commentary usage? Not sure where else to ask?

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John Foley | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Oct 19 2020 2:47 PM

Well, I have began the transition to Logos. . . . for openers i am not very happy; getting to pay for training and learning a new program, glad I have room in my schedule for all of this.

I have used some of the free training, but I have a question, when using several commentary sets in WordSearch they were under one tab, for instance the BE series (OT and NT) the Holman series (OT and NT), as well as MacArthur there were a few more I used regularly. When linked together as I would read and study all would "follow" along, is this possible with LOGOS? When setting them in shortcuts it is by individual volumes, I am not sure about anyone else but as I study and prepare it is not very linear. I chase rabbits even when studying.   

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 19 2020 2:53 PM

If now is not a good time to make the transition, why not continue to use Wordsearch until a better time? I'm serious in that it is easier to learn Logos when you aren't feeling so stressed.

For the commentaries in a single tab, see Parallel resource 

For following along, see Link Sets

For more information, keeping coming back to the forums.

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 19 2020 3:54 PM

John Foley:
when using several commentary sets in WordSearch they were under one tab

I hope I won't be undercutting MJ ... she's the expert.

But just my opinion, I suspect Logos paralleling doesn't work as good as WS does. Just guessing, judging from how many WS'ers ask about parallel. The problem in Logos, is if the parallel commentary's section doesn't quite match, pretty soon you've lost your place, and it's hard to get back.

Logos' 'MultiView' (in my opinion) is a calmer solution. The first resource (a Bible or commentary as example) acts as the leader. Any added commentaries follow, and you can explore and rabbit-trail at will, without loosing your initial place (the leader). You can also highlight, notes, and right-click as with any resource. Plus, you can have multiple Multiviews ... maybe a series of Bibles, lexicons, dictionaries, etc.  One of my favorite features.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 19 2020 4:15 PM

Denise:
I hope I won't be undercutting MJ ... she's the expert.

No expert and I usually trust Denise's opinion. She is correct that Multiview is another way of handling commentaries. https://www.logos.com/features/multiview-resources 

Why don't use it? First,  I tend to use too many commentaries for it to work well as I am fascinated by reception history i.e. how the understanding changed over time. Second, I use multiview on the Bible to show the major traditions - Critical, Masoretic, Septuagint, Targum, Dead Sea, Peshitta, Vulgate. so my multiview is already in use.

It is a perfect example of is that how you use Logos will depend upon what you own and what you want to focus on. Always keep your eyes open for ways that you might like more.

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 19 2020 4:55 PM

John Foley:

Well, I have began the transition to Logos. . . . for openers i am not very happy; getting to pay for training and learning a new program, glad I have room in my schedule for all of this.

There are some options to get training for free or at a low price:

  • Support tutorials and videos on the Logos website: https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/categories/360000675231-Logos-Training
  • Many users recently received an email with a coupon code to get two training courses for free. If you don't have it, look up the code in the "Free Logos Books" Facebook group.
  • Subscribe to the Morris Proctor emails. He does free webinars about once per month.
  • Check your price for Verbum Starter (which depends on what you already own). It contains the Verbum 360 training, which is as comprehensive as the expensive Logos training. Don't worry about the training being Catholic. The software is identical to Logos, except for the branding. Fr. Devin and Fr. Andrew are excellent teachers. My own price was only $18, if I remember right, which was worth it just for the training: https://www.logos.com/product/165454/verbum-8-starter And you'd get lots of church fathers on top.
  • Verbum 360 training is also included in the Verbum Cloud trial, which I believe is free for a whole month.

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