Will It Preach?

Bible Study Magazine NovemberHow do you preach on that imprecatory psalm? What do you do with that seemingly bizarre vision in Ezekiel? And where do even begin with the book of Nahum—easily the most unpopular book of the Bible?

If you’ve been asked or done the asking, you know that these passages present special challenges for the preacher. It can be tempting to avoid or at least gloss over them. In the November–December ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, we address the passages least likely to see a pulpit. From the violence of the Minor Prophets to the strange visions of Ezekiel to the tedium of the genealogies, we ask “Will It Preach?” and “How?”

Here’s what else the issue offers:

  • An interview with David Platt on discipleship and an active church culture in “No More Spectators.”
  • A response to the ongoing conflict in Egypt. Tharwat Wahba, professor and chair of missions at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, explains how Egyptian Christians are responding to violence and offers hope.
  • Insights from June Hunt on studying the Bible and counseling others.

You’ll also get the latest book reviews, an eight-week Bible study on Ephesians, and more!

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How Ancient Thought Agreed (and Disagreed) with the Early Church

Stoicism, a school of Hellenistic thought founded in the third century BC and popular through AD 529, was more than a philosophy—it was a way of life. In this scope as a worldview, it was, writes Paul Tillich, “the only real alternative to Christianity in the Western world.”

But, fascinatingly, Stoicism shared more than scope with Christianity. It came to many of the same conclusions about how to think and live.

Who were the Stoics?

stoics-of-the-roman-era-collectionBeginning with Zeno of Citium, the Stoics located happiness not in goods or success but in virtue alone; they emphasized self-control as the path beyond destructive emotions. This self-control took the form of:

  • Meditation. The Stoics would, visualizing their personal futures, imagine the worst possible outcomes—not as distant, unlikely events, but as present sufferings. They sought to realize that even the worst misfortunes can be survived and are not worth fearing.
  • Training. They practiced rigorous physical discipline, from sexual abstinence to hard exercise to the avoidance of tempting foods.
  • Self-vigilance. They monitored their thoughts and emotions, seeking to avoid lust, greed, and ambition in favor of reason.

Seneca and Epictetus argued that a properly practicing Stoic was, in a sense, beyond misfortune. The Faithlife Study Bible’s article on Paul and the Stoics notes, “Stoics believed that the ideal sage was one who could face calamity and misfortune with casual indifference, feeling neither sorrow nor regret. Stoics were proud of their ability to endure hardships and often paraded their fortitude and strength through ‘hardship catalogs,’ which listed the adversities they had endured.” (It’s that serene indifference to misfortune that colors our modern sense of stoic.)

Similar notions of the self

If contemplation, discipline, and vigilance sound familiar, it’s because the early church and Stoicism were in so many ways alike. Both were characterized by:

  • An emphasis on hardship. As the FSB points out, Paul’s letters also feature “hardship catalogs”—for example, 2 Cor. 4:8–9 and 6:9–10. And, like the Stoics, Paul believed that enduring hardships leads to growth in character: he writes, “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character” (Rom. 5:3–5; cf. 1 Cor. 9:24–27).
  • A sense of man’s depravity, and a constant self-examination. Like the early Christians, the Stoics regarded humanity’s natural state, with its lust, ambition, and other impulses, as deeply flawed. Both worldviews focused on the observation of self and the suppression of wrong thought.
  • An inner freedom from the world. Adherents to both worldviews lived apart from the world’s shortcomings and hardships. The early Christians looked with hope to the world that is to come; the Stoics reminded themselves that all is predetermined and that misfortune is illusory.
  • An aversion to excess. Since the Stoics and the Christians both regarded greed as wrong thinking, they shared a distaste for material excess. For the Stoics, mere wealth wasn’t bad—it simply wasn’t good. “Wealth consists not in having great possessions,” said Epictetus, “but in having few wants.”

Differing notions of the divine

But, though Stoicism shared much with Christianity, it differed profoundly in its account of the divine. For the Stoics, the universe was “a vast quasi-rational being with intelligence and will” (FSB), whose animating force they called (what else?) logos. They didn’t believe in the afterlife; they did believe that the universe would end and then repeat itself.

(You’ll notice that the Stoic outlook far anticipated cosmologies we regard as modern. The notion of God as the universe’s totality reappeared with Spinoza and, famously, Einstein; eternal recurrence was taken up by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.)
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Of course, Christianity’s and Stoicism’s distinct understandings of divinity entailed differing ways of life. Sharyn Dowd, in Reading Mark, notes that:

The Stoics . . . were also determinists; they believed that everything that happened was caused by the universal divine logos that pervaded and controlled all nature and human life. Therefore, the Stoics did not believe in petitionary prayer. People should accept the life circumstances decreed for them by the divine and not seek to change those circumstances in any way. (Emphasis added)

Even the Christian ascetics, so like the Stoics in their emphasis on discipline and their distaste for worldly excess, operated within different spheres and worked toward different goals:

  • For the Stoics, the work of self-examination was largely private. For the early Christian ascetics, penance and self-examination were deeply public, instantiated in professions of faith and confessions.
  • The Stoics sought self-control in order to master the self. The ascetics sought self-control in order to renounce the self.
  • For the Stoics, dependence on the world was to be replaced by dependence on oneself—”The wise person,” taught Seneca, “is self-sufficient.” Paul, in contrast, taught that Christians are profoundly dependent on God (FSB).
  • For the Stoics, love was at best suspect, toxic to self-sufficiency. For Paul and the early Christians, love was everything (FSB).

But despite these key differences, the parallels between Stoicism and Christianity—an emphasis on hardship, an understanding of humanity as innately flawed, a vigilant self-examination, an inner freedom, an aversion to excess—are remarkable.

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diogenes-laertius-lives-of-eminent-philosophersStoicism was the immediate context within which early Christianity flourished—the great alternative in terms of scope as a worldview, the status quo that the church rejected in radical ways. To know the one is to better know the other.

Noet offers the key Stoic texts in the Stoics of the Roman Era Collection (currently 81% off on Community Pricing!), which sets you up with the core works of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. The early Stoics—Zeno, Cleanthes, and Chrysippus—left us less, but we can still study them in Diogenes Laertius’ invaluable Lives of Eminent Philosophers, on Community Pricing for 83% off.

Keep learning about Stoicism and Greco-Roman context: place your bids on the Stoics of the Roman Era Collection and Diogenes Laertius’ Lives of Eminent Philosophers.

Then deepen your library with Noet’s vast Classical Foundations Bundle—39 volumes of essential ancient and modern philosophy, 21 volumes of Greek and Latin resources, the famous Harvard Classics (designed as a Harvard education on a five-foot shelf), and the 1,114-volume Perseus Classics Collection.

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Create a Legacy at Your School with Logos 5!

Logos 5What if every seminary student had cutting-edge academic tools—word studies, lexicons, exegetical guides, reverse interlinears, and other original-language resources? What if they could study from an immense library of networked texts, full of classics, commentaries, and contemporary titles? And what if they could create bibliographies with ease?

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Underwritten by generous donors and a small portion of students’ technology fees, DTS will be equipping more than 2,000 students with Logos 5 to aid their theological studies. This means that every student, no matter their income or educational program, will have access to the very best tools and resources for their biblical studies.

Logos 5: an invaluable tool

The best part of the DTS program is that, when students’ formal education is over, they’ll be able to take Logos 5 into their future ministry!

Logos 5 is more than a tool capable of academic-level study. It’s an important resource in the lives of pastors, counselors, youth leaders, and teachers. With Logos 5, these graduating students will be equipped with an immense library and helpful features to support a life’s work in the Word.

Make an investment in your alma mater!

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Get the Best Prices on These Homeric Greek Resources!

Homer rightly occupies pride of place in the Western classical tradition. To be educated in classical Greece and Rome was to know his poetry. That still holds true today: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey often serve as the starting points of a classical course of study.

As part of our effort to apply Logos’ study tools to the classics, we’ve recently increased our offerings of Homeric texts. Right now, you can get the best prices on several primary and secondary texts, as well as resources to help you learn Homeric Greek.

Pre-order these Homeric resources before prices go up!

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey (8 vols.)

Regularly $59.95—get it for $49.95 on Pre-Pub

The Loeb Classical Library editions of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey include English translations and the original Greek with morphological tagging. Read them side by side for comparison, or look up Greek words with A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges.

Reading Course in Homeric Greek (2 vols.)

Regularly $44.95—get it for $29.95 on Pre-Pub

Learn to read Homer in his original Greek. Designed to develop an accelerated reading proficiency, this comprehensive introduction to Homeric Greek surveys grammar, orthography, phonetics, morphology, and syntax while immersing you in Homer’s poetry with selections from the Iliad.

A Homeric Dictionary for Schools and Colleges

Regularly $23.95—get it for $17.95 on Pre-Pub

This dictionary, the standard Homeric dictionary ever since its publication, gives students of Homer instructive, contextual impressions of Homeric Greek. Optimized in Logos for use with Homeric Greek texts, this resource allows you to move seamlessly between Homer’s poetry, rich lexical entries, and over 100 images.

Homeric Greek—A Book for Beginners

Regularly $19.95—currently $14 on Community Pricing

This classic text provides a comprehensive introduction to Homeric Greek. It addresses grammatical and lexical content through a series of guided lessons that draw from the Iliad, making it a wonderful aid for learning Homeric Greek. You’ll also get Greek–English and English–Greek vocabulary lists, as well as a brief introduction to Attic Greek.

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Hesiod: The Homeric Hymns and Homerica (2 vols.)

Regularly $17.95—currently $7 on Community Pricing

Complement your study of the Iliad and Odyssey with this selection of primary texts from the Homeric age. This Loeb Classical Library edition includes the work of Hesiod, a younger contemporary of Homer’s who also wrote important poetic works such as Theogony and Works and Days. You’ll also get the Homeric Hymns and Homerica—a series of poems once attributed to Homer because of similarities in style, but no longer believed to be his work.

Expand your facility in Greek while engaging a core figure of the classical canon: pre-order these Homeric resources before prices go up!

5 Community Pricing Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

If you want to get amazing prices on classic resources, you can’t go wrong with Community Pricing. Here are five Community Pricing deals you’re about to miss:

Classic Studies on the Atonement (32 vols.)

This 32-volume collection of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century studies is crossing over at $20! That’s less than 62 cents a title. Place your bid by noon (Pacific Time) Friday, Oct. 18, to get this amazing price.

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The Baptist Encyclopaedia (2 vols.)

Discover the Baptist tradition’s rich history with biographical sketches of Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, and other Baptist luminaries, along with detailed illustrations of the London Metropolitan Tabernacle (where Spurgeon preached to tens of thousands) and the Bedford jail (where Bunyan wrote his classic Pilgrim’s Progress). Explore Baptist history’s formative events and institutions, such as the founding and development of the Southern Baptist Convention, born of a need to support pioneering Baptist missionaries like Adoniram Judson and Luther Rice.

If you’re interested in the history of Baptist thought, this is resource is a must-have.

Works of Hegel (13 vols.)

Interested in modern thought? Hegel’s influential philosophy is worth knowing. And if you bid now, you’ll get his major philosophical works, plus a number of important lectures, for 87% off. That’s 18 volumes of historically significant philosophy for only $25!

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About to cross over at $27, these seventeenth-century books revitalized the National Covenant in Scotland. They argue against Roman Catholicism, seeking to establish the Presbyterian Church as Scotland’s sole religion.

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Why I Love Working at Logos: Corbin Watkins

corbinSo, why do I love working at Logos? Two reasons: the variety of my day-to-day responsibilities, and my coworkers’ extreme awesomeness.

A wide spectrum of responsibilities

I started in Logos’ design and video department, and recently moved to the video team as a motion graphic artist. Over the last few months, I’ve illustrated, animated for both web and video, storyboarded, created props, written scripts, directed, edited, scored, and even acted. Thanks to all these opportunities to create high-level, meaningful work, my job stays challenging and fun.

Plus, I get access to the best technology: I use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Edge Animate, and Fireworks daily on projects like illustrated Verses of the Day, webpage designs, ad campaigns across Logos’ brands, marketing collateral (e.g., for the Logos 5 redesign and launch), and HTML5 web animation. On video projects—Verse of the Day animations, product videos, Bible Screen ads, etc.—I’m using Adobe’s After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, Screenflow, and Final Cut Pro.

Tight collaboration, talented people

Bringing each project from concept to implementation can be a long process—one that involves lots of people. I usually meet early on with the marketing project manager, brainstorm and review marker comps, scripts, or storyboards with other designers and videographers and our art director, present our chosen design to marketing managers and company executives, take a quick ping-pong break, and then work to bring those concepts to market.

It can feel like two steps forward, one step back, but it’s that distilling process that allows us to deliver the best work.

To sum it all up, I love my job because we get to make stuff like this:

We’re hiring awesome people.
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InternationalMarketsLogos is growing like crazy, and we don’t plan on slowing down. That means that we’re looking for more awesome people—and you could be one of them! Check out our openings to see where you might fit on the Logos team.

Growth around the world

Our mission is to serve the church by getting powerful, life-changing Bible study tools into the hands of people all over the world. And since we began translating Logos into more than 20 languages, demand abroad for Logos has only grown. That’s why we’re looking for talented, motivated specialists to guide our growth in a variety of international markets:

If you’re bilingual and you know the Christian market, we want to speak with you!

We’re also looking to hire specialists in several English-speaking countries:

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6 Reasons You Should Intern at Logos

photoLast spring, I graduated from college; four weeks ago, I started at Logos as a marketing intern. It’s been a four-week whirlwind—I’ve been learning a ton of valuable information and working with awesome people. And I’m only one-third of the way done! I leave Logos every day with new lessons learned, excited to return the next morning.

What I appreciate most about my time so far is how Logos empowers its employees, interns included. You won’t be doing busywork and brewing coffee for your superiors.1 You’ll take full ownership of projects—you’ll be the one in charge of strategizing and executing.

Sound overwhelming? Don’t worry—you’ll have an individual mentor, plus some of the friendliest and most helpful coworkers the corporate world has to offer.

Here are six reasons you should intern at Logos:

  1. Get real-world experience. You’ll work on important projects, and you’ll leave with firsthand knowledge.
  2. Take advantage of flexible hours. Are you an early bird? Prefer to sleep in? You choose when your day starts and ends.
  3. Get unlimited soda pop and espresso. Need I say more?
  4. Work with awesome people. Want to join a running group? There’s one at Logos. Want to have a potluck dinner with your team? Food is always encouraged. Want to host a game night? Logos loves games!
  5. Get surprise perks. Recently, Logos has treated its employees to free Belgian waffles, free vouchers at a local food festival, and more!
  6. Get paid. Since you’re doing work that matters, you’ll earn competitive pay.

Interested? Check out our internship page to watch helpful videos and learn more about why being a Logos intern is awesome. We’re looking for development and marketing interns right now.

  1. That said, with the unlimited-use, professional-grade espresso machines here, you may find yourself making coffee for yourself quite a bit! []

Latin Scholars: Save on Key Resources Before Prices Go Up!

Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic aren’t the only ancient languages of theological importance. Many of the church’s richest texts were written in Latin—Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, and far more. That wealth of early-Christian content makes learning Latin a valuable investment in your studies.

And for a little while longer, you can get Pre-Pub savings on two educational collections from Focus Publishing / R. Pullins, plus even deeper Community Pricing discounts on Latin primary sources and the famous Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary!

27% off the Introduction to Latin Collection

introduction-to-latin-collectionThis three-volume collection, an up-to-date first-year college grammar, gives you everything you need to learn and teach the language. The companion workbook adds challenging exercises, extensive vocab lists, and comprehensive English–Latin and Latin–English glossaries. You’ll also get By Roman Hands, a look at Latin inscriptions and graffiti as they appeared on Roman monuments, walls, and tombs. The result is an innovative union of language and culture—one that prepares you to grasp and discuss Latin nuance. Pre-order now and get 27% off!

30% off the New Steps in Latin Collection

new-steps-in-latin-collectionThese three volumes, designed for beginning students, set aside abstract grammatical principles in favor of need-to-know grammar, morphology, and syntax. Each volume consists of 30 lessons intended for a year-long course in Latin; the collection deals with numerous Latin documents, helping you learn in context. The vocabulary is based on Cicero, Virgil, Ovid, and Pliny the Younger, so once you’ve worked through the New Steps, you’ll be ready to explore the classics. Pre-order now and get 30% off!

70% (or more!) off Latin primary sources

You’ve learned Latin. Now it’s time to polish your skills with some of the West’s greatest authors. You can pick up these primary sources for 70% off or more—and with more bids, prices could go even lower.

  • Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things | currently 72% off
    Lucretius’ only surviving work aligns with the Epicurean philosophy against divine intervention. This book, the primary source of modern knowledge on Epicurean thought, played an important role in the development of Atomism.
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    Prudentius, the famous fourth-century hymnist and poet, influenced such famous works as the Divine Comedy, Everyman, and The Pilgrim’s Progress. In his collected works, you’ll find his thoughts on Christ’s divinity, Marcion’s gnostic dualism, and the Bible’s iconic scenes.
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    Study On the Latin Language (one of the earliest ventures into linguistics), Remains of Old Latin (a freezeframe of Latin in the making), and Attic Nights (a look at the intersection of Latin language and Roman culture).
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    Across 37 volumes, Pliny the Elder covers botany, zoology, astronomy, geology, geography, mineralogy, and more. This is a crucial source of information on the Roman era’s characteristics and technological advances.
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    Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a mythological history of the world, is regarded as one the most influential poems in history; Horace’s witty, serious poems, wildly successful in their time, have remained popular through the ages.

82% off Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary

lewis-and-shorts-latin-dictionaryYou have the Latin skills. You have the primary sources. Now you’re ready to take advantage of the best Latin dictionary. Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary, better known as “Lewis and Short,” covers the classical through late-medieval periods. You’ll get 2,000-plus pages of lexical data, contextual examples, and Logos’ smart tagging—when you come across unfamiliar Latin words in tagged texts, you can jump to definitions quickly and easily.

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Study theology and church history in the original Latin: invest in these resources before the prices go up.

Or keep reading—how well do you know the sophists?