Take a Deeper Look with the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: New Testament

zondervan-illustrated-bible-backgrounds-commentary-new-testamentThe Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: New Testament is a concise and relevant study of the New Testament. The series, edited by Clinton E. Arnold, allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the biblical text as well as research background information about the people and places mentioned in the Bible. The vivid pictures, maps, and timelines place you within reach of the beauty, wonder, and discovery offered by the ancient world and made relevant to today’s audiences.

Have you ever wondered what an ancient papyrus copy of the letter to the Galatians looks like? Letters in the ancient world were not able to be forwarded with the tap of a button, but rather were personally brought before a specific congregation and read aloud for all to hear. Most likely after the original audience heard the message, the letter was passed on, as was the case for the Galatians letter, to the surrounding churches.

Explore the historical and cultural background of the New Testament

With the search capability available in this series you can, for example, discover why in Galatians 2:11-13 Paul rebuked Peter (called Cephas), as well as why Paul used the term ‘pillar’ in reference to Jesus’ disciples. This passage in Galatians 2 provides an important lesson from Paul: the conduct of one who follows Christ should be in agreement with the message of the gospel. In this passage Paul rebukes Peter for first accepting the Gentile Christians only to walk away from them at the arrival of the Jewish leaders sent by James. Paul wanted to make it known that his intentions toward the gospel message were true. His concern was not with pleasing people but with sharing the gospel message with integrity and sincerity.

Discover how historical context and a clear explanation of Scripture can advance your understanding of the Bible: get your copy of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: New Testament today!

Curated Content for Those Who Love Bible Study

If you’re a pastor or professor, chances are you were trained in a specific field. Perhaps you studied Old Testament interpretation or Pauline literature, but when the demands of your ministry (personal or professional) call for knowledge from another field, where do you go for answers? As a pastor you might be well-versed in homiletics, but how is your understanding of counseling? Or as a professor you may teach every week on the Gospels, but are you prepared to walk a friend at church through apocalyptic literature?

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Do More with Logos 5: Training Manuals On Sale Now!

logos-5-training-manual-set-200x300Even in this digital world, there are times when a physical reference work is worth its weight in gold. The Logos 5 Training Manual set is one such resource. And, for a limited time, you can get this two part set for only $34.95 plus S&H.

Learn from the best

If you’ve used Logos for any length of time you know the name Morris Proctor. Morris is the certified trainer for Logos Bible Software and brings years of experience to every workshop he teaches. But, for one reason or another, it’s not always possible to physically attend one of his events. That’s where the Logos 5 Training Manuals step in. With full-color screenshots, step-by-step instructions, and helpful callouts, this 2-part manual provides you with the understanding to make the most of your software, all in an easy-to-use format.

At 42% off, this sale won’t last for long, so get your 2 volume set today!

Go even further

Logos Mobile Education offers an exciting course with Morris: LT151, Logos Academic Training. With an eye towards academics, Morris covers everything from setting up your homepage to properly using the guides for customized study.

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Dr. Kyle Roberts and Dr. Nicholas Perrin—God, Evil and Suffering

Dr. Kyle Roberts, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Lead Faculty of Christian Thought at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Dr. Nicholas Perrin, Professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois, discuss the kingdom of God and different theological perspectives for understanding suffering and evil.

What is Mobile Ed?

Logos Mobile Education is different from any other form of education—it is created to work seamlessly with your Logos software to equip you with the biblical and theological training you need to further your ministry. Lecture videos and their enriched transcripts can live side-by-side on your PC as you read along, or you can watch the videos on your mobile device wherever you are. Courses cover a wide variety of topics, with more being filmed every week.

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The NIDNTTE- A wonderful new edition for new and devoted readers!

There are some books that have an exceptional impact on a person, words that can stay with you for a lifetime, and books that have been read so many times they have worn pages and tattered bindings. There are also books that, though they are not read cover to cover, are so irreplaceable and significant that they immediately deserve pride of place within your Logos library.

One of these works is the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (NIDNTT) edited by Colin Brown. Students, pastors, teachers and scholars have cherished this collection for almost 40 years and many claim that they ‘cannot live without [this work] in their profession.’ With biblical scholar Moisés Silva as editor, the collection has been reorganized and revised into what is now entitled the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDNTTE) which devoted readers will immediately recognize as having a direct connection to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDOTTE).

New Changes to a Treasured Collection

The present edition now includes revisions and updates to the discussions impacted by the work of Rudolf Bultmann as well as the organization of the material with its focus being on the Greek alphabet to base its structure.

If a student, for example, was reading Paul’s argument in Romans 8 and ran across the Greek word ‘abba’ in verse 15 they might need to research the origin and background information of this particular word to approach the text accurately. The student would start their search with the Aramaic word for father, ‘αββα’, which is found in the first entry under the category of ‘A’ in the NIDNTTE. Here the student can discover the origins of the Aramaic word as well as its many interpretations in the world of the New Testament. Is the Aramaic word ‘αββα’ truly the equivalent of the English word ‘daddy’? The NIDNTTE answers this question as well as many others as you explore the various pages of the text.

The second edition pays attention to problems that can arise when combining linguistic and encyclopedic information into one work and focuses on semantic relations as well as theological content. Devoted readers of the NIDNTT will notice the linguistic changes that take place in the NIDNTTE. In his introductory section, Moisés Silva explains his reasons for including the abbreviated GL (General Greek Literature) to cover literature from a broader period of time in the ancient world. This newest edition has many new features which will help you learn more about the world of the New Testament and further your relationship with the world of biblical study. The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis is a must have product for students, teachers, pastors and scholars.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get NIDNTTE on pre-pub. Order your copy today!

Mix-n-Match Mobile Ed Courses

Mobile Ed’s first Mix-n-Match sale is under way and it’s a great opportunity to get exactly the courses you want and get Logos credit back. Only through September 30, you can bundle any available courses together and get $10 Logos credit back for each one. Bundle two and get $20 in credit, or bundle 20 and get $200!

Praise for Logos Mobile Ed

This is good if you want to do seminary-like education without actually going to seminary and getting a B.Th or M.Div. Also, if you are a pastor in a church with a padawan or a group of leaders you’re training up, but don’t want to send them off to seminary for three years, then something like Logos Mobile Ed is something you can use to train folks in Bible and Theology in location and on site. —Michael F. Bird

Let me encourage you to take a look at Logos Mobile Education. I think you’ll find that it enriches your personal life, enriches your personal study, and also greatly enriches your ministry. —Mark Strauss

If you are not familiar with Logos’s Mobile Ed program, it is worth taking a careful look at. Mobile Ed is especially designed for church leaders who want more education to equip them for ministry. I also see it as a potential benefit for church leaders who have MDiv degrees but continue to enjoy learning and are looking for an educational outlet that doesn’t require lots of money or travel. Mobile Ed is something you can do your laptop, phone, iPad or Tablet. Its a powerful learning tool. —Joel Willitts

This is a great opportunity to take some of the best of Christian scholarship, put it in a packaged form that people can digest in easy thought-packets, and then go very deep into a particular subject . . . and be prepared to share God’s word wherever they are. —Bryan Chapell

Advancing the Standard of Theological Education

Logos Mobile Ed is the best of scholarship on the best platform. It’s a new way to learn, regardless of your former education! So whether you’re new to Mobile Ed or already have several courses under your belt, check out the Mix-n-Match sale!

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September Monthly Sale: Save on Top Academic Resources

It’s time once again for a new monthly sale! Every month we put over a hundred products on sale, letting you pick up some of the best works for the lowest prices. This month, we have quite a few academic resources on sale that will enhance your study. However, make sure that you get these resources soon, because this sale goes away after September 30th! Here is just a sampling of what is available in our September Monthly Sale:

Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions (19 vols.)

Regularly $349.95get it for $299.95 biblical-languages-reference-grammars-and-introductions

The study of the Bible has its foundations on the very words of Scripture. To this end, many scholars have spent lifetimes pouring over the grammar and syntax of the Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament. Here in one collection are some of the greatest biblical language reference works ever written, including Smyth’s A Greek Grammar for Colleges and Westcott and Hort’s famous Introduction to the New Testament in the Original Greek. Using the Logos software, their insights can be yours as you study the original languages of the Bible.

A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, vol. 2

Regularly $53.95get it for $47.95

C.E.B. Cranfield’s commentary on Romans seeks to combine superb lexical study with theological acumen. Writing after the conclusion of World War II, Cranfield is aware of the changing arena of New Testament studies while still offering a Reformational reading of important passages in Paul’s letter to the Romans. Logos’s Passage Guide gathers all of your relevant commentaries together to help you go deeper in your study of the book of Romans.


Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels

Regularly $53.95get it for $47.95

Since the 19th century, there has been a surge of literature on the Gospels and the historical Jesus. This dictionary, considered a classic work of New Testament scholarship, brings together some of the top scholars to discuss topics specific to Gospel studies, such as various interpretive frameworks and key terms. Unlike the print version, this work is smart tagged, linking your other Logos resources with this dictionary to assist you in understanding the Gospels.

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These are some of the hottest academic resources available and are now at a special, low price. However, once September is over, these products go back to retail price.

Browse our monthly sale and pick up some great resources today!

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Adolf Schlatter

SchlatterBorn August 16 in 1852, Adolf Schlatter would become one of the foremost conservative German-Swiss protestant scholars of the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Educated at Tübingen and Basel, Schlatter held posts at a number of prestigious institutions, including Bern (1881–1888), Greifswald (1888–1893), Berlin (1893–1898), and lastly Tübingen (1898–1922). Schlatter was also the colleague of a number of eminent scholars like Adolf von Harnack (Berlin) and Hermann Cremer (Greifswald). Also of note were some of the students who were directly influenced by Schlatter’s lecturing. For example, both Rudolf Bultmann and Karl Barth were students of Schlatter, two giants of biblical scholarship who would go on to shape the field of biblical studies for the next eighty-plus years.

During his life lifetime Schlatter faced a real uphill battle; being conservative during those days was not something that was always praised, especially among the major universities in Germany. When Schlatter was first hired onto the theology faculty at Bern he was not welcomed warmly. In some ways the conservative Christians in Germany forced the faculty of Bern to hire a conservative and Schlatter happened to be the the lucky man. While there, he was often ignored and constantly informed that his presence at Bern was not welcomed. Thankfully this did not faze Schlatter, even when a permanent spot on the faculty meant scoring higher than normal on exams than what was normally the case. Schlatter let his scholarship and hard work do his talking for him, and this eventually led his to the recognition that he was truly a gifted academic.

Towards the final years of his life the the world was spiraling towards a second World War. Schlatter had stood behind the lectern of some of Europe’s most prestigious universities, authored important scholarly monographs, and ministered to students and parishioners alike. But his final days were spent in prayer and agony for the German church, which he feared was being swallowed up by fascism. On the morning of May 19, 1938, at the age of 85, Adolf Schlatter entered into the eternal rest of his Savior, whom he treasured and proclaimed faithfully all his life.

Since his death in 1938, Schlatter’s contribution to biblical scholarship has remained relatively unknown to many English-speaking evangelicals. While the works of other important German scholars have enjoyed a wider audience among English-language readers, Schlatter’s writings have remained largely untranslated. In the latter part of the 20th century, Schlatter’s contribution to New Testament theology and exegesis has experienced an awakening of sorts among American evangelicals, and this is a great thing for us all. Some of his most important works, like his two-volume New Testament Theology, have since been translated into English and given a wider audience, bringing his contribution to New Testament studies into the foreground of mainline evangelicalism.

Win a Logos Base Package by Sharing Insight with Your Community

Christian Discourse encourages people to discuss and share insight that matters. So, we’re giving away big prizes to people who share their biblical wisdom. We’re giving away Logos Gold ($1,550 value) or a base package equivalent upgrade to the person who engages in the most conversations about the Christian life on Christian Discourse.

The idea is simple—whoever shares the most insight with their community, wins!

Here’s how this all works:

Step One: Create a topic or weigh in on an already-created topic on Christian Discourse.

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

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

Step Four: Continue to share! It’s simple—whoever shares the most, wins! Even more? Encourage those who’ve encouraged you with their biblical insight to join you on the quest to win big!

The contest ends on September 16th at 12:00AM, EST, and the top five referrers will win. The top referrer will win Logos Gold or an upgrade equivalent. Referrers 2-5 will win the Lexham Bible Guides.

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.

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What does Jimmy Fallon Have to Do with Preaching?

Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had have been over local Cajun food in a second-floor conference room. Last week I had the privilege of picking Dr. Kent Edwards’ brain about preaching, to enjoy lunch together, and to ask him some of my questions.

Why do you preach the way that you do?

That was my chief question, for we had previously discussed his unique, interactive, dialogical approach to preaching. An approach that would make even some of the most seasoned preachers quake in their collars. Inviting dialogue and questions from the congregation? Can it be done?

Dr. Edwards’ thoughts about how to reach our (or any) culture were very helpful and thought-provoking, and I asked him to repeat the concept to the camera.

Logos Mobile Education has made available two preaching courses from Dr. Edwards in the Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle. Let his fresh approach and winsome teaching help you become a better expositor and orator—get the courses in Logos today.

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