Learning Logos: Quickly Access Background Information about Books of the Bible

Sometimes in Bible study, we want to investigate a passage in great detail and we have a lot of Logos tools to accomplish this task: Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, Bible Word Study, and more!

At other times, however, we want a birds-eye view of a book in the Bible. We want answers to questions like Who wrote the book? To whom was it written? When was it written? [Read more…]

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Are These 5 ‘Myths’ about Logos Costing You Valuable Time?

Are you a current Logos user thinking about upgrading to Logos 9? As with every buying decision, there’s lots to consider, and no two Logos users are exactly alike.

We want to make sure you have all the information you need, so in this post, we’ve pulled together answers to some of the most common questions we hear.

If you have more specific questions, our team would love to answer them! You can call, chat, or email us here.

Myth #1: If I get a Logos 9 package, it will replace my current Logos package.

The beauty of Logos packages is that they stack. So if you own Logos 6 and get Logos 9, your new books and features don’t replace what you currently have, they add to it. When you purchased a base package, it was just that: a base. Everything you get from now on—including an upgrade to Logos 9—adds to that base.

Myth #2: I have to buy more books to upgrade.

When you bought your first Logos package, you got a digital library and a set of Logos features. If you’re like some customers, you may be perfectly happy with the books you already have in your Logos library. Now that Logos 9 upgrades are available, you may be wondering, “Do I really want to invest in more books?”

The truth is, you can upgrade without investing in new books.

There are two types of Logos 9 upgrades: a complete upgrade and a feature upgrade. A complete upgrade includes books and features that will be added to your base package. A feature upgrade includes just the features. So if you want to upgrade to Logos 9 without adding new books to your library, this is the choice for you.

That said, if you’re looking forward to using new tools like the Counseling Guide, you may want to look at a complete upgrade. As you know, books and resources fuel features, and the Counseling Guide pulls from things like Tim Clinton’s Quick Reference Guides and June Hunt’s Biblical Counseling Keys—which are included in many Logos 9 packages. (You could technically buy them separately, but considering you save around 90% by buying packages compared to individual resources, you might save money by going the package route.)

Learn more about feature upgrades.

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Myth #3: I feel like I’m barely tapping into what my current package can do. Getting new features would be a waste.

We know that Logos is packed with features and that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why, when we made Logos 9, we wanted to build features that you can learn fast and start using right away. 

That includes features like Preaching Mode, where you can see the work you’ve already done in the Sermon Builder (formerly Sermon Editor) in a speaker-friendly way—without extra work. 

It also includes the new Factbook, which allows you to search thousands and thousands of biblical concepts, events, names, and so on—and connects you instantly to all the relevant content in your library on the topic. It’s a quick and easy place to start your study.

Those are only three of the new features in Logos 9 that cut the busywork out of preaching, ministry, and deep Bible study. 

Myth #4: If I get a ‘lower package’ it’s a downgrade.

Let’s say you own Logos 8 Platinum. If you get Logos 9 Gold, isn’t that a step down?

No.

As described above, an upgrade adds to what you currently own. Think of it like adding another wing to your virtual library. You could make a large addition or a small one, but whichever you choose, you get more books and more features.

That means you have lots of upgrade options to choose from, no matter your budget. And thanks to Dynamic Pricing, you’ll only pay for what’s new to you. You literally could save hundreds of dollars on your upgrade because of it.

Read more: How does Dynamic Pricing work?

Myth #5: It’s going to cost me thousands of dollars to upgrade to Logos 9.

You could spend a lot to get Logos 9—but you may not need to. It all comes down to three things:

  1. What you want to do in Logos
  2. Which Logos package(s) you already own
  3. How much is in your budget

The Logos 9 feature sets are all tailored for different needs. For example, the Bible study features in Bronze make it a great fit for small group leaders, while preaching pastors will probably want the in-depth sermon and language tools in the Full Feature Set. However, each feature set stacks—so everything in the Starter Feature Set is also in Bronze, and so on. If you only want a feature set without the library, hop over here to see how it works.

And if you already have a Logos package, you won’t pay a second time for tools or resources you already own in Logos. So, if you’re going from Logos 8 Gold to Logos 9 Gold, you’ll see a deeper discount than even our 15% launch discount. Make sure you’re logged in on logos.com to see your price.

No matter your budget, we want Logos to be within reach for everyone who needs it. That’s why we offer interest-free payment plans and subscriptions to Faithlife Connect (with access to Logos features). If you can spare $9 a month, you can afford Logos 9.

Learn more about how to get Logos 9 without breaking your piggy bank.

Still have questions? Drop a note in the comments, or reach us at logos.com/contact. And consider taking this quick quiz to get a personalized Logos recommendation.

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Learn How to Pray Like Jesus through This Book of the Bible

By W. David O. Taylor

Can we learn how to pray like Jesus? We know he prayed in the wilderness and in the garden of Gethsemane. We hear snippets of his conversation with the Father in John 11 when he raised Lazarus from the dead and in Luke 23 when he hung from the cross. We listen in on his lengthy intercessory prayer on behalf of the disciples in John 17. And we possess a record of the definitive prayer he entrusted to his disciples in Luke 11, only moments after the Gospel tells us he was “praying in a certain place.”

But what exactly did Jesus say to his Father when he wandered the wilderness? What words did he return to again and again when he retreated to the mountains? And might we, too, wish to pray such words?

While at first glance it may seem impossible to discover what Jesus prayed—because the gospel writers did not include an extensive record of his prayer life—and while it may seem preposterous to seek to pray like the Second Person of the Trinity, I would like to suggest that the prayer life of Jesus and the goal of praying as he did is far simpler than we may initially imagine.

The only way to understand the Psalms is on your knees, the whole congregation praying the words of the Psalms with all its strength.

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer

How did Jesus pray? The Psalms tell us how. They tell us, at one level, everything we need to know about the habits that marked Jesus’ prayer life, and they offer us an opportunity to pray like he did.

Jesus and the Psalms

A close reader of the Gospels discovers that Jesus repeatedly summons the language of the Psalter, particularly in moments of trouble. When challenged by the teachers of the law for his actions in the temple, for example, Jesus responds by quoting Psalm 8:2 (Matt 21:12–17). When the chief priests question his authority, Jesus appeals to Psalm 118 (Matt 21:23–27). And in conversation with the Pharisees, Jesus cites Psalm 110 as evidence of his Davidic vocation (Matt 22:41–45).

Predicting his betrayal at the hand of his disciple, Jesus quotes Psalm 41:9 (John 13:18). A little later he appeals to Psalm 35:19 to show how his ministry is the fulfillment of the law (John 15:25). On the cross, he gives voice to his acute pain by uttering the words of Psalm 22:1 (Matt 27:46). And in his final hours with the disciples, Jesus instructs them one last time, showing them how all things concerning himself “in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44).

For Jesus, the Psalms frame both his life and ministry because he has internalized the psalmists’ words through a lifelong habit. It is a habit we do well to emulate if we wish to be formed in the prayer life of Jesus, the faithful intercessor (Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25).

Click to learn more about how to pray like Jesus in Bible Study Magazine.

Psalms as prayer

What then do we learn about the nature of prayer when we look to the Psalms? We learn that they are prayers for people who know already how to pray, and they’re prayers for those who don’t know how to pray at all. . . . The German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it well: “The only way to understand the Psalms is on your knees, the whole congregation praying the words of the Psalms with all its strength.”1

We learn also that we get to say all kinds of things to God in prayer. This may be one of the most surprising discoveries for newcomers to the Psalms. The Psalms don’t invite us to say only a few things to God—for example, only the “proper” or “holy” things one supposes God wishes to hear from us. The Psalms invite us to say all sorts of things, such as:

  • You are holy (Ps 22)
  • Help us (Ps 12)
  • Forgive me (Ps 25)
  • Why? (Ps 22)
  • How long? (Ps 13)
  • I am alone (Ps 88)
  • Defend me (Ps 43)
  • You are good (Ps 100)
  • We shout for joy (Ps 98) 
  • Remember us (Ps 105) 
  • We praise you (Ps 66)
  • Bless us (Ps 67)
  • Thank you (Ps 100)

The Psalms show us what prayer looks like, what prayer sounds like, what prayer says to God—and it says quite a lot. It says what needs saying. It names the joy of good news in full-throated and wholehearted ways. It names also with full-gutted, wholly honest confession the sorrow and loss that accompany our pilgrimage on earth.

Psalms provide us with edited poetic language to give expression to our unedited emotions.

—W. David O. Taylor

In this way, the Psalms give voice to the whole anatomy of the soul. John Calvin writes, “there is not an emotion of which anyone can be conscious that is not here represented as in a mirror.”2

No emotion is excluded from such prayer; no topic is out of bounds. The Old Testament scholar Ellen Davis rightly maintains that the Psalms “enable us to bring into our conversation with God feelings and thoughts most of us think we need to get rid of before God will be interested in hearing from us.”3

Click to learn more about how to pray like Jesus in this book from Lexham Press.

Again, this should come as good news for those of us who feel that we should always have our act together when we pray. With the Psalms on our lips, we can be confident that all of our hearts can be brought to God. In Tim Keller’s words, the Psalms “are a medicine chest for the heart.”4

In turn, the Psalms provide us with edited poetic language to give expression to our unedited emotions. Their structure frees us to “let it all out” in faithful ways.

But while personal prayer is always a basic concern of the Psalms, the Psalter would also have us pray for others—beyond our immediate interests. This includes, for instance, the sorrows of our neighbor, the need for justice in the world, the absurdity of evil, the reality of death, the gift of new life, the care of creation, and the requirement to bear witness to the nations of God’s steadfast love. The Psalms take us on an outward journey as often as they take us on an inward journey.

In doing so, the Psalms train us in the work of sympathetic and empathetic prayer. Why do sympathy and empathy matter to our prayer life? They matter because they are the way that we, like Jesus, can give care and receive care.

To pray the Psalms, on some days, is to feel for others what we may not feel at the moment. For example, to enter into my neighbor’s pain, as we read Psalm 88—when we actually feel joy and might prefer to read Psalm 96—is a way to exhibit the sympathetic love of God.

On other days, to pray the Psalms is to feel with others what we feel ourselves. To pray Psalm 51, for instance, on an occasion when I feel acutely the need for forgiveness, is to enter into my neighbor’s need for the forgiveness of God, whether or not his sins are familiar to me. In praying this way, we exhibit the empathetic love of God.

To pray in these two ways is to be trained in the kind of care that Jesus offers sinners and saints alike. On the one hand, to pray the Psalms with Jesus is to pray with the one who enables all faithful prayers. In praying this way, we are reassured that God attends to every aspect of our humanity. He sees and loves us. All aspects of our life— “all its changes, its ups and downs, its failures and recoveries,” in Athanasius’ words—are carried up in Jesus’ own prayers and, by the Spirit, faithfully offered to the Father.5

On the other hand, to pray the Psalms with Jesus is to pray with the one who embodies our prayers. With Jesus, we too feel forsaken. With Jesus, we too feel God’s protection against enemies. With Jesus, we too feel the grief of loss and the pain of suffering. With Jesus, we too feel the life of God’s Spirit making us new again. And with Jesus, we too find ourselves gratefully singing the praises of God in the midst of the congregation.

In the end, to pray like Jesus does not, thank God, require a divine nature or the use of impressive language. It requires only a willingness to read these ancient but ever-new—and ever-renewing—words of the Psalms: to learn them, to love them, to pray them, to sing them, and to inwardly digest them, as Jesus himself did. 

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Discover more insights from the Psalms in Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life, where W. David O. Taylor teaches how to read the Psalms in a fresh, life-giving way.

This post was adapted from the original post in the September/October 2020 issue of Bible Study Magazine.

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Where to Go When Google Gets the Bible Wrong: Bible Questions and Answers

Sometimes in your Bible study, you may come across something that rings a bell—but can’t quite place the reference. Many of us turn to Google, but like all online searches, it can be really hard to find the Bible questions and answers you’re looking for.

So, where should you go when search engines fail your study? When you want results from trusted sources?

Enter Factbook, one of the most loved and powerful features in the brand-new Logos 9

What you can find in Factbook

So maybe you’re wondering, What kind of things can I search in Factbook?

  • People in the Bible and Church history
  • Biblical and theological concepts
  • Important locations
  • Important events in the Bible and history

The Factbook scours your entire library for the best, most relevant information to your search—so even if you’re opening Logos for the first time, you can start deep Bible study in a moment.

Here are a few examples of Bible questions you can answer with Factbook:

  • Who are “they” in a particular passage? 
  • Where’s Teman?
  • Is Hesbon a person or place? 
  • Where are examples of grace in the Old Testament?
  • What does the Bible say about marriage?

Finding Bible answers makes a difference—one father told us how his 12-year-old daughter felt lost reading Jeremiah . . . until she read it using the Factbook. After following links to answer questions like “Who/what is Milcom?”, “she said that she hadn’t understood a section like Jeremiah as well as we did today and that it was because of Factbook.

And if you’ve used Logos before, you might be surprised at how much more powerful Factbook has become. Phil Gons, vice president of Bible study products for Faithlife, says “It’s more than 10 times bigger in coverage than what we had in prior versions.”

Take a look!

How to find Bible questions and answers in Factbook

So you can dig deeper into the Bible no matter where you are, Factbook is available on these three platforms:

  • Desktop app
  • Web app (app.logos.com)
  • Mobile app (iOS and Android)

On desktop

Open Factbook from the Go box at the top of your screen, access it from Tools, or click to it from right inside your passage. 

One of the coolest things about Logos 9 is the new visual filter you can use when you’re reading the Bible. (It’s on the reference bar at the top—the book with the check over it.)

Image showing how you can find Bible questions and answers with Logos 9

Say you’re reading John 4, and you’re a little stumped on the geography in verses 3–4. Jesus is going through Samaria to get from one part of Israel to another? 

With the Factbook visual filter turned on, you’ll see lots of words with a slight underline, including Judea, Galilee, Samaria, and Sychar. 

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Click on Samaria, and the Factbook will automatically open to the entry on Samaria. From there, you can look at maps of the region in New Testament times, other biblical events related to Samaria (including being conquered by Assyria, Babylon, and others), and more. 

On the web app

Go to Tools, then choose Factbook, and type in whatever you’d like to study. 

In the mobile app

Open the hamburger menu in the bottom right of your screen, then tap on Factbook. (You’ll see it under Popular and under Tools.) 

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How to start a study from Factbook

You could take your study several different directions from Factbook, but here’s one possible route:

  • Scan through the Key Articles section to find basic information 
  • Read key passages
  • Scroll to the Events section
  • Click on entries from Bible dictionaries
  • Open related books from your library 

The video below shows how you could use Factbook to study Herod in Luke 23, for instance. (Did you know it’s not the same Herod as in Jesus’ birth narrative?)

Who’s loving Factbook

Everyone should use the new Factbook. That is a game changer in my study process. I hardly ever used it before and used it four or five times today. . . . It’s such a helpful tool. Also, the ability to search an author, pastor, or preacher and have their resources populate, along with biographical information!! I imagine Factbook will replace some of the googling people might have been tempted to do.

—Ryland B.

It’s Factbook made better! It’s easy to use and will likely be the first stop for future study. 

—John K.

The Factbook, already a goldmine of information for rich, in-depth topical studies, has been overhauled to give pastors even more of what they need for counseling, understanding theological terms, and putting together comprehensive sermons.

—Mary F.

In the new Factbook in Logos 9, you can basically look up anything. The Factbook has the capacity to become the new starting point for all studies and preparations. You can quickly get an overview of a topic, at the same time as you are served links to in-depth information based on the library you own.

—Pastor Christian M.

Factbook is the Logos tool that gives you a launching pad for researching almost any topic that isn’t reference based. . . . For discovering what your library has to say about Jerusalem, for example, there is Factbook.

—Brian D.

How to get the new Factbook

For access to the new Factbook, get Logos 9 today

Here’s a tip: though Factbook is included in Logos 9 Starter and up, it works best in Logos 9 Silver and up because those packages provide a larger library to fuel your Factbook results.  For more on all your buying options with Logos, check out How to Get Logos 9 on Any Budget: The Ultimate Buying Guide. 

Quicker, more thorough Bible study is waiting—pick up Logos 9 while the 15% launch discount is still available!

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Learning Logos: How to Quickly Access Explanations for Datasets

Datasets exist all throughout Logos Bible Software. These sets of “labels,” such as Promises in the Bible, Questions in the Bible, Speech Acts, Preaching Themes, and a host of others, all help us conduct biblical research.

However, what exactly are these datasets, and how were they developed? Fortunately for us, explanations have existed within the software for years, but we had to know where to find them in the Library. With Logos 9, though, those explanations are just a click away on the redesigned Help menu.

Check this out:

  • Click the Help/App menu (3 dots) in the upper right of the program (A)
  • Select Browse all documentation (B)

  • Notice the Library opens with the filter type:manual already applied (C)
  • Click a documentation resource to open it and read about a specific dataset (D)

As you come across a dataset in the software, invest five minutes to open its documentation resource to further understand how it works. This investment of a few minutes will pay great dividends as you work with various datasets.

For more detailed training about the redesigned Help menu as well as all Logos 9 features, check out a subscription at mpseminars.com, which includes approximately 200 videos on Logos 9 alone!

And if you’d like to view at your convenience the FREE QuickLook at Logos 9webinar, you can register here! During this 80-minute webinar, I’ll introduce you to all of the Logos 9 changes!

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Morris Proctor is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

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Got Questions about What’s New in Logos 9? Get Answers Here! (Video)

What questions do you have about Logos 9? They might just be answered right here!

Phil Gons (vice president of Bible study products) recently answered frequently asked Logos 9 questions in a Facebook live Q&A with Adam Borries (Logos product manager). Watch the video below, or scroll down to read top viewer questions and Phil’s answers from the Q&A.

Q. What makes Logos 9 different from Logos 8?

We could spend the whole time talking about that. I’ll try to just hit a couple of the highlights and then direct you to our website where you can learn more. Logos.com/9 is a great place to go learn about what’s new in Logos 9. 

If I were really to boil it down to a couple of big things, I would say, number one, the all-new Factbook is a key part of what makes Logos 9 special and unique. It’s more than 10 times bigger in coverage than what we had in prior versions, and it also now works on desktop, web, and mobile. This is our first-ever feature that we’ve written as a single feature that works the same on all three platforms. We’re really excited about that. Regardless of which device you’re on, you’re going to be able to access the hundreds of thousands of items that are available inside of the Factbook experience, so Factbook is a key part of what makes Logos 9 special. 

And then the other thing I’ll call attention to—there’s a suite of tools that we put together for preachers. Those who prepare sermons, lessons, homilies. We’ve really rounded out our suite of tools to help you all the way from planning and scheduling to researching and writing to delivery to sharing and archival—kind of a whole spectrum of what people do with sermons. We now have tools that cover that broad spectrum. So Sermon Manager helps you both plan your sermons and your upcoming preaching calendar. It also archives all your sermons for you so you can go back and look at a years’ worth of sermons, find an old sermon to reuse, or pull out that illustration that you remember using in that sermon from seven years ago. Everything’s right there and ready for you to search and find by all sorts of [criteria]—topic, passage, where you’ve preached it, what service, all those kinds of details. So we’ve really got a great set of tools available for those who do a lot of teaching and preaching and delivering messages that I think make Logos 9 very special.

Take a look at all Logos 9’s features! You can now filter and sort them based on your needs.

Q: Are there new counseling features with Logos 9?

Yes, great question! That’s one I probably should have touched on as well. It’s not just those who do preaching and teaching that we thought of with Logos 9 . . . A major responsibility of many, many pastors is to provide some biblical counsel and help to hurting individuals and families in their churches. 

And so we put together a new guide called the Counseling Guide. It pulls together hundreds of common themes or topics or issues that often come up in the context of counseling sessions. And we’ve brought in some really high quality trusted materials from Tim Clinton, who’s a part of AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors), and pull those in along with Scripture passages and links into your library, so you can go in and get some really helpful, quality materials, help you prepare, and give wise, careful, biblical advice and counsel. (Of course, we recommend that you don’t counsel beyond your means. And that you consult with experts as needed, but this will give you some really great help to get you started and make sure you’ve got the right questions, the right thinking to bring into those situations.)

We brought in dozens and dozens of great counseling resources from a spectrum of experts and put those in our base package libraries, so you’re going to get a lot of really helpful materials integrated right into the Counseling Guide. So you’ve got access to the experts right at your fingertips with the click of a mouse.

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Q: In Logos 9, what is the functionality difference between the app on a tablet and the full program on a PC?

There are still a number of key differences between our full desktop software and our mobile application. And just to put it in perspective, we’ve been building Bible software for 29 years and started on the Windows platform and then introduced the Mac platform about 10, 11 years ago. And the mobile platform—we’ve been developing on that for about a decade. And so there’s still some catching up to do, and we’re not quite there yet, but with each new release, we definitely broaden and evolve what our mobile apps are capable of. 

We talked about Factbook already. Factbook is a new expansion to mobile that addresses one of those key gaps in differences between the mobile app and the desktop app. But we’re continuing to bring more and more functionality to mobile. There are a lot of advanced features, particularly original language features, that are still desktop only, but more and more people I think can use the mobile app to get the majority of their needs met. 

Q. You never pay twice for the same book in Logos. If you already own a Logos 8 base package, how does that work when you upgrade to Logos 9?

Yeah, that’s something we introduced I believe all the way back with Logos 5. We call it Dynamic Pricing. And we look at each individual license that you have in your set of licenses, whether you bought a book individually, in a collection, in a base package—20 years ago, yesterday, anywhere in between—all of those where you’ve purchased a permanent license, we treat that as something that you already fully own and never have to buy again. 

And then we look at the new package: we look at the overlap, and we show you the difference and then we calculate a price that corresponds to the new components that you’ll be getting. So that allows you to just build your library at your pace—fast, slow, handpicking titles, buying big collections . . .  And you’re always only going to pay for what’s new to you, so it’s a really flexible system.

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Q. Is there a subscription service that gives access to the new features and software that is released? 

Yes, that’s a great question. We do have a subscription called Faithlife Connect, which you can find online on the Logos website, or there’s a separate website for Faithlife Connect as well, and Faithlife Connect [Essentials or above] gives you access to all of the features in Logos Bible Software. With each new version, it’ll keep you up to date. It also introduces some other things, like it includes a subscription to Faithlife TV. It includes some access to Mobile Ed and a handful of other pieces of content and tools that we’ve brought together for people who want to study the Bible. So that’s a great way to stay current, and it still allows you the flexibility of building your own library with the books, the collections, the things that you want, while keeping your software up to date.

Q. Will Logos be touchscreen compatible?

So for Windows, yes, we do have some basic touchscreen support, and we have plans to continue to improve and evolve that as more and more devices are getting touchscreens and becoming more common. . . . We do have the basics covered fairly well, and we’d love your feedback on the ways that we can continue to evolve our touchscreen support. You can let us know on our forums, or we’ve got a new feedback site at feedback.faithlife.com, where you can tell us that that’s an important thing and vote on it, and that’ll help us prioritize and give it the attention that it deserves.

Q. What benefits does Logos 9 have for a person like me who is not a pastor and just uses Logos personally?

Yeah, great question. We talked a little bit about some of the focus on tools for people who are preaching and teaching on a regular basis, but many of those tools can be used for people who might just lead a small group or a Bible study, doesn’t have to be a sermon from a pulpit. It can be any kind of capacity where you’re teaching or leading, whether it’s a small group or a Sunday school class, but there are plenty of things in Logos 9 that are really great for personal study. Factbook again is a great place to just go look something up. You can look things up on Google, but you never know what you’re going to find. The great thing about Factbook is it starts to become this one-stop-shop to look up virtually anything in the domain of the Bible and theology and the Christian world, even historical people and events. So I think, regardless of who you are, whether you’re a pastor, whether you’re a student, a scholar, or just an average layperson who likes to study the Bible, you’re going to find Factbook to be immensely helpful as a great starting place to just orient yourself to a new concept that you’ve not heard of before or need a refresher on. 

I’m a visual person; I love to see things visually. It really helps me with something to click in a new way, when I see it visually. And we’ve done a number of things in Logos 9 that I think are going to be really helpful for visual learners. We have a brand-new Charts Tool that allows you to chart out in a number of different chart types searches that you do. And you can start to really see powerful patterns in Scripture and where certain things occur, certain phrases, certain words, certain people. The Charts Tool I think is going to be really helpful for people to kind of wrap their head around what parts of the Bible deal with what kinds of things. And so I think a lot of folks will find that really, really useful. 

And then a brand-new interactive that we built, called the Bible Books Explorer, is going to be a tremendous help to people who really want to understand the Bible as it’s made up of many distinct books that make one book. And the Bible Books Explorer is great because it’s highly visual, and there are multiple ways to look at the books of the Bible. You can sort them in different orders, you can filter down and just see Paul’s letters, you can sort them by how big they are, how popular they are, all sorts of things. You can see the dates from a number of different scholars who have tried to make their best guesses on when the books were written. There’s just a wealth of information there with themes and summaries and purpose and message and all sorts of interesting statistics. How many words in the original Greek and Hebrew . . . There’s a wealth of information there that can go really deep, but also I think be approachable for somebody who just wants to understand “What is this book about?” So I’m really excited about that tool. People seem to love it. And I think it’s gonna be a big help to Bible students of all levels.

Q. Is there a free option if you’re already a paid Logos 8 user?

You do not have to purchase if you would just like to get Logos Basic, the free version. However, that’s not available just yet. I’d expect to see that in early 2021. So in the short term, if you don’t want to wait, and you’d like to get access to Logos 9, you could purchase one of our smaller feature sets, and it probably wouldn’t cost very much money, and that would get you the newest version and some of the new features.

Q. Do I have to buy a package to get Logos 9?

A great question. We do sell what we call our feature sets or our feature upgrades standalone. We also sell them bundled with a number of different libraries—different sizes and different denominational flavors. And you can buy those together, and we think that provides the best experience for most people. 

But if you’re the kind of person who wants to have a high degree of control over what’s in your library, you want to handpick out particular titles, you really want to focus in on just the essential titles, and you don’t want stuff that maybe you’re not going to use as often, then you could buy one of our feature sets, and then go buy the individual books and the collections that you want to add and grow your library that way. Some people choose to do that. That’s not for everybody. I think for most people, we know what really needs to be in the libraries to make the features work really well. And so we put all that stuff together (Bibles and dictionaries and lexicons and grammars and commentaries and all these different kinds of resources that power the features). 

But you’re totally welcome to have a go at it yourself, and again because of dynamic pricing, you can start down the path of individually building your library, and then later decide, you know what, I think I’m going to go all-in with one of these libraries because the value of the libraries that we build are just tremendous. It basically costs you 10 cents on the dollar per title when you buy a great library that we’ve pre-built for you. So a $1,000 library would cost you $100, or a $10,000 library would cost you $1,000. If you go build it yourself, you’re gonna end up paying a bit more. So, a library approach is great for most people.

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