Misunderstanding the Most Common Old Testament Literary Device

I could tell by the faces of my amazing adult Sunday School class, with whom I have such enriching discussions, that what I had just said did not register. I needed to call an audible. It was time to ditch (temporarily) my planned lesson and start a new, impromptu one. My class needed to learn about Hebrew poetic parallelism.

It’s hard to interpret the Old Testament without some knowledge of this ubiquitous literary form. I turned immediately to the Psalms Explorer in Logos to help me teach it. [Read more…]

Last Day: Get Started with Greek for Under $35

If you’re going to study, preach, or teach the Bible with any depth, it’s helpful to be able to read and pronounce Greek words—even if you don’t understand them. [Read more…]

The Name of Yahweh and the Angel of the Lord

In Exodus 3, God famously appears to Moses in a burning bush and sends him to rescue the Israelites. Fearing nobody will believe him, Moses says, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (Exodus 3:13).

And then God tells us his name.

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Customize Your Bible Study

Most students seem to have their own method of studying the Bible. Some people love to mark up their Bibles with pens and highlighters; others fill up every square inch of a desk with lexicons, commentaries, original language texts, and theological works. One seminary student I know preferred to study by lining the walls of his small apartment with notes and article clippings; he would then pace the room, adding his own comments in the white spaces. [Read more…]

Was Mary a Virgin?


The prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 is among the most well-known passages in the book of Isaiah. It’s also one of the most controversial, for many reasons.

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin (עלמה, almah) shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

It’s difficult to get through the Christmas or Easter season without seeing one of the major news periodicals or educational television networks cast doubt about the meaning of almah (עלמה) in Isaiah 7:14. A favorite argument is that the Hebrew word almah cannot mean “virgin” but instead refers to a young woman of marriageable age—without respect to prior sexual activity. The more precise word for “virgin” is betulah (בתולה), a word not used in Isaiah 7:14. The New Testament author Matthew, we are so often told, mistakenly assumed the term meant “virgin.” His ignorance led to the doctrine of the virgin birth of Jesus. But are these assertions correct? [Read more…]

How to Use Sermon Editor’s New View Settings


I certainly hope you’ve discovered and are enjoying the Logos 7 Sermon Editor! This “multi-document creating word processor” continues to expand with new and improved features.

The recent release of Logos 7.10 contains two big new enhancements: Slides View and Outline View.

To view (and subsequently export) just the slides in the document: [Read more…]

Study Paul’s Most Important Epistle Verse by Verse

In his introduction to Romans Verse by Verse, Grant Osborne makes a grandiose claim: “In AD 57 in the city of Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote the greatest book ever penned in human history: his letter to the Roman church.” While we can’t prove that statement true or false unequivocally, we can say that Romans is Paul’s most dense and complex epistle. It’s had a profound effect on theology and the understanding of Scripture and the themes of the letter inform the core of what it means to be a Christian. [Read more…]

What Really Happened at the Tower of Babel?

Most children who’ve attended Sunday school classes can tell you what happened at the Tower of Babel. King Nimrod wanted to be famous, so he convinced the people of Babylon to build a great tower that would reach heaven.

God could see that the people were becoming prideful and decided that he should go down and mix up their language so they couldn’t understand each other. This teaches us that pride is bad and helps us understand where all the world’s languages came from.

Most adults don’t really have an understanding of this story that’s any more sophisticated. But Dr. Michael S. Heiser, author of The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible, would like to remedy that. In this post, adapted from his popular book, Heiser explains what really happened at the tower of Babel and unpacks its implications. Then he goes on to show how the New Testament corrects what happened at the tower of Babel. [Read more…]

The Hidden Figure behind Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest

How would you like to become a bestselling Christian writer, author of a devotional classic that not only still sells well but actually gets read around the world? The only catch is that the book has to come out after you die. That’s the story of Oswald Chambers and his book My Utmost for His Highest.

And yet without one key, hidden figure in the story, there would be no devotional classic. It was Chambers’ wife, Gertrude—whom he affectionately called “Biddy” (from B.D., short for “Beloved Disciple”).

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Logos Pro Tech Tip: Studying the Sermon on the Mount with the Help of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most significant biblical archaeological discoveries of all time. They shed new light on the teachings and culture surrounding the New Testament and the life of Jesus. People around the world have been able to see the scrolls in traveling exhibitions, and the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem displays the premier treasure of the collection, the Great Isaiah Scroll.

With Logos, you can have full access to both biblical and sectarian manuscripts; you can also accurately search and explore these ancient texts side-by-side with English translations.

In this week’s video, we will use the power of Logos to investigate the concept of “hatred” referenced in Matthew 5:43 and discover key references to this topic in the sectarian manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. [Read more…]