Studying Scripture in Context: Why It Matters and How to Do It

studying-scripture-in-context-logos-6Regardless of where you are in your Bible study—from eager novice to sophisticated scholar—you’ve no doubt come across an obscure or confusing passage, word, image, or practice.

The Bible is filled with images and cultural references that meant a lot to the ancient Eastern mind, but are flat-out dumbfounding today, which—unfortunately for us—means a lot of Scripture’s messages and practices get lost in translation.

Let’s look at the big picture: the Bible was written over a period of about 2,000 years, by about 40 authors with vastly different personalities and cultural backgrounds, and in three different languages—Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.

Every biblical author is writing from a different cultural perspective, so in order to truly understand what the Bible’s saying, you need to understand where the biblical author is coming from—you need to have a basic understanding of their culture and language, or else you won’t fully comprehend the underlying message.

The good news is that Logos 6 comes with the best contextual tools available, so even eager novices like myself (or all the sophisticated scholars whom I work with) can make amazing new discoveries.

Here are a few ways you can better understand the biblical world with Logos 6:

1. Explore ancient interpretations of Scripture

No other text has had a greater influence on Western thought than the Bible. So what better way to dig into the Bible’s culture than to explore its literary contemporaries? The new Ancient Literature tool connects Bible passages to ancient literature based on shared references, themes, and historical periods, and even goes so far as to make these connections based on allusions.

For example, say you’re studying Psalm 23 and you want a better understanding of what “God as shepherd” means. If you start with the Sense Section in your Factbook, you’ll see all the varying meanings of this title. And although you may imagine a shepherd as someone gentle, kind, and quiet, the Sense Section reveals a different perspective: in biblical times, “shepherd” meant citizenry, or a united entity or nation. It meant to lead, and it meant to rule and tend to your flock. The shepherd was a strong, formidable leader—not a meek guide.

You’ll also see several links to works by the Apostolic Fathers in the Ancient Literature section. If you open these works, you’ll see that for Clement of Alexandria, the flock’s relationship to the shepherd was all about humility, and not exalting yourself above others.

For Ignatius of Antioch, God as shepherd was about unity and truth: “Where the shepherd is, there follow like sheep. For many seemingly trustworthy wolves attempt, by means of wicked pleasure, to take captive the runners in God’s race; but in your unity they will find no opportunity.”

And for Hermas, God as shepherd represented a graceful man—someone who personally greeted him and sat down beside him clothed in white.

Do you see how much this fleshes out your understanding? You could just bypass a word like “shepherd,” not knowing the significance and intensity this figure represents—or, with Logos 6, you can get a fuller, richer perspective of its biblical meaning.

2. Understand the real meaning of biblical words

As we all know, words can have myriad meanings. You can explore a cave and you can cave in; you can go dancing at a club and hit a golf ball with a club; you could even eat a chip or get a chip in your windshield.

Alternate word meanings are not unique to modern languages, which is why Logos 6 includes the Sense Section—a new section in your Bible Word Study guide that shows every alternate meaning, or “sense,” of a Greek or Hebrew word, as well as where it occurs.

For example, the Greek and Hebrew word for “house,” can mean a physical house, a family, a people, a group, or a temple. With the Sense Section, you can see all these meanings and go straight to where they occur.

Let’s say you look up “light” in your Factbook—the Sense Section shows that the absence of light represents an “evil realm,” or “darkness.” So when God commands, “Let there be light,” he’s not just flipping the light switch—he’s casting hope in the darkness, he’s creating an oasis from sinfulness, and he’s doing away with ignorance of God; his presence rescues people from an evil realm.

Explore the biblical world with Logos 6

All these awesome tools amount to one awesome goal: better understanding the Word.

Dig into the biblical world and see how you can do more powerful Bible study: get 15% off Logos 6 today!

Logos 6: Weights and Measures Converter

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.

Sometimes biblical passages refer to measurements we just don’t use much, if ever, today. For example, in Genesis 6:15, the Lord instructed Noah to make the ark 300 cubits long. I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever refer to “cubits” in my normal conversations. So how long was the ark to be? The answer to the question is very easy to discover with Logos 6′s new interactive Weights and Measures Converter.

Try this:

  • Choose Tools | Weights and Measures Converter
  • Type in the Convert box the number of units to convert followed by the name of the unit of measurement, such as 300 cubits (A)
  • Select the desired item from the drop-down list (B)

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  • Notice that Logos displays various equivalents in words (C)

Since, however, a picture is worth 1,000 words, notice that this resource also portrays the equivalent in pictures! (D

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300 cubits is the equivalent of:

  • 12 city buses
  • 10 humpback whales
  • 7 semitrucks
  • 3 757 airliners

For written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual. or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Arizona or Tennessee.

Designed for Logos 6: Original Lexham Press Resources

Lexham-PressLogos 6 is packed with awesome new tools and resources to make your Bible study smarter, easier, and faster.

Lexham Press built a number of these amazing resources from the ground up, specifically for Logos 6. Explore the biblical world with stunning media and curriculum and dig into the biblical text with these revolutionary resources.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new from Lexham Press in Logos 6:

Enhance your Bible study

lexham-press-diy-bible-studyWith new Bible study resources from Lexham Press, taking your study to the next level is easier than ever.

It all starts with DIY Bible Study. This highly visual curriculum leverages Logos Bible Software and Lexham Press products to deepen your Bible study—or to help you begin. Video lessons explain Bible study principles and survey every book of the Bible. And application-focused content, accompanied by stunning graphics, helps you see what the Bible meant to its original readers and what it means for us today.

Paired with DIY Bible Study are two curated collections of Bible Study Magazine content:

  • Moment with God: A Devotional on Every Biblical Book: We all have our “God moments,” but the intimacy doesn’t always last. Each author in Moment with God captures this beautiful struggle, as they draw on their own stories and the Bible itself. This hand-curated collection of some of the richest devotionals from Bible Study Magazine celebrates God’s faithfulness, no matter what the moment looks like.
  • Study Like a Pro: Explore Difficult Passages from Every Book of the Bible: “Why don’t I have the insight into the Bible that he has?” “Where did she learn to interpret the Bible so well?” We’ve all asked ourselves these questions. This collection of tried and true articles from Bible Study Magazine, written by experts, walks you through Bible difficulties and teaches you to study like a pro.

We’ve also designed spectacular media to enrich your Bible study. With the Lexham Bible Background Slides, you’ll get a slide presentation on every book in the Bible. Each slide collection includes the book’s theme, authorship, and context, and offers easily digestible maps, timelines, and content outlines.

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Revolutionary Bible resources

If you’re digging deep into the Bible’s text, Lexham Press has designed some groundbreaking resources specifically designed for Logos 6 and optimized for your Bible study.

lexham-theological-wordbookThe Lexham Theological Wordbook takes a new approach to explaining important concepts and categories used in the biblical languages. Unlike most lexicons that organize by lemmas, this wordbook groups entries according to meaning, broadly construed by semantic domain, with the related lemmas from Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek placed together. Each article explains a concept and defines the words and idioms used to express that concept in the Bible.

We’ve also updated the Lexham Bible Dictionary with 2,192 new articles, taking the total article count to 5,159. There are now more than 2.7 million words in the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

There are also five new glossaries giving you a quick overview of hundreds of biblical concepts and terms:

  • Lexham Glossary of Theology: This glossary provides brief definitions for hundreds of terms from the Bible and from theology, giving you a quick overview of various theological topics.
  • Lexham Glossary of Semantic Roles: The Semantic Roles and Case Frames dataset tags the text of the Bible according to roles played by each part of a given statement. This glossary defines the labels used to describe these semantic roles.
  • Lexham Cultural Ontology Glossary: The Bible references many cultural concepts from the ancient world that are unfamiliar to us today. This glossary defines these concepts as used in the Cultural Concepts dataset.
  • Lexham Glossary of Literary Types: Several literary types and devices are used throughout the Bible’s text, including allegories, parables, psalms, and letters. This glossary defines the types and devices identified in the Tooman Literary Type Analysis of the Old Testament and the Mackie Literary Type Analysis of the New Testament.
  • Lexham Propositional Outlines Glossary: The Propositional Flow Outline dataset organizes the text of the Bible onto separate lines that are indented relative to their subordinate or superordinate relationships. This glossary defines the labels used to identify those relationships.

Get Logos 6 today!

Many of these features and resources are exclusive to Logos 6. With Logos 6 and Lexham Press, you’ll advance your Bible study to whole new level.

And for a limited time, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package: now’s the perfect time to get Logos 6!

Don’t Miss November’s Discounts

monthly-sale-november-2014We have special deals running all November long, and you won’t want to miss a single one: check out November’s sale now!

Because of technical difficulties with the page, some discounts may not appear. But rest assured that once you click through to individual products, you can find incredible savings! We have numerous commentaries, topical works, and several exciting introductions on sale.

Here are three highlights you don’t want to miss:

high-definition-commentary-philippiansHigh Definition Commentary: Philippians

Get it now for just $21.95!

This innovative new resource provides incredible discourse-based commentary. Using modern linguistics, Steve Runge brings the original Greek text into modern English to provide the reader with clear, concise ideas. Additionally, this resource includes custom graphics for your sermon or small group.

The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story

Get it now for just $12.95!

Why is it important to know what you believe? How does the Bible factor in to our lives? In this powerful introduction, noteworthy scholar and pastor D.A. Carson walks you through the story of Scripture. Now, with the Logos edition, you can search by topic or reference and full use popup Scripture references. Build the foundation of your faith with this stirring read.

The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity

Get it now for just $33.95!

In this respected volume, edited by Dr. Craig Evans, numerous New Testament scholars present various methods of interpretation. Authors include veterans and younger up-and-coming scholars for a combined presentation that’s sure to bolster the library of any serious Bible reader.

These are just a few great titles on sale—be sure to check out the rest of this month’s discounted products!

Pursuing the Knowledge of God with Mobile Ed and Logos 6

mobile-ed-bi100-learn-to-study-the-bibleI want to know God’s thoughts—the rest are mere details.

This quote is famously attributed to Albert Einstein. Though we probably don’t agree with his religious views and we don’t literally chase after the knowledge of God’s thoughts, this hyperbolic phrase captures something about the Christian’s heart. Those who follow Jesus are characterized by a desire to know God more deeply: to know his character, his intentions, and his desires. Thankfully we worship a God who speaks. His Word to us is his self-revelation, and through the reading and study of it, we know more of this God who called us out of darkness.

That’s why Bible study is important; we want to know God, and we know someone best through communication. My marriage would hardly be a marriage at all if my wife and I never spoke to each other. How could I really know her? But because we communicate daily, I continue to get to know my wife’s heart and our marriage grows stronger. Likewise, if we are not communicating with God through prayer and the reading of his Word, we cannot ever truly know him.

In Dr. Darrell Bock’s BI100 Learn to Study the Bible, he builds off this idea with Proverbs 2:1–5:

My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.

Dr. Bock says that “the reward on the other end is the reception of knowledge about God and the deepening of the fear or respect of God. In other words, our hearts are shaped as well as our minds.” It’s this conviction that helped drive Dr. Bock and Mobile Ed to create a new course specifically designed to help people grow in their Bible study.

Do better study with Dr. Darrell L. Bock

BI100 Learn to Study the Bible is a Mobile Ed course that will help you take your Bible study to the next level—beyond simply reading the text. Through this course’s video lessons, richly tagged transcript, and Logos 6 video tutorials, you’ll learn to study Scripture using Dr. Bock’s methods and apply that methodology using Logos 6’s powerful tools and resources. This course lives right in Logos Bible Software, so you can take these lessons with you on your Mac, PC, or mobile devices.

The course starts with contrasting the reading and study of Scripture, and you’ll learn to do both with more clarity and depth. You’ll discover how to dig into the text’s historical and literary background and apply that information to understand the meaning and message of each book. This will heighten not only your understanding of the text for yourself, but also your ability to teach it to others. Pastors, parents, students, and everyone in between can benefit from learning these Bible study methods and applying them with Logos 6.

Get step-by-step tutorials

This course contains nearly a dozen Logos 6 video tutorials. With Logos 6, you have an incredible amount of research power at your fingertips, and these videos will show you how to harness it in your Bible study.

The perfect companion to Logos 6

With this course you’ll get:

  • Video lessons from Dr. Bock, carefully created to help you study with Logos
  • Richly tagged transcripts, which connect to the rest of your Logos library and learn more on any word or topic
  • Logos 6 video tutorials, which show you how to utilize the software for incredible results
  • Associated readings so you can read other relevant resources on the topic at hand

Get equipped to study the Bible with more depth and clarity: add BI100 Learn to Study the Bible to your library today!

 

Get Free Gifts with Your Logos 6 Purchase

logos-6-introductory-offersLogos 6 gives you the best digital tools and resources for Bible study, and now’s the best time to get it. Right now, you’ll get a 15% discount on new base packages, crossgrades, and upgrades, plus you’ll get exclusive rewards when you spend over $500 during your Logos 6 purchase.

Each purchase tier—$500, $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000—will earn you more rewards: the more you spend, the more valuable your rewards. Every level builds off the next, so you’ll get that level’s corresponding reward, along with every reward from the lower levels.

Here’s what you’ll get at each level:

$500 level

$50.00 promotional code

introductory-offers-500-levelIf you spend $500 or more during your base-package purchase, you’ll get a $50.00 promotional code to use toward a future purchase. With over 45,000 titles to choose from, the options are practically endless: you’ll be able to find resources that are specifically catered to your interests and type of study.

Whenever you add resources to your library, you’re increasing its value: since your resources are interconnected, the more you add, the more valuable every other book becomes. This promotional code is an opportunity to add value to your library—use it to add resources that create new connections, powering your library for further insight.

$1,000 level

Mobile Ed: BI100 Learn to Study the Bible

introductory-offers-1000-levelThis brand-new Mobile Ed course teaches you Bible study methodology in tandem with Logos 6. Under the instruction of Dr. Darrell Bock, you’ll explore both reading and studying Scripture with Logos 6’s powerful tools. You’ll get video lessons and transcripts, as well as more than a dozen helpful Logos 6 training videos. Not only will you better understand your new software, but you’ll also learn Bible study basics that will empower your study of the Word. This course is the perfect starting point for mastering Logos 6.

$2,500 level

2-year Pro Media subscription

introductory-offers-2500-levelProclaim Pro Media gives you media packs for creating pixel-perfect presentations. It works in Proclaim Church Presentation Software (if you don’t already use Proclaim, try it free for 30 days!), but Logos Pro Media—included in Proclaim Pro Media—is where you’ll really see Logos 6 shine. You’ll get stunning backgrounds for the Visual Copy tool—just select your quote or passage, then select your media of choice to create personalized images you can use in your presentations or share online.

$5,000 level

Mobile Ed: Discipleship Training Bundle

introductory-offers-5000-levelThis bundle includes three Mobile Ed courses: ED101 Introducing Discipleship with Dr. Greg Ogden, PC151 Theology of Everyday Life with Dr. Daniel Doriani, and BI181 Introducing Bible Translations with Dr. Mark Strauss. These courses have been available individually, but this is the first time you can get them as a bundle.

With these courses, you’ll learn both biblical foundations and practical methods for disciple making, empowering you to train others to live Christ-filled lives. The insights you’ll gain are essential for discipling others, or for teaching other leaders to do the same.

Get your rewards

To qualify for these rewards, just add a Logos 6 base package to your cart and make sure your cart total—including both Logos 6 and any add-on resources—hits the level you want to reach. You’ll receive your rewards in an email within 45 days of your Logos 6 purchase. This is a limited-time offer, so don’t miss out on these free resources!

Learn more about these introductory offers, and get Logos 6 today!

Build Better Sermons, Faster: 3 Ways Logos 6 Makes It Easier

logos-6-better-sermons-headerLogos 6 solves some of the most frustrating and time-consuming tasks facing today’s pastors. Things like late-night sermon prep, uncertainty in your findings, and a lack of resources may be ubiquitous in a pastor’s life, but they don’t have to be.

With Logos 6, we pinpointed the top obstacles pastors face and created new tools to specifically alleviate those obstacles, so you can spend less time buried in tedious tasks and more time discipling others.

Here are three ways Logos 6 equips pastors to uncover and share new insights in a fraction of the time:

1. Create beautiful presentations—faster

logos-6-better-sermons-visual-copyLogos 6 has only been out for a few weeks, but pastors are loving Visual Copy. This new tool helps you build presentations from within your software, so if you come across an image or quote that’s particularly compelling, you can instantly add it to your presentation. Simply right click the text or image and quickly convert it into a perfectly formatted slide. With a click, send this slide to PowerPoint, Proclaim, or your social networks.

Logos 6 also comes loaded with hundreds of preaching and Bible-background slides that cover every book in the Bible and include beautiful artwork on the most popular preaching topics. We’ve also hand selected the best online images, so instead of wasting time image searching on the Internet and getting results completely unrelated to what you’re looking for, you can search for relevant online images within the software. For example, if you were to search “tabernacle” online, one of the top results would be a nightclub in Atlanta (which I doubt is what you’re preaching on). With new media and search tools, you get the exact imagery you need, when you need it.

Engage your audience and save yourself the stress of last-minute presentations with Visual Copy, Media Search, and new Media Collections.

To enjoy all of Logos 6’s new Media Collections, get Logos 6 Silver or higher.

2. Get instant information on every Scripture-related topic

logos-6-better-sermons-everything-searchNo matter what you’re preaching on (or if you can’t decide what to preach on), Logos 6 has the answers you need.

You can start with a verse, topic, person, place—anything—and look it up with Everything Search. This new tool sweeps through your entire library and returns everything you need to start your sermon: Bible references, library resources, media, Atlas maps, dictionary links, and more. Everything Search brings together all of your advanced search tools, saving you time and taking the guesswork out of your research.

If you want more focused results, use Factbook. Search any biblical person, place, event, concept, or book in the Bible, and like a massive encyclopedia, Factbook brings together all the information you need. Search a person like John Calvin, and get a short biography, famous quotes, links to key works, and Timeline events. Search any book in the Bible and get beautiful Bible-verse art, content overviews, key events, outlines, authorship and historical data, themes, and more. With Factbook, you can spend less time trying to determine which resources to use, and more time preparing your message.

Having some serious sermon block? Just start entering a query, like “prayer,” “John,” or “Bethlehem,” and you’ll get relevant recommended search suggestions that could trigger new ideas.

Logos 6 simplifies your study process, so you always know where to start your next sermon and always have fresh material to challenge yourself and your congregation.

To find answers faster with Everything Search and Factbook, get Logos 6 Bronze or higher.

3. Better understand biblical nuances and cultural practices

logos-6-better-sermons-cultural-conceptsYour congregation is counting on your biblical knowledge, which means it’s up to you to understand biblical nuances and culture (no matter how obscure). Without this knowledge, you can’t effectively analyze biblical imagery and word choice and communicate its meaning to others. Something that may seem benign to the modern reader may have meant the world to the biblical author. That’s why Logos 6 comes loaded with new contextual tools.

With the new Cultural Concepts tool, you can reveal cultural concepts—like music, food, birth and death practices, and economic structures—expressed in the Bible. Search any verse in your Passage Guide or right click on a text selection in your Bible, and Cultural Concepts displays the cultural practices and themes represented in the text. From there, you can see other places where this concept occurs, other names it’s referred to as, and ancient texts that address the same concept.

Logos 6′s Ancient Literature tool also empowers you to explore the literature surrounding the Bible, so you can dig into comparative texts and see how later Christian and Jewish traditions interpreted Scripture. Search a verse in your Passage Guide and see all the ancient literature that relates to that verse. In seconds, find connections between Scripture and the Talmud, Mishna, and Judaic literature, as well as works by the Apostolic Fathers, Philo, and others. This tool isn’t just based on Bible references, though—in addition to linking to primary texts that quote Scripture, it also lists resources that allude to the Bible, that cite it, and that share the same historical period, themes, and lexicon.

With new tools like Cultural Concepts and Ancient Literature—along with Atlas, Timeline, and Interactive Media—you can explore the biblical world like never before and gain a concrete understanding of the Bible’s cultural perspectives.

To explore Cultural Concepts and Ancient Literature, get Logos 6 Silver or higher.

Get Logos 6 today!

With Logos 6, you can save time, be confident in your findings, and get excited to share incredible insights with your congregation.

Plus, for a limited time, you can get 15% off Logos 6!

If you’d like a library specifically catered to your tradition, we also offer libraries for Reformed, Baptist, Lutheran, Anglican, SDA, and Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions. You can also get a library specially designed for chaplaincy positions.

Explore our base-package families and get 15% off Logos 6 today.

Find Your Perfect Logos 6 Library

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Logos 6 is here, and finding the right base package has never been easier. While the standard track of base packages contains resources with broad appeal, we realize that some of the most valuable resources are those that speak to your individual tradition. Because of this, we’ve worked hard to create several different families of base packages for Logos 6.

Our base-package families now include Anglican, Reformed, Baptist, Lutheran, SDA, and Pentecostal and Charismatic. They combine Logos 6’s powerful study tools and Interactive Media with hundreds (or thousands!) of resources to help you not only study the Bible, but also your own Christian history and theology.

Even if you already own a standard Logos 6 base package, supplementing it with one or more of these new base packages is a great way to add valuable resources to your library at a phenomenal price.

Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll get in each base-package family:

Logos 6 Anglican

logos-6-anglican-platinumTop resources in Logos 6 Anglican that you won’t find in the standard track include N.T. Wright’s four-volume Christian Origins and the Question of God Series (Bronze and higher), the 17-volume Book of Common Prayer Collection (Gold and higher), and the 11-volume SPCK Alister McGrath Collection (Platinum and higher). You’ll also find many resources new to Logos 6 Anglican, like the three-volume Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament and the three-volume Lectionary Commentary (both Bronze and higher).

Logos 6 Baptist

logos-6-baptist-diamondLogos 6 Baptist comes with top resources like the 41-volume New American Commentary Series (Silver and higher), the 15-volume A.T. Robertson Collection (Silver and higher), and the 13-volume B&H Pastoral Ministry Collection (Platinum and higher). Resources new to Logos 6 Baptist include the 20-volume IVP New Testament Commentary Series (Gold and higher) and the 19-volume Works of John Gill (Platinum and higher).
 

Logos 6 Lutheran

logos-6-lutheran-platinumWith Logos 6 Lutheran, you’ll get top resources not found in the standard track, like the four-volume Lutheran History Collection (Bronze and higher), the 16-volume Works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Silver and higher), and the 29-volume Select Studies in Martin Luther’s Life and Influence (Gold and higher). Key resources new to Logos 6 Lutheran include the seven-volume H.C. Leupold Commentary Collection (Bronze and higher) and the five-volume Encyclopedia of Christianity (only in Platinum).

Logos 6 Pentecostal & Charismatic

logos-6-pentecostal-charismtaic-silverKey resources in Logos 6 Pentecostal & Charismatic that you won’t find in the standard track include the 24-volume Oswald Chambers Collection, the 36-volume Andrew Murray Collection (Bronze and higher), and the 62-volume David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible (only in Silver). You’ll also find resources new to Logos 6 Pentecostal & Charismatic, like the 20-volume IVP New Testament Commentary Series and the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (both only in Silver).

Logos 6 Reformed

logos-6-reformed-portfolioWith the Logos 6 Reformed track, you’ll get top resources like the 14-volume Barth’s Church Dogmatics (Gold and higher), the 11-volume A.A. Hodge Collection (Gold and higher), Herman Bavinck’s four-volume Reformed Dogmatics (Platinum and higher), and Richard Muller’s four-volume Post-Reformation Reformed Dogmatics. You’ll also get resources new to Logos 6 Reformed, like the 15-volume Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Gold and higher) and the 19-volume Continental Commentary Series (only in Portfolio).

Logos 6 SDA

logos-6-sda-silverLogos 6 SDA comes with key resources like 51 volumes of church ministry research and resources by Monte Sahlin, the 402-volume Ellen G. White’s Lifeworks Collection (Bronze and higher), and the three-volume Lexham High Definition New Testament (Bronze and higher). Top resources never before found in SDA base packages include the 20-volume IVP New Testament Commentary Series (Bronze and Silver) and the 27-volume Warren Wiersbe’s Old Testament “Be” Series (Bronze and Silver).

The Logos 6 family of base packages enhances your study with relevant and valuable resources to complement Logos 6’s smart study tools and Interactive Media. Additionally, when you purchase a base package, you get these resources at a deeply discounted price.

Whether you’re just getting started with Logos or you’re looking for a great way to add more books to your library, you can find the tools and library best suited for you with the Logos 6 family of base packages.

Pick the library that’s right for you today at Logos.com/BasePackages.

Or, give us a call on our Upgrade Express line at 888-875-9491—we’ll help you create your perfect library!

Logos 6: Bible Text Only

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.

Have you ever been reading a print Bible and thought to yourself, it sure would be nice to temporarily:

  • Hide the chapter and verse numbers
  • Arrange the text in list form rather than paragraph form
  • Remove the red letters

You can do all of that and more in Logos 6 with a visual filter called Bible Text Only. This tool has been in Logos for a long time, but it has greatly expanded in Logos 6. The text in most Bibles comes from the publisher with various features, such as:

  • Paragraphs
  • Character formatting, like red letter, italics, etc.
  • Cross-references
  • Pericope headings
  • Chapter and verse numbers

All of this and more can be toggled on and off with the Bible Text Only visual filter. Here’s how to use it:

  • Open a Bible
  • Click the visual filters icon on the Bible’s toolbar (A)
  • Select the Resource box (B)
  • Select Bible text only (C)
  • Uncheck:
    • Bible text formatting to remove all character formatting, such as red letter, italics, bold, etc. (D)
    • Chapter/Verse numbers to remove those numbers (E)
    • Footnote indicators to remove embedded cross-references (F)
    • Non-Bible text to remove pericope titles (G)
    • One verse per line to leave the Bible in paragraph form as opposed to each verse starting on a separate line when this option is checked (H)

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For written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual.

Or, to be one of the first to receive live training for Logos 6, attend an upcoming Camp Logos in California or New York.

Last Chance to Save with the Reformation Day Sale!

Logos-Reformation-Day-Bundle-2014The Reformation Day sale ends November 10, so this is your last chance to save 70% on the 95 books in our special Reformation Day Bundle.

This bundle includes collections of titles by J.I. Packer and Martyn Lloyd-Jones, books on the history of the Reformation and the Reformers, and excellent works of contemporary Reformed theology, like Joel Beeke’s A Puritan Theology.

You’ll also get Reformation Trust’s Classics of Reformed Spirituality collection, which offers fascinating and enriching insights into the Dutch Further Reformation period, which saw sustained and fruitful efforts to apply Reformed theology to daily life. The Reformation Trust Collection contains books by R.C. Sproul, Joel Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson, Steven Lawson, and many others. These two collections alone are worth nearly $500.00!

You can get all 95 books (one for each of Luther’s 95 theses) for only $459.95—that’s less than $5 a book.

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