Logos Pro Summer Training: What Can We Learn about Mary from an Old Testament Law?

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

The Passover is an Israelite celebration with tremendous significance across both testaments. Today the Passover echoes through Christian churches every time the Lord’s Supper is celebrated—because the original Lord’s Supper was itself a Passover meal (see Luke 22:7–22).

It was no accident that Christ established his New Covenant—“this is the new covenant in my blood”—during the celebration of a Jewish feast. There are rich connections between Yahweh’s deliverance of his enslaved people at the exodus from Egypt and Yahweh’s deliverance of his people from much more persistent chains, chains of sin, in the New Covenant. The slaughtering of a lamb is, obviously, a resonant image from the beginning to the end of Scripture.
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Logos Pro Summer Training: One-Hit Wonders in the Bible

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

Shakespeare used around 17,000 different words to write his plays; some of them he used only once, such as imbecility. Words that appear just one time in a given text are called hapax legomena. The New Testament contains quite a number of these. (A Logos user made a full list here.)

Biblical hapax legomena present a unique challenge to translators, because we discover what words mean by observing how they’re used. When these rare words occur, translators are forced to search usage outside of the Bible to discover their meaning.

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Logos Summer Training: How to Find a Verse You Don’t Remember

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

If you’ve spent real time in the Bible, certain phrases will stick in your mind. And mix with other phrases. And other translations. You end up with occasional mishmashes, making it difficult for you to find the verse that’s on the tip of your tongue. Scriptural statements also get transmogrified into cultural sayings: “Money is the root of all evil”—except that it isn’t.

With the new Fuzzy Search feature in Logos, you can search for the “wrong” words and still find the right verse. Enter the phrase above and you’ll get 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.”

This week, we will learn how the Fuzzy Search feature works and how we can quickly search for references we don’t quite recall.

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Study Questions

  • Where does Scripture say “God is love”?
  • Can you find the passage where a king hits the ground with arrows three times?

How to Discover the Significance of Biblical Names

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

Names in the Bible frequently do something different than names in contemporary Western culture. Western names express cultural solidarity, but their etymological meaning is generally beside the point (how many “Jonathans” know that their name derives from “gift of God”?).

In the Bible, however, certain names are given by God—Abraham, Isaac, Israel—and therefore bear special significance. [Read more…]

Logos Pro Summer Training: How Should Church Leadership Be Structured?

Paul addresses the qualifications for church leadership in texts such as 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:1-9; however, the structure of church leadership is a little less black and white. For this reason, churches have a variety of leadership models. Some assemblies function under the leadership of multiple pastors or elders, others have a single individual serving as their chief overseer, and some churches function under a ruling body made up of both pastors and elders.

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Logos Pro Summer Training: Root Words

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. This week: studying root words without tripping over Bible study fallacies.

English words don’t always mean what they used to mean. Discovering a word’s root, its history, is not a reliable way to discover what it means now. A butterfly is not a stick of highly concentrated milk sailing through the air.

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Logos Summer Training: A New Way to Search the Bible

We’ve spent 25 years tagging the biblical text in Logos so you can search for characters, events, concepts, things, even metaphors and rhetorical questions.

Bible Browser is the easiest way to use this rich tagging in Logos. Find texts that include precise grammatical features, find speeches by particular Bible figures, discover how often a key topic arises in a particular literary genre—you will never exhaust the possibilities of the Bible Browser.

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Logos Summer Training: How to Get Deep Insight on Biblical Characters

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. This week: biblical character studies.

Christians believe that the Bible is the only piece of literature written under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. The stories and characters recorded in the Bible were chosen by God, and the Bible does not contain useless details. Everything written in the Bible deserves our attention, even minor characters in the biblical story.

Like Ahithophel. The video below will take you through a brief yet informative study of this biblical character. Using the tools and texts in Logos, we will discover how his story and relationship to other characters impacts the larger David narrative.

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Logos Pro Summer Training: How to Do Word Studies

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. This week: word studies.

Jesus famously declares in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” But in what sense is he the “life”?​​ To find the answer, you’ll need to do a word study. [Read more…]