Using Logos Bible Software

Logos LogoI 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.

Logos women-in-the-church-collection

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.

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Posted August 8th, 2014 . Categories/Tags: Uncategorized, Women in Ministry, ,

6 comments on “Using Logos Bible Software

  1. TL says:

    This is a great opportunity for you, Marg. :)

    I have Logos also. Have several of those books in my personal library as well. I look forward to your reviews.

    • Marg says:

      I’d be interested to know what books you have found installed and found most useful, TL.

      • TL says:

        I mostly use the research books. and still learning how to study with them. But from what I can tell, there are lots of people who like to read modern books such as the ones you are reviewing.

        My Logos is updating right now. when it’s done I’ll share some of my favorites.

  2. Mark says:

    Logos is an amazing piece of software, which I highly recommend to anyone wanting to teach or simply gain a greater understanding of Scripture. The secret I have found is watch the webinars and Youtube videos etc., then it comes into its own. I will be checking your reviews.

  3. claudia says:

    Today, Via an amazing web trail through scripture, history and archaeology, I stumbled upon you – and found a new and wonderful friend. From the very warm Central Valley of California, I thank you!

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