Now on Pre-Pub: The Eerdmans Biblical Resources Series

“We should not limit ourselves to a certain field or type of book. There are good books in all the various phases of life and human experience. We should feed our minds with a variety of thoughts, as we do our stomachs with a variety of foods. . . . Great books are like mountain tops. They take us toward the skies, a new realm, and a new vision of the world and creation . . . . The greatest of all books are those that bring us near Divine truth, with a message of righteousness to all mankind.”
—William B. Eerdmans

Since 1911, the Eerdmans Publishing Company has made it a priority to publish only the finest in religious literature, featuring works from authors like C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Karl Barth, N. T. Wright, Philip Yancy, and John Calvin. Eerdmans is focused on publishing books across a variety of platforms to bring perspectives and ideas to new readers. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Logos is making another collection from this publishing company available to our users.

Comprised of works by biblical scholars, the Eerdmans Biblical Resources Series (14 vols.) brings you a powerful resources to aid in your biblical study. Whether you’re interested in discovering the deeper meaning behind poetry in Scripture or are grappling with the theology of manhood and womanhood, you will be amazed by the information available. These aren’t your everyday perspective-as-facts resources backed up with limited citations—these books are chock-full of information from ancient texts, historians, and other scholars.

Let’s be honest, we read the Bible for understanding—being aware of the historical and cultural context as you study is a key to grasping the significance of the text. Though we will never be able to fully apprehend the wisdom contained in the Bible, these volumes can bring more clarity to your personal study, and hopefully, “near Divine truth.”

Don’t miss your chance to get the Eerdmans Biblical Resources Series while it’s at its amazing Pre-Pub price.

Are there resources in this collection that are favorites of yours? Do you have some favorite Eerdmans titles? Leave us a comment and tell us why.

Stanley Porter’s Idioms of the Greek New Testament

Idioms of the Greek New TestamentHave you had some instruction in Greek? A year in seminary or college awhile back, or you worked through a grammar on your own or in a group? Or you’ve just picked up stuff as you’ve studied?

Maybe you feel pretty good about what you’ve learned so far and can use lexicons like BDAG and TDNT, but reference grammars (like BDF and Wallace) are still unfamiliar territory.

Maybe you’re fine with “genitive” and “dative” and even “finite verb”, but when folks start talking about instrumental datives or transitive verbs, your eyes glaze over and your thoughts go elsewhere.

Good news: Stanley Porter’s Idioms of the Greek New Testament is geared toward you. It is an excellent and readable “intermediate handbook” that can help bridge the gap. Porter explains in his introduction:

My purpose for this book is modest. This book is designed for students who have completed approximately one year of Greek, and who would like an intermediate handbook to help them make a transition to using advanced grammars such as BDF, Robertson, Moulton and Turner.
Porter, S. E. (1999). Idioms of the Greek New Testament (14). Sheffield: JSOT.

The table of contents gives the range of items found in this 340 page book. It also includes a short glossary along with reference and subject index.
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Download a Free Czech Bible!

Do you read Czech? Or do you know someone who does?

We are excited to announce that Logos has recently released the Český Studijní Překlad (Czech Study Bible). The biblical text of the Czech Study Bible is easier to understand while maintaining the rich vocabulary and style of past translations. The translators of the Czech Study Bible have worked hard to translate the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts for increased accuracy. Filled with thousands of study notes and cross references, the Czech Study Bible will help increase the depth and breadth of passages you are studying. So pick up your free Czech Study Bible today!

Then consider adding another Czech resource to your library!

Logos also has the Czech Bible: 21st Century Edition available on Pre-Pub. This resource is translated into contemporary Czech, offering clarity and understanding as you read and study the Bible. This resource is currently the best modern Czech translation of the entire Bible. Order this new translation today on Pre-Pub and get it for only $19.95.
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Don’t Miss Out on the Welwyn Commentary Series!

It’s getting close! The Welwyn Commentary Series (WCS) (49 vols.)—one of the best commentaries made for preachers and teachers—has almost reached the Pre-Pub finish line.

With authors such as Derek Prime, Derek Thomas, Michael Bentley, Roger Ellsworth, Richard Brooks, and more, this collection is brimming with solid Reformed theology from experienced pastors and Bible teachers.

How useful are these commentaries? Check out these endorsements we just added to our product page:

The Book of Origins: Genesis Simply Explained

“The book is easy to follow, while at the same time being packed with solid teaching, especially biblical theology and sound application. It must have taken a great deal of toil to distill this much instruction into this volume.”
Journal of Dispensational Theology

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Classic Works—Amazing Deals

Warning!!

You may be in danger of missing out on some of the best deals Logos has to offer through our Community Pricing page if you don’t act soon! Some of our most exciting Community Pricing offerings are getting close to the finish line—you need to jump on these prices before it’s too late! Check out these titles that are too good to pass up:

And don’t miss out on these titles which need to be bid on by this Friday at 12:00 PM (PST):

That’s right! These six offerings have crossed the 100% mark and will be moved to the Pre-Pub page after this Friday at noon (PST).

And Don’t forget: with more bids, these prices can only go down! So place your bid, then spread the news. Hit the Facebook Like button on the top of each page. Push for them in the forums. Write about them on your personal blog—anything to alert others about the amazing deals on these classic works. If you have already placed a bid on one of these awesome works, tell others why you are excited about them in the comments section.

Read Beth Moore’s The Beloved Disciple for Free!

This week (May 15–May 21, 2011) Logos Bible Software is featuring Beth Moore’s The Beloved Disciple: Following John to the Heart of Jesus on FreeBookPreview.com. This means that through the end of this week, you can read The Beloved Disciple in its entirety!

Are you looking to grow your faith as you increase your understanding of God’s love? Let popular author Beth Moore encourage and edify you with lessons culled from the life of the apostle John. Follow John all the way from the thick of Jesus’ ministry to witnessing His death and resurrection. Experience John’s exile to Patmos and the wisdom of Revelation. Moore has mined the depths of John’s life and—in The Beloved Disciple—brings forth gem after gem of comfort and conviction.

How do I get the free preview?

Free book previews are featured in our free iPhone app.

Simply:

  • Download the free Logos Bible Software iPhone app.
  • Sign in or create a free Logos.com account.
  • Enjoy your Free Book Preview!

If you have another mobile device with web access, simply head to FreeBookPreview.com and follow the directions to check out Beth Moore’s The Beloved Disciple.

If you have a friend or relative with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch let them know how they can read The Beloved Disciple this week for free! And be sure to check out FreeBookPreview.com to see what previews are coming up.

Leave us a comment and let us know what you books would like to see previewed.

Come Face to Face with Biblical Characters

The Face2face Collection—now available on Pre-Pub—helps you reflect on the lives of significant biblical characters and draw upon the lessons of their lives. This nine volume collection investigates the circumstances that have shaped their lives, and connects those historic events to the way God moves in people’s lives today.

Take a closer look at David, Elijah, Samuel, Sennacherib, Simon Peter, the two Tamars, Bathsheba, Rahab, and,—a recent addition to the collection—Elisha. Read about how God’s plan unfolded in David’s battles and triumphs, what examples Elijah gives us to help break through spiritual darkness, how God used Bathsheba’s painful times for good, how Samuel teaches us about God’s purpose for us, and much more.

Each title includes helpful study guides with discussion questions and points of reflection that are great to use in small groups or for personal devotion.

Check out what others are saying about the Face2face Collection!

“They are biblical; they have sound theology; and they are relative to the issues at hand. The material is condensed and manageable while, at the same time, being complete—challenging balance to find.”
—John MacArthur, Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, California

David, Volume 1: Encountering the Man after God’s Heart is easily the most fascinating account of David’s life that I’ve ever read.”
—Dr. Kent Philpott, Pastor of Miller Avenue Church, Mill Valley, California

“Insightful biblical interpretation and powerful theological truths are compellingly portrayed and carefully explained through Samuel: Encountering Samuel the King-Maker.
—David S. Dockery, President, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

“Out of the stony slabs of antiquity, Sennacherib emerges, flesh and blood… Sennacherib: Encountering Assyria’s Great Terrifying Ruler is a must for preachers and teachers and an invaluable aid to Bible study.”
—Rev. Dr. Jim Winter, Pastor, Horsell Evangelical Church, and author

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to pick up the Face2face Collection while it’s at its phenomonal Pre-Pub price!

What biblical characters do you identify with the most? Leave us a comment and tell us about them!

N. T. Wright Collection Ships Soon: Last Chance to Pre-Order!

N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.

N. T. Wright is one of today’s most important and well-known theologians. His work touches many disciplines—New Testament backgrounds, Pauline scholarship, the doctrine of justification, and much more. Wright was named by Christianity Today as a top theologian, and he is a respected scholar of the New Testament—especially New Testament backgrounds. He’s also known for writing in a style that makes complex scholarship accessible for a large audience.

A few months ago, we announced a project to make 34 of Wright’s books available in Logos. The collection includes 15 books in the For Everyone series, plus volumes on eschatology, the life of Jesus, Scripture, and much more. It also includes the bestselling Simply Christian.

In the next couple weeks, we’ll be putting the finishing touches on this massive collection, which means you have a little more time to pre-order it at a discount. Once it ships, the price will jump. That gives you one last chance to add 34 N.T. Wright books to your library at a phenomenal price, so pre-order it now!

In case you missed it, check out some clips from our recent interview with N. T. Wright:

N. T. Wright in Bible Study Magazine

The May–June 2011 issue of Bible Study Magazine features N. T. Wright. Subscribe in the next two weeks to get the N. T. Wright issue!

Leave us a comment and let us know what titles in the N. T. Wright Collection interest you the most.

Remembering A. W. Tozer

A. W. TozerMay 12 marks the passing of author, pastor, and editor Aiden Wilson Tozer. During A. W. Tozer’s forty-four year ministry, he pastored several churches and wrote more than 40 books. Although Tozer has been gone for 48 years, his words, through his books and sermons, still minister to the world today.

A Few Facts about Tozer

  1. As Tozer was walking home from his job one afternoon, he heard a street preacher say, “If you don’t know how to be saved…just call on God.” When Tozer got home, he did exactly that by going into his attic and praying.
  2. Tozer used an area in his family’s basement to spend time in prayer and meditation. Tozer’s friends say that he spent at least 5 hours a day in prayer by himself without contact with anyone else.  Tozer once said, “As a man prays, so is he.”
  3. After preaching, Tozer often refused to stand at the church door to shake hands with the congregation because in his mind, that was “glad handing people and setting himself up to be flattered and thus self-deceived.”
  4. Tozer served as pastor of Chicago’s Southside Alliance Church for thirty-one years. During his time there, the congregation grew from 80 to 800 members.
  5. The Moody Bible Institute radio station, WMBI, broadcast a weekly radio program from Tozer called “Talk From a Pastor’s Study,” which focused on Tozer’s studies at Southside Alliance Church. Because of these broadcasts, Tozer was asked several times to minister to Chicago-area Bible colleges.
  6. Tozer often quizzed his seven children on what they were reading and created special bedtime stories for them.
  7. In 2007, the A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary was established as part of Simpson University. The seminary offers graduate degrees in Bible and Theology within a “Tozer culture,” in which they strive to honor, respect, and cheer for one another.

What have others said about Tozer?

“If a sermon can be compared to light, then A. W. Tozer released a laser beam from the pulpit, a beam that penetrated your heart. If you have never read Tozer—what are you waiting for? Thirty minutes spent in a Tozer essay is often better than a week at a Bible conference.” —Warren Wiersbe, Bible Teacher

“Tozer lived for and preached Jesus Christ. Contemporary Christians can benefit by discovering—or rediscovering—his writings.” —Franklin Graham, President/CEO, Samaritan’s Purse

“Tozer was a man of incisive words and momentous thoughts. Their forcefulness and acuity make his writing richly rewarding to contemporary readers.” —Christian Reader

“A. W. Tozer’s books reflect a unique blend of genuine piety and downright common sense. He challenged every sort of spiritual pretension while evidencing a devotion to Christ that was every bit as sincere as compelling.” —Charles W. Colson, Author

Explore Tozer’s Words

The fifty-seven volume A. W. Tozer Collection contains books written by Tozer or compiled from his sermons and editorials posthumously. This collection is a great way to discover Tozer’s thoughts on a variety of subjects, read his powerful sermons, follow daily devotions, and look into major themes throughout his books.

Several individual titles from Tozer are also available including:

Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite Tozer book, quote, or sermon!

Apostolic Fathers and Syntactic Analysis

Most folks who have been around Logos for awhile know that I’m pretty excited about the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. I mean, I am spending a large chunk of my “free” time working on an interlinear of the Greek portions of these writings (it’s getting closer, thank you for asking).

Just think about it: these are guys who lived and wrote shortly after the time of the apostles (Peter, Paul, James, John, etc.), let’s say between 90–200 AD. Tradition reports some of them were direct disciples of apostles. For instance, Polycarp of Smyrna is reputed to have been a student of John (reported by Irenaeus, a student of Polycarp). Clement of Rome, according to tradition, also has ties to Peter and Paul due to them all having ties to Rome.

I get excited about these writings because they are some of the earliest records we have of Christians writing, thinking and putting the gospel into practice. They’re working out the issues. And they get some stuff wrong, just like we do. But the early church took these writings seriously. After all, the Epistle of Barnabas and Shepherd of Hermas were part of Codex Sinaiticus (one of the oldest manuscripts containing the complete Bible text, dating to the fourth century) and Codex Alexandrinus (another early Bible codex, dating in the fifth century, likely) had First Clement and Second Clement after the New Testament.

I was reminded about this again at BibleTech:2011 as two different presenters (not to mention other folks I spoke with) mentioned in their presentations how useful it would be to have more and deeper analyses of the Apostolic Fathers available.

The texts are clearly important. They help us understand early Christianity a little better and they help us understand Greek (both words and grammar/syntax) a little better. BDF (a standard reference grammar for Hellenistic Greek) references the Apostolic Fathers frequently, as does BDAG. It is rumored that Daniel Wallace, in an upcoming revision to his Exegetical Syntax, will extensively supplement his material with references to the Apostolic Fathers (see here for details).

With all of this stuff happening, it seemed like a good time to remind people that we at Logos (myself included) would absolutely love to do a Cascadia-style syntactic analysis of the Greek writings of the Apostolic Fathers. It’s been on Pre-Pub for over a year now and has languished.

If you think this would be beneficial to you in your studies, you could help bring it closer by subscribing to the Pre-Pub. While useful for searching, I find these analyses useful for reading too. They help me get an idea of how each clause is put together. Over time this has helped me immensely. Now when I consult Greek text in a format that isn’t graphed (like, on my iPod on Sunday mornings during church) I can see the structures even better as I work through the text.

Below is a sample (a mock-up; no, we haven’t really done this much work) of Ignatius to Polycarp, 2.3a:

Polycarp

Here’s a translation: “The time seeks for you, like shipmasters [seek for] wind and like storm-tossed sailors [seek for] harbor, to reach to God.”

Oh, yeah: If you’re really into this stuff, we have proposed doing a Cascadia-style syntactic analysis of the Septuagint as well (more info in a previous blog post).

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think about our syntactic analysis projects.