Adolf Deissmann and the Greek of the New Testament

There are some works you should just read, particularly if you’re interested in the Greek of the New Testament. Deissmann’s Light from the Ancient East (LAE) is in this category. It is an incredible book, filled with transcriptions, translations, pictures and discussions of how papyri, ostraca and inscriptions (largely those found in garbage heaps) shed light on how we understand the Greek of the New Testament. Pre-Deissmann, many thought that the Greek used in the New Testament was a special sort of Greek; after Deissmann, we realize that non-literary sources teach us a lot about the Greek used in the New Testament. It’s a book that (at least from my perspective) everyone should read. The only collection that contains Light from the Ancient East is the Portfolio collection. If you don’t have Portfolio and LAE sounds interesting, you might want to look into buying Light from the Ancient East as an individual download.
While many of you may already have Deissmann’s Light from the Ancient East (it was one of our first community pricing titles from back in 2005!), did you know that Logos offers other useful books written by Deissmann?
One of them is Bible Studies, which uses the linguistic and cultural insights gleaned from Deissmann’s study of papyri and ostraca and applies them to specific passages of the New Testament. It is a truly useful book, so much so that BDAG frequently cites it by page. And this one isn’t even in Portfolio, so if you don’t already have it, you’ll want to check it out.
We’ve also recently released a two-volume collection of books by Adolf Deissmann, the Adolf Deissmann New Testament Studies Collection. The two titles included are The Philology of the Greek Bible and St. Paul: A Study in Social and Religious History.
The Philology of the Greek Bible is based on lectures Deissmann gave as a visiting scholar at Cambridge in the early 1900′s. The key here is that these lectures are about the Greek Bible, not just the New Testament. They ooze with knowledge from Deissmann’s extensive work with non-literary (i.e. not classical literature, such as Homer, Plato, etc.) sources. The text is easy to read (I read it using Logos on my iPod) and relatively engaging.
I’ve not read St. Paul: A Study in Social and Religious History yet, but hope to fit it into my reading over the next few months. It will be interesting to see how Deissmann applies his knowledge to the study of a person.
Anyway, these are wonderful books, and they really do provide a lot of applied knowledge of the Greek of the New Testament to help us better understand the linguistic and cultural context of the New Testament.

Logos 4: Limit the Display of Documents in the File Menu

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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.

In Logos Bible Software 4 you can create various types of documents in the File menu: Prayer Lists, Passage Lists, Notes, etc. After a while, when you return to the File menu to open a document, you’ll probably discover a long list of various types of documents. Locating the specific one you want may prove challenging. Here’s a little trick to hopefully help out:

  • Choose the File menu
  • In the Find or Search box to the right of Open type:
    • Passage to display only your Passage Lists
    • Prayer to display only your Prayer Lists
    • Note to display only your Note files
    • Reading to display only your Reading Plans

You get the idea. This tip obviously reduces a long list to a manageable list.

Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges on Pre-Pub!

Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: JudgesOf all the categories of books we feature, commentaries are consistently one of our top sellers. When you stop and consider all of the commentaries that we offer, you want to pay attention to the ones who are regularly strong sellers. The Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.) has been one of our most popular collections at Logos Bible Software. Time and again, customers have shown us that this set of commentaries is an important place for them to draw biblical insights. For users who have the Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.) collection, it is helpful to be kept abreast of new additions to the series.

To this end, we wanted to draw attention to the Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges by Trent C. Butler. This commentary on Judges went live on Pre-Pub January 20, 2011. Within a couple hours it had generated half of the revenue needed to move it from Pre-Pub and into production. You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to add this commentary to your Word Biblical Commentary collection while it is on Pre-Pub.

The Word Biblical Commentary series is beloved for its balanced insight into the meanings of the text within the structured framework of biblical theology. This even-handed use of the biblical text is what has made this a wildly popular series for everyone from laymen to educators and ministers. The Word Biblical Commentary series starts with a foundation of solid biblical scholarship and builds upon it a meticulous theological understanding.

If you have the Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.) collection, the only volume you will not have for your set is the Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges by Trent C. Butler. If you do not own any of the Word Biblical Commentary series then the Word Biblical Commentary, vol. 8: Judges is a great place to start. You can pick it up today at the special Pre-Pub price and—once you realize how invaluable it is—you will soon be picking up the entire set.

How to Beat the Winter Quarter Blues

Letters to a Student

Now that the holidays have passed, a new quarter (or semester) has begun. And I don’t know about you, but every year, Winter Quarter at college hit me hard. Something about the short, dark days and enough rain to make swimming to classes the most efficient form of transportation just seemed to combine poorly with my academic schedule and ambitious study plans.

Maybe you know a freshman college student, or maybe you are a freshman college student, and this is your first year navigating the dreaded Winter Quarter. Sunny days and flip-flops seem a long way off, and you (or your child, friend, niece, nephew, grandchild, or former youth group student) are still adjusting to life on campus. Well, I’ve got some great news for you! Logos now has a fantastic, encouraging resource that will help keep you grounded in your faith during this continued time of transition.

As the world around us continues to change, life on campus during the 21st century keeps evolving at the same rapid rate. Letters to a Student is a comprehensive resource, articulating the challenges that today’s college student faces—challenges that did not exist even 10-20 years ago! In addition, Letters addresses ways of tackling some of the core issues that we all must face when we leave home for that bachelor’s degree, whether it was decades ago or now, in 2011.

But Letters to a Student isn’t all we have to offer the college student. Our base packages include not only numerous Bible translations and commentaries, but also key features such as our Bible Reading Plan and Prayer List. These tools are the perfect solution to keep the student in your life grounded in the Word.

And, here at Logos, we understand how hard college can be, not on one’s faith but also on one’s pocket book. That’s why we created our two scholarships—Bible College and Seminary Scholarship—both recently featured on the blog. The January deadline has passed, but there’s still hope for you if you qualify! Our next deadline for each is May 10, 2011. Scholarship winners receive $1,000.00 towards tuition as well as a Scholar’s Library that, in print, would cost over $8,000.00.

So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and let Logos help you through this year’s Winter Quarter.

By the way, here’s a sampling of our other fantastic resources, specifically catered to the student:

Today’s guest post is by Bethany Olsen, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Camp Logos Is Coming to London

Camp Logos: London

Big Ben says it’s time for Camp Logos in London. That’s right – Camp Logos crosses the big pond!

  • When: February 15–16, 2011
  • What: Camp Logos Bible Software Training
  • Where: The Proclamation Trust
    140-148 Borough High Street
    London SE1 1 LB

Since Camp Logos doesn’t make it to the UK that often, we’re adding a feature-packed, optional third day of training on February 17th that will include many of the topics normally covered in Camp Logos 2.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Camp Logos, allow me to explain. As an owner of Logos Bible Software you know how powerful it is. Are you, however, unleashing that power? Most Logos users admit to only using a fraction, perhaps 10%, of the software’s potential. Camp Logos, a two-day, hands-on training seminar, equips you to unlock much of the other 90%. For over 13 years, the authorized Logos trainer, Morris Proctor with MP Seminars, has trained thousands of Logos users at Camp Logos. Pastors, professors, Bible study leaders, housewives, truck-drivers and more have all benefited from Morris’ thorough and practical presentation.

New Logos users state that Morris teaches them more in two days than they could learn in two years on their own. Seasoned Logos users testify they thought they knew the program until they attended Camp Logos.

We want you to experience firsthand the excitement of Camp Logos. So if you’ll be in the London area February 15–16, please register for Camp. If you’re thinking of vacationing in the UK, why not add Camp Logos to your agenda?

For a complete schedule and registration information, click here. And don’t forget to sign up for the additional third day of training which covers many of the features discussed in Camp Logos 2.

Today’s guest post is by David Kitchen, from the MP Seminars.

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Freely Give: Seminary Scholarship and Bible College Scholarship Winners

Seminary ScholarshipIt is a sweet thing to be a part of a company that’s willing to give away thousands of dollars and life-changing resources. Since 2009, Logos has been giving students the opportunity to have a portion of their seminary or Bible college tuition paid and to win a digital theological library that will remain theirs long after they leave college.

It is especially sweet to give it away when you get a response like we received from our latest BibleCollegeScholarship.com winner, Charissa M. of Hanover, PA.:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! God is so incredibly, unfathomably faithful! What a blessing, joy, and surprise this scholarship is!”

Charissa attends Moody Bible Institute. In her own words,

“Three summers ago, in the Dominican Republic, the Lord awoke my heart and set it afire with passion for third-world missions and a renewed brokenness for the lost and forgotten. I couldn’t wait for my chance to go out into the world and build relationships with those people—loving them, living like them, learning from them, serving, and teaching them the Truth of Jesus. Like Ezekiel was fed the Lord’s scroll, I feel God is feeding me and filling me with His Truth, sharpening me in preparation for the challenges He has in store. I am studying at Moody Bible Institute – Spokane for a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Intercultural Missions. While I am being given a solid foundation in my training and I am learning much about God’s Word, how to share the Truth, and apply it to our individual lives, the greatest thing I am developing is an intense, consuming growth of intimacy in my own relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope to live within a third-world community in the future, whether in the Middle East, India, Africa, etc., and build meaningful, eternity-changing relationships overtime with the natives. I wish to stand up for the abused, protect the weak, and cherish the unwanted! Whether that reflects in caring for my own bundle of orphans, rescuing women and children from human trafficking, or something completely different, I can’t wait to see where God is leading me and how He uses these burdens of my heart.”

As for our SeminaryScholarship.com winner, that honor goes to Nancy P., of South Hamilton, MA.

Nancy is originally from California where she attended Simpson University and graduated with a B.A. in History. She will graduate from Gordon Conwell this May (2011) with an M.A. in Old Testament. The focus of her degree at Gordon Conwell has been in Hebrew Exegesis and multiple other Ancient Near Eastern language courses. Her hope is to start doctoral work this fall upon acceptance to one of three programs in the Boston area.

New Rounds, New Winners

Our new giveaway rounds are under way and the giveaway date is set for May 10th! You can enter only once per round, but can increase your chances of winning by telling friends and family to apply as well. Just make sure they enter your name in the “Other” box, when they’re asked how they heard about the scholarship. If we select your friend, and they indicate they heard from you, we’ll give you the scholarship too!

fb1.pngFacebook: Login to your Facebook account and post the link http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com or http://www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com on your wall. Be sure to include a line that lets your friends know what the link is all about. Something like, “If you are in seminary (or Bible college), here is a scholarship that might help you out.” You can also just click here to share SeminaryScholarship.com on Facebook or here to share BibleCollegeScholarship.com on Facebook.

tw1.pngTwitter: Post a tweet with a link to http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com or http://www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com. Not sure what to tweet? You can just click here and tweet this for Seminary or click here and tweet this for Bible College.

bl1.pngBlog: If you have a blog, you can help out in two ways. First, you can write a post on your blog letting your readers know about the scholarships. Second, you can add one of our web banners for Seminary Scholarship or Bible College Scholarship to your site.

Not sure what to write? Try this:

Need Money for Seminary or Bible College?

Tired of searching for scholarships? Logos will award at least two $1,000.00 tuition scholarships along with a copies of Scholar’s Library through their Seminary Scholarship and Bible College Scholarship programs!

The scholarships are open to all students currently enrolled in an accredited theological Seminary or Bible College located in North America, or those who plan on enrolling within the next 8 months. All you have to do is watch a demonstration of Logos Bible Software and fill out a brief application. Once your application is submitted you will be entered to win a $1,000.00 scholarship and a digital theological library that, in print, would cost nearly $8,000.00!

Going to Seminary? www.SeminaryScholarship.com

Going to Bible College? www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com

Logos 4: Quickly Open a Dictionary

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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.

While reading books as a boy, I constantly came to words I didn’t understand. When I asked my parents or teachers for help, the standard reply was, "Look up the word in a dictionary." And you know the rest, ". . . because if I told you the answer you wouldn’t learn anything for yourself."

You probably have similar memories. The truth is, as adults we still need to look up words in a dictionary. You’ll be happy to know Logos makes that process very simple.

As you come to English words in a Bible, commentary, devotional, or most any Logos resource, simply double click the word. Logos will then open the first prioritized dictionary it finds with an entry for your word! The double click is the shortcut for looking up your word.

To set the book that normally opens:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize
  • Drag over from the left, an English dictionary or Bible dictionary to the Prefer these resources list on the right

You can prioritize as many dictionaries as you want, just make sure your favorite is the first dictionary in the list.

For example, prioritize Easton’s Bible Dictionary and then double click Barnabas in Acts 4.36. Easton’s immediately opens to the article for Barnabas!

Free Book—Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne

Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne Logos Bible Software has partnered with Desiring God to provide you with a free book to help you prepare for the 2011 Desiring God National Conference, January 31–February 2, 2011 in Minneapolis, MN.

John Piper’s session will focus on Robert Murray McCheyne. McCheyne (sometimes spelled M’Cheyne) was an influential nineteenth-century Scottish Presbyterian minister and missionary. Although he died of typhus at 29, McCheyne left behind a legacy of writings which revealed a depth and piety beyond his years.

McCheyne is also known for the creation of a Bible reading system that is still in use today. The McCheyne Bible reading plan walks you through the New Testament and the Psalms twice over the course of a year, while leading you through the Old Testament once. You can access the McCheyne Reading Plan in Logos 4 and keep track of it online at Biblia.com or on your iPhone and iPad.

To help you prepare for Pastor Piper’s session, and to familiarize yourself with McCheyne, we are giving away a free copy of Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray McCheyne. You can begin reading it now, or on your iPhone or iPad on your flight or drive to MN.

This biography, written a year after McCheyne’s death, includes a detailed and insightful portrayal of McCheyne’s youth and ministry, providing personal anecdotes, as well as quotes and poems from McCheyne. Written by Andrew Bonar, a close, personal friend of McCheyne’s, this book will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this devoted man of God.

We realize that not everyone will be able to physically attend the Desiring God conference, though many will be following it over the Internet. Instead of restricting this special just to conference attendees, we wanted to extend this offer to everyone—even if you’re not yet a Logos user. Simply head over to our special McCheyne page to download the free resource any time before February 5. And while you are there, be sure to check out The Works of Robert Murray McCheyne (3 vols.), now at the special Pre-Pub price of $69.95. And don’t miss out on our collection of Piper resources, which all feature special conference discounts!

Don’t miss out. All discounts and special prices expire at midnight on February 4, 2011.

Expand Your Horizons with the Global Christianity Collection

Global Christianity

One of my favorite things about traveling abroad is the intriguing, investigative conversations that seem to always take place. Discussing a topic with someone that has a completely different cultural background is often challenging, but most of all, it’s refreshing. Hearing thoughts from another perspective on a topic that to me, seems standard, pushes me to examine it further.

The Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.) lets the reader have this same sort of conversation. This collection provides examinations from experts of diverse cultural and theological backgrounds on historical, social, and theological implications of Christianity within the framework of globalization. The Global Christianity Collection helps locate the meaning and character of Christian theology in a 21st century, global context.

As it becomes increasingly easier to connect and interact with the modern world, both positive and negative opportunities arise. This collection offers insight and information on issues that Christians in the 21st century face and efforts being made to positively impact the situation.

So if you’re looking for ways to address this world that is in a time of economic, social, technological and political interdependence, be sure to check out the Global Christianity Collection (7 vols.). This collection retails at $384.75 but is available on pre-pub for only $79.95!

Today’s guest post is by Deni Avant, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Making a Case for Your Favorite Resource

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Don’t you hate it when you get excited about a new resource on Pre-Pub or Community Pricing only to watch it languish just short of production for weeks or even months?

If you’ve been watching the Pre-Pubs or Community Pricing titles for any amount of time, you’ve seen some great resources that just don’t seem to get the attention or traction they deserve. As much as you want to add them to your library, it may not seem like you can do a whole lot do to help them into production.

That all changed when we added the Facebook “LIKE” buttons to Logos.com.

We do our best to get Logos users the titles they’re looking for. But when these resources stall in the Community Pricing or Pre-Pub phases there’s not much we can do to get them out the door.

That’s why we integrated different social buttons into Logos.com. Every product page now has a “share,” “tweet,” and “email” button. But the easiest to use is the LIKE. No pop-ups or new windows.* Just hit the button to spread the word. The more people that hit “like,” the more Facebook tells other people that it exists.

So take the production process into your own hands. You’ve no doubt had your eye on several Pre-Pub and Community pricing titles that you think everyone should own. So go ahead and make your case to your friends. Just hit the LIKE button to spread the word.

Try it out right now. Let’s see how quickly we can get these titles into production for everyone to take advantage of. Just hit “like.”

See how easy that was? If you think all your friends should take advantage of Logos resources, just head over to our product page and “like” whatever you like.

* You will be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you haven’t done so already.