If you’ve ever used any Logos version past v.4, you’re aware of how the Logos engine now searches literally the entire library at once. You can define it to just the text (inline) or the library (this resource, all open resources, all resources, everything). So, if you’re working on Matthew 2:1-12 for the infancy narrrative… you’re now really researccing your entire library. Logos libraries can run to hundreds of books. This kind of in depth study used to take years.
But let’s say you’ve got a different Bible software package. How do you do it? Unless it’s Wordsearch, the answer is, you go buy Logos.
Yes, the screens are highlighted, because I’ve been working on a sermon. don’t expect the text to be automatically selected when you do these searches! There are a lot more results for the Wordsearch than the Logos, because I have a much bigger library in Wordsearch than Logos.
What’s more powerful? I’d say the Logos – but if you have no intention whatsoever of digging into Greek or Hebrew, you’re better off paying much less money for Wordsearch. Me, I like to use my Greek, because, hey, I learned it, why waste it??
It’s a little faster going through results in Logos I tihink – just click the little inline triangle next to the resource name, and look at it. Doesn’t give you anything? close it and move on. The Wordsearch gives you results in one window, and examining the results in the large window. It results in a couple of different steps to see your results.
as far as I know, these are the only two Bible programs you can do this kindo f research in.
Why is it important? When you’re dealing with some verses, it’s not too hard to understand what’s going on. But I’ve listened to a lot of truly abysmal teaching over the years, and truly, I can say that some people need to do a little more (like, a lot more) research into the meaning of Biblical texts.
THink the church is a universal, invisible construct? more Bible study needed.
Think the rapture is at the middle or end of the tribulation? More study.
Think that unity with hereticsand people with completely wrong doctrine is commanded in the Bible? WAaay more study.
I’d go so far as to say this generation is even more Biblically illiterate than that of the first century, when most people hearing the Bible preached were hearing it for the first time! They heard, they believed, it made changes on their lives, they lived according to it.
Christians need to know the meanings of the words in their Bibles. I hear people all the time saying things that only can come from putting the wrong emphasis or wrong meaning on a word in a verse. I recently downloaded sermons on “How to preach expositorilly”, and deleted one sermon where the teacher began using a single Bible verse as his jump off point, that “Jesus thought it robbery to be equal with God.”
Yeah, that’s… completely wrong. Jesus Christ is God. He thought it not robbery to be equal with God. The error there is the use of a modern mistranslation.
Using this tool, you can find in your library, in 20 seconds, every reference to this verse, or words in this verse. THat’s huge. Especially if I could talk David Cloud into getting his materials into Logos. I’ve been formatting his works for Logos, but that’s a long hard road, and would require weeks of steady formatting and coding work.
C. H. Spurgeon insisted that all the graduates of his Seminary all read Matthew Henry al the way through by the end of the first year after GRaduation. He also favored Matthew Poole. I’m going to get stubborn here and say that, yes, commentaries are invaluable. And David Cloud points out how in his first year as a Christian he avoided them, then finally got some because he saw he was running into trouble.
Complete avoidance of commentaries and Bible handbooks is a problem – you’re going to completely avoid getting insight from what the text says. In many ways, what I (and some of the readers of my blog who have their OWN blogs) are giving constant commentary on Scripture. You’re learning a lot reading what wwe write. There’s little difference between me and John Walvoord in that regard.
Complete reliance upon commentaries and Bible handbooks is an error too. You have to walk the middle road… take that which is useful, reject that which contradicts the plain sense of the Bible.