A Christmas Miracle: The Virgin Birth

Today’s guest post is written by Kyle Anderson. Kyle has been an integral part of the ETD (Electronic Text Development) team for the last year.
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“Late in time behold Him come/Offspring of a Virgin’s womb”

Between singing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” listening to sermons, and doing advent readings with my daughter, I can’t help but think about the significance of the virgin birth.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to show how to use Logos 4 to study the virgin birth. Typing Matthew 1 or Luke 1 into the box on the Home Page and clicking “Go” is a great place to start. Doing a Bible Word Study on parthenos (παρθένος) is also a useful exercise. You can launch a Bible Word Study from the Guides menu by typing g:parthenos or by right-clicking on virgin in a verse like Matthew 1:23, selecting “Lemma παρθένος,” and choosing “Bible Word Study.”

Another direction you might take is a systematic or theological one. I started by doing a search of my entire library for “Virgin Birth.” I instantly received over 7,500 hits. Awesome, but I wanted to make my search a bit more focused.

In order to narrow it down, I made a collection of my Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias. Searching only those books yielded a more manageable 565 results. I started by looking at the article “Virgin Birth of Jesus” in the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible. Of its theological importance I learned, “From the very beginning the doctrine of the virgin birth became the foundation of a high Christology. Many have pointed out that the earliest church fathers stressed this more perhaps than any other event as proof of the incarnation and deity of Christ” (2126). And in New Bible Dictionary I read about Biblical evidence for the virgin birth outside of Matthew and Luke. It turns out those books aren’t the only place to go for allusions to the virgin birth. Paul makes a possible reference in Galatians 4:4.

The next thing you might do is ask, “What have Christian writers throughout the centuries had to say about the virgin birth?” I quickly made a collection of all my systematic theology books and discovered over 1,000 potential targets!

The first thing I checked was G. C. Berkouwer’s chapter in The Work of Christ entitled “The Great Mystery.” In it he dealt with the virgin birth at length and connected it with a doctrine of original sin: “In confessing the virgin birth we do not attempt to exclude Christ from the original sin which supposedly would be derived from a human father, but rather from the original guilt of all who are born of Adam” (129). Clearly that’s food for thought!

In Church Dogmatics I/2, Karl Barth called the virgin birth the “Miracle of Christmas” and described the coming of the Son of God in flesh through the Virgin Mary as a “new thing” outside our normal experience as humans. And because Jesus Christ came for us and our salvation, the exclusion of an earthly biological parent excludes the possibility of us humans contributing to our salvation in any way. The virgin birth is a sign of God’s total grace towards us.

However you celebrate your Christmas, Logos 4 is an excellent tool for understanding the significance of this important season.

12 Days of Logos Sale Extended

As the 12 Days of Logos draw to a close, we can’t help but think of all the people who wanted to take advantage of the spectacular deals we offered, but for whatever reason missed out. We realize that 24 hours is a short window of time and that, while most of the Logos staff lives in front of a computer, not everyone else does and it could be very easy to have missed a title that you truly intended to buy. So, after some consideration, we decided, as an extra-special holiday treat, to re-open and extend all of our 12 Days of Logos coupon codes through December 31st! For the next 10 days you can buy all of the 12 Days of Logos titles at their discounted rate. But hurry, these deals will disappear on January 1st.
Before you start ordering, please read these important notes:
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  • Our coupon code system will only support 5 coupon codes at a time, so if you want to buy more than 5 items, you’ll need to do so in multiple transactions.
  • If using more than one coupon code, they must be comma separated (Example: 12DAYS1, 12DAYS4, 12DAYS5, 12DAYS9).
  • After entering your coupon codes, be sure to click “Update Cart” and confirm that all your discounts have been applied.
  • Due to diminished inventory, we are not reopening the coupon code for the Insulated Travel Mug or the Stainless Steel Mug.

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An Example from Camp Logos

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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.

As you know, when you travel to a new place you want to ask the locals where to eat and what to see. People who live in an area know more than what’s in a travel brochure. That’s my philosophy when it comes to Camp Logos, our two day training seminar for Logos Bible Software. I want to give you practical suggestions and applications that you may not read in a help file or discover on your own. For example, try this:

Open a Bible from the Library. Now open a commentary which should display in a separate tile. Click the panel menu (cover image; top-left) of each tile and select Link set A for both resources. Now when you jump to a different verse in one, they’ll both move there.

Return to the Library and drag some of your favorite commentaries into the same tile as the previous commentary. Make sure to set these to the same Link set A.

You now have a Bible in one tile and several commentaries in the other. Jump to a different verse in the Bible and all the commentaries will follow. Click in the commentary tile to read your first. Now press Ctrl + Page Down to move to the next commentary. That keystroke will take you through just the tabs in one tile!

For the icing on the cake, choose the Layouts menu and name the Now Snapshot. When you want to return to this setup choose the Layouts menu again and select this Named Layout. You now have instant commentary insights from your favorite resources!

Now for the cherry on top, drag the named layout from the Layouts menu to the Shortcuts bar. Click the icon and your commentary layout opens!

If this has been helpful, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy Camp Logos. We move through many of the features of your software in a thorough yet very practical manner.

Grand Opening Seminars

We’re kicking off the New Year with two more Logos 4 Grand Opening Seminars in northern California, January 6–7 and 8–9. We have special prizes to give away (including a leather bound ESV Study Bible) and Dale Pritchett, Vice President of Logos, will be present for Q and A sessions. Please check out mpseminars.com for more information and the Camp Logos calendar for a complete schedule of seminars. I look forward to seeing you soon at Camp Logos.

Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software

Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software

Reliance on Greek and Hebrew for sermon content is in decline. At Logos, we are aware of the research which suggests less than 20% of pastors who have had biblical language training actually use that training on a regular basis. We’ve also taken note that many schools around the country no longer require Greek and Hebrew for seminary or pre-seminary training.

We hope to do something about that. Introducing a brand new series of lessons on using the biblical languages tools in Logos: Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software. This is a complete set of video lessons in HD, which covers all the basics of interpreting the Bible using the Greek and Hebrew tools in Logos Bible Software. No prior knowledge of Greek or Hebrew is required, and even English grammar is explained. Even better, there’s no rote memorization of vocabulary lists, grammatical forms, or paradigms.

Dr. Heiser, one of the instructors, has done translation work in roughly a dozen languages—among them Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Ugaritic cuneiform, Akkadian, and Sumerian. He recently sat down to talk about non-traditional methods of language learning in general, and this project in particular. Check out the complete video:

If you’re a pastor, these lessons are a great way to refresh the Greek and Hebrew skills you learned in seminary or Bible college. If your ability to study the Bible in the original languages has slipped in the years or decades since seminary, these instructional videos will get you back on track.

If you’re a lay leader who’s thought about seminary, but it’s never worked out, then this is your chance to learn how to use the Greek and Hebrew tools in Logos for your Bible study. With these videos, you can learn at your own pace, and avoid the stress of a college- or graduate-level classroom environment. Pause lessons, review previous material, and move on to the next lesson at your convenience.

For professors, Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos Bible Software is perfect for teaching preparation in your courses that focus on Greek and Hebrew tools for English readers. Use the videos to prepare your lessons. Learn new teaching methods, and glean ideas for your own teaching and research on the original languages. Professors teaching traditional first-year Greek and Hebrew courses can use the videos for showing students how to use their language training for exegesis. These lessons are also a great way to integrate technology into the classroom. Supplement your teaching and lectures with HD video. Help your students use Logos Bible Software for studying the Bible with the original languages.

We’ve already begun initial work on the project. The final videos will be in HD, but you can see some very rough previews right now posted on the product page. While you’re there, be sure to place you pre-order to show your support for the project! You can also interact with the instructors and ask questions about the project in the Forums.

More Bibles for the Final Great Bible Giveaway

 

hcsb.gifWith only 14 days left in the final month of the Great Bible Giveaway, we’re excited to announce that we have 6 additional Bibles to give away. The good people at Broadman & Holman, who have partnered with Logos to bring the HCSB to both our free iPhone app and Bible.Logos.com, have sent us 6 HCSB Legacy Bibles to add to the prize list. That means we’ll be giving away 18 ultra premium Bibles this month!
To learn how to enter, visit the Great Bible Giveaway page.

December Prize List

  • 1 ESV Study Bible, Black Calfskin (Retail $239.99) from Crossway
  • 6 HCSB Legacy Bibles, Black Genuine Leather (Retail $100) from Lifeway
  • 1 KJV Cambridge Premier Concord Reference, Black Goatskin (Retail $199.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  • 1 NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  • 1 NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  • 1 NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation
  • 1 NIV Archaeological Study Bible, Venetian Brown Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $109.99) from Zondervan
  • 1 NIV Study Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $124.99) from Zondervan
  • 1 NIV Study Bible, Burgundy Goatskin ($229.99) from Cambridge Bibles
  • 1 NKJV UltraThin Bible Signature Series, Tan Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson
  • 2 NLTSB Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail Unavailable) from Tyndale
  • 1 TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather ($99.99) from Zondervan

November’s Winners

Congratulations to the 12 winners from November.

  • 1 ESV Study Bible – C. Woodruff
  • 1 KJV Concord Wide Margin Reference – B. Lowe
  • 1 NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition – N. Lentfer
  • 1 NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference – R. Marx
  • 1 NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition – D. Langston
  • 1 NIV New Women’s Devotional – T. Barcak
  • 1 NIV Study Bible – D. Knight
  • 1 NIV Thinline – M. Litzinger
  • 1 NKJV UltraSlim Bible Signature Series – L. Paschke
  • 2 NLTSB Tyndale Select – P. Shirley and C. Terry
  • 1 TNIV – A. Hart

The Great Bible Giveaway began in July, and since starting the promotion we’ve given away 60 premium Bibles worth nearly $10,000! Read our first Great Bible Giveaway blog post to see how it all began.

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How May We Direct Your Call?

Today’s guest post is from Sarah Wilson. Sarah is one of our friendly receptionists and works in our customer service department.

Here at Logos, we’ve always taken pride in the quality of our customer service. One of the ways that we do that is to have a real person answer and direct all calls. When you call Logos, you can depend on having a friendly person greet you and offer to direct your call. Our brand new release of Logos 4 has introduced an exciting and busy time in our main offices. We want to give you the inside scoop on what happens when you call for sales or customer service, and how you can be transferred and assisted as soon as possible.

The receptionist answers all incoming phone calls and transfers them all over the company, mostly to sales and customer service. We have a wonderful staff of personable receptionists who are well trained in customer service. The receptionist’s main job is to answer your call and make sure you get where you need to go!

Here are a few things to remember as you call Logos:

  • If you need sales, the receptionist will ask if you are currently a student or faculty with a college or seminary, so that she can send you to the appropriate department, either Academic Sales or End-User Sales. If you have the name or extension of a sales person who has helped you in the past, this can help you get transferred even faster.
  • If you need customer service, the receptionist will ask if you have either a Windows PC or a Mac. Clarifying which platform you are using will ensure that you don’t wait in the wrong support line! Our Windows support department can help you with Windows PC questions and issues, as well as Pre-Pub issues, renewing your Bible Study Magazine subscription, account management, and return requests. The Mac support team can assist you with all questions related to Mac products.
  • If you have a question about your payment plan or need to make a payment, our accounting department is available to help you from 7 AM to 5 PM (PST).
  • If you have a different kind of question, the receptionist will know how to assist you in finding the right department or person.

Your call-in experience is important to the receptionist and all of customer service. We know that the wait times for customer service and for sales have been longer since we released Logos 4, but we appreciate your patience as we help each of you, our valued customers.

Calling All Forum Newbies

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This post is aimed specifically at those of you who have never posted on, or perhaps, have never even read the forums. That’s right noobs, I am looking at you!

As Phil stated in his recent blog, Getting the Most Out of the Forums, the forums are an important place to learn great new tips, get your questions answered fast, and join a wonderful community of people who—like you—are using Logos Bible Software to help facilitate their Bible study.

Maybe you have checked out the forums and you were a little confounded by some of the tech talk there. You might have thought to yourself, “Hmmm, this is a little overwhelming.” Let me assure you, with more than 10,000 people posting on the forums, statistically speaking, you cannot be the least tech savvy person there! There is a need for people of all skill levels to be chiming in, asking questions and building community. It is a way to facilitate becoming more technologically astute and, at the same time; helping to encourage discussions that others of your skill level may need to see.

Getting involved in the forums is so easy. It is simply a case of signing in. You will use the same email and password that you use to sign in to Logos.com and Logos 4. If you don’t have a Logos.com account yet, you can easily create one.

If you are brand new to our forums I would like to help propel you forward. I have started a thread on the forums expressly entitled, Newbies!! It is a nice place to jump in and get your feet wet. Tell us a little about yourself and how you got involved with Logos Bible Software.

I can promise you that there is no entrance exam and no learning curve. You just have to make that initial jump. You will be glad you did.

Logos 4: Keyboard Shortcuts

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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.

As I was growing up in Nashville, TN, my father was truck driver. He knew every back road in our area. As a result, when I learned to drive he was constantly asking me, “Do you want to know a shortcut to the store? How about a shortcut to the park?”

If you’ve ever attended one of our Logos training seminars called Camp Logos you know I’m all about shortcuts. At least I come by it naturally.

So do you want to know a shortcut to the Home Page? How about to the Library? What about to start a Search?

Well here are some keyboard shortcuts to save you some time:

  • Alt + H opens and closes the Home Page
  • Alt + L opens and closes the Library
  • Alt + S opens the Search panel

For an extended list, check out the Logos 4 Keyboard Shortcuts article.

Getting the Most Out of the Forums

If you’ve never explored the Logos Bible Software Forums, you’re missing out on a lot of great interaction with other Logos users. Since we launched the site in June, we’ve had more than 10,000 people join and write almost 53,000 posts. We have forums for general discussion, Logos 4, Logos 4 for Mac, Logos 3, Logos for Mac 1, our iPhone app, making suggestions, Español, posting files, and getting help with RefTagger. There are always lots of informative (and lively!) discussions going on.

As we pointed out a couple of weeks ago, the forums are one of the best ways to get answer to your questions fast—especially during this very busy time with the launch of Logos 4 when our phones are ringing off the hook.

But the forums aren’t just for finding answers to questions. They’re also a wonderful place for meeting and interacting with people from all over the country and the world who enjoy studying the Bible as much as you do.

Whether you’re looking to get answers to questions or just want to join a community of people who love doing Bible study with Logos Bible Software, you’ll get the most out of the forums by spending a few minutes getting set up properly. Here are some of the things I’d recommend.

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The Gift that Gives Back

Christmas

It is that time of year again—the time where we celebrate Jesus, the greatest gift we have received, by giving gifts to those closest to us. This year as you are looking over your Christmas list, consider giving the gift of Logos 4 to that special someone. In fact, we would like to offer a discount of 25% off any of our base packages through Christmas! Simply use the coupon code blessing to save.

Whether they are a pastor, a seminary student, a Bible study leader, or they are in need of an incredible tool for their personal devotion and study time there is a perfect package available for them. You would be hard pressed to think of a better present than one that will immerse your loved one in God’s Word, helping to lead them in a deeper appreciation of God’s character, attributes, and ultimately, His profound love for them.

Logos 4 is a resource that is user-friendly enough to keep up on Bible and devotional reading; but powerful enough to be a personal research assistant in sermon preparation, dissertation writing, and in-depth Bible study. The intuitive nature, coupled with the adaptability of Logos 4, makes it a resource that is both capable and convenient.

When you add the benefits of Logos 4 to the mobility of our free iPhone/iPod Touch app things go from great to amazing. Imagine having many of your resources available to you wherever you are, synced to the last place you closed them on your desktop, access to many of the Bibles featured at Bible.Logos.com, and Logos’ search functionality to quickly find relative verses in an instant.

Remember, purchase any of our base packages through Christmas at 25% off using the coupon code blessing or pass this blog on to a loved one to do so for you! If you want to get yourself a great Christmas present simply login or create a Logos.com account so you can check out the Upgrade Discounter for your personal tailor made discount.

Another great gift idea for yourself or a loved one is a subscription to Bible Study Magazine. At a low cost of $14.95 (almost 50% off the cover price) you simply cannot go wrong. And over the course of the year they will get six issues featuring further tools for Bible study as well as interviews and insights from respected voices in the Church and biblical scholarship.

Logos Bible Software, providing gifts that truly keep on giving.

(Don’t forget about the Twelve Days of Logos. Check out today’s deal on the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary)