Logos Tech Tip: How to See the Big Picture in the Story of Jacob

Keeping an eye on the big picture of a biblical story is important when you are studying the individual parts of an extended narrative. For example, how do the twists and turns of the story of Jacob fit into redemptive history? 

Narrative Character Maps in Logos makes it easy to find out. Narrative Character Maps display the movements and interactions of biblical characters like Jacob in a narrative sequence. You can survey the entire story of Jacob, the crucial points in the plot, and the geographic location of other key players in the narrative through time.

Here’s how:

These maps are linked to Factbook entries and labeled pericopes, which allow you to easily dig deeper into any character or event on the map.

Try it now! Explore maps for other biblical characters and books

Have Logos Starter or above but don’t see the interactive on the Tools menu?  It may be because you don’t have it downloaded. Simply open your Logos library, search for “Narrative Character Maps Interactive,” right-click, and select Download.

Logos Tech Tip: Discover What God Says about the Poor with One Search

By Chris Pennington

If you’re like most people, you notice only things that are important to you and miss things that don’t resonate with your life experience. It’s only natural; humans are limited by their humanity, after all.

But what happens when you miss something that’s important to God? What if you’re minimizing something God cares about? Logos Bible Software helps you quickly gather verses on any topic or theme with powerful searches across your library so you’ll always know what God says. [Read more…]

Logos Tech Tip | Compare Bible Translations as You Study

By Scott Gassoway

Bible translators make different decisions when it comes to translating the original languages. That is why comparing translations is a valuable step in good Bible study.  Logos makes it easy to spot these differences between various translations.

For example, in Proverbs 18:24, the NIV speaks of “unreliable friends,” but the ESV renders this as “many companions,” while the NLT qualifies these “friends” with added quotation marks. [Read more…]

Logos Tech Tip: What Did Peter Mean by ‘Sober-Minded’?

By Scott Gassoway

When studying a biblical text, you often encounter words that prompt questions about their original meaning. For example, in 1 Peter 5:7, Peter exhorts his readers to be “sober-minded.” This is not a common phrase in our culture. What did Peter mean by it? [Read more…]

Logos Tech Tip: Never Type a Search Twice

By Scott Gassoway

Have you ever made a search and wanted to keep the results highlighted to continue to see them in the future? For example, Jesus called his disciples to teach others to do everything he commanded them (Matt 28:19–20). How can you identify these commands and save them as visible reminders? [Read more…]

Logos Tech Tip | Open Your Favorite Books with a Click

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Logos saves you time and makes you more efficient by giving you quick access to the resources you use the most in your study. Here are four ways to quickly access your favorite resources: [Read more…]

Logos Tech Tip: How to Stop Hunting for Bible References

Have you ever struggled to find where the verse you’re studying is referenced in a lexicon or Bible dictionary? I know I have. Logos makes the process so much easier thanks to the Emphasize Active Reference visual filter [Read more…]

Logos Tech Tip: This Is a Time for Lament

This is a time for lament. A time to stop and mourn with those who mourn, to stop and weep with those who weep.

Lamentation is a well-attested biblical genre, an expression of anguish at the individual or communal level. From the prophets of Israel to Jesus of Nazareth, we find examples of lamentation across the pages of Scripture. We see in these deep, heartfelt cries an instinctive plea to the God who hears, the God who sees, the God who has experienced our anguish in his own body. Tragedy, destruction, grief, and pain are all around us. [Read more…]

Logos Tech Tip: What Is Pentecost?

With the Topic Guide, you can quickly gather a wealth of information on any biblical topic that interests you. Since today is the feast day of Pentecost, you can learn more about what Pentecost is all about with just a few clicks. [Read more…]

Logos Tech Tip: Find Everywhere Jesus Is Referred to as ‘the Word’

In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, the author refers to Jesus as “the Word” (ho logos). This formulation has resonances in the Hebrew Bible, Greek philosophy, and Hellenistic Jewish thought.  But does this formulation appear anywhere else in the New Testament? [Read more…]