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We want you to see for yourself why this series is an incredible resource for anyone who wants to delve deeper into Bible study. The complete church curriculum version for pastors, small group leaders, and Bible teachers makes it’s easier than ever for communities to go deeper into the Word together.

The Studies in Faithful Living series explores the lives of biblical characters who responded in faith to God’s call. Each volume in the Patriarchs Collection, as well as Mary: Devoted to God’s Plan, examines key events in these characters’ lives and offers commentary, application, and teaching insights. Each eight-week study also includes questions for reflection and links to other resources for further study.

Israel Loken, the chair of Bible and theology departments at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, recently remarked:

“Logos has taken group Bible study to the next level with their new Studies in Faithful Living series. Deeply engaging, biblically accurate, and filled with life-changing applications, this series is destined to be the go-to resource for lay leaders for years to come.”

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Plato and Aristotle Coming to Your Logos Library!

Two must-have philosophy collections are now on Community Pricing: The Dialogues of Plato (5 vols.) and The Works of Aristotle (12 vols.).

Plato and Aristotle are more than required reading—they sit at the foundation of Western thought. And even though they lived several centuries before Christ, their writings greatly influenced the development of Christian theology.

Take Plato and Augustine, for example. Plato distinguished between the physical and spiritual realms and recognized the existence of eternal, unchangeable forms. Augustine drew from Plato in coming to terms with Christianity, describing in his Confessions that the writings of the Platonists helped him recognize the truths of Scripture (Book VII).

Aristotle’s writings provided Thomas Aquinas with the framework for his magnum opus, the Summa Theologica. He adopted Aristotle’s account of the physical world, as well as his approach to moral philosophy and ethics. Aquinas held Aristotle in such high regard that he refers to him simply as “the Philosopher” throughout his work.

The Logos editions of Plato’s and Aristotle’s works allow you to discover connections between these philosophers and the theologians that drew from them. Search key terms in Plato and Augustine and compare their thoughts side by side. When Aquinas references Aristotle, jump to that location in his corpus with a click. Enhance your Logos library and your theological study with these core texts of the Western tradition. Bid on The Works of Aristotle (12 vols.) and The Dialogues of Plato (5 vols.) today!

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Save 50% with nine exclusive offers from Fortress Press!

We’ll be rolling out these deals on Twitter—a new offer every Monday through April 8.

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Today you can save on Don C. Benjamin’s The Old Testament Story, which explains what the OT meant then, and what it means now.

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Save 50% on Resources for Lent

Lent_blog_400x147In many Christian traditions (Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Anglican and Presbyterian), this Wednesday marks the first day of Lent. For 40 days, observers everywhere will be forsaking things like meat, chocolate, or television—all in preparation for Easter. But why 40 days? What is Lent all about?

Origins of Lent’s 40 days

The tradition echoes Jesus’ fast during his 40 days and nights in the desert (Matt. 4:1-2), where he endured temptations offered by the devil himself. In that extreme climate, Jesus went without a bite to eat for more than a month. He must have been ravenous when the devil found him. And the theme of the first temptation? Bread (Matt. 4:3). After resisting the devil three times, Jesus banished him and went on to begin his public ministry, the culmination of which was his death on cross. Lent is a time of penance, prayer, and reflection as we contemplate Jesus’ ultimate gifts: his sinless life as a sacrifice for our sins, and his triumph over death.

The Hallmarks of Lent

Lent has many themes, but the three major motifs are denial, prayer, and reflection.

In honor of Christ, denial is exercised very intentionally during Lent. Jesus’ very life on earth was an example—he denied himself his incarnate form, humbling himself to walk among us, obedient to the point of death (Php. 2:5-8). And from the pages of the Bible he asks us to deny ourselves, take up the cross, and follow him (Matt 16:24). The self-denial associated with Lent helps focus our thoughts on him.

Focusing thoughts on God can easily give way to prayer and reflection. Jesus reveals the importance of prayer through example (Luke 6:12) and beseeches us to pray using parables (Luke 18:1). Through prayer and seeking God, Lent observers prepare for Easter by reflecting on why we celebrate it:

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his footsteps, who did not commit sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth, who when he was reviled, did not revile in return; when suffering, he did not threaten, but entrusted himself to the one who judges justly, who himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we may die to sins and live to righteousness, by whose wounds you were healed. (1 Peter 2:21–22)

This year, to help you reflect on Christ’s sacrifice during Lent, we’re offering several resources at 50% off:

Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper

John Piper gathers 50 New Testament answers to the most important question faced by believers: What did God achieve for us in sending his Son to die? This book will help you reflect on the true meaning of Christ’s sacrifice. Get it now for only $4.98.

Jesus and the Victory of God by N. T. Wright

N. T. Wright pens a compelling account of how Jesus himself understood his mission as the divinely ordained fulfillment of Israel’s destiny. Get this resource for only $17.49.

The Murder of Jesus by John MacArthur

John MacArthur tells the story of Christ’s sacrifice, with special attention to Jesus’ words on the cross, the miracle that attended the Crucifixion, and the true meaning of Christ’s atoning work. Get this resource for only $7.50!

We’ve also discounted these powerful titles:

All Lent discounts extend through Feb. 13, so take advantage of these prices today!

Leave us a comment and tell us how you’ll be participating in Lent this year.

What’s Baptism, and What Does the Bible Say?

base packagesNo matter your denomination, you’ve probably asked (or have been asked) what baptism is. It’s been a point of controversy for centuries. Why do we baptize? When do we baptize? How should we baptize? What is baptism anyway?

One really awesome thing about Logos 5 is its ability to connect you to every Bible verse on baptism (and thousands of other things). This way, you can dig into the Word and see what it says about important issues.

What the Bible says about baptism

Let’s say you’re listening to (or crafting) a message on Ephesians 4 and you come to verse 5: “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”

You might wonder, “What is baptism—really?” It’s easy to start exploring what the Bible says.

Start with a Bible Word Study

This is a smart way to get the definition of the word before diving into everything the Bible says about the practice. Just right-click “baptism” and run a Bible Word Study on the lemma. (What is a lemma? Find out here.)

Baptism

This will bring you definitions from all your Greek dictionaries and show you every place where your Bible mentions this Greek word. You’ll see that the word literally means “to dip” or “immerse,” but obviously there’s more to baptism than being underwater.

Next step: the Topic Guide

Now it’s time to get a better feel for the subject. You can open the Topic Guide, enter “baptism,” and immediately see key passages on baptism and a host of related topics, verses, media, events, and more!

The Topic Guide is one of the big time-saving features of Logos 5. It connects you to plenty of information on a single topic in seconds! You could stop here, but some folks may want to do even more Bible study on baptism.

If that’s you, you’ll love running a Morph Search.

Now let’s get the big picture

You have an idea of what the word “baptism” means. Now we get at the real question: what is baptism? One way you can know is by using Scripture to interpret Scripture: find every time the Bible mentions the word “baptize,” “baptism,” “Baptist,” etc. Sound extensive and complicated? Good news: it’s really easy to do: just run a Morph Search for the root!

Baptism II

This brings you every single mention of the Greek root in your Bible! Plus you can grab its uses in multiple translations. If you prefer the ESV and you want to share what you find with a NASB fan, it’s really easy to do.

Baptism III

Just by using these simple Logos 5 tools, you’ve found every time the Bible uses this word for baptism. You’re ready to study what baptism means for yourself!

Get established in the Word with Logos 5

Baptism is just one topic you can study for yourself with Logos. If you don’t already have Logos 5, get it now.

If you want to learn more about how to get established in the Word using Logos, sign up to hear about our educational resources!





Wish You Knew Paul Better? Now You Can!

Arguably, with the exceptions of Jesus and David, we have an opportunity to know Paul through the biblical text better than any other biblical character. Yet, he remains a mystery—distorted by the breadth and depth of his writings, the often confusing nature of the Acts account of Paul’s ministry, and the reams of literature written on Paul’s letters.

We need a guide through Paul’s letters.

We want to be grounded in the historicity and culture of his world, and the connection points to Acts, while being guided through the various views on his writing—the details are many. But until recently, no such guide has existed. That’s why Logos created Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection.

Lexham Bible Guides enhance your investment in Logos Bible Software, bring clarity to the vastness of literature regarding a passage, and connect you linguistically, culturally, and historically to the context of biblical books.

Derek R. Brown, PhD, specializing in Paul, is bringing clarity and connection to the print equivalent of rows upon rows, shelves upon shelves—entire sections of libraries—of literature. He has done some of this work with the accompaniment of other researchers and under the editorship of Douglas Mangum, an Old Testament specialist—Paul draws upon the Old Testament often—and contributing editor to Faithlife Study Bible. This task is arduous, and that’s why we’ve done it for you.

For years, users (perhaps even yourself) have asked us to curate the vastness of their libraries—there’s just so much information. We have received requests to have a scholar filter through all of the content and provide a hand-edited framework for passages of the Bible; specific ideas have involved the recommendation of leveraging the content users already own and telling them about other content thus providing an even clearer way to approach the Bible. We know that time is short and we all need more of it. You want an expert to help you and want that expert on call 24-7. That’s what Lexham Bible Guides are for.

Lexham Bible Guides provide the research, the guide, and the media for sharing much of the material—this leaves the part you’re best at up to you. It’s like having a professional researcher alongside you as you read the Bible. If you’re not convinced yet, you can literally email me—the publisher—and I’ll tell you more.

This is the last chance to order Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection, a 13-volume collection, while it’s on Pre-Pub for a 21% savings of $115. Tomorrow, February 8, we’ll process orders and ship you Galatians, Ephesians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon. As Dr. Brown finishes the others, they will also be released and immediately download to your library. Pre-order Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection today.

Grow in Your Understanding of Genesis

Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 12–50 is the largest Lexham Bible Guide yet. From God’s call on Abraham to Joseph’s death in Egypt, the volume addresses more than 200 exegetical, theological, and historical issues and offers 55 word studies, giving you insight into the interpretation of these foundational chapters. For each issue, we examine the viewpoints of top scholars and biblical interpreters, allowing you to gain a quick understanding without having to read through several commentaries.

In Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 12–50, we engage with more than 25 Genesis commentaries as well as relevant dictionaries and journal articles, providing you with a breadth of opinions on the more than 200 issues discussed in the volume. Our summaries of these commentaries’ positions save you countless hours of reading and research and give you short excerpts of the viewpoints articulated in biblical scholarship.

For example, after Joseph rose to power in Egypt, he had two sons with his Egyptian wife (see Gen 41:50–52). Scholars disagree on the relevance of Joseph’s names for his sons. Here is an excerpt from the volume:

Manasseh and Ephraim

During the seven years of plenty, Joseph has two sons (Gen 41:50). The giving of names in the Bible and in the ancient Near East carried great significance. Here, the names Joseph gives his sons speak directly to his past struggles.

Joseph names his first son Manasseh (menashsheh), which means something like “one who causes to forget.” Joseph explains this name by saying, “God has made me forget (nashshani) all my trouble and all my father’s house” (Gen 41:51). He names his second son Ephraim, explaining that “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction” (Gen 41:52). Ephraim (ephrayim) is derived from parah, meaning “to be fruitful.”

Both names highlight the hardship of Joseph’s life (“my trouble” and “my affliction”) and God’s role in the success he is now enjoying (“God has made me forget” and “God has made me fruitful”). However, scholars disagree on how to understand the additional note about forgetting “all my father’s house.” Some view it negatively and argue that Joseph should have been looking to reconcile with his father. Others view this as Joseph’s desire to forget his past sufferings

  • McKeown argues that Joseph’s statement about forgetting “all the house of my father” indicates that he does not plan to seek out his family. He asserts that Joseph has a new family in Egypt and does not show interest in either reconciliation or revenge.
  • Sarna believes the phrase “all my trouble and all my father’s house” should be translated as “my suffering in my parental home.” He argues that Joseph is not forgetting his father’s home but is merely not allowing the troubles of his youth to intrude on his future.
  • Waltke notes that Joseph is “strangely indifferent” toward his father. He points out, though, that the narrator does not condemn Joseph for this. Waltke also argues that Joseph’s giving his sons Hebrew names instead of Egyptian names indicates that he has not forgotten his father’s house.
  • Westermann understands the phrase “and all my father’s house” to mean “I am far from my father’s house.” He asserts that the names Joseph chooses reveal his understanding that God has been with him (Gen 39:2–6, 21–23).

Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 12–50 is available individually or as part of the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection. The collection is on sale for a limited time—only until February 14, when Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 12–50 ships. Order now to get the lowest price on this collection, which will serve as your guide to Genesis for many years to come.

Free Book of the Month: Lewis Sperry Chafer’s Satan

“No subject was more dear to the heart of Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer than the teaching of the Scriptures on the spiritual life.”—John F. Walvoord, president of Dallas Theological Seminary

Lewis Sperry Chafer’s Satan is February’s Free Book of the Month.

Drawing on Scripture, Chafer encourages believers to be aware of the enemy’s tactics and schemes. This volume is both a challenge and a comfort to those who are looking to better understand Satan’s history—and future!

Lewis Sperry Chafer was born in Rock Creek, Ohio, in 1871. A Presbyterian clergyman and educator, he founded the Evangelical Theological College, which we now know as Dallas Theological Seminary. He served the college as president and professor of systematic theology until his death in 1952.

You can get Chafer’s book free through the end of February, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the nine-volume Lewis Sperry Chafer
Collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to get your free book and enter the giveaway.

Enhance Your Sermon Prep with the Preacher’s Homiletic Commentary

HomileticPreparing a sermon ought to be a weighty matter. After all, God has entrusted us with “the gospel of glory” (1 Ti. 1:11) that we might grow and feed the people of God. One of our passions at Logos is giving you the tools and resources you need to faithfully expound the Word of God, and the Preacher’s Homiletic Commentary (38 vols.) on Community Pricing will be a great help.

The Preacher’s Homiletic Commentary was written to aid you in sermon preparation. Its 30 authors walk you through each passage in 55 books of the Bible, giving you expository insight and wisdom from a variety of thinkers, theologians, and pastors.

All 38 volumes are currently on Community Pricing, where you can bid what you’d be willing to pay. The current successful bid of $40 is only a few dollars more than what this entire collection sold for when this was originally published in 1892!

What Logos Users are Saying

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“This set is excellent for any pastor. Lots and lots of helps with expository preaching. Every young pastor needs this set. I can promise you that it will be dollars well spent.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to save 93% on a terrific commentary set, perfect for preaching, Bible study, and devotions alike—place your bid today!

It’s Time: You Won’t Get This Deal Again

Logos Base PackagesThis is it, folks: after Monday, the introductory upgrade deals available for Logos 5 will be gone forever.

Now is the time to upgrade. If you don’t upgrade now, you’re just leaving savings on the table. But if you do upgrade today, you’ll get the very best deal on Logos 5 you can.

And the biggest savings go to those who get our biggest, best base packages: Portfolio and Diamond.

Portfolio: Best Package, Best Deal

It’s the largest, most robust base package we could put together. The Logos 5 team hand-picked the books that went into Portfolio—it’s a master library with master tools. There are lots of reasons it’s awesome, but here’s a short overview:

  • 2,585 resources—up from 1,669 resources in the Logos 4 version
  • A $78,000 value—up from $31,000 in Logos 4
  • All Logos 5 features
  • 18-month payment-plan option

If you’ve had your eye on Portfolio for a while, skip the rest of this post and get it now—you won’t have another chance to get this introductory deal on it!

Diamond2Diamond: a Smart New Upgrade Level

Second only to Portfolio, Diamond is for people who won’t settle for a puny library, but want to keep their bills low. It’s a solid upgrade choice that gives you lots of good stuff:

  • 2,028 resources—a library that would cost $52,500 in print!
  • All Logos 5 features
  • 18-month payment-plan option

Wish You’d Upgraded to Diamond or Portfolio?

You might be thinking, “Boy—I got Logos 5, but now I wish I’d upgraded to Diamond or Portfolio instead. Those savings are top-notch!”

Don’t worry: we’ll fix you up with the library (and corresponding savings) you really want. But this offer ends Monday, too.

Time’s Running Out: Save Right Now

You’ve heard about our introductory discounts, but here’s a refresher: you can save up to 25% when you upgrade to Logos 5. We’ll calculate a custom upgrade discount for you based on the library you already own (so you don’t pay for any books twice).

The time is now: once the introductory sale is over, it’s over. Get the best deal and upgrade to Logos 5 before it’s too late.