Logos 6: Factbook

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.

Just like the CIA publishes The World Factbook with facts and figures about the countries of the world, Logos 6 presents the Factbook (replacing Bible Facts in Logos 5), which produces reports about biblical people, places, things, and events, as well as a host of other subjects. In addition to being opened from numerous hyperlinks throughout the program and the Context menu, the Factbook is housed and accessed from the Tools menu.

Try this:

  • Choose Tools | Factbook
  • Type a subject in the box (A), such as a:
    • Biblical book, like Ephesians
    • Biblical person, like Moses
    • Biblical place, like Jericho
    • Biblical thing, like sandal
    • Biblical event, like feed 5000
    • Biographical person, like John Wesley
    • Topic, like baptism
    • Cultural concept, like marriage
    • Preaching theme, like mercy
  • Select your desired item from the drop-down list (or press the Enter key if your item is already highlighted in the list) (B)

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The various sections in a report differ depending on the subject under study, but expect to see information types like:

  • Media
  • Dictionary articles
  • Search results from your library
  • Referent dataset
  • Community tags
  • Miscellaneous links to Wikipedia and searches

For quick access to the Factbook, right click a word in a Bible and open the Factbook from the Context menu! The more you use it, the more you’ll be impressed with this goldmine of information neatly organized in a hyperlinked article for almost any subject related to biblical studies.

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 Arizona or Tennessee.

The Screen Is for Scripture

proclaim-church-presentation-software-logoAs you know, Faithlife built Logos Bible Software to get you into Scripture and study the Bible with smart tools and resources.

And Faithlife also built Proclaim Church Presentation Software with the same dedication to the Word. Proclaim allows thousands of churches all over the world to deliver insight with less time and frustration.

You can use Proclaim’s On-Screen Bible to show Bible verses with engaging animations that draw people into the Word. The Scripture is the most important thing to present. With On-Screen Bible, you can quickly insert an engaging animation that presents the Bible in context.

Here’s how easy it is to add an On-Screen Bible item to a presentation:

It’s simple: click “Add Item”, then “On-Screen Bible”. Type in the references you want to display, choose a translation and look of the animation, and include a book introduction if needed. Proclaim does the rest—building a beautiful animation instantly.

Proclaim comes with over $1,000.00 worth of free media, including the popular Verse of the Day series. Professional designers bring the Bible to life with these amazing works of art! Use these to highlight a passage or set the tone for your service.

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The Bible Screen motions, taken from the Verse of the Day series, are another beautiful way to show Scripture. Put a group of them together to play before church to draw people into deeper study and reflection. During the offering, show verses about giving or emphasize a particular verse from the sermon. The animations have enough movement to draw your attention without taking away from what is written.

 

 

 

 
Use Proclaim Signals to easily engage your congregation using their mobile phones. With Proclaim Signals, you can send a link to a mobile device with whatever Bible verse you have on the screen. No more flipping pages back and forth—simply tap the Proclaim Signal and you’ll be taken to the correct verse. People can easily follow you wherever you’re teaching from. Signals don’t stop with Bible verses—you can send calendar invites, contact cards, donation requests, or web links making it easier than ever to connect with your congregation.

Scripture belongs on the screen. Everything we do points to Scripture, so it should take a prominent place in the presentation. Proclaim helps pastors build beautiful presentations, but it does more than that: it’s about engaging people and encouraging them to go deeper in their study of the Bible.

You can get Proclaim free for 30 days. Download it today and place the emphasis where it belongs.

Enrich Your Study with Beautiful Media

Some insights can’t be discovered from reading plain text—they need to be visualized for full understanding to take place. That’s why media plays such a big role in enriching your study: it allows you to both engage the Word and engage others in new, compelling ways.

That’s why Logos 6 offers new Media Collections you won’t find anywhere else.

Here are three ways new Media Collections can enrich your study and presentations:

1. Create compelling presentations and sermons

Engage your audience and increase their understanding with professionally designed media, ready made for your next presentation. Here are a few key collections you’ll want to take advantage of (all of this media is available in Media Search and Factbook, so it’s easy to find!):

Faithlife Study Bible Infographics

Get into the biblical world with detailed, yet easily digestible infographics. Explore hundreds of ancient buildings and places, like the Tower of Babel, Ancient Jericho, Noah’s Ark, Herod’s Temple, and Rome in Paul’s day.

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Logos 6 Media Archive

Logos 6 Media brings the Bible to life. This collection includes stunning Verse of the Day art created by professional designers, perfectly formatted presentation templates, 3-D flyovers of biblical places, fine art representing significant Bible characters and events, flyovers of Jerusalem’s reconstruction, and much more.

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Lexham Bible Background Slides

For every book in the Bible, access a collection of slides that explore that book’s theme, authorship, and context and offer easily digestible maps, timelines, and content outlines. By just skimming the content, you’ll get a basic understanding of every book of the Bible.

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Get all of these Media Collections in Logos 6 Silver or higher.

2. Experience the biblical world in your personal study

Get a closeup look at the biblical world with photos of biblical places and artifacts, and take advantage of quick information on every book in the Bible. Here are some key collections you’ll want to explore in your personal study:

Artifacts from the British Museum

Explore the craftsmanship and artistry of biblical times, with these closeup shots of some of the biblical era’s key artifacts. Check out ancient tablets, obelisks, and manuscripts from ancient places like Greece, Egypt, and Asia Minor, and see how this era’s artistry evolved over time.

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Beitzel Photo Library

View over 15,000 beautiful photos of the locations and sites surrounding the Holy Land, explore a variety of closeup flyby views of sites that would otherwise be incredibly difficult to obtain, and see stunning aerial shots that will give you a greater appreciation for the size and scope of structures across the Holy Land. Photos are tagged by location for easy searching.

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The Cultural Context of the Bible

View seminary-level presentations from home. This new collection includes presentations from distinguished professor and New Testament scholar Dr. David deSilva. Dig into places like Sardis, Athens, Colassae, and Hierapolis, and explore artifacts from Caesar Augustus’ reign, the Flavian Dynasty, and more.

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Get all of these Media Collections in Logos 6 Silver or higher.

3. Engage others with shareable media

One of the best aspects of new Media Collections is how easy they are to share! Select an image or text, and in seconds, the new Visual Copy tool transforms it into a presentation-ready slide. Here’s how it works:

Get 15% off Logos 6 today!

Create beautiful presentations, visualize the biblical world, and share stunning art and photos with your friends and family: take advantage of new Media Collections with Logos 6 today!

 

Understanding the Text of the Bible

mobile-ed-text-of-the-bible-bundleThe Bible is the foundational text for all Christians. We read it, study it, and hear sermons on it, but many Christians don’t think about how we got it. We take for granted the 66 books—39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New—that make up our Bibles.

How did these individual books, written in three different languages to a variety of different audiences across several centuries, come together to form our Bible? And since we don’t have the Bible’s original manuscripts, how do we know the text of these books was transmitted accurately? Logos Mobile Education’s four-course Text of the Bible Bundle provides answers to these questions and more.

How we got the Old and New Testaments

In OT281 How We Got the Old Testament and NT281 How We Got the New Testament, Dr. Michael Heiser looks at the process by which we obtained the Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament. He explains how writing developed in the ancient world and looks at how texts were composed and transmitted. He examines different textual traditions and demonstrates how to analyze variants of the different Greek or Hebrew manuscripts—a discipline known as textual criticism. Dr. Heiser also discusses the inspiration of the biblical text and the process of canonization. These two courses provide a thorough, yet easy-to-understand explanation of how the ancient manuscripts that preceded our Bible were created and passed down through history.

Watch these samples from Dr. Heiser’s courses in which he discusses evaluating variants in the Old Testament and gives examples of textual phenomena in the New Testament:

The reliability of New Testament manuscripts

In NT308 The Reliability of New Testament Manuscripts, Dr. Craig Evans answers the question: Can we trust the manuscript record of the New Testament? He looks at the quality, quantity, and age of different New Testament manuscripts and compares them with those of other ancient texts. He concludes, based on the textual evidence, that the New Testament manuscripts accurately reflect the originals.

In this video, Dr. Evans demonstrates the quality of New Testament manuscripts:

Introducing Bible translations

Of course, when most of us read the Bible, we don’t read it in Hebrew and Greek. In BI181 Introducing Bible Translations, Dr. Mark Strauss explains different translation philosophies behind the major English versions of the Bible. He describes the difficult nature of language, using examples from modern languages to illustrate how challenging it is to translate things like idioms and metaphors from one language to another.

In this clip, Dr. Strauss shows how words have a range of meanings:

These four courses will give you a better appreciation of the text of your Bible. You’ll come to understand the important and complicated process of transmitting ancient manuscripts and translating them into English.

The Text of the Bible Bundle ships November 26, so get it now for 40% off!

The Lexham Bible Dictionary: Bigger and Better than Ever

lexham-bible-dictionaryThe most advanced Bible dictionary in existence just got bigger and better.

We’ve worked tirelessly to expand the Lexham Bible Dictionary to its current size—over 5,000 total articles and over 2.7 million words—and we’re still not finished. One of the amazing things about a digital Bible dictionary is the lack of a back cover. We’re able to quickly and easily add content to continue to expand the scope of the dictionary and to make sure it never goes out of date.

By early 2015, we’re planning on adding an additional 2,000 articles and another 1 million words, increasing the totals to over 7,000 articles and 3.7 million words. That’s an incredible amount of content!

Quality over quantity

The Lexham Bible Dictionary would not exist without the amazing contributions of over 800 scholars from around the world. These are some of the best and brightest biblical scholars working on articles that fall directly in their area of expertise. Here’s just a glimpse at some of the scholars who have worked on the dictionary:

  • Emanuel Tov, PhD, J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible Emeritus, Hebrew University, and editor in chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project
  • Mark Goodacre, PhD, associate professor, Duke University, editor of NTGateway.com, and editor of Library of New Testament Studies
  • Leonard Greenspoon, PhD, professor of classical and Near Eastern studies and of theology, Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Creighton University, and editor of The FORUM (Society of Biblical Literature)
  • Daniel B. Wallace, PhD, professor of New Testament studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, and executive director, Center for Study of New Testament Manuscripts
  • Walter C. Kaiser Jr., PhD, president emeritus and distinguished professor of Old Testament and ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

All of the Lexham Bible Dictionary‘s content is at your fingertips in Logos Bible Software and the Logos suite of mobile apps. Each article is organized so that you get the most relevant information first and can dig deeper into the topic as you continue reading. This makes it a great tool for Bible studies, Sunday school classes, small groups, and individual study.

Even better with Logos 6

Since we designed the Lexham Bible Dictionary to be a digital resource, the value of each article is exponentially increased with hand-curated links to other articles, resources, books, and datasets. It integrates seamlessly with your Logos library to help you make connections between related topics.

The Lexham Bible Dictionary is included in every Logos 6 base package.

For a limited time, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package—plus you can get introductory gifts with your Logos 6 purchase. Get the Lexham Bible Dictionary and hundreds of other amazing resources today!

Faithlife Groups’ Collaborative Power Has Come to Logos 6

Faithlife-logoFaithlife Groups serve as the digital home for your faith community. They offer tremendous collaborative power, including document sharing, prayer listsnewsletters, and more!

With Logos 6, that power is now available directly inside the software through the Groups Tool.

You can find it in the tools menu alongside the other social tools. Just like any other tool in the menu, you can click to open or click, hold, and drag to a specific location in your workspace.

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With the Groups Tool, you can easily interact with all of your groups. Just use the drop-down menu to quickly switch between groups. Inside each group, navigate between three view options: news, Community Notes, and documents. Reply to existing posts inline, or create a new post using the pencil in the top right corner.

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The documents menu has long held the power to create useful Bible study documents. Faithlife Groups makes those documents collaborative. And now, thanks to the Groups Tool in Logos 6, that collaboration is possible without ever leaving your software.

And Faithlife Groups is chock-full of groups studying the Word together using Logos 6. You can join in with one of them or start a new one.

Let us recommend a Logos 6 base package to meet your study needs, then collaborate with your Faithlife Groups from within the software using the Groups Tool.

Studying Scripture in Context: Why It Matters and How to Do It

studying-scripture-in-context-logos-6Regardless of where you are in your Bible study—from eager novice to sophisticated scholar—you’ve no doubt come across an obscure or confusing passage, word, image, or practice.

The Bible is filled with images and cultural references that meant a lot to the ancient Eastern mind, but are flat-out dumbfounding today, which—unfortunately for us—means a lot of Scripture’s messages and practices get lost in translation.

Let’s look at the big picture: the Bible was written over a period of about 2,000 years, by about 40 authors with vastly different personalities and cultural backgrounds, and in three different languages—Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.

Every biblical author is writing from a different cultural perspective, so in order to truly understand what the Bible’s saying, you need to understand where the biblical author is coming from—you need to have a basic understanding of their culture and language, or else you won’t fully comprehend the underlying message.

The good news is that Logos 6 comes with the best contextual tools available, so even eager novices like myself (or all the sophisticated scholars whom I work with) can make amazing new discoveries.

Here are a few ways you can better understand the biblical world with Logos 6:

1. Explore ancient interpretations of Scripture

No other text has had a greater influence on Western thought than the Bible. So what better way to dig into the Bible’s culture than to explore its literary contemporaries? The new Ancient Literature tool connects Bible passages to ancient literature based on shared references, themes, and historical periods, and even goes so far as to make these connections based on allusions.

For example, say you’re studying Psalm 23 and you want a better understanding of what “God as shepherd” means. If you start with the Sense Section in your Factbook, you’ll see all the varying meanings of this title. And although you may imagine a shepherd as someone gentle, kind, and quiet, the Sense Section reveals a different perspective: in biblical times, “shepherd” meant citizenry, or a united entity or nation. It meant to lead, and it meant to rule and tend to your flock. The shepherd was a strong, formidable leader—not a meek guide.

You’ll also see several links to works by the Apostolic Fathers in the Ancient Literature section. If you open these works, you’ll see that for Clement of Alexandria, the flock’s relationship to the shepherd was all about humility, and not exalting yourself above others.

For Ignatius of Antioch, God as shepherd was about unity and truth: “Where the shepherd is, there follow like sheep. For many seemingly trustworthy wolves attempt, by means of wicked pleasure, to take captive the runners in God’s race; but in your unity they will find no opportunity.”

And for Hermas, God as shepherd represented a graceful man—someone who personally greeted him and sat down beside him clothed in white.

Do you see how much this fleshes out your understanding? You could just bypass a word like “shepherd,” not knowing the significance and intensity this figure represents—or, with Logos 6, you can get a fuller, richer perspective of its biblical meaning.

2. Understand the real meaning of biblical words

As we all know, words can have myriad meanings. You can explore a cave and you can cave in; you can go dancing at a club and hit a golf ball with a club; you could even eat a chip or get a chip in your windshield.

Alternate word meanings are not unique to modern languages, which is why Logos 6 includes the Sense Section—a new section in your Bible Word Study guide that shows every alternate meaning, or “sense,” of a Greek or Hebrew word, as well as where it occurs.

For example, the Greek and Hebrew word for “house,” can mean a physical house, a family, a people, a group, or a temple. With the Sense Section, you can see all these meanings and go straight to where they occur.

Let’s say you look up “light” in your Factbook—the Sense Section shows that the absence of light represents an “evil realm,” or “darkness.” So when God commands, “Let there be light,” he’s not just flipping the light switch—he’s casting hope in the darkness, he’s creating an oasis from sinfulness, and he’s doing away with ignorance of God; his presence rescues people from an evil realm.

Explore the biblical world with Logos 6

All these awesome tools amount to one awesome goal: better understanding the Word.

Dig into the biblical world and see how you can do more powerful Bible study: get 15% off Logos 6 today!

Logos 6: Weights and Measures Converter

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.

Sometimes biblical passages refer to measurements we just don’t use much, if ever, today. For example, in Genesis 6:15, the Lord instructed Noah to make the ark 300 cubits long. I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever refer to “cubits” in my normal conversations. So how long was the ark to be? The answer to the question is very easy to discover with Logos 6’s new interactive Weights and Measures Converter.

Try this:

  • Choose Tools | Weights and Measures Converter
  • Type in the Convert box the number of units to convert followed by the name of the unit of measurement, such as 300 cubits (A)
  • Select the desired item from the drop-down list (B)

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  • Notice that Logos displays various equivalents in words (C)

Since, however, a picture is worth 1,000 words, notice that this resource also portrays the equivalent in pictures! (D

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300 cubits is the equivalent of:

  • 12 city buses
  • 10 humpback whales
  • 7 semitrucks
  • 3 757 airliners

For 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 Arizona or Tennessee.

Designed for Logos 6: Original Lexham Press Resources

Lexham-PressLogos 6 is packed with awesome new tools and resources to make your Bible study smarter, easier, and faster.

Lexham Press built a number of these amazing resources from the ground up, specifically for Logos 6. Explore the biblical world with stunning media and curriculum and dig into the biblical text with these revolutionary resources.

Here’s a rundown of what’s new from Lexham Press in Logos 6:

Enhance your Bible study

lexham-press-diy-bible-studyWith new Bible study resources from Lexham Press, taking your study to the next level is easier than ever.

It all starts with DIY Bible Study. This highly visual curriculum leverages Logos Bible Software and Lexham Press products to deepen your Bible study—or to help you begin. Video lessons explain Bible study principles and survey every book of the Bible. And application-focused content, accompanied by stunning graphics, helps you see what the Bible meant to its original readers and what it means for us today.

Paired with DIY Bible Study are two curated collections of Bible Study Magazine content:

  • Moment with God: A Devotional on Every Biblical Book: We all have our “God moments,” but the intimacy doesn’t always last. Each author in Moment with God captures this beautiful struggle, as they draw on their own stories and the Bible itself. This hand-curated collection of some of the richest devotionals from Bible Study Magazine celebrates God’s faithfulness, no matter what the moment looks like.
  • Study Like a Pro: Explore Difficult Passages from Every Book of the Bible: “Why don’t I have the insight into the Bible that he has?” “Where did she learn to interpret the Bible so well?” We’ve all asked ourselves these questions. This collection of tried and true articles from Bible Study Magazine, written by experts, walks you through Bible difficulties and teaches you to study like a pro.

We’ve also designed spectacular media to enrich your Bible study. With the Lexham Bible Background Slides, you’ll get a slide presentation on every book in the Bible. Each slide collection includes the book’s theme, authorship, and context, and offers easily digestible maps, timelines, and content outlines.

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Revolutionary Bible resources

If you’re digging deep into the Bible’s text, Lexham Press has designed some groundbreaking resources specifically designed for Logos 6 and optimized for your Bible study.

lexham-theological-wordbookThe Lexham Theological Wordbook takes a new approach to explaining important concepts and categories used in the biblical languages. Unlike most lexicons that organize by lemmas, this wordbook groups entries according to meaning, broadly construed by semantic domain, with the related lemmas from Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek placed together. Each article explains a concept and defines the words and idioms used to express that concept in the Bible.

We’ve also updated the Lexham Bible Dictionary with 2,192 new articles, taking the total article count to 5,159. There are now more than 2.7 million words in the Lexham Bible Dictionary.

There are also five new glossaries giving you a quick overview of hundreds of biblical concepts and terms:

  • Lexham Glossary of Theology: This glossary provides brief definitions for hundreds of terms from the Bible and from theology, giving you a quick overview of various theological topics.
  • Lexham Glossary of Semantic Roles: The Semantic Roles and Case Frames dataset tags the text of the Bible according to roles played by each part of a given statement. This glossary defines the labels used to describe these semantic roles.
  • Lexham Cultural Ontology Glossary: The Bible references many cultural concepts from the ancient world that are unfamiliar to us today. This glossary defines these concepts as used in the Cultural Concepts dataset.
  • Lexham Glossary of Literary Types: Several literary types and devices are used throughout the Bible’s text, including allegories, parables, psalms, and letters. This glossary defines the types and devices identified in the Tooman Literary Type Analysis of the Old Testament and the Mackie Literary Type Analysis of the New Testament.
  • Lexham Propositional Outlines Glossary: The Propositional Flow Outline dataset organizes the text of the Bible onto separate lines that are indented relative to their subordinate or superordinate relationships. This glossary defines the labels used to identify those relationships.

Get Logos 6 today!

Many of these features and resources are exclusive to Logos 6. With Logos 6 and Lexham Press, you’ll advance your Bible study to whole new level.

And for a limited time, you can get 15% off any Logos 6 base package: now’s the perfect time to get Logos 6!

Pursuing the Knowledge of God with Mobile Ed and Logos 6

mobile-ed-bi100-learn-to-study-the-bibleI want to know God’s thoughts—the rest are mere details.

This quote is famously attributed to Albert Einstein. Though we probably don’t agree with his religious views and we don’t literally chase after the knowledge of God’s thoughts, this hyperbolic phrase captures something about the Christian’s heart. Those who follow Jesus are characterized by a desire to know God more deeply: to know his character, his intentions, and his desires. Thankfully we worship a God who speaks. His Word to us is his self-revelation, and through the reading and study of it, we know more of this God who called us out of darkness.

That’s why Bible study is important; we want to know God, and we know someone best through communication. My marriage would hardly be a marriage at all if my wife and I never spoke to each other. How could I really know her? But because we communicate daily, I continue to get to know my wife’s heart and our marriage grows stronger. Likewise, if we are not communicating with God through prayer and the reading of his Word, we cannot ever truly know him.

In Dr. Darrell Bock’s BI100 Learn to Study the Bible, he builds off this idea with Proverbs 2:1–5:

My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.

Dr. Bock says that “the reward on the other end is the reception of knowledge about God and the deepening of the fear or respect of God. In other words, our hearts are shaped as well as our minds.” It’s this conviction that helped drive Dr. Bock and Mobile Ed to create a new course specifically designed to help people grow in their Bible study.

Do better study with Dr. Darrell L. Bock

BI100 Learn to Study the Bible is a Mobile Ed course that will help you take your Bible study to the next level—beyond simply reading the text. Through this course’s video lessons, richly tagged transcript, and Logos 6 video tutorials, you’ll learn to study Scripture using Dr. Bock’s methods and apply that methodology using Logos 6’s powerful tools and resources. This course lives right in Logos Bible Software, so you can take these lessons with you on your Mac, PC, or mobile devices.

The course starts with contrasting the reading and study of Scripture, and you’ll learn to do both with more clarity and depth. You’ll discover how to dig into the text’s historical and literary background and apply that information to understand the meaning and message of each book. This will heighten not only your understanding of the text for yourself, but also your ability to teach it to others. Pastors, parents, students, and everyone in between can benefit from learning these Bible study methods and applying them with Logos 6.

Get step-by-step tutorials

This course contains nearly a dozen Logos 6 video tutorials. With Logos 6, you have an incredible amount of research power at your fingertips, and these videos will show you how to harness it in your Bible study.

The perfect companion to Logos 6

With this course you’ll get:

  • Video lessons from Dr. Bock, carefully created to help you study with Logos
  • Richly tagged transcripts, which connect to the rest of your Logos library and learn more on any word or topic
  • Logos 6 video tutorials, which show you how to utilize the software for incredible results
  • Associated readings so you can read other relevant resources on the topic at hand

Get equipped to study the Bible with more depth and clarity: add BI100 Learn to Study the Bible to your library today!