Logos 5’s Secret Sauce (and How It Will Transform Your Study)

Library ConnectionsYou’ve heard the term before: datasets. We sometimes mention them in emails and blog posts, and you can probably figure out most of what they are from the term alone. (Yes, they’re interconnected sets of biblical data.) But why should you care?

Because datasets are Logos 5′s secret sauce.

You won’t find them anywhere except in Logos 5. They’re not on any other website, in any other store, or even in the largest theological library out there. They were created exclusively for Logos 5 to help you study faster and better.

So, what makes these datasets so transformational? Here’s what they offer:

1. Access to game-changing scholarly research

Each of Logos 5′s 10 new datasets represents an intense research project by in-house scholars. Our research team spent years analyzing words, meanings, and biblical events—and connecting those ideas based on real human intelligence, not algorithms.

These datasets pull together massive amounts of information on world history, preaching themes, grammatical relationships, word senses, and more. They equip you to know who’s being referred to by each pronoun, verb, and noun, to see the meaning behind words, and to understand biblical events better by putting them in historical context. With this sort of data, you can complete tasks that would typically take hours—if not days—with a click.

2. Answers that take the guesswork out of Bible study

All this research and information may sound overwhelming, but—fortunately for you—getting the exact information you need is simple. That’s because you don’t need to go digging for answers: our tools and features do it for you. In fact, Logos’ tools are powered by the datasets themselves.

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Here’s an example: you want information on Zechariah—not Zechariah the trumpet player, not Zechariah the father of Able, but Zechariah the father of John the Baptist. Lucky for you, we’ve already disambiguated all 30 Zechariahs in the Bible. Just open the Bible Facts tool and search his name: the tool sweeps through the Biblical People, Places, and Things dataset to present you with a full list of relevant verses, family trees, beautiful artwork, and dictionary links.

That’s a whole lot of work and power, and all you had to do was click “search.”

This is why datasets are so transformational—they connect related information across your entire library and present you with answers, along with the facts you need to reach new insights.

Save hours of research time: upgrade to Logos 5 and take advantage of the game-changing power of datasets.

For a limited time, you can get your best deal on a Logos 5 upgrade—see your custom upgrade discount and save today!

Chaplains: Get Equipped for Any Crisis

Chaplain's LibraryIn season and out, a chaplain needs to be prepared. In addition to teaching, evangelizing, administrating, and counseling, chaplains are often called to provide comfort and encouragement at a moment’s notice—often in harrowing circumstances.

With the new Logos 5 Chaplain’s Library base package, you’ll find the resources you need to provide an anchor in life’s most difficult storms.

What’s in the Chaplain’s Library?

For starters, you get 46 of Logos 5′s most impressive features, including the Sermon Starter Guide and Timeline. You’ll have the tools you need to do deep, personal Bible study and put together messages and studies for future teaching opportunities.

On top of that, we’ve packed the Chaplain’s Library with 407 resources to enhance your ministry, like:

  • Danse Macabre: Thoughts on Death and Memento Mori from a Hospice Chaplain: N. Thomas Johnson-Medland discusses his career as a pastoral counselor and hospice provider and shares what his patients have taught him about death. This resource will help you consider mortality from other cultural perspectives.
  • Hospital Ministry: The Role of the Chaplain Today: Lawrence E. Holst explores the various roles chaplains fill in a hospital setting. You’ll look at procedural questions, ethics, and the role of ministry in multicultural contexts saturated with grief, anxiety, and loss.

    “. . . this book serves equally well as an introduction to pastoral care for medical personnel, patients, and clergy, and as an important addition to the professional literature of the pastoral care field.”
    Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Chaplains of the Bible: Inspiration for Those Who Help Others in Crisis: The collective experience of Patricia Geyer (a member of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association’s Rapid Reponse Team, a crisis intervention specialist for the Carrlly County Sherriff’s Office, and a recipient of the National Sheriffs’ Association Medal of Merit) and Richard Geyer (a chaplain, writer, and teacher) is a treasure chest of straightforward advice for anyone interested in learning to better care for others in times of crisis.

These are only a few of the titles available in the Chaplain’s Library, which also includes volumes on marital counseling, military chaplaincy, prayers for public occasions, sermon prep, preaching, and more.

Another huge bonus with the Chaplain’s package is its accessibility. With Logos’ free apps for iOS and Android, you can take your study anywhere and make the most of those rare quiet moments.

Get equipped to serve

Whether you serve in some form of chaplaincy or counsel regularly, the Chaplain’s Library gives you the resources you need. Learn from the rich experience of others as you equip yourself to provide encouragement and hope for the hurting.

Use coupon code CHAPLAINBP and get 15% off—pick up a Chaplain’s Library base package today!

Tell Us How You Use Logos!

We're ListeningAre you a regular Logos user? We need your help!

We’d love to get a little feedback on how you use the software. Are there particular questions you use Logos to answer? Are there features you return to over and over again?

So, whether you’re a:

  • Pastor
  • Professor
  • Student
  • Writer
  • Chaplain
  • Missionary
  • Church planter
  • Homeschooling parent
  • Or someone who’s just serious about Bible study

. . . we want to hear from you!

Here are some of the things we’d like to know:

  1. Does Logos help you fill a specific role? (e.g., pastor, student, professor, etc.)
  2. What tasks do you count on Logos to help you with in your study?
  3. Do you have a favorite feature?
  4. Do you have particular feedback you’d like to pass along?

Leave us a comment here, or get involved in the forum discussion. We’re listening!

3 Ways Logos 5 Helps Students Succeed

Logos Mobile EducationWe’ve talked before about why Logos 5 is great for pastors. But the same things that make it such a powerful resource for ministry—its study tools, its vast network of resources, its convenience—make it an amazing advantage for students, too.

That’s why, last year, Dallas Theological Seminary partnered with Logos to equip every DTS student with a custom base package.

The response has been tremendous:

Here’s why Logos is such a powerful tool for learning.

1. It gives you all the resources you need

goldSerious scholars understand the importance of context:

  • Inevitably, the Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic introduces nuance that’s hard to translate—what might you be missing?
  • Those genealogies aren’t just lists of names; they’re lists of real people. How did they live? How do they connect to what you’re studying?
  • You think you’ve come across a surprising new interpretation—but how do you know it’s not an old one, one that’s been long ago refuted?

To address these questions, you need specific types of resources: original-language lexicons, biographical datasets, commentaries. Logos 5 gives you all of these and more. Gold, for example, offers 37 volumes of original-language lexicons and word studies, 19 more volumes’ worth of original-language grammars and tools, and 444 volumes’ worth of commentaries. With Logos 5, you (or a student you care about) will always have the resources you need. Even better, you’ll get all these resources for far less than you’d pay to buy them one by one, let alone in print.

“Bought [Gold] just prior to a major exegetical paper at seminary, absolutely worth it. It made research much easier. It saved me tons of library time!”
Gold user

2. It gives you amazing research tools

platinumSo you’re looking at dozens or hundreds of volumes of original-language data, commentaries, and more. How do you access all that information?

Logos’ research tools equip you to navigate the Bible in remarkable ways. Clause Search lets you find, say, all the instances where Jesus (named or implicit) is the subject of the verb “to teach.” The Bible Sense Lexicon shows you exactly what biblical words mean, and even lets you restrict searches by meaning. (Even though the Greek and Hebrew words for “angel” also mean other things, you can find only those instances that are translated “angel.”) The Timeline lets you jump from tagged events to a big-picture view of what else was going on in biblical and world history. At the 41-second mark above, Dr. Michael Burer compares the relationship between traditional study tools and Logos to that between a slide rule and a graphing calculator. This sort of precision is the reason why.

“As someone who is working on a master’s degree, [I find] the Platinum package . . . perfect. Not only do you have the very practical pastoral tools, but also the necessary academic tools.”
Platinum user

3. It makes studying faster and more convenient

portfolioLogos 5 is huge and powerful. It’s also designed to make your life easier.

  • You can access all your resources on your desktop computer, your tablet, and your phone. (You can even use many of Logos’ core study tools.) Battery dead? Sign in at Biblia.com and access your resources online.
  • The software remembers your study setup. If you close your MacBook and, later in the day, keep studying on your PC, you’ll find everything exactly as you left it.
  • Maybe the coolest time-saver: Logos 5 can build your bibliography for you! Just choose your citation style—it’ll cite and organize your sources automatically.

The point of study isn’t busywork; it’s learning. With Logos 5, you’ll spend less time getting organized and more time digging into the Bible.

“Though I am incredibly stingy, I must say that this Portfolio package is probably one of the wisest decisions I’ve ever made. I’m 22 and a Bible college grad, starting my master’s in pastoral leadership, and I have found this resource to be utterly useful. In my sermon prep, Bible study prep, personal devos, personal curiosity, this resource has expanded many horizons I thought I’d never be able to reach. Thanks, Logos.”
Portfolio user

Get the best price right now

More than 100 universities, seminaries, and divinity schools are already using Logos. During the Logos 5 upgrade sale, you can join them for a special low price. Logos.com’s Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator looks at your resources and gives you a personalized discount:

  1. If you already own books that are included in your base package upgrade, you won’t pay for them twice. Instead, with Logos.com’s Dynamic Pricing, you’ll only pay for what’s new to you.
  2. For just a little while, you can save even more with a personalized upgrade discount. Like Dynamic Pricing, it’s based on what you already own, but it also factors in datasets and features.

Of course, budgeting can still be tricky; that’s why Logos offers interest-free payment plans. With an 18-month payment plan, Gold costs less than $100 per month—and that’s before Dynamic Pricing and your custom upgrade discount. The Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator has already taken care of the math: just sign in at Logos.com/Upgrade and see how much you’ll save!

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Education matters. If you’re a student, Logos 5 can help you learn more, faster. If you’re a parent, Logos 5 can help your son or daughter get the most from school and from the Word. If you’re a recent grad or a lifelong learner, Logos 5 can help you deepen your knowledge every day.

Get tools and resources for deeper Bible study: upgrade to Logos 5.

 
P.S. If you’re a current student, you may qualify for our Academic Discount Program, which gives you massive discounts on products for school. Take a look!

Pre-order the D.A. Carson Sermon Library for 36% Off!

da-carson-sermon-libraryWe’re delighted to introduce an exciting new resource: the D.A. Carson Sermon Library!

This remarkable collection gives you over 500 sermons from one of the most influential New Testament scholars of our time. It also introduces innovative new ways to learn: for each sermon, you’ll get not only the searchable, tagged text but also audio recordings and bonus video content.

And right now, you can pre-order the D.A. Carson Sermon Library for 36% off!

Over 500 of Carson’s sermons integrated into your library

Few pastors, professors, and authors have impacted the world the way Carson has. For over 35 years, generations of divinity students have explored the New Testament under his guidance. He has published more than 50 books, and his personal ministry (both as a pastor and as president of The Gospel Coalition) has helped unify the body of Christ and lead people to the foundational truths of the Word. Carson has profoundly influenced Christian academia and the church—he’s a Bible teacher worth learning from.

With the D.A. Carson Sermon Library, you can follow three decades’ worth of Carson’s teaching with audio or video sermons and searchable sermon manuscripts. His sermons focus on specific biblical passages, theological topics, and practical issues—they offer valuable insight into topics like the New Perspective on Paul, openness theology, providence, suffering, discipleship, and cross-cultural ministry. Preached in churches, at colleges, and at conferences around the world, these sermons provide instruction and edification from a preeminent evangelical voice that’s deeply committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

You’ll get 553 sermons, including:

  • Sermons from The Gospel Coalition National Conferences
  • “The Pastor as Father and Son” (from the 2008 Desiring God Conference)
  • “The Use of the OT in the NT”
  • “Making Sense of Suffering”
  • “Nehemiah: The Triumph and Failure of Reformation”
  • And hundreds more

This sermon library lets you join the ranks of divinity students, conference attendees, and members of Carson’s congregation who have benefited from his powerful insight into Scripture. The sermons’ searchable format makes it easy to find exactly the insights you need. And the new inclusion of audio and video makes this collection an invaluable addition to your library.

Pre-order the D.A. Carson Sermon Library today and save 36%!

Not Your Average Study, Not Our Average Sale

not-your-average-bible-study-seriesLexham Press is proud to announce our newest series, Not Your Average Bible Study. Right now, when you pre-order the first nine volumes, you’ll get 50% off!

Whether you’re a long-time student of the Word or you’ve just recently started studying the Bible, this collection sets you up to dig deeper into Scripture. Each volume guides you step by step through a book of the Bible, exploring themes, providing background, and helping you discover powerful new insights and interpretations.

Are you looking for a way to apply the Bible day to day? Are you in the midst of a dry spell in your Bible study or prayer life? As you work through each book, you’ll be prompted to respond with discussion and reflection questions, specific prayer suggestions, and ideas for further study. Each volume is ideal for individual or small group study.

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Drawing material from the Old Testament and the New, from the shortest book of the Bible and the longest, Not Your Average Bible Study offers variety as well as depth. These studies are adapted from content in Bible Study Magazine, but we’ve enhanced the digital versions to take advantage of Logos’ amazing features. This is not your average Bible study.

Pre-order the Not Your Average Bible Study collection today!

Logos 5: How to Resize Panels with the Highlighting Tab

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

The Tools menu houses a variety of Logos features, each of which opens a certain way on the Logos desktop. For example:

  • Passage Analysis opens in a floating window.
  • Collections opens in a typical panel.
  • History opens in a “locked” panel.

It’s the locked panel I want to discuss with you, because if you’re not aware of this little trick, resizing can be challenging.

  • Choose Tools | Highlighting.
  • Notice that the Highlighting panel locks into place on the left side of the screen (A).

When you place your cursor on the border line of the panel, you’ll notice that you can’t resize like you can a typical panel (B). (You can drag the Highlighting tab to reposition the panel, but that doesn’t resize it the way we want.)

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So try this:

  • Close the Highlighting panel.
  • Choose the Tools menu again.
  • Click and hold Highlighting.
  • Drag Highlighting around the Logos desktop.
  • Notice how different portions of the desktop highlight in blue (C).

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  • Release the mouse.
  • Notice that the blue area becomes a typical panel housing Highlighting (D).

You can now easily resize the Highlighting panel, because it’s not locked into place (E).

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Try dragging other features on the Tools menu, such as History, Information, Bible Facts, or Power Lookup. I think you’ll enjoy the flexibility that dragging provides!

Your Last Day to Save on Lexham Press Resources!

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Today is your last day to take advantage of the Lexham Press sale! For the rest of the day, we’re offering great discounts on a huge selection of Lexham products. Here are a few of the bestsellers so far:

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Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament Bundle

Regularly $149.95—get it for $119.95

The Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament makes discourse analysis simple. It includes the entire Greek text of the New Testament, marked up with more than 20 discourse devices, and comes with a general introduction to discourse grammar—you’ll get an overview of each discourse device, plus numerous examples of how the New Testament authors used these devices to communicate.

Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection

Regularly $534.95—get it for $461.95

The Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection is your starting point for study and research on the Pauline epistles. It surveys all the relevant literature on key passages, summarizes all the major views, and brings the summary straight to you. A complete introduction to Paul’s letters, this collection will bring new thoroughness to your research.

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Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters

Regularly $143.95—pre-order it for $84.95

Spurgeon’s writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes; his thoughts on particular passages are scattered across numerous books and sermons. These volumes collect his thoughts on nine different New Testament letters in a commentary format, with illustrations and applications selected from his sermons and writings.

Studies in Faithful Living: Patriarchs Collection

Regularly $39.95—get it for $31.95

Discover new meaning in the lives of the patriarchs. Answer the questions you’ve never thought to ask. Learn new ways to apply the patriarchs’ stories in your life. This collection helps your entire church dig deeper into the lives of the founders of our faith. It has everything you need for personal study, and it’s best used in conjunction with the complete church curriculum.

These deals expire at midnight (Pacific Time). Check out the full list, and pick up your favorites right now!

Join Us for the National Camp Logos in Bellingham

CAMP LOGOSThe National Camp Logos is rapidly approaching! From June 25 through June 27, join us in our hometown of Bellingham, WA, for extended training, tours of the Logos headquarters, facetime with Logos leadership, and fellowship with other Logos users.

The National Camp Logos is extra helpful: we present both Camp Logos 1 and Camp Logos 2 back to back, allowing you to pack as much learning into three days as possible.

Your registration includes:

  • Camps 1 and 2
  • Catered breakfasts and lunches for three days
  • Tours of the Logos headquarters
  • Q&A sessions with Logos leadership

You’ll receive practical training on:

  • Organizing and indexing your library
  • Text comparisons
  • Original-language searches
  • Understanding morphology
  • Passage lists
  • And much more

Plus, the beautiful Pacific Northwest is the perfect place for a getaway, and June is a great time to sightsee, hike, take a ferry to nearby islands, and enjoy stunning views of the mountains.

Check out the details, and register for Camp Logos in Bellingham, WA today!

P.S. If you’d like to register for Camps 1 or 2 individually, you can pick just the one you’re interested in.

Get 89% Off the Pre-Summer Pack—and Then Get Even More Deals!

pre-summer packThough the official beginning of summer is still about a month away, for many, Memorial Day weekend represents the real start to the season. It means spending time with family, grilling, and soaking up some sun.

It also means preparing your summer reading list. Logos is here to help with special limited-time savings on some awesome resources!

The best deal: the Pre-Summer Pack

The Pre-Summer Pack retails at $1,382.54, but right now, you can get it for 89% off—that’s more than $1,232 in total savings!1

At a little more than $2 per book, this variety pack is the perfect way to get the titles you’ve been wanting—and then some! The limited-time Pre-Summer Pack gives you resources from a wide variety of top scholars and authors, including A.W. Pink, I. Howard Marshall, R.A. Torrey, and others. With everything from biblical study guides to expositions to topical studies, it’s jam-packed with helpful resources for study and research.

For only $149.95, you can round out your library with an enormous bundle that, at any other time, would cost you over $1,382. And if you already have some of these resources, you’ll get a custom ownership discount—this means potential savings on top of the 89%+ you’re already taking off!

This deal won’t be around for long. Don’t miss out—get it today!

memorial day saleThen choose from even more deals this Memorial Day weekend

We also have a selection of resources on sale through Monday only:

These aren’t all the products on sale this weekend—check out the full list, and be sure to pick up your favorites while you still can!

  1. Your savings may depend on your Dynamic Pricing discount. []