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Various Reviews of Rick Brannan’s ‘Agrapha’

Rick posts

In early March 2013, a project I’ve been working on for awhile will see the light of day. It is a two-volume effort, providing Greek and English texts of Apocryphal Gospels as well as other Fragments and Agrapha.

I’m especially excited for this one because most of my work thus far has been translation-based without any real writing to speak of. The Introductions and Translations volume, however, is my first effort beyond article/essay length to be published. I enjoyed the research and the writing, and hope to have further opportunities to do more writing in the future.

And more.  The post is commendable and the work moreso.

Exodus: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary

The EEC on Exodus by the late Eugene Carpenter was published nearly a month ago and I wish to thank the publisher for sending along a copy of it.  My review of the volume is downloadable here.7565_002

Again, Concerning Logos 5 – What’s New?

I suppose the best way to discover what’s new in the latest incarnation of Logos is to let the developers tell you themselves.

I think it fairly important to know just what the differences between Logos 4 and Logos 5 are before one considers either an upgrade or a new acquisition. After all, if screen layout is all that changes, there’s little reason to upgrade, is there? But if there are substantive differences and those differences are features which one wishes to make use of, then an upgrade may be appropriate.

People, in short, should invest wisely in their biblical studies tools. That is, scholars and students should purchase only those materials which he or she will use sufficiently so as to garner benefit from them. And that, dear reader, is a decision that one can only make for oneself.

Even in the matter of Scripture study good stewardship is required. Given those facts, in the posts on this topic to follow, I’ll look more in-depth at the features of the new software and give you my opinion on them. More anon.

More Luther From Logos

This popped up today and I would describe it as ‘noteworthy’ or ‘remark-able’ (i.e., able to be remarked upon without hesitation) –

Martin Luther’s works are of “importance for the faith, life, and history of the Christian church.”Luther’s Works has made Martin Luther accessible to the modern reader. Concordia Publishing House has expanded Luther’s Works to include genres underrepresented in the previous existing American edition volumes, such as Luther’s sermons and disputations. These new volumes are intended to reflect both modern and sixteenth-century interests. They include annotations and introductions by the editors and various scholars. The primary basis for the translation is the comprehensive Weimar edition.

This collection presents sermons from 1539–1546 and numerous book prefaces written by Martin Luther. With Logos, you get access to these massive volumes with the power and speed of your digital library. Perform searches, create footnotes and citations, and click your way through Luther’s sermons and prefaces!

Indeed.  If you think Luther was rakish in his theological treatises you should read his Prefaces…  Yikes.  He gives the late and esteemed James Barr a run for his money as a witty and scathing commentator upon the works of others.

Adam Couturier’s Impression of Logos 5

Here.  It’s not overly long and is fairly positive.  Give it a look if you’re considering upgrading to v. 5 of Logos software.

Logos Responds

From Cliff-

Here is what you need to do.

1. Open the texts you desire (BHS, LXX, Vulgate, the Message Bible, etc.)
2. Whatever is your primary text, click the book icon in the upper left hand corner and notice the section:
Link Set: A B C D E F None
3. Click any one of the letters.
4. Now, do the same for the other text you have open, making sure that you match the Link Set you chose for your primary text.
5. Once you have done this, whenever you scroll, it now is in sync.
Fun note:
You can do this for the exegetical guide as well, thus allowing the guide to update as you move through the Hebrew, Greek, etc. I do this all the time myself.
I have attached a few picture to illustrate how this looks
Hope this helps.
Indeed it does.  Thanks.

Logos Answers

There are a few ways you can solve this.

1. Because Logos opens up to your last screen opened before you close it, this is why you are seeing Logos open up like this. You could simply close all your windows before you close the program. That will insure that Logos does not open up the way you want.

2. You can specific layouts for anything you like. This way is the way I handle situations like this.

·First, close all you windows
·Then, open the windows you want to have open
·Next, in the upper right corner of the screen you will see the dropdown menu Layouts

·Once you do that, you will see this:

·Right next to the Now, you will see a time and a little pencil next to it. Click the pencil to be able to name your layout. Notice that I have 4 already named layouts: John, Jude, Mark, etc. You can name it whatever you like.

·After you name it, it will save it as a layout that you can access at any time. But note: it will not automatically save it as you make changes. To do this you will have to update your layout. To do that, simply right click on the layout on the left and click Update to current snapshot

I hope this helps.

Clifford B. Kvidahl

Academic Product Manager
Logos Bible Software
1313 Commercial St., Bellingham WA 98225-4307
(800) 875-6467 ex. 2230
Twitter: @AcademicLogos

Yup- sure does. Thanks!

I Need Some Help, Logos User People

When I open Logos here’s the screen:

But I don’t want the panels on the right nor do I want all of those various translations opening, I simply want the (either) Hebrew or Greek text displayed.  And on the left panel I don’t want it to default to the ‘commentary’ section; I prefer that the ‘exegetical guide’ be displayed right off.  Like this: (which I can only achieve after closing all the stuff I don’t want to start with).

Is there anyone around and about who might direct me – in simple “I’m talking to a 4 year old” step by step instructions as to how to accomplish this?

Dear Logos: Yikes, Someone Went Digit Crazy!

From the welcome screen as Logos software opened a bit ago:

Granted, I’m no math whiz, but wow, I think $1000 might be wrong!  It’s not a Brill publication!   😉

Jeremiah Summarized by Calvin

John Calvin notes, in his lectures on Jeremiah, that

As ISAIAH and the other Prophets spent their labour almost in vain, nothing-remained for JEREMIAH but briefly to announce this sentence,—“There is now no pardon, but it is the time of extreme vengeance, for they have too long abused God’s forbearance, who has borne with them, kindly and even sweetly exhorted them to repent, and testified that he would be exorable and propitious, provided they returned to the right way.” Since then God’s kindness had been despised by them, it became necessary for Jeremiah to fulminate against them as men lost and in a hopeless state of perverseness. The main thing then in his teaching was this:—“It is all over with the kingdom and the priesthood; for the Jews have so often and in such various ways, and for so long a time, provoked God’s wrath and rejected the pious warnings of his servants.”

Very astute, Calvin.  Very astute.

Logos is Looking For Scholars

If you’re a Professor of any variety (tenure track, tenured, adjunct) and are interested in seeing whether or not Logos Bible software is something you might find useful, please contact Cliff Kvidahl at cliff.kvidahl@logos.com.  He’s interested in having a conversation with you.

Cliff asked if I would mind passing along the request and I’m more than pleased to do so.

This Month’s Free Book from Logos

For the month of May Logos is featuring The Godhood of God, by A. W. Pink and giving it to folk for free. In addition to the free book download, folk also have a chance to win a 40-volume collection by A. W. Pink. The link to the book is here: http://www.logos.com/free-book-of-the-month.

Hebrews: A Commentary Recommendation

The good folk at Logos have asked me to help get the word out about their publication of Ceslas Spicq’s Epistle to the Hebrews and I’m more than happy to do it.  This magnificent volume was required reading in grad school when we covered Hebrews (yes, we had to read one commentary on each book of the New Testament in our ThM Seminar on New Testament exegesis and this is the one we were assigned).

Even now, these many years later, I can remember the influence of Spicq’s work and the clarity of his thought and the insightfulness of his exegesis.  This volume (2 really) is a real ‘pearl of great price’ and I hope a new generation of scholars will come to appreciate it.  It’s certainly worthy of it.

Win a Trip to Logos Headquarters, In Washington (State)

Yup, you read that right.  Just visit right here for all the info.  Or as the kids say, all the 911.  Or is it 411?  Who cares, kids are kind of goofy so there’s no telling what they mean most of the time anyway.

Back to the topic then, go visit!  Enter.  You could show up at Rick Brannan or Cliff Kvidahl’s desk and personally get to stick your tongue out at them (which is what I plan to do if I win).

Logos is Giving Away a Free Book Every Month in 2012

Which is, you have to admit, pretty cool.  You can find the details here.

Get a free book every month of 2012, and don’t miss the monthly collection giveaway.

Thanks, Logos and BibleWorks

I try to be an ethical person.  As ethical as I can be anyway.  So I don’t use pirated stuff and I only buy software from legitimate sources and I always try to be very careful about software licenses and their proper implementation.

So, having loaded BibleWorks 9 and Logos 4 on the new desktop machine I was about to uninstall them from the laptop (because most software only permits installation on one computer).  But I decided to search the respective forums and have discovered, to my delight, that both allow installation on multiple computers so long as the user is one person.  Since I’m one person and no one else uses my computers, I think that applies!

So thanks, to both of you, for allowing the installation and operation of your tools on more than one machine.  I appreciate it.

Perseus is now Available to One and All from Logos

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Logos has finished shipping Perseus (which we had to do in many batches to meet the demand), and it is now available for download at Logos.com/Perseus.

If you missed it earlier, have just signed on to the internet for the first time, discovered that your computer does more than games, or otherwise been occupied, now’s your chance.  I recommend it.

It’s all well and good, by the way, to know that these materials are online at Perseus.  But why not take the opportunity to download them and have them locally on your own machine?  Your internet connection may not be there just when you want to do a bit of research into an obscure Greek word.

Or to say it otherwise- a Perseus in the hand is worth 2 on the web.

Perseus Classics Collection from Logos

Logos is making available the massive Perseus Classics Collection (of 1,114 volumes), for free.  And it will be available on the 30th of September.  They’ve been nice enough to make the collection available for me to take a look at a bit ahead of time and I have a few things to show you.

But first, let me point out that the entire collection is a 1.07 GB download, so you’ll need both sufficient memory on your computer and a bit better than dial-up.  You’ll also need the latest version of Logos Bible Software.

Second, once you download it (which is easy enough to do- once you ‘pre-order’ it when it’s available for you to download you’ll just open your Logos program and it will begin to download.  And if for some reason it doesn’t, you can just type ‘update now’ in the ‘command bar’ of your Logos software and the download will commence) you’ll be overwhelmed at the amount of material at your fingertips.

Once you get it installed you can search volumes by author or title:

And the entire collection takes 22 pages to list on the home page of the Logos software:

There’s a lifetime of reading here.  A lifetime and more.  My particular interest in these volumes, though, is the inclusion of the Duke Papyri.  What a useful collection this is.

So now rather than getting online and searching for resources, or traveling to Leipzig or Berlin or London to examine materials that were formerly accessible only by very few, you can simply open Logos and utilize some of the most important books ever produced.

You can easily search the Duky Papyri by simply selecting the materials from the search function:

Among the texts you can examine are such things as the ostraka in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum:

And of course the best thing is the ease with which you can search phrases or words.  For instance:

Highlight (it’s in blue) the word and right click to search the entire library.  The hits open on the right.  Then you need only expand the list by volume and there you have it.  Here’s another example:

So, supposing you want to see how some Greek word is used outside the New Testament and you don’t trust the feckless dilettante down the road who tells you that the word you want is never used outside Paul, just pick the word that piques your interest, highlight it, go to the search function and select the Duke papyri collection, and paste the word in question:


So, very, useful.  Good research requires, doesn’t it, source materials.  Too much scholarship is based on references to works that are references to works that are references to works.  Length of bibliography doesn’t guarantee accuracy, however, as sometimes mistakes are simply canonized by constant repetition.  With these tools at hand, authentic research can be done.

This collection is just simply an invaluable tool.  And it’s all free!  What’s not to like?  Thanks, Logos, for making all this available is such a useful, and searchable, format.

Logos 4.3 and The Perseus Collection

I’m glad Phil has mentioned this- though his closing paragraph provokes this response from myself:

The entire collection downloads to your hard drive. It’s a 1.07 gb file (and I know this because they’ve allowed me the privilege of downloading and accessing the materials for a ‘test drive’ before they becomes generally available on Sept. 30).

I’ll post more on it and more thoroughly about 10 days from now. Until then, suffice it to say, these materials are fantastic.

Logos 4.3 and The Perseus Collection:  3000+ Free Books Logos Bible Software has announced the addition of the Perseus Collection to their library for free. This is an amazing collection of resources and it is to Logos’ credit that they are not charging anything at all for the books. The Perseus Project has been around since 1985, bringing classic literature to the internet.  All of these books are out of copyright, most published before 1935.  For example, Martial’s Epigrammata (Wilhelm Heraeus 1925/ … Read More

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Neat Promo Video for Logos NICOT/NICNT Digital Download (Now on Sale!) (via EerdWord)

Worth sharing.

Here at Eerdmans, we are still essentially babies when it comes to creating promotional video and multimedia content. We want to learn — we’re learning really quickly — but there’s still so much we have yet to learn. That said, we’re always thrilled when our books show up in other people’s promotional videos — especially when those videos are as well done as this one by Logos Bible Software. Just look at the bookshelves sag under the weight of th … Read More

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