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!

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