Studying the Old Testament: 3 Terms to Keep in Mind

logos-mobile-education-john-walton-background-of-the-old-testament-bundleThe Old Testament makes up two-thirds of the Bible and lays the foundation on which the rest of Scripture stands. Yet most churches devote less than half their teaching to the OT.

Where do you start studying the Old Testament, and where do you start teaching it? With Dr. John Walton’s Mobile Ed Bundle, you’ll walk through the background and typology of the Old Testament, laying the framework for your future studies.

In his introduction, Walton explains three things to keep in mind while studying the Old Testament:

 

With Logos Mobile Ed, you learn in an innovative mobile learning environment designed to leverage the power of Logos Bible Software. It’s a biblical and theological education that only Logos could design and deliver.

This introduction is just the beginning. Further your Old Testament studies—pre-order the John Walton Bundle today and get it for 40% off!

Resolve to Grow: Get 8 Devotionals under $20

Resolve to Grow in 2014

Make 2014 the year you resolve to grow—closer to God, closer to the Word, and closer to the person Christ wants you to be. To help you establish a strong foundation for the new year, here are three ways you can rejuvenate your Bible study and saturate your life with the Word:

1. Get inspired with discounted devotionals

Learn from the best, and immerse yourself in Scripture. Through January 27, use coupon code GROW2014 to save up to 50% on eight inspirational devotionals:The Pursuit of Holiness

2. Start using Logos 5 for less than $30 a monthStarter

Improve your Bible study and keep a tight budget with Logos 5′s Starter base package. Starter offers a simple, affordable way into the world’s most advanced Bible software. For less than $30 a month, create custom reading-plan templates, get instant information on biblical events, people, and places, search your library by topic or passage, and learn from nearly 200 resources—a library that would cost more than $3,500 in print.

This is an amazing way to kick-start your Bible study at an incredibly affordable price. Get Starter today!

3. Stay on track with personalized Bible study templates

Logos 5 brings out the best in your devotionals—it’s the simplest, most effective way to stay on track with your daily readings. It pulls together all the books you need into one unified template, so you can read your favorite devotionals side by side with your preferred Bible translation, reading plan, and dictionary. Here’s how:

 

Master all of Logos 5’s tools and features: check out all our helpful tutorials, and make 2014 the year you become a Bible study expert.

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Take advantage of big savings on inspirational devotionals and start using Logos 5 for less than $30 a month.

You have everything you need to make 2014 a success, so what are you waiting for? It’s time to resolve to grow.

3 Collections You Should Complete Today

We’re always improving Logos products. We want to make it easier to find the books you’re looking for, and easier to keep up with all the available works from your favorite authors, commentaries, and series.

Here are three popular products we’ve recently reorganized. In each case, we removed redundant overlapping products: now, just by checking the product page, you can see all the available works without doing the inventory legwork on your own. If you’re missing anything, you’ll get a dynamically discounted price on the collection as a whole. And if the “Add to cart” button is grayed out, you can ignore the price—you already own everything in the set. (And kudos to you!)

christian-origins-and-the-question-of-god-series1. N. T. Wright’s Christian Origins series

This week, we updated Christian Origins, the series everyone’s raving about, with Paul and the Faithfulness of God. If you don’t yet have the series, now’s a good time to jump in—you’ll only pay for the books you don’t yet own. Check out the product page to see your special discount!

2. Exegetical Summaries Series

We’ve updated the Exegetical Summaries collection, too. Exegetical Summaries provides summaries and surveys of major commentaries’ and theologians’ arguments, helping you overcome the challenges of translation, exegesis, and interpretation. You can quickly identify exegetical challenges, discover a text’s interpretive history, and survey the scope of everything written about each verse and phrase.

preaching-the-word-series3. Preaching the Word Series

The Preaching the Word series takes an expository and pastoral approach to exegesis, helping you teach the main messages and themes of 36 books of the Bible. Combining practical application and an expositional focus, this 30-volume collection (condensed into 28 Logos resources) will save hours of research time for any pastor, teacher, or researcher.

Completing these commentary sets might be a far better deal than you think—after all, you’ll only pay for the volumes you’re missing out on.

Take a look at your favorites today!

Finding the Right Sermon Illustrations

300-illustrations-for-preachersLast fall, we introduced a new book to help preachers illustrate their sermons: 300 Illustrations for Preachers. This collection of powerful illustrations, selected and edited by Jim L. Wilson, is categorized by theme and Scripture reference. It integrates seamlessly into your Logos library and is easily searchable using the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos 5.

For example, let’s say I’m preaching about the image of God, and I want to emphasize the importance of every individual. Searching through 300 Illustrations for Preachers by topic, I find this:

Undervaluing an Original

Theme: Image of God

Matthew 10:29–31; Luke 12:6–7

“Oliver Chanler of Geneseo, NY explained why no one had ever cleaned a portrait of George Washington that hung in his parents’ home. ‘Suspect that’s because no one thought it was of great value.’ The family had always supposed the portrait was a common copy. Appraisers declared it an original Gilbert Stuart portrait worth around $300,000. It eventually sold at auction for $925,000.

We treat those things of great value with more care than things we consider common. Can we remember that each person is an original with great worth in the Lord’s eyes?”

—Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

I can find this illustration by searching thematically (image of God) or by Scripture (Matthew 10:29–31 or Luke 12:6–7). I even have a link to the original article in case I want to dig deeper. So however I chose to prepare my sermon, I have an easily accessible and effective way to help my audience remember that all people, no matter their appearance, are special because they are made in God’s image.

300 Illustrations for Preachers is an incredible value, and it’s very close to leaving Community Pricing at just $7. The more people bid on it, the lower the price goes—pre-order your copy today!

Then check out all the Lexham Press resources on Community Pricing.

5 Types of Dictionaries You Need

Bible dictionaries are enormously helpful (especially in Logos!), and having access to multiple types is useful for comparing definitions, studying context, and making sure you have the most accurate information. If you start adding up how much it would cost to pick up several print editions, though, you might decide that multiple types of dictionaries aren’t worth it. Luckily, with Logos—especially with Pre-Pub and Community Pricing—you can get Bible dictionaries for a fraction of the price, in a far more valuable format.

Here are five types of dictionaries on Community Pricing, some of them for up to 91% off:

a-dictionary-of-the-bible1. Biblical: A Dictionary of the Bible

Regularly $99.95—current bid is $15

The Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.), edited by biblical scholar James Hastings, is a thorough index of all the key terms in Scripture. With over a hundred contributors, this five-volume, 4,500-page set gives you over 1,500 definitions. The articles focus on people, places, archaeology, geology, theology, and obscure biblical terms.

Here are two other Bible dictionaries on Community Pricing:

2. Greek, Hebrew, and Latin: Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary

Regularly $129.95—current bid is $24

Best known as “Lewis and Short,” Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary is an expansive, detailed dictionary of Latin words from the classical period up through the late medieval era. Based on Freund’s German edition, Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary is comprehensive, with over 2,000 pages of detailed lexical data.

Here are a few other classical dictionaries on Community Pricing:

dictionary-of-christian-antiquities3. Church history and religion: Dictionary of Christian Antiquities

Regularly $121.50—current bid is $12

The Dictionary of Christian Antiquities gives a complete account of the leading people, institutions, art, social life, writings, and controversies of the Christian church, covering the time of the apostles up through the age of Charlemagne.

Here are two other church-history and religion dictionaries on Community Pricing:

4.  Ancient Greece and Rome: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities

Regularly $9.56—current bid is $8

The Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities is a 1,300-page compendium of information about the ancient world. Covering architecture, law, festivals, furniture, religion, warfare, customs, daily life, and more, it gives you access to a broader understanding of ancient life.

Here are a few other ancient-Greece and ancient-Rome dictionaries on Community Pricing:

brewers-dictionary-of-phrase-and-fable5. English and the humanities: Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

Regularly $34.95—current bid is $20

Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a unique and useful reference work offering definitions of famous phrases, idioms, proverbs, allusions, and figures—literary, historical, and mythological alike. Many of these succinct explanations, marked by Brewer’s famous wit, don’t appear in traditional dictionaries or encyclopedias.

Here are two other English and humanities dictionaries on Community Pricing:

This is your chance to get these valuable dictionaries at the best price you’ll see—get yours before time runs out.

The more people who bid, the better the price, so be sure to spread the word!

Save Now on 3 New Logos Mobile Ed Courses!

Mobile EdLogos Mobile Education brings together renowned professors, an incredible theological library, amazing software tools and features, and an online academic community that brings it all right to you.

This revolutionary education program leverages the power of Logos Bible Software to create an innovative learning environment that’s completely mobile. It’s the kind of biblical and theological education that only Logos could design and deliver.

Check out these new Mobile Ed courses:

Logos Mobile Education: NT331 Book Study:
Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Douglas Moo, the highly respected Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, covers this important epistle’s themes. Dr. Moo follows Paul’s arguments while addressing important historical and theological considerations, as well as current ideas in Pauline studies.

With Mobile Ed, you’re getting an education built on the best technology:

  • The high-definition videos are filmed in short segments that you can return to as often as you’d like. Dr. Moo’s teaching is filmed in a one-to-one format that helps give the class a personalized feel.
  • Videos are enriched with links to the Logos library. From the lectures, you can jump into Logos 5 and take your study even deeper. Follow along as the video connects you to the right book, page, and paragraph. Plus, like your library, video lectures are fully searchable.
  • Screencast Logos 5 videos translate what you’re learning into cutting-edge study techniques. Not only are you receiving a valuable biblical education; you’re learning skills you’ll draw from in your ministry for years to come.
  • The centerpiece of the Mobile Ed courseware is the Logos digital library, the premier biblical research tool for the twenty-first century. No other resource puts as much standard academic material for theology and biblical studies at your fingertips and at the pace of your life. No other educational program lets you take the library with you.

Pick up this course while it’s on Pre-Pub and save over 40%—pre-order yours now.

Logos Mobile Education: John Walton Background of the Old Testament Bundle (2 courses)

The Old Testament constitutes two-thirds of our Bible, but most churches devote less than half their teaching to it. Where does one begin making use of the Old Testament? In these two courses, Dr. John Walton lectures on the background and typology of the Old Testament and the origins of Genesis 1–3, opening the doors for pastors, students, and laypeople to begin studying and learning from the OT. Successful students will come away with a new interpretive framework through which to analyze the Old Testament, exegeting and wrestling with the text on its own terms.

Pre-order yours while it’s on Pre-Pub for 40% off!

Logos Mobile Education: Elyse Fitzpatrick Bundle (3 courses)

These three courses—in counseling and personal and professional development—build the fundamental character principles every growing and learning Christian must have. Elyse Fitzpatrick brings over 24 years of Bible-focused counseling to your education, helping you understand the importance of a rock-solid identity in Christ and teaching tried-and-true methods for imparting this identity to everyone you meet.

Pre-order now to save 40% on these three courses.

And don’t forget: the entire nine-course Logos Mobile Education: Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle is available on Pre-Pub, too, for an even greater discount!

Learn more about Logos Mobile Education

Want to learn more about educational opportunities with Logos Mobile Ed? Visit Logos.com/Mobile-Ed, or check out the following posts:

Then join the discussion in the Logos Mobile Education forums!

Which Classical Library Is Right for You?

Noet is here! You can download the free mobile app right now, and for just a few more weeks, you can save on a selection of libraries spanning the classics, philosophy, ancient languages, and literature.

You’re interested in intellectual history and ancient context. You’re ready to start using Logos-powered study tools to learn more, faster. So, which Noet library is for you?

Let’s take a closer look at four standouts:

1. For the ambitious learner: the Harvard Classics Collection

noet-harvard-classics-collectionCharles William Eliot, the former Harvard president, selected the Harvard Classics’ 51 volumes to show that a five-foot shelf of books could prove “a good substitute for a liberal education.” Now Eliot’s famous five-foot shelf fits on your mobile device. You’ll get some of the best volumes across a wide variety of disciplines:

  • Poetry: Dante’s Divine Comedy, Milton’s complete poems, an overview of English-language poetry from Chaucer to Whitman, and more
  • Philosophy: Plato’s Phaedo and Apology, Berkeley’s Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonious, Hume’s Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, and more
  • Parable and allegory: Aesop’s Letters and Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Drama: Shakespeare’s Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest
  • Economics: Adam Smith’s vastly influential Wealth of Nations
  • Physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and medicine: writings by Faraday, Helmholtz, Kelvin, Newcomb, Hippocrates, Pasteur, and others

The  Harvard Fiction Collection, also available in Noet, builds on Eliot’s classical curriculum with works from Fielding, Dickens, Poe, Hugo, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and others.

Start learning from some of the West’s greatest works: see everything you’ll get with the Harvard Classics Collection.

2. For the philosopher and classicist: the Ancient Philosophy Bundle

noet-ancient-philosophy-bundle“Every man,” said Coleridge, “is born an Aristotelian or a Platonist. . . . They are two classes of man, beside which it is next to impossible to conceive a third.” Adds Borges, “Across the latitudes and the epochs, the two immortal antagonists change their name and language: one is Parmenides, Spinoza, Kant, Francis Bradley; the other, Heraclitus, Aristotle, Locke, Hume, William James.” All through Western intellectual history run the arguments of Plato and Aristotle, as well as those of Plato’s famous teacher, Socrates; they are the context you need to study philosophy and the ancient world.

Noet’s Ancient Philosophy Bundle gives you Plato’s dialogues across five volumes, including the Phaedo—”There is nothing [like Socrates’ death in the Phaedo] in any tragedy, ancient or modern,” wrote the Rev. Benjamin Jowett—as well as the Republic (that famous discourse on justice and order), the Timaeus (which introduces the demiurge, or creator god, that the Gnostics found so fascinating), and many more. You’ll also get Aristotle’s vastly influential writings on logic, language, ethics, and rhetoric: On Interpretation, Physics, Metaphysics, Nicomachean Ethics, Rhetoric, and many more volumes.

Study the foundations of Western philosophy: see everything you’ll get with the Ancient Philosophy Bundle.

3. For the NT scholar: the Biblical Greek Bundle

noet-biblical-greek-bundleNoet’s Biblical Greek Bundle sets you up with resources to master the Greek of the New Testament. For one thing, you’ll get the authoritative critical text: Nestle-Aland’s Greek New Testament, 27th ed., the basis for almost every Bible translation carried out in the last hundred years. You’ll also get:

  • The famously comprehensive Liddell and Scott Greek–English Lexicon
  • Two very accessible Greek grammars: David and Shackelford’s Beginner’s Grammar of the Greek NT and A. T. Roberston’s Short Grammar of the Greek NT
  • Lexical context that helps you learn: Stanley Porter’s Idioms of the Greek New Testament, 2nd ed., as well as the New Revised Standard Version.

All told, you’re getting an introduction to modern linguistics and Greek pronunciation, a highly regarded morphological concordance, lexical data for detailed analysis, and diverse contextual materials that set you up for wider understanding.

Study the NT in its original Greek: learn more about the Biblical Greek Bundle.

4. For the professor: the Classical Foundations Bundle

noet-classical-foundations-bundleNoet’s biggest library by far is the Classical Foundations Bundle. It gives you everything from the discipline-specific bundles, plus presentation media (quote slides and timelines) to save you lesson-prep time.

  • From the Ancient Philosophy Bundle, you get the works of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
  • From the Modern Philosophy Bundle, you get the works of Descartes, Spinoza, Berkeley, Hume, and others.
  • From the two Harvard bundles, you get Dante, Milton, Dostoyevsky, Augustine, and far more.
  • From the ancient-language bundles, you get the best resources for mastering Greek and Latin.
  • What’s more, you get the 1,114-volume Perseus Classics Collection, which sets you up with key primary sources in both English translation and the original languages.

That’s a vast library: if these were print editions, you’d probably want a professional librarian to help you find, sequestered in some distant shelf, exactly what you’re looking for. With Noet, though, you can run powerful, precise searches across your entire library. When you find that rare primary source, you can set it to scroll together with its commentary or translation. And when you want to draw out original-language nuance, you can see the Greek or Latin gloss and morphology with a tap.

The Classical Foundations Bundle gives you the backbone of a good university library, and Noet’s smart searches and study features give you the world’s fastest research assistant.

Do better research with Noet’s biggest library: see everything you’ll get with the Classical Foundations Bundle.

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Don’t have the new Noet app yet? Get it for free right now—and, if you like it, leave a review in your favorite app store!

Then start building the classical library that’s right for you: browse all the Noet bundles at Noet.com/Products.

Logos 5: Save as Passage List on Guides’ Sections

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.

Logos’ Bible study guides contain various individual sections, some of which display biblical references—for example, Cross References in the Passage Guide, Translation in Bible Word Study, Thematic Outlines in the Sermon Starter Guide, and Related Verses in the Topic Guide. With the release of Logos 5.2, now the verses in these sections can be easily saved in a Passage List document.

For example, try this:

  • Choose Guides | Passage Guide.
  • Type John 3:16 in the reference box (A).
  • Press Enter to generate the report.

  • Click the Cross References title bar if it’s not expanded. (When the section is expanded, it displays numerous cross-references for the passage you’re studying.) (B)

  • Right-click the Cross References title bar (C).
  • Select Save as Passage List (D).

  • Notice that a new Passage List document is created, containing all the verses in that individual section (E).

Of course, this new document can be renamed—when closed, it will be safely saved in the Documents menu!

Please note: if this feature is not available to you, type update now in the Command box and press Enter to launch your free update to Logos 5.2.

Logos Just Got Voted a Glassdoor Top Employer—Here’s Why

Glassdoor best places to work.jpgAs employees, we have a behind-the-scenes look at how Logos functions. We can give the most honest, accurate feedback about what it’s like to work here. This year, that feedback landed Logos among Glassdoor’s top 10 best medium-sized companies to work for!

Glassdoor lets employees leave voluntary, anonymous reviews of their employers. Here’s what some of us had to say:

“Most challenging and fulfilling place I’ve worked . . . The feedback is always constructive with a view to making things better or more efficient.”

“A company that is genuinely concerned about its employees and pushes them to grow.”

“I never want to work anywhere else . . . The best thing about Logos is the people. The caliber of talent is amazing . . . Our CEO is always asking how we can make Logos a better place to work and employee suggestions are taken to heart.”

“Challenging job with more opportunity than I could have possibly expected . . . Logos Bible Software is a great place to learn and grow as a software developer.”

You can get a totally candid look behind the scenes at Glassdoor’s page of Logos reviews.

Honor God. Love others.

As companies grow, rules and regulations often increase, and interaction with management often decreases. At Logos, I’ve experienced just the opposite. In fact, a couple years ago, our employee manual was trimmed to just four words: “Honor God. Love others.” Yes, we have an employee manual, but as you can see, it’s based more on how we treat each other, and less about day-to-day rules.

We’re free to make suggestions, free to try big things, and even free to fail: Recently, a fellow coworker made a mistake that cost us a lot of money. Our CEO, Bob Pritchett, responded by saying, “We made a mistake. We own it, we learn from it, and we welcome the chance to show our employees and our customers that we mean what we say about our values and ‘The Logos Way.’”

The Logos Way is what leads to us employees feeling trusted and appreciated. It’s why we give such positive feedback on sites like Glassdoor. Maybe it’s just our way of saying “thank you.” Because when employees are happy, it affects everything—our morale, our products, and our customers.

Don’t just take my word for it—check out Glassdoor’s full list of the best medium-sized companies to work for.

We currently have over 70 positions open, so while you’re at it, check out our careers page!

Specialize Your Searches with the Bible Sense Lexicon

Logos 5 Spring SaleSome nets are specialized for catching specific kinds of fish. You wouldn’t want to try to catch a guppie with a net that has large holes in it. Similarly, you wouldn’t want to try to catch salmon with the same net you use to get your pet goldfish out of its bowl.

Like a specialized net, the Bible Sense Lexicon allows you to capture only the meanings you’re searching for. Consider the problem of English homonyms: “When he said he went to lie down he told a lie.” “Tennis players love to keep their opponents at love.” “The girl in the band was wearing a band around her head.” The same word can have very different meanings. What we may fail to realize, though, is that this can wreak havoc on our Bible searches.

Imagine that you want to preach about lying (that is, “saying something false” as opposed to “lying on a horizontal surface”) in your next sermon. You’ll want to find places where the Bible speaks about “lies,” like Revelation 14:5: “and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.” Let’s see what happens when you do a traditional English search for “lie.”

  • Open a Bible search and enter “lie” in the search box.

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This search of the Lexham English Bible turns up 298 results, many of them from the verb “lie,” as in “to lie down” or “to lie with.” For sermon preparation, that isn’t terribly useful! Now look what happens when we search for “lie” with the Bible Sense Lexicon:

  • First, open the Bible Sense Lexicon in Logos 5.

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  • Next, type “lie” in the Bible Sense Lexicon’s search box, and click the matching result.

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  • That will take to you to the nominal sense of “lie” (as in “he told a lie”):

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  • We can see that this is the exact sense we’re searching for by looking at the definition: “a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth.”

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  • Finally, mouse over the verse references in the Bible Sense Lexicon panel, or click them to see the verses in context.

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The Bible Sense Lexicon takes you to only those occurrences of “lie” that you want! Now you don’t need to sort through 298 search results, most of which aren’t useful for your sermon prep. We’ve done the sorting for you. You also know exactly what kind of “lie” you’re looking at, because you have a definition and can look at its relationships to other concepts.

So don’t waste your time sorting through hits that may or may not be useful. Cast your net more wisely with the Bible Sense Lexicon. You can get the Bible Sense Lexicon by purchasing or upgrading to Gold or higher—get Logos 5 today!