Andreas Köstenberger on Studying Primary Sources

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This week’s Logos Pro post is by Andreas Köstenberger. Dr. Köstenberger is Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He’s also a long-time user of Logos Bible Software.

In most areas of scholarship—and biblical research is no exception—engaging the primary sources is exceedingly important. There is no substitute for interacting directly with the text of the Bible and contemporaneous literature in the original languages. I have found that Logos Bible Software is an excellent tool for doing careful original-language work.
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Kay Arthur on Balancing Ministry and Your Spiritual Walk

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If you’re a pastor, scholar, or church leader, you’ve probably experienced it. You spend hours in the Word preparing sermons, Bible studies, and Sunday-school lessons. Yet even as your understanding of the Bible increases, you find yourself slipping into a state of spiritual fatigue. Your congregation or students thank you for the insight you’ve provided, for the difference your study has made in their lives. But you know God has used you in spite of the distance from him you feel at the moment. You may have crafted the perfect sermon, but your spiritual well has run dry.
In this excerpt from Bible Study Magazine’s exclusive interview with Kay Arthur, the beloved Bible-study expert shares how she maintains vitality in her spiritual life through personal quiet time and by refusing to separate her lesson preparation from her own spiritual walk.

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Resource Updates: May 2015

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Whenever a resource you own is updated, you’ll get that new content—for free—so your Logos library is always becoming more valuable and staying up to date with the latest improvements.

Here’s a list of Logos resources that were updated throughout May:
 
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Open Multiple Factbook Reports at the Same Time

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

One of the most exciting new features in Logos 6 is the Factbook. It’s an almanac, Bible dictionary, concordance, search engine, and more—all rolled into one. You can build a Factbook report for virtually any biblical subject imaginable! Also, within most Factbook articles you’ll discover links to other Factbook articles. When you click a link, the Factbook leaves your current article and jumps to the new one. To return to the previous article you have to utilize the back button in the upper right of the Factbook panel. What if, however, you want to view multiple Factbook articles at the same time? You can with this easy-to-use little trick:

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New Books Added to J.I. Packer Collection, NIC, and Pillar!

We recently expanded several key collections, including the Pillar New Testament Commentary series, the J.I. Packer Collection, and the New International Commentary (NIC). If you already own some of the included volumes, you’ll get a discount on these updated collections. If you’ve yet to benefit from any of these top-notch resources, pick them up in a collection today to get a better deal than if purchased individually.

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This top-rated commentary series now contains the 2014-released volume on the Psalms. The Book of Psalms is the most complete and detailed one-volume commentary available on the Psalter, reflecting the combined insights of three biblical scholars: Nancy deClaissé-Walford, Rolf Jacobson, and Beth Tanner.
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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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Learn to Use the Timeline in Logos 6

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The Bible covers a staggering sweep of history. From the rise and fall of kingdoms to the intimate turmoil of families in desperate plights, Scripture tells it all. But that breadth also poses a challenge—how in the world do we keep track of all those people, events, and places?

When you branch into church history and theology, the problem only magnifies. It’s hard to remember who influenced whom, which theologian pioneered which doctrines, how schools of thought battled it out in the public arena, and which ideas came to define the worldview of their eras.

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How Worldview Should Influence Biblical Interpretation

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When we read something, that information is filtered through our own experiences and culture. This is no less true when we read the Bible. Our worldviews are important, but we rarely get a chance to see the Bible from another perspective. Because of language barrier and distance, we have limited access. Although it’s never appropriate to read something into the biblical text that isn’t there, unique cultural viewpoints can help draw out scriptural truth that might otherwise have been missed. The Transformative Word series is designed to help illuminate these diverse perspectives.

We’ve enlisted church leaders and scholars from around the globe to show us the transformative significance of each biblical book. Each contributor will write in their native language, and their book will be translated and published in multiple languages. The unique personal and cultural experiences of this diverse cast of contributors reveal biblical truth in a way you may never have seen before.

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You Should Probably Stop Using Lexicons

Why you should stop using a lexionLexicons are commonly used for studying biblical languages. It may shock you, then, that I discourage beginning Hebrew and Greek students from using them. I’m not kidding.

I’d be happy if beginning students never used them.

I don’t diminish lexicons because they are so frequently abused, though that’s true. It also isn’t because I want people to spend hundreds of hours memorizing Hebrew and Greek vocabulary. The reason is that, for those newly initiated to Hebrew and Greek, lexicons just don’t give you much useful information.

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Quickly Discover an Author’s View of a Passage

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

If you’re like me, when you study a topic or passage you want to know what a specific author thinks about it. What are A.W. Tozer’s insights on worship? What does John Wesley or Charles Spurgeon say about John 3:16? It’s easy to zero in on a specific author’s views in Logos—simply create and search an author collection. You can create one with these simple steps [Read more…]