Logos 5: Syntax Search Finds Direct Object

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.

We read in John 3:16 that “God so loved the world.” Grammatically, world is the direct object of the verb loved. So maybe we wonder, “Where else in the New Testament does world function as a direct object?”

One way to find out is with a simple syntax search:

  • Click the Search icon to open the search panel.
  • Select Syntax as the search type. (Note that Syntax search doesn’t appear in the Starter base package.) (A)
  • Select All Passages from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Select the CSGNT from the Bible dropdown list (C).
  • Click Query (D).
  • Select English Object (Cascadia) (E).

  • Type world in the English Object box (F).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

We’ve just discovered all the places any Greek word translated world serves as a direct object in the New Testament! (G)

To locate a specific Greek word functioning as an object of a verb, try this:

  • Select Object (Cascadia) from the dropdown query list (H).

  • Type this in the Greek Object box: g:kosmos (I).
  • Select the Greek word that appears in the dropdown list under the box (J).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

This time, we found every place the Greek lemma kosmos serves as an object of a verb! (K)

Notice some of the results:

  • Gain the world
  • Condemn the world
  • Love the world
  • Save the world
  • Convict the world
  • Judge the world
  • Reconcile the world
  • Overcome the world

This simple search launches a very interesting topical study regarding kosmos.

 

Will It Preach?

Bible Study Magazine NovemberHow do you preach on that imprecatory psalm? What do you do with that seemingly bizarre vision in Ezekiel? And where do even begin with the book of Nahum—easily the most unpopular book of the Bible?

If you’ve been asked or done the asking, you know that these passages present special challenges for the preacher. It can be tempting to avoid or at least gloss over them. In the November–December ’13 issue of Bible Study Magazine, we address the passages least likely to see a pulpit. From the violence of the Minor Prophets to the strange visions of Ezekiel to the tedium of the genealogies, we ask “Will It Preach?” and “How?”

Here’s what else the issue offers:

  • An interview with David Platt on discipleship and an active church culture in “No More Spectators.”
  • A response to the ongoing conflict in Egypt. Tharwat Wahba, professor and chair of missions at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, explains how Egyptian Christians are responding to violence and offers hope.
  • Insights from June Hunt on studying the Bible and counseling others.

You’ll also get the latest book reviews, an eight-week Bible study on Ephesians, and more!

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We want to offer designed-for-digital curricula at a very low price—so much so that we moved an already released product to Community Pricing, where you can set the price by bidding. Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum is now on Community Pricing at almost half off its original price; with enough bidders helping cover costs, the price could go even lower. What’s more, when this volume comes off Community Pricing, we’ll give software credit to everyone who already bought it at full price, and we’ll give all the winning bidders the lowest possible price!

We’re hoping the cost drops so low that we can offer Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence Complete Church Curriculum at a very low price for the foreseeable future. But to get there, we need more bidders—that’s where you come in.

Designed for digital

Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence is part of the Studies in Faithful Living Series, which we designed for the digital age to (1) make the jobs of small group leaders and pastors easier and (2) offer an even more enlightening curriculum to every participant.

Israel Loken, chair of the Bible and theology departments at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, says: “Logos has taken group Bible study to the next level with their new Studies in Faithful Living series. Deeply engaging, biblically accurate, and filled with life-changing applications, this series is destined to be the go-to resource for lay leaders for years to come.”

The complete church curriculum includes an ebook with infographics and a video for each chapter. It also includes lesson plans and handouts for leading your Bible studies and small groups, as well as slide presentations for each chapter. Sermon outlines and media resources enable you to share with your entire church.

Learn from the life of Jacob

Jacob’s life was characterized by deception. He deceived his father to obtain his brother’s blessing, and was later tricked by Laban. Throughout his life’s many ups and downs, Jacob struggled to recognize God’s presence. Even so, God remained with Jacob—just as he remains with believers today. In Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence, you’ll walk through life with Jacob and his family—learning along the way how their story is like your story.

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How to Retrieve Your Deleted Logos Notes

Documents.Logos.com lets you store your study notes, presentations, sentence diagrams, reading plans, and more—all in one place. And if you delete an important document, it’s easy to get your work back.

Here’s how to undelete files:

  1. Log in at Documents.Logos.com with your Logos.com credentials.
  2. Using the dropdown menu in the top-left corner, filter documents by visibility.
  3. Select “Deleted” to see all your deleted documents.

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  1. Just undelete the document you want back!

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If you don’t remember deleting a document, but you can’t seem to find it at Documents.Logos.com, it may be attached to a Faithlife group. Use the dropdown menu under your username to view your current groups and the documents associated with them.

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Documents.Logos.com makes it easy to collaborate and share. Start using it today!

How Ancient Thought Agreed (and Disagreed) with the Early Church

Stoicism, a school of Hellenistic thought founded in the third century BC and popular through AD 529, was more than a philosophy—it was a way of life. In this scope as a worldview, it was, writes Paul Tillich, “the only real alternative to Christianity in the Western world.”

But, fascinatingly, Stoicism shared more than scope with Christianity. It came to many of the same conclusions about how to think and live.

Who were the Stoics?

stoics-of-the-roman-era-collectionBeginning with Zeno of Citium, the Stoics located happiness not in goods or success but in virtue alone; they emphasized self-control as the path beyond destructive emotions. This self-control took the form of:

  • Meditation. The Stoics would, visualizing their personal futures, imagine the worst possible outcomes—not as distant, unlikely events, but as present sufferings. They sought to realize that even the worst misfortunes can be survived and are not worth fearing.
  • Training. They practiced rigorous physical discipline, from sexual abstinence to hard exercise to the avoidance of tempting foods.
  • Self-vigilance. They monitored their thoughts and emotions, seeking to avoid lust, greed, and ambition in favor of reason.

Seneca and Epictetus argued that a properly practicing Stoic was, in a sense, beyond misfortune. The Faithlife Study Bible’s article on Paul and the Stoics notes, “Stoics believed that the ideal sage was one who could face calamity and misfortune with casual indifference, feeling neither sorrow nor regret. Stoics were proud of their ability to endure hardships and often paraded their fortitude and strength through ‘hardship catalogs,’ which listed the adversities they had endured.” (It’s that serene indifference to misfortune that colors our modern sense of stoic.)

Similar notions of the self

If contemplation, discipline, and vigilance sound familiar, it’s because the early church and Stoicism were in so many ways alike. Both were characterized by:

  • An emphasis on hardship. As the FSB points out, Paul’s letters also feature “hardship catalogs”—for example, 2 Cor. 4:8–9 and 6:9–10. And, like the Stoics, Paul believed that enduring hardships leads to growth in character: he writes, “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character” (Rom. 5:3–5; cf. 1 Cor. 9:24–27).
  • A sense of man’s depravity, and a constant self-examination. Like the early Christians, the Stoics regarded humanity’s natural state, with its lust, ambition, and other impulses, as deeply flawed. Both worldviews focused on the observation of self and the suppression of wrong thought.
  • An inner freedom from the world. Adherents to both worldviews lived apart from the world’s shortcomings and hardships. The early Christians looked with hope to the world that is to come; the Stoics reminded themselves that all is predetermined and that misfortune is illusory.
  • An aversion to excess. Since the Stoics and the Christians both regarded greed as wrong thinking, they shared a distaste for material excess. For the Stoics, mere wealth wasn’t bad—it simply wasn’t good. “Wealth consists not in having great possessions,” said Epictetus, “but in having few wants.”

Differing notions of the divine

But, though Stoicism shared much with Christianity, it differed profoundly in its account of the divine. For the Stoics, the universe was “a vast quasi-rational being with intelligence and will” (FSB), whose animating force they called (what else?) logos. They didn’t believe in the afterlife; they did believe that the universe would end and then repeat itself.

(You’ll notice that the Stoic outlook far anticipated cosmologies we regard as modern. The notion of God as the universe’s totality reappeared with Spinoza and, famously, Einstein; eternal recurrence was taken up by Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.)
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Of course, Christianity’s and Stoicism’s distinct understandings of divinity entailed differing ways of life. Sharyn Dowd, in Reading Mark, notes that:

The Stoics . . . were also determinists; they believed that everything that happened was caused by the universal divine logos that pervaded and controlled all nature and human life. Therefore, the Stoics did not believe in petitionary prayer. People should accept the life circumstances decreed for them by the divine and not seek to change those circumstances in any way. (Emphasis added)

Even the Christian ascetics, so like the Stoics in their emphasis on discipline and their distaste for worldly excess, operated within different spheres and worked toward different goals:

  • For the Stoics, the work of self-examination was largely private. For the early Christian ascetics, penance and self-examination were deeply public, instantiated in professions of faith and confessions.
  • The Stoics sought self-control in order to master the self. The ascetics sought self-control in order to renounce the self.
  • For the Stoics, dependence on the world was to be replaced by dependence on oneself—”The wise person,” taught Seneca, “is self-sufficient.” Paul, in contrast, taught that Christians are profoundly dependent on God (FSB).
  • For the Stoics, love was at best suspect, toxic to self-sufficiency. For Paul and the early Christians, love was everything (FSB).

But despite these key differences, the parallels between Stoicism and Christianity—an emphasis on hardship, an understanding of humanity as innately flawed, a vigilant self-examination, an inner freedom, an aversion to excess—are remarkable.

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diogenes-laertius-lives-of-eminent-philosophersStoicism was the immediate context within which early Christianity flourished—the great alternative in terms of scope as a worldview, the status quo that the church rejected in radical ways. To know the one is to better know the other.

Noet offers the key Stoic texts in the Stoics of the Roman Era Collection (currently 81% off on Community Pricing!), which sets you up with the core works of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius. The early Stoics—Zeno, Cleanthes, and Chrysippus—left us less, but we can still study them in Diogenes Laertius’ invaluable Lives of Eminent Philosophers, on Community Pricing for 83% off.

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Logos 5What if every seminary student had cutting-edge academic tools—word studies, lexicons, exegetical guides, reverse interlinears, and other original-language resources? What if they could study from an immense library of networked texts, full of classics, commentaries, and contemporary titles? And what if they could create bibliographies with ease?

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Underwritten by generous donors and a small portion of students’ technology fees, DTS will be equipping more than 2,000 students with Logos 5 to aid their theological studies. This means that every student, no matter their income or educational program, will have access to the very best tools and resources for their biblical studies.

Logos 5: an invaluable tool

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Logos 5 is more than a tool capable of academic-level study. It’s an important resource in the lives of pastors, counselors, youth leaders, and teachers. With Logos 5, these graduating students will be equipped with an immense library and helpful features to support a life’s work in the Word.

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Logos Mobile Education Faculty Profile: Dr. Carl Sanders

Logos Bible Software recently announced an exciting opportunity for formal training in biblical and theological studies: Logos Mobile Education. Mobile Ed brings the professors, the library, the visual demonstrations of software features, and the online classroom community directly to you—on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It’s education where you are.

Introducing Dr. Carl Sanders

Logos Mobile Education launched with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle. The curriculum includes four Introducing Bible Doctrine courses (TH101–104), and all four share a professor: Dr. Carl Sanders.

Dr. Sanders has taught at the college and seminary level since 1999 at several schools: Bethel University (St. Paul, MN), Northwestern College (St. Paul), and Washington Bible College (Washington, DC), where he also served as chair of the Bible and Theology Department (2003–12). He’s an associate professor of theology at Lancaster Bible College’s Capital Bible Seminary (Lancaster, PA). Dr. Sanders earned his bachelor’s degree from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (Owatonna, MN), and his MDiv from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis. He also holds both a Master of Sacred Theology and a PhD in theological studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Sanders is well liked by his students for his down-to-earth presentation of Bible doctrine—students quickly learn that he loves talking about theology and has a quick wit. Among his strengths as a lecturer are his ability to distill information down to essential elements and his good-natured, fair way of explaining differences in theological positions. Sanders has a keen interest in urban ministry and has served for many years in racially diverse urban congregations. His interest in local church experience helps him practice theology in ways that reflect the diversity present in the body of Christ. He strives to make theology interesting and practical.

Start learning from Dr. Sanders and other leading scholars. Take the next step—or get started—on your journey to greater biblical and theological knowledge today with the Bible and Doctrine Foundations bundle.

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Get Introductory Discounts on New Baker Collections!

Over the past year, we’ve made hundreds of new books from Baker Academic available in our format. If you don’t already have these books, now’s your chance to pick up a few bundles at discounted introductory prices.

You can get the following collections on sale through October 31—come Friday, November 1, the prices go up.

If you missed these titles as Pre-Pubs, or you’re simply looking to bulk up your library and get some nice discounts, this is your chance to get near-Pre-Pub savings on bestselling Baker collections. If you got some of these deals but missed a few, this is your second chance to complete your Baker library.

You’ll get an extra discount for any books you already own—just visit the product pages to see your special price!

  • With the Baker Gospel Studies Collection, you’ll get every volume on the Gospels in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament—David L. Turner on Matthew, Robert H. Stein on Mark, Darrell L. Block’s two massive volumes on Luke, and Andreas Köstenberger on John. You’ll also get every volume on the Gospels in the Understanding the Bible Commentary series—formerly known as the New International Biblical Commentary. In addition to books from these sets, you’ll get Craig Keener’s book on miracles and his two-volume commentary on John, plus books by Brad H. Young, Francis J. Moloney, Graham H. Twelftree, and others.
  • The Walter A. Elwell Reference Collection contains the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, the Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, and other bestselling reference titles from Baker.
  • With the Baker Studies in Apologetics Collection, you’ll get books by Norman Geisler, Paul Copan, William Lane Craig, and others, plus Michael L. Brown’s four-volume Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus. Whether you’re defending your faith, building up your own worldview, or simply wondering how to engage others’ questions, this collection is the perfect starting point.
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Logos 5: Use Clause Search to Find the Objects of Jesus’ Love

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.

Imagine that you’re studying John 11:5—in which John declares that Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus—and you ask yourself, Who else does the NT record as an object of Jesus’ love? You’ll be happy to know that discovering the answer is simple with a Clause Search:

  • Click the Search icon to open the search panel.
  • Select Clause as the search type. (Note: Clause Search doesn’t appear in the Starter and Bronze base packages.) (A).
  • Select All Passages from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Select the SBLGNT from the Bible dropdown list (C).
  • Select Subject and English Verb from the list of search helps (D).

  • Notice that this query appears in the Find box: subject:A Man verb:to bury (E).

  • Replace A Man with Jesus in the Find box (F).
  • Replace bury with love in the Find box (G).

  • The final query looks like this: subject:Jesus verb:to love
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

You just located the places in the New Testament where the person Jesus (regardless of the words used to designate him) is the subject of a clause, and the verb is a Greek word translated as some form of the English word love(H).


If you know a little Greek, try this:

  • Select Subject and Greek Verb from the list of search helps (I).
  • Remove the Greek word from the Find box (J).

  • Begin typing this transliteration in the place of the removed Greek word: agap (K).
  • Select the search string that appears in the dropdown list (L).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

Now you’ve located the places in the New Testament where the person Jesus (regardless of the words used to designate him) is the subject of a clause, and the verb is a form of the Greek lemma agapao(M).


 

 

To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain: An Interview with Matt Chandler

iPad mini giveawayToday’s interview is with Matt Chandler, coauthor of The Explicit Gospel and author of the new book To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain. To help kick-start The Gospel Tour, featuring Chandler and Tullian Tchividjian, we’ve partnered with David C. Cook to give away Logos 5 Silver, an iPad mini, a Logos edition of Chandler’s new book, and a Vyrso edition of Tchividjian’s new book (One Way Love). Enter to win by November 14!

1. What inspired you to write your new book, To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain? 

To Live Is Christ

After I converted to Christianity, my development was built upon following a moral code.  I did some of it well, but struggled in other areas, which saturated my heart with guilt rather than conviction, and filled my life with shame rather than delight.  The Holy Spirit used Philippians to awaken my heart and fill my life with the things that made me marvel at God’s goodness and grace.

2. To Live Is Christ confronts the issue of spiritual development—what’s your best piece of advice for becoming a mature Christian? What do you envision a “mature Christian” to be? 

I believe the Bible teaches that if you fill your life with the things that stir your affections for Jesus and avoid the things that rob your affections, while simultaneously seeking to put your sin to death, you’ll mature in a more visible and manifest way.

3. Your book is grounded in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. How can Paul’s story help modern-day Christians grow in their faith? 

The story we read about in Philippians is our story. We were rescued by Christ, have a tendency to wander, and are helped and held by our redeemer. The implications of that shape everything else in our lives, from relationships to money.

4. Philippians 1 says: “to live is Christ, and to die is gain”—why did you name your book after this verse? What special meaning does it hold for you? 

I think everyone assumes that the title is tied to my battle with brain cancer, but it’s not. I think that that simple line encompasses almost everything I want: to have my life, family, and church shaped by, led by, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Meaning, we put Jesus at the focus of our lives and rejoice in the reality that death is dead.

5. What’s one thing you hope people walk away with from this book?

I want people walking away with hope—that the God who saved them has every intention of sanctifying them. It might not feel like a six-lane superhighway, but God is at work. Trust him, press into him; he cares for you.

6. How did the idea of The Gospel Tour get started? 

We (Tullian, David C. Cook, and Doug Hudson) began talking about what it might look like to try and encourage men and women with a night full of gospel goodness. My hope for the tour is my same hope for the book: to encourage the saints and be used by God as a conduit of hope in the journey toward Christlikeness.

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