How do you use Logos 4?

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Arthur Balis | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Nov 25 2009 5:13 AM

That is, what is your top use for Logos?

I'm picking my way through the training videos now, but remain curious about other users' choices/preferences.

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Orland D. Foster | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 5:52 AM

I am not a scholar or anything other than an average joe, my primary usage is with the daily bible reading.  I have purchased the Gold package and the books give me the ability to do an instant search on the original languages of many texts that are translated differently in the different versions.  This is a great help when the "text comparison" is very different.  I also really enjoy the interlinear feature of many of the bibles.   I am overwhelmed at the amount of information that i can receive in a minute on any part of scripture that i am reading. 

Honestly, alot of times i have to turn off some of the features of the Passage guide as it all becomes too, much.  My nephew is in a christian college studying for the clergy.  He said that he has to write a 30 page paper on one of the epistles.  This will take him 120+ hrs with the books that he has checked out.   I venture to say i could have a report with more info in less than 8 hrs.   Amazing.

In my personal studies, i like the notes document function.  I have started many different subject studies and the best thing of all;  when i travel, i do not have to copy all of this stuff onto cds, or print out my reading plan to take with.   My laptop automatically updates to what i do on my desktop.   Nice.

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spitzerpl | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 6:00 AM

Arthur Balis:

That is, what is your top use for Logos?

I'm picking my way through the training videos now, but remain curious about other users' choices/preferences.

According to Damian, I only use Logos so i can answer questions on the forum. An occasional screen shot here, see what's new when updates come down the pike..that sorta thing :-)

In reality (a place I hope Damian starts visiting once in a while, I find it a good place to vacation Big Smile What a slogan....Realty: A great place to vacation!) L4 is invaluable to my sermon prep. There was a great video link that someone put together of how to layout L4 to help you study. I'm sure someone will produce it for you. I could probably benefit from following its steps myself as my layout changes drastically throughout the course of my study every week.

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Robert Pavich | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 6:07 AM

I'm also just a layman...

I primarily use Logos for everything from my daily bible reading, to answering any questions that arise...

I don't even use a paper bible anymore; except for Sunday worship....other than that...my back pack and Logos go with me whereever I go.

 

For example; I was reading about N.T. Wright and a paper written by Daniel Wallace. Dr. Wallace said that N.T. Wright was wrong in his assertion of the meaning of the phrase "Rightousness of God"....so...

fire logos up and just see if that's true or not!

here is a screen shot of the workspace I used.

Robert Pavich

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 6:12 AM

Arthur Balis:

That is, what is your top use for Logos?

I'm picking my way through the training videos now, but remain curious about other users' choices/preferences.

CheersCoffee

Art

My first inclination is to say that I use it on my computer.  Cool  But more seriously, everyone knows that I read the original texts, scholarly commentaries and other technical works.  I then take notes, notes and more notes.

P.S.:  Keep that coffee away from my computer -- I trashed two keyboards with coffee.  Crying

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יְמֵי־שְׁנוֹתֵינוּ בָהֶם שִׁבְעִים שָׁנָה וְאִם בִּגְבוּרֹת שְׁמוֹנִים שָׁנָה וְרָהְבָּם עָמָל וָאָוֶן

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Gordon M. Johnson, MDiv | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 6:58 AM

I use Logos for two things. First, I use it to prepare for sermons and Bible studies. As an assistant pastor, I have preaching responsibilities several times a month, and I teach a Sunday School class and I lead a weekly Bible study for a men's group. That amounts to about 25-35 hours (at least) of prep a week. I do all my exegesis with Logos 4, and I use it for research about a given text. For the exegesis, I've always got the NA27 and the ESV open (If the next is NT), and a few good lexicons, and maybe a syntax  or two( e.g., OpenText.org Clausal Analysis, or a Lexham resource). Then I hit the commentaries, starting with the more technical ones, then the Church Fathers and Classic commentaries and moving eventually to popular volumes.

Second, I use Logos for academic research. Depending on the paper I'm working on, I might use more of the Library features and resources (esp. the Theological Journals) or, if the paper is more exegetical I use Logos' powerful Bible study features, as explained above.

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Kenneth Neighoff | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 7:28 AM

As a pastor I use Logos to help in the preparation of semons and weekly Bible Studies. Since I bought many of the commentaries that I have in L4 in book form first, I can say that it really saves time, meaning I do not have to go to the bookshelf, pull books off, find what I am working through, then a trip back to the book shelf to put them back.

Also I use Logos to prepare lecture material to help in classes that I teach for the District in Ministerial preparation.

And as a side note- it is a lot easier to carry books with you when you travel. Now my wife and kids have more room for the stuff they need to take on vacation. Big Smile

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 8:01 AM

I have made a few videos on how I use Logos 4 here:

http://biblesoftwarenewsletter.blogspot.com/

It is an incredible tool for all types of study.

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steve clark | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 8:33 AM

Here is another video links as well (both are Great!)

http://community.logos.com/forums/t/4738.aspx

 

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Arthur Balis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 10:02 AM

Thanks for doing the video and posting the link. 

Good insights. 

art

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Pam Larson | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 11:21 AM

I'm taking a class on Matthew.  I have my laptop open during the lecture. I have my favorite Bible open in 2 windows, so I can see OT & NT at the same time when OT is quoted, and quickly pull up whatever verse the instructor wants us to turn to.   Also have my Greek NT open, so when instructor wants to know where the same word is used elsewhere I can quickly do a search. When NICOT/NT was released I was able to stop carrying my 1100 page commentary by France in my backpack. Smile  When I upgraded & found out I now had Aland's Synopsis I was able to stop carrying that book around as well.

I'm also teaching a weekly home Bible study on Mark.  I'll start by reading my favorite commentaries, and copying extracts to my notes in MSWord. I like how if they refer to the Pseudepigrapha or Dead Sea Scrolls or Josephus or Philo I can preview the link and pull up those texts. I like to highlight the places where Greek NT quotes the LXX.  I run a passage quide to see what resources I missed, and if there are any nice pictures or maps I use them.  I may add a relevant word study or topic study. I've managed to make Mark last 19 months so far but will probably finish up in a month or two. Wink

I also just read books I would otherwise read in hard copy.  Having all the links right there I get more out of my reading, since with a physical book I normally would skip looking up all the references.

 

 

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Karen Campbell | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 12:53 PM

Pam Larson:
I also just read books I would otherwise read in hard copy.  Having all the links right there I get more out of my reading, since with a physical book I normally would skip looking up all the references
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TCBlack | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 1:38 PM

I typically start the day reading my Bible and one of two devotionals. 

Then I run the passage guide I've created on my passage, work as much as I can through the original languages, usually but not always create my own translation of the passage as I move through it.

Then it's time to start on the commentaries.  I generally focus on NIC, ICC, WBC, BNTC and dig deeper into various topics or words all along the way as the pique my interest. 

Digging deeper will mean version comparisons, Exegetical guides, word studies of key or obscure words.  Some topics will find me delving into my many journals.  If I have any time left, which, sadly, I seldom do  I search the church fathers for the passage at hand to see how they've used it.

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Damian McGrath | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 5:17 PM

Philip Spitzer:
According to Damian, I only use Logos so i can answer questions on the forum.

Most unfair to pick on me like that no matter the veracity of your statement (or of my judgement)

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Steven L. Spencer | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 6:50 PM

Hi John, this is a very useful video. This is the kind of tutorial videos we need. Appreciate the time and effort you put into this and would like to encourage you to produce more. Thanks and God bless you, Steve Spencer

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Daniel Bender | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 7:25 PM

I use the Bible reading plan to read through the Bible (usually in a different version every year).

Mostly I rely on Logos for sermon preparation which for me means working with the original languages. I prefer the NIC, BECNT, WBC, NIGT, and some on the ICC commentaries. Some of the NAC commentaries are quite good as well.

When my sermons are technically finished I read commentaries by Boice and Preaching the Word Commentaries by R. Kent Hughes. Both have some great applications and illustrations. Most of the Preaching the Word Commentaries have indexes of illustrations in the back. I have found them very helpful. I always include reading theology as part of my sermon prep as well. Recently I added Charles Simeon's homiletical sermons to my library and am looking forward to checking them out.

On occasion I am asked to write a paper on an issue, topic, or quesiton some member or teacher has and the sources I have available to me have proved invaluable.

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Robert Pavich | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Nov 25 2009 7:25 PM

I second that also...valuable video John, thank you for the effort. Yes

Robert Pavich

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Lynden Williams | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 26 2009 2:33 AM

JohnFidel:

I have made a few videos on how I use Logos 4 here:

http://biblesoftwarenewsletter.blogspot.com/

It is an incredible tool for all types of study.

Nice layout John, but how did you get the two windows to cascade the way you did. In L3 I know how to drag and resize. In l4 I can only resize horizontally. Can someone post a video showing how to achieve the layout?

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Robert Pavich | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 26 2009 3:25 AM

Lynden,

you mean when he "pulled back and  chose another window from the open ones?

Robert Pavich

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John Fidel | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 26 2009 4:59 AM

Hi Lyden,

I apologize if some of the things I am doing in the video are unclear. I am having time constraint problems and feel a bit rushed making them. I will often float a panel as follows:

 

Resulting in this:

Is that what you are referring to? I learned most of the layout tricks from the videos on Logos.com/videos. Check it you if you have not already. If this is not waht you are asking, let me know and I will clarify or post another video.

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