Black Friday Is Here: Get Huge Savings!

BF_BlogImageOne of your best chances to save (and snag some incredible resources) is here: for the next four days, take advantage of huge Black Friday savings. Save big on 50 resources and get 24-hour deals, including special offers on works by beloved authors like N.T. Wright and A.W. Tozer.

Today’s 24-hour deals

For the next three days, you can get two 24-hour deals every day except Sunday. Today’s deals are on collections by A.W. Tozer and N.T. Wright—get them before they’re gone!

A.W. Tozer Collection (57 vols.)

24HR Deal_TozerRegularly $399.95—get it for $199.95 (50% off!)

Get nearly 11,000 pages of powerful content from one of history’s most dynamic and passionate preachers, A.W. Tozer. In this practical and invigorating series, Tozer calls the church back from lethargy and empowers you to reclaim the gospel’s power, establishing God as the center of your life.

Works of N.T. Wright (48 vols.)

Regularly $679.95—get it for $379.95 (44% off!)

Explore New Testament theology, unpack the gospel’s truth, and dig into the Apostle Paul’s words. This collection combines 48 of N.T. Wright’s most beloved works to offer a collection rich in theological depth, engaging in tone, and compelling in biblical wisdom.

Special 4-day deals

38443Understanding the Bible Commentary Series (36 vols.)

Regularly $499.95—get it for $99.95 (80% off!)

Learn to navigate the Bible’s most difficult terrain. These 36 volumes break down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds, revealing the power and meaning of the biblical texts to contemporary readers.

Exegetical Summaries Series (27 vols.)

Regularly $554.95—get it for $349.95 (36% off!)

This series takes you through every level of biblical exegesis: you’ll get phrase-by-phrase analysis, lexical summaries for nearly every word, comprehensive commentary comparisons, and more. Get answers to the most significant exegetical and interpretive questions, discover a text’s interpretive history, and survey the scope of everything written about each verse and phrase.

Exegetical Fallacies, Second Edition

Regularly $16.99—get it for $9.95 (41% off!)

Learn to discern improper interpretation techniques and how to make sound grammatical, lexical, cultural, theological, and historical Bible study practices. With D.A. Carson’s accessible style and plain language, Exegetical Fallacies will be edifying in your Bible study.

Mobile Ed: Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle (9 courses)

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Learn from today’s leading scholars, including Drs. Mark Futado, Michael Heiser, and Carl Sanders, as they guide you through essential introductions to the Old and New Testaments, doctrine, and biblical interpretation. Explore the Hebrew language, the Psalms, Pauline studies, Christian doctrine, the Bible’s core messages and themes, and more.

Calvin 500 Collection (108 vols.)

Regularly $999.95—get it for $599.95 (40% off!)

Get the largest collection of John Calvin material available in the English-speaking world. This definitive collection contains all of Calvin’s Commentaries, five editions of The Institutes in three languages, four volumes of The Letters and correspondence, dozens of tracts and treatises, ten biographies, and twenty volumes of secondary literature on the history and influence of Calvinism.

Early Church Fathers Protestant Edition (37 vols.)

Regularly $229.95—get it for $159.95 (30% off!)

This is one of the most important collections of historical, philosophical, and theological writings available to the student of the Christian Church. Explore key documents that offer the most comprehensive witness to the development of Christianity and Christian thought during the period immediately following the Apostolic Era.

Save on all Black Friday deals!

This weekend offers huge opportunities to save: explore all Black Friday deals now.

Don’t forget—you can also take 15% off any Logos 6 base package. Plus, if you spend at least $500, you’ll get special gifts! Black Friday deals offer the perfect opportunity to earn these rewards—the more you spend, the more gifts you’ll get.

New: Mobile Ed’s Discipleship Training Bundle

mobile-ed-discipleship-training-bundlePart of living the Christian life is discipling others. In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded his disciples to go and “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19).

This is an intimidating mandate. When we’re still in the process of growing in our walk with Jesus (which is always), we may not feel adequate enough to walk alongside someone else and help them grow. We may be held back by questions like, “What if I can’t answer their questions?” or “What if I don’t have the insight they need?” Mobile Ed’s three-course Discipleship Training Bundle was designed to help Christians answer those questions and to disciple effectively.

In ED101 Introducing Discipleship, Dr. Greg Ogden, author of the book Discipleship Essentials, looks at the idea of discipleship in the Bible and covers how to go about the discipleship process, providing practical steps for implementing a disciple-making strategy in your church. In PC151 Theology of Everyday Life, Dr. Dan Doriani looks at what the Bible says about everyday aspects of life, which will help you answer questions about work and your “calling,” food and the body, play and rest, and more. In BI181 Introducing Bible Translations, Dr. Mark Strauss helps you understand the translation philosophies behind the different versions of the Bible. You’ll learn how each brings out different aspects of the original languages. The next time someone asks you, “Which translation should I use?” you’ll have an educated answer.

These courses will help equip you to disciple others. You’ll be better prepared to come alongside someone, answer their questions, and grow with them.

Order the Discipleship Training Bundle today, or get it for free (along with Dr. Darrell Bock’s BI100 Learn to Study the Bible course) as one of Logos 6′s introductory offers.

Spurgeon Commentary Collection: Shipping Soon

spurgeon-commentary-collection-new-testament-lettersCharles Spurgeon was one of the most influential and prolific preachers of the modern era. Last year, Lexham Press released the first volume of the Spurgeon Commentary Collection, Galatians. Since then, we’ve been working hard to complete the remaining nine volumes in this series. We’re nearing completion of these volumes, and we’re proud to announce that they’ll be released by the end of the year!

You can order all nine volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary Collection for over 40% off. But hurry—you’ll only be able to take advantage of a deal this good while it’s still on Pre-Pub!

What makes this commentary different

Spurgeon’s writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes and encompass both published books and spoken sermons. The Spurgeon Commentary Collection looks to collect his thoughts from across his corpus in an easy-to-use commentary format that is tied to the biblical text. We’ve gone back and curated excerpts from Spurgeon where he’s explicitly citing a verse and from places where he’s alluding to the text—something a simple search wouldn’t be able to do.

We’ve also enhanced the Logos editions with amazing functionality, tagging illustrations and application content with preaching themes so that they pop up when you’re using the Sermon Starter Guide. This functionality saves time if you’re preparing sermons or are trying to find content from Spurgeon on specific topics.

A glimpse at what’s coming

Our editors have wrapped up the majority of these nine volumes.

Here’s an illustration from Spurgeon Commentary: 2 Timothy to show you a glimpse of just one of Spurgeon’s nuggets of wisdom:

Good Soldiers Are Obedient (2 Tim 2:3)

Preaching Themes: Courage, Obedience

A truly good soldier of Jesus Christ knows nothing about difficulties except as things to be surmounted. If his Master bids him perform exploits too hard for him, he draws upon the resources of omnipotence, and achieves impossibilities. Wellington sent word to his troops one night, “Ciudad Rodrigo must be taken tonight.” And what do you think was the commentary of the British soldiers appointed for the attack? “Then,” they all said, “we will do it.”

So when our great Captain sends, as He does to us, the word of command, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15), if we were all good soldiers of the cross, we should say at once, “We will do it.”

Pre-order now!

Spurgeon was a truly gifted orator and author. The Spurgeon Commentary Collection is designed for functionality, usability, and readability to make Spurgeon’s writing easier than ever to understand and apply.

These nine volumes are shipping soon, and you can get over 40% off this collection on Pre-Pub—pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters today!

Explore the New BibleStudyMagazine.com

bible-study-magazine-eric-masonBible Study Magazine’s website just got a makeover! The new BibleStudyMagazine.com is dedicated to bringing you the best in Bible study—a fresh go-to resource for tips, methods, and insights.

Gain insights from BSM articles

BibleStudyMagazine.com now features our latest stories, which will be updated with every issue. Currently we’re showcasing articles from our November/December ’14 issue.

Our cover story, “Rooted in the City of Brotherly Love,” will take you firsthand into Eric Mason’s passion for urban ministries and his decision to invest in one church community instead of planting a church and moving on. Mason realized the importance of growing relationships and investing in a church community.

Discover another story, “Soviet Soldier to Seminary President,” that tells the story of a Ukrainian soldier’s journey of faith after a chance encounter with a page of Scripture. Andrey Krastsev, who once believed in the “bright future of communism,” now trains pastors to spread the gospel across Russia. His story is part of a series that shows how people around the globe apply the Bible to their own contexts.

Discover new interactives

Bible Study Magazine has an amazing design team dedicated to helping you visually explore the stories of the Bible. Draw connections from Jeffery Kranz’s article “Out of Slavery: Exodus”. This story sheds light on the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, as well as how each of the 10 plagues showed God fighting for his people.

Don’t miss any new content

We will be updating BibleStudyMagazine.com with new content from each issue.

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Last Chance to Save with November’s Sale!

november-monthly-sale-logos-last-chanceTime is running out to save on 170 resources through the end of November! No coupon code needed: just add these resources to your cart before the month is over to get these awesome deals.

Because of technical difficulties with the page some discounts may not appear. But rest assured that once you click through to individual products, you can find incredible savings! Are you looking to bolster your New Testament understanding? Here are a few highlights from this month’s sale:

The Ephesian Letter

Get it now and save 22%!

In this volume, Lewis Sperry Chafer takes a hard look at an important book of the New Testament. In an effort to examine the book from a doctrinal perspective, Chafer examines Ephesians’ key themes and teachings. In addition to solid theology, this book provides the historical and theological contexts necessary for understanding.

Black’s New Testament Commentary (13 vols.)


Get it now and save 16%!

blacks-new-testament-commentaryBlack’s New Testament Commentary series presents 13 volumes of valuable insight into the New Testament. With underlying text based on the Hendrickson edition, this Logos edition provides you with powerful tools to unpack the meaning of your passage quickly and efficiently.

This resource addresses historical, literary, and theological issues, and the Greek text is explained and translated with key terms highlighted. It also references connections to secondary literature.

In short, this is an essential reference work for studying the New Testament.

McMaster New Testament Studies Collection (9 vols.)

Get it now and save 10%!

This nine-volume set covers important topics, including Christology, parables, Old Testament allusions, and more. Combined, these works help bridge the gap between the first century and the twenty-first century. Written and edited by noted scholars Richard Longenecker and Stanley Porter, this collection represents years of study.

These are just a few great titles on sale—be sure to check out the rest of this month’s discounted products!

Bible Study Software Put to the Test: Logos 6 in Review

logos-6-reviewsOver the last month, many ministry leaders, authors, and speakers have given Logos 6 a spin and shared their thoughts. They’re writing blog posts, planning sermons, creating lessons, and studying the Word with the most advanced Bible study tool on the planet.

Here’s what they’re saying about Logos 6:

Equipping church leaders

Communicating in-depth biblical insight to congregations is no small task. Tools like Cultural Concepts and Interactive Media are helping pastors put difficult ideas in simple, presentable terms. With Media Search, you get quick access to related images without interrupting study and planning!

Logos 6 does an excellent job of mixing classical study resources with interactive, digital resources. Logos 6 is a must have application for ministers, teachers, students, and anyone who loves to immerse themselves in biblical studies.

—Eric Dye (read the full review at ChurchMag)

As I go on using Logos, I am increasingly impressed by some of the technical tools available to me, tools that I am still discovering. These add, if not vast swathes of usefulness to my study processes, at least some real and helpful insights and nuances.

—Jeremy Walker (read the full review at reformation21)

Authoring new books

For the first time ever, Logos 6 gives you access to a semantic outline that covers the entire New Testament: the Propositional Flow Outline. Hours of exegetical research have already been done for you, taking the process out of your research and study. Your writing process is made even more simple with automatic citations, ensuring that you never forget where your information came from while securing your credibility as a writer.

Logos 6 will ever be before me during my work on the Philippians volume in the Baylor Handbook on the Greek NT.

—Dr. William Varner (read the full review at DrVarner.co)

. . . already my Bible study is reaching a new level of depth, and really, bringing me back to a passion for pursuing Jesus in his Word . . .

—Zach Hoag (read the full review at The Nuance)

Better Bible study

Logos 6 is your central place for all things related to Bible study. Using the new Everything Search, you can quickly assemble all of your resources on a given topic in one place, with one search. Factbook is the new encyclopedia for Bible information—use it to build a general understanding of a topic or to follow links to all your related resources for specific insights.

. . . Logos 6, is an amazing compendium of data and tools that comprise an exhaustive library of Bible study resources just a mouse-click away.

—Steve Howells (read the full review at Search The Bible)

After finishing Micah, I wanted to dig a little deeper on some of the themes from the book. I was able to search ‘justice,’ ‘mercy,’ and even ‘Micah’ to learn more. Logos pulled a plethora of resources from commentaries, Bible dictionaries, books on the topics, ancient texts, and even illustrated encyclopedias. I could see maps of where Micah lived and preached, a timeline that explained his place in relation to the other minor prophets, and an easy-to-understand overview of Micah.

—Amy Jackson (read the full review at Christianity Today)

At the forefront of academic research

Studying the ancient languages has never been easier. Logos 6′s new Ancient Literature section takes parallel passages and intertextual connections to a new level, exposing shared language and thought across relevant literature. And your scholarly journals are now more accessible with the new Journals Section—instantly connect your search queries to the latest theological discoveries and to insights from today’s leading scholars.

For personal and professional study—preparation of Sunday school lessons, for example, or of classroom lectures—Logos allows me to focus on the content rather than the process of getting it.

—Dan Olinger (read the full review at BJU.edu)

With the advent of Logos 6 comes some great new features for both pastors and scholars.

—Danny Zacharias (read the full review at DannyZacharias.net)

Bible study on the go

Logos’ mobility makes it a great tool for busy travelers. With new interactive infographics and Interlinear Explorers, not only can you study on the go, but you can prepare your message and create unique, engaging visuals for your next presentation. Capture complex concepts visually with the new Psalms Explorer and updated Timeline.

I’ve always loved reading the Bible but here’s the thing. I want to be able to do it on my computer. I want to be able to study the Bible in-depth wherever I am without lugging a pile of books along with me.

—Darlene Schacht (read the full review at Time-Warp Wife)

The ‘media’ search allows me to search all the media in my personal library and online. This is a wonderful tool for someone who is trying to put together a multimedia presentation on a particular topic.

—Stephen Altrogge (read the full review at The Blazing Center)

Empowering the Christian community

Community is an ever-growing strength of Bible study with Logos. Faithlife Groups make it easier than ever to connect with others studying the same topics as you. Create your own groups for private Bible study, or explore what others are reading and join the conversation! The new Visual Copy tool also helps you instantly share your findings across the web.

Not only has Logos provided this help in studying God’s Word, but has blown my expectations even more with how much they provide for you to learn.

—Mike Mobly (read the full review at Before the Cross)

Where Logos 6 really shines is in its new features. The team has done a fantastic job of doing some really cool new things to enhance your study experience.

—Aaron Armstrong (read the full review at Blogging Theologically)

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The Screen Is for Scripture

proclaim-church-presentation-software-logoAs you know, Faithlife built Logos Bible Software to get you into Scripture and study the Bible with smart tools and resources.

And Faithlife also built Proclaim Church Presentation Software with the same dedication to the Word. Proclaim allows thousands of churches all over the world to deliver insight with less time and frustration.

You can use Proclaim’s On-Screen Bible to show Bible verses with engaging animations that draw people into the Word. The Scripture is the most important thing to present. With On-Screen Bible, you can quickly insert an engaging animation that presents the Bible in context.

Here’s how easy it is to add an On-Screen Bible item to a presentation:

It’s simple: click “Add Item”, then “On-Screen Bible”. Type in the references you want to display, choose a translation and look of the animation, and include a book introduction if needed. Proclaim does the rest—building a beautiful animation instantly.

Proclaim comes with over $1,000.00 worth of free media, including the popular Verse of the Day series. Professional designers bring the Bible to life with these amazing works of art! Use these to highlight a passage or set the tone for your service.

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The Bible Screen motions, taken from the Verse of the Day series, are another beautiful way to show Scripture. Put a group of them together to play before church to draw people into deeper study and reflection. During the offering, show verses about giving or emphasize a particular verse from the sermon. The animations have enough movement to draw your attention without taking away from what is written.

 

 

 

 
Use Proclaim Signals to easily engage your congregation using their mobile phones. With Proclaim Signals, you can send a link to a mobile device with whatever Bible verse you have on the screen. No more flipping pages back and forth—simply tap the Proclaim Signal and you’ll be taken to the correct verse. People can easily follow you wherever you’re teaching from. Signals don’t stop with Bible verses—you can send calendar invites, contact cards, donation requests, or web links making it easier than ever to connect with your congregation.

Scripture belongs on the screen. Everything we do points to Scripture, so it should take a prominent place in the presentation. Proclaim helps pastors build beautiful presentations, but it does more than that: it’s about engaging people and encouraging them to go deeper in their study of the Bible.

You can get Proclaim free for 30 days. Download it today and place the emphasis where it belongs.

Enrich Your Study with Beautiful Media

Some insights can’t be discovered from reading plain text—they need to be visualized for full understanding to take place. That’s why media plays such a big role in enriching your study: it allows you to both engage the Word and engage others in new, compelling ways.

That’s why Logos 6 offers new Media Collections you won’t find anywhere else.

Here are three ways new Media Collections can enrich your study and presentations:

1. Create compelling presentations and sermons

Engage your audience and increase their understanding with professionally designed media, ready made for your next presentation. Here are a few key collections you’ll want to take advantage of (all of this media is available in Media Search and Factbook, so it’s easy to find!):

Faithlife Study Bible Infographics

Get into the biblical world with detailed, yet easily digestible infographics. Explore hundreds of ancient buildings and places, like the Tower of Babel, Ancient Jericho, Noah’s Ark, Herod’s Temple, and Rome in Paul’s day.

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Logos 6 Media Archive

Logos 6 Media brings the Bible to life. This collection includes stunning Verse of the Day art created by professional designers, perfectly formatted presentation templates, 3-D flyovers of biblical places, fine art representing significant Bible characters and events, flyovers of Jerusalem’s reconstruction, and much more.

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Lexham Bible Background Slides

For every book in the Bible, access a collection of slides that explore that book’s theme, authorship, and context and offer easily digestible maps, timelines, and content outlines. By just skimming the content, you’ll get a basic understanding of every book of the Bible.

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Get all of these Media Collections in Logos 6 Silver or higher.

2. Experience the biblical world in your personal study

Get a closeup look at the biblical world with photos of biblical places and artifacts, and take advantage of quick information on every book in the Bible. Here are some key collections you’ll want to explore in your personal study:

Artifacts from the British Museum

Explore the craftsmanship and artistry of biblical times, with these closeup shots of some of the biblical era’s key artifacts. Check out ancient tablets, obelisks, and manuscripts from ancient places like Greece, Egypt, and Asia Minor, and see how this era’s artistry evolved over time.

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Beitzel Photo Library

View over 15,000 beautiful photos of the locations and sites surrounding the Holy Land, explore a variety of closeup flyby views of sites that would otherwise be incredibly difficult to obtain, and see stunning aerial shots that will give you a greater appreciation for the size and scope of structures across the Holy Land. Photos are tagged by location for easy searching.

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The Cultural Context of the Bible

View seminary-level presentations from home. This new collection includes presentations from distinguished professor and New Testament scholar Dr. David deSilva. Dig into places like Sardis, Athens, Colassae, and Hierapolis, and explore artifacts from Caesar Augustus’ reign, the Flavian Dynasty, and more.

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Get all of these Media Collections in Logos 6 Silver or higher.

3. Engage others with shareable media

One of the best aspects of new Media Collections is how easy they are to share! Select an image or text, and in seconds, the new Visual Copy tool transforms it into a presentation-ready slide. Here’s how it works:

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Create beautiful presentations, visualize the biblical world, and share stunning art and photos with your friends and family: take advantage of new Media Collections with Logos 6 today!

 

Study Hacks for Students: Top 6 New Tools

professor-logos-6-study-hacksLogos 6 is every seminary student’s new best friend. It equips you to do smarter, more impressive work, and it saves you the stress of tedious tasks with new study tools.

With Logos 6, mind-numbing tasks like transliteration, citing your sources, and performing textual analysis are all done for you.

Here are six of Logos 6’s top study tools:

1. Morphology Charts

If you’ve ever been stumped by Greek and Hebrew forms or, for some odd reason, found yourself forgetting the ending for the first-person singular imperfect active indicative of a verb (tsk, tsk), then Morphology Charts will be your new go-to tool.

In seconds, Morphology Charts automatically generate paradigms that show the distribution and frequency of any Greek and Hebrew lemma, displaying all of them in a simplified, easy-to-read table.

Just right click any term in your Bible, copy the lemma from the menu that appears, and insert that lemma into your Morphology Chart. You’ll see the the form and frequency of that lemma across the entire Bible and get links to where it occurs.

This tool is available in Logos 6 Silver and higher.

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2. Text Converter

The next time your professor asks you to transliterate something, you can breathe easy. The new Text Converter transforms Greek and Hebrew text in seconds. Just copy and paste the text, and the Text Converter converts it into a variety of schemes for transliteration, including SBL General, SBL Academic, Scientific, Spanish, and more. Save hours of transliteration time with this new interactive tool.

This tool is available in Logos 6 Starter and higher.

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3. Interactive Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors

Tackle the Bible’s original languages in no time. With new interactive tutors, you can learn to read and write Greek and Hebrew in the pronunciation of your choice, including Koine, Erasmian, and Modern Greek.

Select any letter—from alpha to omega—and you’ll be shown how to write it in upper and lowercase, how to pronounce it, and common lemmas that start with that letter. Once you’ve practiced drawing the letter within your software, you’ll get a score on your accuracy, so you always know how to improve (or, always have something to brag about).

This tool is available in Logos 6 Silver and higher.

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4. Propositional Flow Outline

Instead of doing hours of exegetical work—poring through Paul’s letters and trying to determine his thought flow—the new Propositional Flow Outline labels the purpose and intent of every line in the Greek New Testament for you. With a click, see how the text flows, how ideas fit together, and how each line relates to the next, then use this tool as an outline for your next research paper or presentation.

For example, search Ephesians 1:3 in your favorite Bible translation, select the Propositional Flow Outline visual filter, and see each line of text defined with its purpose: the first line is a wish, the second is a divine action, the third is a comparison, and the fourth communicates purpose. Hover over each label for an easy-to-understand definition.

With the Propositional Flow Outline, complex content and ideas have already been broken down and defined for you, so you can gain understanding by simply glancing through the text.

This tool is available in Logos 6 Silver and higher.

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5. Textual Variants

Easily explore textual differences across ancient and modern manuscripts with the Textual Variants tool. Textual Variants brings together all the text-critical resources you need to make new discoveries: get textual commentaries, like Metzger’s Textual Commentary, as well as apparatuses, modern editions, ancient versions, transcriptions, and online manuscripts all in one place. Textual Variants presents all the resources you need in an easy-to-use interface.

Discover why certain readings were chosen, explore early translations of the Bible into other languages (like Arabic and Latin), and see handwritten copies of the biblical text.

This tool is available in Logos 6 Gold and higher.

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6. Automatic citations

An oldie but goodie, automatic citations are every student’s dream come true. Copy and paste from any resource—including Wikipedia, when accessed through the software—and Logos cites all of your sources for you in the style of your choice. Choose from MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, and more. Whichever style you choose, Logos 6 cites it for you!

This tool is available in Logos 6 Starter and higher.

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Do smarter study: get Logos 6 today!

Logos 6 comes packed with new tools that will save you hours of study time. Plus, for a limited time, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package.

Explore our base-package families and get Logos 6 today!

 

Understanding the Text of the Bible

mobile-ed-text-of-the-bible-bundleThe Bible is the foundational text for all Christians. We read it, study it, and hear sermons on it, but many Christians don’t think about how we got it. We take for granted the 66 books—39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New—that make up our Bibles.

How did these individual books, written in three different languages to a variety of different audiences across several centuries, come together to form our Bible? And since we don’t have the Bible’s original manuscripts, how do we know the text of these books was transmitted accurately? Logos Mobile Education’s four-course Text of the Bible Bundle provides answers to these questions and more.

How we got the Old and New Testaments

In OT281 How We Got the Old Testament and NT281 How We Got the New Testament, Dr. Michael Heiser looks at the process by which we obtained the Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament. He explains how writing developed in the ancient world and looks at how texts were composed and transmitted. He examines different textual traditions and demonstrates how to analyze variants of the different Greek or Hebrew manuscripts—a discipline known as textual criticism. Dr. Heiser also discusses the inspiration of the biblical text and the process of canonization. These two courses provide a thorough, yet easy-to-understand explanation of how the ancient manuscripts that preceded our Bible were created and passed down through history.

Watch these samples from Dr. Heiser’s courses in which he discusses evaluating variants in the Old Testament and gives examples of textual phenomena in the New Testament:

The reliability of New Testament manuscripts

In NT308 The Reliability of New Testament Manuscripts, Dr. Craig Evans answers the question: Can we trust the manuscript record of the New Testament? He looks at the quality, quantity, and age of different New Testament manuscripts and compares them with those of other ancient texts. He concludes, based on the textual evidence, that the New Testament manuscripts accurately reflect the originals.

In this video, Dr. Evans demonstrates the quality of New Testament manuscripts:

Introducing Bible translations

Of course, when most of us read the Bible, we don’t read it in Hebrew and Greek. In BI181 Introducing Bible Translations, Dr. Mark Strauss explains different translation philosophies behind the major English versions of the Bible. He describes the difficult nature of language, using examples from modern languages to illustrate how challenging it is to translate things like idioms and metaphors from one language to another.

In this clip, Dr. Strauss shows how words have a range of meanings:

These four courses will give you a better appreciation of the text of your Bible. You’ll come to understand the important and complicated process of transmitting ancient manuscripts and translating them into English.

The Text of the Bible Bundle ships November 26, so get it now for 40% off!