How to Have a Library Better than Charles Spurgeon’s

There is no truly original theology.

Piper reads Edwards. Edwards read Calvin. Calvin read Augustine. And Augustine read the early church fathers who read the apostles who read the prophets.

If you’re a student of Scripture, you’re in a school dating back to the earliest scrolls.

The question is, who are your teachers?
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How to Search Both Manuscript and Lemma Forms of Words

As you well know, the Bible was not written in English but rather the Old Testament in Hebrew (with a little Aramaic) and the New Testament in Greek. Thus, when searching in the Bible, it’s better to search in the original languages of Hebrew and Greek rather than English. You perhaps are wondering: I don’t know Hebrew and Greek; I work from an English Bible. How can I search in the original languages?

The great Logos news is, with the power of our English interlinear Bibles, even though we read in English we can search in Hebrew and Greek! [Read more…]

The Truth Found in Communal Words

“The truest and most important things we can ever say are not individual words but communal words.”

People today are flooded with opinions and ideas. And they all might be interesting, but are they true? In an era of individualism, pundits, and social media, it can seem important to form opinions and ideas to remain set apart from the crowd. But are those opinions and ideas built on a solid foundation? Or are they merely echoes of the surrounding culture ?
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F.F. Bruce, “Dean of Evangelical Scholars”

Affectionately known as the “dean of evangelical scholars,” F.F. Bruce was a towering figure in modern evangelicalism.

One of the twentieth century’s most prolific scholars, Bruce penned more than 40 books spanning commentaries, church histories, and biblical theology—a dozen of which have been carefully selected for the F.F. Bruce Collection.

But perhaps more significant than his works was his career as a whole.

About F.F. Bruce

In a time when the academic community looked down upon evangelicals, F.F. Bruce demonstrated that an evangelical could perform worthwhile academic work.

At the same time, he persuaded evangelicals that they should not turn their backs on academic methods of Bible study, even if the results might differ from traditional evangelical views.

These words from contemporary C.F.D. Moule provide a compelling picture of the mind and manner of F.F. Bruce:

I know no better example of uncompromising truthfulness wedded to that most excellent gift of charity: Fred Bruce always speaks the truth in love. Certainly the truth: he is one of the rare souls who actually do verify their references. What he says can be relied on to be correct—not that he needs to do much verification, for he is blessed with an exceptionally tenacious memory. On the granite rock of a thorough classical education (Gold Medallist in Latin and Greek at Aberdeen, senior classic of his year at Cambridge) he has built a formidable edifice of extensive and accurate learning.

About the F.F. Bruce Collection

This 12-volume collection makes many of Bruce’s writings available that were previously inaccessible to most Christians. It contains:

  • Select commentaries, including a pared-down version of his famous 1954 Acts commentary
  • Pauline studies, including a work about Paul’s pastoral qualities and another about his inner circle
  • A delightful autobiographical account of Bruce’s childhood and career
  • Books on church history, biblical criticism, biblical theology, and more

This collection offers not only masterful treatments of important topics but also a compelling picture of a faithful Christian and his illustrious career.

Explore the collection—and pre-order today to save.

4 Simple Language Principles That Will Improve Your Bible Study

Learning New Testament Greek is a fantastic idea, and perhaps an intimidating one. I don’t want to add to the difficulty.

And I also kind of do.

I have a suggestion that will help you in the long run: try learning about language more generally before learning Koine Greek in particular. [Read more…]

Should Barbarians Get to Have God’s Words?

Salmon are anadromous.

That’s a $25 word that feels how terms found in encyclopedias are supposed to feel: formal, scientific. It’s in a higher register of English.

But if you know a little Greek, you’ll see immediately that all it means is “running back.” The salmon “run back” upstream to spawn. And it’s not to avoid confusion with American football that we say anadromous instead of “running back”: it’s because in our culture, scientificky terms are supposed to sound highfalutin.
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How to Prioritize Individual Volumes from Commentary Sets


Recently I’ve been asked basically the same question from various Logos users. The gist of the question goes like this:

I own numerous multi-volume sets of commentaries. In the Library when I drag over a volume from the set to the Prefer these resources list, the entire series gets prioritized. That means that set of commentaries always shows up first in the Commentaries section of the Passage Guide regardless of the biblical passage I’m studying. I have favorite volumes from each set I want to prioritize. So if I’m studying John,  I want Pillar first. If I’m researching 2 Corinthians I want New American Commentary first and so on. Is this possible? If so, how do I set it up?
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This May: Resources to Preach a Christ-Centered Gospel

May’s monthly sale gives you resources to prepare and preach Christ-centered sermons.

Spurgeon once famously said to preach Christ or go home. And the wealth of resources offered in May will build your homiletical skill to communicate the gospel of Christ more effectively through the works of some of the most respected preachers, teachers, and authors of our time. [Read more…]

The Fourth Gospel: A Dramatic Masterpiece

John is at once the most complex and the easiest to understand of all the Gospels. If we want a young seeker or new believer to read something that is both clear and filled with the gospel and good basic theology, we give them the Gospel of John. And if we want to study an incredibly deep theological masterpiece that stretches the brightest mind, we open the Gospel of John.

It is perhaps Grant Osborne’s favorite book of the Bible, and enthusiasm for it shines on every page of the newest volume in the Osborne New Testament Commentaries, John Verse by Verse. [Read more…]

May Publisher’s Spotlight: 40% off Kregel Publications

Our Publisher’s Spotlight for May is Kregel Publications. Kregel offers solid, evangelical, biblically-based resources to help Christians grow in their knowledge of Christ and serve him more.

And this month only you can get 40% off some of their top collections. [Read more…]