7 Must-Have Books on Early Christian Persecution

classic-studies-on-persecution-in-early-christianityAs Christianity crossed national and cultural borders and the number of believers multiplied, the religion showed its revolutionary potential and threatened Roman authority. To suppress the growing faith, the Roman government persecuted Christians in brutal ways.

It’s extremely important to know the context and stories behind Christianity’s early years. Here are seven books to guide you:

1. The Early Persecutions of the Christians

Leon Hardy Canfield walks you through topics like the legal basis of early persecutions, the persecution of Christians under Nero and Trajan, and more. This is a great, broad study on the persecutions faced by the early church.

2. Persecution in the Early Church: A Chapter in the History of Renunciation

This book examines the legal, historical, ecclesiastical, and experiential aspects of the early persecutions of Christians, emphasizing “those aspects of the inner life of the church which led to persecution.”

3. Christianity and the Roman Government: A Study in Imperial Administration

This book takes a close look at Roman history, allowing you to get a feel for what happened on both sides of the conflict.

4. The Conflict of Christianity with Heathenism

Based on the best in early-twentieth-century scholarship, this resource offers valuable insight into the struggles between early Christians and pagans.

5. The Valerian Persecution: A Study of the Relations between Church and State in the Third Century A. D.

Patrick J. Healy examines the conflict between Christianity and Rome in light of scholarship that reveals its roots in state policy and administration. In doing so, he illuminates the magnitude of the challenges early Christians faced in spreading a message with the power to revolutionize Rome and the world.

6. The Decian Persecution

One of few resources of its kind, this book follows the persecution of Christians under the rule of Emperor Decius.

7. The Persecution of Diocletian: A Historical Essay

Built around a paper that won the Hulsean Essay Prize in 1874, this resource presents a vivid picture of the Diocletian persecution and offers several innovative interpretations of the period’s historical records.

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You don’t have to go out and buy all these books on their own. Right now, you can pre-order the Classic Studies on Persecution in Early Christianity collection, which gives you all seven titles, for just $69.95—that’s 30% off! Pre-order yours now.

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Place Your Bid on Moffatt’s New Testament Commentary Series

moffatt-new-testament-commentary-seriesRight now, you can get the best price on the Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series. It’s on Community Pricing, and the current bid is only $30—that’s 83% off!

Rigorous yet readable, these commentaries examine the entire New Testament. James Moffatt, who lectured on Greek and New Testament at Oxford, went on to teach church history at the United Free Church College, where he worked on his greatest ambition: providing an easily readable Bible translation. From there, Moffatt edited this entire series, which is based on his NT translation.

Practical insight into difficult passages

The series’ notes and commentary are rich with solid biblical exegesis and analysis. Moffatt writes,

“My idea was and is to have [the series] written by scholars who were in close touch with the actual life of Christian people, not from an outlook through college windows.”

True to his aim, the commentary gives you practical insight, helping you:

  • Bring out the meaning and message of the Gospel of Mark
  • Familiarize yourself with Luke’s character
  • Apply Paul’s lessons on contentment and rejoicing to your life
  • Understand the context of Revelation
  • And much more

Moffatt’s contributions to New Testament studies were immense. His interest in NT history and the theology of Jesus helped guide and direct the twentieth century’s conversations on theology. Moffatt contributed to other top collections, like the International Critical Commentary, and rounded out the Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series with contributions from 12 of his favorite scholars and authors.

Expand your New Testament knowledge—place your bid on the Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series today!

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Martin Luther on Education, Vocation, Worship, and More

Select Studies in Martin Luther's Life and InfluencePre-order Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence and you’ll get 25% off!

Have you ever wanted to know what Luther thought about a particular topic? This collection groups Luther’s writings into categorized units, allowing you to learn just that. These 29 volumes examine Luther’s works and shed light on his opinions.

Discover where Luther stood on key issues

This collection offers essential texts (such as Gustaf Wingren’s classic Luther on Vocation) and provides fresh insight into many aspects of Luther’s life and theology. Explore his doctrine of the church, notion of Christian liberty, views on worship, and beliefs about the Sacrament of Communion. Discover new research on his mother’s influence in his life, and see his devotional writings in a new light.

You’ll learn about Luther’s transition from medieval Catholicism, explore a selection of his political writings, and immerse yourself in studies of his thought in relation to historicism, Germany’s cultural revolution, and the English Reformation. Covering a rich variety of subjects within Lutheran studies, this collection helps you deepen your understanding of Luther and his legacy.

All 29 volumes are fully searchable, and you can examine analysis of Luther’s thought side by side with Scripture, Luther’s original works, and those of other influential teachers.

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While Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence is on Pre-Pub, you can pick it up for 25% off—that’s $115 in savings!

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Get Introductory Savings On the Eerdmans Gospel Studies Collection

Eerdmans Gospel Studies CollectionRight now, you can pre-order the Eerdmans Gospel Studies Collection for over $30 off!

This 19-volume collection examines the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. You’ll learn about Jesus’ use of parables, analyze the literary features of the canonical Gospels, and assess the Gospel of Thomas. The collection includes an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels, studies on the Gospels’ named women, and comprehensive guides to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Here are just some of the titles you’ll get:

Jesus and eyewitnesses

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

In Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness TestimonyRichard Bauckham argues that the four Gospels are closely based on the eyewitness testimony of those who knew Jesus personally.

“Bauckham has delivered a remarkable and insightful volume that is sure to offer a much-needed challenge to the status quo in modern gospel studies.” —Westminster Theological Journal

Women in the BibleGospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels

Richard Bauckham offers an in-depth study of both the individual women who appear in the Gospels and the specific passages in which they appear. This unique approach reveals that there is much more to be known about these women than previous studies have assumed.

“The texts that deal with women in the New Testament have been worked over so often it might seem that there is nothing left to say. In this masterful study Richard Bauckham easily proves this is not the case.” —Marianne Meye Thompson, professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary

Studies on Jesus parablesStories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus

Klyne Snodgrass explores, in vivid detail, the context in which Jesus told his parables, the purpose they had in his message, and the ways they have been interpreted by the church and modern scholarship.

“I have been looking for a book like this on the parables all my career. I celebrate its appearance.” —Charles H. Talbert, distinguished professor of religion, Baylor University

These thorough studies are ideal for scholars, students, and anyone else interested in furthering their study of the Bible.

Get these volumes—and 16 more—for the best price: pre-order the Eerdman Gospel Studies Collection today!

Celebrate Bonhoeffer’s Birthday with Discounts On His Works

Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor, theologian, founding member of the Confessing Church, and anti-Nazi. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and many have labeled his The Cost of Discipleship a modern classic.

Today, we celebrate his 108th birthday with discounts on some of our most popular Bonhoeffer resources:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works

Regularly $499.95—get it for $439.95

This widely acclaimed series gives you the definitive English translations of the German Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke. It’s a comprehensive, thoroughly annotated resource for the study of Bonhoeffer in the wider frame of twentieth-century thought and history.

tt-clark-studies-on-bonhoefferT&T Clark Studies on Bonhoeffer

Regularly $69.95—get it for $59.95

The T&T Clark Studies on Bonhoeffer collection presents fascinating insights into this significant figure. In Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906–1945, Ferdinand Schlingensiepen turns a lifetime of scholarship into the gold standard in Bonhoeffer biography. In Who Am I?: Bonhoeffer’s Theology through His Poetry, Bernd Wannenwetsch and others present Bonheoffer’s prison poems, shedding light on his life and development of thought. And in Theology against Religion, Tom Greggs analyzes Bonhoeffer and Barth, two of the most influential figures in modern Christianity, arguing that they followed essentially the same trajectory

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This volume by Geffrey Kelly provides a critical analysis and reading guide to two of Bonhoeffer’s great classics, Discipleship and Life TogetherReading Bonhoeffer offers a running commentary on each segment of these popular texts, as well as discussion questions suitable for the university or seminary classroom or an adult-education program.

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These aren’t the only books on sale right now—check out the full list of 180+ resources on sale all February long.

Improve Your Marriage with Jimmy Evans and MarriageToday

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Christian marriage expert Jimmy Evans and the teaching staff at MarriageToday have brought together over 400 sermons and small-group lessons for Christian couples who are married or thinking about marriage.

No marriage is hopeless

Jimmy and his wife, Karen, know that no marriage can’t be saved. After their first few years together nearly ended in divorce, they rebuilt their marriage by applying the principles they now share. Today, after 40 years of marriage, they teach that no matter how hopeless a marriage appears, every couple has a 100% chance of success—in fact, they can thrive!

“We’ve learned through personal experience that no matter how it may appear right now . . . no matter what kinds of challenges your marriage faces . . . no matter how high or thick the walls between you and your spouse may be . . . your relationship can be whole, fulfilling, exciting and strong. And if it’s good now, it can get even better.” —Jimmy Evans

The Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive covers 400+ topics, helping you overcome past wounds, face present challenges, and prepare for future obstacles. To hear more about what Jimmy Evans has to offer, check out the interview we did with him last year.

Attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Each year, Jimmy and Karen Evans host a MarriageToday conference. This year, they’ll be teaching on “Becoming One”—it’s an event you don’t want to miss. The event will be held in Southlake, TX, but you can also attend via webcast.

This year, make a commitment to improving your marriage. Pre-order the Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive, and attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Time’s Running Out: Save on This Top-Selling Commentary

Cornerstone CommentariesThe Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series (CBC) is famous for its evangelical scholarship. It equips you with important exegetical and theological knowledge: you’ll study the message and history of each key passage of Scripture, learning about both text and context. And through Friday, January 31, you can use coupon code CBC2014 to get it for 11% off!

“An enormously helpful series for the layperson and pastor alike because it centers on the theological message of each book and ties it directly to the text. This approach has been needed for some time and will be an invaluable supplement to other commentary series.” —Grant Osborne, professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

This commentary will equip you with the exegetical and theological knowledge you need to apply the Bible to modern life. You’ll study passage by passage, and pay special attention to context and important themes.

A trusted commentary on the whole Bible

The CBC is an amazing value, especially when you consider that it covers the entire Bible, allowing you to tackle even those hard-to-interpret passages. For example, take David Baker, Dale Brueggemann, and Eugene H. Merrill’s commentary on Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Many people don’t pay much attention to Leviticus, but Baker, Brueggemann, and Merrill explain three reasons you should: theological, religious, and historical. (Leviticus gives a history of the people of Israel, explains the who, where, when, and how of worship, and gives a background look at how Christians shaped the ancient Near East.)

Leviticus is just one example of an important yet sometimes-hard-to-read passage that the CBC helps you understand. Plus, with 40 contributors, the CBC is theologically balanced—you’re getting up-to-date, respected commentary you can trust.

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Last Chance! Get 44% Off the Mobile Ed Bible And Doctrine Foundations Bundle

logos-mobile-education-bible-and-doctrine-foundations-bundleA few months ago, we announced the very first Logos Mobile Education courses, gathered in the Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle. On February 3, the bundle is shipping—this is your last chance to pre-order it at 44% off!

Learn from some of the most experienced professors in the field

The Mobile Ed professors—among them Drs. Mark Futato, Lynn Cohick, and Michael Goheen—are some of the most respected in their fields. They each have a minimum of 10 years’ experience, as well as considerable experience teaching in the local church.

Video lectures are broken down into short segments and filmed in a one-on-one format: the professor speaks directly to you. Screencasts relevant to the lecture content provide hands-on training you can apply in your ministry. Best of all, Mobile Ed courses stay with you. Your videos, notes, books, graphics, screencasts—they’re all right there whenever you need them.

Integrate your learning with Logos

Mobile Ed is different from any other form of education: it was created to work seamlessly with your Logos software. As you study, you’ll be able to easily click through to the right book, the right page—even the right sentence. That’s a huge time saver. Plus, your video lectures are completely searchable within your library, so you’ll be able to use them time and time again. This isn’t a textbook you’ll use for only one class. It’s a library of information you’ll keep pulling from long after you’ve finished your formal coursework.

One of the greatest benefits of Logos is that you can take your research, notes, and entire library with you no matter where you go—even on your smartphone or tablet. The same goes for Mobile Ed. Logos brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. No matter whether you’re at a coffee shop or on an airplane, you’ll have everything you need to learn.

Lock in the Pre-Pub price, and take up to 12 months to pay!

The pre-order price breaks down to just $110 per course. That’s an amazing deal, but if you’re still not sold, just call us at 800-875-6467 and we’ll set you up with a payment plan. As with any other Pre-Pub, your card won’t be charged until the courses ship—and you can lock in the Pre-Pub price and split the costs up over 12 months.

Don’t miss out: pre-order the Logos Mobile Education: Bible Doctrine and Foundations Bundle today!

Add Over 1,200 Timothy Keller Sermons to Your Library

timothy-keller-sermon-archive-1989-2011This week, we released another update to the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive, completing the 1,233-sermon set! If you own the archive, you should have already received your update (and downloaded your new resources) automatically. If you haven’t received your update yet, simply restart your software.

“Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Timothy Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.” —Christianity Today

Since its launch last year, Tim Keller’s sermon archive has earned a glowing five-star rating. The archive integrates over 20 years of preaching into your Logos library, allowing you to search Dr. Keller’s sermons by passage or topic—which, without Logos, would be nearly impossible. You’ll be able to study Keller alongside your favorite Bible translation or commentary,  and take all 1,233 sermons with you wherever you go.

If you haven’t already downloaded the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive, now’s the time! Get the entire archive today.

Get $100 Off Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry

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Berit Olam (“The Everlasting Covenant”) gives you the latest developments in literary analysis of the ancient Hebrew texts. This collection is an enormous breakthrough in biblical scholarship and commentary—it’ll help you find answers that are both theologically meaningful and wide in scholarly scope. It represents some of the best linguistic and historical research available in English.

Immerse yourself in Hebrew storytelling & poetry

The authors reflect a variety of traditions, yet they share the same desire—to help you better appreciate the craft, poetry, and storytelling of the ancient Hebrew world.

The series looks not only at the historical context in which the Scriptures were written, but also at how Christians throughout the ages have interpreted them.

“Berit Olam, an outstanding contribution to biblical literature, is a multivolume commentary filling a needed niche in the field . . . recognizing the fine arts of storytelling and poetry that make up the biblical corpus and therefore contributing to a fuller understanding and appreciation of the art forms that constitute the biblical text.” —Robin Gallaher Branch

What stands out about this collection is that it doesn’t place any one hermeneutical method above the others. Instead, it combines a look at Christian thought throughout the ages and attention to historical detail to give you a well-rounded commentary on 27 books of the Bible.

Get it first—at the best price!

Through February 4, you can pre-order Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative & Poetry for 28% off—that’s $100 in savings! This is a Pre-Pub you don’t want to miss.

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