I love books. Stop by my house and you’ll see bookcase after bookcase filled with volumes. And maybe you’re like me: a dedicated bibliophile. But today, I’d like to share three things that changed the way I read books forever, using our Free Book of the Month, Esther from the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series.
Find source material quickly
When you read a book in Logos, it’s easy to find the sources the author used in his or her research. A great example is found in Dr. Tomasino’s commentary on Esther 2:10. Tomasino notes the distinct difference between the exiles in Daniel and those portrayed in Esther:
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, too, stand firm in their principles, even when they are threatened with a horrible death (Dan 2). Compared to figures as these, Mordecai and Esther seem hardly worth of praise or emulation.
This seems to be an important element to the book of Esther, which discusses God’s relation to a people in exile. I believe it bears further study.
Fortunately, when I click the footnote, I immediately get a small pop-up window the includes an excerpt from Tomasino’s reference. But that still doesn’t quite give me the full story. When I click the reference within the pop-up window, I can open up the original article in the Bulletin for Biblical Research, “The Politics of Esther and Mordecai: Courage or Compromise?”
This kind of research allows me to find an author’s original sources. In a traditional reading environment, I would have to search through stacks of journals in a musty library. Instead, I’m only two clicks away from reading an in-depth article that furthers my understanding of this important Old Testament book.
Compare original-language texts
With the Logos edition, you can use the original languages in powerful ways. Here, we see Dr. Tomasino provides the original Hebrew text, complete with textual notes.
With Logos, I can immediately get a side-by-side comparison of the Hebrew and Greek texts. One of these valuable textual notes informs us that the LXX, or Greek Septuagint, includes an insertion in verse 20. The Jewish Scribes who translated the Masoretic text added the phrase “to fear God.” This evidences the revisionist nature of the LXX and reminds us that even ancient readers were concerned about the strange absence of God in this book.
Put concepts in context
In the commentary for Esther 3:1, I came across a mention of the Amalekites, “a nomadic people descended from Esau.” But I want more information on the Amalekites. Fortunately, Logos has the ability to search my entire library of resources.
When I run a Topic Guide, I see that I have resources including the Lexham Bible Dictionary, as well as textual searches, which allow me to comb through every occurrence in the Bible. This context is incredibly helpful before I put too much weight into a point or argument.
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