Which Biblical-Interpretation Bundle Is Right for You?

mobile-ed-studies-in-biblical-interpretation-bundle-lWe all know that reading the Bible is very important, but how much time do we invest in really digging deep to understand and interpret it? It’s challenging to make sure we’re interpreting the text in light of the historical, social, and literary contexts in which it was written. Reading and understanding are both a part of growing “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).

The Mobile Ed Studies in Biblical Interpretation Bundle is designed to help you better understand and interpret the Bible. In this bundle, leading experts on the biblical world guide you through the nuances of the biblical contexts.

Furthermore, for the first time, you can choose from three different sizes of bundles, depending on how deep you want to go with your study. The small bundle has two courses, the medium bundle has four, and the large bundle has seven.

Small bundle

The small bundle includes two courses surveying important aspects of biblical interpretation. In BI103 Principles of Bible Interpretation, Dr. Craig Keener, author of the IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, gives basic training in the principles of biblical interpretation, drawing on his extensive research on the ancient world. In BI131 Introducing Literary Interpretation, Dr. Jeannine Brown, author of Scripture as Communication: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics, teaches the importance of seeing each book in its own literary context, as well as the importance of genre.

Medium bundle

In the medium bundle, you’ll get two additional courses that take a closer look at interpreting the different literary genres found in the Bible. In OT201 Old Testament Genres, Dr. John Walton, author of Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, walks you through the genres of the Old Testament and discusses their various purposes. In BI260 Interpreting New Testament Genres, Dr. William Klein teaches the nuance of New Testament genres and is a guide to the best practices for interpreting each book in light of those genres.

Large bundle

The large bundle adds three more courses on specific areas of biblical interpretation. In NT201 The Cultural World of the New Testament, Dr. David deSilva, author of An Introduction to the New Testament, teaches about the major cultural elements present in the biblical world and provides historical context for the study of the New Testament. In BI190 The Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament: Methodology and Practice, Dr. Brown provides a great framework for understanding how the New Testament authors quoted the Old Testament, guiding you through the interpretive principles in play and walking you through application studies for practice. And in BI271 Interpreting New Testament Narrative: Studies and Methods, Dr. Brown focuses on the narrative genre of the New Testament Gospels and provides a holistic approach to reading and understanding the Gospel narratives.

Gain a better understanding of the Bible with the Studies in Biblical Interpretation Bundle—pre-order it today and get 40% off!

Logos 6: Study Bibles in the Passage Guide

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 fellow Logos user recently presented me with this scenario:

I’m a big fan of the commentaries section in the Passage Guide. I noticed that my study Bibles are included in the section. Is there an easy way to list my study Bibles separately from the commentaries?

The answer is yes! In fact, it can be accomplished with a couple of different methods. What follows is one simple way to achieve what they want.

First, create a collection of study Bibles:

  • Choose Tools | Collections
  • Name the collection Study Bibles (A)
  • Place this in the rule boxtype:“Bible Notes” (Logos groups study Bibles and a few miscellaneous resources in the Type called Bible Notes) (B)
  • Drag any resources you wish to exclude from this collection from the Resulting Collection list to the Minus these resources section (C)

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  • Close the Collections panel

Next, generate a Passage Guide report:

  • Choose Guides | Passage Guide
  • Type a reference in the box, like John 1:1 (D)

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  • Press the Enter key to generate the report

Now, select Study Bibles in the Commentaries section:

  • Rest the cursor on the commentaries section title bar (E)
  • Click the Settings link that appears to the right (F)

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  • Select Study Bibles from the drop-down list (G)

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  • Notice only study Bibles now appear in the list! (H)

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With this method, selecting Study Bibles from the Settings list is necessary for each Passage Guide report. You can, however, create a custom template on the Guides menu to permanently add the Study Bibles section to it.

For more in-depth discussion about all the Bible study guides as well as custom templates, place your pre-order for the new Logos 6 Training Manual: Volumes 1 and 2.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia (Atlanta area).

Logos Training Webinars Are Back!

Webinar_FB_AD_1200x628Back by popular demand, Logos training webinars help you make the most of your investment in Bible study software. Visit Logos.com/Webinar-Archive to view all of our past events and sign up to hear about future training events!

For how advanced it is, Logos is pleasantly intuitive. You can pick it up and run with it when you need to, and when you want to do deeper, more powerful Bible study, Logos has all the capabilities you need.

For those who want to go further, we host a digital gathering from time to time—a training webinar where together we learn about the capabilities of this incredible tool. Sometimes we cover basics, and sometimes we range a little further. We always learn something new, and you’re invited to join us.

Check out our most recent training event:

Our most recent webinar—the first after a brief hiatus during the launch of Logos 6—featured Dr. Steve Runge, a scholar-in-residence here at Faithlife. Dr. Runge walked us through the scholarship behind the popular and growing High Definition Commentary series, which invites even English-only students of the Bible to explore the Greek text.

You can view this and all previous events at Logos.com/Webinar-Archive. Keep your ears open for the webinar-only coupon code that unlocks great savings on Dr. Runge’s books!

And while you’re at it, join the webinar email list so that you’ll be among the first to know when future events are planned.

What topics would you like us to cover in future webinars? Comment below to let us know!

February Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

february-deals-monthly-saleThere are more than 150 products on sale this February. With all these deals, you don’t want to miss the best options. Here are some of this month’s best offers:

  1. evangelical-dictionary-of-theology-edt-2nd-edThe top-selling products on sale: Walter Elwell’s Evangelical Dictionary of Theology and An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax by Bruce Waltke and Michael Patrick O’Connor
  2. The biggest discounts (in dollars): $130.00 off the Gorgias Press Syriac Collection and $123.19 off the Baker Academic Pauline Studies Collection
  3. The biggest discounts (in percentages): 50% off three volumes in Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Exposition of Ephesians: Christian Unity, The Christian Soldier, and The Christian Warfare
  4. Volumes from popular series on sale:

And don’t miss all the other great deals on a wide range of commentaries, theological works, language studies, and much more. These specials end February 28, so get them before they’re gone!

Beth Moore Is Back

BSM_Blog_MarAprNow is the perfect time to transform your Bible study with Bible Study Magazine, and the March–April 2015 issue will help you do just that.

Get encouraged by Beth Moore and a one-year subscription to Bible Study Magazine for only $19.95 when you subscribe today!

Bible Study Magazine‘s editor in chief, Rebecca Van Noord, gives us a glimpse of how this issue explores the book of James:

Some instructions stick. For me, growing up, it was James’ warnings. Laced with poignant imagery, they didn’t just exhort; they captured my imagination . . . This issue, we delve into James’ concerns for the early church, including pure and undefiled religion, the tendency of double-mindedness, and myths about temptation and sin that are still common in modern Christian culture. We hope this issue helps you reflect on James’ teaching, and that his passion for the gospel sticks with you. May you, empowered by the Spirit, live a life that reflects that passion.

This issue not only takes a deeper look at the book of James, but also allows you to learn from renowned authors, teachers, and scholars like Beth Moore and Dr. Jacob Cherian.

Here’s a closer look at the March–April 2015 issue:

Beth Moore: an uncommon love

‘The beauty of putting in decades of Bible study is that you build a Rolodex of knowledge,’ says author and teacher Beth Moore. ‘I often look at young men and women who are just starting to have those light bulb moments and just beginning to get ravenous about the Scriptures, and it’s inspiring. I remember feeling that I could never get enough of God’s Word. I’d slap my desk constantly, thinking, “This is the most thrilling thing I’ve ever seen.” Now, 30 years in, I’ll see a word or a phrase in Scripture that immediately brings to mind a connection elsewhere in the Bible. It’s fun to be a part of that.’

Read the rest of the story by senior writer Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine’s March–April 2015 issue.

Dr. Jacob Cherian on teaching the Bible in India

While less than 3 percent of the population in India identify as Christian, according to official census data, the Indian church is growing at an enormous pace. And Dr. Jacob Cherian, vice president of Southern Asia Bible College, is working to get Bible study resources into their hands. ‘In many American churches, pastors have at least one theological degree. Here in South Asia, God is raising up churches. We have many churches where pastors have not received any formal training.’

Read the rest of the story by senior writer Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine’s March–April 2015 issue.

Commit to grow

Bible Study Magazine is full of inspiring content that will help you in your commitment to grow in your relationship with Christ. Every issue delivers tools and methods for Bible study and insights from respected scholarly and church voices. From feature stories and Bible study tips to Not Your Average Bible Study and A Moment with God, there’s something for everyone.

Bible Study Magazine is a great way to study, grow, and get into the Word.

Subscribe today for just $19.95—that’s over 30% off the cover price!

Appreciating C.S. Lewis from Different Perspectives

Lewis CollectionOne of the best things about C.S. Lewis is his broad appeal. He wrote numerous volumes on multiple topics, spanning from medieval works to apologetics to children’s literature. In short, his genius is easily appreciated by many different viewpoints.

And so, we’d like to share some of the ways that Lewis has left a lasting impact on a wide range of people:

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The 30-volume C.S. Lewis Collection has been on the wish list of many users for quite a while, and we are proud to finally offer this collection in our format. During the introductory Pre-Pub period, this collection is on sale for only $279.97—30% off the regular price!

Don’t wait—lock in the best price on the C.S. Lewis Collection today!

Now on Pre-Pub: Logos 6 Training Manuals

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The Logos 6 Training Manuals were recently added to Pre-Pub. Take advantage of the best price by pre-ordering them now!

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll get with each training manual:

Logos Training Manual: Volume 1

Pre-order it for $24.95 + get free shipping in the US

Volume 1 covers the new features you need to know to jump-start your mastery of Logos 6. Learn shortcuts that get you deeper into the Word, and utilize time-saving features you never knew about. Pre-order volume 1 today for an overview of all of Logos 6′s features.

Logos Training Manual: Volume 2

Pre-order it for $24.95 + get free shipping in the US

Volume 2 starts off with 38 sections that will help you unleash the power of Logos 6. Morris Proctor shows you how to utilize new shortcuts that will help you gain fresh insights into the Word and take advantage of Logos’ powerful tools. Pre-order volume 2 today for an in-depth look on how to operate Logos 6.

Logos Training Manual: Volumes 1 and 2

Pre-order both for $39.95 + get free shipping in the US

Volumes 1 and 2 comprise 572 pages and represent the ultimate reference material for your Logos studies. Both come with an in-depth table of contents and a helpful index. Morris Proctor’s Logos 6 training manuals will teach you everything you need to know to get started with Logos 6. Pre-order both volumes for just $39.95, and use them as a complete and full reference for your questions.

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Save valuable time and make the most of your Bible study: pre-order the Logos 6 Training Manual today!

4 Handpicked Resources to Guide You through Lent

SocialShare_1200x630_V2Ash Wednesday marks the first of 40 days that many in the church spend praying, reflecting, and fasting, culminating in the celebration of the risen Christ on Easter.

This year, you can save on some of our staff’s favorite titles that will help you grow in your faith as you prepare for Lent.

Through March 2, you can save up to 33% on more than 20 popular Lenten resources.

Save on 4 staff selections & get a free book!

We chose four sensational titles that will encourage you as you prepare for Lent. Plus, when you get all four staff selections, you’ll also get the two-volume Fathers of the Desert for free!

Here are our picks:

god-is-on-the-cross-reflections-on-lent-and-easterDietrich Bonhoeffer’s God Is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter

Gain inspiration as you prepare for Holy Week and Easter Sunday with these 40 stirring devotions that will guide and inspire as you move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter. Encounter themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the Cross in one of Bonhoeffer’s popular titles.

Stephen Cherry’s Barefoot Prayers: A Meditation a Day for Lent and Easter

Slow down your busy life during Lent and see how you can incorporate prayer in your life. Barefoot Prayers is a sequence of beautifully crafted prayer meditations, providing simple yet profound spiritual nourishment for the Lenten season.

lent-for-everyone-collectionN.T. Wright’s Lent for Everyone Collection

Get this valuable resource to help you get the most out of the Lenten season. Originally written as a source of encouragement during Lent, these three volumes exemplify thoughtful reflections based on Wright’s biblical translation and the Revised Common Lectionary.

Vassilios Papavassiliou’s Meditations for Great Lent: Reflections on the Triodion

Discover how to fast, and to fast not only from food but from sin; to fast with love and humility, as a means to an end and not an end in itself. This book with is full of inspiration and encouragement to help you through Lent.

Purchase these four titles and get The Fathers of the Desert for free—get them now!

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The Fathers of the Desert

This two-volume collection contains both an introduction to the Christian practice of monastic asceticism and a biographical survey of a number of the most famous and important of the desert fathers. And don’t forget—you can get this resource for free when you purchase all four staff selections!

With more than 20 resources to choose from, you’ll find something that will inspire you during your Lenten journey.

Start preparing for Lent today!

Darrell Bock on Cowboys, Cheeseheads, and the New Testament

mobile-ed-nt211-introducing-the-gospels-and-acts-their-background-nature-and-purposeWhat would someone be talking about if they said, “The Cowboys are going up to the frozen tundra to melt the Cheeseheads”? Any football fan will easily understand that sentence: the Dallas Cowboys are going to play a road game in Green Bay against the Green Bay Packers. However, if you don’t understand the cultural background of that statement, you will be confused. You might recognize the words, but the meaning will be lost: Are a bunch of hat-wearing, horse-riding gentlemen going to the Arctic to eat cheese?

Dr. Darrell Bock, author and senior research professor of New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, uses this illustration in his Mobile Ed course NT211: Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose to show the importance of understanding the background of the New Testament:

In this course, Dr. Bock walks you through the background and “cultural scripts” of the New Testament. He highlights important events and figures from the Second Temple period and explains how they influenced the world in which Jesus was born. You’ll see how Jewish groups like the Pharisees and Sadducees developed as a reaction to the growing Greek influence known as Hellenism.

Dr. Bock also looks at the nature and purpose of the Gospels with an emphasis on Christ’s resurrection—the central event of the New Testament. You’ll come to understand the importance of having four Gospels with four unique perspectives. You’ll also learn what extracanonical Gospels like the Gospel of Thomas can teach us about the world of the early church. Dr. Bock discusses key events in the life of early church from the book of Acts, showing how persecution facilitated the spread of the gospel message.

NT211: Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose will give you a better understanding of the historical and cultural background of the Gospels and Acts, as well as an appreciation of the unique themes of these books.

Pre-order yours today!

3-Day Sale: Get 80% Off the Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition

EB-NoetEdition-PressRelease (1)Encyclopædia Britannica is one of the world’s most trusted sources of information. And now, for the first time, Encyclopædia Britannica has partnered with Noet to offer a new digitally enhanced and downloadable edition—available exclusively from Noet.

And for only three days, you can pre-order the Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition (EBNE) for 80% off!

Access more than 25,000 images, 10 million words, and 19,000 articles rigorously crafted by Encyclopædia Britannica editors and integrated into the Noet and Logos platforms.

Michael Ross, senior vice president and general manager of education at Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., says: “The Noet edition is unlike anything we’ve ever done before and represents a significant step forward for Encyclopædia Britannica. Noet offers the most advanced way to study the humanities, and Britannica offers some of the best reference articles available. Together, we’re helping students, teachers, and researchers all over the world gain greater access to the trustworthy information they need.”

Pre-order the Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition for 80% off today!

See the EBNE in action:

Make your library even more comprehensive

The EBNE significantly enhances the current data and resources in your library by connecting them to trustworthy Encyclopedia Britannica articles. EBNE’s advanced tagging will connect its content to primary resources, sermons, dictionaries, and commentaries across your library. You can jump from an EBNE article on Thomas Aquinas to the Latin version of Summa Theologiae to the English translation in seconds.

A simple Media Search also sweeps through more than 20,000 photos, over 2,000 art images, 1,567 maps, 279 flags, and 689 videos—all vetted and curated by Encyclopædia Britannica editors. With a click, send these images to your next presentation.

The EBNE also adds significant biblical data to your Timeline, making it more comprehensive and robust. Jump from a date in the EBNE to the Timeline in seconds and access new biblical dates, people, places, and concepts in your Timeline and Factbook tools. Search Plato in your EBNE, click on his birth date, and see a detailed Timeline view showcasing other key events during the Classical Greek era.

The EBNE will add massive amounts of information and media to your library.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition offers the gold standard for general reference tools.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by: reserve your copy of Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition by February 19 for just $99.95.