Four years ago, on July 29, 2005, Bob kicked off the Logos blog with this introductory post. Here’s why we started the blog:
Our goal is to make Logos more open and accessible and to improve our communication with you. Please join us in the process: ask questions, make suggestions, and tell us how we can serve you better.
From our perspective, the blog has accomplished its purpose fairly well. We’ve posted about 950 times—usually every Monday through Friday—more than 15,000 of you get our daily posts in your RSS reader or email inbox, and you respond with great questions and suggestions that lead us to improve our software, products, and websites.
But there’s always room for improvement.
What would you like to be different here at the blog? More posts? Fewer posts? More people blogging? More posts about Greek? Take our new poll, and leave your feedback in the comments or send it to us at email@example.com.
The Exegetical Guide is perfectly suited for digging deep into the grammar and syntax of a passage of Scripture. It provides you with a wealth of information from your grammars, critical apparatuses, lexicons, and more.
When you’ve landed on a particular portion of Scripture that you’re going to study in depth in the original Greek or Hebrew—perhaps for a sermon or paper—the Exegetical Guide is the tool for the task. But sometimes you may just want to see what your grammars have to say about a verse here and there as you’re jumping from passage to passage following cross references and looking at parallel passages. Did you know that you can use the Exegetical Guide for this kind of study as well?
All you need to do is link your Bible to the Exegetical Guide by setting them to share the same link set (e.g., Link Set A), and the Exegetical Guide will follow you wherever you go—providing nearly instant access to every place your grammars discuss the passage you’re looking at. Just click the chain icon at the top of both windows, and set them to the same letter.
To keep the Exegetical Guide as speedy as possible, you can collapse the sections that you’re not as interested in. Just click the minus sign to collapse a section and the plus sign to expand it again.
This is perfect for the times you’re moving around and haven’t settled on just one passage to dig into to. Give it a try. It’s like having someone looking over your shoulder while you’re studying the Bible and finding every occurrence of the passage you’re in in all of your grammars—only instantly!
Today’s guest 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. In this series, Morris answers the question, “What’s in my library?”
Definition: In addition to providing definitions for Hebrew or Greek words, an analytical lexicon examines the various forms of words used in the original texts. In other words, it not only provides definitions for the lemmas (root words), it also offers information about the inflected or manuscript forms of the Hebrew or Greek words used in the Bible. The analytical lexicon is arranged alphabetically according to the Hebrew or Greek words.
Application: Imagine coming to the word “logos” in your study of John 1:1. You notice the word is used as a subject of a sentence but you’re curious if the word is ever used in a different case as a direct object. An analytical lexicon will get you well on your way to discovering the answer.
MacBibleSoftware.com now has 12 new training videos. If you’re looking to get the most out of Logos for Mac, you’ll definitely want to take some time to watch them.
Reuben Evans walks you through first-time installation, adding additional books to your library, and using the basic tools in the software like the Passage Guide, the Exegetical Guide, the Bible Word Study, the Topic Browser, and the Reference Browser.
He also shows you how to edit your preferences, manage your windows, create workspaces, collections, favorites, and bookmarks, type in Greek and Hebrew, and do various kinds of searches.
Check out these new videos to take your Mac Bible study to the next level:
Netbooks like the Acer Aspire One, ASUS Eee PC, Dell Inspiron Mini, HP Mini, Lenovo IdeaPad, and MSI Wind are rapidly growing in popularity due to the amount of computer they pack into such a portable size at such a low price point.
One of the things that allows these devices to be so small is the absence of an optical drive. But with no DVD/CD drive, how are you supposed to install your software? There are a few ways to do it (e.g., see this support article), but they can be overly complicated for many users.
Most software still comes on a CD or DVD, but software companies are looking to alternate delivery methods to accommodate the growing number of computers without optical drives. Moving to downloadable software is one solution. It’s something we’ve been doing for a while with most of our add-on collections and books, and it’s something we’re considering for our base collections in the future.
Another option is to move to a smaller, more universal media format—and nothing is hotter right now than flash. The most popular and universal form of flash memory is the USB thumb drive. Every computer has a USB port. But thumb drives have the disadvantage of protruding outside of the computer, making them not a very good choice for long-term use; and they tend to be a tad pricier than other forms of flash memory.
For these reasons we’ve decided to start delivering a media-only* version of our base packages via SD cards. Most if not all netbooks have built-in SD card readers, and since the SD card doesn’t stick out, you can leave it in and run your books right off the card if you need the extra space on your internal hard drive or SSD.
Because we want to get more content to you sooner so you don’t have to wait until the final version is ready, we’ve been releasing the books in various stages: draft and edited. Books in the draft stage are finished translations from the individual contributors and have not yet been reviewed by the general editor. Books in the edited stage are the final versions.
Here is a complete list of all of the books in the most recent build listed by stage. If a title is bold, then it is new to that stage.
The post from two weeks ago about the 2 New Free Greek Vocabulary Lists led to some new Hebrew vocabulary lists surfacing. I guess the OT guys didn’t want to be outdone by the NT guys. :) We now have the lists from Zondervan’s Basics of Biblical Hebrew by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt and Baker’s Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross.
This brings our total number of vocabulary lists up to 26: 14 Greek, 9 Hebrew, 2 Aramaic, and 1 Akkadian. Visit our Vocabulary Lists page to download these new lists.
Once you’ve downloaded them, you can access your new lists in Logos by going to File > Open, selecting “Vocabulary List” from the Types column, and then selecting the list of your choice from the Documents column. For additional help using them, see the previous post.
Have a vocabulary list from a Hebrew or Greek grammar that you’d like to see us make available? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know.
Today’s guest 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.
March Madness 2009 is now history and the Complete Works of Francis Shaeffer emerged as champion. Now that you perhaps own this resource, what is the best way to mine its riches? To get you started, I have created a search collection for you that you can download for free at www.mpseminars.com.
You can now search this collection by word or phrase or use the Reference Browser to locate Bible verses.
I suggest, however, you use the Basic Search dialog and conduct a “proximity search.” Here’s how it works. Based on John 13.35, Schaeffer often spoke of love being the “mark of a Christian.” You of course could search for the phrase “mark of a Christian” but he may have written something like, “A Christian should bear the mark of love.” He’s discussing the same subject just using a different phrase. The proximity search solves the challenge.
Choose Search | Basic Search
In the In box, select your new Schaeffer search collection that you have download from mpseminars.com
Type this in the search box: love within 7 words mark
This will locate every time the words love and mark occur within seven words of each other regardless of the exact phrasing.
Try the same search with this search string: truth within 8 words total
If you don’t already have an earlier edition of the SESB, you can get everything from the previous editions plus all of the new content by purchasing SESB 3. If you already have a previous version of SESB (i.e., SESB 1, SESB 1 (Logos Edition), or SESB 2), you can upgrade to SESB 3 for only $159.95.
Here’s a list of the more than 20 titles that are new to SESB 3:
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: WIVU Syntactic Analysis (Note: This is a new syntax database like Andersen-Forbes, not a resource in My Library.)
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: Workgroep Informatica Constituency Tree Analysis
Biblia Sacra Vulgata (Apparatus)
Biblia Sacra Vulgata (SESB)
Biblia Sacra Vulgata: Psalmi iuxta Hebraicum et Varia Lectio (Apparatus)
Das Thomasevangelium: Originaltext mit Kommentar
Das wissenschaftliche Bibellexikon im Internet
Den Hellige Skrifts Kanoniske Bøger 1931/1948
The Gospel of Thomas: Original Text with Commentary
Aaaah, summertime! Fourth of July, the Mid-Summer Classic (MLB’s All-Star game), and, of course, your favorite pie! Today, eleven employees treated the Logos office to one of the sweetest lunches ever—for the Logos Pie Bake-off! As soon as you stepped foot into the kitchen, it smelled like a sweet-factory . . . too bad you can’t capture smell and taste in a photo.
The pies were so good, and the competition so close, that there was a tie for third until a straggling voter cast his last-minute ballot pushing Brittany Young’s Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Shortbread into third place. But that was not the only close call. Marketing’s very own Sarah Knepper just barely edged out Kyle Anderson’s Family Peanut Butter Pie with her Pavlova—by only two votes!
Sarah has graciously made her Pavlova recipe available, so after enjoying a few photos, give her Pavlova a try for your next summer party!