At Long Last! Ceslas Spicq’s “The Epistle to the Hebrews” Will Be Translated

These are exciting times for Bible students, especially those who have studied the Epistle to the Hebrews. Logos is creating the first English translation of Ceslas Spicq’s two-volume commentary on Hebrews.

Originally published in French as L’ Épître aux Hébreux, Spicq’s commentary contains a wealth of citations and interaction with both primary sources as well as key commentators on Hebrews. But unless you read French (and own one of the rare copies), this commentary can’t help you. Now, however, you can pre-order your own copy—in English!

Who is Ceslas Spicq?

You’ve never heard of Ceslas Spicq (1901–1992)? That’s understandable, as most of his writings have not been translated into English. Spicq was a theology professor at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He was also connected with the acclaimed École Biblique in Jerusalem. He authored a number of important commentaries, monographs, and a three-volume lexicon, Lexique théologique du Nouveau Testament, which was subsequently translated into English as the Theological Lexicon of the New Testament.

Why is this project important?

Spicq’s work is heavily referenced in almost every major commentary on Hebrews published after his!

The following chart highlights seven major commentaries and the number of times Spicq is referenced:

P. E. Hughes 152
F. F. Bruce (NICNT) 57
Harold Attridge (Hermeneia) 307
Craig Koester (AYBC) 269
Paul Ellingworth (NIGTC) 402
George Guthire (NIVAC) 32
Peter O’Brien (PNTC) 102
Total 1321

As you can see, scholarly interaction with Spicq is quite high. This chart doesn’t take into consideration the hundreds of times L’ Épître aux Hébreux has been mentioned in journal articles, monographs, and essays since Spicq’s commentary was published.

One of the more controversial sections features Spicq’s understanding of the relationship between Philo and the Hebrews author. In a section entitled “Le Philonisme de L’Épitre aux Hébreux (The Philonism of the Epistle to the Hebrews)”, Spicq spends 52 pages analyzing the vocabulary of Hebrews and the writings of Philo, paronomasia and metaphors they share, and an exegesis of select texts. While most modern scholars have put this thesis to rest; Ellingworth rightly notes, “it is not necessary . . . to reject as worthless or insignificant the linguistic and other evidence accumulated by Spicq” (Hebrews, 47).

Among Spicq’s greatest contributions are his detailed studies on the language and literary characteristics of Hebrews. This includes 27 pages of lexical and literary analysis. Spicq analyzes not only individual words, but also phrases unique to Hebrews.

Take it from the experts!

Still unsure about Ceslas Spicq? Here’s what leading scholars say about how important Ceslas Spicq’s commentary on Hebrews is:

“[Spicq’s] work on the Epistle to the Hebrews is a monument of dedicated piety and erudition.”—Philip E. Hughes, author of A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews.

“Spicq’s commentary represented a major advance in the study of Hebrews. Exegetically thorough and theologically reflective, Spicq’s work influenced scholarly work on Hebrews in many languages for several decades. It remains an important resource for those who wish to mine the treasures of Hebrews.”—David Peterson, senior research fellow and lecturer in New Testament, Moore College

“I am delighted that someone is taking time to translate this classic work, which nearly all scholars who work in Hebrews references. Thank you for taking the time to provide an English translation for subsequent students to use in their study of the book.”—Herbert Bateman, professor of New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Who will translate?

Once we have enough orders, we will confirm and announce who will be working on the translation.

Pre-order your copy now!

We are placing Spicq on Pre-Pub for only $39.95! That’s an almost unbelievable price, considering that the two-volume French edition is virtually impossible to find. I was fortunate to get a copy of the first volume, and it cost twice as much as both volumes on Pre-Pub.

Once we have enough to cover the cost for translation and production, the work begins. Order your copy today!

Take the Logos Tour—from Home!

We’ve received walk-ins over the years from loyal customers asking for a tour of our workspace. For many of you however, that tour requires flying across the country or driving several hours (or days). So we created a fun video that gives a full tour of our workspace located in downtown Bellingham, WA. You can watch the video by clicking on the image below.

You’ll notice several captions in the screenshot of the video. To add to the fun we added some “did you know” tidbits and jokes throughout the video that reflect the culture at Logos. However, we’re also interested in your take.

Visit our Take the Tour page today and enter into the caption contest at the bottom.

As you watch the video, pause anytime you would like to add a caption. Then add the time and the caption in the comments section below. The most popular comments gauged by the number of “likes” (or by the volume of laughter from @DanPritchett) will be added to the updated version of this video. Share the page with your friends on Facebook and ask them to “like” your comment to increase your chances!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway located on the page for you and a friend to win a trip to take the tour in person. Visit Logos.com/takethetour today!

Increase Your Productivity with Timesaving Tips Vol. 2!

We’re pleased to announce that Logos Timesaving Tips, Volume 2 is now available to pre-order! Like its predecessor, Volume 2 features short videos to help you save time as you study the Bible using Logos. These tips not only save you time, but they also keep your focus on your electronic books.

Timesaving Tips, vol. 2 will assist your Bible study as you focus more on the Scripture and less on the software. How do I know? These tips are the same ones that I use for my own study using Logos. There are approximately 60 minutes in combined video tips, and the habits you’ll form while putting these tips into practice will benefit you greatly.

This DVD plays on your computer, and the videos are enhanced with screenshots and callouts to make learning more effective and enjoyable. There’s a separate version for both the PC and Mac platforms of Logos, so you’ll receive specific screenshots and shortcut commands for the format you prefer. Also, the menu is indexed, so you’ll be able to jump to specific videos by just clicking its title. Replay any video as often you need as you’re mastering some of the most efficient ways of studying the Bible using Logos.

To see an example of a timesaving tip video, please watch the video below (PC or Mac): Create Shortcuts for Search Types.

Please remember that both volumes of Timesaving Tips are not substitutes for Camp Logos 1 and Camp Logos 2, but they’ll supplement those in-depth training products. Timesaving Tips, vol. 2 is available to pre-order for only $19.95. While there can be no dollar value placed on your time, we think  Volumes 1 and 2 of Timesaving Tips are investments that will pay off quickly, saving you many hours while you learn to study like a pro!

Update on the English Translation of Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics

reformed-dogmaticsWork on translating Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics is underway! In fact, it has been for a while—lots of work has been happening behind the scenes.

We have assembled a team of translators from North America and the Netherlands who are working under Richard B. Gaffin. There are few individuals more qualified than Gaffin to edit this translation. He is an acclaimed Vos scholar, having published numerous articles on Vos, and editing Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation: The Shorter Writings of Geerhardus Vos. Gaffin has taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia since 1965.

The translation is making progress, and we are tentatively estimating a ship date in early 2013.

Who Is Geerhardus Vos?

Geerhardus Vos was an important theologian from the early twentieth century. He taught at both Calvin Theological Seminary and Princeton Theology Seminary alongside J. Gresham Machen and B. B. Warfield. He was an outspoken proponent of Reformed biblical theology. Cornelius Van Til has written that “Vos was the greatest pedagogue I ever sat under,” and John Murray said Vos was “the most penetrating exegete it has been my privilege to know.”

Reformed Dogmatics is available at a discounted Pre-Pub price while translation work is underway. By pre-ordering, you’ll not only get it at the best price, but you’ll also help fund the project and move it forward—and you’ll be one of the first to receive the English translation when it’s finished. Pre-order now!

What’s Next?

Soon we’ll be announcing another project. Be the first to hear about it by subscribing to the Pre-Publication mailing list!

To subscribe, go to the Notifications tab in your account and check the box next to “Pre-Publication.”

When you subscribe, you’ll receive an email each weekday with the newest Pre-Pub deals. You’ll always know about the latest and greatest on Pre-Pub, and you’ll be the first to hear about the next translation project.

Get a Free Latin Dictionary

Today’s guest post is by Louis St. Hilaire, Content Manager of our Electronic Text Development Department.

Logos really shines when it comes to the study of biblical Greek and Hebrew, but we’re building an impressive library of Latin texts as well, including the Vulgate, important  medieval and Reformation theology texts, and hundreds of Latin titles in the Perseus Classics Collection.

Now we’ve created a tool that makes all these texts easier to use in Logos. The Dictionary of Latin Forms allows you to look up hundreds of thousands of Latin word forms from the famous WORDS Latin-English Dictionary program. This means that you can instantly look up meanings for most words in these texts—not to mention Latin terms used in English texts—just by double-clicking or opening the Information window.

The best part is that you can add this powerful tool to your Logos library for free!

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You can also get a great price on Lewis & Short’s Latin Dictionary now on Community Pricing. The free Dictionary of Latin Forms is a handy study aid to get you quickly to a definition and lemma for a word, but Lewis & Short is an expansive dictionary that takes you in-depth with ample examples of usages from classical, Patristic and medieval texts. Even today, more than a hundred years after its publication, it is still consulted, particularly for  medieval and Ecclesiastical Latin.

These two resources will make it even easier to study Latin texts in Logos, so place your bid now to help put Lewis & Short’s Latin Dictionary into production.

Improve Your Biblical Language Studies

Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions (19 vols.)Logos has always strived to offer the best in original language texts and tools, and the Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions (19 vols.) is no exception. This collection contains 19 volumes of technical reference material from notable philologists, lexicographers, and grammarians from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This time period represents a golden age for the study of biblical languages, and the Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions (19 vols.) contains many of these important works.

Some of these titles include Westcott and Hort’s Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek, Thackeray’s Grammar of the Old Testament in Greek: According to the Septuagint, Swete’s Introduction to the Old Testament in Greek, and Smyth’s A Greek Grammar for Colleges.

With the Logos edition, you get all 19 volumes for the incredible price of $249.95; that is a saving of almost 70%! If you want to broaden your understanding of biblical languages and learn from some of the most gifted scholars, then grab Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions while it’s still on Pre-Pub.

Logos 4: Place Highlighting Notes in Book Specific Note Files

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. mp|seminars Tips

In my previous two blogs I explained that in Logos 4.5 each time we highlight text, that highlighted text becomes a Highlighting Note placed in whatever Note File we designate. Let’s combine those features for a specific application. Let’s say we’re reading and highlighting Biblical Ethics (Ethics) by Oswald Chambers. We want all of these and only these Highlighting Notes in one Note File.

  • Choose File | Notes to create a new Note File.
  • Name the Note File Biblical Ethics (or the title of whatever book you’re reading).
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting.
  • Decide which palette of Highlighting styles you’re going to use to mark up Ethics, such as Solid Colors which we’ll employ in our example.
  • Rest the cursor on the name of the palette such as Solid Colors.
  • Click the arrow that appears at the right of the title bar for the palette (1).
  • Click the Save in drop down list at the bottom of the menu (2).
  • Click Most recent note file (3).

You’ve just instructed Logos to place all of your Highlighting Notes created with Solid Colors in the most recently used Note File which in this case is Biblical Ethics. Read and mark up Ethics which places all of those Highlighting Notes in the Note File Biblical Ethics. If you want you can use the Print / Export option on the panel menu of the Note File to produce a hard or digital copy of those notes. While this is not the only way to accomplish this result, here’s a great advantage to utilizing the method I just described.

We’re probably going to be reading several books at the same time and in all likelihood prefer using the same palette of styles. If so, with this method all we have to do is create a Note File for each book we’re reading and make sure to open it before highlighting any text in the book. Remember, our Highlighting Notes made with Solid Colors go to the most recently used Note File.

So if you’re reading another book such as Concise Theology by J. I. Packer, create a Note File for it. Read and mark up the book which places those Solid Colors notes in the Concise Theology Note File. To switch back to the Biblical Ethics Note File just open it. Now markup text in Ethics which places those new Notes in the most recently used Note File which again is Biblical Ethics!

I know this may sound confusing, but after you apply this method a couple of times, it will work as silk for you. And remember, you can download for FREE the new Notes and Highlighting chapters from the updated Logos Bible Software Training Manuals Volumes 1 and 2. Enjoy!

What new highlighting feature have you found the most helpful? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: March 3

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 March 3, 2012.

Did You Get Your Free Book?

The Free Book of the Month for March is Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Authentic Christianity. Go to the Free Book of the Month page and download it today. And, while you’re there, enter to win the 10-volume Selected Works of Martyn Lloyd-Jones!

Don’t Forget To “Take the Tour!

Would you like to visit Bellingham, WA, get two passes to our National Camp Logos, and tour the Logos facility? You can win an all-expense-paid trip to do just that! Take the virtual tour and enter to win.

Social Media

Pinterest

Vyrso

Logos Talk

Pre-Pubs

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

Check out 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

Sales

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

Customer Service

Finance

Operations

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

The Zondervan Counterpoints Collection: A Charitable Discourse

In necessariis unitas, in dubiis libertas, in omnibus caritas” (In necessary things unity; in uncertain things freedom; in everything compassion.)—Marco Antonio de Dominis

Doctrine matters; there’s no question about it. And yet, we live with the tension of standing firm on the things we believe while other educated and sincere believers interpret and apply Scripture differently. Is it possible to have a serious discussion without the conversation becoming contentious? The Zondervan Counterpoints Collection, currently on Pre-Pub, would say yes.

The Zondervan Counterpoint Collection exposes readers to perspectives written by contributors who affirm the inspiration and authority of Scripture yet vary in their judgment on a number of hot topics.

Each volume features essays on theological topics from a variety of scholars. Many essays are followed up by direct respectful responses/rebuttals from the other contributors. You can also find bibliographies and suggestions for further reading on many of the perspectives discussed.

The Zondervan Counterpoints Collection Upgrade features 3 volumes:

Four Views on Divine Providence

Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

  • Single Meaning, Unified Referents: Accurate and Authoritative Citations of the Old Testament by the New Testament—Walter C. Kaiser Jr.
  • Single Meaning, Multiple Contexts and Referents: The New Testament’s Legitimate, Accurate, and Multifaceted Use of the Old—Darrell L. Bock
  • Fuller Meaning, Single Goal: A Christotelic Approach to the New Testament Use of the Old in Its First-Century Interpretive Environment—Peter Enns

Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism

The Zondervan Counterpoints Collection Upgrade augments the Zondervan Counterpoints Collection. In the 14-volume Zondervan Counterpoints Collection, you’ll find varied perspectives on topics like baptism, Revelation, eternal security,  and church growth. Contributors include Douglas MooJohn F. WalvoordNorman L. Geisler, and Craig S. Keener.

Pick up the Zondervan Counterpoints Collection Upgrade (3 vols.) on Pre-Pub today and strengthen your grasp of differing evangelical views and traditions. And don’t forget to check out the thought-provoking volumes in the 14-volume Zondervan Counterpoints Collection!

Powerful Resources for Old Testament Studies

Yesterday we looked at the  Old Testament Hermeneutics Collection, an 18-volume selection of academic writings—currently on Pre-Pub. If you are still in the market for Old Testament resources, check out the Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection (also on Pre-Pub).

The Fortress Press Hebrew Bible Collection’s 11 volumes affirm the importance of the Old Testament for today’s believer. If you’re looking for scholarly works to help you understand and communicate the unique character of the Hebrew Bible, this collection is right for you.

Take, for example, The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word. This collection of essays from Columbia Theological Seminary’s Professor of Old Testament Walter Brueggemann honors the Old Testament’s destabilizing—and often contentious—nature.

The Word Militant is broken down into eleven chapters:

  1. Preaching as Reimagination
  2. The Preacher, the Text, and the People
  3. Ancient Utterance and Contemporary Hearing
  4. An Imaginative “Or”
  5. That the World May Be Redescribed
  6. The Social Nature of the Biblical Text for Preaching
  7. The Shrill Voice of the Wounded Party
  8. Life or Death: De-Privileged Communication
  9. Preaching to Exiles
  10. Preaching a Sub-Version
  11. Truth-Telling as Subversive Obedience

You might think from these chapter titles that the primary audience for Brueggeman’s essays is the expositor, but The Word Militant is as much a work on hermeneutics as it is a study on homiletics. Readers are challenged by the subversive and nonlinear nature of the Old Testament and encouraged to embrace its confrontational character.

This is only 1 of the 11 books available in this collection. You will also get an introduction to the Hebrew Bible, a history of Ancient Israel (including an in-depth look at the cultural backgrounds that influenced the Hebrew people and Scriptures), a theological discussion on the Holocaust, and a whole lot more.

This collection is under development now, so it won’t be on Pre-Pub long. You can still pick these up on Pre-Pub, but the window of opportunity is closing! Act now and add these powerful resources your Old Testament studies.

What Old Testament resource do you use the most? Leave us a comment and tell us about them!