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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jan 2 2010 5:40 PM

Can anyone explain the journal thing to me ? Why purchase journals ? I have that Semeia journal but I never use the darn thing. What are journals and what are the benefits ?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2010 5:43 PM

Blair Laird:
What are journals and what are the benefits ?

Journals are essentially academic magazines, usually having peer-reviewed articles. They are essential for anyone doing academic-type research; useful and/or interesting to others in a highly variable way.

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2010 5:50 PM

Cool that's what I was wondering.

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Damian McGrath | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2010 5:54 PM

Blair,

If you look at the bibliography section in a technical (or scholarly) commentary) for a particular passage, you will see a huge number of journal articles referenced dedicated to particular words or concepts within the passage. Journal articles are by nature very specific and detailed....

 

 

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2010 6:03 PM

Guess your right. I checked it out on baker exegetical. Bulletins, articles, and journals....

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Adrian Frost | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2010 6:06 PM

Although I don't do academic study I find having journals available helps me to read more broadly on subjects that I might be looking at for sermons. They can be particularly useful on more contested or difficult passages as you can sometimes find articles that go into greater depth than any commentary is able to.

I first "got into" journals when I picked up the old  WEA Theological Resource Library Version 3 which comes with a bunch of copies of the Evangelical Review of Theology. From there it was pretty much a no brainer to take a look at the Theological Journal Library discs from Galaxie. I have volumes 11 and 12 and hope one day to be able to get 1 through 10.

Overall, I think I'd say that they're not essential but are handy to have. When I don't have the time to search through them all I don't feel too bad :)

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Jim VanSchoonhoven | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2010 7:57 PM

Journals are great sources for the latest information on topics and passages of scriptures and Christain trends.  Many Journals contain information that will later show up in the best reference books, but they were first presented in Journals.

Because of the searching in Logos these Journal have become more useful than ever, I first started using them for research in the 70's, if only I would have been able to search them like we can today, plus they are so much more affordable than they were in paper editions.

Logos has some good ones on their pre-pub lists.

They are one of my best resources, I use them almost daily.

In Christ,

Jim

 

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J. Morris | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2010 8:03 PM

I have had the journal collection 1-10 for years, but I have to admit, I've rarely used them.  I'd sure LOVE a user video that focus on how to get the most out of a journal collection.  If yall have any tips I'd greatly appreicate it!

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Blair Laird | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2010 8:32 PM

Jeremiah Daniel Morris:

I have had the journal collection 1-10 for years, but I have to admit, I've rarely used them.  I'd sure LOVE a user video that focus on how to get the most out of a journal collection.  If yall have any tips I'd greatly appreicate it!

That would be cool, I would very much appreciate that.

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Jeremy | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 2 2010 9:33 PM

Jeremiah Daniel Morris:

I have had the journal collection 1-10 for years, but I have to admit, I've rarely used them.  I'd sure LOVE a user video that focus on how to get the most out of a journal collection.  If yall have any tips I'd greatly appreicate it!

I would suggest making a journal collection and then using the Cited By tool. That is the best way to search through journals for a specific passage that I have seen. In L3 you could do a topic search and really narrow down a passage, word, or phrase, but Logos is working (I hope) on getting that implemented into L4.

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Rory Martin | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 20 2010 7:23 AM

Explain how to use the journals in lgos 4.  Also, how do you make a journal list for the cited by?

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 20 2010 7:37 AM

Blair, if you are evangelical, I would recommend you look into the theological journal library: http://www.logos.com/products/details/3582

Then what I do is make a journal collection and add it to my passage guide. That way it searches my journals for references to the verses I'm studying. 

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Michael McLane | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 20 2010 7:46 AM

Don't listen to all this academic high talk about great research tools and the wonderful in depth articles that you can't find anywhere else. The best thing about journals is the wonderful jump in resource count in your library! Geeked

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TCBlack | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 20 2010 8:04 AM

Michael Paul:
The best thing about journals is the wonderful jump in resource count in your library!
ROFLOL!

Hmm Sarcasm is my love language. Obviously I love you. 

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Jack Caviness | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 20 2010 8:58 AM

Jeremy:
I would suggest making a journal collection and then using the Cited By tool. That is the best way to search through journals for a specific passage that I have seen.

This is my strategy for effective use of my journals. Yes

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 20 2010 10:00 AM

While I do use them for researching specific topics I have lately been enjoying just reading them on my IPod touch. They lend themselves very well for the touch. Where most resources do not have the page numbers on the touch, the journals do as a footer for each page. Also I usually use my touch for "filler time" rather then a continuous reading plan. having one concentrated article is perfect for such occasions.

And yea, it was cool to see my Touch library count jump when the journals were posted :-)

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 20 2010 12:57 PM

themartins504:

Explain how to use the journals in lgos 4.  Also, how do you make a journal list for the cited by?

 

You can make a collection of all your journals by using the rule type:journal in the Collections tool (on the Tools menu). Click "New" first to create a new collection, give it a name (such as "Journals"), and then type in your rule. Read more about collections here: http://wiki.logos.com/Collections

A few of the issues of Semeia are still mis-typed as "monograph" so those wouldn't get picked up in type:journal. You can ensure that those are included by changing the rule to type:journal OR title:Semeia.

Once you have the collection created, it can be used in several ways:

1) You can search in it. Suppose you're doing some research on the meaning of marriage and betrothal rituals in Old Testament times, specifically as they relate to the book of Ruth. You've got a pretty good idea from some of your Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, but you want to dig deeper, and hopefully find something that will explain the significance of Ruth's action in Ru 3:7. In the Search tab, you can select the collection "Journals" to search through (click where it says "Entire Library" and type in the name of your collection and select that from the list box), and then search for words that might likely find articles of interest. If you put a Scripture reference in angle brackets in the search box (<Ru 3:7>) you will find articles that discuss that verse even if the reference Ru 3:7 doesn't appear exactly that way (could be within a longer range of verses, for example). I just found a very interesting article doing that search, in issue 42 of Semeia (the them of the entire issue was "Reasoning with the Foxes: Female Wit in a World of Male Power") titled "Out of the Shadows" and it specifically focuses on three women who challenged patriarchal norms (the male would normally take the initiative in that society) so it was very enlightening on Ruth and Naomi.

The thing about journal articles is they can be very specific and you might just luck out and hit on an article that covers exactly the thing you're interested in researching. The more journals you have to search through, the more likely you will be to find articles that pertain to what you're studying. Commentaries will often distill some of the nuggets of insight from journals into a brief explanation that goes along with a particular scripture passage, but journal articles can be more up-to-date and include more recent archaeological findings, etc. They can cover a whole range of passages that relate to a given topic, and they tend to be more in-depth.

Most of the base collections do not include any journals (Semeia is only in Gold and above), so you might not actually have any in your library. Logos does offer quite a number of them, though, to suit most theological perspectives and aims.

Here is the catalogue of all the journals and magazines Logos sells: http://www.logos.com/journals

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