Logos Free Book of the Month for September 2020 – The Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Logos is offering a great Free Book of the Month as well as some real gems at deep discounts. For the month of September, you can download the The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 8: Matthew, Mark, Luke for free. D. A. Carson wrote the Matthew commentary, Walter W. Wessel wrote Mark, and Walter L. Liefeld wrote Luke.

This free volume (and the Isaiah Jeremiah volume for $1.99) was published in 1984. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary has been extremely popular over the years, reflecting some of the best evangelical scholarship at the time, yet targeting pastors, teachers and lay-people. The body of the commentary deals with the main features of the text and interacts with the biblical languages in more detailed notes. When I am asked by recent college graduates what commentary series the should buy, this is the series I recommend.

As always Logos has a few more volumes in the series at extremely reasonable prices:

  • The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 6: Isaiah (Geoffrey W. Grogan), Jeremiah (Charles L. Feinberg), Lamentations (H. L. Ellison), Ezekiel (Ralph H. Alexander), $1.99
  • The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 11: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition), Everett F. Harrison, Donald A. Hagner, Robert K. Rapa, $2.99
  • The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 3: 1 Samuel–2 Kings (Revised Edition), Ronald F. Youngblood, Richard D. Patterson, Hermann Austel, $3.99
  • The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 5: Psalms, (Revised Edition), by Willem A. VanGemeren, $9.99
  • The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 12: Ephesians–Philemon (Revised Edition), William W. Klein, Todd Still, Robert L. Thomas, $16.99 (50% off)
  • The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Volume 13: Hebrews-Revelation (Revised Edition), R. T. France, George Guthrie, J. Daryl Charles, Tom Thatcher, Alan F. Johnson $18.99 (50% off)

Not sold yet? Here is a short video on the Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary:

 

Usually about mid-month Logos adds another set of free and discounted books, so starting September 9, you can get Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Books 1–5 (The Fathers of the Church; Catholic University of America, 1953). This translation is more up-to-date than Krisopp Lake’s 1923 translation in the Loeb Library, although unlike the Loeb edition this book only contains the English translation of the first five books of Ecclesiastical History. There are a few additional books with great discounts, so visit the page for all the deals.

If you do not already own Logos, you can get the basic edition for free and read these books, or get Logos Fundamentals for 50% off for a limited time. This is a collection of 53 resources for $49.95. Follow that link and you can select one additional resource for free and choose a few more for $1.99 each. Try using the code PARTNEROFFER8 at checkout.

Logos Commentary Sale

Logos is also running a sale on their best rated commentaries. Save up to 50% on excellent resources such as Doug Moo’s Romans volume in the The New International Commentary on the New Testament or Greg Beale’s Revelation commentary in the New International Greek Text Commentary series. Pick up individual volumes of the Word Biblical Commentary (Longenecker’s Galatians, for example) and the Anchor Bible commentary (Propp’s two volumes on Exodus, for example), and the NIV Application Commentary. there are plenty of other series represented at every level, from high-end academic to pastoral expositional commentaries.

These Logos resources are available only until the end of September 2020. Be sure to get these books while you can!

Another Free Book from Logos – Joseph A. Fitzmyer, A Christological Catechism: New Testament Answers

In addition to their regular promotion, Logos often offers “another free book of the month.” For August 2020, they are giving away a copy of Joseph A. Fitzmyer, A Christological Catechism: New Testament Answers (New and Revised Edition; Paulist, 1993). Fitzmyer is well-known for his commentaries on Luke, Romans, Acts and Philemon in the Anchor Bible commentary series as well as several early volumes on the Dead Sea Scrolls.

In this popular work, Fitzmyer asks (and answers) twenty-five questions about Jesus. The book covers a wide range of issues including the virgin birth, the infancy narratives, Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah, the historical accuracy and significance of the resurrection and ascension texts, the place of Peter and the apostles, the importance of the apocryphal gospels, and more. The answers are from the perspective of Roman Catholicism (the book has nihil obstat and imprimatur ensuring the book is “free of doctrinal or moral error”), but many of these questions and answers reflect contemporary scholarship and theology as much as church tradition.

Sticking to the Roman Catholic Christology theme, Logos has also discounted several additional resources:

Fitzmyer’s free book and these discounted resources are only available through the end of August 2020.

Want more free books for Logos? Check out the other collection of free and discounted books for August 2020. Logos is also running a “back to school” sale on base packages and other reference materials, here are my comments and recommendations.

 

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.

Logos Free Book of the Month for August 2020 – J. Louis Martyn, History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel (Third Edition)

Logos is offering a great Free Book of the Month as well as some real gems at deep discounts. Logos is giving away J. Louis Martyn, History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel, 3rd ed. (The New Testament Library Series, 2003). Martyn is best known for his Anchor Bible commentary on Galatians and his association with the “Apocalyptic Paul.” The first (1968) and second (1979) edition of this book were influential, whether Martyn’s conclusions were accepted or not. This third edition reprints D. Moody Smith’s essay “The Contribution of J. Louis Martyn to the Understanding of the Gospel of John” from The Conversation Continues: Studies in Paul & John in Honor of J. Louis Martyn (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1990). Moody cites John Ashton’s Understanding the Fourth Gospel as presenting the work of Rudolf Bultmann and J. Louis Martyn the “two major pillars or benchmarks of Johannine scholarship in the twentieth century.”

In addition to this important monograph on John, Logos is offering the following resources for 90% or more off:

  • For $1.99, Paul J. Achtemeier, 1 Peter (Hermeneia, 1996)
  • For $3.99, Brevard Childs, The Book of Exodus (The Old Testament Library, 1974)
  • For $5.99, John Collins, Daniel (Hermeneia, 1993)
  • For $9.99, Walther Eichrodt, Theology of the Old Testament, Volumes One & Two (1961, 1967)

That is $22 for five excellent resources. If I were to put the “almost free” resources in order of importance, I would recommend Collins on Daniel first, then Achtemeier on 1 Peter. But that is just my preference, both Childs and Eichrodt are classics, and well worth the investment.

If you scroll down to the very bottom of the page, Logos is running a giveaway for the 33 volume Westminster Bible Companion Series. This series is concise, yet non-technical. ideal for individual study and for Bible study classes and groups. There are four ways to enter the giveaway, may the odds be in your favor.

If you do not already own Logos, you can get the basic edition for free and read these books, or get Logos Fundementals for 50% off for a limited time. This is a collection of 53 resources for $49.95. Follow that link and you can select one additional resource for free and choose a few more for $1.99 each. Try using the code PARTNEROFFER8 at checkout.

These Logos resources are available only until the end of August 2020. Be sure to get these books while you can!

 

Free Logos Mobile Education Course for July 2020

Michael Heiser Mobile EdNormally the Logos Free Book of the Month promotion is a book. In July, they are giving away a 2.5 hour Mobile Ed, Sons and Daughters of God: The Believer’s Identity, Calling, and Destiny by Michael S. Heiser. Most readers will associate Michael Heiser with his books on Angels, Demons and The Unseen Realm.

From the Logos Blurb:

Believers are children of God—a phrase that presumes family. The “children of God” are also called “holy ones” (“saints” in most translations). But these familiar New Testament terms have an Old Testament context that is largely overlooked—the spiritual world of God and his supernatural children. In the Old Testament, “sons of God” and “holy ones” refers to supernatural beings whose Father is God and who work with God to carry out his will. Learn where the metaphor of being in God’s family comes from in the Old Testament and how that informs our sense of identity and mission as believers.

Normally this course retails for over $90, but for the month of July you can get it for free. This is a great opportunity to try out a Logos Mobile Ed course.

There are several other Mobile Ed courses on offer in July at deep discounts (75% – 85% off):

  • Doug Trick, God’s Word as Translation (2 hour course, $9.99)
  • Mark Futado, Introductory Issues in Psalms (3 hour course, $19.99)
  • Craig Evans, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament (5 hour course, $34.99)
  • Jonathan Pennington, The Sermon on the Mount (5 hour course, $34.99)
  • Daniel Doriani, The Parables of Jesus (6 hour course, $34.99)
  • Ian Jones, Introducing Biblical Counseling: The History of Counseling (5 hour course, $34.99)
  • Chris Armstrong, The History of Christianity in the United States (10 hour course, $59.99)
  • Justin Irving, The Ministry Leader and the Inner Life (11 hour course, $59.99)
  • Rebekah Josberger, Introducing Torah (8 hour course, $59.99)
  • William Klein, Interpreting New Testament Genres (9 hour course, $59.99)

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 or courses you purchase from Logos can be read on a mobile device via the free iOS app. These valuable resources are only free (and discounted) through July 31, 2020.

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.

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.

40 Questions Series for Logos Bible Software

Logos often runs pre-publication sales on books. This helps them gauge interest and offers the user a bit of a discount.When they gather enough interest, they put the books into production and the user is charged when the resources ship. They give you a heads-up email before you are charged, and the day they are released they are added to your library.

In this case, they are offering four recent additions to Kregel’s 40 Questions series for 25% off. Click the title to read my review of three of the four volumes in this pre-pub collection.

So that $60 for just under 1500 pages of Q&A on these important topics. The price goes up when the books are released, so act soon if you want these resources for your Logos library.

Here are a few more deals from Logos Bible Software and Eerdmans books that expire at the end of May:

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 on base packages. You can also read these books via the free iOS app. The free (or almost free) from Eerdmans end on May 31, 2020.

More Free Books from Eerdmans for Logos Bible Software for May 2020

Kugler and Hartin, Introduction to the BibleLogos Bible Software posted a few more free and nearly free books the month of May.  First, authors Robert Kugler and Patrick Hartin,  An Introduction to the Bible (Eerdmans, 2009) is free. Dale Allison said  this introduction to the Bible is “comprehensive, thoroughly informed, and lavishly illustrated volume, produced by the collaboration of two experts — one Protestant, one Catholic — achieves that to which it aspires: it is clarity itself. This is the perfect introduction for undergraduates.”

In addition to An Introduction to the Bible,  these titles from Eerdmans are available at a deep discount:

Jerome Neyrey, The Gospel of John in Cultural and Rhetorical Perspective ($2.99). Neyrey reads John through the lens of ancient rhetoric and cultural anthropology. This is the method developed in the volume of essays he edited, The Social World of Luke – Acts: Models for Interpretation (1991).

Judith Kovacs, 1 Corinthians: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators ($5.99). The The Church’s Bible is a commentary series baed on Early Christian Medieval Commentators. Kovacs draws commentary from Augustine, Irenaeus, Gregory of Nyssa, Athanasius, Origen, John Chrysostom, and others.

Alan Fitzgerald, editor,  Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia. The hardback version of this 900+ page encyclopedia on Augustine retails for $100, but it is only $9.99 in the logos Library for this month.

As a reminder, the regular Free Book of the Month page still has Shalom Paul’s commentary on Isaiah 40–66 in the Eerdmans Critical Commentary for free.

Thomas B. Dozeman’s Exodus commentary in the same Eerdmans Critical Commentary ($5.99).

Michael Floyd’s Minor Prophets, Part 2 in the Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series for $2.99)

Antony Campbell’s volume on 1 Samuel in this series ($8.99). You can pick up the entire Forms of Old Testament Literature series for Logos as well.

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.

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