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Time to Renew Your Bible Study Magazine Subscription

The sixth issue of Bible Study Magazine is just around the corner. We’re putting the finishing touches on the last couple of articles before we hand it over to our design team to lay out and then send off to the printer.

The September–October issue looks like it’s going to be one of the best yet. It features a cover story interview with pastor and theologian John Piper—and lots of other great content to help you dig deeper into the Word.

With the first year of Bible Study Magazine coming to a close, that means it is time to renew your subscription. If you’ve been subscribed since our inaugural issue (the November–December 2008 issue featuring Josh McDowell), the next issue is the last issue you’ll receive unless you renew soon.

All you need to do is visit the Subscriptions tab in your Logos.com account and make sure that the “Auto-Renew” box is checked. Whether your subscription ends with the next issue or not, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re all set to auto-renew when the time comes.

The next time your subscription is up, we’ll take care of renewing for you. One less thing you need to remember to do.

Renew today.

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Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.2 Now Available

Last night we put the finishing touches on Logos for Mac 1.2 and made it live for all Logos for Mac users. As with earlier updates, version 1.2 is a free update that you can download from your Logos.com account. It’s also now available for purchase as a download (the 1.2 DVD will be another week or two).

In addition to fixing a number of bugs, 1.2 adds some cool new features like Bible Speed Search, Parallel Resource Associations, printing, the ability to choose an English font, and more. Read the new support article to see the complete list of changes.

Just head over to Logos.com, sign in, navigate to My Account > Order History, and then click on the order number for your Mac engine or base package order.

At the bottom of the order page, you’ll see a “Files to Download” section.

Click the “Download” link next to LogosMac1.2.dmg to save it to your Mac, and then double-click the file to install the update. Follow the instructions, and you should be up and running with the latest version in just a minute or two.

If you don’t have a Logos.com account, don’t see the link below your Mac order, or have any other troubles updating, please contact our Mac Customer Service team at 800-875-6467 or macsupport@logos.com.

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Four Years and Counting

Four years ago, on July 29, 2005, Bob kicked off the Logos blog with this introductory post. Here’s why we started the blog:

Our goal is to make Logos more open and accessible and to improve our communication with you. Please join us in the process: ask questions, make suggestions, and tell us how we can serve you better.

From our perspective, the blog has accomplished its purpose fairly well. We’ve posted about 950 times—usually every Monday through Friday—more than 15,000 of you get our daily posts in your RSS reader or email inbox, and you respond with great questions and suggestions that lead us to improve our software, products, and websites.

But there’s always room for improvement.

What would you like to be different here at the blog? More posts? Fewer posts? More people blogging? More posts about Greek? Take our new poll, and leave your feedback in the comments or send it to us at blog@logos.com.

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Grammar Lookup on the Fly

The Exegetical Guide is perfectly suited for digging deep into the grammar and syntax of a passage of Scripture. It provides you with a wealth of information from your grammars, critical apparatuses, lexicons, and more.

When you’ve landed on a particular portion of Scripture that you’re going to study in depth in the original Greek or Hebrew—perhaps for a sermon or paper—the Exegetical Guide is the tool for the task. But sometimes you may just want to see what your grammars have to say about a verse here and there as you’re jumping from passage to passage following cross references and looking at parallel passages. Did you know that you can use the Exegetical Guide for this kind of study as well?

All you need to do is link your Bible to the Exegetical Guide by setting them to share the same link set (e.g., Link Set A), and the Exegetical Guide will follow you wherever you go—providing nearly instant access to every place your grammars discuss the passage you’re looking at. Just click the chain icon at the top of both windows, and set them to the same letter.

To keep the Exegetical Guide as speedy as possible, you can collapse the sections that you’re not as interested in. Just click the minus sign to collapse a section and the plus sign to expand it again.

This is perfect for the times you’re moving around and haven’t settled on just one passage to dig into to. Give it a try. It’s like having someone looking over your shoulder while you’re studying the Bible and finding every occurrence of the passage you’re in in all of your grammars—only instantly!

By the way, you can also do this with the Passage Guide to always have your favorite commentaries just a click away, or with the Reference Browser to have instant access to the places your passage occurs in your favorite collections of books like the Church Fathers, Systematic Theology texts, Old and New Testament Introductions, etc.

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12 New Logos for Mac Training Videos

MacBibleSoftware.com now has 12 new training videos. If you’re looking to get the most out of Logos for Mac, you’ll definitely want to take some time to watch them.

Reuben Evans walks you through first-time installation, adding additional books to your library, and using the basic tools in the software like the Passage Guide, the Exegetical Guide, the Bible Word Study, the Topic Browser, and the Reference Browser.

He also shows you how to edit your preferences, manage your windows, create workspaces, collections, favorites, and bookmarks, type in Greek and Hebrew, and do various kinds of searches.

Check out these new videos to take your Mac Bible study to the next level:

  1. Preferences I
  2. Preferences II
  3. Window Management
  4. Greek and Hebrew Keyboards
  5. Study a Word
  6. Collections, Favorites, and Bookmarks
  7. Topic Browser and Reference Browser
  8. Saving and Loading Workspaces
  9. Information Window and Navigation
  10. Bible Search
  11. Greek Morphological Search
  12. Hebrew Morphological Search
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Logos Bible Software on an SD Card

Netbooks like the Acer Aspire One, ASUS Eee PC, Dell Inspiron Mini, HP Mini, Lenovo IdeaPad, and MSI Wind are rapidly growing in popularity due to the amount of computer they pack into such a portable size at such a low price point.

One of the things that allows these devices to be so small is the absence of an optical drive. But with no DVD/CD drive, how are you supposed to install your software? There are a few ways to do it (e.g., see this support article), but they can be overly complicated for many users.

Most software still comes on a CD or DVD, but software companies are looking to alternate delivery methods to accommodate the growing number of computers without optical drives. Moving to downloadable software is one solution. It’s something we’ve been doing for a while with most of our add-on collections and books, and it’s something we’re considering for our base collections in the future.

Another option is to move to a smaller, more universal media format—and nothing is hotter right now than flash. The most popular and universal form of flash memory is the USB thumb drive. Every computer has a USB port. But thumb drives have the disadvantage of protruding outside of the computer, making them not a very good choice for long-term use; and they tend to be a tad pricier than other forms of flash memory.

For these reasons we’ve decided to start delivering a media-only* version of our base packages via SD cards. Most if not all netbooks have built-in SD card readers, and since the SD card doesn’t stick out, you can leave it in and run your books right off the card if you need the extra space on your internal hard drive or SSD.

We’re now selling 2GB and 4GB versions of our Media-Only SD Cards. If you purchase Christian Home Library, Bible Study Library, or Leader’s Library, you’ll need only the 2GB version. But if you think you might upgrade down the road, you might want to consider purchasing the 4GB version to give you the ability to expand your library without having to purchase an additional card later. Original Languages Library and Scholar’s Library (all three flavors) will need the 4GB version.

* “Media-only” means you’ll have to add it on to a base package purchase in order to unlock any of the included books.

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New Build of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear LXX

There’s a brand new build of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint on our FTP ready for download. It adds draft versions of 7 new books, and moves 8 books from draft to edited status.

If you already own a copy of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint, then all you need to do is run the resource auto-update script, or if you’re on a Mac, download the new file and put it in your resources folder (Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume). If you haven’t purchased it yet, then you can order your copy today. (Check out this post for some reasons you should consider buying this resource, and these posts for why you should study the LXX.)

Because we want to get more content to you sooner so you don’t have to wait until the final version is ready, we’ve been releasing the books in various stages: draft and edited. Books in the draft stage are finished translations from the individual contributors and have not yet been reviewed by the general editor. Books in the edited stage are the final versions.

Here is a complete list of all of the books in the most recent build listed by stage. If a title is bold, then it is new to that stage.

24 Edited Books

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Numbers
  4. Ruth
  5. Judith
  6. II Maccabees
  7. III Maccabees
  8. Psalms
  9. Additional Psalm (Psalm 151)
  10. Proverbs
  11. Ecclesiastes
  12. Song of Solomon
  13. Job
  14. Wisdom of Solomon
  15. Psalms of Solomon
  16. Obadiah
  17. Jonah
  18. Haggai
  19. Zechariah
  20. Malachi
  21. Jeremiah
  22. Lamentations
  23. Letter of Jeremiah
  24. Ezekiel

12 Draft Books

  1. I Samuel
  2. Esther
  3. Additions to Esther
  4. IV Maccabees
  5. Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)
  6. Hosea
  7. Micah
  8. Joel
  9. Nahum
  10. Habakkuk
  11. Zephaniah
  12. Baruch

To make sure not to miss the next round of updates, follow us here on the blog, regularly run the resource auto-update script, and check the product page.

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2 New Free Hebrew Vocabulary Lists

The post from two weeks ago about the 2 New Free Greek Vocabulary Lists led to some new Hebrew vocabulary lists surfacing. I guess the OT guys didn’t want to be outdone by the NT guys. :) We now have the lists from Zondervan’s Basics of Biblical Hebrew by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt and Baker’s Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross.

This brings our total number of vocabulary lists up to 26: 14 Greek, 9 Hebrew, 2 Aramaic, and 1 Akkadian. Visit our Vocabulary Lists page to download these new lists.

Once you’ve downloaded them, you can access your new lists in Logos by going to File > Open, selecting “Vocabulary List” from the Types column, and then selecting the list of your choice from the Documents column. For additional help using them, see the previous post.

Have a vocabulary list from a Hebrew or Greek grammar that you’d like to see us make available? Send an email to suggest@logos.com, and let us know.

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SESB 3 Now Shipping

Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible (SESB), Version 3.0We now have the brand new Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible, Version 3 (or SESB 3 for short) in stock and ready to ship. SESB, which is a co-production of the German Bible Society and the Bible Society of the Netherlands, has been one of our most popular third-party products and is a standard for academic users around the world. Just read some of the many SESB reviews to see for yourself.

If you don’t already have an earlier edition of the SESB, you can get everything from the previous editions plus all of the new content by purchasing SESB 3. If you already have a previous version of SESB (i.e., SESB 1, SESB 1 (Logos Edition), or SESB 2), you can upgrade to SESB 3 for only $159.95.

Here’s a list of the more than 20 titles that are new to SESB 3:

  • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: WIVU Syntactic Analysis (Note: This is a new syntax database like Andersen-Forbes, not a resource in My Library.)
  • Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: Workgroep Informatica Constituency Tree Analysis
  • Biblia Sacra Vulgata (Apparatus)
  • Biblia Sacra Vulgata (SESB)
  • Biblia Sacra Vulgata: Psalmi iuxta Hebraicum et Varia Lectio (Apparatus)
  • Das Thomasevangelium: Originaltext mit Kommentar
  • Das wissenschaftliche Bibellexikon im Internet
  • Den Hellige Skrifts Kanoniske Bøger 1931/1948
  • The Gospel of Thomas: Original Text with Commentary
  • King James Version
  • King James Version Apocrypha
  • Lightfoot’s Apostolic Fathers in English
  • Lightfoot’s Apostolic Fathers in Greek
  • Luther Bibel (1912)
  • Russian Modern New Testament
  • Russian Synodal Bible Translation
  • Septuaginta: Apparatus Criticus
  • Septuaginta: Apparatus Criticus (Alternate Texts)
  • Septuaginta: SESB Edition
  • Septuaginta: SESB Edition (Alternate Texts)
  • A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament
  • Zürcher Bibel

To see the complete contents, visit www.logos.com/sesb.

Note: We have a limited stock of these. Once we run out, it’ll take a few weeks to get more in stock. So it’s first come, first served!

Update: The SESB 3 Upgrade is temporarily out of stock. We have more on the way.

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Logos Banners and Images for Your Website

We have an impressive number of users who regularly blog and tweet about us, and many show their enthusiasm by featuring one of our banners in their sidebar. Almost daily we meet new users by reading what people are saying about us and noticing who’s linking to us.

On occasion we get emails from people asking if they can link to our site or use one of our images in their site’s sidebar. We gladly grant them permission on both counts, but we wanted to state publicly that you don’t even need to ask. If you want to link to us, feel free. If you find a Logos image that you’d like to use in a post or put in your sidebar, help yourself.

To make it easy for you to find just the right one, we’ve created two pages where you can find dozens of images and ads that you can display on your site to show your enthusiasm for Logos to your readers.

If you’ve been wanting to show Logos a little love on your website or blog, head on over and grab an ad or image and link it up to the demo or to the appropriate product page.

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