How I Learned to Love Greek Lexicons

learn-love-lexiconDuring my time in seminary, fourth-semester Greek was synonymous with “pain.” This “pain” took the form of two, massive exegetical papers, each 30 pages in length.

Those papers were seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stood in the way of any person hoping to finish their seminary degree. An exegetical paper is intimidating because the content to be covered is very technical, and the time expenditure to complete the task is great.

I remember very clearly working on a section in one of those exegetical papers: the diachronic word study. For those who don’t know, a diachronic word study is the process of tracing a Greek word’s usage throughout history from Ancient Greece to the New Testament, and on to the time of the early church.

One of the most difficult parts of this word study process was navigating the lexical resources we were tasked to reference in our paper. Lexicons are heavy tomes filled mostly with unintelligible scribbles in barely-legible sized font. There were so many abbreviations in these volumes, I felt like I needed a decoder ring to navigate effectively.

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Introducing Logos Bible Software 7

Logos Bible Software 7 is here

After nearly two years of preparation, Logos 7 has arrived! Our latest release represents the most complete Logos experience yet—with new tools to take you from that initial spark of insight to sharing biblical truth with others. We’ve made it faster to get started in Logos, easier to uncover essential biblical insights, and simpler to share what you’ve learned.

Like you, we’re passionate about studying God’s Word, and we know what it’s like to uncover something from Scripture that you just can’t keep to yourself. Even if you’re not creating a sermon or Bible study, biblical insights inevitably spill over into everyday conversation.

That’s what drove us as we created our latest release. Logos 7 is all about that process of digging into the Word, discovering biblical truth, and delivering what you’ve learned to the people you serve and love. More than any previous version, Logos 7 is fine-tuned for every step of in-depth Bible study, from start to finish.

New ways to start your study

Getting started in Logos is easier than ever with new Quickstart Layouts tailored to different types of study and core Bible study tasks. Just select a preformatted layout, and Logos 7 opens all the features and resources you need to begin your study.
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Of course, not everyone uses Logos to drill into one specific passage. Some of us study by topic or resource, and the new Courses Tool provides the perfect starting point.Choose from dozens of carefully designed learning plans that pull together key resources, media, and Logos features. You can even work through one of the Mobile Ed courses included in all of our Logos 7 Libraries!

 

 

New tools to deepen your study

We’ve created lots of new datasets, tools, and media for your Bible study—and made the ones you already rely on even better.

image03New sections in the Passage Guide take you straight to the most relevant information. See everywhere systematic theologies, biblical theologies, and confessional documents mention any biblical verse, and access grammatical information about any word in any Old Testament verse.

New datasets and Visual Filters help you customize your study. Build a browsable index for any resource in your library with the Concordance Tool. This new feature is perfect for Greek and Hebrew study—browse repeated terms and lemmas and quickly identify key themes in the text. Or link your English and original language Bibles using the new Multiview Resources panel. Click, and the Corresponding Words visual filter lights up the text with eye-opening patterns.

Make fresh discoveries with new interactive media. Explore a first-century tomb and learn more about the significance of the resurrection for the Christian life. Get a crash course in biblical manuscripts and textual criticism. Or sort and explore every miracle in the Bible with a new interactive—visualized in the “bubble” style of our popular Psalms and Proverbs Explorers.

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Find (and create) the right media, instantly. We’ve improved Visual Copy and added easy ways to search and browse all your media with the new Media Tool. Finding, sharing, and presenting the perfect image, video, infographic, or other media is easier than ever.

 

 

 

A new way to share what you’ve learned

Equipping preachers has always been at the heart of what we do. That’s one reason I’m so excited about Logos 7’s new Sermon Editor. Now you can write your sermon inside Logos with smart editing and styling tools created just for sermon prep. Sermon Editor even gives you a headstart on your sermon slides as you type, helps you create handouts, and formats your sermon manuscript or outline with easy-to-read speaking prompts.image01

This barely scratches the surface of what’s new. Take a look at everything we’ve made for your Bible study, and let me know what you think. I hope you’re as excited by Logos 7 as I am!

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In case you missed our live event, we’re replaying the recording! To replay the interviews with Logos experts and Logos 7 product demos, visit Faithlife.com/Logos.

Visit Logos.com/7 to learn more about our latest release.

Meditate on Scripture Every Day with This Free Tool

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” . . . his delight is in the Law of the Lord, and on his Law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:2)

There’s a big difference between reading the Bible and truly meditating on it. Reading the Bible—even studying the Bible—can too often become passive. We absorb the information with little reflection on how it should impact our lives, or become so immersed in its exegetical details that we miss the heart of its message. One cure for this is active memorization; another is surrounding yourself with Scripture—finding repeated opportunities to engage with and meditate on the same passage of Scripture throughout the day.

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[UPDATED] Notes Sync Maintenance

UPDATE:

We started performing maintenance on Notes sync during the U.S. holiday Monday, September 7th. We started Monday, September 7th at 2 PM PDT, and we originally expected the service to be offline until Tuesday, September 8th at 8 AM PDT, however, the process is taking about twice as long as our preliminary tests indicated. We now believe it will complete in the wee hours of the morning (PDT) of Wednesday, September 9th. Things are going well, just more slowly than we had expected.

ORIGINAL:

We will perform maintenance on Notes sync during the U.S. holiday Monday, September 7th. We plan to start Monday, September 7th at 2 PM PDT, and we expect the service to be offline until Tuesday, September 8th at 8 AM PDT.

You will still be able to create notes. They will be stored locally, but they will not sync up to our servers until the maintenance has been completed. During the maintenance, there will be an exclamation point indicating that there is an issue with sync; this is expected and it will remain until the maintenance has been completed.

If you have questions, please join the discussion in the forums.

3 Free Study Guides to Grow Your Faith

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This post will help you get the most out of your Logos Bible app. If you aren’t using the free Logos app on your mobile device, you’re missing a premier Bible study experience. Get it now for iOS or Android.
The Logos Bible app is more than your simple Bible reader—it’s an in-depth study tool designed to help you comprehend the Bible’s complex text in a whole new way.

Get the free Logos Bible app right now, and instantly access three valuable study guides that put difficult passages into an understandable context.

Meanwhile, here are three guides included in the Logos Bible app that can help you get more out of your Bible study.
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5 Free Apps To Simplify Your Life and Ministry

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If you’re a pastor, you lead a busy life. It’s hard to prepare for the next sermon, stay connected to your congregation, and maintain a balanced family life—all while trying to find time alone with God, to draw close to the one who’s called you to ministry.

That’s where Faithlife mobile apps can make a difference.

If you own a phone or tablet, there is a Faithlife-family mobile app for you. Made by the creators of Logos 6, each app can help simplify your life and ministry in its own unique way. Even better, they’re all free from the App Store or Google Play.

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Text Verse of the Day Artwork Using the New Faithlife Keyboard!

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There’s a new way to message your friends and family on your iPhone—it’s easy, it’s free, and it’s a great way to express your faith.

It’s called Faithlife Keyboard.

The inspirational Verse of the Day art that you’ve come to love is now easier than ever to share with your friends. You could even encourage members of your congregation by sending the perfect verse along with inspiring artwork.

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Get Rewarded: Support the Logos App for Windows Phone

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We want anyone with a Windows Phone or Windows tablet to be able to access their Logos library using the Logos Bible app—but we need your help.

If you love Logos Bible Software and would like to see the Logos Bible app available for anyone with a Windows mobile device, then you can help make this happen.

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3 Ways To Strengthen Your Faith with the Logos Bible App

Colossians_2_6_draftThis post gives tips on how to get the most out of our mobile apps. If you aren’t using Logos on your mobile device, you’re missing out! Download it for iOS or Android now!

You study the Bible every day. Maybe it’s to prepare for your next sermon, or next lecture, or research paper.

You take the Bible seriously. That’s why you do what you do.

But maybe you’re like me. I sometimes lose sight of why I love the Bible in the first place.

Maybe you’ve been studying the Bible every day for months, but it’s been a solid week since you picked up God’s Word just to hear what he has to say about your relationship with him.

The Logos Bible app is a great way to stay connected to God’s Word and be encouraged in your walk with Christ. Here are three ways it can strengthen your faith:

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Your Logos Bible App Just Got Better

This post highlights one of the newest features in the Logos Bible App. If you aren’t using this free app on your mobile device, you’re missing out! Download it for iOS or Android now!

Faithlife Today episodes showcase powerful insights, biblical inspiration, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. These short, fun, and educational videos are the perfect way to start your morning.

Now you can watch the latest episode of Faithlife Today—right inside your Logos Bible app!

Get valuable teachings each day before you dig into the Word. Gain insight into evangelism, understand the background of the Old Testament, watch interviews with Bible scholars, and more. You can even learn how to get the most from your Logos 6 base package

Now the latest episodes show up right on your Logos Bible app home screen! Check your app daily and you’ll never miss a single one!

Watch it now

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Get new Faithlife Today videos in your app every day (and so much more) when you download the free Logos Bible App!