How is the SBLGNT Apparatus Different from Other Apparatuses?

Textual apparatuses can be excellent tools. They do an incredible job of densely packing a large amount of information into a small portion of the printed page. They contain information that is incredibly valuable to the specialist. But the compact nature, abbreviations and symbols take time and effort to master.
The apparatus for the SBLGNT is different. Using a minimum amount of symbols and abbreviations, it gathers some of the most well known textual critics of the past and present (Tregelles, Westcott and Hort, Robinson and Pierpont, those responsible for the Greek text behind the NIV, and those responsible for the NA27/UBS4 text) and records where they agree and where they take different readings. In this way, it is very similar to the apparatus that the Nestle text had for its first twelve editions (1898–1927).
The editions represented in the SBLGNT apparatus form a rough spectrum from Robinson-Pierpont as a representative of the Byzantine text, to Tregelles which, while pre-papyri, was one of the first to break from the Byzantine, to Westcott and Hort (including the great uncials but little papyri) to the NIV Greek text and the NA text which have the benefit of available papyri. The sorts of differences that end up in the SBLGNT apparatus are:

  • Likely to be represented in an English translation. The KJV, of course, uses a more Byzantine Greek source. The NIV and NA do not. Several other NT translations (ESV, NLT, NET, etc.) actually have their own underlying Greek text with some degree of difference from the NA27, most of the divergences in those would also be accounted for with readings given in the SBLGNT. This range of information gives the person preaching/teaching/exegeting the passage familiarity with options their pupils or parishioners may have represented in their translations.
  • Given the “spectrum” of the editions, the variant info might quickly point out some more interesting variants. If the SBLGNT agrees with Westcott and Hort, Tregelles, and NIV/NA but disagrees with Robinson-Pierpont, it is likely a pretty standard difference with the Byzantine text. But if the SBLGNT’s chosen reading is only present in Robinson-Pierpont or Tregelles then it might be more interesting and worth a deeper look into the specialist-oriented materials such as the UBS or NA apparatuses, technical commentaries such as ICC or Word Biblical Commentary, the Editio Critica Maior, Tischendorf, Comfort & Barrett, and the like.

No one apparatus is perfect for everyone. The NA27 apparatus gives manuscript-level information to those who require it. The UBS4 apparatus is geared towards translators. The SBLGNT apparatus complements these functions, pointing out readings of interest for further research, instead of competing with them.

More SBLGNT News

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve been rolling out additional downloads and SBLGNT-related products. The big news is that free access to the SBLGNT is available on the Logos iPhone app and Logos iPad app. You can also access the SBLGNT online for free at

We have also recently made the SBLGNT text and apparatus available with the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament Collection (3 vols.). If you have Scholar’s Silver and higher, then you already own the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament Collection (3 vols.), which means these updates should have already downloaded. If you don’t have Scholar’s Silver or higher, now is the perfect time to upgrade, with discounts up to 20% off!

Head on over to to learn more about the project and get your free SBLGNT download. We just posted PDF of the entire New Testament in addition to all the other versions, so check it out!

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Helping Others with the Christian Counseling Bundle

Today’s guest post is by Deborah Mickens, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Whether you’re a pastor, counselor, or lay person, the 19-volume Christian Counseling Bundle gives you helpful insights into helping others in need. And you’ll personally benefit from the collection too!

The Christian Counseling Bundle includes books written by some of the most well respected authors in the Christian counseling field, such as Dennis Rainey and Gary Chapman.

Titles in the Christian Counseling Bundle include:

  • Foundations for the Family Series:

    This four-book series combines the knowledge of more than 30 contributors with expert perspectives on Christian families. The books describe biblical foundations for manhood and womanhood, answering many of the questions that face our congregations. Why is our nation experiencing a crisis in family identity? What does the Bible say about true masculinity and true femininity and how does that affect our world? The editors hope these books “show how faithfulness to Scripture regarding manhood and womanhood results in a ministry that does not run from but faces and resolves the tough problems that confront people in their lives as men and women today.”

  • The Five Love Languages Collection (7 vols.):

    The Five Love Languages Collection brings together the mega-selling Five Love Languages titles. In these seven volumes, relationship counselor Gary Chapman equips you with the tools you need to determine the love languages you—and those close to you—speak. You’ll learn to demonstrate your love to your spouse, children, and teenagers using the love languages they understand. Moreover, you’ll be able to show how they can most effectively communicate love to you—by teaching them to speak in the languages you respond to best.

  • Christian Focus Counseling Collection (8 vols.):

    Jesus said, in describing his ministry, that He had come to “preach good tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to open prison to those who are bound.” This is an important part of ministry today; not just to focus on the individual salvation of people, but to bring comfort to the most troubling areas. The Christian Focus Counseling Collection comprises eight volumes of material to help aid you in leading people towards wholeness without pat answers, and without platitudes.

If you were to purchase each of these books separately, you would spend over $200, but now you can purchase the Christian Counseling Bundle for only $149.95. Don’t miss out; order your copy today!

Stay on Budget with Logos Payment Plans

Payment Plans

Today’s guest post is by Ryan Rotz, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

We understand that churches are on a tight budget. Pastors often have a fixed amount they can spend on books every month, which makes any large purchase seem daunting.

And let’s not forget the students. School is expensive and big-ticket items, however essential, are often out of reach.

When it comes to large purchases from Logos, Payment Plans can help to solve this problem. Instead of paying the full price up front, you can pay a fraction of the cost every month for up to a year. The plan applies to all purchases over $29.90 (tax and shipping included).

This is a great opportunity to purchase one of those collections you have had your eye on, or even invest in a new Logos 4 Base Package!

In the long run, purchasing a larger package—like the best-selling Platinum—is a huge savings when compared to buying books individually or even buying a smaller package with a plan to upgrade later.

Am I charged interest?

The Payment Plan is interest-free, with only a $5 monthly administrative fee (collected to cover the costs of processing reoccurring payments). We don’t expect to make any profit on it and offer it purely as a service to our customers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Consider these words from Alen, a Logos Payment Plan user:

I have used the Payment Plan to purchase my initial Scholar Library package, and once again with the upgrade to the Gold edition. I think $5 a month is not even worth worrying about considering when you get something like the Scholar Gold package at $1400 and you paid that over 12 months with $60 worth of administration fees it works out to being less than 5% of the total cost of the product. . . .Thanks guys for this option. It has helped me greatly and perhaps more so in the future.

To take advantage of the payment plan, simply select the payment plan option during the final step of checkout, enter your phone number, and select the number of payments you’d like to make. It is that simple.

To make it even easier on your wallet, we are still offering 20% off of all base packages for a limited time so order today!

Logos 4 Information Has an Address


Today’s guest blogger is Sean Boisen, senior information architect at Logos.

Suppose you want to tell someone how to get to your office. You could give them step-by-step directions:

  • Head north from Seattle on the I-5 freeway and travel for about 90 miles
  • Take exit 253 (Lakeway Drive), turn right on King Street, and take the first right onto Lakeway
  • Follow that down the hill about a mile (it turns into Holly) and look for Commercial Street
  • Turn right on Commercial, and, about half-way down the block, look for the building on the left with the big picture windows

But isn’t it more effective to simply tell them the final destination?

Go to: Logos Bible Software1313 Commercial Street Bellingham, WA 98225*

Supplying the address lets them choose their own route if they’re starting somewhere else. They can even plug the address into online resources like Google Maps and get a map of the area and driving directions.

In the same way, information in Logos 4 has an address, similar to other web addresses we’re all familiar with, and knowing how to use that address lets you link to Logos resources from web pages, Word documents, PDF files, email, and even Facebook and Twitter!

As a simple example, suppose I want to suggest to a friend that they read the Parable of the Soils in Mark. I can email them a link to the ESV text of Mark 4:1-9 in Logos. The address looks like this:


And I can insert this as a hyperlink in my email (with Microsoft Outlook on Windows, that’s Ctrl+k) to make my email look like this:

Check out the Parable of the Soils!

If the recipient has Logos installed, clicking this link will open Logos and take them directly to this passage: no need to describe the directions step-by-step.

Creating Logos Links

Though the link address looks complicated, you can create these links automatically inside Logos 4. The link you capture will be the current position of the resource you’re looking at, so check that first.

To create a link, first choose a link style. In a Logos resource, click the icon in the upper left corner of the panel, and set “Copy location as:” to URL (this is often the best choice).(screenshot)

Once you’ve set this, the link style is remembered, so you don’t have to visit the panel menu each time: just press Ctrl+Alt+C (Command+Alt+C on a Mac) to copy the URL to the clipboard. Now you can paste this URL into whatever other document you like. Note if you don’t see the “Copy Location as:” menu option, that means this particular resource isn’t linkable (but most are).

What You Can Link To

This feature is great for linking to specific Bible passages, but you can do much, much more! Here are just a few examples: try them yourself and you’ll probably starting thinking of others.

There are some limitations:

  • Linking like this assumes the user has Logos 4: if that’s not the case, you can link to Bible Passages (and some free books) at, using links like
  • You can link to your own notes, handouts, syntax searches, sentence diagrams, and other files to help you keep track of your personal information. But other people don’t have access to them, so the link will only behave correctly for you.
  • Not all resources are linkable

How You Can Use Logos Links

Here are a few suggestions for how you might use this powerful feature:

  • Your own teaching materials: you won’t have to waste time looking for things you’ve already found once
  • Curricula for your school or church (syllabi, assignments, course notes, or reading lists)
  • Your blog posts, or discussions in the Logos Forums: links enable others to look directly at what you’re talking about

Web Sites that Don’t Handle Logos Links

Since these links don’t start with “http://”, some web sites won’t recognize them as links at all (in technical parlance, they use a special protocol handler that gets installed along with Logos 4). These sites include Facebook and Twitter, which automatically turn http-based links into hyperlinks, but leave these as text and refuse to treat them as links.

If you’re just sharing a link to a Bible passage, you can always use’s http links instead (see Bob’s recent blog post on, or this older post of RefTagger and . But if you want the richer kind of linking that Logos 4 offers, the alternatives get a little more technical:

  • Recipients can copy and paste the text of the link directly into the Logos 4 command bar: here’s what happens if you do that with logosres:esv;ref=Bible.Mk4.1-9 (screenshot)
  • You can use a URL shortening service like TinyUrl to produce an http link to the Logos link, like Note that some shortening services (like won’t handle links that don’t start with http.


Does this seem like too much work? Consider this: when you give someone a link, you’re not just sharing words, you’re opening the door for them to a universe of information. They can turn around and easily (and concisely) share that link with others who have Logos. Embedding links in your documents makes them like specialized reference documents, all backed by the power of Logos!

You can learn more about Logos links on the Logos Wiki at, where our user community has contributed additional material. This page also describes link anatomy, in case you want to create or edit links by hand.

*And if you do come here (Logos Headquarters), be sure to stop in and say hi!

Logos 4: Linking

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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.

Think back with me to the "old days" when we primarily studied with print books. Quite often we had a Bible and commentary open at the same time. When we turned the pages in the Bible, of course we did the same for the commentary so it would keep up with our study of a passage. Those days are over because Logos Bible Software 4 turns the pages for us. Here’s what I mean:

  • Open a Bible and commentary onto the screen
  • Click the panel menu in the upper left hand corner of each resource
  • Select Link set A on each menu
  • Go to a different location in the Bible
  • Watch the commentary follow right along with you

This feature is called Linking. Link as many Bibles and commentaries as you like in the same Link set. Where one goes, they all go!

Black Friday – Cyber Monday 2010

Black Friday Cyber Monday

We’ve been thinking about having a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale, soliciting ideas from our customers, and doing a little research on Black Friday sales in general.

One of the first things we came across in our research was a lot of reporting on the stress and frenzy of Black Friday shopping. Apparently if you decide to get in a car and go to the shops, it is going to be insanely busy. One description of Black Friday we read started off like this:

“Like lions stalking their prey, eager shoppers line up at the crack of dawn, waiting to pounce on the best deals. In a jungle-like atmosphere, anxious shoppers strategize their method of attack and then grab their purchases, all for the chance at a good deal.”– Lauren Wietchy, Valley Vanguard

Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it?

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to shopping, so this year, we have decided to give you the best of both worlds: shopping without leaving your pajamas or the comfort of your home, and the thrill from the bargain “hunting” aspect of Black Friday.

Here’s the deal:

You pick any three products that you wish were on sale, send us an email, and we’ll send you our exclusive limited time sale price. If you like the prices, buy one, two, or all three. You decide.

We have thousands of titles available at exclusive Black Friday/Cyber Monday discounts, but we aren’t going to publicly advertise what they all are (crazy, huh?!) No price list, no product list, The deals are so good that we are limiting them to three per customer, and only by request.

Here’s where the thrill comes in.

You have one chance to pick your top three items and send in one request for a price quote on just those three items.

We have sales staff working on Friday and Monday (and maybe a little email coverage on Saturday too), and we’ll try to get back to as many emails as possible on Friday and Monday, but as long as you are in before the deadline you are covered.

Send one email to In the email you must include the following information:

  • Your name and phone number.
  • The name of three products you want exclusive Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on.
  • The web address (URL) of each of the three products you want exclusive Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on.

To help make sure you don’t waste your only three chances for an awesome deal, it’s only fair to warn you that, due to various contracts and licenses, some titles aren’t able to be discounted at all. (Zondervan, Galaxie, Concordia…) Also, don’t ask for a quote for any title that is not shipping yet, since all Pre-Pubs and Community Pricing titles are not available yet, and the sale ends before they go live.

For all emails that arrive before midnight on Monday November 29th, 2010 we will reply with a Black Friday/Cyber Monday exclusive sale price and you will have 48 hours to respond in order to get that price.

Ready, set, shop!

Start browsing our site for the products you want and send your emails in! We’ll get to them first come, first served.

Giving Thanks This Thanksgiving


Today’s guest post is by Stephen Smith, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Have you ever stopped to consider that Thanksgiving is one of the most profoundly Christian holidays imaginable? We gather together to give thanks. But to whom? The only one we could possibly thank for everything in our lives is a God who personally cares for us and takes responsibility for providing for all our needs.

Last week I asked the Logos Facebook fans what they thought Thanksgiving’s theme verse should be. What struck me was the answers didn’t come from just one section of Scripture. They came from throughout the Bible—the Pentateuch, the Poetical books, the Gospels, and the Epistles. Even the Prophets give us reasons to be thankful:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
(Lam. 3:22-23 ESV)

Our fans helped me realize something amazing: the entire Bible gives us reasons to thank God. He made everything. He offered us salvation. He gives us gifts. He cares about every detail of our lives. He corrects us so we can learn. He established the Church so we can fellowship, grow, and serve. And He left us countless stories and examples of His works throughout history so we can confidently trust Him to bring all things to a just conclusion that glorifies Him!

In short, God has given us in His Word and Himself everything we could possibly need to live and grow (2 Tim. 3:17)!

So that’s what I’ll be giving thanks for today. How about you? Take a minute to post on our wall what you’re thankful for so we can reflect together on how the Lord’s at work today.

And if you’re not already a fan, hit “like” below so you can jump in on the conversation.

Now on Pre-Pub: N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.)

Today’s guest post is by Bethany Olsen, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

Recently, the marketing department—fueled by copious amounts of coffee—has been working hard on redesigning the new website. The end result has been well worth the effort. I love the easier navigation as well as the enhanced searching capabilities (not to mention the new and improved Pre-Pub page)!

Now that the new site is live, you should be seeing more Pre-Pubs heading your way. One recent addition of particular note is our new N. T. Wright Collection (34 vols.). Wright’s large body of work has provided an impressive contribution to the Church, and we are pleased to be able to offer more of his works to Logos users.

This set of thirty-four comprehensive volumes provides great academic content. The collection not only features Wright’s well-loved book Simply Christian, but also fifteen New Testament commentaries, resources on eschatology, volumes on Christ’s life and the Lord’s Prayer, discussions on the authority of the Bible, and more! This collection has much to offer. Wright was named by Christianity Today as one of the world’s top five theologians and his words are accessible to a wide spectrum of readers: theologians, biblical scholars, church ministers, and laity alike. No matter where you fit into that spectrum, knowing what this noted theologian has to say will greatly enhance your Bible study.

By the way, we had a chance to sit down with him recently, and he had some great stuff to say! He even shared his thoughts regarding the future of biblical scholarship in a digital era. Stay tuned for a forthcoming video of our interview with him.

Here are some of our other collections containing N. T. Wright resources:

Everyone Loves a Good Story

Today’s guest post is by Sarah Wilson, from the Logos Bible Software marketing team.

I love a good story. I was that kid hiding under the covers with a flashlight, catching up on Nancy Drew or the Chronicles of Narnia, long after lights out. With my love of reading and the written word, becoming an English major was an easy choice. In college, I studied plot devices, story arches, character development, point-of-view, literary theories, narrative structures, as well as things like grammar, punctuation, and citation systems. Studying the more technical aspects of novels, essays, and non-fiction pieces made my old beloved stories mean so much more—there are universal characteristics that make a compelling and appealing story.

The Bible is full of stories—the best stories because they are true. The stories of David, Moses, Simon Peter—heroes of the faith—inspire us, convict us, and provide context for our lives. Knowing the structure and literary background of the Bible is essential for general readers, professors, students, and anyone wanting to understand more about about the framework of the written Word of God.

As a book worm who geeks out over narrative ideas and theories, I’m really excited about David Jobling’s The Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.), a Pre-Pub shipping tomorrow. In essay format, he goes into amazing detail on the narrative and theological structure of the Old Testament, covering literary theories such as myth, political and geographical ideologies, as well as providing invaluable exegetical and critical analysis of various Old Testament characters and passages, such as Jonathan, Ahab, and Numbers 11—12.

For those of you who want to get more out of your Bible study or sermon preparation, or if you love narrative ideas and background as much as I do, this incredibly helpful collection is a must-have. It’s in production right now—it will be going live the day before Thanksgiving. The Sense of Biblical Narrative (2 vols.) retails at $109.95, so pre-order today and get it for only $22.95!

Logos 4: Quickly Locate Pictures

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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.

If you’re like me, when you’re reading the Bible, sometimes you want to see pictures or images about the things in a passage. For example, imaging reading Acts 18.4 where Luke says Paul, "reasoned in the synagogue." We may wonder, what does a first century synagogue look like? Or if we’re in Ephesians 6.14, we may like to see an image of the breastplate Paul referenced. With Logos Bible Software 4 that image is just a click a way. For example:

  • Open an English Bible to Acts 18.4
  • Right click on the word synagogue
  • Select from the right menu Thing synagogue
  • Select from the left menu Biblical Things

The Biblical Things tool opens showing you pictures and images from your library, all related to synagogue. Keep these steps in mind when you comeacross most any object in the Bible: gazelle, cornerstone, lily, you name it.