What’s the Significance of Biblical Words?

If you missed the Pastorum Live 2012 conference, you missed out on powerful teaching from 21 of evangelicalism’s leading scholars. Pastorum Live featured more than just lofty theology; it was scholarly teaching instantly applicable to your study and ministry.

In this short clip, Dr. Mark Futato explains what the specific word choices in Scripture can tell us about God and his character.


Join Dr. Futato, Ed Stetzer, Dr. John Walton, Jonathan Dodson and many others in Chicago April 11–12 for Pastorum 2013. When you register for Pastorum by Friday, March 8, you’ll receive a discounted rate—only $79! Register now!

How to Endorse Logos, Even if You’re Not Famous

Base Packages IIWe love helping people get into the Word. Every time someone gives us a shout-out, it tells us that we’re on the right track. That goes for prominent Christians and everyday users alike. Like Jayson said a few weeks ago, every single endorsement matters, including yours.

In fact, anytime you want to comment on a product, you can write a public review on our website.

3 reasons your review is important:

  • You help others make an informed decision. You get to list all your favorite features, titles, articles, and the like, along with areas in which a product could improve. Your honest review might be just what someone else needs to start using Logos 5 to study the Word.
  • You keep us accountable to excellence. You can rate any product up to 5 stars, call out the ways in which a product helps you with Bible study, and help guide Logos Bible Software as we pursue our company mission to serve the church.
  • You get to share new ways to use our software. We have a pretty big group of people working here (and we’re hiring more!), but there’s no way we can cover every single way that Logos 5 can improve Bible study in every walk of life. But you know how it helps you, and you can share your story with others like you.

So, what do you think of Logos 5?

If you own a Logos 5 base package, write up a review and rate it on the product page! Here are quick links to each one—join the conversations at the bottom of each page (make sure you’re signed in).

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Logos 5: What’s New in Logos 5

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.

I’m very privileged to be the authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. As such, you may think:

Morris has to be an enthusiastic cheerleader for whatever new feature Logos develops. Being excited about the software automatically comes with the training territory.

While I do eagerly try to apply most, if not all, of the Logos tools in my personal study, I must admit that my first reaction to Logos 5 was subdued. I liked the updated look with new icons, and I saw the new datasets, but I honestly asked myself if I would ever implement Logos 5′s new features in my study and sermon preparation. Was Logos 5 much ado about nothing?

Several months have passed since the initial release, and I now stand humbly corrected. The new Logos 5 features and datasets are incredible and practical!  There’s so much more to Logos 5 than just the new appearance.

I’ve used:

  • The Root word to help my understanding of restore in Galatians 6:1
  • The Bible Sense Lexicon to provide insights into beginning in Colossians 1:18
  • The Referent dataset to track down references to Barnabas
  • Biblical Events to discover verses (all throughout the Bible) that mention the Israelites crossing the Red Sea
  • The spreadsheet view of documents to organize my Logos files
  • Community Tags to be encouraged by Camp Logos 2 alumni applying the tagging system

So here’s my twofold encouragement:

  1. If you haven’t upgraded to Logos 5, please do so. You will not regret it.
  2. After upgrading, go to Tools | Bible Facts and build a report for a person, like David. The REFERRED TO AS section in the sidebar will more than justify your investment!

  3. If you’ve already upgraded to Logos 5, please place an order for the What’s New training DVD, which is now on Pre-Pub, but will ship very soon.
  4. This three-hour training disk focuses on the differences between Logos 4 and 5. In dozens of videos, placed in a hyperlinked menu and enhanced with highlighted screencasts, I personally walk you through Logos 5 features including:

  • Bible Sense Lexicon
  • Timeline
  • Bible Facts
  • Sermon Starter Guide
  • Topic Guide
  • Bibliography
  • Spreadsheet view of documents and guides
  • And much more

After investing three hours with this training guide, you’ll not only know but also use the new Logos 5 features.

See a sample video here.

If you prefer reading rather than watching, then please check out the What’s New Training Manual.

Logos March Madness—Get Back in the Game

Timeline coverLogos March Madness is back with an unbeatable selection of works. This March, all your favorite authors—N. T. Wright, D. A. Carson, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, and others—are competing for your votes, with 75% savings at stake.

Through the end of the month, we’ll be staging matchups between 64 of our bestselling authors. You’ll have the opportunity to vote in six rounds. And the more rounds an author wins, the greater the discount you’ll receive on his or her works—starting at 30%, and ending with the champion’s works marked down by 75%. The resources will go on sale only once the author has lost a round. It’s up to you to ensure that your favorite author wins, so vote early—and share often!

The resources will be listed on LogosMarchMadness.com, along with the coupon codes. Here’s this year’s schedule:

  • Round 1: 3/2–9
  • Round 2: 3/9–14
  • Sweet Sixteen: 3/14–19
  • Elite 8: 3/19–23
  • Final 4: 3/23–26
  • Championship: 3/26–30
  • Sale end: 4/15

There are just shy of 500 resources in this year’s Logos March Madness. With publishers like Baker, Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, and more on board, this year’s lineup is arguably the best we’ve ever had. Check out the bracket at LogosMarchMadness.com/Brackets.

Trying to guess which resources will be on sale?

  1. All chosen resources are single-author, single-publisher
  2. No collections will be included, but individual titles from collections may be
  3. Most works have not been on Pre-Pub within the last year
  4. Most resources are not included in base packages
  5. Search author pages on Logos.com
    1. Modern Authors
    2. Legacy Authors

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Recreating the World That Jesus Entered

Jesus’ entrance in our world marked the turning point of history. But Jesus did not enter onto an empty stage. What brought about the end of the Jewish state? What role did Herod the Great and his sons play in the politics of the day? What cultural and religious forces were at work when Jesus arrived?

Herod to Jesus (Act VI), volume 6 in Logos’ new series The Bible in Seven Acts, provides a complete survey of the historical and cultural setting of this pivotal period. Designed for pastors, teachers, and students, this resource gives you the tools you need to understand Jesus’ life and work against the backdrop of first-century Palestine and the Roman Empire.

Grasp the whole picture. For students and teachers, Herod to Jesus (Act VI) provides a clear and easy-to-follow snapshot of the entire historical period. Graphics—including timelines and event lines—put the whole story in perspective.

Make meaningful connections. In addition to its concise survey of the social, political, and economic setting of the world in which Jesus preached, Herod to Jesus (VI) links historical events and movements to the relevant biblical passages. Political intrigues, sectarian conflicts, and Messianic expectations all affected how Jesus was received.

Go deeper into the story. More than a textbook survey or an annotated bibliography, The Bible in Seven Acts is designed to take full advantage of the Logos digital platform. That means that one click takes you to relevant, curated content in the Logos library— comprehensive information written by the world’s best biblical scholars and historians.

For seminarians and students, Herod to Jesus (Act VI) provides an invaluable study aid. It makes your New Testament survey course make more sense. Compelling topics for papers or dissertations emerge from the details, and resources for in-depth research are at your fingertips in the Logos library, saving you hours of time in the library or scrambling online.

Pastors can use The Bible in Seven Acts to enrich their sermons with more depth and confidence than ever before. The resource includes slides to bring history vividly to life for your congregation. And the time you save by letting this series do your research leaves time for the other demands of ministry—and life.

Pre-order your copy of The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus (Act VI) or the entire seven-volume series—you’ll get 25% off the regular purchase price.

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The Word Biblical Commentary (59 vols.), written by over 50 of the English-speaking world’s leading Christian scholars, delivers the best in biblical scholarship. It’s one of the most popular commentaries in the Logos library—and during March, it’s on sale for $100 off!

Immerse yourself in sound biblical scholarship

The WBC’s in-depth analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence is perfect for anyone who wants to build a better theological understanding.

The great thing about the WBC in Logos is that everything—down to each individual word—has been carefully indexed and catalogued. What this means for you is a much fuller, richer research experience. You’ll compare passages without the hassle of searching multiple print volumes, which makes sermon preparation and learning faster and more efficient. Just enter the word or phrase you’re looking for and click “go”—it’s as easy as that.

This offer lasts only through the end of March—don’t miss this terrific price. Get the WBC today and save $100!

What Are the 12 Tribes of Israel? Find Out Now

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Whether you’re studying the Old Testament, researching Middle Eastern history, or taking a trip to the Holy Land, you’re sure to come across talk of the 12 tribes of Israel.

But what are the 12 tribes of Israel, and how do we find out?

It’s a good thing we have some awesome reference books to help us with this question.

Logos 5 doesn’t just come with a set of shiny new features—it also includes different books that weren’t included in Logos 4 base packages. Logos 5 base packages were dissembled and rebuilt to give you the best library to use with high-tech software. And we’ve added 13 new Bible reference books to Logos 5 base packages, so looking up the 12 tribes of Israel is no problem at all.

What should we know about the 12 tribes of Israel?

The 12 tribes of Israel are (for the most part) named after the 12 sons of Jacob. Each son became the patriarch of an individual tribe as the nation grew. If I want to know about the specific tribes, I can right click any reference to them and look them up. Let’s start in Deuteronomy 33, where Moses blesses each tribe of Israel. When we come across a tribe’s name, we’ll right-click it and look it up in the Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible—which is now available in base packages Bronze and up!

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Quick profiles on the 12 tribes of Israel:

  1. Judah. The tribe of kings, and the most preeminent of the 12 tribes in the biblical narrative. Judah “prevailed over his brothers,” (1 Chronicles 5:2), and the tribe’s territory included the city of Jerusalem and the holy temple. King David was part of this tribe, and his royal line ruled in Jerusalem from around 1,000 BC until the city fell to Babylonian forces in 586 BC. Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and the capital of the Southern Kingdom after the nation divided. Jesus is of the tribe of Judah (Matthew 1:1–2). Notable tribesmen: Jesus, David, Mary, Solomon, Caleb
  2. Reuben. Descended from Jacob’s firstborn, whom Jacob said was as “uncontrolled as water” (Genesis 49:4). The tribe chose not to settle in the Promised Land, and instead asked Moses for some of the territory that they conquered east of the Jordan River. Moses agreed to this, on the condition that they assist the western tribes in conquering Canaan (Numbers 32:28–32). They did so, but they did not assist the other tribes in battle during the period of judges (Judges 5:16), and the tribe falls into scriptural obscurity.
  3. Simeon. The man Simeon (with his brother Levi) slaughtered the men of an entire city to avenge his sister (Genesis 34:25–31). The tribe’s portion of land was within the midst of Judah’s territory (Joshua 19:1); however, Simeon did not grow as rapidly as Judah and seems to have dispersed across multiple territories (1 Chronicles 4:38–43; 2 Chronicles 15:8–9). This is consistent with Jacob’s prophecy concerning Simeon and his brother Levi: “I will disperse them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.”
  4. Levi. The tribe of the priesthood. The tribe of Levi stood by Moses (a Levite) during the golden calf incident at Mount Sinai (Exodus 32:25–29), and later took their place as ministers to the tabernacle, and later the Temple. Levi had no tribal territory—the Lord was the tribe’s inheritance (Numbers 18:19–20)—though they did receive pasture lands for their cattle (Joshua 21). Levitical duties were extensive (read Leviticus!), but Moses gives a brief summary of their significance in his blessing for the tribe (Deuteronomy 33:8–11).
    Notable tribesmen: Moses, Aaron, John the Baptist, Barnabas
  5. Zebulun. Zebulun doesn’t get very much attention in the Bible. The tribe does boast a strong, loyal fighting force during the days of the judges and King David. In fact, Zebulun had the largest presence in the army that made David king of Israel at Hebron, and they served him with “an undivided heart” (1 Chronicles 12:33).
  6. Issachar. Issachar has even less biblical presence than Zebulun, but the tribe was loyal to Deborah and Barak (Judges 5:15). They’re also remembered as “men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32).
  7. Dan. We don’t read much about the man Dan, but we do see his tribe up to no good in the book of Judges. The tribe did not secure their original portion of land (Judges 1:34; 18:1), and instead migrated northward. In the process, they took for themselves other gods (Judges 18:14–17) and set up a new priesthood (Judges 18–20). The tribe later joins Jeroboam in idolatry when the kingdom of Israel divides (1 Kings 12:28–29). Notable tribesman: Samson
  8. Gad. Little is said of Gad, the man or the tribe. They, like Reuben, settled east of the Jordan.
  9. Asher. Jacob prophesied that Asher’s tribe would enjoy rich foods (Genesis 49:20), and the tribe went on to possess a region of eastern Galilee which is still known for its olive groves.
  10. Naphtali. Naphtali, with Zebulun, is mentioned by the prophet Isaiah in a passage we read often during Christmastime: “For a child will be born to us . . . .” This promise was given concerning the land of Galilee, specifically, the “land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali.” You can read the whole prophecy in Isaiah 9.
  11. Ephraim. This tribe is named after Joseph’s son. Joseph received the birthright from Jacob, and instead of just one tribe, he is the ancestor of two (Manasseh is the other). After the kingdom divides, the Northern Kingdom’s capital is in Ephraim’s territory, and the prophets sometimes refer to the entire nation as “Ephraim” (Jeremiah 31:9, Hosea 5:3). Notable tribesmen: Joshua, Samuel
  12. Benjamin. This small tribe has played several important roles in Israel’s history. Benjamin stood against the rest of Israel in a national civil war (Judges 20:14–21:24). Saul, the first anointed king of Israel, was from Benjamin. The tribe was also loyal to David’s descendants when the northern tribes seceded (1 Kings 12:16–24). Notable tribesmen: King Saul, Mordecai, Paul
  13. Manasseh. This tribe descended from Joseph’s firstborn son, and uniquely settled on both sides of the Jordan River (Joshua 17:5–6). The eastern settlement is often referred to as the “half-tribe of Manasseh.”

Wait—13 tribes of Israel?

Kind of. Remember, Levi didn’t receive tribal territory like the other tribes. Also, Joseph’s sons were considered heads of their own tribes—both of which received an inheritance of land. In some lists, Joseph is counted as one of the 12 (Genesis 49; Deuteronomy 33). In others, Levi isn’t counted, and Ephraim and Manasseh are considered distinct tribes.

Here’s the math:

12 tribes – 1 (Levi) – 1 (Joseph) + 1 (Ephraim) + 1 (Manasseh) = 12 tribes

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Shipping Soon: Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha

Order the 2-vol. Greek Apocryphal GospelsI’m really excited about the upcoming release of the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha collection, which was announced 11 months ago on the Logos blog.

While this was originally intended to be a collection of morphologically analyzed Greek texts, it now includes a separate volume of English translations.

And there are introductions to each translation, geared toward the Christian reader new to this material. That was one of my primary goals while working through the material and writing the introductions.

It looks like I was able to meet that goal. We sent out some pre-release review copies, and here’s what the early readers are reporting. Check out the full reviews for more on how these documents are necessary and useful in the study of the early church.

The Apocryphal Gospels are significant for what they tell us about the Gospel tradition and Christian origins. These two books on Apocryphal Gospels by Rick Brannan are a great pair of resources for anyone who wants immediate access to reliable texts, translations, and introductions on their PC or tablet of non-canonical Jesus literature.
— Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology and New Testament at Crossway College in Brisbane, Australia (full review)

This work is a very valuable contribution that goes beyond previous lists of sayings and publications of only the English gospels. Rick’s brief but insightful comments about each of the sayings, variants, and gospels round out his work in a way that makes it accessible to both lay readers and scholars.
—William C. Varner, professor of Bible and Greek, The Master’s College (full review)

Rick Brannan’s edition of the Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha for Logos offers an important new resource that anyone interested in the early history of Christianity will want to have. . . . I expect this exciting resource will play an important role not only in providing more convenient access for scholars and students already in the habit of studying these texts, but in introducing a wider audience to them as well. Many thanks to Rick Brannan and Logos for their role in not merely providing a useful tool for the already-interested, but also helping to highlight these important texts and make them accessible to others who might not otherwise encounter them or realize their importance for our understanding of the ancient church!
— James F. McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language & Literature, Butler University (full review)

Rick Brannan has taken the concept so brilliantly executed by Jeremias and improved it. High praise indeed I realize but completely justifiable—for in the soon to be released Logos edition titled Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha, Brannan offers the Greek texts of the ‘sayings of Jesus’ which are found outside the Gospels (in the letters of Paul and other New Testament texts along with extracanonical early Christian literature) along with introductions and translations. He also provides the more important ‘gospels’ which didn’t make the canonical cut, again in both the original Greek editions and in translation.
—Jim West, adjunct professor of biblical studies, Quartz Hill School of Theology (full review)

In his latest contribution to the study of early Christian literature, Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments and Agrapha, Rick Brannan places pseudepigraphal gospels, agrapha, and fragments in their due place, allowing the scholar quick access to a world that could reshape some of our understanding of early Christian theological and literary development.
—Joel L. Watts, author, Mimetic Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: An Introduction and Commentary (full review)

The apocryphal Gospels are crucial for a thorough comprehension of Christian origins, especially historical and theological trajectories into the second century and beyond. Brannan assembles an impressive collection of apocryphal Jesus tradition in Greek and English which not only provides us with new editions of the usual suspects, but also spans significant fragmentary papyrological documents as well. Unique search capabilities enable linguistic analysis for some of the literarily closest material we have to the canonical Gospels due to the digital format of these texts. Highly recommended for anyone interested in serious study of early Christianity and its literature.
— Andrew W. Pitts, Bethel Seminary, San Diego

Pre-Pub pricing for Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha is only available for a short time. Once it ships, the price will go up. Ensure you get the lowest price by signing up for the Pre-Pub today!

What Is God’s Purpose for Your Church?

Pastors, seminary students, and scholars: transform your ministry with a two-day journey into the Word.

April 11–12 in Chicago, Logos is sponsoring Pastorum Live 2013, a conference focused on unpacking Scripture and the role of the church.

Study the church’s purpose from Genesis to Revelation

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The conference will be held at Park Community Church in downtown Chicago. You can stay at one of many surrounding hotels. Registration is now open at a discounted rate of just $79 through March 8.

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9 Provocative Quotes about Satan

Lewis Sperry Chafer is the author of February’s Free Book of the Month, Satan. The book is free, but only until tomorrow—get it today!

Here’s a preview:

1. Creation of Satan: “Since he was created, he is not self-existent, and never can be free from his dependence upon the Creator.” (Chap. 1, page 13)

2. Place Satan dwells: “That the earth and the air are his present abode must be accepted on the testimony of Scripture: in spite of the almost universal impression that he is now in hell.” (Eph. 6:11, 12, 1 Peter 5:8, 9) (Chap. 1, page 16)

3. Satan’s sentence executed: “And in Rev. 12:7–12, where Satan is cast out into the earth and the execution of his sentence is begun, the announcement is made by a great voice in heaven, ‘Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ.’ There is no evidence of a gradual process here; all is sudden and decisive.” (Chap. 2, page 34)

4. Satan and unbelievers: “According to Scripture, the relation of the unbelieving to Satan is far more vital than a mere pleasure-seeking allegiance.” (Chap. 3, page 45)

5. Satan’s dominion: “Again, Satan’s dominion is limited in that “there is no power but of God: and the powers that be are ordained of God (Rom. 13:1). In this Scripture it is revealed that Satan, though in authority, is not wholly free from his Creator, and that any direction of the governments of the world which he exercises is by permission from God.” (Chap. 4, page 51)

6. Satan’s authority over demons: “Although their origin cannot be definitely traced, it is probable that they were created as subjects of Satan in the primal glory, as he, also, was created as their prince and king. Satan, being in authority over these beings, doubtless drew them after him in his sinful attempt to thrust himself into the place of God.” (Chap. 5, 63)

7. Sin of Satan: “True, he has lowered his Creator, in his own mind, to a level where he supposes himself to be in legitimate competition with Him, both for authority over other beings and for their worship.” (Chap. 6, page 73)

8. Satan impersonations: “Thus his desire to be like the Most High has led him to a blasphemous attempt to imitate all the separate manifestations of the three Persons of the Godhead.” (Chap. 7, page 89)

9. Satan’s reliance on truth: “It has already been seen that the method of counterfeiting, if successful, will require Satan to appropriate and incorporate in his false systems every available principle of the true; for the deception of the counterfeit depends wholly upon its likeness to the real.” (Chap. 9, page 106)

LewisSperryChafer1929About Lewis Sperry Chafer

Lewis Sperry Chafer was born on this day in 1871, in Red Hook, Ohio. Chafer’s writings, the topic of much debate, are widely regarded as influential in the Evangelical movement in America. Dr. Scofield, Chafer’s Bible college professor, persuaded him to write Satan, which Scofield wrote the foreword for in 1909. Chafer went on to pastor Scofield’s former church in Dallas, TX, upon Scofield’s passing. He also became the founding president of the Evangelical Theological College in 1924. The college was renamed Dallas Theological Seminary in 1936. Chafer passed away August 22, 1952, in Seattle, WA.

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