Available in Logos 5: Lexham English Septuagint, Alternate Texts

Base Packages II

One of the new resources released with Logos 5 (and available in collections from Bronze up, and also in the Minimal Crossgrade) is the Lexham English Septuagint. And now we’re happy to inform you that an associated resource, the Lexham English Septuagint: Alternate Texts, is ready.

The Lexham English Septuagint (LES) is a new English translation of the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Jewish Scriptures). It uses the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint as a starting point, creating a literal but readable translation.

Now, one of the things we’ve learned about translations of the Bible over, say, the past 40 years is that, well, there are a lot of translations. We have the KJV, the NASB, the NIV, the NRSV, the LEB, the CEB, and all sorts of other translations in English.

There were also a lot of translations back in the days when the Septuagint originated, and we have knowledge of some of these different translations. One of them, known as the Theodotion edition, evidences itself in a different edition of the book of Daniel. Theodotion’s Daniel, while having much the same content as what is known as the “Old Greek” edition of Daniel, simply says it in different ways. So much so that we know that these aren’t really transmission variations, but translation variations. Sort of like how the NIV and NASB both have different English words for Daniel (in most places) but are translating the same material.

The Lexham English Septuagint: Alternate Texts (LES:AT) resource includes Theodotion’s version of Daniel, as well as the additions to Daniel: Susanna, Bel, and the Dragon (yep, dragon!), the Prayer of Azariah, and the Song of Three Youths. The Prayer of Azariah and Song of Three Youths are traditionally inserted in Daniel 3, making the Septuagint version of Daniel 3 exactly 100 verses long in the LES!

The LES:AT also includes an alternative version of Tobit, which is found in Codex Sinaiticus. Again, it is largely the same story, just a different translation.

The work on these books was not complete when Logos 5 and the LES were initially released. It has since been completed. Folks who have upgraded to Logos 5 packages that include the LES are already licensed for the Additional Texts volume. You should receive it soon, if not already, as an automatic download.

For a limited time, you can still save at least 15% on a base package. With the addition of Lexham English Septuagint: Alternate Texts, this is the ideal time to upgrade to Logos 5.

Strengthen Your Ministry at Pastorum Live

Join us for the Pastorum Live conference in Chicago April 11–12, 2013.

At Pastorum, Bible scholars and pastors will unpack the mission of the church as displayed in Scripture, starting at the very beginning. You and your peers will overview God’s plan from Genesis to Revelation, and find ways for your local church to carry out the mission of our God and King.

Not only will you revive your theological knowledge—you’ll sharpen it with Drs. Mark Futato, Mike Goheen, John Walton, and others. During each session’s panel discussion, these speakers will share ideas for applying academic subjects in your church. You’ll see how the cultures of the Bible parallel or contrast with today’s environment.

Register by January 31 and pay only $79! The first 300 people to register will receive all Pastorum 2013 video content for free.

Register now!

New DMin Track: Theological Exegesis

Today’s post is built around content from Michael Allen, coordinator of the theological exegesis track and D. James Kennedy Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Knox Theological Seminary.

Knox Theological Seminary is proud to introduce the world’s first Doctor of Ministry track in theological exegesis. In this program, you’ll learn to interpret and explain Scripture in the context of theology, taking what has been mostly an academic conversation and connecting it to the lives and communities of Christians worldwide.

The track emphasizes canonical, creedal, and contextual biblical interpretation:

  • You’ll read each passage in light of the scriptural canon’s broader context, and you’ll see how each piece fits into the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and his kingdom.
  • You’ll use the church’s creeds and confessions (past and present) as prompts to refine your interpretive work, and you’ll learn to see the past as a constant presence for the community of faith.
  • You’ll understand the Word’s answers to modern questions and struggles.

Classes start this month with Michael Allen’s “Hebrews: Exegesis and Theology.” As you study Hebrews, you’ll learn to read the Old Testament overall by studying how the epistle’s anonymous author exegetes Israel’s Scriptures. You’ll familiarize yourself with both classical and contemporary works, growing in your capacity to recognize wisdom in disparate sources. And you’ll see how this ancient text addresses compelling issues today.

Knox’s theological exegesis track is your chance to master nuanced interpretation and life-changing preaching without giving up your ministry responsibilities. Take the first step toward your DMin—explore the new track at DMin.me/course-tracks/exegesis.

Building a Sermon with Logos 5

It’s Saturday night, and your preaching pastor or Sunday school teacher is sick / has a family emergency / is on a plane to Hawaii. And now you’re suddenly teaching in the morning. What do you do?

I’m going to show you how to build a memorable, powerful sermon with Logos 5’s new Sermon Starter Guide. Hopefully this will shave hours off your prep time—hours that you can spend with your family or give to other ministries in your church.

Let’s build a sermon on Philippians 2:1–4.

I’ll start by typing in Php 2:1–4 in the Sermon Starter Guide search bar:

Logos automatically recognizes that the core message of this passage is humility. What a terrific place to begin! As soon as I hit enter, Logos 5 populates my list with thematic outlines and topics that I can click on to explore things like humility, encouragement, or pride.

Logos 5′s thematic outlines are particularly time-saving in the sermon-building process. They provide lists of cross-references, set up in bullet-point outlines of particular themes you may want to treat in your sermon. If you’ve found one that you’d like to use as a foundation, export it to your word processor—Word, OpenOffice, etc.—or, if you want to show it off to your church or group, put it straight into a presentation program like Proclaim.

I want to focus on “Christlikeness” as my core message, so I’ll pick that outline. Once I’ve exported it to my word processor, I can delete points or add my own.

My sermon now looks like an outline of Bible verses summarized with headers. While it would be great to simply read the Bible to my audience, I think it might be helpful to look up other quotations, sermons, and stories that relate to becoming like Christ. Further down in the Sermon Starter Guide is a section called “Illustrations,” which has its own section on Christlikeness. I find some quotes I like in Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes, namely from Charles Spurgeon, which leads me to Spurgeon’s sermon “Christ’s People—Imitators of Him.”

The Sermon Starter Guide has given me several threads to explore, with dozens of resources I can pull into my sermon to help me explain the passage to my group. Whether I want to make my sermon more conversational for a general audience or more exegetical for an informed audience, I can easily follow these threads deeper and deeper until my sermon has the substance and strong points I want, all guided by a single theme.

Every step of the sermon-building process in Logos 5 has been designed to give you substance and save you time. In less than 20 minutes, you can have an outline supported by a dozen or more Scripture passages and guided by a single theme. You can be well on your way into researching illustrations, stories, and visualizations to make your sermon come alive.

Upgrade your base package—get Logos 5

Sermon Starter is available only in Logos 5 Bronze and higher, so upgrade your base package now to experience the best in Bible study.

Get 12 Books—Free!

Jonathan EdwardsThe response to 2012’s Free Book of the Month campaign was overwhelmingly positive. So much so that we’re doing it again! In 2012, we gave away nearly $200 worth of Logos resources, with over 300,000 copies redeemed. If you do the math, that’s over $3 million worth of free books.

During January 2013, you can get Jonathan Edwards’ A Treatise concerning Religious Affections for free and enter to win The Works of Jonathan Edwards (2 vols.). Read your free book using the Logos mobile app, Biblia.com, and Logos 5.

Don’t miss a free book this year!

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Make Bible Study a Priority in 2013!


You might not write out a list of resolutions, but you probably spend time thinking about changes you’ll make in the new year. For most Christians, these include increased time in God’s Word. Don’t miss the opportunity to make an investment in this year’s Bible study!

For a limited time, you can still get a 15% discount on a Logos 5 base package. The benefits of making Logos 5 part of your Bible-reading regimen for 2013 are numerous. You’ll:

  1. Use incredible new features in your Bible study
  2. Study from a vast library of interconnected ebooks
  3. Incorporate encouraging community into your study with Faithlife
  4. Keep track of your commitments with prayer lists and reading plans
  5. Take your Bible study wherever you go

Logos.com has the perfect base package for you. This time next year, you’re going to be thankful you made Logos 5 part of your 2013 resolutions. Get your base package today!

Logos 5: Links to the Timeline

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.

Scattered throughout many Logos resources are dates of specific historical events. Logos is in the process of hyperlinking many of these dates to the new, searchable Timeline, found in most of the new base packages.

Here’s an example of how the links work:

  • Type 131 in the Command box.
  • In the drop down list, click Open 131 Christians Everyone Should Know to open this resource.
  • Type 35 in the resource’s reference box. (A)
  • Press the Enter key to jump to that page.
  • Click the Visual Filters icon (B) on the resource’s toolbar.
  • Select Timeline events.
  • In the book scroll to page 35, subsection “Here I stand.” (C)
  • Notice, in the first sentence, a blue flag (D) next to the year 1517.
  • Rest the cursor on the flag to see a popup description of the event. (E)
  • Click the blue flag (D) to open the Timeline to that specific event.
  • Notice, back on page 35, a white flag next to the year 1519. (F)
  • Click the white flag to jump to the year 1519 on the Timeline.

Links to Timeline

The blue flags in resources represent specific events on the Timeline, whereas white flags just represent dates on the Timeline with no specific events assigned to them.


Of course, you can open the Timeline anytime you want from the Tools menu.

Only 3 Days Left to Get 12 Days of Logos Deals: Act Now!

12 Days of Logos

This year’s 12 Days of Logos deals are almost gone. The 2012 lineup was one of the best we’ve ever had—remarkable discounts on The Essential IVP Reference Collection, the ESV Study Bible Notes, NIVAC, Anchor Yale Bible, and more. You can still get killer deals on items like:

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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (1979–1995) (4 vols.)
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Get multiple deals at an unbeatable price

Want more than one of these terrific offers? Having trouble affording them? Just use an easy-to-budget, interest-free payment plan. You have one chance to save the most amount of money: the first time you buy. Why let a one-time price keep you from getting the products you want? For a huge collection like the Anchor Yale Bible, for instance, you can cut the 12 Days price, $1,689.95, down to 12 monthly payments of just $146! But what if you want the Anchor Yale Bible and NIVACYour monthly payment could be as low as $112.77 with an 18-month payment plan. Call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467 to see if your purchase qualifies for an 18-month plan.

So don’t wait—all deals end at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on January 2. Take full advantage of these deals while they last!

Last Chance for Christmas Savings! Deals End January 2

Christmas has passed, but our Christmas sale hasn’t! Until January 2, you can still take advantage of seasonal discounts. Don’t miss out on great deals like:

15% off base packages

For a limited time, you can save at least 15% on Logos 5.  There’s no question that the best way to get tons of new content at the best price is with a base package. Our software is new, and our base packages are, too. Choose one that does what you need—and more than you imagined.

Up to 85% off bundles

Bundles are one of the simplest, most valuable ways to start studying what you love. But don’t wait—prices double after January 2, 2013, when all bundles revert to their regular prices. Through the end of our Christmas sale, you can save up to 75% off individual title prices—or, with a Master Bundle, up to 85%!

If you’re looking for a specific study topic, you have 19 different choices—or, if you would rather round out your library, get a Master Bundle, full of every resource from all 19 individual bundles. You don’t have much more time to get hundreds of new books at rock-bottom prices! Order now to get the best price.

12 Days of Logos

Another year of terrific 12 Days of Logos deals is over, but the coupon codes live on. Until 11:59 p.m. (PST) January 2, you can get any of the deals at their 12 Days sale prices. Take full advantage of these awesome deals before they’re gone!

Win Logos 5 & a Surface tablet

If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time! We’re giving away five base packages—Starter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and ­Platinum—and, with Platinum, a brand-new Surface tablet running Windows 8 Pro!  If you win but already have Logos 5, we’ll refund your purchase in Logos credit. If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time—entry closes December 31, 2012.

Start the new year with great savings! Take advantage of these exciting offers on our Logos Christmas deals page. But don’t wait too long—seasonal discounts end after January 2.

Software Bíblico Logos: an Amazingly Successful Experiment / un experimento asombrosamente exitoso

It’s common to hear Hispanics refer to American society as “advanced” and express frustration at the difficulty of finding cutting-edge technologies south of the border. One notable exception, though, is in Bible-study technology. Logos has reimagined its software to suit the interests of Hispanics, offering a set of Bible-study tools as advanced as their English-language counterparts.

The intention was generous, and the move somewhat risky. By and large, Hispanics don’t enjoy the purchasing power of the American consumer. Their Bible-study habits generally stay at the devotional level, with little need for advanced technology.

But the experiment yielded an awesome response. From the get-go, Logos’ Spanish department has averaged over 30% yearly growth. Users have steadily proved their demand for better tools and content, some by paying a month’s wages. With 30 books, our very first package started timidly, but today the Biblioteca Premier offers 422 Spanish resources.

For Hispanics, this year closes with an stupendous gift opportunity. The recent released Biblioteca Premier features a bibliography covering every angle of Bible study: Bibles, commentaries, lexicons, theology, apologetics, evangelism, history, and more. What’s more, the new Logos 5 features will satisfy the homiletical yearnings of the many Hispanic pastors who prefer to study and preach topically rather than expositorily. To top it off, all Spanish libraries are discounted by 15% through the Christmas season.

How better to bless your Hispanic pastor friend or leader than by telling them about Logos? Or, better yet, by getting them this amazing blessing and seeing their awesome response?

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Seguido los hispanos describen la sociedad americana como “muy avanzada,” con aire de desánimo, al percatarse de que las tecnologías más avanzadas no están fácilmente disponibles para ellos fuera de los Estados Unidos. Hoy día, no obstante, existe una notable excepción a esta norma. Se trata de la tecnología de estudio bíblico. Software Bíblico Logos ha tomado herramientas originalmente diseñadas para el consumidor americano y las ha re-adaptado para el mercado hispano.

La intención ha sido generosa pero no sin riesgo, comenzando porque los hispanos, en términos generales, no gozan del poder adquisitivo del consumidor americano. Además, sus hábitos de estudio bíblico generalmente permanecen a un nivel devocional que no demanda de mucha tecnología.

La gran sorpresa ha sido que el experimento ha resultado en una increíble bendición con una reacción inédita. Desde su comienzo, el departamento hispano de Logos ha promediado más de 30% de crecimiento anual. Los usuarios han comprobado su deseo de herramientas avanzadas y buen contenido de estudio bíblico. Algunos han estado dispuestos a pagar tanto como el equivalente de un mes de sueldo. El primer paquete comenzó titubeante, ofreciendo 30 libros. Hoy día la Biblioteca Premier ofrece 422 recursos de estudio.

Para los hispanos, este año cierra estupendo con una gran oportunidad de regalos. La Biblioteca Premier, recientemente debutada, cubre una bibliografía de todo ángulo de estudio: Biblias, comentarios, léxicos, teología, apologética, evangelismo, historia, y más. Además, las funciones de las nuevas bibliotecas de Logos 5 saciarán la sed homilética de muchos pastores hispanos con estudio y predicación por tópico más que expositiva, máxime cuando todas las bibliotecas se encuentran descontadas un 15% durante las fechas navideñas.

¿Qué mejor manera de bendecir a un amigo pastor hispano o líder que hablándole de Logos? Aún mejor, ¿obteniendo para su amigo una biblioteca Logos 5 y siendo testigo de la gran bendición y la inédita respuesta?