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Behind the Scenes: Updates to the Word Biblical Commentary

word-biblical-commentaryOne of the biggest benefits of owning Logos resources is that you’re constantly getting free updates and improvements.

Have you ever wondered about what goes into updates like these? We thought we’d give you a behind-the-scenes look at the recent update to the Word Biblical Commentary.

Hundreds of thousands of links

Logos books are tightly linked to all the other books in your library. We’re always looking for ways to make these connections even tighter by updating, improving, and adding links.

Here are a few examples of the kinds of things we link—not just in the WBC, but in all your books:

  • When you click a Scripture reference, you’re taken to your preferred Bible translation, or the Greek or Hebrew text.
  • When you click a bibliographic citation, you can instantly open the cited work to get the full context. (If you’ve ever seen something quoted out of context, you know why this is valuable.)
  • When you click a Greek or Hebrew word, you can get the definition, and then go to your preferred lexicon for more.
  • When you view the table of contents, you can click chapter and section headings to navigate to those destinations in the book.
  • When hover over an abbreviation, the full title appears. For example, when N. T. Wright refers to NTPG, you’ll instantly see that it stands for New Testament and the People of God. With print books or other ebook formats, you would have to flip to the front of the book to see what the abbreviation stood for.
  • When the author of the book refers to what they said in the previous chapter, you can click the reference—say, “previous chapter”—to be taken there. Your Logos books have context-sensitive linking: only a human who is familiar with the work would know what “previous chapter” is referring to and know where to link it.
  • When the text refers to a footnote somewhere else in the book, or something said on another page, you can click the link to be taken there.

There are lots of other things we link. Many are obscure, and most you don’t notice. But they’re all important.

Here’s how many links are in the updated version of the Word Biblical Commentary:

  • 131,893 links to external resources, including 3,212 new links. Many of these links point to other books.
  • 739,341 data-type references—links to special data. For example, if the author refers to Genesis 1:1, the link is a data-type reference, not a normal link. This is because, when you click it, the software takes into consideration things like your preferred Bible translation. The short story is that a data-type reference is like a normal link, except with lots of things going on under the hood.
  • 357,373 links within resources: indexes, footnotes, links to abbreviations, links to table of contents, and so on.
  • 50,711 milestone links, which help you navigate your resources more quickly and help provide more accurate data when you right-click.

What about typos?

There are 22,165,650 words in the Word Biblical Commentary. Since we last updated WBC, we’ve received 11,243 typo reports. Of 11,243 typos reported, we fixed 9,939. In other words, the WBC went from a 99.955% accuracy rate to nearly 100%. (We’re hesitant to say we hit 100%, because with 22,165,650 words, it’s possible we still missed one.)

(If you’re doing the math, it sounds like we left 1,304 reported typos. Here’s why.)

The best part for you? All the updates are free!

There’s nothing extra you need to do to get these updates. If you already own the WBC, they’ve already been delivered to you. It’s automatic, and it doesn’t cost a dime.

The WBC is only one of thousands of products we’ve updated in the past year. We have an entire team in one of our departments working exclusively on improving existing resources.

The result of these constant improvements is that, over time, your library is getting smarter, better, and faster. It’s becoming a more effective tool for the work you do every day.

We’re constantly improving Logos resources

When you buy a resource in Logos, you’re not just getting a digital text that somebody built and forgot about.

You’re getting a product from a company that’s investing in improvement every day.

Why? Because we know that the extra updates might make all the difference when you’re working on your next sermon or preparing your next lesson—and that makes a very real difference in peoples’ lives.

Get the WBC today!

If you don’t yet own the Word Biblical Commentary, what are you waiting for?

Get the set today for $63.33 per month with a 12-month interest-free payment plan. This is ideal if you have a book budget, because it allows you to spread your payments out over a few months without having to worry about accumulating interest.

You’ll get the most up-to-date version—and you’ll always have the latest and greatest version for as long as you own it.

Don’t wait—get the WBC now!

Place Your Bid on Moffatt’s New Testament Commentary Series

moffatt-new-testament-commentary-seriesRight now, you can get the best price on the Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series. It’s on Community Pricing, and the current bid is only $30—that’s 83% off!

Rigorous yet readable, these commentaries examine the entire New Testament. James Moffatt, who lectured on Greek and New Testament at Oxford, went on to teach church history at the United Free Church College, where he worked on his greatest ambition: providing an easily readable Bible translation. From there, Moffatt edited this entire series, which is based on his NT translation.

Practical insight into difficult passages

The series’ notes and commentary are rich with solid biblical exegesis and analysis. Moffatt writes,

“My idea was and is to have [the series] written by scholars who were in close touch with the actual life of Christian people, not from an outlook through college windows.”

True to his aim, the commentary gives you practical insight, helping you:

  • Bring out the meaning and message of the Gospel of Mark
  • Familiarize yourself with Luke’s character
  • Apply Paul’s lessons on contentment and rejoicing to your life
  • Understand the context of Revelation
  • And much more

Moffatt’s contributions to New Testament studies were immense. His interest in NT history and the theology of Jesus helped guide and direct the twentieth century’s conversations on theology. Moffatt contributed to other top collections, like the International Critical Commentary, and rounded out the Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series with contributions from 12 of his favorite scholars and authors.

Expand your New Testament knowledge—place your bid on the Moffatt New Testament Commentary Series today!

Then check out the rest of Moffatt’s works.

Further Your Ministry Without Putting It on Pause

Improve Your Ministry with Mobile EdAs Christians, we’re all called to ministry in one form or another. Whether it’s formal work in the church or love and support for someone who needs them, ministry is a huge part of who we’re called to be as followers of Jesus. But how do we do it in a biblical, God-glorifying way?

A biblical education can go a long way toward providing the skills we need to serve those around us. But if you have a family, a job (in or outside the home), or other responsibilities, how can you get this important education?

A new way to learn

Logos Mobile Education is your answer—it’s a new way to study, learn, and grow. There are many courses available that you can start on immediately, and dozens more coming in the near future. They’re all taught by world-class scholars and professors in a format that goes with you wherever you are.

Each course has personal video lectures, helpfully enhanced with on-screen text and broken into small, cohesive segments. These courses make it easy for you to study, whether you have five minutes or an hour. The videos are paired with searchable, highlightable transcripts featuring learning objectives and further readings. This makes your lectures more than just a one-time learning experience: they become reference material you can come back to again and again.

Start learning with Mobile Ed today

Get started with our Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle, which contains nine courses designed to help you grasp the basics of doctrine, the flow of Scripture, and even how to use Logos for your studies. And don’t forget to pre-order the Elyse Fitzpatrick Bundle, which gives you three courses on counseling and personal development:

With these practical courses, you’ll begin equipping yourself to better understand God and his Word and to make a deeper impact in the lives of those around you.

Get Logos Mobile Education, and start learning today.

Why Context Is Key—and What to Do about It

Bible-in-7-Acts_cover_6In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Peter Jackson devotes the first seven minutes to the story of the creation of the One Ring and the war against Sauron. Without this historical perspective, the audience would have no background for any of the events in this epic trilogy—context matters.

God’s story of redemption spans thousands of years, from the beginning of civilization to the destruction of the Second Temple and beyond. The Bible in Seven Acts brings the Bible’s historical and cultural context to life. Each volume provides comprehensive, in-depth analysis of biblical history’s most important people, places, and events.

Understand the context of Jesus’ birth

Say we want to understand the political and cultural climate in Judaea when Jesus was born. We could turn to Act VI: Herod to Jesus to find timelines that provide historical context for the reign of Herod the Great.

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We quickly learn that Herod “quelled all rebellion, and . . . seized control of key Jewish institutions . . . using them in concert with his personal army to maintain control of his kingdom.” 

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This insight into the fragile relationship between Herod and the Jewish people helps us understand Jewish hopes and expectations during the intertestamental period.

Perfect for studying and teaching alike

the-bible-in-seven-acts-with-slidesThe series’ slides make it easy to share what you learn. Pastors can use The Bible in Seven Acts to enrich their sermons with more depth and perspective. Ministry leaders will gain a level of biblical orientation normally available only to those who pursue seminary training or a Bible college degree. Students and academics will find The Bible in Seven Acts to be an invaluable study aid to enhance any curriculum, help in researching and writing stronger papers, and free up time for ministry, work, and family.

Each volume is interconnected with your existing Logos library to give you relevant, curated content with a click. We’ve done the research, so you can pursue new avenues of exploration without losing countless hours in the process.

And The Bible in Seven Acts is currently on Community Pricing, so you have a say in how much it costs! Get the whole story of the Bible—place your bid today.

Martin Luther on Education, Vocation, Worship, and More

Select Studies in Martin Luther's Life and InfluencePre-order Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence and you’ll get 25% off!

Have you ever wanted to know what Luther thought about a particular topic? This collection groups Luther’s writings into categorized units, allowing you to learn just that. These 29 volumes examine Luther’s works and shed light on his opinions.

Discover where Luther stood on key issues

This collection offers essential texts (such as Gustaf Wingren’s classic Luther on Vocation) and provides fresh insight into many aspects of Luther’s life and theology. Explore his doctrine of the church, notion of Christian liberty, views on worship, and beliefs about the Sacrament of Communion. Discover new research on his mother’s influence in his life, and see his devotional writings in a new light.

You’ll learn about Luther’s transition from medieval Catholicism, explore a selection of his political writings, and immerse yourself in studies of his thought in relation to historicism, Germany’s cultural revolution, and the English Reformation. Covering a rich variety of subjects within Lutheran studies, this collection helps you deepen your understanding of Luther and his legacy.

All 29 volumes are fully searchable, and you can examine analysis of Luther’s thought side by side with Scripture, Luther’s original works, and those of other influential teachers.

Pre-order it at the best price!

While Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence is on Pre-Pub, you can pick it up for 25% off—that’s $115 in savings!

Don’t miss this opportunity: pre-order yours today.

Stay Up to Date on Our Best Content

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You subscribe to LogosTalk because you want to hear about special offers, improve your Bible study, and stay up to date on the latest Pre-Pub and Community Pricing products—but have you checked out our other blogs?

We have an entire family of blogs, covering everything from devotionals to Bible study tips to seminary advice. Here are a few you might enjoy:

faithlife_blogFaithlife: The Faithlife blog is the voice of both the Faithlife Study Bible app and the social platform at Faithlife.com. It offers advice on personal Bible study and corporate worship, and urges believers to seek and celebrate the truth of Scripture.

vyrso_blogVyrso: Stay up to date on free and discounted books, up-and-coming writers, Christian-living tips, exclusive interviews with pastors and authors, and more!

proclaim_blogProclaim: Great for pastors, worship leaders, and users of Proclaim Church Presentation Software, the Proclaim blog covers everything related to the worship arts. If you’re involved in service planning, this blog is a must-read.

logos_academic_blogLogos academic: The Logos academic blog features content and deals related to biblical studies, ancient languages, and other areas of academic interest. You’ll find interviews with biblical scholars, book reviews, guest posts, information on Mobile Ed, and much more.

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Subscribe to your favorite blogs by email or RSS to make sure you never miss a thing. Then, if you want to stay up to date on the top content from each blog, subscribe to the Logos Weekly Digest list—you’ll receive one email a week with highlights from each blog.

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Your Last Chance to Pre-order Camp Logos 2 on DVD

camp-logos-2-dvd-romUntil February 6, you can save $25 on the Camp Logos 2 DVD. After that, though, the price goes up—pre-order today and save 10%!

Thousands of pastors, students, scholars, and other learners have used Camp Logos to get the most from their Bible study. Camp Logos 1 is the perfect place to begin, and Camp Logos 2 takes you even further into what Logos has to offer.

Why Camp Logos 2 is a must-have for Logos 5 users

The Camp Logos 2 DVD picks up where the first Camp Logos left off. Not only does it help you master the software—it guides you through customizing it to maximize your study.

You’ll receive practical training on:

  • Organizing and indexing your library
  • Text comparisons
  • Original-language searches
  • Understanding morphology
  • Passage lists
  • And much more

What others are saying about Camp Logos

Here’s what people love about Camp Logos 1:

“Absolutely the best in Logos training; each new session builds on the previous one, and you can watch it over and over again!!!”

“It is a very good course. I have had Logos for several years, but I am using it far more effectively since going through these DVDs. I did not know how much I did not know until I finished going through the DVD training. If you already payed for the Logos software and the books, the cost of the training so you can use the material more effectively only makes sense.”

“I’ve studied the Camp Logos 1 DVD-ROM; the training is amazing, simple, concise . . . After following the first camp, I realized that, ‘Did you know that most Logos users only utilize 10% or less of Logos 5’s full potential?’ is really true.”

Don’t wait—after February 6, you’ll miss your only chance to pre-order Camp Logos 2 at the best price. Pre-order the Camp Logos 2 DVD now!

Logos Named a Best Christian Workplace for 7th Time

Best Christian Workplaces 2014Logos Bible Software has been recognized as one of 2014′s Best Christian Workplaces by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute!

The BCWI surveyed over 135,000 employees from 575 organizations across the globe, including Christian ministries, schools, publishers, and radio stations. The award is based on a 50-question survey that covers job satisfaction, commitment, personal growth, pay, and benefits.

We first won this award back in 2006, when we had around 100 employees. Now we have close to 400. Despite that increase, our work environment still reflects the same core commitments: Honor God. Love others.

Bob Pritchett, Logos president and CEO, said:

“We’ve worked hard to create a great workplace—a  place where our employees can learn, grow, and create a product that helps people all over the world study the Bible.

What makes this award so special is that it’s a reflection of our employees’ feedback. It is based on responses from the people who know Logos best, and that’s very rewarding.”

We’ve recently hit a number of other incredible milestones. Just a few weeks ago, we reached 40,000 resources available in the Logos or Vyrso formats. Earlier this year, we hit 100,000 forum members and half a million posts, and next month, we plan to expand our team into a fourth building in downtown Bellingham, WA.

Despite such huge growth, some things still remain the same: Bob Pritchett still meets and interviews every new employee, and Dan Pritchett, vice president, still takes new hires out to lunch to get to know them better. On their first day, every employee is introduced to our values: HOAGIES, for Honesty, Openness, Awesomeness, Growth, Initiative, Elegance, and Shipping.

You can learn more about our corporate culture by checking out our employee handbook.

Join the team!

We have over 70 positions open, for both employees and interns, across all departments—marketing, ministry development, sales, and more!

If you’re interested in working in a fun environment filled with talented people (and conveniently located near the world’s best taco truck), check out our careers page for a full list of job openings.

Improve Your Marriage with Jimmy Evans and MarriageToday

MarriageToday QuoteRight now, you can pre-order the Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive for 38% off!

Christian marriage expert Jimmy Evans and the teaching staff at MarriageToday have brought together over 400 sermons and small-group lessons for Christian couples who are married or thinking about marriage.

No marriage is hopeless

Jimmy and his wife, Karen, know that no marriage can’t be saved. After their first few years together nearly ended in divorce, they rebuilt their marriage by applying the principles they now share. Today, after 40 years of marriage, they teach that no matter how hopeless a marriage appears, every couple has a 100% chance of success—in fact, they can thrive!

“We’ve learned through personal experience that no matter how it may appear right now . . . no matter what kinds of challenges your marriage faces . . . no matter how high or thick the walls between you and your spouse may be . . . your relationship can be whole, fulfilling, exciting and strong. And if it’s good now, it can get even better.” —Jimmy Evans

The Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive covers 400+ topics, helping you overcome past wounds, face present challenges, and prepare for future obstacles. To hear more about what Jimmy Evans has to offer, check out the interview we did with him last year.

Attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Each year, Jimmy and Karen Evans host a MarriageToday conference. This year, they’ll be teaching on “Becoming One”—it’s an event you don’t want to miss. The event will be held in Southlake, TX, but you can also attend via webcast.

This year, make a commitment to improving your marriage. Pre-order the Jimmy Evans Sermon Archive, and attend the MarriageToday conference or webcast!

Changes to Logos Product Support

Changes to Logos Product SupportWe recently changed the way we think about Logos product support. We’ve divided products into three categories—supported, maintenance, and unsupported. Here’s what each one means for you:

Supported versions receive free updates online, get new features and bug fixes, can read the latest resources and data sets, can sync documents and settings, and have telephone support. Supported versions may require the newest operating system versions.

Maintenance versions receive free updates online, can read the latest textual resources (but may not support newer data sets and features), can sync documents and settings, get critical bug fixes, and have telephone support. Plus, maintenance versions can run on older operating system versions.

Unsupported versions do not receive updates and may not read the latest versions of resources. Web services that are used by only unsupported versions may be discontinued without notice. Documents and settings created in an unsupported version may not sync to the latest versions of the software.

For more details on these support categories, visit the Logos Support Lifecycle page.

Logos 4.6c will become unsupported in April

Currently, Logos 5.2 is the supported version and Logos 4.6c is the maintenance version. On April 8, 2014—the same day Microsoft ends extended support for Windows XP—we’ll change Logos 4.6c to unsupported status, and Logos 5.2a will become the maintenance version. The new supported version, Logos 5.3, will require Windows 7 or OS X 10.8 or later.

What this means if you’re running Windows XP or OS X 10.5

If you’re still running Logos 4.6c on XP or OS X 10.5:

  • Your software will continue to run and read the resources you already have.
  • You will not receive any updates to the software.
  • New resources you purchase at Logos.com may not work in Logos 4.6c.
  • Documents and settings you create may not sync to the latest version of Logos.
  • In the future, you may get web service errors when trying to run the program; it may be necessary to work offline in order to start the application.

What this means if you’re running Windows Vista, OS X, 10.6, or OS X 10.7

If you’re still running Logos 4.6c, upgrade to Logos 5 to get all the new features, or download the free Logos 5 engine.

If you’re already running Logos 5, the latest version you will be able to install is Logos 5.2a. You will enter maintenance support, which means:

  • Your software will continue to run and read the resources you already have.
  • You will receive critical bug fixes and updates.
  • New resources you purchase at Logos.com will download automatically and be readable in your version of Logos. (New datasets may require the latest version of Logos.)
  • Documents and settings will sync to the latest version of Logos.

Most Logos customers are already running Windows 7 or OS X 10.8 (or later); by limiting new releases to these newer operating system versions, we can free up development and testing resources, and take advantage of new capabilities in Windows and OS X.

If you’re a Mac user, visit How to Upgrade to OS X Mavericks to check if you can upgrade to the latest version of OS X for free. This will let you install the latest version of Logos 5.

What this means if you’re running Windows 7, Windows 8, OS X 10.8, or OS X 10.9

Since you’re running a recent version of Windows or Mac OS X, your Logos experience will be unchanged. You’ll keep getting the latest updates to Logos 5 and your resources for free.

If you’re still running Logos 4.6c, upgrade to Logos 5 to get all the new features, or download the free Logos 5 engine!