Vyrso’s Selection Grows with David C. Cook

David C. Cook, publisher of discipleship materials for helping Christians grow and pass on their faith, has made many of their most popular titles available on Vyrso.

Now you can grow your faith with dynamic ebooks like:

Or experience powerful biographies:

Read life-changing fiction:

And guide your family through turbulent times with:

These David C. Cook ebooks (and many more!) can be read in the designated Vyrso reader (iPhone or Android), the Logos app (iPhone or Android), Logos 4, or online at Biblia.com. So what are you waiting for? Pick up some new David C. Cook titles from Vyrso today!

New Testament Reverse Interlinear Available for the NIV 2011

We have wrapped up work on the reverse interlinear for the NIV 2011 New Testament. If you have Logos 4 installed, a license for the NIV 2011 with reverse interlinears, and are set up to receive updates, the update should be automatic. The reverse interlinear for the NIV2011 Old Testament is well under way, we hope to release that later this year.

Growing up as a child of the late 70′s and early 80′s, the standard Bible in my church and home was the NIV. But I have to admit, I am less familiar with the TNIV and the NIV2011, so I was actually happy to work on this reverse interlinear project.

There has been both support and criticism for the NIV 2011, particularly as it handles what have come to be known as gender issues. I won’t comment on those, but I thought I’d highlight a few of the other changes between the 1984 NIV and the 2011 NIV.

Change 1: Is it “Christ” or “Messiah”?

The 1984 NIV used “Christ” to translate the Greek Χριστος (Christos) almost exclusively. There’s nothing wrong with that. But one refreshing change I noticed is that when Χριστος is used referring to the prophesied savior to come (mostly in the Gospels), the 2011 NIV uses “Messiah” instead of “Christ”. Elsewhere, where a particular person, Jesus, is referred to using Χριστος, the 2011 NIV uses “Christ” (or “Jesus Christ” or “Christ Jesus” as the Greek text warrants).

This is a refreshing change. I think sometimes we slip into thinking that “Christ” is Jesus’ last name, and this change helps us remember that in the Gospels it is a title referring to the Savior to come.

Change 2: Is it “Saints” or “Holy Ones”?

I was less excited about this change, but can understand why the committee made it. This typically shows up in the epistles. I think the change is primarily about focusing on the effect of Christ on someone (made holy) versus focusing on some sort of status ascribed to a person as a result of that effect. The use of “saint” today is different than it was in the 1970′s and 80′s when the NIV was originally translated, so some sort of change is defensible, though it wreaks havoc with the way I remember and have internalized the text since my younger days.

These are just a few of the larger, consistent changes between the 1984 and 2011 editions of the NIV. There were scads of smaller changes, as well. If you’re really interested in those sorts of details, and you have the 1984 NIV available in Logos, you can use Logos 4′s Bible Comparison features (Morris Proctor talks about it briefly here) to tease out all of the differences—even punctuation, which is sometimes very interesting!

If you don’t have NIV 2011, you can pick yours up today!

Has the NIV been beneficial to your Bible study? Leave us a comment and tell us how!

Logos 4: Place All Search Results in One Panel

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

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If you’ve been to Camp Logos before you know that I’m a big fan of the right click menu. If you haven’t been then I encourage you to open a Bible in Logos and start right clicking. You can access many powerful features through this context sensitive menu that appears when you right click on a word.  This shortcut menu is especially helpful for searching. You can search for English words and phrases, Hebrew and Greek lemmas, references and more with the right click menu. You’ll notice, though, each time you execute a right mouse search you open a separate search panel. Generate five searches and get five search panels. It doesn’t take long to slow down your study as you try to navigate through all these search panels on the screen. Here’s how to avoid that:

  • Close all but one search panel
  • Choose the panel menu on that one search panel (A).
  • Select Send searches here (B).
  • Notice Logos places a target on the search panel menu (C).

Place All Search Results in One Panel

Now when you generate a right mouse search, the current search results will be removed and the new search hits will take their place!

If you need to get back to a previous search just click the Search History icon to the right of the search box.

This is but one of the numerous shortcuts contained on the New Time Saving Tips Volume 2 that Logos just posted as a Pre-pub.

The more shortcuts you use, the more streamlined your Bible study with Logos becomes. Most of these shortcuts come right out of my own personal use of the software.

You can read all about this new video training and place your order at the Logos website.

What Logos 4 shortcut do you use that you think is the most helpful? Leave a comment and let us know!

Weekly Roundup: February 25

The Weekly Roundup is a regular feature alerting you to significant things happening at Logos this week. Take a few moments to check out these newsworthy items for the week of February 25, 2012.

Logos Talk

Pre-Pubs

New Pre-Pubs

Last Chance Pre-Pubs

These are Pre-Pubs shipping next week. Don’t miss your last chance to pick these up at their amazing Pre-Pub prices!

Community Pricing

Be sure to check out the latest collection from Community Pricing: the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.).

  • Containing the writings of early Anabaptists like Menno Simons and Balthasar Hübmaier, as well as works from twentieth-century Mennonite scholars like Daniel Kauffman and J. S. Hartzler, the Classic Anabaptist and Mennonite History Collection (19 vols.) is a must-have for those interested in Reformation history.

Don’t miss out on these collections nearing the 100% mark!

Job Postings

Logos is hiring! Here are just a few of the newest postings on our Careers page:

Marketing Department

Graphic Design and Video

Sales

Software Development

Publications

Ministry Development

Customer Service

Finance

Operations

Was there anything else from Logos you found interesting this week? Leave us a comment and let us know!

The NIV Application Commentary: Old Testament Is Now on Pre-Pub!

Logos has had the 20-volume NIV Application Commentary: New Testament available for some time, but you may not know that the 12-volume NIV Application Commentary: Old Testament is now available on Pre-Pub as well! The demand for this collection is high and it’s already under development, so time is of the essence to pick up the Old Testament collection at a discounted price.

The NIV Application Commentary is unlike any other commentary series. Not content to simply focus on application of the biblical text, this series takes the original meaning of the text and mines it for its contemporary significance. It would be a mistake to see the NIV Application Commentary as simple devotional literature. The ultimate goal of this series may be application, but that doesn’t stop these commentaries from being credible reference materials.

The Application Commentary: Old Testament series includes insights from such notable scholars as John H. WaltonRobert L. Hubbard, Jr.Andrew E. Hill, and Karen H. Jobes. Each author in the NIV Application Commentary breaks their exegesis into:

  • Original Meaning: This section helps you grasp the author’s intended meaning by looking at the biblical passage’s historical, literary, and cultural context.
  • Bridging Contexts: In this section, the commentary wrestles with discerning the historical aspects of the passage which have direct twenty-first century correlations—and those which do not. This section focuses on drawing out both explicit and implicit parallels.
  • Contemporary Significance: By looking at contemporary issues and contexts, the authors of the NIV Application Commentaries confront modern readers with ideas and principles as powerful and challenging as the Scriptures would have been to its original audience.
Here is what people are saying about the series (check out the product page to see even more endorsements):

The NIV Application Commentary series doesn’t fool around. It gets right down to business, bringing this ancient and powerful Word of God into the present so that it can be heard and delivered with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend’s embrace.
Eugene H. Peterson

It is encouraging to find a commentary that is not only biblically trustworthy but also contemporary in its application. The NIV Application Commentary will prove to be a helpful tool in the pastor’s sermon preparation. I use it and recommend it.
Charles F. Stanley, pastor, First Baptist Church of Atlanta

The NIV Application Commentary series promises to be of very great service to all who preach and teach the Word of God.
J. I. Packer, Regent College

The NIV Application Commentaries add unique value to your library. If you are looking for ancient wisdom and modern relevance, pre-order the NIV Application Commentary: Old Testament while it’s still on Pre-Pub.

Under Development: The Complete Works of Stephen Charnock

The Complete Works of Stephen Charnock (5 vols.) is currently under development, but you can pick it up while it’s still at the Pre-Pub price of just $69.95—that’s 70% off the retail price. These five volumes contain 64 theological discourses from Charnock including his most well-known work, The Existence and Attributes of God.

Enjoyed for hundreds of years, The Existence and Attributes of God is comprised of sermons Charnock delivered at Crosby Hall, London. Charnock died in 1680 while delivering this series of discourses which explore God’s traits and characteristics in both the Old and New Testament. Many believe these sermons epitomize the excellent and holy character Charnock developed in his 53 years.

In addition, several of Charnock’s other discourses address topics like church stability, obedience, the Lord ’s Supper, and so much more.

Here’s what the Evangelical Witness and Presbyterian Review said about Stephen Charnock and his writings:

The place of Stephen Charnock among theologians has long been definite and distinguished. . . . massive, substantial, and thorough, [Charnock’s works] well represent the religious thinking and character of the man.

Be sure to pick up The Complete Works of Stephen Charnock for the Pre-Pub price of $69.95 before it ships!

Find Free Logos Help on YouTube

When we first started making software in 1992, it was impossible to predict all of the ways that technology would influence how we gather, interact with, and process information. Streaming video is a perfect example of a revolution that no one in the early nineties saw coming.

YouTube, started by three former PayPal employees in 2005, has been a huge game changer. The video site has revolutionized everything from politics to education. In fact, there are over 92 billion videos viewed each month by over 490 million unique users.

We think YouTube is a fantastic way for Logos users to pick up helpful tips and tricks for using their software, so we’ve created a YouTube channel.  You’ll find hundreds of free videos to help you get more out of your Bible study, including software tutorials for PC, Mac, and Mobile formats, as well as product demonstrations and fun behind-the-scenes videos.

To make all of these easier to find, we’ve divided our videos into playlists.

Tutorial Videos:

Other Resources:

The best way to keep up-to-date is to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Subscribing gives you access to exclusive sneak-peeks at new products, features, and updates. So subscribe now and start watching hundreds of free, high quality videos which will help you better understand Logos and go deeper in your Bible study.

Is there something you’d like to see on our YouTube channel? Leave us a comment!

Save 25%! Register for Pastorum Live Today

“The Bible is a book that has been read more and studied less than any book that ever existed.”

That’s what Thomas Paine said over 200 years ago, and we at Logos have been trying to prove him wrong since 1992. We equip Christians with the best Bible study research tools on the planet, but we also get people into the Word by other means, such as Vyrso Christian ebooks, Proclaim church presentation software, and Bible Study Magazine.

Now, we’re launching an original languages conference in Chicago: Pastorum Live.

Join us this June in Chicago for the Pastorum Live conference, where you’ll learn to dig into the original languages of the Bible. Logos Bible Software is bringing 21 of the world’s top Bible scholars to help you master the text. It’s the best of seminary training packed into two days!

Lectures include:

Pastorum happens June 5-6, 2012 at Park Community Church in Chicago, IL. Attendance is $199, but if you register before March 10, you’ll save 25%!

To learn more about the extensive speaker lineup and their lecture topics, visit Pastorum Live!

Bible Study Magazine Gets Interactive

Today’s guest post is from Brittany Rogers, copy editor for the Publications department at Logos Bible Software.

Are you always on the hunt for fresh ways to study the Bible? Do you wish that you could visualize the biblical text instead of just having it explained to you? If you’re a visual learner, you’ll be excited to hear about the interactive media page at BibleStudyMagazine.com. You will find some of the Bible’s most complex data presented in appealing and easy-to-understand infographics. And it’s all right at your fingertips.

Each infographic has been created from content originally published in Bible Study Magazine. Here are just a few examples:

  • Does the Bible really disagree with a historian and an Assyrian king? God’s Word through Multiple Voices” examines one of the most controversial events in the Bible: Sennacherib’s invasion of Judah during Hezekiah’s reign. Not familiar with the foreign landscape of the Old Testament? Don’t worry. Using the interactive map, you can easily examine 2 Kings and the opposing accounts of Sennacherib’s campaigns across Judah.
  • Just how tall was Goliath? Was he taller than NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal? And who really killed the giant? All of these questions and more are addressed in “Clash of the Manuscripts: Goliath and the Hebrew Text of the Old Testament.” What’s more, the original Hebrew text is color-coded, making passage comparison quick and easy.
  • The New Testament didn’t drop out of heaven: Early Christians were persecuted by the Romans for possessing New Testament manuscripts in ancient times, yet they continued to make copies. So which fifth-century manuscript was most commonly reproduced? This inforgraphic uses a hot air balloon to demonstrate the popularity of the New Testament, comparing it to other works of the time by Josephus and Homer. The stats might surprise you.

These interactive tools provide a glimpse at the rich content in each issue of Bible Study Magazine. We’re passionate about getting you into the Word, and we’re always coming up with new ways to improve your study. So check out these interactive articles, and if you haven’t already, subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today!