Is God the Origin of Evil?

mobile-ed-david-w-baker-old-testament-bundleLast week we had the privilege of working with Dr. David Baker in the Mobile Ed studio, filming a few of his upcoming courses on the Old Testament.

Dr. Baker is a highly respected Old Testament scholar and prolific author. Some of his works include The NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch.

Dr. Baker answers the question “Is God the origin of evil?” by explaining the context of Amos 3:3–8 in this video from OT232 A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi:

Watch more video clips from Dr. Baker’s two-course Mobile Ed: David W. Baker Old Testament Bundle, and add these courses to your library today!

Get 50% Off Baker Books: This Week Only!

ephesians-an-exegetical-commentaryEvery day, you can get 50% off a Logos resource through our Twitter daily deals.

This week, we’re partnering with Baker Publishing Group to offer 50% off six valuable titles. You’ll find commentaries, an Old Testament survey, an apologetics resource, and more. But these deals will each only last 24 hours!

Make sure you don’t miss these deals:

  1. Follow us on Twitter @Logos.
  2. Each day, look for #DailyDeal for a Twitter-only offer.
  3. Click the tweet’s hyperlink, and use the provided coupon code at checkout to get 50% off!

Today only, you can get 50% off Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary! To get your coupon code, just follow us on Twitter and find today’s #DailyDeal tweet.

Follow @Logos on Twitter now, and if you see a deal your friends might like, retweet it to spread the savings!

Logos March Madness: Round 1 Results

Round 1 Deals - Blog Image - 400x400Round 1 of Logos March Madness is over! Thirty-two authors won’t advance, but you can get 30% off their selected works. Don’t miss great deals on books by:

  • Charles Ryrie
  • Warren Wiersbe
  • A.W. Pink
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • Norman Geisler
  • And 26 others . . .

Visit the Logos March Madness deals page to see all the round 1 deals—more than 700 books in all!

Round 2 voting is now open!

Thirty-two authors are in round 2—vote for your favorites to get bigger savings.

Round 2 matchups:

  • N.T. Wright vs. John Piper
  • Gordon Fee vs. F.F. Bruce
  • Michael Horton vs. J.I. Packer
  • Milliard Erickson vs. Louis Berkhof
  • Darrell L. Bock vs. John Calvin
  • William Barclay vs. Andrew Murray
  • D.A. Carson vs. John MacArthur
  • Martin Luther vs. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Leon Morris vs. Ben Witherington
  • R.C. Sproul vs. Craig Evans
  • Craig Blomberg vs. A.W. Tozer
  • Charles Spurgon vs. Saint Augustine
  • G.K. Beale vs. Dwight Moody
  • Thomas R. Schreiner vs. Scot McKnight
  • Craig Keener vs. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Douglas Moo vs. Jonathan Edwards

Voting ends March 12 at 5 p.m. (PST), so don’t miss your chance—vote now!

Time Is Running Out to Save 30% on C.S. Lewis!

Lewis CollectionThe C.S. Lewis Collection ships March 8—pre-order yours today to save 30%!

Experience Lewis’ works

You’ve learned about the importance of individual Lewis works, including Mere ChristianityA Grief Observed, and The Screwtape Letters. You can also check out a variety of perspectives on C.S. Lewis that will help you appreciate his work from different points of view.

Lewis is one of the most beloved and well-known authors. His wisdom and passion shines through each of his works, as evidenced by some of his most inspirational quotes.

Experience C.S. Lewis for yourself when you purchase the 30-volume set, featuring some of his most powerful works—including all three volumes of his letters.

Uncover the power of the Logos edition

Lewis’ works shine even brighter in the Logos edition. This tagged and fully searchable format allows you to search across all 30 volumes, including his letters. Gain a deeper understanding by cross-referencing the date of Lewis’ writings in addition to their content.

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Experience the enriching study you’ll get with Lewis’ literary masterpieces in the Logos format.

Pre-Pub pricing ends March 8!

With less than 48 hours left, don’t miss your chance to get this exciting collection at an incredible discount.

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Your Guide to March’s Deals

marsale_blogMarch’s deals are here, and you can save on more than 100 products. Not sure where to get started? Here are some of this month’s best offers:

  1. The top-selling products on sale: the Handbook on the Old Testament Series and I. Howard Marshal’s New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel
  2. The biggest discounts (in dollars): $200.00 off the WallBuilders American Foundations Digital Library and $149.00 off the 30-volume Baker Studies in Apologetics Collection
  3. The biggest discounts (in percentages): 47% off John Miley’s Systematic Theology and 46% off the Select Works of Simon J. Kistemaker
  4. Other highlights:

And don’t miss all the other great deals on a wide range of commentaries, theological works, language studies, and much more. Build your library with books by John MacArthur, Bryan Chapell, H.A. Ironside, and others.

Get Dozens of Eerdmans Resources at the Best Prices

Logos’ Pre-Publication program gets the titles you want into Logos, while also giving you the best discounts on those resources. Currently, there are dozens of valuable Bible reference works from Eerdmans available on Pre-Pub. You can get up to 34% off works on hermeneutics, biblical studies, preaching, history, philosophy, theology, and more.

Here are some great Eerdmans resources currently on Pre-Pub that you won’t want to miss:

eerdmans-lesslie-newbigin-collectionEerdmans Lesslie Newbigin Collection (8 vols.)

Explore pertinent topics in missions, discipleship, and church structure with these select works from renowned missiologist Lesslie Newbigin. A prolific author and long-time missionary, Newbigin’s works laid the foundations of the missional church movement. The collection includes the popular The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, which provides a brilliant analysis of contemporary culture and suggests how Christians can more confidently affirm their faith in such a context.

eerdmans-ben-witherington-biblical-theology-collectionEerdmans Ben Witherington Biblical Theology Collection (6 vols.)

Join leading New Testament scholar Ben Witherington as he examines major themes in New Testament practical and biblical theology. Examine how the Bible treats aspects of everyday life in The Rest of Life: Rest, Play, Eating, Studying, Sex from a Kingdom Perspective. Gain a better understanding of the kingdom of God with Imminent Domain: The Story of the Kingdom of God and Its Celebration.

pentecostal-manifestos-seriesPentecostal Manifestos Series (6 vols.)

The Pentecostal Manifestos Series presents six volumes of theologically robust resources from Christianity’s fastest-growing movement. You’ll find surveys of Pentecostal contributions to Christian philosophy, thorough treatments of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, analysis of how science interacts with Pentecostal theology, and substantive biblical studies on Trinitarian doctrine.

eerdmans-miroslav-volf-collectionEerdmans Miroslav Volf Collection (6 vols.)

One of the most influential theologians alive today, Yale professor Miroslav Volf is often referred to as “theologian of the bridge,” due to his contributions to interfaith dialogue. The works in this collection explore topics such as Christian living; the intersection of faith, politics, and business; and the ways in which faith functions in a globalized, postmodern society.

jewish-origins-of-christianity-collectionJewish Origins of Christianity Collection (2 vols.)

Study and appreciate Christianity’s rich Hebrew heritage with the help of distinguished Christian scholar of Judaism Marvin R. Wilson. In Our Father Abraham, Wilson offers an informed theological guide to the Jewish foundations of the Christian faith. Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage illuminates theological, spiritual, and ethical themes of the Hebrew Scriptures that directly affect Christian understanding and experience.

eerdmans-bible-reference-bundle-2Eerdmans Bible Reference Bundle 2

You can get all the resources above, plus many more, at an even greater discount! This 233-volume bundle is packed with the quality scholarship Eerdmans is known for, featuring the work of today’s premier Bible scholars, theologians, philosophers, and church historians.

In addition to the above collections, you’ll get the 23-volume Eerdmans Reformed Thought and History Collection, the 16-volume Eerdmans Biblical Studies Upgrade, the 25-volume Eerdmans Lutheran Thought and History Collection, the four-volume Eerdmans Philosophical Theology Collection, and much more.

Pre-order yours today!

Meet Contemporary Challenges with March’s Free Book

Blog HeaderThrough March, download the Augsburg Commentary on 1 Corinthians for free!

The issues that faced the congregation in first-century Corinth are still applicable today. From divisions and factions, to sexual immorality, to controversies over the Lord’s Supper, to speaking in tongues, explore how Paul addressed issues that remain relevant to the twenty-first century. His words of advice, encouragement, and reproach for the church in Corinth remain fitting and useful even today.

Roy Harrisville’s commentary on 1 Corinthians brings Paul’s words into the modern context with detailed insight and practical application. Get this book for free during March!

Get a second book for 99 cents!

2 CorinthiansMaintain a consistent study with a second volume from the Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament: 2 Corinthians. Most scholars believe that the book we now know as 2 Corinthians was actually one of many letters to the Corinthian church.

After Paul’s departure from Corinth, partisan politics became a serious issue. In addition, a number of moral and theological problems surfaced. Because of his conscientious concern for new converts (2 Cor. 11:28), Paul appears to have carried on an extensive correspondence.

Noted Greek scholar William Frederick Danger, editor of the well-known BDAG volume, deals with these issues and more in his stimulating commentary on 2 Corinthians. Together, these two books maintain a close-knit message of patient rebuke and hope for reconciliation.

Win the entire set

Enter to win the entire 15-volume Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament! This set addresses important exegetical and interpretive issues with the best of biblical scholarship. With step-by-step explanation and detailed analysis, this commentary series is designed for students, scholars, pastors, and laypeople. What’s more, each author presents information within the understanding that the faith and life of the church is central to understanding the Word of God.

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Get two volumes on 1 and 2 Corinthians today for only 99 cents!

Bible Study with Logos 6

BSM_Blog_MarAprEach issue of Bible Study Magazine features a “Bible Study with Logos 6″ section, which shows you how Logos 6 can help you gain insight and understanding by tackling a complex Bible passage.

Here’s an example from the current issue of Bible Study Magazine—see the power of Logos 6 in action:

Let Your Yes Be Yes

By Elliot Ritzema

I remember reading a description of a political meeting from the 18th century. In it, one speech was described as “pathetic.” That was jarring to me, since calling something or someone “pathetic” is an insult today. But back then, it merely meant that the speech was intended to move the listeners to compassion.

If word meanings change over time, even in the same language, imagine translating an ancient concept from one language to another! We often have to do this when we study the Bible, so it is always worthwhile to research the words’ ancient meanings. One example is the concept of oaths in James 5:12:

But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

Step 1: The Passage Guide

I often begin a study using the Passage Guide in Logos, which points me to commentaries, journals, cross-references, and ancient literature. Here I notice that Jesus’ statement about oaths in Matthew 5:33–37 is listed prominently among the cross-references. But for now, I want to use a feature that is new in Logos 6: the Cultural Concepts tool. I’m interested in how the concept of oaths was understood in the New Testament world.

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Step 2: Survey Oaths in the Bible

Clicking on “Oath” tab opens a Factbook entry on the concept of oaths: passages throughout the Bible, key verses, dictionary entries, different senses, and a list of ancient works all related to the concept of oaths.

The Bible list under the Cultural Concepts tab gives me 128 passages, only some of which specifically use the word “oath.” This is one benefit of exploring a topic with the Cultural Concepts tool rather than doing a word study. Here I find that oaths were used frequently by people including Abraham, Jacob, David, and God himself. How then did James get the idea that it was bad to swear an oath?

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Step 3: The New Testament Background of Swearing Oaths

To find an answer, it may be helpful to explore the concept in a dictionary or two. The Lexham Theological Wordbook says that “the perspectives on oaths and vows shift in the NT period. Jesus cuts through the cluttered and misguided practices of the religious leaders of his day in their swearing (ὀμνύω, omnyō) of oaths (ὅρκος, horkos) while at the same time pointing his followers to a higher standard than that of ot law (especially Matt 5:33–37).”1 This shift makes sense, especially since this passage from Matthew is from the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus explains how he fulfills the Law and the Prophets in unexpected ways.

Our exploration reveals that, although swearing oaths was a common occurrence in the Old Testament and in the cultural milieu of the New Testament, Jesus changed the attitude toward the practice. James continues that teaching, exhorting Christians to be honest at all times—not only when they have sworn an oath to do so.

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To get more articles about using Logos for Bible study, subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today! Plus, subscribers get special discounts inside each issue.

  1. Daniel DeWitt Lowery, “Oaths and Vows,” ed. Douglas Mangum et al., Lexham Theological Wordbook, Lexham Bible Reference Series (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014). []

Resource Updates: February 2015

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Whenever a resource you own is updated, you’ll get that updated content—for free—so your Logos library is always becoming more valuable and staying up to date with the latest improvements.

Here’s a list of Logos resources that were updated throughout February:

Added missing segment headings:

Updated bibliographic milestones:

Updated external links:

Updated to match the rest of the series:

Updated Bible fields and added page numbering:

Updated typos:

General resource updates:

Updated or additional content:

Factbook support:

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For powerful study made simple, get into the Word with Logos 6. With Logos 6′s study tools, you’ll get the most out of your resources as you discover new insights.

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