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Recreating the World That Jesus Entered

Jesus’ entrance in our world marked the turning point of history. But Jesus did not enter onto an empty stage. What brought about the end of the Jewish state? What role did Herod the Great and his sons play in the politics of the day? What cultural and religious forces were at work when Jesus arrived?

Herod to Jesus (Act VI), volume 6 in Logos’ new series The Bible in Seven Acts, provides a complete survey of the historical and cultural setting of this pivotal period. Designed for pastors, teachers, and students, this resource gives you the tools you need to understand Jesus’ life and work against the backdrop of first-century Palestine and the Roman Empire.

Grasp the whole picture. For students and teachers, Herod to Jesus (Act VI) provides a clear and easy-to-follow snapshot of the entire historical period. Graphics—including timelines and event lines—put the whole story in perspective.

Make meaningful connections. In addition to its concise survey of the social, political, and economic setting of the world in which Jesus preached, Herod to Jesus (VI) links historical events and movements to the relevant biblical passages. Political intrigues, sectarian conflicts, and Messianic expectations all affected how Jesus was received.

Go deeper into the story. More than a textbook survey or an annotated bibliography, The Bible in Seven Acts is designed to take full advantage of the Logos digital platform. That means that one click takes you to relevant, curated content in the Logos library— comprehensive information written by the world’s best biblical scholars and historians.

For seminarians and students, Herod to Jesus (Act VI) provides an invaluable study aid. It makes your New Testament survey course make more sense. Compelling topics for papers or dissertations emerge from the details, and resources for in-depth research are at your fingertips in the Logos library, saving you hours of time in the library or scrambling online.

Pastors can use The Bible in Seven Acts to enrich their sermons with more depth and confidence than ever before. The resource includes slides to bring history vividly to life for your congregation. And the time you save by letting this series do your research leaves time for the other demands of ministry—and life.

Pre-order your copy of The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus (Act VI) or the entire seven-volume series—you’ll get 25% off the regular purchase price.

Connect Your Study to a World of Knowledge

As a pastor or ministry leader, you devote much of your time to the practical, day-to-day needs of your congregation—a long way from the peace and quiet of a seminary library or the stimulating company of fellow theologians. Logos’ new Lexham Bible Guides invite you back into the on-going conversation about Scripture.

New releases on Ruth and Jonah have been added to the Lexham Bible Guides series. In addition to an overview and outline of each passage, these study books feature several innovate elements. They—

  • Organize all the research on each literary unit of Scripture.
  • Illuminate difficult and obscure passages, making passages more accessible for teaching or further study.
  • Provide comprehensive coverage that’s easy to use and elegantly organized. It addresses both biblical and theological issues—not just one or the other.
  • Annotate the differing opinions of top scholars and links you directly to their works’ most relevant passages.

When time is short, the Lexham Bible Guides provide a convenient summary of each biblical passage and its related historical and theological issues—so you can get back to the work of pastoral ministry. But they also make it possible to deepen your knowledge of Scripture, enrich your sermons, and keep up with the most recent biblical research.

Created by Logos’ Bible reference team, the Lexham Bible Guides summarize all the relevant research and commentary on a given passage—the best biblical content currently available—in one place. Each guide presents a broad range of theological perspectives, both familiar and challenging, for you to consider in your study.

Combining the best features of a printed commentary and an annotated bibliography, the Lexham Bible Guides take advantage of digital resources in your Logos library. You don’t have to wander the stacks of a library or flip through the pages of an index. With one click, the guides connect you instantly to relevant details, the most recent scholarship, and new research topics in your Logos library.

Join the conversation. Expand your knowledge, and sharpen your understanding of these Old Testament books. Pre-order the Lexham Bible Guide: Ruth and Lexham Bible Guide: Jonah, along with the volume for Genesis 1–11, now and get them at the low introductory price!

Put Our Research Team to Work for You!

Biblical history is tricky—it’s easy to mix up data. Most articles on a biblical period are meshed with academic debate, making it difficult to decipher the basics. And once you learn what you want to know, there’s often no clear research direction. The Bible in Seven Acts takes care of all these problems and more.

Find answers fast with The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus. In an easy-to-follow format, this resource summarizes historical content and annotates related links to Logos resources. It provides a framework for biblical history and its context. It gives you stunning media to share what you learn, including event linestimelines, and slides for key people, movements, and ideas.

Each volume in The Bible in Seven Acts is an annotated synopsis and bibliography of the major people and events of biblical history—reimagined for the digital age. Hybrids between textbook-type surveys and annotated bibliographies, these volumes are built on technological resources available only in Logos. The interconnectivity of The Bible in Seven Acts with the Logos library provides you with relevant, curated content at a click. Produced by a highly educated Bible research team, the series does the heavy lifting for you.

With The Bible in Seven Acts, you’ll:

  •  Find things fast. There’s no need to locate, read, and annotate dozens of reference materials. Everything is in one spot.
  • See connections. The overview format leads you to research topics you may have never read about or heard of.
  • Gain perspective. You’ll learn about all the relevant historical and cultural issues related to this biblical era. Everything is elegantly organized.

The Bible in Seven Acts has what you need for in-depth research on biblical history or quick overviews in a pinch. The series leads you in the right direction with intelligent technology and research.

Using The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus is like having a research team do your initial work and organize it with links so that you can read further to draw your own conclusions. It’s like having a media team come up with smart ways to present what you’re learning so that it’s more memorable when you share it.

Pre-order The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus for a special low introductory price. The price will go up soon—so pre-order now!

Chart a Course through the New Testament with the Lexham Bible Guides

Ephesians ships Oct. 23

Information is good, and more information is better. But in the digital age, the volume of information available to us can be overwhelming—and this is no less true when it comes to information about the Bible. The Lexham Bible Guides help you chart a course through the forest of biblical study and theological commentary.

Created by Logos’ Bible reference team, each Lexham Bible Guide focuses on one literary unit of Scripture at a time. In a clear and easy-to-follow format, the guides provide—

  • An outline of the passage’s structure
  • An overview of the passage
  • A description of important exegetical and theological issues
  • Explanations of key original language words
  • Curated, annotated links to your Logos library
  • An application summary

The Lexham Bible Guides give you a comprehensive picture built on the best and most in-depth research available. They elegantly synthesize biblical and theological commentary with historical and literary background. For busy pastors and teachers, the guides include slide templates and prebuilt word-study slides to make it easier to present the information to an audience.

At each point on the map, though, the Lexham Bible Guides offer you the opportunity to delve deeper—without getting lost.

Written to take full advantage of the Logos platform, each Lexham Bible Guide links to relevant content in your Logos library. With one click, the annotated bibliography opens up into a more extensive exploration of a full range of theological perspectives from top scholars. Learn more about how God’s Word has been understood by scholars—faster, and without stumbling over the details.

New Lexham Bible Guides have just been released for several New Testament books. In addition to Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians,* Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, and 1 Peter are also available. Pre-order your Lexham Bible Guides now!

*Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians ships October 23—get yours while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

Find Yourself in Mary’s Story

As believers, we all have a part in the story that God is telling, the great drama of redemption that he is unfolding. But sometimes we struggle to understand: What is my role in God’s story? We know now that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had a pivotal role. But when the angel Gabriel left her, after making his shocking announcement about her pregnancy, Mary must have wondered.

As central as her role was in giving birth to the Messiah, Mary remains a shadowy character in the biblical narrative. We hear about her only a few times in the Gospels. As one who often “pondered these things in her heart,” Mary rarely shares her thoughts with us—except once. Not long after her encounter with the angel, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, and many of her questions seem to have been laid to rest as she sang her hymn of praise, the Magnificat.

The eight-week study Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan follows what we know of Mary’s life, offers detailed information about the time and place in which she lived, and considers the remarkable transition she made from mother of the infant Savior to follower of Jesus Christ.

This comprehensive curriculum offers a rich set of resources for individuals, small groups, and entire congregations. At its heart is an eight-chapter study guide that provides biblical commentary, historical and cultural background, and thoughtful application. The complete curriculum package expands this study guide into:

  • Eight sermon outlines with dynamic visual media for each sermon, including an introductory video and a customizable slideshow of maps, illustrations, Scripture references and questions for reflection.
  • An eight-week guide for small group leaders, including visual media and discussion-question handouts.

Mary provides a model of faithful surrender to God’s plan. As the Advent and Christmas season approaches, Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan and the companion Complete Church Curriculum will challenge you to consider your part in God’s ongoing story of redemption.

Pastors: Abraham Ships Soon—Pre-Order Today!

As Abraham did centuries ago, pastors recognize God’s call and set off on a journey, sometimes without a map or a detailed plan or a lot of company. Logos created its complete curriculum packages to give pastors resources for the trip. Abraham: Following God’s Promise: Complete Church Curriculum provides a comprehensive, biblically sound, compelling study of Abraham’s life for individuals, small groups, or entire congregations.


Abraham’s initial response to God’s call was only the first step in a long trek. His path would take him through both humiliation in Egypt and military victory in Canaan. He struggled deeply with doubt and fear when God’s promises seemed remote and improbable. His deepening friendship with God gave him the confidence to argue for mercy for Sodom and Gomorrah and the courage to obey even when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, the promised child.

The core of Abraham: Following God’s Promise: Complete Church Curriculum is an in-depth eight-chapter commentary that puts that long trek under the microscope. The complete curriculum package expands on the study book. Pastors can take advantage of eight sermon outlines, with dynamic visual media that bring Abraham’s story to life during Sunday-morning worship. The slide shows are easy to use, work in a variety of formats, and can be customized for content and tone.

The beauty of this series is that it continues to challenge and inspire your congregation during the rest of the week. Small group leaders follow lessons plans that parallel the sermons. An in-depth leader’s guide, introductory videos, and teaching slides give small group leaders confidence and direction—and save them (and you) hours of preparation. Handouts with discussion questions and space for personal reflection engage congregants in Abraham’s story. This means that, come Sunday morning, your congregation arrives already prepared to travel farther in faith.

Abraham: Following God’s Promise: Complete Church Curriculum not only saves pastors the time and energy spent in research, writing and coordinating—it also allows them to spend more time pursuing other important aspects of ministry. Satisfy your church’s curriculum needs with Abraham: Following God’s Promise: Complete Church Curriculum. This product ships October 1, 2012, so pre-order now before the price goes up!