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Preaching, September-October 2005
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The 2005 Survey of the Best Software for Preachers

by Jonathan Kever

Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (Logos)

The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (EDNT) is a three-volume English translation of its German counterpart, Exegetisches Wörterbuch zum Neuen Testament. EDNT includes every New Testament word in the Greek. Originally published in the early 80s (German version), EDNT includes a significant amount of modern linguistic study, and provides ample exegetical and theological discussion with a special concern for the literary, theological context of what it determines to be the more significant terms. EDNT is like the marriage of a Greek Lexicon and Theological Word-book, and has become a standard exegetical tool for NT studies.

Published electronically under the Libronix platform, EDNT is key-linked for quick access. Simply right-click on any Greek word to access EDNT’s article on that word. You can also click on tagged texts to quickly jump to your default bible translation, or just scroll over a given reference to view the verse in a pop-up. Once again, Libronix demonstrates their commitment to providing electronic resources representing the best in biblical scholarship.

System Requirements: IBM compatible, Pentium 333 or higher recommended; 64 MB RAM or more recommended; Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP; CD ROM drive (4x speed or higher recommended); 58 MB hard drive space required; 256 color graphics support. Website: www.logos.com

Greek Pronunciation Addin (Logos)

I don’t know how useful this product will be for sermon preparation, but it sure is fun! The Greek Pronunciation Addin, utilizing the Libronix DLS, allows you to hear Greek words spoken in both Erasmian and Modern pronunciation styles. Simply right click on a word in the Nestle-Aland 27th Edition or open the dialog in the Tools menu.

Though I personally avoid saying Greek words in my sermons to avoid pretension, this resource will certainly help you brush up on your reading in the original language of the New Testament, or help you with those ridiculously long participles.

System Requirements: IBM compatible, Pentium 333 or higher recommended; 64 MB RAM or more recommended; Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP; CD ROM drive (4x speed or higher recommended); 58 MB hard drive space required; 256 color graphics support. Website: www.logos.com  

Pillar New Testament Commentary (Logos)

This 8 volume series published by Eerdmans is quickly becoming a favorite of pastors and serious bible students. Coming from an Evangelical perspective, PNTC is designed to make the text of Scripture clear and applicable without getting bogged down in technical detail. While interacting with the best in modern scholarship and maintaining a contextual sensitivity through intense exegesis and biblical theological considerations, PNTC remains readable and profoundly useful. Much of the technical detail is left to footnotes where particular interests can be pursued at a more original-language-sensitive, scholarly level.

Utilizing the Libronix Digital Library System, these commentaries can be linked to scroll along with any bible. You can also click on tagged texts to quickly jump to your default bible translation, or just scroll over a given reference to view the verse in a pop-up. And Greek and Hebrew words are key-linked for quick references from your preferred lexicons.

D.A. Carson serves as the General Editor of the PNTC. All the volumes currently in print are included in the Logos edition: The Gospel According to Mathew by Leon Morris (1992); The Gospel According to Mark by James R. Edwards (2001); The Gospel According to John by D.A. Carson (1990); The Epistle to the Romans by Leon Morris (1988); The Letter to the Ephesians by Peter T. O’Brien (1999); The Letter to the Thessalonians by Gene L. Green (2002); The Letter of James by Douglas J. Moo (2000); The Letters of John by Colin G. Kruse (2000).

PNTC is, without a doubt, a must-have New Testament commentary series! And the Libronix format only adds value.

System Requirements: IBM compatible, Pentium 333 or higher recommended; 64 MB RAM or more recommended; Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP; CD ROM drive (4x speed or higher recommended); 58 MB hard drive space required; 256 color graphics support. Website: www.logos.com

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