Archive - April, 2010

Logos 4: Open Multiple Copies of the Same Resource

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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 advantages of Logos 4 e-books over their print counterparts is that you can open multiple copies of the same e-book. Here’s one way to open additional copies of a resource:

  • Open the desired book from the Library
  • Right-click on the tab of the open resource
  • From the right click menu select Open a copy in a new tab

With the new copy open you can now navigate to a different location in the resource or set it as your Cross Reference Lookup Bible!

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea: What’s the Big Deal?

The text of this post originated on the Logos Forums. It was written by Rosie Perera, who is a Logos MVP and has great insight on a wide array of topics and issues, both theological and technical. She’s also a friend of mine. Rosie has given me permission to reproduce her forum post here to try to bring some more attention to Community Pricing — a great way to get cheap books — and to highlight one of those presently very, very cheap books that may soon be a bit more expensive: Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels by Thomas Aquinas (8 vols). Here’s Rosie:

Now that the George Müller collection is on its way, Catena Aurea is the next great buy in Community Pricing. With current bidding going as it has been, it looks like this gem will be available for $20 or less. We’re getting close to 80% of production cost.

Community Pricing is an awesome way to get works for the least expensive price imaginable. For example, the Müller collection went for $15 in community pricing, and pre-pub is now $79.95; sale price once it ships will be $129.95. And the nice hardback edition of Müller on Amazon.com costs $139.95.

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Bible Study Magazine Reaches the Classroom

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Today’s guest post is from John Barry, the Editor-in-Chief of Bible Study Magazine.

I know editors who dread getting mail. Usually the words, “What do they hate about me now?” goes through their head. I love letters to the editor. Not because everyone is happy with us all the time—that’s impossible—but because it is when I get to interact with subscribers. That’s one of many reasons why we respond to every email, phone call, and letter.

Several subscribers have now told me that they are using Bible Study Magazine in Sunday school classrooms. Here’s a letter from a subscriber who is using our publication in a different type of classroom.

Dear John–

Thank you for Bible Study Magazine! I originally subscribed out of personal interest; however, when my first issue arrived, I was immediately drawn to “Biblical Humor: Irony in Jonah.” As an English teacher in a Christian high school, I use Scripture as often as possible to teach literary terms. When I read Mr. Evans’s article, I was thrilled to discover that he included hyperbole, reversal and wordplay as well as irony. Eager to see what other nuggets I could borrow, I turned back to Cisneros’s “Start-to-Finish” and realized that the steps he identified are the same that I use to teach close reading to my students.

Needless to say, I devoured the entire issue and planned lessons as I read. The reading assignments outlined in “Facing Today” will become homework and the article’s subsequent questions will be class openers. Several titles found in the special section on Psalms will also be included in my English lesson plans. “Does God Need a Co-Signer” will be used as biblical integration in an accounting class that I also teach. And, finally, I will reference “Job’s Loss, Job’s Gain: Our Suffering, Our Pain” in January when I will lead a group of students on a two-week local missions activity.

I thank the Lord for the vision He cast and on which you acted.

Terri

Terri teaches from the Bible almost every day and has learned from our publication and has helped others learn by using it. It doesn’t matter if you are just getting into the Bible or are a veteran Bible teacher, Bible Study Magazine is for you.

We have even had Bible scholars—people with three to four degrees in theology, ministry or biblical studies—tell us they learned from reading our magazine. I can guarantee that you will read things in Bible Study Magazine you have never read anywhere else. How can I say that? Several of our articles mark the first publication of cutting-edge research. We look for new and better ways to read the Bible, as well as explain the classic methods, like the Inductive Bible Study method. Even if you think you won’t personally gain much from reading Bible Study Magazine, I want to encourage you to help others by using it in your Sunday school class, your small group, and throughout your church. We make it easy with ongoing Bible studies, themed issues around biblical books or subjects, and bulk packs.

Help others get into the Word by gifting them a subscription to Bible Study Magazine. Just enter their address in the shipping field at checkout. Or just tell someone about Bible Study Magazine. You could change someone’s understanding of the Bible and their relationship with God by just getting them to read a magazine.

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Making Morphology Work for You

Alright, I’ll admit that I am a word nerd, especially when it comes to Greek conjunctions. These are the function words like “therefore” and “because” that tell you how to connect one statement with the one that follows. If you look at Dan Wallace’s description in Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, you’ll quickly see that there are a number of places where the Greek conjunctions don’t match up very well with a single English counterpart. This is where drilling down on the word can really pay some dividends.

I was asked recently about the different uses of γάρ, so I’ll illustrate with this. In the Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament, I claim that γάρ introduces something that strengthens or supports what precedes. Most of the memory verses we learn begin with “for” like John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, the list could go on for a long time. If you run a Bible Word Study, the “Translation” portion of the report will quickly show you that γάρ is nearly always translated as “for”.

Clicking on any of the other words will pull up a list of those instances where γάρ was translated with something else. I clicked on “indeed” (screenshot), resulting in the list of the six instances where the ESV translated it this way. If I wanted to find out what other Greek words are translated as “for”, I just need to hover over the blue part of the ring labeled “for”.

Doing so give me all this information in a convenient pop-up. Another way to get the same information is to run a Bible Word Study report on “for”, it will give you the same information as the preview (screenshot). Another helpful way of getting at the same kind of information is to do a Morphology Search. All you need to do is click the “Search” tab, select “Morph” in the upper right corner, then select the text you want to search from the pull-down menu. I am using the Nestle-Aland 27th (NA27) with Logos morphology. This search will show me every occurrence of γάρ in the Greek NT. (screenshot)

In the upper right hand corner of the results window in one of my favorite Logos 4 features, a tool that has had a huge impact on how efficiently I can find what I am looking for—the “Analysis” tab. What this does is allow me to organize all of the results (1041 of them!) based on all of the different kinds of information that can be known about that word. Take a look. (screenshot)

All I need to do to reorganize the results by something other than the canonical order in which they occur is to grab one of the column headers and drag it to the space where the gray text indicates. I can organize by follows by dragging the “Next Context”, Louw-Nida sense, part of speech, or any other kind of information which is annotated to this word in this text. I want to show off a cool aspect of the Logos Morphology, so I’ll drag that over. The Logos Morph subdivides conjunctions based on the function that they perform in the text. The function in the context is one of the biggest determiners of how the word will be translated. (screenshot)

One last thing that really makes this report useful—the ability to hide results. This lets me see at a glance just how many times γάρ functions in one role versus another. All I need to do is click the arrow next to “adverbial causal” or any other heading to hide the detail. Here’s what I get:

I can learn from this that the primary function of γάρ is as an adverbial conjunction indicating cause, whereas the other major use is as an logical conjunction with an explanatory sense. If I do not know what exactly these terms mean, I can unhide the verses and take a look at the difference in one passage versus another. I was curious about when γάρ is considered a “particle” so I unhide them to see if I could find a pattern. (screenshot)

Everyone one of the occurs in a question introduced by τί or μή. This made me wonder if there were instances where these question words preceded γάρ where it was not considered a particle but a conjunction. All I need to do is drag the “Conjunction Sub-type” and “Part of Speech” off the header, and replace it with “Previous context.” Then I hide the results that I am not interested in to narrow down what I am looking at. (screenshot)

It turns out that there are quite a few I would have missed in the other view. Now I will grant you that I am a huge word nerd, but try fooling around with the “Analysis” view next time you do a search. If you are doing a Bible Word Study, try jumping off a cliff by copying and pasting the lemma into the Morph search, and analyzing the results. Who knows, you might find some of the wonderful benefits of being a word nerd!

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My Camp Logos 4 Experience

mp-seminar.jpgToday’s post is by Dale Pritchett, Senior Vice President.
I was recently attending a 4.0 Camp Logos in Walnut Creek, California, and one of the people attending turned to me and asked me how long I had been using Logos. The same question had been asked of me a few days earlier in Hercules, California, where I was also attending a 4.0 Camp Logos. In each case the rooms were full of Logos users, some quite new and some with ten to fifteen years of experience. At first I thought it was kind of cool to be part of this spontaneous competition for longest-time Logos user. I have to tell you it was hotly contested game. One guy insisted that he had been using Logos for over thirty years. Beat that!
Later, Morris Proctor introduced me as one of the Logos co-founders and I had to burst some bubbles by pointing out that the company was founded in January 1992 by our son Bob, who is now age 38. He was a smart kid, but he wasn’t writing Logos in grade school.
But oh the zeal for Logos! It was exciting for me to get out among the users and see that this software has become a part of their lives! It’s not just our enthusiasm in Bellingham, Washington, but it is around the world wherever Logos is used. It is humbling and a great privilege to be a part of it. And this was just the beginning.
My wife, Jenni, and I were attending a couple of the first Logos 4 camps on the west coast, and they were nothing short of a treat. Morris (Moe) was great! He sounded like he had been teaching Logos 4 for years. It was like seeing the software for the first time. I was amazed at how much we learned, and we have seen Logos 4 from the very first design specs. It is so very different to see it through the eyes of a skilled Bible student and master teacher like Moe.
I went to two camps back-to-back and saw ways to use the program I never would have discovered on my own. I am sold. I think I am going to have to buy that software again because I am so excited about what you can do with it.
When I began this blog I was going to encourage each of you to attend Camp Logos 4.0. Now I am going to suggest that you contact Moe (www.mpseminars.com) and sign up to host a camp in your area. This year Moe is offering camps for both mid-week—Wednesday and Thursday—as well as a new format, Friday evening and all day Saturday. This is great for those who might have trouble getting to camp during the work week.
I will warn you. You need a big room to host camp. There have been more than 100 people at some camps. If you can’t host a camp, go to one in your area. If you use Logos 4 on a regular basis you will gain a wealth of information, meet some great people, be encouraged in your study, and get some great tools at camp. I want to go again, and I will. I plan to be in Seattle, March 16 and the National Camp Logos here in Bellingham on June 10. There is also Camp Logos 4.0 on an Alaskan Cruise beginning June 12.

Logos March Madness Winner Announced – Coupons Expire Soon!

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Logos March Madness is over and you can now buy all 64 titles at discounts up to 75% off through April 13th!

The big winner this year was A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, I. Howard Marshall. Retailing at $130.00, you can get it today for $32.50 using the coupon code LMMR7.

Our runner up was Old Testament Theology, Paul R. House, which retails for $40.00 and is now available for $20.00 using the coupon code LMMR6.

These two titles are just a fraction of the savings that you can take advantage of with Logos March Madness. Through April 13th, all Logos March Madness coupons will remain open. That means you can now add more really great titles to your library at really amazing prices. Don’t miss this chance to save.

The discounts below represent more than $800 in total savings! So, grab your books now. The coupon codes and amazing prices all expire on Midnight, April 13th.

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A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, I. Howard Marshall $130.00 $32.50
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Old Testament Theology, Paul R. House $40.00 $20.00
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Lectures to My Students, by Charles Spurgeon (4 Vols.) $59.95 $32.97
A History of Christian Doctrine (2 Vols.), William G. T. Shedd $45.95 $25.27
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Pillar New Testament Commentary: Gospel According to John, D. A. Carson $46.00 $27.60
Outlines of Theology, A. A. Hodge (1879 edition) $56.99 $34.19
My Sermon Notes (4 Vols.), by Charles Spurgeon $33.75 $20.25
R. A. Torrey Collection (15 Vols.) $119.95 $71.97
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The Ways of Our God: An Approach to Biblical Theology $48.00 $31.20
The Doctrine of the Atonement, As Taught by the Apostles $43.75 $28.44
The Treasury of David, Charles Spurgeon (6 Vols.) $59.95 $38.97
Encountering the Book of Romans, Douglas Moo $24.99 $16.24
He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World, R. Albert Mohler, Jr. $24.99 $16.24
A Quest for Godliness, J. I. Packer $14.95 $9.72
Old Testament Survey, William Sanford LaSor, David Allan Hubbard, Frederic William Bush $50.00 $32.50
1-3 John: The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, John MacArthur $26.99 $17.54
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Commentary on the Gospel According to Matthew, A. T. Roberton $23.95 $16.77
An Introduction to the Old Testament, Edward J. Young $38.00 $26.60
An Introduction to the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, B. B. Warfield $20.99 $14.69
The Doctrine of Justification: An Outline of Its History in the Church and of Its Exposition from Scripture $40.95 $28.67
The Genesis Question: Scientific Advances and the Accuracy of Genesis, Hugh Ross $14.95 $10.47
Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Ben Witherington $40.00 $28.00
Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Letter of James, Douglas Moo $32.00 $22.40
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Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Charles Hodge $26.95 $18.87
The Epistle to the Galatians, by James D. G. Dunn $34.95 $24.47
A Short Grammar of the Greek New Testament, for Students Familiar with the Elements of Greek, A. T. Robertson $42.95 $30.07
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981) and 20th Century Evangelicalism $27.99 $19.59
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, Merrill F. Unger $39.95 $27.97
Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically, Gordon J. Wenham $23.00 $16.10
The Pauline Writings, Craig A. Evens and Stanley E. Porter $70.00 $49.00
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The Great Exchange: Justification by Faith Alone in the Light of Recent Thought $12.99 $9.74
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Commentaries for Biblical Expositors, Jim Rosscup $19.99 $14.99
Old Testament Theology: Basic Issues in the Current Debate, Gerhard Hasel $22.00 $16.50
The New American Commentary: Isaiah 1-39, Gary Smith $29.99 $22.49
The First and Second Letters to Timothy, Vol. 1 and 2, Jerome D. Quinn and William C. Wacker $88.00 $66.00
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Finally Alive, John Piper $14.99 $11.24
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The Doctrine of Endless Punishment, William G. T. Shedd $15.00 $11.25
Josephus and the New Testament by Steve Mason $9.95 $7.46
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The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons, by Thomas F. Torrance $44.95 $33.71
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Reading Romans, Luke Timothy Johnson $29.95 $22.46
The Septuagint as Christian Scripture: Its Prehistory and the Problem of Its Canon, Martin Hengel $60.00 $45.00
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A General View of the History of the English Bible by B. F. Westcott $32.00 $24.00
The Holy Spirit, by Charles Ryrie $13.99 $10.49
Grammatical Insights into the New Testament, Nigel Turner $72.00 $54.00
Revelation 20 and the Millennial Debate, Matt Waymeyer $9.99 $7.49
Eternal Covenant: How the Trinity Reshapes Covenant Theology, Ralph A. Smith $12.00 $9.00
Glimpses of a Strange Land: Studies in Old Testament Ethics, Cyril Rodd $108.00 $81.00
Justification: The Heart of the Christian Faith, Eberhard Jüngel $72.00 $54.00
Theologians of the Baptist Tradition $24.99 $18.74
Calvinism, by Abraham Kuyper $24.95 $18.71
Jensen’s Survey of the New Testament $34.99 $26.24
Light from the Ancient East (Deissmann) $49.95 $37.46

Note: Please follow these instructions when purchasing titles using multiple coupon codes.

First, add all the titles you want to purchase to your cart:

Second, type in ALL the coupon codes you want to use, separating each of them with a comma:

Click “Update Cart”:

Check to make sure that all your titles received their discount:

Click “Proceed” and finish your checkout:

28 Free Wallpapers from Logos Bible Software

20 Free Wallpapers from Logos Bible Software

Have you been meaning to find a new wallpaper in order to freshen up your computer screen? Spring is here, and besides baseball starting again (yes!), Spring means cleaning things up, putting away winter darks and bringing out lively, fresh spring and summer colors. Why not start with your computer screen by quickly setting a new Logos wallpaper? Besides, there is only so long you can look at Stonehenge, tulips, a tropical setting, or the galaxy’s expanse, right?

Our art department has been busy designing a variety of free wallpapers for you to choose from based on the new Logos Bible Software 4. With 28 brand new wallpapers, each available in 8 different screen resolutions, there should be something of interest for everyone. And just because they are called wallpapers, doesn’t mean they are limited to your computer screen. Feel free to use them as an overhead image before church service or in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.

Head on over to our Logos Bible Software Desktop Wallpaper page to view larger versions and to download one—or all. Or, come back often and switch your wallpaper on a weekly or monthly basis. There are five resolution sizes to choose per wallpaper.

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Logos 4: Open Features to a Specific Screen Location

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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.

When you click on a toolbar icon or make a choice from one of the menus, that selected feature will open, but it may not open exactly where you want it on the screen. In such cases you then have to drag the panel to the desired position. If this happens try this.

  • Click a toolbar icon or menu choice and hold down the left mouse button
  • Drag the feature to the desired location on the screen

The light blue highlighted area will let you know where the feature will open when you release the mouse!

Moving from Theology to Doxology

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Today’s guest post is from Johnny Cisneros, of our Design & Editorial department.

When I was in graduate school, I had the privilege of taking systematic theology of J.I. Packer. He started every class lecture by saying, “Arise, friends, let us sing the Doxology!” After singing and a word of prayer, he would remind us, “The goal of theology, friends, is doxology.” That is, our view of God should inspire us to worship God.

Dr. Packer’s devotional approach to theology was evident even in his choice of textbook for the course – Millard J. Erickson’s Christian Theology. Here’s just an excerpt:

“Because God is a person (indeed, he is pictured as our Father), our relationship with him has a dimension of warmth and understanding. God is not a bureau or a department, a machine or a computer that automatically supplies the needs of people. He is a knowing, loving, good Father. He can be approached. He can be spoken to, and he in turn speaks” (Christian Theology, pg. 296).

Now that’s the kind of doctrine that moves us from, “You’re right, God” to “You’re good, Father.”

Are you interested in moving from theology to doxology?

Then check out The Moody Theological Studies Collection (10 Vols.) on Pre-Pub.

Other great titles by J.I. Packer:

Also by Millard J. Erickson:

In a future blog post, I’ll introduce you to a theologian who had a profound influence on Millard J. Erickson.

Zondervan Bundle Discounts Expire This Weekend!

Zondervan is one of the leading publishers of Bible commentaries, reference works, and books written by today’s top evangelical scholars. Last September, we announced a new partnership with Zondervan, and offered 87 of their books through our Pre-Pub program.

Now, seven months later, we are only a few days from having Zondervan’s titles available for Logos Bible Software. On Monday, April 5, we’ll begin processing all the Pre-Pub orders. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered, this is your last chance to get the Zondervan books while they’re on Pre-Pub!

The best deal is on the 87-volume Zondervan Bible Reference Bundle. With this bundle, you get Zondervan’s bestselling books, commentaries, and reference works at the best price. It’s heavily discounted for a few more days, so this is your last chance to order the entire bundle before the price goes up on Monday, April 5.

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This giant collection includes Zondervan’s bestselling titles at a steep discount:

Remember, the price goes up on Monday April 5th, so pre-order now to lock in the Pre-Pub price!

Are you a Pradis user?

If you’re a Pradis user, we want to make your transition to Logos Bible Software as smooth as possible. We realize that you might have spent years building up the titles in your Pradis library, and you’ve made a significant financial investment in buying those titles.

For registered Pradis users only, Zondervan has authorized a special discount of an additional 40% off the newly-lowered Pre-Pub prices. The discounts are designed to help you transition to Logos Bible Software editions for the same books you’ve already purchased in Pradis. If you’re a registered Pradis user, this is your chance to get your books in Logos Bible Software at rock-bottom prices. Learn more about discounts for registered Pradis users.

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