Buried Treasures in the Sands of Egypt

B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt

In 1897, two archeologists stumbled upon the greatest cache of papyrus manuscripts ever discovered. B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt’s discovery of over two thousand manuscripts buried in a trash heap in the sands of Oxyrhynchus was a watershed event for New Testament and lexicography studies.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri, as they’ve come to be known, date from as early as the first century CE all the way through the ninth century CE. They include literary works from Homer, Plato, and Sophocles, as well as other important works from antiquity. Also buried in the sands were some of the earliest manuscript witnesses to the New Testament writings. Among these discoveries were fragments of Matthew 1, Romans 1, and 1 John 4, parts of 1 Corinthians and Philippians, and a leaf from Revelation. These discoveries gave paleographers and lexicographers new manuscripts to analyze and compare with the thousands already at their disposal.

Why Is This Discovery Important for New Testament Studies?

Before the discovery of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, New Testament Greek was often called “Holy Ghost Greek.” This referred to the unusual style and syntax used by New Testament authors in their writings. Scholars like Adolf Deissmann and J. H. Moulton noted that the style of the New Testament was similar to that of personal letters, informal notes, and other non-literary documents found amongst the other Oxyrhynchus Papyri manuscripts. The discovery of the papyri put to rest the theory of a divinely inspired Greek language and allowed scholars to analyze the language of the New Testament alongside contemporary first-century writings.

Having the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1–15) in your Logos library allows you to do serious textual studies first-hand. For anyone engaged in textual criticism, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri are an indispensable tool. Instead of doing research based on what other experts say, you can engage in critical research with the primary sources themselves! What’s more, included with the Greek inscriptions are discussions on particular examples, translations with line-by-line commentary and the reasoning behind textual reconstructions, and references to relevant parallels. So even if your Greek is not as good as it once may have been, the  Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1–15) is still a valuable reference tool for contextual study of the New Testament.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri are on Community Pricing, and what makes Community Pricing so great is that it lets you set the price! The final price will be the lowest one with enough bids to cover production costs. To snag a copy of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1-15) at the lowest possible price, all you have to do is make sure your bid is at or above the final community bid.

Place your bid now, and tell everyone that might be interested in this resource to bid too. The more who bid, the quicker this goes into production at the lowest possible price!

Exclusive Mother’s Day Deals from Logos!

Wondering what to get your wife or mom for Mother’s Day? Don’t get her something that will grow less significant over time; give her a gift that will yield fruit for years to come. With Logos Bible Software, Mom can mine the riches of God’s Word for valuable insight and wisdom. More women are discovering the riches of Scripture using Logos Bible Software every day.

Take a tour of Logos 4 and see why  Kay Arthur, CEO and co-founder of Precept Ministries International, calls Logos “an awesome way to expand [your] understanding of the Word through the scholarship of others.”

A Very Special Mother’s Day Offer

We have been working hard on a special Women’s Library, and Mother’s Day seems like a perfect opportunity to offer a sneak peek at this new collection. In fact, we’re offering the Women’s Library for 15% off with the coupon code MOMDAY, and you can get it at Logos.com/WomensLibrary or through our sales department at 1-800-875-6467.

The Women’s Library collection features:

  • English Bibles
  • Topical studies
  • Bible commentaries
  • Bible references
  • Counseling resources
  • Introductions and surveys
  • And so much more!

On top of great resources for Bible study, the Women’s Library includes many other special titles like:

See all the contents of this collection at Logos.com/WomensLibrary.

The retail value of the Women’s Library is over $3500, but with this offer you can pick it up for less than $300! Does your mother or wife already own a base package? You can purchase the Women’s Library add-on which will add the distinctive titles from this collection to her library. Call 1-800-875-6467 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PST) for special add-on prices! But hurry, this is a special introductory offer. This library will not be this price for long.

Take 15% off All Base Packages

Are you more interested in one of our other base packages? Take 15% off our popular base packages, with the coupon code MOMDAY. Compare the resources available in our various base packages to see which one is the right fit. She will love using Logos Bible Software to enhance her study and having the freedom to take her Bible study library and tools anywhere with free Logos mobile apps.

Get your gift in time for Mother’s Day by ordering your DVD with overnight shipping, or call our sales department to have them assign an immediate download. 

Whether you use the coupon code MOMDAY to get 15% off the exclusive Women’s Library or one of our other base packages, Mom will love a Mother’s Day gift that deepens and enriches her study of God’s Word.

Save 15% from Software Bíblico Logos—Now through May 10!

Did you know that Logos has a Spanish department? It’s true! The Logos Spanish department is bringing the best Bible study tools to the Spanish-speaking world.

If you know someone who could benefit from powerful Bible study tools in Spanish, forward this post to them and let them know about Software Bíblico Logos!

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Behind the Scenes: What Happens When Your Book Gets Updated?

One of the best parts of owning a book in Logos is that it’s constantly updated for free.

If you pay careful attention, you might notice new links and other obvious updates. But most of the updates happen under the hood—like updates to milestones, data types, and other pieces of functionality that make Logos books shine.
Here’s an example of the work we did on one of our resources, the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary.

Updating the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary is just under 7,300,000 words long. After looking at user-submitted typo reports and going over the entire dictionary ourselves, we identified around 800 typos, and fixed all of them. Or, to put it differently, we went from 99.989% accuracy to as close to 100% as possible. (I’m hesitant to say we hit 100%, because with a work this big, it’s inevitable that we—and all our users—missed one.)

This is even more impressive when you consider that 20% of the words in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary are in languages other than English: Aramaic, Danish, German, Greek, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Latin, Dutch, Norwegian, and a few other languages. There are also 61,141 words transliterated into English. That means finding typos is a little more complicated than running a spellchecker.

How We Fix Typos

Fixing typos isn’t as clear cut as it sounds. For some words, there isn’t a clear consensus on the correct spelling, like gray and grey. And a surprisingly large number of typos aren’t actually typos—they’re submitted by U.S. users encountering U.K. spelling, and vice versa. Many U.K. users report words like center as a typo, but U.S. users report centre. (As a general rule, we follow the print edition.) Other words are reported because they’re unfamiliar: we’ve received multiple reports of pine nut as a typo, with pine cone as the suggested correction. But a pine nut is a real thing, and it’s possibly referenced in Song of Songs 6:11.

For some of our resources, it’s not unusual to check a typo report against the print edition, only to find the typo exists in print as well. Fortunately this isn’t a problem with the print edition of the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, but with 22,000 books in Logos, there are bound to be typos even in well-proofed print source material. But unlike print, the Logos edition can be updated.

More Than Typo Updates

In addition to the typo fixes in the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, we also added 4,810 bibliographic milestones. We added links for 39,080 bibliographic citations—both to resources already in your library and to resources that don’t yet exist, but will someday. We also linked thousands of references to 61 new data types.

The Anchor Bible Dictionary is just one of around 22,000 resources available in Logos. At any given time, we’re making thorough updates to hundreds of books, adding links, functionality, and other tweaks to make your books shine in current and future versions of Logos. All the updates work on all your devices—Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and Biblia.com. You always have access to the latest and greatest.

The best part? You get the updates automatically—absolutely free.

There’s nothing extra you need to do to get the latest, polished version. Nothing to buy. Nothing to click. It all happens in the background, all for free.

That means if you own the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, you already have all the updates described above. If you don’t own it, now is the perfect time to get it.

5 Reasons You Need a DMin from Knox

Ever wonder how a doctorate degree could enhance your ministry?

A doctor of ministry is the go-to degree for people already ministering at churches and on the mission field. DMin curricula include lots of lengthy written assignments, stacks and stacks of expensive textbooks, and plenty of academic exercises.

But Does Academic Work Carry Over into Ministry?

You’ll spend weeks, quarters, or semesters perfecting one project in seminary. You’ll also have a heads-up on projects and assignments in your syllabus and the structure of a classroom to help you prepare for tests and papers.

You don’t get that kind of leeway in ministry.

You need biblical answers now. You need to dig into the Scriptures, research current issues, and disciple people in God’s truth. You need a foundation of sound theology and immediate access to Christian information.

A traditional DMin program takes care of the theology part, but it doesn’t give you the tools to find answers now. In real-life ministry, you don’t have semesters on end to research what the Bible says on a given topic; you need answers by Sunday morning, by this week’s staff meeting, or by the end of this conversation.

So We Made a DMin That Uses Logos!

Knox Theological Seminary and Logos Bible Software have crafted a DMin in Preaching and Teaching that prepares you for today’s fast-paced, high-tech ministry environment. It’ll enrich and deepen your preaching and teaching with theological training from some of the world’s foremost Bible scholars:

  • Dr. Bruce K. Waltke, author of An Old Testament Theology
  • Dr. Haddon Robinson, one of Christianity Today’s “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers”
  • Dr. Sam Lamerson, professor of New Testament and pastor of 16 years
  • Dr. Warren A. Gage, professor of Old Testament and Chair of Christianity and Culture

And many of the textbooks you need to get your doctor of ministry are included in your very own Logos 4: Portfolio Edition. No kidding, people: your own Portfolio—our largest base package—is included in the price!

5 Reasons Why the Knox/Logos DMin Is So Important

The DMin in Preaching and Teaching from Knox gives you a few things that you won’t find in other programs:

  • You’ll learn from the finest scholars. You saw the lineup—these scholars will pass on their knowledge and expertise directly to you.
  • You’ll graduate a Logos expert. Your first class will prep you to use Logos like the tech-savviest of scholars. By the time you’re hooded, you’ll be a regular Morris Proctor
  • You can keep your job and church. You’ll attend up to four on-site classes every year; do the rest of your studies wherever you want!
  • Your ministry will have lifelong momentum. Armed with sound doctrine and the finest Bible research technology, you’ll be prepared to quickly find the answers your congregation’s needs.
  • Logos Bible Software will cover your airfare booking and costs for your first on-site class if you apply before May 30, 2012!

Make Your Doctorate Count!

If you’re ready to start earning your “Dr.,” get one that equips you for powerful lifelong ministry through world-class teaching and Logos Bible Software. Check out the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching from Knox today.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Just Got Better!

Many pastor’s studies, seminary libraries, and Christian homes contain at least one volume of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. This commentary series has become a benchmark tool for pastors and Bible students alike. Winning the coveted Gold Medallion Book Award for exceptional Christian content and selling two million copies, the Expositor’s Bible Commentaries have provided exceptional Bible study content to this generation.

Your Favorite Commentary Series—Completely Updated!

Zondervan is continuing this award-winning legacy with a completely revised and updated Expositor’s Bible Commentary for a new millennium. This new series contains 60% more content and provides the most recent evangelical scholarship from world-class scholars including new contributors like: George Guthrie, John WaltonEugene H. Merrill, and Andreas Köstenberger.

The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Revised Edition will add depth to your preaching, teaching, and study with brand-new commentaries covering over 30 books of the Bible written by today’s most respected teachers, pastors, and scholars. The whole revision is being overseen by general editors Tremper Longman and David Garland.

New commentaries in the revised series include the following (other volumes have been revised and updated throughout):

Pick up the commentary series that Craig Keener calls “an abundance of excellent scholarship from many of the most prominent and careful evangelical biblical scholars today.”

Get it on Pre-Pub today for only $319.99!

What If I Already Own the Expositor’s Bible Commentary?

You may own the original Expositor’s Bible Commentary series. That’s okay. Simply call us at 800-875-6467 to find out if you qualify for the special $274.99 upgrade price! Special pricing expires May 15, 2012, so call now!

Win a Free Kindle Fire from Pastorum Live!

You can win a Kindle Fire from Pastorum Live!

Not only can you attend Pastorum Live and learn from scholars like Mark Strauss, Craig Keener, and Craig Evans, you can become better acquainted with their works via the free Logos app. The Logos Android app gives you mobile access to a selection of resources from the Logos and Vyrso libraries.

Imagine attending Pastorum Live to hear Daniel I. Block’s session, “What Pleases God? The Hebrew Key to Divine Satisfaction,” and then downloading his New American Commentary on Judges and Ruth for only $23.99—on your free Kindle Fire!

Don’t miss Logos’ special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range from $99–149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!

You don’t have to attend Pastorum Live to win the free Kindle Fire! Jump over to the giveaway page and enter to win now!

10 Books to Enrich Your Prayer Life on the National Day of Prayer

Today is the National Day of Prayer, an annual day set aside in America to turn to God in prayer and meditation.

Nothing can replace the access believers have to God through prayer—it is an invaluable part of a Christian’s life. Yet in a 2010 Lifeway Christian Resources poll of 1,200 18–29-year-olds, only 35% of those who identified themselves as Christians ever prayed with others, and 38% seldom (if ever) prayed alone.

We are talking about God’s call to his people to respond to him through repentance, intercession, and supplication. Prayer is too important to neglect!

If you need to revitalize your prayer life or just understand prayer better, both Logos and Vyrso have you covered!

Prayer Resources from Logos

  • Prayer: Basic Training by Warren Wiersbe: join Warren Wiersbe as he probes Jesus’ high priestly prayer in this commentary on John 17.
  • How to Get Results through Prayer by Jerry Bridges: are some prayer methods more effective than others? Jerry Bridges says, “Yes!”
  • An Exposition on Prayer in the Bible (5 vols.) by Dr. James Rosscup: learn about more than 1,000 references to prayer in 61 of the Bible’s 66 books. This five-volume collection on prayer compiles 50 years worth of Dr. Rosscup’s teachings on prayer.
  • Transforming Prayers by Kenneth Boa: “I have delighted in and reveled in the beauty of nature for as long as I can remember,” states Boa in the preface of Transforming Prayers. Pairing each prayer with an inspirational photo of nature, he combines written words with a visual illustration of God’s glory for greater effect.
  • Nelson’s Personal Handbook on Prayer by James C. Wilhoit: designed to be thorough and cover a wide-range of topics for personal growth, this practical guide will walk the reader through all aspects of prayer.
  • More Logos resources on prayer

Ebooks from Vyrso on Prayer

The National Day of Prayer is more than an opportunity to set aside some time to pray for our country. We can use this day to remember the value of consistent prayer.

Free Book of the Month: A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God

A. W. Pink’s The Godhood of God is May’s Free Book of the Month!

“God not only created everything, but everything which He created is subject to His immediate control. God rules over the works of His hands. God governs the creatures He has made. God reigns with universal dominion.”—A. W. Pink

Arthur Walkington Pink, pastor and biblical scholar, discusses the omnipotence and sovereignty of God in The Goodhood of God. This book extols the virtues of a God who is more than a distant figurehead or quiet spectator, but the supreme potentate of the universe.

Biographer Iain H. Murrary says, “The widespread circulation of [Pink’s] writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.”

You can get Pink’s book free throughout May, and when you visit the Free Book of the Month page, you can enter to win the 40-volume A. W. Pink Collection.

Visit the Free Book of the Month page to download your free book and enter the giveaway!

Dr. Craig Evans on the Dead Sea Scrolls and Pastorum Live

Pastorum Live is coming to Chicago June 5–6. Register today and you will spend two days with 21 of the world’s leading Bible scholars examining scriptural themes like covenant, God’s kingdom, and the mission of the church.

An Interview with Craig Evans

Craig Evans, Payzant distinguished professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College of Acadia University, is one of Pastorum Live’s distinguished speakers. Dr. Evans taught for 21 years Trinity Western University, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. Author and editor of more than 60 books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Dr. Evans regularly speaks at conferences and retreats. He has also served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society.

We talked to Dr. Evans about his session, The Dead Sea Scrolls and New Testament Christology; here’s what he had to say.

Logos: How would you describe the importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Dr. Evans: It is, without a doubt, the most important discovery relating to the Bible. The Dead Sea Scrolls are hugely important for the OT, NT, and what lies between.

Logos: What significance do the Dead Sea Scrolls have for biblical studies?

Dr. Evans: Two basic things:

  1. For Old Testament studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls provide invaluable information relating to the text of the Hebrew Bible in the time of Jesus and just before. The scrolls supply missing materials (e.g., Ps 145:13; 1 Samuel 10–11) and confirm disputed readings (e.g., Ps 22:16). The Dead Sea Scrolls also give us some insight into the formation of the canon of Scripture at the time of Jesus.
  2. For New Testament studies the Dead Sea Scrolls provide invaluable backdrop information relating to the teaching of Jesus and several New Testament passages. The scrolls also provide backdrop info relating to criticisms directed against the ruling priests in Jerusalem—a priesthood Jesus encountered.

Logos: What can you tell us about your Pastorum Live session?

Dr. Evans: My lecture will focus on the contribution that the Scrolls make to our understanding of first-century Jewish messianic expectation. I look at the expectation of one who will be called a “Son of God” and “Son of the Most High” (4Q246), a Messiah, whom heaven and earth will obey, who will heal the wounded, give sight to the blind, raise the dead, and announce good news (4Q521). Also of significance is the Melchizedek figure in 11Q13, who will announce the jubilee, forgive sins, defeat Satan and his allies; in some sense, he represents God on earth. Here lies something very significant for New Testament Christology.

Don’t Miss Pastorum Live!

Dr. Evans is just one of the many dynamic teachers sharing profound insights at Pastorum Live. Take one look at the scheduled sessions and you’ll get a good idea of this conference’s practical and scriptural nature.

Sessions include:

Logos is now offering special discounts for Pastorum Live! Registration costs range $99–149, with special rates for students, faculty, and church staff. So register for Pastorum Live today!