Just a Few More Pre-Orders

We realize that we’ve been sending a lot of Pre-Pubs your way—on average about one a day. In some ways that’s good because that gives you more books to choose from and it’s more likely that we’ll offer the kinds of books that you want. But it also has its downsides. For one, it’s easy for many of these collections and titles to end up getting lost on our massive Pre-Pub page, which has nearly 200 products on it right now.

Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)Since we add new Pre-Pubs at such a rapid pace, it’s likely that there are some  buried deep in the page that might be right up your alley. Perhaps one of these:

  1. Old Testament Studies Series Collection (8 Vols.)
  2. Christ Is All
  3. PBI Old Testament Studies Collection (6 Vols.)
  4. Robert P. Lightner and Aubrey Malphurs Collection (9 Vols.)
  5. Smeaton Theology Collection (3 Vols.)
  6. Evangelism Collection (11 Vols.)
  7. Broadman & Holman Baptist History Collection (11 Vols.)
  8. Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)
  9. The Greek Testament by Henry Alford (8 Vols.)
  10. Sheffield Reader Collection (12 Vols.)

Each of these needs just a handful of orders to send them into production. Give them a look. If something catches your eye that you had previously missed, consider placing your pre-order. You could be the one to send it into production and make lots of patient people very happy.

Building Your Library with the Best Commentaries

If you love to study the Bible, you probably love commentaries as well. Commentaries are wonderful tools for helping you to understand the historical background of the Bible; the meaning of its words, phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and books; its timeless theological message; and how all of that applies to how we ought to live in the 21st century.

Commentaries are ideal books to have in digital format, especially when connected with the power of the Passage Guide. That’s part of the reason that they are our top selling category of add-on books. If you regularly watch our Pre-Pub page, you’ve no doubt noticed that we add new commentary series all the time.

Here are the recent additions to the Pre-Pub page since the last time I mentioned the commentary series on Pre-Pub:

We have several pages on our website that are geared to help you keep up with all the commentaries that we are making available—and help you choose the best ones for you.

The Product Guide to Multi-Volume Commentaries brings together all of the commentary sets we offer and provides essential details like intended audience, publisher, number of volumes, etc. We try to update it every time we add a new series to Pre-Pub or Community Pricing, so it should be a fairly accurate list of all the series that we offer. If you’re looking to add new commentaries to your digital library, this is the best place to start.

But what if you are studying or preaching on a particular book and want to find all of the commentaries that we have on, say, Romans? You could try searching on Romans, but that won’t provide you with a completely accurate list. (It’s even worse if you search on Mark, since Mark is a common first name and mark is a common noun and verb in the English language.)

We’re working on ways to make it easier to search and browse for what you’re looking for—like finding all the commentaries we offer on a particular book—but in the meantime we’re thrilled to be able to point you to an awesome new website run by DTS grad and developer John Dyer: BestCommentaries.com.

BestCommentaries.com lists the most important commentaries on every book of the Bible, along with the series they are in (if any), ratings, categorization, places to buy, and so much more. It even lists projected forthcoming commentaries! And one of the coolest new features is the integration with Logos.com. As you browse through BestCommentaries.com, look for the Logos logo. Whenever you see it, it’s an indication that that commentary is available (or will soon be available) in our format. Click it to go straight to the product page and place your order or pre-order.

You’ll see our logo on the best of the best page, as well as in the list of commentaries on a book when you hover over the commentary

and on the individual commentary pages.

As you continue to build the commentaries section of your library—both print and digital—be sure to make use of all of the helpful information at BestCommentaries.com. You might just find some new commentaries to add to your Libronix digital library that you didn’t even know were available!

Update: John just created a new Logos page where you can see all of the commentaries available in our format. Very cool.

New Books from IVP!

IVP Biblical Theology Collection (4 Vols.)We added some new titles from IVP to the Pre-Pub page last week. IVP publishes a lot of quality books, many of which are available for Libronix. We’re excited to be able to expand our offerings with these 17 new volumes.

IVP Biblical Theology Collection (4 Vols.)

  • A Concise New Testament Theology, I. Howard Marshall
  • Old Testament Theology, Paul R. House
  • Old Testament Theology, Vol. 1: Israel’s Gospel, John Goldingay
  • Old Testament Theology, Vol. 2: Israel’s Faith, John Goldingay

This set will provide you with some key biblical theology texts for exploring the the message of Scripture as it is progressively unfolded in each of the books of the Bible.

IVP Evangelical Theology Collection (11 Vols.)IVP Evangelical Theology Collection (11 Vols.)

  • Ancient Faith for the Church’s Future, ed. Mark Husbands and Jeffrey P. Greenman
  • Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect, ed. Scott J. Hafemann
  • Care for the Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Psychology & Theology, ed. Mark R. McMinn and Timothy R. Phillips
  • Christian Apologetics in the Postmodern World, ed. Timothy R. Phillips and Dennis L. Okholm
  • Evangelicals & Scripture: Tradition, Authority and Hermeneutics, ed. Vincent E. Bacote, Laura C. Miguelez, and Dennis L. Okholm
  • Justification: What’s at Stake in the Current Debates, ed. Mark Husbands and Daniel Treier
  • The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts, ed. Daniel Treier, Mark Husbands and Roger Lundin
  • The Community of the Word: Toward an Evangelical Ecclesiology, ed. Mark Husbands and Daniel Treier
  • The Gospel in Black and White, ed. Dennis L. Okholm
  • The Nature of Confession, ed. Timothy R. Phillips and Dennis L. Okholm
  • Women, Ministry and the Gospel, ed. Mark Husbands and Timothy Larsen

Each of these books is the fruit of one of the annual Wheaton Theology Conferences. These volumes contain essays from some of the top evangelical scholars in the world and explore issues that are of special importance for the church today.

Two titles didn’t fit into a collection and are available as individual volumes:

Thanks to IVP for making all of these available!

How to Unlock Locked Resources

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post that you may want to keep locked resources on your hard drive so you can (1) search them and (2) find cool new resources to add to your digital library.

If you’ve managed to stumble across a locked resource that you’d like to unlock, you have several options.

For your convenience, you can unlock most resources from within the program itself. Simply click on the locked resource, and then click on “Unlock this resource…” in the window that opens.

Or click the padlock icon in the Tools menu or on your toolbar.

With the built-in unlocker, you can have your new resource unlocked and begin using it immediately.

Your other options are to head on over to Logos.com and search for the resource you want to unlock (most resources are available for immediate download) or give our sales team at jingle at 800-875-6467.

Read more about unlocking resources in this article.

Deleting Locked Resources

A couple of weeks ago I showed you how to free up some hard drive space by deleting duplicate resources. There’s another way to make even more space available: deleting locked resources.

Searching Locked Resources

Now, before I show you how to do that, I should tell you that there is actually a very good reason for keeping locked resources on your hard drive. You may not know this, but you can actually search the contents of locked resources as well. Libronix will even give you the page numbers where the hits for your search occur!

This is helpful for two reasons:

  1. If you have the book in print, you can pull it off your shelf and find exactly what you’re looking for—far more powerful and far easier to use than typical indexes, which the print book may not even have.
  2. You may find other resources that you don’t have in Libronix or in print that deal with a topic or passage that you’re studying that you might want to add to your library.

But if you don’t plan to search your locked resources and need to free up some space, you may want to delete them.

Do You Have Locked Resources?

To find out if you have locked resources on your computer, open My Library and select “All Locked Resources” under the “Collection” drop-down.

Locked resources have a yellow padlock over the book icon.

How Can You Delete Them?

There are two methods for deleting locked resources.

Method 1

If you have a smaller number of locked resources, you could run a Bibliography report (Tools > Library Management > Bibliography) and set it to “All Locked Resources” and “Titles and Locations” to find the file names and locations for all of your locked resources. You could then open your resources folder (e.g., C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources) and manually delete the locked resources you no longer want. (You may need to close Libronix in order to delete them.)

Method 2

If you have a larger number of locked resources, you may want to try this method. It does require that you have some free space, and it does take some time to run.

NOTE: This method is recommended only for advanced users.

  1. Open the Location Manager (Tools > Library Management > Location Manager) and select “Unlocked on Local Drives.” Enter a new destination that doesn’t have any files in it (e.g., C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources\Unlocked). If the folder doesn’t exist, Libronix will automatically create it. After Libronix is done generating the list of resource, click “Copy Resources.” Libronix will copy all unlocked resources to your new folder. Be patient. It may take some time. Wait until it is completely done before proceeding.
  2. Manually delete all of the resources from your original resources folder, since it contains locked and unlocked resources. To do this, open your resources folder in Windows Explorer and select all of the resources. If your new resources folder is a subfolder of your original resources folder, make sure not to delete it or any other folders (e.g., Media). Delete only the .lbxlls files.
  3. Move all of the resources from your new resources folder back to your original resources folder and delete the new resources folder.
  4. Start Libronix and open My Library. If any of your unlocked resources are grayed out, that means that you deleted some unlocked resources as well. Don’t worry. You can restore them from your Recycle Bin. If you don’t see any grayed out unlocked resources, you can proceed to Refresh Resources (Tools > Option > General > Resource Paths). All locked resources should now be gone.

Enjoy your extra space!

Getting the Most Out of the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

A while back someone sent me a question about how to use the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary to the fullest.

Any good ideas on where I can go to learn how to most effectively use this dictionary in my study process? Is there a way to integrate it into the Bible Word Study selection?

Any help would be appreciated!

I sent this user some tips, but thought this might be worthy of a blog post—especially since it’s back-to-school time and we are currently offering a 30% discount on this wonderful resource. Just use coupon code YALE to save more than $60!

Setting Up Your Keylink Preferences

First, you should set up your keylink preferences. Go to Tools > Options > Keylinks and select “English” from the “Data Type” drop-down menu. Then find the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary in the list of resources in the bottom window and “Promote” it to the top. Prioritize it wherever you’d like. If you want it to be the first resource that Libronix looks to, move it to the top of your list.

This allows you to double-click on any English word and have quick access to the AYBD entry, if there is one. (You’ll need to set AYBD as your first keylink destination or set your keylink preferences to open several keylink destinations at a time.)

This also allows you to see AYBD entries in the Bible Word Study report.

By the way, if you don’t have the updated Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary resource (formerly Anchor Bible Dictionary), you can get it by running the resource auto-update script or by downloading it directly from our FTP server.

Creating a Parallel Resource Association

You may also want to set up a custom parallel resource association of all of your Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias. This allows you to jump from the entry on “Jericho,” for example, in the AYBD to the one in other Bible dictionary like ISBE or the New Bible Dictionary by simply hitting the right arrow key. Make sure the active index is set to “Topics.”

By creating a custom parallel resource association, you get to control which resources Libronix looks to and you get to put them in whatever order you’d like.

Watch the Video!

For more tips, see our training video on Using the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary in Logos Bible Software. It’s embedded below. If you’re reading this in your email inbox or your RSS reader and don’t see the video, visit the blog post to watch it.

To add this resource to your Libronix digital library, visit the product page. And make sure to use coupon code YALE to save 30%!

9 New Baker Collections on Pre-Pub!

Baker Hermeneutics Collection (14 Vols.)If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Pre-Pub page over the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed the scores of titles published by Baker. We just announced 9 new collections containing a total of 67 books from Baker covering topics like hermeneutics, Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, theology, preaching, counseling, and more.

Here’s the complete list of collections:

I’m really excited about many of the titles included in these collections. Several that make the top of my list:

  • Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics
  • Schreiner’s New Testament Theology
  • Carson and Beale’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
  • Vanhoozer’s Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible
  • Elwell’s Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
  • Piper’s The Justification of God and The Supremacy of God in Preaching
  • Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching
  • Silva’s Interpreting Galatians

Which collections or individual books are you looking forward to most?

By the way, this is still only part of what I had in mind in my post about lots of great books coming down the pike. Still more to come.

Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical Commentary—Free!

The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series

Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (9 Vols.)Last Friday the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (9 Vols.) hit the Pre-Pub page. This relatively new series from Tyndale, under the editorship of Philip W. Comfort, Tremper Longman III (OT), and Grant Osborne (NT), attempts–like the second edition of the New Living Translation it is based on–to be both exegetically accurate and idiomatically powerful.

The CBC gives careful attention to both the words and theological message of the texts of Scripture and strives to be a helpful tool for teachers, pastors, students, and lay people alike.

The contributors to this series—Allen P. Ross, Tremper Longman III, Darrell L. Bock, Harold W. Hoehner, and many others—represent a wide spectrum of theological positions within evangelicalism, reflecting the rich variety that exists in the church.

The 9-volume collection now on Pre-Pub includes the following titles:

  • Genesis, Exodus
  • Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
  • Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations
  • Minor Prophets: Hosea-Malachi
  • Matthew, Mark
  • Luke, Acts
  • The Gospel of John, 1-3 John
  • Romans, Galatians
  • Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon

Visit the product page to place your pre-order.

Get the Matthew, Mark Volume for Free!

Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical CommentaryWe have arranged with Tyndale to give away the Matthew, Mark volume for free—no strings attached! For a limited time you can head over to product page and add this wonderful title to your Libronix digital library absolutely free of charge. Use coupon code CORNERSTONE during checkout.

We’re confident that after you’ve had a chance to try out a volume from this series many of you will want to place your pre-order for the whole collection.

Head over to the product page to download it, and help us spread the word about this free offer!

NOTE: If you are not currently a Libronix user, we welcome you to take advantage of this free offer as well. You will simply need to follow these steps:

  1. Download the free Libronix engine (for Windows) and install it. Installation is a two step process. Make sure to complete both steps before proceeding.
  2. Start Libronix and create a Libronix Customer ID when prompted.
  3. Visit the Matthew, Mark product page and click the "Add to Cart" button.
  4. Make sure that CORNERSTONE appears in the Coupon Code box. If it doesn’t, add it and click "Update Cart." Then click "Proceed" to go to the next step.
  5. Log in to your Logos.com account or create one if this is your first time purchasing anything from Logos.com.
  6. Enter your credit card information. Don’t worry; your information is secure, and you will not be charged as long as you use the coupon code. Then click "Proceed" to go to the next step.
  7. Verify that your Billing Information is correct. Then click "Proceed" to go to the next step. (NOTE: IF YOU USED THE COUPON CODE, YOU MAY SAFELY IGNORE THE SHOPPING CART INFO IN THE TOP RIGHT-HAND CORNER.)
  8. In the top right-hand corner enter your Libronix Customer ID (created in step 2), click "Confirm," and then click "Submit Order." (You can find your Libronix Customer ID in Libronix under the "Help" menu in "About Libronix DLS."
  9. Click the "Unlock & Download" button and then click "Open" or "Run" if prompted by your browser. Libronix Update will start and will download the book and unlock it.
  10. When Libronix Update finishes, you may start Libronix and use your new book.

It’s not working for me. What do I do?

  1. Did you completely install Libronix first (both steps)?
  2. Did you create a Libronix Customer ID?
  3. Did you make sure to enter the coupon code CORNERSTONE?
  4. Did you make sure to enter your Libronix Customer ID in the top right-hand corner during checkout?
  5. Try working through the 10 steps again. If that doesn’t work, call our Customer Service team at 800-875-6467.

I’m using the Mac alpha. How can I get the free book?

  1. Follow steps 1-8 above.
  2. Download the book file from the product page or from our FTP server and put it in your resources folder (normally /Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume).
  3. Open Libronix for the Mac and synchronize your licenses by going to Tools > Library Management > Synchronize Licenses.
  4. Your new book should now be unlocked and usable. You may need to restart Libronix for the changes to take effect.

Update: This offer has expired.

Semantic Chaining: Using Louw-Nida References in the Lexham Greek NT Interlinear

The recently-released Lexham Greek-English New Testament Interlinear has, as one of its primary distinguishing features, domain-article references to the Louw-Nida Greek Lexicon (info here, here and here). That’s all well and good, but — beyond keylinking to a specific Louw-Nida article — what can we do with the references?
One thing that you can do (shown in the below-referenced video) is begin to explore using the concept of “semantic chaining” (also known as “semantic chunks” or “semantic clustering”). The idea is to explore how a section of text (a pericope or chapter or book) uses or repeats ideas found in particular domains or domain-subdomain references.
OK, I’ll speak in English this time. You know how repeated words can be important when you’re looking at a passage? Well, Louw-Nida references let you expand that notion to repeated concepts. The theoretical backgound for this concept is well-established in the literature* but as of yet has not really been available in a consumer-level Bible study product.
But you can do it with the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament if you’ve also got the Louw-Nida lexicon (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains) and are willing to learn how to reference search using the Bible Speed Search dialog.

The video shows you how. Our sample passage is 1Ti 2.1, and our sample concept is prayer.


* Some references include:

  • Reed, Jeffrey T. A Discourse Analysis of Philippians, pp. 296-331. This book will be available in the Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection.
  • Porter, Stanley E. and O’Donnell, Matthew Brook. “Semantics and Patterns of Argumentation in Romans: Definitions, Proposals, Data and Experiments”, pp. 154-204 in Stanley E. Porter (ed.), Diglossia and Other Topics in New Testament Linguistics. This book will be available in the Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection.
  • Guthrie, George, The Structure of Hebrews: A Text-Linguistic Analysis.
  • Van Neste, Ray, Cohesion and Structure in the Pastoral Epistles. This book is available in the Library of NT Studies: JSNTS on Paul collection.

Concordia Electronic Theological Library Gets Updated!

The Concordia Electronic Theological Library is a very popular product that’s been around for years. The one downside is that it’s been one of the few remaining products in need of updating from the old LLS format to the current Libronix format—until now.

You can now place your order for the newly updated Libronix version of the Concordia Electronic Theological Library. You’ll get these 32 electronic resources (40 volumes in print).

  1. The Book of Concord, trans. and ed. Theodore G. Tappert (BKCONCRD.lbxlls)
  2. Christian Cyclopedia, ed. Erwin L. Lueker (CHRCYCLO.lbxlls)
  3. Christian Dogmatics, John Theodore Mueller (CHDOGMUL.lbxlls)
  4. Christian Dogmatics, 3 vols., Francis Pieper (CHDOGPIE.lbxlls)
  5. The Christian Faith: A Lutheran Exposition, Robert Kolb (FAITHLEX.lbxlls)
  6. Church and Ministry, C. F. W. Walther (CHANDMIN.lbxlls)
  7. Churches in America, Thomas Manteufel (CHURCHAM.lbxlls)
  8. Concordia Self-Study Bible (Notes), ed. Robert G. Hoerber (CSSB.lbxlls)
  9. Concordia Self-Study Commentary, Walter H. Roehrs and Martin H. Franzmann (CSSCOMM.lbxlls)
  10. Confessing the Faith: Reformers Define the Church, 1530-1580, Robert Kolb (CNFFAITH.lbxlls)
  11. Eucharist and Church Fellowship in the First Four Centuries, Werner Elert (ECFFFC.lbxlls)
  12. Examination of the Council of Trent, 4 vols., Martin Chemnitz (EXCNTRNT.lbxlls)
  13. Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, F. Bente (HSTINTRO.lbxlls)
  14. History of Theology, Bengt Hägglund (HISTHEOL.lbxlls)
  15. How to Respond: Judaism, rev. ed., Erwin J. Kolb (HOW2JEWS.lbxlls)
  16. How to Respond: Muslims, Ernest Hahn (HOW2MSLM.lbxlls)
  17. How to Respond to the Eastern Religions, Philip H. Lochhaas (HOW2EAST.lbxlls)
  18. An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education, William C. Rietschel (FNDLUTED.lbxlls)
  19. Loci Communes, Philip Melanchthon (LOCICOMM.lbxlls)
  20. Loci Theologici, 3 vols., Martin Chemnitz (LOCITHEO.lbxlls)
  21. Luther’s World of Thought, Heinrich Bornkamm (LWRLDTHT.lbxlls)
  22. Ministry, Word, and Sacraments: An Enchiridion, Martin Chemnitz (MNWRDSAC.lbxlls)
  23. The New International Version (NIV.lbxlls)
  24. Principles of Biblical Interpretation in the Lutheran Confessions, rev. ed., Ralph A. Bohlmann (PINTLUCF.lbxlls)
  25. The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel, C. F. W. Walther (LAWGOSP.lbxlls)
  26. The Protestant Reformation: Major Documents, ed. Lewis W. Spitz (REFMJDOC.lbxlls)
  27. The Structure of Lutheranism, Vol. 1, Werner Elert (STRCTLUT.lbxlls)
  28. A Summary of Christian Doctrine, 2d rev. ed., Edward W. A. Koehler (SUMMCDOC.lbxlls)
  29. The Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, 2 vols., Robert D. Preus (THPRLUTH.lbxlls)
  30. The Two Natures in Christ, Martin Chemnitz (TWONATUR.lbxlls)
  31. The Word Becoming Flesh, Horace D. Hummel (WRDFLESH.lbxlls)
  32. The Word of the Lord Grows, Martin H. Frazmann (WORDGROW.lbxlls)

If you already own the LLS version of the Concordia Electronic Theological Library, you can download the new Libronix resources and use them free of charge! Just run the Resource Auto Update script or manually save each of the above files and put them in your Resources folder (usually C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources). Then run Remove Duplicate Resources (Tools > Library Management > Remove Duplicate Resources) to delete all of the old files and free up some space.

For more great Lutheran products, be sure to check out our Lutheran Product Guide.