The Lexham Bible Dictionary: A Growing, Dynamic Resource

In March, Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. announced that, after publishing encyclopedias for the last 200 years, they would not be printing books any longer. With information changing so rapidly, their encyclopedias were obsolete as soon as they were printed. Instead of focusing on physical books, Encyclopædia Britannica made the decision to focus on digital editions.

The beauty of electronic resources is that they don’t have to be static—they can be dynamic and flexible! As a world leader in electronic publishing, we’ve known this for a while. Take, for example, the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

The Lexham Bible Dictionary includes more than 1,500,000 words in 2,700-plus articles from over 250 different contributors. Not only can you expect in-depth, scholarly content—you can count on new articles and additions to existing articles developed in response to new discoveries, perspectives, and controversies. With the Lexham Bible Dictionary, you’re getting the latest information and the freshest perspective.

The Lexham Bible Dictionary is part of the bundle of resources that come with the Faithlife Study Bible. And you can get the Faithlife Study Bible for free with the coupon code FREE—through March, 2014. Once you download the Faithlife Study Bible, the Lexham Bible Dictionary will be part of your Bible study notes and a stand-alone resource you can access through Logos 4, with our mobile apps (iOS and Android), and on Biblia.com.

Use the coupon code FREE and get the Faithlife Study Bible now!

How to Raise Money in a Meaningful Way

Youth workers are always trying to come up with that perfect fundraising idea. But how many car washes can you do? How many candy bars can you sell? Bake sales? Raffle tickets? In the end, you might raise enough money to go on a mission trip and change lives—but what if you could change lives while you were raising that money, too?

Improve the Way You Raise Funds

Logos has created Youth Group Fundraiser (YGF), a program that not only equips you to raise the money you need for awesome ministry events, but also makes a lasting impact in your students’, leaders’, and congregation’s spiritual lives.

What’s more, it’s free.

With YGF, we’ve taken three tried-and-true fundraising methods and combined them with an extremely successful profit-share presentation. One of our regional presenters puts on the presentation at no cost to you. And if you live in a region where presenters aren’t available, you can use our conference presentation video—the same video we show to rapt conference audiences worldwide.

With each Logos Bible Software purchase, your ministry will receive up to $250, and your congregation will enjoy a steep discount. You’ll provide your supporters, volunteers, teens, and congregation with the tools they need to take their Bible study to the next level.

Fundraising Simplified

What really makes YGF work is all the difficult preparation we’ve already done for you. Don’t know where to start? Our trained event representatives will help you build momentum, and our step-by-step calendar will keep you organized. What about promotional materials? We’ve created your posters, flyers, and PowerPoint slides. With the Youth Group Fundraiser content and calendar, you’ll put on a stellar event with very little effort.

Get your free fundraiser kit now at the Youth Group Fundraiser page and start building funds—and changing lives.

Get the Resources You Want at Incredible Prices

As lots of Logos users will tell you, Pre-Pub is a terrific way to pay less for more! Unfamiliar with the Pre-Pub program? This short video explains it well.

Use the Pre-Pub page’s faceted browsing to see the newest, best-selling, and lowest-priced products available. Or search Pre-Pubs by progress—from the products shipping soonest through the ones still building interest.

Speaking of products shipping, the following Pre-Pubs ship this month.* Don’t miss your chance to get the best deals on some fabulous resources!

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Explore our Pre-Pub page today and, while you’re there, sign up to keep abreast of every new Pre-Pub with our Pre-Pub email list, which you can also access from the notifications page. You can also sign up for Pre-Pub updates on Twitter!

*If you hurry, you can still get in on the Pre-Pubs shipping today (August 15, 2012)!

Greek Apocryphal Gospels: Full English Translations!

I know. I can hear the groaning already.

Greek Apocryphal Gospels? Rick, I thought we were done hearing about that. Really, why keep bringing it up? This stuff isn’t in the Bible, so why mention it so often?”

True, it isn’t in the Bible. But that doesn’t mean it has nothing to do with biblical studies. These are some of the earliest evidences we have of how folks were using (what we consider to be) the canonical New Testament text. They were harmonizing it, using it for sermons, expanding upon it, and sometimes even adding their own stories (or stories that had been handed down outside of the NT). This is cool stuff, and it’s important for really getting a grip on how early Christians viewed and used the New Testament text!

That, and I wanted to give an update to those who have already pre-ordered the Pre-Pub because the scope of the project has expanded—but the pricing hasn’t gone up (yet).

So, what’s changed? Of course, you would know all of this if you joined or followed my Greek Apocryphal Gospels group* on Faithlife.com, but for those of you who haven’t done that yet, here’s the list.

English Translations of Fragments and Agrapha

I’ve translated (or included existing translations) of all the fragments and agrapha. This means—at least for the fragments and agrapha and some of the fragmentary and known gospels (Gospel of Peter and Gospel of Mary fragments, as well as the Greek fragments of the Gospel of Thomas)—English translations will be available. So you will be able to use this resource even if you can’t read or work through the Greek text.

Expanded Fragment Coverage

In addition to providing translations, I’ve also expanded the list of fragments that are included. The initial Pre-Pub listed the following fragments:

  • P.Egerton 2
  • P.Oxy 840
  • P.Oxy 1224
  • P.Cairo 10735
  • P.Merton 51
  • Fayum Gospel Fragment (a.k.a. P.Vindob.G 2325)

In researching the fragments and writing the introduction to the fragments, however, it became clear that some more fragments really should be added. Some of these were not included initially because transcriptions were not in the public domain, and also because images of the fragments were not available for transcription. I’ve since located clear, readable images of certain fragments, so the list is longer. Here are the added fragments:

  • Dura Parchment 24
  • P.Berol. 11710
  • P.Köln 255, which is the bottom corner of fragment 1 of P.Egerton 2
  • P.Oxy 210
  • P.Oxy 5072

Lots of new stuff, all of it interesting.

When will it be done?

That’s a great question. And the answer is: I don’t really know. The Greek text of the longer Gospel material (Infancy and Passion gospels) is still being worked on (initial capture); the morphological analysis will come after that. I have the bibliography together, though I have occasionally added  new entries as the introductions have been written. I’ve written drafts of introductions to the agrapha and fragmentary material (over 40 pages of single-spaced text thus far, with footnotes), and I’m moving into the Gospel of Peter next.

Convinced yet? Check out the Pre-Pub page for the list of stuff included. That, and check out some of the previous posts I’ve written about the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha:

 

*Make sure you have a Faithlife user account—you can sign in with your Logos.com account. Then simply join the Greek Apocryphal Gospels group (button to the right of the group name) to get involved with the discussion!

Win a Nexus 7 Tablet from Vyrso!

Ready to be part of the mobile revolution? Vyrso, your source for Christian ebooks, is giving away a brand-new 8 GB Nexus 7—the device Wired magazine called the “the best Android tablet yet.” But that’s not all! Vyrso’s loading up that Nexus 7 with the entire Kirkdale Press catalog, plus 10 ebooks of your choice from a selection of remarkable authors:

Vyrso is even adding a copy of Karen Kingbury’s Coming Homeas well as titles from these Faithlife Women Conference* speakers:

What are you waiting for? Enter the Nexus 7 giveaway now!

 

*Did you know you can attend the Faithlife Women Conference for free?

Free Talmud Resource: Daf Yomi!

The Babylonian Talmud is one of the most important Jewish texts. It contains most of the earlier Mishnah, with detailed rabbinical commentary addressing nearly every aspect of Jewish life. Although it’s organized by topic, not verse, the Talmud is a fantastic source for early Jewish biblical exegesis—but it can be a daunting read.

In response to this difficulty, Rabbi Meir Shapiro developed a reading plan built around studying both sides of a Talmud page (Daf) every day (Yom), launching the first readthrough September 11, 1923. The schedule was published so that readers everywhere could get on the same (literal) page. Classes formed around these reading schedules, followed by radio programs and, later, websites, podcasts, and blogs.

Rabbi Meir Shapiro

On August 2, 2012, just shy of 89 years after the program began, 300,000 people celebrated the completion of the Babylonian Talmud’s 12th communal readthrough. Without a break, the 13th cycle began the next day.

To mark the 13th Daf Yomi cycle’s start, we’ve created a free Daf Yomi reading plan. The plan links to Jacob Neusner’s English-language Talmud translations and, where relevant, to readings from Neusner’s The Mishnah: A New Translation. This week only, we’re offering Neusner’s translation bundle for over 30 percent off the sale price with coupon code DAFYOMI—a savings of $90! The discount is good only through August 19, 2012, so download Neusner’s translations now.

If you’re interested in early Judaism in general or the Talmud in particular, this is a terrific opportunity to get in on the new reading cycle. We’ve started a Faithlife group* where Daf Yomi reading-plan participants can share their thoughts, observations, and questions.

Get your free Daf Yomi reading plan today!

* Make sure you have a Faithlife user account—you can sign in with your Logos.com account. Then simply join the Daf Yomi group (button to the right of the group name) to get involved with the discussion!

Logos 4: Horizontal View of Panels

mp|seminars Tips 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.

A Logos user contacted me recently, asking how to get a panel to span the width of his screen. In other words, he wanted a horizontal view rather than a vertical view. But regardless of how much he dragged the tabs of open panels, the panels wouldn’t stack one upon the other; instead, they stubbornly stayed side by side.

Here’s one way to accomplish what he requested:

  • Open three resources.
  • Notice that, by default, the first book opens in a vertical panel on the left (A), while the second appears in a right-hand panel (B) and the third joins an already-open panel in an existing tile (C).

  • Drag one of the tabs around the screen, noticing the blue highlighted section showing where a new panel will display once you let go of the mouse (D).

As you look carefully at the screen, note that the default panel display is vertical—both the initial arrangement and the subsequent rearrangement.

  • Choose the Layouts menu (E).
  • Click the predefined horizontal layout (middle one on bottom row) (F).

Notice that the open panels stack one upon the other, spanning the screen’s width. Now, as you drag tabs, you can rearrange panels in both a horizontal and a vertical view! Of course, you can resize the tiles by dragging their borders.

 

With this little trick, you can position the panels exactly where you want them.

Small Group Planning Just Got Easier

Small group leaders play a crucial, challenging role in their churches. As volunteers, they often have to balance the responsibilities of work and family with those of ministry. Pastors face the equally difficult task of providing small group leaders with a set of tools that will enable them to effectively lead weekly study. That’s why Logos created Abraham: Following God’s Promise: Complete Church Curriculum.

The Complete Church Curriculum comes with a Leader’s Guide that contains eight detailed lesson plans. Beautifully organized and simple to use, these lesson plans include speaking points and action items. Easy-to-follow symbols provide small group leaders with clear direction for the entire lesson.

Each lesson plan also comes with a teaching slideshow. With graphics, Scripture passages, and reflection questions, the slideshows bring an engaging visual element to the small group experience. Thumbnails of the slideshows appear throughout the lesson, providing a visual reference for group leaders as they teach [see an example]. Available in three file formats—PowerPoint, Keynote, and Proclaim—the slideshows can be used easily on any platform.

The Leader’s Guide also includes introductory videos. View them as your small group begins in order to create a dynamic start to the evening’s study. The videos introduce the study’s focus and include shots of the graphics that appear in the slideshow.

Designed to be used along with the self-study program, the Abraham: Following God’s Promise Leader’s Guide helps small group leaders reinforce interpretive points and application insights with discussion questions. The discussion-question handouts allow leaders to print out the topics for those group members who don’t own the book. The questions ensure that your small group remains interactive, creating a space for sharing as well as study.

The slideshows and handouts are also customizable. Small group leaders can alter the material’s content and tone to fit their teaching goals. Pastors can work with their small group leaders to adjust the content to reflect a particular theological emphasis. Not only does the Complete Church Curriculum lead faith communities deeper into Abraham’s life—it accommodates faith communities’ teaching aims.

The Complete Church Curriculum provides a multifaceted curriculum solution that powerfully equips small group leaders, allowing them to focus on the important work of helping others understand the Bible. Equip your leaders today. With these tools, they can help others discover better Bible study—balancing their ministry with their commitments to family, work, and prayer. Get the Complete Church Curriculum today!

Never Miss a Logos Deal Again

Want the latest Logos news, specials, freebies, and promotions delivered straight to your inbox? Don’t want information and offers that don’t pertain to you? We’ve got you covered. Our recently updated notifications page includes more than 30 specific email lists offering exclusive deals and relevant products—and nothing more.

The page even shows you how often to expect emails from each list. If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your notifications, do it now!

If you don’t have a Logos.com account yet, it’s easy to create one. Simply register at Logos.com and get notifications about the areas of Bible study most important to you.

Here’s a few email lists you may be interested in:

  • Faithlife Study Bible: News and information about the Faithlife Study Bible
  • Vyrso Free Books: Free books from Christian ebook store Vyrso.com
  • Logos Families: News and information for leading your family biblically
  • Logos Teens: Products and titles for teenagers
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Come to the Faithlife Women Conference—FREE!

We have exciting news!

You may have heard about the new Faithlife Women Conference that Logos and groups like Compassion International are putting on in September. Faithlife Women is shaping up to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, and with today’s announcement, it’s getting even better: we’ve worked out a partnership to make the conference FREE to the first 2,500 attendees! If you can get to Dallas September 6–8, you can hear from Faithlife Women’s outstanding speakers and authors completely free of charge.

We have an amazing lineup scheduled for you. You’ll hear Angela Thomas reveal what the Bible says about joy, listen to Liz Curtis Higgs discuss grace, and be blessed by Dr. Lois Evans’ unveiling of Psalm 91’s “secret place.” Those are just a few standouts among many terrific speakers and workshops.

Not only will you experience first-rate ministry—you’ll be edified by worship from Gwen Smith and music by the acclaimed Robbie Seay Band.

But that’s not all.

Want to get backstage at the conference? We’re giving away an exclusive lunch with some of our speakers! We’ll choose two women (both of whom can bring a friend) to share this special luncheon with Liz Curtis Higgs, Kasey Van Norman, Arlene Pellicane, Leslie Vernick, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Kendra Smiley, and Gwen Smith. Get in on the contest now.

Save your place!

Registration is still required, and seats are going fast. Register for free at FaithlifeWomen.com/conference and get your tickets today.

P.S. Share this post on Facebook, tweet it, text your girlfriends, email the women at church, call your mom—tell everyone you know about the Faithlife Women Conference.