Back to School Sale at Logos Bible Software

Logos Back to School Sale

The summer is rapidly coming to an end and the new school year is starting. This means Logos Bible Software is running their annual back-to-School sale, with decent discounts on Logos 8 Base packages as well as a few key resources ideal for the Biblical Studies student.

Logos 8 Academic Premium is 25% off. This package includes the Yale Anchor Bible Dictionary, the two-volume Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Nestle-Aland 28, the Louw and Nida Lexicon, Liddell and Scott Greek Lexicon, both TDNT and Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (EDNT), and a slew of other Greek resources. For Hebrew, the bundle as Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: SESB 2.0 Version with Apparatus and the eight volume The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. In all, there are more than 390 resources. Scroll around, there are plenty of other bundles targeting more theologically minded readers (as well as people with plenty of money, the Diamond collection is also 40% off).

Here are a few things that caught my eye:

  • A Greek–English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd ed. (BDAG) is only $89.99. If you have not invested in BDAG yet, now is the time. It rarely is on sale, and well worth the money for anyone working in the Greek New Testament. You can link this lexicon to your Greek Bible, click on the word and the lexicon will open to the entry for that lemma.
  • Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, edited by D. J. A. Clines is 40% off. This is a great deal, you should not hesitate to add this to your collection and experience the joy of clicking a Hebrew word and having this lexicon open to the exact entry.
  • The Brill Dictionary of Ancient Greek (BrillDAG) is 42% off. This is still pricey, but it is a massive up-to-date lexicon for Classical Greek.

The sale has sections for Ancient Languages, Ministry & Practical Theology, History, Biblical Studies and Reference works. If you already have some resources in a package, Logos will give you a dynamic price,” meaning they do not include the books you already own in the price. For example, I already had some volumes of the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew, so my price was 40% off the volumes I did not already own. The same is true for base packages, so head to the sale page and check out your “dynamic price.”

in case you missed it, the Logos Free Book of the Month for August 2020 is J. Louis Martyn, History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel (Third Edition). Grab this book for free, and two volumes of the Hermenia series, Paul J. Achtemeier, 1 Peter (1996) for $1.99 and John Collins, Daniel (1993), for $5.99. You can get Brevard Childs, The Book of Exodus (The Old Testament Library, 1974) for $.99 and Walther Eichrodt’s two volume classic Theology of the Old Testament, Volumes One & Two (1961, 1967) for $9.99.

The Back to School Sale ends soon, so start abusing those student loans now.

Save 50% on Library Expansion Packs from Logos Bible Software

Logos Expansion Packs Sale

For a limited time you can save up to 50% on Logos Expansions and Feature Expansions. These are additional books and resources which are included in some base packages, but not all base packages. They are sorted by topic and size of the expansion.

For example, you can upgrade Ancient Texts and Translations in a small (13 vol.), medium (26 vol.), large (50 vol.) or extra-large (110 vol) bundle. If you own some of the books in an Expansion pack, the Logos website will not include those in your price. So scan through the expansion packs on the Logos sale page, click on the icon and see what your price is. Because I owned many of the resources in the Ancient Texts already, the price for upgrading was very attractive. There were two or three books I really wanted which were more expensive than the dynamic price on the bundle. As they say, this is a deal that is hard (for me) to refuse. Time to use a little of that stimulus money to load up on Logos resources.

Here is a list of the Library and Feature expansion categories.

Library Expansions

  • Ancient Texts and Translations
  • Apologetics
  • Bible Backgrounds
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Church Fathers
  • Church History
  • Classics
  • Gospel Studies
  • Greek Studies
  • Hebrew Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Lexham Press
  • Literature
  • New Testament Studies
  • Old Testament Studies
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Pauline Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Preaching and Sermons
  • Theology
  • Master Collection (the kitchen sink bundle, the X-Large is 1375 vols.!)

Feature Expansions

  • Ancient Literature Collection
  • Biblical Theology Collection
  • Cultural Concepts Collection
  • Factbook Collection
  • Grammars Collection
  • Parallel Passages Collection
  • Sermon Editor Collection
  • Sermon Finder Collection
  • Systematic Theologies Collection
  • Textual Variants Collection
  • Timeline Collection
  • Confessional Documents Collection
  • Logos Feature Expansion Master Collection (collect them all, 1,631 resources!)

This is one of those limited time deals from Logos, so visit the sale page and stock up on great resources for your Logos Library.

Kregel Sale Logos Bible Software

There is also still time to save on Kregel and Kregel Academic books.  Here are a few of the academic highlights with links to my reviews:

The Kregel Exegetical Commentary series are 50% off:

Volumes of the Kregel Exegetical Handbooks are 50% to 66% off ($9.99 each):

There are several other Kregel Academic books I have reviewed on sale:

There are many, many more books in this sale, such as John Philips Exploring series (all volumes are $9.99 each). There are dozens of theology and practical theology books on sale as well.  So go to the sale page, browse the titles and fill that shopping cart up.

You need to have Logos Bible Software to use these resources.  As always, there are less expensive paths to upgrading that will keep you from mortgaging your home. At the very least, download the free Logos Basic or the $79 Logos 8 Fundamentals. Use the coupon code PARTNEROFFER8 to save 30% on base packages. You can also read these books via the free iOS app.

Great Deals on Kregel Academic from Logos Bible Software

Kregel Sale Logos Bible Software

Logos Bible Software posted  a collection of Kregel and Kregel Academic books with deep discounts.  Here are a few of the Academic highlights with links to my reviews:

The Kregel Exegetical Commentary series are 50% off:

Volumes of the Kregel Exegetical Handbooks are 50% to 66% off ($9.99 each):

There are several other Kregel Academic books I have reviewed on sale:

There are many, many more books in this sale, such as John Philips Exploring series (all volumes are $9.99 each). There are dozens of theology and practical theology books on sale as well.  So go to the sale page, browse the titles and fill that shopping cart up.

You need to have Logos Bible Software to use these resources.  As always, there are less expensive paths to upgrading that will keep you from mortgaging your home. At the very least, download the free Logos Basic or the $79 Logos 8 Fundamentals. Use the coupon code PARTNEROFFER8 to save 30% on base packages. You can also read these books via the free iOS app.

On Sale: The Books of Haggai and Malachi (NICOT)

Jacobs, Haggai, MalachiFor a limited time Logos has Mignon Jacob’s volume on the Books of Haggai and Malachi in the NICOT series for only $9.99. This is  a 400+ page commentary on two overlook Old Testament prophets. Mignon is Professor of Old Testament Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary.

Here is the conclusion to my review from December of 2017:

Jacobs has contributed a serious exegetical commentary on two of the neglected books of the Hebrew Bible. It is a worthy successor to Verhoef’s commentary in the NICOT series and will be a standard commentary on Haggai and Malachi for many years to come. Some readers might find fault with the lack of theological reflection, especially since that style of commentary has become increasingly popular in recent years. Jacobs is true to her method and written a fine exegetical commentary which will provide the details for the kind of theological reflection on socio-political situation of the post-exilic community which allows pastors and teachers to address modern issues in specific cultural contexts.

Read the rest of the review here then go and grab this excellent commentary for $9.99.

 

Logos Publishers Spotlight: Eerdmans

Publisher Spotlight June 2020Logos Bible Software features a publisher or author. For June 2020 the Publisher Spotlight is on Eerdmans Publishing. For the rest of the month you can save 40% on select Eerdmans publications, and 20% on other books from Eerdmans. Logos will give you “dynamic pricing,” which means they will not charge you for resources you already own. If you have picked up a few of these books from a free book of the month promotion, your price will be reduced by the cost of that book. Click the link and be sure to sign in with your Faithlife account to see the full discount.

The best deal is on James Dunn’s Christianity in the Making (3 vols.). Volume one, Jesus Remembered (2003), covers Jesus and the Gospels; volume 2, Beginning from Jerusalem (2009) covers the book of Acts and the letters of the New Testament up to 70 CE. The final volume, Neither Jew nor Greek: A Contested Identity, tracks the later history of the early church (for the most part after 70 CE), including both canonical and non-canonical sources. Dunn ends his investigation just prior to Irenaeus, approximately 180 CE. I reviewed the third volume here.

If you were able to get last month’s free and nearly free books from Logos, you already have parts of Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series (18 vols.) and the Eerdmans Critical Commentary Series (9 vols.). Here is a brief comment on both these series.

Logos often bundles larger collections. On the one hand, these collections usually make for better discounts when compared to list price. But on the other hand, they can be pricey. This 40% off sale includes an Eerdmans Biblical Studies (26 vols.) of mostly monographs on Old and New Testament topics.

Finally, if you really want to go big, you can save 40% on the Eerdmans Commentary Collection (116 vols.) This massive set includes the Eerdmans Critical Commentary, the New International Greek Text Commentary, the New International Commentary on the New Testament, the Pillar New Testament Commentary, The Socio-Rhetorical commentary series (Ben Witherington and David deSilva), the Two Horizons Commentary (both Old and New Testament), and many more.

If you really want to splurge, get the Eerdmans Ultimate Collection 2020 (1,058 Resources). Or buy a nice car, it’s up to you. You might be thinking this is a completely ridiculous and unnecessary purchase (and it is), but consider this for an institution that needs a boost in their research library resources, especially where access to actual books is difficult or impossible.

The sale runs though June.

Logos Free Book of the Month for June 2020 – Ancient Christian Commentary on Mark (Second Edition)

ACCS MarkThe theme of the Logos Free Book of the Month promotion is reading Scripture with the church fathers. Logos is offering two volumes of The Ancient Christian Commentary series from IVP Academic. There are now 29 volumes in the series. From IVP Academic’s website,

The ACCS is a postcritical revival of the early commentary tradition known as the glossa ordinaria, a text artfully elaborated with ancient and authoritative reflections and insights. The vast array of writings from the church fathers—including much that is available only in the ancient languages—have been combed for their comment on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand selected material for each volume, shaping, annotating, and introducing it to today’s readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power, and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church.

During the month of June you can add the second edition of Mark for free and the volume on James, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude for $4.99.

IVP Academic as a second series of historical commentaries, the Reformation Commentary on Scripture Collection. Through the end of the month you can add the Galatians, Ephesians volume for $1.99 and the Acts volume for $9.99. I reviewed the Acts Reformation Commentary when it came out in 2014. From that review:

Timothy George’s General Introduction to the RCS is a good 23 page refresher on what constitutes the literature of the Reformation in terms of chronology and confession. There is far more to read from this period than just Luther and Calvin. This commentary therefore includes Erasmus as a biblical humanist as well as obvious examples from (Wittenberg, Luther; Strasbourg, Bucer; Zurich, Zwingli; Geneva, Calvin). There are also examples from the British reformation (including John Donne and William Perkins) and a few from the Anabaptist tradition.

Edit: Someone pointed out the link at the bottom of the page will get you a free copy of Commentaries in the Ancient Christian Texts series: Severian of Gabala and a fresh translation of a portion of Bede the Venerable on Genesis 1–3: Homilies on Creation and Fall and Commentary on Genesis: Book I for free and Commentaries on Ambrosiaster’s commentary on Galatians–Philemon for $3.99, Jerome on Jeremiah for $6.99 and Ambrosiaster’s  commentaries on Romans and 1-2 Corinthians for $9.99.

Logos is also sponsoring a giveaway of a 14-volume collection of resources from IVP Academic valued at $679.99. As usually there are multiple ways to win, so enter as often as you can.

You need to have Logos Bible Software to use these resources.  As always, there are less expensive paths to upgrading that will keep you from mortgaging your home. At the very least, download the free Logos Basic or any Logos 8 base package. Try using the coupon code PARTNEROFFER8.

Any books you purchase from Logos can  read these books via the free iOS app.

These valuable resources are only free (or almost free) through June 30, 2020.

More Free Books for Logos Bible Software – Joseph Blenkinsopp

In addition to the regular Free Book promotion from Logos (this month it is a one-hour Mobile Course on Faith Working Through Love by N. T. Wright), Logos has added a second promotion featuring Joseph Blenkinsopp. He is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana and has written major commentaries on Isaiah 1-39, 4-55, and 56-66 in the Anchor Bible Commentary, Ezra-Nehemiah in the OTL (as well as Judaism, the First Phase: The Place of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Origins of Judaism, Eerdmans 2009), and Opening the Sealed Book: Interpretations of the Book of Isaiah in Late Antiquity (Eerdmans, 2006). His History of Prophecy in Israel (WJKP 1996) is a classic textbook. He has published shorter books on Abraham: The Story of a Life (Eerdmans 2015) and David Remembered: Kingship and National Identity in Ancient Israel (Eerdmans 2013).

For the next month, you can add Blenkinsopp’s Creation, Un-creation, Re-creation: A Discursive Commentary on Genesis 1-11 (T&T Clark 2011) to your Logos Library for free. This is a commentary on Genesis 1-11 arguing “from biblical point of view, creation cannot be restricted to a single event, nor to two versions of an event (as depicted in Genesis 1-3) but, rather, must take in the whole period of creation arranged in the sequence: creation – uncreation – recreation (as can be derived from Genesis 1-11).”

For $2.99 add Blenkinsopp’s Interpretation commentary on Ezekiel (WJKP, 2012). Although not everyone appreciates the Interpretation series, the brevity of the commentary make for a quite read (and the price is right!)

For an additional $4.99 add his Wisdom and Law in the Old Testament: The Ordering of Life in Israel and Early Judaism (Oxford University Press, 1995). This might be the real gem of Logos’s promotion since the book is difficult to find inexpensively in print.

Scroll all the way to the bottom and add his Ezra-Nehemiah commentary for $6.99

So for the next thirty days, you can pick up three excellent, scholarly resources for your Logos library for less than $15.

If you are looking for a good way to spent your stimulus check and do not have Logos Bible Software yet, download the free Logos Basic or Logos 8 Fundamentals for only $99. With either minimal package you can download and use these sale books as well as the Logos free book every month.

 

Logos Free Book of the Month for April 2020 – N. T. Wright, Faith Working Through Love

Faith Working Through Love by N.T. Wright (1 hour course)Rather than a free book for the Logos Bible Software, this month Faithlife is giving away a one-hour Mobile Course on Faith Working Through Love by N. T. Wright.

If you have not experienced a Faithlife course, this is a good chance to see what a Faithlife Mobile Learning course looks like. When you download the course, you will get a document with a syllabus, course outcomes and course outline.

For an hour course, you will get about an hour of video lecture (for the nine-hour course, you get about nine hours of lecture). The videos for this course are broken into nine sections, each main session is about ten minutes (as short as 7 minutes, as long as 13 minutes). Wright has a short intro to the show course and four of the videos are simply Wright reading the key Scripture for the session.

There are a few questions and a quiz for each session.The questions are entitled “process ideas and probing questions” (essay questions, reflection questions) and can be answered right in the mobile course in Logos. The self-quizzes are brief, all true/false or multiple-choice.

The outline for the free course is:

  1. Session One: The Transformative Power of the Gospel for Faithful Living
  2. Session Two: Modeling Faithfulness in the World (Philippians)
  3. Session Three: The Transformative Power of Worship for Faithful Living (Romans 12)
  4. Session Four: Modeling Faithfulness in the Church (2 Thessalonians 3:6–13)

Here is the Faithlife blurb for the free course:

Discover how Biblical wisdom can help you find meaning in your work. We are all engaged in some kind of work, whether it comes with a paycheck or not. Regardless of the kind of work you do, from bussing tables, to taking care of your home and family, to managing a business, chances are you want to find meaning in your endeavors. In this intriguing course, Professor N.T. Wright examines a series of Biblical texts that discuss how Christians should consider the work they do. As you’re guided through Old and New Testament teachings, you’ll discover concrete actions you can take to live out the fullness of being in the image of God, and become an agent for positive change in a broken society.

In addition to the free course, Faithlife is offering Wright’s hour lecture on The Lord’s Prayer for $9.99 (50% off), Paul and His Letter to the Philippians for $19.99 (83% off, 4.5 hours) and The Acts of the Apostles for $34.99 (88% off, 9 hour course).

The monthly giveaway is N. T. Wright themed as well. There are several ways to enter to win The N. T. Wright Collection (51 vols., a $689.99 value).

These valuable resources are only free (or almost free) through April 30, 2020.

Logos Free Book of the Month for March 2020 – Lexham Research Commentary: Genesis 1-11

For the month of March Logos is giving away the Lexham Research Commentary on Genesis 1-11 (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012). What is a “research commentary”? This resource is edited by Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, and Wendy Widder as a way of bringing all the resources of the Logos Library into a commentary-like format. The guides are a research tool presenting a wide range of interpretive issues raised by Bible scholars. The idea of these Research Commentaries is similar To Allan Ross’s Creation and Blessing, a commentary on Genesis which often pointed out what a pastor or teacher needs to sort out before actually teaching the text.

The editors of the series explain in the preface to the Genesis 1-11 volume:

Each volume in the series links to standard scholarly works on the Bible. The authors of the Lexham Research Commentaries have made no attempt to identify where particular interpretations fall along the theological or denominational spectrum. This is a mark of the diversity of biblical interpretation, not a mark of implicit endorsement by the guides’ authors. Interpreters from different theological perspectives often have conflicting views on the same texts. As you encounter these views, we urge you to keep the biblical text itself central to your study.

How does this differ from running the Logos Bible Study or Word Study tools? The topics and resources are curated and annotated by the editors of the volume. After an introduction to the section of Genesis, the editors select a series of issues every interpret must struggle with and come to some conclusion in their teaching. For Genesis 1, the issues include

  • The Genre of Genesis 1
  • Worldview of Genesis
  • Days of Creation
  • Culture Wars over Creation
  • Creation from Nothing
  • The Image of God
  • The Sabbath
  • Key Word Study: Bereshith, “In the Beginning”
  • Key Word Study: Tohu wabohu, “Formless and Void”
  • Background Studies: Ancient Near Eastern Creation Stories

Just one or two examples: For the Image of God, after a short paragraph describing what the problem is and offering several options, there are links to the article “Image of God” in the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch, a link to Claus Westermann, Continental Commentary Series commentary Genesis 1–11, specifically his “Excursus: The History of the Exegesis of Genesis 1:26–27.” and Gordon Wenham’s discussion of “‘Image’ and ‘Likeness’ ” in his Word Biblical Commentary on Genesis 1–15. On the word Bereshith, there are links to Kenneth Mathews, Excursus on translating 1:1–2 in his New American Commentary on Genesis 1–11:26, Victor Hamilton;s New International Commentary on the Old Testament on Genesis 1–17, and Wenham’s Word commentary. These linked resources are often Bible Dictionaries or theological lexicons.

For more controversial topics, such as the Days of Creation, the editors offer more annotations. Here are the six resources suggested by the Lexham Research Commentary:

  • Robert Gurney offers a defense of the young earth creationist interpretation, taking the days of creation as six literal 24-hour days. “Does It Matter?” Six Day Creation: Does It Matter What You Believe?
  • Victor Hamilton’s commentary carefully explains the three major interpretive options: the literal 24-hour day, the day-age theory, and the literary framework theory. Hamilton’s preference is a literary reading of Gen 1 with an analogical understanding of the days of creation. “The ‘Days’ of Genesis 1” The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17
  • R. Kent Hughes lists six different possible interpretations of the days of creation. He admits only one can be correct but cautions against letting the issue become a point of division among believers. He argues for the analogical view—that the days are God’s workdays, which are analogous with earth days but not necessarily the same as literal 24-hour days. “Genesis 1:3–13” Preaching the Word: Genesis—Beginning and Blessing
  • John Lennox has an old earth creationist perspective but discusses the options for understanding the days of creation as literal 24-hour days, as undefined lengths of time (day-age), or as a literary framework. His conclusion is a form of the punctuated activity view, in which long spans of time separate the literal 24-hour days of creation. “But Is It Old? The Days of Creation” Seven Days that Divide the World: The Beginning according to Genesis and Science
  • Hugh Ross believes in an old earth and that “days” represent ages or epochs of time. He explains how this view is not incompatible with Genesis. “Introduction: The Dawn of a New Day” A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy
  • John Walton accepts that the days of creation could be 24-hour days, but he argues that God is creating functions not matter during the week of creation. By the end of the week, He takes up residence in His cosmic temple. “Gen 1:1–31” The NIV Application Commentary: Genesis

Each unit is introduced with a comment on the structure (an outline), the place of the section in the book of Genesis and the place in the canon, and a very helpful “starting point.” This last item is a way to introduce the key issues for understanding the section.

All of the links in this resource are marked with either an open book or a padlock. Open books mean you have purchased the linked resource, locks mean you have not. This is my main criticism of the Lexham Research Commentaries: they are essentially guides to helping you spend more money in the Logos store. If you only have a few resources in your library, then the links will all be locked. People with larger libraries will find these resources more useful. I also wonder if the editors were limited in their resource annotations to only resources licensed through the Logos library? Are there are other articles, books and commentaries which would have been very helpful for the issue at hand which were omitted simply because Logos does not sell it?

Nevertheless, the commentary is provided in the Genesis 1-15 volume is in fact a good introduction to controversial topics and interpretive conundrums and the resources provided are available in any Christian University or Seminary library.

You can add the Jonah commentary for $4,99 and the First Peter commentary for another $9.99. As is often the case, Logos is running a giveaway with several ways to enter to win all 20 volumes of the Lexham Research Commentaries.

These valuable resources are only free (or almost free) through March 31, 2020.

More Free Historic Commentaries from Logos

In addition to the regular free book of the month (Jaroslav Pelikan’s Acts commentary in the Brazos Theological commentary series) Logos is offering three historic commentaries on Matthew. For free, you can add Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels, Collected out of the Works of the Fathers, Volume 1: St. Matthew (J. H. Parker, 1841). This is only the first volume of the eight volume set, available here for $24.95 (although you might have additional discounts available). Hint: Get the free volume before buying the set.

Also on offer is Jerome’s commentary on Matthew in the Fathers of the Church Patristic Series by Catholic University Press. The paperback of this volume is $45 on Amazon; Logos has it for $7.99 through the end of December. Back in July Logos offered three other volumes of this massive series as their free/cheap book of the month.

For $8.99 you can add Hilary of Poitiers, Commentary on Matthew in the same series. This 2012 translation by D. H. Williams is the first time the commentary has appeared in English.

Both volumes are part of the Latin Fathers of the Nicene Era (25 vols.) collection. Be sure to take the free volume before buying the full set.

Don’t forget Logos has a nice collection of resources on sale through the end of the month on a “secret” sale.  If you do not have Logos yet,  get the free basic version so you can take advantage of these free (or cheap) books of the month or the other sale resources. Use the coupon code READINGACTS8 at checkout and save a bit of money.