Logos Free Book of the Month for March 2021 – Markus Barth, Ephesians 1-3 (Yale Anchor Bible Commentary)

Logos partners with Yale University Press by giving away two Anchor Bible commentaries and offering deep discounts on seven other volumes in the series. The discounted books are almost all from the Anchor Bible Reference Library (ABRL). Since Yale University Press purchased the Anchor Bible, the series is now the Anchor Yale Bible and the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library.

Markus Barth, Ephesians 1-3, Anchor BibleThis excellent might be a case of “something old, something new” since the Ephesians, Song of Solomon, Psalms and Epistles of John volumes are some of the earliest in the Anchor series, but Johnson’s James, Koester’s Revelation, and Neyrey’s 2 Peter, Jude are more recent, replacement volumes. Barth’s commentary was idiosyncratic, as many of the early AB commentaries were, but it is hard to turn down for free. Marvin Pope’s Song of Solomon is a massive “history of interpretation” of the Song, well worth reading although it is on the older side.

For the price, all nine are worth adding to your Logos collection. If you purchase all nine including the pre-order of Cook’s 2018 Ezekiel commentary, the average cost is about $8 a volume.

  • Markus Barth, Ephesians 1–3, Free!
  • Luke Timothy Johnson, The Letter of James, $3.99
  • Joseph Fitzmyer, Romans, $9.99
  • Marvin H. Pope, Song of Songs, $10.99
  • Craig R. Koester, Revelation, $14.99
  • Stephen L. Cook, Ezekiel 38-48 (Pre-order), $19.99

There are three more Anchor volumes on the “Another Free Book” page:

  • Jerome H. Neyrey, 2 Peter, Jude, Free!
  • Mitchell Dahood, Psalms I: 1–50, $1.99
  • Raymond E. Brown, Epistles of John, $11.99.

Three other excellent volumes from Yale University Press:

  • Richard B. Hays, Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul, (Yale, 1993) $1.99
  • Saul M. Olyan, Friendship in the Hebrew Bible (Yale, 2017), $7.99
  • Raymond Brown, The Death of the Messiah, from Gethsemane to the Grave (2 vols.), $8.99

And a few more gems on the volumes on the “Another Free Book” page:

  • John P. Meier, A Marginal Jew, Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Volume One, the Roots of the Problem and the Person, $3.99
  • Scott Hahn, Kinship by Covenant: A Canonical Approach to the Fulfillment of God’s Saving Promises, $5.99
  • Raymond E. Brown and Francis J. Moloney, An Introduction to the Gospel of John, $7.99
  • Raymond E. Brown, The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, $9.99.

I highly recommend Hays, Echoes of Scripture in Paul to anyone interested in how Paul uses the Hebrew Bible. This book is regularly cited in every intertextual study since 1993. John Meir’s Marginal Jew (now five volumes) was foundational for my studies in the Gospels in seminary, although Historical Jesus studies have fallen on hard times in recent years.

Between the “free book” and “anther free book” you can add both Raymond Brown’s Birth of the Messiah and Death of the Messiah; both are highly respected commentaries in the Anchor Bible Reference Library.

For historical theology, there are two volumes in Yale’s Works of Jonathan Edwards series:

  • Religious Affections (Edited by John E. Smith; The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 2; 1993), $2.99
  • A History of the Work of Redemption (Edited by John F. Wilson; The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 9; 1989), $5.

If you do not have Logos 9 yet, you can get the Logos 9 Fundamentals or the (free) Basic Edition and begin reading these books right away. Right now First-time Logos users save 50% on the Fundamentals bundle, only $49.95. By following that link you can also choose five additional resources for free. Logos Basic is the free version of Logos Bible Software and has limited free resources, but you do get the Lexham Bible Dictionary and can use the basic edition to add the free and discounted resources listed above.

These free and discounted commentaries are only available through February 2021.

 

 

 

 

Logos Free Book of the Month for February 2021 – Joel Green, 1 Peter (Two Horizons Commentary)

Joel Green 1 Peter Two Horizons CommentaryLogos partners with Eerdmans for an epic Free Book of the Month promotion for February 2021. The free book is Joel Green’s two Horizon’s commentary on 1 Peter. The Two Horizons series uses the methods of Theological Interpretation of Scripture. Each commentary starts with a traditional exegetical commentary followed by a series of essays on theological issues arising from the exegesis. I have reviewed several of the Two Horizons commentaries over the years, see this review of Scott Spencer’s Luke volume (there is an index of all the Two Horizon commentaries reviewed). Geoffrey Grogan’s Psalms commentary in the series is only $2.99, both are excellent additions to your library.

There are two Pillar Commentaries offer at significant discounts, Robert Yarbrough’s The Letters to Timothy and Titus (read my review here) and a pre-order of the second edition of Douglas Moo’s James commentary. A pre-order is a great way to save on new resources. Logos measures interest in new resources by taking pre-orders, but you will not be charged until the book ships.

There are also two New International Commentaries offered this month, Robert Mounce’s excellent commentary on Revelation and Bruce Waltke’s Proverbs 1-15. Although a little more expensive than the rest, these are both excellent exegetical commentaries and worthy addition to your library.

  • Joel B. Green, 1 Peter (The Two Horizons New Testament Commentary), Free!
  • Juan I. Alfaro, Justice and Loyalty: A Commentary on the Book of Micah (International Theological Commentary series), 99 cents
  • Geoffrey Grogan Psalms (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) $2.99
  • Robert Yarbrough, The Letters to Timothy and Titus (Pillar New Testament Commentary), $3.99
  • Gordon Fee and Robert Hubbard, eds., The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible, $5.99
  • Walter Brueggemann, A Commentary on Jeremiah: Exile and Homecoming, $7.99
  • Robert H. Mounce, The Book of Revelation (The New International Commentary on the New Testament), $9.99
  • Bruce Waltke, The Book of Proverbs, Chapters 1–15 (The New International Commentary on the Old Testament), $14.99
  • Pre-Order Douglas J. Moo, The Letter of James, 2nd ed. (Pillar New Testament Commentary), $19.99

Pitre, New Covenant JewUsually Logos does “Another Free Book” promo mid-month, but this month they posted it early. (HT to Ruben De Rus for pointing this out to me!) Get a free copy of John Pilch, A Cultural Handbook to the Bible. This book was the 2000 Catholic Press Association Award Winner. From the blurb, “For those who seek to understand the Bible as a document from the ancient Mediterranean world and communicate it to people in other cultures, The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible is an ideal tool.” On deep discount is Brant Pitre’s excellent study on Jesus and the Last Supper (his chapter on the Last Supper and the Messianic Banquet has some really good footnotes). I reviewed Pitre, Barber, and Kincaid, Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology here.

Here are the other discounted resources from Eerdmans on the “Another Free Book” page.

  • Frank Matera, God’s Saving Grace: A Pauline Theology, $3.99
  • J. Patout Burns Jr., Romans: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators (The Church’s Bible), $5.99
  • Brant Pitre, Jesus and the Last Supper, $7.99
  • Pitre, Barber, and Kincaid, Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology, $9.99
  • Oliva Blanchette, Maurice Blondel: A Philosophical Life, $9.99

If you do not have Logos 9 yet, you can get the Logos 9 Fundamentals or the (free) Basic Edition and begin reading these books right away. Right now First-time Logos users save 50% on the Fundamentals bundle, only $49.95. By following that link you can also choose five additional resources for free. Logos Basic is the free version of Logos Bible Software and has limited free resources, but you do get the Lexham Bible Dictionary and can use the basic edition to add the free and discounted resources listed above.

These free and discounted commentaries are only available through February 2021.

 

 

 

 

Another Free Book from Logos Bible Software: Paul Murray, Praying with Confidence: Aquinas on the Lord’s Prayer (Continuum, 2010)

Praying With AquinasIt is a good time to stock up on Thomas Aquinas resources for your Logos library. The “Another Free Book of the Month” promotion offers Paul Murray’s Praying with Confidence for free. This 128-page book is a “stimulating scholarly study and an ideal introduction for the general reader. Never before have the most important reflections by Aquinas on the Lord’s Prayer been drawn together and considered in a single book.”

In addition to the free book, Logos has other Aquinas and Aquinas-related resources at deep discounts. Here’s the list:

  • Paul Murray, Praying with Confidence: Aquinas on the Lord’s Prayer (Continuum, 2010), Free!
  • Peter S. Eardley; Carl N. Still, Aquinas: A Guide for the Perplexed, $1.99
  • Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles (4 vols.), $4.99
  • Daniel A. Keating; John Yocum; Thomas Weinandy, Aquinas on Doctrine: A Critical Introduction (T&T Clark, 2004), $7.99
  • Paul Murray, Aquinas at Prayer: The Bible, Mysticism and Poetry, (Bloomsbury, 2013), $9.99
  • John F. Wippel, The Ultimate Why Question: Why Is There Anything at All Rather than Nothing Whatsoever? (Catholic University Press, 2011), $9.99
  • Aquinas, Knowledge & By Love: Charity and Knowledge in the Moral Theology of St. Thomas, Aquinas, $9.99

The regular Free Book from Logos had a decidedly Reformed theme for January, featuring books  published by respected Reformed publishers P&R and Reformation Heritage. You can add the Lectio Continua Expository Commentaries (LCEC) on Galatians by J. V. Fesko for free for the month of January. Fesko is a well-known writer in the Reformed community, current he is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. In addition to this free resource, there are an additional eight books on deep discount through the end of January:

  • Herman Ridderbos, Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures (P&R, 1998), 99 cents. 
  • J. V. Fesko, Songs of a Suffering King: The Grand Christ Hymn of Psalms 1–8 (Reformation Heritage, 2014), $1.99. 
  • Ian Duguid, Living in the Gap between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham (Gospel according to the Old Testament series; P&R 2014), $2.99. 
  • Matthew Barrett, Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration (P&R, 2013), $3.99. 
  • The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Volume 1: God, Man, and Christ, $5.99.
  • The Works of William Perkins, Volume 1, (Reformation Heritage, 2014), $7.99.
  • Richard Phillips, John, 2 vols. (Reformed Expository Commentary, P&R 2014), $9.99. 

If you were looking to load up on Reformed Resources, now is the time to head over to the Logos Free Book of the Month page.

These free and nearly free books are only available through January 2021.

 

 

 

 

Logos Free Book of the Month for January 2021 – J. V. Fesko, Galatians (Lectio Continua Expository Commentary)

Logos Bible Software is offering a nice collection of Reformed resources as part of their Free Book of the Month promotion for January 2021. These books are published by respected Reformed publishers P&R and Reformation Heritage.

You can add the Lectio Continua Expository Commentaries (LCEC) on Galatians by J. V. Fesko for free for the month of January. Fesko is a well-known writer in the Reformed community, current he is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. He has a blog, although it has not been updated since April 2020.

This series is edited by Joel R. Beeke and Jon D. Payne and published by Tolle Lege Press and Reformation Heritage, Grand Rapids, Michigan. The series seeks to recover solid biblical preaching in the church, to Provide a guide for uninterrupted, systematic, expository proclamation of God’s Word and to communicate the context, meaning, gravity, and application of God’s inerrant Word. If you are unfamiliar with the Lectio Continua Commentaries, here is a video trailer for series.

In addition to this free resource, there are an additional eight books on deep discount through the end of January:

  • Herman Ridderbos, Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures (P&R, 1998), 99 cents. Ridderbos stresses that the foundation for the canon lies in the history of redemption itself, wherein Christ gave distinctive authority to his apostles. 
  • J. V. Fesko, Songs of a Suffering King: The Grand Christ Hymn of Psalms 1–8 (Reformation Heritage, 2014), $1.99. This commentary hopes “to awaken the Church to the majesty, beauty, and splendor of Psalms through a devotional exploration of Psalms 1–8, a “grand Christ hymn,” in which David, as the suffering king, prefigures the King of kings, Jesus Christ.
  • Ian Duguid, Living in the Gap between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham (Gospel according to the Old Testament series; P&R 2014), $2.99. Duguid pulls the reader into the dramatic unfolding of the story of Abraham as a significant stage in the larger story of salvation.
  • Matthew Barrett, Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration (P&R, 2013), $3.99. “Barrett also provides a helpful evaluation of both the Arminian position and contemporary attempts to chart a middle course between Calvinistic and Arminian systems.”
  • The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Volume 1: God, Man, and Christ, $5.99. First published in 1700, The Christian’s Reasonable Service (De Redelijke Godsdienst) ran through 20 Dutch editions in the eighteenth century alone.
  • The Works of William Perkins, Volume 1, (Reformation Heritage, 2014), $7.99. This is the first of a projected 10-volume set edited by J. Stephen Yuille. This volume contains three treatise: A Digest or Harmony of the Books of the Old and New Testament; The Combat between Christ and the Devil Displayed. Expounding Matthew 4:1–11; A Godly and Learned Exposition upon Christ’s Sermon in the Mount.
  • Richard Phillips, John, 2 vols. (Reformed Expository Commentary, P&R 2014), $9.99. J. I. Packer described this series as “well researched and well reasoned, practical and pastoral, shrewd, solid, and searching.”

If you were looking to load up on Reformed Resources, now is the time to head over to the Logos Free Book of the Month page. These free and nearly free books are only available through January 2021.

 

 

 

 

Logos Christmas Sale 2020

Logos Christmas Sale 2020

Logos has a nice collection of resources on sale through the end of the month. It does not look like they are doing an “advent calendar” this year where you have to check in every day. But there may be a few surprises, who knows? It’s Christmas!

As expected, a few of these are inexpensive “stocking stuffers” like Morna Hooker’s excellent The Gospel According to Saint Mark in the Black’s series (Free!) or Logos 8 Gospel Studies Library Expansion (72% off). I see a couple of New Studies in Biblical Theology for only a few dollars each. Poke around and see what you can find and stuff that stocking properly.

There are some really deep discounts on larger collections, if you have been waiting for a big sale at the end of the year, this is it:

  • Bible for Everyone Commentary Collection (35 vols.) 62% off, $119.99 sale price
  • Challies Recommends: Best Old Testament Commentaries (55 vols.) 50% off, $442.99 sale price
  • Romans-Philemon, 21 vols. (New Testament Technical Commentary Collection) 65% off, $232.99 sale price
  • New Studies in Biblical Theology Series Collection | NSBT (50 vols.) 52% off, $299.99 sale price
  • NIV Application Commentary: New Testament | NIVAC (20 vols) 55% off, $199.99 sale price
  • New International Commentary: Old Testament | NIC (28 vols.) 51% off, $499.99 sale price
  • Popular Patristics Series  Collection (53 vols) 54% off, $229.99 sale price
  • Ancient Christian Reference Collection (55 vols.) 50% off, $549.99 sale price
  • Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary | SHBC (36 vols.) 55% off, $499.99 sale price
  • Welwyn Commentary Series | WCS (56 vols.) 60% off, $199.99 sale price
  • New Covenant Commentary Series | NCCS (16 vols.) 54% off, $99.99 sale price
  • The Life Application Bible Commentary (17 vols.) 60% off, $49.99 sale price

Maybe it is time to get a base package or upgrade to Logos 9 (check out my review of the new version). All based packages are on sale for 15% off for the month of December. This includes the Starter level up to the the pricier packages like Silver, Gold, Diamond. Follow this link and save some of money and get a few freebies.

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Do not forget about the free book of the month from Crossway, Philip Ryken’s commentary on Exodus, Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory. Read my comments on this sale from December 1.  Through the end of December you can also  get Wilfrid J. Harrington’s Reading Mark for the First Time (Paulist , 2014) as well as some discounted Catholic resources.

If you do not have Logos yet, you should at least get the free basic version so you can take advantage of the free book of the month and the other sale resources.

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