Logos 7 Buyers' Guide, Part 2: Starter

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Aug 25 2016 7:09 AM

Begin with the introduction…

Starter ($294.95, or $145+membership)

Starter is the only package that doesn't include the full set of Logos tools when you buy it outright. You will get the full tools with membership, but I don't recommend that because Bronze with membership is only $35 more. Starter includes several English Bibles (though it's missing the NKJV and GNT), reverse interlinears, lectionaries, devotionals, maps, images, interactive resources, and a handful of dictionaries — including the 4-volume Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible [$139.99], a few older one-volume commentaries and a MobileEd course. Tools include only limited Bible Word Study, Passage Guide and Exegetical Guide functionality. It's very light on lexicons and commentaries.

Suitable for: Those looking for an entry-level package, who aren't working with the original languages.

Also available:

Verdict:

As you'd expect, Starter provides the best balance, and BEB is a big advantage. But if you prefer simple commentaries to dictionaries, then Anglican Starter is a better bet. If you want a set of more academic NT commentaries, then consider Methodist and Weslyan Starter. Neither Baptist Starter nor Lutheran Starter have much to offer those not 100% committed to those traditions. Pentecostal & Charismatic Starter has very little to offer in the way of Bible study, but if you want some fairly simple books from that tradition, it might be worthwhile. Reformed Starter is good for Reformed Systematic Theologies, but again doesn't have much for actual Bible Study.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 25 2016 7:12 AM

I'm assuming that your Logos 7 Buyers' guide is not intended to ever include the Catholic and Orthodox package lines?

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 25 2016 7:28 AM

SineNomine:

I'm assuming that your Logos 7 Buyers' guide is not intended to ever include the Catholic and Orthodox package lines?

Correct (and SDA, too). The full version (which will end up on my website) will say:

The guide below is aimed particular at those I know best — students, preachers and academics within the evangelical tradition, so bear that in mind as I assess the value of the various packages. I don't know Catholicism, SDA or Orthodoxy well enough to comment on them (although these comments from Devin Roza may help Catholics).

I've now added that to the introductory post.

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 25 2016 8:33 AM

Perhaps I'm just slow this morning, but can you explain how getting 7 Starter will add to my current package in general? (I currently have Verbum 6 Foundations if that makes a difference from the other Logos packages)

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 25 2016 9:13 AM

David Wanat:

Perhaps I'm just slow this morning, but can you explain how getting 7 Starter will add to my current package in general? (I currently have Verbum 6 Foundations if that makes a difference from the other Logos packages)

If you visit the webpage (https://www.logos.com/product/81146/starter) and select "New to You" down the page, you'll see add the additions listed. I'm afraid I can't remember exactly what was in Verbum 6 Foundations to know which resources you would gain.

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 25 2016 9:34 AM

Mark Barnes:

David Wanat:

Perhaps I'm just slow this morning, but can you explain how getting 7 Starter will add to my current package in general? (I currently have Verbum 6 Foundations if that makes a difference from the other Logos packages)

If you visit the webpage (https://www.logos.com/product/81146/starter) and select "New to You" down the page, you'll see add the additions listed. I'm afraid I can't remember exactly what was in Verbum 6 Foundations to know which resources you would gain.

Ah thanks. I did not have access to this link when I first posted the question (it would send be back to the Verbum 7 start page)

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Gary Seddon | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 28 2016 6:34 AM

These buyer's guides are fantastic, Mark. Such a servant heart! 

I tried looking through the differences between packages myself and didn't get very far. Very time consuming.

Looking forward to the rest of the guide! Smile

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Virgil Buttram | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 4 2016 5:04 AM

Mark Barnes:

Correct (and SDA, too). The full version (which will end up on my website) will say:

The guide below is aimed particular at those I know best — students, preachers and academics within the evangelical tradition, so bear that in mind as I assess the value of the various packages. I don't know Catholicism, SDA or Orthodoxy well enough to comment on them (although these comments from Devin Roza may help Catholics).

I've now added that to the introductory post.

As a non-Catholic, I find his comments to be quite helpful. Thanks for pointing to them as part of your own work.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 7 2016 10:01 AM

As Americans say, "I bet ya a betcha" that when you get to Platinum the one leading the best resources will be the Methodist/Wesleyan BP 👍 And I'm not even from that tradition.

DAL

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Gary Seddon | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 10 2017 6:25 PM

Hello Mark!

Sorry to resurrect this thread, but was wondering if you are still planning on working on your buyer's guide? No worries if not! Just find it very helpful! ;)

Gary

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