How to Grasp the Flow of Thought in a Passage

LogosPro_blogThere are few things more frustrating than hearing Bible verses taken out of context, especially if you consider yourself a serious student of the Bible. You know what I’m talking about—some well-meaning Christian quotes a verse. He’s uncovered a spiritual truth that perfectly addresses a personal challenge. The only problem? He’s completely ignored the surrounding context! The New Testament wasn’t written in isolated, versified chunks of unrelated texts. Each verse flows from a greater context. When we ignore the logical flow of a biblical passage or book, we risk misinterpretation. Understanding the flow of thought of a biblical passage is essential to good hermeneutics and sound application of biblical principles.
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Copy Factbook Entries into Your Word Processor

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

As I show Logos users at Camp Logos how to use the Factbook, I’m often asked:

How can I copy data from a Factbook entry to a word-processor document?

The answer just became incredibly simple with the recent release of Logos 6.4. A new Copy feature is now available for each section in the Factbook!
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Maximize Your Study of Proverbs with This Intuitive Tool

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The book of Proverbs is full of recurring themes, characters, and poetic forms. It covers everything from wealth and poverty, to archetypical characters such as “the foolish man” and “the righteous person.” But one of its most compelling features is the practical advice it offers parents and children. With the Proverbs Explorer in Logos 6, tracking down that wisdom is simple and intuitive. You can group and locate proverbs based on theme, type, characters, and even poetic form. In this video, I’ll show you how to quickly discover every proverb written from a father’s perspective, then refine your search to those written with the poetic structure known as “antithetical parallelism.”

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How to Use Inline Search to Discover Figures of Speech

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Maybe you’ve noticed that searching in Logos is quite different from searching a print book! We search print volumes one at a time, whereas Logos editions can be searched in bulk. We instruct Logos to search our commentaries or theology books or journals. But with so many books in our Logos libraries, we may overlook the value of a specific resource. One such book you perhaps own is Figures of Speech Used in the Bible by E.M. Bullinger. In this book, the author identifies over 200 types of figures of speech and then provides biblical examples of each. It’s a helpful guide when trying to discover Hebrew or Greek figures of speech we may miss because we’re not as familiar with these languages as we are our native tongue. When I’m studying a biblical passage, I always run it through Figures just to make sure I’m not missing an idiomatic or emphatic expression. One way to do so is with an Inline search:
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Create About-the-Author Pages for Your Logos Resources

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

As you well know, before reading a book, it’s helpful to become acquainted with its author. The more we know about the writer, the more we can place the words of the resource in the context of his or her worldview. For example, we enjoy the daily devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, but do we know Oswald Chambers? When did he live? What was his theological bent?

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Understanding Textual Criticism Just Got Much Easier

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Textual criticism can be pretty intimidating. Sometimes, it’s hard to even know where to start. Today, I’ll show you how you can incorporate this essential task into your study using Logos 6. You can investigate textual differences in the Bible at any level, consult textual commentaries, browse all of your apparatuses, compare modern Greek and Hebrew editions as well as ancient versions, or get access to the original manuscripts—all in one place.

Let me walk you through a textual variant in the Gospel of John and show you how to discover the original reading of this text:
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Look Up a Hebrew or Greek Word from Your English Bible

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

With all the power of Logos, sometimes we may forget Logos also does the simple things, as evidenced by a recent question from a Logos user:

I know Logos does many things, but I just want to look up the Hebrew or Greek word, behind an English word in my Bible in my favorite dictionary just like I did with print books. What’s the simplest way to accomplish this task?

There are several ways to achieve his goal, but he wanted simple so here’s what I told him:

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A Simple Way to Develop Application for Your Sermon

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Let’s be honest: sermon prep is long, difficult work. When preparing a sermon or lesson, I would typically spend 95% of my time studying the meaning of a passage and the significance of the surrounding context. I’d consult commentaries, track down key terms, and perform in-depth word studies. But even after hours of grueling work, one of the most important steps still remained: application.

The hard task of exegesis often left me with little time to demonstrate practical ways the insights I uncovered connected to people’s lives. But with Logos I can discover how master preachers handled a particular text—and how they applied its message to the lives of their hearers.

In this video, one of our Logos Pros shows you how to incorporate both modern and classic sermons into your Bible study and sermon prep, using one of our most popular sermon collections: the John MacArthur Sermon Archive.

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1 Simple Trick to Create Personalized Collections in Logos 6

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Logos 6.3 recently released so please make sure to download it if you haven’t already. Among its new features is a redesigned Library Resource Information pane which includes a link to save selected resources as a collection. This shortcut link makes quick work of creating specialty collections which is illustrated below with a Favorite Bibles collection.

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Andreas Köstenberger on Studying Primary Sources

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This week’s Logos Pro post is by Andreas Köstenberger. Dr. Köstenberger is Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He’s also a long-time user of Logos Bible Software.

In most areas of scholarship—and biblical research is no exception—engaging the primary sources is exceedingly important. There is no substitute for interacting directly with the text of the Bible and contemporaneous literature in the original languages. I have found that Logos Bible Software is an excellent tool for doing careful original-language work.
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