Steve’s been working hard for the last few months on a new discourse-related project, so be on the lookout for an announcement—perhaps even sometime this week.
Fri, September 26, 2008 | Apps & Web Tools|
Most of us still use desktop applications when we want to do serious work, but web applications are improving rapidly and fast becoming viable alternatives, at least when it comes to basic functionality. Desktop applications simply can’t compete with the convenience of being able to access your data from any computer connected to the web.
That’s why Logos continues to develop web-based tools and applications.
A little over a year ago we re-released a site that’s come to be referred to as WBSA (short for “What the Bible Says About”), an interactive online version of the New Nave’s Topical Bible. WBSA allows you to enter a Bible topic and quickly get access to relevant Bible passages.
Then about six months ago we launched RefTagger, a powerful free tool that makes your Bible references come alive and gives websites the feel of your Bible software.
Now we’re releasing a beta version of our online Bible site.
- Efficient UI: Its unique user interface allows you to do more—more quickly and more conveniently—without having to continually load new pages and without losing your place. (1) Search results and Bible text are side by side. (2) Both use infinite scrolling. (3) Switching to a different version is seamless; your location and search results are instantly mapped over.
- Incredible Speed: It’s blazingly fast. Searches are instantaneous, and pages load in a flash.
- Smart Searching: It uses cutting-edge fuzzy searching technology so you can search the Bible more like you search the web. Search results are prioritized so you get the best hits first.
- Seamless Integration: WBSA, RefTagger, and Bible.Logos.com will all be tightly integrated into a growing family of websites allowing you to have a more connected Bible study experience—both on and off the web.
Help Us Test It
This is where we need your help. We’ve been beta testing the site with a small group for the last two weeks, and we’re ready to open it up to a broader audience to help us work out any remaining bugs. We want to make sure that it’s really ready.
Here’s what you can do. Spend 5 or 10 minutes looking up passages, running searches, and navigating through the various translations that are available. Give it everything you’ve got.
Type in things like:
- all sorts of Bible references using a variety of formats and abbreviations (e.g., Jude; Job 22; Mal. 3:11; Jn 5:5-10; Mt 6.1-3; Rv 4:8-9)
- words and phrases from the Bible (e.g., good, love, lion, in Christ)
- words and phrases that you think might be from the Bible (e.g., honor your parents, I love Jesus)
- words and phrases that sound like they could be from the Bible, but aren’t (e.g., God helps those who help themselves, cleanliness is next to godliness, do your best and let God do the rest)
- anything you want to (e.g., I’m very tired, drink milk)
Go give it a try.
Please send your bugs and feedback to email@example.com or drop us a note in the comments.
Thu, September 25, 2008 | Products|
Several months ago we put a collection of 48 volumes from H. A. Ironside on Pre-Pub. Many were thrilled at the prospect of having access to Ironside’s writings in Libronix, but several people lamented that we had not included all of Ironside’s commentaries.
We did some research and found out that we were in fact missing 17 of his 32 commentaries! So we immediately looked into whether or not we could include them as well. We were happy to get approval and began to try to locate print copies of all of those missing volumes.
Fortunately, we have many book lovers in the office. And one of them happened to have a beautiful copy of all 32 of Ironside’s commentaries! Since he prefers having access to his commentaries in Logos, he was happy to part with his print set to help the project move forward. Thanks, Andy!
So we’re pleased to announce The Works of H. A. Ironside (65 Vols.)—now including the complete set of Ironside’s 32 commentaries covering 51 books of the Bible! In addition to the 32 biblical commentaries, you’ll get 32 books—covering a variety of subjects like baptism, the Holy Spirit, assurance, and many others—and a collection of 25 pamphlets, sermon notes, tracts, lectures, and other miscellaneous writings.
If you enjoy the writings of H. A. Ironside or want to study the contributions of this important 20th-century preacher, you won’t want to pass up this phenomenal deal—65 volumes for about $2.60 a piece!
By the way, if you had pre-ordered the earlier 48-volume collection, you’ll need to place a new order for this 65-volume collection and cancel your original order.
In just a few days this new collection has reached 100%! Production is now underway. Don’t miss out on this tremendous deal. Place your pre-order today.
If you’re unfamiliar with Ironside, you can learn more about him right in your Libronix digital library:
- J. A. Carpenter, “Ironside, Henry (‘Harry’) Allen (1876-1951),” Dictionary of Christianity in America.
- J. D. Douglas, ed., “Ironside, Henry Allen (1876-1951),” New 20th-Century Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, 2nd ed.
- Millard J. Erickson, “Ironside, Henry Allen (H. A.) (1876-1951),” The Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology, rev. ed., 105.
- T. Gloege, “IRONSIDE, Henry (‘Harry’) Allen,” Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals, ed. Timothy Larsen, 325-26.
- George Thomas Kurian, ed., “Ironside, Henry Allen (‘Harry’),” Nelson’s New Christian Dictionary.
- T. P. Weber, “Ironside, Henry Allen (1876-1951),” Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, ed. Walter A. Elwell.
Wed, September 24, 2008 | Products|
I’ve worked at Logos for a long time — fifteen years! There used to be a time when I knew every title and author we published. But we’re publishing so much, and putting so much more on pre-pub, that I lost track of it all.
Actually, I lost track of it all long ago. We have a lot of books available. I tend to only keep track of certain areas that have to do with my primary areas of study — Greek, linguistics, Pauline Epistles, and early church.
But something neat happened to me this past weekend. My lovely wife will be attending a ladies’ Book Study at the church we attend. They’ll be reading and discussing Bryan Chappell’s book, Holiness by Grace.
On a whim, I searched the Logos web site for “chapell” by just typing it in the upper-right corner of the page, like this:
Here’s what I found in the “Downloadable Products” section of the results:
How cool is that? We’ve actually done the book already! Now I’ll have it in my Logos Library at home too, so Amy and I can work through the book together as she attends the book study this fall.
But what was really cool to me was that I searched Logos on a whim. I had no idea if we had Holiness by Grace available or not. But we’ve done so many books in the past few years that I figured it was worth a chance.
This is a book that I’d never look for; that I wouldn’t have even known to search for had my sweet wife not signed up for the book study. But it was there when I looked for it. Why? Because Logos does lots of high-quality, useful books from lots of different publishers so that not only will you find the stuff you know you want; you might even find stuff you didn’t know you wanted.
Who knows? Maybe that book you need for a class or a study is available in Logos format too!
Tue, September 23, 2008 | Products|
Today’s guest blogger is Adam Navarrete, who works in the marketing department here at Logos.
The Logos Lecture Series is back in action after taking a month off. Tomorrow, September 24, we will host Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries, who will be speaking on “The Basis of the Second Coming.” Make a point of joining us at 7:00 PM at the American Museum of Radio and Electricity here in Bellingham, Washington.
About the Lecture
While the rapture of the church has no preconditions and can happen at any moment of time, the second coming for Israel does have a major precondition: Israel’s national salvation. This topic is a study of the circumstances of the rejection of the Messiah by Israel and the one prerequisite that must be fulfilled before the Messiah can return.
About the Speaker
Arnold Fruchtenbaum is the author of books such as Jesus Was a Jew, Messianic Christology, and Hebrew Christianity, among many others. He began his formal education at Shelton College, earned B.A. degrees in Hebrew and Greek from Cedarville University, his M.T.S. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. at New York University. Dr. Fruchtenbaum has lived and worked with the messianic congregation in Jerusalem, ministered for the American Board of Missions to the Jews, was editor of The Chosen People, served as Associate Director of the world’s largest Messianic Jewish broadcasting ministry at The Christian Jew Foundation, and currently serves as Director of Ariel Ministries.
- Title: The Basis of the Second Coming
- Speaker: Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum of Ariel Ministries
- Date: Wednesday, September 24
- Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
- Location: The American Museum of Radio and Electricity in Bellingham, Washington
- Admission is free!
For those who are unable to attend the lecture, we hope to make the audio available within a few days of the event.
By the way, be sure to check out our collection of books from Dr. Fruchtenbaum in the Ariel Ministries Messianic Collection (11 Vols.).
To get you thinking about our next lecture, our guest will be local professor Clarence Zylstra of Whatcom Community College. He will present his topic, “Understanding Radical Islam,” on Monday, October 27. Please check the Lecture Series page, which we’ll keep updated as more information becomes available.
Mon, September 22, 2008 | Products|
Today’s guest blogger is Kent Hendricks, the main Pre-Pub man here at Logos.
A few weeks ago, Phil mentioned several big shipments of books headed to the Pre-Pub page. Since then, we’ve brought you dozens of collections and hundreds of books, including books from Baker, IVP, and our biggest Pre-Pub ever, the Anchor Yale Bible (83 Vols.).
But we’re still not done.
If you’ve perused the Pre-Pub page lately, you’ve probably noticed all the new books from Paternoster Press. In fact, in the span of just a few days, we posted ten collections containing almost 100 books! In case you haven’t been able to keep up, here’s a quick summary of these exciting new books from Paternoster.
The Paternoster Theological Studies Collection (25 Vols.) is not only the biggest collection from Paternoster, but it’s also the best value. The equivalent print copies of these books would cost you well over $1,000, but they’re currently listed at $12.00 per volume on Pre-Pub. In this collection, you’ll find book-length treatments of some of the most influential Christian thinkers from the past century, like Karl Barth, Jurgen Moltmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Alvin Plantinga, William G. T. Shedd, John Howard Yoder, and many more. This amounts to more than 7,000 pages of the best in theological studies from Paternoster Press!
If you like theological studies, you’ll also want to check out three smaller collections, the Paternoster Atonement Collection (5 Vols.), the Paternoster Trinitarian Studies Collection (4 Vols.), and the Paternoster Spiritual Growth Collection (4 Vols.).
We’re also featuring four collections for biblical scholars:
- Paternoster Old Testament Studies Collection (10 Vols.)
- Paternoster New Testament Studies Collection (7 Vols.)
- Paternoster Gospels Studies Collection (10 Vols.)
- Paternoster Pauline Studies Collection (11 Vols.)
The Paternoster Missional Theology Collection (16 Vols.) includes books by Jason Clark, Robert Jenson, Brian McLaren, and lots of other great authors who are writing some of the most influential books at the intersection of theology and culture. In this collection, you’ll find books on the emerging church, ancient liturgy, missional theology, and cultural engagement.
Speaking of cultural engagement, we’re also offering a collection of books which tackle some of the biggest issues facing the church today. The Paternoster Contemporary Issue Collection (7 Vols.) contains books on politics, feminism, Israel, hell, the problem of evil, and lots of other important subjects.
And remember, it always pays to place your Pre-Pub order early. Sometimes Pre-Pub prices go up, and other times we add books to collections later on. By placing your order today for these collections from Paternoster, not only are you guaranteed the lowest price, but you’ll also help move these collections into production as soon as possible!
Fri, September 19, 2008 | Misc.|
Today’s guest blogger is J. D. Elgin, a new addition to the marketing team and the organizer of this year’s BibleTech conference.
Back in January Logos hosted BibleTech:2008. BibleTech is a conference for people interested in the intersection of the Bible and technology. We were blown away by the result of this conference this year. The presentations were pertinent and timely, and the networking opportunities were absolutely priceless. And BibleTech:2008 participants were nearly unanimous in wanting to make this conference an annual event.
So we’re happy to be announcing BibleTech:2009!
The conference will take place on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 in scenic Seattle, WA. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! We are anticipating a bigger turnout with an even better outcome than last year.
BibleTech is geared for anyone with specialization, or serious interest, in the intersection of Bible study and technology. If you are involved in web design, software development, open source programming, biblical language or Bible study software development—or even if you are simply interested in the latest news from this incredible field and want to meet the people who make it all happen—plan to join us at BibleTech:2009.
We are now accepting proposals for conference presentations. If Bible and technology are your specialties, we invite you to submit a proposal.
To stay informed with all the latest news about BibleTech, sign up for the BibleTech email list. Just send us an email, and we’ll get you added.
We hope you’re as excited about BibleTech:2009 as we are. And please help us make this a spectacular event by spreading the word!
Thu, September 18, 2008 | Products|
We realize that we’ve been sending a lot of Pre-Pubs your way—on average about one a day. In some ways that’s good because that gives you more books to choose from and it’s more likely that we’ll offer the kinds of books that you want. But it also has its downsides. For one, it’s easy for many of these collections and titles to end up getting lost on our massive Pre-Pub page, which has nearly 200 products on it right now.
- Old Testament Studies Series Collection (8 Vols.)
- Christ Is All
- PBI Old Testament Studies Collection (6 Vols.)
- Robert P. Lightner and Aubrey Malphurs Collection (9 Vols.)
- Smeaton Theology Collection (3 Vols.)
- Evangelism Collection (11 Vols.)
- Broadman & Holman Baptist History Collection (11 Vols.)
- Theology and Doctrine Collection (16 Vols.)
- The Greek Testament by Henry Alford (8 Vols.)
- Sheffield Reader Collection (12 Vols.)
Each of these needs just a handful of orders to send them into production. Give them a look. If something catches your eye that you had previously missed, consider placing your pre-order. You could be the one to send it into production and make lots of patient people very happy.
Wed, September 17, 2008 | Products|
If you love to study the Bible, you probably love commentaries as well. Commentaries are wonderful tools for helping you to understand the historical background of the Bible; the meaning of its words, phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and books; its timeless theological message; and how all of that applies to how we ought to live in the 21st century.
Commentaries are ideal books to have in digital format, especially when connected with the power of the Passage Guide. That’s part of the reason that they are our top selling category of add-on books. If you regularly watch our Pre-Pub page, you’ve no doubt noticed that we add new commentary series all the time.
Here are the recent additions to the Pre-Pub page since the last time I mentioned the commentary series on Pre-Pub:
- Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (9 Vols.)
- Anchor Yale Bible (83 Vols.)
- Focus on the Bible Commentaries (32 Vols.)
- Black’s New Testament Commentary (13 Vols.)
- The Expositor’s Greek Testament (5 Vols.)
- An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, by John Owen (7 Vols.)
We have several pages on our website that are geared to help you keep up with all the commentaries that we are making available—and help you choose the best ones for you.
The Product Guide to Multi-Volume Commentaries brings together all of the commentary sets we offer and provides essential details like intended audience, publisher, number of volumes, etc. We try to update it every time we add a new series to Pre-Pub or Community Pricing, so it should be a fairly accurate list of all the series that we offer. If you’re looking to add new commentaries to your digital library, this is the best place to start.
But what if you are studying or preaching on a particular book and want to find all of the commentaries that we have on, say, Romans? You could try searching on Romans, but that won’t provide you with a completely accurate list. (It’s even worse if you search on Mark, since Mark is a common first name and mark is a common noun and verb in the English language.)
We’re working on ways to make it easier to search and browse for what you’re looking for—like finding all the commentaries we offer on a particular book—but in the meantime we’re thrilled to be able to point you to an awesome new website run by DTS grad and developer John Dyer: BestCommentaries.com.
BestCommentaries.com lists the most important commentaries on every book of the Bible, along with the series they are in (if any), ratings, categorization, places to buy, and so much more. It even lists projected forthcoming commentaries! And one of the coolest new features is the integration with Logos.com. As you browse through BestCommentaries.com, look for the Logos logo. Whenever you see it, it’s an indication that that commentary is available (or will soon be available) in our format. Click it to go straight to the product page and place your order or pre-order.
and on the individual commentary pages.
As you continue to build the commentaries section of your library—both print and digital—be sure to make use of all of the helpful information at BestCommentaries.com. You might just find some new commentaries to add to your Libronix digital library that you didn’t even know were available!
Update: John just created a new Logos page where you can see all of the commentaries available in our format. Very cool.
Over the weekend I got an email from a forum moderator in Australia who convinced the admins to add RefTagger to their site. He requested that we provide some instructions specific to phpBB, which is popular free forum software.
So for all you phpBB forum users out there, here’s how to add RefTagger. (You need to be an admin to do this, so if you’re not, just pass these instructions on to the guys who control the site.)
- Log in and navigate to your admin panel (http://yoursite.com/adm/).
- Click on the “Styles” tab at the top, and then click on “Templates” in the left sidebar.
- Find your template, and click “Edit.”
- Click the drop-down and select “overall_footer.html” under the “overall” section.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the code and paste the customizable RefTagger code from the RefTagger page right before the </body> tag.
- Click “Submit.”
You’re done. With just a few minutes of work, RefTagger is now doing its thing on your entire site! It doesn’t matter if your site is new or 10 years old or whether you have hundreds or millions of Bible references. You’ll see the results instantly on any page you navigate to on your site.
If you frequent a forum that has lots of Bible references, why not contact the admins and ask them to add RefTagger? We’re happy to provide instructions for other platforms as well. Just let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org.