Archive by Author

Getting the Most Out of the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary

A while back someone sent me a question about how to use the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary to the fullest.

Any good ideas on where I can go to learn how to most effectively use this dictionary in my study process? Is there a way to integrate it into the Bible Word Study selection?

Any help would be appreciated!

I sent this user some tips, but thought this might be worthy of a blog post—especially since it’s back-to-school time and we are currently offering a 30% discount on this wonderful resource. Just use coupon code YALE to save more than $60!

Setting Up Your Keylink Preferences

First, you should set up your keylink preferences. Go to Tools > Options > Keylinks and select “English” from the “Data Type” drop-down menu. Then find the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary in the list of resources in the bottom window and “Promote” it to the top. Prioritize it wherever you’d like. If you want it to be the first resource that Libronix looks to, move it to the top of your list.

This allows you to double-click on any English word and have quick access to the AYBD entry, if there is one. (You’ll need to set AYBD as your first keylink destination or set your keylink preferences to open several keylink destinations at a time.)

This also allows you to see AYBD entries in the Bible Word Study report.

By the way, if you don’t have the updated Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary resource (formerly Anchor Bible Dictionary), you can get it by running the resource auto-update script or by downloading it directly from our FTP server.

Creating a Parallel Resource Association

You may also want to set up a custom parallel resource association of all of your Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias. This allows you to jump from the entry on “Jericho,” for example, in the AYBD to the one in other Bible dictionary like ISBE or the New Bible Dictionary by simply hitting the right arrow key. Make sure the active index is set to “Topics.”

By creating a custom parallel resource association, you get to control which resources Libronix looks to and you get to put them in whatever order you’d like.

Watch the Video!

For more tips, see our training video on Using the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary in Logos Bible Software. It’s embedded below. If you’re reading this in your email inbox or your RSS reader and don’t see the video, visit the blog post to watch it.

To add this resource to your Libronix digital library, visit the product page. And make sure to use coupon code YALE to save 30%!

Adding RefTagger to a MediaWiki Site

MediaWiki logoMediaWiki is the open source wiki software behind Wikipedia and the lesser known Theopedia, which is now powered by RefTagger. (See an example at http://www.theopedia.com/God.)

A couple of weeks ago I downloaded and installed MediaWiki so I could test it out with RefTagger. It worked very nicely.

Here’s one method for setting it up via FTP access to your site’s files:

  1. Use an FTP program like FileZilla to navigate to the folder where you installed MediaWiki.
  2. Open the "skins" folder.
  3. Locate the file for the skin you are using. The file for the default skin is MonoBook.php. Save a local copy, and a backup copy too.
  4. Open the file in Dreamweaver, WordPad, or your favorite code editor.
  5. Find the </body> tag and paste the customizable RefTagger code from the RefTagger page right above it.
  6. Save the file and upload it back to your server.

You’re done. RefTagger is now transforming your MediaWiki site.

For help with other sites, see the tutorials section on the RefTagger page.

Preparing a Sermon with Logos

Pastor and Logos user Mark Barnes blogs about his process for preparing a sermon. His five steps are nicely alliterated:

  1. Divide
  2. Dissect
  3. Discover
  4. Digest
  5. Disseminate

In his very helpful post, he shows how he makes use of Logos both in the dissecting and discovering steps. He uses the sentence diagramming tool to dissect the passage.

He also uses Logos to discover the meaning of the passage. In two very helpful videos (Logos Workspace [5:00] and Logos Workspace Options [4:59]), he shows you his workspace and how he puts it to use. I’d strongly encourage you to take the time to watch them both. They are full of excellent tips and tricks.

Not only does he lay out his process, but he also walks you through it with his sermon on Amos 2:4-16 and shares the final product in both PDF and audio. Be sure to check it out.

Very nice work, Mark. Thanks for sharing!

If you use Logos in your sermon prep and would like to share your process or workspace, drop a note in the comments. We’d love to see it.

The Ultimate Steal

This doesn’t have much to do with Logos Bible Software, but it’s too good of a deal not to pass on to you.

Microsoft is again offering Office Ultimate 2007 for only $59.95! It retails at $679.95, so this is a savings of more than 91%.

Ultimate includes these 10 programs:

  • Word 2007
  • Excel 2007
  • PowerPoint 2007
  • Outlook 2007
  • OneNote 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Access 2007
  • InfoPath 2007
  • Accounting Express 2008

That’s only $6 per program!

There are two stipulations for qualifying:

  1. You must have a .edu email address.
  2. “You must be a student at a U.S. educational institution and must be actively enrolled in at least 0.5 course credit and be able to provide proof of enrollment upon request.”

While there are a couple of good Office competitors out there, Office is still the standard and it integrates best with Logos (e.g., Bible reading schedules in Outlook, search results in Excel, and copying and pasting text with auto-citations into Word).

If you’re a student and don’t have Office, you should definitely give this a look.

Looks like starting September 8 you can also grab the upgrade to Vista Ultimate SP1 for only $64.95 (retails at $239.99).

9 New Baker Collections on Pre-Pub!

Baker Hermeneutics Collection (14 Vols.)If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Pre-Pub page over the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed the scores of titles published by Baker. We just announced 9 new collections containing a total of 67 books from Baker covering topics like hermeneutics, Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, theology, preaching, counseling, and more.

Here’s the complete list of collections:

I’m really excited about many of the titles included in these collections. Several that make the top of my list:

  • Muller’s Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics
  • Schreiner’s New Testament Theology
  • Carson and Beale’s Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
  • Vanhoozer’s Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible
  • Elwell’s Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
  • Piper’s The Justification of God and The Supremacy of God in Preaching
  • Chapell’s Christ-Centered Preaching
  • Silva’s Interpreting Galatians

Which collections or individual books are you looking forward to most?

By the way, this is still only part of what I had in mind in my post about lots of great books coming down the pike. Still more to come.

Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical Commentary—Free!

The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary Series

Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (9 Vols.)Last Friday the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary (9 Vols.) hit the Pre-Pub page. This relatively new series from Tyndale, under the editorship of Philip W. Comfort, Tremper Longman III (OT), and Grant Osborne (NT), attempts–like the second edition of the New Living Translation it is based on–to be both exegetically accurate and idiomatically powerful.

The CBC gives careful attention to both the words and theological message of the texts of Scripture and strives to be a helpful tool for teachers, pastors, students, and lay people alike.

The contributors to this series—Allen P. Ross, Tremper Longman III, Darrell L. Bock, Harold W. Hoehner, and many others—represent a wide spectrum of theological positions within evangelicalism, reflecting the rich variety that exists in the church.

The 9-volume collection now on Pre-Pub includes the following titles:

  • Genesis, Exodus
  • Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
  • Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations
  • Minor Prophets: Hosea-Malachi
  • Matthew, Mark
  • Luke, Acts
  • The Gospel of John, 1-3 John
  • Romans, Galatians
  • Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Philemon

Visit the product page to place your pre-order.

Get the Matthew, Mark Volume for Free!

Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical CommentaryWe have arranged with Tyndale to give away the Matthew, Mark volume for free—no strings attached! For a limited time you can head over to product page and add this wonderful title to your Libronix digital library absolutely free of charge. Use coupon code CORNERSTONE during checkout.

We’re confident that after you’ve had a chance to try out a volume from this series many of you will want to place your pre-order for the whole collection.

Head over to the product page to download it, and help us spread the word about this free offer!

NOTE: If you are not currently a Libronix user, we welcome you to take advantage of this free offer as well. You will simply need to follow these steps:

  1. Download the free Libronix engine (for Windows) and install it. Installation is a two step process. Make sure to complete both steps before proceeding.
  2. Start Libronix and create a Libronix Customer ID when prompted.
  3. Visit the Matthew, Mark product page and click the "Add to Cart" button.
  4. Make sure that CORNERSTONE appears in the Coupon Code box. If it doesn’t, add it and click "Update Cart." Then click "Proceed" to go to the next step.
  5. Log in to your Logos.com account or create one if this is your first time purchasing anything from Logos.com.
  6. Enter your credit card information. Don’t worry; your information is secure, and you will not be charged as long as you use the coupon code. Then click "Proceed" to go to the next step.
  7. Verify that your Billing Information is correct. Then click "Proceed" to go to the next step. (NOTE: IF YOU USED THE COUPON CODE, YOU MAY SAFELY IGNORE THE SHOPPING CART INFO IN THE TOP RIGHT-HAND CORNER.)
  8. In the top right-hand corner enter your Libronix Customer ID (created in step 2), click "Confirm," and then click "Submit Order." (You can find your Libronix Customer ID in Libronix under the "Help" menu in "About Libronix DLS."
  9. Click the "Unlock & Download" button and then click "Open" or "Run" if prompted by your browser. Libronix Update will start and will download the book and unlock it.
  10. When Libronix Update finishes, you may start Libronix and use your new book.

It’s not working for me. What do I do?

  1. Did you completely install Libronix first (both steps)?
  2. Did you create a Libronix Customer ID?
  3. Did you make sure to enter the coupon code CORNERSTONE?
  4. Did you make sure to enter your Libronix Customer ID in the top right-hand corner during checkout?
  5. Try working through the 10 steps again. If that doesn’t work, call our Customer Service team at 800-875-6467.

I’m using the Mac alpha. How can I get the free book?

  1. Follow steps 1-8 above.
  2. Download the book file from the product page or from our FTP server and put it in your resources folder (normally /Library/Application Support/Libronix DLS/Resources on the startup volume).
  3. Open Libronix for the Mac and synchronize your licenses by going to Tools > Library Management > Synchronize Licenses.
  4. Your new book should now be unlocked and usable. You may need to restart Libronix for the changes to take effect.

Update: This offer has expired.

Concordia Electronic Theological Library Gets Updated!

The Concordia Electronic Theological Library is a very popular product that’s been around for years. The one downside is that it’s been one of the few remaining products in need of updating from the old LLS format to the current Libronix format—until now.

You can now place your order for the newly updated Libronix version of the Concordia Electronic Theological Library. You’ll get these 32 electronic resources (40 volumes in print).

  1. The Book of Concord, trans. and ed. Theodore G. Tappert (BKCONCRD.lbxlls)
  2. Christian Cyclopedia, ed. Erwin L. Lueker (CHRCYCLO.lbxlls)
  3. Christian Dogmatics, John Theodore Mueller (CHDOGMUL.lbxlls)
  4. Christian Dogmatics, 3 vols., Francis Pieper (CHDOGPIE.lbxlls)
  5. The Christian Faith: A Lutheran Exposition, Robert Kolb (FAITHLEX.lbxlls)
  6. Church and Ministry, C. F. W. Walther (CHANDMIN.lbxlls)
  7. Churches in America, Thomas Manteufel (CHURCHAM.lbxlls)
  8. Concordia Self-Study Bible (Notes), ed. Robert G. Hoerber (CSSB.lbxlls)
  9. Concordia Self-Study Commentary, Walter H. Roehrs and Martin H. Franzmann (CSSCOMM.lbxlls)
  10. Confessing the Faith: Reformers Define the Church, 1530-1580, Robert Kolb (CNFFAITH.lbxlls)
  11. Eucharist and Church Fellowship in the First Four Centuries, Werner Elert (ECFFFC.lbxlls)
  12. Examination of the Council of Trent, 4 vols., Martin Chemnitz (EXCNTRNT.lbxlls)
  13. Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, F. Bente (HSTINTRO.lbxlls)
  14. History of Theology, Bengt Hägglund (HISTHEOL.lbxlls)
  15. How to Respond: Judaism, rev. ed., Erwin J. Kolb (HOW2JEWS.lbxlls)
  16. How to Respond: Muslims, Ernest Hahn (HOW2MSLM.lbxlls)
  17. How to Respond to the Eastern Religions, Philip H. Lochhaas (HOW2EAST.lbxlls)
  18. An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education, William C. Rietschel (FNDLUTED.lbxlls)
  19. Loci Communes, Philip Melanchthon (LOCICOMM.lbxlls)
  20. Loci Theologici, 3 vols., Martin Chemnitz (LOCITHEO.lbxlls)
  21. Luther’s World of Thought, Heinrich Bornkamm (LWRLDTHT.lbxlls)
  22. Ministry, Word, and Sacraments: An Enchiridion, Martin Chemnitz (MNWRDSAC.lbxlls)
  23. The New International Version (NIV.lbxlls)
  24. Principles of Biblical Interpretation in the Lutheran Confessions, rev. ed., Ralph A. Bohlmann (PINTLUCF.lbxlls)
  25. The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel, C. F. W. Walther (LAWGOSP.lbxlls)
  26. The Protestant Reformation: Major Documents, ed. Lewis W. Spitz (REFMJDOC.lbxlls)
  27. The Structure of Lutheranism, Vol. 1, Werner Elert (STRCTLUT.lbxlls)
  28. A Summary of Christian Doctrine, 2d rev. ed., Edward W. A. Koehler (SUMMCDOC.lbxlls)
  29. The Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, 2 vols., Robert D. Preus (THPRLUTH.lbxlls)
  30. The Two Natures in Christ, Martin Chemnitz (TWONATUR.lbxlls)
  31. The Word Becoming Flesh, Horace D. Hummel (WRDFLESH.lbxlls)
  32. The Word of the Lord Grows, Martin H. Frazmann (WORDGROW.lbxlls)

If you already own the LLS version of the Concordia Electronic Theological Library, you can download the new Libronix resources and use them free of charge! Just run the Resource Auto Update script or manually save each of the above files and put them in your Resources folder (usually C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources). Then run Remove Duplicate Resources (Tools > Library Management > Remove Duplicate Resources) to delete all of the old files and free up some space.

For more great Lutheran products, be sure to check out our Lutheran Product Guide.

Anchor Yale Bible Coming to Libronix!

Anchor Yale BibleThe Anchor Yale Bible (formerly Anchor Bible)—even though incomplete—is to my knowledge the largest commentary series ever written. Weighing in at 83 volumes, approximately 160 pounds, 43,315 pages, and an estimated 25,000,000 words, this is one massive collection of biblical data!

As you can imagine, producing a Libronix edition of this mammoth set is no small undertaking. Being 30 volumes larger than the International Critical Commentary Series, which we did a few years ago, the Anchor Yale Bible is the largest project we’ve ever attempted to do in a single collection. (Migne’s 166-volume Patrologia Graeca is a much bigger project, but we are breaking it into several smaller chunks.)

These 83 volumes retail at $3,920.00, but we are offering them on Pre-Pub for only $1,499.95. That’s more than 60% off the list price!

http://www.logos.com/images/products/4469/4469b.jpgTo be sure, $1,500 is far from pocket change. But if you start saving now and set aside a couple hundred dollars every month for the next several months, you’ll probably have enough to purchase this set by the time it’s ready to ship.

To put this in perspective on a smaller level, the average retail cost per volume is $47.23. If you purchase this collection on Pre-Pub, you’ll be paying only $18.07 per volume.

http://www.logos.com/images/products/4469/4469a.jpgThe 83 volumes that are included in this collection cover the entire Protestant Bible except for Deuteronomy 12-34, Proverbs 10-31, and Ezekiel 38-48, Nahum, Mark 8-16, and Philippians. Several of these volumes will become available after they have been published in print. In addition, this set provides you with commentaries on Tobit, Judith, the additions to Daniel, Esther, and Jeremiah, Wisdom of Solomon, The Wisdom of Ben Sira, 1-2 Maccabees, and 1-2 Esdras. You’ll also get both the new and old volumes for Second Isaiah (Blenkinsopp and McKenzie) and 1 Corinthians (Fitzmyer and Orr and Walther).

For a lot more information, head over to the product page, where you can place your pre-order. When I say a lot, I mean a lot. It’s 53 pages in a Word document and nearly 23,000 words! For a project this massive, we thought it was only fitting to have the product page correspond to the collection. :)

Now you know why it’s been a little quiet on the Pre-Pub page recently. Well, at least you know part of the reason. There are still more good things to come.

2/27/09 UPDATE: New Volume! We have added the newly published Philippians commentary by John Reumann. Lock in your order now!

Tutorial Videos for Andersen-Forbes Syntax Resources

Over on his Exegetica Digita blog, Mike Heiser has been doing some tutorial videos on the Andersen-Forbes syntax resources.

  • The Hebrew Bible: Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text
  • The Hebrew Bible: Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Phrase Marker Analysis
  • A Systematic Glossary to the Andersen-Forbes Analysis of the Hebrew Bible

These resources are included in the Original Languages Library and higher (Scholar’s, Silver, and Gold). If you don’t have one of these base packages, visit http://www.logos.com/upgrade to see your upgrade options.

If you’re interested in learning how to put these resources to good use, let Mike show you how in these five videos.

For more Andersen-Forbes videos, see the Syntax section on our Videos page.

Are You Running the Latest Version of Libronix?

I was surprised when I saw some stats on the number of people not running the latest version of Libronix (i.e., 3.0e). The numbers are even more surprising when you consider that updating Libronix to the latest version is entirely free and very easy to do.

Who’s Up to Date (and Who’s Not)?

Most of you are running the latest version, but a sizable group are still running a version that has been outdated for months or even years. Here are the numbers.

Current Version | 70.89%

  • 3.0e | 70.89%

Outdated Versions | 29.11%

  • 3.0d | 18.16%
  • 3.0c | 5.98%
  • 3.0b | 2.29%
  • 3.0 | 1.59%
  • 3.0a | .93%
  • Expired Betas | .16%

How to Find Out Which Version You Have

With Libronix opened, go to the “Help” menu and click “About Libronix DLS.”

You’ll find the version that you have installed right at the top towards the middle. If it doesn’t say 3.0e, it’s time to update.

How to Update

Updating to the latest version of Libronix is easy to do. There are (at least) five ways to do it:

  1. Update in Libronix: With Libronix opened, go to the “Tools” menu and click “Libronix Update.” Install all Required and Recommended items. If you have an internet connection, this is the easiest and best way to get updated.
  2. Update from Logos.com: You can also update to the latest version from our website: http://www.logos.com/support/downloads/ldls. Click the orange “Update” button and follow the instructions. (Or just run this script: http://www.logos.com/media/update/30eAutoUpdate.lbxupd.)
  3. Update from a Media Only DVD or CDs: If you’d rather not update via the internet, you can order a media only DVD (or CDs) to get the latest version of Libronix and of most of your book files.
  4. Upgrade Your Base Package: All of our base packages come with the latest version of Libronix, plus lots of new addins, tools, and resources! Visit http://www.logos.com/upgrade to see your upgrade options.
  5. Update from Any Recent Product: All CD/DVD products with an official release date after February 1, 2008 should include 3.0e on them. If you’ve purchased a new product recently or have one coming soon, you can update to 3.0e that way.

For a list of new features in 3.0e, see the previous post “Update to Libronix DLS 3.0e.”

Page 21 of 37« First...10«1920212223»30...Last »