How to Study a Word’s Root: Thanksgiving

When it comes to studying the Bible, I always want to go deeper. My problem: I’m no Greek or Hebrew scholar. That’s one of the reasons I get so excited every time I open Logos 5. So much original-language research is done for me, I can instantly understand more.

I’ve been studying biblical thanksgiving lately. One place this study takes me is Psalm 136, where the psalmist pens 26 lines of gratitude to the Lord, “For his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

I look it up in my favorite Bible. Since I’m doing a little original-language digging, I’ll go ahead and turn on my reverse interlinear—it’s the table at the bottom of this image.

This entire psalm is encouraging the reader to give thanks to the Lord, who has shown lovingkindness to Israel through creation, delivering them from Egypt, bringing them to the Promised Land, and sustaining them. The psalmist closes by echoing the beginning: “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

If it’s so important that I “give thanks,” I need to know what it means!

This is where the Bible Word Study tool comes in. I right-click “thanks” and pull up more information about the Hebrew lemma. Then I run a Bible Word Study.

The Bible Word Study guide fetches the word’s definitions from my lexicons and dictionaries, and shows me how this word, ydh, is translated across my Bible.

So I learn that giving thanks to the Lord is more than saying “thank you” to God. It’s also an acknowledgement of who he is and what he has done. In the case of Psalm 136, it makes sense: acknowledge that the Lord has done incredible things for his people, and thank him, for his lovingkindness is everlasting.

But I want to go deeper. I want to find examples of this kind of thanksgiving.

With Logos 5, I’m able to take a look at other biblical words that share this root.

I see that there are 32 uses of the similar toda(h), which is a sacrifice, song of thanksgiving, etc. That’s interesting. I click the Hebrew word, and Logos 5 runs another Bible Word Study!

I can explore the definitions to see that this thankful song of praise to God was an act of worship that proclaimed his mighty works. Also, the word is used for songs like Psalm 100.

. . . which gives me a fine place to keep exploring as I study biblical thanksgiving this November!

And with the new root data in Logos 5, you can do deeper word studies like this, too!

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What Is Exegesis—and Why Should I Care?

“Exegesis” sounds like a technical and abstract idea, but at its core, it’s quite simple.

Exegesis is drawing meaning from what the Scripture says.

Exegesis is going to the Bible to understand what it meant when it was written, and letting the author’s intent govern the way the Bible is interpreted. Exegesis can involve highly technical language analysis, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, you can do it right now.

What Is Exegesis? Watch How It Works!

Let’s try out some exegesis on Luke 17:11–19, where we see Jesus cleansing ten lepers, but only one thanks him. We start by looking the passage up in Logos 5.

A big part of exegesis is answering the question, “What did the author want to get across?” We see in Luke 1:1–4 and Acts 1:1–2 that this book is intended to be an exact account of Jesus’ acts and teachings, so we need to see what Jesus says and does in this passage:

  • Jesus cleanses ten lepers.
  • Only one comes back to glorify God and give thanks.
  • Jesus commends the thankful one.

Now that we’ve covered the elementary stuff, we can start doing exegesis, right? Well, actually, we’ve already started. We determined some of what the text means by letting it speak for itself—that’s what exegesis is.

Now Let’s Try the Exegetical Guide

We can exegete this text as deeply as we want with the Exegetical Guide. First, I right-click “giving thanks” in verse 16 and select “Exegetical Guide.”

This fetches all my grammars, apparatuses, and visualizations, plus a word-by-word breakdown of verse 16. I just want to see what “giving thanks” means, so I’ll find it in the breakdown:

We can see that “giving thanks” refers to being thankful, or feeling obligated to thank. Thankfulness via obligation? That doesn’t sound so good to me at first.

But when I open BDAG (a lexicon, or cross-language dictionary), I see that the word εὐχαριστέω was a diplomatic term: the party on the receiving end of a favor would assure the other party of their goodwill. In the New Testament, this word is almost exclusively used for giving thanks to God (exception: Romans 16:4).

And with Logos 5, I can also look up any New Testament word’s syntactic force, or how syntax determines its function. This is kind of nuts-and-boltsy, but sometimes we can learn what the text is saying by looking at both what a word means and how it’s used.

Great—it’s a participle showing manner. But what does that mean? Well, I get the definition on hover.

By looking at the syntactic force, I see that the leper’s actions took on a tone of returning goodwill to the Lord who just healed him.

When I see something like this, I ask myself these questions:

  • Has Jesus done me any favors? I can think of at least one.
  • What’s my attitude of thankfulness? Do I just carry on, happy to be blessed, or do I turn it into an opportunity to glorify God?
  • Do I even feel obligated to thank him?

Exegesis may sound purely academic, but it can lead you to ask life-changing questions.

What Is Exegesis? It’s Something You Can Do!

The Exegetical Guide is certainly one of my favorite tools in Logos 5, and it may be yours, too. You can get all the Exegetical Guide functions when you get Logos 5 Bronze, but the BDAG lexicon comes in base packages Platinum and above.

So start doing exegesis on your own! Check out your special Logos 5 pricing options with the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

Take Your Education to the Next Level

Knox Theological Seminary will be kicking off 2013 with new Doctor of Ministry and Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) classes. January’s DMin classes will be The Epistle to the Hebrews: Exegesis and Theology, Preaching Christ in the Law, Prophets, and Psalms, and The Art of Biblical Preaching; the next MABTS classes will be New Testament 1—Gospel and Acts and, starting in March, History of Christianity 1—Ancient and Medieval.

The Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching is a three-year program designed to accommodate your fulltime ministry schedule. You’ll attend up to four onsite classes each year for personalized instruction from some of today’s most respected theological scholars, including Drs. Warren Gage, Haddon Robinson, and Samuel Lamerson. The rest of your studies you’ll do from the comfort of your home, office, or favorite coffee shop.

The Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) gives you the freedom to earn your master’s degree from almost anywhere. This three-year, fully online program explores the Bible’s grand narrative, training you in systematic theology, church history, ethics, apologetics, hermeneutics, and more. You’ll learn to communicate Christ and his Gospel, as well as the centrality of that Gospel to every aspect of Christian life and ministry.

Study free!

Knox is offering comprehensive academic scholarships—the $18,000 John Piper Scholarship for the DMin, and the $25,000 Billy Graham Scholarship for the MABTS. There will be an additional one hundred MABTS scholarships, each worth $2,520. Apply now!

Don’t Forget: You’re in Charge of Our Black Friday Deals!

This year, our Black Friday Like-athon is putting you in charge of our Black Friday sales, and the products you’re interested in are rising to the top. So far, there have been over 4,000 Likes across

If you haven’t had a chance to Like all the products you want to see in the Black Friday sale, don’t wait—there’s a limited time left to have your Likes count toward Black Friday savings. So check in with your family, friends, online social networks and encourage them to get their Like in, too. For every 1,500 Likes, we’ll drop the prices on some of the most Liked products!

Getting involved is as simple as going to your favorite products’ pages, finding the Like button beneath the product image, and pressing it.That’s it! The more an item’s liked, the better its chances to end up as part of the Black Friday sale.

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Visit Us on the Seattle Stop of the Unashamed Tour!

We’re extremely proud to be part of the 2012 Unashamed Tour. With artists like Lecrae, KB, and Trip Lee, you know this tour’s going to be packed with encouraging ministry and powerful hip-hop.

If you’re going to be at tonight’s show (11/8/12) at the Showbox in Seattle, make sure you drop by our booth! We’ll be there presenting our brand-new Logos 5 software. You’ll see just how exciting deep Bible study can be when you check out the latest version of our award-winning software.

Not in the Seattle area? Check out other dates on the Unashamed Tour. If you love big beats and strong rhymes, you’re going to want to experience them with people who share your passion for ministry.

But if you’re coming to the show tonight, we’d love to see you! Come visit our booth and check out Logos 5. Then join ReachLife Ministries’ Faithlife group to keep up with the Unashamed community.

Top 5 Reasons to Earn Your Knox MACCS

Knox Theological Seminary’s new Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) equips you for modern ministry with the Great Books’ classical training. This MA, unparalleled by that of any other seminary in the world, is supremely relevant to Western ministry. And it’s fully online, so you can study anywhere. Here’s why the MACCS matters:

  1. You’ll engage Western culture by exploring its defining literary and philosophical works.
  2. You’ll follow Christian doctrinal development through ancient, medieval, and modern times.
  3. You’ll articulate both Christian and non-Christian worldviews.
  4. You’ll learn from some of today’s most trusted Bible scholars, among them Drs. Warren Gage and Sam Lamerson.
  5. You’ll explore the curriculum’s works with the world’s finest exegetical software—Logos 5.

Much More than Your Average Seminary Degree

With the MACCS, you’ll develop more than just an excellent understanding of Scripture. You’ll develop historical perspective, a philosophical habit of mind, moral imagination, and rhetorical skill.

Study Free with the Francis Schaeffer Scholarship!

Knox is offering one comprehensive scholarship and one hundred partial scholarships for a total of more than $200,000! Learn more and enter to win at—it’s fast and simple.

You’ll deepen your love for the Gospel and get classical training for modern ministry with Knox’s online MACCS. To learn more or apply now, call 1-800-210-6466 or visit

Introducing Logos Bible Software 5

Bible study is about connection. The Bible connects us to the very words of God, and to study it is to make connections: between facts and feelings, texts and commentators, hearts and minds, ourselves and God and one another.

Logos Bible Software 5 is a significant update that is all about connection. Logos 5 connects the people, places, things, events, topics, and themes of the Bible with new and expanded databases. It is completely integrated with Faithlife, an online network for connecting your faith community, where you can share biblical insights, maintain a group prayer list, or read the Bible (or any book in your Logos library) in community with others. Logos 5 features new guides and tools for connecting the dots in your Bible study.

Experts have spent more than three years writing, editing, and tagging our unique databases of Bible knowledge. Dozens of books have been thoroughly tagged with special metadata about Bible outlines, preaching themes, historical events and Bible facts. Every original language word in the Bible has been reanalyzed and connected to new databases, while staying connected to modern translations. We have created nearly a million connections between our data elements and Bible verses.

All this connection is toward one end: helping you do more and better Bible study.

And, conveniently, all this connection makes that easier than ever before. In addition to powerful new tools for sermon preparation and topical study, Logos 5 contains many small updates and improvements that streamline your study. Logos 5 quickly becomes a transparent tool that gets all the overhead out of the way, so you can get connected to the Word.

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Put Our Research Team to Work for You!

Biblical history is tricky—it’s easy to mix up data. Most articles on a biblical period are meshed with academic debate, making it difficult to decipher the basics. And once you learn what you want to know, there’s often no clear research direction. The Bible in Seven Acts takes care of all these problems and more.

Find answers fast with The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus. In an easy-to-follow format, this resource summarizes historical content and annotates related links to Logos resources. It provides a framework for biblical history and its context. It gives you stunning media to share what you learn, including event linestimelines, and slides for key people, movements, and ideas.

Each volume in The Bible in Seven Acts is an annotated synopsis and bibliography of the major people and events of biblical history—reimagined for the digital age. Hybrids between textbook-type surveys and annotated bibliographies, these volumes are built on technological resources available only in Logos. The interconnectivity of The Bible in Seven Acts with the Logos library provides you with relevant, curated content at a click. Produced by a highly educated Bible research team, the series does the heavy lifting for you.

With The Bible in Seven Acts, you’ll:

  •  Find things fast. There’s no need to locate, read, and annotate dozens of reference materials. Everything is in one spot.
  • See connections. The overview format leads you to research topics you may have never read about or heard of.
  • Gain perspective. You’ll learn about all the relevant historical and cultural issues related to this biblical era. Everything is elegantly organized.

The Bible in Seven Acts has what you need for in-depth research on biblical history or quick overviews in a pinch. The series leads you in the right direction with intelligent technology and research.

Using The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus is like having a research team do your initial work and organize it with links so that you can read further to draw your own conclusions. It’s like having a media team come up with smart ways to present what you’re learning so that it’s more memorable when you share it.

Pre-order The Bible in Seven Acts: Herod to Jesus for a special low introductory price. The price will go up soon—so pre-order now!

Dr. Warren Gage Discusses the New MACCS Degree

Today’s post is written by Dr. Warren Gage, dean of faculty and professor of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary. 

It is with great pleasure that we at Knox Seminary are at last able to share our Great Books education program with the online world! This unique program is constructed of directed readings in the very best of the Western and classical literary and philosophical heritage. Two distinctive approaches inform the program.

First, we read the great writers’ works themselves—not summaries or interpretations of their writings, but their own works. And, generally, we read the entire work and not selections. Second, we read the books in the order they were written, beginning with the ancients. We trace the influence of the earliest of these writers on the best writers of the medieval and then the modern period. We approach literature and philosophy organically, identifying the greatest themes and seeing how they develop throughout the 25 centuries of the “Great Conversation.”

Our faculty, then, are Hesiod and Homer, Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine. We read the great tragedians: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripedes. We enjoy Aristophanes’ comedies. We read Aquinas, Machiavelli, Shakespeare, and Luther. We read Dante’s transformative Divine Comedy. We study with Hobbes and Milton. Tocqueville and Hawthorne, Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky. Hegel, Marx, and Einstein. And added to these—our unparalleled faculty—are the great biblical authors: Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Matthew, Luke, John, and Paul.

The Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) is a unique program that recreates the essence of a traditional liberal arts education. Such an education is explicitly directed to the formation of the soul rather than the acquisition of a marketable skill. Ironically, however, this education is perhaps the most practical of all study programs. It is the essence of authentic leadership. It teaches the mind to understand the large issues and distinguish them from mere distractions, which is the unique skill crucial to success in any endeavor. It instructs the soul in the permanent values of our all-encompassing humanity. It ennobles the imagination and trains us in the aspiration of truly human virtue. All of this is done in an explicitly Christian context.

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Earn your MACCS at no cost with the comprehensive Francis Schaeffer Scholarship, worth $18,000—enter here! You can learn more about the MACCS at

Make Preaching from Your Tablet Even Easier

Preaching from your iPad or Android tablet has never been simpler. With the latest update to the Proclaim remote app, you can see your sermon notes right alongside your presentation slides—no need to divide your attention. Now you can put everything into delivering your powerful message.

You can get the app for free in the iTunes app storethe Google Play store, and the Amazon app store—just search for “Proclaim.”

This free remote app works in tandem with Proclaim church presentation software. Once you download the free Proclaim desktop app, you can log in using your Logos account and make a sample presentation. Just enter your preaching notes, announcements, and service cues with the appropriate slides. When you like what you see, subscribe to an On Air license to deliver your presentation.

Start making better presentations now—get the free Proclaim remote app in your app store, and then download the free desktop Proclaim app.