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Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society, Spring 2004

Logos Scholars Library – Series X.

Logos Bible Systems. Bellingham, WA.  $599.95.

I love books. I own thousands of them. My personal library represents a considerable investment in intellectual firepower. Much of it, however, lies dormant. I have done my best to read the books that I have purchased. I have written notes in the margins and have dutifully filed the fruits of my research. Nevertheless, I must admit my attempts to marshall this plentiful resource tends to be limited by my organic, unreliable brain.

If you are like me, there is a part of you that wants to resist the growth and opportunity represented by such tools as the Logos Scholars Library – Series X. We love the tactile experience of holding a book in our hands and thumbing through the pages. Still, like me, you are probably intrigued by the promise of technology, wondering whether or not the computer could ease your workload.

Perhaps it can. Series X of the Logos Scholars Library is a comprehensive digital library featuring more than 230 books, Bibles, and other assorted tools conveniently indexed for rapid access and complex search. Logos has a further 3,000 books available for purchase at deep discount (with more being added every year) all of which can be integrated with the system. Imagine, through simple pointing and clicking, being able to have an entire library laid out on your desk with everything bookmarked to the exact page that is relevant to your sermon text. Bible software is coming of age.

Previous users of Logos will be pleased to learn that included in Series X is a new “Biblical Languages Supplement” that allow a researcher to do serious scholarship in the ancient languages. Charting and graphic tools are now available as well.

I found the interface to be logical and intuitive. The program is very large, however, and requires a significant amount of memory. Make sure you check the specifications. I did find instillation to be more difficult than had been promised, though that might have had something to do with my system. I also note that the program is not available to Apple Macintosh users. Mac users can make use of Logos by running Virtual PC but they will need a lot of RAM and one of the newer processors to allow the program to run at a reasonable speed.

Some of the things I found particularly useful were the morphological search capability and the ability to integrate personal devotional materials. I also appreciated the opportunity to save my workspace with everything open to the pages exactly as I had left them. Scholar’s Library is not the only software product available but it is certainly one of the most comprehensive.

I’m not sure I will ever curl up beside the fireplace to read a digital book, but when it comes to the work of preaching, this software will be of significant value.

Kenton C. Anderson
ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University
Langley, BC

© 2004 by Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. Used by permission.