Martin Luther described the Apocrypha as “books which are not considered equal to the Holy Scriptures, while at the same time . . . are profitable and good to read.” Luther translated these books and included them between the Old and New Testaments in his German Bible, even though he didn’t include them in the canon. Why would a Protestant like Luther be interested in the Apocrypha if he didn’t believe it was on the same footing as the Old and New Testaments?
With the Ancient Literature Tool, you can study ancient Near-Eastern manuscripts, church fathers, and other relevant literature. We’ve hand-selected the very best ancient sources so you can connect passages with ancient Jewish and Christian parallels and allusions. They’re all included in the Ancient Literature Expansion Collection.
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.
I remember years ago as a young Bible student reading that John, the beloved disciple, used the word love more than other New Testament writers. Back then, of course, it was difficult at best to verify that claim. I just relied on input from trusted authors. Now with Logos, however, substantiating most any biblical claim is just a few clicks a way. For example, let’s apply a feature known as Graph Bible Search Results to the above statement regarding John:
With a Logos Now subscription, your Logos 6 base package gets new content and features added every six weeks. But did you know that in addition to new features, Logos Now also gives you access to several additional titles for no extra charge each month?
This month only, Logos Now members get full access to five books from Fortress Press, including titles from N.T. Wright, Walter Brueggemann, and Jürgen Moltmann. If you’ve been meaning to dig into any of these books, subscribe to Logos Now today for only $8.99/month, and get your first month free! Or keep reading to learn more about what you’ll get this month with Logos Now.
Recently around the Logos office, I’ve heard a lot of chatter about crossgrading, upgrading, and even buying a second base package. I sat down with Taylor Blomquist, our denominational marketing expert, to explain all that terminology and help me understand why someone would want to invest in an additional Logos base package.
Okay, first things first: why in the world would anyone want more than one base package?
The history of Christianity is a long, winding river. At the source of the river stands Jesus Christ, along with the witness of the apostles through their preaching and writing ministries. As the river flows from the first century through the present day, it splits into the tributaries of diverse theological traditions. All of these tributaries trace their origin to the Source of the river while maintaining distinct beliefs and practices that distinguish them from the other tributaries. No matter what tributary you find yourself in, two things are essential: knowing what you believe and knowing the beliefs of other Christians. You need a knowledgable conviction.
Scripture is a treasure trove of spiritual insight, fascinating stories, and powerful examples of transformation. And when you take the extra time to really dig into historical background, cultural context, original languages, and solid exegesis, you discover even more of the Bible’s riches. That’s why Logos base packages are so awesome–they provide a slough of digital tools to excavate Scripture.
If you’ve never owned a base package, we think you’re missing out. When you buy a base package you’re getting all those great tools and hundreds of great books for pennies on the dollar. For just a few more days, if you’ve never owned a base package before, get Logos 6 and we’ll throw in up to $800 in free gifts. Don’t miss your chance! Get started on your excavation!
Out of a deep desire to help you study smarter, find exactly what you need faster, and simply understand the Word better, we created a brand new product that will make your Biblical research even more powerful—a hand-curated anthology from 38 authors, 11 publishers, and a few very smart Logos product specialists.
There are few things more frustrating than hearing Bible verses taken out of context, especially if you consider yourself a serious student of the Bible. You know what I’m talking about—some well-meaning Christian quotes a verse. He’s uncovered a spiritual truth that perfectly addresses a personal challenge. The only problem? He’s completely ignored the surrounding context! The New Testament wasn’t written in isolated, versified chunks of unrelated texts. Each verse flows from a greater context. When we ignore the logical flow of a biblical passage or book, we risk misinterpretation. Understanding the flow of thought of a biblical passage is essential to good hermeneutics and sound application of biblical principles.