The Importance of the Resurrection

mobile-ed-nt211-introducing-the-gospels-and-acts-their-background-nature-and-purposeEaster Sunday is coming up this week, and churches all over the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Resurrection is the central event of the New Testament—an event that is still transforming the world and calling for a response today. It’s the culmination of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and it forms the foundation for the church.

In this video, several of our Mobile Ed speakers discuss the importance of the Resurrection:

With Logos Mobile Education, you can learn more about the relevance of the Resurrection, as well as the early church and the life and teachings of Jesus.

In NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose, Dr. Darrell Bock surveys the messages of these important books. This course includes an entire unit on the Resurrection, through which you’ll see how the Resurrection is portrayed differently in each of the four Gospels, learn what various groups in the first century believed about resurrection, and understand how the Resurrection vindicated the claims of Jesus and provided a pathway for eternal life.

This course is on sale until April 4, so order it now and save 15%!

The Studies in the Gospels Bundle includes nine courses taught by leading scholars like Craig Evans and Mark Strauss. You’ll get book studies that look in depth at each of the four Gospels and show how each Gospel writer portrays the resurrection of Jesus; courses that highlight specific aspects of Jesus’ ministry, like the Sermon on the Mount and the parables and miracles of Jesus; and courses that examine the genre of the Gospels and the world of the New Testament.

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It’s crucial for believers to understand just how significant the resurrection of Jesus Christ is. Discover that and more with these Mobile Ed courses!

Logos 6: See All the Places an Event Is Mentioned in Scripture

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.

Oftentimes a biblical event is not only mentioned in its original context, but also elsewhere in Scripture. For example, the Israelites being fed with manna is recorded in Exodus 16, but John 6:31 also alludes to it. The fall of Jericho occurs in Joshua 6, but it’s also referenced in Hebrews 11:30.

To thoroughly study an event, we can investigate every reference to it in the Bible. Logos makes that investigation easier with a Factbook report.

Try this as an example:

  • Choose Tools | Factbook
  • Type red sea in the reference box (A)
  • Select The Israelites cross the Red Sea from the drop-down list (B)

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  • Notice a Factbook report is generated for that event (C)
  • Navigate to the Passages section in the report (D)
  • Observe the Key Verses subsection, which displays Exodus 14:15–31 in which the event originally took place (E)
  • Notice the See Also subsection which lists other verses in which the event is referenced (F)

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  • Click Open 20 passages in preferred Bible to display only the above verses in your preferred Bible (G)

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With the above steps, you can easily see and study all passages related to a biblical event in one location!

For more Logos training, be sure to check out the new Camp Logos 1.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Louisville, Kentucky and Dallas, Texas.

Free Desktop Training: Learn from the Logos Pros!

LogosPro_blogI’m Todd, one of the Logos Pros at Faithlife. I’m part of a team of expert Logos trainers whose goal it is to educate and empower you with Logos Bible Software so that you can do better Bible study.

I’m excited to announce that Logos is offering free training for the desktop app. Each week, we’ll walk you through a new video tutorial from one of the Logos Pros teaching you how to master Logos’ tools and resources. You’ll learn to navigate lexicons in Logos, use the Passage Guide for in-depth research, consult cross-references in ancient literature, and much more.

Check back here every week for a new video! Or, get these videos delivered straight to your inbox—sign up for weekly email updates with free training:





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Turn Your Logos App into a Reader’s Bible

Logos_300x300The Bible is meant to be read, and the Bible is also meant to be studied. But a good study Bible isn’t always a good reading Bible.

A good study Bible includes footnotes, section headings, cross-references, and sometimes study notes. All that markup is very useful for Bible study, but it can get in the way of Bible reading.

So a good reader’s Bible is simple—containing little more than beautifully arranged, flowing text.

As Logos users know, toggling back and forth between studying and reading modes in Logos 6 is easy. With a single click, you can hide all of those helpful annotations, section headings, links, and even chapter and verse numbers.

Even more, that same feature you’ve been loving in your desktop software is also available in your iOS app.

Here’s how to turn your Logos app into a reader’s Bible:

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On your iPad or iPhone, tap the settings menu and look for the “Bible Text Only” section. Tap that to reveal all of your options.

You can turn on or off various annotations, like chapter and verse numbers, footnote indicators, non-Bible text (like section headings), and more. Quickly turn these things on or off to make your app conducive to study or reading—whichever you’re doing at that moment.

Enjoy the Bible Text Only view in your iOS app today!

Get More out of Your James Study

lexham-press-james-bundleWe love creating unique resources to help you study the Bible.

In the latest issue of Bible Study Magazine, we featured the book of James. And to help you maximize your study of this letter, we’ve put together the Lexham Press James Bundle. You can get all the resources you need to study the book of James and share its message.

Purchased individually, these volumes would cost almost $100.00, but you can get the whole bundle for only $64.95that’s more than 30% off!

Improve your understanding of James

Let’s take a look at how these resources equip you to get the most out of James.

James contains more than twice the average amount of imperative commands compared to other books of the Bible. These commands give us a glimpse into his concern for the early church—and they give us practical instruction for living out the gospel. James 1:19–20 is one example of this practical advice. James: Simply the Gospel from the Not Your Average Bible Study series provides us with reflective questions to consider as we are shaped by the transformative power of Scripture:

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In William Varner’s To Love God and to Love Others: A Devotional Commentary on James, we can begin to understand the relationship between James 1:19–20 and the themes of the entire letter:

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From Varner, we learn that James 1:19–20 could be viewed as a sort of table of contents for the rest of the letter. Varner goes even deeper into the themes of James in his Evangelical Exegetical Commentary volume on the letter:

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Steve Runge’s High Definition Commentary: James examines the linguistic and literary clues in the text to help us fully understand what James is communicating. These important concepts are highlighted with creative illustrations:

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Please note that High Definition Commentary: James is currently on Pre-Pub—once it’s available, it will download immediately.

Get all of these resources on James today!

If you’re working through James, the Lexham Press James Bundle will help you get the most out of this immensely practical book. Separately, these resources would cost almost $100.00, but you can get them for over 30% off in this bundle.

Get the Lexham Press James Bundle, and maximize your study of James today!

How to Become a Sermon Architect

mobile-ed-cm103-invitation-to-biblical-preaching-ii-preaching-biblical-sermons“Building a sermon is kind of like being an architect,” says Dr. Kent Edwards. “[If] you travel around the world, you’re going to see that there are many different styles of buildings. . . . Architecture is remarkably different, but there [are] certain basic rules that every architect has to follow. If they ignore those rules, the buildings will collapse.” Preachers are like architects in this way, says Edwards. “There’s no universal way to organize a sermon, but there are principles that have to be followed.”

In this clip from CM103 Invitation to Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, Dr. Kent Edwards describes one of these essential principles that every sermon must follow:

To get more training from Dr. Edwards on how to preach effectively, order his courses Invitation to Biblical Preaching I & II, or get them at a discount as part of the Preaching and Discipling Foundations Bundle.

Logos 6: Quickly Mark Up Similar Words in a Passage

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

A good friend recently emailed me explaining that while studying Philippians in the ESV, he noticed the words persecutor in Philippians 3:6 and press in Philippians 3:12 and Philippians 3:14 were all the same Greek lemma. He then asked if there was an easy way to automatically obtain a lemma count as well as highlight the same lemmas in a passage.

The answer? Yes.

The word list document type provides a lemma count, while a visual filter automatically highlights the text. In this post, however, I want to show you how to utilize a search to quickly highlight the same or similar lemmas in a passage.

  • Open the ESV to Philippians 3:1, where Paul cautions against legalism (A)
  • Right click on the word persecutor in Philippians 3:6 (B)
  • Select the lemma dioko from the context menu (C)
  • Select Search this resource (D)

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  • Make sure the verse range is set to an option, such as the New Testament, which includes Philippians (E)

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  • Notice that Logos highlights the active search results in a peachy color, which shows (as my friend pointed out) that persecutor in Philippian 3:6 and press in Philippians 3:12 and Philippians 3:14 are all highlighted because they’re all the same Greek lemma (F)

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You can, of course, execute additional right-click searches for other lemmas.

As you generate new searches, Logos opens new search panels and highlights those active results in the same peachy color. The result is that you may end up with 10 search panels open (G) and a lot of peachy words in the biblical text (H).

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To prevent new search panels from opening:

  • Choose the panel menu on the original search panel (I)
  • Select Send searches here (J)
  • Notice that Logos places a target on the search-panel menu (K)—now when you execute new right-click searches, the new results replace the existing results in the same search panel

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The lemma or dictionary form of a word is the same Hebrew or Greek word, regardless of its specific construction. In other words, the lemma may be a verb and searching for that lemma finds all occurrences of the verb whether its tense is present, aorist, subjunctive, etc.

Let’s say, however, that a word has both a noun and verb form. Searching for the lemma will not locate both. A lemma search is restricted to one part of speech.

To locate lemmas that are similar, but not the same, search for the root:

  • Right click the word perfect in Philippians 3:12 (L)
  • Select the root telos from the context menu (M)
  • Select Search this resource (N)

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  • Notice that the words perfect (verb in Philippians 3:12), mature (adjective in Philippians 3:15), and end (noun in Philippians 3:19) are all highlighted because they are similar lemmas sharing the same root (O)

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Try this root search with joy in Philippians 1:4, and notice how many peachy words appear!

This quick way of searching and temporarily highlighting words in a passage can be very useful in the observation phase of Bible study. Sometimes it reveals themes or repeated subjects such as joygospel, and service in Philippians.

However, please note a couple observations:

  • The same lemma in different contexts may have different meanings.
  • Just because lemmas may share the same root does not automatically imply those lemmas share similar meanings.

Use this post to help with observation, but always move into the interpretation phase of Bible study to answer the questions raised during observation.

For more Logos training, be sure to check out the new Camp Logos 1.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Louisville, Kentucky and Dallas, Texas.

Get the Latest Faithlife News, Right in Your Software

faithlife-today-logoStay on top of the latest Faithlife news with Faithlife Today, a new video series dedicated to bringing you exciting updates and exclusive content.

Each weekday morning, you can find a new episode to start your day! You’ll get powerful insights, biblical inspiration, exclusive interviews, and more.

And if you have Logos 6, you’re already getting Faithlife Today on your software’s homepage—check for a new episode when you fire up your software for the day.

In this episode, you’ll get an exclusive interview with Dr. Bryan Chapell about his new book, and you’ll learn to use Logos 6’s Visual Copy tool with Todd Bishop:

 
Find today’s episode on your software’s homepage or in your Logos app, or check out all the videos at Today.Faithlife.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to get new videos in your inbox!

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BibleTech to Showcase Logos 6’s Innovations

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To create Logos 6, developers, scholars, and linguists all pitched in to solve problems, leverage data, and prepare the software for other cultures. And many of them will be presenting their most innovative work at this year’s BibleTech conference.

Here are four speakers you’ll hear from at BibleTech:

  1. Factbook is one of Logos 6’s most popular tools. Software developer Tom Philpot will talk about some of the critical challenges our development team faced in implementing it, and he’ll discuss the future of this exciting feature.
  2. Sean Boisen’s talk, “Seeing the Big Picture: Visualizing the Bible Data,” will discuss the ways that Logos datasets can be visually explored. He describes it like this:

    For many people, Bible study is about closely and carefully reading small portions of the biblical text. But growing quantities of Bible data, together with data visualization techniques, are creating new opportunities to literally ‘see the big picture’ of the Bible. These approaches uncover larger patterns that can both provide insight and direct personal study. This presentation will review the many datasets that Logos has developed and demonstrate how they offer new ways to visualize the Bible.

  3. Dr. Steve Runge, scholar-in-residence of High Definition Commentary fame, will discuss low-tech tools and strategies that can improve and simplify grammatical analysis and prevent Bible scholars from being overwhelmed by too much detail from advanced original-language databases.
  4. Rick Brannan made a tremendous contribution to the datasets in Logos 6. He’ll be speaking on the localization of these datasets—you’ll get a unique perspective on the information you use daily in your software.

Come hear these and 22 other riveting talks about the intersection of the Bible and technology at BibleTech.

There are only a few tickets still available: reserve your spot today!

Why You Should Get These 3 Expanded Series

We’ve recently expanded and compiled three new series—and until April 2, you can take more than 33% off each of these collections!

Get commentaries on Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, critical studies on Paul’s writings, and introductions to the philosophical background of modern theological conversation—all at steep discounts.

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