Archives for December 2017

How to Think Like a Christian Should

We rarely think about thinking. Many very smart people fail to see the assumptions hidden underneath their reasoning. How often do news articles assume that the only really reliable way of knowing truth is the scientific method? [Read more…]

New Year Sale: Free Bundle and Discounts up to 50%


New year, new goals.

Whatever your goals are for engaging Scripture, Logos has big discounts ready to help you reach them.
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Tips on Psalm 2

Put yourself in the shoes of the original readers of the famous second Psalm:

The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

Who would you, original reader, think the Lord’s “Anointed” is? That depends a good deal on when the psalm was written—and Scripture doesn’t tell us. [Read more…]

What’s the Difference between Lament and Complaint?

What’s the difference between lament and complaint? Or is “lament” just a name we give to complaining when it’s in the Bible?

Recently I attended the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, where I heard Tremper Longman deliver a paper on Psalm 46 that asked and answered that question. [Read more…]

Hurry and Save on the Best Books & Courses of 2017

The year is almost over, which means time is short to save on the bestselling, highest-rated Logos resources of the year.

We’ve slashed prices on the books and courses we and our customers loved most. From authors like N.T. Wright to standards of biblical scholarship like the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, we’re discounting our most popular resources of the year.

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Check out all of the books and courses available in the Best of 2017 sale, but hurry: these savings won’t last long. Sale ends 1/5, 11:59 pm (PT).

How to Teach the True Meaning of Christmas to Your Kids

The rear seating in our 2004 Yukon must have some kind of magnetic field that provokes good questions from kids. This week it was, “Why do we decorate trees at Christmas? What does that have to do with Jesus being born?” I don’t remember asking such sophisticated questions at age 7.

But at age 37, I have an answer. [Read more…]

How to Choose the Right Bible Translation for the Task

What’s the best Bible translation? If you’ve been a Christian for very long at all, you’ve probably heard or maybe even asked this question.

But what if it’s the wrong question?

What if we shouldn’t be asking “Which translation is best?” but “Which translation is best for the task at hand?”

Which English Bible translations are most useful for evangelism? How about for close study? How about for shaking you out of a Bible-reading stupor? How about for reading in big chunks? How about for teaching children and other poor readers? How about for expository preaching? [Read more…]

Evidence of God’s Grace amidst the “War on Christmas”

What Flannery O’Connor said of the South is true of all America—but it seems truest at Christmas:

While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn’t convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God.

In our post-everything, skeptical-yet-credulous world, people may not know Jesus, but they’re not starting from a place of absolute ignorance. By God’s amazing grace, Christ has a cultural foothold in America—through Christmas. [Read more…]

Can “Elohim” Refer to Beings Other Than God?

Elohim is the most common name for Israel’s god in the Old Testament. In fact, it appears over 2,500 times in the Hebrew Bible. But Elohim can also refer to beings besides the Creator of Genesis 1—such as angels or mighty men or even to the false, lower-case-g gods worshiped by Gentile nations. With Logos we can quickly see the different ways this Hebrew term is translated, and then run a search to discover every place where the term refers to an entity other than the one true God.

To expand on this week’s Logos Pro Tech Tip, try changing your searchable resource to a different English version. See, for example, what results turn up when you search the New International Version for the following:

<Lemma = lbs/he/אֱלֹהִים> NOTEQUALS (God, God’s)>

(Or click here to run the search.)

In the upper left hand corner below the search icon, select the drop down arrow and ensure Match Case is checked. This will further limit your search by case and provide the results seen in the video. Don’t forget to uncheck it once finished.

Recommended Resources

  • You need a Hebrew Bible in order to search the Hebrew Bible. Try the Lexham Hebrew Bible.
  • It’s helpful to have multiple English translations of Scripture for Bible study. Logos 7 base packages all include such translations, and they’re all 20% off until midnight on Sunday, December 31.

3 December Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

Before this month and its busy holiday shopping is behind us, take a closer look at three of the best deals you’ll get this year.
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