Logos 4: Searching Wuest’s for Bible References

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsLast week I wrote about a favorite resource of mine, Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament. In print, this four volume set consists of Kenneth Wuest’s translation of the NT, commentaries on some NT books, and numerous short articles on various passages and Greek words.

I then explained how to use a Field Search to access his articles about specific Greek words. He also authored numerous short articles about various passages in the New Testament, little mini-commentaries if you will.

Here’s one of several ways you can locate those golden nuggets:

  • Either create a Collection for Wuest’s Word Studies or just open the book on the screen
  • Open a Bible to a New Testament passage such as Ephesians 3:17
  • Right click on any word in the verse
  • From the right menu select Reference “your verse”
  • Select Search Entire Library
  • When the Search panel opens change Entire Library to Wuest’s Word Studies

On the search panel, you’ll now see where Wuest mentioned your reference in his work. If you searched for Ephesians 3:17, you’ll see an article entitled Does He Feel at Home? Click the link to jump to some great insights about one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible!

Let us know, what collections will you create or have you created in order to benefit from this type of search?

Providing Context with the IVP New Testament Studies Collection

We often find ourselves reading through the New Testament paying little heed to context. Many times we are so focused on Scriptural application, we trudge through the Bible without fully grasping the import of contextual information. Sound exegesis and application, however, rely on having a working understanding of the cultural framework of key biblical events.

The second verse in First Corinthians begins with the words, “To the church of God that is in Corinth.” So much of the context of First Corinthians is summed up in those nine simple words. How much more enlightening would it be if we were able to approach this epistle with a greater understanding of the background and social life of Corinth?

What can we learn about the first century church by understanding the society from which it emerged? What social, cultural, or religious practices caused conflict in the early church? What were Corinth’s ethical and theological perspectives? What was life like for a first century Christian living at the crossroad where orthodox Judaism,  Hellenistic Judaism, and Greco-Roman society met?

These are precisely the kinds of questions that The IVP New Testament Studies Collection (15 vols.) answers. The IVP New Testament Study Collection brings you various socio-rhetorical analyses of the New Testament. Presented by some of the finest contemporary evangelical New Testament scholars, this collection is sure to give you an educated perspective on the lives of the first Christian believers.

The fifteen volume IVP New Testament Studies Collection not only goes far and beyond the basic information given to you within the New Testament, but also relies on historical documents and ancient texts to bring you the most clarity in understanding the context of each book.

Aside from knowledge on the lives of the early believers, you will discover the historical evidence and contemporary relevance of the New Testament. Books like Is the New Testament Reliable?  and The Making of the New Testament: Origin, Collection, Text, and Canon provide insight into how the New Testament Scriptures were written, compiled, and passed down to us and why they are infinitely trustworthy. You also get Dean Fleming’s Contextualization in the New Testament which looks deeply at how the early church contextualized the gospel for cultures they were ministering to. This knowledge greatly improves our ability to communicate the gospel message to a postmodern culture.

InterVarsity Press is known for providing engaging and thoughtful scholarship which is academic while still being accessible. Theological students, pastors, teachers, and thoughtful laypeople will all benefit from the perspective of these helpful resources.

Having these studies at your fingertips will provide the context and framework needed to take your New Testament Bible study deeper.

This collection will be shipping Friday, July 15th! Make sure to grab the IVP New Testament Studies Collection (15 vols.) while it’s still at its Pre-Pub price!

Leave us a comment and tell us which of these 15 volumes you are most excited about!

Camp Logos: The Origin of an Institution

To speak of Camp Logos is to speak of Morris “Moe” Proctor. About thirteen years ago Moe called the office to speak to me. He said, “You don’t know me, but I feel like I know you. I received a gift of Logos from a close friend. Since I have learned the program, I have been training other pastors to use Logos. I have made many sales for you of which you are unaware. I would like to speak with you about an official training relationship with Logos.”

It was the last call in the world that I expected that day.

Two years earlier I had conceived of a summer training course in the Pacific Northwest as an opportunity for us to meet and train some of our most enthusiastic users. The class would be conducted by programmers, sales people, and key users who volunteered to run workshops.

When the training course was held, it ended up being stressful but fun. We had a great time together, but there were mixed results for the various sessions. When Moe called I was still in the process of organizing the next summer event. Moe made an unexpected proposition. He suggested that he would come on his own and take over the entire teaching role for that summer’s Camp Logos. This would give us the opportunity to audition him, see him teach, and—if we were satisfied—endorse him as the official authorized Logos trainer.

You can guess how much confidence we had in our own presentation skills to instantly back down in favor of an absolute stranger who spoke with confidence on the phone. He sounded like he had it all worked out—and was ready to go. I figured he couldn’t be any worse than we were at teaching, and we would all be there anyway to provide technical correction for any misstatements he might make. To be honest, it was a relief not to be the teachers and there was always the possibility he really could teach well and advance the cause. It ended up being a huge educational experience for us.

Moe taught us our own software in a way we had never experienced before. He was amazing! He showed us the product through the eyes of a user, a preacher, and a teacher studying the biblical text. When he was done at the end of the second day, the entire room spontaneously gave him a standing ovation. This is something I had never witnessed before through college or seminary.

Moe has been the authorized Logos trainer for more than a dozen years. He has taught thousands around the world to get more out of their Bible study. I still attend Camp Logos two or three times a year and never fail to learn something new myself. He is a gifted teacher, but he is still just one person.

A while back I said to Moe, “You are doing an outstanding job, yet as a percentage, you are training less and less of our users every year. As the Logos user base continues to grow, it is getting impossible to keep up with the demand for training.” That was when we decided it was time to offer Camp Logos as a video course. I know it is not the same as a live class with live discussion, but it is the next best thing and you can go over each section at your own pace—as often as you want.

Camp Logos Live is a DVD-ROM that plays on your Mac or PC. Grab your laptop, put on Camp Logos Live, meet Moe, and enjoy learning how to get the most from Logos Bible Software.

Want to see Morris in action? Check out this video:

Have you attended a Camp Logos event? We would love to hear about it!

Logos Chosen as a Washington’s Best Workplaces Finalist (Again!)

It is an honor to be considered one of Washington state’s best workplaces. It is even more exciting when you are chosen for two consecutive years. This is exactly the position Logos Bible Software finds itself in this year!

In 2007, the Puget Sound Business Journal launched a program to identity and recognize the best practices in hiring and retaining great employees based on employee benefits, leadership culture, and work/life balance philosophies. The process is extensive and rigorous, including the completion of surveys by employees of over 230 nominee-companies across the state. In the end, Logos Bible Software was one of 25 companies chosen as a finalist in the large company category (companies with 151–500 employees).

When asked about this honor, Bob Pritchett, President/CEO of Logos, had this to say

“We have worked hard at Logos to provide the best workplace possible, and it means so much to be recognized as a place that people want to work. It means even more when the recognition comes from surveys filled out by our own employees and co-workers, the people that know Logos best.”

The Washington State’s Best Workplaces finalists—25 small companies, 25 medium-sized companies, 25 large companies, and 10 extra-large companies—will be celebrated at an awards event at Safeco Field (home of the Seattle Mariners) on Aug. 11, 2011.

And why not check out the Logos career page and see where you might fit on the Logos team?

We definitely love working for Logos! Leave us a comment and tell us how Logos is making your work better too!

Honoring Stephen H. Levinsohn

Discourse Studies and Biblical Interpretation: A Festschrift in Honor of Stephen H. LevinsohnThis past week, Steven Runge has been at the SBL international meeting in London. Among the scholars he’s been interacting with is Stephen H. Levinsohn, a linguist affiliated with the Summer Institute of Linguistics who has done important work to advance scholarship on the Greek New Testament. Steve’s work in discourse studies has been directly influenced and enriched by Levinsohn, so he was delighted to be able to interact in person with Levinsohn at SBL in London.

At the session on Levinsohn’s work, Steve surprised Levinsohn with a book written in his honor, Discourse Studies and Biblical Interpretation: A Festschrift in Honor of Stephen H. Levinsohn.

This Festschrift has been in the works for awhile. We’ve been keeping it a secret for over a year, so we’re thrilled not only to present it to Levinsohn for the first time, but to also make it available to all Logos users.

In addition to Steve’s introduction, the Festschrift contains contributions from Iver Larsen, Stanley E. Porter, Robert A. Dooley, Regina Blass, R. J. Sim, Constantine R. Campbell, Buist Fanning, Steven E. Runge, Margaret G. Sim, Lindsay J. Whaley, Rick Brannan, Nicholas A. Bailey, Randall Buth, and Jenny Read-Heimerdinger.

Why are all these scholars honoring Levinsohn? Each of these scholars has had their work challenged or influenced by Levinsohn’s work, including Steve Runge’s own Lexham Discourse Greek New Testament and Discourse Grammar of the Greek New Testament. Levinsohn has done more than perhaps anyone else to apply the principles of discourse grammar to New Testament scholarship. He’s meticulously examined how languages operate and the rules they follow—and the implications for reading, studying, and translating the text of the New Testament.

Right now you can pre-order Discourse Studies and Biblical Interpretation at a discount for a limited time. Get it now!

Want to share how your study of the Greek New Testament been affected by Levinsohn’s work? Want to thank Levinsohn yourself? Leave a note in the comments!

Logos 4: Field Search in Wuest’s Word Studies

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsYears ago one of my favorite resources in print was Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament. This four-volume set included Kenneth Wuest’s translation of the NT, commentaries on some NT books, and numerous short articles on various passages and Greek words. Wuest’s goal was to put the Greek language into the hands of the everyday English student of the Bible. His insights into Greek words were wonderful if you could ever find them. The indexing system for the set was not the greatest.

In Logos you can easily access his translation and commentaries. But what about all those articles about Greek words? Here’s a little searching trick that will help:

  • Either create a Collection for Wuest’s Word Studies or just open the book on the screen
  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Basic as the search type (1)
  • Select Wuest’s Word Studies from the drop down list where you select the book(s) to be searched (2)(3)
  • Click the first drop list which usually says All Text (4)
  • Click the arrow next to Search Fields (5)
  • Click the box Large Text (6)

Logos 4: Field Search (Wuest #1)

Logos 4: Field Search (Wuest #2)

Here’s what you have just done. Logos calls the headings of Wuest’s articles, Large Text. You set up a field search indicating you do not want to search all of the text in the resource just the field Large Text!

  • Type temple in the Find box
  • Press the Enter key

You just searched the Large Text field for the word temple. Logos finds an article entitled Temple. Click the link and you are now reading about two Greek words both translated temple in the NT! Try the same search for love, grace, world, etc.! Enjoy the riches of Wuest’s insights into the Greek language.

Logos 4: Field Search (Wuest #3)

Let us know, what percentage of your study time is spent studying Greek?

Public Beta of the Logos Android App Now Available

The public beta of the Logos Android app is here, and we’re looking for users to put it through the paces!

With the Logos app on your Android, your on-the-go library, featuring many titles from your Logos 4 collection, is just a click away. Enjoy features like previewing Bible verses as they appear in the text, navigating books with verse selector or through the table of contents, and pulling up footnotes with one simple tap. And since this is just the Beta version, there are many more features to come!

How To Get the Beta Android App Now

Before downloading the beta version of the app, it’s worth noting that “beta” is another way of saying “still under development.” The beta version is for users who like to test software, report bugs, and see the exciting things coming down the pike.

To download the beta Logos Android app, visit this download page on your Android device. Once that webpage opens, simply tap the link that says “Tap Here to Install Logos On Your Device” to begin downloading the Logos app.

Logos for Android can be used on any Android 2.1 or newer device. The app requires about 20MB of free space on the device and an SD card (some devices, like Nexus S, have the equivalent of an SD card built in).

Stay in the Loop

Be sure to visit the Android forum page to report any problems and discuss the app with other Android users. You can also sign up for the Android Email List from your Logos account by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Logos account notifications.
  2. An Email list will appear. Towards the bottom, you’ll see the Android Interest Group. Check that box.
  3. Click Update to save those preferences.

 

Spread the Word!

Logos already has a huge following of iPhone and iPad users. Now’s the time to show the world just how amazing Bible study can be when you throw Android into the mix. If you’re excited about the future of Logos for Android, Tweet about it (#Logos4Android) or Like this blog post. It may even be worth blogging your thoughts as the world of Bible study continues to open up on Android!

Have fun exploring this new app, and let us know your favorite feature!

 

Logos’ New Catholic Product Manager: Andrew Jones

Andrew JonesLogos has launched an initiative to increase our Catholic resources. As a part of this project, I’ve been brought on board as the Catholic Product Manager. Being a medieval historian by training, I have a prejudice (a delightful one, I think) towards ancient things. My ambition, however, is to work in what Pope John Paul II called the New Evangelization by bringing the traditional into dialogue with the contemporary. Logos products offer such an amazing opportunity to combine the venerable with the cutting edge, and I’m very excited about it!

Logos already offers significant resources of interest to Catholics and to those interested in understanding Catholicism, but there will be many more coming soon, including Catholic-oriented packages. These packages will bring together the full functionality of Logos 4 with Catholic Bibles, magisterial documents, as well as exegetical and theological works.

The rich Catholic tradition, with its intricate interplay of Scripture, liturgy, law, and theology is profoundly suited for study on the Logos platform. As the Second Vatican Council made clear, Catholics understand the Scripture as embedded in a living tradition, its meaning being revealed in history and the life of the Church. As we add resources from that tradition to Logos, the Bible—as understood by Catholics—will open up in a way only Logos software can make possible. I find this very exciting!

What’s more, Logos’ extensive collection of resources (almost 14,000 at last count)—from a wide variety of Christian traditions—makes a truly comparative study of Scripture possible.

It is my hope that by integrating more Catholic works into the Logos library these traditions and Catholicism might find a bridge to understanding in the Word of God itself.

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2 Days Left to Enter the iPad Giveaway

Giveaway ends June 30th

Tomorrow is the last day to enter Vyrso’s iPad 2 Giveaway. If you haven’t entered yet, now is your chance. The giveaway ends Thursday, June 30th at 11pm, Pacific Time.

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While the full Vyrso store is launching soon, you can download the Vyrso app for free right now, and start reading one of 25 bestsellers at 50% off.

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Designing Women

How can I love as Jesus loved?

Does being a woman of faith mean I can’t ever have doubts?

How can I have freedom when I’m constantly busy?

Chances are most of us have thought about questions similar to these. The 13-volume Cynthia Heald Collection, now on Pre-Pub, addresses these types of questions with Bible studies that are full of Scripture and discussion questions that guide you to discovering God’s perspective on who women are designed to be.

Of the thirteen titles in this collection, nine are part of the Becoming a Woman of . . . series. These nine titles discuss several characteristics of a godly woman including prayer, grace, simplicity, and purpose.

In each of these Bible studies, you can explore biblical references, ponder quotes from authors like C. S. Lewis and Charles Spurgeon, find verses for Scripture memory that pertain to the topic, and read about real-life trials on the characteristic of the study. Discussion questions found throughout the study will prompt you to dig deeper into the Scripture and personally reflect on your own life.

Great for individual or group study! Each book has eleven chapters that can easily be used for eleven sessions for group or individual study.

Also included in this great collection are two devotionals and two Bible study books addressing marriage and the purpose and role of a godly wife. All thirteen titles will equip readers to personally apply and strengthen the characteristics discussed in each book.

With the Cynthia Heald Collection (13 vols.) on Pre-Pub, you get each title for under $6, so be sure to check it out now!

Have you read any of Cynthia Heald’s Bible studies? Let us know what you thought!