Why You Need More Books (Even If You Think You Don’t)

It's not just about more books: it's about the connections between themIf you evaluate the value of Logos resources and the value of print books by the same standards, you’re bound to miss some of what makes Logos resources special.

To understand what you get when you add a book to your Logos library, you have to understand both how they differ from print books and how they integrate with your software’s tools.

Logos resources are more than just books

When you get new Logos resources, you get more than just texts to read. You can’t just think of Logos resources the same way as their traditional print counterparts, meant to be referred to occasionally or read from cover to cover. You also have to think of them as information and data sources.

A lot of people resist the idea of growing their library and fall into a trap of thinking, “I already have more books than I’ll ever be able to read.”

But remember—Logos resources aren’t the same as print books.

In the traditional sense, a book only provides value when you take it off the shelf and manually approach it—whether to read it from start to finish, or to look up a particular chapter or section you’re familiar with.

You can do all of that with a Logos resource; it’s easy to open a book and read it on your screen or jump to a specific section (just like you do with your print books!)—but that’s only a small part of its value. The value is found in specialized tagging and corresponding tools built around content in the Logos format.

Logos will expose content in the midst of your study—content that would’ve otherwise been left on your bookshelf. You don’t have to know what every book in your library contains: we’ll do that heavy lifting for you and present you with the most relevant information.

Here are a couple reasons why you’ll benefit from a bigger library:

  • You’ll get more out of Logos 6’s tools when they have an information source to pull from. Think of your Logos library as a giant database: the larger this source, the better your tools will perform. Your searches will be more comprehensive, your guides will contain more content, and you’ll have more primary and secondary sources to draw from in your research. Even if you never spend focused time studying new resources, they’ll help you from behind the scenes, powering your favorite tools.
  • Adding new books will increase the value of the resources you already own. You might think your library is completely sufficient for your study, and maybe that’s true. Maybe you won’t ever need to read or study more books. But what if your favorite books were even more valuable? That’s the power that comes from increasing the size of your library: when you add more resources, you’ll get more out of your existing resources. By linking your resources together, you’ll get additional relevant background information and link new pieces of information that you would’ve missed before.

Here’s how it works with sermons

Let’s say you have a library filled with sermons, like the Preaching and Sermons Bundle. You can treat your library just like you would a traditional library, selecting a sermon and reading through it—and that’s fine! But if you do that, you’ll miss out on what makes sermons in the Logos format so useful.

The sermons in your library have special tagging that labels them by criteria like title, preacher, passage, and content. This tagging powers the Sermon Starter Guide found in Logos 5 and 6; your tools pull from it to expose content.

This tool allows you to effectively use a large library. You don’t have to maintain an intimate knowledge of every sermon in your library or spend hours searching for the right information: the Sermon Starter Guide will help you get at what you need to know without a time-intensive search. Whether you’re a pastor looking to see how others have approached a topic, or you’d just like to hear sermons on a specific biblical passage, you’ll quickly have all of your library’s relevant information right in front of you.

All of a sudden, the special markup and tooling found in the Logos format give you a lot more from your collection of sermons than just the ability to open and read them one by one.

In a traditional library, your works aren’t helping you when they sit on the shelf, so it makes sense to limit the size of your library to the books that you refer to regularly. That’s simply not the case with Logos libraries—they’re the equivalent, plus more.

How does this help me?

You’re getting more out of your books when they’re in the Logos format than when they’re just print resources, but what is that “something more?”

It’s where you’ll find unexpected insights. They might come from an author you’ve never heard of, a book you never expected to read, or a resource you forgot was even in your library.

When you add a book or collection to your library, you might not know how you’ll use it in the future. But you’ll only have the ability to do powerful searches and study if you own the resources.

You can often get books for just a couple dollars—when compared with the potential influence an insight or piece of wisdom can hold, the value becomes clear. You’ll be able to discover insights that will inspire you and help you impact others—even if you never read the book cover to cover.

So, what are the best ways to get more books?

If you don’t have a Logos 6 base package, that’s where you should start. Base packages are the ideal foundation for your library: you’ll get a combination of tools, datasets, and resources. If you’re looking for a specific recommendation, try Logos 6 Gold: not only will you get a great selection of books, you’ll also get all of Logos 6’s tools and media.

Get Logos 6 now!

If you already have a Logos 6 base package, consider one of these options:

Individual Preaching and Discipling Courses Now Available!

mobile-ed-preaching-and-discipling-foundations-bundleLogos Mobile Ed’s Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle is a 10-course bundle that covers a wide array of topics related to ministry. It provides great teaching by leading speakers on topics like preaching, discipleship, ethics, and specific areas of ministry. We recognize that some of you may not want all 10 since the course topics are so diverse, so we’re making them all available individually.

Preaching

In CM100 Basic History of Preaching, Dr. Gary Carr highlights important preachers from the early church to today. In CM101 Basic Elements of Preaching: An Introduction to Homiletics, he surveys the basic elements of preparing and delivering a sermon.

Dr. J. Kent Edwards discusses why preaching is important in CM102 Invitation to Biblical Preaching I: Theological, Historical, and Pragmatic Reasons for Preaching. In CM103 Invitation to Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, he moves from exegesis to exposition, providing the tools necessary to prepare and preach a biblical sermon.

Discipleship

In ED101 Introducing Discipleship, Dr. Greg Ogden examines the biblical mandate to make disciples and provides a disciple-making strategy that can be used by churches or individuals. In ED201 Empowering God’s People for Ministry, he shows that all believers, not just church leaders, are called to minister.

Pastoral ministry

Dr. Michael Goheen identifies the missional calling of the church in PC101 Pastoral Ministry in a Missional Church, and describes how churches can be structured in a way to best fulfill this calling. In PC131 Shepherding Women, Dr. Bev Hislop looks at the biblical portrayal of women and discusses ways to enhance the pastoral care of women.

Practical theology

In PC151 Theology of Everyday Life, Dr. Dan Doriani looks at what Scripture has to say about practical, everyday areas of life, such as food, friendship, work, calling, and more. In PC201 Pastoral Ethics, he uses the Ten Commandments as a lens for analyzing Christian ethics.

Watch these previews to get a taste of each individual course:

 
You still get the most savings by ordering the 10-course bundle, but now you can also tailor your studies by getting each of these great courses by themselves.

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Lexham Theological Wordbook: A Unique Resource Built for Logos 6

lexham-theological-wordbookLexham Press built a number of original resources specifically for Logos 6. We’ve made the Lexham Bible Dictionary bigger and better than ever, and DIY Bible Study helps you step into the story of the Bible.

But one of the most exciting new resources we’ve built is the Lexham Theological Wordbook. This resource is designed to make the original biblical languages accessible to people from all interest levels. Plus, it’s designed to work seamlessly with your Logos Bible Software library.

A new spin on a lexicon

For any serious student of Hebrew and Greek, there are a number of lexical resources that are required for study—resources like the Hebrew–Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (HALOT) and the Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and Early Christian Literature (BDAG). These resources are geared toward intense academic work, which can make them less accessible to students and virtually inaccessible to anyone without formal training.

That’s where the Lexham Theological Wordbook aims to fill the gap. We’ve designed this wordbook to be useful for students who are learning the biblical languages, as well as accessible to a general audience who might be interested in understanding the Bible in its original context. The wordbook accomplishes this by organizing entries by concepts rather than Greek or Hebrew lemmas.

For example, the entry on “truth” begins with a brief summary of the concept and its theological applications:

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Once you’ve seen the overview of the concept, the lexical information is listed to give you an understanding of how individual words or phrases affect the meaning of the overall concept. Each lemma is glossed and defined, and example scriptural uses are provided:

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And since this resource was designed with Logos 6 in mind, all the concepts are linked to the Bible Word Study tool, the Sense Section, and other relevant Logos tools.

An amazing tool for original-language study

Whether you’re a student, a pastor, or just interested in the Bible in its original context, the Lexham Theological Wordbook is an invaluable resource:

The Lexham Theological Wordbook is an excellent tool. It is easy to use, provides precisely the lexical information one is looking for, and is completely reliable. No student or scholar of Scripture should work without it. Highly recommended!

—Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

The Lexham Theological Wordbook uniquely blends together the benefits of lexicons and theological dictionaries while simultaneously showing how the meaning of Greek and Hebrew words informs biblical theology.

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The Lexham Theological Wordbook is exclusively available in most Logos 6 base packages. Right now, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package—but hurry, this offer ends soon.

Get the Lexham Theological Wordbook and hundreds of other amazing resources today!

Understand the Biblical World with Logos 6’s Cultural Concepts Tool

cultural-concepts-tool-logos-6With Logos 6, you get innovative tools that help you discover biblical insights by identifying connections that were difficult to find. One of these tools is Cultural Concepts.

Cultural Concepts leverages a brand-new dataset that’s the first of its kind in the world of biblical studies. Before this tool existed, you’d have to manually identify connections between the biblical text and extrabiblical literature that provided additional background and explanation on that passage’s cultural context.

But with Cultural Concepts, those connections are already established for you.

How to access Cultural Concepts

There are two primary ways to use this tool in your studies. The first way you can access Cultural Concepts is through the Passage Guide—this is the best approach when you’re preparing a sermon or Bible study lesson on a specific passage. The Passage Guide links to Factbook entries for each cultural concept—just navigate to the Cultural Concepts section in the Factbook, and you’ll get links to ancient literature, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, and more. The second way is to simply right click any cultural concept right within your Bible’s text. If a cultural concept is tagged, it will show up in your context menu, and you can click on it to open its Factbook entry for further exploration.

The importance of cultural context

David Witthoff, team lead for the dataset’s creation, explains how Cultural Concepts came about:

The project started with a goal to help users find relevant cultural material that may be related to a passage they are studying. We thought that having a sort of index where ‘marriage’ or ‘sacrifice’ occurred, we could help students of the Bible find other examples of similar practices. By bringing these connections to users, we offer a way to make comparisons and contrasts between the Bible and the ancient world . . .

It was also created because there isn’t really a way to search conceptually. You can find keywords through word searches, but we went a level higher than this with concepts because the same words aren’t always used in relation to one concept.

Identifying the meaning behind cultural concepts helps you understand the biblical world in its ancient context. This tool delivers relevant cultural information from a world so different from ours today; it helps us develop a fuller, more comprehensive interpretation so that we can apply our findings to our lives, guiding modern application of biblical texts.

To see how to use Cultural Concepts, check out this step-by-step video tutorial:

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Now’s the best time to get Logos 6: time is running out to save with introductory offers!

For a limited time, you can save 15% on any Logos 6 purchase—including upgrades and crossgrades. Plus, you can get up to $900.00 worth of gifts with your purchase.

What are you waiting for? Get Logos 6 today!

The New Year’s Sale Is Almost Over!

NewYears-EmailHeader_640x187You only have a few days left to save on commentary collections, devotionals, and more in the New Year’s sale!

The Genesis and John Collections will stick around after the sale is over, but not at their current prices. Now’s your last chance to save 40% on these two amazing collections filled with volumes from the New American Commentary, the Pillar New Testament Commentary, the International Critical Commentary, and more. You’ll get resources that will help you study these beloved books of the Bible for years to come.

Don’t miss these deals: check out the New Year’s sale now!

Learn and grow in 2015

Learning and growing are major components of many New Year’s resolutions, so why not make them even easier by taking your education to the next level with Logos Mobile Education?

During the New Year’s sale, you can save 15% and see the coherent, unifying storyline that runs through the Bible with BI201 The Story of the Bible, or take your study of Genesis even deeper with OT301 Origins of Genesis 1–3. If you’re looking for the best value, grab the Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle: you’ll get nine different courses, including courses on both Old and New Testament studies and a course delving into the end times.

With Mobile Ed, you’ll grow your ability to understand Scripture and study under some of the greatest professors of our day. The best part? You can do it at your own pace.

Check out what users are saying about Mobile Ed:

It gives me the opportunity to increase my biblical knowledge without the cost and commitment that would be required in a degree program.

—Eric

This is good if you want to do seminary like education without actually going to seminary and getting a BTh or MDiv.

—Michael B.

I think you’ll find that it enriches your personal life, enriches your personal study, and also greatly enriches your ministry.

—Mark S.

Super digestible content: makes the content incredibly easy to learn and absorb. Props to the educational designer!

—Jeffrey

See all Mobile Ed courses on sale.

Take your Bible study even further

Logos 6 brings all your resources together in one powerful, searchable library. Logos 6 also makes your resources more useful by providing instant information on biblical topics presented in the resources you love.

Want to know what the Bible has to say about marriage, food, or music? Logos will get you there quickly and deepen your understanding with Cultural Concepts.

And right now, you can save 15% on any Logos 6 base package, plus get up to $900.00 worth of free gifts with your purchase.

But hurry—Logos 6 introductory offers are disappearing soon!

Logos 6 Reviews: See What Ministry Leaders Are Saying

Logos-6-Interactive-Media-Blog-HeaderSince Logos 6 launched, bloggers, authors, and ministry leaders across the globe have immersed themselves in the software to find out what their favorite features are, how Logos 6 changes their day-to-day studies, and how to gain the most insight from their libraries.

Here’s what some of them have to say:

I highly recommend this if you are a pastor, teacher, writer, researcher, or simply love studying the Bible. . . . There isn’t a doubt it will be put to good use and will help you not only become more efficient, but study more in depth as well.

—Nate Pyle at NatePyle.com

In the case of Logos 6 you will not get a cheap knockoff. This is the real thing and in my opinion one of the best Bible software packages I have ever worked with. I look forward to my continued use of this fine tool because I cannot go back to the way I did it before my review.

—Pamela Rose Williams at ChristianMediaMagazine.com

I would highly recommend Logos 6 to you for your personal Bible study or ministry resource needs. With flexible payment options and specifically designed library choices, Logos 6 is the Bible study software that will help you reach goals, become productive, and efficiently complete your work.

After using Logos 6 for several weeks now, I am impressed not only with the functionality but the impressive new tools and resources that have been added to my software tools.

—Pastor Josh Buice at DeliveredByGrace.com

I highly recommend Logos 6. This investment in Bible study software will revolutionize the way you research to prepare messages.

—Carol Kent at @CarolKentSpeaks

[Logos has] not only revolutionized the way that I study the Bible, it’s got me addicted! There isn’t a night that I don’t look forward to going to bed because I know I’ll be opening Logos. I went from reading a couple of chapters/day to reading a couple of hours/day.

—Darlene Schacht at TimeWarpWife.com

Logos is more than a Bible study program. It is becoming an important part of my life; a window into a vast library of resources that I could never hope to own in printed form. Don’t get me wrong, I love books. But given the option I would take Logos over print hands down because of all the interconnected features.

—Ed Walsh at Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics

These reviews are just a glimpse into how Logos 6 could transform your Bible study. If you’re not using Logos 6, you’re missing out: get it today!

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Introductory offers on Logos 6 are ending soon: now’s the time to take advantage of special discounts and free gifts with your Logos 6 purchase!

Give us a call at 888-875-9491 to talk through your options, or check out which base package we recommend for you.

Last Chance: Spurgeon Commentary Collection

spurgeon-commentary-collection-new-testament-lettersDue to an unfortunate production delay, the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters is scheduled to ship January 15. But our production delay is to your benefit: you have just a few more days left to enjoy Pre-Pub pricing on this amazing collection.

That means you can get all nine volumes for over 40% off!

With this collection, you’ll benefit from Charles Spurgeon’s wisdom, passage by passage. Application focused, with illustrations culled from his sermons and writings, these commentaries will help you understand, apply, and preach the Bible.

A glowing recommendation

Phil Johnson, the curator of The Spurgeon Archive, wrote the foreward to the Spurgeon Commentary series. Here’s an excerpt from his thoughts on Spurgeon and this groundbreaking resource:

[Spurgeon] could hardly say three sentences without including a phrase, a reference, or an allusion to Scripture. Whenever he spoke, no matter the topic or the venue (even when he was delivering a “lecture” to an academic audience), there was an abundance of Scripture in the message. His daily conversation was saturated with Bibline. Nearly any talk he ever gave would likely exceed some of today’s “expository” sermons for sheer biblical content.

Elliot Ritzema has created a remarkable and eminently useful resource by culling Spurgeon’s expository comments, combining them with key explanatory sections drawn from Spurgeon’s sermons, cataloguing and organizing them by chapter and verse, and giving us this wonderful commentary from the Prince of Preachers.

Why didn’t someone do this long ago? This is an invaluable reference work, made all the more useful by its compatibility with Logos Bible Software. I can’t imagine preparing a sermon without checking to see what Spurgeon might have said about my passage. The Spurgeon Commentary Series has simplified that step. When the series is complete, it will surely be the Logos resource I turn to most often.

—Phil Johnson, curator, The Spurgeon Archive

Order today!

Charles 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 January 15, and they’re over 40% off on Pre-Pub until then—pre-order the Spurgeon Commentary Collection: New Testament Letters before it’s too late!

Why You Should Go for Gold: Get Top Resources at a Great Price

l6-overview-gold-featuredGet our highest-rated base package at the best price.

Logos 6 Gold is the lowest-level base package to offer all of Logos 6’s new tools, datasets, and media, plus it comes with an incredible library of more than 1,000 resources.

Gold is regularly $1,549.95, but you can save over $230.00 with the Logos 6 introductory discount. Plus, you can get a special discount based on the resources you already own.

Take 15% off Logos 6 Gold today!

Access resources worth more than $16,000

If purchased separately, Gold’s 1,022 resources would cost $16,301.92. But with a base package, you can get all of them for just $1,317.46—that’s almost a $15,000.00 savings!

In fact, just three of the resources in Gold more than cover the cost of the entire package.

Here’s how it breaks down:pillar-new-testament-commentary

  1. Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC) (15 vols.): $524.95
  2. The New International Greek Testament Commentary (13 vols.): $599.95
  3. The United Bible Societies’ New Testament Handbook Series (20 vols.): $399.95

These three resources alone total $1,524.85, but you can get the entire Gold base package for almost $200.00 less. Pretty sweet deal, right?

On top of these three resources, you’ll get other essential titles, including:

On their own, these are some of the best theological resources available, but they’re even more powerful with Logos 6. That’s because every volume includes sophisticated data tagging that connects information across your library with human-like intelligence. Instead of studying each resource as an isolated text, you can connect cultural concepts in the Bible to your favorite dictionaries, jump from citation to source with a click, get relevant original-language data, and more.

Logos 6 makes your resources come alive. The more resources you have, the more connections Logos 6 makes between them, and the more powerful your library becomes.

Get more from your study with Logos 6 Gold’s incredible theological library: take 15% off Logos 6 today!

Get the complete set of Logos 6 tools

sheree-on-computer-300x300Logos 6 Gold is the most affordable base package that offers all of Logos 6’s tools, datasets, Media Collections, and Interactive Media.

Easily discover and share media with Visual Copy and Media Search, find answers fast with Everything Search and Factbook, study Scripture in context with Atlas and Cultural Concepts, visualize the biblical world with Interactive Media, and do smarter original-language study with Inline Search and the enhanced Bible Word Study tool.

Gold offers a considerable step up from Silver, the next lowest base package.

Unlike Silver, Gold includes:

  • Textual Variants: Seamlessly explore textual differences across ancient manuscripts. This new tool brings together all the resources you need for textual-variant study: get textual commentaries, compare primary texts with modern Bible editions, study original manuscripts, and view scanned photos of original Bible texts.
  • Atlas (all three volumes): Connect Bible narratives to their geographical context. Browse dozens of new maps, created by a professional cartographer, that offer powerful functionality—including zoom and panning options.
  • Psalms Explorer: Reveal the poetic structure of each line in the Psalms. Group the Psalms by genre, book, author, or theme and expose the parallel structure of the Hebrew text.
  • Proverbs Explorer: Filter Proverbs by people, form, theme, or topic. Browse topics that interest you, then sort the Proverbs that address that topic for easy skimming.
  • Sense Section: Discover all the alternate meanings of Greek and Hebrew words, as well as where they occur in Scripture.

Reveal powerful insights with the complete set of Logos 6 tools and a massive, interconnected library: get 15% off Logos 6 Gold now!

 

C.S. Lewis Is Coming to Logos!

the-cs-lewis-collectionFor the first time ever, some of C.S. Lewis’ best works are coming to Logos.

Covering a lifetime of writing, this 30-volume collection contains Lewis’ signature classics (Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, A Grief Observed, The Great Divorce, The Weight of Glory, and The Abolition of Man) along with The Space Trilogy, his complete collection of letters, and devotional works that gather together the best of C.S. Lewis.

Currently, we’re offering this collection for the Pre-Pub price of $279.97—30% off the regular price!

Be sure to take advantage of this introductory offer today!

Lewis’ influential legacy

C.S. Lewis has had an incalculable influence on Christianity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. John Piper, in a lecture on the impact of Lewis in his own life, says, “Lewis gave me, and continues to give me, an intense sense of the astonishing ‘realness’ of things. He had the ability to see and feel what most of us see and do not see.” Commenting on Lewis’ death in 1963, J.R.R. Tolkien remarked, “So far I have felt the normal feelings of a man of my age—like an old tree that is losing all its leaves one by one: this feels like an axe-blow near the roots.”

Lewis was born to Irish parents on November 29, 1898. His early childhood obsession with fairy tales would go on to influence his most famous work, The Chronicles of Narnia. During his adolescence, Lewis rejected the idea of God as silly and without proof. Entering Oxford University in 1916, Lewis left the following year to serve as a soldier in World War I. He was injured soon after and was sent back to England where he resumed his studies at Oxford. After graduation, he joined the faculty of English literature at Oxford, where he befriended the unknown Anglo-Saxon scholar J.R.R. Tolkien.

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His struggle with Christianity would come to a head in 1931 when, after a discussion with his friends Tolkien and Hugo Dyson, Lewis accepted the Christian faith after a visit to the zoo. From that point on, Lewis spent the rest of his life discussing and defending Christianity from modern ideas such as relativism and materialism. Near the end of his life, he penned his most enduring work, The Chronicles of Narnia, a children’s tale about the land of Narnia and its protector, the lion Aslan. He went on to marry Joy Gresham, who passed away in 1960. Lewis followed her in death on November 22, 1963, the same day as the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Add classic, enduring works to your library

This collection contains a variety of works from Lewis’ long writing career. His Christian works provide critiques of secular ideas, like materialism, as well as defenses of Christian doctrine, like the actuality of miracles. Mere Christianity, one of his most popular works, presents two of Lewis’ influential apologetic arguments for Christianity: the “trilemma” argument and the argument from universal morality. The Screwtape Letters is written from the perspective of a lead demon teaching his nephew how to lead humans to hell. And Miracles is Lewis’ argument for the presence of supernatural intervention in the natural world.

This collection also includes his three-volume science-fiction epic, The Space Trilogy, which follows the escapades of Dr. Ransom as he travels the solar system fighting the forces of evil. Although more popularly known for his fiction and Christian nonfiction writings, Lewis published many works of literary criticism on works by medieval poets, Paradise Lost, Norse mythology, and more, which are featured here.

Lewis’ collected letters are considered a goldmine of information regarding the progression of his thought during his lifetime. With the Logos edition of his letters, you’ll be able to perform searches based on the recipient of the letter and the date it was written. For instance, if you wanted to read every letter written to Tolkien during the 1950s, simply input these parameters and Logos retrieves all of Lewis’ relevant letters. For the Lewis scholar or enthusiast, Logos makes Lewis’ works more accessible than ever.

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This collection has been on the wish list of many users for quite a while, and we are proud to finally offer this collection in our format. During the introductory Pre-Pub period, this collection is on sale for only $297.97—30% off the regular price!

Don’t wait—lock in the best price on the C.S. Lewis Collection today!

Learning Hebrew with Logos Bible Software

rich-penixToday’s guest post is from Rich Penix. Penix recently completed a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He currently serves on the ministry staff at Eden Baptist Church in Burnsville, Minnesota.

When I first considered learning Hebrew online, I had my doubts. I was worried about the lack of classroom accountability and personal encouragement from fellow students. However, after hearing glowing reports from fellow seminary students about Dr. Mark Futato’s Logos-integrated approach to learning Hebrew, I decided to take the plunge.

After completing three semesters of Hebrew through a Logos-integrated approach, I’m sold.

Here’s why: I was shown how to use Hebrew with the instrument in hand that I plan to use for regular teaching and preaching in the years to come.

The challenge of bridging the gap

Dr. Mark Futato is the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. After years of observing students struggle to maintain their knowledge of Hebrew, Dr. Futato decided to create a teaching model that incorporates Hebrew learning within the context of Logos Bible Software. It is the intent in this review to both encourage teachers to creatively and strategically utilize Bible software into their teaching and for students to take such courses that recognize the enduring benefits of Bible software.

Many graduate from seminary with little resolve to maintain their knowledge of biblical Hebrew. One of the factors that contributes to such an attitude is the lack of clarity on how to bridge the gap between memorizing rules of Hebrew grammar and the joys of meaningful exegesis.

Imagine if your child took music lessons, but was only taught music theory. Wouldn’t it seem strange if your child rarely, if ever, touched the musical instrument with which he should use such knowledge? The same applies to learning a language. How much more effective is Hebrew when learned with the proper instrument in hand? Learning biblical Hebrew through Logos Bible Software helps bridge that gap.

Integrating coursework with Logos

In Dr. Futato’s own words, he states:

My Logos-integrated Hebrew courses are primarily geared toward training students in such a way that they will continually use their knowledge of Hebrew and technology throughout their ministries. By incorporating Logos into approximately half of the course, my desire is to equip students to be more precise and profound in the exegesis of the Old Testament, through a knowledge of basic Hebrew grammar and Logos software.

The course begins with a walk-through of how to organize one’s Logos library. Preferred Bible translations, Bible dictionaries, and Hebrew lexicons are organized in precisely the manner prescribed by the professor, so exegetical assignments may be completed in an organized, uniform manner.

Like any Hebrew course, there are regular quizzes and exams testing the student’s understanding of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. However, a large percentage of the final grade is determined through weekly workbooks that record the student’s answers to exegetical questions that must be ascertained through one’s ever-growing dexterity with Logos Bible Software. Workbooks are graded upon the student’s ability to perform basic operations in Logos, such as morphological searches, syntactical searches, searching the semantic range of a word and other Hebrew word studies. Students are not simply asked to complete a given task in Logos, but to defend why they have made certain exegetical conclusions from the biblical data. This exercise in critical thinking serves the student well as they interact with the Hebrew text.

With an emphasis toward the faithful application of Hebrew, each student is asked to read and comment on the following works:

These works were enjoyable to read and provided helpful direction toward the ongoing use of Hebrew in the future.

The benefits of Logos-integrated learning

In summary, I wholeheartedly recommend learning Hebrew through Logos. As a result of studying Hebrew through this model, I instinctively gravitate toward using Logos to search Hebrew words and research syntactical questions in the same manner I was taught. By having a trusted Bible scholar walk me through how to use Logos, I was immediately shown how to practically use Hebrew for precise exegesis. This guidance was a tremendous gift.

If you are a seminary student, I’d encourage you to consider fulfilling your Hebrew requirements through a Logos-integrated approach. Chances are you will likely use some form of Bible software down the road for teaching or sermon prep. Whether you take one of Dr. Futato’s courses through the Global Campus of Reformed Theological Seminary or a similarly constructed course, I’d encourage you to capitalize on a method that teaches the essentials of the language alongside the essentials of Bible software—it’s a win-win!

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To begin studying Hebrew with Dr. Futato, check out his guide to learning biblical Hebrew.