Quickly Discover an Author’s View of a Passage

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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.

If you’re like me, when you study a topic or passage you want to know what a specific author thinks about it. What are A.W. Tozer’s insights on worship? What does John Wesley or Charles Spurgeon say about John 3:16? It’s easy to zero in on a specific author’s views in Logos—simply create and search an author collection. You can create one with these simple steps [Read more...]

Do You Skip This Important Bible-Study Step?

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Scripture tells the stories of real people living in real places. Abraham left his father’s home in Ur, sojourned in Egypt, and was buried in the cave of Machpeleh. David was anointed by Samuel in Bethlehem, ruled for seven years from Hebron, and spent the rest of his reign in Jerusalem. Jesus performed a miracle at Cana, travelled through Samaria, and appeared on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection.

These aren’t fictitious places made up for a story. They’re real locations you can find on a map. That’s why a good biblical atlas is an essential tool for understanding the geographical and cultural context of the biblical world. [Read more...]

How to Hide Chapter and Verse Numbers

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 probably know, chapter and verse numbers were not added to the Bible until the 13th and 16th centuries, respectively. While these numbers certainly help us navigate through Scripture, sometimes they may hinder us from seeing the natural flow of the text as it was originally written. For example, Paul sent to the saints in Ephesus a letter which has been divided into six chapters. Perhaps we think a chapter launches a new idea, but consider the phrases which begin verse one in chapters 2-6:

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See You at National Camp Logos!

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For nearly two decades, Logos users from around the globe have gathered annually at the Faithlife headquarters in Washington state to learn more and do more with their Bible software. This year’s National Camp Logos is on the books for June 24–26, and we want you to join. Both Camps 1 and 2 will be presented during the three days of live, hands-on training. Here’s what makes National Camp worth the journey to Bellingham.
 
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Get the Most Out of Commentaries in Logos

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I remember writing exegetical papers before I used Logos. My desk sagged under the weight of bulky commentaries. My notes were scattered across legal pads and word processor documents. I was constantly flipping between my Nestle-Aland, Biblia Hebraica, and English translations and commentaries.

Now I can access hundreds of commentaries on my computer with just a few keystrokes—and all my notes and highlights are clean and organized. But that’s not the half of it. In Logos, my commentaries are crazy powerful.

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Get the Most out of Logos with Logos Academic Training

49558With a research tool as powerful as Logos, having a guide show you how to use it to its fullest potential is a must. More valuable still is having this guide available down the road—when you really need it.

In LT161 Logos Academic Training, certified trainer Morris Proctor teams up with Mobile Ed to show you how to use Logos 6’s new tools and essential features to do the research you need, whenever you need. In addition to the training videos, you receive word-for-word transcripts that integrate into your Logos library. So when it’s late at night, your deadline is tomorrow, and you can’t remember how to find all of the places King David is quoted in the New Testament, just search your library and you’ll find a video like this waiting to help you.

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Reveal the Poetic Structure of the Psalms in Seconds

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C.S. Lewis once said, “The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.”

Poetry has the unique power to evoke the vast and varied expanse of human emotion. And the Psalms have it all—from fiery, righteous indignation to wild, unbridled joy and profound bewilderment.

How do they do it? What is it about these ancient songs that still captures our hearts, and, like Lewis said, compels us to delight in God?

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This Feature Makes Searching Your Logos Library a Breeze

One of the greatest benefits of Logos is the ability to find anything in your library.

When you open the Search panel and set the search type to Basic (A), you can select All Resources (B) or Everything (C).

Everything Search

 

I’m often asked, “What’s the difference between these two search types?”

Simply put, All Resources searches all of your books while Everything searches all of your books plus the Factbook, Atlas, Community Tags, and more!

Imagine you’re studying Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 26:36. When you read that he was in the Garden of Gethsemane you say to yourself, “I know I need info about Gethsemane, but what do I need—and where do I start?”

In times like these, try an Everything Search:

  • Open a Bible to Matthew 26:36 (D)
  • Right click on the word Gethsemane (E)
  • Select the English word Gethsemane on the right side of Context menu (F)
  • Select Search: everything from the left side of the context menu (G)

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When the Search opens, it is set to Basic (H) and Everything (J). As you peruse the search results, notice:

  • Preferred Bible lists occurrences of the word in your designated Bible (J)
  • Factbook links you to reports containing your word (K)
  • Topic shows links to articles about your word (L)
  • Media displays images related to your word (M)
  • Atlas Results provides links to relevant maps (N)
  • Library Results presents every occurrence of your word in the Library (the same as searching All Resources) (O)

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As you can see, the Everything Search provides a buffet of choices to further your study.

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Join Us for a Weeklong Preaching Workshop at Faithlife HQ

Master-Class-Biblical-PreachingAre you regularly researching and preparing sermons?

Does it ever feel like you’re working alone?

Preaching God’s truth is a skill that needs to be developed with practice and guidance from other teachers just like you.

That’s why you’re invited to Master Class: Biblical Preaching, a weeklong preaching workshop where you’ll receive exclusive teaching from respected experts and have the chance to practice preaching alongside peers.

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Logos Pro—It’s Friday Night & Your Sermon Isn’t Working

In two days, you’ll stand behind the pulpit and preach from John 12—the beautiful story of Mary anointing the feet of Jesus.

It’s Friday night, but Sunday’s sermon just hasn’t come together yet.

After hours of studying the text—consulting commentaries, doing word studies, and wrestling with the literary context—you’ve hit a wall. What are you missing?

There’s got to be more to this passage, and you have a hunch that it has something to do with the cultural phenomenon of anointing. You know that in the ancient world of Jesus, anointing was both profoundly important and commonplace.

If you could just access other ancient literature and biblical texts that deal with this cultural concept, you’d have a strong grasp of the significance of Mary’s anointing of Jesus.

But time is running out.

Get everything instantly with the Logos 6 Cultural Concepts tool

The Cultural Concepts tool in Logos 6 quickly reveals cultural concepts of the biblical world such as music, food, death practices, economic structures, marriage rituals—and, yes: anointing. We’ve cataloged more than 1,000 cultural concepts across 80,000 hand-labeled tags! Because the Logos team has done the research for you, contextual work that used to take hours can now be done in seconds by anyone.

Watch as I show you how this feature gathers literature on cultural concepts relevant to the text you’re studying—all in one place.

Get the resources you need

When you pull up the Cultural Concepts tool in your passage guide, Logos draws together literature from across your Logos library. Here are some resources that have been a huge help to me as I’ve investigated cultural concepts in Scripture.

  • Cultural Concepts Collection—We’ve hand-tagged a slew of resources with cultural concepts—and this 20-volume collection curates the indispensable resources you didn’t know you needed until now. You’ll find everything from the Pseudepigrapha and the Dead Sea Scrolls study edition to Hallo’s and Younger’s comprehensive The Context of Scripture.
  • IVP Bible Dictionaries Bundle—These eight volumes from InterVaristy Press give you nearly 9,000 pages of historical and cultural background to power the Cultural Concepts section in the Passage Guide.
  • Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary—This is it: the gold standard of Bible dictionaries. Your Logos library is incomplete without it—and the Logos team has tagged this authoritative resource to power your research of cultural concepts.
  • The Social World of Ancient Israel—This resource looks at the most prominent social institutions of early Israel, and then shows how properly understanding them is essential for sound biblical interpretation.

Get started right now!

The Cultural Concept tool is available in Logos 6 Bronze and above, but to get the most out of this tool, I recommend Logos 6 Gold or higher. Get started with Logos 6 and Cultural Concepts now.

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