your Average Bible Study Series will empower you to go deeper into the Bible.

Now’s your chance to jump into deeper Bible study.

Transform Your View on Pauline Theology

transformation-the-heart-of-pauls-gospelThe Apostle Paul found the gospel message so compelling that he became a rootless wanderer and endured hardships and deprivation to spread this good news throughout the Roman Empire.

What was the “gift of righteousness” that Paul was so eager to share? In David deSilva’s forthcoming book, Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel, he examines Paul’s gospel message presented in his letters. In this excerpt from the book, deSilva argues that the justified life is a transformed life:

As Paul reflects on God’s saving intervention in his own life, on the results of his having trusted in Jesus, and on his quest to be justified before God through the way opened up by Jesus, he writes:

I died to the Torah through the Torah in order that I might live to God. I was crucified together with Christ; it’s no longer me living, but Christ living in me. The life I’m living now in the flesh, I live in faith toward the Son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me. (Gal 2:19–20)

Paul speaks of a dramatic and real change in his life. As he looks upon his life, he sees that the person he was is no longer driving or shaping his being or his practice. Instead Jesus Christ himself has taken on flesh in a new way in Paul, making Paul into a new person—a Christ-directed person, an extension of Christ’s own willing, being, and doing. This, I would propose, is Paul’s description of the justified life. Indeed, the verses preceding these, namely Gal 2:15–18, provide one of Paul’s densest discussions of justification through trusting Jesus as opposed to shaping one’s life after Torah-prescribed practices. This description of the justified life is a description of a transformed life. The person brought in line with God’s righteousness is the person whose flesh Christ himself has taken on.

What people are saying about Transformation

We sent advance reader copies to a few reviewers, and here’s what they’re saying:

Sadly, too much of what passes for Christian theology puts the gospel in a straightjacket and imagines salvation as little more than cosmic paperwork. deSilva’s approach in Transformation, exegetically cogent and carefully argued, bursts with power and possibility appropriate to the life-changing purpose of the work of God in Jesus Christ. The Snapshots series is off to a great start!”

—Nijay K. Gupta, assistant professor of New Testament, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

In Transformation, David deSilva opens up for us the life-changing gospel of Jesus that Paul preached but that many have reduced to a kind of easy believism with little substance. Readers will benefit from David’s careful reading of Paul’s letters, his in-depth knowledge of Paul’s culture, and his understanding of Paul’s interpreters (and misinterpreters). The result is an insightful reintroduction to the apostle and his message of transformation for individuals, communities, and the entire creation.”

—Michael J. Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Christian interaction with the world has long been hobbled by a stunted picture of what it means to be a Christian. We fail at what we are called to do, because we have far too narrow a picture of what we are called to be. David deSilva seeks to broaden our picture of the good news through a close reading of the Apostle Paul’s writings. But do not misunderstand, deSilva’s no revisionist. He is not rejecting traditional approaches to Paul, he is refocusing our attention on the big picture: The Christian life is about transformation. And I can think of no more timely and important message than that. A must read for any Christian who desires to take seriously the call to be salt and light in the world.”

—Jim Beilby, professor of theology, Bethel University

A snapshot

The Snapshots series, edited by renowned scholar Michael Bird, engages significant issues in contemporary biblical scholarship, making them accessible to busy students of the Word and applicable in the life of the church.

Transformation: The Heart of Paul’s Gospel is the first book in the Snapshots series, and we’re preparing to ship this volume in a matter of weeks.

Don’t miss out on this excellent perspective on Paul, order yours now while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

A Quote for Every Day of the Week

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I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
—Marlene Dietrich

A powerful and insightful quote can be the perfect punctuation to an idea. And pastors and academics alike will find our quotations volumes immensely valuable.

We’ve collected 2,500 quotations and prayers into eight volumes with quotations ranging from Augustine and the early church to Charles Spurgeon and the modern church:

All of these resources include professionally designed slides for every quote so that you can easily insert them into your presentation or share them with friends and family.

It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion . . .
—Abraham Lincoln

We have good news for you and for Mr. Lincoln.

The sheer number of quotations and prayers you’ll get with these volumes makes them worthwhile, but, when you pair these resources with the power of Logos Bible Software, they become even more valuable.

Each quote is tagged with Scripture references and themes so that you can quickly find the perfect quote that fits any occasion. We’ve also included a full bibliographic citation for each quote and a link to the original source if it’s included in your Logos library.

Here’s what a few prominent pastors are saying about these quotations volumes:

This is a robust set of volumes that has obviously been put together by a preacher who knows what preachers need in a quotation compendium. Preachers of every stripe will find this a beneficial addition to their Logos collection.
—J.D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church

Preachers need to do better than merely combing resources for a pithy quote. They should invest themselves in the original sources as much as possible, and this makes it easy to dig into the original material.
—Joe Thorn, pastor, Redeemer Fellowship

For the last month, the Lexham Press social-media accounts have been posting a quote of the day every weekday using the hashtag #QuoteOfTheDay. Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook, and you’ll get an exclusive coupon code for all eight quotations volumes.

Answer the Tough Questions with Lexham Press

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Recently, Lexham Press collected its best content into two massive bundles: the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle and the Lexham Press Scholar’s Bundle. Both bundles include 50 volumes and qualify for Dynamic Pricing, so if you’ve invested in Lexham Press resources before, you won’t have to pay for them twice! Plus, you’ll get over 25% off the regular price of each individual volume when you get these amazing libraries.

Digital resources, interconnected

Since these resources are designed for use in a digital library, we leverage the power of Logos Bible Software to make your Bible study more efficient and comprehensive. Today, I want to show you how I’ve been able to utilize the resources contained in the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle to enhance my study.

Let’s say you’re working through the Not Your Average Bible Study volume on Ephesians with a Bible study group at your church. You’re halfway through the second section of the study and you’ve started lesson 6, “Gifts Designed for Edifying.”

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After the lesson, one of your fellow group members asks a question about spiritual gifts that you’re just unable to answer on the spot. You want to help them come to a deeper understanding of spiritual gifts, but without some research, you’re just not comfortable answering their question at this point.

Your starting point for research

The first place you go to begin your research is Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians. Here you’ll find all of the major viewpoints on a passage, curated for you with annotations and links to the original sources. You also know that Paul discusses spiritual gifts in both Romans and 1 Corinthians, so you open those Bible guides, too.

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Now that you have an overview of all the interpretations of these critical passages, you’ll be better equipped to answer your friend’s question.

Find precisely the words you need

You want to thoroughly answer your friend’s question, and you remember that the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle comes with 2,500 quotations and prayers. Using the power of Logos Bible Software, you’re able to search through all eight volumes of quotes and prayers for Scripture references to Ephesians 4:7–16. Sure enough, you’ve found the perfect quote to hammer your point home.

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Digital-first resources for you

You don’t have to be a pastor or scholar to reap the benefits of these two Lexham Press bundles. Whether you’re simply aspiring to deepen your Bible study or you’re preparing sermons weekly or writing academic papers for a seminary class, Lexham Press will help you make your study more efficient and comprehensive.

Get the Pastor’s Bundle and the Scholar’s Bundle today!

Enhance Your Bible Study with Lexham Press Bundles

For the last six years, Lexham Press has been developing Bible study resources with scholars and pastors in mind. We’ve designed digital resources by leveraging the power of Logos Bible Software. This means that by creating books for use in a digital library—and by taking advantage of unique Bible-knowledge databases and an interconnected resources—Lexham Press offers greater utility per product and increases the value of your books. And since we can update digital products automatically, our publications are on the cutting edge of biblical research.

For the first time ever, we’ve collected all of our best content into two collections: the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle and the Lexham Press Scholar’s Bundle. Both of these bundles include 50 volumes and qualify for Dynamic Pricing, so if you’ve invested in Lexham Press resources before, you won’t have to pay for them twice! Plus, you’ll get over 25% off the regular price of each individual volume if you buy these amazing libraries.

Digital-first resources for the scholar

Lexham Press Scholar's BundleIf you’re a seminary student returning to school, the Lexham Press Scholar’s Bundle is an excellent investment in your academic future. But even if you’re not a student, this bundle will help you study and interpret the Bible better than ever before. With Lexham Press, you’ll be able to streamline your study with resources that make your research more comprehensive.

Here are just a few of the resources that are included in the Scholar’s Bundle:

  • Lexham Discourse resources for the Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament
  • Lexham High Definition Old Testament and New Testament
  • All 15 Lexham Bible Guides
  • The most advanced and up-to-date Bible dictionary ever

Digital-first resources for the pastor

lexham-press-pastors-bundleIf you’re a pastor, the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle is designed to help you maximize your time. Whether you’re preparing for sermons or leading a Bible study, this bundle is your starting point for more effective and comprehensive preparation. Our goal is to reduce the amount of friction in Bible study so that you can minister more effectively.

Here are just a few of the resources that are included in the Pastor’s Bundle:

  • 2,500 quotations and prayers ready to be shared on professionally designed slides
  • Fully designed curriculum packages from the Studies in Faithful Living series and Bible studies from the Not Your Average Bible Study series
  • High Definition Commentaries on Philippians and Romans
  • The Faithlife Study Bible, the world’s largest study Bible

Advance your Bible study with designed-for-digital resources from Lexham Press. Get the Pastor’s Bundle and the Scholar’s Bundle today!

Time’s Running Out: Get $100 Off the Lexham Bible Guides

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collectionOur introductory sale on the complete Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection is coming to a close. Now is the perfect time to jump-start your research: you have just a few days left to get the whole collection for $100.00 off!

A quick recap

Lexham Bible Guide: Romans shipped on July 16, completing this 13-volume collection. The Romans volume is the largest and most complex Bible guide we’ve ever created: it’s over 650 typeset pages long and includes thousands of links to the Logos library. Each page is filled with carefully curated research, enabling you to study Romans from a multitude of scholarly perspectives.

Last week, we gave some context to the phrase “time is money,” using the Bible guides as an example. In terms of time saved, a pastor using a single Bible guide from this collection could save up to $130.00 per week. If you’re a seminary student, just think how much faster your writing will go when you use these Bible guides to maximize your research time.

Why people love it

We’ve been able to get the Lexham Bible Guides into the hands of a few reviewers, and here’s what they’re saying:

“This series does a very fine job of introducing interested persons to many of the letters of Paul and divulging to them just some of the treasures contained therein. . . . It is useful, in my view, not only for beginning students of the Bible but for those wishing to introduce various biblical texts to Sunday School classes, Bible study groups, and small group discussions.”
—Jim West, pastor of Petros Baptist Church, professor of biblical studies at Quartz Hill School of Theology, and blogger at Zwinglius Redivivus

“It is vitally important that anybody who seeks to understand the meaning of a text wrestles with an array of ‘camps’ or ‘voices.’ Thanks to the Lexham Bible Guides, in a matter of mere minutes, you are able to survey multiple highly respected theologians for their take on an issue.”
—Jason Brueckner, blogger at The Brave Reviews

“If you want to know how effective Logos Bible Software is, this is one of the most dynamic ways of finding out. . . . This is more than a sophisticated search.”
—Joel Watts, blogger at Unsettled Christianity

Enhance your research today: get $100.00 off the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection.

(But hurry—this deal ends soon!)

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!