Logos 5: Displaying Strong’s Numbers

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

In a recent Camp Logos, I was explaining how to do word studies with lemmas and Louw-Nida numbers. During a break, a participant pulled me aside to ask this question:

I see the value of what you’re teaching, but I cut my teeth on Strong’s numbers. Are these numbers still available in Logos, and if so, what’s the best way to see them?

If you, too, are fond of Strong’s numbers, I have good news for you: those numbers are indeed present in Logos, and they’re easily accessible!

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse-interlinear option, such as the Lexham English Bible.
  • Navigate to a passage (A).
  • Click the Display link on the Bible’s toolbar (B).

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  • Check the Inline, Surface, and Strong’s Numbers boxes (C).

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  • Notice that the Strong’s numbers are placed underneath the biblical words (D).
  • Click a Strong’s number to open your highest-prioritized dictionary containing an article for that number! (E)

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If you enjoy working with Strong’s numbers, pick up Logos Bible Software Training vol. 2, which contains an entire chapter devoted to Strong’s numbering system.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at William Varner’s Commentary on James

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The origins of the volume

In 2008, I was invited by Stanley Porter to write a commentary on James from the perspective of discourse analysis. The project fell through, but when I finished writing, a small publisher named Kress Publications picked it up. It was a 200-page linguistic commentary that identified the peak of the book (3:13–18) and used the bipolar description of wisdom (as either from above or from below) as the book’s metatheme, conveyed by each individual paragraph.

Building on my work in that smaller commentary, I wrote the much larger EEC commentary along traditional exegetical lines.

James: passage by passage

james-evangelical-exegetical-commentaryWhat’s unique about the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary is how each commentary is structured. In my own commentary, the analysis of each pericope follows the same steps. First I present the Greek text from the NA28, taking careful note of every textual variant. Next, I offer a translation and observe how 12 different English versions, from Tyndale through the NIV11, handle the translations. Then I interpret each verse phrase by phrase, trying to interact with what other commentators have said. After that, I offer a sentence-flow analysis of the pericope, something that many commentators omit in their effort to only discuss individual words.

Having analyzed the passage from the inside out, I look at the larger biblical-theological issues in the passage and, in a separate section, draw out the practical life issues and suggest one or two homiletical outlines as sermon ideas. The final section is a bibliography of journal articles for interested readers—they go deeper into some of the passage’s most interesting issues.

As you can see, I try to leave no leaf unturned—that’s probably why the commentary is nearly 650 pages long! I think the greatest compliment I’ve received on the book was when Scot McKnight wrote that “if you have Varner’s commentary you probably won’t need another one.” Even recognizing his overstatement, I think he was saying that I have tried to offer all that can be said about each pericope of James.

I would be profoundly grateful if the commentary could be useful to scholars, students, and pastors.

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Check out the new print edition of Willam Varner’s James: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary today, and—for the best deal—pick up the entire Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series!

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Scholarly yet practical, the Reformed Expository Commentary’s expositions are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume pays careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.

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Fortress Press Studies in John provides a thorough introduction to the Gospel of John’s literary, historical, and theological aspects. It analyzes the scholarly and religious implications of the Gospel’s use of symbolism, studies its narrative elements through a literary-critical lens, and addresses the resurrection and afterlife controversies in Thomas’ and John’s Gospels.

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Here are three reasons why your Logos 5 library is a smart investment:

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Books have traditionally been perishable, and their loss irreversible—when you lose or destroy a print volume, your only option is buying a new one. With Logos, though, your library is secure. Lost your laptop? Once you replace it, just pull down new files from the Logos servers. (This is one reason Logos is such a favorite among those serving in the mission field.)

The reason it’s so easy to recover lost books is that you own the content itself, not just a given file or edition. And the really cool part is that this means your library is yours no matter how the software changes. Logos’ president and CEO, Bob Pritchett, explains it like this:

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A good library is one of the most important things you can own: like education in general, it’s an investment in growth, truth, and intellectual rigor. Logos keeps that investment safe. (You can even bequeath your library—a reflection of yourself—to a loved one.)

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One of the biggest benefits to owning Logos content is that you get free updates and improvements all the time, not just when we change the software engine. Not long ago, for example, we updated the Word Biblical Commentary: most dramatically, we added 3,212 new links and fixed 9,939 typos. The WBC isn’t an edge case; we update thousands of products a year. (In fact, there’s an entire team dedicated to updates.) And it’s all free and behind the scenes—you get your updates automatically.

With Logos 5, you’re investing in content from a company that invests in improvement every day.

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In the old days, the pre-Logos days, I owned two copies of most of my favorite books. I never planned it that way. I would start with one and then mark it up more and more. Before long, I could barely read the book behind all the marginalia, most of which made sense only within the context of a certain class, assignment, or interpretive angle. I certainly couldn’t feel like I was connecting directly with the author—all the notes were in the way. So I’d go out and buy another copy for pleasure reading.

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For serious scholars and lifelong students of the Bible, there’s just no better format for active reading. The obvious benefit is that you can take better notes and find them faster. The more subtle benefit is that you can annotate your books for your entire life without compromising the quality of the text.

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Know the context, background, and theology of John’s Gospel

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Dr. Witherington, one the world’s top evangelical scholars, walks you through one-third of the New Testament and covers several genres—you’ll encounter these familiar passages with fresh eyes. He examines the NT books not only as a group but also individually, with an emphasis on social and historical context.

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This course is sure to enrich your preaching, teaching, and devotional life. You’ll come back to these lectures time and time again to benefit from Dr. Witherington’s insights into the wisdom of John.

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Preaching through the Bible can be challenging, and sermon prep can be time-consuming. Use the Reformed Expository Commentary to aid your research and you’ll find that much of the work is done for you. You’ll get thorough, clear expositions of Scripture, verse by verse.

Scholarly yet easy to understand

This Reformed series focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting. Created for pastors, Bible teachers, and anyone who wants substantive devotional materials, these expositions are rigorous but clear.

Used by pastors around the globe, the series has received glowing reviews:

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Jacob’s story is a roller-coaster ride filled with twists and turns. Through times of blessing and hardship alike, Jacob struggled to recognize God’s presence—and we can relate. We, too, go through seasons when we feel like God is so far away. But even in these trying times, God remains with us, just as he remained with Jacob.

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence is Bible study like you’ve never known before. You’ll walk through life with Jacob and his family, learning how their story is like yours. With this all-in-one curriculum, your congregation or small group will share in the discovery of new and deeper insights into this familiar story. You’ll learn—together—how Jacob’s life lessons are relevant today.

Designed for digital

jacob-discerning-gods-presence-complete-church-curriculum-for-leaders-and-pastorsJacob: Discerning God’s Presence is part of the Studies in Faithful Living Series, which is designed for digital from the ground up. These resources maximize efficiency, making preparation much easier for pastors and small group leaders. And, while Jacob’s story is well known, your study will be fresh and timely. Everyone in your congregation or small group will benefit from the richness of content you’ve come to expect from Logos.

The complete church curriculum includes a leader’s guide that walks through each chapter with lesson plans and handouts for leading your Bible studies and small groups. Sermon outlines and professionally designed media resources enable you to share Jacob’s story with your entire church.

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