Dot-to-Dot Puzzles, the Hierarchy of Understanding, and Logos 6

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Logos 6: delivering insight

When we were deciding how to talk about Logos 6, we landed on the tagline “delivering insight.” We were very intentional with this message, which came out of conversations we were having about how one gains understanding in their field of study, then how they communicate that understanding to their audience.

We found that Logos users were looking for much more than just data, information, or knowledge; they were truly seeking wisdom.

In the Hierarchy of Understanding model, one moves from data to information, from information to knowledge, and finally from knowledge to wisdom.

connect-the-dots-lightbulb-logos-6Insight is the bridge between knowledge and wisdom

Remember when you were a kid and you did “dot-to-dot” puzzles? You know the ones I’m talking about. You would draw lines from dot to dot, and when you were done, it made a picture.

Insight is a lot like that. Insight happens when you connect all the dots and reveal something that was previously hidden or just not obvious. Insight is the “Aha!” moment of discovery when, after careful exploration and observation, you come to a new truth or realization that you’ve never had before.

However, there’s a real problem, which is that insight isn’t obvious. It’s elusive, hard to come by and frankly, pretty rare.

Insight comes when you connect the dots. But what do you do when you don’t have access to all the dots? When it comes to study of the Scripture and the ancient world, that question becomes even more complex: how do you connect the dots when the dots are dispersed over a few millennia of history, buried in books, logged in archaeological records, hidden in ancient manuscripts, and written in foreign languages?

l6-overview-gold-featuredLogos 6 is the ultimate “dot connector”

Built on a unique platform with hand‐tagged, fully interconnected biblical resources that are full of “dots,” Logos 6 is able to find and connect those dots with lightning speed and deliver insight by revealing truths that were previously hidden.

Logos 6 sets the stage for those elusive “Aha!” moments of insight, helping you bridge the gap from knowledge to wisdom.

Find out which base package will help you connect the dots you need to deliver insight!

Want to talk to someone about all your dot‐connecting options, including payment plans? Give us a call at 888-875-9491.

Logos 6: Find New Testament Quotes from Old Testament Prophets

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.

New Testament writers frequently quote Old Testament prophets without explicitly referencing them by name. “Who said that?” may, therefore, be a common question we ask in our Bible study. You’ll be happy to know that Logos tags speakers throughout Scripture so we can readily identify them as well as locate other verses in which they were quoted! Let’s take a look at a specific example:

  • Open a Bible such as the LEB to Acts 7:48–49, which is part of Stephen’s sermon (A)
  • Notice the phrase “just as the prophet says” in verse 48 followed by the words of a prophet in verse 49 (B)
  • At the beginning of verse 49, rest the cursor on the megaphone icon (C), which identifies Isaiah as the quoted prophet (if the icon is not present, click the visual filters icon—three circles—on the Bible’s toolbar and select speaker labels) (D)

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Logos has identified and tagged the speakers in conversation or being quoted in both the Old and New Testaments. You can see who’s speaking with the megaphone icon.

But now let’s say we want to locate all the places Isaiah is quoted in the New Testament:

  • Right click on any word in verse 49 (E)
  • Click the arrow icon next to Stephen the speaker on the context menu (F)
  • Notice both Stephen and Isaiah are listed as speakers, because Stephen is quoting Isaiah
  • Select Isaiah (G)
  • Select Search this resource (H)

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  • Select New Testament from the drop-down list on the search panel (I)
  • In the search results, see all the places in the New Testament where Isaiah the prophet is quoted (J)

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Train your eyes to spot the megaphone icons, then use a right mouse search to find every time a specific person spoke in the Bible.

You can learn more about Logos 6′s features in the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual and the Logos 6: What’s New? Video, now available on Pre-Pub.

Also be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including the January events in Tampa and Houston.

15 Essential Resources for 2015

january-2015-monthly-saleWe’ve got new deals for the new year! With over 170 products on sale, chances are good you’ll save on something from your wish list. But just in case, we’d like to showcase 15 products to help you ring in the new year.

5 exciting discounts

the-review-of-biblical-literature-collectionThese are the biggest discounts of the month. Start the year off right with prices slashed 45–55%.

5 incredible commentaries

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5 topical resources

the-supremacy-of-god-in-preaching-rev-edTo round out the year, be sure to study up on counseling, preaching, history, and more!

These are just a few great titles on sale—be sure to check out the rest of this month’s discounted products!

Evaluating Textual Variation with Logos 6

textual-variants-tool-logos-6Most guides to exegesis include an important step in pursuing the exegesis of a given passage: establishing the text. This is the exegetical step where textual variation is taken into account, and one notes and weighs the variations in a passage to determine the text that will be exegeted.

In previous versions of Logos, the Exegetical Guide included a section called “Apparatuses,” which was the primary source of information to be used in establishing the text for exegesis.

In Logos 6, the Exegetical Guide’s Textual Variants section is a complete redesign of what used to be the Apparatuses section. The goal of the redesign is to make it easy to get to information in your library that may help with evaluating textual variation.

There are six parts to the Textual Variants section, each representing different types or classes of resources or data relevant to examining textual variation:

  • Textual commentaries
  • Apparatuses
  • Editions
  • Transcriptions
  • Ancient versions
  • Online manuscripts

Textual commentaries

These are specialized commentary resources that comment on units of textual variation instead of commenting with exegetical information. The most commonly known example of this type of resource is Bruce Metzger’s A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament.

Most textual commentaries have been focused on the variations found in the New Testament. For Logos 6, we’ve created a new textual commentary, targeted at the lay user with little Hebrew or Greek knowledge. It covers over 2,000 variation units throughout the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament.

The textual-commentaries section extracts the first portion of the note for the verse under study. This helps you get an idea what the variation is about, and it might help determine if you need to research the variation in more depth.

Other textual commentaries (such as Metzger’s) are listed in the Textual Variants section; if you click the title in your software, it will open the resource to the appropriate entry.

Apparatuses

Apparatuses are those things at the bottom of the page of some editions of the Hebrew Bible and of the Greek New Testament. They are typically laden with abbreviations, cryptic to read, and difficult to understand. They are highly compressed forms of variation data. This section largely reproduces what Logos 4 and 5′s Apparatuses section did: provide appropriate links to apparatuses so that the textual evidence for a given variation can be further evaluated.

Editions

For the purposes of the Textual Variants section, an “edition” is a version of an original-language text produced in the modern era. The use of “modern era” is wide, so these are essentially editions (not transcriptions) produced after 1500.

This section lists editions of the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament—such as the Lexham Hebrew Bible (LHB), the Biblica Hebraica Westmonasteriensis (BHW), the SBL Greek New Testament (SBLGNT), the Nestle-Aland 28th edition, and the like. Editions of the Septuagint are also included for references covered by that corpus.

Transcriptions

Different than an edition, a transcription is an attempt to transcribe the text as it occurs in a particular manuscript. These also often include the pagination and line breaks of the manuscripts in question. Items included in this section would be the Qumran Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts, Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis, and others.

Ancient versions

We read our Bibles in our own language, as they have been translated by experts for those who do not know the original languages. This is not new; translations of the Bible have been made from ancient times. What we call the Septuagint is a translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek. There are other of these ancient or “early” versions, including versions in Aramaic (the Targums) and Latin (the Vulgate) as well as Coptic, Syriac, and all sorts of other languages. If you have access to any of these in your library of Logos resources, they will appear here for you to consult.

Online manuscripts

At present, this feature only works for New Testament references. It relies on information provided by the Institute for New Testament Textual Research (Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung, or INTF) which is the organization behind the critical editions of the Greek New Testament: the Editio Critica Maior, the Nestle-Aland family of texts, and the United Bible Societies editions of the Greek New Testament.

The information behind online manuscripts is provided through a web service operated by the INTF, known as the New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room (NTVMR). This web service offers a public interface to much of the data that is used by the textual critics at the INTF in their work preparing editions of the Greek New Testament. In other words, where available, these are the transcriptions and the manuscript images being used to inform textual critics as they prepare critical editions of the Greek New Testament.

In Logos 6, whatever data is available to the public via the NTVMR is made available for your consultation. This may simply be indexing data that confirms a manuscript contains some portion of the specified passage, or it may be images or transcriptions of manuscript pages that contain that passage.

One example is Mark 13:8. The NTVMR contains data from many majuscule (uncial) and minuscule (cursive) manuscripts for this reference:

When a manuscript such as Sinaiticus or Bezae is available as a resource inside of Logos, the title of the manuscript is linked to the Logos resource. The links to transcriptions and images outside of Logos are available for consultation as well. Additional data entries about the manuscript (date, contents, page layout, and language) are also given.

In other words, for many major manuscripts (and several not-so-major manuscripts), you now have links straight to reputable, verified, and accurate manuscript transcriptions and images. For those who work though the text at this level, this is an incredible treasure trove of information.

Dig into valuable insights

If you’re only interested in short descriptions of variations, you can focus on the textual-commentaries section to see what variations, if any, have been noted by other studies and grow into the other sections as your studies require and skill grows. If you require more information on a given variation, you can dig straight into an apparatus, or into comparisons of modern editions you have access to in your Logos library. If you have transcriptions of material available such as the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls, or ancient editions such as the Targums, Vulgate, Syriac, or Coptic versions, these are presented as well. Finally, transcriptions and images of several major and minor New Testament manuscripts are available through the interface to the New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room (NTVMR).

Logos 6′s Textual Variants section handles more data than previous versions of Logos Bible Software and presents it in a more meaningful and easier-to-use manner.

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Check out Textual Variants in action and see how to use this tool step by step.

Logos 6′s Textual Variants tool is available in Gold and higher: explore all of your base-package options, or see which package we recommend for you.

4 Days Left: Save with Boxing Week Deals!

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The Boxing Week sale ends January 5, so this is your last chance to save big on 45+ resources! Check out all of the Boxing Week offers before they’re gone.

Baylor New Testament Backgrounds Collection (4 vols.)

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This collection offers the most recent and extensive scholarship on several important issues relating to the background of the New Testament and the Greco-Roman world around the first century. Craig Evans examines recent archaeological discoveries that shed light on the question of the historical Jesus. These volumes are a must for anyone interested in digging deeper into New Testament backgrounds.

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This book addresses an issue we’ve faced since the beginning of time: people have paraded countless pictures of Jesus before an impressionable public. If we have learned anything of all this, it is that the available evidence, cautiously and sympathetically evaluated, will in all probability always lend itself to a range of possible views of Jesus—the Jewish martyr, the unworldly sage, the failed rebel, the messianic Son of God. This book seeks to show that the view of Christ who emerges in the faith of the New Testament churches stands in a causal and organic continuity with Jesus of Nazareth.

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This product features all of Warren Wiersbe’s “Be” series of Old Testament commentaries. Breaking down each book into topical chapters, Wiersbe writes an approachable commentary series that allows any reader to understand the biblical text in new ways. The “Be” series is the culmination of Wiersbe’s life work and is respected by many as an easy-to-read, stimulating approach to Bible study.

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Meet David De Mers: Faithlife’s Australian Representative

david-de-mers-australian-repDid you know that Faithlife reaches over 190 countries around the world? In the last year, we even hired a few people to help us out in some of those faraway areas. David De Mers is our sole authorized Faithlife representative in Australia, but he also serves some of the surrounding nations. We interviewed David so you could get to know him a little bit better, too.

1. Tell us about yourself.

I am married with five children ages 24, 21, 12, 5, and 3. I have lived in Australia for three years now, though my wife, Kim, was born and raised in Manly, New South Wales, Australia. I am a permanent resident visa holder. I hold a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and a master’s degree from Bethel University/Seminary. Currently, I’m in my second year of doctoral studies at the University of Newcastle, NSW. I enjoy many things in life, but my love of God helps me better love my family, friends, and those just needing a helping hand.

2. What gets you excited about our products?

Faithlife products are designed to help all of us better understand, interpret, and live the Word of God as found in the Bible. All the Faithlife products are excellent, but the ones I find most practical and useful are the apps for my iPad and iPhone. I use the Noet, Faithlife Study Bible, Logos, and now the new Every Day Bible apps all on a daily basis. I find that the products we can use in a practical manner and on the go are the best.

3. What’s your favorite feature in the software?

I love everything about Logos. I have been a consistent user since 2008 when I first started my seminary studies. I could not have finished my master’s without it. My favorite features are the new contextual tools found in Logos 6. My master’s degree focused on biblical and theological cultural contextualization, so naturally I love these new features. Being able to access, view, and use the Cultural Concepts tool, the Ancient Literature tool, and the new Atlas tool helps me get a total view of the Bible’s contextual meaning.

4. What add-on product can you not live without?

My favorite add-on product is Noet’s Modern Philosophy Research Library that I added to my Logos collection. I love the new authors and content, and I find that the material complements my existing scholarly readings well.

david-de-mers-australian-rep-25. What is your market like? Who do you serve?

My market is all of Australia, and by default many parts of Oceania. I serve over 12,000 current Logos users in Australia, including church pastors, lay pastors, administrative personnel, and lay Christians of all types. I also serve a large academic sector here in Australia, and we are just beginning to make inroads into the huge private and public high-school market. I also serve the numerous Christian conference-goers here as well.

6. What are some goals or plans you have for your market?

I have ambitious goals for Australia in 2015. First, I’d like to offer consistent training classes at all the capital cities in Australia. Secondly, I plan to hold academic demos at more than 25 Bible colleges and seminaries in Australia and Oceania. This plan also calls for facilitating and presenting at about 15 conferences in the region. Lastly, as I mentioned before, I plan on targeting numerous private and public high schools, starting in Sydney and then moving beyond in order to ensure the schools have our Bible and language tools at their disposal.

7. What are some upcoming events you’ll be at?

For the first part of 2015, I have a heavy travel commitment to visit pastors in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Mixed in with those events, I have multiple training seminars in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Then on the schedule there are academic demos in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. It will be a busy first quarter here in Australia!

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Learn more about David on his website, Saul2Paul.com, or get to know him on the forums!

Start 2015 Off with a Bang!

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Happy New Year! Start 2015 off right with devotionals, commentaries, and more.

Go back to the beginning with two brand-new commentary collections on Genesis and John. These collections include more than 100 volumes of commentaries on these well-loved books of the Bible. Here are just some of the commentaries available in these collections:

  • New American Commentary
  • International Critical Commentary
  • College Press NIV Commentary
  • Pillar New Testament Commentary
  • Cornerstone Biblical Commentary

Take your education to the next level

Advance your theological education in 2015 with Logos Mobile Education. The new commentary collections available during the New Year’s sale pair perfectly with the discounted Mobile Ed courses. With courses like OT 301 Origins of Genesis 1–3, the Bible and Doctrine Foundations Bundle, and BI 201 The Story of the Bible, you can start learning now from renowned professors like Dr. Mark Futato, Dr. John Walton, and Dr. Lynn Cohick—all at your own pace.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get 15% off these courses and take your education to the next level.

Stay on track with your reading

Don’t forget to pick up a devotional or two, like Tozer on the Almighty God or A Godward Life, and set up a reading plan in Logos 6 for the new year. Read the entire Bible by setting up a custom 90-day reading plan. If you start the reading plan now, you can finish the whole Bible just in time for Easter!

All of these resources are enhanced by the power of Logos 6, making them searchable and allowing you to pinpoint answers in seconds, so if you don’t already own it take the opportunity to pick it up before the introductory offer disappears.

Get the year started with a bang—shop the New Year’s sale now!

Invest in Yourself in 2015 with Mobile Ed

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Someday, when I have the skill . . .

Someday, when I have the confidence . . .

Someday, when I have the time . . .

Someday, when I am an expert . . .

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We all want to be the best versions of ourselves. We want to impact others and change lives, but we don’t always have the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to do the job. We say, “Someday, when my ship comes in, I will . . .” But “someday” doesn’t exist—only today does. So today, as you prepare to welcome in a new year, why not resolve to invest in yourself?

One of the best places to start is with Logos Mobile Education courses. Mobile Ed was designed to bring you a seminary-level education, taught by today’s leading biblical experts in a format that helps maximize learning so that you can gain the skills, confidence, and expertise needed to achieve your goals.

Technically, 2015 doesn’t start until tomorrow, and neither do your New Year’s resolutions. But why continue to wait—why not start today?

Invest in yourself with 9 courses on the Gospels

One of Mobile Ed’s most popular bundles is the Studies in the Gospels Bundle. This nine-course bundle will lead you to a comprehensive understanding of Jesus’ life and ministry. These courses are taught by some of today’s leading New Testament scholars, like Dr. Jonathan Pennington, Dr. Dan Doriani, and Dr. Craig Evans.

You’ll get a detailed exposition of the Sermon on the Mount from Dr. Pennington, and an expert analysis of Jesus’ colorful, startling, and often confusing parables by Dr. Doriani. Dr. Evans will delve into the historical events that built the New Testament world, including the decline of the Persian Empire, the rise of Alexander the Great, and Israel’s military engagements and religious movements.

Save over 40% today

We are currently finishing several courses in this bundle, and typically we don’t ship the individual courses until the entire bundle is complete. But for a limited time, you can not only get this product at the deeply discounted Pre-Pub price, but you can also get immediate access to the finished courses. That means you can save over 40% on the Studies in the Gospels Bundle and start learning right away.

This is a phone-only deal: you must call 888-875-9491 to claim it today.

In the Studies in the Gospels Bundle, you’ll get:

Currently, NT301 The Gospels as Ancient Biography and NT311 The World of Jesus and the Gospels are complete. Courses NT251, NT252, and NT253 are scheduled to be completed by January 5, 2015.

Don’t miss this chance to save over 40% and start studying with these courses: call 888-875-9491 now!

Keep Your Most Important New Year’s Resolution with Every Day Bible

every-day-bible-appIt’s resolution-making season. And to ensure your most important resolution—the one about daily Bible reading—is also the easiest to keep, we’d like you to meet the free Every Day Bible app.

Built on the reading-plan framework of Connect the Testaments, a popular calendar devotional written by Faithlife’s own John Barry and Rebecca Van Noord, Every Day Bible presents you with three manageable passages each day—one from the Old Testament, one from the New Testament, and one from the books of poetry. This approach will lead you through the entire Bible in a year. Along the way, you’ll garner a big-picture view of Scripture aided by Barry’s and Van Noord’s insights delivered in daily devotional passages.

The Every Day Bible app puts that powerful content in your pocket, so you can maintain your resolution to read Scripture even when the next year takes you unexpected places.

We kept it simple, so there’s nothing extra to learn and you can jump right into your Scripture readings each day. The result is a daily-reading app that’s easy to use. You still have total control over which types of text you’d like to read: use the settings menu to turn sections on and off if you’d prefer to focus on one particular type of text.

Each day is topped off with a piece of Bible Screen art from one of the verses covered that day. Our in-house professional design team has been illustrating a different Bible verse every day for years. Their work has taken many forms—apps, T-shirts, magnets, postcards—and we couldn’t resist putting it here to inspire you in your daily Scripture reading. And if you’d like to share the art, you can do that with just a click.

We think you’re going to love the brilliantly simple Every Day Bible app. Download it for free today, and start keeping that resolution to read Scripture.

Improve Your Bible Study in 2015

diy-bible-studyAs the calendar turns over to 2015, many of you are making New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve decided to take your Bible study to the next level this year, Lexham Press has designed a resource that makes it easier than ever. DIY Bible Study helps you step into the story of the Bible with application-focused content, beautifully designed images, and practical video tutorials.

A year-long reading plan, included with DIY Bible Study, guides you through the entire Bible in just 10 minutes a day. You’ll get an overview of the entire Bible, one study at a time. It’s designed to be accessible and flexible to fit exactly what you need to dig into the Bible.

Study with Logos 6

We built DIY Bible Study to be fully integrated into Logos Bible Software. We’re leveraging all of the amazing tools found in Logos 6, and we’ll teach you how to use them.

As you work through DIY Bible Study, your learning is framed by sections that teach you how to study the Bible. These study principles are delivered through short video lessons, like this:

Not only are you learning important study principles and methods, but you’re seeing them used within Logos Bible Software itself. You’ll learn to study the Bible and use the most powerful Bible software to accomplish your goals.

Biblical interpretation is like appreciating a Monet painting. At first, everything is a bit blurry, but once you stand farther back, you see how all the blurry shapes fit together into something beautiful. In this regard, there is absolutely no substitute for reading all of the Bible and reading it regularly; the more parts of the Bible that are in your head, the more the Bible will make sense.

The right tools and biblical interpretation methods can help you thoughtfully and accurately study the Bible for yourself and apply it to your life—seeing how everything fits together.

DIY Bible Study

Get started today!

Improve your Bible study with DIY Bible Study and Logos 6. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to get your Bible study started on the right foot.

DIY Bible Study is included in most Logos 6 base packages. You can also get it in the Lexham Bible Study Essentials Bundle, which is over 60% off to celebrate New Year’s!