Logos 5 is more than a library. It’s a set of unique tools that allow you to study the Bible in ways you never dreamed of.
To get a behind-the-scenes look at the origins of some of Logos 5’s features, we asked Sean Boisen, director of content innovation, and Ryan, software developer, to talk about the work their teams do.
“We try to imagine the things that don’t exist in print that would enrich Bible study. The question for us is, What is there that we can put together that didn’t start life as a book and doesn’t necessarily make sense as a book? And the example I always give people is telephone directories. When was the last time you picked up a paper telephone directory to look up somebody’s phone number? You don’t. Not because there’s not enough to go around—someone still drops them off at our house at least twice a year. But I don’t ever read those because that’s a lousy way to look up somebody’s phone number. You don’t want to read it; it’s a reference book. You want to find the one thing you’re looking for in this large body of material. And so in part, for us, it’s thinking about what are the other kinds of phone books, if you will, that Logos users need.”
Just as cell phones and the Internet have given us easier ways to find exact contact information, Boisen and his team are working to provide ways for people to find exactly what they need in the biblical text.
“We have long had the Biblical People feature, [which] ties together people in the biblical text. For many people, this is a challenge, because it’s not organized like a textbook. It’s just a bunch of different stories, written by different people in different circumstances. And so it’s often hard, I think, for people to find the thread that goes through the story and make more sense out of it. Because it’s not our time, it’s not our culture.
“The best comparison I’ve heard is that it’s a lot like reading The Lord of the Rings. There are all these people you’ve never heard of, they’re traveling around this land you don’t know anything about, and they’re bumping up against all these strange circumstances. And I think there are a lot of people reading the Bible like that. There’s just all this weird stuff, and so how do we help them make sense of it all?”
Boisen and his team work to create tools that help overcome the difficulties we all face in seeing the connections throughout Scripture. One of the results of their work is the consolidated Bible Facts tool in Logos 5.
“Having a lot of information about people, places, and things in the Bible is great. We decided that it would be even greater to combine that information in one area so that it’s easy to navigate to everything related to your area of interest at once. Combining three tools into one also allowed us to easily integrate a fourth type of data. Now, when you open Bible Facts, you get immediate access to People, Places, Things, and (now) Events.”
Have you ever wished you could quickly access information and resources on every person, place, thing, and event in the Bible? With Logos 5’s Bible Facts tool, you’ll get more than just definitions. You’ll get key passages, illustrations and photos, and relevant articles. You’ll be able to view any person’s family tree, see their roles in biblical events, and discover relationships you never knew about.
Find the answers you need with the Bible Facts tool. Get a custom discount on Logos 5 today!