As promised, here are the results of the seventh annual Logos Chili Cook-Off. A good time (and a little indigestion) was had by all. There were thirteen chilis entered, but three were named the crowd favorites.
Watch a 3.5 minute video of Chili Day 2006! (.wmv | 9.4MB)
Every year, around the 4th of July, Logos has a company Chili Cook-Off. This is the grandaddy that started them all (the curry cookoff, the soup cookoff and the salsa cookoff are spinoffs of the chili cookoff!).
Today, July 7, 2006, is our Seventh Annual Chili Cookoff. You can check out some photos and commentary from last year’s Chili Cookoff if you’d like.
We’ll post the results on Monday, so stay tuned!
In this post, I’ve gathered some of the latest testimonials about how the latest version helps people study the Bible—whether they are a scholar, pastor or layperson.
If you have something nice to say about Logos 3, feel free to email it to me for consideration for the endorsements page. Hearing praise from customers brightens the day for all of us here at Logos…and helps us communicate the real-life benefits of the software to future Logos users!
On to the testimonials…
“Logos Bible Software 3 brings a broad and deep river of knowledge flowing from my computer. I can open multiple lexicons and technical resources and can fly between them seamlessly. I see it not merely as a Bible study tool. I find it to be a flexible, potent, integrated knowledge system of Biblical research and management. As far as I know, no competitor can touch it. I use it nearly every day.”
– James A Swanson
M.S.M. (Multnomah Bible College), M.TH. (UNISA)
revison editor and co-editor of several Bible language reference works, including concordances for the King James Version, New International Version, and New Living Translation; also Young’s Compact Bible Dictionary, and editor of Dictionary of Biblical Languages and The Swanson NT Greek Morphology
“Logos Bible Software 3 is the best thing to happen to Bible study since Gutenberg! I loaded Version 3 this morning and was quickly and efficiently using Logos better than ever before. I was able to get ready to teach Bible class more effectively and have more depth in my study—all just by pushing the GO button. Logos has always been good but now it’s better than good, it’s just greatness!”
– Mark Roberts
“This version three is really something special. Ya’ll have hit a grand slam home run with it.”
– Paul Buckhiester
Pastor, Wesley Heights UMC, Columbus, GA
“I do not have enough adjectives to describe and praise the new software. I thought the last version would be difficult to improve but Logos 3 with the tools of the Gold set, plus my additions, is simply wonderful!”
– Lee Hähnlen
Pastor, Waynesboro Presbyterian Church, PA
“Several years ago I was blessed with an opportunity to purchase your Pastor’s Library after looking at lots of different software packages. My decision to go with Logos was based on the vast potential of this study aid. I recently upgraded to Scholar’s Library: Silver and not only is the material in the set fantastic, but the improvements for Version 3 are phenomenal. It is helping me dig deeper into my studies and as I begin teaching it will be invaluable.”
– Ken Shawver
“I’m working with Logos 3 as I prepare a sermon series on Ecclesiastes. Not exactly the easiest book of the Bible to preach, but very relevant. So, I type in Eccl. 1.1-3 for the first series of the sermon and run a Passage Guide. In the new parallel passage section up pops ‘OT Quotations & Allusions’ with a reference to Romans 8:20. Off and on, I’ve studied Ecclesiastes for some 10 years, but I never made the connection to that particular NT verse, which indeed opens a new exegetical vista on the whole book of Eccl. for me. A small example, yes, but that’s what Logos 3 does. Thanks again.”
– Jason Van Vliet
Pastor, Maranatha Canadian Reformed Church, Surrey, BC
“By quickly perusing the lighting quick, voluminous, complete resources of the awesome Passage Guide, you can subsequently avoid the tendency to write down everything that interests you…and only you…(and few others in the audience). Instead, you will glean from the search only the main, the essential, the focused, the ‘tip of the sword’ concepts that will lift the message from obscurity to something far better.”
– Kurt Norton (the ever increasing empty bookshelf guy)
Pastor, Skagit Valley Church of Christ, Burlington, WA
The 3rd leg of the Logos Bible Road Trip began June 16th in Nashville when my family and I took the keys from Landon Norton and his family.
We spent Saturday with Morris and Cindy Proctor. The ladies took off for the RC Cola and Moon Pie festival in Bell Buckle, TN, and Morris gave me the grand tour of the new Morris Proctor Seminars headquarters. I was amazed to see all the new Logos 3.0 training materials Morris has produced. Make sure and check out the Camp Logos schedule and attend a Camp Logos coming to your neck of the woods – with over 100 new features and updates in Logos 3, Camp Logos is a great place to get the most from your Logos investment.
The evening was capped off with an incredible lasagna dinner prepared by Cindy and then it was off for our first night in the RV – by the way, there are six of us trekking through the U.S. in the Logos RV for the next 4 weeks: Scott, Michelle, Tayler – 13 years old, Beau – 12 years old, Autumn – 5 years old, and Chase – 3 years old. Please pray for my wife’s sanity over the next 4 weeks!!!
We had a very busy 1st week presenting Logos 3.0 in Nashville, Chattanooga, Birmingham, and twice in Atlanta. Wow, is it hot in the South!!! The 2 events in Atlanta were split between Walk Thru the Bible and Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church where Bryan Crute is the pastor of this dynamic fellowship. 125 people showed up for the Destiny stop making it the largest attended Road Trip event so far! Here are some encouraging words Pastor Crute had to say about the event:
“The Logos Bible Software Road Tour will prove to be one of the highlights of our year – our congregation was on the edge of their seats during the entire presentation! I can’t say thank you enough to the Logos family for its commitment to fuse technology with faith and create a tool that will strengthen the spiritual core of a weakened church. Thank you Scott and the Logos family for your commitment to equipping the Body of Christ and helping us become “workmen who do not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (II Timothy 2:15)” – Pastor Bryan Crute, Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church
We spent Saturday with our dear friends Jon and Heather Langford of Loganville, GA. As we were preparing to spend the day sightseeing we heard a knock on the door of the RV. I opened the door and was greeted by Roger Brock. Roger is a demolitions expert and was driving through the neighborhood when he noticed the Logos RV. [Insert joke here about Roger wanting to finish the job Landon started. —Ed.] He pulled over to find out what Logos was all about. After a brief 10-minute demo of Logos in the RV kitchen, Roger sped away (literally burnt a little rubber) to talk with his wife about what he witnessed. 15 minutes later Roger was back with check in hand and is now the proud owner of Scholar’s Library. What a great start to our day with the Langfords!
The day got even better after our friends took us to the restaurant voted “Best Southern Cooking” where I had the awesome privilege of tasting fried green tomatoes…after reading this post my wife wanted me to be more specific and mention that I ate at least 15 fried green tomatoes! If you’re ever in the Atlanta area you have to visit The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Georgia – probably the best food I have ever had.
After Atlanta we headed down to Florida…I’ll write another blog post soon to let you know how things are going in the Sunshine State.
Logos Bible Software 3 offers syntactic databases for the Hebrew Bible and for the Greek New Testament. Some of these resources (the Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text and Phrase Marker Analysis and also the OpenText.org Syntactically Analyzed Greek New Testament) are informed to one degree or another by linguistics.
I can hear the feedback now: “Huh? Linguistics? Why? Isn’t syntax just syntax? You mean I need to learn about linguistics too?!”
David Alan Black, in his helpful book Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek, describes the importance of linguistics for students of New Testament Greek in this way:
When we study linguistics we are learning how to put the Greek language in its rightful place as a part — perhaps the most technical part — of our work in the text of the New Testament. Through exposure and practice, we can acquire a broader, more confident command of New Testament Greek. …But more importantly, the study of linguistics can contribute a great deal to our understanding of the meaning of the New Testament. It can help us become more aware of why we understand a text the way we do when we read it, and it can help us talk about the text more precisely, by providing us with a methodology through which we can show how interpretation is in part derived from grammatical considerations. Linguistics may also help solve problems of interpretation by showing us why one meaning is possible but not another. Above all, however, linguistics can give us a point of view, a way of looking at a text that will help us develop a consistent analysis, and prompt us to ask questions about the language of the text that we might have otherwise overlooked. (Black 3, emphasis mine)
I’ve highlighted the final portion of the quote because it describes so well one of the primary ways in which the syntax graphs (more on graphs here, here and here) for both the Hebrew Bible (more here) and the Greek New Testament (more here and here) can be used in one’s study.
Much of the information about linguistics is already dealt with in the encoding of the databases. The syntax graphs merely make the underlying information explicit. They give you a picture to visualize the linguistic goings-on, here described mostly in terms of syntax.
The bottom line is if you start to read the text using the syntax graphs, a few things will happen.
- First, you’ll slow down and take a look at the bigger picture.
- Second, you’ll see clause structure (verbs, subjects, objects, etc.) that you likely would not have seen just reading through a paragraph of original language text.
- Third, you’ll begin to look across passages for, say, what sorts of things (objects/complements/adjuncts/adverbs/prepositional phrases) further modify verbs (predicators) to track action through a passage. You’ll start to look at subjects to see if the subject is the same, or if it changes.
- Fourth, as you begin to look at the text in this different way, you’ll have different cues to remind you of things you’ve seen before.
- Fifth, as Black notes, you’ll start to develop the basis on which to ask further questions of the text. You’ll notice new, different things. And those new, different things will complement your study of the text.
All of it will help you draw connections — here formulated on the basis of syntax and linguistics — to complement other connections you’ve already made based on other reading, morphology, commentary, text-critical aspects, and the like. In short, slowly reading through the syntax graph (by all means read the normal text first, and read translations too!), keeping track of the text at a syntactic level as opposed to just words on a page draws on other influences and helps with developing a larger picture of what’s going on in a particular passage.
Today’s guest blogger, Mark Van Dyke, is the newest member of the Logos marketing department.
In addition to saving shelf space and being easy to replace, electronic books also lower moving costs, an important incentive considering Logos software is used by missionaries around the world. Considering the large number of resources in Logos’ higher end libraries (Scholar’s Library, Scholar’s Library: Silver and Scholar’s Library: Gold) the amount of money that is saved during a move to another continent more than pays for the software itself.
For example, when a missionary family of four moves to Nigeria the cost of shipping their baggage alone is approximately $1,300! *
If a missionary owned the corresponding print versions of Logos book collections the substantial cost of moving would increase even more. Below is a listing of the cost of airmailing the print versions of three libraries from the United States to Papua New Guinea. The weights of each respective collection are shown in parentheses.
- Scholar’s Library (936 lbs.) – $3,125.50
- Scholar’s Library: Silver (1,073 lbs.) – $4,921.00
- Scholar’s Library: Gold (1,450 lbs.) – $6,650.00
When shipping from the United States to Mongolia, Chad, Estonia or Jordan the average cost of sending print versions of Scholar’s: Gold resources averages just under $5,000!
If the financial burden were not enough one should also consider the hours of back-breaking labor required in packing and unpacking the hundreds of books in each collection. We at Logos recommend the method of buying the books on one DVD and throwing the disc in your carry-on luggage.
* Figure provided by Serving in Mission
Once again, in the home group study, I ran across a phrase that caused me to ask a question. This time I’m in First Thessalonians 5.2 and the phrase is “day of the Lord”.
Earlier, I’d searched for “What other things qualify παρουσία?” (see post here). In this example, I use that same search as a starting point (sort of like a template) to search for “What other things qualify ἡμέρα (‘day’)?”
So this video (Flash, 11 megs, with sound) shows how to load the old query (which was saved) and modify it.
But as I was making the video, I had a flash of insight: I could use the OpenText.org semantic domain tagging to search for something similar but not constrain myself to vocabulary. I could search for where references to deity qualified words in the time domain. So I run through that aspect of modifying the search as well.
This is post #250 for the Logos Blog. We’ve posted nearly every weekday since the blog launched last July.
We’ve had posts on curry, coffee, and Christmas decorating. We’ve announced company news, introduced some of the Logos staff and our publishing partners, and shared in the joy and trials of the Bible Road Trip. We’ve also used the blog to pull back the curtain on new features of Logos Bible Software 3, explore new reports such as Bible Word Study in detail, give examples of how to use specific features, and introduce the concepts and resources of syntax.
To take this post beyond a pat on the back for the blogging team, let us hear from you. Leave a comment and let us know what you’ve most enjoyed, which posts stand out in your memory, what you’d like to see more of, and what we’re sorely lacking.
This communication channel is here to serve our users, so let us know what it is that keeps you coming back for more!
If you’ve been a Logos customer for very long, you’ve probably noticed that something has changed during the month of June. We used to post three or four new prepub titles per month, on average…this month we’ve already posted 11…with 4 new titles posted last week alone!
With some 2,000 books as part of the Continuum license, plus all the other contracts and books we have in the pipeline, we’ve had to ratchet things up a notch. A new guy in the marketing department, Zack Rock, is doing a great job of researching the books and crafting descriptions for the prepub page. He’s been cranking them out at a pace of 1-2 titles per day…so if you’ve fallen behind, here’s a quick update:
What’s New on the Prepub Page
Bible Study Helps
- The Bible in Translation: Ancient and English VersionsBruce Metzger provides a fascinating account of the history of Bible translation, along with a user-friendly guide to 50 different versions of the Bible.
- Introducing The Apocrypha: Message, Context, And SignificanceRegardless of your stand on the canonicity of the apocryphal books, this volume establishes the value of studying the Apocrypha and acquaints the reader with the texts and tools necessary to undertake that study.
- D. A. Carson CollectionSome top titles from Carson, including two excellent aids for building and responsibly using your digital library: Exegetical Fallacies and New Testament Commentary Survey.
- On Romans and Other New Testament Essays (Cranfield)Clear and penetrating insights on this complex biblical book from one of its foremost scholars and commentators.
Books for Educators & Counselors
- Christian Educator’s Collection (3 Volumes)Combines theory with nuts and bolts techniques for Christ-centered education, ideal for the Christian teacher or homeschooling family.
- Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, Second EditionPastors today serve double duty as counselors; this handbook is a must-have for anyone engaged in counseling another person toward spiritual and psychological wholeness.
- Introduction to Biblical Greek CollectionLearn Greek from the alphabet on up at the feet of seasoned teacher James Swetnam, and get a grasp of applied Greek grammar, illustrated with actual examples from the NT provided by Maximillian Zerwick.
- A Grammatical Analysis of the Greek New Testament (“Max & Mary”)Benefit from brief, verse-by-verse exegetical hints and notes supplied by experienced exegetes.
- Moulton-Howard-Turner Greek Grammar Collection (5 volumes)This intermediate to advanced Greek reference grammar is suited for the second-year student or as a reference at any level.
- Idioms of the Greek New Testament, Second EditionA landmark grammar/textbook that applies the insights of modern linguistics to the study of biblical Greek.
- The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament (Moulton & Milligan)One of the most important books to come out of the study of the Egyptian Papyri is this lexicon by Moulton and Milligan, which provides examples of how ordinary people used ancient Greek in ordinary contexts.
This is your last chance to get a prepublication discount on the following titles. Once they ship, the price will go up so place your pre-order right away.
- International Theological Commentary (27 vols)This commentary emphasizes the theology of the Old Testament, combining excellence in scholarship with relevant insight for today’s church. The Last Chance email already went out; we should be getting this back from replication soon, and will ship shortly after the Independence Day holiday.
- Ryrie’s Basic Theology
A clear and understandable systematic theology from a major figure in evangelicalism. Yes, this is the same guy who edited the widely-used Ryrie Study Bible. This title went through production very quickly. First posted to the prepub page May 25, it is due to ship around July 10.
Whew! That’s a lot and it’s just the new stuff…visit the prepub page to see a complete listing of what’s available at a prepub discount and take advantage of the opportunity to expand your library while saving some dough!
More Ways to Stay Abreast of the Juggernaut
Awhile back, I blogged on how syntax graphs aren’t just helpful when it comes to searching. They can be very helpful when reading through the text as well. And they can help one organize thoughts and approach when teaching or preaching on a passage.
A case in point is First Thessalonians 5.12-13. I dug into this passage in preparation for a home group Bible study. The OpenText.org Syntactically Analyzed Greek New Testament: Clause Analysis helped me to organize my thoughts on how this passage is structured, therefore it helped in thinking how this passage should be understood.