Learn Greek and Hebrew without Going (Back) to Seminary

Many pastors who attend seminary find that the traditional approach to learning Greek and Hebrew does not work for them. First-year courses usually focus on memorizing charts, paradigms, vocabulary, and more. The overwhelming amount of memorization causes many to quit before reaching their end goal: learning how to use Greek and Hebrew to interpret Scripture.

Even after making it all the way through their original-language coursework, many pastors find that years of ministry slowly chip away at the paradigms and rules they worked so hard to master—leaving only a vague recollection of declensions, tenses, and grammatical constructs they spent years (and thousands of dollars) struggling to retain.

This is a frustrating situation—why memorize something you’re not going to use? In this video you’ll hear the story of a student who experienced these frustrations and how that inspired the creation of the Mobile Ed courses Learn to Use Biblical Greek and Hebrew with Logos 6.

The New Approach to Learning Greek and Hebrew

LA_151-161_310x335These Mobile Ed courses eliminate the need for memorization. You’ll learn the same grammatical concepts you’d study in your first year of seminary, but you’ll jump right in to how to use those concepts to interpret Scripture.

Because the courses are a part of your Logos library, you’ll learn how Logos’ language tools and resources can do the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on your exegesis. Instead of memorizing complicated paradigms, you’ll focus on understanding Greek and Hebrew in a practical way that helps you interpret the Bible.

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Mark Dever Explains How to Grow a Healthy Church

BSM_Blog_MayJuneIn the new issue of Bible Study Magazine, we sat down with Mark Dever to learn how to put our churches on the road to spiritual health. But where to start? Read on to discover the first steps every church must take.

You can read the whole interview in the May–June issue. Get Bible Study Magazine for only $19.99 when you subscribe today!

Mark Dever on developing healthy churches

Pastor and author Mark Dever has dedicated his ministry to building and encouraging healthy churches. He warns that developing a healthy church can take years.

It’s not like a light switch that can just be turned on. The process is as varied as an individual beginning to work toward health. But, generically speaking, churches should begin to preach God’s Word expositionally, regularly, and faithfully from the pulpit. Begin to understand what a church is, what church membership is, and what it means to join a local church. Begin to encourage growth and discipleship. A healthy church should always be clear on what the Bible actually teaches—particularly about the gospel, conversion, and evangelism.

Read our full interview with Mark Dever here!

Jules Martinez: Re-Evangelism in Puerto Rico

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I think we still struggle with illiteracy of the whole story of the Bible. People often tell me that they know what the gospel is and that there’s nothing new for them to learn there. You know what? You never will be able to graduate from the gospel. There’s no ‘next level’ of Christianity beyond that. The gospel is sufficient to encompass all your life and eternity. And it’s complex enough to keep you amazed at what God is doing in Christ to reconcile all things to himself.

Read the full interview here!

This issue of Bible Study Magazine is packed with content that will transform your Bible study.

You’ll get an interview with Mark Dever on building healthy churches, an eight-week Bible study on 1 Peter, an exploration of the themes of 1 Samuel, book reviews, a devotional, and so much more!

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How to Uncover the Bible’s Literary Context

Ancient Literature Collection (25 vols.)

Everyone who takes Bible study seriously understands the importance of the Scripture’s ancient literary and historical context. The Word of God was not written in a vacuum—countless ancient documents cite, allude to, quote, or echo it.

Unfortunately, many profound insights from Scripture remain hidden to us when we don’t have the tools to uncover allusions to God’s Word in other ancient works.

Revealing the ancient context

Logos 6’s new Ancient Literature section in the Passage Guide connects the Bible passage you’re studying to the ancient world that cited it, alluded to it, quoted it, or echoed it.

Take Isaiah 54:3 as an example. You wouldn’t know it from a cursory reading—or even an in-depth study of the passage alone—but this verse is cited throughout the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Talmud. More importantly, those citations provide profound insight into the significance of this passage to the ancient Jews—and Christians today.

Why you’re not getting the most out of the Ancient Literature Tool

Maybe you noticed in the video: we’ve tagged a ton of ancient resources to feed into this tool. But to get the most out of it, you need to be sure those resources are in your Logos library.

To make it easier, we’ve compiled a must-have collection of ancient works that are specifically tagged to feed into your Ancient Literature section. This Ancient Literature Collection contains 25 books to supplement your Logos 6 base package.*

These are essential resources for doing the kind of study you saw in the video, and you can get them here at a steep discount. If you were to buy these one-by-one, the cost would really add up.

On its own, the three-volume Context of Scripture costs $299.95.

The Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud Collection is $279.95.

James H. Charlesworth’s Pseudepigrapha? Another $119.95.

For less than the cost of these resources combined, the Ancient Literature Collection gives you these plus 18 more. And if you already own some of these resources, you’ll only pay for the ones that are new to you.

With works from a wide range of sources—Jewish writers like Josephus, early Christian writings from the apostolic fathers, the Pseudepigrapha, and more—you’re sure to find insights into the early theological development of any passage you study.

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Get the Ancient Literature Collection today!

*Note: Logos 6 Silver or the Core Crossgrade is required to be able to use this feature with the Ancient Literature dataset.

Your Logos Bible App Just Got Better

This post highlights one of the newest features in the Logos Bible App. If you aren’t using this free app on your mobile device, you’re missing out! Download it for iOS or Android now!

Faithlife Today episodes showcase powerful insights, biblical inspiration, exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. These short, fun, and educational videos are the perfect way to start your morning.

Now you can watch the latest episode of Faithlife Today—right inside your Logos Bible app!

Get valuable teachings each day before you dig into the Word. Gain insight into evangelism, understand the background of the Old Testament, watch interviews with Bible scholars, and more. You can even learn how to get the most from your Logos 6 base package

Now the latest episodes show up right on your Logos Bible app home screen! Check your app daily and you’ll never miss a single one!

Watch it now

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Get new Faithlife Today videos in your app every day (and so much more) when you download the free Logos Bible App!

New Reformed Study Bibles from R.C. Sproul and Joel Beeke!

The past few months have seen the release of two important new study Bibles in the Reformed world.

Get nearly 45% off the print price! Pre-order the Reformation Study Bible and the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible today!

Get a major update to a modern classic

The Reformation Study Bible (2015) is an extensively revised, new edition of the popular resource edited by R.C. Sproul. Expanded with over 40% more content, this new edition will serve the church for years to come.

The new edition of the Reformation Study Bible is a milestone in evangelical publishing. . . . This is a serious study Bible for serious students, and it belongs in every Christian’s library.—Dr. R. Albert Mohler

Discover Old Truths in a New Bible

The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible, edited by Puritan Reformed Seminary president Joel Beeke, is an entirely new study Bible featuring thoughts for personal and family devotions on every chapter of the Bible—along with thousands of notes and dozens of articles on living the Christian faith.

Its scope is extraordinary, its guiding principles are rock solid, and it is remarkably readable. I know of nothing like it, and I commend it warmly.”—John Blanchard

Navigate your daily bible reading with these indispensable new study Bibles. Plus, they’re made even more powerful in your Logos library. Get the latest milestone in evangelical study Bibles while they’re on Pre-Pub to secure the best price now.

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Is Camp Logos Worth It?

For over 17 years, I’ve had the privilege of training users to better use Logos Bible Software through live seminars called Camp Logos. I’m often asked if it’s worth the investment of time and money to attend. As objectively as possible, I’d like to answer that question.

An investment that pays dividends

Yes, Camp Logos is worth the investment for several reasons. The training is:

  • Systematic: Rather than discovering unrelated features here or there on your own, you’ll see the big picture of the software as I guide you through Logos tools in a logical sequence.
  • Concentrated: Usually at the office or home we’re juggling meetings, emails, phone calls, and more. But at Camp, you can come away and focus on Logos. With fewer distractions, you can learn in a few days what would take weeks, months, or even years to discover on your own.
  • Interactive: The question-and-answer aspect of the live seminar adds to the learning experience. You’ll get your questions answered—whether during the main sessions or breaks.
  • Inspiring: Learning with fellow believers who are committed to Bible study, teaching, preaching, and Logos is contagious. You’ll leave Camp with your head full and your heart stirred.
  • Practical: As a Logos user and Bible teacher myself, I’ll not only show you how to use Logos features, but also how to implement them into your personal study and sermon or lesson preparation.

So yes, Camp Logos is a wise investment of time and resources that will pay immediate dividends.

Get ready for Camp

During April–May, Camp Logos is coming to:

  • Dallas, TX: May 5–7
  • St Louis, MO area: May 12–14
  • New Orleans, LA: May 18–20

Or, join us on June 24-26 for National Camp Logos at Logos headquarters in Bellingham, WA.

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If you can’t attend a live seminar or live outside the United States, you can purchase Camp Logos Video Training as a downloadable Logos resource. Get a great price on Pre-Pub right now!

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Free books! Need we say more?

Every month we make a new free book available exclusively through Facebook. This month it’s, A.A. Hodge’s Outlines of Theology.

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Deals, every single day

Save 50% on a new resource each day when you take advantage of Facebook Daily Deals! Check out our Facebook page each day to see the new Daily Deal, along with the corresponding coupon code. Use the coupon code and take 50% off that resource. Act fast though—each deal is good for a limited time.

Get today’s offer, The New Testament Commentary Volume III: John.

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Save over 98% on two great commentaries during the month of April when you get the free book and Plus One for only $0.99.

This month, get two renowned volumes from the The Old Testament Library series: Isaiah and Jeremiah.

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Then, for only $0.99, add Jeremiah to your library. With the same literary focus, this commentary details the various literary forms of the book, including prose, poetry, homilies, oracles, and proverbs to help you understand the original intention of this prophetic work. 

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New and exciting books each month

Each month, we bring you new and exciting resources to add to your library. We’ve included monographs by noted theologians such as Walter Bruggeman, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jürgen Moltmann, and more. In addition, we’ve offered commentaries for everything from Genesis to Corinthians. You’re missing out on some great opportunities if you’re not getting these free books. Sign up for the Free Book of the Month e-mail list below to ensure you never miss another book.





 

2 Effortless Tricks for Studying with Your Logos Bible App

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This post gives hints on how to get the most out of our mobile apps. If you aren’t using Logos on your mobile device, you’re missing out! Download it for iOS or Android now!

One of the most helpful capabilities of the Logos Bible app is the ability to stay in the Word while you explore other relevant commentaries, books, or other resources. You can use a book and guide at the same time to help you get the most out of your Bible study!

Here are two tricks you can use to study multiple resources on your mobile app.

Read and compare two resources at once

  1. Open a book from your library.
  2. Locate the gray semicircle in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
  3. Drag it up the side of the screen to split your view, opening up a second panel.

That’s not all. When both panels are open, any compatible resources—such as your Bible and a Biblical commentary—will scroll in sync so that you’re always in the right place! The Logos app gives you the option to either link or sync your resources.

Link and sync your resources

What does it mean to “link” panels? When you link your panels, it tells the two panels in your app to follow each other. As long as both resources contain the same reference index (such as a Bible and Biblical study notes), they will scroll together.

What does it mean to “sync” panels? Say your panels are not linked, and you would like your commentary that is currently open to Romans to jump to the verse you are reading in Exodus. You can sync your panels so that they are brought to the same verse. This is a one-time function; if the “Link Panels” functionality is OFF, one panel will not follow the other if it moves again

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  • Simply tap and hold the gray semi-circle that splits your panels.
  • You will be given the option to either link or sync your two open panels.
  • Select the preferable option

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Logos Pro—How to Cut Down Your Prep Time with Inline Search

When I was in full-time ministry, I had to preach or teach as many as three times a week. I was committed to making every single sermon and lesson based on careful exegesis of God’s Word. That meant paying careful attention to the original languages.

But when you’re preparing that much material in a given week, switching between all those resources can really drain away the time you could be using to get to the meat of a biblical text. Being really thorough means scouring mammoth volumes for every occurrence of a word or phrase in the original language.

I love studying the Bible, but with so many responsibilities, I’m always looking for ways to cut down on my prep time and get to the meaning of a passage, faster.

Inline Search makes it easier

Recently I sat down with Todd Bishop, one of our Logos Pros. He showed me that with Logos 6, I can search the underlying Greek or Hebrew without ever leaving my English Bible. Watch Todd show you how it’s done:


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Power your search with these resources

To get the most out of Logos 6 and Inline Search, you need a library full of top-notch resources. I asked Todd what he recommends. Here are his top choices:

    • Biblia Hebraica—the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible.
    • Nestle-Aland 28—If Biblia Hebraica is the definitive Hebrew Bible, Nestle-Aland is the go-to Greek New Testament. Chances are, you already have both of these resources on your shelf, but if you want to search them the way Todd’s shown you, add them to your Logos library.
    • Lexham Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible—If you want the kind of rich mark-up you saw in the video above, you need something like the Lexham Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible in your library. This resource reveals the original languages hidden beneath the English translation.
    • Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT)—Todd says you can even perform an Inline Search in your commentaries. One of my personal favorites is BECNT—one of the most respected scholarly, evangelical commentaries out there.

Get started with Inline Search today!

Inline Search is included in the Logos 6 Core Engine. But to get the most out of this tool, I recommend Logos 6 Bronze or higher. Get started with Logos 6 and the Factbook now.

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