How to Access Rich Content from the Oldest Commentaries

What’s the oldest commentary you own? Perhaps something from the church fathers?

You may be surprised to find you have something even older—something you may not have realized could be useful for you: ancient Jewish writings such as the Talmud, Philo, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. These contain a wealth of insight into the Hebrew Bible: simply by watching the way it has been interpreted over time, you gain perspective on your own reading.
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How Many Ways Can “Elohim” Be Translated?


In his FaithlifeTV lecture series, The Unseen Realm, Dr. Michael S. Heiser noted that the Hebrew word elohim, most often translated God, nonetheless is translated other ways in our English Bibles. With my curiosity piqued, I wanted to discover those English translations of this Hebrew word.

Even though there are several ways in Logos to accomplish this task, I’ll show you the one I used:

  • Open an English Bible with the interlinear option such as the ESV to a passage with the Hebrew word elohim such as Genesis 1:1 (A)

  • Right click on the English translation of elohim such as God in Genesis 1:1 (B)
  • Select from the right side of the Context menu the Hebrew lemma (the one with the ring icon) (C)
  • Select from the left side of the Context menu Search this resource (D)

  • Click Analysis view on the search panel (E)
  • Notice the search results are placed in a spreadsheet (F)

  • Right click on any of the columns headers in the spreadsheet (G)
  • Select from the menu your desired headers for the spreadsheet, but make sure you have at least selected Result (H)

  • Drag the column header Result (I) to the area above the headers (Mac User: hold down the Option key as you drag the header) (J) to group the search results according to the English translations
  • Right click on one of the English results like God (K)

  • Select Collapse all (L)

  • Notice in one list all of the English translations of the Hebrew lemma elohim! (M)

To dig into the significance of this list be sure to check out Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s book, The Unseen Realm or the FaithlifeTV lecture series of the same name.

For more detailed information about Searching and the Analysis view, secure your copy of the Logos 7 Training Manuals Volumes 1-3  in print or digital.

Also be sure to follow the new MP Seminars Faithlife group and receive a FREE download of the commentary Ephesians: Verse by Verse by Dr. Grant Osborne.


Morris Proctor
is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Get 50% Off the Preaching the Word Series!


Take advantage of a rare opportunity to get the 40-volume Preaching the Word commentary series for half off—saving $350.

As part of this month’s spotlight on Crossway Publishers, we’re slashing prices—but only for a few more days.

The Preaching the Word series is a favorite of pastors for its readability, commitment to biblical authority, and clear scriptural exegesis and exposition. It drills into word studies, the original languages, and more without losing sight of the big idea, making it a great resource for church leaders and students alike.

Here’s what respected preachers and teachers say about it:

“Throughout the Christian centuries, working pastors have been proving themselves to be the best of all Bible expositors. [Editor] Kent Hughes stands in this great tradition, and his exciting expositions uphold it worthily.”
—J.I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology, Regent College

“This series resonates with the priorities of the pulpit. No academic aloofness here, but down-to-earth, preacher-to-preacher meat for God’s people.”
—Bryan Chapell, distinguished professor of preaching, Knox Theological Seminary

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—D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

While these men refer to the print version of the commentary, the added functionality and comprehensive search features in Logos make it even more valuable for study and sermon prep. Every Scripture reference is linked to English translations, and every Greek and Hebrew word to lexicons, dictionaries, and more, making it ideal for exegesis.

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The Great Legacy of Charles Octavius Boothe

As the country celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, we are also reminded of other African-Americans who have contributed to the black community and the world through education, ministry, and writing. One such individual is Charles Octavius Boothe (1845-1924).

Boothe was born into slavery in Alabama, but went on to become a pastor, educator, and activist. He established and pastored Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, which would later be pastored by Martin Luther King Jr. and renamed Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.

Boothe also helped found Selma University and served as its second president. He was the editor of The Baptist Pioneer, and promoted literacy programs and theological training for black preachers and laypeople. In 1890, to further this mission, he published a systematic theology titled Plain Theology for Plain People. It was his aim for the book that “simplicity should prevail—simplicity of arrangement and simplicity of language” so that even the average sharecropper could understand it.

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What Does Every Marriage Need the Most?

Why do some marriages burn with passion, while others fade into joylessness?

According to bestselling author and marriage expert Dr. Paul Tripp, it has little to do with mutual attraction, shared interests, or romance. Take care of bigger commitments, and you’ll have plenty of romance.

So what are those bigger commitments?

That’s what Paul Tripp discusses in his live marriage conference. Check out the trailer below to get a feel for the content.
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Get the Popular LifeGuides on Pre-Pub Today!

For over three decades they’ve been one of the most-used Bible study tools anywhere for small groups, Sunday school classes, and even individual devotions.

Now you’ll save up to 42% off the publisher’s regular price when you pre-order any of the nine special Logos collections of the popular LifeGuide Bible Studies.

These collections range from the five-volume Godly Relationships bundle to the complete 138-volume collection. Each field-tested volume offers group discussion questions, leader notes, and everything needed for deeper individual study.
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How to Find Every Instance of the Granville Sharp Rule


At a recent Camp Logos an attendee asked:

What is the search query for locating examples of the Granville Sharp rule?

If you’re unfamiliar with this Greek construction, I’ll show you below how to get some information about it.

The good news is there is a search query for finding examples. The better news is you don’t have to worry about it because the software does the heavy lifting for us!
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It’s 2018. Where’s Your Bible?


You want to grow closer to God this year, and you know Bible reading is a big part of that. But where to start?

We have a few suggestions, starting with the new version of a favorite app. We’ll also introduce you to a bundle of new (and free) resources.

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Abraham Kuyper’s Nuanced View of Islam

In 1905, Abraham Kuyper, the Dutch statesman and theologian, set forth on a journey around the Mediterranean Sea, visiting 80 sites and cities in 20 countries. His travels brought him to ancient lands and some of the most revered sites of Christianity. They also brought him face-to-face, for the first time, with the Islamic world.
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Get a Free Commentary on Galatians That’s Perfect for Preaching


This month only we’re giving away free downloads of  Galatians: Gospel-rooted Living from Crossway’s Preaching the Word series. Plus, you can add on another volume from that series (Proverbs: Wisdom that Works, by Ray Ortlund) for just $1.99. And if that’s not enough, pick up the Martyn Lloyd-Jones 3-volume commentary on Acts 1–8 for just $9.99!

Get all three at the Free Book of the Month page.

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