Pro Tips: Factbook and Bible Book Guides

factbook-collectionLogos 6 cuts straight to the meat of Bible study.

Let’s say you wanted to begin a study of the first letter to Timothy. How would you begin such a study using Logos?

With paper-and-ink books, you’d have to open up each individual commentary on Timothy and read through their introductions to begin to get a grasp on this Pauline epistle—then you’d open up your Bible dictionaries to learn about Timothy and his relationship with Paul.

Even in Logos, one might be tempted to open up each commentary individually and begin reading. But this doesn’t save time—it’s actually no different than owning all of the print volumes on Timothy and studying manually.

Where the Factbook comes in

The Factbook sorts relevant information on the Bible’s books and characters so that you can begin any study with ease.

For example, you can get instant access to what your library has to say about the authorship and date of composition of 1 Timothy or the major themes running through this epistle. You can also look up Paul’s disciple Timothy and get links to all the articles on him in your dictionaries and encyclopedias. Everything you want to know about Timothy, the date of composition of 1 Timothy, and on the themes of the epistle is all a click away.

Search results coming up empty?

We’ve always said that a bigger library brings better results.

If your Factbook results are looking slim, we recommend expanding your library with more reference works, especially high-profile commentaries, such as the Word Biblical Commentary, the New American Commentary, and the International Critical Commentary, or dictionary series that pay dividends in the long term, such as The IVP Bible Dictionaries Series.

And now we’ve made it even easier to get the results you want with Factbook. With the Factbook Collection, you’ll get 22 volumes of commentaries, Bible handbooks, and dictionaries that are each specifically tagged to bring articles into your Factbook.1 You’ll boost your study with such works as the revised International Standard Bible Dictionary (ISBE), the Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary, the Holman Concise Bible Commentary, and the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible.

Not only will you get top-notch reference works, but in this collection they come at a deeply discounted price. The ISBE alone would cost you $129.95, so for $80 more you can add 18 other modern dictionaries and commentaries to your library and round out your study with expert research on any biblical topic. And if you already own any of these volumes, your own custom price will be even lower!

Get detailed Bible study delivered to your fingertips

Get the Factbook Collection today and grow your library’s research capacity at an unbeatable price!

  1. This collection does not contain the Logos 6 software that comes with each base package. A Logos 6 base package or crossgrade is required to access the Factbook tool, and for best performance, we recommend Logos 6 Bronze or higher. []

Celebrate Geerhardus Vos’ Birthday with His Reformed Dogmatics

young VosMarch 14 marks Geerhardus Vos’ 153rd birthday. To celebrate, you can take 20% off his Reformed Dogmatics. Now you can benefit from this profoundly influential work, newly translated into English.

The father of Reformed biblical theology

Geerhardus Vos was born in 1862 in Heerenveen in the Netherlands. At 19, he moved to America and began his education at Calvin Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Strassburg University.

In 1888, Vos accepted a position on the Calvin Theological Seminary faculty and began delivering a series of lectures on dogmatics. These lectures would come to form the backbone of his Reformed Dogmatics. He would go on to join the faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary and would author his most famous works while there—coming to be known as the father of Reformed biblical theology.

“Like a lost Shakespeare play recently discovered”

With Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics translated into English, you’re now able to explore the relationship between Vos’ early thoughts in systematic theology with his later work in biblical theology. Vos himself commented on the positive and complementary relationship between the two disciplines. Indeed, Vos’ strong grounding in biblical scholarship and biblical theology makes his Reformed Dogmatics unique.

Michael Horton said that the translation of Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics is “like a lost Shakespeare play recently discovered.” A fresh biblical perspective to this systematic theology gives this work a broad appeal to academics, students, pastors, and those with a great interest in biblical theology.

Learn from Vos’ unique perspective: get 20% off his Reformed Dogmatics today!

Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge on Why You Need Another Commentary

fortress-commentary-on-the-bibleRecently, we spoke with Dr. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge about the Fortress Commentary on the Bible, an exciting two-volume commentary that’s now available on Pre-Pub.

Here’s what she had to say about this resource:

Why a two-volume commentary set? Aren’t there enough multivolume commentaries to satisfy the average reader?

I’ve said to myself in the past: “The world doesn’t need another Bible commentary—therefore, don’t ever write one!” However, I made an exception for this project because of its hermeneutical perspective, one that is akin to what I have been teaching in my Bible classes in the seminary setting. Interpretation requires a process of attending to and negotiating between the text in its historical setting, the “world in front of the text,” the history of interpretation and commentary, and contemporary concerns and theological questions. Levels A, B, and C address those dimensions in a way that is accessible and helpful to the reader who is not an expert.

Did the editors work to coordinate views across the two volumes? Across books?

The editors did not aim at a single viewpoint, but sought creative and engaged scholars who would be enthusiastic about the challenge to focus on history, reception, and current ethical conversations with the biblical text.

You worked primarily on the New Testament. What are some of the highlights of this volume?

Yes, I worked on the NT volume, while my coeditors recruited the authors for each book. Then I was responsible for editing particular articles. I particularly recommend Deborah Krause’s articles on 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, Sylvia Keesmaat’s Colossians, and Jaime Clark-Soles’ chapters on the Johannine epistles. Of special interest to me is Neil Elliott’s introduction to Paul’s letters: “Situating the Apostle Paul in his Day and Engaging his Legacy as Our Own.” Elliott states eloquently the interpretive challenge and promise of reading these influential letters today.

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The Fortress Commentary on the Bible is now available on Pre-Pub. Save over 30% when you pre-order this new resource today!

Is God the Origin of Evil?

mobile-ed-david-w-baker-old-testament-bundleLast week we had the privilege of working with Dr. David Baker in the Mobile Ed studio, filming a few of his upcoming courses on the Old Testament.

Dr. Baker is a highly respected Old Testament scholar and prolific author. Some of his works include The NIV Application Commentary: Joel, Obadiah, Malachi and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch.

Dr. Baker answers the question “Is God the origin of evil?” by explaining the context of Amos 3:3–8 in this video from OT232 A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi:

Watch more video clips from Dr. Baker’s two-course Mobile Ed: David W. Baker Old Testament Bundle, and add these courses to your library today!

Get 50% Off Baker Books: This Week Only!

ephesians-an-exegetical-commentaryEvery day, you can get 50% off a Logos resource through our Twitter daily deals.

This week, we’re partnering with Baker Publishing Group to offer 50% off six valuable titles. You’ll find commentaries, an Old Testament survey, an apologetics resource, and more. But these deals will each only last 24 hours!

Make sure you don’t miss these deals:

  1. Follow us on Twitter @Logos.
  2. Each day, look for #DailyDeal for a Twitter-only offer.
  3. Click the tweet’s hyperlink, and use the provided coupon code at checkout to get 50% off!

Today only, you can get 50% off Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary! To get your coupon code, just follow us on Twitter and find today’s #DailyDeal tweet.

Follow @Logos on Twitter now, and if you see a deal your friends might like, retweet it to spread the savings!

Logos 6: Find Verses in Which a Biblical Person Spoke

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Recently, I’ve been studying the life of Hagar in Genesis 16. In verses 7–8, the angel of the Lord found her and asked her two questions:

  • Where have you come from?
  • Where are you going?

These are two very profound questions regarding our direction in life, but we’ll save that discussion for another day. In this post, I simply want to focus on the fact that Logos identifies the angel of the Lord as the speaker of the questions by showing a megaphone icon. I was curious as to where else in Scripture the angel of the Lord spoke, so here’s what I did:

  • Open a Bible, like the ESV or NKJV, to Genesis 16:7 (A)
  • Find the megaphone icon in verse 8 identifying the angel of the Lord as the speaker (B)

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  • If the icons are not present:
    • Click the visual filters icon on the Bible’s toolbar (C)
    • Select Speaker labels (D)

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  • Right click any word in the questions from the angel of the Lord (E)
  • Select Angel of the Lord SPEAKER (F)
  • Select Search this resource (G)

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  • Notice that the search results display all the verses in which the angel of the Lord is identified as the speaker (H)

morris-proctor-find-verses-in-which-a-biblical-person-spoke-4 This simple search makes for rewarding research. Try it with:

  • Isaiah in Matthew 1:23
  • Sadducees in Matthew 22:24
  • Gabriel in Luke 1:28

For more Logos training, be sure to check out the new Logos 6 Training Manual: Volumes 1 and 2.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Columbus, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky.

Logos March Madness: Round 1 Results

Round 1 Deals - Blog Image - 400x400Round 1 of Logos March Madness is over! Thirty-two authors won’t advance, but you can get 30% off their selected works. Don’t miss great deals on books by:

  • Charles Ryrie
  • Warren Wiersbe
  • A.W. Pink
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • Norman Geisler
  • And 26 others . . .

Visit the Logos March Madness deals page to see all the round 1 deals—more than 700 books in all!

Round 2 voting is now open!

Thirty-two authors are in round 2—vote for your favorites to get bigger savings.

Round 2 matchups:

  • N.T. Wright vs. John Piper
  • Gordon Fee vs. F.F. Bruce
  • Michael Horton vs. J.I. Packer
  • Milliard Erickson vs. Louis Berkhof
  • Darrell L. Bock vs. John Calvin
  • William Barclay vs. Andrew Murray
  • D.A. Carson vs. John MacArthur
  • Martin Luther vs. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Leon Morris vs. Ben Witherington
  • R.C. Sproul vs. Craig Evans
  • Craig Blomberg vs. A.W. Tozer
  • Charles Spurgon vs. Saint Augustine
  • G.K. Beale vs. Dwight Moody
  • Thomas R. Schreiner vs. Scot McKnight
  • Craig Keener vs. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Douglas Moo vs. Jonathan Edwards

Voting ends March 12 at 5 p.m. (PST), so don’t miss your chance—vote now!

Time Is Running Out to Save 30% on C.S. Lewis!

Lewis CollectionThe C.S. Lewis Collection ships March 8—pre-order yours today to save 30%!

Experience Lewis’ works

You’ve learned about the importance of individual Lewis works, including Mere ChristianityA Grief Observed, and The Screwtape Letters. You can also check out a variety of perspectives on C.S. Lewis that will help you appreciate his work from different points of view.

Lewis is one of the most beloved and well-known authors. His wisdom and passion shines through each of his works, as evidenced by some of his most inspirational quotes.

Experience C.S. Lewis for yourself when you purchase the 30-volume set, featuring some of his most powerful works—including all three volumes of his letters.

Uncover the power of the Logos edition

Lewis’ works shine even brighter in the Logos edition. This tagged and fully searchable format allows you to search across all 30 volumes, including his letters. Gain a deeper understanding by cross-referencing the date of Lewis’ writings in addition to their content.

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Experience the enriching study you’ll get with Lewis’ literary masterpieces in the Logos format.

Pre-Pub pricing ends March 8!

With less than 48 hours left, don’t miss your chance to get this exciting collection at an incredible discount.

Pre-order The C.S. Lewis Collection now!

Your Guide to March’s Deals

marsale_blogMarch’s deals are here, and you can save on more than 100 products. Not sure where to get started? Here are some of this month’s best offers:

  1. The top-selling products on sale: the Handbook on the Old Testament Series and I. Howard Marshal’s New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel
  2. The biggest discounts (in dollars): $200.00 off the WallBuilders American Foundations Digital Library and $149.00 off the 30-volume Baker Studies in Apologetics Collection
  3. The biggest discounts (in percentages): 47% off John Miley’s Systematic Theology and 46% off the Select Works of Simon J. Kistemaker
  4. Other highlights:

And don’t miss all the other great deals on a wide range of commentaries, theological works, language studies, and much more. Build your library with books by John MacArthur, Bryan Chapell, H.A. Ironside, and others.