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Liam & Abi Maguire | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Apr 29 2019 10:10 AM

Hi all, 

I'm going to be doing a selection of talks on the life of Moses in a few weeks time. Having never really used Logos to prepare character studies before, I'd welcome any tips, ideas, layouts, resources, etc. 

Let me know your thoughts, Liam

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Bill Shewmaker | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 29 2019 11:03 AM

Liam Maguire:

Hi all, 

I'm going to be doing a selection of talks on the life of Moses in a few weeks time. Having never really used Logos to prepare character studies before, I'd welcome any tips, ideas, layouts, resources, etc. 

Let me know your thoughts, Liam

Hi Liam, there are several resources available in Logos, but the easiest would be to go to the Factbook and look up someone, such as Moses, and then record every verse where he is referred to. (One of my paper library books says to "Get inside their mind and find out what makes them 'tick'.) Learn their traits, mannerisms, etc. I did a very quick search through the Factbook (on Moses) and found quite a lot of material from which to begin a character study. It listed his family ties, leadership roles, etc.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 29 2019 1:22 PM

I have a collection called Bible Character Studies which is made up of all my resources that I've tagged with BibleChar. Within that collection I filtered those that mention Moses in the title or description, and these are the resources I came up with. Of course the Bible itself would be your primary resource, but supplementary material can help in preparing talks or classes.

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Bill Shewmaker | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 30 2019 7:25 AM

Rosie, would you mind sharing your collection rule for Bible Characters and what you use to define the tag of BibleChar? Thank you.

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Hamilton Ramos | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 30 2019 1:12 PM

One way you can go about finding ideas related to a character, is to do a media search:

In the case above an interesting diagram came up in a journal tying a field of meaning with metaphor of Moses.

You can probably find other interesting angles that will better suit the thrust you want to communicate about the character.

Hope this helps.

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Matt Hamrick | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 30 2019 1:36 PM

The Men of Character series by Gene Getz. Good starting point anyway.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 30 2019 4:55 PM

Bill Shewmaker:

Rosie, would you mind sharing your collection rule for Bible Characters and what you use to define the tag of BibleChar? Thank you.

My rule is simply mytag:BibleChar.

I've sporadically tagged books that I determined to be largely made up of biographies of Bible characters, either a whole bunch of them, or an entire book about one character. I have no methodology for how I did that. Just whenever I noticed such a book that got added to my library with a new purchase, I tagged it. I couldn't possibly help you tag your library that way, but I can post the list of books that are in my collection, and you can see if you own many of these and tag them BibleChar yourself.

Anderson, Clive. Face2Face with Sennacherib: Encounterng Assyria’s Great and Terrifying Ruler. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2007.

Barber, Wayne A., Eddie Rasnake, and Richard L. Shepherd. Learning Life Principles from the Kings of the Old Testament. Following God Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1998.

Barber, Wayne A., Eddie Rasnake, and Richard L. Shepherd. Learning Life Principles from the New Testament Men of Faith. Following God Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1999.

Barber, Wayne A., Eddie Rasnake, and Richard L. Shepherd. Learning Life Principles from the Women of the Bible, Book One. Following God Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1999.

Barber, Wayne A., Eddie Rasnake, and Richard L. Shepherd. Learning Life Principles from the Women of the Bible, Book Two. Following God Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2002.

Barber, Wayne A., Eddie Rasnake, and Richard L. Shepherd. Life Principles from the Prophets of the Old Testament. Following God Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1999.

Barber, Wayne A., Eddie Rasnake, and Richard L. Shepherd. The Leader’s Guidebook: Life Principles from the Women of the Bible—Book One. Following God Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2001.

Barber, Wayne A., Eddie Rasnake, and Richard L. Shepherd. The Leader’s Guidebook: Life Principles from the Women of the Bible—Book Two. Following God Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2002.

Bentley, Michael. Face2Face with David: Encountering the Man after God’s Heart. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Vol. 1. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2006.

Bentley, Michael. Face2Face with David: Encountering the Man after God’s Heart. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Vol. 2. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2007.

Blunt, Henry. Lectures on the History of Abraham and Jacob. Philadelphia: Hooker and Agnew, 1841.

Bockmuehl, Markus. Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory: The New Testament Apostle in the Early Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012.

Branch, Robin Gallaher. Jeroboam’s Wife: The Enduring Contributions of the Old Testament’s Least-Known Women. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.

Brown, Derek R., Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, and Matthew M. Whitehead. Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose. Edited by Michael R. Grigoni. Studies in Faithful Living. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2013.

Brown, Derek R., Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, and Wendy Widder. Jacob: Discerning God’s Presence. Edited by John D. Barry. Studies in Faithful Living. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2013.

Bruce, F. F. Paul: Apostle of the Free Spirit. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 1977.

Brueggemann, Walter. David’s Truth: In Israel’s Imagination and Memory. Second Edition. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2002.

Bulter, John G. Daniel: The Man of Loyalty. Vol. Number Twenty-One. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 2007.

Butler, John G. Abraham: The Father of the Jews. Vol. Number Nine. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1993.

Butler, John G. David: The King of Israel. Vol. Number Fifteen. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1998.

Butler, John G. Elijah: The Prophet of Confrontation. Vol. Number Three. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1994.

Butler, John G. Elisha: The Miracle Prophet. Vol. Number Four. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1994.

Butler, John G. Gideon: The Mighty Man of Valor. Vol. Number Five. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1992.

Butler, John G. Heroes: The Biography of Faith (Hebrews 11). Vol. Number Twenty-Seven. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 2008.

Butler, John G. Hezekiah: The King of Survival. Vol. Number Eighteen. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1999.

Butler, John G. Isaac: The Promised Son. Vol. Number Twenty-Five. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 2008.

Butler, John G. Jacob: The Sower and Reaper. Vol. Number Seventeen. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1999.

Butler, John G. Job: The Suffering Saint. Vol. Number Twenty-Four. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 2008.

Butler, John G. John the Baptist: The Herald of Christ. Vol. Number Seven. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1992.

Butler, John G. Jonah: The Parochial Prophet. Vol. Number Two. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1994.

Butler, John G. Joseph: The Patriarch of Character. Vol. Number One. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1993.

Butler, John G. Joshua: The Conqueror of Canaan. Vol. Number Thirteen. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1996.

Butler, John G. Lot: The Worldly Christian. Vol. Number Ten. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1994.

Butler, John G. Mordecai: The Defender of the Jews. Vol. Number Nineteen. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1999.

Butler, John G. Moses: The Emancipator of Israel. Vol. Number Twelve. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1996.

Butler, John G. Nehemiah: The Wall Builder. Vol. Number Sixteen. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1998.

Butler, John G. Noah: The Ark Builder. Vol. Number Twenty-Three. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 2007.

Butler, John G. Paul: The Missionary Apostle. Vol. Number Eleven. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1995.

Butler, John G. Peter: The Illustrious Disciple. Vol. Number Eight. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1993.

Butler, John G. Ruth: The Ancestress of Christ. Vol. Number Twenty. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1999.

Butler, John G. Samson: The Weak Strong Man. Vol. Number Six. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1992.

Butler, John G. Samuel: The Prophet of Transition. Vol. Number Fourteen. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1997.

Butler, John G. Saul: The Rejected King. Vol. Number Twenty-Six. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 2008.

Butler, John G. Solomon: The King of Splendor. Vol. Number Twenty-Two. Bible Biography Series. Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 2007.

Cheeseman, John. Elijah: Man of Fire, Man of Faith. People in the Bible. Leominster: Day One, 2011.

Coats, George W. Moses: Heroic Man, Man of God. Vol. 57. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1988.

Comfort, Philip, and Walter A. Elwell. The Complete Book of Who’s Who in the Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2004.

Cumming, John. The Last of the Patriarchs; Or, Lessons from the Life of Joseph. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1856.

Dale, Robert. Barnabas: A Good Man, Full of Faith. People in the Bible. Leominster, UK: Day One Publications, 2007.

Davies, Philip R. First Person: Essays in Biblical Autobiography. Vol. 81. The Biblical Seminar. London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002.

De Haan, M. R. Adventures in Faith: Studies in the Life of Abraham. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1996.

De Haan, M. R. Daniel the Prophet. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1995.

Edwards, Brian H. Saul and Sons: Decline and Fallout in the Family of Israel’s First King. Leominster: Day One, 2010.

Ellsworth, Roger. Face2Face with Daniel: Encountering the Jerusalem Exile Living in a Babylon World. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2010.

Ellsworth, Roger. Face2Face with Joseph: Encountering the Man Who Saved His People. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2011.

Ellsworth, Roger. Face2Face with Samuel: Encountering the King-Maker. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2006.

Ellsworth, Roger. Face2Face with Simon Peter: Encountering the Preacher at Pentecost. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2007.

Farrar, Frederic William. The Life and Work of St. Paul. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1902.

Gardner, Paul Douglas. New International Encyclopedia of Bible Characters: The Complete Who’s Who in the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2001.

Gilmore, John. The Trials of Christ. Fearn, UK: Christian Focus Publications, 2001.

Got Questions Ministries. Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2002–2013.

Grady, J. Lee, and Margaret Feinberg. Fearless Daughters of the Bible: What You Can Learn from 22 Women Who Challenged Tradition, Fought Injustice and Dared to Lead. Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen, 2012.

Grigoni, Michael R., Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, and Matthew M. Whitehead. Abraham: Following God’s Promise. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012.

Hastings, James, ed. The Greater Men and Women of the Bible: Adam–Joseph. Edinburg: T&T Clark, 1913.

Hastings, James, ed. The Greater Men and Women of the Bible: Hezekiah-Malachi. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1915.

Hastings, James, ed. The Greater Men and Women of the Bible: Mary–Simon. Edinburg: T&T Clark, 1915.

Hastings, James, ed. The Greater Men and Women of the Bible: Moses-Samson. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1914.

Hastings, James, ed. The Greater Men and Women of the Bible: Ruth–Naaman. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1914.

Hastings, James, ed. The Greater Men and Women of the Bible: St. Luke-Titus. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1916.

Hughes, Chris. Face2Face with Ezra: Encountering God’s Revival Man. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2011.

Hughes, Chris. Face2Face with Rahab: Encountering the Woman Snatched from Destruction. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2008.

Jones, Colin D. Samson: Man of Strength, Man of Weakness. People in the Bible. Leominster, UK: Day One Publications, 2007.

Jones, Julia. Face2Face with Tamar, Bathsheba, and Tamar: Encountering Three Women with Messed-Up Lives. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2008.

Jordan, James B. Primeval Saints: Studies in the Patriarchs of Genesis. Moscow, ID.: Canon Press, 2001.

Krummacher, F.W. Elijah the Tishbite, 1880.

Lindsey, Scott with Lexham Press. Joseph: Understanding God’s Purpose: Videos. Studies in Faithful Living. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2013.

MacArthur, John F. In the Footsteps of Faith: Lessons from the Lives of Great Men. Electronic ed. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1998.

Mackintosh, C. H. The Call of God, or Reflections on the Characters of Abraham and Lot: Genesis XII–XXII. New York: Loizeaux Brothers, 1945.

Mandel, David. The Ultimate Who’s Who in the Bible. Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos, 2007.

Meyer, F.B. (Frederick Brotherton). Moses: Servant of God, 1893.

Meyer, F.B. Abraham, or the Obedience of Faith. F.H. Revell Co., 1890.

Meyer, F.B. Elijah and the Secret of His Power. Fleming H. Revell Company, 1890.

Moody, D. L. Bible Characters. New York; Chicago; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell, 1888.

Moody, D. L. Men of the Bible. Chicago; New York; Toronto: Fleming H. Revell, 1898.

Owens, Virginia Stem. Daughters of Eve: Seeing Ourselves in Women of the Bible. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2007.

Picirilli, Robert E. Paul the Apostle. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1986.

Pink, Arthur Walkington. Gleanings from Elisha His Life and Miracles. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2005.

Pink, Arthur Walkington. The Life of David. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2005.

Rasnake, Eddie, Richard L. Shepherd, and Wayne A. Barber. Learning Life Principles from the Personalities of the Old Testament. Following God Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1998.

Richards, Larry. Every Man in the Bible. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1999.

Richards, Sue Poorman, and Larry Richards. Every Woman in the Bible. Nashville, TN: T. Nelson Publishers, 1999.

Robertson, A. T. Epochs in the Life of Paul: A Study of Development in Paul’s Career. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1909.

Robinson, Simon J. Face2Face with Elijah: Encountering Elijah the Fiery Prophet. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2006.

Ryken, Philip Graham. King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011.

Spurgeon, Charles H., and Chas. T. Cook. Men and Women of the New Testament. Electronic ed. Logos Library System; Pulpit Legends; Bible Sermon Series. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000.

Spurgeon, Charles H., and Chas. T. Cook. Men and Women of the Old Testament: Sermons by C.H. Spurgeon. Electronic edition. Logos Library System; Pulpit Legends. Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 1995.

Stalker, James. The Life of St. Paul. New York: American tract society, 1888.

Tabletalk Magazine, August 1997: Counting on God: The Faith of Abraham. Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries, 1997.

Varner, William. The Chariot of Israel: Exploits of the Prophet Elijah. 1st ed. West Collingswood, NJ: Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, 1984.

Wheeler, Andrew. Face2Face with Judas: Encountering the Betrayer of Jesus. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2010.

Whyte, Alexander. Bible Characters: Adam to Achan. Edinburgh; London: Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier, n.d.

Whyte, Alexander. Bible Characters: Ahithophel to Nehemiah. Edinburgh; London: Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier, n.d.

Whyte, Alexander. Bible Characters: Gideon to Absalom. Edinburgh; London: Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier, n.d.

Whyte, Alexander. Bible Characters: Joseph and Mary to James, The Lord’s Brother. Edinburgh; London: Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier, n.d.

Whyte, Alexander. Bible Characters: Our Lord’s Characters. Edinburgh; London: Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier, 1905.

Whyte, Alexander. Bible Characters: Stephen to Timothy. Edinburgh; London: Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier, 1901.

Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Obedient. “Be” Commentary Series. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1991.

Wiersbe, Warren W. Bible Personalities: A Treasury of Insights for Personal Growth and Ministry. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2005.

Winter, Jim. Face2Face with Elisha: Encountering the Messenger of Salvation. Edited by Simon J. Robinson. Face2Face Series. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2008.

Witherington, Ben, III. What Have They Done with Jesus?: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History—Why We Can Trust the Bible. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006.

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Hamilton Ramos | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 1 2019 6:23 AM

Not sure if you are acquainted with the following article:

https://blog.logos.com/2014/06/how-do-you-use-logos-dave-moser/

Out of curiosity, I did a search in the application collection for Moses, and was surprised that many good hits were obtained.

In the resource "Every man in the Bible", there is a good summary related to Moses' life and work:

Searching in such way, seems to be an ok way to get ideas for your organizing of the material.

For framework: IAW Kay Arthur's inductive method: LIFE, CHARACTER AND LIFESTYLE.

Old ISBE has a nice framework for analyzing character: Religious beliefs, morality, personal traits.

Then you have John Maxwell insights on character (quote follows):

"I believe it boils down to four elements: (1) self-discipline, (2) core values, (3) a sense of identity, and (4) integrity"

Maxwell, J. C. (2007). Talent is never enough: discover the choices that will take you beyond your talent. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Kind Regards.

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Bill Shewmaker | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 1 2019 7:20 AM

Thank you Rosie. I was able to tag several of these resources in my library...and added several to my wish list.

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Liam & Abi Maguire | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, May 1 2019 11:09 PM

So many wonderful answers here. Thank you all for your help. Blessings, Liam

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 2 2019 5:47 AM

The suggestion I would make is to be careful not to impress on the stories a significance they were not intended to have. So the first question on Moses, for instance, would be "why is the story told?" What role does his character play in the entire narrative in view of its overarching purpose?

A couple things to keep in mind: (1) Unlike Greco-Roman biography, OT narratives focus on fewer traits and often the same ones (dis/obedience; un/righteousness, etc.); (2) Hebrew Narrative tends to stick to the essential and is thus highly selective and partial with regard to other traits: Nabal was rich and foolish, Abigail was beautiful and wise, Bathsheba was beautiful, Leah had weak eyes, Isaac loved game meat. If Moses' anger is mentioned, is it to focus on his character or is it because it plays an essential role in events which themselves are essential to the overarching purpose of the whole narrative? (3) If you have time to do so, you might be interested in reading Philo's and Josephus' renditions of the story of Moses. It is an interesting study of contrasts. 

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Liam & Abi Maguire | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, May 2 2019 11:05 PM

Francis:

The suggestion I would make is to be careful not to impress on the stories a significance they were not intended to have. So the first question on Moses, for instance, would be "why is the story told?" What role does his character play in the entire narrative in view of its overarching purpose?

A couple things to keep in mind: (1) Unlike Greco-Roman biography, OT narratives focus on fewer traits and often the same ones (dis/obedience; un/righteousness, etc.); (2) Hebrew Narrative tends to stick to the essential and is thus highly selective and partial with regard to other traits: Nabal was rich and foolish, Abigail was beautiful and wise, Bathsheba was beautiful, Leah had weak eyes, Isaac loved game meat. If Moses' anger is mentioned, is it to focus on his character or is it because it plays an essential role in events which themselves are essential to the overarching purpose of the whole narrative? (3) If you have time to do so, you might be interested in reading Philo's and Josephus' renditions of the story of Moses. It is an interesting study of contrasts. 

Great points and a great reminder, Thanks, Francis. 

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Darren Broadhurst | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, May 3 2019 6:24 AM

Logos 8 has a workflow called 'biblical person study', if you are an L8 user then you could try that.

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