Faithlife Corporation

The Evangelist, November/December 2003, p. 7

Seminary Offers Great Software Opportunity

Desiring to serve TBS students and constituency by keeping them abreast of research tools and technological developments for ministry, the seminary offers a review of Logos Bible Software Series X (Libronix technology).

HISTORY – CREDIBILITY

Begun as a simple plain text shareware search program for the KJV in 1986, Logos Bible Software subsequently moved through two major developments: first introducing the "library" to Bible software in 1995 (Logos Library System, LLS), and then launching the current digital format in 2001 (Libronix Digital Library System and Series X). Producing penetrating Bible research, studies, and sermon texts is remarkably easy with Logos Bible Software Series X.

CONTENT

Logos Bible Software Series X is available on four levels: Scholar’s (230+ bks.), Pastor’s (165+ bks.), Bible Study (100+ bks.), and Christian Home, ranging in price from $599.95 down to $149.95 with Scholar’s as the best overall value. Whichever level is chosen, it is expandable to 3,000+ titles to date with goals to reach 10,000 in coming years.

Home Page

A "home page" welcome screen provides two easy-to-use Bible Study Starter study formats: passage or topic, with passage offering five simple-to-select options (passage guide, exegetical guide, word study guide, Bible and Commentary, or Bible only). This screen also offers Latest Logos News, New Products, Daily Devotional, and highlighted "book of the day" sections.

Bible Study Starter

Either passage or topic will lead to a thorough or defined search of the selected library. In seconds more commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, cross-references, parallel passages, Bible maps, and music may be found than hours of research might otherwise discover. Logos Series X also offers "Basic Search" supporting Boolean operators and combined search terms.

Tools Menu

The menu of tools presents an array of options including managing the user’s library, performing word studies, defining limited collections within the library, creating a personal Bible reading plan, looking up Strong’s numbers, or, a unique feature, comparing Bible translations.

My Library

The program lets the user review his library by author, title, subject, or all three. Unlocking new titles is done using the Unlock Resources dialog, which functions like an online shopping cart, is done here.

Summary

Overall Logos raised the bar in Bible computing with Series X. For a fuller description and demo the user can go to http://www.logos.com/demo.

COMPARISON

Logos Bible Software Series X is an excellent Bible software tool. Its expandability offers qualitative quantity unmatched for the foreseeable future. The ease of using this software is a positive. Speed, a concern for some, will vary with computer systems, and, depending on the package and add-ons chosen, the advanced scholarship will vary as well. The cost/value ratio is comparatively attractive.

CONCLUSION

Logos Bible Software Series X is a recommended option for laymen, missionaries, pastors, evangelists, and scholars

--- Gregory D. Stephens, Th.M., D.Min. (Cand.), NT & Greek Instructor, Assist. to the Acad. Dean, Temple Baptist Seminary.

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