J. Gresham Machen: Guardian of the Faith

From 1905 to 1937, J. Gresham Machen grew from a confused young theology student to one of the leading Reformed scholars of his day.

At first, Machen struggled with the liberal leanings of his professor, Wilhelm Herrman, but he  eventually rejected modernist theology and embraced conservative Reformed thought. This shift in doctrine would direct his path for the rest of his life.

Machen became the professor of New Testament studies at Princeton Seminary, where he taught for 14 years. During his tenure, he was a strong proponent of conservative theology. As modernist theology began to make inroads on the university’s curriculum, Machen left Princeton to found the Westminster Theological Seminary. He taught at Westminster until his death in 1937.

The seven volumes in the J. Gresham Machen Collection not only give valuable insight into the twentieth century struggle for orthodoxy, they also provide solid theological training for today.

The Origin of Paul’s Religion was written as a direct response to scholars who believed the apostle Paul distorted the message of Jesus. To the modernist, the focus on the Resurrection instead of the ethical teachings of Jesus deviated from the central point of the Gospel. Machen’s response firmly asserted the historicity and power of Paul’s message.

American religious critic Harold Bloom said of Christianity and Liberalism“I have never seen a stronger case made for the argument that institutional Christianity must regard cultural liberalism an enemy of faith.”

The J. Gresham Machen Collection (7 vols.) is currently under development. If you act now, you can add Machen’s teaching to your library for nearly 70% off.

Get the Big Picture with the Zondervan Reference Collection

One of my favorite Bible teachers encouraged us to “study wide and then narrow our focus.” Understanding the big picture is key to good exegesis. It protects us from falling into the trap of interpreting verses before appreciating the context of the book, chapter, and pericope being studied.

With this principle in mind, I give you the Zondervan Reference Collection. These six volumes will help provide context  for your studies. With two dictionaries, an atlas, a Bible dictionary, a companion to Psalms, and a look at life during biblical times, you’ll have the big-picture foundation needed for better Bible study.

This collection includes essential helps for every Bible reader, springboarding beginners into better Bible study and providing rich tools that seasoned scholars will use again and again.

Pick up this collection while it’s on Pre-Pub and you’ll get these six volumes for less than $100—that’s a savings of nearly $50!

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Get a Free Latin Dictionary

Today’s guest post is by Louis St. Hilaire, Content Manager of our Electronic Text Development Department.

Logos really shines when it comes to the study of biblical Greek and Hebrew, but we’re building an impressive library of Latin texts as well, including the Vulgate, important  medieval and Reformation theology texts, and hundreds of Latin titles in the Perseus Classics Collection.

Now we’ve created a tool that makes all these texts easier to use in Logos. The Dictionary of Latin Forms allows you to look up hundreds of thousands of Latin word forms from the famous WORDS Latin-English Dictionary program. This means that you can instantly look up meanings for most words in these texts—not to mention Latin terms used in English texts—just by double-clicking or opening the Information window.

The best part is that you can add this powerful tool to your Logos library for free!

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You can also get a great price on Lewis & Short’s Latin Dictionary now on Community Pricing. The free Dictionary of Latin Forms is a handy study aid to get you quickly to a definition and lemma for a word, but Lewis & Short is an expansive dictionary that takes you in-depth with ample examples of usages from classical, Patristic and medieval texts. Even today, more than a hundred years after its publication, it is still consulted, particularly for  medieval and Ecclesiastical Latin.

These two resources will make it even easier to study Latin texts in Logos, so place your bid now to help put Lewis & Short’s Latin Dictionary into production.

Weekly Roundup: March 3

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of March 3, 2012.

Did You Get Your Free Book?

The Free Book of the Month for March is Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Authentic Christianity. Go to the Free Book of the Month page and download it today. And, while you’re there, enter to win the 10-volume Selected Works of Martyn Lloyd-Jones!

Don’t Forget To “Take the Tour!

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The Zondervan Counterpoints Collection: A Charitable Discourse

In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas” (In necessary things unity; in uncertain things freedom; in everything compassion.)—Marco Antonio de Dominis

Doctrine matters; there’s no question about it. And yet, we live with the tension of standing firm on the things we believe while other educated and sincere believers interpret and apply Scripture differently. Is it possible to have a serious discussion without the conversation becoming contentious? The Zondervan Counterpoints Collection, currently on Pre-Pub, would say yes.

The Zondervan Counterpoint Collection exposes readers to perspectives written by contributors who affirm the inspiration and authority of Scripture yet vary in their judgment on a number of hot topics.

Each volume features essays on theological topics from a variety of scholars. Many essays are followed up by direct respectful responses/rebuttals from the other contributors. You can also find bibliographies and suggestions for further reading on many of the perspectives discussed.

The Zondervan Counterpoints Collection Upgrade features 3 volumes:

Four Views on Divine Providence

Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

  • Single Meaning, Unified Referents: Accurate and Authoritative Citations of the Old Testament by the New Testament—Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
  • Single Meaning, Multiple Contexts and Referents: The New Testament’s Legitimate, Accurate, and Multifaceted Use of the Old—Darrell L. Bock
  • Fuller Meaning, Single Goal: A Christotelic Approach to the New Testament Use of the Old in Its First-Century Interpretive Environment—Peter Enns

Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism

The Zondervan Counterpoints Collection Upgrade augments the Zondervan Counterpoints Collection. In the 14-volume Zondervan Counterpoints Collection, you’ll find varied perspectives on topics like baptism, Revelation, eternal security,  and church growth. Contributors include Douglas MooJohn F. WalvoordNorman L. Geisler, and Craig S. Keener.

Pick up the Zondervan Counterpoints Collection Upgrade (3 vols.) on Pre-Pub today and strengthen your grasp of differing evangelical views and traditions. And don’t forget to check out the thought-provoking volumes in the 14-volume Zondervan Counterpoints Collection!

Powerful Resources for Old Testament Studies

Yesterday we looked at the  Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection, an 18-volume selection of academic writings—currently on Pre-Pub. If you are still in the market for Old Testament resources, check out the Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection (also on Pre-Pub).

The Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection’s 11 volumes affirm the importance of the Old Testament for today’s believer. If you’re looking for scholarly works to help you understand and communicate the unique character of the Hebrew Bible, this collection is right for you.

Take, for example, The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word. This collection of essays from Columbia Theological Seminary’s Professor of Old Testament Walter Brueggemann honors the Old Testament’s destabilizing—and often contentious—nature.

The Word Militant is broken down into eleven chapters:

  1. Preaching as Reimagination
  2. The Preacher, the Text, and the People
  3. Ancient Utterance and Contemporary Hearing
  4. An Imaginative “Or”
  5. That the World May Be Redescribed
  6. The Social Nature of the Biblical Text for Preaching
  7. The Shrill Voice of the Wounded Party
  8. Life or Death: De-Privileged Communication
  9. Preaching to Exiles
  10. Preaching a Sub-Version
  11. Truth-Telling as Subversive Obedience

You might think from these chapter titles that the primary audience for Brueggeman’s essays is the expositor, but The Word Militant is as much a work on hermeneutics as it is a study on homiletics. Readers are challenged by the subversive and nonlinear nature of the Old Testament and encouraged to embrace its confrontational character.

This is only 1 of the 11 books available in this collection. You will also get an introduction to the Hebrew Bible, a history of Ancient Israel (including an in-depth look at the cultural backgrounds that influenced the Hebrew people and Scriptures), a theological discussion on the Holocaust, and a whole lot more.

This collection is under development now, so it won’t be on Pre-Pub long. You can still pick these up on Pre-Pub, but the window of opportunity is closing! Act now and add these powerful resources your Old Testament studies.

What Old Testament resource do you use the most? Leave us a comment and tell us about them!

Save 80% on the Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection

The 18-volume Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection features comprehensive discussion on interpretive and literary criticism from international experts.

Biblical scholars from universities in Italy, Australia, Guatemala, England, Amsterdam, and the United States cover a broad tapestry of issues related to hermeneutics—issues like:

Many of the volumes in the Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection are in honor of influential biblical scholars. Gift of God in Due Season pays tribute to American Old Testament scholar and Dead Sea Scroll editor James W. Sanders, Sense and Sensitivity is written to memorialize Glasgow University Professor of Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies Robert Carroll, and In Search of Wisdom is written in honor of Ronald E. Clements, Samuel Davidson professor of Old Testament at Kings College University of London. Other volumes written to honor biblical scholars include:

The Pre-Pub price for this collection offers you an incredible savings. Many of the volumes in this collection fetch prices well above $150. At Logos, pre-orders for this collection are only $199.95 (a savings of $800), and you get these titles tagged and working in tandem with the rest of your library.

If you’re looking for deep, penetrating studies on Old Testament interpretation, the Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection will be a valuable addition—at an astonishing value.

Vyrso’s Selection Grows with David C. Cook

David C. Cook, publisher of discipleship materials for helping Christians grow and pass on their faith, has made many of their most popular titles available on Vyrso.

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These David C. Cook ebooks (and many more!) can be read in the designated Vyrso reader (iPhone or Android), the Logos app (iPhone or Android), Logos 4, or online at Biblia.com. So what are you waiting for? Pick up some new David C. Cook titles from Vyrso today!

Weekly Roundup: February 25

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of February 25, 2012.

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Community Pricing

Be sure to check out the latest collection from Community Pricing: the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.).

  • Containing the writings of early Anabaptists like Menno Simons and Balthasar Hübmaier, as well as works from twentieth-century Mennonite scholars like Daniel Kauffman and J. S. Hartzler, the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.) is a must-have for those interested in Reformation history.

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The NIV Application Commentary: Old Testament Is Now on Pre-Pub!

Logos has had the 20-volume NIV Application Commentary: New Testament available for some time, but you may not know that the 12-volume NIV Application Commentary: Old Testament is now available on Pre-Pub as well! The demand for this collection is high and it’s already under development, so time is of the essence to pick up the Old Testament collection at a discounted price.

The NIV Application Commentary is unlike any other commentary series. Not content to simply focus on application of the biblical text, this series takes the original meaning of the text and mines it for its contemporary significance. It would be a mistake to see the NIV Application Commentary as simple devotional literature. The ultimate goal of this series may be application, but that doesn’t stop these commentaries from being credible reference materials.

The Application Commentary: Old Testament series includes insights from such notable scholars as John H. WaltonRobert L. Hubbard, Jr.Andrew E. Hill, and Karen H. Jobes. Each author in the NIV Application Commentary breaks their exegesis into:

  • Original Meaning: This section helps you grasp the author’s intended meaning by looking at the biblical passage’s historical, literary, and cultural context.
  • Bridging Contexts: In this section, the commentary wrestles with discerning the historical aspects of the passage which have direct twenty-first century correlations—and those which do not. This section focuses on drawing out both explicit and implicit parallels.
  • Contemporary Significance: By looking at contemporary issues and contexts, the authors of the NIV Application Commentaries confront modern readers with ideas and principles as powerful and challenging as the Scriptures would have been to its original audience.
Here is what people are saying about the series (check out the product page to see even more endorsements):

The NIV Application Commentary series doesn’t fool around. It gets right down to business, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into the present so that it can be heard and delivered with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend’s embrace.
Eugene H. Peterson

It is encouraging to find a commentary that is not only biblically trustworthy but also contemporary in its application. The NIV Application Commentary will prove to be a helpful tool in the pastor’s sermon preparation. I use it and recommend it.
Charles F. Stanley, pastor, First Baptist Church of Atlanta

The NIV Application Commentary series promises to be of very great service to all who preach and teach the Word of God.
J. I. Packer, Regent College

The NIV Application Commentaries add unique value to your library. If you are looking for ancient wisdom and modern relevance, pre-order the NIV Application Commentary: Old Testament while it’s still on Pre-Pub.