Recommended Commentaries: Exodus

Save over 50% off the retail price of the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection (9 vols.)—with the coupon code PENTACOMM!

The Featured Commentary Series

Logos Talk wants to help you find the best commentaries for your needs. The Featured Commentary Series will be a regular column highlighting some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Exodus Commentaries

We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Exodus. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

Get a Great Deal on the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection

User’s have highlighted the JPS Tanakh commentaries as favorites in their study of Genesis and Exodus. We want to offer you a super deal on this incredible collection. Now you can get all nine volumes of the JPS Tanakh Commentary Collection for over 50% off the retail price! 

Use the coupon code PENTACOMM at checkout and get the entire collection for $249.95! Act soon though, the sale ends Friday, September 23.

 

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Exodus which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Leviticus!

Logos 4: Searching The Apologetics Study Bible

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

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On a recent televised political debate, one of the candidates referred to the “fact of evolution” followed by condescending remarks toward another candidate who didn’t believe in this “fact of evolution.” After my blood stopped boiling, I thought of Peter’s admonition to always [be] prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15, ESV). The Greek word translated defense sounds a lot like the English word apologetics which is “simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith” (The Apologetics Study Bible).

To help us make a defense, Logos places within most of its base collections The Apologetics Study Bible. Make sure to open this resource and display its table of contents. After surveying the contents of this study Bible and I think you’ll be very impressed with what you find!

I won’t recount all of the features of this tremendous resource which you can read about at the Logos website, but I will make mention of a few.

First, Logos assigns the type Bible Notes to this resource which means it will show up in the Passage Guide under the Commentaries section. This study Bible is much like a commentary in that the contributors offer comments on numerous passages of Scripture, but their insights are geared toward defending the faith.

In addition to the versified comments, various Twisted Scripture Notes are interspersed throughout the study Bible. These expanded notes again focus on verses of the Bible, but here the author explains how various individuals or groups have incorrectly interpreted or applied the passage. The Passage Guide will also locate the Twisted Scripture Notes for you.

Also, appearing throughout the resource are brief, but very informative articles on numerous subjects related to apologetics such as, Evolution: Fact or Fantasy?, How Can Modern Medicine Relate to the Old Testament?, Does the Bible Teach reincarnation?, etc. Since these articles deal with subjects and not verses, the Commentaries section of the Passage Guide won’t find them for you.

One way to track down these articles is by using a proximity search:

  • Choose Tools | Collections and create an Apologetics Collection making sure to place in it The Apologetics Study Bible
  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Basic at the Search type
  • Click the Search’s panel menu and select Match all word forms
  • Select your new Apologetics Collection from the range drop down list
  • Type a proximity query in the Find box like: reincarnation WITHIN 7 words Bible
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results

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The above search query locates all of the places where the words reincarnation and Bible occur within 7 words of each other!

Try other queries like:

  • creation WITHIN 5 words evolution
  • prophecy WITHIN 6 words fulfill
  • age WITHIN 8 words earth

Have you ever had a time when the validity of your faith has been called into question? How has Logos helped you offer a defense for your faith? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: September 17

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 September 17, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

Facebook

Twitter Daily Deals

Products

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 

These Community Pricing products are getting close to meeting their production cost. Don’t miss out on these savings!

Job Postings

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

Customer Service

Marketing Department

Publications

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

Get Proclaim Free through the End of the Year!

We are excited to announce Proclaim will release a FREE beta version on October 11, 2011.  This new church presentation software is compatible with Logos 4, allowing you to easily send images and quotes over to your presentation. Sign up below to be notified as soon as it releases!

This release is going to change the way pastors, worship leaders, and other ministry partners put together a presentation. Not only will pastors be able send information and media directly from Logos 4 to a presentation, but worship leaders and others will be able to access a presentation throughout the week to add songs, backgrounds, and announcements. That’s right, multiple people can work from home or their church—or anywhere with internet access—on the same presentation.

Each presentation you create in Proclaim includes a unique “signal.” Signals” is a feature allowing you to send out interactive information to the mobile devices users in your church so they can follow along with the presentation. When creating or editing your presentation, Proclaim will tie a “Signal” to the slide as you select which content you would like to send to local mobile devices. You can send a Scripture, a quote, or even a donation request for mobile giving.

You can also sync with your CCLI SongSelect account to pull in lyrics with one button, without ever leaving the application. With engaging and easy-to-use features like this, Proclaim is sure to become the standard in church presentation software.

LIKE Proclaim on Facebook and it could be free through the rest of the year!

Not only will Proclaim be FREE when it releases initially, but you can get it FREE through the end of the year, if the Proclaim Facebook page reaches 11,000 fans by 11/11/11. Be sure to tell your ministry team, worship team, and fellow worship leaders to “Like” the page as well.

Click “Like” in the box below and help us reach 11,000 now!

3 Things You Can Do to Help Everyone Get Proclaim for Free:

  1. Send an email to your ministry team, fellow worship leaders, and worship team members and ask them to “Like” the Proclaim Facebook page.
  2. Post this to Twitter: “FREE @Proclaimonline beta launching soon! “Like” now on Facebook to keep it FREE through 2011: https://bitly.com/ProclaimFB”
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Be Encouraged by Bible Study Magazine

For three years, Bible Study Magazine has been delivering an impressive array of tools for Bible study.

We’ve always featured cover articles on church leaders and biblical scholars with a focus on their interaction with Scripture. You will find it inspiring to read how Scripture enriches the lives of leaders like Josh McDowell, John Piper, Kay Arthur, and Mark Driscoll.

Subscribers to Bible Study Magazine enjoy powerful discussions with notable church figures, discussions which yield quotes like:

“Some of the happiest hours of my life have been sitting at the desk with a sheet of paper and the biblical text and thinking, ‘How does this text divide? What are its main themes? What’s going on here?’ You are looking into God’s workshop. God is in this text and you are actually seeing how the Holy Spirit worked; that’s just amazing.”—N. T. Wright

“I’ve done pretty much the same thing for the past 30 years—I have a morning Bible study time. What works best for me is to have one book in the Bible that I am reading, and I read until something strikes me. I don’t have any prescribed length to read—it could be a chapter or a few verses. When something strikes me, though, I’ll put a date in the margin of the page. . . . [I’ll note why] that passage speaks to me. In all my Bibles for the past 30 years, you will see dates in the margins.”—Max Lucado

“I don’t memorize verses that don’t help my soul. I’m not into mechanical memorizing. I’m into fighting the fight of faith. I want to memorize Scripture so that I can defeat the devil at 3 o’clock in the afternoon—that’s why I memorize!”—John Piper

It is stimulating and empowering to note how these leaders and scholars regularly interact with the Scripture in their personal life, and an encouragement to do the same.

On the cover of the Sept–Oct ’11 issue of Bible Study Magazine, you’ll find Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel. He told us that Bible study is addicting: “The more you know, the more you hunger and thirst for knowledge of the Word. . . . Feed that, and watch the desire grow.” 

We at Bible Study Magazine couldn’t agree more.

Make sure to subscribe by September 30 to begin your subscription with Chuck Smith’s remarkable insight.

Join Bible Study Magazine on Facebook and tell us who you would choose to see featured in a future issue. Not on Facebook? Leave us a comment and tell us who you’d love to have on the cover of Bible Study Magazine.

Why don’t you let Bible Study Magazine help you get the most out of your Bible study? Subscribe today at almost 50% off the cover price!

Community Pricing Alert—3 Other James Hastings Products You Should Know About

Coins Current in Palestine c. B.C. 500–A.D. 135

Coins Current in Palestine c. B.C. 500–A.D. 135

Last week, Dale Pritchett championed Hastings’ Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics on Community Pricing.

Edited by Scottish Presbyterian minister and biblical scholar James Hastings, it’s just one of the collections offered in Community Pricing edited by this important 20th century theologian (did you know he was the original founder and editor of the Expository Times?).

There’s also A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels (2 vols.), the single volume Dictionary of the Bible, and the important, five-volume Dictionary of the Bible.

The Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols.) boasts over 4,500 pages of articles written by 194 different scholars, such as William Ramsay, F. Max Müller,  A. T. Robertson, Alfred Plummer, S. R. Driver—just to name a few. This amazing reference set is close to 80% and could cross over soon, so you’ll want to place your bid today to make sure you take advantage of this awesome Community Pricing steal.

Be sure to place your bid today!

5 Reasons the Perseus Project Is Incredible

Last month we announced the release of nearly 1,500 resources in the Perseus Collection—for free. In case you were wondering why you should bother downloading such a large addition to your library, we’ve compiled five reasons why Perseus is incredible:

  1. Educational Value:
    C. S. Lewis said, “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”Familiarity with the classics of Greek and Roman literature has often been a hallmark of a well-rounded education. Equally important is knowledge of one’s own history and culture. With the seven bundles included in our Perseus Collection, you can browse 340 volumes on 19th century American history, 22 volumes on the Renaissance, and even read hundreds of Greek and Latin classics such as Aristotle, Epictates, Plutarch, Homer, and many more.
  2. English Translations
    In the Perseus Classics Collection we not only have a world class collection of Greek and Latin literature, but we have dozens of English translations as well. So don’t worry if you can’t read Sophocles in the original Greek. We’ve got you covered.
  3. Dictionaries and Lexicons
    Greek and Latin lemmas are tagged in hundreds of resources. With the click of a button, you can access dictionaries and lexicons in an instant. The Greek is morphologically tagged allowing you to perform advanced searches and Bible word studies right from your copy of Aristotle or Herodotus.
  4. Textual Searching
    Believe it or not, adding hundreds of Greek classics to your library can seriously enhance your Bible study. Take Acts 18:13 for example:

    “This man is persuading [ἀναπείθω] people to worship God contrary to the law.”

    This word, anapeitho, occurs only once in the entire New Testament. It is helpful to have a word occur multiple times to enable translators to give it the correct meaning from context. With more data, it is much easier to determine the intended meaning.

    Just by adding the Perseus Classics Collection to your library, you will not only find the one occurrence in the New Testament, but another 191 occurrences of this word being used in classical Greek literature.

    If you really want to dig into the Greek New Testament and experience the words used in another cultural context, you are going to love the Perseus Classics Collection paired with Logos Bible Software.

  5. It’s free!
    Let’s be honest, isn’t this a great reason? We know you will enjoy these resources as much as we do, and we are thrilled to be offering them for free!

This is groundbreaking stuff, so share the news! Pass it along via your favorite social media platform, then browse to the Perseus Collection page and pre-order now!

Leave us a comment and tell us what Perseus collection you are most excited about!

Recommended Commentaries: Genesis

If you do a faceted search for commentaries on Logos.com, you will find nearly 100 pages of resources. Among those you will find some of the best commentaries ever written! But what if you are looking for a solid commentary on a specific book of the Bible? It can get overwhelming when you are looking for the right tool to purchase for the study or sermon series you are working on. Where do you even begin?

The Recommended Commentary Series

Logos Talk wants to help you find the best commentaries for your needs. The Recommended Commentary Series will be a regular column highlighting some favorite commentaries by Logos academics and the user community.

We want to hear from you!

Each week we will post a forum thread asking which commentaries, available from Logos, are your favorites for a specific book in the Bible. This is a great opportunity to let other Logos users know which commentaries you have found valuable in your studies.

Genesis Commentaries

We asked Michael Heiser, resident scholar and academic editor for Logos Bible Software, to give us his favorite commentaries on Genesis. Here are a few of his choices in no particular order:

Commentaries in Collections

Single Volume Commentaries

Logos Community Favorites

Here are a few commentaries suggested by Logos users:

Do you have a favorite Logos resource on Genesis which isn’t listed here? Leave us a comment. Then jump over to the forum and share your favorite commentaries on Exodus!

* The 40-volume New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Back-To-School Sale ends Monday, September 12, at midnight! This is the lowest price in years and, if you act fast, you can still get it for $88 per month with a payment plan! Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to get the special price.

Logos 4: How to Locate a Collection in Your Library

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsLogos users often ask me how to find a collection of resources in the Library that they purchased from Logos.com.

For example, let’s say you download the 15 volumes contained in the IVP New Testament Studies Collection. If you type IVP or Studies or Collection, in the Library’s Find box, your resources will not be listed. The reason is, IVP New Testament Studies Collection is just a marketing or working title Logos gives to these books it groups together.

The resources in this (or any) collection appear in the Library according to the actual title of the book, such as Is the New Testament Reliable? or Contextualization in the New Testament.

Using the Library’s Find box, there are a few ways to locate collections:

The key is to look at the individual titles contained in a collection as they appear on Logos.com, because this is how they will also appear in your Library. Just remember not to use the marketing title from the website which does not appear in your Library.

Logos 4: How to Locate a Collection

What collection or collections have you added to your library recently? For students, is there a particular collection you would love to have for this new semester? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: September 10

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 September 10, 2011.

Key Item

The 40-volume New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament Back-To-School Sale ends Monday, September 12, at midnight! This is the lowest price in years and, if you act fast, you can still get it for $88 per month with a payment plan! Enter coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout to get the special price.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Logos Forum

Social Media

Products

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

What’s new with Community PricingA Lot!

Remember to check the Community Pricing page often! Use the faceted browsing to sort by newest, by progress, or even by price. Community Pricing is one of the best places to find a great deal—Bid today, save tomorrow!

Job Postings

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

Customer Service

Marketing Department

Publications

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