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The Other Third of the Hebrew Bible

Approximately one third of the Hebrew Bible is poetry and needs to be interpreted with a sensitivity to the devices used by Hebrew poets. However, most books covering the grammar and syntax of the Hebrew language are devoted almost entirely to prose, and leave investigations of poetry to more specialized books.
Those using Logos Bible Software to study the Hebrew Bible have a great selection of these prose grammars available to them, from Waltke and O’Connor’s An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax and the classic Gesenius-Kautzsch-Cowley Hebrew Grammar to Joüon-Muraoka’s A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew and Christo van der Merwe’s A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar. But until now, there have been few works made available for studying Hebrew poetry. Happily, the news isn’t all grim: a number of collections are now listed on the pre-publication page that can round out your Hebrew library nicely.
Hebrew Studies Collection (7 Vols.)
The Hebrew Studies Collection, consisting of seven volumes from the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, includes no less than four books on Hebrew poetry: Traditional Techniques in Classical Hebrew Verse, Classical Hebrew Poetry, A Guide to its Techniques, Directions in Biblical Hebrew Poetry, and Structural Analysis of Biblical and Canaanite Poetry. Parallelism, word pairs, figurative language, metre and a host of other rhetorical and structural devices are explored in this collection, making it an excellent first stop for exploring Hebrew poetics.
Word Order Variation in Biblical Hebrew Poetry, by Nicholas Lunn. Changing the expected word order is one method the biblical authors use to highlight or emphasize certain aspects of their sentences. Word order has oft been studied for Hebrew prose, but this book explores how those dynamics play out in the poetic genre.
The BHS Helps Collection features Luis Alonso Schokel’s A Manual of Hebrew Poetics. The manual is not primarily a reference book but rather a volume of initiation into the practice of analysis. Among the poetic techniques discussed are sound and sonority, rhythm, imagery, figures of speech, dialogue and monologue, development and composition.
Biblical Languages: Reference Grammars and Introductions (19 vols.) includes George Buchanan Gray’s classic The Forms of Hebrew Poetry, which includes extensive discussions of parallelism, rhythm, and alphabetic acrostics. Also included is Wickes’ Two Treatises on the Accentuation of the Old Testament, a study in the cantillation system of the Hebrew Bible.
I encourage those interested in studying the other third of the Hebrew Bible to take a look at some of these collections.

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Logos 4: Look Up Multiple Cross References at Once

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

Perhaps you enjoy studying the Bible through a series of cross references. If so, you’re familiar with the cross references placed inline the biblical text. In Logos 4, cross references are hyperlinked which means resting the mouse pointer on a link reveals a popup of the biblical passage from your Preferred Bible.

You can also look up numerous cross references at one time. Here’s how:

  • Open a Bible
  • Open Power Lookup from the Tools menu
  • In the Bible, select (highlight) text containing the cross references you want to look up

The Power Lookup displays only the selected cross references!

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Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically, Gordon J. Wenham $23.00 $16.10
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Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate, Gerhard Hasel $22.00 $16.50
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A Sourcebook for Baptist Heritage, H. Leon McBeth $39.99 $29.99
The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons, by Thomas F. Torrance $44.95 $33.71
The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, by Loraine Boettner $14.99 $11.24
Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: Luke, Acts, William J. Larkin and Allison A. Trites $34.99 $26.24
Reading Romans, Luke Timothy Johnson $29.95 $22.46
The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of Its Canon, Martin Hengel $60.00 $45.00
The Shape of Sola Scriptura, Keith A. Mathison $21.00 $15.75
Caring for Souls: Counseling Under the Authority of Scripture $27.75 $20.81
The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, James C. Vanderkam $19.95 $14.96
Believer’s Baptism: The Covenant Sign of the New Age in Christ, Thomas R. Schreiner & Shawn Wright $19.99 $14.99
A General View of the History of the English Bible by B. F. Westcott $32.00 $24.00
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Digging into the Church Fathers

The collection of writings known as the Early Church Fathers (37 vols) is included in Scholar’s Silver, Gold and Platinum collections, and also in Portfolio (LE editions).
That is a large collection. It’s great, and it is very handy to have indexed by reference and topic. I’ve personally benefited from it many times over the years. But it is tough to dig into and understand as a whole, particularly if you’re not familiar with the major writers. What to do?
One place to start out is H.B. Swete’s Patristic Study (sold separately; not included in base collections). This is a small book, but it gives an overview of people and themes in the first five centuries of the church. The product page gives a good description:

Patristic Study focuses almost exclusively on the Fathers of the first five Centuries. After reviewing these writers, Dr. Swete proceeds in the closing chapters to suggest methods of employing the work of the Fathers for the particular purposes of those in different lines of religious and theological study.

Swete’s book is handy to use as an less technical introduction to the writings of the Church Fathers found in the much larger Early Church Fathers (37 vols) collection.
What about other titles in this area? Logos has several available:

  • Getting to Know the Church Fathers; An Evangelical Introduction is a title on prepub (at the time this blog post was written). It distills information about the person instead of only the writings the person is responsible for. So figures in the early church like Augustine, Ignatius, Origen, Perpetua and Tertullian (and more) are described in ways that make their writings more accessible.
  • The Apostolic Fathers Greek-English Interlinear is also presently gathering interest as a prepub. Lexicons like BDAG, TDNT and TLNT (as well as several commentaries) cite the writings of the Apostolic Fathers all the time. If you don’t remember as much of your Greek as you’d like, or if you haven’t had a chance to take Greek yet, sometimes an interlinear can be helpful in tracking down these cross-references and examining word usages in context.
  • The New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers is a handy work that provides cross references between New Testament passages and writings of the Apostolic Fathers. This can be very handy.
  • Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels by Thomas Aquinas is presently a community pricing title. This is less of Aquinas and more of a compilation of sentences/notes from the church fathers that end up functioning as a commentary — by the church fathers — on the Gospels. Fun stuff, might be worth checking out.

I’d better stop now — but can you tell I’m excited about this stuff? Logos has a goodly amount of titles available in this area (even a chunk of volumes from Patrologia Graeca on prepub!) so I’ll have to blog again about this in the future to point out some more stuff that you might be interested in.

Introducing the Lexham English Bible

Lexham English Bible

The Lexham English Bible (LEB) is a new translation of the Bible into English, and one of the newest additions to a suite of resources from Logos which connect the original language texts to formal translations. New translations of the Bible into English appear every few years. So what’s so special about the LEB?

Your Second Bible

The LEB complements your primary translation. Its transparent design and literal rendering helps you see the text of God’s Word from another angle. Whether you use the ESV, NIV, KJV, or another popular English translation, the entire translation process helps you identify difficult texts, idiomatic phrases, grammatical issues, and more. The result? A better understanding of the Bible in English—whatever translation you use.

In Logos Bible Software, interlinears reveal the path from the original language texts to formal translation. This type of information, used in concert with your primary translation, helps you dig deeper into the text of the original languages. The entire translation process is visible and transparent—you can see the entire process.

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Logos iPhone Bible App Version 1.3 Released

Version 1.pngYesterday we blogged about how you can share Bible verses with your friends and family using our free Bible app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Today we wanted to let you know that we’ve released an update to our Bible app and it is ready for you to download today. The update, version 1.3, includes some really cool features like:

  • Orientation lock
  • Devotionals on the home page
  • The ability to delete reading plans
  • In-book information
  • Improved connectivity with Twitter and Facebook
  • and more…

Here’s a brief video overview of some of the new features and functions. (Note: Some of the new features, like devotionals, require you to sign in with a logos.com account to access them. If you don’t have a free Logos.com account, you can get one here.)

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Using Your iPhone or iPod Touch to Share the Bible

Bible App Sharing.pngOne of the great features in the Logos iPhone Bible app is the ability to share Bible verses with your friends, family, and followers on Facebook, Twitter, and by email. Not only does the Logos iPhone Bible app make this easy to do, it does so in a way that is easy for your friends and family to engage with God’s Word. More than just sending a scripture reference, the iPhone app uses http://ref.ly to convert the verses into clickable links. The advantage is that you offer people an easy way to get right to the verse you want to share.

We’ve included a tutorial video below to show how the share functionality works for the iPhone and iPod Touch. If you use our iPhone app, watch the video and start sharing God’s Word! If you haven’t grabbed the free Bible app yet, then go download it today and start sharing.

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Coupon Code for 25% Off 32 Titles

The first round of Logos March Madness is over and you can now buy these 32 great titles for 25% off using the coupon code LMMR1.

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The Great Exchange: Justification by Faith Alone in the Light of Recent Thought $12.99 $9.74
The Last Things: An Eschatology for Laymen, George Eldon Ladd $14.00 $10.50
Commentaries for Biblical Expositors, Jim Rosscup $19.99 $14.99
Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate, Gerhard Hasel $22.00 $16.50
The New American Commentary: Isaiah 1-39, Gary Smith $29.99 $22.49
The First and Second Letters to Timothy, Vol. 1 and 2, Jerome D. Quinn and William C. Wacker $88.00 $66.00
The Major Works of Anselm of Canterbury (4 Vols.) $19.95 $14.96
Finally Alive, John Piper $14.99 $11.24
The History of the Second Temple Period, Paolo Sacchi $84.00 $63.00
The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, William G. T. Shedd $15.00 $11.25
Josephus and the New Testament by Steve Mason $9.95 $7.46
A Sourcebook for Baptist Heritage,  H. Leon McBeth $39.99 $29.99
The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons, by Thomas F. Torrance $44.95 $33.71
The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, by Loraine Boettner $14.99 $11.24
Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: Luke, Acts, William J. Larkin and Allison A. Trites $34.99 $26.24
Reading Romans, Luke Timothy Johnson $29.95 $22.46
The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of Its Canon, Martin Hengel $60.00 $45.00
The Shape of Sola Scriptura, Keith A. Mathison $21.00 $15.75
Caring for Souls: Counseling Under the Authority of Scripture $27.75 $20.81
The Dead Sea Scrolls Today, James C. Vanderkam $19.95 $14.96
Believer’s Baptism: The Covenant Sign of the New Age in Christ, Thomas R. Schreiner & Shawn Wright $19.99 $14.99
A General View of the History of the English Bible by B. F. Westcott $32.00 $24.00
The Holy Spirit, by Charles Ryrie $13.99 $10.49
Grammatical Insights into the New Testament, Nigel Turner $72.00 $54.00
Revelation 20 and the Millennial Debate, Matt Waymeyer $9.99 $7.49
Eternal Covenant: How the Trinity Reshapes Covenant Theology, Ralph A. Smith $12.00 $9.00
Glimpses of a Strange Land: Studies in Old Testament Ethics, Cyril Rodd $108.00 $81.00
Justification: The Heart of the Christian Faith, Eberhard Jüngel $72.00 $54.00
Theologians of the Baptist Tradition $24.99 $18.74
Calvinism, by Abraham Kuyper $24.95 $18.71
Jensen’s Survey of the New Testament $34.99 $26.24
Light from the Ancient East (Deissmann) $49.95 $37.46

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Logos 4: Open Logos the Way You Close It

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

Do you ever have to close Logos before you’ve completed your study? Perhaps it’s time for dinner or you’re making the final descent into an airport. No worries. You can set Logos to automatically open the way you close it. Here’s how:

  • Click Customize in the lower left hand corner of the Home page
  • Uncheck the box Show home page at startup

Now when you’re ready to close Logos, just close the program with all the resources and panels still open. When you restart Logos you’ll automatically return to this layout!

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