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How Big was the Logos Bible Software 3 Release?
The launch of Logos Bible Software 3 was as big as the launch of Libronix back in 2001. It's been said that the third version of a software application is where everything came together in a big way. The refinements, enhancements, and additions you'll see with Logos Bible Software 3 have shown this to be true.
Nearly five years ago, we introduced a brand new technology to the world. Logos Bible Software 3 reflected countless hours of improvements, resulting from thousands of pieces of feedback from users of the Libronix Digital Library System.
Yes, there are tweaks, speed optimizations, and bug fixes. The software was faster and more reliable than ever. In fact, we had rebuilt or revised every major tool and report in the system.
But more exciting than that were the completely new tools, data, resources and reports that made your Bible study better and more effective!
We've listed more than 100 significant enhancements to Logos Bible Software...and each one helps you study the Bible better, more efficiently, and in greater depth!
Read on for some of the highlights, jump straight to our Top 20 New Features list, or use the links within the article to explore the new features and resources in detail.
Logos Bible Software 3 brings a broad and deep river of knowledge flowing from my computer. I can open multiple lexicons and technical resources and can fly between them seamlessly. I see it not merely as a Bible study tool. I find it to be a flexible, potent, integrated knowledge system of Biblical research and management. As far as I know, no competitor can touch it. I use it nearly every day.
—James A Swanson, M.S.M. (Multnomah Bible College), M.TH. (UNISA)
Fuel for Your Study
The resources in Logos Bible Software 3 are like a nitro boost to your studies. They provide additional fuel to power new tools and boost the functionality of existing reports.
Many of the resources and data sets in the Logos 3 base collections were the product of our partnerships with scholars and data engineers around the world. Some of the best minds in the field of biblical studies are now creating content directly for Logos Bible Software, all to supercharge your study of the Bible!
Get Closer to the Text
With Logos Bible Software 3, people who study the Bible in English are now equipped with more powerful tools than at any time in history! Logos 3 includes so many enhancements to benefit the English-only user that it’s hard to know where to begin…
The newly-created ESV Reverse Interlinear Bible, for example, powers the brand new Bible Word Study report. Together, the report and resources help you dig deep into original language word study…even if you don’t know any Greek or Hebrew!
Because the top line of the interlinear is the English Bible text—in normal sentence order!—any English speaker can easily follow it. The lines below provide the Greek or Hebrew original text, transliterations, parsing and Strong’s Numbers. And you have complete control over showing, hiding, and re-ordering each line.
If you’ve ever tried to use an interlinear Bible and found it daunting, the ESV Reverse Interlinear Bible is for you! It is as natural as reading your English Bible. (Watch a video!)
Word Study Like You’ve Never Experienced It
When you’re ready to dig deep into word study, simply right-click on any word in the reverse interlinear and launch the Bible Word Study report. This ground-breaking new report pulls together all the information you need to better understand a biblical word as it is used in a particular passage and across the whole Bible.
The report gives you a quick definition of the word, looks up your word in each lexicon you own and shows all the ways the underlying word is translated in the Bible. Depending on the resources in your library, it also lists and previews every occurrence of the underlying word in the original language text, displays grammatical relationships common to that word, and explores usage in other ancient writings such as the Septuagint or Philo.
The Bible Word Study report is just one example of how Logos Bible Software 3 helps you get closer to the original text, enhances your understanding of the author’s meaning, and encourages careful, attentive study of the text. No previous study of Greek or Hebrew required, and no need to construct complex queries!
The Syntax Revolution
For those who work with the biblical languages directly (or hope to someday), Logos Bible Software 3 is the most exciting development in software since the advent of morphologically tagged texts in the mid-1970s.
Up until today, the only level of tagging available in Bible software applications has been morphological. With the release of Logos Bible Software 3, the new standard is to offer both morphologically- and syntactically-tagged texts.
Morphological tags (“pronoun, third person, masculine singular”) describe the form of a word, but not its function. They can’t tell you how many times the word ἐξουσία (authority; jurisdiction) is used as a subject of a sentence in the NT. (Answer: 13 times)
In short, morphological tags can tell you what a word looks like, but they can’t really tell you what it’s doing in a particular sentence or its actual relationship with other words or clauses.
Now imagine that you want to find where an article stands in a specific relationship to a specific participle. Of course, with morph tags you could approximate this by crafting a complex query to find where two words occur, say, five words apart and the two words agree in case, number and gender. This would generate a rough list of hits, which you could sift through to discard the false positives.
But imagine if someone had gone through the biblical text, delineating phrases and clauses, tagging each word as to its function in that sentence, defining the relationships between elements of each sentence, and making notes along the way? Then you could simply search for “participles having a modifying article”…or take it a step further and specify that the participle must be found in the object of a clause!
This is precisely the kind of search capability supported by Logos Bible Software 3, thanks to the rich, practical data now available in The OpenText.org Syntactically Analyzed Greek New Testament, The Lexham Syntactic Greek New Testament, and The Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text of the Hebrew Bible. Together, these syntactically-tagged texts represent literally decades of work by a number of scholars…work that will pay huge dividends in your biblical exegesis and research.
And good news for the English-only student!...even if you don't know Greek or Hebrew, new reports such as Bible Word Study run preset syntactic searches that show you relationships between the word you're studying and other words in the Bible. All without knowing any Greek or Hebrew! (Read more about why syntax matters to the layperson, pastor and scholar.)
Further Reading on Syntax
- Why Syntax Matters to You (web article)
How Logos Bible Software’s new syntactical databases take Bible study, sermon prep, and scholarly research to a whole new level.
- Differences in Syntax Searches and Morphology Searches (blog post)
Walks through a real-world example of how syntactically tagged texts can provide more targeted results than searching with morphology alone.