The Gnomon of the New Testament on Pre-Pub . . . Again!?

John Albrecht Bengel’s Gnomon of the New Testament is a great example of a Pre-Pub featured on that has already had a pre-pub run in its lifetime!

While we were preparing Bengel’s Gnomon of the New Testament, we discovered documents that laid out a pre-publication proposal for the Gnomon from 1855.(screenshot a,screenshot b).

The five-volume, 1855 translation of Bengel’s work—originally published in 1742—could not begin production until 1500 subscribers had pledged 28 shillings a piece, making up about half the total production costs. For the publication costs to be fully covered, it would require twice that amount! This is pretty incredible when one considers that one shilling in 1850 had the purchasing power of over £3 ($4 USD) today.

One interesting portion of the proposal suggested that “wealthy laity” might consider pre-purchasing numerous copies to give out to friends in ministry or to students of theology.

Once again, Logos is proud to offer this important collection on Pre-Pub. The Gnomon is a result of twenty years’ work and it was Bengel’s desire that the content of his books would reawaken a desire to study the Word of God. Messrs Clark’s publication proposal called the Gnomon invaluable to all students of the New Testament, and that is just as true in the 21st century as it was in the 17th century.

“It is a work which manifests the most intimate and profoundest knowledge of Scripture, and which, if we examine it with care, will often be found to condense more matter into a line than can be extracted from many pages of other writers.” —Archdeacon Hare

Don’t miss out on getting the Gnomon of the New Testament at its low Pre-Pub price!

Video Tutorial: Biblical Places – Dynamic Maps

Video Tutorial

One phenomenal feature of Biblical Places is the capturing of actual geographic coordinates for as many biblical locations as possible. As you place your mouse over different areas of the maps in Biblical Places, you can actually see the exact longitude and latitude in the upper right hand corner. A simple click on the provided link and you can see those coordinates as they exist now in Google Maps!

Another great feature in Biblical Places is the ability to measure distances by pressing Ctrl and left clicking/dragging from one place on the map to another.

Biblical Places really opens up the geography of the biblical world to you. No longer is your biblical atlas a tool that you interact with passively, but it is powerful tool that you can manipulate and control to grasp the significance geography plays in biblical events.

Of Catechisms and Confessions of Faith

Reformed Heritage

Q. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.

Catechisms and confessions of faith, in one form or another, are almost as old as the Christian faith. Primarily used in the religious instruction of children and converts to Christianity, they have helped provide a skeletal structure for doctrinal understanding throughout the centuries. These confessions are not an attempt to replace the need for biblical knowledge and understanding, but to provide a plumb line to measure it against. Creeds, confessions, and catechisms have been centrally important to the life of the Church.

The Christian Focus Reformed Heritage Collection (14 Vols.) includes a wonderful primer on the study of confessions with The Westminster Confession of Faith Study Book: A Study Guide for Churches by Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., pastor and President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

There are fourteen volumes that total over 1,400 pages in The Christian Focus Reformed Heritage Collection. These volumes include a comprehensive look at John Calvin’s views on the Sabbath, the atonement, biblical languages and his teaching on the book of Job. This collection also includes an analysis of Jonathan Edwards’ theology of Hell in response to a growing interest in annihilationism, collected writings of theologian Roger Nicole, and over 50 profiles of important figures in the Puritan movement.

The Westminster Confession of Faith Study Book: A Study Guide for Churches is an amazing addition to this collection. Not only do you get a 26-lesson study of the Westminster Confession of Faith, you get a section for each lesson specifically designed for those teaching the confession.

But that’s not all!

This study guide also includes:

  • The complete Westminster Confession of Faith
  • The Belgic Confession
  • The Heidelberg Catechism
  • The Canons of Dordt

These incredibly important confessions and statements of faith are all in one place and completely tied together with the incredible searchability of Logos 4!

If you are looking for more powerful Reformed theology check out Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics (4 Vols.). It is still on Pre-Pub which promises our lowest price on the collection that J. I. Packer called, “the supreme achievement of its kind.” Reformed Dogmatics (4 Vols.) is under development so that Pre-Pub price won’t be available much longer!

Video Tutorial: Biblical Places Information

Video Tutorial

Walter McDougall, professor of international relations at the University of Pennsylvania, has said, “We all must learn geography in order to learn history.”

This is valuable advice. Geography provides the context for history, and location genuinely matters if you want to understand many of the nuances in historical developments and situations. This is true for a well rounded biblical understanding as well.

In today’s video tutorial we are going to look at the Biblical Places feature that makes it easy to find information on over one thousand places named in the Bible!

ETD: Where Your Books Come From

Today’s guest post is from Brittany Young, a member of our Electronic Text Development team.

As one of Electronic Text Development’s Book Designers, the most common question I hear is, “Wait . . . do you have to type out the whole book by HAND!?” That’s when I get to give them a little insight into the text development process.

ETD is a vital part of Logos’ structure. Without us, there wouldn’t be any books to ship to your digital library. Those books also wouldn’t have hyperlinks, Greek, Hebrew or Transliterated language tags, images or any of the number of things that make Logos’ software unique.

How texts are developed

Usually, we’ll receive text files from the publisher of the book and format those files to match the print version. The book goes through many stages, first to a group of people called Reference Taggers. They add Bible tags and other data tags to our—over 100 different—data types (like the Works of Josephus, Strong’s Numbering, or The Laws of Hammurabi), and jump tags both to internal references and to other existing Logos resources. Then, the book heads to the Book Designer who does work on overall edits, final tagging, formats like indentation, font size or style, image insertion, and the list goes on. We use XML code and internal tools to help with the bulk of work, which are imagined and built by our talented Book Developers. The book then goes through an in depth series of final checks and corrections by our Team Leaders before it’s sent off to the boss to be shipped. After that, your book is ready for use in Logos 4!

Is ETD the best department at Logos?!

In my opinion—biased as it may be—ETD is by far the best department to work for at Logos. We are the undefeated champion of the annual departmental Christmas Decorating Contest, we have a history of Top 3 contenders for the many Cook and Bake-offs (yours truly placed third in last year’s Pie Bake-Off), and we’re often found spending time together in book clubs, bible studies and softball leagues. This might sound like a great time, but now you know that there’s more to Text Development than just fun, games and candy.

So, the next time you’re opening up a new title in Logos 4, think about the different steps it takes to get there. Depending on the size of the book, each one requires special attention and takes a different amount of time to complete. For example, consider your best friend, The Anchor Yale Bible Commentary set. This enormous series required a colossal amount of work and took over a year to complete. Sometimes we fly through the books, sometimes they take a bit longer, but either way we are committed to delivering Logos users the most detailed, accurate and exciting product possible.

The Wonders of the Digital Library


A report of inventoried estates in the eighteenth century reveals that in Châlons-sur-Marne, France, only one residence in ten was in possession of a book. In more rural areas—in the next century—the percentage of households that owned a book was around 12%, and those books tended to be found in the country homes of urban professionals.

The library of 18th century philosopher and physician Sir Thomas Browne shows not only the disparity of literature ownership between social classes, but just what was considered a remarkable collection for that time period. The 1711 Sales Auction Catalogue of the Library of Sir Thomas Browne lists about 1,500 volumes in his possession at his death. That was quite an extensive personal library in the 18th century, the kind which required a lifetime of patient and expensive acquisition. What is even more amazing is the realization that Browne’s personal library—the one he compiled over his entire academic and professional career—contained 150 volumes fewer books than Logos Bible Software’s Portfolio Edition!

Thanks to the digital age, it is easier and more cost effective to create a very impressive and thorough library, and you don’t have to build another wing onto your home to do so. If you were so inclined, you could fit all the books in a major research facility (over 400,000) onto a 2 TB hard drive!

With a Logos Bible Software digital library, you get more than just value and volume: you get the ability to search your entire library for a single topic in a moment’s time. And all of the content is delivered to you right there on your monitor to customize and organize in the manner that works best for you. Sir Thomas Browne would have marveled at the ability to search across his entire library in the blink of an eye to compile information on one specific topic.

With the Scholar’s Library: Platinum package you immediately get nearly 1,250 volumes. From there you can pick and choose, from over 10,000 resources available to tailor your library to your personal needs. This adds to more than just the number of books you have at your disposal, but also increases the depth and breadth of your topical and scriptural searches.

Another great thing about digital libraries is your ability to secure important but less mainstream resources, like The Complete Works of Thomas Manton (22 Vols.) now on Pre-Pub. Here is a 18th century Puritan who is responsible for writing over 10,000 pages of such high caliber Christian reflection that J.C. Ryle said, “I regard Manton with unmingled admiration.” And yet Manton gets obscured by contemporaries like Richard Baxter or John Owen. Although Manton was as prolific, if not more prolific, than his associates, until recently securing copies of his work was difficult. Now you can get all of his works fairly easily, and in a format that makes using his works easier than he could have ever imagined.

Introducing Deborah Mickens

Marketing has been very happy to incorporate some new talent from within the company. Deborah Mickens joins the marketing team after being an important part of our Customer Support team for two-and-a-half years.

When asked to write a blog to introduce myself, I thought, “where do I start”? I figured the best way to start would be to give a bit of history as to how I started working for Logos. In August of 2007, I decided to take a “leap of faith” and move from California where I had lived all my life and move to Bellingham, Washington to start working for Logos. For the first two and a half years, I worked for the Customer Support department and I am sure that I spoke to many of you while I worked in Customer Support. While in Customer Support, I was one of the ”People Behind the Product” interviewees. When the opportunity came up to work in the Marketing department, I figured this would be a good opportunity to try my hand at something new. My responsibilities include gathering and compiling information for the various Pre-Pubs that we post. The most recent Pre-Pubs I have worked on are

One of the best parts for working for Logos is the various cook-offs that occur at least 4 times a year. A couple months after I started working here, it was time for the Annual “Dessert Cook-off”. I decided it would be a fun opportunity to enter with my Butterscotch Eggnog Stars and see what it was like to participate in a Logos Cook-off. In preparation I baked somewhere around 150 cookies, it was a lot of work—but well worth it as my hard work paid off by being rewarded with a 3rd place finish. I have also participated in the 2008 & 2009 Chili Cook-off, the 2008 Bake-off and the 2010 Soup Cook-off. Another memorable part of my time at Logos was the summer of 2009 when four of my coworkers and I traveled to Eastern Washington to set up a fireworks show for the 4th of July. We had a great time setting up the show, and seeing how many people enjoyed the work we did. We are all looking forward to this year’s show!

The Logos Pre-Pub feature is a great way to get in on the “ground floor” of pricing for your favorite products! Be sure to take a look at what we have available!

The Father of Modern Revivalism: Charles Finney

Charles Finney

It is difficult to get an accurate view of Charles Finney’s evangelistic work. Various sources give wildly divergent numbers for conversions under Finney’s influence, one saying that between 1857 and 1858 Finney was directly or indirectly responsible for leading over 100,000 people to Christ. Regardless of the specific numbers, there is no question that Charles Grandison Finney was an influential figure in the Second Great Awakening.

Charles Finney was born, the youngest of fifteen children, on August 29, 1792 in Litchfield, Connecticut. He studied law, but his plans were altered when he underwent a dramatic conversion experience at the age of 29.

Finney became pastor of the Free Presbyterian Chatham Street Chapel and later the Broadway Tabernacle. He spoke as a refined and expert orator and became a widely popular evangelist, organizing and preaching at numerous revivals and meetings throughout New England. He also traveled to England. As many as one million people heard Finney preach throughout his career, and many of them underwent conversion experiences. Finney also spoke at length about social issues, and became an ardent abolitionist. In 1835, Finney was appointed as a professor of theology at Oberlin College, and became its president in 1851, where he remained until 1866. Charles Finney died on August 17, 1875.

Logos is now offering the Charles Finney Collection (6 Vols.). This collection includes his lectures on revival, systematic theology, addresses to professing Christians, a collection of his sermons, as well as his autobiography. That’s almost 3,000 pages by one of the 19th century’s most recognizable—and at times controversial—evangelists.

Other great offerings from important revivalists include The Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 Vols.), and Selected Sermons of George Whitefield both from the Great Awakening of the 18th century. Second Great Awakening period offerings include the Lyman Beecher Collection (4 Vols.), and the Welwyn Biography Series (8 Vols.) which features a 240 page biography of Pastor Asahel Nettleton, another luminary from the Second Great Awakening.

Remember, to keep your eye on the Pre-Pub page. If you are looking to add some books to your Logos resources, the prices you find on the Pre-Pub page are the lowest Logos will offer on these items!

Weekend Discount on Barth’s Church Dogmatics

Save nearly 32% off the retail price of Barth’s Church Dogmatics (14 Vols.)
– with the coupon code BARTHMATICS

Today’s guest post is from Johnny Cisneros, Product Manager for Systematic Theology, and co-instructor of Learn to Use Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software.

In my last post, and the one before, I introduced you to Millard Erickson’s Christian Theology and Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Systematic Theology. I also mentioned that Pannenberg was a postdoctoral mentor to Erickson.

Who influenced Wolfhart Pannenberg? The answer is Karl Barth, the theologian whom Christianity Today calls “. . . one of the giants in the history of theology.” Pannenberg studied under Barth during his time at Basel (Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, pg. 1222).

Barth is best known for his multi-volume theological work, Church Dogmatics. No matter where you stand on Barth, one would be hard-pressed to overstate the impact Barth’s Church Dogmatics had on 20th century theology.

Here’s an excerpt about Karl Barth from Who’s Who in Christian History:

“Barth’s greatest influence was theological, with his emphasis on God’s sovereignty placing him firmly in the Reformed (Calvinistic) tradition. He differed radically from the mainstream of continental European theology, rejecting both its subjective emphasis on religious experience and the prevalent idea that Christian doctrine is subject to, or limited by, its historical origins” (Who’s Who in Christian History, pg. 66).

Check out some of these comments about Church Dogmatics:

“One of the most notable theological publications of our time.” —Expository Times

“It is in the Church Dogmatics above all that we must look for the grandeur of this humble servant of Jesus Christ, for the work he was given to accomplish in it will endure to bless the world for many centuries to come.” —Thomas F. Torrance

“Only Athanasius, Augustine, Aquinas and Calvin have performed comparable service in the past, in the search for a unified and comprehensive basis for all theology in the grace of God.” —Thomas F. Torrance

“Among Barth’s many books, sermons and essays, the multivolume Church Dogmatics—a closely reasoned, eloquently stated argument in nearly ten thousand pages—stands out as the crown of his achievement.” —Clifford Blake Anderson

“His multi-volume Church Dogmatics (CD) constitutes the weightiest contribution to Protestant theology since Schleiermacher.” —T. A. Noble

“Barth’s Church Dogmatics is by far the most detailed Protestant exposition of Christian doctrine to have appeared since the Reformation.” —Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

This week, two years ago, we released all fourteen volumes of Church Dogmatics for Logos Bible Software. We’re commemorating this anniversary by offering a this-weekend-only discount of almost 32% off of Church Dogmatics (14 Vols.). Simply use the coupon code BARTHMATICS during checkout to receive your discount!

Video Tutorial: Bible Reading Plan

Video Tutorial

Making sure that you provide yourself with regular time to read the Scriptures—or better yet, to let the Scriptures read you—is an important part of your daily walk. One of Logos’ goals is to ensure that you have the tools needed so your Bible reading doesn’t happen haphazardly. The Bible Reading Plan in Logos 4 is an important part of that toolbox.

Today’s video tutorial walks you through setting up your customizable reading plan. Once your reading plan is in place, it syncs across multiple platforms from your desktop, to your laptop, to your iPhone, even to Staying on task in your Bible reading is within reach with the Bible Reading Plan.