Add Insight to Your Library with Baker Collections

For over 70 years, the Baker Publishing Group has carried out their mission to publish “high-quality writings that represent historic Christianity and serve the diverse interests and concerns of evangelical readers.” If you were to look at the four Baker collections currently on Pre-Pub, you’d see that Baker is living up to their goal.

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Upgrade (7 vols.)

This 7-volume upgrade to the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (8 vols.) proves that you don’t have to sacrifice readability for scholarly depth. Whether you’re a pastor, professor, student, or church leader, you’re going to benefit from both the scope and the accessibility of this series.

Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (16 vols.)

The church has a strong history of interpreting the Bible theologically. In an effort to recreate this tradition, Baker has put together the 16-volume Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. If you’re looking for commentaries which draw from a wide range of traditions, while expounding upon Scripture from a distinctly theological viewpoint, the Brazos Theological Commentaries are for you.

Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms (6 vols.)

When it comes to interpretation, the Old Testament’s poetry and wisdom literature provide very unique challenges. The Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms meet these challenges with exegetical precision. Let authors like Tremper Longman and Craig G. Bartholomew help navigate the literary and structural devices in these books by incorporating linguistic, historical, and canonical insights.

Handbook on the Old Testament Series (4 vols.)

Are you interested in Old Testament exegesis? The Handbook on the Old Testament is definitely for you.  These 4 volumes cover:

You will get remarkable insight into the Old Testament’s content, structure, and theology with this collection. You’ll also benefit from a bibliography of recent, relevant scholarship to help guide your future studies.

All of these collections are currently under development, so there isn’t much time to get them at their current Pre-Pub prices. Pick one (or all!) of these great collections up for your library today.

And check out the rest of our Baker resources while you’re at it!

Love Alone is Credible: Communio Theology on Pre-Pub

Two of the most important theologians of the 20th century now have collections on Pre-Pub! Joseph Ratzinger (now pope Benedict XVI) and Hans Urs von Balthasar were founding members of the Communio school of theology, which has become dominant in the Catholic Church and has had major influence on Protestant thought. Indeed, the great Swiss Reformed thinker Karl Barth once said of his life-long friend von Balthasar that no one understood his thought better.

The Communio School of Theology

Like the Protestant neo-orthodox theologians, the Communio school denies the validity of “natural” theology, emphasizing that all creation, and most significantly all of human experience, finds meaning and truth only in the person of Jesus Christ. There is no neutral ground, no realm where reason functions “unencumbered” by revelation: grace abounds. What this means is that reason and revelation, nature and grace, are not sealed off from each other, but find fundamental unity within the Trinitarian God and within mankind, made in his image. This reality finds perfect expression in the Incarnation. Man’s encounter with Christ is the content of the Communio approach to theology, which von Balthasar described as “essentially an act of adoration and prayer.”

Within Ratzinger’s Christocentric thought, the Incarnation is the only source for what is true about God and about man: love is the ultimate reality of the cosmos. Von Balthasar is perhaps best known for his aesthetics, for his contention that beauty reveals God and that beauty itself is defined by the Incarnation: Christ is beauty and what is beautiful is Christological. Both thinkers work within the paradigm of “ressourcement”—a return to the sources of the faith: Scripture and the Church Fathers. In doing so, they opened up new (or old) avenues for Christian theology.

Communio Opens Doors to Ecumenical Dialog

Both von Balthasar and Ratzinger encountered stiff resistance within the Catholic hierarchy and the academy, sometimes even being accused of heresy. But their theology was so powerful and subtle that it slowly won adherents and had a direct effect on the theology expressed at Vatican II. Through the pontificates of John Paul II and Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) the Communio approach has become dominant in the Church. What’s more, the emphasis on “ressourcement” has opened new opportunities for ecumenical dialog. Indeed, Joseph Ratzinger himself suggested that the Augsburg Confession might be accepted by the Catholic Church, and the Communio approach has underwritten the fruitful Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue of recent decades.

Communio theologians have re-shaped Catholic thought and have built bridges—between modern Christianity and the ancient Church and between contemporary denominations. Add this powerful and profound perspective to your Logos library. The Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Collection ships tomorrow, so place your pre-order now. The Hans Urs von Balthasar Collection is almost through Pre-Pub and will ship soon, so keep an eye out for this too.

Get Notified about the Latest Titles for Logos

We’re always working hard to bring new titles to the Logos library—from the latest books by top publishers and best-selling authors to tried-and-true classics. But with the sheer number of titles going up each week, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date.

That’s why we’ve created two new email subscriptions to notify you when the latest works become available on Pre-Publication and Community Pricing. Whenever a new title is available for Logos, you’ll be the first to know. This ensures that you’ll never miss the chance to get a classic on Community Pricing for up to 95% off or to snag a new title on Pre-Publication at a steep discount!

Signing up for these notification lists is easy:

  1. Go to the account details page on Logos.com
  2. Click on the Notifications tab
  3. Scroll down and select the boxes next to Pre-Publication and Community Pricing

That’s it! Now you’re all set to get updates on the latest titles to add to your digital library.

Find out more information on how our Pre-Publication and Community Pricing systems work.

Now on Pre-Pub: The Feasting on the Word Commentary Series!

Struggling to come up with a new sermon topic each week? In Feasting on the Word, you will find an elegant alternative to fretting over which passage to preach on any given Sunday.

This is an incredibly accessible resource for the preacher.  The 12 volumes in this series include passages for three years’ worth of Sundays, as arranged in the Revised Common Lectionary. The church has fine-tuned this lectionary over time and it provides a holistic approach to the entire canon of Scripture.

Stay on track with a calendar of weeks that includes special sections for Lent and Advent.

Each week features a reading from the Old Testament, a Psalm, an excerpt from an epistle, and a passage from one of the four Gospels.

One Passage, Four Guides

For each passage, Feasting on the Word features essays and commentaries from four different perspectives:

  • The theological
  • The pastoral
  • The exegetical
  • The homiletical

This format supplies the teacher with a wealth of possibilities in his approach to each of the four Scripture passages included for each week.

Get it Now!

For a limited time, Feasting on the Word is available on Pre-Pub for $189.95—50% off the retail price. Pick up your lectionary commentary series today!

New on Pre-Pub: The Florida College Annual Lectures (1974-2011)

New to Pre-Pub is Florida College Annual Lectures (1974-2011). Established in 1946, Florida college is a small Christian College located just outside Tampa, Florida. Every spring, the college holds an annual lecture series on a variety of theological subjects.

With the Logos edition, you get 38 years of in-depth theological content. Each volume in the Florida College Annual Lectures contains lectures focused on a particular theme, doctrine, or book of the Bible, which makes these lectures valuable resources for specialized study.

So, pre-order your copy while the Florida College Annual Lectures (1974-2011) are still on Pre-Pub. At the low price of only $74.95, you cannot go wrong!

Logos 4: Graph Bible Search Results

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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The old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, may partially be true with Logos Bible searching. To find out what I mean try this:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel
  • Select Bible as the search type
  • Set from the drop down lists the New Testament in the ESV to be searched
  • Type hope in the Find box
  • Make sure Match all word forms on the search panel menu is NOT checked
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results which should be 74 results in 68 verses
  • Click Graph results on the Search panel’s toolbar which opens the Graph Bible Search Results (GBSR) panel
  • Select Number of hits in book from the drop  down list on the GBSR panel
  • Select a “graph” such as Column Chart from the bottom of the GBSR panel

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Notice how the book of Romans stands out on the chart! Does this say anything about hope in Romans? Perhaps.

Try selecting different types of hits from the drop down list and different graphs from the bottom of the panel, to produce hopefully insightful search results.

What word do you think has the most interesting graph? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: January 14

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 January 14, 2011.

Logos Talk

Interesting Discussions

Facebook

Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

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

Community Pricing

The latest collections from Community Pricing:

And be sure to check out the latest titles we moved over from Pre-Pub:

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

Information Technology

Publications

Software Development

Ministry Development

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

Get Free Books and Incredible Deals from Vyrso!

If you’re looking for some new reading material, you can’t go wrong with Vyrso.  And throughout the month of January, Vyrso has quite a few free and heavily discounted books available!

Get It Free

In The Lady of Bolton Hill, Elizabeth Camden tells the tale of a female American journalist from the latter part of the nineteenth century. Clara Endicott, the fiercely intelligent crusader against the injustices in London industry, is forced to return home to Baltimore. It’s there she is reunited with a childhood sweetheart who is no longer the destitute steelworker she left. Clara soon finds herself embroiled in a web of intrigue and danger.

If you act quickly, you can still pick up a free copy of The Lady of Bolton Hill. It expires today (January 13, 2012), so hurry! You’re going to love this tale of faith, romance, revenge, and social justice.

Return often to see what other freebies will be offered this month!

Take Advantage of These Deals!

Vyrso is featuring some incredible discounts on some of your favorite Christian books. You can get amazing prices on:

There’s a lot of discounted (or free!) ebooks available this month. Head over to Vyrso to check them out.

The Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament

Logos recently put the Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament (BHGNT) on Pre-Pub, and I can’t overemphasize how awesome and useful this series is!

You may come across a difficult grammatical construction or syntactical anomaly in the Greek text of the New Testament, and turn to a critical commentary like the ICC or NIGTC looking for help. While these commentaries will often answer your grammatical and syntactical questions, there are still times where you won’t find the information you’re looking for. This is where the BHGNT shines!

What makes the BHGNT so amazing is how it focuses primarily on matters of grammar, syntax, linguistics, and lexicography. That is to say, it is primarily a philological commentary. But that is not all! The BHGNT also includes cross-references to major commentaries, grammars, Louw and Nida, and BDAG—all easily accessible in Logos 4 with a simple click of your mouse! As a bonus, some of the later additions (i.e. Luke and 1 Peter) interact with the Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, authored by our very own Steve Runge.

Here’s a real-life example of how helpful the BHGNT is. Let’s say that you’re translating Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus for an intermediate Greek class. You need to identify the uses of participles, infinitives, and important noun cases. You are doing great, but then you hit a wall—you cannot for the life of you figure out in what sense the infinitive ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι in Eph 1:10 is being used. Instead of reading through pages of critical commentaries looking for a possible answer, the BHGNT cuts right to the chase and gives you:

ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι. Aor mid inf ἀνακεφαλαιόω (epexegetical to μυστήριον 1:9).

The BHGNT is concise and jam-packed with a wealth of valuable philological information, saving you time.

So, if you’ve been looking for a resource that can help you out of a philological jam, then the Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament for Logos is exactly what you need!

40,000 Facebook Fans and Growing!

Thanks to all of our Facebook fans, yesterday we passed the 40,000 fan mark! It’s quite a milestone, and it’s exciting that you’re staying connected and socializing with each other and us.

Just for perspective, 40,000 is also the number of:

  • about half the population of Bellingham, WA, where our headquarters is located.
  • about twice the number of resources on Logos.com and Vyrso.com combined.
  • the number of days in almost 110 years—Logos’ headquarters, the Bellingham Flatiron building, is 105 years old.
  • *is only half as many cups of coffee Logos employees consume annually.

So with it being a new year and a new milestone reached within the Logos Facebook community, this is a good time to ask, “What kind of social media experience do you want from our Facebook page?”

Do you enjoy the daily Scripture verses in the morning? Is the advanced notice on giveaways such as The Works of John Owens why you stay connected? Maybe you’ve enjoyed some of our discussions such as, “Teaching the Bible to children can be challenging, sometimes exhausting! What’s the toughest question a child has ever thrown your way?” or “What is your first response to this question ‘How do you know the Bible is God’s word?’.”

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Again, thanks for being fans and contributing to the community experience on the Logos Facebook page.

One last thing: do you remember the “Like-a-thon” that we did last year to mark 25,000 fans?  What kind of celebration would you like to see to mark 50,000 Facebook fans?

*This actually cannot be confirmed and is just a generous estimate.