This review appeared in the March/April issue of Collide Magazine
Collide Magazine Reviews Logos for Mac
Logos Bible Software: Mac
Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)
What’s Cool: Logos is one of best Bible study applications available, and it’s easy to see why. We tested the new Mac version, but PC users will love Logos, too. From the start, Logos was easy to install, and we were blown away when the library of resources—1.7GB worth of resources—included in our version made a home for itself on our hard drive.
Upon launching Logos for the first time, we were impressed with the clean design of the user interface, which simply invited us to do one of three things: study a Bible passage, study a word, or study a topic. Enter a search passage (e.g., John 3:16) and a new window launches featuring the passage in your preferred Bible translation while another window generates a linked list of relevant commentaries, parallel passages, cross references, maps, music, and topics. You can also compare different versions of the passage with a click. Searching for a word (e.g., love) also produces a wealth of pertinent information such as dictionary definitions and concordance entries.
Browsing through the reference library, you’ll find works by Matthew Henry, J.I. Packer, John Calvin, D.A. Carson, Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, and many more. Greek and Hebrew scholars will get significant mileage out of the language resources included, and those of us who only speak English will appreciate the other research tools built into the Logos application.
What’s Not: You get a lot for your money when you purchase a version of Logos, but serious money is still involved. Depending on the size of the resource library you require, you can spend anywhere from $149.95 to $1,379.95 for a copy of Logos. You might be tempted to use free online study tools instead of Logos, but you won’t find near the same tools and interface.
The other potential downside to Logos is the learning curve required in order to maximize your software investment. Thankfully, Logos provides helpful video tutorials for new, intermediate, and advanced users.
The Bottom Line: If you regularly teach in a ministry context, Logos Bible Software is the study tool you’ve been waiting for. Suppose you’re an artist instead of a teacher—Logos has the potential to uncover new scriptural truths and perspectives for you, which you can then communicate through your art. We recommend you take a look at your budget and the Logos library options to see which version you can afford. Then, grab it right away. Your Bible study will never be the same.