Logos 5: Lexham Bible Dictionary

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.

In addition to working with numerous publishers to make their print volumes into ebooks, Logos publishes its own resources under the Lexham brand. You may have noticed resources like:

  • Lexham English Bible
  • Lexham Hebrew Bible
  • Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament: SBL Edition (try rapidly repeating that title three times!)

Another very helpful resource contained in all the new Logos 5 base packages is the Lexham Bible Dictionary (LBD). This topical encyclopedia, developed for digital rather than print delivery, contains thousands of in-depth articles covering a multitude of biblical subjects. In addition, new articles are being written and added to the book through Logos’ automatic “update resources” process.
If you’ve yet to discover and use this volume, try this:

  • Open your library 
  • Click Prioritize (A)
  • Type LBD in the library’s Find box (B)
  • Drag the resource from the left to the Prefer these resources list on the right (C) so that the LBD is the highest-prioritized English dictionary in the list
  • Close the library (D)

 

  • Open a Bible to a passage, such as Acts 18 (E)
  • Double-click a word, like Corinth in verse 1 (F) (the double click is the shortcut for the Lookup feature, which aptly means “look up my word in a dictionary”)
  • Notice that the LBD jumps to an article about Corinth (G)
     

 

As you use the LBD, you’ll discover that it arranges articles in a very user-friendly outline format so that you can easily see and navigate to specific information.

Since the LBD is relatively new, it doesn’t contain articles for every biblical subject (yet!), so make sure to prioritize your second-favorite Bible dictionary under the LBD in the library. This way, if the LBD doesn’t have an article about your topic, this backup Bible dictionary will open when you double-click a word.
Also, you can double-click words in more than just Bibles. Try double-clicking the names of people, places, and things in other resources, such as commentaries (H), and watch your Bible dictionary instantly open! (I)

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Celebrate the 450th Birthday of the Heidelberg Catechism

Heidelberg Catechism

Today we’re celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, one of the most important and enduring confessions to emerge out of the Reformation.

History of the Catechism

The Catechism was commissioned in 1562 by Frederick III, the elector prince of the Rhineland Palatinate. According to the original preface to the Catechism, published in 1563, Frederick had at least “three objectives for the Heidelberg Catechism: that is serve

  1. As a catechetical tool for teaching the children,
  2. As a preaching guide for instructing the common people in the churches, and
  3. As a form for confessional unity among several Protestant factions.”*

Work on the Heidelberg Catechism was begun by Casper Olevianus, but largely completed by Zacharias Ursinus, whom scholars now credit as the primary author. Frederick III sent the Catechism to the publisher on January 19, 1563—450 years ago today.

How the Heidelberg Catechism is structured

The Heidelberg Catechism is divided into three sections:

  1. The misery or sin of humanity
  2. God’s redemption
  3. Our gratitude

Within this framework, the Catechism covers the law, our need for salvation, the Trinity, justification, the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and numerous other themes.

Because it addresses in compact form such a broad range of doctrinal and practical issues, it has played a key part in the formation of belief and worship in Reformed Christianity. In the early seventeenth century, it became one of the three forms of unity in the Dutch Reformed Church. In the mid–seventeenth century, the Westminster Assembly used the Heidelberg Catechism to develop its own catechism, which is now known as the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Celebrate the 450th anniversary!

To celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, we’re making two collections of works on the Heidelberg Catechism available for pre-order.

The first collection contains two volumes from the Text and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought series published by Baker, both written by Lylie Bierma:

  • A Firm Foundation: An Aid to Interpreting the Heidelberg Catechism
  • An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology

The second collection, which is on Community Pricing, contains several classic works on the Heidelberg Catechism from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In addition to these collections, you can also pick up several works on the Heidelberg Catechism already available in Logos, including Ursinus’ Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism.

Explore the roots of Christian Reformed doctrine—come see our Heidelberg resources.

*Bierma, Lyle, “The Purpose and Authorship of the Heidelberg Catechism,” An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism: Sources, History, and Theology (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2005), p. 51.

If You’re Still in Logos 4, It’s Time to Upgrade

Logos 5If you’ve been on the fence about Logos 5, now’s the perfect time to act. Our introductory pricing window is closing fast—don’t miss this opportunity to save 15% or more on a Logos 5 upgrade. Here are some of the best reasons for upgrading to Logos 5:

You’ll get a discount tailored to your library

With our new Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator, your library is taken into account during the upgrade process. If you already own a commentaries, collections, or individual books that appear in the new Logos 5 base package you want, the Discount Calculator automatically discounts your purchase by the value of that resource. You never pay for the same book twice. It doesn’t matter if you’re upgrading from Logos 4, Libronix, or even Logos 1.0—you only pay for what’s new to you, and your discount is customized for you. Within this introductory pricing period, your minimum discount would be 15%, with a potential of 25% off! You really can’t afford not to upgrade. Personalize your discount with our Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

Use Logos 5’s newest features

With Logos 5 come a series of new and enhanced features to the software that help you do Bible study:

Get more, pay less

If you haven’t taken advantage of our easy-to-budget, interest-free payment plans, now’s your chance. A payment plan makes upgrading to any Logos 5 base package more affordable. Learn more about how surprisingly inexpensive upgrading to Logos 5 can be.

With only a little while left in our introductory pricing window, now’s the time to get Logos 5. Check out our Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator to see how big a discount you qualify for—it might be bigger than you think.

Upgrade to Logos 5 today!

Last Chance: Logos 5 Deals That Fit Your Budget!

base packagesThis is your last chance to get introductory discounts of 15% or more on Logos 5. If you’re thinking about purchasing or upgrading to a new base package, it’s important that you do so soon!

Upgrading? In addition to the introductory discounts, you’ll get a discount for any content you already own.  If you’ve been acquiring books over the years, you might be surprised at your low price.

A limited budget doesn’t have to limit your learning.

A payment plan makes the library you want affordable by spreading the payments out. You’ll never pay interest, either—just a $5 administrative fee per payment.

You have one chance to save the most cash on a base package: the first time you buy. So why let a one-time price keep you from saving on the library you’ll want later? Take advantage of bulk savings now with a custom low price from the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator.

Make it manageable—take up to 18 months to pay!

For every purchase over $1,900, we’re offering an extended payment plan: take an extra 6 months to pay! Get any of the biggest Logos 5 packages now and you can spread your purchase out over 12–18 months.

Get the Logos 5 base package you really want—use an interest-free payment plan today!

But hurry—the introductory discounts end February 4!

Last Chance to Save 33% on Timothy Keller’s Sermons!

Logos is proud to team up with Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church to offer the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive, a digital archive of more than 22 years’ worth of Keller’s expositional sermons. This exciting project will put over 1,200 sermons in your Logos library, allowing you to search the archive for different topics or Scripture passages and helping you in your personal studies, sermon preparation, and devotional reading.

Shipping soon!

This is your last chance to order the Timothy Keller Sermon Archive for the low Pre-Pub price—$100 off the regular price. Remember, the sermons will be released in five increments as we finish transcribing them—so you’ll get several years’ worth of sermons as soon as the archive ships, and the rest of the content will automatically update to your library as we finish it.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get more than two decades of Timothy Keller’s sermons for less than 20 cents each! Time is running out to pre-order, so get yours now.

We Messed Up, and We’re Sorry

Logos Base PackagesWe’re really sorry about the mess.

We admit it: things got confusing, difficult, and downright weird with Logos 5. We introduced all-new base packages with new names and prices. The website crashed. We threw in a completely new custom discount system. The Minimal Crossgrade came out. And it all went down during the busy holiday season!

That’s a lot to take in, and in the hullaballoo, you may feel like you missed out on the best upgrade opportunity:

The first few months of Logos 5 were crazy, and you’re wishing we’d given you a clearer upgrade message.

Did This Happen to You? Let Us Make It Right!

The confusion has died down. You’ve had time to play with Logos 5, explore the new and enhanced features, watch the videos, read the blog posts, and connect with other Logos 5 fans. You know more about the upgrade discounts than you did when you upgraded—and now you have a chance to get the base package you really want without missing out on that first-time-upgrade discount!

Just email our Sales Department and ask for the Second-Chance Deal, or call them at 1-800-875-6467. You’ll get a clean slate. You’ll get to pick your bigger, better Logos 5 base package and get the huge savings that come with it.

You deserve a shot at the best deal you can get during Logos 5’s introduction, and we’re sorry that we didn’t make all this easier to understand back in November. So seize this opportunity: contact Sales and enjoy the base package (and discount) you really want.

Email Sales for Your Second-Chance Deal!

Let’s Get John Owen’s Latin Works Translated!

John Owen, one of the seventeenth century’s most prominent Puritan thinkers, left a body of work that’s been guiding Christians toward God for nearly 400 years. Roger Nicole called him “the greatest theologian who has ever written in the English language.” But not all of Owen’s work was in English, and some of it has remained untranslated since the 1600s.

So we’re undertaking the exciting project of translating The Latin Works of John Owen, in English (3 vols.)! The collection includes John Owen’s massive historical theology, Theologoumena Pantodapa—current translations are very difficult to find—as well as his never-before-translated poetry and lectures, which appear in Latin in the 24-volume Works of John Owen, already available in Logos. The translator is still to be announced, but stay tuned for updates in the near future.

By pre-ordering these three volumes, you’re doing more than just reserving your copy at the best price; you’re helping kick-start a monumental translation project, and helping produce works that previously were available only to scholars. Pre-order The Latin Works of John Owen, in English (3 vols.)

Don’t Wait to Upgrade! Introductory Discounts End February 4

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We introduced Logos 5 on November 1, 2012. Since that time, we’ve talked about the new Logos 5 base packages—going into extra detail about the new Diamond and Portfolio packages.

You’ve heard about the five ways to move to Logos 5 and looked at how the Custom Upgrade Discount Calculator can help you get the best deal possible on your new base package.

We’ve examined amazing features like:

Now time is running out to take advantage of the best possible price on upgrading to a new base package. Introductory discounts expire at the end of the day February 4. You don’t want to be kicking yourself when you miss an opportunity to save big on a move up to Logos 5. And don’t forget: with one of our payment plans, you can save up to 25% on a base package upgrade and spread your payments out from 12–18 months to pay!

Still on the fence? Call our sales team at 1-800-875-6467 to see how you can move to Logos 5.

Upgrade now!

Earn $2,000 Credit for Referring a Programmer

LogoThey may be hiding—in your church, school, or neighborhood.

In communities around the world, brilliant software developers are quietly going about their business, writing great code, building cool websites, and sighing as they fix their friends’ computers.

The best developers often aren’t looking for a job, so they need someone like you to tell them about even better opportunities.

You’d be doing them a favor. Because awesome software developers enjoy working for awesome companies. Great technical minds prefer working at companies with strong technical leadership, where the standards are high, where they work with talented peers, and where they write code with a purpose, building tools used by more than a million people around the world. Companies heavy on fun and light on bureaucracy.

Refer a software developer to Logos, and if we hire them we’ll give you a $2,000 Logos credit. (One referral award per hire, to first person to refer the person we hire, disputes settled by asking the new hire, etc.)

We are hiring software developers at our headquarters in Bellingham, Washington, as well as our satellite development office in Tempe, Arizona, near Phoenix. New hires can choose their location.

We confess: we have high standards. We hire only a small percentage of candidates who apply. But we believe that Bible study is the highest use of your computer, and that the tools we develop to support it must be world-class. We need the best and brightest.

Where are these people? Maybe in your church. Maybe preparing to graduate in computer science at the local college. Maybe your friend’s smart kid who works at Google / Microsoft / Amazon / Facebook.

Help us find them. Help them find their way to https://www.logos.com/about/careers, where they’ll learn Logos is a “Best Workplace” where we build great software. And remind them to mention your referral in their email to devjobs@logos.com!

Logos 5: Sense in Word by Word

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.

As you well know, many words in the English language have multiple meanings. For example, trunk could refer to an elephant’s nose, an automobile’s storage compartment, a part of a tree, or a big case for saving things. The word’s context determines its precise meaning.

The biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek are no different. Some words have multiple meanings. For example, the Greek word kosmos, usually translated world, could mean the planet Earth, the people on the planet, or the philosophy of the people on the planet. When John 3.16 declares God so loved the world, which meaning of world is correct?

In an attempt to identify the contextual meanings of Hebrew and Greek words, Logos developed the Bible Sense Lexicon, located on the Tools menu in some of the Logos 5 base packages.

Perhaps the most useful application of this feature is in the Word by Word section in the Exegetical Guide. For example:

  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide.
  • Type John 3.16 in the reference box. (A)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report.
  • Navigate to the Word by Word section. (B)
  • Click the word world (C) on the right-hand side of the big gray box, which takes you to the entry for the Greek kosmos. (D)

Find Bible Sense in Word by Word

 

  • Notice the line of information called Sense (E), followed by a definition.
  • Click the link to open the Bible Sense Lexicon. (F)

Exegetical guide Bible Sense Definition

 

The Sense definition is a specific, contextual definition for the Greek kosmos. This word may have 12 different meanings, but the Content Innovation Team (CIT) at Logos believes that in John 3.16, it means world populace!

Currently the CIT has tagged the majority of Hebrew and Greek nouns, but it will be adding other parts of speech in the future. The new Sense line of information goes a long way in helping us disambiguate the meanings of biblical words.

Three cheers for the CIT!