Improve Your Bible Study in 2015

diy-bible-studyAs the calendar turns over to 2015, many of you are making New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve decided to take your Bible study to the next level this year, Lexham Press has designed a resource that makes it easier than ever. DIY Bible Study helps you step into the story of the Bible with application-focused content, beautifully designed images, and practical video tutorials.

A year-long reading plan, included with DIY Bible Study, guides you through the entire Bible in just 10 minutes a day. You’ll get an overview of the entire Bible, one study at a time. It’s designed to be accessible and flexible to fit exactly what you need to dig into the Bible.

Study with Logos 6

We built DIY Bible Study to be fully integrated into Logos Bible Software. We’re leveraging all of the amazing tools found in Logos 6, and we’ll teach you how to use them.

As you work through DIY Bible Study, your learning is framed by sections that teach you how to study the Bible. These study principles are delivered through short video lessons, like this:

Not only are you learning important study principles and methods, but you’re seeing them used within Logos Bible Software itself. You’ll learn to study the Bible and use the most powerful Bible software to accomplish your goals.

Biblical interpretation is like appreciating a Monet painting. At first, everything is a bit blurry, but once you stand farther back, you see how all the blurry shapes fit together into something beautiful. In this regard, there is absolutely no substitute for reading all of the Bible and reading it regularly; the more parts of the Bible that are in your head, the more the Bible will make sense.

The right tools and biblical interpretation methods can help you thoughtfully and accurately study the Bible for yourself and apply it to your life—seeing how everything fits together.

DIY Bible Study

Get started today!

Improve your Bible study with DIY Bible Study and Logos 6. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to get your Bible study started on the right foot.

DIY Bible Study is included in most Logos 6 base packages. You can also get it in the Lexham Bible Study Essentials Bundle, which is over 60% off to celebrate New Year’s!

3 Tips for Sticking with Daily Bible Readings

Logos-6-launch-Small-Group-300x300The new year is the perfect time for a fresh start: we get the chance to reset and create goals for ourselves in hopes of improving our lives. But even if we start the year with the best intentions of developing positive changes, they often fall by the wayside.

One common New Year’s resolution is to read Scripture, whether it’s the Old or New Testament, the entire biblical text, or even just a few verses a day.

Ultimately, it’s not about a New Year’s resolution; it’s about cultivating a daily habit of spending time in the Word.

And with Logos 6, you’ll get the tools you need to stay on track, remain accountable, and reach the goals you set out to accomplish.

Here are three ways Logos 6 will help you stay in the Word this year:

1. Get daily readings delivered to your desktop.

In Logos 6, you’ll always find your daily reading right on your homepage, making it convenient to jump right into your daily passage. Check off each passage when you’re done, then come back the next day—a new passage will be set up and ready for you.

You can start a reading plan in two different ways: either create a custom reading plan by choosing your text and breaking up the readings into manageable sections, or select a premade reading plan to take you through a specific book of the Bible, a thematic topic, or a set of seasonal readings.

Here are some premade reading plans you can choose from:

  • 5 Days on Spiritual Growth
  • 7 Days on Jesus’ Birth
  • 10 Days on Patience
  • 14 Days on Grace
  • 21 Days on Prayer
  • Advent Reading Plan
  • Luke 1 Month
  • The Bible’s Story in 30 Days
  • And many more!

Select these premade plans from either your desktop software or through the free Logos app—your selection will sync across your devices, so you can stay on track no matter where your day takes you.

2. Gain support and accountability through community.

One of the obstacles to sticking with a reading plan on your own is a lack of accountability—it can be difficult to stay motivated or to catch up if you fall behind.

Logos 6 has two types of reading plans: private and group. Group plans provide accountability and follow-through that you don’t have on your own.

If you’re part of a Faithlife Group, you can set up a plan and read together. Not only will reading together hold you accountable, but you’ll also be able to share your thoughts and insights through Community Notes.

You can create a reading plan for your Bible study group, your class, or even your entire church! Let’s say you meet with a small group once a week: instead of having to recall what you read seven days prior, you’ll be able to ask questions and share ideas as you read.

3. Map out a manageable plan in seconds.

When you create a custom reading plan, you get to set your own parameters. Just choose your Bible translation and set a schedule, and Logos will automatically break up the text and generate a plan that fits your criteria.

If you’re not sure where to start, why not go from the beginning? In fact, if you create a plan to read the entire Bible in 90 days starting January 1, you’ll be done by Easter. Your first reading will explore Genesis 1–11, exploring the story of Creation, Noah, and the Tower of Babel. Here’s a taste of what you’ll read:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1:1–5

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Explore reading plans for yourself and see how they can keep you on track to reach your goals this year: get Logos 6 today!

Plus, for a limited, time, take advantage of introductory discounts and save 15% on your Logos 6 purchase. If you spend at least $500, you’ll also qualify for special bonus gifts.

Master Journal Bundle: A Treasure Trove of Insights

master-journal-bundleJournals are an essential resource when it comes to identifying the intimate details of any given subject. Whether you’re doing a word study or exploring the history of a theological concept, journals can help you better understand the various subtleties found in Scripture.

Recognizing their importance in the interpretation of the Word, we’ve created the Master Journal Bundle: our largest collection of journals ever compiled. This collection contains over 1,280 volumes of journals covering a wide variety of topics, such as biblical studies, church history, practical ministry, and more. Worth over $10,000.00 in print, these digitized versions are on Pre-Pub for only $599.95.

Pre-order them today to lock in your price and help move this bundle toward production!

Journals for every student

This collection comes with a variety of journals covering a vast range of subjects. Some of the titles in this collection are:

  • Biblical Archaeologist 55–60, 6 vols. (1992–1997)
  • Bibliotheca Sacra 1–171, 171 vols. (1844–2014)
  • Bulletin for Biblical Research 1–23, 23 vols. (1991–2013)
  • Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 285–368, 84 vols. (1992–2012)
  • Churchman 1, 6, 12–13, 15–21, 32, 38–40, 42–44, 46–126, 99 vols. (1886, 1892, 1898, 1901–1907, 1918, 1924–1926, 1928–1929, 1932–2010)
  • Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 1–18, 18 vols. (1996–2013)
  • Filología Neotestamentaria 1–22, 22 vols. (1988–2009)
  • First Things 1–25, 25 vols. (1990-2014)
  • Founders Press Journal, 92 vols. (1995–2014)
  • Journal of Biblical Apologetics 1–11, 11 vols. (2000–2008)
  • Journal of Biblical Literature 100–125, 26 vols. (1981–2006)
  • Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry 1–4, 4 vols. (2010–2014)
  • Journal of Dispensational Theology 10–17, 8 vols. (2006–2013)
  • Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 1–11, 11 vols. (1997–2011)
  • Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 1–37, 37 vols. (1975–2011)
  • Journal of Theological Interpretation 1–6, 6 vols. (2007–2012)
  • Letter and Spirit 1–8, 8 vols. (2005–2013)
  • And more!

You’ll also get various magazines and reviews in this collection, including:

  • Christian History and Biography Magazine 1–99, 99 issues
  • Review of Biblical Literature 1–9, 9 vols. (1998–2006)
  • And more!

Make your journals work for you

With Logos 6, you can get far more from your journals than the standard print versions. Get precise search results from all of your scholarly journals—search a verse in your Passage Guide or Sermon Starter Guide, and your results include a list of links to relevant journal articles both online and in your library. No more filtering out the results you want or performing multiple searches: now you can get results from all your journals at once.

Over a century of knowledge at your fingertips

The Master Journal Bundle can help further your study of the biblical text by offering in-depth analysis of various biblical texts and theological ideas. Formerly, access to this wealth of information was only available through libraries in a cumbersome print format. But now in Logos, you can access all of these completely searchable journals at a fraction of the cost. Make sure to take advantage of the Pre-Pub price of $599.95!

Pre-order the Master Journal Bundle and add a wealth of understanding to your library.

New Lexham Press Titles Shipping Soon

Lexham Press has 16 new books shipping before the calendar turns over to 2015! All of these books are on currently on Pre-Pub—by ordering now, you could get up to 40% off the regular price.

Hurry—all of these books will ship before the end of the year!

Spurgeon Commentary Collection

spurgeon-commentary-collection-new-testament-lettersWe’ve already shown you what makes these commentaries different—they’re more than just a collection of Spurgeon’s writings and spoken word. They’re directly connected to your Logos Bible Software tools that you use on a regular basis, filled with the inspiring wisdom of one of the most influential preachers of the modern era.

The revolutionary Spurgeon Commentary Collection ships December 30. Get it for 40% off on Pre-Pub.

Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics

reformed-dogmaticsFor the first time ever, Geerhardus Vos’ Reformed Dogmatics will be available in English. The first two volumes have been completed and the third one is almost ready. We’re shipping all three of these volumes—Theology Proper, Anthropology, and Christology—now so you can benefit from this groundbreaking translation project.

The final two volumes are scheduled to be finished by July, 2016. If you order now, you’ll receive the first three volumes when they ship December 29 and the other two volumes automatically as they’re finished.

You can get this important piece of Reformed theology for 20% off on Pre-Pub.

Transformative Word series

when-you-want-to-yell-at-god-the-book-of-jobThe first two volumes of the Transformative Word series are finished and ready to ship.

The first volume, When You Want to Yell at God, helps us see the book of Job with fresh eyes. Looking at Job as the height of biblical poetry, Craig Bartholomew helps us see just how beautiful this man’s struggle with God really is.

The second volume, Cutting Ties with Darkness, examines the painful relationship between the Apostle Paul and the church in Corinth. How can we deal with the scars we’ve picked up from our own relationships in light of Jesus’ example?

The Transformative Word series is written by a global cast of church leaders to help you reflect on how the Bible can transform your life. A conversational tone and thought-provoking questions guide you through each biblical book.

These two volumes will ship December 30. Get them both for 20% off on Pre-Pub.

Stand-alone books

the-lion-of-princeton-bb-warfield-as-apologist-and-theologianLexham Press has two additional stand-alone books that will ship before the end of the year, The Lion of Princeton: B.B. Warfield as Apologist and Theologian and Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian.

In the Lion of Princeton, Kim Riddlebarger examines B.B. Warfield’s theological, apologetical, and polemical writings, bringing clarity to the confusion that surrounds one of the most significant American theologians. Riddlebarger provides a biographical overview of Warfield’s life and traces the growing appreciation for Warfield’s thought by contemporary Reformed thinkers.

Confronted by Grace is a collection of beautifully and thoughtfully written sermons from John Webster, a leading contemporary theologian. These reflections, born from years of theological and biblical study, demonstrate the complexity of the realities we face in the Christian life and the depth of the grace of God. Thoroughly accessible, Webster points us toward Christ so that we may grow in our understanding of the truth of the gospel.

These two books ship on December 31. Get them both for 20% off on Pre-Pub.

Last Chance: 4 Mobile Ed Courses Shipping This Month

Mobile Ed has had a busy year. We have close to 50 courses available right now with even more in post-production! In addition, four courses are about to ship, which means this is your last chance to save 40% on each of them.

Here’s a brief look at what you’ll get in these courses:

Western Civilization: Greeks to Aquinas

mobile-ed-cs201-western-civilization-greeks-to-aquinasIn CS201 Western Civilization: Greeks to Aquinas, Dr. Bryan Litfin surveys overs 1,200 years of Western civilization with an emphasis on the rise of Christianity. He describes the background of the early church, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the birth of Europe, the Middle Ages, and the Crusades. Throughout the course, Dr. Litfin focuses on factors that influenced the growth and development of Christianity, including the councils of the early church, key figures like Augustine, early Christian monasticism, the rise of the papacy, and the early missionary efforts of the church.

This course will give you a better appreciation of how Christianity influenced Western culture, as well as how Western culture influenced Christianity. This course ships on December 23, so order it today while it’s still 40% off!

Introducing Pastoral Counseling I and II

mobile-ed-eric-l-johnson-pastoral-counseling-bundleIn this two-course Pastoral Counseling Bundle, psychologist and professor of pastoral care Dr. Eric L. Johnson provides an overview of pastoral counseling.

In CO101 Introducing Pastoral Counseling I: Theory and Practice, he lays out seven foundational themes or pillars of pastoral counseling. He also describes practical counseling skills that you can use to develop your own counseling abilities and outlines a five-session model for pastoral counseling.

In CO102 Introducing Pastoral Counseling II: Examples in Application, Dr. Johnson looks more in depth at psychological issues every counselor should be aware of. He provides different approaches and strategies you can take when counseling people with depression, couples having problems in their marriage, individuals going through a crisis, and more. Dr. Johnson also discusses important considerations such as when to refer people to professionals for longer-term care.

These two courses are invaluable to anyone who is involved in pastoral counseling. They ship on December 26, so order them today while you can get them for 40% off!

Introducing Evangelism

mobile-ed-ed121-introducing-evangelismFinally, in ED121 Introducing Evangelism, author, pastor, and apologist Dr. Bobby Conway walks you through the basics of evangelism. He explains why evangelism is important and why all believers should be evangelists. He offers a practical strategy to help you get started—a strategy that includes principles like “rely on God through prayer” and “equip yourself to defend the faith.” Dr. Conway emphasizes the importance of building relationships with people, sharing your own personal story, and connecting new believers to a local church.

This course will encourage you to share your faith and provide you with the tools necessary to do so. It ships December 30, so order it today and get 40% off!

Pre-order these courses today to lock in the best prices!

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. []

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.

After this product ships on December 30, the price will double, so place your pre-order now to lock in your price!

Sermons that span decades

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

  • The doctrine of God’s effectual call
  • The responsibilities of the church
  • Fundamental Christian attitudes
  • 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:

Get on board before it ships

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.

Don’t wait—pre-order the John MacArthur Sermon Archive by December 30 to lock in the best price!

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.

Be inspired

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:

  • Speak the Word: 12 Christian Leaders on Communicating the Truth: Learn from influential Christian leaders, including Beth Moore, John MacArthur, Randy Alcorn, and many more! You’ll read about God’s faithfulness in all circumstances and the lessons learned by these leaders as they share our Christian faith.
  • Spread the Word: 12 Christian Leaders on Church Growth: Get advice from Christian leaders, including Francis Chan, David Platt, Paul David Tripp, and many more! These stories speak to our role in advancing God’s kingdom on earth and how you can take part in spreading the gospel around the world.
  • Study the Word: 12 Christian Leaders on Bible Study: Learn how influential pastors and Christian leaders approach Bible study, including Kay Arthur, Max Lucado, Philip Yancey, and many more! Be inspired with a newfound passion for Bible study as you are transformed by the power of Scripture in your life.
  • The Gospel Work Everywhere: 14 Inspiring Stories from Around the World: Be inspired by missionaries from around the world who are sharing the gospel in their specific cultural contexts. This simple message holds true for every nation on earth and continues to change lives in every circumstance.
  • The Bible in the Real World: 31 Inspiring Interviews: Learn from the perspectives of people from all walks of life—ministry leaders, artists, writers, entertainers, scholars, and more. These stories show us that God’s truth speaks to us right where we are.

Get it today

If you’re a current Bible Study Magazine subscriber and are interested in getting this bundle, please call us at 888-875-9491 to get a special discount!

The Bible Study Magazine Book Bundle is available right now: get these inspiring stories from Bible Study Magazine just in time for Christmas!

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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Study with the same tools Dr. Futato applauds: get Logos 6 today!

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

Study smarter, stay on track with your daily reading, and learn new skills: Logos 6 simplifies your study and helps you grow.

And for a limited time, you can get 15% off Logos 6, plus special gifts when you spend at least $500 during your Logos 6 purchase: save on Logos 6 today!