Monday, September 13, 2010

Why Logos?

I know many of you recently have heard me talk about Logos software. I am usually not one to advertise other's products on my blog, Facebook, twitter, etc., however, this one product is one of my greatest helps to the study of God's Word. Here are some of the questions that I am routinely asked that has partially prompted me to write a post concerning this subject:

  • What is your opinion of the best Bible software on the market?
  • Is there a really good Bible app for the iPhone?
  • What Greek language helps are there on the market?
  • What do you spend most of your time studying in preparation for teaching or preaching?
Let me try to answer each one of these briefly. First, to the question of the best Bible software on the market, I would have to answer Logos Bible Software. I used to be a big fan of the PC Study Bible, however, in seminary I was introduced to Logos and life has never been the same. In my opinion there is no comparison between the products. Logos will allow you to search every book in your Logos library (you can have thousands of books consisting of Commentaries, Bible Dictionaries, Bibles, and others) and link all of the search results to the Bible passage you are studying. As you move through the Scripture, the results move with you. It is absolutely incredible! You can search your entire library in just seconds.

Second, is there a really good Bible app for the iPhone? The answer is Logos. It is a free app, but if you own the Logos Bible Software version 4 then most of your library comes with you on the iPhone. The app is also for the iPod Touch and the iPad. You just have to overcome the feeling of people thinking you are text messaging while you are sitting in the services. 

Third, what Greek language computer helps are available? Logos offers the Greek and Hebrew texts (depending on the level your purchase) and has the ability to present, not only the Strong's Numbers, but a complete reverse interlinear against the English text! To me this has become one of the greatest tools for understanding the original language of the Scripture. It walks me through the grammar, tense, and other language difficulties that I have. I don't know any other software that currently does this. 

Finally, what do you spend most of your time studying when preparing to preach or teach? The first answer is the Bible. I always start with God's Word in print in front of me when I am studying. Second, I have my laptop open with Logos Bible Software running. Not only do I have all of the commentaries open but I also have Greek or Hebrew open as well as any other supporting information found within the Logos library. I can compare translations as well as understand the historical and grammatical context of the Scripture. 

I say all of this as a help to others. If I did not love and use the product, I would not back the product. But let me also say that it is a learning curve. Out of the box will require some time to really tap into the power this software has to offer. Don't worry though, the website has a ton of training videos to help you through the process. The software runs on Mac, PC (a beefy one I might add), and the devices listed earlier in this post. As a matter of fact the company is in the process of releasing version 4 to the Mac community as of this writing. 

If you want to know more information you can check out their website at http://www.logos.com. If you are really interested, make sure you understand what you get in each different level. Information can be found on the comparisons page.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 NKJV

Have fun studying!
Doug Johnson
www.dougjohnson.net

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