How to Access Rich Content from the Oldest Commentaries

What’s the oldest commentary you own? Perhaps something from the church fathers?

You may be surprised to find you have something even older—something you may not have realized could be useful for you: ancient Jewish writings such as the Talmud, Philo, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. These contain a wealth of insight into the Hebrew Bible: simply by watching the way it has been interpreted over time, you gain perspective on your own reading.
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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.
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Logos Pro Weekly Training: Studying Satan’s Tactics

The best defense, as they say, is a good offense. Put in prose, this means that it’s generally better to be proactive rather than passive toward your enemies. The same goes for the enemies of Jesus and his followers. The better God’s people know one of their premier enemies, namely Satan, the more effective they will be in overcoming his schemes.

In this week’s video, we’ll take a look at some of Satan’s tactics and pinpoint how specific workers of evil attack God’s people. As a second part to this exercise, launch your own study to determine how you should arm yourself to go on the offense. [Read more…]

More Ways to Make Logos Bible Software Work for You

Last week we looked at creating custom layouts to streamline the way you use Logos. In response to that post, we received some excellent feedback from our users—and a request for even more ways to personalize the Logos platform.

In this week’s video, we’ll continue to look at customizing Logos to fit your study process: we’ll create custom guides to get you just the information you need. Follow along as one of the Logos Pros helps you build several guide reports, tracking down information from commentaries, journal article, primary source material, and more. [Read more…]

Customize Your Bible Study

Most students seem to have their own method of studying the Bible. Some people love to mark up their Bibles with pens and highlighters; others fill up every square inch of a desk with lexicons, commentaries, original language texts, and theological works. One seminary student I know preferred to study by lining the walls of his small apartment with notes and article clippings; he would then pace the room, adding his own comments in the white spaces. [Read more…]

Logos Pro Tech Tip: Studying the Sermon on the Mount with the Help of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most significant biblical archaeological discoveries of all time. They shed new light on the teachings and culture surrounding the New Testament and the life of Jesus. People around the world have been able to see the scrolls in traveling exhibitions, and the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem displays the premier treasure of the collection, the Great Isaiah Scroll.

With Logos, you can have full access to both biblical and sectarian manuscripts; you can also accurately search and explore these ancient texts side-by-side with English translations.

In this week’s video, we will use the power of Logos to investigate the concept of “hatred” referenced in Matthew 5:43 and discover key references to this topic in the sectarian manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. [Read more…]

Not Your Average Wordbook


The Lexham Theological Wordbook is a new breed of language tool, one built for any student of the Bible. Craig Bartholomew explains:

In a day in which seminaries and universities are loosening their hold on the biblical languages Lexham Press is boldly leading the way towards a constructive and thoroughly contemporary retrieval. The Lexham Theological Wordbook is a marvelous resource for scholars, pastors, seminarians, and for those whose knowledge of the biblical languages is limited. Scripture is given to us in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, and we need this sort of help in excavating its riches. This Wordbook is based on the best current linguistic insights and will be a resource that I keep close at hand. The Wordbook is an ambitious and major achievement and should and will be used widely.

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Logos Pro Tech Tip: Reforming the Way You Study the Works of Jonathan Edwards

Few American theologians have shaped Christian thinking, preaching, and even revival practices as much as Jonathan Edwards. And Edwards left many volumes of memoirs, letters, sermons, and notes. His “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is probably the most famous English sermon ever written, and is studied to this day by students of American literature. However, the popularity of this sermon has led some to dismiss Edwards as merely a “hellfire and brimstone” preacher.

In this week’s video, we’ll take a look at the Works of Jonathan Edwards, Yale Edition, and discover how easy it is to search for key terms and theological concepts inside the writings of this towering Christian figure.
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What’s Really Eating Jonah?

Was Jonah swallowed by a fish or a whale? Various opinions can be found in classic works, such as this third-century artistic rendition of the scene, Jerome’s Latin Vulgate, Tyndale’s 1534 translation, and in most theological works to date.

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Build Your Own Systematic Theology

Systematic Theologies are excellent resources for studying any biblical doctrine. They lay out complex theological topics in an intelligible way and contain a wealth of related Scripture references. It can be difficult, however, to know how to study further. Where do you start?

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