Logos Free Book of the Month for May 2019 – I. Howard Marshall, ICC Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles

The Logos Free book of the Month for May 2019 is I. Howard Marshall, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles (T&T Clark, Hb. 1999, Pb. 2013). This is a tremendous gift from Logos since Marshall’s commentary is a major contribution to scholarship on the Pastoral Epistles.The print version of this commentary in the cheaper paperback format is available on Amazon for $65, good luck finding hardback copies (list price $155)! In addition to the price, the major advantage of owning the book in the Logos library is all the Logos tools are available to reader. This goes far beyond simple searching and highlighting.

At over 900 pages, this commentary is one of the most comprehensive exegetical commentaries available. Marshall wrote the commentary in collaboration with Philip Towner, the author of the NICNT commentary on the Pastoral Epistles (Eerdmans 2006) as well as the short commentary in the IVP New Testament Commentary series.

I listed Marshall’s commentary in my “Top Five Commentaries on the Pastoral epistles” a few years ago. I said:

Marshall’s contribution is perhaps the most detailed exegetical commentary on the list, as is to be expected from an ICC volume. Marshall replaced Walter Lock’s 1924 commentary in the series. The book caused a stir when it was released since Marshall (beloved by many evangelicals) rejected Pauline authorship of these letters. The introduction to the commentary develops Marshall’s view of authorship. The body of the commentary contains detailed bibliographies for each section followed by an overview of the text. The format of the commentary is a phrase-by-phrase unpacking of the Greek text, including textual, lexical and syntactical issues. He interacts with a broad range of scholarship, with Marshall includes a number of excellent excurses (on Household Codes, in Titus, for example).

The International Critical Commentary has been one of the top critical commentaries for well over 100 years. Each commentary in the series comments on the Hebrew or Greek text, dealing with textual, syntactical, and lexicial issues. As with most commentary series, this commentary by Marshall replaced the 1924 volume by Walter Lock. Lock’s commentary had 46 pages of introduction and 159 pages dealing with exegetical issues for all three Pastoral Epistles. It is still available through Logos (and is often found used for $10 or so).

In addition to Marshall’s commentary, Logos is offering both volumes of C. K. Barrett’s Acts commentary in the ICC series for $1.99 and $2.99 each. Barrett is always worth reading and this Acts commentary is no exception. The two volumes were published in 1994 and 1998 and offer solid exegetical comments are remarkably readable. With respect to historicity, Barrett said “Where he agrees with other historical sources, his evidence is confirmed; where he disagrees, or where other evidence is lacking, he must at least be taken seriously (2:cxiv).

Logos usually does a related giveaway on their Free Book promo page. This month you can enter to win the The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew edited by David J.A. Clines (8 vols.; Sheffield,1993–2011; $299 value). This is an exceptional lexicon for serious students of the Hebrew Bible. In many ways the lexicon is like HALOT (Brill, 1994-2000) but is far more comprehensive and includes references to the Qumran literature. Enter early and often, Logos will give the Lexicon away to some lucky winner at the end of the month.

Logos recently 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. Logos base packages are 20% off through May 31. As always, there are less expensive paths to upgrading and there are paths that will preserve your credit rating.

These three and almost free books of the month are only available through the end of May, so head to the Logos site and get them before the offer expires.

Logos Free Book of the Month for April 2019 – Charles Quarles, A Theology of Matthew

The Logos Free book of the Month for April 2019 is Charles Quarles, A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed as Deliverer, King, and Incarnate Creator (P&R, 2013).

This book is part of the Explorations in Biblical Theology from P & R Publishing. Doug Moo said “Using key Old Testament figures and themes as his framework, Charles Quarles summarizes very nicely Matthew’s main theological ideas. The book is marked by an admirable combination of biblical exposition and practical application.” As the title implies, Quarles highlights Jesus the fulfillment of the Old Testament. One-time biblio-blogger Jennifer Guo described this series as “offering believers substantial biblical and theological content at a popular-level of readability and accessibility.”

Logos usually adds two more books from the same publisher for “almost free.” In addition to the Quarles book, you can add two volumes of the The Gospel According to the Old Testament series from P&R. For $1.99 you can add Tremper Longman’s Immanuel in Our Place: Seeing Christ in Israel’s Worship (P&R 2001) and for $2.99 Mark Boda’s After God’s Own Heart: The Gospel According to David (P&R, 2007). Philip Ryken says “As Mark Boda shows in this useful and accessible book, the house of David is central to the Bible’s message of salvation.” Commenting on Longman, Bruce Waltke heartily recommends the book saying “Christians struggle in understanding the relevance of large parts of the Old Testament, particularly concerning the worship of ancient Israel. In this beautifully conceived work, Longman has illuminated the priestly material in a way that makes it theologically relevant for today.”

The bottom line is that you can add three excellent books to your Logos Library for about $5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter the Logos giveaway for the month, a four-volume A Theology of Lordship collection from P&R.

If you are interested in reformed theology, Logos has several collections from P&R Publishing on sale in April, including a twelve volume collection of John Frame books and the twenty-seven volume Reformed Expository Commentary (many volumes written by Philip Graham Ryken).

Logos recently 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 preserve your credit rating.

Book Giveaway Winner – James L. Papandrea, A Week in the Life of Rome

Last week I offered my extra copy of James L. Papandrea, A Week in the Life of Rome (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2019) to one of the readers of this blog. I do this from time to time when I have an extra copy of something I think people might like. Sometimes I buy a book and discover later I already had a copy (people often associate this with impending old age, but I blame almost anything else). I said I would give it away yesterday, but I got busy with other things and completely forgot.

There were twenty-one entries this time, and I was happy to see several new names from previous giveaways. I sorted the names randomly and then used random.org to generate the winner. And the winner is….

Matt Lantz

Everyone congratulate Matt (or curse his luck). Matt, contact me via plong at gmail.com or a direct message on Twitter (@plong42) with a mailing address and I will get this right out to you.

About the book: Since the “week in the life of” series are novels by biblical scholars, about half the book is academic side-notes explaining the background details of the story. I have read all three of the currently available volumes and find them to be entertaining and easy reading. These are not academic books, but they do present the history and archaeology of the Roman world for a popular audience. I reviewed the book a few weeks ago, concluding “this book offers an entertaining insight into the relationship of Christianity and Rome in the mid-first century. Papandrea draws out the agonizing decisions a person living in the Roman world would have to make in order to be a Christian in an entirely pagan world. The book will be an easy introduction for readers interested in the background of the Roman world and early Christianity.”

 

Logos Discounts on Hebrews and John Commentaries

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:

For the Gospel of John:

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.

 

Book Giveaway – James L. Papandrea, A Week in the Life of Rome

I have an extra copy of James L. Papandrea, A Week in the Life of Rome (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2019). This is the latest addition to IVP Academic’s “A Week in the Life of” series, which now includes Ben Witherington’s A Week in the Life of Corinth (2012) and Gary M. Burge, A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion (2015). John Byron, A Week in the Life of a Slave is coming in July 2019.

Since the “week in the life of” series are novels by biblical scholars, about half the book is academic side-notes explaining the background details of the story. I have read all three of the currently available volumes and find them to be entertaining and easy reading. These are not academic books, but they do present the history and archaeology of the Roman world for a popular audience. I reviewed the book a few weeks ago, concluding “this book offers an entertaining insight into the relationship of Christianity and Rome in the mid-first century. Papandrea draws out the agonizing decisions a person living in the Roman world would have to make in order to be a Christian in an entirely pagan world. The book will be an easy introduction for readers interested in the background of the Roman world and early Christianity.”

To have a chance at winning this book, leave a comment with your name so I can contact you if you win. I will randomize the names from the comments and select one winner at random.

I will announce the winner picked at random on March 26, 2019 (one week from now). Good Luck!

Logos Bible Software Resource Discounts for March 2019

Logos runs sales on books and collects every month and there is 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 yo 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 am quite interested in the 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.

 

Eerdmans Sale on Kindle Books for March 2019

During the month of March, Eerdmans has some great deals on Kindle versions of recent publications

Although I prefer real books to digital (and Logos books to Kindle), these are worth buying for a few bucks. If you do not own a Kindle device, you can get an App on most devices to read Kindle books. I use the iPad Kindle App, it is very convenient for travel (or reading in the dark, if you are into that).

I think the highlight of this month’s sale is J. R. Daniel Kirk, A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. James McGrath said “This may well be the most important book about New Testament Christology to appear in recent years.” Kirk argues against the idea the Gospels present Jesus as divine, but rather he is a idealized human similar to other ideal humans (Moses, Elijah, etc.) It is a challenging book, well worth reading and considering his arguments.

There are quite a few others, so poke around the Eerdmans books on Amazon and see what you can find.

The sale runs through the end of March 2019.