Why Studying the Apocrypha Matters

Tobit, Judith, Sirach, Bel and the Dragon—these and all the other books of the Apocrypha aren’t in the Protestant Old Testament, but they are important pieces of literature that help inform our biblical studies.

Many Christians may be nervous about studying the Apocrypha—after all, if it’s not the Bible, why does it matter? Yet these books open up a world of insights into Jewish religion and culture, especially during the intertestamental period.

Dr. David deSilva, distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary, is convinced that Protestants should be studying the Apocrypha. Watch what he has to say about it in this clip for his new Mobile Ed course:

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Logos Mobile Education: Between the Testaments

The two-course Between the Testaments Bundle contains over 18 hours of teaching from top-notch scholars Dr. deSilva and Dr. Joel Willitts. They’ll take you first into the world of the Apocrypha with Dr. deSilva’s BI291 The Apocrypha: Witness between the Testaments, then into the realm of Second Temple literature with Willitts’ NT202 A Survey of Jewish History and Literature from the Second Temple Period. These two in-depth courses will provide clarity and insights into the Jewish culture in which Jesus walked and Paul and the Apostles wrote. If you’re a serious student of the Bible, this bundle is for you!

More than distance education

mobileed_logo_smallLogos Mobile Education is bigger than the traditional classroom, and it goes way beyond any distance education. Every Mobile Ed course you get integrates into your library and becomes a valuable piece of reference material to be used time and time again in your Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, or searches. Study on your own time and at a deeper level with Mobile Ed’s Logos-integrated courses.

Mobile Ed is advancing the standard of theological education. If you want to take your study of the Bible to the next level on your schedule, look no further: Logos Mobile Education is for you. And a great starting place is the Between the Testaments Bundle, available for pre-order at 40% off for a limited time.

Order these courses today!

New: Pre-order the Miles McPherson Sermon Archive

miles-mcpherson-sermon-archiveMiles McPherson is one of today’s most charismatic and relatable pastors, and for a limited time, you can pre-order his new sermon archive for 38% off! Regularly $129.95, this collection is on Pre-Pub for just $79.95. And for the first time ever, you can access 419 of McPherson’s sermons right in your software.

Pre-order the Miles McPherson Sermon Archive today for just $79.95!

Energize your walk with Christ with McPherson’s insightful sermons, which focus intently on God’s Word and help you live faithfully in the contemporary world. You’ll engage biblical passages in fresh ways and look into the biggest questions of the human experience—difficult questions ranging from difficult questions about suffering to understanding God’s calling on your life.

Sermons are even more powerful with Logos 5

With Logos 5, these sermons are enhanced with cutting-edge research tools. Scripture citations appear when you mouse over them, and they display in your preferred English translation. Important terms link to your favorite dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library.

Use the Sermon Finder tool to make your sermon-archive searches even more powerful. With this new tool, you can search any Bible verse or passage and quickly connect it to relevant sermons from McPherson.

Get the best deal

This is your best chance to save on the Miles McPherson Sermon Archive. That’s because our Pre-Publication program guarantees you get the lowest price on new Logos resources. When you pre-order today, you won’t be charged until your resource is ready; we’ll even send you a reminder email before it ships.

The Pre-Pub price is as low as it gets, but it won’t last forever. Pre-order your Miles McPherson Sermon Archive today!

Get a Free Book When You Subscribe to Baptist Offers!

Baptist free book blogFor a limited time, sign up to receive special offers on Baptist resources and get a Why I Am a Baptist for free!

When you subscribe to the Baptist email list, you’ll be the first to know about news and savings on the resources that matter most to you. The icing on the cake? You’ll get a free book just for signing up!

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In Why I Am a Baptist, Clarence Larkin walks you through a short history of the Baptist tradition and details why it’s different from other Protestant denominations. Learn about the origin of Baptists, infant baptism, church doctrines, and more! This is the perfect resource to help anyone grow in the Baptist tradition.

Through September 15, sign up for news and deals on Baptist resources and get Why I Am a Baptist for free! Once you sign up, you’ll receive an email within an hour with the coupon code to redeem your free book.

Get 15% off Baptist base packages

We’ve just released a new line of Logos 5 base packages with libraries specially catered to the Baptist tradition—and for a limited time, you can get 15% off any Baptist base package!Baptist BP

Each base package comes loaded with all of Logos 5’s smart and easy-to-use tools, coupled with a world-class library of Baptist resources.

For example, with Gold, you’ll get 135 volumes on Baptist history alone, plus 200 volumes of biblical commentary and hundreds more on original languages, theological studies, preaching topics, and more. Your massive library also comes with all of Logos 5’s powerful tools, so you can save time, better understand Scripture, and connect the Word to key Baptist commentaries and resources.

Discover which base package is right for you: explore all Baptist base packages and save 15% today!

Answer the Tough Questions with Lexham Press

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Recently, Lexham Press collected its best content into two massive bundles: the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle and the Lexham Press Scholar’s Bundle. Both bundles include 50 volumes and qualify for Dynamic Pricing, so if you’ve invested in Lexham Press resources before, you won’t have to pay for them twice! Plus, you’ll get over 25% off the regular price of each individual volume when you get these amazing libraries.

Digital resources, interconnected

Since these resources are designed for use in a digital library, we leverage the power of Logos Bible Software to make your Bible study more efficient and comprehensive. Today, I want to show you how I’ve been able to utilize the resources contained in the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle to enhance my study.

Let’s say you’re working through the Not Your Average Bible Study volume on Ephesians with a Bible study group at your church. You’re halfway through the second section of the study and you’ve started lesson 6, “Gifts Designed for Edifying.”

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After the lesson, one of your fellow group members asks a question about spiritual gifts that you’re just unable to answer on the spot. You want to help them come to a deeper understanding of spiritual gifts, but without some research, you’re just not comfortable answering their question at this point.

Your starting point for research

The first place you go to begin your research is Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians. Here you’ll find all of the major viewpoints on a passage, curated for you with annotations and links to the original sources. You also know that Paul discusses spiritual gifts in both Romans and 1 Corinthians, so you open those Bible guides, too.

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Now that you have an overview of all the interpretations of these critical passages, you’ll be better equipped to answer your friend’s question.

Find precisely the words you need

You want to thoroughly answer your friend’s question, and you remember that the Lexham Press Pastor’s Bundle comes with 2,500 quotations and prayers. Using the power of Logos Bible Software, you’re able to search through all eight volumes of quotes and prayers for Scripture references to Ephesians 4:7–16. Sure enough, you’ve found the perfect quote to hammer your point home.

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Digital-first resources for you

You don’t have to be a pastor or scholar to reap the benefits of these two Lexham Press bundles. Whether you’re simply aspiring to deepen your Bible study or you’re preparing sermons weekly or writing academic papers for a seminary class, Lexham Press will help you make your study more efficient and comprehensive.

Get the Pastor’s Bundle and the Scholar’s Bundle today!

Win Logos 5 Gold
by Sharing Your
Biblical Insight!

Christian Discourse

Right now, you can win Logos 5 Gold (a $1,549.95 value) simply by participating in honest conversations about the Christian life on Christian Discourse, then sharing your insight with your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

It’s simple: the people who share the most with their community win!

Here’s how
to enter:

Step 1: Create a conversation or weigh in on an existing one on Christian Discourse.

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Step 2: Share your insight or questions on Facebook or Twitter by clicking the button shown below, then clicking the social icon you’d like to share to (you’ll need to log in).

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Step 3: Invite people to join the conversation on Christian Discourse.

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Step 4: Continue weighing in and continue sharing to increase your chance of winning!

This contest will end September 16 at midnight (EDT). The top referrer will win Logos 5 Gold or an upgrade equivalent, and four runners-up will win the Lexham Bible Guides.

So, what’s next?

Share your posts with the friends who’ve impacted you with their biblical insight, and invite them to join you on the quest to win!

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Christian Discourse is a place for honest conversations about the things that matter most. It’s designed to guide you in exploring Christianity through discussion. You’ll find conversations on theology, apologetics, devotional thoughts, Bible questions, and more—all tied to Christian living. Discover biblical insights from followers of Christ on our culture’s most pertinent issues and our world’s most pressing troubles.

The best part: you can join in and contribute to the discussion. Your thoughts and concerns matter—Christian Discourse is a safe place to share them with your family in Christ.

Join the conversation today!

3 More Ways to Fill Your Life with Scripture

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Get new Bible-verse T-shirts, postcards, and mobile apps (for iOS and Android) featuring our Verse of the Day artwork.

We started illustrating new verse art every day in 2011, and the collection has grown to 700+ unique pieces. This Bible art represents a large series of visual inspiration, and now you have three new ways to bring it into your life:

1. New Bible-verse T-shirtsbible-verse-t-shirt-isaiah-61-3

Our first Bible-verse shirts are so popular that we’ve had to reorder them three times! Now, we’re introducing five more designs based around some of the most loved verses—like Isaiah 61:3 and John 16:33. These inspiring messages make for some beautiful T-shirts that will encourage both you and those you encounter. Pre-order them today to get an introductory discount.

2. Bible-verse postcards

Postcard-Mockup4Encourage your far-away friends with these brand-new Bible-verse postcards. For a limited time, save when you pre-order a pack of 10 (two copies each of five designs). Your friends and loved ones will love seeing these encouragements in their mailbox.

Order a second set for yourself, and post them around your house or at your workstation to keep yourself thinking on things above (Colossians 3:2).

3. Bible Screen mobile apps

Our library of 700+ vibrant Verse of the Day images set to classical music is now available on your mobile device with iOS and Android apps. You can enjoy the same loop available on BibleScreen.com or browse the entire image library. Amd with what’s sure to be the most popular feature of the apps, you can also save any of the images to your device as your lock-screen or device background.

Share your love for Scripture with Verse of the Day art, now available as T-shirts, postcards, and mobile apps.

Take 39% Off The Essential IVP Reference Collection

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For a limited time, save 39% on The Essential IVP Reference Collection—that’s $75.00 off the regular price! This 18-volume collection provides detailed entries for the Bible’s most important concepts. Even better, when combined with Logos 5’s powerful search tools, this becomes an indispensable resource for your daily Bible study.

Incredible savings on important NT resources

The best part of The Essential IVP Reference Collection is its New Testament works. This incredible set includes the following:

  • Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
  • Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
  • Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments
  • Dictionary of New Testament Background

Purchased individually, these four volumes alone would cost $240.00. However, for a limited time, you can get these important titles plus 14 additional resources for only $115!

Get more amazing back-to-school deals!anchor-yale-bible-dictionary

The Essential IVP Reference Collection is indispensable for students, pastors, scholars, or anyone looking for the best in biblical scholarship. Now’s the time to take advantage of back-to-school savings—right now, you can get this fantastic reference resource at a huge discount. Use coupon code BTS2014 to take 39% off The Essential IVP Reference Collection, then save on other amazing back-to-school reference works, like the six-volume Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary—only $199.99 when you use coupon code BTS2014 at checkout.

See all back-to-school deals now!

Logos 5: Display a Verse from All Bibles

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Recently I was reading Revelation 3:20 in the ESV, where Jesus says:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

I noticed in to being used as the phrase, rather than the word into. To refresh my English grammar, I quickly looked up the difference between in to and into.

I then wanted to see how this verse is worded in all of my English Bibles. There are several ways to accomplish this task in Logos, but I’ll show you what I did that evening in my personal study.

First, I created a collection of English Bibles, then I used Text Comparison to display Revelation 3:20 from that collection:

  • Choose Tools | Collections
  • Name the collection “English Bibles” (A)
  • Type this text in the Rule box: type:bible AND lang:english, which encompasses resources categorized in the library as Bibles published in the English language (B)
  • Close the Collections panel (C)

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  • Choose the Tools menu
  • Right click Text Comparison (D)
  • Select Open in a floating window (E)

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  • Type Revelation 3:20 in the Reference box (F)
  • Select English Bibles from the Resources drop-down list (G)

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  • Choose the Text Comparison panel menu (H)
  • Select Vertical layout (I)

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Notice that Logos displays a list of that one verse from all the English Bibles you own!

If you’d like to continue this study, use the Search tool to locate all the occurrences of both the phrase in to and the word into in your Bible.

If you enjoy these weekly tips, please check out the two-volume Logos 5 Training Manual Set, which teaches you how to get the most out of your software.

The Heat Is On: Logos’ 2014 Curry Cook-off

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On August 7, things got heated at Logos Bible Software. That Thursday was Logos’ annual curry cook-off. One of our company values is awesomeness, and our quarterly cook-offs are one way we live that out.

Though this cook-off was the first for many, it proved an incredible experience. We had eight entries featuring a fantastic array of flavors.

The winners were:

  • First place: Kiel Nation (Parvati’s Penance)
  • Second place: Peter Venable (Thai Panang)
  • Third place: Tie between Derek Fekkes (Thai Yellow Curry) and Michael Schoonmaker (My Daaling Clementine)
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Participants dish out their curry entries for the judges.

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Kiel Nation serves his winning entry—Parvati’s Penance.

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Our judges enjoyed samples of each dish before selecting the winners.

Check out more photos from this event on our Facebook page:

 

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Of course, the curry cook-off is just one of the many reasons we enjoy working at Logos. And we’re always looking for talented, awesome employees. Join in the fun—check out our current job openings!

Teach the New Testament Better with Douglas Moo and Mobile Ed

In today’s church, many are called to teach the Bible, but not all are office-holding church leaders. Perhaps you lead a small group, teach a Sunday school class, preach a Wednesday-evening service, or teach your children around the dinner table. No matter where you teach, we have a resource for you that will help you study and teach the New Testament with faithfulness and depth.

Logos Mobile Education’s new course from Dr. Douglas J. Moo, NT305 New Testament Theology, is a groundbreaking way to study the New Testament.

With Mobile Ed, this course soars above and beyond a traditional classroom environment. You’ll get 12 hours of video teaching from one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars—but that’s not all. Unlike any other learning environment, every single word Dr. Moo utters is linked to your Logos library for further research. The videos are paired with word-for-word transcripts—but not just a transcript; an enriched, fully functional Logos resource. With Mobile Ed, each course becomes a portal to more learning.

 

In NT305, Dr. Moo walks you through 11 major sections:

  • Locating Biblical Theology
  • The Structure of New Testament Theology
  • Fundamental Structures
  • Jesus: The Center of the New Realm
  • The Cross: Inauguration of the New Realm
  • The Old Realm
  • Entering the New Realm
  • Living in the New Realm
  • The People of the New Realm
  • The Consummation of the New Realm
  • Conclusion

These sections, each comprising many bite-sized segments, will introduce you to the concept of New Testament theology, guide you through its landscape, teach you new concepts about Jesus as the inaugurator and consummator of the “New Realm,” and neatly tie it all together. You’ll get a richer understanding of the New Testament, and with Dr. Moo’s personal teaching in our powerful learning format, you’ll be equipped not only digest information, but also to turn around and teach it to someone else.

NT305 New Testament Theology in Mobile Ed is concise, innovative, and flexible. When clear teaching is paired with a self-paced structure right within your software, the results are—well, pre-order it today and see for yourself!

Pre-order NT305 New Testament Theology now and save 40%!