I was recently contacted by a publicist who works for Logos Bible Software and have been offered the opportunity to gain access to review copies of certain resources if I review them, honestly, on my website. This sounds like a great deal for me.
I’ve wanted to learn more about Logos as I have a couple of friends who have it installed on their computers and I have, on several occasions, asked them to do searches for me. These searches usually involve looking for occurrences of Greek words and phrases in non-biblical literature (e.g. Philo). Soon, hopefully, I can do these searches for myself.
I’ve downloaded the basic Logos program, which is free for everyone, and I am slowly getting acquainted with how it works. A Bible dictionary, study Bible, and other resources come with the basic program. Logos also regularly offers free books and has special offers.
The first lot of books that have been “unlocked” for me is a collection of seven books published by Baker Books called “Women in the Church Collection”. As it happens, I already own three of the seven books, and another couple of them were on my wish list.
You can read the reviews of these books on the Logos website here.
I’ve been using these books when doing research for my articles and talks, as well as for university and personal study. I am loving the ease of looking up specific topics, as well as the ease of copying and pasting quotes, references, and tables. (I used, and adapted, one of the tables here.). The Köstenberger and Schreiner book was especially helpful for my recent talk on 1 Timothy 2:12; and I am loving Linda Belleville’s book and wondering why I haven’t heard of it before. It’s great.
The books in the “Women in the Church Collection” are well-chosen – six are written from an egalitarian perspective – and include:
- As Christ Submits to the Church: A Biblical Understanding of Leadership and Mutual Submission by Alan G. Padgett
- Beyond Sex Roles: What the Bible Says about a Woman’s Place in Church and Family by Gilbert Bilezikian
- Finally Feminist: A Pragmatic Christian Understanding of Gender by John G. Stackhouse Jr
- Liberating Tradition: Women’s Identity and Vocation in Christian Perspective by Kristina LaCelle-Peterson
- Women in the Church: An Analysis and Application of 1 Timothy 2:9-15, edited by complementarians A. J. Köstenberger & T. R. Schreiner
- I Suffer Not a Woman Rethinking 1 Timothy 2:11–15 in Light of Ancient Evidence by Richard Clark Kroeger and Catherine Clark Kroeger
- Women Leaders and the Church by Linda. L. Belleville
Read more about this collection here.
I’m still a novice in using the program, so if you’ve got any helpful hints, I’d love to hear about them.