Why Wait until Christmas to Build Your Library? Save Big Now!

We recently made our large Christmas collections available year-round as Library Builder Collections.

Imagine if your local bookstore were to have a sale on over 2,000 books—offering them all for only $1.24 per title. By the end of the day the store’s shelves would be empty. But with Logos’ Library Builder deals, you get huge bargains that never go out of stock!

These collections are packed with the resources you need—at a price you can afford. Take a look!

The Basic Library Builder (125 vols.) contains commentaries, dictionaries, theologies, and other helpful resources. If you’re in the market for resources to build your library, but you have a tight budget to work with, the Basic Library Builder is the collection to get.

The Essential Library Builder (250 vols.)If you’re looking for a little more bang for your buck, then the Essential Library Builder is the collection for you. As with the Basic, this set contains even more important dictionaries, commentaries, and theologies to augment your library—bundled together at one low price.

The Intermediate Library Builder (500 vols.) gives you 500 books for $1.80 each including four volumes from the Pillar New Testament Commentary, three volumes from Black’s New Testament Commentary, five volumes from New American Commentary, and four volumes from the New International Greek Testament Commentary.

Note: These three collections don’t overlap with each other, so you could buy a couple of them without getting any duplicates. Even though the master collection is the best deal, all of these collections offer an amazing amount of content at amazing prices.

The Master Library Builder (2,010 vols.) the perfect collection for an expansive resource library! Adding this many titles at only $1.24 a piece is almost too good to be true. If you were to purchase the contents in this collection at their list prices, you would pay $61,127.94. With the Master Library Builder, you save over 95%! Check out the product page to see all the amazing resources which come with this collection.

These Library Builder Collections allow you to get the best resources at the best possible price. And remember, you can always use our interest-free payment plan to stretch your payments out for up to a year!

So add content (and value) to your library—check these collections out!

Did you pick up one of these collections during Christmas? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Ecclesiastes Revisited: Getting to the End of the Matter

Today’s guest post is from Miles Custis, contributing editor for Bible reference projects at Logos Bible Software and author of The End of the Matter.

Scholars often disregard the ending of Ecclesiastes. They view it—especially 12:13–14—as a later addition made by some scribe who wanted to tone down the book’s negative message.

In the typical view, the message of the book is that life is difficult and hopeless (expressed in passages like Eccl 4:2–3). The author doubts God’s justice and portrays Him as distant and unconcerned. Understood this way, the concluding message to “fear God and keep His commands” is incompatible with the rest of the book.

However, a careful reading of Ecclesiastes reveals that the author promotes a hopeful, albeit realistic, view of life throughout. He portrays God as sovereign and the giver of joy (see Eccl 2:26; 3:13; 5:19–20), emphasizing that human knowledge is limited when compared with God’s sovereign power (see Eccl 3:14 and 8:16–17). So the epilogue “fear God and keep His commands,” does not contradict the rest of the book; instead, it complements the book’s message.

In The End of the Matter I take a close look at how the epilogue of Ecclesiastes relates to the rest of the book. I examine how the author uses the term hebel—typically translated as “vanity” or “meaningless”—and what he describes as hebel. I also explore the author’s values, namely wisdom, joy, and the fear of God, finding ways to understand apparent contradictions in the book (as seen in 8:12–13). Finally, I examine how the author uses the epilogue (12:9–14) and prologue (1:1) as a literary device that presents a narrative frame around “the words of Qohelet” (the “Preacher” or “Teacher”). The author shows that, while life is characterized by hebel, one should respond by fearing God and keeping His commands.

The End of the Matter is currently under development. But if you order quickly, you can pick it up on Pre-Pub while it is still only $19.95!

4 Princeton Theologians You Should Know

B. B. Warfield’s Revelation and Inspiration is February’s Free Book of the Month!
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Over the years, Princeton Theological Seminary has been home to many first-class theologians and ministers, but a few stand head-and-shoulders above the rest. Among these are Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, A. A. Hodge, and “the Lion of Princeton,” Benjamin B. Warfield.

Archibald Alexander

As the founding principal—and first professor—of Princeton Theological Seminary (1812), Archibald Alexander forged the way in contextualizing Calvinism to the United States. He was the author of many books and treatises, including Thoughts on Religious Experience, and The Canon of the Old and New Testament Ascertained. His legacy as a strong proponent of Biblical authority played a large influential role in the lives of his successors.

See the Archibald Alexander Collection (20 vols.) on Community Pricing.

Charles Hodge

Charles Hodge was the second principal of Princeton and successor to Archibald Alexander. He was appointed Professor of Oriental and Biblical Literature in 1822. 18 years later, he was transferred to the chair of exegetical and didactic theology, where he taught until his death in 1878. Hodge instructed thousands of ministers and help revise the Presbyterian Church’s Book of Discipline. His Systematic Theology is the hallmark of his theological legacy.

See The Works of Charles Hodge (29 vols.) on Community Pricing.

A. A. Hodge

A. A. Hodge carried on the legacy of his father, Charles, serving next to him as the chair of systematic theology from 1878 to 1886. He was also an accomplished theologian, having studied and written many works on the atonement and the Westminster Confession. His theology stemmed from his experience as a pastor, his work in India as a missionary, and his teaching career spent with the students and faculty of Princeton.

See the A. A. Hodge Collection (11 vols.).

Benjamin B. Warfield

Upon A. A. Hodge’s death, B. B. Warfield was appointed to the Charles Hodge chair of systematic theology at Princeton. Warfield served from 1887 until his death in 1921.

“Those who hold to the historic doctrine today add very little to what Warfield said a hundred years ago. So also any who reject that doctrine must contend with Warfield before their work is complete. He was the theologian of inspiration. This was his gift, in God’s kind providence, to the modern church.”—Fred G. Zaspel, author of The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary

Get Benjamin B. Warfield’s Revelation and Inspiration for free, this month only. And be sure to enter the 20-volume Works of B. B. Warfield Giveaway!

Have a favorite Princeton theologian? Leave us a comment!

Take the Tour and Win a Trip to Logos!

Logos Bible Software is 20 years old this year! In two decades, Logos has grown from a couple of programmers in a basement to the largest developer of Bible software worldwide. Check out our corporate headquarters in this quirky video tour of the Logos Bellingham campus.

And if you want to see us in person, you can win an all-expense-paid trip for two to attend Camp Logos and get an exclusive tour of our company! View the video and enter to win at www.logos.com/visitlogos.

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Have a favorite moment in the video? Let us know in the comments!

The LEB Old Testament Is Now Available

We introduced the Lexham English Bible (LEB) with a blog post in March, 2010. Initially,  only the New Testament was available. We are happy to announce that the entire Old Testament is now complete!

The LEB is a new translation that complements your primary translation. It doesn’t matter whether you use the ESV, NIV, KJV, or any other English translation, the LEB will help you to identify things like difficult texts, idiomatic phrases, and grammatical issues. When you couple the LEB with your principal translation, you will gain a better understanding of the Bible in English. Visit the Lexham English Bible page for information regarding this new translation.

Download It Now!

If you already have the Lexham English Bible as part of your Logos 4 resources, you will be receiving an update with the LEB Old Testament. If you don’t own a Logos 4 base package, you can download the LEB individually for free for Logos 4 or for older versions of Logos. From the product page, click “Add to Cart” (make sure you’re logged in) and proceed through checkout. Our checkout process currently requires credit card information, but we promise you won’t be charged.

Logos 4: Select a Note File for Highlighting 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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In last week’s blog I explained how with the newly released Logos 4.5, highlighted text now becomes a new Note in a Note File. Every time we highlight text, that marked up text becomes part of the title of a new Note in a Note File. But which Note File? By default, Logos places the Highlighting Notes in a Note File with the same name as the highlighting palette. For example, text highlighted with the style On Fire goes to a Note File named Emphasis Markup (the palette containing the On Fire style). Text highlighted with the style Israel goes to a Note File named Inductive (the palette containing the Israel style).

We can, however, select a different destination Note File for each highlighting palette used:

  • Choose Tools | Highlighting
  • Rest the cursor on the name of a Highlighting palette like Inductive (1).
  • Click the drop down menu (arrow icon) that appears on the right of the pal­ette title bar (2).
  • Click the drop down menu (arrow icon) on the Save in section at the bottom of the menu (3).
  • Select (4):
    • Palette-specific note file to save Notes created with this palette of styles in the Note File bearing the name of the Highlighting palette (as explained above).
    • Most recent note file to save Notes created with this palette of styles in the Note File that was most recently active or used.
    • A note file from the list of all note files to save Notes created with this palette of styles in that specific Note File (existing Note Files created on the File menu will be listed here).

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Please note, EXISTING Highlighting Notes created with styles from this palette will NOT be affected. All future Highlighting Notes created with styles from this palette, however, will now be saved in this designated Note File.

You can download for FREE the new Notes and Highlighting chapters from the updated Logos Bible Software Training Manuals Volumes 1 and 2.

 

How do you use notes and highlights to study? Leave a comment and let us know!

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

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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:

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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.).