Logos 5: Alignment Indicators in the Reverse Interlinear

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.

A Logos user recently emailed me this question:

How can I find out what the symbols (arrows, bullets, etc.) mean in the reverse interlinear?

Fortunately, I’ve examined this in volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual, so I sent the questioner the following image from the book:

1-Rev-Int

If you find this helpful, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy both volume 1 and volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual. Together, these volumes discuss most of Logos’ features in detail and illustrate them with numerous screenshots.

Get more out of Logos. Pick up both volumes today!

Get a Better Understanding of the Early Christian Church

baker-academic-early-church-collectionRight now, you can pre-order the Baker Academic Early Church Collection for $78 off! Pre-order yours right now.

The collection gives you 13 volumes of theology from the church’s first five centuries, equipping you to study the roots of your faith. You’ll learn about the Church Fathers, their impact on the early church’s development, their contemporary relevance, and common misconceptions that have tainted evangelical views.

Study popular standpoints on pressing issues

The Baker Academic Early Church Collection sets you up to analyze the early church’s baptismal rites, its views on social justice and ethics, its interpretations of the Genesis 1–3 narrative, and more—not to mention topics like how Montanism and Stoicism influenced early Christianity. With contributions from scholars and theologians of all traditions, it presents a variety of standpoints on important issues, allowing you to study, compare, and come to your own conclusions.

The collection is perfect for anyone interested in early Christianity’s history, theology, and spirituality. Its individual volumes cover a wide spectrum of topics:

You can take these patristic insights, analyze them with Logos 5′s powerful tools, and understand the development of Christian thought.

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Get Introductory Savings on Baker’s D.A. Carson Collection!

d-a-carson-collectionLast month, the Logos community voted for D.A. Carson as the Logos March Madness champion, earning you 75% off a wide array of his works.

This year’s Logos March Madness deals have ended, but we have some exciting news. Because you’ve shown so much love for D.A. Carson, we’re working with Baker to offer all 15 of Carson’s works from Baker Academic at a discount! Just use coupon code BAKERCARSON to get your 10% discount.

But you can save even more!

If you took advantage of Logos March Madness (or any other sale, for that matter) and picked up any of Baker’s D.A. Carson books, you’ll get a Dynamic Pricing discount on this new collection—you won’t pay for the books you already own. That’s a huge opportunity to add Carson titles at a great price. For example, the collection features Carson’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament­ (which wasn’t part of the Logos March Madness sale); if you’ve been holding out to get it at a special price, now’s your chance!

Stack your 10% discount on top of your Dynamic Pricing discount and you’ll save even more. But hurry—the coupon is only good through Wednesday, April 30.

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Why You Should Care What de Tocqueville Says about America

tocqueville-democracy-in-americaIn 1831, a French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville came to America to understand its culture. The resulting portrait, Democracy in America, is one of the all-time great works of political philosophy—not to mention probably the most famous book about America ever written.

Democracy in America offers both glowing praise and withering criticism. It’s cited by both the right and the left. It’s been publicly quoted by every American president since Eisenhower.

Here are three reasons you should read de Tocqueville:

1. To get a new perspective on America

De Tocqueville was one of the greatest political philosophers ever, and his arguments about American culture are fascinating. A few tidbits:

  • He argues that the two greatest building blocks of American liberty are (unsurprisingly) a free press and (surprisingly) the absence of primogeniture—the aristocratic practice, widespread in de Tocqueville’s time, of leaving the entire family inheritance to the firstborn. “Grant me thirty years of equal division of inheritances and a free press,” he writes, “and I will provide you with a republic.”
  • Though John Adams introduced the phrase tyranny of the majority, it was de Tocqueville who popularized it. “In America,” he argues, “the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.” (He elaborates, scathingly, that “the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.”)
  • He identifies American liberty’s greatest asset as social mobility: though there exist vast class differences, those differences aren’t set in stone, as they are in an aristocracy. In de Tocqueville’s America, anyone can, through merit, ascend to any rank. (He goes on to link this social mobility with America’s reputation for materialism: because we—they, if you’re outside the US—are on a level playing field, we’re all competing; because we’re all competing, we assess things in terms of personal gain.)

Democracy in America is full of arguments like these, usually couched in memorable, highly quotable language. It’s not just a book about American history—it’s a book about how the world sees America, and how America sees itself.

2. To be an informed voice in the public discourse

When a work is cited by every American president since Eisenhower, you know it’s not only insightful, but also compelling. That’s because de Tocqueville is given to universal statements, delivered with aphoristic force. On their own, claims like these can imply all sorts of other ideological biases. But de Tocqueville, of course, was writing outside and before America’s current understanding of left and right—it’s a big mistake to interpret him as supporting the entirety of any one political platform. (The editors of the most recent translation, in 2001, almost omitted the subject index, given that “such an index may give a false sense of security” by encouraging quote-by-quote reading.) When you know Democracy in America, you’ll know the context next time you hear de Tocqueville quoted in a stump speech. You’ll be equipped to check the facts and make up your own mind.

3. To get a window into the Second Great Awakening

Many of de Tocqueville’s insights are timeless (his confident, meticulous style would have you believe that all of them are), but Democracy in America stands as a work of pure history, too. De Tocqueville, remember, was in America in the early 1800s: Andrew Jackson had recently been elected president; tensions were mounting over slavery; war with Mexico was just around the corner. Given the book’s status as a historical snapshot, one of the most interesting things about de Tocqueville’s America is how Christian it is: de Tocqueville writes that “There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.” There are innumerable similar claims.

It’s no surprise, though. After all, the Second Great Awakening was in full force—Charles Finney, Lyman Beecher, and other preachers were drawing huge crowds across the country. Democracy in America isn’t just a study of America’s general identity; it’s a detailed look at American Christianity. Pair it with IVP’s Dictionary of Christianity in America and the Charles Finney Collection or Lyman Beecher Collection and you’ll be set up to understand this important chapter in American faith.

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Right now, Democracy in America is on Community Pricing for just $12—that’s 68% off. You’ve seen how much context matters; Logos, with its encyclopedias and cross-references, is the best platform for contextualized reading there is.

If you’re interested in American (or American Christian) history, you’ll find Democracy in America fascinating. This is one of the world’s masterpieces of political philosophy, in the world’s leading format for serious study: at just $12, it’s a superb deal.

That means the price will be going up very soon—don’t let yourself miss this one.

Bid on Democracy in America for just $12, and then pick up more resources to study the Second Great Awakening: pair it with IVP’s Dictionary of Christianity in America, and add the Charles Finney Collection and the Lyman Beecher Collection for even more context.

5 Reasons to Get Your MA from Knox Theological Seminary

5 Reasons to Attend KnoxKnox Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts programs aim to prepare you to carry responsible exegetical skills into a lifetime of ministry. These specialized tracks emphasize language and orient the training around Logos.

Here are five reasons you should choose Knox for your MA:

1. The curriculum is Christ-centered, gospel-driven, and mission-focused

Knox, committed to preaching Christ from all of Scripture, trains students for effective, Christ-centered ministry in the church, home, or workplace. Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:1 to present ourselves as a living sacrifice (in life and ministry) to God in light of God’s great mercy; Knox helps you carry out that living sacrifice by devoting your ministry to the gospel.

2. It’s affordable

Not only are the Knox degrees competitively priced, but Knox offers flexible payment options to help you honor God with your money and still pursue your theological education. Don’t let your finances keep you from a world-class education—learn more about your payment-plan options.

3. Your classes are flexible

Whether you live in Florida, in Alaska, or overseas, Knox has an education platform to meet your needs and suit your lifestyle. You can take classes on campus, online, or in a hybrid of the two. Knox’s online classes connect you with students from all over the world and pair you with exemplary professors to walk you through your studies, continually pushing you to academic excellence and pointing you to Christ.

4. You’ll learn from a top-notch faculty

From Moses and Joshua to Paul and Timothy, history shows that a good teacher can go a long way toward guiding your walk with Christ. At Knox, you’ll learn from some of the best teachers in modern biblical studies. Study theology, exegesis, church history, and more with such distinguished scholars as Michael Allen, Bruce Waltke, Jim Belcher, Gerald Bray, Bryan Chapell, and others—see the full faculty list.

5. You’ll learn with Logos Bible Software

Logos helps you go deeper in your studies in a fraction of the time. Many of your textbooks are available in Logos, allowing you to make use of powerful tools like the Passage Guide, Clause Search, Timeline, and more. Plus, with Logos’ bibliography tools, citing your references will be a breeze! Logos is the perfect tool to help you as you pursue your master’s with Knox.

Further your education and your ministry with an MA from Knox Theological Seminary. Learn more about Knox’s master’s programs, and get started today!

Save Big during Our Canadian Spring Sale

Canadian Spring SaleRight now, you can save big on 30+ resources in our Canadian Spring Sale—individual commentaries, collections, and more! This sale only lasts through midnight on Monday—don’t miss out.

Here are some of the resources on sale:

A Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament

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The Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament starts off with an analysis of the various definitions of “exegesis,” a notoriously difficult term to pin down, as well as an essay covering the discipline’s basic tools. From there, it discusses the major exegetical models: textual criticism, linguistic analysis, genre criticism, source, form, and redaction criticism, discourse analysis, rhetorical and narratological criticism, literary criticism, and canonical criticism. You’ll come away with a solid understanding of what exegesis means and how to do it.

encountering-the-new-testament-a-historical-and-theological-survey-3rd-edEncountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey

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Studying the New Testament can be not only exciting, but also intimidating. This highly readable survey is designed to make the adventure less daunting and more rewarding. It includes sidebars that address ethical and theological concerns and provide primary sources, focus boxes isolating key issues, chapter outlines, learning objectives, summaries, and study questions. You’ll find this introductory text both informative and engaging.

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In this rich commentary, respected New Testament scholar Karen Jobes explores the cultural and theological background of Hebrews and the general epistles (James through Jude). Jobes writes from an evangelical perspective, addressing not only issues of historical relevance but also how these ancient books connect with Christian faith and practice today. Pastors, professors, students, and laypeople interested in deeper biblical study will find this resource accessible and spiritually meaningful.

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Pre-order David Guzik’s Commentaries for 28% Off!

David Guziks CommentariesDifferent commentaries engage Scripture in different ways, and it’s important to find one that meets your needs as a believer. With so many commentaries to choose from, though, picking the right one can be difficult. Enter David Guzik’s brand-new Commentaries on the Bible series, written to meet the needs of Christians everywhere. Pre-order the whole set today for 28% off!

Everything you need, and nothing more

Pastor Guzik forgoes formality and dives straight into the text—no lengthy introductions or extensive footnotes here, so you can get straight to the Scripture. Guzik provides helpful insights and context without risking information overload: the commentaries are designed so that the average reader can pick one up and start learning.

Packed with helpful insights and context, these commentaries examine the Bible in a way that’s easy to understand. Whether you’re an everyday Christian, a Bible teacher, a preacher, or a Sunday school or small group leader, Guzik’s clear exposition, engaging voice, and accessible style make his commentaries the perfect companions for your personal Bible study.

Connected commentaries

This collection takes you through 62 books of the Bible—including the entire New Testament—and gives you almost 8,000 pages’ worth of insight. Logos transforms these commentaries into instantly searchable databases that integrate with every book in your library, so you can get the answers you need and plunge into Scripture right away.

There’s never been a better time to get your hands on this powerful collection. Right now, all 62 volumes of David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible are on Pre-Pub for $70 off the regular price. Pre-order yours now, before this deal is gone!

Get Answers to Tough Questions with the Lexham Bible Guides

lexham-bible-guide-genesis-1-11Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah has created quite the stir. Regardless of whether we agree with his portrayal of Noah, we must admit he does raise some interesting questions about this important biblical account. After seeing the movie, I left the theater wanting to know more—wanting to find answers to these tough questions. I’m sure others did, too. But where can we find all the best scholarship and interpretations collected in one place? The Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 1–11 is our answer.

Let’s take a look at how the Lexham Bible Guides can help us find some answers to these controversial issues.

The nephilim

In the film, Aronofsky includes a giant clan that helps Noah build the ark; he calls them “the watchers”—conflating several traditions from the ancient world and later literature (and perhaps adding his own spin). Let’s see what the biblical text and other significant literature have to say about Genesis 6:1–4:

The dominant view, held by Sarna, is that [the nephilim] are the offspring of the union between the sons of God and the daughters of humankind, and thus are also the “mighty men” or “heroes” (gibborim) of Gen 6:4. This interpretation finds support in the Septuagint, which translates the word nephilim as “giants.”

This section from the Lexham Bible Guide also lists a number of other perspectives and where you can find them:

Nephilim

The Lexham Bible Guides list all the major interpretations of critical issues, so you can compare and contrast each viewpoint and come to your own conclusions.

Ancient Near Eastern flood stories

As you’re digging deeper into the biblical flood account, you might discover that it has parallels in other ancient cultures. Aronofsky could be pointing to these other stories by setting his film outside any recognizable period in history. The Lexham Bible Guide includes sections that dig into the flood story’s historical and cultural background:

Ancient Flood Stories - updated

These are just two examples of how the Lexham Bible Guides can serve as the ultimate resource as you seek answers to the tough questions raised in the Bible. We’ve done all the research for you. Begin your search now, while the questions are fresh in mind.

With the Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 1–11 or the Lexham Bible Guides: Genesis Collection, you can take your research to new depths—and save time in the process. Order yours today!

Save on These 3 Valuable Counseling Resources

dan-b-allender-counseling-collectionIt’s part of life: whether you’re a licensed counselor or a compassionate friend, people are going to come to you for advice. When they do, it’s important that you be ready with counseling that’s both helpful and biblical.

Why walk that road alone? Some of the world’s most respected, experienced counselors have put together resources to help you.

Right now, you can save on:

1. The Dan B. Allender Counseling Collection

In a society where masking one’s emotions is the norm, it’s difficult to come to grips with the reality of deep spiritual suffering. Here, author and psychologist Dan B. Allender gives his unique perspectives on emotions, love, and childhood sexual abuse, and presents biblical ways to address these topics.

Filled with practical helps and biblical encouragement, the three-volume Dan B. Allender Counseling Collection will equip you to grasp the hope and freedom found in Christ.

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bh-marriage-and-family-collection2. B&H Marriage and Family Collection

Today’s most pressing marriage and family issues require advice from Christian pastors and counselors. That’s why the 19-volume B&H Marriage and Family Collection is ideal for pastors, teachers, parents, and anyone else seeking advice for restoring and maintaining healthy relationships. It’ll help your marriage and family not merely survive, but flourish.

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3. Caring for People God’s Way

Caring for People God’s Way presents Christian counseling in a systematic, step-by-step manner, and then applies that process to the most common issues faced by Christian counselors. You’ll learn to address stress and anxiety, trauma, perfectionism and obsessive-compulsive disorder, grief, loss, anger, suicide, personality disorders, gambling, sexual addictions, and more.

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These aren’t all the products on sale this month—check out the rest of our April Sale resources.

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Every day, we offer a Twitter #DailyDeal: a limited-time offer for 50% off one of our products. This week, we’re partnering with Baker Publishing to offer 50% off five powerful study resources!

Today’s #DailyDeal is the Handbook on the Historical Books, which Eugene H. Merrill (professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary) calls “an important addition to the literature on the Old Testament historical books.” Use coupon code 22862 today to get it for 50% off.

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