In two days, you’ll stand behind the pulpit and preach from John 12—the beautiful story of Mary anointing the feet of Jesus.
It’s Friday night, but Sunday’s sermon just hasn’t come together yet.
After hours of studying the text—consulting commentaries, doing word studies, and wrestling with the literary context—you’ve hit a wall. What are you missing?
There’s got to be more to this passage, and you have a hunch that it has something to do with the cultural phenomenon of anointing. You know that in the ancient world of Jesus, anointing was both profoundly important and commonplace.
If you could just access other ancient literature and biblical texts that deal with this cultural concept, you’d have a strong grasp of the significance of Mary’s anointing of Jesus.
But time is running out.
Get everything instantly with the Logos 6 Cultural Concepts tool
The Cultural Concepts tool in Logos 6 quickly reveals cultural concepts of the biblical world such as music, food, death practices, economic structures, marriage rituals—and, yes: anointing. We’ve cataloged more than 1,000 cultural concepts across 80,000 hand-labeled tags! Because the Logos team has done the research for you, contextual work that used to take hours can now be done in seconds by anyone.
Watch as I show you how this feature gathers literature on cultural concepts relevant to the text you’re studying—all in one place.
Get the resources you need
When you pull up the Cultural Concepts tool in your passage guide, Logos draws together literature from across your Logos library. Here are some resources that have been a huge help to me as I’ve investigated cultural concepts in Scripture.
- Cultural Concepts Collection—We’ve hand-tagged a slew of resources with cultural concepts—and this 20-volume collection curates the indispensable resources you didn’t know you needed until now. You’ll find everything from the Pseudepigrapha and the Dead Sea Scrolls study edition to Hallo’s and Younger’s comprehensive The Context of Scripture.
- IVP Bible Dictionaries Bundle—These eight volumes from InterVaristy Press give you nearly 9,000 pages of historical and cultural background to power the Cultural Concepts section in the Passage Guide.
- Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary—This is it: the gold standard of Bible dictionaries. Your Logos library is incomplete without it—and the Logos team has tagged this authoritative resource to power your research of cultural concepts.
- The Social World of Ancient Israel—This resource looks at the most prominent social institutions of early Israel, and then shows how properly understanding them is essential for sound biblical interpretation.
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The Cultural Concept tool is available in Logos 6 Bronze and above, but to get the most out of this tool, I recommend Logos 6 Gold or higher. Get started with Logos 6 and Cultural Concepts now.
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