Martin Luther described the Apocrypha as “books which are not considered equal to the Holy Scriptures, while at the same time . . . are profitable and good to read.” Luther translated these books and included them between the Old and New Testaments in his German Bible, even though he didn’t include them in the canon. Why would a Protestant like Luther be interested in the Apocrypha if he didn’t believe it was on the same footing as the Old and New Testaments?
With the Ancient Literature Tool, you can study ancient Near-Eastern manuscripts, church fathers, and other relevant literature. We’ve hand-selected the very best ancient sources so you can connect passages with ancient Jewish and Christian parallels and allusions. They’re all included in the Ancient Literature Expansion Collection.
Most Christians would agree that a biblical sermon is a good thing, but how many would actually be able to define what makes a biblical sermon biblical?
“The fact is, most people think biblical communication is a style,” says Dr. J. Kent Edwards, tenured professor of preaching and leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and founding pastor of Oasis Community Church in Yorba Linda, California. “In many cases, people will think that to preach biblically means to work through verse by verse, through a biblical text: ‘This morning, we are at Romans 5:3c, and we’re going to continue by looking at part “d” of this verse, and we’ll see how far God takes us.’ That’s a style. That’s just a style.”
In contrast to a particular style of preaching, Dr. Edwards teaches in his new Mobile Ed course, CM102 Invitation to Biblical Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching, that biblical preaching is an entire philosophy that extends to all different styles of preaching.
The book of Proverbs is full of recurring themes, characters, and poetic forms. It covers everything from wealth and poverty, to archetypical characters such as “the foolish man” and “the righteous person.” But one of its most compelling features is the practical advice it offers parents and children. With the Proverbs Explorer in Logos 6, tracking down that wisdom is simple and intuitive. You can group and locate proverbs based on theme, type, characters, and even poetic form. In this video, I’ll show you how to quickly discover every proverb written from a father’s perspective, then refine your search to those written with the poetic structure known as “antithetical parallelism.”
Zondervan brings to Logos the new and ambitious NIV Zondervan Study Bible. Published this year and edited by D.A. Carson, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible provides the best scholarship in short, readable notes for the everyday Christian. Here are some quick stats that’ll get your attention:
“This is not the world of 100 years ago,” notes Dr. Tim Sisk, pastor, professor, and missionary to Japan and Bolivia. “It’s a very different world, and there are a number of different issues that impact how we take the gospel there.”
The changing world of missions and church planting requires a combination of current, on-the-ground perspective and scholarly analysis of the historical, biblical, and theological realities undergirding this important work. All of that can be found in these Mobile Ed courses on missions and church planting.
For the first time, you can get Mobile Ed’s missions and church planting courses individually.
June has been a busy month for expanding and updating our products. Of particular note are the recently updated Teach the Text Commentary series, the Gordon Fee New Testament Studies Collection, as well as these four brilliant gems in the study of the New Testament and the early church:
Every day we’re working hard on innovative solutions to the problems you encounter in your Bible study. Our team regularly develops exciting new features, datasets, tools, and more to give you a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
In the past, you had to wait until the next release of our software to access extensive updates like these. But whether you’re a minister, scholar, student, or an everyday Christian with a passion for God’s Word, we recognize that you want the latest and best Bible study tools to help you dig deeper into God’s word, right now.
That’s why we created Logos Now.
Roughly every six weeks, we roll out our newest developments so you can use them in your Bible study immediately. It’s easy to get started with Logos Now; you can even get your first month free.
We recently released our newest features and tools to Logos Now members—if you’ve been waiting, this is the time to start. Here’s what’s new.
It’s one of the most important and authoritative works of Old-Testament scholarship, and its coming to Logos. The Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament (TDOT) is currently on Pre-Pub, and you can get it for 64% off the print price for a limited time.
Here are five reasons to pre-order TDOT while you still can.
Friday, June 19 was Charles Spurgeon’s 181st birthday. In celebration, there are three exciting ways we’re helping you benefit from the vast wisdom of “The Prince of Preachers.” You could even win paperback copies of two volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary series or the 10-volume Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters.