Weekly Roundup: February 11

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of February 11, 2012.

Tim Challies Is on the Cover of Bible Study Magazine!

“I am eager for Christians to look at personal devotions as being less about Bible study and more about relationship,” says Christian blogger Tim Challies. “I believe we can find freedom in seeing personal devotions as a conversation: hearing from the Lord in the Bible and then speaking to Him in prayer. . . . This is not about studying the way you would study a Shakespearian play or a textbook. This is relating to God. As I read the Bible, I am trying to ask questions based on my personal relationship with Him. If there is a story in there, I am asking, ‘Why would God reveal Himself in this story? Why does He want me to know this story? What am I being called to do?’ ” —Karen Jones

Subscribe now and receive the Tim Challies at nearly 33% off the cover price!

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Pre-Pubs

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

Be sure to check out the latest collection from Community Pricing: the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.)

  • Containing the writings of early Anabaptists like Menno Simons and Balthasar Hübmaier, as well as works from twentieth-century Mennonite scholars like Daniel Kauffman and J. S. Hartzler, the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.) is a must-have for those interested in Reformation history.

Don’t miss out on these collections nearing the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video

Sales

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

Customer Service

Finance

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

7 Pre-Pubs for Less Than $20!

Want to add some resources to your library on the cheap? You can find lots of books on Pre-Pub for less than $20. Here is a sampling of what’s available:

  1. In Search of the Silver Lining: Where Is God in the Midst of Life’s Storms? This book, now on Pre-Pub for only $8.95, tackles the age-old question of suffering with delightfully encouraging and fresh insights. This title ships on February 13, 2012, so make sure to get your order in soon!
  2. The Voice of God: Experience a Life Changing Relationship with the Lord: Looking for a resource that emphasizes biblical authority and gives a good outline of basic Christian doctrines? Pick up The Voice of God now for $11.95.
  3. Wake Up Church: How to be Ready for the Return of Christ: Is the church ready for the return of Christ? Are you? Greg Wilburn shares shares several scriptural exhortations to be ready for the glorious return of Christ. Wake Up Church is available on Pre-Pub for the low price of $9.95.
  4. Christian Growth from A to Z: A Practical Discipleship Manual for Both New and Growing Christians: If you are a new Christian or looking for strong material to help you mentor others, you can’t go wrong with Christian Growth from A to Z. You can add this resource to your library for $9.95.
  5. Esther: Reflections from an Unexpected Life: Jennifer Westbrook Spivey unlocks the relevance of Esther for today. For less than $10, you can learn from Esther’s story how to trust God through life’s unexpected turns.
  6. Chariots of God: God’s Law in Relation to the Cross and the Christian: Take a powerful trip through the nature of the Ten Commandments, the purpose of the law, and Christ’s victorious sacrifice with Chariots of God. This is a thorough examination of the relation of the law to both the Gospel as well as to believers, and is an excellent addition to your library for only $7.99.
  7. Who Stole My Joy?: If you need to regain the joy that the circumstances of life may have taken from you, check out Sandra Steen’s practical and inspiring Who Stole My Joy? It can be yours for only $10.95.

Check out all of the Pre-Pubs available for less than $20. Pre-Pubs are a fantastic way grow your library for less!

Pinterest—A New Way to Share Logos with Your Friends

There’s a lot of buzz about Pinterest right now. Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board, allows you to share visual information with your friends. Bible study resources may be our expertise, but today we’re sharing some fun ways to build your pinboards with Logos.

  1. Share scripture graphics. We’ve created hundreds of graphic art slides with Bible verses, and we share them daily.
  2. Share inspirational or helpful books. We will be posting books based on themes such as Prayer, Marriage and Parenting.
  3. Share pictures of your church or hometown. Logos is located in Bellingham, WA so you’ll occasionally see pictures of downtown and the surrounding natural landscapes.
  4. Videos are a fun, too! We’ve produced several videos to show how fun it is to work at Logos as well as tutorials on how to use Logos.
  5. Pin the latest Free Book of the Month! We’ll be giving away a free book each month along with a chance to win a collection by the same author throughout the year.
  6. Follow the tips from Morris Proctor’s board! Here, you’ll find many Logos Talk blog posts from Morris himself.
  7. Be sure to use the “Pin It” button to make things easier. Pinterest gives you a button to add to your toolbar. This will allow you to quickly pin your favorite Logos resources and images right to your board.

Pinterest seems likely to stick around as a fun place where people can share their interests. We would love to host a Pinterest-related contest; can you help us think of some fun ideas? Get creative, and tell us in the comments—we may go for it!

Bonus: When writing a description, you can tag your friends (or Logos) by typing “@” followed by their name, e.g., “@Logos”.

Frederick W. Danker’s Legacy

Thursday, February 2 was a somber day for every student of New Testament Greek. Frederick W. Danker, arguably the world’s foremost Greek lexicographer, passed away at the age of 91.

For many, he will forever be known as the “D” in the acronym BDAG: Bauer, Danker, Arndt, and Gingrich. Published in 2000, and comprised of over 1,100 pages, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (known simply as BDAG) is the definitive dictionary for New Testament Greek.

While its predecessors (BAG, BAGD) were simply translations and adaptations of Bauer’s German dictionary into English, Professor Danker’s dictionary was, for all practical purposes, an entirely new work.

It’s said that for 10 years Professor Danker worked on BDAG 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. Because of Professor Danker’s investment of time and energy, we can study the word of God in the original Greek language, knowing that we have an authoritative and comprehensive Greek dictionary of the New Testament. May you rest in peace Professor Danker.

Along with BDAG, Professor Danker is also the author of a number of others books and articles, one of which is a commentary on 2 Corinthians in the Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament (15 vols.).

9 New Ways to Save with Community Pricing

Logos has recently moved some very important resources from Pre-Pub to Community Pricing. This is an incredible opportunity for Logos users!

Community Pricing is one of the most popular ways to grow your library at remarkably low prices. Check out the following resources that have just moved to Community Pricing:

  1. The Works of David Clarkson (3 vols.)
  2. Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature (2 vols.)
  3. The Sacred Books of the East (50 vols.)
  4. The Works of Adam Clarke (24 vols.)
  5. The Works of the Reverend John Fletcher (6 vols.)
  6. The Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby (47 vols.)
  7. The Works of Andrew Gray 
  8. Patrologia Cursus Completus, Series Graeca, Part 1 (vols. 1–18)
  9. Oxyrhynchus Papyri (vols. 1–15)

Each of these works lingered on Pre-Pub for over a year (some even longer!), but you have an opportunity to pick them up now at a fraction of the Pre-Pub price! So head over to the Community Pricing page and place your bid!

What’s the best deal you’ve found on Community Pricing? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

Reading the Bible Theologically

Since the dawn of the Enlightenment, biblical scholarship has grown increasingly skeptical and specialized. Scholars isolate individual books of the Bible from the rest of the canon, becoming experts in Matthew, Isaiah, or Genesis, rather than Scripture as a whole.

But is this how Jesus and the apostles read the Scriptures?

Taking a cue from the New Testament and such prominent theologians as Augustine, Calvin, and Luther, the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (16 vols.) starts with the premise that the Bible is Christian Scripture. Affirming its divine inspiration and human authorship, each book is interpreted theologically by identifying its place within the canon and how it illuminates the gospel of Jesus Christ. While attention is given to historical and literary context, the primary focus is on each book’s major themes and theological contributions. Like the writers of the New Testament before them, the Brazos commentators are not satisfied with only understanding a book in its own right but also relating it to the redemptive work of the Messiah.

Brazos also frequently interacts with influential interpreters from throughout church history. For example, Robert W. Jenson’s commentary on Ezekiel includes contributions from Origen and Pope Gregory the Great. Likewise, Stanley Hauerwas’ commentary on Matthew draws from Augustine, Barth, and Bonhoeffer. This approach recognizes the Spirit’s work in illuminating the Word to the church throughout the ages, giving proper respect to the voices of those who have come before.

This commentary series is especially helpful for pastors, as it provides the canonical context for each book of the Bible and draws connections between the Old Testament and the New. This frees up pastors to spend more time exegeting individual texts and less time analyzing entire books.

The Brazos Theological Commentary (16 vols.) is an important step forward in scholarship, taking the best in modern hermeneutics and combining it with the theological methodology of the New Testament and early church fathers. And for a limited time, it’s on Pre-Pub for 40% off the retail price. Pick it up today and learn how a theological approach brings rich, new insight into studying the Bible.

Patristic Commentaries on Pre-Pub

Today’s post is by Louis St. Hilaire, Content Manager of our Electronic Text Development department.

If you’re interested in the preaching and exegesis of the fathers of the church, there are three important collections available for pre-order that you should know about.

The Works of St. Cyril of Alexandria makes an excellent complement to the Early Church Fathers collection. Cyril was central to the Christological controversies of the fourth and fifth centuries and was well regarded in later centuries, but is oddly neglected in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers. This collection closes the historical gap with letters and writings related to Cyril’s controversy with Nestorius, but, just as importantly, it includes Cyril’s massive commentaries on Luke and John.

Very few patristic commentaries on Luke have survived, so Cyril’s commentary on Luke is an important witness to the interpretation of this Gospel in the first millennium. Aside from a few sermons of Augustine, it will be the first from this era to be available for Logos.

John was much more commonly preached and commented on, so the Early Church Fathers already has commentary or homilies on John from Origen, Augustine and John Chrysostom. Adding Cyril’s commentary to this lets you see the development of the Alexandrian tradition of interpretation from Origen to Cyril, or compare, side by side, this tradition in Cyril with those of Antioch and the Latin West represented by Chrysostom and Augustine respectively.

Theodore of Mopsuestia’s Commentary on the Minor Pauline Epistles brings to Logos for the first time the writings of the man who was, in many ways, the mind opposite Cyril’s in the Christological controversies and theological and exegetical rivalry between Alexandria and Antioch. While it’s now acknowledged that the contrast between Alexandrian allegory and Antiochene literalism is not quite as sharp as was once thought, Theodore is perhaps the most typical and famous representative of the Antiochene tradition, and his comments onGalatians 4:21-31 contain an important polemic against the allegorists.

The Medieval Preaching and Spirituality Collection also includes writings of several later writers from the patristic era, including John Damascene, Boethius, and Gregory the Great. Important among these is Gregory the Great’s Morals on the Book of Job. The interpretation of the Old Testament was a pressing problem for the early church, as it engaged in controversies with Gnosticism, Judaism, and pagan critics. Gregory stands near the end of this era, as an heir to the exegetical methods pioneered and developed by men like Irenaeus, Origen, and Augustine, and his commentary on Job formed an important bridge from his own era to later centuries. It was incredibly influential in the Middle Ages, being cited hundreds of times in the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas.

If you’re interested in learning more about the biblical interpretation of the church fathers, take a look at Manlio Simonetti’s Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church or the Historical Interpreter’s Collection.

Logos 4: Logos 4.5 Highlights Equal Notes

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

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The recently released Logos 4.5 contains numerous new features especially in the areas of Notes and Highlighting. For the next few blogs I’d like to walk you some of these exciting enhancements.

The main point to now remember about highlighting is that every time you highlight text in a resource, that highlight becomes a Note in a Note File. A highlight equals a Note. For example,

  • Open a Logos resource
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting
  • Expand a highlighting palette such as Highlighter Pens (A) to reveal specific styles such as Blue Highlighter 
  • Select text in the resource (B)
  • Click Blue Highlighter in the Highlighting panel (C)

Notice several things that occurred simultaneously:

  • The selected text gets highlighted with the blue pen (B)
  • Logos indicates at the bottom of the Highlighting panel that an Annotation (Note) has been added to the Note File named Highlighted Pens (D)
  • Choose the File menu to see that newly created Note File named Highlighter Pens (E)
  • Click the Note File on the File menu or at the bottom of the Highlighting panel to open it

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By default, every time you highlight text with a Highlighter Pen it will be added to this same Note File!

In a future blog you’ll learn to change the Note File to which these Highlights are added. In case you can’t wait, you can download for FREE the new Notes and Highlighting chapters from the updated Logos Bible Software Training Manuals Volumes 1 and 2.

What is your favorite Logos 4.5 update? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: February 4

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of February 4, 2012.

Time Is Running Out!

Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.)

The Global Christianity Collection ships February 6, 2012, but there are still a couple days left to add this incredible collection to your library at this fantastic Pre-Pub price.

Head over and check out the 6-volume Global Christianity Collection now.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

Pinterest

Pre-Pubs

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

The latest collections from Community Pricing:

Don’t miss out on these collections nearing the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video

Sales

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

Customer Service

Finance

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Logos Convinces Philadelphia to Visit

Philly Boys Cheesesteaks have been making quite a name for themselves in Seattle, WA. John and Frank, the owners (and Philly natives) have been selling their amazing sandwiches out of their mobile cheesesteak factory since March, 2011. It wasn’t long before word-of-mouth about Philly Boys made its way north to Bellingham, WA.

It seemed that the word “cheesesteak” was being dropped into casual conversations regularly around Logos like some glorious, cheese-covered pipe dream. But how could we transport 250 employees to Seattle for a cheesesteak? Then the marketing team hit on a crazy idea: why not bring Philly Boys to us?

Believe it or not, it isn’t easy to convince a business to take the day off from serving their regular and enthusiastic customers, load up their restaurant on wheels, and drive for two hours to risk doing less business than normal. So how do you convince them this is a good idea? You pull out all the stops, that’s how.

The Logos marketing team started a social media marketing campaign and did enough groundwork to convince Philly Boys to come. Even local media outlets started getting excited about the idea.

When the big day finally arrived, the line for cheesesteaks stretched around the block. It was an amazing success! We got to fill up on unbelievable sandwiches, the Philly Boys enjoyed their visit, and we got to build community among the downtown businesses in Bellingham.

You might be thinking, “That’s great, why are you telling me this?”

Our marketing team (among other departments) is hiring and we want to give you the opportunity to come work for a company who uses their skills to do all sorts of fun stuff. We work hard, we play hard, and we engage our community. If you think this sounds like the kind of thing you would excel at, and the kind of environment you’d like to work in, check out our career page.

Maybe the next outrageous idea we make a reality will be yours . . .

UPDATE:

We like to eat at least once a day, and we’re always open to new ideas. Which food do we need to bring in next? Italian Beef from Chicago? Crêpe cart from Paris? Bánh mì stand from Vietnam? Let us know in the comments!