by Jason Brueckner | Mar 8, 2018 | Software
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by Jason Brueckner | Jul 24, 2014 | Software
You could say that I am just a wee bit excited about this invitation. Have you had any experience with Mac OS X Yosemite? What have you seen? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them before I dig in!
“As promised, Apple has started rolling out a public beta version of its forthcoming OS X Yosemite operating system for Mac computers and laptops. The beta build, listed by Apple as 14A299l, is a tick higher in enumeration than the fourth developer preview released on Monday, though it’s not clear whether there’s a meaningful difference between the versions or simply a designative one.” –Time Magazine
by Jason Brueckner | May 25, 2014 | Academic, Book Review, Software
Product Overview (Logos Bible Software edition)
The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis contains more than 3,000 separate articles, written by more than 200 scholars from twenty-four countries and more than one hundred academic institutions! This massive 5-volume Old Testament reference work contains articles on the theology of each individual Old Testament book, as well as discussions of biblical concepts, people, places, events, and literary pieces. Volume five contains a series of indexes: a Hebrew index, subject index, and an index of semantic fields. Taken as a whole, the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis is an unparalleled accomplishment in the field of biblical hermeneutics.
The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis is intended for serious Old Testament and exegetical study by men and women of all walks of life—both academics and pastors, students and laypersons. Volume one contains a guide to Old Testament theology and exegesis in which ten essays have been compiled to thoroughly explain proper hermeneutics and interpretation, as well as guidelines for using this source material. Volumes one through four contain a lexicon of the Old Testament. All words found in the text are ordered by Hebrew alphabetization for easy reference, and coupled with a Goodrich/Kohlenberger cross-referencing number to be used in conjunction with Strong’s numbering system. The relationship of each word in different contexts and languages is also explained, including alternative words, and the particulars of their semantic domain. All this information is, of course, complete with bibliography.
With this collection and the powerful tools of your digital library, you can perform searches faster than ever, accomplish complex research projects without flipping pages, and discover the significance and meaning of Old Testament theological concepts like never before! What’s more, references to Old Testament passages are linked to your Hebrew texts and English translations, giving you instant access to the texts discussed in each entry of the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. The Logos edition of the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis provides a unique and accessible source of information, invaluable to ministers, teachers, and anyone interested in both the study and teaching of the Bible.
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- Guide to Old Testament theology and exegesis
- Lexical dictionary
- Topical dictionary
- Hebrew index
- Index of semantic fields
Highlights & My Thoughts
I was first introduced to the New International Dictionary of the Old Testament & Exegesis (NIDOTTE) while studying at Wheaton College Graduate School. I was studying Biblical Exegesis (M.A.) and we would refer to this resource when seeking out particular nuances of ancient terms. On account of the variety of authors, the insights that NIDOTTE offers is beyond that of other dictionaries. I would argue that the greatest of aspects to highlight from this collection is not the array of scholars who contribute but the articles found at the beginning of the dictionary set. I would contest that you could be exposed to the majority of what I learned at Wheaton just by spending time reading through these articles (and you’ll still learn the models of interpretation DIRECTLY from the experts in the field, just like I did). I tell anyone interested in this series that the articles themselves are worth the price point. AND WITH THE LOGOS VERSION, I can search the entire list of articles and dictionary entries in just seconds!
For example, I remembered that Dr. John Walton wrote one of the articles on word studies but I could not remember what it was called. By specifying a particular resource to search through, I can find all the entires that Dr. Walton had a hand in creating. I can do the same for topics, Scriptures, or anything else for that matter.
While the resource is available both printed and digitally, I would encourage anyone looking to use it heavily to consider the digital version. 5,412 pages with more than 3,000 separate articles saved on your computer and fully searchable — that is the power of having the digital addition. In the image at the top of this article, I included a few other resources that I always consider when looking to understand an ancient concept (i.e., HALOT, Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary). The New International Dictionary is unique in that it unpacks words according to the articles that they provide their readers. You can read from the experts about how to use Biblical Theology to understand Old Testament concepts and then you can walk through the Hebrew word itself in its own article that contains word studies, insights from the ANE and so much more.
I’d encourage you to either add it to your Logos Bible Software wishlist or make the purchase today in order to gain more insight into the ancient world of the Hebrew language.
by Jason Brueckner | Dec 19, 2013 | Academic, Software
The Baker Academic Jesus Studies collection contains eight key volumes on the life, thought, and works of Jesus Christ. The collection provides outstanding, recent scholarship from respected contemporary scholars and theologians, among them Michael F. Bird, Darrell L. Bock, Gregory Boyd, and others. It addresses the cultural, historical, and literal contexts surrounding the Jesus of the Gospels. Cemented in Scripture, this collection is perfect if you’re interested in Christology.
The Logos Bible Software edition of the Baker Academic Jesus Studies collection is designed to encourage and stimulate your study and understanding of Jesus Christ. Scripture passages link directly to your English translations and to the original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. In addition, you can perform powerful searches by topic and find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about Jesus.
- Provides insight on a variety of Christological topics
- Includes works from some of today’s leading scholars
Individual Titles [more detailed below]
- Jesus among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels, edited by Chris Keith and Larry W. Hurtado
- A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground, by Bruce N. Fisk
- Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History, by Dale C. Allison Jr.
- Discovering Jesus in the New Testament, by Keith Warrington
- Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question, by Michael F. Bird
- The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition, by Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd
- Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels, by Darrell L. Bock
- Recovering Jesus: The Witness of the New Testament, by Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld
- Title: Baker Academic Jesus Studies
- Volumes: 8
- Pages: 3,264
Jesus Among Friends and Enemies, edited by Keith and Hurtado, focuses on literary and socio-historical approaches to new testament criticism. The journey in this collection of essays (including contributors such as Michael Bird, Richard Bauckham, and others) seeks to give readers a picture of who Jesus is by looking to those around him. “This book introduces students to the portrayals of Jesus in the Gospels of the New Testament by introducing them to the characters who surround Jesus in those narratives—his friends and enemies.” (xi)
It is innovative to ask historical questions about Jesus and the Gospels without getting caught up in the quagmire of the authenticity criteria, and this book is innovative because different authors bring different methods to the texts. And what better topic—asking what Jesus’ friends and enemies thought of him! Time and time again we are taken to the Gospels themselves to see how the narratives shape our understanding of Jesus. It is the breadth of the testimony of these narratives that makes this book sparkle
. —Scot McKnight
, New Testament Professor at Northern Seminary.
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus: Reading the Gospels on the Ground, by Bruce N. Fisk, offers a fresh and imaginative approach to Jesus studies and biblical criticism by providing a gripping fictional account of one student’s journey to the Middle East to investigate the New Testament and Jesus’ life for himself.
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jesus is a wonderful travel guide for pilgrims perplexed by the multiple maps hawked by recent scholarship. But it is also an invitation for homebound believers to join a journey of discovery to the mysterious places where history meets hope. Bruce Fisk is a wise and imaginative tour guide, and this book will open new angles of vision for readers seeking to investigate the path of Jesus
. —Richard B. Hays
, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament and Dean of the Divinity School, Duke University Divinity School.
In Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History, by D. C. Allison Jr., the author seeks to provide a more full picture of Jesus in an unusual way. Allison presents the fruit of several decades of research and contends that the standard criteria most scholars have employed—and continue to employ—for constructing the historical Jesus are of little value. Allison says the following of the pursuit for the historical Jesus, “This volume as a whole is testimony to my conviction that the means that most scholars have employed and continue to employ for constructing the historical Jesus are too flimsy to endure, or at least too flimsy for me to countenance any longer.” (x) What does he suggest as means to reconcile the process? You’ll have to dig into Allison’s discussions on Jesus the apocalyptic prophet and the Kingdom of God to find out!
In Constructing Jesus, Dale Allison’s erudite historical acumen is matched by the simple elegance of his compelling case. Rarely has reasoned judgment sounded so commonsensical. This book deserves to be one of the few to set the course for the next generation of historical-Jesus scholarship.
—Bruce W. Longenecker
, W. W. Melton Chair of Religion, Baylor University.
Discovering Jesus in the New Testament, by Keith Warrington, is a text similar to Warrington’s previous text (Discovering the Holy Spirit in the New Testament). Warrington explains his method and goal on the first page, “This book, in contrast [to Discovering the Holy Spirit], intentionally explores each NT author’s presentation of Jesus’ person and mission with reference to its commonality with that of the other nt writers and its unique contribution to the larger portrait of Jesus depicted in the NT.” (1)
With clarity and insight, Warrington takes the reader on a whirlwind journey through the multifaceted—yet complementary—presentations of Jesus found in the New Testament writings. Very few introductions to Christology can claim the balance of comprehensiveness, simplicity, and lucidity found in this volume.
—Mark L. Strauss
, professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary San Diego
Ask most any serious New Testament scholar whether Jesus knew he was the Messiah or if he knew specific what his mission entailed and you’ll no doubt receive your answer with much hesitation. Such a difficult discussion to have an Michael Bird has faced the issue head on in his text entitled, Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question.
Michael Bird tackles a question central to historical Jesus research and to understanding the development of the Christian confession: Who did Jesus say that he was? Thoroughly conversant with the extensive history of scholarship, Bird applies a rigorous critique to the dominant arguments used against attributing a messianic self-understanding to Jesus. He builds a substantial case for Jesus’ messianic self-understanding by analyzing the words explicitly spoken on this topic by or about Jesus during his earthly ministry and by examining the deeds Jesus chose to enact and the roles he would have been understood-—and would have understood himself—to embody by these deeds. Bird brings a fresh perspective and keen mind to this debate, painting a historically plausible picture of a Judean well versed in current messianic paradigms who crafted a ministry that reflected both an awareness of acting as God’s end-time agent and a particular understanding of what that agent was to accomplish. —David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary
The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition, by Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd, reevaluates the evidence that we have for the historical Jesus and compares it to what has arisen in the last 200 years.
This is one of the most important books on methodological issues in the study of Jesus and the Gospels to have appeared for a long time. It deserves to be widely read. —Richard Bauckham, emeritus professor of New Testament studies, University of St. Andrews
Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels, by Darrell Bock, is a wonderful addition to this collection for reasons beyond what you think. You’d expect a great resource on account of all that Bock has contributed to the academy thus far but Bock takes an in depth look at the Gospels, surveying their structure, setting, date and so forth. By looking at the context and setting of Christ, the portrait of Christ is restored from the Gospels.
The final piece to this master collection on Jesus is entitled Recovering Jesus: The Witness of the New Testament, by Thomas R. Yoder Neufeld. Neufeld, a professor through and through, admits outright that his text is dominated by pedagogy and not methodology. “Those wishing for a carefully argued historical reconstruction of the Jesus of history or for a literary critical study of the gospels may be frustrated. And those wishing for an explicitly faith-centered Bible study may be equally frustrated.” (9) What Recovering Jesus contributes to the discussion on the historical Jesus is that it is pluralistic – while the text walks through all of the accounts in the Gospel story, it does so comprehensively and coherently (a variety of approaches emphasized at different points).
Thomas Yoder Neufeld has provided readers with ‘the raw material and some of the skill with which to jump into the fray’ of the debates about Jesus. This highly readable book has been carefully honed through years of undergraduate teaching by a scholar who often preaches and teaches in church settings. Well informed and with enviable clarity, Neufeld presents the fruit of the best critical Jesus scholarship—hospitable for students in the pluralistic context of the university classroom. Anyone interested in the Jesus we encounter in the New Testament will turn these pages with great interest and profit.—Graham H. Twelftree, distinguished professor of New Testament, Regent University School of Divinity
What are the benefits of electronic, Logos Bible Software version?
- The absolute best aspect in going digital instead of with the tradition printed version is a point not unfamiliar to any Logos product — all of the passages of Scripture are linked up with whatever translation of Scripture you have prioritized (for me, its the ESV). I just hover over a referenced passage and there it is! The same goes for dates and subject matter that is referenced – Logos has done the hard work of linking those points to a timeline or to your favorite dictionaries.
- I’ll let you do the math and see how large that savings is if you go electronic instead of print …. !!!! 🙂
- Lastly, and I will provide a screenshot below for this, is that these resources are completely searchable. Whether you want to explore the Baker Academic Jesus Collection authors on the birth of Jesus, the crucifixion, or the messianic secret, you can do so with only a couple of clicks!
Within Logos Bible Software, I went ahead and created a “COLLECTION” that includes these eight titles. I titled it Baker Academic Jesus Collection. You’ll see the collection below in the right pane. To the left, I went ahead and did a search for “Birth Narrative” across these eight resources. I’ve done similar searches for Messianic Secret and we have the ability to be even more specific but with the screen shot alone you can see the benefit of a searchable database on both present and past discussions concerning our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I hope you enjoy the resource – let me know if you have made use of it or if you have got any questions whatsoever!
by Jason Brueckner | Nov 25, 2013 | Software
Official Product Overview
Benefit from the incredible wisdom of Charles Spurgeon, passage by passage. Spurgeon’s writings on the Bible fill dozens of volumes; his thoughts on particular passages are scattered across numerous books and sermons. This volume collects his thoughts on Galatians in a commentary format, with illustrations and applications culled from his sermons and writings.
Use Spurgeon’s application-oriented content in your sermons—it’s clearly labeled. Find great illustrations with this hand-edited and hand-curated Logos Bible Software edition, which tags illustrations with preaching themes to make them searchable in Logos’ Sermon Starter Guide. Take advantage of Charles Spurgeon’s in-depth research to better understand, apply, and illustrate the Bible.
What This Commentary Offers
The Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians makes Spurgeon’s content accessible—there’s no longer a need to comb through many volumes looking for one nugget of wisdom. Spurgeon’s writings are now curated in a format that is tied directly to the biblical text.
The commentary directs you to places where Spurgeon explicitly cites or alludes to a verse, using specialized, technology-based research to offer you the best of Spurgeon. It highlights illustration content: illustrations accompany the commentary and are tagged with preaching themes, so the preacher looking for an illustration relating to either a topic or a verse will be able to find one easily. It highlights application content: each section of Scripture includes at least one application from Spurgeon based on those verses. It saves time: reading Spurgeon for pleasure is wonderful, but preachers and teachers working under deadlines need ways to streamline their sermon preparation process. This commentary does all this by trimming the excess out of Spurgeon’s sermon archive and increasing functionality, usability, and readability. Outdated language has even been updated, making Spurgeon’s writing easier than ever to understand.
Read Spurgeon’s writings in Bible commentary format
Explore Spurgeon’s writing according to classification: exposition, illustration, and application
Leverage additional theme tagging for illustrations, making them easy to access in the Sermon Starter Guide in Logos Bible Software
Foreword by Phil Johnson, curator of The Spurgeon Archive
Title: Spurgeon Commentary: Galatians
Author: Charles Spurgeon
Editor: Elliot Ritzema
Series: Spurgeon Commentary Series
Publisher: Logos Bible Software
Publication Date: 2013
About Charles Spurgeon
Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England on June 19, 1834. He converted to Christianity in 1850 at a small Methodist chapel, to which he detoured during a snowstorm. While there, he heard a sermon on Isaiah 45:22 and was saved—“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else.” He began his own ministry of preaching and teaching immediately, and preached more than 500 sermons by the age of 20.
In 1854, at 19 years of age, Spurgeon began preaching at the New Park Street Chapel in London. He was appointed to a six-month trial position, which he requested be cut to three months should the congregation dislike his preaching. He gained instant fame, however, and the church grew from 232 members to more than 5,000 by the end of his pastorate. Throughout his ministry, Spurgeon estimated that he preached to more than 10,000,000 people. Dwight L. Moody was deeply influenced by Spurgeon’s preaching, and founded the Moody Bible Institute after seeing Spurgeon’s work at the Pastor’s College in London.
Spurgeon read six books per week during his adult life, and read Pilgrim’s Progress more than 100 times. In addition to his studying and preaching, Spurgeon also founded the Pastor’s College (now Spurgeon’s College), various orphanages and schools, mission chapels, and numerous other social institutions. Charles Spurgeon suffered from poor health throughout his life. He died on January 31, 1892, and was buried in London.
With such a large amount of material spoken by Spurgeon and so little written, it can be very difficult to discover insights on particular passages or topics from this great pastor theologian. Much of what we profess today was in some way influenced by the beliefs and convictions of this man who spent hours upon hours, day after day dedicated to the Word of the Lord. He desired for himself and all those around him to be mastered by the Master and his gift to others in making that happen was the exposition of God’s Word.
This commentary is unique. It is Spurgeon’s commentary on the book of Galatians but Spurgeon himself did not compose or “author” the text in the traditional sense. Unless I’m wrong, Spurgeon only wrote two commentaries on Scripture – and Galatians isn’t one of them. This commentary I’m surveying is a collection of either allusions or direct quotations attributed to passages found in the book of Galatians (the same for other New Testament books in the Spurgeon commentary collection). What that means is that Ritzema and his team at Logos Bible Software combed through Spurgeon’s 3,500+ sermons for direct allusions or quotations of the book of Galatians and compiled this commentary accordingly all so that we can easily get to Spurgeon’s insight on a particular passage. I wanted to highlight that process because some people have asked, “Well, I have (some of) Spurgeon’s sermons, can’t I just do a search in Logos and get the same results without having to buy new resources?” The answer, “Maybe, but I highly doubt it!” The team who completed this project are deeply soaked in the words and life of Spurgeon and are able to make much more sound judgements when it comes to what Spurgeon is referencing — I would side with this project if I was looking for an organized compilation of Spurgeon’s thoughts on a text.
I will provide an image of the commentary for you to get an idea of its layout. For anyone who understands the multiple layers that we are to go through in order to derive the meaning of a passage, I highly recommend this commentary as a reference piece (though certainly not an end in and of itself). I appreciate Spurgeon’s insight and this allows me to easily pull Scripture up alongside the thoughts of Charles Spurgeon.
by Jason Brueckner | Sep 17, 2013 | Software
A Smart Way to Study the Beginnings
The Lexham Bible Guide is your starting point for study and research. It surveys all the relevant literature on a passage and brings the summary back to you.
This guide summarizes a broad range of views on a particular passage—some you’ll agree with, some you won’t, but in all cases, views you will encounter as you critically study the text. A complete introduction to each literary unit in the Bible, the Lexham Bible Guide will bring new thoroughness to your research.
Each volume gives you the tools you need to find answers quickly. It summarizes content from books in your Logos library and organizes it in an easy-to-follow format. It gives you the direction to begin your study.
“… This is really an excellent tool. It is useful, in my view, not only for beginning students of the Bible but for those wishing to introduce various biblical texts to Sunday School classes, Bible study groups, and small group discussions. This series does a very fine job of introducing interested persons to many of the letters of Paul and divulging to them just some of the treasures contained therein. It is a series from faith to faith: by people of faith for people of faith. Consequently, unlike so many volumes published these days, they’re actually functional.” – Jim West
Jumpstart Your Research
- Find things fast. There’s no need to locate, read, and notate dozens of reference materials. Everything is in one spot. It’s concise enough to digest, but broad enough so you know everything’s covered.
- See connections. The overview format leads you to research topics you may have never read about or heard of before. This snapshot view of the text provides an ideal starting point for sermon preparation or academic research.
- Gain perspective. You’ll get an overview of all the relevant issues related to a particular biblical passage, from exegetical topics like structure and genre, to interpretive issues presented by commentators. You’ll also find links to lexicons and commentaries for word studies in Logos, plus lots of links to related literature for further study. Everything is organized and summarized in one spot—only a click away.
How It Works
The Lexham Bible Guides are complete Bible guides re-imagined for the digital age: a hybrid between a handbook-type commentary and an annotated bibliography, built on technological resources available only in Logos.
These guides are written from the ground up to take full advantage of Logos’ platform. The interconnectivity of the Lexham Bible Guides within the Logos library provides you with relevant, curated content at a click, produced by professional researchers. There’s no need to flip through pages, pore over commentaries, or search through dictionaries. You get access to the best content available—instantly.
- Combines the expert curation of a Bible guidebook with the advanced technology of Logos. It satisfies your need for a quick orientation to a passage when time is short, and it facilitates in-depth study when time allows.
- Organizes all the research on each literary unit of Scripture.
- Illuminates difficult and obscure passages, making passages more accessible for teaching or further study.
- Provides comprehensive coverage that’s easy to use and elegantly organized. It addresses both biblical and theological issues—not just one or the other.
- Annotates the differing opinions of top scholars and links you directly to their works’ most relevant passages for further reading.
The Lexham Bible Guide provides the following for each literary unit:
- Customizable media slides for use in presentations
- An introductory overview
- An outline of the unit’s structure and biblical significance
- A summary and explanation of key words, important facts, and controversial issues
- A listing and description of related literature for further study
- An application overview
- Concluding thoughts
So what are my thoughts?
In sharing my thoughts on the benefits of software product, the easiest way may be to show you how it can be used. Let’s aptly start at the beginning in hopes to shed some light on the matter (punny, I know). Let’s a look at how the Lexham Bible Guide helps us with Genesis 1.
If I open the resource up and direct it to Genesis 1, this is what we see:
We are immediately presented with a link to the pericope itself, Genesis 1:2-3 as well as a slide that we can use in tools like PowerPoint or Proclaim for presenting on the passage. We are provided with brief introductory notes on the passage before coming to a structured outline of the verses. If you would continue, you’d find that the authors have done the work of distinguishing the passage’s place in both the book of Genesis as well as in the Canon as a whole (extremely helpful!). Before we get to what I believe may be the most helpful piece of this resource, we find entries with labels such as Issues at a Glance and Starting Point to remind pastors of the hot topics (whether hotly debated or crucially important) that surround the passage.
Now to the piece of the resource that I feel may be the most helpful entry of the Lexham Bible Guide series – the blending of multiple theological views into one small section. Let’s take a look at those who have commented on the “The Genre of Genesis 1.” See the following screenshot:
With an issue as crucial as a text’s genre, it is vitally important that a pastor, professor or anybody who seeks to understand the meaning of a text wrestles with an array of “camps” or “voices.” Thanks to the Lexham Bible Guide, in a matter of mere minutes (if that), you are able to survey multiple highly respected theologians for their take on an issue. Rather than opening commentary after commentary, even within your Logos Bible Software program that is plenty fast enough, you can see a spread of opinions all at once. Not only that, but each of those citations are linked directly to the resource that they are found in and you can access that quotation if you have the resource unlocked (of course, I am developing my library and you’ll notice that most of those resources are locked).
Each of the Lexham Bible Guide resources have been intentional about surveying the “heavy-hitters” on specific topics and providing readers with an organized look at what is being said. Though there is much more to be said about these resources, I pray that this brief overview has been insightful. I would encourage you to make the Lexham Bible Guide as well as the FaithLife Study Bible your starting point for gaining insight into a specific passage.