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For a limited time, get Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol, for free! Plus, you can add John Milton’s Paradise Lost to your order for just 99 cents. Subscribe to the Noet Freebies email list, and you’ll receive a coupon code for both deals within 24 hours.

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A Christmas CarolDickens’ “reinvention” of Christmas

“God bless us, every one.”

Although immortalized as a simple blessing from the sweet, yet sickly Tiny Tim, these famous words carried a much heavier weight when first penned by Dickens about 200 years ago. Although A Christmas Carol is an easy-to-read novella showcased by everyone from Broadway to the Muppets, it was originally written in protest to the impoverishment of the working class.

In 1843, when Dickens first published A Christmas Carol, Christmas traditions—and society as a whole—had endured some pretty harsh blows. In the mid-seventeenth century, England’s Puritan-controlled government tried to abolish Christmas festivities all together. In the late eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution widened London’s wealth disparity, trading in festivities for factory lines. The fresh holly and yuletide joy we associate with Victorian England Christmases was a distant fantasy. Even Dickens, at just 12 years old, was forced to work in the factories after his father was imprisoned in the debtor’s jail.

It was from this cultural despair that A Christmas Carol was born. After several weeks of nightly walks through London’s poor neighborhoods, Dickens decided on the plot for his next piece: he would tell the story of a wealthy businessman transformed by the Christmas spirit—a story that would both inspire the working class and convict the upper class.

A Christmas Carol 2Published just six weeks later, A Christmas Carol was an instant success. It spoke to the millions of ailing and impoverished people who’d been ignored by society’s Scrooges. It spoke to the orphaned Tiny Tims forced into factory work and the exhausted Cratchits scrambling to support their families. Dickens’ work was so successful, it’s credited with reviving family-oriented Christmas traditions and charitable giving throughout nineteenth-century England.

According to British author William Makepeace Thackeray, A Christmas Carol “occasioned immense hospitality throughout England; was the means of lighting up hundreds of kind fires at Christmas time; caused a wonderful outpouring of Christmas good feeling; of Christmas punch-brewing; an awful slaughter of Christmas turkeys; and roasting and basting of Christmas beef.”

Part social criticism, part whimsical ghost story, A Christmas Carol ushered in a new age of Christmas joy that continues to inspire Christmas curmudgeons the world over.

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3 Ways Logos 6 Helps You Grow

From experienced scholar to new student, Logos 6 makes biblical insights accessible to everyone.

Here are three ways Logos 6 helps you grow in your Bible study:

1. Do scholarly study (without formal training)

logos-6-reviews-familyFor those who haven’t attended seminary or don’t have church-leadership experience, tasks like primary-source research, Greek and Hebrew study, and textual variants typically feel a little out of our reach. Without formal training or proper resources, how do you know where to start or which resources to trust?

Logos 6 offers the tools and resources you need to overcome these obstacles and explore the Word in new, fulfilling ways. Logos 6 makes connections for you, so you spend less time trying to find your footing and more time digging into Scripture.

Just run a search in your Passage Guide and you’ll get insights you probably never considered looking for: see the ancient connotations of modern words with the Sense Section, reveal meaning in biblical practices and customs with Cultural Concepts, connect the narrative with its geography with Atlas, and explore how respected scholars and theologians interpreted Scripture with links to key commentaries and dictionaries.

No matter where you are in your study, Logos 6 equips you for scholarly and rewarding insights.

2. Build better study habits

diy-bible-studyLogos 6 holds you accountable for daily Bible study. New customizable reading plans let you create plans from scratch and share them with friends and family, so you can stay on track and study as a group. Create a custom plan to read the Bible in a year, share successful reading plans with your study group and friends, and create a new syllabus for your next class. Daily readings and prayers are displayed on your Logos 6 home page, so you always know where to start your study.

Logos 6 also offers Lexham Press’ DIY Bible Study, a new multimedia resource that teaches effective ways to study the Bible and apply what you’ve learned to your life. Get video lessons on every book of the Bible, tutorials on Bible study principles, beautiful graphics and infographics to enhance your study, application-focused content, and a built-in plan that—in just 10 minutes a day—takes you through the entire Bible in a year.

3. Learn new study skills

original-language-toolsDo smarter Greek and Hebrew study with step-by-step tutorials. New interactive interlinear explorers show you how to compare modern translations with original texts, guiding you through transliteration, lemma formations, lexical values, and more. With these interactive tutorials, even the novice can start doing advanced original-language study.

Interactive alphabet tutors also teach you how to read, write, and pronounce Greek and Hebrew. Select any letter—from alpha to omega—and you’ll see how to write it in upper and lowercase, how to pronounce it, and common lemmas that start with that letter. Once you’ve practiced drawing the letter within the software, you’ll get a score on your accuracy, so you always know how to improve.

Improve your study with Logos 6

Study smarter, stay on track with your daily reading, and learn new skills: Logos 6 simplifies your study and helps you grow.

And for a limited time, you can get 15% off Logos 6, plus special gifts when you spend at least $500 during your Logos 6 purchase: save on Logos 6 today!

Get an Academic Advantage with Logos 6

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Logos 6 equips you with cutting-edge tools for intense academic work. Enter any passage and consult up-to-date journal articles, investigate textual variants, see cross-references in ancient literature, and connect cultural concepts across your Bible. As you study, keep track of your findings with built-in notes and highlights, and enter this information into your lesson or paper with the new text converter and automatic citations.

Check out some of Logos 6′s tools that will help you engage the text at any level:

Textual Variants

Enter any passage or verse and explore the textual differences in all of your critical resources. No more complex layouts or time-consuming library searches—the new Textual Variants tool lets you investigate textual differences, consult textual commentaries, compare ancient versions and manuscripts, and view extant manuscripts online—all within a single guide report.

See the Textual Variants tool in action:

Ancient Literature

Interact with the Bible like never before with the new Ancient Literature tool. This powerful tool exposes thousands of biblical quotes, allusions, and echoes in ancient texts. See the comparative literature that surrounded the Bible and discover how a passage was interpreted by later Jewish and Christian traditions.

See the Ancient Literature tool in action:

Cultural Concepts

Gain a better understanding of the biblical world with the new Cultural Concepts tool. With just one click, you can search your entire Bible for a cultural concept, then access references to the same concept in ancient texts.

See the Cultural Concepts tool in action:

Propositional Flow Outline

See the flow of Paul’s writings and the intent of every line of text with the new Propositional Flow Outline. This new graphic layout applies to your morphological tagged English and Greek texts.

See the Propositional Flow Outline in action:

Text Converter

Streamline your workflow with new research tools like the Text Converter. Quickly convert Greek and Hebrew texts into a number of transliteration schemes, then input them into your research paper or notes.

See the Text Converter in action:

Notes

Keep track of your findings as you study with notes. Logos’ updated notes tool lets you create notes in any resource, attach notes to multiple references, and share them with your class or study group.

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Discover more ways you can enhance your academic studies with Logos 6: get it today!

Build Your Library around the Topics You Care About

15-off-bundlesDuring the Christmas sale, you can use coupon code BUNDLEUP14 to get 15% off all topical bundles. Topical bundles have been completely rebuilt with the launch of Logos 6, and in each bundle, you’ll find high-quality resources essential to a specific area of study.

Each bundle tailors your library to help you gain a deep understanding of a topic. Whether you’re interested in apologetics, counseling, New Testament studies, or a number of other subjects, you’re likely to find a bundle to help you learn.

The Christmas sale is the first time you can save on these bundles without a base-package purchase. Of course, you’ll also get Dynamic Pricing—if you’ve already started to build your library with books from a topical bundle, you’ll get a custom discount based on the books you already own.

Don’t wait: build your library with topical bundles today!

Build your library around the topics you care about

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Explore the New Testament

The foundational resources found in the New Testament Studies Bundle, XL will help you explore the New Testament. You’ll uncover its themes, learn its setting and context, and gain insights from top scholars.

This bundle includes introductions to the New Testament from a variety of different commentary series—here are some of the resources you’ll get:

  • Theological Lexicon of the New Testament (3 vols.)
  • The Semitic Background of the New Testament
  • Jesus and the Message of the New Testament

Learn more about the New Testament Studies Bundle >

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Study ancient texts alongside the Bible

The ancient writings and primary texts found in the Ancient Texts and Translations Bundle, XL will help you explore Christianity’s roots, study the Bible’s cultural context, and more. They’re linked to other books in your Logos library (like dictionaries and encyclopedias), and they’ll add relevant results to your searches.

This bundle is designed to work with Logos 6’s datasets and features. Most of these resources are tagged for the Textual Variants tool, and they’ll also appear in the Ancient Literature section of the Passage Guide. In short, it’s a perfect match for Logos 6’s research tools.

The Ancient Texts and Translations Bundle, XL includes resources like:

  • The Works of Philo
  • The Works of Josephus
  • Ancient Near Eastern Texts
  • Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls in English

Learn more about the Ancient Texts and Translations Bundle >

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Learn from renowned pastors

The Preaching and Sermons Bundle, XL is filled with classic sermons from pastors like Dwight Moody, B.B. Warfield, and Charles Spurgeon. You’ll see how they approached and explained difficult biblical topics, and learn from their years of experience.

The sermons in this bundle will also populate the Sermon Starter Guide—you’ll be able to draw from them when you use it to quickly develop sermons and preaching outlines.

These sermons will be helpful whether you’re looking for guidance yourself or want to learn to give guidance to others. Here are some of the resources included in this bundle:

  • All of Spurgeon’s sermons
  • Sermons from the Wesley brothers
  • Preaching for Revitalization
  • How Effective Sermons Begin
  • Preaching with Spiritual Vigor

Learn more about the Preaching and Sermons Bundle >

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Get the bundle of bundles

Can’t decide which bundle is right for you? Get the Master Bundle, XL: it includes them all. You’ll get a plethora of top resources on a wide range of topics—and you’ll get them all at a great price.

Learn more about the Master Bundle >

Save 15% on all bundles

These are just a few of the topical bundles available. You can also get bundles on Pauline studies, pastoral care and counseling, tradition-specific topics, and more: visit Logos.com/Bundles to see them all. Remember, use coupon code BUNDLEUP14 to save!

Head to Logos.com/Bundles today to find the perfect bundles for your study!

Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine for Only $14.95

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During December, treat yourself and your loved ones with a subscription to Bible Study Magazine for nearly half the cover price: subscribe today!

The January–February 2015 issue draws you into a fascinating study of 1 and 2 Corinthians and includes inspiring stories and Bible study tips from both Philip Yancey and Congolese pastor David Kasali.

Challenge yourself

Paul loved the church in Corinth, but with that love came accountability.

With Bible Study Magazine, you’ll gain new insights and understanding as your read through Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church. Each article investigates a passage or idea in 1 and 2 Corinthians, giving you a deeper understanding of the issues Paul addressed. You will be challenged to live “upside down” in a world that has it all wrong.

Be inspired

Follow Philip Yancey’s personal story in “A Journey of Grace” that ultimately points back to Christ’s love.

Yancey’s story takes on a fascinating twist: he grew up in a church that felt safe and secure, but as he grew older, he noticed problems that stemmed from certain teachings within the church. He began to feel unsure of his faith. Read his story as he embarks on an investigation of who Jesus is by seeking answers and truth found in the Word. Through his quest, Yancey was inspired by Jesus’ love, grace, and mercy.

The Bible corrected what I had picked up in that unsafe church. As I began to study Jesus, I realized that he didn’t have that insular approach at all. He was accused of hanging around sinners all the time. It seems like the least likely people were most attracted to Jesus, but the uptight religious people were threatened by him.

—Philip Yancey

See God at work

Pastor and academic David Kasali sees God’s work in the Congo, and it gives him incredible hope.

Kasali initially longed to forge a path of financial success in his life, but soon realized he had been running from his true calling. He left his business job and started working as a chaplain. Now, he’s mobilizing Congolese Christians to transform their communities through the Congo Initiative. He’s eager for God to transform churches and communities in Congo. He quotes Isaiah 43:18:

 ‘Forget about the former things. I’m doing a new thing and don’t you perceive it?’ God can rewrite our stories and histories, and then we can be a part of the new thing God is doing.

—David Kasali

Subscribe for nearly 50% off!

Bible Study Magazine compiles fresh new content and delivers it straight to your doorstep, and the January–February 2015 issue is no exception! Gifting a subscription to a family member or friend is easy—simply add their shipping address to the subscription information at checkout.

Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine now for only $14.95!

Get December’s Discounts before They’re Gone

december-monthly-sale-bannerJust in time for the holidays, we have special deals running all December long, and you won’t want to miss a single one!

Study the Messiah’s Old Testament beginnings, see Scripture through the eyes of the Apostolic fathers, and discover the love of God with these three exciting resources:

The Prophecy of Isaiah

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The book of Isaiah is replete with messianic imagery, much of which is lost to the casual reader. With this exciting, single-volume commentary, J. Alec Motyer takes you on an in-depth tour of the book and its three recurring themes: the messianic hope, the motif of the city, and the Holy One of Israel.

biblical-exegesis-in-the-apostolic-periodBiblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period

Save 24% when you get it now!

This acclaimed second edition provides an in-depth look into the nuance of first-century Judaism and its impact on New Testament interpretation. Richard Longenecker provides the reader with detailed analysis of the Christian faith’s Judaic roots while explaining the differences between Christianity and Judaism. With new findings and research, this essential volume is one you won’t want to miss.

D.A. Carson “Love of God” Collection (3 vols.)

Save 28% when you get it now!

“We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19). But what is the nature of that love? In his signature work, The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, D.A. Carson takes an in-depth look at the problems surrounding God’s love, including God’s relationship to unbelievers, God’s wrath, and his sovereignty. Additionally, this bundle includes the two-volume devotional For the Love of God, a 365-day plan that takes readers through edifying comments and somber reflections.

These are just a few great titles on sale—be sure to check out the rest of this month’s discounted products!

4 Facts about the New Testament World from Craig Evans

mobile-ed-craig-a-evans-new-testament-backgrounds-bundleDr. Craig Evans is an expert in the background of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and ancient manuscripts. He is also an excellent communicator. In the six-course Mobile Ed: Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle, Dr. Evans provides valuable and fascinating insight into the world of the New Testament.

This bundle is currently $200.00 off during the 12 Days of Logos.

Here are just a few of the thought-provoking facts you’ll learn from Dr. Evans in these six courses:

1. Jesus wasn’t the only “Messiah.”

The Jewish people in the first century were looking for the Messiah to come and lead them to victory over Rome. Several individuals led revolts, claiming to be that Messiah. Three led revolts around 4 BC; one of them, Athronges, is referred to as the “shepherd of Judaea,” a likely allusion to King David.

2. Jesus was written about by non-Christians, too.

The Gospels are the best source of information about the life of Jesus Christ, but they’re not the only ancient writings that mention him. Both Graeco-Roman and Jewish historians from the early centuries testify to the influence of Christ and his followers. For example, Celsus, a second-century opponent of Christianity, refers to Jesus as a miracle worker and acknowledges that he spent time in Egypt—an idea that fits with Matthew’s Gospel (see Matt. 2:13–15). Celsus, however, argues that Jesus got his power to perform miracles while in Egypt.

Here’s a sample clip from NT313 Jesus and the Witness of the Outsiders (for more sample clips, visit the product page):

3. High death rates contributed to Jesus’ popularity as a healer.

As Dr. Evans examines the evidence of ossuaries from the first century, he notes that often only about half the skeletons in these ossuaries are from adults. This indicates that close to half of the population did not live past their teens. Dr. Evans uses this fact to explain why such large crowds gathered around Jesus. Many people in this particular time and place were in great need of healing, and Jesus had a reputation as a successful healer—who, unlike many healers and physicians of the day, did not require any payment.

4. The writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls valued the same Old Testament books as early Christians.

Not every book of the Old Testament was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran. The numbers of fragments and manuscripts found give us some idea of which books were most popular among this community: Psalms (40 scrolls found), Deuteronomy (30 scrolls found), and Isaiah (22 scrolls found). As Dr. Evans points out, these three books are also the books most often quoted in the New Testament. This shows just how highly these books were regarded by different Jewish groups in the first century, as well as why Jesus and the New Testament authors appealed to them to validate Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah.

You’ll learn these and many other important details from Dr. Evans in his Mobile Ed courses. He evaluates the manuscript record of the New Testament, examines how people in the first century taught and wrote history, and shows how this relates to the historical accuracy of the Gospels. He sheds light on the important political and religious background of the New Testament and shows how archaeological finds can help you understand different details from the Gospels.

Order the Mobile Ed: Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle today while it’s still $200.00 off!

And don’t forget to check out the rest of our 12 Days of Logos deals.

Step into the Story of the Bible with DIY Bible Study

lexham-press-diy-bible-studyReading the Bible can be intimidating if you haven’t spent years studying the Scriptures. There’s so much contextual knowledge that could take years of study to uncover. And without the proper methods, studying the Bible might be seen as a chore.

That’s why Lexham Press has created DIY Bible Study, a resource that gives you everything you need to study the Bible to the fullest extent. With DIY Bible Study, you’ll learn to study the Bible and apply it to your life.

Leveraging the power of Logos 6

DIY Bible Study is designed to leverage the power and all of the amazing features of Logos 6. This highly visual curriculum is enhanced with video lessons explaining Bible study principles, and application-focused content helps you understand the Bible and how it applies to your life.

There’s also a prebuilt, year-long reading plan included with DIY Bible Study. In just 10 minutes a day, you can go through the entire resource, digging deeper into the Bible with each lesson. It’s also easily used as a handbook during your regular study. We wanted it to be as flexible and as accessible as possible so anyone could benefit from it, no matter where they find themselves on their walk with Jesus.

A survey of the Bible

If you were using the year-long reading plan included in DIY Bible Study, each biblical book would be divided into five sections in an effort to maximize coverage and depth. Let’s take a look at what five days in Genesis might look like:

Day 1: Overview

First, you’ll watch a short video and read a brief overview of Genesis. Key moments in the book are listed and an outline for the book is established. Key terms, DIY study tips, and interesting facts are highlighted so that you can dig deeper into the biblical text on your own.

moment-with-god-a-devotional-on-every-biblical-bookDay 2: Reflection

We’ve included two volumes of hand-curated Bible Study Magazine content to help you reflect on and study each biblical book. On the second day, you’ll read a devotional article from Moment with God so that you can begin reflecting on Genesis’ themes.

Day 3: Context

Why was Genesis written, and who was it written to? How did the original audience understand this text? The answers to these questions and more will be answered on day 3. We dive into Genesis’ historical and biblical context to uncover everything you need to know to begin understanding the meaning of the text.

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DIY image 04Day 4: Practice

The second volume of Bible Study Magazine content is Study Like a Pro. You’ll read an article that addresses a particularly difficult passage from Genesis and walks you through how a biblical scholar might approach studying the passage.

Day 5: Application

Finally, you’ll begin learning to apply Genesis to your own life. Our beautifully designed Verse of the Day slides are peppered throughout to visually highlight key verses in the book. Reflection questions are included to help stimulate discussion and action.

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Step into the story

Step into the grand narrative of Scripture to see how our God has wrestled with—and saved—humanity. With DIY Bible Study, you’ll learn to study the Bible and enjoy it more than ever before.

DIY Bible Study is included in most Logos 6 base packages.

You can also get it in the Lexham Bible Study Essentials Bundle, on sale for over 60% off during Logos’ Christmas sale.

Top 4 Things People Are Loving about Logos 6

After months of using, testing, tweaking, and preparing for the release of Logos 6, it’s easy for us to say why we think Logos 6 is awesome—its powerful original-language tools, smarter search results, and ability to quickly build beautiful presentations barely skim the surface of what Logos 6 can do.

But if you’re still not convinced that Logos 6 is the best in Bible software, don’t just take our word for why it’s great—see why current users can’t stop raving about Logos 6’s amazing capabilities.

 

Here are four of our users’ favorite Logos 6 tools:

1. Visual Copy

No need to spend long hours tediously putting together your presentation slides. With Visual Copy, you can create beautiful slides in seconds. Simply highlight the text, right click, and select “Visual Copy,” and you can send your slide to Proclaim, PowerPoint, or your social-media profiles.

 

2. Send to Kindle

Adjust the settings in your Amazon and Logos accounts, and send Logos resources to your Kindle with one click! See the Send to Kindle feature in action.


 

3. Propositional Flow Outline

Understand the significance behind each line of Scripture of the New Testament with the help of the Propositional Flow Outline. Save time in your research and study with this tool.


 

4. Sermon-prep tools

Expedite and enhance your sermon preparation with tools like Inline Search and Ancient Literature. Deliver fresh insights to your congregation with the help of Logos 6!

 
Start studying with these powerful, popular tools: get Logos 6 today!

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Save on Top Products during the 12 Days of Logos

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We’re four days into the 12 Days of Logos sale, and you can already save on four top products. We’ll reveal a new deal each day for eight more weekdays, so keep checking the Christmas page for the newest product on sale!

mobile-ed-craig-a-evans-new-testament-backgrounds-bundleToday’s new deal is the Mobile Ed: Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle. In this six-course collection, Dr. Craig Evans helps you understand the background of New Testament events and writings, covering Jesus’ teaching methods as they compared to other teachers, the reliability of the NT manuscripts, important archaeological discoveries, and much more.

During the 12 Days of Logos sale, you’ll get 33% off these valuable courses.

And you won’t want to miss our other three revealed deals:

Day 3: $500.00 off The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament (NICOT/NICNT)

Day 2Hebrew Audio Pronunciations for only $39.95

Day 1: 19% off the Reformed Expository Commentary

Remember, there are still eight more deals coming on products you’ll want in your library! Make sure you don’t miss these deals—sign up to get daily email updates on 12 Days of Logos and other Christmas deals:





 
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