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!

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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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Growing Spiritually with Introducing Spiritual Formation

mobile-ed-pd201-introducing-spiritual-formationThe Christian life involves growth. The importance of maturing spiritually and growing deeper in our relationship with God cannot be overstated. However, many believers struggle to know exactly how to do that. How does one grow to be more like Christ? What exactly is involved in spiritual development? Gary Thomas’ Mobile Ed course PD201 Introducing Spiritual Formation will help you answer questions like these.

Gary Thomas is an expert on the topic of spiritual formation and is an engaging speaker. He’s authored several books on growth and the Christian life, including The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ and the award-winning Authentic Faith: The Power of a Fire-Tested Life.

Thomas begins this course by highlighting the fact that God desires relationship with his people, and from that foundation, he examines what a relationship with God looks like.

Thomas surveys approaches to Christian spirituality taken by different historical groups—monastics, Eastern Orthodox, Puritans, charismatics, and more—looking at how their practices reflected their specific spiritual emphases. Drawing on that survey, he reviews a variety of “spiritual pathways,” or ways that individuals can best relate to God based on their personal, God-given natures.

He makes the point that we often seek spiritual formation in a selfish way, looking for what we can get out of our relationship with God. He advocates instead the pursuit of an authentic faith—one that is based in sacrifice rather than selfishness—and holiness. Thomas explores how holiness relates to several key areas, including our bodies, marriage, family, pleasure, and death. In order to show how holiness develops and is expressed in these spheres of our lives, he looks into the spiritual virtues of humility, gentleness, and thankfulness.

Introducing Spiritual Formation provides a thorough overview of spiritual formation with detailed examples and engaging personal stories to illustrate the content. The course will help you stay focused on the goal of spiritual formation: a deeper relationship with the Lord.

This course ships December 19: order yours today to get 40% off!

Now Available in Print: Connect the Testaments Gift Bundle

Connect the Testaments Gift EditionThe Christmas season is here, and many of you are trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your “nice list.” Lexham Press is pleased to announce a special gift edition of Connect the Testaments, bundled with Letters to a Christian—both in print. These two books will make the perfect gift for anyone looking to connect to the Word.

The gift edition of Connect the Testaments is hardbound with an elegant dust jacket, making it a beautiful addition to any library.

Connect the Testaments is designed to help you in your daily pursuit of God. Each day you’ll read from the Old Testament, the New Testament, and poetic literature. Daily devotionals offer insights into the text, explanations for difficult passages, and glimpses into how the Scripture passages are connected—as well as what those connections teach us about living for Jesus.

The Christian life is a journey—and we need not take it alone. In Letters to a Christian, the unique insights from former Bible Study Magazine editor-in-chief John D. Barry will be an encouragement to Christians at any point in their walk with Jesus. With this compilation of letters from the editor, he invites you to join him on his journey of personal exploration, faith, and transformation. As we follow Jesus, we walk alongside fellow pilgrims, and we trace the steps of those who have gone before. We all have something to learn from one another.

This limited-time offer won’t last forever!

To guarantee delivery in time for Christmas, you must place your order by December 17.

This is the perfect gift for that certain someone looking to mature their faith. The Connect the Testaments Gift Bundle will only be available for a limited time—order yours today!

3 Tools That Simplify Original-Language Study

original-language-toolsLogos 6 delivers new original-language tools for everyone. Track down textual differences across the original manuscripts, master the basics of the biblical languages, or discover the frequency and forms of any Greek or Hebrew lemma.

Three of Logos 6’s top original-language tools are Textual Variants, Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors, and Morphology Charts. Regardless of your level or Greek or Hebrew knowledge, with these tools, you’ll be able to begin investigating the Bible’s original languages—no seminary degree required.

1. Textual Variants

Investigate textual differences in the Bible at any level. Consult textual commentaries, browse all of your apparatuses, compare modern Greek and Hebrew editions as well as ancient versions, or get access to the original manuscripts, all in one place.

In this video, I’ll walk you through a textual variant in the Gospel of John and show you how to discover the original reading of this text:

2. Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors

Learn the basics of the original languages without stepping foot in a classroom. The new Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors teach you the alphabet, pronounce the letter for you in your choice of pronunciation style, then show you how transcribe the letter. Check out this video to see this interactive tool in action:

3. Morphology Charts

See every form of a Greek or Hebrew lemma and see where it appears in the Bible. The new Morphology Charts let you track down specific word forms and see their occurrence in the Greek, Hebrew, or English text.

In this video, I’ll teach you to use this interactive tool to track down a specific word form and discover where this form appears in the New Testament:

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Start streamlining your original-language study: find your perfect Logos 6 base package today!

New: Mobile Ed’s Discipleship Training Bundle

mobile-ed-discipleship-training-bundlePart of living the Christian life is discipling others. In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded his disciples to go and “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19).

This is an intimidating mandate. When we’re still in the process of growing in our walk with Jesus (which is always), we may not feel adequate enough to walk alongside someone else and help them grow. We may be held back by questions like, “What if I can’t answer their questions?” or “What if I don’t have the insight they need?” Mobile Ed’s three-course Discipleship Training Bundle was designed to help Christians answer those questions and to disciple effectively.

In ED101 Introducing Discipleship, Dr. Greg Ogden, author of the book Discipleship Essentials, looks at the idea of discipleship in the Bible and covers how to go about the discipleship process, providing practical steps for implementing a disciple-making strategy in your church. In PC151 Theology of Everyday Life, Dr. Dan Doriani looks at what the Bible says about everyday aspects of life, which will help you answer questions about work and your “calling,” food and the body, play and rest, and more. In BI181 Introducing Bible Translations, Dr. Mark Strauss helps you understand the translation philosophies behind the different versions of the Bible. You’ll learn how each brings out different aspects of the original languages. The next time someone asks you, “Which translation should I use?” you’ll have an educated answer.

These courses will help equip you to disciple others. You’ll be better prepared to come alongside someone, answer their questions, and grow with them.

Order the Discipleship Training Bundle today, or get it for free (along with Dr. Darrell Bock’s BI100 Learn to Study the Bible course) as one of Logos 6’s introductory offers.

Spurgeon Commentary Collection: Shipping Soon

spurgeon-commentary-collection-new-testament-lettersCharles Spurgeon was one of the most influential and prolific preachers of the modern era. Last year, Lexham Press released the first volume of the Spurgeon Commentary Collection, Galatians. Since then, we’ve been working hard to complete the remaining nine volumes in this series. We’re nearing completion of these volumes, and we’re proud to announce that they’ll be released by the end of the year!

You can order all nine volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary Collection for over 40% off. But hurry—you’ll only be able to take advantage of a deal this good while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

What makes this commentary different

Spurgeon’s writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes and encompass both published books and spoken sermons. The Spurgeon Commentary Collection looks to collect his thoughts from across his corpus in an easy-to-use commentary format that is tied to the biblical text. We’ve gone back and curated excerpts from Spurgeon where he’s explicitly citing a verse and from places where he’s alluding to the text—something a simple search wouldn’t be able to do.

We’ve also enhanced the Logos editions with amazing functionality, tagging illustrations and application content with preaching themes so that they pop up when you’re using the Sermon Starter Guide. This functionality saves time if you’re preparing sermons or are trying to find content from Spurgeon on specific topics.

A glimpse at what’s coming

Our editors have wrapped up the majority of these nine volumes.

Here’s an illustration from Spurgeon Commentary: 2 Timothy to show you a glimpse of just one of Spurgeon’s nuggets of wisdom:

Good Soldiers Are Obedient (2 Tim 2:3)

Preaching Themes: Courage, Obedience

A truly good soldier of Jesus Christ knows nothing about difficulties except as things to be surmounted. If his Master bids him perform exploits too hard for him, he draws upon the resources of omnipotence, and achieves impossibilities. Wellington sent word to his troops one night, “Ciudad Rodrigo must be taken tonight.” And what do you think was the commentary of the British soldiers appointed for the attack? “Then,” they all said, “we will do it.”

So when our great Captain sends, as He does to us, the word of command, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15), if we were all good soldiers of the cross, we should say at once, “We will do it.”

Pre-order now!

Spurgeon was a truly gifted orator and author. The Spurgeon Commentary Collection is designed for functionality, usability, and readability to make Spurgeon’s writing easier than ever to understand and apply.

These nine volumes are shipping soon, and you can get over 40% off this collection on Pre-Pub—pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters today!

Explore the New BibleStudyMagazine.com

bible-study-magazine-eric-masonBible Study Magazine’s website just got a makeover! The new BibleStudyMagazine.com is dedicated to bringing you the best in Bible study—a fresh go-to resource for tips, methods, and insights.

Gain insights from BSM articles

BibleStudyMagazine.com now features our latest stories, which will be updated with every issue. Currently we’re showcasing articles from our November/December ’14 issue.

Our cover story, “Rooted in the City of Brotherly Love,” will take you firsthand into Eric Mason’s passion for urban ministries and his decision to invest in one church community instead of planting a church and moving on. Mason realized the importance of growing relationships and investing in a church community.

Discover another story, “Soviet Soldier to Seminary President,” that tells the story of a Ukrainian soldier’s journey of faith after a chance encounter with a page of Scripture. Andrey Krastsev, who once believed in the “bright future of communism,” now trains pastors to spread the gospel across Russia. His story is part of a series that shows how people around the globe apply the Bible to their own contexts.

Discover new interactives

Bible Study Magazine has an amazing design team dedicated to helping you visually explore the stories of the Bible. Draw connections from Jeffery Kranz’s article “Out of Slavery: Exodus”. This story sheds light on the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, as well as how each of the 10 plagues showed God fighting for his people.

Don’t miss any new content

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Bible Study Software Put to the Test: Logos 6 in Review

logos-6-reviewsOver the last month, many ministry leaders, authors, and speakers have given Logos 6 a spin and shared their thoughts. They’re writing blog posts, planning sermons, creating lessons, and studying the Word with the most advanced Bible study tool on the planet.

Here’s what they’re saying about Logos 6:

Equipping church leaders

Communicating in-depth biblical insight to congregations is no small task. Tools like Cultural Concepts and Interactive Media are helping pastors put difficult ideas in simple, presentable terms. With Media Search, you get quick access to related images without interrupting study and planning!

Logos 6 does an excellent job of mixing classical study resources with interactive, digital resources. Logos 6 is a must have application for ministers, teachers, students, and anyone who loves to immerse themselves in biblical studies.

—Eric Dye (read the full review at ChurchMag)

As I go on using Logos, I am increasingly impressed by some of the technical tools available to me, tools that I am still discovering. These add, if not vast swathes of usefulness to my study processes, at least some real and helpful insights and nuances.

—Jeremy Walker (read the full review at reformation21)

Authoring new books

For the first time ever, Logos 6 gives you access to a semantic outline that covers the entire New Testament: the Propositional Flow Outline. Hours of exegetical research have already been done for you, taking the process out of your research and study. Your writing process is made even more simple with automatic citations, ensuring that you never forget where your information came from while securing your credibility as a writer.

Logos 6 will ever be before me during my work on the Philippians volume in the Baylor Handbook on the Greek NT.

—Dr. William Varner (read the full review at DrVarner.co)

. . . already my Bible study is reaching a new level of depth, and really, bringing me back to a passion for pursuing Jesus in his Word . . .

—Zach Hoag (read the full review at The Nuance)

Better Bible study

Logos 6 is your central place for all things related to Bible study. Using the new Everything Search, you can quickly assemble all of your resources on a given topic in one place, with one search. Factbook is the new encyclopedia for Bible information—use it to build a general understanding of a topic or to follow links to all your related resources for specific insights.

. . . Logos 6, is an amazing compendium of data and tools that comprise an exhaustive library of Bible study resources just a mouse-click away.

—Steve Howells (read the full review at Search The Bible)

After finishing Micah, I wanted to dig a little deeper on some of the themes from the book. I was able to search ‘justice,’ ‘mercy,’ and even ‘Micah’ to learn more. Logos pulled a plethora of resources from commentaries, Bible dictionaries, books on the topics, ancient texts, and even illustrated encyclopedias. I could see maps of where Micah lived and preached, a timeline that explained his place in relation to the other minor prophets, and an easy-to-understand overview of Micah.

—Amy Jackson (read the full review at Christianity Today)

At the forefront of academic research

Studying the ancient languages has never been easier. Logos 6’s new Ancient Literature section takes parallel passages and intertextual connections to a new level, exposing shared language and thought across relevant literature. And your scholarly journals are now more accessible with the new Journals Section—instantly connect your search queries to the latest theological discoveries and to insights from today’s leading scholars.

For personal and professional study—preparation of Sunday school lessons, for example, or of classroom lectures—Logos allows me to focus on the content rather than the process of getting it.

—Dan Olinger (read the full review at BJU.edu)

With the advent of Logos 6 comes some great new features for both pastors and scholars.

—Danny Zacharias (read the full review at DannyZacharias.net)

Bible study on the go

Logos’ mobility makes it a great tool for busy travelers. With new interactive infographics and Interlinear Explorers, not only can you study on the go, but you can prepare your message and create unique, engaging visuals for your next presentation. Capture complex concepts visually with the new Psalms Explorer and updated Timeline.

I’ve always loved reading the Bible but here’s the thing. I want to be able to do it on my computer. I want to be able to study the Bible in-depth wherever I am without lugging a pile of books along with me.

—Darlene Schacht (read the full review at Time-Warp Wife)

The ‘media’ search allows me to search all the media in my personal library and online. This is a wonderful tool for someone who is trying to put together a multimedia presentation on a particular topic.

—Stephen Altrogge (read the full review at The Blazing Center)

Empowering the Christian community

Community is an ever-growing strength of Bible study with Logos. Faithlife Groups make it easier than ever to connect with others studying the same topics as you. Create your own groups for private Bible study, or explore what others are reading and join the conversation! The new Visual Copy tool also helps you instantly share your findings across the web.

Not only has Logos provided this help in studying God’s Word, but has blown my expectations even more with how much they provide for you to learn.

—Mike Mobly (read the full review at Before the Cross)

Where Logos 6 really shines is in its new features. The team has done a fantastic job of doing some really cool new things to enhance your study experience.

—Aaron Armstrong (read the full review at Blogging Theologically)

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