Christmas can be a big disappointment. You wanted an $80 N. T. Wright book, but your family, the people who claim to love you, got you a short and tie you will never wear, or worse, the Star Wars prequels box set. What use is a shirt when there are still books you do not own yet?

There is good news this year. If you are a Logos user, Christmas is a great time to build your Logos library. First, Logos is offering an additional $100 off the launch discount for first-time base package purchasers. This means new customers can get Logos 8 Starter for only $165.49.  Anyone who purchases a base package will be able to gift Logos 7 Fundamentals to a friend. This deal is available until December 31, 2018.

Second, for the next week, Logos has a Zondervan Flash Sale, 40% off popular Zondervan resources. You can get the 20 volume NIV Application Commentary on the New Testament, or if you are really looking to maximize this sale, get the entire 61-volume Word Biblical Commentary for your Logos library. This includes Ralph Martin’s revised 2 Corinthians volume I reviewed when it was released. This sale ends December 28, 2018. ,

Third, Logos has dozens of products on sale up to 50% off. There are some good deals on Lexham Press titles, including the Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels, which I reviewed in MayCheck out all the deals here, but here are a few highlights I noticed in the “Stocking Stuffer” section for 50% off:

There are a few bundles that make for even better savings, such as Fortress Press E. P. Sanders collection (Paul, the Law, and the Jewish People; Paul and Palestinian Judaism; Jewish Law from Jesus to the Mishnah: Five Studies; Judaism: Practice and Belief, 63 BCE–66 CE; Comparing Judaism and Christianity: Common Judaism, Paul, and the Inner and the Outer in Ancient Religion; Paul: The Apostle’s Life, Letters, and Thought), all six volumes for 50% off.

One of the best deals is the Fortress Press Paul in Critical Contexts Series, for 50% off. This is a great deal on some seriously excellent books, well worth your money (in fact, I just bought the set for myself). The 8 volumes in the series are:

  • The Arrogance of Nations: Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire by Neil Elliott
  • The Colonized Apostle: Paul through Postcolonial Eyes by Christopher D. Stanley
  • Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race, and Culture in Philemon by Matthew V. Johnson Sr., James A. Noel, and Demetrius K. Williams
  • The Practice of Hope: Ideology and Intention in 1 Thessalonians by Néstor O. Míguez
  • Apostle to the Conquered: Reimagining Paul’s Mission by Davina C. Lopez
  • Galatians Re-Imagined: Reading with the Eyes of the Vanquished by Brigitte Kahl
  • The Politics of Heaven: Women, Gender, and Empire in the Study of Paul by Joseph A. Marchal
  • Christ’s Body in Corinth: The Politics of a Metaphor by Yung Suk Kim

There is a little something for every budget, so poke around and see what you can find.

In case you have not seen the announcements, Logos Bible Software released a major upgrade last week. I did a “first look” review of Logos 8 here. There are plenty of new features to justify an upgrade and the software runs much more efficiently than the previous version. Everything seems to run faster than Logos 7. You can save 25% on any upgrades to Logos 8 and pick five free books when you upgrade to Logos 8. Follow the link and used the code READINGACTS8.