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Joseph in the Matrix

Are you familiar with the movie The Matrix? I’m not so worried about the plot of the movie here; instead, I’m wondering about a particular effect created in the film: time essentially stopped or slowed incredibly, but the main character (“Neo,” played by Keanu Reeves) appeared conscious in the midst of the slowdown. Do you think this was a new technique? I remember watching it, thinking that it wasn’t just cool, it was innovative.

What if I told you about a noncanonical story of Jesus’ mother, Mary, circulated among early Christians—one that used a similar technique? And what if I told you it happened right at the point when Jesus was born? Well, it did, and that story is also known as the Protevangelium (or “Proto-Gospel”) of James (though in all likelihood, James, Jesus’ brother, had nothing to do with it). It tells a story of Mary’s parents, her birth, how she was raised, how Joseph came into the picture, and—of course—the birth of Jesus.

The Protevangelium of James is found in a group of writings usually called “apocryphal gospels” or “New Testament apocrypha” or sometimes even simply “noncanonical gospels.” I’ve been working on a version of the apocryphal gospel material available in Greek. We recently expanded it to a two-volume collection. One volume includes “Texts and Transcriptions”; this is the Greek material with morphological analysis. The second volume includes “Introductions and Translations”—newly written introductions to each document, fragment, or excerpt, as well as newly compiled bibliographies, and translations of all the material. It’s pretty cool (at least I think so); check it out if you’re interested. Most of the work is done, and we hope to release it early in 2013.

Anyway, back to Joseph in the Matrix. Here’s the setting: Joseph and Mary are traveling to Bethlehem for the census. Mary is at pretty much full-term pregnancy. On the way, though, Mary says to Joseph, “Take me down from the donkey, for that which is within me presses hard to come out.” (Prot. James 17.3) Now, any father-to-be can identify with Joseph here. His task is to find a place for Mary, and quick. So, according to this version of the story, Joseph finds a cave, drops Mary off there, and immediately goes to find a Hebrew midwife to assist with the birth.

And here is where the shift happens. The story was in the third person, but in Prot. James 18.2, it shifts to the first person singular, with Joseph as speaker.

“Now I, Joseph, was walking, yet I did not walk. And I looked up to the air and saw that the air was astonished. And I looked up unto the vault of heaven and saw it standing still, and the birds of the sky at rest. And I looked upon the earth and saw a dish laid out, and workmen lying by it, and their hands were in the dish. And they that were chewing did not chew, and they that were lifting food did not lift it, and they that put it to their mouth had not put it there. And behold, there were sheep being driven, and they did not go forward but stood still; and the shepherd lifted his hand to strike them with his staff, yet his hand remained up. And I looked upon the stream of the river and saw the mouths of the goats upon the water, yet they did not drink. And suddenly all things were restored to their course.”

Joseph notes, “I was walking, yet I did not walk.” Other people and objects are described in a similar state of being, but not moving; essentially stuck: “there were sheep being driven, and they did not go forward but stood still; and the shepherd lifted his hand to strike them with his staff, yet his hand remained up.” The picture is of a moment, frozen in time. Joseph is caught in that moment, similarly frozen, but consciously aware of it. And then, as suddenly as the moment comes, it leaves: “And suddenly all things were restored to their course.”

After this experience, Joseph conveniently and immediately locates a Hebrew midwife, and returns to the cave with her. Joseph and the midwife then find out that Jesus had already been born.

So why even mention this story at Christmastime? Not because it is canonical (it isn’t) or because it accurately supplements the story of Jesus’ birth (it probably doesn’t). But this is another way that some early Christians—particularly those who were struggling with the concept of the virgin birth—told that story. They told it in a way that allowed them to believe the virgin birth actually happened.

Not only that, it’s a good story, though I do like Luke’s version better.

Pick up your copy of Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha today.

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4 Factors That Make Diamond a Solid Upgrade Choice

You’ve probably noticed the newest member of the base package family: Logos 5 Diamond. It’s a huge library that stands in the gap between Platinum and Portfolio, but it’s more than just our second-biggest base package: Logos 5 Diamond is one of the smartest ways to upgrade to Logos 5.

In fact, when we first unveiled Logos 5, Diamond was the first base package purchased. Not the enormous Portfolio, the basic Starter, or the middle-of-the-road Gold—Diamond first.

Let’s take a closer look at why Diamond is such an intelligent upgrade choice.

1. You Get All Logos 5 Features

From the improved Passage Guide and Search Suggestions to the sophisticated Clause Search and Bible Sense Lexicon, it’s all yours. Every feature of Logos Bible Software is at your command, ready to help take your Bible study into deeper, richer territory.

2. You Save at Least 15%!

You get lots of amazing features and 2,028 resources, but you save at least 15% off the regular price. Why the “at least”? Because with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator, you get a discount tailored to your existing library. You’ll only pay for the books and datasets that are new to you.

3. Your Per-Book Price Is Miniscule

Let’s say you get the bare minimum discount of 15%. You’re still getting 2,028 resources for $2,933. That’s only $1.45 per resource! And that price is ever more unbelievable when you factor in how much it would cost to get these books in print: $52,500!

4. Your Unbeatable Payment Plan Makes It More Affordable

Even at this deal, $2,900 isn’t exactly pocket change. But that’s no problem: Logos 5 Diamond qualifies for an 18-month payment plan. You get to spread that cost over a year and a half, and the monthly cost is only about $11 more than what you’d pay every month if you started with Platinum. There are more ways a payment plan can help you afford the library you want, but the important thing about Diamond is that it’s the lowest base package to qualify for an 18-month plan.
And remember: this doesn’t take into account the special pricing you’ll get with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator!

Diamond: a Solid Choice

These are just four reasons Diamond is a really smart way to upgrade to Logos 5. If you already have Diamond, did I leave out any good reasons? Let me know in the comments!

Get into Genesis with the Lexham Bible Guides

We all wish we could buy time, even just a few hours to get a project done. With the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection, pastors can essentially do just that.

From creation through the patriarch narratives, the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection empowers you to interpret some of the most difficult and important chapters of the Bible. Both volumes prepare you to immerse yourself in passages you’ve read dozens of times—and walk away with entirely new insights.

The Lexham Bible Guides direct you to the best commentaries for the subject you’re researching. The Genesis Collection offers a complete introduction to each literary unit of the book, keeping you focused and helping you conduct more thorough research in a fraction of the time you usually spend hunting through commentaries on your own. You’ll also get an overview of the each passage’s structure, its place within Genesis and within the canon, major issues within the passage, key word studies, and an application to help you make this degree of research relevant for your faith community.

You already know that commentators hold a variety of views on God’s acceptance of Abel’s offering and not Cain’s. With the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection, you’ll get an overview of those opinions, with definitions of original-language words and links to commentaries that explore each standpoint in depth. Take a look at an excerpt:

The Offerings of Cain and Abel

The reason God favored Abel’s offering and not Cain’s remains a matter of debate. Both men brought offerings related to their vocation. Some commentators contend that this passage reflects a preference for blood sacrifice. Others argue that the narrator gives no clues as to God’s preference for one offering over the other. This latter view regards God’s sovereignty and divine election as responsible. Another interpretation, based on Heb 11:4, suggests that God preferred Abel’s offering because Abel demonstrated a righteous motivation in worship where Cain did not. The most common view, however, explains that God rejected Cain’s offering because of its quality. Abel offered the “firstborn” (bekhorah) of his flock (Gen 4:4); Cain failed to offer the “firstfruits” (bikkurim) of his yield (Gen 4:2; compare Exod 23:19).

  • Walter Brueggemann calls God’s preference for Abel’s offering inexplicable and recommends that interpreters resist the temptation to explain what the narrator leaves unexplained. He argues that the freedom of God is the main point.
  • Kenneth A. Mathews contends that a flaw in Cain’s intention prompted God’s rejection. He argues that God rejected the integrity of the giver, not the nature of the offering.
  • John Skinner argues that God’s preference for Abel’s offering reflects a preference for animal offerings over vegetable offerings.
  • Bruce Waltke examines the interpretive options, concluding that God rejected Cain’s offering because Cain did not bring the best of his harvest, revealing that he was not dependent on God.

How much time would you have invested in finding these resources on your own? Why do the work when Logos has already done it for you?

When you purchase the two-volume Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection, Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 1–11 will download immediately. Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 12–50 will download when it is released. Get yours today!

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Sometimes Bigger Is Better

Portfolio is the biggest, best library we could build. We pulled out all the stops for Logos 5 to give you a massive library at an incredible price—with huge introductory discounts that expire soon. Here’s a quick introduction to the biggest base package we’ve ever offered.

How big is Portfolio?

Portfolio is much bigger than it was before.

  • You get 2,585 resources—up from 1,650 resources before.
  • You get $78,000 worth of books and content—up from $36,245 before.

It’s also much bigger than any other base package:

  • It has 557 more resources than Diamond
  • It has 1,215 more resources than Platinum
  • It has 1,509 more resources than Gold

Why bigger is better

You might be asking, “Why do I need such a big library?”

Think of it this way: the value of a book by itself (physical or digital) is only in the information it carries. When you link two books together—for example, a link between a citation and the book it cites, or the ability to scroll the Greek text and your English New Testament side by side—you increase the value of each book.

When you start adding more complex links between thousands of books, and then integrate your library with data, smart tools, and a clean, fast interface to access everything, you can see that the books in your library become exponentially more valuable as you increase the total size of your library. (This is called the “Network Effect.”)

With Logos, the books in your library are interconnected. More books means more links between your books, more relevant results in the reports you run—like the Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, Bible Word Study, and more.

That’s why 2,651 resources in Portfolio are more valuable than 2,651 print books.

What’s in Portfolio?

Here’s what’s included:

  • 668 volumes of Bible commentaries
  • 152 volumes on Bible introduction, history, and culture
  • 359 volumes of biblical studies, including 50 volumes of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series
  • 285 theological works, including Calvin, Schaeffer, Aquinas, Owen, Baxter, Pink, and more.
  • 261 volumes on preaching and teaching, including 86 Spurgeon books
  • 113 original-language grammars, lexicons, word studies, and other tools, including BDAG, LSJ, and HALOT
  • Every Greek and Hebrew critical text in our format
  • 40 volumes on exegesis and interpretation
  • All 53 features in Logos, including all the new Logos 5 features

One way many people determine whether they should get a base package is by calculating the value of books or commentary sets they’ve had their eye to see if they can get a better price as part of a base package. In most cases, they can, and you probably can, too.

For example, Portfolio contains the following resources:

You’ll notice that the books above would cost you $5,434 if you bought them separately.

But if you get Portfolio instead, not only will you get all these books—you’ll get almost 2,000 additional resources, all for less than the price of just the books listed above.

Your list of must-have resources might look a little different than the list above, but probably not too different—it still probably includes a few commentaries, some reference works, a lexicon or two, and some theological works. Take a look at the content in Portfolio, make your own list, and then do the math to see what you’ll save by buying or upgrading to Portfolio.

Upgrading from the previous version of Portfolio?

If you own a previous version of Portfolio, you can still take advantage of incredible savings and get a ton of new books.

With an upgrade from the previous version of Portfolio, you’ll get:

  • 1,643 new resources
  • $23,036.51 worth of content if you bought the books separately at regular Logos.com prices, or $49,088.87 worth of content if you bought the books at print list prices.
  • All the new Logos 5 features

When you upgrade, you get all this for $118.23 per month for 18 months. And depending on what you already own, your price could be much lower than this number.

You won’t lose any books you already own, plus you’ll get all the new content, along with the new Logos 5 features.

18-month payment plan

Are you on a book budget? Our interest-free payment plans are designed for you. By extending the payment plan from 12 to 18 months, we’re making it easier for you to use the monthly book budget provided by your church to pay for Portfolio. Payment plans are interest-free, but we do ask for a $5 processing fee to cover additional accounting and administration expenses.

Head on over to the comparison chart to see what’s in Portfolio, and to see your customized discount price.

Don’t miss the limited-time introductory discount

For just a little while longer, you can get Portfolio at an introductory discount, but this discount won’t last forever. If you’re thinking about buying or upgrading to Portfolio, it’s important that you do so soon.

In addition to the launch discounts, you’ll get an additional discount for any content you already own—even for books you may have bought 20 years ago. If you’ve been a Logos customer for awhile and you’ve been acquiring books over the years, you may be surprised at how low your price for Portfolio might be.

The main thing you need to know is that this price will be going up soon. Head on over to the upgrade page to see everything you will get and your personalized discount price.

Don’t Wait! Upgrade to Logos 5 Now

There’s no question that the best way to get tons of new Logos content at the best possible price is with a base package.  Upgrading your base package gives you new content and Logos 5′s powerful, fast new features1.

Here’s what you get when you upgrade:

The Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator

Upgrade to Logos 5 right now and take advantage of the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator, which credits you for the content you already own. That’s right! You aren’t going to pay for the same book twice. This doesn’t just count for previous base packages—the upgrader is also taking into account other resources you may have added to your Logos library, even if you don’t own a base package.

Move to Logos 5 and Save at Least 15%

On top of your custom discount, throughout the launch period you can take at least 15% off your upgrade to Logos 5. Depending on the package you’re upgrading to, you’ll get 15–25% off! When you combine the custom discount with the launch sale and pay with an interest-free payment plan, you have the best scenario for moving to Logos 5. Hurry though—this special promotional pricing is only available for a limited time. Visit Logos.com/Upgrade to see your upgrade discounts now!

The Features and Content You Need

We didn’t just tweak our existing base packages, we went back to the drawing board to put together the most powerful Bible-study resources possible. Rebuilt from the ground up, Logos 5 gives you significant value and content, including Bible translations, reverse interlinears, commentary sets, reference material, preaching and ministry resources, and so much more. There’s an amazing amount of new content in our base packages—check out the comparison page to see for yourself.

But Logos 5 isn’t about just theological ebooks. What makes Logos 5 pop is combining your vast Bible-study library with Logos 5′s cutting-edge features. Put features like the Timeline, Clause Search, Bible Facts, Sermon Starter and Topic Guides, and Bible Sense Lexicon to work for you, and you’ll soon find yourself immersed in profound Bible study.

Don’t Wait. Upgrade Now!

You have absolutely nothing to lose when you upgrade now. Every resource you own will come with you when you move to Logos 5, and you’ll never pay for the same book twice. If you recently purchased books, and want to upgrade today, you won’t lose any of the content you’ve purchased. Instead, you’ll get a significant amount of new content for pennies on the dollar.

Right now, we’re offering discounts on all upgrades. Visit the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator to see your best price and upgrade now!

  1. Starter equips you with many of the core datasets, Bronze gives you the majority of the datasets and features, Silver give you everything except for the Bible Senses dataset, and Gold and above give you everything. []

Save 12% on 12 Items for 12-12-12!

It’s December 12, 2012, and a date like 12-12-12 is pretty rare—we wanted to acknowledge the occasion with a special sale.

Today you can save 12% on 12 special products. We hand-picked books where the number 12 was significant in either the title or the number of volumes. Enter the coupon code 12 today and you can save on:

  1. The Works of Thomas Goodwin (12 vols.) only $175.96
  2. Reading the New Testament Commentary (12 vols.) now $184.76
  3. Crossway D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Collection (12 vols.) today $149.56
  4. Christian Focus Preaching and Worship Collection (12 vols.) yours for $149.56
  5. Holman New Testament Commentary (12 vols.) get it for $131.97
  6. Tyndale Biblical Reference Collection (12 vols.) only $131.96
  7. George Müller Collection (12 vols.) get it for $114.36
  8. The Works of John Wycliffe (12 vols.) now $87.96
  9. Handbook to Spiritual Growth: Twelve Facets of the Spiritual Life by Kenneth Boa,  today $22.00
  10. Twelve Ordinary Men by John F. MacArthur, yours for $20.23
  11. Twelve Extraordinary Women by John F. MacArthur, regularly $17.95—get it for $15.80
  12. Believing God: Twelve Biblical Promises Christians Struggle to Accept by R. C. Sproul Jr., now $13.16

Take 12% off these titles with coupon code 12 today only, or get them all for around $1,200 (actually $1,197.28, but we were pretty surprised by how close it came)!

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2 Steps to Greek & Hebrew Bible Study

Today’s post continues Logos Talk’s Christmas Bible study. Check back throughout December for more ways to study the birth of Jesus!

You probably remember the first time someone told you about doing Bible study by looking at Greek and Hebrew, the languages it was originally written in. When I first heard that, I wondered how much Greek or Hebrew I would need to get under my belt.

Well, there’s good news: Logos 5 makes it easy to start exploring Greek and Hebrew words, even if you don’t know these languages. Here’s a fine way to get started.

1. Turn on the Reverse Interlinear.
It sounds technical, but what it does is pretty straightforward: it reverses the English translation back to its original language. It also opens up a few new pathways for exploring the text, but we’ll get to those later. First, we need to turn it on.

Without the reverse interlinear, your Logos 5 Bible will look like this.

But when we hit the Reverse Interlinear button, we get simple word-by-word comparison of the passage.

We’ve just opened up a bunch of new study possibilities, but for now, we’ll focus on the Strong’s numbers in the bottom row.

2. Look up the Strong’s number.

Matthew kicks off his gospel with the genealogy of “Jesus the Messiah.” What is a Messiah? With the Reverse Interlinear, it’s easy to find out.

Just hover over the Strong’s number, and Logos looks up that word in your preferred Bible dictionary. I enjoy The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament because it explains Greek words in ways that a non-Greek scholar (like me) can understand. Whatever your preferred dictionary is, Logos pulls its definition for the word instantly—so long as you have that dictionary in your library.

 

I learn that both “the Messiah” and “the Christ” refer to “the Anointed One.” I also see that it’s used in conjunction with “King of Israel” and “Savior of the world.”

So, without leaving my Bible, I’ve already learned a few things:

  • The first time Matthew references Jesus, it’s as the Messiah, or Anointed One. That gives me an idea of how Jesus will be portrayed in the rest of the book.
  • It tells me why the following 17 verses of genealogy are important: it’s how the long-awaited Messiah came to us.

And I’m already hungry for more. Not only do I have a better understanding of what the Bible says, but I also have some more questions for further study:

  • Why is this word translated “Messiah” instead of “Christ” (which is far more common in the NT)?
  • What was Jesus anointed specifically for? Priesthood? Kingship? Both?

That’s one thing I love about studying Greek and Hebrew words—you learn what you need to know, and you know what else you need to learn. And it only takes a few seconds when you’re doing word studies with Logos 5.

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You’ll find the full Reverse Interlinear in Logos 5. If you haven’t already, upgrade to Logos 5 and subscribe to the Logos blog as we continue our Christmas Bible study.

5 Ways to Move to Logos 5

Logos 5 is here, and we’ve been thrilled by the response. Customers are loving the books, datasets, and features we’ve bundled together in our seven new base packages. Our teams have been working extended hours just to keep up with the demand.

This post is primarily for customers looking to upgrade, so if you’re new to Logos, you can skip the rest of this post and check out our Logos base packages and the features that make Logos 5 worth getting excited about.

If you’re an existing customer trying to sort out your options, keep reading. Whether your budget is large, medium, small, or nonexistent, there are several options for moving to the latest version of our Windows and Mac software. But before I outline them, I want to cover a few important points.

All-New Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator

We’ve created a brand-new custom discounting engine that takes into consideration 100% of the books and datasets you already own and gives you a corresponding discount on a Logos 5 base package. This ensures that you never pay for the same book twice. To say it another way, when we calculate your price, we factor in only the items that are brand-new to you.

The all-new Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator now allows you to qualify for special upgrade pricing even if you don’t own a Logos 4 or earlier base package. All you need to do is own one or more titles included in the package you want to buy, and you’ll get a discount for what you own (plus an additional introductory promotional discount).

If you’ve been buying individual items for years, now’s your chance to get a base package at upgrade prices.

See yesterday’s post to learn more about the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

You Never Lose Any Books

Occasionally we hear from customers that the one thing holding them back from upgrading is their fear of losing books. And rightly so. Many of you have invested thousands of dollars with us. One of our top priorities is ensuring that your investment is safe. That’s why we’ve committed to making sure all your books will always work in the latest versions of our software. Even books purchased 20 years ago still work in Logos 5 today. And we’ve provided free updates to new file formats and added new tagging and functionality—again, for free.

So rest assured that when you move to Logos 5, you bring all of your existing library of books along with you, for free—and you benefit from the advances we’ve made by adding new tagging. Once you buy books, they’re yours for life. And they just keep getting better, with no additional cost to you.

Upgrading vs. Updating: Books, Datasets, and Code

Every time we release a new version of the software, we get questions about how to get it, how much it costs, what you’re getting with your purchase, and what you’re actually paying for. To help customers understand their options, we distinguish between upgrading and updating.

Upgrading costs money; updating is free.

When you upgrade, you’re paying for new books and new datasets, which enable the new features to work. You’re not technically paying for the features themselves. The features are code, and we deliver that new code as part of the engine, which is free. Many features don’t work without the new datasets, so sometimes we talk about getting new features when you upgrade, but technically you’re purchasing the datasets; the code behind the features is part of the free engine.

When you update, you don’t pay anything. Updating is free. You don’t get any new books or datasets. You get the new code with the free core engine, along with features that don’t require new datasets to work. You get free updates to the software as often as we release them. You also get regular free updates to books as we add new tagging and enhancements and fix typos. Updates to datasets—like adding more people to the Biblical People dataset—are also free.

You can summarize the differences between upgrading and updating this way:

Price Books Datasets Code
Upgrading Not Free New and Updated New and Updated New and Updated
Updating Free Updated Only Updated Only New and Updated

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into the five options for moving to Logos 5.

Option 1: Choose a Higher Base Package

Our top recommendation for you is to move up into one of our higher base packages. So if you’re currently at Logos 4 Silver, you might want to take this opportunity to move to Logos 5 Gold. This is an upgrade in two different senses: you’re moving up from 4 to 5, and you’re moving up from Silver to Gold.

We’ve completely reconfigured our seven base packages, which means you’re getting hundreds or even thousands of new books at ~90% off what you’d pay if you bought them separately on Logos.com. Our new base packages are a book lover’s dream come true.

Our higher-end packages also include all the new Logos 5 datasets, which means if you upgrade to Gold or higher, you’ll have access to all the new Logos 5 features.

The value of our top packages is amazing, especially with our new dynamic pricing engine. But to sweeten the deal, we’re offering limited-time promotional discounts. The higher you jump, the better your discount. So in addition to applying an ownership discount based on how much of the new package you already own, we’re also applying special launch discounts that increase the higher you jump.

There’s no better value for building your library and getting access to all the new features in Logos 5—and there’s no better time than now. Remember, these opportunities to upgrade at our best discounts come around only with each new major version every few years and they don’t last long.

Pros: Best value; best discounts; tons of new books; all our new datasets and features1

Cons: Prices may not work for everyone’s budget, even with our new 18-month payment plan.2

Option 2: Choose Your Equivalent Base Package

If beefing up your library isn’t what you need and you don’t necessarily want all the new datasets and features, moving over to the same level you’re currently at may meet your needs. While this is also an upgrade—you’re moving up from Logos 4 to Logos 5—we sometimes call this a base package crossgrade, because you’re staying at the same package level in the new lineup.

Even though there’s not always a one-to-one match between our previous packages and our new ones, each previous-generation package basically has an equivalent Logos 5 package. This table shows our base package lineup since Logos 1 Series X, which was released in 2001, with the equivalent packages lined up in the same row.

Logos 1 Logos 2 Logos 3 Logos 4 Logos 5
Christian Home Christian Home Christian Home Christian Home Starter
Bible Study Bible Study Bible Study Bible Study Starter
Pastor’s Pastor’s Leader’s Leader’s Starter
Original Languages Original Languages Original Languages Original Languages Bronze3
Scholar’s Scholar’s Scholar’s Scholar’s Bronze
Silver Silver Silver Silver
Gold Gold Gold
Platinum Platinum
Diamond
Portfolio Portfolio

As you can see, with Logos 5 we’ve reduced the number of packages and created a more linear lineup that doesn’t attach certain packages to people’s roles or responsibilities. We found that customers were buying the library that offered the books, datasets, and features they wanted at the price they could afford. So we merged Christian Home, Bible Study, and Leader’s into Starter. We changed the name of Scholar’s to Bronze, and we added Diamond between Platinum and Portfolio.

If you’re not able to move up to a higher package right now, the next-best option is to move across to the Logos 5 package that corresponds to your current Logos 4 (or earlier) package.

Pros: Amazing value; amazing discounts; lots of new books; all or most of our new datasets and features4

Cons: Not as many books; perhaps not all the datasets and features; prices may still be higher than some can afford, even on a payment plan

Option 3: Choose a Lower Base Package

The new Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator makes it possible to upgrade to any of our seven Logos 5 base packages, even if it’s “lower” than the Logos 4 package you currently own. As we already covered, you won’t lose anything you already have in your current base package—or anything else you’ve ever purchased from us. Your books and datasets are yours for life.

By choosing a lower-level base package, you’ll pick up all the new books, datasets, and features that you don’t currently have—and your discounted price is based only on that new content. If the package that has everything you want happens to be “below” the level you’re currently at, that’s fine.

Does that mean that a Logos 4 Gold owner who decides to purchase Logos 5 Silver has somehow been downgraded to a lower status? No. This is still an upgrade. You’re only adding new books and datasets. You’re not losing anything. You’re now a Logos 4 Gold + Logos 5 Silver owner. You won’t get as many books when you upgrade to a smaller package, and you might not get all the new datasets. But you’re not losing anything from the Logos 4 Gold package—or anything else, for that matter.

Pros: Excellent value; excellent discounts; many new books; many of our new datasets and features5

Cons: Not as many books; perhaps not all datasets and features you want

Option 4: Choose Minimal Crossgrade or Core Datasets

While most customers love the opportunity to build their libraries at unbelievable prices, some are just looking to pick up the new datasets and features in the new version of the software. To meet the needs of these people, we’ve created two new products: Logos 5 Minimal Crossgrade and Logos 5 Core Datasets.

Logos 5 Minimal Crossgrade

The Minimal Crossgrade is the perfect option for those who don’t want to grow their libraries, but want to make sure they get the best Logos 5 experience and enjoy all the new datasets and features. Most of the new features in Logos 5 are powered by one of our 10 new datasets. Minimal Crossgrade allows a Logos 4 customer to pick up all the new datasets and features in Logos 5 at the lowest possible price.

If you own a Logos 3 or earlier base package, you can also purchase the Logos 5 Minimal Crossgrade, but you’ll be missing out on some of the datasets and features that were added in Logos 4. If you don’t own a Logos 4 base package, you should also purchase the Logos 4 Minimal Crossgrade to make sure that you’re caught up with everything.

Upgrading to a Logos 5 base package and purchasing the Minimal Crossgrade aren’t mutually exclusive options. If the package that has all the books you want is missing one or more datasets and features, you have the option of buying a base package and then buying Minimal Crossgrade on top of that. This applies to Starter, Bronze, and Silver. Once you’re at Logos 5 Gold, Minimal Crossgrade won’t add anything you don’t already have.

Note: If you place your order for a Logos 5 base package and the Minimal Crossgrade on Logos.com, you’ll need to do it in two steps (base package first, Minimal Crossgrade second) to ensure that you get a custom upgrade price on Minimal Crossgrade. But if you place your order over the phone, one of our helpful sales reps can do it in a single transaction.

Pros: Great value; great discount; all our new datasets and features; a core set of books to enhance some of the features

Cons: Very few books

Logos 5 Core Datasets

One step below the Minimal Crossgrade is a new product called Core Datasets. Core Datasets allows you to get most of the core functionality in Logos 5, but lacks a few of the higher-end datasets and features in Silver and Gold and higher. For those on a tight budget with no desire for more books or the higher-end features, Core Datasets is the least expensive way into Logos 5.

Note: Minimal Crossgrade includes 100% of the contents of Core Datasets, so if you buy the former, you don’t need the latter.

Pros: Good value; good discount; most of our new datasets and features6

Cons: No books; not all datasets and features

Option 5: Wait for the Free Core Engine

We understand that not everyone wants a bigger library or needs access to the new databases that make Logos 5 really shine. In early 2013, we’ll be releasing the core Logos 5 engine for Windows and Mac as a free update for Logos 4 and earlier users. Most of the new bells and whistles that you see in the Logos 5 promotional videos require our new datasets to work, but this option will give you the new user interface and the features that aren’t dependent on datasets.

Remember, though, that the free core engine option will always be around, but the extra-special upgrade discounts won’t last forever.

Of course, if you’re not ready to move to Logos 5 yet, you can safely continue to use Logos 4. We’ll release updates to ensure you can keep using your software and books, and you can continue to download the Logos 4 engine from our installation page.

Pros: Free; a few new features

Cons: No new books; no new datasets; most new features won’t work or won’t work well

Summary of Options

Here’s a breakdown of all your options for moving to Logos 5.

Options New Books New Datasets New Features Value Price
Move Up Up to ~2,300+ All7 All8 Best ~$330–$35009
Move Across Up to ~900+ Most/All10 Most/All11 Amazing ~$70–$210012
Move Down Up to ~250+ Many/Most13 Many/Most14 Excellent ~$50–$1600
Minimal Crossgrade 26 All All Great $159.9515
Core Datasets 0 Most Most Good $79.95
Free Core Engine 0 None Some Free $0

Top Products

When you buy a base package or upgrade, you’re now given the opportunity to customize your package by adding on some of our bestselling products at the best prices we’ve ever offered. Instead of choosing “Add to cart,” choose “Customize” to be taken to a screen that will show you some awesome deals. These deals are available only when you’re purchasing a base package or upgrade, so check the price and make sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

What about Pre-Pubs?

Many of you have lots of Pre-Pubs scheduled to ship over the next couple of months. We don’t want that to keep you from being able to upgrade, so we’re offering a special opportunity for you to delay any Pre-Pubs with designated ship dates, and put them all together on a payment plan. If you upgrade to Logos 5 and would like to take advantage of this offer, just send an email to sales@logos.com or call 800-875-6467 and talk to one of our friendly sales reps.

Limited-Time Discounts

During the launch promotion, all upgrades have special limited-time discounts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to upgrade to a new Logos 5 base package at the best discounts we’ll offer!

  1. Requires moving to Gold or higher. []
  2. Orders of $1,900 or more qualify for our new 18-month payment plan. []
  3. We have a new base package called Biblical Languages, which is available to members of our academic program. []
  4. Starter equips you with many of the core datasets, Bronze gives you the majority of the datasets and features, Silver give you everything except for the Bible Senses dataset, and Gold and above give you everything. []
  5. Starter equips you with many of the core datasets, Bronze gives you the majority of the datasets and features, Silver give you everything except for the Bible Senses dataset, and Gold and above give you everything. []
  6. Core Datasets includes all of the new Logos 5 datasets except for the Word Senses dataset, the Old Testament Clauses dataset, and the New Testament Clauses dataset. []
  7. Requires moving to Gold or higher. []
  8. Requires moving to Gold or higher. []
  9. With special introductory discount []
  10. Depends in part on which base package you own. []
  11. Depends in part on which base package you own. []
  12. With special introductory discount. []
  13. Depends in part on which base package you own. []
  14. Depends in part on which base package you own. []
  15. May be less with dynamic pricing. []

Logos 5: Where Innovation Meets Bible Study

Innovative is the perfect word to describe Logos 5. The Latin roots of the word innovate literally mean “into the new,” and with Logos 5, Logos Bible Software is making Bible study new again.

Logos includes an entire department dedicated to developing innovative content. This team’s goal is to find new ways to connect you to important biblical information. The kind of work they’re doing can’t be automated—the team combed through Scripture and isolated, tagged, and created these connections. It’s this labor of love that makes Logos 5′s cutting-edge features feasible.

Check out our Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator today to see your special pricing options. New to Logos? Head to Logos.com to see what everyone’s talking about!

5 Ways to Use Logos 5′s New Timeline

The Timeline is a new Logos 5 tool of epic proportions, connecting you to the legacy of God and his people through the ages. Much more than a static list of events, it gives you new ways to interact with the books in your library.

Here are five ways to see the big picture using Timeline:

1. Connect your reading to a world of history 

Hundreds of books in your Logos 5 library are equipped with the Timeline visual filter, allowing you to connect your reading to the other major events in the era you’re reading about. (Example)

2.  Find your subject of study on the Timeline

Use the Timeline’s filter to cut out events irrelevant to your study. Or hit CTRL + F (PC) or CMD + F (Mac) to jump quickly to a person or event in history and see what’s happening around it. (Example)

3.  Get the Timeline to follow along with your reading

When you set the Timeline to the same linkset as a book with Timeline flags, the Timeline will move you as you scroll through your book, jumping from era to era. (Example)

4.  Branch out

Studying 1 Kings? Go to the Timeline and find the events of Solomon; if you find an event you want to know more about, jump into Bible Facts and find every person who was involved, find out where it took place, and see what biblical passages mention it. (Example)

5. Browse for fun—you never know what you’ll find!

As you scroll through the massive Timeline of Christian and world history, you’ll find events that link directly to articles and chapters from your library—works like Exploring Church History, 131 Christians Everyone Should Know, The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, and History of the Christian Churchmost of which already come in certain Logos 5 base packages. (Example)

Upgrade your base package—get Logos 5

Timeline is available only in Logos 5 Bronze and higher, so upgrade your base package now to experience the best in Bible study.