As a longtime Logos Bible Software user, I’ve learned that there are some Logos resources that I use much more than others. Since there is an overwhelming amount of Logos resources, I thought I’d share a list of my favorites here. The following resources are ones that I’ve been using for quite some time – up to 10+ years. To keep the list shorter, I’m not including a list of my favorite OT/NT commentaries. This page is a work in progress, so I’ll be updating it from time to time. FYI, I did a short blog post on this subject here.
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Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia – BHS. This is my go-to Hebrew Bible that has a linked critical apparatus.
The Septuagint (LXX; Rahlfs) with Logos Morphology. I like how I can very easily make this LXX an interlinear one using English or Hebrew. I’ve tried other LXXs on Logos, but this is the one I use the most.
Nestle-Aland Greek NT, 28th edition, with morphology (NA28). This is my most-used Greek NT.
The NET Bible (2nd edition, with notes). I really like this translation for several reasons. First, it’s readable but also true to the original languages. The best thing about this Bible translation is the footnotes. It often explains why it translated a phrase in the way it did. This saves me quite a bit of time in my study. It means I don’t have to go down translation rabbit trails since the NET notes have them right there in a concise form. I blogged on the NET Bible here.
The NLT. I know that the ESV is the most popular Bible right now even though its popularity is slowly falling off. However, I often think that the ESV’s use of English is very stiff and wooden. The NLT is not a bad translation, and it is much easier to read and understand for many people. Here’s my blog post on the NLT.
BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES:
Dictionary of Biblical Themes (DBT). This is a great resource for a topical study of Scripture. For example, if you want to find many Bible texts/stories about encouragement, entry #8415 has OT and NT examples of encouragement. Then it gives some specific points of encouragement with the Scripture references. And the Scripture references are cross-linked, so it’s easy and quick to use. If you want to dive deeply into biblical topics/themes, this is a resource you’ll want to check out. Here’s one of my blog posts on it if you want more info.
The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK). This is one of the best cross-reference resources that is nicely linked on Logos and super easy to use.
Bible Background Commentaries. I have the IVP OT/NT background commentaries and the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentaries (OT/NT). Both are good background commentaries, but the Zondervan set is much more detailed (and more expensive). I’ve done some blog posts on these here, here and here.
The Exegetical Summaries series. This is a set that came with my initial Logos package. I had not heard of it before, and not many people talk about it. But I really like it. It is a phrase-by-phrase commentary that summarizes other commentaries’ views on the phrases. Here’s one of my blog posts on it if you want more info.
The Lexham Theological Wordbook. This is a nice resource that helps students of Scripture study concepts in the Bible. It lists many biblical concepts (divine wrath, sovereignty, etc.) and summarizes them with an explanation and then goes through various Hebrew and Greek words that are part of the concept. I discuss the LTW in more detail here.
The Lexham Bible Dictionary. In the past few years, I’ve really been using this more and more. I find the articles in it very helpful. There are tons of entries, and each has many citations from Scripture, so you can quickly click and go to the Bible text. The articles are well-written and full of pertinent information.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. I really like this resource, and I’ve given more details on it here.
Feel free to suggest some of your favorite Logos Resources. And stay tuned, I’ll be adding to this list.
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