Dr. Dana Harris & Dr. Keith Reeves – Pursuing Advanced Degrees and Discerning One’s Calling

Dr. Dana Harris, Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, and Dr. Keith Reeves, Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at Azusa Pacific University, discuss the question of pursuing advanced academic degrees in the current market, and examine the theology of work and vocation and discerning one’s calling.

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Back to School: A Workflow – Part 4

For the past few weeks, I’ve shared how to organize your library, ways to use the guides, and how to utilize word lists and visual filters.  Now, it’s time to work on a sentence diagram. Logos makes this easy with its Sentence Diagramming Tool:

  • Select the Documents menu.
  • Open the Sentence Diagramming tool.
  • Click, “Insert Passage” and load the verse or passage.

Today I’m going to illustrate with 1 John 4:7.

Displaying interlinear text

Logos provides an interlinear function with the alternative (English) text above or below the Greek. To access the options as shown below click the Display drop down menu and choose your preferred display.


Join and separate compound subjects

Some subjects contain two parts (article and noun) . In these cases, select the words you’d like to include and click Join. If you accidentally combine the wrong words, there’s a button right next to it marked “Separate.”

Using the drawing tool

As you can see in the screenshot below, I’m almost done with my diagram. Unfortunately, I like to put the vocatives on a separate line, introducing the main line verb. If at any point in time you need a line that is not readily available in the predefined list, you can simply use the “Draw” tool to create your own, custom lines.


And with that, I’ve finished my diagram for 1 John 4:7. You can download my diagram here.


The importance of sentence diagramming

The beauty of sentence diagramming is that it helps simplify complex thoughts. The tree can be followed along any branch and still provide a coherent sentence. For example, the following statements can be traced from the sentence diagram above.

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God.”

“Beloved, let us love one another, because everyone loving is born of God.”

“Beloved, let us love one another, because everyone loving knows God.”

Immediately, this sentence diagram has helped highlight the main proposition of the verse and illuminated the three supporting points. From here, a teaching or preaching outline is only a step away.

Main Proposition: Christians should love one another.

Supporting Point 1: Because love is from God.

Supporting Point 2: Because our love shows that we are born of God.

Supporting Point 3: Because our love shows that we know God.

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K. Scott Oliphint Teaches Covenantal Apologetics for Logos Mobile Ed

Since its 2013 debut, Dr. Oliphint’s book Covenantal Apologetics has impacted countless readers, equipping and emboldening them to share and defend their faith. Recently K. Scott Oliphint spent a week in Bellingham filming two Logos Mobile Education courses on this same topic, making the valuable content available to you in an exciting and accessible format.

Learn more about AP120 and AP121, Introducing Covenantal Apologetics I & II.

These two courses are included in the Mobile Ed: Apologetics Bundle (4 courses) alongside Jim Belcher’s AP211 Show and Tell: Apologetics in the Postmodern Culture/Context and Carl F. Ellis Jr.’s AP221 Apologetics in an Urban Context. Together, these courses will help train you for your ministry of apologetics, whether it’s professional or personal.

As with any Mobile Ed courses, you will get enriched transcripts in Logos alongside high-quality video lessons directed right at you—no back-of-the-classroom camcorder, no distractions. This is a new way to learn and it links every word the instructors utter to the rest of your Logos library for endless learning opportunities.

For a limited time, save 40% by pre-ordering the Mobile Ed: Apologetics Bundle (4 courses). Get it now, before the price goes up!

And don’t miss the Mobile Ed podcast with K. Scott Oliphint, in which he shares remarkable stories of his time with renowned apologist Cornelius Van Til. Check out the podcast here.

Dr. Paul Ferris—Dealing with Pain and Suffering

Dr. Paul Wayne Ferris Jr., Professor of Hebrew Bible at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, discusses the changing trends in ministry, as well as how to deal with people experiencing pain and suffering.

What is Mobile Ed?

Logos Mobile Education is different from any other form of education—it is created to work seamlessly with your Logos software to equip you with the biblical and theological training you need to further your ministry. Lecture videos and their enriched transcripts can live side-by-side on your PC as you read along, or you can watch the videos on your mobile device wherever you are. Courses cover a wide variety of topics, with more being filmed every week.

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Back to School: A Workflow – Part 3

Finding repeated terms

Many of you have utilized Documents.Logos.com to download my Greek Discourse markup. But what if your school/professor requires a different system? Or what if you want to create your own system entirely? Today, we are going to look at how to bring out the salient features of the text with color-coding. Fortunately, Logos 5 provides several features to allow quick and painless visual creations.

First, examine which words are used frequently:

  • Open up the software, go to Documents and select Word List.
  • Click “Add” and select “Add lemmas from SBLGNT.”
  • Type “1 John” into the box.

A  list will quickly populate, that you can sort by frequency, as shown in the picture below.

Screenshot 2014-10-13 14.26.22 A quick scroll through the standard articles, stative verbs, personal pronouns, prepositions, etc. reveals some of the key elements. This study will focus on the following lemmas: ἀγαπάω and κόσμος.

Creating a Visual Filter

Second, open up a search window. You can do this by clicking the magnifying glass.  I have mine set to search “All Morph Text in All Passages in The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition with Logos Greek Morphology.”

  • Copy and paste the lemma from the word list into the search box.
  • Click on the result from the dropdown menu, and hit enter. Resulting in a list that compiles all the occurrences of love with the root ἀγαπάω in the entire GNT.
  • Select the button marked “Filter” in order to create a new visual filter with the appropriate morphological search.

Once your filter has been created, you can save it. You can see in the screenshot that I have saved my first filter “1 John Theme Highlighting” and then repeated the process for additional lemmas. For example, cognate nouns should be included for certain verbs in order to provide a more accurate picture. Depending on your exact search, you may need to repeat the process several times.

Screenshot 2014-10-13 15.48.51With the proper filters in place you can select different colors in order to pull out particular words. In the example, we have chosen pink for “love” and blue for “world.” Additionally, I have turned off my Greek Discourse Visual Filter. Now, with the highlights in place, we return to the Greek text with a clear picture of topics for the various sections. For example, it appears that John primarily discusses “the world” in 4:1-6. Compare this to 4:7-12, wherein his primary focus is “love.” In this same way, the conclusion to John’s First Epistle is striking, because 5:6-21 contains only one mention of “world” and no references to “love”. This is, of course, just a starting point. My thematic visual markup is now currently available on Documents.Logos.com.  I encourage you to add additional elements as you continue your study.

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Shipping Soon: the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible

Over the past several years, scholars havelexham-discourse-hebrew-bible-bundle overwhelmingly embraced the findings of discourse grammar. Whether in its Hebrew or Greek format, many works on discourse grammar in the past decade have advanced our understanding of the original text of the Bible. Logos Bible Software has been on the front-lines of scholarship in this area, providing works from top scholars to help you better grasp the meaning of the Hebrew and Greek text.

A few years ago, we released the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible. This resource, created by Steve Runge and Joshua Westbury, was a massive undertaking—seeking to visually present the discourse and communicative functions of the Hebrew text of the entire Old Testament. For those who do not know the Hebrew language, Runge and Westbury compiled the most useful discourse devices annotated in the Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible and marked them in the text of the ESV.

However, because of the magnitude of the project, we would not have been able to ship the entire resource for a number of years. To avoid this, we shipped only the parts that were completed so that those who wanted to take advantage of the resources that were finished could do so. This left only a few books of the OT out of the resource.

After many years of hard labor, we are now ready to ship the remainder of the product to our customers. If you already own this product, you do not have to do anything. Upon opening your Logos Bible Software, the rest of this product will automatically download. Everyone who downloads this product going forward will download the completed product.

Since this project has grown in the past few years, we are raising the price of this bundle to $249.95. If you already purchased this product in the past, you will not pay the additional cost. You will get the rest of the product on the 24th with no extra charge. However, if you have not placed an order for this product yet, you can still take advantage of the lower price of $219.95 until we ship the rest of this product on the 24th.

The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible is a great leap forward in the study of the OT. The Lexham Discourse Hebrew Bible identifies discourse markers and performs complex discourse analysis of the entire Old Testament quickly, easily, and accurately, making it one of the most advanced tools for studying the Hebrew text. Make sure to pick this product up for $219.95 before the price goes up on the 24th.

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Romans 7 and the Question of Audience

Where do you stand in the investigation of the Roman audience? Understanding the composition of the audience at Rome helps us to understand the intented theological meaning behind Paul’s word choices. There is a lot of debate around the question of audience, thanks to Paul’s hint in 7:1: “for I am speaking to men who know the law.” But what does that tell us about Paul’s audience? Is he writing to a Jewish audience in Rome?the-romans-collection

R.C. Sproul thinks not. “This has caused some to think that Paul is writing to Jewish believers. But I don’t think so. I think he is assuming that his general readers at the church at Rome, even those who have been converted from the Gentile world, would have some understanding of Old Testament law, because people who converted to Christ were instructed in Old Testament history.” (Sproul, The Gospel of God: Exposition of Romans)

Robert Mounce, in the New American Commentary series, seems to think it’s a reference to the basic, fundamental character of “law” rather than a reference to Mosiac legislation. “They were acquainted with the basic precepts of legal jurisdiction. They understood what law was all about.” (Mounce, R. New American Commentary: Romans)

A rich source of scholarship, Cranfield’s commentary in the International Critical Commentary series, takes this investigation even further. His footnotes abound with citations listing who is on which side of the argument; but his sources are somewhat dated (the work was edited in 1975). But for Cranfield himself, the interpretation of “law” at 7:1 isn’t good enough to form a strong argument for a predominantly Jewish audience. “Neither the constant engagement with the OT to be seen throughout the epistle nor the use of the words γινώσκουσιν γὰρ νόμον λαλῶ (7:1) proves that Paul was writing to a predominantly Jewish-Christian church; for the OT was the Bible of the Gentile, as well as the Jewish, Christian…” (Cranfield, C.E.B., A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, Volume 1)

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Finding the Trinity in the OT

When studying the Trinity, it makes sense to start with the New Testament and the words of Jesus in passages like Matthew 28:19 and John 15:26. But what about the Old Testament? Was the idea of a Trinity or Godhead ever mentioned? Was it heretical, as it is in Judaism today?

These questions get more interesting when you consider Judaism’s monotheistic beliefs. “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deut. 6:4; JPS Tanakh) is the first line of the Shema, a prayer recited by Jews every day. This brings up another question. How could Jews in the early church believe Jesus was God if they grew up with monotheism—being taught there was only one God in heaven?

In this video segment, Hebrew Bible and Semitic language scholar Dr. Michael Heiser explains that before Jesus came, Jews did believe in the idea of a Godhead.

Dr. Heiser continues this lesson in the rest of his Mobile Ed course OT291 The Jewish Trinity: How the Old Testament Reveals the Christian Godhead. It’s the ideal course for those teaching or studying the doctrine of the Trinity and provides excellent content for conversations with Jewish friends.

Watch additional clips and learn more at Logos.com.

Dr. Victor Ezigbo—Systematic and Contextual Theology

Dr. Victor Ezigbo, Associate Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, discusses systematic and contextual theology and what each approach lends to Christology. He also gives an explanation of his ethnographic studies.

What is Mobile Ed?

Logos Mobile Education is different from any other form of education—it is created to work seamlessly with your Logos software to equip you with the biblical and theological training you need to further your ministry. Lecture videos and their enriched transcripts can live side-by-side on your PC as you read along, or you can watch the videos on your mobile device wherever you are. Courses cover a wide variety of topics, with more being filmed every week.

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Back to School: A Workflow – Part 2

It’s clear that fall has come and that means school is definitely upon us! Fortunately, Logos saves incredible amounts of time when studying Scripture. If you missed my first post on setting up your library, be sure to check that out as well. As I mentioned last time, I’m working through 1 John. Once I’ve translated the appropriate section, I then begin looking for exegetical clues. In Logos, we can use the guides for this purpose.

Using the Exegetical Guide

The Exegetical Guide quickly opens numerous references that provide clarity for a difficult passage. Today, I’m looking into 1 John 2:18. Some unique elements are present here, but Exegetical Guide takes them one by one.
First of all, there is a textual variant. The question is whether the text should read, “You have heard that antichrist is coming.” or “You have heard that the Antichrist is coming.”Screenshot 2014-10-07 15.22.34
nestle-aland-greek-new-testament-28th-edition-with-critical-apparatusFortunately, I’ve got the apparatuses loaded. I’m not looking for anything too in-depth and the Apparatus for the Greek New Testament: SBL Edition fits the bill. This is included with the free Greek New Testament. Of course, if you’d like to go into more detail, the NA28 is your best bet, which is shipping from Pre-pub next week! Pre-order it today for an incredible discount.

Next, I’m going to look through the word-by-word section. Screenshot 2014-10-07 15.40.59 Here, I gain quick access to the important words in the verse. I see several important words, but what I’m really looking for is a larger explanation of “antichrist”. This gives me quick access to the Bible Word Study.Screenshot 2014-10-07 16.21.10Here, the senses gives me the information that an “antichrist” is not merely someone who is opposed to Christ, but one “who sets himself in the place of Christ; especially implying the usurping of Christ and his position.” With that information, I’m off to look at the commentaries.

Using the Passage Guide

Here, I see my top commentaries loaded first, because of how it prioritizes my library. This way, I can quickly open them side by side and skim through my resources. Screenshot 2014-10-07 15.45.55Understanding the Bible commentary series, one of the incredible resources we highlighted during Back-to-School gives me the information that both “the last hour” and “the antichrists” “are drawn from Jewish eschatology.” Georg Strecker’s commentary in the Hermeneia series highlights those concept’s presence in apocalyptic literature as well as the early references found in the patristics. Further study leads me to the idea that Polycarp was either directly impacted by the author of 1 John or, at the very least, subscribed to the Johannine school.

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In conclusion, Logos brings your resources together for a high level of study in a short amount of time. When you connect the most powerful bible study software with the best resources, the text comes alive. Next week, I’ll be looking at using other tools in Logos for more in-depth study. If you’re interested in sentence diagramming, color coding, and custom notes, then you won’t want to miss the third and final post. If you’ve followed our blog, you know that this year’s back-to-school sale is over, but there’s still a chance to save! The Academic discount program provides incredible savings year round. Apply today!