(Almost) Free Book from Logos – Richard Burridge, Four Gospels

BurridgeLogos Bible Software is has a great deal on Richard A. Burridge, Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading, 2nd ed. (London: SPCK, 2005). Until the end of April 2014, you can buy this book for 99 cents for the Logos Library. The book is available for your desktop or mobile versions of Logos and all your personal notes/highlighting will sync between the platforms.

Burridge begins this book with a discussion of the origin of the four gospels. Along with the normal sorts of things you would expect in an introductory chapter (source and redaction criticism, literary approaches), Burridge includes the symbolism associated with each Gospel writer in the early church, including the four creatures of Revelation 4. He has an interesting discussion of how that imagery was used by Jerome and (later) the Book of Kells to “illuminate” the Gospels.  Burridge takes these symbols as a kind of “hermenutical key” (33). Since each symbol was recognized by the early church as the way the Gospel writer presented Jesus, Burridge attempts to take that “reception” seriously as he unpacks the main themes of each Gospel. 

The book was first published in 1994 and is often called a “classic” book for Gospels studies. Eerdmans published the second edition in in America in 2005. In the preface to the revised edition, Burridge says that the new edition takes into account growing interest in “reception history” and makes used of the Revised Common Lectionary. In addition, he makes reference to the The Lord of the Rings films. A new third edition is due in August from Eerdmans. This will include a new introduction by Burridge but retains the second edition’s text and page numbering.

The price of 99 cents will not last long, so get on over to Logos and pick up this book soon.



Logos Free Book of the Month for July

Logos Bible Software is offering a free book each month in 2012.  For July, you can download  Selected Sermons of George Whitefield  for free.  This Logos resource contains 59 sermons on a variety of topics, The book can be read with either Logos Bible Software, Vyrso, or Bilbia.com, either on your desktop computer or using the Logos App for iPad or the Android. Follow the link to download the book and enter the drawing for the 13-volume Works of George Whitefield.

George Whitefield (1712-1770) was an Anglican priest and one of the founders of Methodism.  He was a talented preacher and  influential evangelist during the Great Awakening. While he is associated with Methodism, his theology is Calvinist.  This collection of sermons covers several biblical passages, but also a few topics which are not as well-developed in contemporary preaching.  I cannot recall the last time a I heard a sermon on “The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing.”  His sermon on “The Benefits of an Early Piety” is quite good.

This book has been floating around the internet since Al Gore invented it.  If you would like to sample the sermons in HTML, visit the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.  The book is free for Logos / Vyrso users,  download a copy of  Selected Sermons of George Whitefield  and enter the drawing for the Works of George Whitefield.