What Informs Your Interpretation of Genesis?

lexham-bible-guides-genesis-collectionWhat influences your interpretation of Scripture? What is the origin of the particular interpretation you hold? Are you familiar with alternative interpretations? How would you defend your interpretation against others?

Although apologists are usually the ones asking these questions, anyone seeking to interpret Scripture should do the same. We think of ourselves as unbiased, logical people, but reading others’ opinions reveals whether we truly are. Such reading also informs our discussions about Scripture, making us better interpreters and better conversationalists, evangelists, and preachers.

Each part of Scripture deserves close examination, but Genesis holds a special place in the canon. It’s a rich, complex book that’s referenced throughout the Bible and that serves as a theological backdrop for much of Scripture. As such, it will shape how you interpret the Bible.

We all wrestle with questions about the origins of the world, the first sin, and where we came from. Genesis tells the story of humanity and God—our story.

The Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection unravels the book’s complicated differences of interpretation. It breaks down each passage, helping you understand what each section contributes and how they fit together. This collection will guide you into a deeper study of Genesis while simultaneously improving your understanding of the entire biblical narrative, which depends on this book’s foundational theology. Understanding Genesis will equip you to answer your own apologetic questions and others’.

Why spend hours in research when Logos can help? Leverage our research team’s work. Get into Genesis in a way that will enhance your understanding of it and the entire Bible. Pick up the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection today.

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Lexham Bible Guides: Your Tools for Better Research

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collectionMy first college class on Paul’s letters overwhelmed me so much that I chose Paul’s shortest letter for my final paper. I knew that if I focused on anything longer than Philemon, I might miss something—there’s just too much published research about Paul and his letters.

As it turned out, I was right: I watched students around me struggle as they tackled Galatians, Romans, and Paul’s other long letters. In the sea of commentaries, they missed major points. If the Lexham Bible Guides had existed back then, my fellow students and I wouldn’t have had this problem.

Biblical research shouldn’t be this difficult. A requirement for entry shouldn’t be how fast you can read or access the right material.

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Understand Differences in Biblical Manuscripts

lexham-methods-seriesThere are translation differences, and there are source text differences. You know a source text difference when you see the notation “MT says” or “LXX says” in your Bible. These are the real differences in manuscripts. And unless you know what you’re looking at, they can be confusing, and perhaps even scary.

How do we trust that God’s Word has remained as he intended it? Textual criticism is the field of study that explores differences between biblical manuscripts and draws conclusions. It’s the field that determines the readings included in nearly all modern translations. It’s also the field behind all the challenging discussions about “biblical sources,” their “readings,” and their “vorlages” in Bible commentaries.

Few people work in this field of biblical studies nearly every day—our Bible scholars do. Their work in Lexham Methods Series: Textual Criticism, the first volume to be released in the series, makes textual criticism transparent and easy to understand. Learn about the technique, and grasp the terminology behind the very technical, but very important, work of discerning which biblical manuscript to translate and interpret. [Read more…]

Research Genesis More Efficiently Than Ever

lexham-bible-guides-genesis-collectionNearly every theme in the Bible has a parallel in the book of Genesis—sin, guilt, pride, family, law, worship, God’s promises, and God’s will. Genesis portrays what it means to be human and how God wants us to live as his image-bearers. It recounts the despair present on earth and the hope God offers to all of creation. It explains the very personal relationship between Creator and creation. To truly understand the rest of the Bible, it helps to understand Genesis—the foundation for the rest of Scripture.

Bible study begins with Genesis

We don’t always have the time to research Genesis at a scholarly depth. We may have ministry priorities that depend on such knowledge, but other commitments won’t allow us the time to delve as deep into it as we would like. That’s why we began the Lexham Bible Guide series with Genesis. Capitalizing on the expertise of our research team—many of whom have presented academic lectures on Genesis—we can offer you the information you need, in a few clicks, while making it easy for you to go even deeper when you have the time. [Read more…]

Changing the Biblical Research Paradigm

Lexham Bible GuidesWhat if research could move you? What if it could change your everyday life—could actually make a difference in the way you think, act, speak? These questions drove us to create the Lexham Bible Guides.

For too long, biblical research has been a stagnant process—a tedious necessity. For too long, it has been inaccessible to people without seminary training. For too long, pastors have spent hours poring over books only to realize they still haven’t discovered an insight for their congregation.

How much good is an idea without an application? With only so many hours in the day, you have to weigh the value of the idea versus the time you could spend in discussion or study with others—and the insights that come from interaction.

More effective Bible study

So if the entire research process could be streamlined, documented, and explained—providing you with what you really want and need and saving you valuable time—would you pay for it?

We know that you don’t want someone to give you the answers. That’s why you have, and should have, a library. [Read more…]

Making Last-Minute Sermon Prep Awesome

Pastorum SeriesIt’s 6:10 p.m. I have 20 minutes to finish my weekly sermon for a service that begins at 7 p.m. My sermon includes a bit about ancient culture, a few major points I want people to remember, and some questions I hope the congregation will ponder. But it still lacks punch. It’s missing some key elements: a strong quote, a moving prayer, a surprising statistic, and elegant slides to share them all. Although I’ve been pulled in every direction by life, school, and work this week, that won’t matter to my listeners. The people who have graciously allowed me their time won’t care why my sermon falls flat. They’ll only remember that it wasn’t worth their time. I need to solve this problem.

Moments like these are what prompted us to create the Pastorum Series. This collection includes a solid set of resources to make your preaching more effective and preempt sermon prep breakdowns.

If I used the Pastorum Series in a situation like this, I would easily be able to finish preparing my sermon in 20 minutes. [Read more…]

Decide What’s Next and See Designed-for-Digital Resources

If you could design a Bible reference book to meet your needs, what would it look like? It would work seamlessly with your primary study platform, anticipate your questions, and be easy to share. It would use technology to make your work easier, faster, and more effective. It would take you deeper into the Bible and the other resources you own, while emphasizing practicality. It would help you grow while you’re investing in the growth of others. It would introduce you to new resources. And it may even have an easy way to take notes. The resources we create here at Logos are designed with these ideals in mind.

Our first question when approaching any publishing project is, “How can we help you do more and better work for God’s kingdom?” These products are answers to that question.

Take a few minutes to check them out. If you like a product, order it or commit to it on Pre-Pub. What you pre-order determines what we work on next.

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Present richer and more memorable sermons with the Pastorum Series Collection, and reduce your sermon-preparation time. The pastoral resources in this collection will enhance your ministry and presentation skills.

Studies in Faithful Living

The Studies in Faithful Living series provides rich biblical character studies for individuals and entire churches. The eight-week church curriculum includes discussion guides and videos, application questions, sermon outlines and media, and more.

In the Works

This five-volume set, with slides, will help you to select a fitting quotation to share with your congregation within minutes. Quotes from more than one hundred authors and works are at your fingertips, including Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Richard Baxter, G. K. Chesterton, and Charles Spurgeon.

The Lexham Methods Series enables you to learn, refresh, or master the tools of biblical scholarship—and feel confidently equipped to share the materials with others. This collection will deepen and reinforce seminary and Bible students’ understanding of materials and enable them to conduct more extensive research.

On Pre-Publication—You Decide if We Create It

The Bible in Seven Acts collection is your starting point for study and research on the Bible’s historical periods. The collection surveys all the relevant literature on historical events, and brings the findings back to you.

When you order our Pre-Pub products, or spread the word about them on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, you make it possible for your preferred project to be created before the others. We come up with ideas, select the best ones, prototype them, and then list them on Pre-Publication. When you commit, you’re telling us what you want created.  So pre-order something today, or pick up one of the works we recently released.

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We want you to see for yourself why this series is an incredible resource for anyone who wants to delve deeper into Bible study. The complete church curriculum version for pastors, small group leaders, and Bible teachers makes it’s easier than ever for communities to go deeper into the Word together.

The Studies in Faithful Living series explores the lives of biblical characters who responded in faith to God’s call. Each volume in the Patriarchs Collection, as well as Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, examines key events in these characters’ lives and offers commentary, application, and teaching insights. Each eight-week study also includes questions for reflection and links to other resources for further study.

Israel Loken, the chair of Bible and theology departments at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, recently remarked:

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Wish You Knew Paul Better? Now You Can!

Arguably, with the exceptions of Jesus and David, we have an opportunity to know Paul through the biblical text better than any other biblical character. Yet, he remains a mystery—distorted by the breadth and depth of his writings, the often confusing nature of the Acts account of Paul’s ministry, and the reams of literature written on Paul’s letters.

We need a guide through Paul’s letters.

We want to be grounded in the historicity and culture of his world, and the connection points to Acts, while being guided through the various views on his writing—the details are many. But until recently, no such guide has existed. That’s why Logos created Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection.

Lexham Bible Guides enhance your investment in Logos Bible Software, bring clarity to the vastness of literature regarding a passage, and connect you linguistically, culturally, and historically to the context of biblical books.

Derek R. Brown, PhD, specializing in Paul, is bringing clarity and connection to the print equivalent of rows upon rows, shelves upon shelves—entire sections of libraries—of literature. He has done some of this work with the accompaniment of other researchers and under the editorship of Douglas Mangum, an Old Testament specialist—Paul draws upon the Old Testament often—and contributing editor to Faithlife Study Bible. This task is arduous, and that’s why we’ve done it for you.

For years, users (perhaps even yourself) have asked us to curate the vastness of their libraries—there’s just so much information. We have received requests to have a scholar filter through all of the content and provide a hand-edited framework for passages of the Bible; specific ideas have involved the recommendation of leveraging the content users already own and telling them about other content thus providing an even clearer way to approach the Bible. We know that time is short and we all need more of it. You want an expert to help you and want that expert on call 24-7. That’s what Lexham Bible Guides are for.

Lexham Bible Guides provide the research, the guide, and the media for sharing much of the material—this leaves the part you’re best at up to you. It’s like having a professional researcher alongside you as you read the Bible. If you’re not convinced yet, you can literally email me—the publisher—and I’ll tell you more.

This is the last chance to order Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection, a 13-volume collection, while it’s on Pre-Pub for a 21% savings of $115. Tomorrow, February 8, we’ll process orders and ship you Galatians, Ephesians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon. As Dr. Brown finishes the others, they will also be released and immediately download to your library. Pre-order Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection today.

3 More Ways to Change Your Life with Faithlife

The most crucial thing a person can do is increase their faith in Jesus. Our relationship with Christ is eternal, and likewise, what we do for him has eternal significance. In a recent post, I listed two ways God wants to transform your life this year. Here are three more ways to change your life using Faithlife.

1. Discuss God’s work with others.

When we discuss what God has done and is doing with others, we grow. We learn from others and are able to support one another. The journey with God happens together. Paul remarks in his first letter to the Corinthians: “And if one member [of the church] suffers, all the members suffer together; if a member is honored, all the members rejoice with it” (1 Corinthians 12:26 LEB). To help you in the process of journeying in faith with others, Faithlife reading plans are connected to group functionality—so you can easily connect online to discuss God, the Bible, and life with Christ. Faithlife.com provides you with a place to discuss God’s work together. You can do this as publicly or privately as you like; with Faithlife.com, you control who sees what in each group you create. You also know the level of privacy of the group you’re joining and the messages you’re sending.

2. Listen to what others have to say about God.

Surrounding yourself with people who can lead you in the right direction is critical to success. Paul remarks, “Do not be deceived! ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’ Sober up correctly and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God—I say this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34). Listening to the first part of Paul’s message, it’s obvious that as believers we must surround ourselves with people who will help us in the process of learning about God, but the second part of Paul’s words—“I say this to your shame”—means that believers must be those who spread the knowledge of God. Faithlife.com provides a community where you can speak with others about God’s work among us, while providing a platform for you to contemplate and learn about the work you must do for God.

3. Act on God’s desires.

Simply knowing what God says, or talking about it, is useless. God wants for us to act on his Word and on his work among believers. Near the end of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he remarks: “Be on alert, stand firm in the faith, act courageously, be strong. All your actions must be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:13–14 LEB). We must do good with our knowledge by loving others and following through on what God requests (compare 1 Corinthians 16:1–4, 15–18). Faithlife is about all aspects of your faith life having a place online and in an app, in a format that works for the online context of faith. But it’s my hope that the interactions you have with others on Faithlife.com, and your use of the Faithlife Study Bible, will result in you doing more for others in all of your life.

Now you may have read these three ways—and perhaps even the other two I listed—and said to yourself, “I know, I know—I will.” I can empathize with that response, but the truth is that we all need to be reminded and we all need accountability. That is one of the many reasons why we created the Faithlife app and Faithlife.com. Create a group to dialogue about the Bible together, and to support one another and suddenly you will be set up for success. If you set a goal to read through the Bible this year but have fallen behind, it’s not too late to begin Read the Bible together today.