3 Ways Logos 6 Helps You Grow

From experienced scholar to new student, Logos 6 makes biblical insights accessible to everyone.

Here are three ways Logos 6 helps you grow in your Bible study:

1. Do scholarly study (without formal training)

logos-6-reviews-familyFor those who haven’t attended seminary or don’t have church-leadership experience, tasks like primary-source research, Greek and Hebrew study, and textual variants typically feel a little out of our reach. Without formal training or proper resources, how do you know where to start or which resources to trust?

Logos 6 offers the tools and resources you need to overcome these obstacles and explore the Word in new, fulfilling ways. Logos 6 makes connections for you, so you spend less time trying to find your footing and more time digging into Scripture.

Just run a search in your Passage Guide and you’ll get insights you probably never considered looking for: see the ancient connotations of modern words with the Sense Section, reveal meaning in biblical practices and customs with Cultural Concepts, connect the narrative with its geography with Atlas, and explore how respected scholars and theologians interpreted Scripture with links to key commentaries and dictionaries.

No matter where you are in your study, Logos 6 equips you for scholarly and rewarding insights.

2. Build better study habits

diy-bible-studyLogos 6 holds you accountable for daily Bible study. New customizable reading plans let you create plans from scratch and share them with friends and family, so you can stay on track and study as a group. Create a custom plan to read the Bible in a year, share successful reading plans with your study group and friends, and create a new syllabus for your next class. Daily readings and prayers are displayed on your Logos 6 home page, so you always know where to start your study.

Logos 6 also offers Lexham Press’ DIY Bible Study, a new multimedia resource that teaches effective ways to study the Bible and apply what you’ve learned to your life. Get video lessons on every book of the Bible, tutorials on Bible study principles, beautiful graphics and infographics to enhance your study, application-focused content, and a built-in plan that—in just 10 minutes a day—takes you through the entire Bible in a year.

3. Learn new study skills

original-language-toolsDo smarter Greek and Hebrew study with step-by-step tutorials. New interactive interlinear explorers show you how to compare modern translations with original texts, guiding you through transliteration, lemma formations, lexical values, and more. With these interactive tutorials, even the novice can start doing advanced original-language study.

Interactive alphabet tutors also teach you how to read, write, and pronounce Greek and Hebrew. Select any letter—from alpha to omega—and you’ll see how to write it in upper and lowercase, how to pronounce it, and common lemmas that start with that letter. Once you’ve practiced drawing the letter within the software, you’ll get a score on your accuracy, so you always know how to improve.

Improve your study with Logos 6

Study smarter, stay on track with your daily reading, and learn new skills: Logos 6 simplifies your study and helps you grow.

And for a limited time, you can get 15% off Logos 6, plus special gifts when you spend at least $500 during your Logos 6 purchase: save on Logos 6 today!

Get an Academic Advantage with Logos 6

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Logos 6 equips you with cutting-edge tools for intense academic work. Enter any passage and consult up-to-date journal articles, investigate textual variants, see cross-references in ancient literature, and connect cultural concepts across your Bible. As you study, keep track of your findings with built-in notes and highlights, and enter this information into your lesson or paper with the new text converter and automatic citations.

Check out some of Logos 6’s tools that will help you engage the text at any level:

Textual Variants

Enter any passage or verse and explore the textual differences in all of your critical resources. No more complex layouts or time-consuming library searches—the new Textual Variants tool lets you investigate textual differences, consult textual commentaries, compare ancient versions and manuscripts, and view extant manuscripts online—all within a single guide report.

See the Textual Variants tool in action:

Ancient Literature

Interact with the Bible like never before with the new Ancient Literature tool. This powerful tool exposes thousands of biblical quotes, allusions, and echoes in ancient texts. See the comparative literature that surrounded the Bible and discover how a passage was interpreted by later Jewish and Christian traditions.

See the Ancient Literature tool in action:

Cultural Concepts

Gain a better understanding of the biblical world with the new Cultural Concepts tool. With just one click, you can search your entire Bible for a cultural concept, then access references to the same concept in ancient texts.

See the Cultural Concepts tool in action:

Propositional Flow Outline

See the flow of Paul’s writings and the intent of every line of text with the new Propositional Flow Outline. This new graphic layout applies to your morphological tagged English and Greek texts.

See the Propositional Flow Outline in action:

Text Converter

Streamline your workflow with new research tools like the Text Converter. Quickly convert Greek and Hebrew texts into a number of transliteration schemes, then input them into your research paper or notes.

See the Text Converter in action:

Notes

Keep track of your findings as you study with notes. Logos’ updated notes tool lets you create notes in any resource, attach notes to multiple references, and share them with your class or study group.

See notes in action:

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Discover more ways you can enhance your academic studies with Logos 6: get it today!

Logos 6: Study a Topic with the Sense Section

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.

As the celebration of our Lord’s birth approaches, let’s imagine we want to execute a topical study on angels, who appeared frequently during the early pages of the Gospels. A significant part of this topical study can originate with the new Logos 6 Sense Section found in the Bible Word Study tool. (Please note that not all base packages include this feature.)

Let’s walk through a practical example of using this helpful tool:

  • Open a Bible, such as the ESV, to Luke 2:8, which begins the pericope of an angel visiting the shepherds (A)
  • Right click the word angel in verse 9 (B)
  • Select the lemma ἄγγελος‚ angelos (C)
  • Select Bible Word Study (D)

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  • Navigate to the Sense Section, which houses the senses ring (E)
  • Notice the lemma in the center of the ring and the two senses (or meanings) of this word, angel and messenger, as assigned in the Biblical Word Senses dataset (F)
  • Observe the listing of the same two meanings (G) underneath the ring (H)
  • Here’s how to read the different sets of numbers:
    • The numbers to the immediate right of a meaning represent the number of times that meaning occurs in relationship to the total number of occurrences of the lemma (H). For example, ἄγγελος‚ angelos occurs 175 times in the ESV New Testament and 164 times it has the sense angel.
    • The numbers to the far right of a meaning represent the number of times that lemma occurs with that meaning in relationship to the total number of occurrences of that meaning throughout Scripture (I)

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  • For example, ἄγγελος, angelos with the sense messenger occurs seven times in the Bible, but the meaning messenger occurs 92 times, which means in the other 85 occurrences other Hebrew and/or Greek lemmas have the meaning messenger
  • Click the arrow to the left of a meaning like messenger (J) to reveal:
    • An expanded explanation of the sense (K)
    • The verses where the lemma ἄγγελος‚ angelos has the meaning messenger (L)
    • Other lemmas tagged with the same sense messenger (M)
  • Click a lemma in the expanded section to generate a Bible Word Study report for that specific Hebrew or Greek word (N)

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By generating and studying Bible Word Study reports for the various Hebrew and Greek lemmas translated angel, you’ll be well on your way to a biblical understanding of the subject angels! Of course, you can perform the same type of study for any topic you like, such as worshipjoy, or grace.

For complete written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Tampa and Houston.

Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine for Only $14.95

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During December, treat yourself and your loved ones with a subscription to Bible Study Magazine for nearly half the cover price: subscribe today!

The January–February 2015 issue draws you into a fascinating study of 1 and 2 Corinthians and includes inspiring stories and Bible study tips from both Philip Yancey and Congolese pastor David Kasali.

Challenge yourself

Paul loved the church in Corinth, but with that love came accountability.

With Bible Study Magazine, you’ll gain new insights and understanding as your read through Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church. Each article investigates a passage or idea in 1 and 2 Corinthians, giving you a deeper understanding of the issues Paul addressed. You will be challenged to live “upside down” in a world that has it all wrong.

Be inspired

Follow Philip Yancey’s personal story in “A Journey of Grace” that ultimately points back to Christ’s love.

Yancey’s story takes on a fascinating twist: he grew up in a church that felt safe and secure, but as he grew older, he noticed problems that stemmed from certain teachings within the church. He began to feel unsure of his faith. Read his story as he embarks on an investigation of who Jesus is by seeking answers and truth found in the Word. Through his quest, Yancey was inspired by Jesus’ love, grace, and mercy.

The Bible corrected what I had picked up in that unsafe church. As I began to study Jesus, I realized that he didn’t have that insular approach at all. He was accused of hanging around sinners all the time. It seems like the least likely people were most attracted to Jesus, but the uptight religious people were threatened by him.

—Philip Yancey

See God at work

Pastor and academic David Kasali sees God’s work in the Congo, and it gives him incredible hope.

Kasali initially longed to forge a path of financial success in his life, but soon realized he had been running from his true calling. He left his business job and started working as a chaplain. Now, he’s mobilizing Congolese Christians to transform their communities through the Congo Initiative. He’s eager for God to transform churches and communities in Congo. He quotes Isaiah 43:18:

 ‘Forget about the former things. I’m doing a new thing and don’t you perceive it?’ God can rewrite our stories and histories, and then we can be a part of the new thing God is doing.

—David Kasali

Subscribe for nearly 50% off!

Bible Study Magazine compiles fresh new content and delivers it straight to your doorstep, and the January–February 2015 issue is no exception! Gifting a subscription to a family member or friend is easy—simply add their shipping address to the subscription information at checkout.

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4 Facts about the New Testament World from Craig Evans

mobile-ed-craig-a-evans-new-testament-backgrounds-bundleDr. Craig Evans is an expert in the background of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and ancient manuscripts. He is also an excellent communicator. In the six-course Mobile Ed: Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle, Dr. Evans provides valuable and fascinating insight into the world of the New Testament.

This bundle is currently $200.00 off during the 12 Days of Logos.

Here are just a few of the thought-provoking facts you’ll learn from Dr. Evans in these six courses:

1. Jesus wasn’t the only “Messiah.”

The Jewish people in the first century were looking for the Messiah to come and lead them to victory over Rome. Several individuals led revolts, claiming to be that Messiah. Three led revolts around 4 BC; one of them, Athronges, is referred to as the “shepherd of Judaea,” a likely allusion to King David.

2. Jesus was written about by non-Christians, too.

The Gospels are the best source of information about the life of Jesus Christ, but they’re not the only ancient writings that mention him. Both Graeco-Roman and Jewish historians from the early centuries testify to the influence of Christ and his followers. For example, Celsus, a second-century opponent of Christianity, refers to Jesus as a miracle worker and acknowledges that he spent time in Egypt—an idea that fits with Matthew’s Gospel (see Matt. 2:13–15). Celsus, however, argues that Jesus got his power to perform miracles while in Egypt.

Here’s a sample clip from NT313 Jesus and the Witness of the Outsiders (for more sample clips, visit the product page):

3. High death rates contributed to Jesus’ popularity as a healer.

As Dr. Evans examines the evidence of ossuaries from the first century, he notes that often only about half the skeletons in these ossuaries are from adults. This indicates that close to half of the population did not live past their teens. Dr. Evans uses this fact to explain why such large crowds gathered around Jesus. Many people in this particular time and place were in great need of healing, and Jesus had a reputation as a successful healer—who, unlike many healers and physicians of the day, did not require any payment.

4. The writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls valued the same Old Testament books as early Christians.

Not every book of the Old Testament was found among the Dead Sea Scrolls at Qumran. The numbers of fragments and manuscripts found give us some idea of which books were most popular among this community: Psalms (40 scrolls found), Deuteronomy (30 scrolls found), and Isaiah (22 scrolls found). As Dr. Evans points out, these three books are also the books most often quoted in the New Testament. This shows just how highly these books were regarded by different Jewish groups in the first century, as well as why Jesus and the New Testament authors appealed to them to validate Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah.

You’ll learn these and many other important details from Dr. Evans in his Mobile Ed courses. He evaluates the manuscript record of the New Testament, examines how people in the first century taught and wrote history, and shows how this relates to the historical accuracy of the Gospels. He sheds light on the important political and religious background of the New Testament and shows how archaeological finds can help you understand different details from the Gospels.

Order the Mobile Ed: Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle today while it’s still $200.00 off!

And don’t forget to check out the rest of our 12 Days of Logos deals.

Step into the Story of the Bible with DIY Bible Study

lexham-press-diy-bible-studyReading the Bible can be intimidating if you haven’t spent years studying the Scriptures. There’s so much contextual knowledge that could take years of study to uncover. And without the proper methods, studying the Bible might be seen as a chore.

That’s why Lexham Press has created DIY Bible Study, a resource that gives you everything you need to study the Bible to the fullest extent. With DIY Bible Study, you’ll learn to study the Bible and apply it to your life.

Leveraging the power of Logos 6

DIY Bible Study is designed to leverage the power and all of the amazing features of Logos 6. This highly visual curriculum is enhanced with video lessons explaining Bible study principles, and application-focused content helps you understand the Bible and how it applies to your life.

There’s also a prebuilt, year-long reading plan included with DIY Bible Study. In just 10 minutes a day, you can go through the entire resource, digging deeper into the Bible with each lesson. It’s also easily used as a handbook during your regular study. We wanted it to be as flexible and as accessible as possible so anyone could benefit from it, no matter where they find themselves on their walk with Jesus.

A survey of the Bible

If you were using the year-long reading plan included in DIY Bible Study, each biblical book would be divided into five sections in an effort to maximize coverage and depth. Let’s take a look at what five days in Genesis might look like:

Day 1: Overview

First, you’ll watch a short video and read a brief overview of Genesis. Key moments in the book are listed and an outline for the book is established. Key terms, DIY study tips, and interesting facts are highlighted so that you can dig deeper into the biblical text on your own.

moment-with-god-a-devotional-on-every-biblical-bookDay 2: Reflection

We’ve included two volumes of hand-curated Bible Study Magazine content to help you reflect on and study each biblical book. On the second day, you’ll read a devotional article from Moment with God so that you can begin reflecting on Genesis’ themes.

Day 3: Context

Why was Genesis written, and who was it written to? How did the original audience understand this text? The answers to these questions and more will be answered on day 3. We dive into Genesis’ historical and biblical context to uncover everything you need to know to begin understanding the meaning of the text.

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DIY image 04Day 4: Practice

The second volume of Bible Study Magazine content is Study Like a Pro. You’ll read an article that addresses a particularly difficult passage from Genesis and walks you through how a biblical scholar might approach studying the passage.

Day 5: Application

Finally, you’ll begin learning to apply Genesis to your own life. Our beautifully designed Verse of the Day slides are peppered throughout to visually highlight key verses in the book. Reflection questions are included to help stimulate discussion and action.

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Step into the story

Step into the grand narrative of Scripture to see how our God has wrestled with—and saved—humanity. With DIY Bible Study, you’ll learn to study the Bible and enjoy it more than ever before.

DIY Bible Study is included in most Logos 6 base packages.

You can also get it in the Lexham Bible Study Essentials Bundle, on sale for over 60% off during Logos’ Christmas sale.

Bring New Bible Art to Your Favorite Devices

Bible Screen features a growing amount of original Bible artwork, and more artwork is being added all the time. Bible Screen’s stream includes over 900 different illustrations designed to inspire and encourage.

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Bible Screen brings the Bible to life and lets you continuously stream encouraging Bible-verse art and animations completely free of charge. You can even save images and set them as your mobile wallpaper, or read a verse in context at Biblia.com.

Here are 7 ways to enjoy Bible Screen:

1. iOS devices

Stream Bible art and download inspirational wallpapers on your iOS device. Get the Bible Screen app from the Apple App Store and be inspired by continuous Bible art.

2. Android devices

Download the free Bible Screen app from the Google Play store—stream encouraging Bible art or select a free wallpaper for your Android background.

3. Windows 8

Get the latest Scripture art streamed straight to your computer each day with the Bible Screen lock screen. These verses show a new design daily and have been hand-selected to align with popular holidays.

4. Online streaming

Bible Screen makes the perfect screensaver. Stream nonstop Bible art at your church, small group, classroom, office, or personal computer: simply play the video and select the full-screen option.

5. Digital photo frames

Now you can use Faithlife to get free Bible art. When you follow Bible Screen’s Faithlife Group, you can download .ZIP files of Bible Screen art to your digital photo frames. Once you follow the group, select the “Documents” tab and choose which photo size you’d like to download.

We’ve recently updated this folder to include almost 900 images—download them all today!

6. Bible Screen on DVD

Fill your home, church, or business with hours of compelling graphics to help you see familiar verses with fresh eyes. Get this ad-free Bible-verse art for only $14.95.

7. Roku channel

Use your TV to fill your family room with vivid biblical inspiration. Subscribe to the Bible Screen channel to stream Bible art through your Roku device.

Get all-day inspiration with new Bible Screen artwork today!

Top 4 Things People Are Loving about Logos 6

After months of using, testing, tweaking, and preparing for the release of Logos 6, it’s easy for us to say why we think Logos 6 is awesome—its powerful original-language tools, smarter search results, and ability to quickly build beautiful presentations barely skim the surface of what Logos 6 can do.

But if you’re still not convinced that Logos 6 is the best in Bible software, don’t just take our word for why it’s great—see why current users can’t stop raving about Logos 6’s amazing capabilities.

 

Here are four of our users’ favorite Logos 6 tools:

1. Visual Copy

No need to spend long hours tediously putting together your presentation slides. With Visual Copy, you can create beautiful slides in seconds. Simply highlight the text, right click, and select “Visual Copy,” and you can send your slide to Proclaim, PowerPoint, or your social-media profiles.

 

2. Send to Kindle

Adjust the settings in your Amazon and Logos accounts, and send Logos resources to your Kindle with one click! See the Send to Kindle feature in action.


 

3. Propositional Flow Outline

Understand the significance behind each line of Scripture of the New Testament with the help of the Propositional Flow Outline. Save time in your research and study with this tool.


 

4. Sermon-prep tools

Expedite and enhance your sermon preparation with tools like Inline Search and Ancient Literature. Deliver fresh insights to your congregation with the help of Logos 6!

 
Start studying with these powerful, popular tools: get Logos 6 today!

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Logos 6: Wikipedia

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.

One of the most popular websites on the Internet is Wikipedia, which is a free, user-edited online encyclopedia. This storehouse of information continues to grow in popularity and accuracy. If you’re like me, you’re constantly checking it for quick facts about almost any subject under the sun, even while studying the Bible.

Logos’ software developers recognized Wikipedia’s widespread influence among users and therefore decided to bring the information from the site right into Logos itself. As a utility, Wikipedia can be opened directly from the tools menu:

  • Choose Tools | Wikipedia
  • Type a subject in the reference box (A)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the retrieval
  • Notice Logos searches the Wikipedia site for your article and places it within its own Logos panel (B)

morris-proctor-wikipedia-71.1 As a shortcut, open Wikipedia from the context menu within any resource or guide:

  • Right click a word within a resource (A) or a hyperlink in a guide (B)
  • Select your text selection (C)
  • Select Wikipedia (D)
  • Notice the Wikipedia article is generated automatically within its own panel

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For complete written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Tennessee.

Growing Spiritually with Introducing Spiritual Formation

mobile-ed-pd201-introducing-spiritual-formationThe Christian life involves growth. The importance of maturing spiritually and growing deeper in our relationship with God cannot be overstated. However, many believers struggle to know exactly how to do that. How does one grow to be more like Christ? What exactly is involved in spiritual development? Gary Thomas’ Mobile Ed course PD201 Introducing Spiritual Formation will help you answer questions like these.

Gary Thomas is an expert on the topic of spiritual formation and is an engaging speaker. He’s authored several books on growth and the Christian life, including The Glorious Pursuit: Embracing the Virtues of Christ and the award-winning Authentic Faith: The Power of a Fire-Tested Life.

Thomas begins this course by highlighting the fact that God desires relationship with his people, and from that foundation, he examines what a relationship with God looks like.

Thomas surveys approaches to Christian spirituality taken by different historical groups—monastics, Eastern Orthodox, Puritans, charismatics, and more—looking at how their practices reflected their specific spiritual emphases. Drawing on that survey, he reviews a variety of “spiritual pathways,” or ways that individuals can best relate to God based on their personal, God-given natures.

He makes the point that we often seek spiritual formation in a selfish way, looking for what we can get out of our relationship with God. He advocates instead the pursuit of an authentic faith—one that is based in sacrifice rather than selfishness—and holiness. Thomas explores how holiness relates to several key areas, including our bodies, marriage, family, pleasure, and death. In order to show how holiness develops and is expressed in these spheres of our lives, he looks into the spiritual virtues of humility, gentleness, and thankfulness.

Introducing Spiritual Formation provides a thorough overview of spiritual formation with detailed examples and engaging personal stories to illustrate the content. The course will help you stay focused on the goal of spiritual formation: a deeper relationship with the Lord.

This course ships December 19: order yours today to get 40% off!