For three years, Bible Study Magazine has been delivering an impressive array of tools for Bible study.
We’ve always featured cover articles on church leaders and biblical scholars with a focus on their interaction with Scripture. You will find it inspiring to read how Scripture enriches the lives of leaders like Josh McDowell, John Piper, Kay Arthur, and Mark Driscoll.
Subscribers to Bible Study Magazine enjoy powerful discussions with notable church figures, discussions which yield quotes like:
“Some of the happiest hours of my life have been sitting at the desk with a sheet of paper and the biblical text and thinking, ‘How does this text divide? What are its main themes? What’s going on here?’ You are looking into God’s workshop. God is in this text and you are actually seeing how the Holy Spirit worked; that’s just amazing.”—N. T. Wright
“I’ve done pretty much the same thing for the past 30 years—I have a morning Bible study time. What works best for me is to have one book in the Bible that I am reading, and I read until something strikes me. I don’t have any prescribed length to read—it could be a chapter or a few verses. When something strikes me, though, I’ll put a date in the margin of the page. . . . [I'll note why] that passage speaks to me. In all my Bibles for the past 30 years, you will see dates in the margins.”—Max Lucado
“I don’t memorize verses that don’t help my soul. I’m not into mechanical memorizing. I’m into fighting the fight of faith. I want to memorize Scripture so that I can defeat the devil at 3 o’clock in the afternoon—that’s why I memorize!”—John Piper
It is stimulating and empowering to note how these leaders and scholars regularly interact with the Scripture in their personal life, and an encouragement to do the same.
On the cover of the Sept–Oct ’11 issue of Bible Study Magazine, you’ll find Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel. He told us that Bible study is addicting: “The more you know, the more you hunger and thirst for knowledge of the Word. . . . Feed that, and watch the desire grow.”
We at Bible Study Magazine couldn’t agree more.
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Edited by Scottish Presbyterian minister and biblical scholar James Hastings, it’s just one of the collections offered in Community Pricing edited by this important 20th century theologian (did you know he was the original founder and editor of the Expository Times?).
Last month we announced the release of nearly 1,500 resources in the Perseus Collection—for free. In case you were wondering why you should bother downloading such a large addition to your library, we’ve compiled five reasons why Perseus is incredible:
C. S. Lewis said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”Familiarity with the classics of Greek and Roman literature has often been a hallmark of a well-rounded education. Equally important is knowledge of one’s own history and culture. With the seven bundles included in our Perseus Collection, you can browse 340 volumes on 19th century American history, 22 volumes on the Renaissance, and even read hundreds of Greek and Latin classics such as Aristotle, Epictates, Plutarch, Homer, and many more.
In the Perseus Classics Collection we not only have a world class collection of Greek and Latin literature, but we have dozens of English translations as well. So don’t worry if you can’t read Sophocles in the original Greek. We’ve got you covered.
Dictionaries and Lexicons
Greek and Latin lemmas are tagged in hundreds of resources. With the click of a button, you can access dictionaries and lexicons in an instant. The Greek is morphologically tagged allowing you to perform advanced searches and Bible word studies right from your copy of Aristotle or Herodotus.
Believe it or not, adding hundreds of Greek classics to your library can seriously enhance your Bible study. Take Acts 18:13 for example:
“This man is persuading [ἀναπείθω] people to worship God contrary to the law.”
This word, anapeitho, occurs only once in the entire New Testament. It is helpful to have a word occur multiple times to enable translators to give it the correct meaning from context. With more data, it is much easier to determine the intended meaning.
Just by adding the Perseus Classics Collection to your library, you will not only find the one occurrence in the New Testament, but another 191 occurrences of this word being used in classical Greek literature.
If you really want to dig into the Greek New Testament and experience the words used in another cultural context, you are going to love the Perseus Classics Collection paired with Logos Bible Software.
Let’s be honest, isn’t this a great reason? We know you will enjoy these resources as much as we do, and we are thrilled to be offering them for free!
This is groundbreaking stuff, so share the news! Pass it along via your favorite social media platform, then browse to the Perseus Collection page and pre-order now!
Leave us a comment and tell us what Perseus collection you are most excited about!
If you do a faceted search for commentaries on Logos.com, you will find nearly 100 pages of resources. Among those you will find some of the best commentaries ever written! But what if you are looking for a solid commentary on a specific book of the Bible? It can get overwhelming when you are looking for the right tool to purchase for the study or sermon series you are working on. Where do you even begin?
The Recommended Commentary Series
Logos Talk wants to help you find the best commentaries for your needs. The Recommended Commentary Series will be a regular column highlighting some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.
We want to hear from you!
Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.
We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Genesis. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:
We’ve been running some sort of upgrade discount ever since the launch of Logos 4 back in November 2009. As not all good things can last forever, you have three weeks to take advantage of base package upgrades. Special upgrade discounts end September 30, 2011!
Don’t Wait Any Longer
If you’ve been considering upgrading your Logos 4 base package to a higher base package level, or even if you are still using Logos 3, this is your last chance to save money on your upgrade!
Act before the discounts expire and you could save as much as $630.00 on your upgrade! With all the new content you’ll get, your upgrade price will be cheaper than if you were to get just one or two titles by themselves.
But no matter which package you upgrade to, the bottom line is that you’ll pay less if you upgrade by September 30, 2011. If you wait, you’ll pay more—up to $630.00 more. It’s that simple.
Did you know you can use a payment plan to spread your payments out over 12 months? This is great for parents or students, or for pastors with a monthly book budget. If you’re considering upgrading soon anyway, this is a great way to get the discount now while not having to spend beyond what you can afford.
Find out what discounts you qualify for and use our interest-free payment plan option during checkout by upgrading now!
If we can help answer any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 875-6467 or (360) 527-1700. Just call us before the current deals expire!
For those who have recently upgraded, what reason for upgrading was the most compelling? Leave us a comment so others can hear from you!
It began when I was cornered at a conference by a pair of seminary professors who marveled that we had neglected a Logos edition of Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics. I went online and purchased a print edition and started to use it myself with great enjoyment. Since then I have placed this set on and off Pre-Pub a number of times without success—yet I keep trying.
It is one of the finest reference sets produced in the last century. It is still one of the most quoted reference sets in the field of religion and biblical studies to this day. Over the years, many scholars and professors have commented on the many articles in this series which are addressed in no other reference work. It is a popular goto series for our own writers and researchers.
Why won’t this set make it through Pre-Pub? One problem is that the series has always been a library resource. Not that many private copies were ever sold. With a retail value of nearly $800, it has been out of reach for all but the most ardent enthusiasts. Perhaps, together, we can bring this fine work within reach of everyone.
I know you are probably not interested in spending $800 for a collection you have never heard of, but maybe you would be interested at $20, $30, or $40. I know I would. Help us save this set for future generations. Take the opportunity to bid for this set for pennies on the dollar.
Community Pricing ensures you will never pay an amount higher than your bid and you may even win the opportunity to purchase at a lower price if enough people participate. The only way to lose out is to bid lower than the final price that covers production costs.
You still have a little more time to get the 40-volume New International Commentary at a discount. But don’t wait—the Back-to-School Sale ends soon. Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to see the special price. Download it now!
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”—Romans 8:29 (ESV)
This has been a favorite verse of mine for years. I have always loved the idea of being molded and formed into the image and character of Christ. But the inherent challenge here is in making sure we are not frustrating this work while doing what we can to be pliable.
Gary Thomas has been a mentor to me for some time in this area. His writings have instilled in me an insatiable desire to not only focus on building the character of Christ within me, but to understand how Christians have practiced spiritual formation in the past.
Logos: It has been a while since you penned The Glorious Pursuit. What do you remember about the process?
Thomas: I was approached by NavPress to write a book for a series they were doing on forgotten or neglected ancient spiritual practices. Practicing the virtues was a mainstay for many centuries of church history, and we felt it would be equally helpful and relevant for Christians to reclaim this practice today. So much of contemporary Christian teaching focuses on “not sinning.” I was eager to write a book focusing on something positive—what we can become. Instead of obsessing over becoming “unlike the devil” I believe Scripture calls us to focus on becoming like Christ.
Logos: You discuss 14 classical virtues (humility, surrender, detachment, love, chastity, generosity, vigilance, patience, discernment, thankfulness, gentleness, fortitude, obedience, and penitence), which of those did you find was the most challenging to write about?
Thomas: There’s a reason I had to use two chapters to fully cover humility. It’s been called the “queen of the virtues” and rightly so. It’s the hardest one to live out, in many ways, and yet the foundation for so much that follows (along with love, of course).
Another particularly challenging one was detachment, since that’s such a foreign concept to contemporary believers. We just don’t think in those terms, yet doing so can be revolutionary in a believer’s life.
Logos: One online reviewer said of The Glorious Pursuit, “This is one of the best and most helpful books I’ve ever read.” Do you often hear from people whose lives have been touched by your work?
Thomas: Just about every day, in all honesty. It’s humbling, knowing how little I know, and knowing how messed up I can be, and yet seeing how God can play some great music through rather dented instruments.
Logos: One of the endorsements for the Glorious Pursuit was by J. I. Packer. If I remember correctly, Packer also endorses your book Seeking the Face of God. Do you consider Packer a mentor?
Thomas: Absolutely. He was my thesis advisor, and small group advisor during one year at Regent College, so I got to spend some time with him, including in his home. I admire Dr. Packer’s courage, fidelity to Scripture, and passion for the Gospel. Even in his later years, he is passionate about seeing God’s church move forward. Time with him (I got to visit with him again about 2 years ago when I was up in Canada) is always tremendously inspiring for me.
At a theological level, I especially appreciate Packer’s ability as a “fair” critic. When he challenges another tradition with which he has disagreements, he’ll point out its strengths and what the church at large can learn from it, and then gently but brilliantly expose the flaws (or at least problematic tendencies). I’ve tried to emulate that approach, drawing on the strengths of a wide range of traditions without rejecting them in total, while still staying true to a rather conservative theological (and I think biblical) perspective.
Logos: In what ways have you heard about The Glorious Pursuit being used in group settings?
Thomas: It’s been used by weight loss groups, prison chaplains, men’s groups, and women’s Bible studies. What I hear back from these participants is that they appreciate the positive focus—looking at what we can become, rather than obsessing over what we should avoid.
Logos: What would you say to someone who has picked up a copy of The Glorious Pursuit and is starting their journey toward practicing Christian virtues?
Thomas: Take the chapter on gentleness to heart, and be gentle with yourself. This is a lifelong journey. The more I understand about the physiology of our brain, the more brilliant I believe this ancient practice is. It takes time to create new neurological grooves and therefore moral habits. We have to consciously choose our focus, put it into practice, and wait until it becomes sort of like second nature, though in this case, it’s a supernaturally empowered redeemed nature.
The Glorious Pursuit is not only a fantastic personal resource, it is valuable for discipleship and small groups as well. I can personally attest to using this book in a variety of settings and its rich content always helps foster deep, engaging, and transparent discussion.
The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament
The New International Commentary is a prestigious commentary set with some of the biggest names in biblical scholarship. Now you can get it at a phenomenal price, just in time for school.
This commentary is one of the most respected commentary series published in the evangelical Protestant tradition. It is thoroughly researched and abreast of modern biblical scholarship, yet at the same time loyal to Scripture as the infallible Word of God.
Many of the volumes in this series have become classic works of evangelical biblical scholarship in their own right. In particular:
In fact, Christianity Today called Morris’ commentary on John “the best commentary on any book of the Bible by an evangelical in recent decades.”
This set is listed at $1,898.00, and the price you’ll see on the website right now is $1,599.95. During the Back-to-School sale, you can get the 40-volume New International Commentary for only $999.95. Simply enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to see the special price.
Access a Scholarly Standard
The NIC is not only a standard commentary for pastors, but it has become a go-to resource in biblical scholarship. The commentaries in this series contain original research and are regularly cited in other academic works. That has made the NIC a fixture of classroom syllabi in seminaries and Bible schools worldwide. So it was an easy decision to feature the NIC in this year’s back-to-school sale.
How to Use Your Monthly Book Budget to Get the NIC at This Price
We’ve created interest-free payment plans to let you apply a portion of your monthly book budget to the NIC. That lets you take advantage of the sale price before it expires and add the 40-volume NIC to your library today.
For example, you’ll pay only $88 per month with a 12-month plan. You get the benefits of the NIC today—all the extra volumes in your library, plus the value of using it for sermon preparation, study, and more—but you can use your book budget to pay for it over the next 12 months. Remember, you don’t pay interest, just a $5 processing fee to cover the extra expenses we incur by offering the plan.
To get the NIC for only $88 a month for 12 months, simply select the Payment Plan option at checkout.
Only 2 Weeks to Save!
The Back-to-School sale ends on September 12, 2011. Place your order today to get it at the special discounted price! And don’t forget to enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to take advantage of the discount.