Last Chance: All Zondervan Pre-Pubs Ship Friday!

Time is running out to pick up incredible content from Zondervan at Pre-Pub prices. The following collections will ship Friday, May 18—don’t miss out!

Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle 3 (63 vols.)

This all-encompassing collection of reference material comprises groundbreaking studies tackling important subjects such as ethics, major world religions, theology, and much more.

You can get 63 new Zondervan books at some of the best prices available anywhere—digital or print. Books like Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith, a dozen new volumes in the NIV Application Commentary, and many more are available for pre-order in a discounted 63-volume bundle .

If you were to get all these books in print, you would pay $1,674.37, and even if you searched the web and found the best deals, you would still pay well over $1,000.00. For a couple more days, you can get all these books for around $899.95 on Pre-Pub, which works out to around $14 per volume.

This pricing is only available until this collection ships Friday, May 18. After we ship, the price will jump, so the window of time to get this discount is quickly closing.

This hefty bundle is composed of the following twelve collections which also ship May 18:

Whether you  invest in the entire 63-volume reference bundle or hand-pick a few of these amazing collections, you need to act soon. We ship all of these Zondervan books May 10, and then the price goes up. Pre-order them now!

Buried Treasures in the Sands of Egypt

B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt

In 1897, two archeologists stumbled upon the greatest cache of papyrus manuscripts ever discovered. B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt’s discovery of over two thousand manuscripts buried in a trash heap in the sands of Oxyrhynchus was a watershed event for New Testament and lexicography studies.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, as they’ve come to be known, date from as early as the first century CE all the way through the ninth century CE. They include literary works from Homer, Plato, and Sophocles, as well as other important works from antiquity. Also buried in the sands were some of the earliest manuscript witnesses to the New Testament writings. Among these discoveries were fragments of Matthew 1, Romans 1, and 1 John 4, parts of 1 Corinthians and Philippians, and a leaf from Revelation. These discoveries gave paleographers and lexicographers new manuscripts to analyze and compare with the thousands already at their disposal.

Why Is This Discovery Important for New Testament Studies?

Before the discovery of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, New Testament Greek was often called “Holy Ghost Greek.” This referred to the unusual style and syntax used by New Testament authors in their writings. Scholars like Adolf Deissmann and J. H. Moulton noted that the style of the New Testament was similar to that of personal letters, informal notes, and other non-literary documents found amongst the other Oxyrhynchus Papyri manuscripts. The discovery of the papyri put to rest the theory of a divinely inspired Greek language and allowed scholars to analyze the language of the New Testament alongside contemporary first-century writings.

Having the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1–15) in your Logos library allows you to do serious textual studies first-hand. For anyone engaged in textual criticism, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri are an indispensable tool. Instead of doing research based on what other experts say, you can engage in critical research with the primary sources themselves! What’s more, included with the Greek inscriptions are discussions on particular examples, translations with line-by-line commentary and the reasoning behind textual reconstructions, and references to relevant parallels. So even if your Greek is not as good as it once may have been, the  Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1–15) is still a valuable reference tool for contextual study of the New Testament.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri are on Community Pricing, and what makes Community Pricing so great is that it lets you set the price! The final price will be the lowest one with enough bids to cover production costs. To snag a copy of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1-15) at the lowest possible price, all you have to do is make sure your bid is at or above the final community bid.

Place your bid now, and tell everyone that might be interested in this resource to bid too. The more who bid, the quicker this goes into production at the lowest possible price!

Exclusive Mother’s Day Deals from Logos!

Wondering what to get your wife or mom for Mother’s Day? Don’t get her something that will grow less significant over time; give her a gift that will yield fruit for years to come. With Logos Bible Software, Mom can mine the riches of God’s Word for valuable insight and wisdom. More women are discovering the riches of Scripture using Logos Bible Software every day.

Take a tour of Logos 4 and see why  Kay Arthur, CEO and co-founder of Precept Ministries International, calls Logos “an awesome way to expand [your] understanding of the Word through the scholarship of others.”

A Very Special Mother’s Day Offer

We have been working hard on a special Women’s Library, and Mother’s Day seems like a perfect opportunity to offer a sneak peek at this new collection. In fact, we’re offering the Women’s Library for 15% off with the coupon code MOMDAY, and you can get it at Logos.com/WomensLibrary or through our sales department at 1-800-875-6467.

The Women’s Library collection features:

  • English Bibles
  • Topical studies
  • Bible commentaries
  • Bible references
  • Counseling resources
  • Introductions and surveys
  • And so much more!

On top of great resources for Bible study, the Women’s Library includes many other special titles like:

See all the contents of this collection at Logos.com/WomensLibrary.

The retail value of the Women’s Library is over $3500, but with this offer you can pick it up for less than $300! Does your mother or wife already own a base package? You can purchase the Women’s Library add-on which will add the distinctive titles from this collection to her library. Call 1-800-875-6467 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST) for special add-on prices! But hurry, this is a special introductory offer. This library will not be this price for long.

Take 15% off All Base Packages

Are you more interested in one of our other base packages? Take 15% off our popular base packages, with the coupon code MOMDAY. Compare the resources available in our various base packages to see which one is the right fit. She will love using Logos Bible Software to enhance her study and having the freedom to take her Bible study library and tools anywhere with free Logos mobile apps.

Get your gift in time for Mother’s Day by ordering your DVD with overnight shipping, or call our sales department to have them assign an immediate download. 

Whether you use the coupon code MOMDAY to get 15% off the exclusive Women’s Library or one of our other base packages, Mom will love a Mother’s Day gift that deepens and enriches her study of God’s Word.

Behind the Scenes: What Happens When Your Book Gets Updated?

One of the best parts of owning a book in Logos is that it’s constantly updated for free.

If you pay careful attention, you might notice new links and other obvious updates. But most of the updates happen under the hood—like updates to milestones, data types, and other pieces of functionality that make Logos books shine.
Here’s an example of the work we did on one of our resources, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary.

Updating the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is just under 7,300,000 words long. After looking at user-submitted typo reports and going over the entire dictionary ourselves, we identified around 800 typos, and fixed all of them. Or, to put it differently, we went from 99.989% accuracy to as close to 100% as possible. (I’m hesitant to say we hit 100%, because with a work this big, it’s inevitable that we—and all our users—missed one.)

This is even more impressive when you consider that 20% of the words in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary are in languages other than English: Aramaic, Danish, German, Greek, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Latin, Dutch, Norwegian, and a few other languages. There are also 61,141 words transliterated into English. That means finding typos is a little more complicated than running a spellchecker.

How We Fix Typos

Fixing typos isn’t as clear cut as it sounds. For some words, there isn’t a clear consensus on the correct spelling, like gray and grey. And a surprisingly large number of typos aren’t actually typos—they’re submitted by U.S. users encountering U.K. spelling, and vice versa. Many U.K. users report words like center as a typo, but U.S. users report centre. (As a general rule, we follow the print edition.) Other words are reported because they’re unfamiliar: we’ve received multiple reports of pine nut as a typo, with pine cone as the suggested correction. But a pine nut is a real thing, and it’s possibly referenced in Song of Songs 6:11.

For some of our resources, it’s not unusual to check a typo report against the print edition, only to find the typo exists in print as well. Fortunately this isn’t a problem with the print edition of the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, but with 22,000 books in Logos, there are bound to be typos even in well-proofed print source material. But unlike print, the Logos edition can be updated.

More Than Typo Updates

In addition to the typo fixes in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, we also added 4,810 bibliographic milestones. We added links for 39,080 bibliographic citations—both to resources already in your library and to resources that don’t yet exist, but will someday. We also linked thousands of references to 61 new data types.

The Anchor Bible Dictionary is just one of around 22,000 resources available in Logos. At any given time, we’re making thorough updates to hundreds of books, adding links, functionality, and other tweaks to make your books shine in current and future versions of Logos. All the updates work on all your devices—Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and Biblia.com. You always have access to the latest and greatest.

The best part? You get the updates automatically—absolutely free.

There’s nothing extra you need to do to get the latest, polished version. Nothing to buy. Nothing to click. It all happens in the background, all for free.

That means if you own the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, you already have all the updates described above. If you don’t own it, now is the perfect time to get it.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Just Got Better!

Many pastor’s studies, seminary libraries, and Christian homes contain at least one volume of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. This commentary series has become a benchmark tool for pastors and Bible students alike. Winning the coveted Gold Medallion Book Award for exceptional Christian content and selling two million copies, the Expositor’s Bible Commentaries have provided exceptional Bible study content to this generation.

Your Favorite Commentary Series—Completely Updated!

Zondervan is continuing this award-winning legacy with a completely revised and updated Expositor’s Bible Commentary for a new millennium. This new series contains 60% more content and provides the most recent evangelical scholarship from world-class scholars including new contributors like: George Guthrie, John WaltonEugene H. Merrill, and Andreas Köstenberger.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition will add depth to your preaching, teaching, and study with brand-new commentaries covering over 30 books of the Bible written by today’s most respected teachers, pastors, and scholars. The whole revision is being overseen by general editors Tremper Longman and David Garland.

New commentaries in the revised series include the following (other volumes have been revised and updated throughout):

Pick up the commentary series that Craig Keener calls “an abundance of excellent scholarship from many of the most prominent and careful evangelical biblical scholars today.”

Get it on Pre-Pub today for only $319.99!

What If I Already Own the Expositor’s Bible Commentary?

You may own the original Expositor’s Bible Commentary series. That’s okay. Simply call us at 800-875-6467 to find out if you qualify for the special $274.99 upgrade price! Special pricing expires May 15, 2012, so call now!

10 Books to Enrich Your Prayer Life on the National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer, an annual day set aside in America to turn to God in prayer and meditation.

Nothing can replace the access believers have to God through prayer—it is an invaluable part of a Christian’s life. Yet in a 2010 Lifeway Christian Resources poll of 1,200 18–29-year-olds, only 35% of those who identified themselves as Christians ever prayed with others, and 38% seldom (if ever) prayed alone.

We are talking about God’s call to his people to respond to him through repentance, intercession, and supplication. Prayer is too important to neglect!

If you need to revitalize your prayer life or just understand prayer better, both Logos and Vyrso have you covered!

Prayer Resources from Logos

  • Prayer: Basic Training by Warren Wiersbe: join Warren Wiersbe as he probes Jesus’ high priestly prayer in this commentary on John 17.
  • How to Get Results through Prayer by Jerry Bridges: are some prayer methods more effective than others? Jerry Bridges says, “Yes!”
  • An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible (5 vols.) by Dr. James Rosscup: learn about more than 1,000 references to prayer in 61 of the Bible’s 66 books. This five-volume collection on prayer compiles 50 years worth of Dr. Rosscup’s teachings on prayer.
  • Transforming Prayers by Kenneth Boa: “I have delighted in and reveled in the beauty of nature for as long as I can remember,” states Boa in the preface of Transforming Prayers. Pairing each prayer with an inspirational photo of nature, he combines written words with a visual illustration of God’s glory for greater effect.
  • Nelson’s Personal Handbook on Prayer by James C. Wilhoit: designed to be thorough and cover a wide-range of topics for personal growth, this practical guide will walk the reader through all aspects of prayer.
  • More Logos resources on prayer

Ebooks from Vyrso on Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is more than an opportunity to set aside some time to pray for our country. We can use this day to remember the value of consistent prayer.

Free Book of the Month: A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God

A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God is May’s Free Book of the Month!

“God not only created everything, but everything which He created is subject to His immediate control. God rules over the works of His hands. God governs the creatures He has made. God reigns with universal dominion.”—A. W. Pink

Arthur Walkington Pink, pastor and biblical scholar, discusses the omnipotence and sovereignty of God in The Goodhood of God. This book extols the virtues of a God who is more than a distant figurehead or quiet spectator, but the supreme potentate of the universe.

Biographer Iain H. Murrary says, “The widespread circulation of [Pink’s] writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.”

You can get Pink’s book free throughout May, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 40-volume A. W. Pink Collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to download your free book and enter the giveaway!

NDOP’s John Bornschein Targets Prayer Coma at ‘The Front Line’

If you’ve let prayer fall off your radar screen or acknowledge that America is slipping out from under its hedge of protection from prayer apathy, then National Day of Prayer Task Force Vice Chair John Bornschein is recruiting you to The Front Line: A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Battle. Deployed through Logos‘ new digital publishing arm, Kirkdale Press, Bornschein’s new ebook is available from Vyrso at a discount in observance of the National Day of Prayer, May .

Prayer: A Powerful Weapon

Bornschein, a frequent host on the “Family Talk” broadcast and Salem’s “Life Today” radio program, dispels the (oftentimes misleading) peaceful and serene imagery of prayer and portrays it for what it really is—a powerful weapon. Presented as a field manual for spiritual warfare, this new ebook encourages Americans to come out of the trenches and onto The Front Line of battle to wage war against the destructive forces threatening our nation.

“Given the troubling times facing our country, I remain convinced that heartfelt and persistent prayer have never been more crucial,” Bornschein asserts. “It is only through the humble intercession of God’s people and His gracious response that we will see healing and revival. As culture continues to crumble by casting out Truth for moral relativism (godlessness and lawlessness), we must realize that the church is a stronghold in this world. We are lifting the standard on the battlefield, and we must stand firm.”

“The challenge is that many in the church don’t know how to pray,” insists Bornschein, who co-hosts the Engage in Truth weekly podcast. “Christians, especially men, often lump prayer into the category of the intangibles and wield it as a last resort when confronted with difficult situations. Far too often, it has to be a really difficult situation to merit a little humility to push us to our knees.”

And Bornschein is confident that his war guide provides the crucial munitions and strategic war plan to get the entire squadron back on track.

Equipping Yourself with The Front Line

“With inspirational stories, tools, and resources, The Front Line enables new recruits and seasoned prayer warriors alike to gain a greater understanding of the number one weapon in spiritual warfare—prayer,” said Bornschein. “It is my hope that once they have read through The Front Line, they will never see prayer the same way again.”

The Front Line’s digital format is just the vessel that Bornschein believes will turn the tide.

“Kirkdale Press is on the cutting edge of information dissemination. I am thrilled to have The Front Line in ebook format, [as] the information in this book is now accessible to the entire world and is only a few clicks away,” Bornschein said. “They impressed me right away with their attention to each resource to ensure that content is relevant and focused on the issues in our culture, mobilizing the body of Christ at such a critical time in our society.”

As senior pastor at Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley in Colorado Springs and father of five, Bornschein knows how critical prayer is on every front.

“The need for prayer must be continually impressed in our communities and throughout our nation if we are to preserve the biblical heritage that has enabled America to become great,” Bornschein implored in a reminder to put on the prayer armor and weaponry by joining him on The Front Line. “It will lead to a revitalization and renewal of our commitment to Christ that will change the way we live and interact within our spheres of influence. It is a journey I encourage all to experience.”

Pick up, The Front Line: A Prayer Warrior’s Guide to Spiritual Battle while it’s on sale from Vyrso, and prepare for the National Day of Prayer on May 3.

Identify Biblical Themes with Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Today’s post is written by Gary H. Everett, author of Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. Gary received his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate. He has served as a missionary in Kampala, Uganda, pastored, and taught in Bible colleges.

A Unique Approach to Bible Study

Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is designed to guide readers into the biblical text using proposed thematic schemes that follow the redemptive structure of the Holy Bible. This way, readers know what a passage of Scripture is saying in respect to the overall theme, or message, of that particular book. These thematic schemes serve as a key unlocking the meaning of the Scriptures in a magnificent way. An accumulation of 30 years of Bible study, Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is a 7,981-page* resource especially designed to aid the preacher and teacher by helping them navigate through a sermon/teaching series so that there is a cohesive unity throughout a series of messages on a book of the Bible, guiding the listeners along a spiritual journey with a clearly defined destination, transforming each person to become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Identify the Central Theme of the Text

Every week a preacher wrestles with the central idea of the text. Sometimes he identifies it, and sometimes he is sidetracked by a secondary theme of interest. There is never-ending effort to identify the theme and preach the text correctly, and commentaries and other reference books offer little assistance in this area. I believe that the themes of each book of the Holy Bible can be established by following a procedure called composition criticism. Composition criticism is a relatively new and undeveloped field of biblical criticism. Historical-grammatical studies, textual criticism, and various forms of higher criticism have been used by scholars and pastors for centuries, but none of these has successfully “extracted” recognizable themes from each book of the Bible. Composition criticism has been of tremendous value in my efforts to identify biblical themes.

Amazingly, as one identifies and compares the themes of each biblical book, it becomes clear that the Bible is intricately woven into harmonious unity. We conclude that the themes and arrangements of these books were orchestrated by God Himself guiding approximately forty authors over 1,600 years of its writing and composition.

Don’t get bogged down in minutia before you grasp the big picture; let Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures help you follow the arc of the biblical story by helping you identify its themes. Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures is currently on Pre-Pub. Pre-order now and add nearly 6,000 pages worth of valuable study material to your Logos resources.

*The page count on the product page says 5,755. We are working with Gary to update this number.

Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament: A Must Have!

Logos has the first seven volumes of the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament on Pre-Pub now for only $119.95!

I cannot say enough about this essential set of New Testament commentaries. The Paideia series features the latest in New Testament scholarship, while paying attention to the narrative and rhetorical strategies of the biblical authors. And unlike most critical commentaries, the Paideia New Testament series doesn’t focus on long, technical discussions about the origin of the New Testament; rather, it comments on the final canonical text as it is. This frees the commentator to do what a commentator does: comment on the text.

You’ll especially enjoy how these commentaries highlight important cultural practices, and compare the New Testament with other contemporary Greco-Roman documents.

Not convinced? Here’s what these scholars have to say:

“Most commentaries rewrite earlier commentaries. The better ones, to the contrary, often go their own way. Talbert’s work happily is of the latter type. It regularly offers fresh readings and new comparative materials, especially from Greco-Roman sources. This is not a tired rehashing but a welcome contribution.”—Dale C. Allison Jr., Errett M. Grable professor of New Testament exegesis and early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

“Beavis brings to this commentary ample familiarity with the text of Mark and with ancient literature more broadly. Balanced in judgment and offering numerous astute observations, this work should prove highly useful, especially to serious readers seeking a reliable introduction and companion for their study of Mark’s account of Jesus’ ministry.”—Larry W. Hurtado, Professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology, New College, University of Edinburgh

“This marvelous commentary is packed with substantive information and fresh insights. Brant draws on current literary approaches and an array of useful sources from antiquity to illumine John’s Gospel. She likewise makes the complexities of the Greek text intelligible for English readers. . . . As with other volumes in the Paideia series, this one is masterfully designed to provide optimum access for readers.”—Craig S. Keener, professor of New Testament, Palmer Seminary

“With a firm grasp on the theological, ecclesial, historical, social, and literary issues, James W. Thompson has produced a commentary on Hebrews that is clear, compelling, and helpful. In Thompson’s hands, this often difficult biblical book breaks open with new power and meaning.”—Thomas G. Long, Bandy professor of preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

If you’re looking for a commentary series that’s stimulating, informative, and easy to read, the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament is the set you need to have! Pre-order it now!