Every year Logos does a March Madness type tournament contest, often playing various sixty-four theologians against each, and then offering increasingly deep discounts on their titles in the Logos library. This year they decided to use the books pf the Bible and discount bundles of resources. The winner was Hebrews, so a nice collection of Hebrews resources is 60% off for the Month of March. The Gospel of John was the runner up and is 57% off. All other books of the Bible collection resources are between 35%-55% off. these collections include a nice mix of academic resources (Hermenia, NICNT, New International Greek Testament Commentary), popular commentaries (NAC, Tyndale, IVP New Testament Commentary Series) and classic commentaries (Spurgeon Commentary). I notice the Hebrews collection also included the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.
The collections are also “dynamically priced,” which is Logos-speak for not charging you for a resource twice. Scroll down to the list of resources in the collection, change the little box from “All” to “New to You.” Here is another tip: if you see a book you want in the collection but do not want to get the whole collection, try searching on it individually. I see there are three Library of the New Testament monographs on Hebrews, well worth buying at 60% off. For Hebrews:
- Richard Johnson, Going Outside the Camp: The Sociological Function of the Levitical Critique in the Epistle to the Hebrews (Sheffield, 1977), $7.60
- Cynthia Westfall Long, Discourse Analysis of the Letter to the Hebrews: The Relationship between Form and Meaning (T&T Clark, 2005), ($14.80)
- Jon C. Laansma and Daniel J. Treier, editors, Christology, Hermeneutics, and Hebrews: Profiles from the History of Interpretation (T&T Clark, 2012) $13.80
For the Gospel of John:
- John Thomas’s Footwashing in John 13 and the Johannine Community (T&T Clark 2005), $6.45
- Francis Moloney’s Glory not Dishonor: Reading John 13–21 (Fortress, 1998), $9.05
- Alan Culpepper’s Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel: A Study in Literary Design (Fortress 1987), $8.60
The real question is, do you really need thirty more books on Hebrews or John? The answer is, Yes. Yes you do.
I have mentioned this earlier in the month, so this is a last-week-of-March reminder. Logos runs sales on books and collects every month. For the rest of March, there are plenty of good books available with decent discounts. There are dozens of books and sets on sale, here are a few highlights, ranging from the affordable to the less-affordable. They have a few Community Bid items in the list, such as all twenty-two volumes of Plutarch’s Lives for $30 of the thirty-six volumes of the Select Works of Cicero for $55 (compare that to the Loeb editions at $15-18 used if you can find them). Although I much prefer to have the real paper versions of books, the discounts on some of these items are good enough they are hard to pass up.
There are many more books in biblical, theological, and historical studies, as well as Christian Living, Church Life, and a few random “staff picks.” These are the books which caught my eye, visit the sale page yourself and see what you can find.
Larry Hurtado, Honoring the Son: Jesus in Earliest Christian Devotional Practice(Lexham, 2018), $9.99. I reviewed this book soon after it was published.
As David Capes says in his introduction to this slender volume, “behind each paragraph is an article or monograph. . .” (ix). In fact, the body of this book is a mere sixty-eight pages plus another seven pages of appendix, eleven pages of bibliography and five pages of indices. But brevity should not be mistaken for sketchiness. Hurtado succeeds in summarizes and updated the arguments made in his earlier and more substantial works and provides enough bibliographical material to enable the reader to explore the details of the argument of the book. The book is written to appear to layperson, student and professional interested in the development of a high Christology in the early church.
David Clines, The Theme of the Pentateuch (Second Edition; Sheffield Academic, 1997), $13.99 (currently $30+ on Amazon). I read the first edition of this book and have used the basic thesis of the book for my OT Lit classes for more that twenty years.
Donald E. Gowan,Theology in Exodus: Biblical Theology in the Form of a Commentary (WJKP, 1994), $19.95. I have enjoyed several other works by McGowen, but I have not read this one. Having just taught through Exodus, this biblical theology of Exodus might be a good read.
H. G. M. Williamson, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Isaiah 6-12 (T&T Clark,2018), $24.95 (cheap paperback version on Amazon for $39.95, hardbacks are $100+). This is the second part Williamson’s ICC Commentary on Isaiah, and well worth the money for a professional, high end commentary on Isaiah.
I bought Sheffield Academic Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls (12 vols). At only $85, this is an excellent value. The collection includes Geza Vermes’ The Dead Sea Scrolls in English (1995) as well as his brief Scrolls, Scriptures and Early Christianity. There are also introductions to The Damascus Texts, The Exegetical Texts, The Purity Texts, The Temple Scroll and Related Texts and The War Texts (1 QM and Related Manuscripts).
There are several bundles of Library of Hebrew Bible texts from the Journal for the Study of OT or NT Supplement series. For example, the Library of Hebrew Bible/OT Studies: JSOTS on Nevi’im (7 vols.) is $84.99; T&T Clark Old Testament in the New Testament Collection (15 vols.) is a bit more of an investment at $179.99. The set includes The Followers of Jesus as the ‘Servant’: Luke’s Model from Isaiah for the Disciples in Luke-Acts by Holly Beers (which I reviewed for RBL) and both volumes of Brian J. Abasciano’s Paul’s Use of the Old Testament in Romans 9 (which I have used extensively and highly recommend). These professional monographs are often the publication of a doctoral dissertation or collections of essays from an SBL session. Although some readers will balk at the high price of these collections, the hardback editions usually run $125 per volume, when they are released in paperback they are still in the $40 range.
Another pricey reference book which works great in the Logos ecosystem in The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek (Brill, 2015, $89.99). This new lexicon (sometimes called BrillDAG) was on sale at the last SBL for $99 in print, but it is a much better tool in Logos since you can link directly from the Greek New Testament to the lexicon entry. From the book blurb, “translation of Franco Montanari’s Vocabolario della Lingua Greca. With an established reputation as the most important modern dictionary for Ancient Greek, it brings together 140,000 headwords taken from the literature, papyri, inscriptions and other sources of the archaic period up to the 6th Century CE, and occasionally beyond.” Here is a link for a review of this lexicon on Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Logos recently launched a major upgrade, 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 runs faster than Logos 7 so the upgrade is well worth getting. If you do not already have Logos, get Logos 8 Fundamentals for $99 then upgrade to a Logos 8 base package. Try using the code READINGACTS8, might save you some money.
The Logos Bible Software Free and almost free books of the month are three excellent books by Leland Ryken. Ryken was professor of English at Wheaton College written extensively on classic literature from a Christian perspective, including the The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing and the classic How to Read the Bible as Literature (Zondervan 1984). Ryken served as the “literary stylist” for the English Standard Version (Crossway 2001) and was edited IVP’s Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (1998). Like the March sale, the free and almost free books expire at the end of this month.
In case you have not seen the announcements, Logos released a major upgrade to their Bible Software. 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 and the upgrade is well worth considering. As always, there are less expensive paths to upgrading and there are paths that will require you to mortgage your house.
These discounts expire at the end of March, so head to the sale page and load up on excellent professional resources for your Logos library.