Logos 4: Quickly Open a Commentary

mp|seminars TipsToday’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

A lot of times we find ourselves just casually reading the Bible in Logos. We then come to a verse for which we need a little insight. We don’t want to run an in-depth Passage or Exegetical Guide; we just want to quickly view a commentary for our passage. Here’s how I set up Logos to accomplish this:

  • Open the Bible Knowledge Commentary (BKC)
  • Drag the tab of the BKC to the Shortcuts bar (the area to the right of the Command box)

Notice Logos places an icon of the BKC on the Shortcuts bar. Now when you’re reading in the Bible, click this icon to open the BKC to the same passage you’re reading!

Of course, you can substitute your favorite study Bible or commentary for the BKC. I suggest, however, using a commentary that covers the whole Bible, so it will always open to where you’re reading in the Bible.

Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint (LXX) is Complete!

In December of 2007, we announced the start of our Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint project on this blog.
After three years of work, now we get to announce that the project is finally complete!
The Septuagint (LXX) is big. Bigger than the Hebrew Bible. Over 4 times the size of the New Testament (by word count). Even with multiple contributors, it took a long time to do. But all of the text of Rahlf’s edition of the LXX has been interlinearized, even (and I’m excited about this) the alternate texts.
What are these “alternate texts”? In the print version of Rahlf’s LXX, some chapters of Joshua (15, 18, and 19) as well as Judges, Tobit, Daniel, and the Additions to Daniel (Prayer of Azariah, Susanna, Bel and the Dragon) are presented with split pages, with one edition on the top portion of the page, and another edition on the bottom portion of the page. The Logos edition of the LXX breaks these alternate texts out into their own resources (books) so they can be scrolled with and compared to other texts.
Also, if you’ve been using the ‘beta’ releases of the LXX Interlinear over the past few years, you will have noticed that there were some known issues reported in the front matter. These have all been resolved. Additionally, the LXX Interlinear resources now take full advantage of the Logos 4 Bible datatype, which means that you can refer to an LXX verse with the LXX versification. So Daniel 3.24-90 (LXX) is the Prayer of Azariah, but some traditions do not include it here and instead skip from Dan 3.23 (LXX) to Dan 3.91 (LXX). It will, however, scroll properly with the NRSV, which has the Prayer of Azariah (also known as the “Song of Three Youths”) as a separate book.
The Lexham LXX Interlinear should prove helpful to those who want to read the Greek version of the OT and Apocrypha, and also to those who are doing word studies on words found in the New Testament. Greek lexicons (like BDAG, EDNT, TDNT, and TLNT) routinely cite LXX examples when discussing word meaning and usage. For those whose Greek is rusty, the LXX Interlinear will help one further utilize such examples, and be even more help when examining quotations/allusions to the OT found in the NT.
The LXX is a very important version for students of the Bible (a previous blog post gives some details). The Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint helps to make it more useful to a greater number of people. We hope this tool is helpful to you in your study of the Bible!

Five Ways Logos Can Help You Meet Your Devotional Goals for 2011

New Year

The best Bible study is the one that is intentional. If you want to read through the Bible in a year or create a more immersive study program, developing a strategy is the best way to begin. Logos 4 exists to help you make Bible study accessible and to make follow-through a breeze.

As you formulate your study plans for 2011, make sure to consider how you can incorporate Logos by:

  1. Developing a Logos 4 Reading Plan
    Whether you want to read through the Old Testament, the New Testament, or even the whole Bible in a year, Logos 4 can help generate the perfect reading plan just for you.

    In fact, with a Logos 4 base package you can set up multiple reading plans. You can even have a daily plan for Bible readings and a separate plan with portions of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion to be read once a week. When it comes to creating the perfect reading plans, Logos 4 allows you to easily create and customize the perfect plan.

  2. Take Advantage of Logos 4′s Syncing and Mobile Capabilities

    Not only can you create a unique reading plan, but that reading plan can be synced between your PC, your Mac, your iPhone or iPad, and even online with Biblia.com. Now there is no reason not to keep up on your daily reading—it’s everywhere you are!

    You can take advantage of these tools by:

    * Don’t worry Android users, we have no intention of leaving you out!

  3. Benefit from Training Opportunities

    A really great strategy for taking your study to the next level this year is to familiarize yourself with the many functions and features found in Logos 4. Forum MVP Thomas Black wrote a blog post in August entitled You Think You Know Logos? In it he talked about a Morris Proctor seminar he attended and how fruitful it was—even for a Logos forum MVP. His point? You may be surprised at what you didn’t know Logos 4 could do.

    There are so many avenues available for training, here are a few:

    • Make a date to attend one of the Camp Logos events. Look at the upcoming dates and see which one is right for you.
    • Check out the training page at Logos.com. You will find all sorts of videos and articles to help you get more out of your Logos 4 base package.
    • Get involved on the Logos forum. You will learn so much every time you visit, and this community of helpful users can answer some of your toughest questions.

  4. Invest in a subscription to Bible Study MagazineFor only $14.95 per year, Bible Study Magazine will deliver tools and methods for Bible study—as well as insights from respected voices in the church and biblical scholarship—right to your door. This bi-monthly magazine is so full of wonderful tools you will find yourself coming back to it time and again.

  5. Follow Logos on Facebook and Twitter. Get the latest information about sales, giveaways, and the goings on of your favorite Bible software company while taking part in the growing community of Logos users.

It is important to think through your plans for delving deeper into God’s Word in the new year. And through innovation, training, and community Logos Bible Software is looking forward to being part of your devotional plan.

Considering Christian Ethics with the Perspectives on Christian Living Collection

The Scriptures provide instruction for how the people of God are called to live. Bridging the gap between the ancient world an our modern one can, at times, be a tricky endeavor. This is where reflections on Christian ethics offer an important contribution to the Christian dialogue.

The Perspectives on Christian Living Collection (9 vols.) offers profound insight into how Christians can negotiate the philosophic and political landscapes of our modern world.

This collection includes:

  • God’s Ways with the World: Thinking and Practising Christian FaithWritten by Daniel Hardy—the former Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton—God’s Ways with the World is devoted to recovering the truth and vitality of Christian faith by attempting to trace the ways of God with the modern world.

    This uncompromising study seeks to help connect theological thought with the landmarks of Christian faith: worship; the Triune God; and the activity of God in the world, in language and cultures, in cosmology and the human being, in society and the form of the Church, and in the forms of human understanding – scientific, historical, cultural, religious and theological.

    “During the last few decades, Daniel Hardy has been a leading contributor to the revival of systematic theology in Britain. These papers provide a conspectus of the range and depth of his thinking, and will long continue to serve as sources of profound insight and understanding.”——Colin E. Gunton, former professor, King’s College, London

  • Friendship: A Way of Interpreting Christian Love
    Liz Carmichael, Chaplain and Tutor in Theology at St. John’s College, Oxford, offers deep reflection on the value of friendship in Christian spirituality.

    “Liz Carmichael recognizes that much of our religious talk about friendship or even love somehow misses the mark and threatens to become abstract. In this wonderful study, she argues, with a wealth of scholarship and experience alike, that friendship is the really radical and transforming category we need to make our hopes concrete and to flesh out love in action, mindful of how Christ himself uses the language of friendship and how theologians have thought about faith and love as friendship with God. This is a treasury of insight and resource.”—Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

  • Christian Ethics in Secular Worlds

    What contribution does the study of Christian ethics offer the secular world? This is the question that Robin Gill, the Michael Ramsay Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Kent, UK, attempts to answer in Christian Ethics in Secular Worlds. Ramsey discusses the development of Christian ethics while dealing with specific dilemmas like biotechnology, AIDS, and nuclear war.

    “As in all his books, Professor Gill combines a wide understanding of complex issues with an attractively readable style. He has provided a valuable antidote to that strand in contemporary Christian ethics based on the assumption that there is some easy and unequivocal route from Biblical faith to wise Christian social and political action.”—John Habgood, Archbishop of York of the Anglican Church

  • Living the Christian Story: The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics

    The aim of this book is to consider and set out a theological basis for Christian ethics in today’s world. Starting with an examination of our world, Colwell considers the impact of Modernism and Post-Modernism on ethics, before going on to explore the Scriptural basis for an authentic Christian ethic. He then asks how this ethic manifests itself in the Church, and considers, finally, how Christian ethics might be coherent and persuasive in contemporary society. Throughout, Colwell uses contemporary dilemmas as illustrations, and interacts with the thought of Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, Stanley Hauerwas and Jonathan Edwards to further illuminate the discussion.

    “What is good about the book is that it seeks to set ethical teaching in broader theological and cultural context than is sometimes the case… I learned a lot…”—Colin E. Gunton, former professor, King’s College, London

Other books in this collection take on such difficult subjects as the Christian response to New Testament community in a modern context, the connection between happiness and benevolence, a look at holiness and the sacrament of worship in a modern context, and much more. Also included is a collection of essays regarding the life and work of two leading Scottish theologians: John and Donald Baillie, whose writings on philosophical theology, Christian doctrine, preaching, ecumenism, and spirituality are still influential today.

Retailing at $319.70, the Perspectives on Christian Living Collection (9 vols.) can still be purchased for $99.95 on Pre-Pub. Don’t miss an opportunity to add this great collection of Christian ethics to your Logos resources today.

Last Chance to Enter Scholarship Giveaways: $1,000 for Seminary or Bible College Tuition

Seminary ScholarshipAdmit it. You would love to start the new year with an extra $1,000 to cover your tuition costs. And how would you like to own a Logos Bible Software Scholar’s Library, a digital theological library which contains almost 500 titles, would cost nearly $8,000.00 in print equivalent, and would be with you well after you graduate and are in the ministry?

To put it another way, wouldn’t you love a full-time personal research assistant to help you through Seminary or Bible College and for this research assistant to foot $1,000 of your tuition bill? That is what we are giving away—soon!

In a few days, on January 10, 2011, Logos will be awarding at least two applicants exactly that through our SeminaryScholarship.com and BibleCollegeScholarship.com giveaways—which means you still have only few more days to enter!

With most scholarships, you typically don’t want to tell your friends about it because the more applicants there are, the less chance you have of winning. With our scholarship giveaways, the exact opposite is true. The more of your friends that apply, the greater chance you have of being awarded a scholarship! Like I said, at least two people will win, but possibly up to four.

If you refer someone to our scholarship and in their application they indicate that you referred them, if they win the scholarship, then we’ll give you a scholarship too! You could both get a $1,000.00 tuition scholarship and a copy of Scholar’s Library. But first you’ll want to apply!

Apply for our Seminary Scholarship.
Apply for our Bible College Scholarship.

Then to make it easy to share, here’s what you’ll want to do:

Post a link to SeminaryScholarship.com or BibleCollegeScholarship.com on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. You could even send your friends an email or give them a call. The most important thing is to remind them to put your name in the "other" section of the "How’d you hear about the scholarship?" That way we can make sure you get a scholarship too, if they win.

So what are you waiting for? I’m sure it would feel great if you won the scholarship. But wouldn’t it feel better if you helped someone else win it too?

Spread the Word:

fb1.pngFacebook: Login to your Facebook account and post the link http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com or http://www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com on your wall. Be sure to include a line that lets your friends know what the link is all about. Something like, “If you are in seminary (or Bible college), here is a scholarship that might help you out.” You can also just click here to share SeminaryScholarship.com on Facebook or here to share BibleCollegeScholarship.com on Facebook.

tw1.pngTwitter: Post a tweet with a link to http://www.SeminaryScholarship.com or http://www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com. Not sure what to tweet? You can just click here and tweet this for Seminary or click here and tweet this for Bible College.

bl1.pngBlog: If you have a blog, you can help out in two ways. First, you can write a post on your blog letting your readers know about the scholarships. Second, you can add one of our web banners for Seminary Scholarship or Bible College Scholarship to your site.

Not sure what to write? Try this:

Need Money for Seminary or Bible College?

Tired of searching for scholarships? In just a few days, Logos will award at least two $1,000.00 tuition scholarships along with a copies of Scholar’s Library through their Seminary Scholarship and Bible College Scholarship programs!

The scholarships are open to all students currently enrolled in an accredited theological Seminary or Bible College located in North America, or those who plan on enrolling within the next 8 months. All you have to do is watch a demonstration of Logos Bible Software and fill out a brief application. Once your application is submitted you will be entered to win a $1,000.00 scholarship and a digital theological library that, in print, would cost nearly $8,000.00!

Enter before January 10th!

Going to Seminary? www.SeminaryScholarship.com
Going to Bible College? www.BibleCollegeScholarship.com

Logos 4: Add Verses in Selected Text to a Passage List

mp|seminars Tips

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

Sometimes you’ll find yourself wanting to make a list of Bible cross references from a resource like New Nave’s Topical Bible or The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. With Logos that process is very simple:

  • Chose File | Passage List
  • Name the Passage List
  • In the resource, select (highlight) text containing Bible cross references
  • On the Passage List click Add | . . . selected text

All of the verses you highlighted in the resource are quickly added to your Passage List at the same time!

By creating numerous Passage Lists you can build your own collection of verses for various topics such as heaven, justification, holiness, etc!

Of course you can return to the File menu to reopen and edit these lists.

Your Time Is Almost Up for Incredible Savings

Christmas Specials

We have had some of the greatest sales in Logos history this December. Sadly, the time to take advantage of these incredible savings is almost over. All of these deals end midnight Sunday, January 2, 2011!

Putting together the unprecedented Christmas sale this year has been so much fun for us. The Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) was proof that we don’t like to do anything halfway.

This massive collection of 2,010 titles worth more than $61,000.00 in print for the insanely low price of only $2,010, was an exciting sale to offer! At nearly 97% off the retail price and only costing $1 per volume, this is the biggest discount we have ever shared—and the biggest collection we’ve ever assembled. I mean, just look at this awesome list of titles that make up this collection!

But that wasn’t all.

We also offered four smaller collections that didn’t overlap with each other, so you could buy multiple collections without getting any duplicates.

If that wasn’t enough, we also gave you the opportunity to build your own collection with 50% off every title featured in the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.).

On top of those great Christmas sales, there was also the second annual 12 Days of Logos sale. On December 21, we extended the sale through January 2, 2011.

But that is still not all!

We have been offering discounts on all base packages, and also great upgrade discounts.

Just like 2010, all of these special savings are drawing to a close. Come midnight January 2, 2011 all of these sales come to an end. So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of these incredible offers while there is still time!

And from all of us Logos Bible Software, have the happiest of New Years!

The Christmas 2010 Collection 1

Master Collection

Today’s guest post is by Deni Avant, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

There have been plenty of great Christmas specials to take advantage of this year and the Christmas 2010 Collection 1 is no exception. With this collection, you save nearly 94% on more than $8,000 worth of books! Think about it—you get 250 books for just $2 each!

Collection 1 contains a variety of commentaries with volumes from Pillar New Testament Commentary, College Press NIV Commentary, IVP New Testament Commentary, Crossway Classic Commentaries, New American Commentary, and Horae Homileticae. You’ll also get theological works, practical life titles, and biblical studies.

Check out just a few other titles you’ll get in Collection 1:

  • The JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis by Nahum M. Sarna is an illuminating and exhaustive treatment of Genesis with line-by-line analysis, excursuses, and helpful maps.
  • Drawing Near: Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith by John MacArthur can be used as a daily devotion in combination with God’s Holy Word and will help guide you in a growing relationship with God.
  • New Testament Background Commentary by W. Harold Mare serves as both a commentary and dictionary of words, phrases, and situations that shed light on the text.
  • Apologetics by Cornelius Van Til is an important work on Christian apologetics from an eminent Reformed thinker.
  • History of Interpretation by Frederic William Farrar surveys the history of biblical interpretation from the early Jewish rabbis through Farrar’s own time.

Works from H. A. Ironside, John G. Butler, A. W. Pink, Charles Spurgeon, John Calvin, and many more make a great addition to anyone’s library!

Learn more about all 250 titles that are included in the Christmas 2010 Collection 1!

Remember to check out the larger Christmas collections! They provide more resources at even deeper discounts.

Start the New Year Right with a Logos 4 Discount

Base Packages

During the holidays, I find myself introspective about the coming year. Although I tend to be skeptical of New Year’s resolutions, I am inspired by Jonathan Edwards’ example of resolving to character reformation. Edwards kept a list of resolutions which he read through weekly.

His resolutions included admonitions like:

  1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.
  2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.
  3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.

Jonathan’s twenty-eighth resolution reads,

“Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.”

Logos wants to help you keep your Bible study resolutions with deep discounts on all base packages

This is in keeping with the mission and goal at Logos Bible Software, where we seek to serve the church by equipping pastors, students, missionaries, teachers, and the church at large with tools that make Bible study easier and more accessible.

If you are resolved to improve your scriptural studies this year, consider doing it with one of our Logos 4 base packages. We have been offering 20% off of all of our base packages for a while, but that sale ends at midnight on January 2, 2011.

Logos 4 can help take your personal Bible study to new heights. For starters, Logos 4 provides thousands of infographics, maps, charts, and graphs, as well as tools to make Hebrew and Greek study accessible to English Bible students. But that’s not all! With a Logos base package you can put an entire library of theological and biblical books at your fingertips and get the information you need right away with lightening quick searches.

All Logos 4 base packages are multi-platform and will work on PC and Mac. There is no need to purchase one package for home, and one for your office. A single base package syncs across your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and even online. With Logos 4 you have your resource library available where you need it most.

Don’t forget, there are still discounts on Logos 4 upgrades as well! Just head over to the Upgrade Discounter and see the custom discounts we have—just for you.

Like I said, this sale isn’t going to go on much longer. Act quickly to save big on Logos 4—and start this year on the right foot.

The Sale Everyone Is Talking About

Master Collection

When we launched the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) in the middle of December, we knew we were offering something amazing. It isn’t every day you are going to have the opportunity to pick up 2,010 titles for $1 a book. This is exactly what the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) offers—over $61,000.00 in print value at the insanely low price of only $2,010!

I spent some time on the Logos forum this morning enjoying the excitement of what forumite Ted Weis called “Logos Sale Influenza,” the affliction that keeps bringing you back over and over again to scroll through long list of sale titles.

The enthusiasm regarding the Logos Christmas sale—particularly the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.)—is quite apparent on the forums.

Many of the forum exchanges revolve around how many titles overlap between larger base packages, like Platinum, and the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.). When we put the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) together, we knew that many of you would already own some of the titles included in the collection. We pressed forward, however, completely convinced that—even if you owned half of the resources in the Master Collection—it was still a remarkable sale.

This is the conclusion that many of our power users are coming to as well.

One forum thread that caught my eye was Praiser’s thread, titled Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) A GREAT Bargain! Praiser had created a spreadsheet comparing the Portfolio Edition (with many add-ons) to the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.). I was struck by the fact that, not only did this spreadsheet (which is updated throughout the forum thread) represent hours of work, after all that work, Praiser ended up placing an order for the Master Collection.

Praiser’s logic was summed up in this quote,

“Here is a thought to consider. So if you only got 1,340 [new] resources from the collection at $2,010, that would be $1.50 per resource. Now if you think of those resources you really value (you know the ones on your “list”) that are included in the Collection, what would they cost you any other time of the year?”

Praiser is not the only one to come to this conclusion. When discussing the wisdom of purchasing the Master Collection vs. buying individual sale titles at 50% off, Logos forum MVP Matthew C Jones says,

“I have already come to the conclusion that 97% off is a better deal than 50% off. And yes, I do have a lot of duplication because I have Portfolio Edition and many extras added on (ie: B.B. Warfield, A.W.Tozer Collections.) So in reality Dan Pritchett is giving a better deal percentage wise to the “have-nots” thus enabling them to enjoy more resources. I don’t know the final savings % yet but I am already sold on the Master Collection because the resources I don’t yet have but will get FAR out distance a 50% sale price. That is enough to sway my decision.”

Keep in mind that both Praiser and Matthew C Jones have compared the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) with the Logos Bible Software 4: Portfolio Edition. The Portfolio package features 1,700 resources and is going to have the most overlap with the 2,010 titles available in the Master Collection. Even for the Portfolio owners, the Master Collection is a huge value. If you own any other base package, the savings and value in the Master Collection only goes up.

Now, more than ever, we are convinced that the Christmas 2010 Master Collection (2,010 vols.) is not only the largest collection we have ever offered, but the best deal as well. But this deal isn’t going to be around forever. Come Sunday, January 2, 2011, the sale ends. Trust us, you aren’t going to want to spend the rest of 2011 lamenting the fact that you missed out on this incredible bargain!