Logos Cloud: A Review and Giveaway

Shared from Reading Acts, a snippet of this excellent review and giveaway!

I have been using Logos Bible Software since the early 1990s when I purchased a “Scholars Package.” This came on four 3.5” floppy discs and included a handful of resources. At the time, CD-ROMs were not yet standard on PCs and the average computer user had no idea what the internet was. I recall the thrill of purchasing the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon in a “facsimile” edition since it was the first serious Hebrew lexicon I had access to in the Logos Library. My Logos Library at the time was only a few megabytes, although that stretched my PC to its limits.

Obviously the power and capacity of computers have grown exponentially, and so has the Logos Library. I have upgraded my library countless times, purchased way too many pre-publication specials on classic commentaries, added numerous free (and almost free) books each month, and with the Perseus Collection I expanded my library with thousands of Greek and Latin classical texts (see my review of the Duke Papyri Collection, for example). There are large collections of books for the average Bible reader, pastors preparing to preach and teach the Bible, and for the professional scholar (for example, the “Second Temple Period Collection” from T&T Clark).  Even my own book is available in the Logos Library!

Logos books have always been available across platforms. If you purchase a book you can read it on your desktop computer, a tablet or mobile phone. Any notes or highlights made while reading a book on your iPad will be available on your desktop, and vice versa. I have always argued the iPad Logos app is the best reading environment since the books have real page numbers and downloaded books place footnotes at the bottom of the page you are currently reading. This means you are reading a “real book,” unlike other eReader apps. For example, Kindle cannot do any of this, although some books now come with real page numbers. The downside is the Logos App only works with Logos books…


Source: Logos Cloud: A Review and Giveaway

Beverly Roberts Gaventa on Romans 9-11

Shared from Biblical Studies Online, a snippet. Follow the source to view videos.


Professor Beverly Roberts Gaventa delivered the 28th Carmichael-Walling Lectures at Abilene Christian University on November 6, 2014. ACU has made available videos of the two lectures:

God’s Outsized Faithfulness to Israel: Thinking Again about Romans 9-11


Source: Beverly Roberts Gaventa on Romans 9-11

Adela Yarbro Collins on Scripture and Women in Revelation

Shared from Biblical Studies Online, a snippet. Follow the source to view videos, they’re excellent!

Professor Adela Yarbro Collins delivered the 29th Carmichael-Walling Lectures at Abilene Christian University on November 12, 2015. Videos of both lectures are available.

The book of Revelation is rich in both Scriptural allusion and symbolic imagery. The first lecture will provide an overview and critical assessment of scholarship on intertextuality in Revelation, highlighting the book’s use of Scripture. The second lecture will consider female symbols in Revelation, particularly focusing on the symbolic woman of Revelation 17 often referred to as “The Whore of Babylon.”


Source: Adela Yarbro Collins on Scripture and Women in Revelation

Benefits of a Principled Analysis of BH Prepositions

Shared from Old School Script, a snippet.


I recently received the final proof of an article accepted by Journal for Semitics. You can find a copyhere. If you’re interested in semantics, prepositions, methodology, or Biblical Hebrew, chances are you’ll enjoy reading it.

Lyle, K. (2015) “Benefits of a principled analysis of Biblical Hebrew prepositions”, Journal for Semitics24/2, 403–426.

With the publication of this article, that means I’ve had 3 articles published and one SBL presentation for the year 2015. Now before you think I’m bragging, you should know something about the nature of getting published in a peer-reviewed journal—the process from submission to final proof can take a long time.

What I’m trying to say is that in 2015 it’s not that I was particularly productive as much as it is that some mental gardening that began in 2013 finally blossomed into published pieces. I’m learning this timeframe isn’t that uncommon, but I’ll admit, it was a learning curve to catch onto—especially when some delays were just out of my hands.

My first article submission and acceptance with Hebrew Studies spoiled me. It still took about 6 months but there were no hiccups or extended delays. These last three were something of a different story. And with this most recent article, it’s a story I’m looking forward to sharing in a future post—not because of any fault of JSem but because this article went through the ringer.

Three rejections, and a final acceptance.

Yes—I submitted it 4 times (granted, with increasingly significant revisions). Some might be embarrassed by these odds but my hope is that in sharing the story future scholars preparing their first articles could learn from my experiences and have a more successful go at it the first (or second) time around.


Logos “Free Book of the Month” for January 2016 – The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus

Shared from Reading Acts, a snippet for a free resource from Logos Bible Software.


Logos Bible Software is offering an excellent book for their “Free Book of the Month” promotion, The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus by Nahum Sarna. Sarna served as the general edited of the series published by The Jewish Publication Society (with Chaim Potok as the literary editor). Sarna’s commentary on Genesis was published in 1989, Exodus appeared in 1991. From the introduction to the Commentary series:

In the last century, a new way of looking at the Bible developed. Research into the ancient Near East and its texts recreated for us the civilizations out of which the Bible emerged. In this century, there has been a revival of Jewish biblical scholarship; Israeli and American scholars, in particular, concentrating in the fields of archaeology, biblical history, Semitic languages, and the religion of Israel, have opened exciting new vistas into the world of the Scriptures. For the first time in history, we have at our disposal information and methodological tools that enable us to explore the biblical text in a way that could never have been done before. This new world of knowledge, as seen through the eyes of contemporary Jewish scholars and utilizing at the same time the insights of over twenty centuries of traditional Jewish exegesis, is now available for the first time to a general audience in The JPS Torah Commentary.

In addition to this free book, Logos is also offering an “almost free” book, the JPS Commentary on Jonah by Uriel Simon. The commentary is only $1.99 for a limited time. Logos also offers a contest to win the eleven volumes of the JPS TANAKH commentary series for your Logos library. That is a $399.95 retail value, so enter early and often.


Source: Logos “Free Book of the Month” for January 2016 – The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus

“From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, Third Edition” by Shayne J. D. Cohen

Shared from The Biblical Review, a snippet.


I would like to express my gratitude to Westminster John Knox Press for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Additionally, because the first edition was published in 1987, I will primarily focus on the newest additions, rather than repeat any old critiques.

Shaye Cohen’s third edition of his work about Jewish life from the Maccabees to the Mishnah is most valuable as an overview. Oddly enough, he offers the most poignant critiques in his third edition preface, writing that sometimes he “speaks about “jews”… where [he] would now be more careful and write “Judeans” ” (xi). He goes so far as to say that if he were to rewrite the book, “there would be no end” (xi).



Source: “From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, Third Edition” by Shayne J. D. Cohen

Convince Me There’s A God – Archaeology 29

Shared from Faith & Self Defense, a snippet.


In past studies we saw that archaeologists have discovered records of three ancient deportations of people from Judah to Babylon: 605 BC, 597 BC, and 586 BC. Daniel was taken during the first captivity in 605 BC (Daniel 1:1-7). Many scholars believe Ezekiel was taken during the second captivity in 597 BC.

One thing the Books of Daniel and Ezekiel have in common among critics is they believe both were written later than the 6th century BC. The reason for that is simple – if Daniel and Ezekiel wrote during the 6th century BC, then the accuracy of their prophecies would be formidible to their opponents. As we saw in earlier studies, the Hebrew writing in Daniel is consistent with a 6th century BC dating, similar to Ezekiel’s Hebrew. Could it be that critics oppose these findings because of their anti-supernatural bias?



Source: Convince Me There’s A God – Archaeology 29

Christmas Isn’t Over; Epiphany

Shared from Texts in Context, a snippet.


Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”. . . the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. . . .We are NOW in the 12 Days of Christmas. These are the days from Christmas Day until Epiphany.

Source: Christmas Isn’t Over; Epiphany