Testing Logos 8: Library Organization and Commentaries #Logos8

Logos 8 has made library organization so much better than previous versions. If my foremost frustration with Logos 7 was the busy homepage, my next frustration was a library that felt cluttered. No longer!

If I want to find all my commentaries on the Gospel of Luke it’s as simple as opening my library…

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As you can see, it’s already divided up nicely, so I’ll go straight to Bible Commentary > Subject (Bible N.T.) > Luke (of which I have 11 commentaries):

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Also, Logos 8 added commentaries from The New American Commentary series, the Pillar series, and The IVP series. That’s always a nice bundle for far less than I’d pay if I bought the hard copies.

Upcoming Lecture at The SoL Center (San Antonio): The Meaning of Christmas

Next week Christmas comes early at The SoL Center where I’ll be giving a lecture titled ‘The Meaning of Christmas: What Divine Birth Meant in the Ancient World’ on Thursday, November 8th, from 7-9 PM. This is the course description:

To some early Christians, Jesus of Nazareth did not have a human father, because he was conceived by a virgin through the power of God (Holy Spirit). Is this claim unique? In fact, no, as there were other important figures from the ancient world who were said to have been born of a god, figures including Caesar Augustus, the philosopher Plato, and the
Buddha. In this course we will ask why it was that Christians found it important to claim that Jesus had a divine birth, and what such a claim meant in antiquity.

To register ($15), click here.

Testing Logos 8: Workflow #Logos8

The second neat, new feature for Logos 8 is the Workflow. In Workflow you can choose from a variety of options including a basic Bible study, a character study, a passage study, etc. The example I’ll share is from a Character Study on St. Peter. Here’s the flow:

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As you can see, I begin with my tools that allow me to research St. Peter, which include key events in this character’s narrative-life:

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Or, I can jump to key passages where Peter is mentioned, look up Peter’s name(s) in Greek, and access the dictionaries in my library:

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Along the way I can take notes that will save for later and store within my workflow. When I want to resume my study, I return to this particular workflow and it’s all there for me. If I wanted to share my findings on social media, I can do that as well.

This feature is quite helpful for those like me who teach. I imagine pastors, youth pastors, etc., can benefit from it as well as it helps create concise lessons on characters, passages, etc.

Testing Logos 8: The New Dashboard

I was offered a chance to test-drive the new Logos 8, so I’ll be saying a few things about it here on this blog over the next few days. Let me begin with the easiest observation I can make: the dashboard is much improved. Honestly, I was a bit frustrated with how busy the dashboard had become on Logos, but now I have complete control, and as you can see, I’m a minimalist:

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I’ve created easy access to a couple of lectionaries, the Faithlife Study Bible, and then Hebrew, Greek, and Passage Study. If I want to add more I can click that little plus sign within a circle above the Study Bible tab and do so. Some options include adding a Course, a reading plan, a daily devotional, or even a prayer list. Being able to move around smoothly and simply is a major upgrade.

To Q or not to Q


It's not really a question that keeps me up at night, and I'm not terribly sure where I land (though in my thesis I presumed the existence of Q), but I do find it interesting that the two men I can call Doktovater land on complete opposite sides of the debate. Two years ago, Craig A. Evans defended the existence of Q in The Synoptic Problem: Four Views and this year David Wenham's new book From Good News to Gospels: What Did the First Christians Say About Jesus? appears to deny it (according to Long's review).