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.
The various guides in Logos Bible Software 4 contain numerous sections. For example, the Passage Guide lists Commentaries, Cross References, Parallel Passages, and so on. Each section searches different resources and is identified with a section title bar. When you click the title bar, that section collapses or expands. What’s more, if a guide opens with a section collapsed, the search in that section is delayed until you expand the section.
So here’s a strategy for using the sections in a guide:
Open a guide from the Guides menu
Generate a report for a passage or word
Collapse all the sections in that guide
Close the guide
Return to the Guides menu and open the same type of guide
Again generate a report for a passage or word
You’ll notice the sections stay collapsed just the way you closed the guide. Now expand a section at a time. Use the information in it and then collapse the section again. This process speeds up searches and allows you to use only the information you need when you need it!
We are pleased to announce a new partnership between Baker Books and Logos Bible Software. In the next few weeks, we will begin to convert hundreds upon hundreds of Baker titles into our electronic format. This list includes brand new releases, commentary series, bestsellers, and top books from the field of biblical scholarship and theological study.
This is a major partnership, and one of the biggest agreements we’ve ever reached with a publisher. So big, in fact, that if you’ve ever requested a Baker title, it will more than likely appear on the Pre-Pub page in the coming weeks.
For years, Baker has published books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, and leadership. Their academic division publishes scholarly works in the field of biblical studies, history, theology, and more. The new partnership with Baker means that you’ll soon be able to add many of these books to your digital library.
The first books have already been posted on the Pre-Pub page, and this is only the beginning:
Pre-order the books you’d like to add to your library! Just like other Pre-Pubs, we will begin converting the titles to our format once we have enough interest in the project. Place your pre-order to move each collection along.
Support the project. By pre-ordering, you are also sending a message to Baker that you’re interested in seeing more of their books available in Logos.
Stay on top of the titles. You can be the first to know when new Baker titles are posted by subscribing to the Pre-Pub feed. As soon as a new title is posted, you’ll see it right away in your RSS reader.
Send your suggestions to email@example.com for any Baker books you’d like to see. Although we can almost guarantee that your title will appear on Pre-Pub very soon, your feedback will help us prioritize our work and shape the direction of the partnership.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to the Pre-Pub page to check out the new books!
Community Pricing offers some amazing deals on classic works in the field of biblical and theological studies. Thousands of Logos users have gotten books for less than the price of a latte or a gallon of gas (which is around $3.00 in Bellingham, Washington).
We estimate how much it will cost to produce a book. Let’s say a book costs $10,000 to produce. It could get into production under a number of scenarios:
If 100 people bid $100
If 1,000 people bid $10
If 10,000 people bid $1
These are just examples, and this is a hypothetical book. There are also lots of other combinations of orders and prices that would get this to $10,000. But it should be clear that the more people bid, the lower the price is for everyone. It makes no difference what the final price is, as long as the costs are covered. The book will go into production whether one person bids $10,000 or whether 10,000 people bid $1. The math is the same.
What Does the Graph Mean?
Because there are endless combinations of orders and prices that push a project over the cost estimate, the progress for each book is tracked on a graph. This graph will give you an idea where most people are placing their bids.
You place a bid at the highest price you’re willing to pay. To do this, simply click on the dollar amount on the graph. Once the peak of the graph crosses the 100% threshold, bids are placed on the following Friday.
How Should I Bid?
Let’s say a project crosses the threshold at $16. If you bid $16 or higher, your bid is placed. That means if you placed a bid for $20 or $30 for Alford’s New Testament for English Readers, you’ll still get it for $16 (or less). Unfortunately, if you bid less than the closing price, your bid won’t be placed.
The bottom line? Bid the maximum possible price you’d be willing to pay for a book. If you bid high you’ll never miss out on a deal, but if you bid too low you won’t be able to change your bid after the title moves from Community Pricing over to Pre-Pub.
Do you find yourself living in a Greek lexicon as you work through the text of the New Testament?
Do you do look for the lexicon to tell you more about how a word is used, and the different contexts in which the word is used?
If you do, chances are you have already invested in what many consider to be the best lexicon for New Testament Greek, BDAG. And chances are that you love it.
Did you know that there is another Greek lexicon, focused on words that are used in the New Testament, that largely complements BDAG?
It is called The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament, put together by James H. Moulton and George Milligan in the early 1900′s.
Now, “The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament” is not a great name because it doesn’t just sound like a lexicon. But it is. And it isn’t a lexicon like BDAG is a lexicon. That is, it doesn’t re-plow the same field of sources (New Testament, LXX, Apostolic Fathers, Josephus, Philo, Greek Pseudepigrapha, etc.) that BDAG and other Greek NT lexica do; instead Moulton and Milligan (hereafter M-M, which is the way BDAG cites it) plow through the ground of the hordes of papyri that were found in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s, focused on papyri usage of vocabulary items that occur in the Greek New Testament (hence the “Vocabulary” name). They’re looking for insight from how these under-utilized papyri use the same words found in the Greek New Testament.
That’s why M-M is largely complementary to BDAG. They aren’t examining the same sources; they’re examining altogether different uses of the same words. And it is M-M‘s insight, from these scads of papyri that have been found and analyzed, that complements BDAG so well — in fact, so well, that BDAG routinely refers the reader to M-M where M-M has pertinent information. What kind of information? Here’s an example that Milligan uses in his introduction:
In what are probably the earliest of his letters that have come down to us, the two Epistles to the Thessalonians, St. Paul finds it necessary to rebuke his converts for walking “in a disorderly manner” (2 Thess 3:11). The word (ἀτάκτως), with its cognates, is confined to these Epistles in the New Testament, and what exactly is meant by it is by no means clear at first sight. Is St. Paul referring to actual sin or moral disorder, or to something less heinous? The papyri have supplied the answer in a striking manner. Among them is a contract of A.D. 66 [P.Oxy.II 275] in which a father arranges to apprentice his son with a weaver for one year. All the conditions of the contract as regards food and clothing are carefully laid down. Then follows the passage which specially interests us. If there are any days during this period on which the boy “fails to attend” or “plays truant” (ὅσας δʼ ἐάν ἐν τούτω ἀτακτήση ἡμέρας), the father has to produce him for an equivalent number of days after the period is over. And the verb which is used to denote playing truant is the same verb which St. Paul uses in connexion with the Thessalonians. This then was their fault. They were idling, playing truant. The Parousia of the Lord seemed to them to be so close at hand that it was unnecessary for them to interest themselves in anything else. Why go to their daily work in the morning, when before night Christ might come, they thought, forgetting that the best way to prepare for that coming was to show themselves active and diligent in the discharge of their daily work and duty.
One of the best parts of my job is receiving letters. We respond to every one.
I recently received a letter with the subject line: “Today was better than Christmas!”
Good evening John,
I am a new subscriber to your magazine. To be honest I did not even know it existed until a few months ago. I was reading an interview and in the side bar were some cute facts about the gal being interviewed, Wendy Pope. One of the questions she had answered was, “What is on your nightstand currently?”. Her answer was My Utmost for His Highest and Bible Study Magazine. Because Wendy is a fellow lover of all things studious of Scripture, I quickly googled “Bible Study Magazine” and purchased a subscription that very day.
I am a stay at home mom, passionate student of the Word and am currently writing my first book, a study on the book of Ruth. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have found you when I did. A true gift!
Today I received my second edition and when my husband brought it into the house I actually giggled like a little child on Christmas morning. Can I just say, I love your magazine? I love the interviews, I love the Hebrew Word Study without Hebrew, I love the tricks and tidbits to experience a richer study. And I love the fact that there are actually useable, workable Bible studies in a magazine! I can now say I truly have a favorite magazine and it is yours! It was so needed in the church! Thank you for following God’s call to serve His church in this way. I pray you are blessed one-hundred fold!
Blessings and many thanks!
Maybe you are like O’Nealya and are looking for a better way to study the Bible. If so, Bible Study Magazine is for you.
Maybe you are a Logos Bible Software user and think Bible Study Magazine is not for you. I know you can still get a great deal out of reading our publication, but nonetheless, if you are happy sticking to your current guns for Bible study—and Logos Bible Software 4 is definitely a fantastic set of guns—that’s fine. But I suggest you consider helping others get into the Word with Bible Study Magazine.
Think about who you know who could use motivation for studying the Bible. How about the people who are struggling through the Bible, and are beginning to feel a little frustrated: Tell them about Bible Study Magazine. Maybe even buy them a gift subscription. Just enter their address in the shipping field at check out.
Bible Study Magazine is for everyone. Help other people get into Bible study this year. Tell them about Bible Study Magazine or subscribe now!
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.
One of the most popular types of Bible study is concordance work. A concordance is a book that lists every time a word appears in the Bible. For example, you can use a concordance to locate the word love all throughout the Bible.
By reading various verses about love you gain a greater understand of what love is, whom we’re to love, what we’re not to love, and so on. In Logos Bible Software 4 you want to utilize the Search feature for your concordance work. Here’s how easy it is to locate every time a word appears in the Bible:
Almost instantly Logos lists every occurrence of the word. Click a Bible reference in the list to jump to that location. This search features provides you with an exhaustive concordance for every Bible in your library!
I know it seems like we’ve been beating the same drum on the blog this week, encouraging everyone to take advantage of the introductory pricing for Logos 4 that expires on Sunday at midnight, but the truth is there are still people who haven’t heard and we really don’t want them to miss out.
Here’s some proof. Yesterday afternoon I saw a tweet from someone saying how much they loved Logos Bible Software. I replied to the person, and we had a few back and forth messages. Come to find out, she didn’t even know Logos 4 existed! THIS WAS YESTERDAY! This person is one of our users. This person loves Logos. And yet she has managed to miss Logos 4 up to this point. I sent her a link to the Logos 4 demo, and she was blown away and said she couldn’t wait to get it on her computer.
That’s why we’ve been pushing the last chance offer so much this week. We don’t want anyone to miss out. The deals really are going away on Monday morning and we simply don’t want to have to break the bad news to anyone that they missed these amazing prices.
So, this is the last “last chance for introductory pricing” blog post you’ll see. But can you do me one favor?
If you know anyone who is a Logos user or who has been thinking about becoming one, please send them the link to http://www.logos.com/lastchance and let them know that this is the best deal they’ll see on Logos 4. Write a quick blog post, share on your Facebook wall, tweet it up on Twitter.
The introductory pricing will be gone on Monday. Tell a friend!
Our stated goal at the launch of Logos Bible Software 4 was to help people do more and better Bible study. Three months have passed since the launch of Logos 4 back in November, and we have made it a point to stress to existing and potentially new customers the unbeatable deals we are offering on base package and upgrade purchases— all toward accomplishing the goal of better Bible study. Now, only a few hours remain for introductory discounts.
We stand by our product. Everyone knows that when you purchase software or even music CDs, the second the seal is broken on the packaging, you are stuck with the purchase, even if it turns out to be nothing like you expected. Talk about buyer’s remorse. You now have a product you don’t want, you are out however much money you paid for it—and you still have a need for the correct software. We don’t buy into that practice. If you are not satisfied with Logos 4, we will give you your money back. Our grace period is 30 days. So make the purchase today, "break the seal," and find out for yourself if what we have been saying about Logos 4 is true. If you are not convinced Logos is for you, let us know within 30 days of your purchase, and our staff will try to resolve your concerns, or we will give you a refund.
Think about it. A month of sermon preparations, of term papers, of Bible study lessons, of daily reading plans, of personal devotional time. 30 days to see what a difference Logos Bible Software 4 can make in your life. What do you have to lose? Not money. In fact, you have money to save, but only a few hours left to save it. Time to lock in the introductory prices is running out. Today is the last day to call and speak to a sales representative to place your order, and Sunday, January 31st is the last day to get the discounts online.
Introductory discounts past January 31st? How?
If you haven’t already received your tax forms, you know it is coming any day now. And with them, the hope of getting a tax return. Why not use your anticipated return to get today’s pricing by setting up a payment plan for your purchase, and spreading your payments over several months?
You’ll have to place the order now, but your monthly payments will spread the introductory pricing discounts past the January 31st cutoff date. Then, when your return comes, you can pay your remaining balance, or you can continue with the monthly payments. On the final page of checkout, simply select the Payment Plan option and the number of payments you’d like to make, and your payment amount and schedule will be displayed.
You now have manageable monthly payments, a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee, and only a few hours left. Upgrade Now!
You’re probably aware that we are still working on the Mac version of Logos 4. The software keeps getting better and better all the time, with new updates released almost every week. It’s a Alpha release, and new features and improvements are being added every day.
Time is running out to get the introductory discount on your upgrade to Logos 4. If you’re a Mac user and you’re still on the fence about upgrading, here are 9 reasons why you should upgrade today:
You get tons of new books. Literally. Put your print books on a scale and add them up. If you upgrade, you will get hundreds—potentially thousands—of resources to aid your study of the Bible, including Bibles, commentaries, reference books, media resources, preaching and teaching tools, and ancient language texts and tools, plus a whole lot more.
You can now access many of the books in your library on your iPhone or iPod Touch with the Logos iPhone App. We’ve already converted 3,000 titles to the new format, which you can access if you own a Logos 4 base package.
We know you love your Mac. But if you’re okay with running Logos 4 through VM Fusion, Parallels, or Boot Camp, you can install the Windows version at no additional cost.
Reading a book on the Mac version and have to run out the door? Pull the book up on your iPhone on the bus and it will open directly to where you left off. Save a layout on your Windows machine at the office and you can open the same layout on the Mac when you get home in the evening. Logos 4 offers syncing across all your platforms.
5. New Releases
New features and functionality are released every two week or so. You get to witness the program’s progress all the way to completion. When the final version is released, simply type “Update Now,” and your software will update to the full version of Logos 4 at no additional charge.
6. Shape the Product
You can shape the development. By being part of the testing team, your feedback will provide our developers with valuable information to shape the final product. Our Mac forum is very active. With an upgrade to Logos 4, you can add your voice!
7. Version 1.2
Run Logos 4 alongside version 1.2. Upgrading to Logos 4 does not replace your current software. You can use both versions side-by-side. Even better, you can use most of your new Logos 4 resources on Logos for Mac version 1.2. You get all the books with the upgrade, but you can wait to begin using Logos 4 on your Mac until you’re ready.
8. Automatic Updates
Logos 4 is self-updating. Updates download automatically. No waiting for disks. You always have the latest and greatest Mac version of Logos 4. And when the final version of Logos 4 is released, you’ll get the update at no additional charge.
9. Introductory Discounts End This Week
Remember, time is running out to take advantage of the introductory discounts on an upgrade to Logos 4. If you’re a Mac user, you can upgrade to Logos 4 whenever you want, but you can only get introductory discounts until January 31. Visit the custom upgrade discounter to see what discounts you qualify for!
Whether you are a Mac or Windows user, if you are serious about building a library of biblical and theological resources, there’s really no better way to do it than with an upgrade—and there’s no better time than now, while we still have our extra low introductory upgrade discounts running.
The great news is that you can use our payment plans on upgrades and spread out your upgrade cost over the next 3, 6, 9, or even 12 months. If you have a monthly or quarterly book budget, this is a great way to use it for a Logos 4 upgrade and still take advantage of the introductory discounts. Simply select the payment plan option during checkout.
Remember, these deals end soon. We are in the final hours of our introductory discounts on upgrades. The window of time is closing. Upgrade now!
You can also call 800-875-6467 until tomorrow at 5:00pm (PT) to speak with someone who can answer any questions you have about your upgrade options and about using Logos 4 on your Mac.
What do you think? Is there another reason you’ve been waiting to upgrade? Still have questions about the Mac version of Logos 4? Leave a note in the comments, and we’ll be happy to address your questions and concerns.
About a month after I started working at Logos, I wrote a blog post titled, “A Library on the Bus.” In the post I recounted the epiphany I had about how amazing it was to have access to a theological library on my laptop as I rode the bus to work. Last week I had a bit of déjà vu on my way into work.
The church I attend is currently going through the book of Acts and I’m trying to integrate Acts into my own personal study time. So, the other day I decided to use my bus ride in to work as a time to read through the sections of Acts we studied the previous week and the section we’ll be studying in the coming week. Unlike my first “Library on the Bus” post, this time I didn’t even have to go through the hassle of getting out and firing up my laptop. Instead, I simply reached into my pocket and turned on my iPhone. A couple taps of the screen and I was reading Acts in Logos’ free iPhone Bible app.
We just started our study a couple weeks ago, so I was reading in Acts 1, and I got to Peter’s quotations of Psalms 69:25 and Psalms 109:8 in regards to Judas and wanted to dig a little deeper. I swiped up and ran a quick Passage Guide.
Since one of my prioritized resources in Logos 4 is Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, it appeared in the top of my commentary list. With just a tap I was reading about the verses Peter was quoting, gaining valuable insight into their use in Acts 1:20. With a couple more taps I returned to my Bible, right were I left off, and continued my reading.
I heard the ding of someone requesting a stop, looked up, and saw that it was mine. I hit the power button and tossed the iPhone back in my pocket. I simply find it amazing how easily I can open multiple books, run Passage Guides, and dig deeper into Bible study all with my iPhone. A year ago I was amazed that I could access a library with my laptop. Having the access on my iPhone is even more convenient and amazing.
If you have an iPhone or iPod Touch and haven’t installed our free iPhone Bible app, get it today and take your Bible study on the go.
NOTES: To have access to your library on the iPhone or iPod touch you need to own a Logos 4 base package. Additionally, not all titles you own are currently compatible with the app. For more information visit our iPhone Bible app support page. If you own another mobile device and are wondering “when will Logos be building an app for (insert your mobile platform)?” then check out http://library.logos.com on your mobile device and visit our Logos Mobile Web forum for more help and information.