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How to Get the Most Out of the Logos iPhone App

Logos Bible Software iPhone App

The Logos 4 release has been big news for the past seven weeks since it first came out. Response has been overwhelming, and we’ve been so busy with the release of Logos 4 that we haven’t had much time to talk about the other big project we recently launched—the free Logos Bible Software iPhone app.

Begin reading the Bible, searching, comparing versions, and setting up reading plans to keep you in the Word every day. Anyone with the Logos iPhone app may instantly access around 30 Bibles to read on their iPhone or iPod Touch.

Tens of thousands of people who had never even heard of Logos, before the iPhone app, have already downloaded the free app, and love it. Many users have gotten even more out of the app by registering to gain access to more than 30 additional free books. Again, you don’t ever have to register. You can keep using it free and anonymous forever if you prefer, but by registering you are able to access a total of more than 60 books, plus the app itself—all without spending a dime.

However, when you upgrade to a new Logos 4 base package, you get a key which tells our servers to grant you access to all the books that you have ever purchased for Logos Bible Software old or new, as long as our publishing partners have given us permission to display each title on the iPhone.

This bonus feature in the new Logos 4 base package allows you to access up to 3,000 of the titles you own on the iPhone—not just books in the new base packages, but also books you may have purchased ten or fifteen years ago. And we’re making new books available regularly as we secure rights and convert titles to the new format.

Even better, the iPhone app isn’t just about reading books. It also incorporates many of the features and tools you’ve come to love about Logos Bible Software:

  • Bible study anywhere. Now you have access to many of the books in your library wherever you go.
  • Syncs with your desktop application. The app remembers your favorite resources, bookmarks, and settings across all platforms. Logos 4 even saves your last location in each of your books, so you can leave your desk and pick up your reading right where you left off using your iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Stay up to date on your daily readings with a Bible Reading Plan. As a Logos 4 user you can complete your reading on your computer or iPhone and both will keep your plan up to date.
  • Learn more about a word by running a Bible Word Study. Get a report with links to dictionaries, lexicons, verses using the word, and view various translations of the Greek or Hebrew word.
  • Like the desktop version of Logos Bible Software, the Passage Guide allows you to enter a verse and get a detailed report that includes relevant commentaries, cross references, literary typing, media resources, and interesting words.
  • Learn more about the original language words behind the English translation. Tap and hold any word in your Bible and Logos Bible Software will look up the word and deliver the manuscript, lemma, and morphological information on the Greek or Hebrew word.
  • Just feel like reading a book? Browse through your library and open one up. If you’ve opened the book before on your iPhone or computer, it will pick up right where you left off.
  • Lots more! Check out the iPhone page to see all the other features, screenshots, and more, or take a look at the iPhone posts in the Community Forums.

Many of the people who have never heard of Logos and started using the iPhone app have enjoyed it so much, that they’ve purchased a Logos 4 base package—just to access all the new content. They aren’t buying a Logos 4 package to use the desktop app, they are buying Logos 4 simply to access a ton of great books on their iPhone.

And the ability to access many of your titles on the iPhone is just one of the hundreds of brand new features that come with each Logos 4 base package or base package upgrade. So think about it: if people who’ve never heard of Logos are buying Logos 4 base packages just so they can access additional books on their iPhones, imagine the benefits you will get—as someone who is already an experienced Logos user, and already aware of all the great benefits of using Logos on your desktop—when you upgrade to a new Logos 4 base package.

We’ve decided to extend the upgrade discounts through the holiday season. That means you still have a little more time to save on an upgrade to a brand new Logos 4 base package.

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Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software

Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software

Reliance on Greek and Hebrew for sermon content is in decline. At Logos, we are aware of the research which suggests less than 20% of pastors who have had biblical language training actually use that training on a regular basis. We’ve also taken note that many schools around the country no longer require Greek and Hebrew for seminary or pre-seminary training.

We hope to do something about that. Introducing a brand new series of lessons on using the biblical languages tools in Logos: Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software. This is a complete set of video lessons in HD, which covers all the basics of interpreting the Bible using the Greek and Hebrew tools in Logos Bible Software. No prior knowledge of Greek or Hebrew is required, and even English grammar is explained. Even better, there’s no rote memorization of vocabulary lists, grammatical forms, or paradigms.

Dr. Heiser, one of the instructors, has done translation work in roughly a dozen languages—among them Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Ugaritic cuneiform, Akkadian, and Sumerian. He recently sat down to talk about non-traditional methods of language learning in general, and this project in particular. Check out the complete video:

If you’re a pastor, these lessons are a great way to refresh the Greek and Hebrew skills you learned in seminary or Bible college. If your ability to study the Bible in the original languages has slipped in the years or decades since seminary, these instructional videos will get you back on track.

If you’re a lay leader who’s thought about seminary, but it’s never worked out, then this is your chance to learn how to use the Greek and Hebrew tools in Logos for your Bible study. With these videos, you can learn at your own pace, and avoid the stress of a college- or graduate-level classroom environment. Pause lessons, review previous material, and move on to the next lesson at your convenience.

For professors, Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software is perfect for teaching preparation in your courses that focus on Greek and Hebrew tools for English readers. Use the videos to prepare your lessons. Learn new teaching methods, and glean ideas for your own teaching and research on the original languages. Professors teaching traditional first-year Greek and Hebrew courses can use the videos for showing students how to use their language training for exegesis. These lessons are also a great way to integrate technology into the classroom. Supplement your teaching and lectures with HD video. Help your students use Logos Bible Software for studying the Bible with the original languages.

We’ve already begun initial work on the project. The final videos will be in HD, but you can see some very rough previews right now posted on the product page. While you’re there, be sure to place you pre-order to show your support for the project! You can also interact with the instructors and ask questions about the project in the Forums.

Where Are My Reverse Interlinears?

Most of the new Logos 4 base packages have upwards of a dozen reverse interlinears, all the way up to Portfolio, which has twenty. However, if you search in My Library, you won’t find any of them. So where are they?

Logos 4 takes a new approach to reverse interlinears. They are no longer separate resources, but they’re now integrated into many of the English Bibles in your library. To access the reverse interlinear for the translation you’re reading, all you need to do is click the Interlinear button. When you click it, the reverse interlinear panel appears at the bottom of the pane you’re reading.

Reverse Interlinears in Logos 4

With the panel, reverse interlinears are built directly into many English Bibles, allowing you to see the Greek or Hebrew behind your text. All your information is now in one pane for quick and easy reference.

Logos 4 also introduces a brand new feature called Sympathetic Highlighting. When you highlight a portion of text in one interlinear, the corresponding text in your other open English Bibles that have interlinears will also be highlighted.

You can try it right now: open up two English Bibles (the ESV and NRSV, for example) to the same passage. Then highlight in one to see the equivalent text highlighted in the other.

There are more features and new interlinears coming soon, including the ability to view the reverse interlinear data in the primary, wrapping text window, as well as in the strip below. We’re also working on English–Greek and English–Hebrew reverse interlinears for the NIV and the NLT. We have not yet set release dates for the new interlinears, but if you own Bible Study Library or higher, these files will download automatically as soon as they are complete.

Announcing the New Interactive Upgrade Discounter

Phonetic Searching

Based on feedback in the Community Forums, we have made several changes to the Upgrade Discounter. We’ve added new functionality, interactive tools, and an expanded comparison chart that lists even more features in each of the Logos 4 base packages.

The new Upgrade Discounter contains expanded interactive features to help you see what books you already own*, and what new books you’ll get with an upgrade to Logos 4. As you click the different Logos 4 base packages, new rows in the comparison chart are highlighted which show you exactly what new resources you’ll get with an upgrade. Remember, when you upgrade, you keep all of your existing books, plus you get all the new titles that are highlighted.

You’ll also see a savings calculator which changes along with the base package you select. This calculator displays the value of the total content, the approximate value of new content between your old base package and your new Logos 4 base package, plus the upgrade price calculated specifically for you.

Exclusive upgrade discounts are tailored to each individual Logos user. Your upgrade price takes into consideration the limited time introductory offer, the base package you already own, your Pre-Pub purchase history, your overall account history, and more. Using these variables, we calculate the best possible upgrade discount for you. Although we can’t reveal the “secret sauce,” we can assure you that the prices you see in the Upgrade Discounter represent the best upgrade discounts you will see anywhere.

Head on over to the new Upgrade Discounter to play around with the new tools and check out your upgrade options.

*The comparison chart shows you the difference between Logos 3 base package content and Logos 4 base package content. The upgrade calculator takes into account additional resources you may have purchased.

Phonetic Searching

Phonetic Searching

Want to search for Greek and Hebrew words? With the launch of Logos Bible Software 4, we’ve added a feature which makes it easier to search in Greek and Hebrew, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the original languages.

Logos 4 lets you type phonetically and have Greek and Hebrew words displayed in the drop-down box. In the search box, start with g: for Greek or h: for Hebrew. For example, when you type g:agape, Logos 4 knows you’re probably looking for ἀγάπη. If you’re not, then you also have the option to select similar words, like ἀγαπητός. These words appear in a drop-down menu as you type. If you’re preaching on 1 Corinthians 13 next Sunday or leading a Bible study on the Beloved Disciple, searches like this can speed up your study.

If you don’t know Greek or Hebrew, but you’re familiar with words like agape, you can still search the original language texts with phonetic searching in Logos 4. This is just one small way Logos 4 makes the original languages more easily accessible to more people.

Phonetic searching—like many of the new features—is intuitive. As you type, Logos 4 guesses what you’re looking for, and presents you with search options as you type. It’s a quick and easy way to search for Greek and Hebrew words.

What are you waiting for? Open Logos 4 and give it a try!

Automatic Updates While You Sleep

This past weekend, I had a few conversations with some friends from seminary about Logos Bible Software 4. One of them described his compulsive tendency to regularly check for Libronix updates in the old version of the software. I explained to him that one of the great benefits of Logos 4 is that it updates itself.

In the previous version of Logos, you needed to manually check to make sure you had the latest books and features. If we made an update to a resource, you didn’t get it unless you ran the update. If you unlocked a book, you needed to update Libronix to see it.

With Logos 4, manual updates are a thing of the past. No more syncing your licenses or manually downloading updates to your software. Logos 4 updates while you sleep. It’s always synced with our servers to make sure you have the latest build of the software. New releases, resource updates, and other features are delivered automatically and downloaded the moment they become available. Once updates are downloaded, you’ll see a message that asks if you want to install the updates. This means you’ll always have the latest and greatest.

Even better, all of your content is backed up. You can have the peace of mind that all your documents—notes, clippings, custom guides, and more—are safely stored on our servers. If your computer crashes, simply reinstall Logos 4, and all your data will be restored—right where you left it. You can even see exactly when Logos 4 is syncing to the servers.

Sync

We’re adding lots of features to Logos 4 in the near future. We’re constantly rebuilding many of our resources to make them even better. And we’re fine-tuning the software and making improvements around the clock based on customer feedback and discussion in the Logos Community Forums. You’ll receive all of these updates the moment they’re available—automatically and effortlessly.

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How You Can Save Big by Upgrading

In the history of our company, Base Package Upgrades have generally been the best way to get a tremendous amount of new content for minimal cost. The release of Logos Bible Software 4 is no exception.

Upgrading your base package gives you all the benefits of Logos 4—a revolutionary tool for Bible study. Logos 4 has a brand new Home Page to get you started, powerful (and fast!) new search tools, an intuitive and easy-to-use design, plus lots of other new features.

Logos Bible Software 4

When you upgrade, you get a tremendous amount of new content for minimal cost. You could potentially get hundreds of books for up to 95% off. We’ve added lots of new content to every base package—new Bible translations, reverse interlinears, commentary sets, reference material, preaching and ministry resources, and a whole lot more. Depending on your situation, you could easily double or triple your current library at minimal cost to you. Take a look at the comparison chart on logos.com/upgrade to see the sheer number of new books we’ve added to our collections.

With an upgrade to Logos 4, you can take advantage of today’s most advanced tools designed specifically with Logos Bible Software 4 in mind. Visualize the Bible with new people, places, and things databases. Zoom into the Holy Land with interactive, topographical maps linked with coordinates to Google Maps. Get an additional perspective on the place you’re exploring with thousands of images and photographs—all viewable with the new media resource functionality of Logos 4. You can also interact with the stories of Scripture with high resolution Infographics commissioned specifically for the release of Logos 4. Logos 4 also comes with new one-of-a-kind databases, stunning graphics, and a whole lot more.

You have nothing to lose. Literally. You will retain all of your current resources when you upgrade. When you buy an electronic book from Logos, you will never lose your book. And we’ll never make you buy the same book twice. That means if you’ve recently purchased new books, and now decided to upgrade, you won’t lose the resources you’ve purchased. You’ll simply add a significant amount of new content at a fraction of the cost. You keep everything you’ve purchased in the past—and you’ll gain dozens, hundreds, or maybe over a thousand new books at a significant discount, depending on your situation.

For the initial release period, we’re offering discounts on all upgrades. Visit the custom upgrade discount calculator to see what discounts you qualify for on an upgrade to a new Logos 4 base package. If you’ve been thinking of expanding your library, the release of Logos 4 presents you with the perfect opportunity. Upgrade today!

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Announcing the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library

Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library (28 Vols.)

The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library is the third major component to the Anchor Yale Bible Group, which also includes the Anchor Yale Bible and the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary. The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary has been available for Logos Bible Software for a few years, and the Anchor Yale Bible became available earlier this year. Now we’re set to begin work on the remaining books in the Anchor Yale Bible Group—the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library.

The 28 volumes in this collection cover a wide variety of sub-disciplines in the broader field of biblical studies, including books on archaeology, geography, history, languages and linguistics, philosophy, and theology, to name a few. These books present the best contemporary scholarship in a way that is accessible not only to scholars but also to educated non-specialists.

This series contains many books which have become classics in their fields:

  • The collection contains Raymond Brown’s volumes on the Passion Narrative and his Introduction to the Gospel of John. Brown’s book on John was intended to replace his 2-volume commentary in the Anchor Yale Bible, but the project was interrupted by his death in 1998. Francis J. Maloney edited Brown’s manuscript for publication, and it appeared in the Anchor Yale Reference Library in 2003.
  • John P. Meier’s 4-volume (and 3,102-page) work on the historical Jesus is also included in the collection. His books, along with N.T. Wright’s, are essential reading on the subject.
  • James H. Charlesworth’s 2-volume Old Testament Pseudepigrapha is a monumental work on Wisdom literature, Psalms, prayers, Judeo-Hellenistic works, and other pseudepigraphal literature.

The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library has also attracted the attention of mainstream media outlets. Substantial reviews of some of these books have appeared in recent years in magazines like Newsweek and the New York Times.

These 28 volumes retail at roughly $1,300.00, but we’re initially offering them on Pre-Pub for $499.95. To put this in perspective on a smaller scale, the average retail price per volume is $46.09, but you can pick these up on Pre-Pub right now for $17.86 each. We can promise this price won’t last more than a few weeks, so make sure you place your order today.

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How to Get Extra Books for Free

One of the cardinal rules of the Pre-Pub program is that ordering early guarantees you’ll get the lowest price. We always reward our users who pre-order the earliest with the lowest prices—including two people who picked up one collection for 99% off the retail price.

There’s another benefit to ordering early that we don’t talk about too much: When you place your Pre-Pub order for a collection, you are also placing a Pre-Pub order for any future books we may add to the collection while it’s still on Pre-Pub. Usually when we add new books to a collection, we raise the price to cover the additional costs. Pre-ordering early not only locks you in at the lowest price—you also pick up the extra books added to the collection while it’s on Pre-Pub at no additional charge.

We expand collections for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, new books in a series are published after we put a collection on Pre-Pub, but before it ships. For example, six new titles have been published in the Opening Up Commentary Collection since we first put it on Pre-Pub, so we’ve added them to the collection. The Everyman’s Bible Commentary and the Face2face Collection each picked up an additional volume for the same reason.

Other times, it makes sense to add new books to an existing collection. When we received permission to publish two books and three journal articles by Charles Ryrie, the Charles Ryrie Legacy Collection was the logical place to include them. We also added two books to the Kress Biblical Studies Collection for the same reason.

Calvin 500 Collection (108 Vols.)

We receive lots of feedback on collections we post, and sometimes we expand collections based on suggestions from our users. For example, after we posted the Calvin 500 Collection in honor of Calvin’s 500th birthday, we received suggestions from Calvin enthusiasts around the world who wanted additional books on Calvin. We were able to add eleven new books on Calvin’s life and the history of Calvinism to the Calvin 500 Collection.

Occasionally, new books slated for Pre-Pub fit really well into an existing collection. That was the case with Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics, edited by Stanley Porter and D.A. Carson, so we added it to the Studies in New Testament Greek and JSNTS Collection.

The Holman Reference Collection was also expanded to include 131 Christians Everyone Should Know and Steven L. Cox and Kendell H. Easley’s Harmony of the Gospels.

If you pre-ordered any of these collections before we added new books, you still get the entire collection—including the new books—at your original Pre-Pub price. Remember, you need to act before the collection ships in order to get any additional books added to collections. And keep in mind that we don’t add books to every collection, but when we do, you can get a great deal on the additional titles. Once a series or collection ships, you’ll need to pre-order additional books separately.

There are a few other collections on the Pre-Pub page which may expand soon. If you’ve had your eye on a collection, you’ll want to lock in your order now to get any additional books at no extra charge!

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The New International Commentary Is Shipping Next Week

The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament

The New International Commentary—commonly known as NICOT and NICNT—is one of the most respected commentary series published in the evangelical Protestant tradition. It is thoroughly researched and abreast of modern biblical scholarship, yet at the same time loyal to Scripture as the infallible Word of God.

Many of the volumes in this series have become classic works of evangelical biblical scholarship—in particular F. F. Bruce’s commentary on Acts, Douglas Moo’s commentary on Romans, Gordon Fee’s commentary on 1 Corinthians, Bruce K. Waltke’s commentary on Proverbs, and Leon Morris’s commentary on John. In fact, Christianity Today called Morris’s commentary on John “the best commentary on any book of the Bible by an evangelical in recent decades.”

The New International Commentary—the combined NICOT and NICNT—has been, without a doubt, our best-selling and most popular Pre-Pub. In fact, back when we put it on Pre-Pub a few months ago, we received enough pre-orders in just 13 hours to move the project into production. And the orders haven’t stopped.

In the meantime, we have been hard at work on this massive project. We have converted tens of thousands of pages of print material into electronic text, put in extra hours, and have done everything possible to get the New International Commentary into the hands of our users as fast as possible.

We’re now pleased to announce that we plan to ship the New International Commentary in just a few days. Our Electronic Text Development department is putting the finishing touches on the series this afternoon, and we’ll spend the rest of this week and the early part of next week testing and replicating. We plan to begin processing orders by the end of next week.

What does this mean for you? If you haven’t yet ordered, then this is your last chance to do so and still get the Pre-Pub discount. After we ship, the Pre-Pub price disappears. If you want the lowest price on the New International Commentary, make sure you pre-order now.

With the Logos Bible Software edition, all 23,832 pages of material in all 40 volumes of the New International Commentary will integrate seamlessly with the rest of your digital library—appearing in Passage Guides, search results, and custom reports. That makes this edition even more valuable for research projects or preparing for next Sunday’s sermon.

Remember, if you haven’t ordered yet, you still have one last chance to do so. Place your pre-order now to lock in the lowest price.

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