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Southwestern Journal of Theology, Fall 2003, p. 96-97

[Note: The Fall 2003 issue of this journal was held up at the printer for many months; the review reached subscribers in October, 2004]


Logos Bible Software Series X - Biblical Languages Supplement.
Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2003. $159.95
By James R. Wicker

A welcome addition to Logos Bible Software Series X is the new Biblical Languages Supplement. It offers the user a variety of original language tools with much adaptability for the user—important for doing serious and original Bible research and study.

Several new features are as fun to operate as they are beneficial for individual study as well as for teaching groups. The Verb River gives a color-coded, river-like chart comparing the tense, voice, mood, person, or number in verbs within a selected passage or Bible book. It can vividly document Paul’s change to the imperative mood in Romans or Galatians to depict his switch from doctrine to application. One can use multiple charts to compare Bible books. Charts are easily exportable to a word processor, Power Point, or other programs. Or one can create the chart while students or parishioners watch via a hook-up to a video projection system.

Sentence diagramming is easy to do with the drag and drop capability for both text and diagram lines. Several features make this task fairly simple for the novice. One button click places the English translation and parsing above each Greek or Hebrew word in the diagram! Morphologically-tagged words are color-coded by part of speech. Lines can easily be stretched or altered by the drag and drop feature.

Strengths of the Biblical Languages Supplement include: (1) seamless integration with the powerful Logos Bible Software Series X, which offers over 3,500 books from which to search and access information; (2) user defined, complex filters to enable simple to intricate word or text searches or comparisons, including complex morphological search capabilities, (3) sentence diagramming capability for biblical text in Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, or any other language, and (4) graphing capabilities to compare Bible translations and to depict certain search results.

Needed improvements will hopefully be addressed in subsequent versions. First, allow a user defined, word-by-word application of color-coding, highlighting, and multiple underlining when comparing Gospel harmonies. Second, while there is an optional default color coding of words in the sentence diagrammer (verbs are red, adjectives are purple, etc.), offer a user-defined system. Third, allow depiction of the hard data behind the Verb River charts. Fourth, allow instant parsing when the cursor is placed over a word in the sentence diagrammer.

Meeting the needs of scholars as well as pastors and students who desire to work in the original languages of the Bible, the Biblical Languages Supplement offers powerful study tools for fruitful study of God’s Word.

© 2004 by Southwestern Journal of Theology. Used by permission.