Should I Get Logos 7 Basic if I Already Own Logos?

By now, you’ve probably heard about Logos 7 Basic, the new, free version of Logos Bible Software. And if you already own Logos, you may be wondering, “What does that mean for me?” In fact, you may be one of the customers who flooded the blog with questions like:

“If I install the free version of Logos 7, will my copy of Logos 6 be deleted or overwritten?”

“I have Logos 6 and Logos Gold. Is there any reason why I should get Logos 7 Basic?”

Great questions. Here’s the answer:

When you get Logos 7 Basic, we’ll add new books and features to the resources you already own; you won’t lose a thing.

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Which Are More Accurate: Literal or Non-Literal Bible Translations?

We may hate to admit it, but if we’re honest with ourselves, even our favorite English Bible translations can at times be clunky. Here’s an example I was just teaching about in adult Sunday School. Check out the three phrases I bolded: “your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 1:3).

“Labor of love” sounds natural enough—but only because it’s a stock phrase in contemporary English, borrowed straight from the KJV. The other two phrases, however, don’t sound like anything I would ever say. When was the last time you thanked a coworker for their “toil of hardship”? We just don’t talk like that.

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What’s the Deal with All That Circumcision in the Bible?

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Circumcision is mentioned nearly 100 times in the Bible. It is a central focus for Old Testament and New Testament theology (Rom 4:9–12; Gal 2:1–12; 5:1–10).

If we’re honest, that just sounds absurd.

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How to Close All Panels at Once Inside Logos

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Logos Bible Software 7.5 recently released and it contains a small but powerful new icon that’s easy to miss unless you’re looking for it.

In the upper right of the program, between the Layouts menu and the Help icon, you’ll now see an X icon which executes the command Close All. (A)

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What If I’m Wrong? Confronting Doubts about the Christian Faith

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This post is adapted from the transcript of Dr. Mike Licona’s Mobile Ed course Philosophy of History (CS151).

Toward the end of my graduate work, I started to have questions about my faith. It wasn’t because I’d heard some arguments against Christianity. To be honest with you, at that point I wasn’t even exposed to too many folks who weren’t Christians.

But I wondered, “How do I really know that Christianity is true?” I had been brought up in a Christian family, in a nation that is pretty much Christian, at least by name, and I had only really been exposed to the Christian worldview. I had heard about other worldviews like Islam and Buddhism and Hinduism and atheism, but I really just didn’t know too much about them.

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Biblical Studies & the Myth of Neutrality

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Neutrality is a myth.

Put in biblical terms, either you love the Lord or you don’t. Every thought you think, every choice you make, every word you say, flows from that heart and is determined by its fundamental direction, whether toward God or away from him. There are no fully objective human arbiters of opinion.

And yet even evangelicals who share this conviction sometimes slip into a mythological world in which neutrality is possible. I’ve developed a special highlighting style in Logos to mark these little slip-ups, because I just can’t let such statements go by without scrawling out my disapproval. (I’m an emotional reader, not just an analytical one.)

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What Is Exegesis & Why Does It Matter?

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One of the few framed items in my school office features the words of Ezra 7:10: “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”

The pattern has three steps:

  • Study the word.
  • Practice or do the word.
  • Teach the word.

Before you teach the word to others, you need to practice it. You must practice what you teach and preach. But before you practice and teach the word, you have to know what it says. So you must study it. You must exegete it.

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How to Hear the Greek Text Read Aloud in Logos

In a recent blog I wrote about the pronunciation of biblical names. In response, someone asked this question:

Where in Logos can one hear how Greek words are pronounced?

So just in case you didn’t know, I’ll show you where to go to hear various Greek texts read aloud by Faithlife’s own Dr. John Schwandt, Executive Director of Mobile Education.

Editor’s Note: The read-aloud functionality below requires The Greek Audio New Testament, which is available to add to your Logos base package here.. If you have the Logos 7 Full Feature set (also included in most older Logos base packages), you also have access to individual Greek word pronunciation; for a short demo, see this informal video.

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Finding Hope in Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet

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At one point in the famous allegory Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian finds what he thinks is a more agreeable path to the Celestial City; but this choice puts him in the grips of the savage brute Giant Despair, and he finds himself locked in the dungeon of Doubting Castle.

It’s not always easy for me to discern my subtle shift off the path toward Doubting Castle, but once in the grips of Despair, his maneuvers are unmistakable.

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How to Search for a Greek or Hebrew Phrase from Your English Bible

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A fellow Logos user recently emailed me this question:

I wonder if you can advise me how to search for the phrase “the promise” (found in Acts 1:4 ESV) in both the original languages (Hebrew & Greek).

This is an excellent question which I’ll answer from the standpoint of an English student, not primarily using a Hebrew or Greek Bible.

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