How to Incorporate Extrabiblical Texts into Your Exegesis

ancient-literature-example-featureGood exegesis starts with the text. But it doesn’t end there. You rightly examine lexicons, commentaries, and all sorts of other references as you wrestle with a text.

But what did the ancients say about the text you’re wrestling with? How was this verse used or understood by the Rabbis? By the Church Fathers? What about Philo and Josephus? Are there topics or ideas in this verse that were used in other ancient literature?

Standard secondary sources such as these have been available for Logos Bible Software for a while. But there are a lot of them (no, really, see the list at the end of this post!). And you have to know how to search, then you have to be able to evaluate the usages. And that doesn’t even take into account when commentaries refer to ancient literature (which happens frequently).

In Logos 6, it is as simple as looking in the Passage Guide report you probably already ran on the verse. The Passage Guide sports a brand-new section called Ancient Literature. The section provides information on how your passage is used in all sorts of ancient literature. Not only that, but it also classifies the relationship of the reference in ancient literature with the biblical reference you’re examining. It uses simple and general categories like citation, quotation, allusion, echo, topical, lexical, phrase, and historical.

An example—the one that actually prompted us to start assembling the extensive underlying dataset used by this tool—will probably help explain.

Isaiah 54: The Barren Woman

Here’s the text of Isaiah 54:1 from the Lexham English Bible (LEB):

“Sing for joy, barren woman; who has not borne!

Burst forth into rejoicing and rejoice, she who has not been in labor!

For the children of the desolate woman are more than the children of the married woman,” says Yahweh.

Why would a barren woman rejoice? Once you’ve done your initial work within the passage and within the canonical text, it might help to look at how the passage is understood and referred to in other ancient literature, and whether its relation is intertextual or topical in nature. Understanding how ancient literature interacts at either an intertextual or topical level with this passage can give us better insight into how the cultures contemporary with the Bible viewed barren women, their role in society, and why it would be strange for them to be rejoicing.

This is exactly what the Ancient Literature tool gives you. It points you to relevant portions of ancient literature, classifying the relationship so you can determine if the reference is something you’d like to examine further:

Ancient Near Eastern literature

Literature in this category does not directly interact with the text of the Bible, but it is from the same milieu and can give us insight into how cultures contemporary with ancient Israel viewed similar concepts and topics.

One document, known as “Enki and Ninmah” (Context of Scripture 1.159) uses the concept of a barren woman. It also shows the cultural notion that a woman unable to give birth was deemed as somehow defective (the larger context of COS 1.159 is a contest between Enki and Ninmah, where Ninmah is creating defective humans and challenging Enki to somehow redeem them or make them useful):

Fifth—she fashioned from it a woman

who could not give birth.

Enki—upon seeing the woman

who could not give birth,

Decreed her fate, he assigned her

to do work in the Women’s Quarter.1

Here, all that Enki could do with the barren woman was to give her work in the women’s quarter. Understanding the cultural necessity of the ability to procreate and the following derision heaped upon those unable to do so is important for understanding the craziness of commanding Isaiah 54:1’s barren woman to rejoice. She has nothing to rejoice over and is well aware of it.

Apostolic Fathers

In Second Clement, one of the earliest available Christian sermons outside of the New Testament, typically dated AD 100–150, the homilist begins (§2.1–3) by quoting from Isaiah 54 and then explaining what he thinks it means. If you’re looking at Isaiah 54, this is good stuff:

2.1Rejoice, O barren woman who has not given birth, break forth and shout, you who has no birth pains, for many are the children of the deserted woman, more than she who has a husband.  The one who says, “Rejoice, O barren woman who has not given birth,” speaks to us, for our church was barren before children were given to her. 2 And the one who says “Shout you who has no birth pains,” means this: offer up our prayers sincerely to God, we should not grow weary like women in labor.  3 And the one who says, “For many are the children of the deserted woman, more than she who has a husband,” since our people seem to be deserted by God, but now we who have believed have become many more than those who seemed to have God.2

In Second Clement, the barren woman is identified as the church, and the growth of the church is identified as the children of the barren woman—pretty interesting.


In the Babylonian Talmud, b.Ber. I.8 mentions Isaiah 54:1. Beruriah is the wife of Rabbi Meir; here she is fielding a question about barren women, specifically referencing Isaiah 54:1:

I.8 A. A certain min said to Beruriah, “It is written, ‘Sing, O barren woman, who has not born . . .’ (Is. 54:1).

B.“Because the woman is barren, should she rejoice?”

      1. She said to him, “Idiot, look at the end of the same verse of Scripture, for it is written, ‘For the children of the desolate shall be more than the children of the married woman, says the Lord’ (Is. 54:1).
      2. “What then is the sense of, ‘Barren woman, who has not born’?

E.“Rejoice, O congregation of Israel, which is like a barren woman [that is,] who has not born children destined for Gehenna such as yourself.”3

Beruriah’s scorn for the lazy exegesis of the Isaiah passage by the one consulting her is evident in her response in ‘B’, labeling him an idiot for not reading the rest of the verse, and then in ‘E’ by her declaration that he is destined for Gehenna as well.

Other references

And there is so much more. Philo, On Rewards §§158–161 cites Isaiah 54:1 and then provides an allegorical interpretation of it. The Sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls (4Q265 Fragment 2) allude to it so we know the passage was used among the Qumran community. There are references in the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (2 Baruch 10.14; Apocalypse of Elijah 2.38; and more). There are several references in the writings of the Church Fathers.

Get started with Ancient Literature

In the past, users with all of these resources may not have found these references unless they were serious power users with serious search skills. Even then, the references would not have been classified.

Ancient Literature gives you an entry point into all sorts of ancient writings related to the Bible in one way or another. And it provides you with information relevant to the section of Scripture you are studying. It helps you to see how the ancients—rightly or wrongly—used the passage you’re studying. And that could be just the piece you need to better understand your text.

Literature areas and resources for exploration

As you study with the Ancient Literature tool, you can pull from several different resource categories in your library, including:

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Check out Ancient Literature in action and see how to use this tool step by step.

Logos 6’s Ancient Literature tool is available in Silver and higher: explore all of your base-package options, or see which package we recommend for you.

  1. William W. Hallo and K. Lawson Younger, The Context of Scripture (Leiden: Brill, 1997–), 518. []
  2. Rick Brannan, trans., The Apostolic Fathers in English (Logos Bible Software, 2012). []
  3. Jacob Neusner, The Babylonian Talmud: A Translation and Commentary (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2011), 56–57. []

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Shipping Soon: The John MacArthur Sermon Archive

john-macarthur-sermon-archiveJohn MacArthur is one of the most influential pastors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Known for his adherence to Scripture as the inerrant Word of God, MacArthur used his preaching ministry to touch the lives of millions throughout the globe. Now, with the John MacArthur Sermon Archive, you can integrate his vast sermon collection into your Logos library and take advantage of powerful search capabilities and features you’ve come to love.

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Sermons that span decades

MacArthur has preached on a variety of topics throughout his pastoral ministry, including:

  • The doctrine of God’s effectual call
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  • The spiritual significance of the Resurrection
  • Bible questions and answers
  • The coming earthly kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ
  • Survival strategy for apostate times

With Logos 6, you can incorporate MacArthur’s sermons into your Passage Guide searches. For instance, when you search for a text in John, all relevant sermons from the John MacArthur Sermon Archive will appear in your search results, giving you an inside look at MacArthur’s teaching on any given passage.

See how you can incorporate sermon archives into your study with Logos:

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The John MacArthur Sermon Archive is one of our most requested items, and we’re proud to announce that it will ship December 30. However, once it ships, the price of this resource will double. Take advantage of this offer now and begin enjoying John MacArthur’s sermons as soon as they ship.

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Now Available: Bible Study Magazine Book Bundle

bible-study-magazine-book-bundleSince 2008, Bible Study Magazine has been shipping issues every two months, and we just shipped our 38th issue. And now, Lexham Press is proud to announce a nine-volume collection of Bible Study Magazine books, available today!

There are over 200 articles from Bible Study Magazine‘s 38 issues contained in these nine books—that’s over 35 percent of the archive. If you account for the other four Bible Study Magazine books that we’ve published separately (which can be found in the Lexham Bible Study Essentials Bundle), we’ve digitized almost 350 articles—over 60 percent of the archive.

We’ve organized the articles into books with other similar content. If you want to read a book on church growth, we have a volume that includes interviews from 12 influential church leaders. Interested in how the gospel is being spread around the world? We’ve compiled a book of amazing interviews with missionaries from all corners of the map.

We’ve also enhanced these books to take advantage of the many amazing features found in Logos Bible Software. Now, you’ll be able to search for your favorite interview from Bible Study Magazine, and these resources will be connected to many of the powerful tools you use in Logos.

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The Bible Study Magazine Book Bundle is packed full of amazing content from the magazine’s first seven years. We’ve interviewed influential Christian leaders, pastors, and theologians to see how the Bible has inspired and transformed their lives. Here’s a look at these inspiring stories:

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3 Ways to Get Logos 6

Logos 6 is powered by three major building blocks: the core engine, datasets and media, and a massive research library. Base packages have all three of these components, but they aren’t the only way for you to get Logos 6.

We’ve built a few other options so you can get the parts of Logos 6 that fit your needs without breaking your budget. Watch this video to check out your options:

Here are the three ways you can move to Logos 6:

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Grow your library and get Logos 6’s features

Logos 6 base packages offer a combination of value, features, and books. When you upgrade your base package to Gold or higher, you’ll get all of Logos 6’s features, datasets, media, and major components—plus tons of new books.

With a new base package, you’ll grow your library for pennies on the dollar, creating new connections between hand-tagged resources and making your library more powerful. This option is for the serious student of the Word, and it’s your best choice for getting richer, more insightful Bible study with Logos 6.

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If you just need the key Logos 6 features and datasets without growing your library, you can choose a crossgrade option. Crossgrades allow you to power your existing library with the new Logos 6 features. If you already own a base package but want Logos 6’s smart research tools and functionality, this is a great option for you.

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If you don’t want a bigger library and don’t need access to the new datasets, you can wait for the free core engine to be released in early February. You’ll get the new Logos 6 look, but you’ll be missing almost all the new functionality and features.

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5 Reasons to Add Mobile Ed to Your Christmas List

mobile-ed-christmas-free-bonus-giftThis Christmas, let Mobile Ed experts show you how to get the most out of your Logos library as well as Logos’ smart study tools—all in the context of what you’re learning in the course.

Plus, get special offers when you purchase Mobile Ed courses this holiday season!

Here are five reasons why now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in Mobile Ed’s rich learning environment:

1. You’ll get limited-time bonus gifts that are linked to the courses you purchase.

For a limited time, purchase any Mobile Ed course and get a free book used in that specific course. For example, get the Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 1–11 free (regularly $39.95) when you purchase Mobile Ed: BI201 The Story of the Bible. This Mobile Ed course links to this Lexham Bible Guide five times, so you can jump right from the lectures to study topics, like creation and the fall.

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2. You’ll save 30% on books referenced in Mobile Ed courses.

Save 30% on select books that are referenced in Mobile Ed courses when you add any Mobile Ed product to your cart. Save on titles like the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, the 41-volume New American Commentary Series, the six-volume Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, and more.

3. You’ll learn to get more out of your Logos library.

Let Mobile Ed experts show you how to best organize your Logos library, search your library, and use Logos’ tools—all in the context of what you’re learning in the course. You’ll see demos of how academia’s leading professors use Logos. Plus, as you watch the video lectures, you can read and interact with the transcripts—just like you would with a Logos resource. Use the Bible Word Study feature to investigate the biblical words in your lesson, get a comprehensive overview of any subject with the Topic Guide, or double click the transcript to view a corresponding dictionary article.

4. You’ll surround yourself with wise counselors.

Mobile Ed allows you to learn from distinguished biblical scholars within the comfort of your own home. Sit alongside Dr. Douglas Moo as he explores the book of Romans, or Dr. Craig Evans as he shows you his research on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Learn how to implement a disciple-making strategy in your church using Dr. Greg Ogden’s guidance or plant a new church with the help of Dr. Timothy Sisk. Mobile Ed brings leading experts to you.

5. You’ll get an education without a shelf life.

While a traditional education lasts as long as your notes and memories, Mobile Ed stays with you. Mobile Ed will appear in Logos search results, you can rewatch part or all of your courses, and you can even pass the course down to your child.

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Logos 6 Review: Dr. Mark Futato

Mark-Futato-BWToday’s guest post is from Dr. Mark Futato. Dr. Futato currently serves as the Robert L. Maclellian Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is an avid Logos user and creatively integrates the software into core courses on Hebrew and Old Testament books.

With the release of Logos 6, students of the Hebrew Bible have a wonderful tool at their fingertips, regardless of the level at which they are engaged in the study of the text. In addition to all of the strengths of previous versions of Logos, Logos 6 has new or enhanced features that students of the Hebrew Bible will appreciate.

For those just learning Hebrew, there are nice tools like the Hebrew Alphabet Tutor, which facilitates mastering the signs and sounds of the Hebrew alphabet, and the Morphology Charts, which help students not only understand forms, but also quickly find all of the places where given forms are found in the Hebrew text. Then there is the Text Converter, which allows one to easily embed transliterated text into a document in compliance with any of a number of different style sheets. The Factbook is a great tool for quickly gathering a lot of data for various kinds of topical studies.

On a somewhat more advanced level are the Bible Sense Lexicon and Clause Search tools. The strengths of the Bible Sense Lexicon are too many to enumerate here, but two call for comment.

One, since words do not “mean” in isolation but in collocation with other words, the Bible Sense Lexicon is an excellent tool for students as it allows them to quickly find word collocations—for example, a particular verb when used with a particular subject or object. It is now easy for students to find all the places where the Hebrew verb for “create” with “God” as the subject is used with a variety of objects to easily ascertain that “create” does not in and of itself mean “create out of nothing.”

Two, related to this is the ability to find with one search all the places where “God” is the subject of the verb “create,” whether that subject is ʾĕlōhîm, yhwh, or a pronoun that refers to the God of Israel.

l6-overview-gold-featuredThe Clause Search tool can produce similar results, only with a higher level of sophistication. It is now easy for students to find all the places where the Hebrew verb for “lift” is used with “soul” as the direct object to easily ascertain that this expression in Psalm 24:4 means “to trust.”

Ample templates are provided, so students can do searches with just a few clicks. In addition, the templates are only a starting point. Once students understand the logic of the templates, they can then mix and match elements from the templates to create their own searches. Given the syntactically tagged database that underlies clause searching, the only limit on syntactical searches is the imagination of the student.

There are also numerous new resources available in Logos 6. One of my favorites is Biblia Hebraica Quinta for Deuteronomy, Ruth, Song of Songs, Qohelet, Lamentations, Esther, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Along with the Hebrew text comes the critical apparatus with hyperlinks for all of the sigla, which allow students to easily understand the apparatus. Other fine tools are the Proverbs Explorer and Psalms Explorer, which are no doubt the first of tools on all of the books of the Hebrew Bible. The Psalms Explorer allows quick access to analyzing Psalms in terms of genre, attribution, or key theological themes.

More could be said, but I hope I have said enough to whet your appetite for studying the Hebrew Bible with Logos 6. For me, “efficient” and “pleasurable” are adjectives that describe the study of the Hebrew Bible with Logos 6.

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A Christmas CarolDickens’ “reinvention” of Christmas

“God bless us, every one.”

Although immortalized as a simple blessing from the sweet, yet sickly Tiny Tim, these famous words carried a much heavier weight when first penned by Dickens about 200 years ago. Although A Christmas Carol is an easy-to-read novella showcased by everyone from Broadway to the Muppets, it was originally written in protest to the impoverishment of the working class.

In 1843, when Dickens first published A Christmas Carol, Christmas traditions—and society as a whole—had endured some pretty harsh blows. In the mid-seventeenth century, England’s Puritan-controlled government tried to abolish Christmas festivities all together. In the late eighteenth century, the Industrial Revolution widened London’s wealth disparity, trading in festivities for factory lines. The fresh holly and yuletide joy we associate with Victorian England Christmases was a distant fantasy. Even Dickens, at just 12 years old, was forced to work in the factories after his father was imprisoned in the debtor’s jail.

It was from this cultural despair that A Christmas Carol was born. After several weeks of nightly walks through London’s poor neighborhoods, Dickens decided on the plot for his next piece: he would tell the story of a wealthy businessman transformed by the Christmas spirit—a story that would both inspire the working class and convict the upper class.

A Christmas Carol 2Published just six weeks later, A Christmas Carol was an instant success. It spoke to the millions of ailing and impoverished people who’d been ignored by society’s Scrooges. It spoke to the orphaned Tiny Tims forced into factory work and the exhausted Cratchits scrambling to support their families. Dickens’ work was so successful, it’s credited with reviving family-oriented Christmas traditions and charitable giving throughout nineteenth-century England.

According to British author William Makepeace Thackeray, A Christmas Carol “occasioned immense hospitality throughout England; was the means of lighting up hundreds of kind fires at Christmas time; caused a wonderful outpouring of Christmas good feeling; of Christmas punch-brewing; an awful slaughter of Christmas turkeys; and roasting and basting of Christmas beef.”

Part social criticism, part whimsical ghost story, A Christmas Carol ushered in a new age of Christmas joy that continues to inspire Christmas curmudgeons the world over.

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3 Ways Logos 6 Helps You Grow

From experienced scholar to new student, Logos 6 makes biblical insights accessible to everyone.

Here are three ways Logos 6 helps you grow in your Bible study:

1. Do scholarly study (without formal training)

logos-6-reviews-familyFor those who haven’t attended seminary or don’t have church-leadership experience, tasks like primary-source research, Greek and Hebrew study, and textual variants typically feel a little out of our reach. Without formal training or proper resources, how do you know where to start or which resources to trust?

Logos 6 offers the tools and resources you need to overcome these obstacles and explore the Word in new, fulfilling ways. Logos 6 makes connections for you, so you spend less time trying to find your footing and more time digging into Scripture.

Just run a search in your Passage Guide and you’ll get insights you probably never considered looking for: see the ancient connotations of modern words with the Sense Section, reveal meaning in biblical practices and customs with Cultural Concepts, connect the narrative with its geography with Atlas, and explore how respected scholars and theologians interpreted Scripture with links to key commentaries and dictionaries.

No matter where you are in your study, Logos 6 equips you for scholarly and rewarding insights.

2. Build better study habits

diy-bible-studyLogos 6 holds you accountable for daily Bible study. New customizable reading plans let you create plans from scratch and share them with friends and family, so you can stay on track and study as a group. Create a custom plan to read the Bible in a year, share successful reading plans with your study group and friends, and create a new syllabus for your next class. Daily readings and prayers are displayed on your Logos 6 home page, so you always know where to start your study.

Logos 6 also offers Lexham Press’ DIY Bible Study, a new multimedia resource that teaches effective ways to study the Bible and apply what you’ve learned to your life. Get video lessons on every book of the Bible, tutorials on Bible study principles, beautiful graphics and infographics to enhance your study, application-focused content, and a built-in plan that—in just 10 minutes a day—takes you through the entire Bible in a year.

3. Learn new study skills

original-language-toolsDo smarter Greek and Hebrew study with step-by-step tutorials. New interactive interlinear explorers show you how to compare modern translations with original texts, guiding you through transliteration, lemma formations, lexical values, and more. With these interactive tutorials, even the novice can start doing advanced original-language study.

Interactive alphabet tutors also teach you how to read, write, and pronounce Greek and Hebrew. Select any letter—from alpha to omega—and you’ll see 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 the software, you’ll get a score on your accuracy, so you always know how to improve.

Improve your study with Logos 6

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Get an Academic Advantage with Logos 6

Logos 6 equips you with cutting-edge tools for intense academic work. Enter any passage and consult up-to-date journal articles, investigate textual variants, see cross-references in ancient literature, and connect cultural concepts across your Bible. As you study, keep track of your findings with built-in notes and highlights, and enter this information into your lesson or paper with the new text converter and automatic citations.

Check out some of Logos 6’s tools that will help you engage the text at any level:

Textual Variants

Enter any passage or verse and explore the textual differences in all of your critical resources. No more complex layouts or time-consuming library searches—the new Textual Variants tool lets you investigate textual differences, consult textual commentaries, compare ancient versions and manuscripts, and view extant manuscripts online—all within a single guide report.

See the Textual Variants tool in action:

Ancient Literature

Interact with the Bible like never before with the new Ancient Literature tool. This powerful tool exposes thousands of biblical quotes, allusions, and echoes in ancient texts. See the comparative literature that surrounded the Bible and discover how a passage was interpreted by later Jewish and Christian traditions.

See the Ancient Literature tool in action:

Cultural Concepts

Gain a better understanding of the biblical world with the new Cultural Concepts tool. With just one click, you can search your entire Bible for a cultural concept, then access references to the same concept in ancient texts.

See the Cultural Concepts tool in action:

Propositional Flow Outline

See the flow of Paul’s writings and the intent of every line of text with the new Propositional Flow Outline. This new graphic layout applies to your morphological tagged English and Greek texts.

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Text Converter

Streamline your workflow with new research tools like the Text Converter. Quickly convert Greek and Hebrew texts into a number of transliteration schemes, then input them into your research paper or notes.

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Keep track of your findings as you study with notes. Logos’ updated notes tool lets you create notes in any resource, attach notes to multiple references, and share them with your class or study group.

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