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Grasp the Bible’s Jewish Context: Get These 5 Discounted Pre-Pubs!

Judaism represents several millennia of rich history, complex debates, and influential texts. So why is it important to study ancient Judaism now? Because the study of ancient Judaism is the study of the cultural context in which Scripture was created. A clearer understanding of Judaism leads to a more contextualized understanding of God’s Word.

Discover new insights into ancient context: get these five Pre-Pubs on early Judaism at a great price. They’re about to ship, so pre-order now before the price goes up!

Get 40% off Text and Studies on Ancient Judaism (3 vols.)Text and Studies on Ancient Judaism

Regularly $149.95—get it for $89.95

This resource contributes substantial evidence on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Second Temple Judaism, and Samaritan studies. These volumes provide rare ancient texts and modern translations, and challenge popular assumptions about the Book of Giants, the Samaritans, and the Qumran community.

Get 36% off the T&T Clark Jewish Studies Collection (6 vols.)

Regularly $139.95—get it for $89.95

Get a detailed look at key issues surrounding early Jewish and Christian thought. These volumes offer clear, up-to-date studies on Jewish narrative texts from the Hellenistic period, the view of salvation in Second Temple literature, and the concept of the Messiah from Jewish and Christian perspectives.

Get 39% off the Biblical and Judaic Studies from the University of California Series (10 vols.)

Regularly $279.95—get it for $169.95

Biblical and Judaic Studies

This series brings together the writings of top scholars in ancient Judaic history, politics, language, and literature, and offers original arguments on ancient cultures. These well-researched critical volumes serve as an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Near Eastern studies, as well as anyone else interested in the details of Judaic history.

Get 22% off the Early Judaism Collection (5 vols.)

Regularly $114.95—get it for $89.95

Learn from the experts: get 50 years’ worth of research on early Judaism. With insights from George W. E. Nickelsburg and E. P. Sanders, whose Jesus and Judaism profoundly influenced scholars like N. T. Wright and James D. G. Dunn, this collection provides fresh translations of primary texts and explores key issues in early Judaism.

Get 20% off Wipf & Stock Topics in Jewish Studies (3 vols.)Wipf Jewish Studies

Regularly $49.95—get it for $39.95

These three volumes provide a thought-provoking analysis of identity, memory, and Zionism. Explore the complexity of Messianic Jewish identity, and examine multiple Christian perspectives on the conflict in Israel and the relationship between Zionism and Christianity.

Act now to get the best prices: pre-order these titles before they ship!

Bid Now on the Best Latin Dictionary for Historical and Theological Study

Last month, we released a massive update to the Perseus Classics Collection, adding morph tagging for all 259 Latin texts. This month, we’re promoting the best Latin dictionary for engaging those texts: Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary, better known as “Lewis and Short.”

The authority on classical through early-modern Latin

coverLewis and Short is the go-to resource for studying classical, medieval, Renaissance, and early-modern Latin texts. With over 2,000 pages of detailed lexical data, it’s simply the best single-volume Latin dictionary to have in your Logos library. With Lewis and Short, you can quickly and easily move from individual words in the Latin Perseus texts to their entries in Lewis and Short. Consulting definitions and exploring contextual usage has never been easier.

Grasp scriptural context

You might be asking, Why would I want to study Latin texts if I’m focused on Bible study? For starters, studying Latin enables you to engage the primary texts of the Roman era, which help you better understand the context in which the New Testament and early Christianity emerged. Ultimately, you’ll become a better student of the Greco-Roman world and New Testament backgrounds.

plinyFor example, Pliny the Younger, the high-ranking Roman official, wrote letters that help us understand the inner workings of Roman imperial society—including the early imperial persecution of Christians. In a letter to Emperor Trajan (Letters, vol. 2, p. 405) , Pliny asks how he should carry out trials of suspected Christians. He describes his current method of interrogating them, and how their worship practices seem to be “nothing more than depraved and excessive superstition.” The earliest surviving Roman document to refer to early Christians, Pliny’s letter is of great historical importance for understanding the unfavorable conditions in which Christianity first spread.

Works like Livy’s History of Rome and Julius Caesar’s Civil Wars help us understand Roman history. Livy recounts the mythical founding of Rome to the reign of Augustus; Caesar’ writings describe the military conquests that transformed the Roman Republic into an empire. Studying Livy and Caesar helps us understand how Romans understood themselves—how they narrated their sense of self and history. Contrasted with an understanding of the Gospels, understanding these Roman writers makes Jesus’ proclamation of a kingdom of mercy, peace, and forgiveness even more radical.

A language rich in Christian tradition

summaWe haven’t even talked about the importance of Latin for studying theology. Though Rome eventually fell, the language of the empire lived on, serving as the official language of Christendom for over a millennium. The early apologetic works of Tertuallian and Minucius Felix, which laid the foundation for Latin Christianity, give us a glimpse of how early Latin Christians combated paganism. Augustine composed his Confessions in Latin; Thomas Aquinas‘ magisterial Summa Theologica, also written in Latin, represents Christianity’s highest theological expression in the medieval era. You can’t fully engage these important theological works without some acquaintance with Latin. What better dictionary to have in your Logos library than Lewis and Short?

Bid now on Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary to help put this important resource into production. You’ll get it for 82% off, but you need to bid quickly—it won’t be on Community Pricing forever.

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Free: Get a John Piper Title!

Pastor Appreciation MonthPastor Appreciation Month is here, which means we’re offering deep discounts on pastoral resources all month long. Until October 31, use coupon code PAM2013 to get John Piper’s Brothers, We Are Not Professionals for free!Brothers we are not professionals

Piper pleads with his fellow pastors to abandon the secularization of the pastorate and follow the Bible’s call for radical ministry. He argues that pastors are being weakened by adopting a professional mentality when they should be striving for prophetic and passionate ministry.

Get Brothers, We Are Not Professionals for free, and then save on other Pastor Appreciation Month deals:

Get 15% off a new Logos 5 base packagebase-package for blog

Logos 5 gives pastors access to the best theological resources and the most advanced Bible study tools. Save hours of sermon preparation time with smart features like Clause Search, Timeline, and Bible Facts, and gain access to top theological resources. Use code PAM2013 to save 15% on the world’s most advanced Bible software!

Get 40% off the Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Christian EducationBaker Evangelical Cropped

Regularly $39.95—get it for $23.97 with coupon code PAM2013

This resource is perfect for anyone who wants to learn about Christian education, including church leaders, students, and professors. More than 850 articles survey the field, integrating biblical and theological concepts with contributions from education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, and philosophy.

Get 20% off The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way

Regularly $44.95—get it for $35.96 with coupon code PAM2013Christian Fiath

Michael Horton’s magnum opus is one of the most important systematic theologies since Berkhof’s. A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, Professor Horton views this volume as “doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.”

Get 25% off the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series (SRC) (8 vols.)Socio Rhetorical Commentaries

Regularly $149.99—get it for $112.49 with coupon code PAM2013

This resource offers the first sustained attempt to read and study the New Testament as both an ancient biography and a form of ancient rhetoric. The commentaries provide a glimpse into the persuasive methods the Gospel writers used, and contextualize the purpose of the Pauline letters.

Get 25% off The Works of Cornelius Van Til (40 vols.)Cornelius

Regularly $199.95—get it for $149.96 with coupon code PAM2013

Dr. Cornelious Van Till is one of the most respected apologetic theologians of the twentieth century. This definitive collection is an essential tool for apologists and students of Van Til’s thought. 

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Introducing 300 Illustrations for Preachers

One of the hardest things about preaching is finding a suitable illustration. You’ve prayed, you’ve studied the text, and you’ve written your outline, but now you need a good story or quote to make sure your message has its intended effect. As a preacher myself, I know how hard it is to come up with new illustrations week after week that both have an impact and stay on topic.

To aid preachers in their continual quest for good illustrations, we’re introducing 300 Illustrations for Preachers by Jim L. Wilson. Wilson is a pastor and homiletics professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. For the past four years, he has regularly contributed illustrations to Sermons.Logos.com. Now we’ve collected and edited 300 of his best illustrations, optimizing them for use in your Logos library. Each illustration is:

  • Categorized by theme, so you can find it using the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos 5
  • Categorized by Scripture reference, so you can find it by searching for a particular verse
  • Linked to the source (if that illustration is based on a news story)

This resource is currently on Community Pricing, so you can decide how much you want to pay. Once it leaves Community Pricing, the price will go up, so pre-order your copy today!

Study Bible Doctrine with Logos Mobile Education

A few months ago, the era of Logos Mobile Education began with the Pre-Pub release of the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle. Mobile Ed brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It’s education where you are.

The Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle includes nine courses, several of which acquaint students with how the Bible presents a strategic, epic story in an intelligent, deliberate way. One of these courses is BI201: The Story of the Bible.

What will I learn in BI201?

BI201 builds on OT101 (Introducing the Old Testament: Its Structure and Story) and NT101 (Introducing the New Testament: Its Structure and Story). OT101 and NT101 present the epic history of God’s activity with humanity through his people, Israel, and the history of the incarnation of Jesus on earth and the birth of a new, global people of God. BI201 focuses on specific connections between the two stories, demonstrating the unity of the Bible’s narrative by tracing theological themes across the Old and New Testaments.

The course begins with the dawning of the kingdom of God on earth and humanity’s rebellion against that rule at the Fall. The remainder of the Old Testament tells the story of God’s attempt to reestablish his kingship on earth through Israel. The failure of Israel precipitates the New Testament and its story of the coming of the incarnate King (Jesus), the spreading of his kingdom message, and his return at the end of days. BI201 presents the dramatic storyline as follows:

  • Act One: God Establishes His Kingdom
  • Act Two: Rebellion in the Kingdom
  • Act Three: The King Chooses Israel
  • Act Four: The Coming of the King
  • Act Five: Spreading the News of the King
  • Act Six: Return of the King

Take the next step—or get started—on your journey to greater biblical and theological knowledge today with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle.

Logos Mobile Education—it’s where you are.

Get 40%+ off F. F. Bruce’s Commentary on Ephesians and Colossians

In both the classroom and the pulpit, Frederick Fyvie Bruce stands out as one of the most recognized voices among mid- to late-twentieth-century evangelical scholars.

Born in Elgin, Scotland, on October 12, 1910, F. F. Bruce—as he is more commonly known—was educated at Aberdeen, Cambridge, Vienna, and Manchester University, where he excelled in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. Bruce held teaching posts at some of Europe’s most prominent universities, most notably as the Rylands Chair of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at Manchester University. He was a member of a number of prestigious societies, among them the Society for Old Testament Study and the Society for New Testament Study. Bruce was instrumental in the establishment of Cambridge’s Tyndale House, a library for postgraduate students engaged in biblical research.

Bruce was a prodigious author, and it’s in his numerous works that we find his enduring legacy. He wrote on a variety of subjects, including early Bible translations, Greco-Roman history, and the Old and New Testaments. Some of his better-known titles include The Canon of ScripturePaul: Apostle of the Free SpiritThe Epistle to the Galatians (NIGTC), and three volumes in the NICNT: ActsColossians, Philemon and Ephesians, and Hebrews. Bruce’s writings spring from a deep knowledge of apostolic Christianity and the Greco-Roman world it rose from. But he communicated in a way that was easily accessible, making the world of Jesus and the early church come alive.

You can get The Epistles to the Ephesians and the Colossians for only $24.95 with coupon code BRUCE13 through October 15—that’s more than 40% off.

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New Updates to the Tim Keller Sermon Archive

This past weekend, we rolled out another series of updates to the Tim Keller Sermon Archive. If you own the archive, you should have already received your update (and downloaded your new resources) automatically. If not, simply restart your software!

One of the benefits of Logos is that you always have the latest updates to all your resources. In this case, the update includes tons of new content; in other cases, we make updates behind the scenes that you probably don’t notice, like adding links to resources in your library or adding new milestones for better navigation. The cumulative effect of all these updates is that your Logos experience always gets faster and better.

If you don’t yet own the Tim Keller Sermon Archive, now is the perfect time to pick it up. You’ll get all the sermons already available today—including all the new content—plus free updates in the coming months as we continue to transcribe and digitize additional Keller sermons.

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The Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians Is Now Available!

When the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians was first announced, it received a positive response and quickly went into development. Now you can use it to study any passage in Galatians.

For example, let’s say you want to study Paul’s words about the curse of the law in Gal. 3:10–14. Just open the Passage Guide and type in the reference. The Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians shows up among your commentaries:

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If you click that link, you’re taken right to Spurgeon’s words on Galatians 3:10. In the middle of his exposition, Spurgeon provides an illustration on the futility of trusting in one’s own ability to keep the law. Illustrations are set off by a gray background:

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If you’re interested in Spurgeon’s thoughts on how to apply this passage (part of the larger section of Gal. 3:1–14), you can skip down to the end of the section to find the first of three applications:

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Finally, if you have some of Spurgeon’s other works in your library and want to read more from the sources mentioned in the Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians, you can find them by looking beneath the application section:

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The Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians isn’t the only way to see Spurgeon’s thoughts presented in commentary format. Get Spurgeon’s insights into Hebrews, Philippians, 1 & 2 Peter, and five more books—pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters while you can still get the Pre-Pub price!

Save on 180+ Products All October Long!

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We’re featuring over 180 sales all month long! Here are some of our top October deals:

2,200 Quotations from the Writings of Charles H. SpurgeonSpurgeon 2

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Tom Carter invested 10 years in reading Charles Spurgeon’s 3,561 sermons. The result of his work is this powerful collection of over 2,200 Spurgeon quotes and spiritual insights, perfect for sermons, research papers, and daily inspiration.

Get 75% off Studies on Genesis (11 vols.)

Regularly $599.95—get it for $148.95

10VTemplateThis collection combines thoughtful, challenging, and at times provocative research on Genesis from biblical, historical, and textual scholars. Each volume represents years of original research: some volumes are adaptations of dissertations and theses; others result from conferences or symposia on topics related to Genesis. The resulting collection combines some of the most significant scholarship on Genesis from the past decade.

Get 60% off the Christian Approaches to Contemporary Thinking Collection (6 vols.)

Regularly $299.95—get it for $120.95Christian Approaches to Contemporary Thinking

This collection interacts with Western and Eastern philosophies, showing the potential for theology beyond these intellectual paradigms. The included titles examine free will in heaven, Christian vs. modernist conceptions of suffering, conversion from Buddhism to Catholicism, recovering the sense of the sacred, wisdom in the contemporary world, and more.

Get 51% off A History of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus Christ (5 vols.)

Regularly $179.95—get it for $87.95A History of the Jeswish People

This classic set provides a richly detailed look at the world in which Jesus and his disciples walked. It includes essays on the political and religious establishments of the day (both Roman and Jewish), portraits of leading figures, coverage of messianic movements, cultural details, and surveys of relevant Jewish and Greek literature, including the apocrypha and pseudepigrapha. Schürer’s classic work, which covers the centuries preceding and following Christ’s life, is still frequently cited today.

Get 31% off the Gesenius Hebrew Bundle

Regularly $79.95—get it for $54.95Gesenius Hebrew Bundle

William Gesenius, a German Bible professor, was one of the leading Hebrew scholars of his day. For students of Hebrew, this reference grammar and lexicon has been among the most trusted and definitive resources for over a hundred years.

You don’t need a coupon code to take advantage of these special deals—just make sure you get them before the month is over. Take advantage of October’s deals today!

Celebrate William Tyndale: Get 25% off His Works

William Tyndale

“Christ desires his mysteries to be published abroad as widely as possible. I would that [the Gospels and the epistles of Paul] were translated into all languages, of all Christian people, and that they might be read and known.”
—William Tyndale

Tomorrow marks the 477th anniversary of William Tyndale’s death. Reflect on his life and influence with The Works of William Tyndale —for 25% off!

You’ll get key pieces of Tyndale’s work and theology, including The Practice of the Prelates and The Obedience of a Christian Man, which was instrumental in King Henry VIII’s decision to separate the Church of England from Rome.

A game changer in Christian history

William Tyndale was one of the most important figures of the English Reformation and Western history as a whole. His English translation was the first complete Bible to be translated directly from the Greek and Hebrew into English. Coupled with the invention of the printing press, that translation made the Tyndale Bible the first-ever mass-produced English Bible—and made Scripture available to commoners for the first time in history.

Works of William TyndaleTyndale’s impact on the modern Bible can’t be overstated—research suggests that 83% of the King James Bible’s New Testament was taken verbatim from Tyndale’s work, and 76% of the Old Testament.

Despite Tyndale’s positive impact on spreading Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church saw his making the Bible available to commoners as a direct challenge to its authority. Because of this, in 1535, Tyndale was betrayed by a friend and turned into the authorities, and on October 6, 1536, he was condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake. Tyndale’s dying wish was that God would “open the King of England’s eyes,” and just two years later, his wish came to fruition: King Henry VIII authorized the “Great Bible,” largely made up of Tyndale’s work, to be read aloud in the Church of England.

Learn more about Tyndale’s life and influence: pre-order the 3 vol. Works of William Tyndale. This Pre-Pub is about to ship—pre-order it for 25% off before the price goes up!

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