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


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




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


Software Development


Ministry Development

Customer Service


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 . . .


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!

Free for February: B. B. Warfield’s Revelation and Inspiration

Benjamin B. Warfield’s classic Revelation and Inspiration is February’s Free Book of the Month!

This book is marked by the careful exegesis for which Warfield was renowned, and lays a solid foundation for an acceptance of biblical authority. The argument is compelling; I do not believe it has ever been answered.John Stott

For nearly a century, Warfield’s writing has helped shape Christian’s perspectives on the authority and inspiration of Scripture.

Not only can you get this book for free all month long, but when you visit the Free Book of the Month page you can enter to win the 20-volume Works of B. B. Warfield.

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

Helping You Make Sense of the Old Testament

Let’s face it. The Old Testament can be hard to read sometimes. We’re separated by thousands of years and thousands of miles (at least if you’re at our headquarters in Bellingham, Washington). There are difficult-to-pronounce names, complicated rituals, and cultural assumptions very different from our own.

The Handbook on the Old Testament Series is an attempt to summarize and introduce you to every chapter of every book in the Old Testament. It’s part commentary, part textbook, part historical background, and part comprehensive introduction. In other words, it’s the perfect place to start if you’re looking for a solid introduction to the Old Testament.

These handbooks summarize the key issues of each chapter in the Old Testament, provide exposition of the text, and interact with recent commentaries and studies. So if you’re working on a sermon, or writing a paper, these books can help guide you through the vast scholarship on the Old Testament, and help you identify key themes on the text you’re studying. You’ll also get historical background, an introduction to the cultural context, helpful bibliographies of recent research, and lots more.

In the preface to the volume on the Pentateuch, Victor P. Hamilton writes:

As I wrote this book, I had in mind the student not only as a scholar of God’s Word, but also as a proclaimer of God’s Word. Therefore, I have attempted to write something that is as usable in the pastor’s study as it is in the classroom, something that is as devotional as it is scholarly.

These books have gone through multiple print editions and sold tens of thousands of copies in print. Now, we’re pleased to make them available for pre-order at a discounted price. You would normally pay more than $100.00 for these four volumes, even if you searched around and found them on sale. Right now you can get the entire set on Pre-Pub for less than $85. This price will be going up soon, so make sure you pre-order now before it’s too late!

The Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms

If you are looking for trustworthy scholarship pertaining to the Old Testament wisdom literature, you can’t go wrong with the six-volume Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms.

The poetic and distinctly Hebraic nature of the Old Testament wisdom literature can be a challenge to interpreters. With the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms, you get access to years of research by respected scholars like John Goldingay and Tremper Longman.

The Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms includes:

Psalms, vols. 1, 2, and 3

In these three volumes, you get  literary, historical, theological, and grammatical insight into the Psalms. Not only will John Goldingay help you plumb the depths of the Psalms within their historical context, you will also learn to draw on the Psalms for their contemporary relevance.

“Once again, John Goldingay has given us exemplary scholarship that will serve both church and academy very well indeed. The commentary is filled with mature theological insights, fresh ideas, and thoughtful reflections for contemporary appropriation. The clear and imaginative introduction alone is worth the price of the book.”

—Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary


It doesn’t matter if you are well-versed in Proverbs or are reading it for the first time, Tremor Longman brings fresh insight and meaning to this profound book.

“A very thorough and thought-provoking commentary from an experienced scholar in the field. The scholarly and church audiences are both clearly addressed here in a very readable writing style.”

—Katharine Dell, Review of Biblical Literature


Ecclesiastes presents interpretive challenges to the most seasoned scholars. Craig G. Bartholomew, professor of philosophy, religion, and theology at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, walks you through Ecclesiastes, maintaining a balance between readability and depth.

“It is a rare commentary that is both readable and learned. Even rarer is one that immerses readers in the deep questions of life. Bartholomew’s new book helps us to think our way through Ecclesiastes and its mazes. More than that, it confronts us anew with the mystery and responsibility of human existence before the face of God.”

—Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern University

Song of Songs

Richard Hess, professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, tackles this challenging Old Testament book paragraph by paragraph. With deftness and clarity, Hess makes one of the most demanding books accessible to even the newest exegete.

“An accomplished, celebrative volume. . . . [Hess] provides helpful and extensive analysis of a passage’s poetic structure. . . . Hess’ enthusiastic presentation and obvious labors furnish an undeniable contribution.”
—Jennifer Pfenniger, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

This collection is currently under development—don’t miss the opportunity to add these amazing volumes to your library at a phenomenal discount! Order your copy of Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms today.

Bible Study Magazine Gets a Makeover

Bible Study Magazine has a new look! Today is the first day you can subscribe to get the sharp, infographic-rich Mar.–Apr. ‘12 issue.

What Inspired the Change?

We wanted to bring the magazine to a fresh creative level. For Sean Fields, Logos’ art director, it was about creating an engaging reading experience that helps you get into the Word. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what went into Bible Study Magazine’s new design.

The New Cover

The design team is weaving cover story elements into what you see when you pick up Bible Study Magazine. In this issue, popular blogger Tim Challies talks about the struggle we sometimes have with keeping in the Word: “I want people to know that others struggle with this. I think they would find joy in knowing that they’re not alone.” He also encourages us to keep studying as “so often God uses obedience to rekindle the flame of delight.”

  • Why it’s better: The design team connected this concept to the cover. While BSM covers have traditionally featured headshots, Challies is depicted in a secluded, windswept wheat field under a cloudless blue sky. The title, “Forging through Isolation,” ties these elements together in an exciting, creative way.

The Look

Crisp, clean lines lead you through the issue, from JoHannah Reardon’s devotional on giving credit to God to the feature story on Tullian Tchividjian, “Bible Study for the Present Day.” Tchividjian, the high school dropout, grandson of Billy Graham, and author of Jesus+Nothing=Everything, talks about the God who transforms and the clarity His Word brings.

  • Why it’s better: The new design eliminates chaos and elevates content. A simple sans serif font throughout the issue gives it a consistent feel that makes you want to keep reading. Clean lines, white space, and bold colors bring a contemporary, fresh look.

The Special Section

We’re upping our storytelling game with exciting visuals. For example, this month’s themed section features compelling articles that explore the rebellion and the power shifts of the divided kingdom in 1–2 Kings.

  • Why it’s better: Not familiar with the intricacies of these kings and kingdoms? No worries—our new infographics lay out complex ancient politics in ways that are easy to understand at a glance. Using chess pieces, Sean and his team captured the violent power shifts found in 1–2 Kings.

Future issues of Bible Study Magazine will have individual looks, dictated by the content, with our readers in mind.  “With our design, we’re trying to get the reader engaged and make the content appealing to everyone who is interested in studying the Bible,” says Sean. “The Bible appeals to all ages, and our magazine should reflect that.”

Subscribe today to receive the redesigned Mar.–Apr. ‘12 issue of Bible Study Magazine!

Shipping Soon: Studies in Old Testament Themes (6 vols.)

The six-volume Studies in Old Testament Themes is over 1,500 pages of scholarship and studies that discusses a variety of Old Testament topics. And now, you can grab it for the Pre-Pub price of just $89.99—that’s over 75% off the retail price! All six volumes are valuable for learning more about the Old Testament, but here’s a closer look at just two of the titles included in Studies in Old Testament Themes:

In Can a ‘History of Israel’ be Written? author Lester L. Grabbe takes a look at the long-debated issue of using the Hebrew Bible as a historical source of information to compile a history of Israel. The contents of Can a ‘History of Israel’ by Written? include the papers used to start dialogue addressing this problem at the European Seminar on Methodology in Israel’s History.

Feminist Companion to Esther, Judith and Susanna, edited by Athalya Brenner, contains research and writings that look at these stories from a woman’s perspective. The majority of this book focuses on Esther, but also looks at the lives of Judith and Susanna.

Other titles included in this collection are The Prayers of David: Psalms 51-72 by Michael Goulder, The Leopard’s Spots: Biblical and African Wisdom in Proverbs by Friedemann W. Golka, The Pentateuch: A Social-Science Commentary by John Van Seters, and The Prostitute and the Prophet: Reading Hosea in the Late Twentieth Century by Yvonne Sherwood.

Be sure to get Studies in Old Testament Themes (6 vols.) for the Pre-Pub price of just $89.99 before it ships!

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Starting today we will feature a Zondervan resource every Monday as part of our ongoing Daily Deals on Twitter.  These Zondervan deals will continue for the next 14 weeks. Today’s deal is Evaluating the Church Growth Movement: 5 Views. This resource was compiled and edited by Gary L. McIntosh, a teacher at the Talbot School of Theology.

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