Logos March Madness Championship Game

After five rounds of competition with almost 40,000 votes cast, we’re down to the championship game of the 2009 Logos March Madness book tournament. There have been some close-fought battles and surprising upsets along the way.

Who will rise to the top and become the Logos March Madness champion?

The final match is between The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer by philosopher and apologist Francis Schaeffer and The Existence and Attributes of God by Puritan Stephen Charnock. The winner will be awarded a 75% discount, and the loser a 50% discount.

Voting begins today and runs through Sunday night, at which time the champion will be decided. You will then have until the following Sunday night (April 12) to take advantage of the discounts. Head on over and place your vote now for your favorite title!

By the way, the two titles that got knocked out in the Final 4 round are currently available at 45% off using coupon code MMFF. The code is good through Sunday night (April 5).

22 Pre-Pubs Needing a Push

It’s time for another plug for the Pre-Pubs that are right on the brink of moving into production but need just a handful of additional pre-orders. Now that our Electronic Text Development team has finished up the Anchor Yale Bible, they’re ready to get going on some other projects.

Take a look at the products listed below, or—if you have a little more time—scroll through the Pre-Pub page and take note of the ones that are getting close to 100%.

Whether it’s commentaries, theology, biblical studies, or practical issues that you are interested in, there are plenty of titles and collections to choose from.

Focus on the Bible Commentaries (32 Vols.)If you’re looking to beef up the commentaries section of your digital library, look no further. These seven collections offer a wide range of perspectives at some great prices:

Do you enjoying studying Reformed theology? Have a look at these four products featuring the writings of A. A. Hodge, George Smeaton, Jean Henri Merle d’Aubigne, and William G. T. Shedd:

Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection (17 Vols.)Are biblical studies more your thing? Check out these titles:

If books dealing with the practical side of the Christian faith are what you’re looking for, we have several books and collections that might be a good fit:

Can’t decide or just want a bit of everything? Consider the Roy Zuck Vital Issues Series (12 Vols.).

March Madness—Save 35%

The Sweet 16 round of Logos March Madness has closed, and we now have 8 titles (listed below) eligible for a 35% discount using the code MMR3. This code will expire on March 28th, so grab these books now.

Voting is currently open for the Elite 8 round. Remember, the further a title advances, the greater the discount. Head over now and vote for your favorite titles.The grand champion of Logos March Madness will be offered at 75% off retail!

Title Retail
35% Off
Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology $39.95
$25.97
Historical Theology $59.95
$38.97
Holiness of God, The $9.95
$6.47
Rediscovering Expository Preaching $19.95
$12.97
Genesis: Beginning and Blessing $34.99
$22.74
Vitality of Worship, The: A Commentary on the Book of Psalms $40.00
$26.00
Interpreting the Pauline Epistles $18.99
$12.34
Studies in the New Testament $29.95
$19.47

Anchor Yale Bible Shipping Soon!

Anchor Yale BibleBack in August of last year, we announced that we’d soon be working on digitizing the massive Anchor Yale Bible (formerly Anchor Bible). A little over seven months later, and we’re just about done with the largest single project we’ve ever undertaken!

When we first started working on it, there were 83 volumes that we were going to be able to include. Since that time, an 84th has become available—John Reumann’s 808-page commentary on Philippians. That brings the cumulative numbers to 44,123 pages, 163 pounds, an estimated 25,300,000 words, and 10+ feet of saved shelf space!

Our electronic text development team has been pushing extra hard to have their work finished by the end of the month. So we’re almost ready to start shipping. For those of you who already pre-ordered this set, that means your wait is just about over. For the rest of you, that means that you still have a few days left to get your pre-order in at the deeply discounted Pre-Pub price.

Very few people own all 84 of these volumes due to their high cost and the amount of space they take up. Now they can be yours for just a fraction of the print cost and without requiring you to purchase any more bookshelves—and, of course, in a much more usable format.

March Madness Deals

Round 2 of Logos March Madness has closed, and we now have 16 titles (listed below) eligible for a 30% discount using the code MMR2. This code will expire on March 28th, so grab these books now.

Voting is currently open for the Sweet 16 round. Remember, the further a title advances, the greater the discount. Head over now and vote for your favorite titles.The grand champion of Logos March Madness will be offered at 75% off retail!

Title Retail 30% Off
Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology, The, Rev. ed. $17.95 $12.57
Introduction to Systematic Theology, An $24.95 $17.47
No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God $40.00 $28.00
Systematic Theology $34.95 $24.47
Desiring God $14.95 $10.47
Future Grace $14.95 $10.47
Pursuit of Holiness, The $11.00 $7.70
Theology of the Christian Life in J. I. Packer’s Thought, The $44.95 $31.47
Creation and Blessing $45.00 $31.50
Exodus, New American Commentary $32.99 $23.09
Introduction to the Old Testament Pentateuch, An $29.95 $20.97
Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books, An $29.95 $20.97
Light from the Ancient East $49.95 $34.97
Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical Commentary $34.99 $24.49
Synoptic Problem: A Way through the Maze, The $34.95 $24.47
Wycliffe Bible Commentary New Testament, The $29.95 $20.97

Logos March Madness

At Logos we tend to love books more than we love basketball. So, with March Madness starting today we thought we’d spin our own variation of the tournament and launch LogosMarchMadness.com.

The premise is simple—we’ve selected 64 of our titles and placed them in 4 divisions: OT, NT, Theology, and Popular. You visit LogosMarchMadness.com and vote for which titles advance each round. In each division, titles will compete based upon your votes. The highest voted titles advance until we have a grand champion.

To make things more interesting, we’re offering discounts on ALL the books in the tournament and YOU control how much the discount is. Every round that a book advances in the tournament, the discount increases. Discounts will be between 25% and 75%. That means that if you see a title you really want, it is up to you to spread the word and get people to vote. Post it on your blog, tell your Facebook friends, and tweet it on Twitter! If you want the discount, you need to get the votes. The discount is in your hands!

The tournament will run from March 19 through April 6 and will have 6 rounds. We’ve posted the full schedule and brackets on the site.

Opportunities like this don’t come along often, so don’t miss out. Be sure to subscribe to the Tournament RSS feed to receive updates on what books are advancing and the all important discount codes!

Logos March Madness—When books move up, prices go down. Spread the word!

New from Moody Publishers

Moody Bible Study Collection (11 Vols.)Yesterday we finished posting on our Pre-Pub page 56 new books in 11 new collections from Moody Publishers. The collections are a variety of sizes and cover a wide range of topics. Whether you’re a new Christian, a student, or a seasoned pastor, there are plenty of quality titles to choose from.

There are also several other Moody collections still on Pre-Pub, and some are getting ready to ship soon, which means that you still have time to jump in before the price goes up. Give them a look as well.

View all 19 of the Moody collections and titles on Pre-Pub in our handy new search results.

An Updated Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint

A few months back, we released the initial version of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint. That version included several books of the Septuagint (also known as the “LXX,” it is the Greek translation of the Old Testament, plus some apocryphal/deuterocanonical books). Our plan has always been to release more content as it becomes available.

Well, more content has become available, and we’ve updated the resource. If you already own a copy of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint, then all you need to do is run the resource auto-update script, or if you’re on a Mac, head to the product page and download the new file. If you haven’t purchased the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint yet, then you can order your copy today. (Why would you want the Septuagint? Read this post for some answers.)

What has been updated?

Because we want to get more content out sooner, we are releasing the books in various stages of done-ness. There are two stages. The first stage is a “draft” stage, which represents the finished draft from the translator, supplied to Logos. The second stage is an “edited” stage, in which the general editor (Randall Tan) has reviewed and edited the draft-stage translation.

In the below lists, all available books are listed in their current stage.

If a title is bold, then it is new to that stage. So Genesis, Numbers, Job, Zechariah and Malachi are new to the edited stage; they were in a draft stage in the previous release. And Judith, II Maccabees, III Maccabees, Wisdom of Solomon and Jonah are new books altogether (added to the draft stage).

Books in an edited status are as follows:

  • Genesis
  • Exodus
  • Numbers
  • Ruth
  • Job
  • Psalms
  • Additional Psalm (Psalm 151)
  • Proverbs
  • Ecclesiastes
  • Song of Solomon
  • Obadiah
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Malachi
  • Letter of Jeremiah

The following books are in draft status:

  • Judith
  • II Maccabees
  • III Maccabees
  • Wisdom of Solomon
  • Psalms of Solomon
  • Jonah
  • Jeremiah
  • Baruch
  • Lamentations
  • Ezekiel

There is still a decent amount of work left to do on the remaining books, but our translators and editor have been hard at work. As more content becomes available, we will update and re-release the updated resource so that registered users can have the latest material available—of course, at no additional charge.

Ancient Wars: Best-Documented, Most Controversial Biblical Event Made Interactive

Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the associate editor and project manager for Bible Study Magazine.

http://www.biblestudymagazine.com/images/sennacheribthumb.jpgThe Assyrian King Sennacherib’s invasion of Hezekiah’s Judah in 701 BC is one of the best-documented and most controversial events in the Bible and archaeology. The story “should be on Hollywood’s big-screen, because it is so full of drama, intrigue, big battle scenes, and surprising twists of plot” (Broyles, BSM Nov–Dec 2008, pg. 27). To help you investigate the diverse, discrepant accounts we have created an interactive online map to accompany Dr. Craig C. Broyles’ articles in the first three issues of Bible Study Magazine (the third article is online for free at BibleStudyMagazine.com). This event involves a new hope, an empire striking back and the return of the Angel of the Lord.

A New Hope. After the death of the Assyrian King Sargon II in 705 BC, a new hope of freedom emerges in the minds of several kings whose countries were militarily forced to serve the Assyrian empire, and a rebel alliance is created. Judah’s King Hezekiah joins the insurgents (2 Kgs 18:7).

The Empire Strikes Back. The newly appointed Assyrian King Sennacherib does not tolerate this rebellion—he strikes back and invades Hezekiah’s Judah in 701 BC. In the events leading up to King Sennacherib’s invasion, Hezekiah appeals to the Egyptians for aid, instead of Yahweh. Isaiah, a prophet living in Jerusalem, opposes Hezekiah’s political maneuvers, declaring that Yahweh abhors his alliance and that it will not help save Judah (Isa 30:2, 7, 31:1).

Sennacherib destroys most of Judah, including the prophet Micah’s hometown of Moresheth. Micah views the events as God’s divine judgment (Mic 1:8–16). Sennacherib recorded these events in a prism, dating to 689 BC, discovered in his palace. In the prism, he states “I locked [Hezekiah] up with Jerusalem, his royal city, like a bird in a cage” (cf. 2 Kgs 18:13–14). In a desperate measure to make Sennacherib leave Jerusalem alone, Hezekiah pays tribute to Sennacherib. This would usually not be enough for Sennacherib—he deposes, humiliates and replaces rebellious kings. In spite of Sennacherib attributing unqualified victory to himself in his prism, he does none of these things. He just moves on to crush other rebel alliances. The dark side has clearly put spin on the events. So, what went on here?

The Return of the Jedi. In the “bird . . . cage” of Jerusalem, Isaiah declares that Yahweh will rescue the city (2 Kgs 19:6–7, 22, 32–24; cf. Isa 37:6–7, 23, 33–35), and it happens. Egyptian forces approach Sennacherib, causing him to leave Jerusalem (2 Kgs 10:6‑9a; cf. 19:28, 33). The Assyrian forces then engage the Egyptians, but something unexpected occurs, they “abandon . . . their position and suffer . . . severe losses during their retreat,” according to the fifth century BC Greek historian Herodotus. Could it be that a “Jedi” has returned? “The Bible attributes this setback to ‘the angel of the LORD’ (2 Kgs 19:35), Herodotus to ‘thousands of field mice’ ” (Broyles, BSM Jan–Feb 2009, pg. 25). These events, though based only on circumstantial evidence, help us to determine why Sennacherib failed to take Jerusalem and depose Hezekiah, like he did with other kings.

These diverse, discrepant accounts give us a panoramic perspective on God’s Word, allowing for us to hear it through multiple voices.

Go investigate the story for yourself, and be sure to check out the interactive map. Then tell others about it on your blog, via email, or social network. We have made it easy with an already set-up linkable HTML code at the bottom of the page and social networking buttons at the top.

This is just one of the many excellent articles in the March–April issue of Bible Study Magazine. Subscribe now to read the others.

Nearly 100 John MacArthur Books!

We put together a new page at Logos.com recently that features all of the books of John MacArthur that we sell—nearly 100 total! In addition to his commentaries and Bible study guides on almost every book in the NT, you’ll find books covering spiritual gifts, heaven, family, parenting, counseling, Bible study, preaching, leadership, and a host of other topics.

John MacArthur, the pastor–teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California for more than 40 years and a regular conference speaker, has had a profound impact on conservative evangelical churches and Christians all over the country (and world) through his extensive preaching and writing ministries.

There’s no better way to read and study John MacArthur’s writings than in the Libronix Digital Library System. Finding out what MacArthur says on just about any topic or passage is a cinch with Libronix’s powerful searching capabilities.

While you could pick out all of the titles that interest you one by one, the most economical way to add MacArthur’s works to your digital library is by picking up the MacArthur LifeWorks and Commentaries Bundle, which includes more than 70 books and study guides for under $5 per volume.

Go have a look at the new page at www.logos.com/macarthur.