Logos 5 Update: Smart Selection

Logos 5Late on Sunday, October 26, we will be pushing out a massive update to many of our major resources.

This update, due to its large size, will take quite a bit of time to download, depending on the size of your library.

Due to the change in these resources, your software will also have to index when finished with the update. It might be a good idea to start your software first thing Monday morning and let Logos begin to update and organize your library.

This update will allow a significant number of your resources to work with the new smart-selection feature. Smart selection is a new Logos 5 feature that will autoselect clauses, sentences, and sometimes even paragraphs as you start to select them from a resource. Once you move beyond a single word or a couple of sentences, Logos finishes selecting the logical phrase or paragraph that would match your selection.

The purpose of smart selection is to simply make it faster and easier to select the text you want. It changes the behavior of the normal click + drag selection from only selecting the characters you drag over to detecting the words, clauses, sentences, and paragraphs that you show the intention of selecting.

For example, in the sentence “I am testing Logos 5′s new feature.” selecting the “e” and “w” in “new” will select the entire word “new” (reaching the end of a word will select the beginning of the word as well). Selecting the “e,” “w,” and “f” in “new feature” will select both full words, and dragging into any other words will instantly select those whole words as well. Whenever you pass a word, phrase, sentence, or paragraph boundary, it begins selecting at that level.

Holding the Alt key (or Option for Mac) will allow normal selection, and Alt + right click (or Option + click for Mac) will select the word’s logical cluster. This feature will be enabled on all Logos 5 software, but if you want to check and be sure, just go to your program settings under the tools menu and check and see if the smart selection feature is set to “yes.”

Because this feature is so great, it takes a lot of data on the back end to make it work. Therefore, we will be implementing these updates late on October 26 to cause as little inconvenience as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Logos 5: Attach Notes to Verses

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 recently received a question from a Logos user that I answer frequently, so I want to address it again. The question was basically this:

My understanding is when I create a note for a verse, the note indicator is to appear next to that verse in all of my Bibles. However, I’m only seeing the indicator in the Bible in which I first created the note. What’s happening?

This is a very common scenario, so we’ll patiently walk through it from the beginning.

Let’s imagine we’re going to study the book of Mark, verse by verse. As we gain insights, we want to record them in a notes document next to the corresponding verses. In addition, we want those notes to appear in all of our Bibles.

Here’s how to accomplish that task:

  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • Name the file something like Mark Notes (A)
  • Open any Bible to Mark 1:1 (B)

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  • Right click any word in Mark 1:1 (C)
  • Select Reference Mark 1:1 (THIS IS THE KEY: You must choose Reference so the note will attach to that verse regardless of the Bible you’re in. If you choose Selection “the word”, the note is only attached to that word in that Bible.) (D)
  • Select Add a note to “Mark Notes” (E)

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Notice what just happened:

  • A note named Mark 1:1 was created in the notes document (F)
  • A note indicator was placed next to Mark 1:1 in the Bible (G)

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  • The note indicator will appear in all versified books, primarily Bibles and commentaries, containing an entry for Mark 1:1 (H)

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  • Add Content for the Mark 1:1 note (I)

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  • Repeat these steps for each verse as you move through Mark (J)

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  • Close the notes document, but notice the indicators remain in the Bible (K)
  • Rest the cursor on the indicator to preview the note’s content (L)

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  • Click the indicator to open the notes document

By following these steps, at the end of your research you’ll basically have a personal study Bible for Mark that will be saved and synchronized across your various devices.

If you enjoyed this, check out our other training materials for more helpful hints.

Learn Darrell Bock’s Bible Study Methods

No matter what you’re studying, the medium determines your methods and tools. If you’re studying a piece of art, you might use a magnifying glass as you study the artist’s brushstrokes. If you’re studying mechanics, your toolbox is a necessity. So when it comes to studying the Bible, what’s in your toolbox?

The Bible is certainly a book (or collection of books), but it is more than that; it is the very Word of God. It is an extraordinary book, and our methods and tools should recognize that.

Dr. Darrell Bock, research professor of New Testament studies and professor of spiritual development and culture at Dallas Theological Seminary, has dedicated his life to understanding these methods and utilizing tools like Logos Bible Software to mine the depths of Scripture to enrich the church.

He’s distilled his careful method into a new resource from Logos Mobile Education: BI100 Learn to Study the Bible.


In this unprecedented resource, Dr. Bock teaches you through high-quality video lessons and tutorials. When paired with enriched transcripts in Logos, this course is a powerful learning tool. You can find exactly what you’re looking for with a quick search and have your instructor right in your software, guiding you in your studies.

In addition to learning Dr. Bock’s Bible study methods, you’ll also learn to use Logos Bible Software for deep, meaningful study. This course includes four hours of video, divided up between Dr. Bock’s lessons and Logos screencast tutorials which do more than telling you—they show you.

This Mobile Ed course is available for pre-order at 40% off—but only until October 24. Pre-order now before the price goes up!

See more sample videos and a course outline, or learn more about Logos Mobile Education and how it can help you grow in both your ministry and your understanding of God.

Explore the Classics in Their Original Languages

introduction-to-platos-dialoguesPlato, Homer, Virgil, and Herodotus—experience their essential works in the original languages. The Noet Introduction Series gives you a unique way to explore these foundational works of Western Civilization with five collections:

A classical explorer’s tool belt

Each collection features the Loeb Classical Library editions, with both the original Greek or Latin texts and English translations. In addition, you’ll get a Greek or Latin textbook and a basic lexicon selected to fit the text at hand. With these tools, you’ll have everything you need to start studying the classics in their original languages.

The smart research platform for the classics

Noet allows you to study classic texts from across the centuries with unparalleled depth and efficiency. See Greek and Latin gloss and morphology with a click. Gather further clarification by instantly jumping to lexicons and dictionaries. Compare primary texts and translations, scrolling side by side in sync. Give compelling presentations with elegant slides and other pre-prepared media. Noet’s academic advantage applies the most advanced tools to the best texts, so you get the most out of your study.

Engage the classics like never before—get the Noet Introduction Series.

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

Canada_Thanks_BlogHeader_230x230Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Canadian friends! In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving, we’re discounting some of our best biblical-studies resources for a limited time. From classic commentaries to studies of New Testament Greek, we’re sure you’ll find great books at a great price. Don’t wait—these deals end October 14!

Here are some of the top products on sale:

Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Gospel according to John

Regularly $41.95now $29.95!

In this solid evangelical commentary on John’s Gospel, D.A. Carson makes clear the flow of the text, engages a small but representative part of the massive secondary literature on John, shows how the fourth Gospel contributes to biblical and systematic theology, and offers a consistent exposition of John as a evangelistic Gospel. The comprehensive introduction treats such matters as the authenticity, authorship, purpose, and structure of the Gospel. Plus, this award-winning commentary works even better in Logos.

Essentials for New Testament Greek Studies (3 vols.)

Regularly $64.95now $49.95!

This collection offers three important resources for studying the Greek New Testament and its early manuscripts. For many years, Ray Summers’ Essentials of New Testament Greek has been a classic standard in the classroom, and its revised edition (offered here) is even more helpful to students and ministers alike. Kendell Easley demonstrates the necessity of not only learning New Testament Greek, but also how to apply that knowledge as you study, preach, and teach from the New Testament. Philip Comfort brings paleography and textual criticism together as a means to proficiently encounter the New Testament’s early manuscripts.

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: 1 Peter

Regularly $39.99now $29.95!

Karen Jobes’ commentary on 1 Peter offers explanation and application based on the underlying Greek text. Perfect for pastors and scholars, this volume emphasizes the Christian’s relationship to culture and the place of suffering in the Christian life. Jobes also presents a new suggestion about the letter’s original recipients, highlights the insights provided by the use of the Septuagint in the letter, and challenges prevailing assumptions about the nature of the Greek in the epistle.

Quality works at affordable prices

These are a few of the many biblical-studies works on sale right now for Canadian Thanksgiving. To claim these discounts, just use coupon code GIVETHANKS2014 at checkout. But once October 14 comes around, these deals disappear, so check out everything on sale right now!

Pastor Appreciation Month Keeps Getting Better

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“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.”
—Jeremiah 3:15

Pastor Appreciation Month is off to a great start as pastors around the world are acknowledged and honored for their hard work and sacrifice. Our Pastor Appreciation Month sale lasts all month long, and it’s chock-full of great deals on popular resources!

Plus, get The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 14 for free the entire month!

Deal of the day

Get the best price with the deal of the day. A new deal will drop at midnight Monday–Saturday, but the price will only last 24 hours. Make sure you never miss a deal—visit Logos.com/Pastor-Appreciation-Month now to see today’s deal.

A new sneak peek

Here’s a look at upcoming daily deals:

Day 9 (tomorrow!): Baker Illustrated Reference Collection (6 vols.) Collection
Studying the Bible can be difficult, or even mundane, if you can’t fully grasp a passage’s historical, social, political, or geographic context. This collection presents six comprehensive, accessible, and illustrated volumes to deepen your understanding of the Bible and guide you through its many layers of context and meaning.

Day 10: The New Daily Study Bible: New Testament (DSB) (17 vols.)
In this fantastic commentary for pastors, teachers, students, and laity, the words of William Barclay continue to inspire readers with his scripturally sound exegesis. Barclay’s purposefully accessible writing style is evidence of his passion for bringing the Word of God to laity as well as to biblical scholars.

Day 11: The Life and Works of George Whitefield (13 vols.)
In these volumes, you’ll find hundreds of letters and journal entries that illuminate George Whitefield’s character and his earnest desire to bring all whom he encountered to Christ.

Day 13: Teach the Text Commentary Series (6 vols.)
This series gives pastors the best in biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from interpretation to communication for each book of Scripture.

Celebrate all month long

Have you taken time to honor your church leaders this month? It’s never too late to let them know how much they mean to you, so be sure to take time to show your gratitude.

Don’t miss a single deal—sign up to hear about every Pastor Appreciation deal. Plus, get 30 days of Proclaim Church Presentation Software for free!




Have you honored your pastor this month? Share your story in the comments!

Bible Study Magazine’s 6-Year-Anniversary Issue and New Editor

bible-study-magazine-november-december-2014Nov.–Dec. 2014 marks Bible Study Magazine‘s six-year anniversary issue and our 37th issue overall. We announced the print magazine six and a half years ago here on LogosTalk, and our six-year-anniversary issue may be our best yet!

Here are some highlights from our Nov.–Dec. 2014 issue:

Rooted in the City of Brotherly Love: Dr. Eric Mason

When Dr. Eric Mason first felt the call to plant churches nearly 14 years ago, he envisioned himself as a kind of itinerant preacher. “I wanted to model my work after the Apostle Paul’s by planting a church, spending two or three years getting it up and running, and then moving on to plant another.” But God had different plans in store—now, he is rooted in the city of brotherly love because “with inner-city ministry, you have to be in it for the long haul.” This has taught Mason an incredible amount about biblical literacy and discipleship.

Read the rest of the story by senior writer Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine Nov.–Dec. 2014.

From Soviet Soldier to Seminary President

Andrey Kravstev, like many who grew up in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, was educated in atheism and nationalism. At age 19, he witnessed the decline of the Soviet Union and the revelation of government crimes against the people. Kravstev was a soldier in the Soviet army at the time and quickly grew disillusioned. “I found a page from the New Testament—just one page from John 18 that included the dialogue between Jesus and Pilate. . . . That passage struck my heart.” Now, Kravstev is a seminary president and says things like: “Familiarity with the Bible on its own doesn’t mean anything unless there’s an application—unless there’s a way you see it changing your life.”

Read the rest of the story by Jessi Strong in Bible Study Magazine Nov.–Dec. 2014.

Out of Slavery: Exodus

In this issue, we follow Israel’s journey out of Egypt and into the wilderness. While it’s a journey that begins with a high note, it has equally low points. After all the miracles, Israel doubts God and twists worship to their own liking. Throughout this story, God chooses to align himself with this feckless people. He has a desire for them: that they would be holy, set apart in order to show his goodness and justice to the world.

It’s easy to look down on Israel’s faith—but as we study the story closely, we can see ourselves. Our redemption has been bought for us with a frightening and glorious act—one that the changed the world forever. We’ve been set free from slavery and raised to new life in Christ. What does this look like in your life? What is your response to this freedom?

Read Rebecca Van Noord’s full introduction to our theme for this issue, “Out of Slavery: Exodus,” and the themed section itself in Bible Study Magazine Nov.–Dec. 2014.

Truly Love, Dangerously—A Special Letter from the Editor

“My dear friends, No generation is exactly like the one before it. . . . When I look at our world, I see a place that’s more interconnected than ever before. I see the opportunity to leverage these connections to transform lives. I see that, for the first time in all of history, we could very well bring the news of God’s freedom, in Jesus, to the ends of the earth.”

Continue reading (or listen to) the last letter from the editor on the Bible Study Magazine blog.

We’re making Bible Study Magazine even better

We’ve redesigned Bible Study Magazine under the direction of Christine Gerhart, added a section especially on Bible study with Logos Bible Software (in extra pages), and put even more thought into how to help you take your Bible study to the next level. Although Bible Study Magazine launched as an award-winning magazine, we have never stopped improving it. Bible Study Magazine is all about helping you get into the Word so that you can effectively make our world a better place!

This serves as my last issue as editor-in-chief of Bible Study Magazine. Rebecca Van Noord is the new editor-in-chief. She loves Jesus and is passionate about Bible study. Van Noord has been managing editor of Bible Study Magazine since April 2011 and has been with the publication since April 2010. She is a fantastic editor and an accomplished author. Van Noord coauthored Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional and coedited 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers. I look forward to you experiencing even more of her creativity. It’s been an honor to serve Jesus as Bible Study Magazine’s editor-in-chief.

Don’t Miss October’s Discounts!

september-logos-monthly-saleWe have special deals running all October long, and you don’t have to miss a single one! Check out October’s monthly sale right now to see this month’s discounts.

Here are a few you won’t want to miss:

Basic Theology

Regularly $27.95get it for $21.95!

Charles Caldwell Ryrie takes the daunting topic of theology and creates an even-handed introduction and reference for a variety of major theological concerns. Ryrie delivers a systematic approach to Christian theology that will prove edifying to theologians at any level.

The Decades of Henry Bullinger (4 vols.) 

Regularly $99.95get it for $69.95!

The Decades of Henry Bullinger includes 50 godly and learned sermons, divided into five decades and containing the principal points of Christian religion. Bullinger’s sermons resonate with sympathy, love, grace, and tenderness not indicative of his time. With a passion for truth and God’s Word, Bullinger delivers messages that spurred and shaped the Reformation, yet still impact today’s church.

G. Campbell Morgan Collection (30 vols.)

Regularly $279.95get it for $229.95!

The 30-volume G. Campbell Morgan Collection is an excellent compilation of resources for anyone wishing to gain a more expansive knowledge of the Bible. This collection includes Morgan’s much-loved critical study of the Scriptures—the 10-volume Analyzed Bible—along with studies on the New Testament’s parables, a guide to the study of the Bible, and volumes on prayer, evangelism, and Christian living. This collection provides over 5,000 pages of wisdom and biblical studies that benefits pastors, theologians, and teachers alike.

These are just a few of the items on sale this month! Check out all of this month’s deals, and get big savings on some of our most popular works.

Logos 5: Ellipses in the Reverse Interlinear

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.

A friend and fellow Logos user recently emailed me the following scenario:

I came to John 1:34 in my study of the subject of election. As I looked at the verse in the NASB reverse interlinear, I noticed a dot (bullet) between the words “the” and “son”. What does that mean?

This is an excellent observation and question. First, I’ll set up what he was viewing.

  • Open the NASB to John 1:34 (A)
  • Notice the verse says “. . . this is the Son of God” (B)

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  • Click the Display link on the Bible’s toolbar (C)
  • Select InlineSurface, and Lemma (dictionary form of a word) (D)

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  • Notice the verse now reads “. . . this is the • Son of God” (E)
  • Look underneath the bullet and you’ll see a Greek lemma (F)

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In the reverse interlinear, this bullet represents an ellipsis.

The bullet may appear on the English line of text, meaning an original Hebrew or Greek word wasn’t translated in the English Bible, or the bullet may be on the lemma line, indicating an English word was inserted for clarification or smooth reading.

Even though the specific lemma wasn’t translated in John 1:34 in the NASB, with the interlinear information displayed, the lemma line is an active line of text.

  • Right click the bullet (G)
  • Select Lemma (H)
  • Select Search this resource (I)

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Look carefully at the search results, which display every occurrence of this word in the Greek text on which the English Bible is based, whether it’s translated in English or not (J).

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A situation like this may raise more questions than it answers, but Logos guides and resources can help:

  • Generate an Exegetical Guide (Guides | Exegetical Guide) for John 1:34 and pay close attention to the Apparatuses section, containing resources pointing out differences in the original language texts (K)
  • Generate a Passage Guide (Guides | Passage Guide)  for John 1:34, and in the Commentaries section, locate critical or textual commentaries you may own, which normally explain the variances in the original-language texts (L)

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While this scenario certainly isn’t an everyday occurrence in your Bible study, when you do come across an ellipsis, you know there’s some assistance for you in Logos.

If you’re looking for more assistance in navigating reverse interlinears, check out our other training materials.

Introducing the 125-Volume Romans Collection

the-romans-collection-125-volumesWe heard you liked Paul’s epistle to the Romans.

So we handpicked 125 diverse and key volumes in the study, interpretation, translation, and exegesis of Paul’s magnum opus. We made sure to encompass a wide variety of traditions, perspectives, and levels of scholarly depth to create a well-rounded collection.

What exactly is it?

The Romans Collection is an enormous collection of modern commentaries, classic commentaries, and monographs that study Romans’ socio-historical context, Greek text, Pauline thought, Jewish background—you get the idea.

We’ve pulled together commentaries from Pillar, the New American Commentary, the College Press NIV Commentary, the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, the International Critical Commentary, and many more.

This collection even features classics—Charles Hodge, John Calvin, Henry Cowles, J.B. Lightfoot, Charles Gore, Albert Barnes, and many others.

It also includes perspectives from almost every Christian tradition imaginable (Evangelical, Baptist, Methodist/Wesleyan, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Reformed, Charismatic/Pentecostal, Lutheran, Unitarian, and more).

That’s a lot of stuff on Romans

Yes, but we’re just getting warmed up. These statistics just scratch the surface:

  • Over 90 volumes are commentaries
  • Over 40 of those commentaries were published in the past 40 years
  • Over 40,000 pages contain verse-by-verse commentary (imagine that in your Passage Guide)
  • Over 30 volumes deal specifically with Paul based on the context or content of Romans

That must be expensive . . .

Individually, these volumes would cost you $2,838.50 from our store, but bundled together with an introductory discount, you save more than 70%! Right now, you can get this expansive for only $749.95. Don’t have $749.95 sitting around? Monthly payments come to around $67/month for just 12 months.

If $67/month is still too steep, don’t be surprised to find your personal price a bit lower. Dynamic Pricing can significantly lower your price if you already own any of this collection’s volumes. You’ll only pay for the books you don’t already own in Logos.

Visit Logos.com and sign in to see your personalized discount.

So, what’s the catch?

If it seems like a dream come true, we hate to burst your bubble, but this dream won’t last forever. The Romans Collection’s price is increasing to $1,199.95 on October 24, so act fast to secure these savings!