5 New Logos Features That Will Change Your Bible Study

New Features for Logos
After a major release like Logos 6, we don’t just go into hibernation mode around here. We’re constantly innovating, pushing at the edges of what’s possible when technology meets Bible study. In the past, you’d have to wait for the latest Logos release to take advantage of those cutting-edge innovations.

Not anymore.

We don’t like to wait any more than you do. So with a subscription to Logos Now, you get first access to the latest Bible study tools, features, and content as we complete them.

Many of these features have the potential to totally change how you do Bible study.

Through October, if you start an annual subscription to Logos Now for $89.99, we’ll give you over $100 in free resources by authors like D.A. Carson, Andreas Köstenberger, Charles Spurgeon, and John Wesley.

That’s the equivalent of getting two months of Logos Now totally free compared to the monthly subscription, plus 12 volumes of free resources that are yours to keep forever.

So stop waiting. Start your annual subscription to Logos Now.

Meanwhile, here are five Logos Now features that will change the way you study the Bible.

Systematic Theologies Section

Have you ever tried to incorporate your systematic theologies into your Bible study? There are plenty of reasons to give it a shot—but good luck. If you’re sticking with the print versions, you’ll have to drag those mammoth tomes down off the shelf, then painstakingly search the Scripture index of each for relevant information. And if you want to compare the treatment by each author? You’ll have to switch back and forth. 

And back and forth.

And back and forth.

Logos has always made that sort of thing easier (switching between interconnected digital books is much simpler), but with the Systematic Theologies section in the Passage Guide, you’ll incorporate the insights of systematic theologians in ways you never thought possible.

You’ll find references to the passage you’re studying organized according to classic theological categories like eschatology, Christology, and soteriology. And every author’s work is keyed by denominational affiliation. It’s simple to get a Reformed point of view on a particular passage, then follow it up with a Baptist or Roman Catholic perspective in just seconds.

Study systematic theology with Logos

Old Testament Propositional Outlines

Every verse in Scripture appears in a literary context with huge implications for that verse’s interepretation. Those verse numbers and chapter divisions we all rely on are late additions to the text that simply help us find our way around Scripture. Each verse is not a self-contained whole.

That’s why understanding the relationship of a verse to nearby words, phrases, passages, books—and indeed the entire canon—is so vitally important to proper interpretation.

The Old Testament Propositional Outlines are the perfect tool for understanding the flow and development of ideas in a biblical book. If you have Logos 6 Silver and above, you’re already familiar with the power of these propositional outlines for New Testament books. In this video, a Logos Pro will show you how you can find the same kind of insight in the Old Testament.

Corresponding Words Visual Filter

The new Corresponding Words Visual Filter instantly identifies everywhere repetition occurs within any of your resources. Find all the places “love,” “loves,” and “loved” appears within a commentary or the biblical text simply by hovering over the word you want to investigate. Or find all the places a specific lemma, root, or sense occurs within a biblical text. You can even see how the author of Jonah uses the phrase “go down” to highlight both Jonah’s physical and spiritual descent from the presence of the Lord. By identifying repetition, the Corresponding Words Visual Filter helps you draw out key themes and ideas in a passage.

Corresponding Words VF

 

Addressees in Reported Speech

The Addressees in Reported Speech dataset lets you quickly locate all the places where a person, place, or thing is spoken to in the biblical texts.

Just to be clear, we’re not talking about identifying every time a particular individual speaks in Scripture. You can already accomplish that important task with Logos 6’s Reported Speech dataset. This new dataset let’s you find every place a biblical figure is spoken to.

Find everywhere Satan speaks to Jesus, or look for all the places Jesus prays to the Father. You can even search for every passage where Jesus speaks to the city of Jerusalem and find where he laments over its coming destruction.

Addressees in Reported Speech

Multiview Resources

If you’re a theology nerd (and, let’s face it, if you’re reading this you probably are), few things get you more excited than comparing the work of multiple scholars discussing the same subject or passage. Logos has always been perfect for this kind of study.

Now you can add multiple translations of the Bible or even commentaries in the same panel with the Multiview Resources tool.

And that has some huge implications for your study.

The resources you bring together will share the same location, Visual Filters, and search results. Study original-language texts side by side with English translations. Search for a specific word and both texts will filter down to your search results. This tool treats multiple resources as one—and the applications to your study are endless.

Multiview Resources

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If you’re not already enjoying these powerful features, now’s the perfect time to start. Through October, start your annual subscription to Logos Now and we’ll give you free books books worth more than $100. Get the latest from Logos, right now. Start your annual subscription.

Comments

  1. How is Logos not throwing its decades-long, loyal users who have consistently upgraded since the early 1990s under the bus with Logos Now? I feel the owners who have paid – LITERALLY – tens of thousands of dollars to Logos should get these features in routine updates before, at AT THE LEAST the same time, as the Logos Now customers.

    If I could start with Logos today, paying only a few bucks annually, without spending thousands and thousands on owning the software, ALL MY INVESTMENT IS NOW – TODAY – A WASTE.

    Listen, I'm a HUGE fan of Logos. Logos is the only company whoe ads I look forward to receiving! But I have a big problem with your entire base of owners for decades now being second tier.

    PLEASE correct me where I'm wrong. I want reproof and correction when I am wrong. And I sure hope to be wrong on this, but it's my strong feeling every time I get an email telling me how Logos Now customers get features I have to wait for. THEY are benefiting from the tens of thousands of bucks I paid you over the years.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Hi, Greg.

      It sounds like you’re concerned that a new customer would be able to attain everything you currently own from Logos for just $10/mo through a Logos Now subscription. I can confidently alleviate that fear: it’s not possible. :) If you’ll bear with me a bit, I’ll explain.

      In one of your comments you said, “Maybe all my books aren’t available through Logos Now. I don’t know. Maybe the complete platform isn’t available. I don’t know.”

      All of your books are not available through Logos Now, so you needn’t be concerned that you wasted your money building your library. Aside from the month-long, full-access preview resources and the 12 volumes we’re giving away as part of this promotion, books are not the focus of Logos Now. It’s really about the features.

      Re: your second concern above: No, the complete platform isn’t available through Logos Now. Logos Now is designed for Logos 6 base package owners who want to get the latest Logos features as we complete them. A Logos Now subscription does not include a Logos base package.

      If owning your Logos features is very important to you, then Logos Now probably isn’t for you. Logos Now is perfect for people who don’t mind subscribing rather than owning features, and who don’t want to wait for the latest Logos release to get those features. Some customers care deeply about owning their features, and they don’t mind waiting for the next release. In that case, Logos Now is not the logical choice for them.

      In your first comment, you said: “If I could start with Logos today, paying only a few bucks annually, without spending thousands and thousands on owning the software, ALL MY INVESTMENT IS NOW – TODAY – A WASTE.” It’s safe to say that no one could start fresh with Logos Now and duplicate what you’ve invested in over the years with just $10/mo.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

  2. How is Logos not throwing its decades-long, loyal users who have consistently upgraded since the early 1990s under the bus with Logos Now? I feel the owners who have paid – LITERALLY – tens of thousands of dollars to Logos should get these features in routine updates before, at AT THE LEAST the same time, as the Logos Now customers.

    If I could start with Logos today, paying only a few bucks annually, without spending thousands and thousands on owning the software, ALL MY INVESTMENT IS NOW – TODAY – A WASTE.

    Listen, I’m a HUGE fan of Logos. Logos is the only company whoe ads I look forward to receiving! But I have a big problem with your entire base of owners for decades now being second tier.

    PLEASE correct me where I’m wrong. I want reproof and correction when I am wrong. And I sure hope to be wrong on this, but it’s my strong feeling every time I get an email telling me how Logos Now customers get features I have to wait for. THEY are benefiting from the tens of thousands of bucks I paid you over the years.

  3. I'm not sure if I understand the "Annual Subscription" of $89/yr> I do understand that when Logos NEW (say, Logos7) comes out that you will have to buy those upgrade features to get Logos 7. It is saying that your $89/yr. is paying for a sneak preview of future "powerful features" that you'll want to get. I see it as a way for Logos to collect 'development' money to do the work (cost) to develope them. FINE!, however, something needs to be developed to give back for the people that paid the "NOW" fee for the years prior to Logos 7.)
    We shall see if LOGOS listens to these comments!
    I do understand that you don't stay in business without funds & I wouldn't think it possible to have a development team that works for 0 dollars.
    Key: is Logos being fair and equitable for self and the customer?
    We are told scripturally to avoid the appearance of evil.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Hi, Larry.

      Just to be clear, no one will *have* to buy any future Logos release. We suspect that many users will be happy with the Logos Now subscription model and will carry on with that even after the next Logos release. However, if ownership is very important to you, then it might be best to wait for the next Logos release rather than subscribing to Logos Now. It all depends on what’s most important to you!

      As far as a discount on Logos 7 (or whatever comes after Logos 6) goes, the short answer is that there’s no plan in place, but taking care of our customers is extremely important to us! We plan to offer special deals and offers to Now subscribers—and that very well may include special upgrade sales. We want to keep you happy, and we’ll do our best to make that happen.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

  4. I love Logos since my first day I browsed the software … ~ 4 years ago. Since then, I have spent $4,000 (+/-) in updates and additional books (“resources”) to get the package I need/want for my studies. If I have spent this much, I can only imagine how much other brothers & sisters have spent during the years.This might not be a fortune for most people, but it’s really a lot of money for someone with a limited budget (like me).

    There are many thing Logos can do with us, if they wish to; for example: a) Offer a credit to convert our accounts into Logos Now; b) Offer a discount, probably based on existing packages and/or years of loyalty; c) Offer Logos Now “new” fixtures at the same time.

    The way I look at Logos Now is simply….. it’s a ripoff!!! at the very least, it’s an insult to the base-fans that have been patiently supporting ($$$) Logos and waiting for every upgrade year-after-year.

    Besides, Logos Now is not even a final product, it’s a “promise”.
    I know this housing builder in Dominican Republic that “promised” several home buyers their dream homes with only making very affordable monthly payments. Their homes would be “ready to move in” after only three years. The problem was, the builder didn’t own the land and, construction would begin “after enough buyers were participating” in the “program”. Although most people got their homes (not quite happy with them, though, due to material quality issues), it was a clever way by the builder to raise funding, and make a huge profit, with $0 investment.

    I am not saying Logos has the same intentions, I really hope not, but up to this point it appears that Logos is neglecting their loyal fanbase. It might be a “wise” business decision, but it’s certainly very disloyal and very insulting to most of us.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Hi, Necalpa.

      I’m glad you’ve gotten so much out of Logos through the years.

      Our CEO Bob Pritchett has addressed many of your concerns in this forum post: https://community.logos.com/forums/p/114198/759132.aspx#759132.

      We don’t have specific plans in the works for how we’ll take care of our current Logos Now subscribers when the next Logos release comes out, but suffice it to say, we want to keep you happy! We plan to offer special deals and offers to Now subscribers—and that very well may include special upgrade sales.

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

  5. I'm not sure how you understand that because you paid for something in the past that you are entitled to improvements and new features into the future. You have not lost anything. You are still entitled to the resources that you purchased. Have you lost those?

    When have you ever been able to get new features for free with Logos without shelling out a little bit? You have to AT A MINIMUM purchase the minimal crossgrade, correct? So I truly don't understand the whining about Logos Now. You pay $10 a month and you get some awesome extra features, some of which will end up in the next iteration of Logos, and some of which will remain exclusive to Logos Now. The difference is that your $10 (because of tax) you get new features every 6 weeks, and don't have to pay for the minimal crossgrade for the next Logos iteration when it appears.

    This is of benefit for everyone- Logos has a steady stream of income for development of new Logos features, and we get them faster and can pay a managable amount out of pocket to get them.

  6. Correction: we are not told to avoid the appearance of evil, but to abstain from every form of evil (1 Thess 5:22). The KJV is the only translation which translates it to abstain from the appearance of evil. That seems to directly controdict what Jesus' example for us was. He did things that appeared "evil" all the time, but never engaged in evil.

    I'm not sure what the problem is. As I pointed out above, in order to get new features, one would have to purchse at LEAST the next iteration of Logos' minimal crossgrade (currently $399.95- https://www.logos.com/product/45040/logos-6-core-crossgrade). So instead of paying $399.95 (at least) every two years, you pay $10 ($8.99+ tax) every month. Instead of paying $400 every two years, you pay $200 and get updates every 6 weeks. So… you're saving money and complaining about it. I truly don't get it. Also I truly don't get how this appears evil when you do the math.

    Why do you feel entitled to something for which you haven't yet paid. Did Logos not give to you all that you paid for at the time of sale? Did you lose licenses to resources for which you already paid?

    Logos Now has benefits for everyone. Logos has a steady income for development, we save money, we get features every 6 weeks instead of every two years, and we also get exposed to a new book or a couple of new books for one month as a trial. It's made me read more and study more. I don't see or understand the older generation's issues with Logos Now (calling it like I see it- I have yet to see someone younger than 40 complain about Logos Now).

  7. Andrew Zoll Let me clarify.

    Logos can do whatever they want. Andrew, your anger seems to act as though I as a customer who paid money cannot question a policy. Am I not entitled to vent a problem I see and hear an explanation? The explanation may or may not satisfy me, but I'd still like to hear it.

    In addition, I may be WAY wrong on how Logos Now works. I'm very open to reproof and correction.

    Matthew 20 shows that any agreement I entered into with Logos is valid if we both keep our agreements with one another. Logos has kept every agreement with my when I paid money. I paid tens of thousands of dollars and they faithfully delivered products. I'M NOT QUESTIONING THAT.

    What I don't understand about Logos Now is this: If I today were a brand new customer of Logos, could I pay the $10/month Logos Now fee and get all products I current have? The products that I current have paid tens of thousands of dolllars for?

    Maybe all my books aren't available through Logos Now, I don't know. Maybe the complete platform isn't available, I don't know. But for newbies to get all I have for $10/month AND get the new features BEFORE the decades-long customers seems to be a mark against their loyal fan base.

    YES you are correct, Logos needs funding to create new products and features. My tens of thousands of dollars certainly should be helping that shouldn't it?

    My biggest shock is the silcence of Logos to my concerns here. Maybe they don't monitor these threads. If so, okay, but it seems strange they ask for comments and then don't respond here.

  8. Hi, Greg.

    It sounds like you’re concerned that a new customer would be able to attain everything you currently own from Logos for just $10/mo through a Logos Now subscription. I can confidently alleviate that fear: it’s not possible. :) If you’ll bear with me a bit, I’ll explain.

    In one of your comments you said, “Maybe all my books aren’t available through Logos Now. I don’t know. Maybe the complete platform isn’t available. I don’t know.”

    All of your books are not available through Logos Now, so you needn’t be concerned that you wasted your money building your library. Aside from the month-long, full-access preview resources and the 12 volumes we’re giving away as part of this promotion, books are not the focus of Logos Now. It’s really about the features.

    Re: your second concern above: No, the complete platform isn’t available through Logos Now. Logos Now is designed for Logos 6 base package owners who want to get the latest Logos features as we complete them. A Logos Now subscription does not include a Logos base package.

    If owning your Logos features is very important to you, then Logos Now probably isn’t for you. Logos Now is perfect for people who don’t mind subscribing rather than owning features, and who don’t want to wait for the latest Logos release to get those features. Some customers care deeply about owning their features, and they don’t mind waiting for the next release. In that case, Logos Now is not the logical choice for them.

    In your first comment, you said: “If I could start with Logos today, paying only a few bucks annually, without spending thousands and thousands on owning the software, ALL MY INVESTMENT IS NOW – TODAY – A WASTE.” It’s safe to say that no one could start fresh with Logos Now and duplicate what you’ve invested in over the years with just $10/mo.

    Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any more questions.

  9. Greg Perry, I apologize if my tone came across as angry. I'm not. I just don't understand the entitlement and anger (indicated by your use of all caps in several locations) concerning Logos Now.

    I didn't understand that your perception was that those who subscribe to Logos Now receive a library. That is not the case. It is the case with Logos Cloud, but that is considerably more expensive per month.

  10. Tyler Clair Smith Tyler, thank you SO VERY MUCH for the explanation. Truly, I did try to figure out what Logos Now got its subscribers and without actually subscribing under a new ID, I just could not see exactly what it would bring its users.

    I apologize for not knowing. I really did try, including asking the great Morris Proctor before I posted here, but he must be busy right now and hasn't answered yet.

    I was honest when I said that Logos is the only company whose ads I look FORWARD TO. I can, well, I can imagine Krispy Kreme also being one of those rare companies such as Logos where its customers LOVE BUYING NEW ITEMS!

    Again, I sincerely appreciate your explanation.

    Greg

  11. Chima Dioka says:

    I concur with those talking about loyalty. Long term, loyal users of Logos have invested much to continue to own the updated software. I think we deserve some concession in pricing, etc. Logos needn’t follow in the footsteps of secular businesses like some giant phone companies churning out endless versions of the same phone with marginal improvements and recking in billions of dollars.

    I joined Logos since the Libronix days. I continued to upgrade till I bought Logos Portfolio which was their biggest package for thousands of dollars. When Logos six came out I was expected to pay nearly $2000 to “upgrade”. I don’t have that money, and I think as far as Logos in concerned, I don’t have Portfolio anymore unless I “upgrade” to it. I simply paid for the base package just to get the new features.
    Then out came “Logos Now” and I confess I subscribed not even knowing whether it is for me or not!

    I think Logos should listen and respond to these comments and not allow the commentators to be shot down. Long term, loyal customers should be treated as such. Other Bible software companies come in the future, but you want to retain your customer base.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Hi, Chima.

      We certainly want to take care of Logos Now customers like yourself when Logos 7 comes out. I don’t have any information or else I’d give it to you, but I can say this: it’s in our best interest to do what we can to make our customers happy. We’ll certainly let you know as soon as we have clear plans. Sorry I can’t be more helpful at this time.

  12. I have owned Logos since the 80’s. What I don’t like is that very soon, the books that you purchase will not work with your current platform. You are forced to crossgrade and purchase the new platform all over again. I know it is a discounted price, but it is still costly. Yes, that happened to me when I was forced to upgrade to Logos 5. I don’t need all the new bells and whistles, my platform works perfectly for me, I resent having to upgrade just to purchase new resources. It’s a Logos gimmick to make you purchase a product that you have already purchased. The same is true about the $10.00 a month gimmick. Logos just gets you one month at a time. Please don’t get me wrong. I LOVE my Logos software. I just wish that I didn’t have to purchase it over and over.