Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you know that Logos Bible software is on the VERY short list of premier bible software packages that exist. Sure you can use the free stuff, or the cheaper stuff, and if all you want to do is to read a passage in a public domain bible, using a public domain commentary, then you’re probably good…BUT if you want to really study the word of God, to really get DEEP…then you have to see this…
Yes…the wait is over…Logos V4 is here!
Bible Study for Everyone
You probably think that an ultra powerful bible study package like Logos is overkill for the layman, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Logos 4 is robust enough for seasoned pastors and scholars, but accessible to Bible students of all levels. With its powerful, intuitive tools, Logos 4 gets you into the Word. Whether you’re preparing for next Sunday’s sermon, working on your dissertation, or having your daily devotional time, Logos 4 is the tool for the task.
For example: When you launch Logos V4 you are greeted with the following Homepage:
As you can see; it’s laid out like a newspaper. Different articles, pictures, devotional readings, excerpts from your favorite reference volumes. Click on an article and instantly be taken to that article and it’s corresponding bible passage from your favorite bible!
Once you have Logos V4 opened; there are many avenues you can go down…one way is to have Logos do all of the heavy lifting for you in their “Passage Guide.” It’s like having a tireless research assistant at your beck and call…check this out:
The guide is set to: Matthew 8:5-13; the account of Jesus and the Centurion. In this particular screen shot you are seeing JUST the commentaries and Biblical Places section of the guide; there are many more. For example; while reading Ephesians 6 about the armor of God, click on the “Biblical Things” section of the passage guide and get this:
Amazing isn’t it?
How about if you’re more a “hands on” type of person? You like to “do it yourself?” Well you can. For instance; you can open two different Greek / English translations and compare them side by side:
Notice that not only do you see how each version has translated the same Greek word, you have direct access to parsing information, and Strong’s numbers.
Is your Greek and Hebrew a little rusty? No problem…just right-click and choose Bible Word Study and this is what you get:
Notice that now you have access to your favorite Lexicons, Grammars, and as you can see from the graphic, you can see at a glance how a word has been translated; the larger the color, the more common the rendering from the original language!
How about the history and culture surrounding your passage? Well with V4 you have access to a whole host of contextual resources like “Biblical People”
Each node is clickable to supply you with loads of information on the person being studied.
Also, you can study the geography relevant to your passage:
All maps are clickable with hyperlinked information pertaining to your passage.
Here is a real life example. This is a screen shot of a recent study that I did on the phrase “The righteousness of God.” I set up Logos as follows:
Highlighters on the left, search results next, then an “Exegetical Guide,” and then my text on the right.
If you look close you can see that my search took less than half a second! it took much longer to type the word in than it did to return the results!
Notice also that the results are aligned and easy to understand and process. You can see all of the references to God that Logos returned.
Notice the Exegetical guide…it parses each word in your verse and gives you links to your favorite Lexicons, and resources. If you look close you can also see that it will pronounce the word also..very cool!
Lastly, notice the translation that I have open; the ESV; English Standard Version, it’s one of several “Greek-English Interlinear” bibles that Logos offers, and this particular one retains the English word order. Notice the wealth of information that you get at the bottom of the ESV…the English gloss, the Greek Manuscript form, the Lemma, the Transliteration, and also the Louw-Nida information…
Man! Information overload!!
And all of this information is displayed at lightening speed! Searches in Logos v4 are FAST with many taking less than ONE SECOND!
Amazing, truly amazing.
I could go on and on for pages but I’d just like to say that Logos has outdone themselves with Version 4…they’ve taken bible study to a whole new level…check it out, click the picture below to be taken to the Logos website for a tour!