What’s in My Library: Analytical Lexicon

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?”

Analytical Lexicon

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.

Example: Analytical Lexicon of the Greek NT

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.

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12 New Logos for Mac Training Videos

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:

  1. Preferences I
  2. Preferences II
  3. Window Management
  4. Greek and Hebrew Keyboards
  5. Study a Word
  6. Collections, Favorites, and Bookmarks
  7. Topic Browser and Reference Browser
  8. Saving and Loading Workspaces
  9. Information Window and Navigation
  10. Bible Search
  11. Greek Morphological Search
  12. Hebrew Morphological Search
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Logos Bible Software on an SD Card

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.

We’re now selling 2GB and 4GB versions of our Media-Only SD Cards. If you purchase Christian Home Library, Bible Study Library, or Leader’s Library, you’ll need only the 2GB version. But if you think you might upgrade down the road, you might want to consider purchasing the 4GB version to give you the ability to expand your library without having to purchase an additional card later. Original Languages Library and Scholar’s Library (all three flavors) will need the 4GB version.

* “Media-only” means you’ll have to add it on to a base package purchase in order to unlock any of the included books.

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New Build of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear LXX

There’s a brand new build of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint on our FTP ready for download. It adds draft versions of 7 new books, and moves 8 books from draft to edited status.

If you already own a copy of the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint, then all you need to do is run the resource auto-update script, or if you’re on a Mac, download the new file and put it in your resources folder (Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume). If you haven’t purchased it yet, then you can order your copy today. (Check out this post for some reasons you should consider buying this resource, and these posts for why you should study the LXX.)

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.

24 Edited Books

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Numbers
  4. Ruth
  5. Judith
  6. II Maccabees
  7. III Maccabees
  8. Psalms
  9. Additional Psalm (Psalm 151)
  10. Proverbs
  11. Ecclesiastes
  12. Song of Solomon
  13. Job
  14. Wisdom of Solomon
  15. Psalms of Solomon
  16. Obadiah
  17. Jonah
  18. Haggai
  19. Zechariah
  20. Malachi
  21. Jeremiah
  22. Lamentations
  23. Letter of Jeremiah
  24. Ezekiel

12 Draft Books

  1. I Samuel
  2. Esther
  3. Additions to Esther
  4. IV Maccabees
  5. Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)
  6. Hosea
  7. Micah
  8. Joel
  9. Nahum
  10. Habakkuk
  11. Zephaniah
  12. Baruch

To make sure not to miss the next round of updates, follow us here on the blog, regularly run the resource auto-update script, and check the product page.

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2 New Free Hebrew Vocabulary Lists

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 suggest@logos.com, and let us know.

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Searching Schaeffer

Tips & Tricks blog SetToday’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

Enjoy this incredible resource!

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SESB 3 Now Shipping

Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible (SESB), Version 3.0We now have the brand new Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible, Version 3 (or SESB 3 for short) in stock and ready to ship. SESB, which is a co-production of the German Bible Society and the Bible Society of the Netherlands, has been one of our most popular third-party products and is a standard for academic users around the world. Just read some of the many SESB reviews to see for yourself.

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
  • King James Version
  • King James Version Apocrypha
  • Lightfoot’s Apostolic Fathers in English
  • Lightfoot’s Apostolic Fathers in Greek
  • Luther Bibel (1912)
  • Russian Modern New Testament
  • Russian Synodal Bible Translation
  • Septuaginta: Apparatus Criticus
  • Septuaginta: Apparatus Criticus (Alternate Texts)
  • Septuaginta: SESB Edition
  • Septuaginta: SESB Edition (Alternate Texts)
  • A Textual Guide to the Greek New Testament
  • Zürcher Bibel

To see the complete contents, visit www.logos.com/sesb.

Note: We have a limited stock of these. Once we run out, it’ll take a few weeks to get more in stock. So it’s first come, first served!

Update: The SESB 3 Upgrade is temporarily out of stock. We have more on the way.

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All-American Summer

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!

Logos Banners and Images for Your Website

We have an impressive number of users who regularly blog and tweet about us, and many show their enthusiasm by featuring one of our banners in their sidebar. Almost daily we meet new users by reading what people are saying about us and noticing who’s linking to us.

On occasion we get emails from people asking if they can link to our site or use one of our images in their site’s sidebar. We gladly grant them permission on both counts, but we wanted to state publicly that you don’t even need to ask. If you want to link to us, feel free. If you find a Logos image that you’d like to use in a post or put in your sidebar, help yourself.

To make it easy for you to find just the right one, we’ve created two pages where you can find dozens of images and ads that you can display on your site to show your enthusiasm for Logos to your readers.

If you’ve been wanting to show Logos a little love on your website or blog, head on over and grab an ad or image and link it up to the demo or to the appropriate product page.

Keeping Logos Synced on Two Computers

Our EULA allows you to install Logos on two of your machines for your personal use. If you have Logos on two machines, you may be well aware of the challenge of keeping everything in sync between your desktop and your laptop or netbook, or between your home computer and your work computer.

You can currently keep your licenses in sync between your two machines by going to Tools > Library Management > Synchronize Licenses (your licenses are safely backed up on our servers), but what about the rest of your data?

If you use Logos extensively on both machines, you will probably eventually end up with notes, visual markups, favorites, bookmarks, Bible reading plans, prayer lists, toolbars, collections, resource associations, diagrams, saved searches, etc. that are on one computer but not on the other—or even worse, that are on both, but not identical. Having your valuable data spread between two computers is not a good scenario. I originally tried to create or edit my content only on one machine and use the other machine only to access my library and do searches. But this proved not to be a very good long-term solution for a number of reasons. If Logos is installed on two of your machines, it makes the most sense to use all of its features on both machines.

But what’s the best way to accomplish this?

Manual Method: USB Thumb Drive

Some people solve this problem by using a USB thumb drive. They carry their drive with them at all times and copy their My Documents\Libronix DLS folder to it after every use—replacing only the updated files. Then they copy those files to their other computer—again, replacing only the updated files. This method can work, but it’s far too tedious for most, and it’s too easy to forget to do it every time. Before you know it, your files are out of sync.

Thankfully there’s a better way.

Automatic Method: Sync Software

There are many free applications that allow you to sync files and folders across a network or across the internet. Some sync directly between the two computers, requiring that both be running at the same time. Others use a cloud backup of your files, eliminating this problem.

My personal recommendation is to use a combination of Windows Live Mesh and Windows Live Sync (formerly FolderShare)—Live Mesh for your My Documents\Libronix DLS folder and Live Sync for your Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources folder.

Live Mesh: Sync Your Personal Files

Live Mesh allows you to sync up to 5GB of data with no limit to the number of files and folders that make up that 5GB. It uses a cloud backup of your data, so your machines can stay in sync even if you never have them both powered on at the same time—and your data is protected if both of your machines are stolen, destroyed, etc. Live Mesh also comes with remote desktop functionality, so you can log on to one of your machines (if it is powered on) from your other machine to access data you need but aren’t syncing.

Before you use Live Mesh, be sure to back up all of the data you plan to sync. If you do something wrong, it’s possible to unintentionally delete important files. Our customer service team cannot provide support for third-party software, so proceed with caution if you’re not at least moderately techie.

To use Live Mesh to sync your personal Logos files, install the application on both machines, navigate to your My Documents folder, right click on Libronix DLS, and then click “Add folder to Live Mesh.” Live Mesh will begin syncing your files and notify you of any conflicts that need to be resolved. In my experience, it’s best to start either with identical data on both computers or with the data only on one computer. Otherwise you may have hundreds or thousands of file discrepancies to deal with.

Live Sync: Sync Your Resources

Unlike Live Mesh, Live Sync has no GB limit, but it does have a file limit of 20,000 files per synchronized folder (you can have up to 20 synchronized folders). This makes Live Sync ideal for keeping your resources in sync, since many users have more than 5GB of resources, and a cloud backup of resources is unnecessary. No more having to install a new product on both machines. Install it on either machine, sync your licenses, and Live Sync will take care of syncing your new resources.

To use Live Sync to sync your Logos resources, install the application on both machines, and then set up and sync your folder from the Live Sync website. Live Sync errs on the side of protecting your data, so when duplicates are found, it will keep both by renaming one of them to indicate its source. To avoid having lots of duplicates to clean up, it’s best to start with identical data or with data only on one machine.

Using a combination of Live Mesh and Live Sync will enable you to keep your Logos files in sync effortlessly. If you’re looking for a good sync solution for Logos, I highly recommend giving this a try.

What do you do to keep your Logos data in sync? What are your favorite sync programs? Let us know in the comments.

Update: Mark points out in the comments that Live Mesh can sync more than 5GB by simply disabling the sync to Live Desktop for the folder that you don’t need a cloud backup of. This means that you could use Live Mesh for both your personal Logos files and your resources. Thanks for the tip, Mark.