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Today’s guest post is from Johnny Cisneros, Product Manager for Systematic Theology, and co-instructor of Learn to Use Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software.

In my last post, and the one before, I introduced you to Millard Erickson’s Christian Theology and Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Systematic Theology. I also mentioned that Pannenberg was a postdoctoral mentor to Erickson.

Who influenced Wolfhart Pannenberg? The answer is Karl Barth, the theologian whom Christianity Today calls “. . . one of the giants in the history of theology.” Pannenberg studied under Barth during his time at Basel (Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, pg. 1222).

Barth is best known for his multi-volume theological work, Church Dogmatics. No matter where you stand on Barth, one would be hard-pressed to overstate the impact Barth’s Church Dogmatics had on 20th century theology.

Here’s an excerpt about Karl Barth from Who’s Who in Christian History:

“Barth’s greatest influence was theological, with his emphasis on God’s sovereignty placing him firmly in the Reformed (Calvinistic) tradition. He differed radically from the mainstream of continental European theology, rejecting both its subjective emphasis on religious experience and the prevalent idea that Christian doctrine is subject to, or limited by, its historical origins” (Who’s Who in Christian History, pg. 66).

Check out some of these comments about Church Dogmatics:

“One of the most notable theological publications of our time.” —Expository Times

“It is in the Church Dogmatics above all that we must look for the grandeur of this humble servant of Jesus Christ, for the work he was given to accomplish in it will endure to bless the world for many centuries to come.” —Thomas F. Torrance

“Only Athanasius, Augustine, Aquinas and Calvin have performed comparable service in the past, in the search for a unified and comprehensive basis for all theology in the grace of God.” —Thomas F. Torrance

“Among Barth’s many books, sermons and essays, the multivolume Church Dogmatics—a closely reasoned, eloquently stated argument in nearly ten thousand pages—stands out as the crown of his achievement.” —Clifford Blake Anderson

“His multi-volume Church Dogmatics (CD) constitutes the weightiest contribution to Protestant theology since Schleiermacher.” —T. A. Noble

“Barth’s Church Dogmatics is by far the most detailed Protestant exposition of Christian doctrine to have appeared since the Reformation.” —Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

This week, two years ago, we released all fourteen volumes of Church Dogmatics for Logos Bible Software. We’re commemorating this anniversary by offering a this-weekend-only discount of almost 32% off of Church Dogmatics (14 Vols.). Simply use the coupon code BARTHMATICS during checkout to receive your discount!

Why Discourse Analysis Matters

Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament

Why does Paul sometimes say things like “I want you to know..”? Didn’t he want us to know everything he wrote?

Study of the Greek New Testament is too often limited to the words themselves, and not how the text hangs together as a whole. For years, Dr. Steve Runge has been incorporating the best research from linguists, translators, and biblical scholars to produce a suite of discourse-based resources from Logos Bible Software.

The newest addition is his Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis. This resource offers a book-length treatment of significant discourse devices and applies them to New Testament exegesis and interpretation. This book ships next week, so this is your last chance to get the discount while it’s on Pre-Pub!

Steve is also leading a 5-day Greek Discourse Workshop in Bellingham, Washington this summer. This workshop offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn how to apply this cutting-edge research very practically to your own exegesis. Space is limited, so you’ll need to register soon to reserve your spot.

A few days ago, Steve sat down to talk about the usefulness of discourse analysis for translating and interpreting the New Testament. This video describes the basics of discourse analysis and how it can be applied to the study of the Bible.

Remember, you have a little more time to register for the Greek Discourse Workshop. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

Free Greek and Hebrew Paradigm Charts

Greek and Hebrew Paradigm Charts

Have you ever been working through a Greek grammar and found yourself forgetting the ending for the first person singular pluperfect active indicative of a verb? Or translating a text where the meaning of the verse depends on the ending—and you’ve forgotten the ending?

If you’ve found yourself bogged down by rote memorization and you easily forget your Greek and Hebrew forms, these new Greek and Hebrew Paradigm Charts from Logos Bible Software can help.

They are useful for all levels of study—whether you’re a seminary student, or you simply want to refresh your memory from courses you may have taken years ago. Use them as handy reference guides while learning Greek and Hebrew.

The thick, glossy cardstock withstands your bags, folders, briefcases, backpacks, binders, notebooks, and whatever else you might store them in. They are clear and easy to read, and their 6×9 size makes them convenient enough to carry around with you to the library, the coffee shop, or wherever else you study.

You can order a 10-pack for only a dollar to share with your friends, or download the PDF right now for free!

These charts show you:

  • Endings for strong verbs: Qal, Niphal, Piel, Pual, Hiphil, Hophal, Hithpael
  • Endings for Hebrew nouns
  • Table of Hebrew numbers
  • Greek verb endings for indicative, subjunctive, imperative, infinitives, and participles in the active, middle, and passive voices
  • Declensions of nouns, including articles, pronouns, and indefinite pronouns

Greek and Hebrew Paradigm Charts are perfect for first- and second-year Greek and Hebrew students, and essential for anyone learning Greek or Hebrew on their own. Check out the product page to learn more.

The Pastor’s Pastor: Richard Baxter

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One of the gems on Pre-Pub right now is The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter (23 Vols.), an exhaustive collection from a man that has influenced luminaries like J. I. Packer, John Piper, and Charles Spurgeon.

Richard Baxter desired a life of quiet obedience but always seemed to find himself at the center of controversy. Ordained into the Church of England in the early 17th century, Baxter—while being drawn toward the growing Puritan movement—tried to avoid the increasing disputes between the Anglican church and the voices crying out for reform. As tensions increased and schisms seemed to be erupting at every turn, Baxter could often be heard encouraging charity among disparate factions.

Baxter’s desire for unity should not be confused for a lack of strong conviction. He was a man with a strong resolve and a sensitive conscience. Although he often was the voice of reason between two extremes, Baxter’s resolve and sensitivity to God’s will often inflamed those on both sides.

He was imprisoned for running a conventicle. This small group which Baxter assembled to have intimate religious discussions was frowned upon as a possible inroad for schismatic theology and practice. His credentials allowing him to preach were withdrawn after he refused the bishopric of Hereford, having issues with the church’s episcopacy. Persecution followed Baxter everywhere. Eventually he was imprisoned for a year and a half and was forced to sell two extensive libraries to pay for fees and penalties.

Despite his legal woes, Baxter’s The Saint’s Everlasting Rest—written during a severe bout with tuberculosis—became one of the mostly widely read books of the 17th century. John Wesley often quoted Richard Baxter’s works in his sermons and writings and even produced an abridged version of The Saint’s Everlasting Rest in 1754.

The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter (23 Vols.) includes the treatises, sermons, and works of one of Puritan England’s most prolific writers and influential preachers all in one place. This means that not only do you get The Saint’s Everlasting Rest, but you get twenty-one other impressive works, including the timeless classic on pastoral ministry The Reformed Pastor.

Methodist apostle Francis Asbury wrote in his diary in 1810, “O what a prize: Baxter’s Reformed Pastor fell into my hands this morning.” And John Angell James, minister of Carr’s Lane, Birmingham wrote, “I have made, next to the Bible, Baxter’s Reformed Pastor my rule as regards the object of my ministry. It were well if that volume were often read by all our pastors.”

Don’t miss an opportunity to pick up this collection at the best price available now!

The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah

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Today’s guest post is from John Barry, Editor-in-Chief of Bible Study Magazine.

Over the centuries, much ink has been spilled interpreting the book of Isaiah—a good portion of this on Isaiah 52:13–53:12. The servant in Isaiah is one of the most intriguing figures in the prophetic Scriptures. The questions about this passage are many, the interpretations are diverse, and the answers always seem to be different. Some have looked to Isaiah 52 and 53 in search of Jesus, others to reclaim Israel’s role in the world, and some to find a historical explanation for this prophetic text that seems to have no precedence.

A scholar friend of mine once remarked, “I must confess: if there is anything that convinces me that the Bible is inspired, and from God, it is Isaiah 53.” Isaiah 52:13–53:12 comes out of nowhere. There is no precedent for an innocent servant of God suffering and dying for the iniquities of others. It is shocking, graphic and brutal, yet profound.

In the past thirty years, there has been little examination of the servant’s possible resurrection in Isaiah 53:10–12. Two scholastic interpretations have been cited as disproving the resurrection in Isaiah 53. Even though these interpretations have been cited multiple times as disproving resurrection in Isaiah 53:10–12, discourse analysis, a method that has been pioneered since these scholastic works were written, suggests otherwise. My book—now available on Pre-Pub with Logos—The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah, re-evaluates the scholarly consensus about the resurrected servant and proposes a new interpretation.

Learn about the resurrected servant prophesied 500 years before Jesus came on the scene. Learn about the prophecy that foretold a servant who would reconcile God’s people to him and restore them to their land. Learn how the resurrection of God’s servant means resurrection—metaphorically and physically—for God’s people.

Here’s what scholars are saying about it:

“John Barry’s exegesis of Isaiah 52:13­-53:12, a crucial text for Christian apologetics, is brilliant: well researched and cogently argued. Step by step he convincingly demonstrates that the prophet proclaims to the Babylonian exiles an individual servant who offers his life as a sin offering and is raised from the dead. His book will be my first port of call when studying this great text.”—Bruce Waltke, Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary and co-author of An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax and An Old Testament Theology

“John Barry makes an intriguing and appealing case that the mysterious ‘suffering servant’ in Isaiah fulfills his vocation through resurrection. . . .”
—Christopher R. Smith, author of After Chapters and Verses and consulting editor of The Books of The Bible: A Presentation of Today’s New International Version

“In The Resurrected Servant, Barry provides a detailed investigation of an important disputed element . . . Without rancor and in irenic fashion, Barry answers, Yes, the Servant did rise from the dead. . . . Those wishing to engage the exegetical evidence should not neglect this text.”
—Stephen M. Vantassel, Dean of Students in Theology, King’s Evangelical Divinity School

Much of the prophecy that comes after the book of Isaiah hinges on the ideas in Isaiah 52 and 53. I now see this passage “written” on almost every page of books like Daniel, Ezekiel and throughout the New Testament stories of Jesus. I truly believe that seeing Isaiah 52 and 53 through the lens of the ancient world and Hebrew poetry will change the way you read Isaiah and the Bible in general. So, pick up a copy for your Logos Bible Software and dive into the world of prophecy and resurrection.

Discount on 35 Volumes of Pauline Scholarship

Today’s post is from Dr. Steve Runge, a scholar-in-residence at Logos Bible Software and author of the Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament, Lexham High Definition New Testament, and the forthcoming Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament: A Practical Introduction for Teaching and Exegesis.

One of the best values for buying books for Logos is the Pre-Pub program, where you get a great discount for pre-ordering collections. In the last couple years, the number of Pre-Pubs which have shipped has grown by leaps and bounds. At the same time, the number of new Logos users has also grown, including many who haven’t had the chance to get in on the great Pre-Pubs from years past.

Pauline Studies Library (35 Vols.)

All of these things gave me an idea. What if we bundled the best resources in our backlist of books on a given topic into a library—a library which spanned multiple publishers and collections—and we offered it at a great price?

After digging around, getting permissions from publishers, and checking all the fine print, we are pleased to offer the Pauline Studies Library. At 35 volumes, it’s a massive collection, which offers some of the finest Pauline scholarship available. It includes classic works by F. W. Farrar, C. K. Barrett, F. F. Bruce, and more. It also includes current scholarship, like IVP’s Dictionary of Paul and His Letters and monographs or collected essays from Sheffield and T&T Clark by Francis Watson, Craig Evans, Stanley Porter, Bruce Longenecker, John Polhill and Rudolph Schnackenburg.

If you’re interested in Pauline studies and you’re looking for a great way to expand the results from your Passage Guides and Exegetical Guides, the Pauline Studies Library is a cost-effective way to do so.

The suggested retail for these volumes is over $2,200.00, and even at the normal sale price it would cost you around $800.00. During the month of April, we’re offering this new library for $399.95. That’s around $12 per volume, which is as close as we’ll ever get to the Pre-Pub prices of these resources again! Just enter coupon code APRILPAUL at checkout during the month of April to get the discount.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to find exegetical insights into the Pauline epistles, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal. But remember, the discount expires on April 30, 2010, so you need to act soon. Check out the product page for all the details on the collection.

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Aquinas’ Catena Aurea: What’s the Big Deal?

The text of this post originated on the Logos Forums. It was written by Rosie Perera, who is a Logos MVP and has great insight on a wide array of topics and issues, both theological and technical. She’s also a friend of mine. Rosie has given me permission to reproduce her forum post here to try to bring some more attention to Community Pricing — a great way to get cheap books — and to highlight one of those presently very, very cheap books that may soon be a bit more expensive: Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels by Thomas Aquinas (8 vols). Here’s Rosie:

Now that the George Müller collection is on its way, Catena Aurea is the next great buy in Community Pricing. With current bidding going as it has been, it looks like this gem will be available for $20 or less. We’re getting close to 80% of production cost.

Community Pricing is an awesome way to get works for the least expensive price imaginable. For example, the Müller collection went for $15 in community pricing, and pre-pub is now $79.95; sale price once it ships will be $129.95. And the nice hardback edition of Müller on Amazon.com costs $139.95.

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Bible Study Magazine Reaches the Classroom

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Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the Editor-in-Chief of Bible Study Magazine.

I know editors who dread getting mail. Usually the words, “What do they hate about me now?” goes through their head. I love letters to the editor. Not because everyone is happy with us all the time—that’s impossible—but because it is when I get to interact with subscribers. That’s one of many reasons why we respond to every email, phone call, and letter.

Several subscribers have now told me that they are using Bible Study Magazine in Sunday school classrooms. Here’s a letter from a subscriber who is using our publication in a different type of classroom.

Dear John–

Thank you for Bible Study Magazine! I originally subscribed out of personal interest; however, when my first issue arrived, I was immediately drawn to “Biblical Humor: Irony in Jonah.” As an English teacher in a Christian high school, I use Scripture as often as possible to teach literary terms. When I read Mr. Evans’s article, I was thrilled to discover that he included hyperbole, reversal and wordplay as well as irony. Eager to see what other nuggets I could borrow, I turned back to Cisneros’s “Start-to-Finish” and realized that the steps he identified are the same that I use to teach close reading to my students.

Needless to say, I devoured the entire issue and planned lessons as I read. The reading assignments outlined in “Facing Today” will become homework and the article’s subsequent questions will be class openers. Several titles found in the special section on Psalms will also be included in my English lesson plans. “Does God Need a Co-Signer” will be used as biblical integration in an accounting class that I also teach. And, finally, I will reference “Job’s Loss, Job’s Gain: Our Suffering, Our Pain” in January when I will lead a group of students on a two-week local missions activity.

I thank the Lord for the vision He cast and on which you acted.

Terri

Terri teaches from the Bible almost every day and has learned from our publication and has helped others learn by using it. It doesn’t matter if you are just getting into the Bible or are a veteran Bible teacher, Bible Study Magazine is for you.

We have even had Bible scholars—people with three to four degrees in theology, ministry or biblical studies—tell us they learned from reading our magazine. I can guarantee that you will read things in Bible Study Magazine you have never read anywhere else. How can I say that? Several of our articles mark the first publication of cutting-edge research. We look for new and better ways to read the Bible, as well as explain the classic methods, like the Inductive Bible Study method. Even if you think you won’t personally gain much from reading Bible Study Magazine, I want to encourage you to help others by using it in your Sunday school class, your small group, and throughout your church. We make it easy with ongoing Bible studies, themed issues around biblical books or subjects, and bulk packs.

Help others get into the Word by gifting them a subscription to Bible Study Magazine. Just enter their address in the shipping field at checkout. Or just tell someone about Bible Study Magazine. You could change someone’s understanding of the Bible and their relationship with God by just getting them to read a magazine.

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Making Morphology Work for You

Alright, I’ll admit that I am a word nerd, especially when it comes to Greek conjunctions. These are the function words like “therefore” and “because” that tell you how to connect one statement with the one that follows. If you look at Dan Wallace’s description in Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, you’ll quickly see that there are a number of places where the Greek conjunctions don’t match up very well with a single English counterpart. This is where drilling down on the word can really pay some dividends.

I was asked recently about the different uses of γάρ, so I’ll illustrate with this. In the Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, I claim that γάρ introduces something that strengthens or supports what precedes. Most of the memory verses we learn begin with “for” like John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, the list could go on for a long time. If you run a Bible Word Study, the “Translation” portion of the report will quickly show you that γάρ is nearly always translated as “for”.

Clicking on any of the other words will pull up a list of those instances where γάρ was translated with something else. I clicked on “indeed” (screenshot), resulting in the list of the six instances where the ESV translated it this way. If I wanted to find out what other Greek words are translated as “for”, I just need to hover over the blue part of the ring labeled “for”.

Doing so give me all this information in a convenient pop-up. Another way to get the same information is to run a Bible Word Study report on “for”, it will give you the same information as the preview (screenshot). Another helpful way of getting at the same kind of information is to do a Morphology Search. All you need to do is click the “Search” tab, select “Morph” in the upper right corner, then select the text you want to search from the pull-down menu. I am using the Nestle-Aland 27th (NA27) with Logos morphology. This search will show me every occurrence of γάρ in the Greek NT. (screenshot)

In the upper right hand corner of the results window in one of my favorite Logos 4 features, a tool that has had a huge impact on how efficiently I can find what I am looking for—the “Analysis” tab. What this does is allow me to organize all of the results (1041 of them!) based on all of the different kinds of information that can be known about that word. Take a look. (screenshot)

All I need to do to reorganize the results by something other than the canonical order in which they occur is to grab one of the column headers and drag it to the space where the gray text indicates. I can organize by follows by dragging the “Next Context”, Louw-Nida sense, part of speech, or any other kind of information which is annotated to this word in this text. I want to show off a cool aspect of the Logos Morphology, so I’ll drag that over. The Logos Morph subdivides conjunctions based on the function that they perform in the text. The function in the context is one of the biggest determiners of how the word will be translated. (screenshot)

One last thing that really makes this report useful—the ability to hide results. This lets me see at a glance just how many times γάρ functions in one role versus another. All I need to do is click the arrow next to “adverbial causal” or any other heading to hide the detail. Here’s what I get:

I can learn from this that the primary function of γάρ is as an adverbial conjunction indicating cause, whereas the other major use is as an logical conjunction with an explanatory sense. If I do not know what exactly these terms mean, I can unhide the verses and take a look at the difference in one passage versus another. I was curious about when γάρ is considered a “particle” so I unhide them to see if I could find a pattern. (screenshot)

Everyone one of the occurs in a question introduced by τί or μή. This made me wonder if there were instances where these question words preceded γάρ where it was not considered a particle but a conjunction. All I need to do is drag the “Conjunction Sub-type” and “Part of Speech” off the header, and replace it with “Previous context.” Then I hide the results that I am not interested in to narrow down what I am looking at. (screenshot)

It turns out that there are quite a few I would have missed in the other view. Now I will grant you that I am a huge word nerd, but try fooling around with the “Analysis” view next time you do a search. If you are doing a Bible Word Study, try jumping off a cliff by copying and pasting the lemma into the Morph search, and analyzing the results. Who knows, you might find some of the wonderful benefits of being a word nerd!

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Moving from Theology to Doxology

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Today’s guest post is from Johnny Cisneros, of our Design & Editorial department.

When I was in graduate school, I had the privilege of taking systematic theology of J.I. Packer. He started every class lecture by saying, “Arise, friends, let us sing the Doxology!” After singing and a word of prayer, he would remind us, “The goal of theology, friends, is doxology.” That is, our view of God should inspire us to worship God.

Dr. Packer’s devotional approach to theology was evident even in his choice of textbook for the course – Millard J. Erickson’s Christian Theology. Here’s just an excerpt:

“Because God is a person (indeed, he is pictured as our Father), our relationship with him has a dimension of warmth and understanding. God is not a bureau or a department, a machine or a computer that automatically supplies the needs of people. He is a knowing, loving, good Father. He can be approached. He can be spoken to, and he in turn speaks” (Christian Theology, pg. 296).

Now that’s the kind of doctrine that moves us from, “You’re right, God” to “You’re good, Father.”

Are you interested in moving from theology to doxology?

Then check out The Moody Theological Studies Collection (10 Vols.) on Pre-Pub.

Other great titles by J.I. Packer:

Also by Millard J. Erickson:

In a future blog post, I’ll introduce you to a theologian who had a profound influence on Millard J. Erickson.