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Logos 6 Review: Powerful, Practical, Perfect!

Caleb Breakey - Thursday, October 23, 2014


Logos 6 is here—and it doesn't disappoint ... even for a novice like me. 

See, I've been around Logos and used it for a long time. But when it comes to using the full scope of its powerful study engine, well, I still consider myself a newbie. Whether this describes you or not, the rest of this post will give you a glimpse of what to expect in Logos 6 (doesn't matter if you're a novice, intermediate, or expert user of Logos). 


(NOTE: I should mention that, just by reading this post, you are eligible for a 15% discount on all Logos purchases here). 


First, let's start with what others are saying about this powerful, practical Bible study software: 










These testimonials alone were enough to convince me that any person wanting to study the Bible more in depth must start with Logos. If that describes you, consider jumping on over to Logos's website and poke around. As mentioned before, you'll get 15% if you choose to buy anything because you read this post. 


Now, for those of you who are really into the deets, let's hit them nice and clearly here. 

LOGOS 6 BRONZE BREAKDOWN


Resources (books): 507

What’s new: Factbook, Cultural Concepts, Atlas (only one set of maps), Narrative Character Maps, Interlinear Explorers, Before & After, Koine Greek Pronunciation tool, Lexham Theological Workbook, Lexham Glossary of Literary Types, Bietzel Photo Library, Logos Stock Media, Logos Media Archive, Faithlife Study Bible Media, Lexicon Alignment

*All of the following features and resources are available in Bronze. Starred (***) features and resources are only available in Bronze and higher base packages. Bronze denominational base packages include the same features as listed below with different books.

Features:

1. Ask the Author
2. Atlas (first set of maps)***
3. Cultural Concepts***
4. Collections Section
5. Community Tags
6. Everything Search
7. Factbook***
8. Faithlife Groups
9. Hide Chapter and Verse
10. Inline Search
11. Journal Section
12. Media Search
14. Send to Kindle
15. Visual Copy
16. Smart Search
17. Wikipedia
18. Lexicon Alignment ***
18. Updated features:
a. Updated context menu
b. Updated notes
c. Updated reading plans
d. Updated Timeline***

Key L5 and L4 Tools: Timeline, Preaching Themes, Sermon Starter, biblical people, places, and things

Datasets:

1. User Tagging
2. Lexham Cultural Ontology Dataset***
3. Lexham Cultural Ontology Supplemental Data***
4. Web Images Index
5. Factbook/Biographies***
6. Factbook/Bible Book Guides***
7. Logos 6 Maps, vol. 1 (English) ***
8. Unified Annotation Vocabulary
9. Koine Greek Pronunciation***
10. Inline Search
11. Grid-Based Morphology Search***
12. Entity Pronunciations
13. Lemma Lists
14. Literary Type***
15. Lexicon Reformatting***

Interactive Media:

1. Virtual Tours: Narrative Character Maps***
2. Converters: Weights & Measures Converter
3. Converters: Numeric Converter
4. Converters: Text Converter
5. Bible Background: Canon Comparison
6. Bible Background: Biblical Event Navigator
7. Bible Background: Israelite Feasts and Sacrifices
8. Bible Background: Ancient Inscriptions
9. Interactive Infographics: Infographics from the Faithlife Study Bible
10. Interactive Infographics: Bible People Visual Timeline
11. Interactive Infographics: Counting the 10 Commandments
12. Before and After: Ancient and Modern Biblical Archaeological Sites***
13. Slide Decks: Interlinear Explorer***
14. Slide Decks: Reverse Interlinear Explorer***

Lexham Resources:

1. Lexham Bible Dictionary
2. Lexham Theological Wordbook***
3. Lexham Glossary of Theology
4. DIY Bible Study
5. Lexham Glossary of Literary Types***

Media Collections:

1. Beitzel Photo Library***
2. Logos Stock Media***
3. Logos Media Archive***
4. Faithlife Study Bible Media***
5. Lexham Bible Background Slides

Key Resources:


• 27 Bibles (15 not included in Starter, like NIV, NKJV, ASV, and Geneva Bible)
• First package with critical and exegetical commentaries, like:
o Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament (10 vols.)
o Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures (63 vols.)
• Reference works:
o Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
o Theological Lexicon of the Old and New Testament
o Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament

Before we jump into what Logos 6 Silver looks like, check out some screen shots and features from the new 6. 



Logos 6 Silver Breakdown


Resources (books): 697

What’s new: Ancient Literature tool, Semantic Roles/Case Frames, better Atlas (2 volumes of maps), Propositional Flow Outline tool, Preaching Theme Slides, The Cultural Context of the Bible slides, artifacts from the British Museum, Lexham Semantic Outlines Glossary, new interactive language tools: Morphology Charts, Hebrew Cantillation Structural Diagrams, Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors, and all Media Collections

*All of the following features and resources are available in Silver. Starred (***) features and resources are only available in Silver and higher base packages. Silver denominational base packages include the same features as listed below with different books.

Features:

1. Ancient Literature tool***
2. Ask the Author
3. Atlas (2 volumes) ***
4. Clause Participants Section***
5. Collection Section
6. Community Tags
7. Everything Search
8. Factbook
9. Faithlife Groups
10. Hide Chapter and Verse
11. Inline Search
12. Journal Section
13. Media Search
14. Propositional Flow Outline***
15. Send to Kindle
16. Visual Copy
17. Smart Search
18. Wikipedia
19. Lexicon Alignment
19. Updated features:
a. Updated context menu
b. Updated notes
c. Updated reading plans
d. Updated Timeline

Datasets:

1. Ancient Literature***
2. Semantic Roles and Case Frames: SBLGNT***
3. Semantic Roles and Case Frames: LHB***
4. User Tagging
5. Lexham Cultural Ontology Dataset
6. Lexham Cultural Ontology Supplemental Data
7. Web Images Index
8. Factbook/Biographies
9. Factbook/Bible Book Guides
10. Logos 6 Maps, vol. 1 (English)
11. Logos 6 Maps, vol. 2 (English) ***
12. Propositional Bible Outlines***
13. Unified Annotation Vocabulary
14. Koine Greek Pronunciation
15. Inline Search
16. Grid-Based Morphology Search
17. Entity Pronunciations
18. Lemma Lists
19. Literary Type
20. Lexicon Reformatting

Interactive Media:

1. Virtual Tours: Narrative Character Maps
2. Converters: Weights & Measures Converter
3. Converters: Numeric Converter
4. Converters: Text Converter
5. Bible Background: Canon Comparison
6. Bible Background: Biblical Event Navigator
7. Bible Background: Israelite Feasts and Sacrifices
8. Bible Background: Ancient Inscriptions
9. Interactive Infographics: Infographics from the Faithlife Study Bible
10. Interactive Infographics: Bible People Visual Timeline
11. Interactive Infographics: Counting the 10 Commandments
12. Before and After: Ancient and Modern Biblical Archaeological Sites
13. Language Tools: Morphology Charts***
14. Language Tools: Hebrew Cantillation Structural Diagrams***
15. Language Tools: Greek Alphabet Tutor***
16. Language Tools: Hebrew Alphabet Tutor***
17. Slide Decks: Interlinear Explorer
18. Slide Decks: Reverse Interlinear Explorer
19. Slide Decks: Who Killed Goliath ??
20. Slide Decks: Days of Creation ??

Media Collections:

1. Beitzel Photo Library
2. Artifacts from the British Museum***
3. Preaching Theme Slide Art***
4. Logos Stock Media
5. Logos Media Archive
6. Faithlife Study Bible Media
7. Lexham Bible Background Slides
8. The Cultural Context of the Bible (Formerly called, “deSilva Teaching Slides”) ***

Lexham Resources:

1. Lexham Bible Dictionary
2. Lexham Theological Wordbook
3. Lexham Glossary of Theology
4. DIY Bible Study
5. Lexham Glossary of Literary Types
6. Lexham Semantic Outlines Glossary***

Key Resources:

• The New American Commentary Series (41 vols.)
• Lenski’s Commentary on the New Testament, and Calvin’s Commentaries (46 vols.)
• Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
• Intermediate Greek–English Lexicon
• Early Church Fathers (37 vols.)

Now, more screenshots and features from Logos 6 before we get to Gold. 






Logos 6 Gold Breakdown


Resources (books): 1,034

What’s new: Textual Variants tool, Lexham Textual Notes on the Bible, Online Textual Variants Manuscripts, Facsimile Resources (Books.Logos.com), all of the Atlas maps (3 volumes), Psalm browser (called “Form and Structure of the Psalms” in the software), Proverbs browser (called “Proverbs in the Hebrew Bible” in the software), Lexham Glossary of Semantic Roles, Sense Section

*All of the following features and resources are available in Gold. Starred (***) features and resources are only available in Gold and higher base packages. Gold denominational base packages include the same features as listed below with different books.

Features:

1. Ancient Literature
2. Ask the Author
3. Atlas (includes all 3 volumes)***
4. Clause Participants Section
5. Collections Section
6. Community Tags
7. Everything Search
8. Factbook
9. Faithlife Groups
10. Hide Chapter and Verse
11. Inline Search
12. Journal Section
13. Label Entry
14. Media Search
16. Propositional Flow Outline
17. Sense Section***
18. Send to Kindle
19. Visual Copy
20. Smart Search
21. Textual Variants***
22. Wikipedia
23. Lexicon Alignment
24. Updated features:
a. Updated context menu
b. Updated notes
c. Updated reading plans
d. Updated Timeline

Key L4 and L5 features: includes all features and datasets (i.e. Bible Sense Lexicon, Timeline, Sermon Starter, etc.)

Datasets:

1. Ancient Literature
2. Semantic Roles and Case Frames: SBLGNT
3. Semantic Roles and Case Frames: LHB
4. Lexham Textual Notes on the Bible***
5. Online Textual Variants Manuscripts ***
6. User Tagging
7. Lexham Cultural Ontology Dataset
8. Lexham Cultural Ontology Supplemental Data
9. Web Images Index
10. Facsimile Resources***
11. Factbook/Biographies
12. Factbook/Bible Book Guides
13. Logos 6 Maps, vol. 1 (English)
14. Logos 6 Maps, vol. 2 (English)
15. Logos 6 Maps, vol. 3 (English)***
16. Propositional Bible Outlines
17. Unified Annotation Vocabulary
18. Koine Greek Pronunciation
19. Inline Search
20. Grid-Based Morphology Search
21. Entity Pronunciations
22. Lemma Lists
23. Literary Type
24. Lexicon Reformatting

Interactive Media:

1. Textual Analysis Tools: Form and Structure of the Psalms (Psalms Browser) ***
2. Textual Analysis Tools: Proverbs in the Hebrew Bible (Proverbs Browser) ***
3. Virtual Tours: Narrative Character Maps
4. Converters: Weights & Measures Converter
5. Converters: Numeric Converter
6. Converters: Text Converter
7. Bible Background: Canon Comparison
8. Bible Background: Biblical Event Navigator
9. Bible Background: Israelite Feasts and Sacrifices
10. Bible Background: Ancient Inscriptions
11. Interactive Infographics: Infographics from the Faithlife Study Bible
12. Interactive Infographics: Bible People Visual Timeline
13. Interactive Infographics: Counting the 10 Commandments
14. Before and After: Ancient and Modern Biblical Archaeological Sites
15. Language Tools: Morphology Charts
16. Language Tools: Hebrew Cantillation Structural Diagrams
17. Language Tools: Greek Alphabet Tutor
18. Language Tools: Hebrew Alphabet Tutor
19. Slide Decks: Interlinear Explorer
20. Slide Decks: Reverse Interlinear Explorer
21. Slide Decks: Who Killed Goliath ??
22. Slide Decks: Days of Creation ??

Media Collections:

1. Beitzel Photo Library
2. Artifacts from the British Museum
3. Preaching Theme Slide Art
4. Logos Stock Media
5. Logos Media Archive
6. Faithlife Study Bible Media
7. Lexham Bible Background Slides
8. The Cultural Context of the Bible (Formerly called, “deSilva Teaching Slides”)

Lexham Resources:

1. Lexham Bible Dictionary
2. Lexham Theological Wordbook
3. Lexham Glossary of Theology
4. DIY Bible Study
5. Lexham Glossary of Literary Types
6. Lexham Glossary of Semantic Roles***
7. Lexham Semantic Outlines Glossary

Key Resources:

• Black’s New Testament Commentary (13 vols.)
• The New International Greek Testament Commentary (13 vols.)
• The United Bible Societies’ New Testament Handbook Series (20 vols.)
• Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT) (10 vols.)
• Pillar New Testament Commentary (15 vols.)
• The Complete Spurgeon Sermon Collection (63 vols.)

Now, final screenshots and features: 




As you dive into Logos 6, be sure to try out Atlas, Factbook, Visual Copy, Passage Analysis, and lots of other tools. Work through the Passage Guide and Word Study Guide like in previous versions of Logos, but look for new features. Create personal documents as you study the Psalms. Enjoy playing with audio and visuals in different tools. 

Much grace and peace to all. I hope this helps you as you either begin your journey into this revolutionary Bible study software, or continue digging deeper from whatever version you had before Logos 6. 

For the King,
Caleb






 
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