Greek Syntax: Syntactic Force Annotations

I’ve blogged a bit about the Lexham Syntactic Greek New Testament before. Sure, it’s syntax, and that’s important. But how can it be used?

One way is very simple: Use hover popups to show the syntactic force of any word as you read the text, or as you’re brought into the text from searches. The syntactic force annotation is a note as to the role that the word plays in the current syntactic context. It isn’t about morphological form, it is about syntactic function.

Hover on the inflected word in the Lexham SGNT running text, and see the syntactic force annotation (with definition!) pop up. How cool is that?

Pictures are always good at conveying this sort of thing; moving pictures are even better. The video uses James 1.27 as an example: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (ESV).

Syntactic Force Annotation
Video: Flash, .75 MB, approx. 1:27, no sound.

Note that all I did here was move the mouse. Also, when multiple notes of force occur on a word this displays what could be multiple possibilities in a given context or a mixture of possibilities acting together. The Expansions and Annotations resource further spells out those complex relationships.
So if your knowledge of Greek syntax is rusty (or even non-existent) you can still work through the text looking into the structure of the text and the syntactic function of words in the text — just by moving your mouse through the passage you’re studying.

Personalized Upgrade Discounts

One of the cool web features we’ve built for the roll-out of Logos Bible Software 3 is an online upgrade tool that gives personalized discounts based on your customer account. The tool reads your licenses, shows all the upgrade paths available to you, finds the discounts you are eligible for, and posts a chart showing all the new books and resources you’ll get with your upgrade.
Here’s how it works…

Visit www.logos.com/upgrade and enter your Libronix Customer ID. If you’re like most users, this is the email address you used to activate your first Libronix-based product. If you’re like me and can’t remember that far in the past, you can either guess until you get it right or click the Help link on the upgrade page for directions on how to retrieve your Customer ID.




So I just “Enter Customer ID, click Go!” (sound familiar?) and behind the scenes, the upgrader tool finds my licenses in the Libronix activation database, calculates all my upgrade options and pricing, and presents me with this fine-looking page.



Let’s go through this item by item…

  1. Validation of my Libronix Customer ID. Everyone needs some validation from time to time.
  2. This text lets me know which Logos Bible Software Series X base package is licensed to me (in my case, Pastor’s Library – RA). My upgrade options are calculated from my ownership of this collection. I’m also provided with a few details about the upgrade process. Since I have a DVD drive, I will definitely want to choose the DVD option as it makes installation more convenient (and it holds more rebuilt resources!) than the 7 CD-ROM package.
  3. The product chart shows all the upgrade options available to me and how much I’m saving. Sweet!
  4. A list of the discounts I qualify for (they have already been applied to the prices above). The additional 25% off the upgrade price is very nice. And a limited time offer, by the way.
  5. Chart showing the new books and addin modules I can add to my library by upgrading to each of the available collections. This is just the top of the chart…it goes on and on.

From here, I just decide which collection I want to upgrade to, add the DVD version to my cart, and check out. My new licenses will be sent by email within seconds; the discs required to install the new Logos Bible Software 3 engine, books, addins, and data files will come as fast as the good delivery people find my house. I can even choose UPS Next Day Air Early AM if I just can’t wait!
As you can see, we’ve tried to pull together on one page everything you need for a smooth, easy, and dare I say bargain-priced upgrade experience. Not convinced? Here’s one last very cool feature of the upgrade page…




As you hover the mouse pointer over each title in the chart (with a few exceptions) you’ll see a little preview window that shows a picture of the bookcover and a brief blurb about its contents. You’ll also see the retail price for the book or product.

This one happens to be New International Greek Testament Commentary Series which has a retail price of $660.00 but is included when you upgrade to the new Scholar’s Library: Gold!
We added these preview windows to make it easier than ever for customers to get a handle on the contents of a collection…and see just how much value is inside!

If you haven’t done so already, give the upgrade tool a whirl and see what upgrade options you qualify for and how much you save!

Day Three: Making friends, eating olives

Olive Pit OlivesThe whole point of driving around in a big billboard is to get attention. It has been working: day three started with a visit from a pastor and his wife who were staying in the same RV park. Later that morning a couple of girls stopped us so that they could pray for us, and at a gas station a man shared his testimony and took product information for his pastor.

On the road, I only needed to see one billboard to know that our first stop was going to be the Olive Pit, in Corning, California. An olive tasting bar, burgers, shakes, and RV parking. How could I resist? A succession of billboards, starting more than thirty miles away, only built my anticipation.

When I left the freeway the family wondered why. When I pulled into the Olive Pit, confusion turned to delight. We sampled an incredible array of stuffed olives, and Jacob and I had burgers loaded with sliced olives. Yum!

In the store, yet another stranger turned friend—introducing himself as a Bible student and talking with us for a while. Then we loaded up our olives, jams, and pickled garlic (the kids insisted) and headed to Central SDA Church in Sacramento, where I presented Logos Bible Software 3 and got to put some faces to names I already knew.

Next stop: Mount Zion Baptist Church, Pittsburg, California.

(Folks at the office: I wanted to share a bit of the road trip experience with you, so there is a case of olives on its way. Save me some of the ‘Dynamic Duo’ – jalepeno and garlic stuffed!)

Day Two on the Road

Day two was a long haul! We had a late start after stopping for some maintenance issues. We then discovered that I-5, from Portland, OR to Redding, CA, is beautiful, mountainous, and under construction. The RV crawled up the slopes and barrelled down the other side. It was high-adventure driving for this RV-newbie.

We arrived 20 minutes late at Shasta Bible College where a patient crowd was waiting. I was happily surprised to see twice as many people as had RSVP’ed. Most were already Logos users, and I gave them an overview of the new features in Logos Bible Software 3 while still feeling like I was bouncing around in the driver’s seat!
Next stop: Sacramento!

Logos Curry 2006: Fire and Nice

We mentioned our Sixth Annual Logos Curry Cook-Off last week and promised recipes of the top three curries.

David Kaplan’s curry “Fire and Nice” was second only to Bob’s first-place effort. Here’s the recipe. David’s notes are a little more involved, but the curry was really yummy so it is worth the effort.

  • Three pounds chicken tenders – DO NOT CUT UP
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • Two tablespoons Habanero powder
  • Two 15 oz. cans of chicken broth
  • 5 large onions – cut into large chunks
  • Three medium heads of Broccoli – using only the flowerets.
  • Two very large red apples — Peel and cut into ¼” thick slices. DO NOT DICE UP.
  • A Boat load of curry powders — three different kinds. One was a Jamaican Style by “Spice Right” where the first ingredient was ginger. One was a “Miami Spice” curry powder where the ingredients are unknown, all it said was “A Blend of Natural spices including Tumeric”. The other Curry powder was from the bulk section at the grocery store. I never measured the curry powder, just kept dumping it in until I saw the color I wanted and it smelled robust.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • one tablespoon Garlic powder – not too much. It will overwhelm the other flavors.

First I put the chicken tenders in a huge bowl and dumped in a boat load of curry powders and mixed it up real good. Then I let the tenders sit for about 15 minutes mixing every five minutes. It was kind of like doing a rub.

Then I put the chicken tenders and vegetable oil in a large soup pot and cooked them until firm – stirring often.

Then I added the onions cut into large chunks. (This is for texture in the final product). and more curry powders. Cook for another 15 minutes stirring every three minutes or so.

Then add in the Chicken broth, garlic powder and the Habanero powder, cook for another 20 minutes. Stirring every five minutes.

Then add in the apple slices, and broccoli and more curry powder and cook until you can’t discern that there was ever any broccoli in the recipe (about 45 minutes). Stir vigorously every ten minutes or so. There will be a few small chunks of apples still discernable. The chicken will be fairly chunky still, but a lot of it will have broken down into the mix.

All the while you’re cooking – keep tasting, and salt and pepper to taste.

Then put it in the fridge over night. It tasted better the next day.

Day One on the Road

The Logos Road Trip is underway!

After some hectic last minute packing, I hit the road today with my wife and two children for the first leg of the trip. We made it to Portland, OR with just enough time to grab a bite to eat before setting up at Life Christian Center.

Scott Lindsey, Logos’ Director of Ministry Relations, was visiting Portland with his wife, so he joined me and made the bulk of the presentation. Scott spends a huge amount of time on the road demonstrating Logos while I am in the office, so I really appreciated a chance to see him in action. He did a great job introducing Logos Bible Software 3 to a mix of existing and new users, one of whom drove over an hour to join us.

Thanks to everyone who joined us, and especially to Life Christian Center for hosting us. Tomorrow night: Shasta Bible College in Redding, California!

Logos Bible Software 3 is here!

Logos Bible Software 3 is now shipping! Visit our online upgrade tool to get a personalized upgrade discount and a chart showing all the new books and addins you’ll receive when you upgrade.


For a limited time, get a 25% “early bird” discount on your Logos 3 upgrade! So visit www.logos.com/upgrade right away…

How Big is Logos Bible Software 3?
The launch of Logos Bible Software 3 is as big as the launch of Libronix back in 2001. It’s been said that the third version of a software application is where everything comes together in a big way. The refinements, enhancements, and additions you’ll see with Logos Bible Software 3 show this to be true.

Nearly five years ago, we introduced a brand new technology to the world. Today, Logos Bible Software 3 reflects countless hours of improvements, resulting from thousands of pieces of feedback from users of the Libronix Digital Library System.

Yes, there are tweaks, speed optimizations, and bug fixes in Logos 3. The software is faster and more reliable than ever. In fact, we have rebuilt or revised every major tool and report in the system.

But more exciting than that are the completely new tools, data, resources and reports that will make your Bible study better and more effective!

We’ve listed more than 100 significant new features and feature enhancements in Logos Bible Software 3…and each one helps you study the Bible better, more efficiently, and in greater depth!
We’ve also gathered as many of the new resources and tools as we could into one supersized package, this time calling it Scholar’s Library: Gold. With more than 700 titles worth more than $11,700 in print, Gold raises the bar on what it means to own a large, digital library of Bible reference materials!

If you can swing it, I’d recommend upgrading to Scholar’s Library: Gold. It’s a great value and with an upgrade discount plus the 25% early bird discount, there’s no better time to expand your library and your Bible study horizons!

Stay tuned for additional details and videos on Logos 3…but before you do anything else, check out the online upgrade tool to get a custom discount and see all the great content you can add to your library!