Logos 7 released this past week. I was privileged enough to beta test it prior to being made public. There are many new features, and several others across the blogosphere (is that a thing still?) have shared their thoughts, so I will limit my attention to those aspects of the program that benefit me the most. Prior to doing that though, here are two videos—one shorter, one longer—introducing the new features:
I used Logos 7 from two perspectives: (1) a PhD student and (2) a high school Religious Studies Teacher. Therefore, I am seeking ways to study texts in-depth on the one hand, but also searching for connections that might make the biblical texts relevant to my students. If I type a passage into the search bar of the homepage (Mark 1:1 in this example) I can have my cake and eat it too.
I type Mark 1:1 and my digital library becomes interconnected, helping me explore this passage in a variety of ways. The passage guide connects it to all the commentaries and journals I have (or wish I had). I can find cross references galore. If studying Synoptic Problem related material, the parallel passages helps me do this quickly. If I want to examine the reception history of this text, I can view where it has been cited in "Ancient Literature". If I get around to buying any systematic theologies, I will be able to examine the passage from that perspective as well. Also, back to what I said about teaching: the summaries of characters, places, things, and events reminds me to clarify certain things for my students. For example, few of them have thought deeply about what it means for Jesus to be called "the Christ, the Son of God". By checking the tools available to me I can access many tidbits of information quickly:
If I click the next tab over—Exegetical Guide—suddenly I dive deep into the verse with all sorts of exegetical tools: the text history, its grammatical constructions, word for word studies, and studies of the lemma of those words.
Logos 7 has many useful features for teaching, including timelines and maps:
Interactives such as the Psalms Explorer are useful for visual learners:
Another excellent tool is the Manuscript Explorer. If I want to know about manuscripts from the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, or New Testament, I have info at my fingertips:
As I said: Logos 7 allows me to do surface level study which is great for my teaching practice where I am often introducing new ideas about the Bible to my students for the first time. But it also lets me dive below the surface when I need to do serious research. I am still learning how to use most of the tools available to me.
I would say more, but I know blog reader's have short attention spans, and this review is long enough already. If you are interested, I am partnering with Logos. By clicking here you can learn more and Logos will know I sent ya!