5 Suggestions for Observing Good Friday

“It is a very good thing in the Christian life to stand back periodically and look at this great plan. That is why I think it is important to observe Christmas Day and Good Friday and Easter Sunday, and to preach on those days.”Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Today is observed worldwide by a number of different names: Great and Holy Friday, Friday of Lamentation, High Friday, Passion Friday, as well as Long Friday in Scandinavian countries. But we know it in the West as Good Friday. No matter what you call it, this is the day that that the church has commonly recognized and remembered Christ’s crucifixion and death at Calvary.

Antonio Ciseri's Ecce Homo

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5 Features of the International Standard Version: Now on Pre-Pub

ISVWe are pleased to announce that The International Standard Version (ISV) is now available on Pre-Pub! Don’t look for a print version, the ISV was created with a digital format in mind, making it an ideal addition to your Logos library.

The ISV strives for both accuracy and excellence in communication by providing a translation that is “literal-idiomatic.” By seeking a balance between formal and functional equivalence, the ISV attempts to stay as close to the source text as possible without losing its ability to communicate. [Read more...]

Tools for Better Bible Study

Providing challenging tools and methods that help you study the Bible is something Bible Study Magazine aims to do with each issue. Keeping this in mind, we created an “ideas issue”—one we hope will revolutionize the way you read and study the Bible. You’ll find old, perhaps forgotten ideas (lectio divina), ideas you’ve never heard of (Bible study type?), and ideas that have become common phrases and have lost their meaning (context is king).

Here are the “9 Ideas for Better Bible Study,” found in the May–June ’11 issue:

  1. Find Your Bible Study Method:
    The Bible isn’t boring, but does the way we study it make it seem that way? Columnist Johnny Cisneros considers several methods that help us thoughtfully engage the Bible.
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The Trusted Scholarship of Tabletalk: Now on Pre-Pub

What do R. C. Sproul, D. A. Carson, Jay Adams, Alistair Begg, Michael S. Horton, John Piper, and John MacArthur have in common?

They’re contributors to one of the world’s top Christian magazines: Tabletalk, which is now on Pre-Pub. Each month, Tabletalk’s contributor list is a veritable who’s who of trusted Christian scholarship. For thirty years Tabletalk has consistently published award winning issues with Christianity’s most trusted thinkers—and now Logos users can have every issue produced between 1989–2010. That’s 265 issues!

Here’s a quick sample of some recent articles by some of today’s high-profile leaders: [Read more...]

Logos 4: Configure the Reverse Interlinear Pane

mp|seminars TipsToday’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.

One of the most significant resources Logos has ever produced is the reverse interlinear which takes English students back to original Hebrew and Greek words without the aid of Strong’s numbers. You may not know, though, you can easily configure the Bible’s interlinear pane for your specific needs:

  • Open an English Bible with the reverse interlinear option (ESV, NRSV, KJV, NKJV, NASB, or for NT only NLT, NIV, LEB)
  • Click the reverse interlinear icon on the Bible’s toolbar which places the reverse interlinear pane at the bottom of the panel
  • Right click on the word surface in the pane
  • Check/Uncheck the lines of information you wish to show/hide

This configuration remains even after closing and reopening the Bible!

The New and Improved Logos Blog

In case you have missed it, there are some excited changes happening on the Logos blog! Not only does it have a sweet new design and layout, it is sporting some incredibly useful (and user-friendly!) features as well.

Logos talk

At the top page of the blog you can choose from a list of categories and instantly bring up all past content in a particular topic. Are you interested in reading more stories related to Logos’ culture, plans, and employment opportunities? Simply click on the Company tab and you can see a good picture of what has been happening with your favorite Bible software company. You can also choose from categories like Apps, Community, Products, Training, and Web.

Categories are not the only avenues to experience some of the great content you may have missed. In the sidebar we have featured ten posts that we feel are significant to read again or—if you have missed them—read for the first time. We will periodically be highlighting different posts so make sure to keep your eye on the Featured Posts section.

But that’s not all. There are just so many opportunities to catch content that you may have missed. With a lists of popular posts, recent posts, and posts similar to the one you are currently reading you might find it kind of difficult to tear yourself away!

If you haven’t signed up to get the Logos blog delivered to you, then join over 100,000 people who have subscribed to the Logos blog through our RSS feed, Email, Twitter and Facebook! You do not want to miss out on a single blog post. And here’s why:

  • You are going to be the first to know Logos news!
    There’s a lot happening at Logos—new products, hot deals, company events, software releases, and lots of need-to-know information. The blog is the first place to get the latest on everything about Logos.
  • You will learn about deals you won’t find anywhere else!
    If there’s a sale or special promotion happening, we’ll be talking about it on the blog.
  • You will discover the best tools, tricks, and tips for using Logos!
    By reading the blog, you’ll learn how to get the most out of Logos. The blog features posts written by the people who designed and developed Logos, plus all the other power users who work at Logos and use Logos every day. You’ll also find frequent guest posts from Morris Proctor, the certified trainer for Logos Bible Software.
  • You are going to learn more about the books we sell!
    We love books, and we write about them a lot. If you’re interested in learning more about the books you own (or wish you owned!), make the blog your first stop every morning.

So what are you waiting for? If you have received this in a reader and have yet to visit the new Logos blog, then you owe it to yourself to head over to the Logos blog and see what’s new. You will be glad you did. And while you’re there, leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

Camp Logos Live Video Series—Last Chance to Pre-Order!

Camp Logos is now available as a video series! If you can’t attend Camp Logos, or perhaps you’ve already attended and you need a refresher, then Camp Logos Live is for you.

For over thirteen years, tens of thousands of Logos users have attended Camp Logos, a 2-day training event hosted by Morris Proctor. From basic features to advanced tools, Camp Logos helps you hone your use of Logos, taking your Bible study to a whole new level. Even if you’re an advanced power user, you’ll come away with new insights, tips, tricks, and tools for using Logos more effectively.

Now, Camp Logos Live brings Camp Logos to you! This 2-disc set takes Morris Proctor’s training from his seminars straight into your home. That means you can essentially attend Camp Logos from your home or office.

The Pre-Pub discount ends on Monday, so this is your last chance to get Camp Logos Live at the current price—pre-order it now!

Discover the Godly Women’s Collection

We’ve received some honest feedback on why only 7% of Logos users are female. While thinking about how to address this statistic, we’ve come up with some exciting ideas for this year! One way we’re starting off is by offering a special collection of titles focused specifically on women.

The Godly Women’s Collection (14 vols.) appeals to anyone interested in discovering old and new perspectives of the role of women in the church, involved in various women’s ministry, and curious about what the Bible says about being a godly woman.

This collection brings together fourteen diverse titles that address various topics and concerns related to women. Authors such as Elizabeth George, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, John MacArthur, Nancy Wilson and many others (both male and female) discuss becoming a godly woman by addressing a variety of areas like:

  • Women in the Bible
  • Complementarian and egalitarian views on women in the church
  • Troubles that women often face
  • Creating a women’s ministry
  • Motherhood
  • Many more!

This collection is a great way to discover a variety of opinions on the role of women in the church, gain insight on related topics, and learn practical Scriptural ways to address these issues.

We would love your feedback! How can Logos better serve women in the church? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

50 Volumes of Ancient Religious Texts on Pre-Pub

50 volumes of Sacred Books of the East might seem like an odd offering from a Bible software company, but I’m looking forward to this as a valuable addition to my library. Here’s why you might like it, too:

Bas-Relief in Persepolis

  1. For about 200 years of the biblical timeline, Israel was under ancient Persian rule. Scads of commentaries make observations about various Jewish beliefs and practices that are often seen as influenced by, or even borrowed from, the Persians during this time. Even in the New Testament, the star-following magi may be of Persian origin. Persian influence is discussed in relation to the resurrection and afterlife, judgment, developments in monotheism as well as the kinds of dualism seen in the Dead Sea Scrolls between the ‘Sons of Light’ and the ‘Sons of Darkness’ (with parallels in the theology of the Fourth Gospel). But the writings of the Persians themselves haven’t been available in Logos Bible Software. 8 volumes of the SBE are dedicated to the literature of Zoroastrianism, the religion of ancient Persia. That means with this set, we’ll be able to start linking discussions in commentaries about the Persian influence on Judaism back to the most important source materials, and we’ll be able to read about one of the most ancient monotheistic religions in their own words. [Read more...]

Revised Edition of the Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament

A few years back, we released something we called the Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament (see the introductory blog post here). In this resource, we comprehensively listed citations of every form of every word found in the Greek New Testament, broken down by their Louw-Nida classification. We also included glosses of each Louw-Nida “sense”. Since the initial release in 2008, we have included it in the Scholar’s Silver, Gold, Platinum and Portfolio editions.

We’ve spent some time revising and updating the lexicon. The initial edition of the Lexham Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament was based on the NA27 edition of the Greek New Testament, and did not list forms from any other editions. We’ve updated it to use the SBL Greek New Testament (SBLGNT) as its basis, but we are also listing forms from NA27 and Westcott-Hort that are not found in the SBLGNT.

Why do this? It means that many forms you’ll find in untagged text (e.g. advanced or technical commentaries) will have a destination if you KeyLink from the untagged text into the Lexham Analytical Lexicon. Once you’re in the lexicon you can get to the head entry with a click of the lemma (headword) form in the right-most column.

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