Since 2002 we’ve had an active group of users on our newsgroups. After much deliberation we’ve decided that it’s time to make the switch to web forums. We’ve been testing them with a small group for a couple of weeks, and now we’re ready to invite you to come join the discussions at the new Logos Bible Software Forums.
Thu, June 18, 2009 | Misc.|
Rick Brannan is no stranger to longtime users and readers of the Logos blog. He’s been with Logos since 1993 and is approaching his 16th anniversary of employment with the company. Rick is an information architect in our design and editorial department and blogs at Ricoblog and PastoralEpistles.com.
Though he’s a regular contributor to the Logos blog and has done dozens of videos, most of his posts and videos are about Greek and not about Rick. In this People behind the Product video, you’ll get to find out a little bit about one of Logos’ earliest employees.
Other Posts about Rick:
Wed, June 17, 2009 | Misc.|
We do our best to listen to our users through a variety of channels: comments you leave here on the blog, emails you send to firstname.lastname@example.org, suggestions you share in our newsgroups—and now in our new web forums—and many more. We read all user feedback and make sure it gets to the appropriate department for consideration. Some of our best ideas come from our users.
Thank you for letting your voice be heard. Listening to what you want helps us to provide you with the best Bible software in the world.
Thu, June 11, 2009 | Misc.|
On Monday Apple launched Safari 4, the latest version of their web browser. There are a couple of incompatibilities with Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.1 (specifically with the Exegetical Guide), so we’ve released version 1.1.1 to address these issues.
Version 1.1.1 is identical to version 1.1 with the exception of which version of Safari is required. If you don’t plan to move to Safari 4 yet, then you should stick with 1.1 for now.
If you’re an existing Logos for Mac user, you can download this new version for free by going to Logos.com, signing in, navigating to My Account > Order History, and then clicking on your Mac engine or base package order. At the bottom of the order page, you’ll see a “Files to Download” section.
Click the “Download” link next to the appropriate file to save it to your Mac, make sure Logos for Mac is closed, and then double-click the file to install the update. Follow the instructions, and you should be up and running with the latest version in less than a minute.
If you don’t have a Logos.com account, don’t see the link below your Mac order, or have any other troubles updating, please contact our Mac Customer Service team at 800-875-6467 or email@example.com.
Update: If you’re running Mac OS X 10.4, you will not be able to install version 1.1.1 yet. We’re working on a fix. In the meantime, you’ll need to stick with Safari 3 and Logos for Mac 1.1. We’ll let you know as soon as this issue has been resolved.
Update 2: Version 1.1.1 now works properly on Mac OS X 10.4 as well.
Wed, June 10, 2009 | Products|
Maybe you’re studying Mark in your own personal Bible study time or with a small group at your church and want to work through a devotional study to help you apply what you’re reading to your life.
Regardless of your task, having a variety of quality commentaries and Bible study resources on hand is essential.
With Logos Bible Software, you have a plethora of titles to choose from. Our new Product Guide on Mark brings them all together in one place: commentaries you can purchase individually, sets covering Mark, and Bible studies.
Visit www.logos.com/mark to see all of the titles we currently offer on Mark’s Gospel.
If you don’t see something you think we should offer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
Fri, June 5, 2009 | Products|
The May–June issue of Bible Study Magazine featured an article by Elizabeth George on what it means to be a member of God’s household (pp. 19–20) based on her book Understanding Your Blessings in Christ, a study through the book of Ephesians, so we’ve teamed up with Harvest House Publishers to give away 20 copies of her book.
We’re also giving away five subscriptions to Bible Study Magazine and a copy of Bible Study Library.
There are four different ways to enter the giveaway, and you can increase your chance of winning by doing all of them.
Complete any or all of the following by June 30, 2009 to enter:
- Simply fill out the entry form and click “Submit.”
- Post a link in any of your social spheres (blog, forum, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) to www.biblestudymagazine.com/elizabeth letting people know about the giveaway. In July, we’ll search through all the backlinks to the site and select winners at random.
- Since Bible Study Magazine is published by Logos Bible Software, if you mention the giveaway and post a link to www.logos.com, we’ll search through those backlinks as well and select winners at random.
- Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine between now and June 30, 2009, and we’ll give you two more entries.
Head over to the giveaway page at BibleStudyMagazine.com for all of the details.
Thu, June 4, 2009 | Misc.|
On Thursday of last week, we looked at how to use Strong’s in Logos Bible Software version 3, but I left out a few things that are worth calling attention to. In addition to accessing Strong’s from the “Other Tools” section of the Bible Speed Search or the regular Bible Search results, you can access it directly from the right-click menu of any Strong’s-tagged Bible or by running advanced Bible searches for particular Strong’s numbers.
Accessing Strong’s from Your Bibles
You can still run the old Englishman’s Concordance report from the right-click menu in Strong’s-enabled Bibles. For example, open the KJV to Romans 8, right-click on a word like condemnation, and select “Englishman’s Concordance.”
Doing so will launch this report, which shows you all of the occurrences of that particular Greek word, which happens to be translated all three times as condemnation.
Another way to do this is to right-click on the word and choose “Selected Reference” > “Speed Search This Resource.”
This will generate a search that gives you the same results as the Englishman’s Concordance report, but provides a few additional options under “Other Tools.”
Searching for a Specific Strong’s Number
You’ll notice that when the previous search generates, it uses the standard Bible Speed Search window and populates the search box with GreekStrongs in G2631. What this means is that you can bypass the right-click menu and do a search directly from the Bible Speed Search if you are starting with the Strong’s number you want to find.
For Greek words, you just need to type in something like GreekStrongs in G2631. Simply replace the Strong’s number with the one you’re looking for. For Hebrew words, you would type in HebrewStrongs in H6942. This allows you to instantly generate a report of all of the occurrences of a given Strong’s number.
Searches like these will show you all of the occurrences of a particular Greek or Hebrew word, regardless of how it is translated in English. If you want to narrow the report to show you only the places where a particular Greek or Hebrew word is (or is not) translated with a particular English word, you would simple add to the search equals or notequals followed by your word. For example, GreekStrongs in G1680 gives you all of the places where this Greek word occurs. It is almost always translated hope. If you wanted to limit it to the places where it is not translated hope, you would search for GreekStrongs in G1680 NOTEQUALS hope. Here’s another one to try: GreekStrongs in G26 NOTEQUALS love, will find all of the places where the main Greek word for love is not translated as love in the KJV.
Many pastors and Bible students who have grown up using Strong’s numbering system for Hebrew and Greek are slow to switch to something unfamiliar like reverse interlinears. We believe that reverse interlinears are a far better technology and superior to the Strong’s system, but we understand that not everyone is ready to completely abandon Strong’s just yet. That’s why we’ve tried to retain our Strong’s functionality as new versions have come out.
James Strong is best known for his Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible in which every Hebrew and Greek word was given a number, all of the references where each word occurred were listed, and brief definitions were given for each word. Strong’s numbering system made it easy for people who couldn’t read Hebrew or Greek to look up words.
Last month we got a call from a customer who has been wanting to upgrade from version 2 of our software to version 3 for a couple of years now. The only thing holding him back was that he thought he’d lose his Strong’s Concordance. After we explained to him that all of his favorite Strong’s resources and reports would still work in version 3, he was overjoyed and quickly upgraded. This post is for anyone out there who might be in the same boat.
Resources and Reports
Sometimes there can be confusion regarding what is a resource or book that can be found in My Library and what is a report or part of the software’s functionality. So let’s start by setting the record straight.
There are several Strong’s lexicons or dictionaries:
- Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon 2.0
- The New Strong’s Dictionary of Hebrew and Greek Words
- The New Strong’s Guide to Bible Words
Other lexicons like the Dictionaries of Biblical Languages w/ Semantic Domains include Strong’s numbers and will work as well.
There are a few Bibles with built-in Strong’s numbering both inline and interlinear.
The ESV and NRSV NT reverse interlinears also have Strong’s numbers.
Version 2 had an Englishman’s Concordance report that produced results like you’d find in Strong’s Concordance. Version 3 has a similar report under a different name.
- Version 2: Englishman’s Concordance
- Version 3: Search Analysis by Strong’s
Clarification: You can actually still run the Englishman’s Concordance report in version 3. See Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go? Part 2 for the details.
Finding the Strong’s Report in Version 3
So where do you find Strong’s Concordance in version 3? If you’re looking for Strong’s Concordance in My Library, you won’t find it because it’s not a book or resource. It’s a report. Concordances (as resources) don’t make a lot of sense in Bible software because you can generate a concordance on any word or phrase by simply running a search.
To get the Strong’s Concordance report in version 2, you’d use the Englishman’s Concordance. The same basic content is still available in version 3. Here’s one way you access it:
1. Do a Bible Speed Search or a regular Bible Search using the KJV or the NASB (or another Bible with Strong’s numbering) on a word like marriage.
2. In the search results window, click “Search Analysis by Strong’s” in the top right hand column at the bottom of “Other Tools.” You’ll see this report.
This will show you all of the underlying Hebrew or Greek words for the English word you searched on. You can arrange the results by root word or by reference. You can also do the reverse of this. See the follow-up post for details.
For more on Strong’s, see:
- How to study the original languages of the Bible using Strong’s numbers
- "New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update" and Strong’s Numbers
- Viewing Strong’s Numbers (2:21, 2.4MB)
For more on reverse interlinears, see:
- ESV English-Hebrew Reverse Interlinear of the Old Testament
- ESV English-Greek Reverse Interlinear of the New Testament
- Better Bible Study Through Reverse Interlinear Bibles—OT (13:16, 12.8MB)
- Better Bible Study Through Reverse Interlinear Bibles—NT (14:21, 21.2MB)
- Getting started with Reverse Interlinears
- Explaining each line of the Reverse Interlinear
- Explaining symbols used in Reverse Interlinears
- Bullet points in Reverse Interlinears
See Where’d My Strong’s Concordance Go? Part 2 for more on using Strong’s in Logos Bible Software 3.
Wed, May 27, 2009 | Products|
Jeff Straub, a seminary professor at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota, shares in two posts how he’s made (and continues to make) the transition from a print library to a digital library with Logos Bible Software and why he loves it.
It was a hard sell for me. After more than 25 years in ministry, tirelessly searching for books anywhere they might be found, hoping against hope to find good books at cheap prices, I finally switched . . . to a digital library . . . to Logos. And I love it! I travel a bit, sometimes overseas, and I love the portability of my digital library.
He goes on to talk about the “back-breaking task” of moving more than 100 heavy boxes of books to Minneapolis. I remember doing the same thing about a year and a half ago, but thankfully with only 40 boxes.
On the bright side, at least Jeff discovered Logos before his next move, and at least he didn’t have as big of a print library as Rousas Rushdoony did. According to Wikipedia, Rushdoony had more than 60,000 books in his personal library (and read nearly half of them). Imagine what 1,600 boxes of books would do to your back!
Find out more about why Jeff is lovin’ Logos in these two posts: