Dig Deeper into the Word(s)

Today’s guest post is by Elise Bryant, from the Logos Bible Software Accounting department.

I feel like I’ve grown spiritually by listening to radio ministries. Three of my favorite teachers are Beth Moore, Kay Arthur and Nancy Leigh DeMoss. I’d hear them constantly refer to Greek and Hebrew—the languages that the Bible was first written in—to unlock the depth and beauty of Scripture. By doing word studies, they seemed to uncover the meaning of so many words that get lost in translation. Can I learn how to do the same thing in Logos? How can I follow along with them to know what they are saying is accurate?

What you just read came out of an email I sent out to my co-workers at Logos a while ago. My name is Elise Bryant and I work in the Accounting department at Logos. It’s funny, but even though I work here, I wasn’t familiar with our software. I just didn’t know how to use it to understand Scripture on a deeper level. So I asked my co-workers for some help.
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Logos 4: Quickly Clean Up a Messy Desktop

mp|seminars TipsWhen I primarily studied with print books, I normally spread them out on my desk and quite often “lost” resources as they became buried under others. Where is that commentary? I know it was here a minute ago. I’m sure you can relate.

If we’re not careful the same thing can happen with Logos. We get lost in study and pretty soon we have numerous Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries and the like, all scattered about on the Logos desktop. We may lose valuable study time with a cluttered desk.

Well, help is on the way. If you want to quickly clean up that messy desktop try this:

  • Choose the Layouts menu
  • Click one of the prearranged layouts (the light gray boxes) in the lower left of the menu
Logos 4: Layouts

Logos 4: Layouts

Please notice that Logos tries its best to organize your open resources, placing Bibles with Bibles, commentaries with commentaries, and so on. I only wish someone would do that with my print books on my desk!

What do you think about the preset Layouts? Do you use them, or do you create your own? Let us know by leaving us a comment. Then, feel free to share your Layout with others by uploading a screen capture to Facebook and tagging Logos!

The Chesterton Birthday Sale!

Gilbert Keith ChestertonSunday, May 22, marks the birthday of British writer, G. K. Chesterton, and Logos is celebrating with a huge sale on the eleven-volume G. K. Chesterton Collection. Today through June 3, 2011, you can get the G. K. Chesterton Collection for over 60% off the retail price! For more information on how to take advantage of this deal, check out the end of this post.

Who is Chesterton?

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, writer of approximately 80 books, around 200 short stories, over 4000 essays, several plays, and hundreds of poems, is often considered one of the great minds of the early twentieth century.

Involving himself in many of the important discussions of his day, Chesterton showed great aptitude and intelligence across a wide spectrum of disciplines. He was well known as a Christian apologist, poet, playwright, journalist, lecturer, debater, literary critic, biographer, philosopher, novelist, and even as a contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Contemporaries of Chesterton knew him to be both a deep and profound thinker as well as incredibly witty and jovial personality. George Bernard Shaw, who was both a friend of Chesterton’s and a frequent philosophical sparring partner, called Chesterton “a man of colossal genius.”
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New Christian eBook Store to Launch Up to 25,000 Books in 2011

What Is Vyrso?

Within the publishing world, books can generally be divided into one of two categories: reference books and trade books. Reference books include things like commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other academic works. You can put almost everything else—novels, popular non-fiction, and children’s books—into the trade book category.

For nearly twenty years—long before the ebook boom—Logos has been bringing you the best in electronic reference books. With Vyrso, Logos is bringing that experience and expertise to trade books.

Vyrso helps you find, buy, and read your favorite Christian books. The Vyrso store will offer your favorite bestselling and classic Christian books, and you can use the Vyrso reader on iPad, iPhone, and (soon!) Android devices.

(Vyrso titles also work in Logos Bible Software 4, and you’ll be able to read all your Logos 4 titles in the Vyrso reader, too!)

To get a picture of what’s to come, check out these 25 bestsellers and start reading them with the Vyrso app today. For a limited time, all ebooks are at least 50% percent off!

Look for up to 25,000 books available by the end of 2011.
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Now on Pre-Pub: The Eerdmans Biblical Resources Series

“We should not limit ourselves to a certain field or type of book. There are good books in all the various phases of life and human experience. We should feed our minds with a variety of thoughts, as we do our stomachs with a variety of foods. . . . Great books are like mountain tops. They take us toward the skies, a new realm, and a new vision of the world and creation . . . . The greatest of all books are those that bring us near Divine truth, with a message of righteousness to all mankind.”
—William B. Eerdmans

Since 1911, the Eerdmans Publishing Company has made it a priority to publish only the finest in religious literature, featuring works from authors like C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Karl Barth, N. T. Wright, Philip Yancy, and John Calvin. Eerdmans is focused on publishing books across a variety of platforms to bring perspectives and ideas to new readers. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Logos is making another collection from this publishing company available to our users.

Comprised of works by biblical scholars, the Eerdmans Biblical Resources Series (14 vols.) brings you a powerful resources to aid in your biblical study. Whether you’re interested in discovering the deeper meaning behind poetry in Scripture or are grappling with the theology of manhood and womanhood, you will be amazed by the information available. These aren’t your everyday perspective-as-facts resources backed up with limited citations—these books are chock-full of information from ancient texts, historians, and other scholars.

Let’s be honest, we read the Bible for understanding—being aware of the historical and cultural context as you study is a key to grasping the significance of the text. Though we will never be able to fully apprehend the wisdom contained in the Bible, these volumes can bring more clarity to your personal study, and hopefully, “near Divine truth.”

Don’t miss your chance to get the Eerdmans Biblical Resources Series while it’s at its amazing Pre-Pub price.

Are there resources in this collection that are favorites of yours? Do you have some favorite Eerdmans titles? Leave us a comment and tell us why.

Stanley Porter’s Idioms of the Greek New Testament

Idioms of the Greek New TestamentHave you had some instruction in Greek? A year in seminary or college awhile back, or you worked through a grammar on your own or in a group? Or you’ve just picked up stuff as you’ve studied?

Maybe you feel pretty good about what you’ve learned so far and can use lexicons like BDAG and TDNT, but reference grammars (like BDF and Wallace) are still unfamiliar territory.

Maybe you’re fine with “genitive” and “dative” and even “finite verb”, but when folks start talking about instrumental datives or transitive verbs, your eyes glaze over and your thoughts go elsewhere.

Good news: Stanley Porter’s Idioms of the Greek New Testament is geared toward you. It is an excellent and readable “intermediate handbook” that can help bridge the gap. Porter explains in his introduction:

My purpose for this book is modest. This book is designed for students who have completed approximately one year of Greek, and who would like an intermediate handbook to help them make a transition to using advanced grammars such as BDF, Robertson, Moulton and Turner.
Porter, S. E. (1999). Idioms of the Greek New Testament (14). Sheffield: JSOT.

The table of contents gives the range of items found in this 340 page book. It also includes a short glossary along with reference and subject index.
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Download a Free Czech Bible!

Do you read Czech? Or do you know someone who does?

We are excited to announce that Logos has recently released the Český Studijní Překlad (Czech Study Bible). The biblical text of the Czech Study Bible is easier to understand while maintaining the rich vocabulary and style of past translations. The translators of the Czech Study Bible have worked hard to translate the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts for increased accuracy. Filled with thousands of study notes and cross references, the Czech Study Bible will help increase the depth and breadth of passages you are studying. So pick up your free Czech Study Bible today!

Then consider adding another Czech resource to your library!

Logos also has the Czech Bible: 21st Century Edition available on Pre-Pub. This resource is translated into contemporary Czech, offering clarity and understanding as you read and study the Bible. This resource is currently the best modern Czech translation of the entire Bible. Order this new translation today on Pre-Pub and get it for only $19.95.
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Logos 4: Copy Images from a Resource

mp|seminars TipsDo you ever come across an image in a resource and think it would be nice to use it in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation? Or within a Word document? Accomplishing that is just a right click away:

  • Open a resource to a location with an image, such as The Bible Knowledge Commentary to Genesis 10:1, where you find an graphic depicting part of Noah’s family tree.
  • Right click on the image.
  • Select Image from the right menu.
  • Select one of the options such as Send to PowerPoint, Send to Keynote, or Copy (of course if you click Copy you’ll have to navigate to a document and execute a Paste).

The Bible Knowledge Commentary: Noah's Family

Have you used an image from Logos in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation recently? Or are you going to now that you know how easy it is? If so, leave us a comment and let us know which image. Then feel free to upload it to Facebook and tag Logos!

Last Chance: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Shipping Soon!

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (44 vols.)A few years ago, a core group of Bible scholars began to dream of what a new Bible commentary could look like. What if a new commentary series could be published—a kind of commentary pastors could use for sermon preparation, and a standard reference work seminary students could consult for exegetical research? What if this commentary was designed and written primarily for a digital environment—and especially for use in Logos Bible Software?

The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary began out of those conversations. Now, that dream is about to become a reality. In less than two weeks, the first volume in this brand new commentary series will be released.

Think of what a milestone this really is. It’s the first major Bible commentary series to be published in many years—long after everyone said it couldn’t be done. It’s the first Bible commentary series ever to be written with a digital environment in mind. It’s the first major Bible commentary where the authors are using Logos Bible Software to research and write the commentary. (Maybe you’ve asked yourself: “Would *insert your favorite commentary name here* have been better if all its authors had used Logos in their research?”) This list goes on and on.

We’ve been amazed and humbled by the number of people who have gotten behind the project—who’ve supported it, endorsed it, and pre-ordered it. If there was ever a question of whether a new commentary series was needed, that question has now been answered by all the people who have committed to making it happen.

Want to see it for yourself? Preview the first section of commentary from Ezra.
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Don’t Miss Out on the Welwyn Commentary Series!

It’s getting close! The Welwyn Commentary Series (WCS) (49 vols.)—one of the best commentaries made for preachers and teachers—has almost reached the Pre-Pub finish line.

With authors such as Derek Prime, Derek Thomas, Michael Bentley, Roger Ellsworth, Richard Brooks, and more, this collection is brimming with solid Reformed theology from experienced pastors and Bible teachers.

How useful are these commentaries? Check out these endorsements we just added to our product page:

The Book of Origins: Genesis Simply Explained

“The book is easy to follow, while at the same time being packed with solid teaching, especially biblical theology and sound application. It must have taken a great deal of toil to distill this much instruction into this volume.”
Journal of Dispensational Theology

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