I think everyone’s got my contention there is no excuse for ignorance.
I think everyone figured out this week you can use Logos Bible software to learn Greek very quickly.
I think everyone has figured out that it won’t take more than an additional 5-6 minutes of research in your sermon preparation time – and probably even cutting DOWN your sermon prep time with these tools – to truly teach your congregation.
So, what do you need to buy?
Answer – as much as you can afford. Which really is not much!
Can you afford HALOT? Nope. Hundreds of dollars.
Start with Logos Bronze. Then move sideways from there into the Logos Baptist collections.
Now you’ll have everything you need to get started.
Start buying Greek add ons. Many of them are dirt cheap. All of the Gary Staats grammars are REALLY good and really cheap. Like $3-4 each. You can buy all of them for $60, I think it was.
You need both Vine’s books.
Strongs dictionaries. It’s not included, because Logos actually gives you some modern ones you’ll never use. So you’ll have to buy it.
The Bible Knowledge handbook by Walvoord. You’ll have to look up the verses in the King James, because Walvoord used the NIV for some terrible reason.
Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge.
The Perseus Project Greek and Latin manuscripts – free. Yes, you can afford this.
One book you won’t open too often, but has a huge impact on Logos, is Matthew Henry. Why? I’ve explained it before, but every cross reference in any book loads into the Logos engine, and gives you many more results.
You need Lexicons. I’ve bought one or two, because they’re not cheap. Vines is a lexicon.
Make sure you have the Kairos intro to Greek.
I hope Logos has “Essentials of New Testament Greek” by Summers, because it’s a good grammar, and I have the hard bound edition.
Greek and Hebrew inserts are usually one or two dollars, and they are actually digital copies of tenses and rules that Greek teachers used to give their students to make learning Greek MUCH easier.
The John MacArthur book on preaching is very good, as well as Broadus. I think I have about five Logos books on preaching, and would buy more if I had a lot of money. I may not be called to preach, but boy I absolutely obsess about it! Of course, I should caution that Matthew Henry and John MacArthur are both Calvinist, and you’ll have to make a black text highlighter in Logos to take out anything you disagree with.
Yes, I’ve done that.
Start with all this. Figure you’ll have eventually to spend $600 on Logos to get all this. A bit at a time, and don’t neglect prayer! I completely credit my miraculous purchase of Logos to answered prayer when unlooked for money showed up, right at the moment Logos was having a sale.