People behind the Product: Meet the Anchor Yale Bible Team

The Anchor Yale Bible was our biggest Pre-Pub ever in terms of its size, the number of hours it took to get it from print to digital, and the team assembled to tackle it.

Pictured below are the folks in our Electronic Text Development department who did the lion’s share of the work.

Several others are not pictured here because they forgot to wear their t-shirts! Many more were involved in other ways like working with the publisher and doing things like marketing, sales, testing, shipping, and support.

Since this was a special Pre-Pub, we did something out of the ordinary. One of our artists designed a t-shirt that those who worked closely on the project received. Here’s a close-up of someone wearing his new t-shirt proudly.

I know some of you are thinking how much you’d like to add this to your wardrobe. Well, if you wear a medium, you just might be able to. We have three medium t-shirts left. If you bought the Anchor Yale Bible and want one of these cool shirts, leave a comment below. We’ll randomly pick out three winners and send out the shirts in the next day or two.

Goliath and the Hebrew Text of the Old Testament

“Goliath and the Hebrew Text of the Old Testament” — at BibleStudyMagazine.comWas Goliath really nine-and-a-half feet tall? Did David actually kill Goliath? A new interactive article from BibleStudyMagazine.com has the answers.

In “Clash of the Manuscripts: Goliath and the Hebrew text of the Old Testament,” which appeared on pages 33–35 of the May–June issue of Bible Study Magazine, Dr. Michael Heiser discusses two textual problems that have bearing on the height and death of Goliath. Looking at all of the data, Dr. Heiser shows how to reconcile the conflicting sources.

Read the article to find out if your Sunday school teacher was right.

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To see the previous interactive articles, be sure to visit the Interactive page.

Product Guide on Mark’s Gospel

Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel According to Mark [DOWNLOAD]Are you preaching through Mark’s Gospel or writing a paper, article, or thesis on some aspect of Mark’s text or theology?

Maybe you’re studying Mark in your own personal Bible study time or with a small group at your church and want to work through a devotional study to help you apply what you’re reading to your life.

Regardless of your task, having a variety of quality commentaries and Bible study resources on hand is essential.

With Logos Bible Software, you have a plethora of titles to choose from. Our new Product Guide on Mark brings them all together in one place: commentaries you can purchase individually, sets covering Mark, and Bible studies.

Visit www.logos.com/mark to see all of the titles we currently offer on Mark’s Gospel.

If you don’t see something you think we should offer, send an email to suggest@logos.com and let us know.

Last Day for a Great Deal on Cornerstone Commentary

Several months ago we gave away a free download of the Matthew and Mark Cornerstone Biblical Commentary. The giveaway was extremely popular and over 10,000 people added this great commentary to their Logos library. Today we are excited to say that the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary set has finished production and will be shipping in just a few days!
As with all our pre-pubs, once we ship the pre-pub price disappears. That is why you need to hurry up and place your order today! When you order the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary set today you get it for only $179.95. On Wednesday, after we ship, the price will go up to $249.95. Place your order today, because you’ll never see this set for a better price than it is right now.
Learn more about the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary set.

20 Free Copies of “Understanding Your Blessings in Christ”

The May–June issue of Bible Study Magazine featured an article by Elizabeth George on what it means to be a member of God’s household (pp. 19–20) based on her book Understanding Your Blessings in Christ, a study through the book of Ephesians, so we’ve teamed up with Harvest House Publishers to give away 20 copies of her book.

We’re also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and a copy of Bible Study Library.

There are four different ways to enter the giveaway, and you can increase your chance of winning by doing all of them.

Complete any or all of the following by June 30, 2009 to enter:

  1. Simply fill out the entry form and click “Submit.”
  2. Post a link in any of your social spheres (blog, forum, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) to www.biblestudymagazine.com/elizabeth letting people know about the giveaway. In July, we’ll search through all the backlinks to the site and select winners at random.
  3. Since Bible Study Magazine is published by Logos Bible Software, if you mention the giveaway and post a link to www.logos.com, we’ll search through those backlinks as well and select winners at random.
  4. Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine between now and June 30, 2009, and we’ll give you two more entries.

Head over to the giveaway page at BibleStudyMagazine.com for all of the details.

Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go? Part 2

On Thursday of last week, we looked at how to use Strong’s in Logos Bible Software version 3, but I left out a few things that are worth calling attention to. In addition to accessing Strong’s from the “Other Tools” section of the Bible Speed Search or the regular Bible Search results, you can access it directly from the right-click menu of any Strong’s-tagged Bible or by running advanced Bible searches for particular Strong’s numbers.

Accessing Strong’s from Your Bibles

You can still run the old Englishman’s Concordance report from the right-click menu in Strong’s-enabled Bibles. For example, open the KJV to Romans 8, right-click on a word like condemnation, and select “Englishman’s Concordance.”

Doing so will launch this report, which shows you all of the occurrences of that particular Greek word, which happens to be translated all three times as condemnation.

Another way to do this is to right-click on the word and choose “Selected Reference” > “Speed Search This Resource.”

This will generate a search that gives you the same results as the Englishman’s Concordance report, but provides a few additional options under “Other Tools.”

Searching for a Specific Strong’s Number

You’ll notice that when the previous search generates, it uses the standard Bible Speed Search window and populates the search box with GreekStrongs in G2631. What this means is that you can bypass the right-click menu and do a search directly from the Bible Speed Search if you are starting with the Strong’s number you want to find.

For Greek words, you just need to type in something like GreekStrongs in G2631. Simply replace the Strong’s number with the one you’re looking for. For Hebrew words, you would type in HebrewStrongs in H6942. This allows you to instantly generate a report of all of the occurrences of a given Strong’s number.

Searches like these will show you all of the occurrences of a particular Greek or Hebrew word, regardless of how it is translated in English. If you want to narrow the report to show you only the places where a particular Greek or Hebrew word is (or is not) translated with a particular English word, you would simple add to the search equals or notequals followed by your word. For example, GreekStrongs in G1680 gives you all of the places where this Greek word occurs. It is almost always translated hope. If you wanted to limit it to the places where it is not translated hope, you would search for GreekStrongs in G1680 NOTEQUALS hope. Here’s another one to try: GreekStrongs in G26 NOTEQUALS love, will find all of the places where the main Greek word for love is not translated as love in the KJV.

Eerdmans’ NICOT and NICNT on Pre-Pub!

The New International Commentary (NIC) is without a doubt one of the most respected conservative evangelical commentary series ever produced. For years our customers have been begging us and Eerdmans to produce a digital edition of it—we’ve probably received more requests for NIC than for anything else—but the timing just wasn’t right. Until now. The entire 40-volume set is finally available for pre-order, and in just a few days it exceeded the number of pre-orders necessary to send it into production.

The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT)

The NICOT features 22 volumes of detailed commentary covering 25 of the 39 books of the Old Testament Scriptures by leading scholars like Daniel Block, Peter Craigie, Tremper Longman III, O. Palmer Robertson, J. A. Thompson, Bruce Waltke, Gordon Wenham, and many others. The NICOT brings together 12,365 pages of the best evangelical scholarship on the Old Testament and is an essential tool for pastors, students, professors, and serious Bible students.

Visit the product page for a complete list of titles included and additional details about each volume.

The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)

The NICNT features 18 volumes of first-rate commentaries covering 25 of the 27 books of the New Testament Scriptures (everything except for 2 Peter and Jude) by prominent evangelical scholars like Leon Morris, F. F. Bruce, Douglas Moo, Gordon Fee, I. Howard Marshall, Robert Mounce, and many others. The NICNT brings together 11,467 pages of the best conservative Protestant scholarship on the New Testament, and our edition will include Gordon Fee’s forthcoming commentary on Thessalonians. If you’re only going to have one commentary series on the NT, this is the one to have.

Visit the product page for a complete list of titles included and additional details about each volume.

Having all of this material seamlessly integrated into your digital library means that it will always be as close by as your laptop or netbook, and access to any of the volumes is just a couple of mouse clicks or keystrokes away. Whether you’re on the road and need to prepare for Sunday’s sermon or just want the flexibility to write your next paper in the coffee shop instead of the library, having the NIC in your Libronix library is the perfect solution.

If you haven’t already, be sure to place your pre-order to lock in the lowest price.

Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go?

Many pastors and Bible students who have grown up using Strong’s numbering system for Hebrew and Greek are slow to switch to something unfamiliar like reverse interlinears. We believe that reverse interlinears are a far better technology and superior to the Strong’s system, but we understand that not everyone is ready to completely abandon Strong’s just yet. That’s why we’ve tried to retain our Strong’s functionality as new versions have come out.

James Strong is best known for his Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible in which every Hebrew and Greek word was given a number, all of the references where each word occurred were listed, and brief definitions were given for each word. Strong’s numbering system made it easy for people who couldn’t read Hebrew or Greek to look up words.

Last month we got a call from a customer who has been wanting to upgrade from version 2 of our software to version 3 for a couple of years now. The only thing holding him back was that he thought he’d lose his Strong’s Concordance. After we explained to him that all of his favorite Strong’s resources and reports would still work in version 3, he was overjoyed and quickly upgraded. This post is for anyone out there who might be in the same boat.

Resources and Reports

Sometimes there can be confusion regarding what is a resource or book that can be found in My Library and what is a report or part of the software’s functionality. So let’s start by setting the record straight.

Resources

There are several Strong’s lexicons or dictionaries:

Other lexicons like the Dictionaries of Biblical Languages w/ Semantic Domains include Strong’s numbers and will work as well.

There are a few Bibles with built-in Strong’s numbering both inline and interlinear.

The ESV and NRSV NT reverse interlinears also have Strong’s numbers.

Reports

Version 2 had an Englishman’s Concordance report that produced results like you’d find in Strong’s Concordance. Version 3 has a similar report under a different name.

  • Version 2: Englishman’s Concordance
  • Version 3: Search Analysis by Strong’s

Clarification: You can actually still run the Englishman’s Concordance report in version 3. See Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go? Part 2 for the details.

Finding the Strong’s Report in Version 3

So where do you find Strong’s Concordance in version 3? If you’re looking for Strong’s Concordance in My Library, you won’t find it because it’s not a book or resource. It’s a report. Concordances (as resources) don’t make a lot of sense in Bible software because you can generate a concordance on any word or phrase by simply running a search.

To get the Strong’s Concordance report in version 2, you’d use the Englishman’s Concordance. The same basic content is still available in version 3. Here’s one way you access it:

1. Do a Bible Speed Search or a regular Bible Search using the KJV or the NASB (or another Bible with Strong’s numbering) on a word like marriage.

2. In the search results window, click “Search Analysis by Strong’s” in the top right hand column at the bottom of “Other Tools.” You’ll see this report.

This will show you all of the underlying Hebrew or Greek words for the English word you searched on. You can arrange the results by root word or by reference. You can also do the reverse of this. See the follow-up post for details.

For more on Strong’s, see:

For more on reverse interlinears, see:

See Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go? Part 2 for more on using Strong’s in Logos Bible Software 3.

Seminary Professor Switches to Logos and Loves It

Jeff Straub, a seminary professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota, shares in two posts how he’s made (and continues to make) the transition from a print library to a digital library with Logos Bible Software and why he loves it.

It was a hard sell for me. After more than 25 years in ministry, tirelessly searching for books anywhere they might be found, hoping against hope to find good books at cheap prices, I finally switched . . . to a digital library . . . to Logos. And I love it! I travel a bit, sometimes overseas, and I love the portability of my digital library.

He goes on to talk about the “back-breaking task” of moving more than 100 heavy boxes of books to Minneapolis. I remember doing the same thing about a year and a half ago, but thankfully with only 40 boxes.

On the bright side, at least Jeff discovered Logos before his next move, and at least he didn’t have as big of a print library as Rousas Rushdoony did. According to Wikipedia, Rushdoony had more than 60,000 books in his personal library (and read nearly half of them). Imagine what 1,600 boxes of books would do to your back!

Find out more about why Jeff is lovin’ Logos in these two posts:

Logos Bible Software for Catholics

For years we’ve had several quality Catholic products available, like the popular Collegeville Catholic Reference Library. You’ve asked for even more, and we’ve listened. If you follow our Pre-Pub (RSS) and Community Pricing (RSS) pages, you’ve probably noticed the many new Catholic collections now available for pre-order:

If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to check them out and place your pre-orders for the ones that interest you.

Catholic Product Guide

With the addition of all of these new titles, we decided it was time to build a Catholic Product Guide, which contains an exhaustive list of all of the Catholic titles we currently have for sale or pre-order. We’ll keep it up to date as we make more Catholic resources available, so be sure to bookmark it and check back regularly. You’ll find it at www.logos.com/catholic.

As always, we invite your suggestions for additional titles you’d like to see. Just email them to suggest@logos.com, and we’ll see about putting them on Pre-Pub or Community Pricing.

Free Catholic Lectionary

To kick off all of these new Catholic offerings, we’ve partnered with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to give away a new Catholic lectionary to everyone who has our Lectionary Viewer Addin, which is included in all of our Windows base packages except for the Original Languages Library. To get the new Catholic lectionary, simply run Libronix Update from the Tools menu in Libronix or run the 3.0f Auto-Update Script. You’ll find additional details and help on our Lectionaries page and in a prior blog post.

5 Free Copies of the Collegeville Catholic Reference Library, Version 2

Collegeville Catholic Reference Library, Version 2.0If you appreciate these new offerings and want to see more, it’s largely up to you to make it happen! We need the help of all of our Catholic users to reach a broader audience so we can produce even more quality Catholic titles. As a thanks for helping us spread the word, we’ll be giving away 5 free copies of the Collegeville Catholic Reference Library, Version 2.

Here’s what you need to do to enter. You only need to do one, but you can do them all if you want to increase your chances of winning.

On Your Blog

  1. Write about our new Catholic titles, the free Catholic lectionary, etc. on your blog and link to both the Catholic Product Guide and this blog post.
  2. We’ll search for links to both and enter you in the drawing, but if you want to be sure that we don’t miss yours, provide a link to your post in the comments below or in an email to blog@logos.com with the subject “Logos Bible Software for Catholics.”

On Facebook, Twitter, etc.

  1. Share the news about our new Catholic titles, the free Catholic lectionary, etc. on your favorite social networking site and link to both the Catholic Product Guide and this blog post (might be difficult to get both links in on Twitter, but we think you can do it!).
  2. We’ll search for links to both and enter you in the drawing, but if you want to be sure that we don’t miss yours, provide a link to your post in the comments below or in an email to blog@logos.com with the subject “Logos Bible Software for Catholics.”

Via Email

  • Send an email about our new Catholic titles, the free lectionary, etc. with the subject “Logos Bible Software for Catholics” to 5 people you know who you think would be interested and carbon copy blog@logos.com on the email.

At the end of June, we’ll pick out the five winners and send out the free copies of Collegeville Catholic Reference Library, Version 2.