Helpful idea


It would be great if someone could make a converter that would take all of your library in all the kinds of Bible software – Quickverse, WordSearch, eSword, theWord, Logos, Swordsearcher, Bible Analyzer, etc – and convert them all to the appropriate kind of resource in any one of the Bible programs.

By Monday.

That way in all of my various Bible programs, I would have all of the books available. I have some resources in Quickverse that I don’t have in any other software.

I have resources in Word search I don’t have in Quickverse, Accordance, Logos or Swordsearcher.

And so on. It sometimes means I have to open six different Bible programs to have all my resources available.

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Year of Writing Commentary


Just a reminder, that this is year one of writing commentary on things you’re learning in your Bible study. I started Jan. 1 in Romans 1:1.

So, after your Bible study (or during it), take notes in a special note file inside your Bible software.  Please make sure your Bible study session is a minimum of 15 minutes a day! If you are a Pastor or in ministry, double that. As a matter of fact, if you are a Pastor, you need to make sure that you’re studying your Bible at least an hour a day, or your congregation will have your hide. God requires a Pastor to spend time in prayer and studies of the Bible. Everything else is secondary.

E-Sword instructions: If I remember right, E-Sword comes with Study Notes, Topic Notes and Journal Notes already made. This would all go into your study notes. Remember to uncheck the little chain icon before you start writing, and then check it again once you’re done.

Swordsearcher instructions:  Under “User” click “Create new user Commentary”. Now all you have to do to add notes is click the four diamonds, and a window will open up to add your notes.

King James Pure Bible Search: Click CTRL+M or go to Edit>Add/Edit/Delete User Note. The user note editor will pop open. Save the note when done typing.

theWord: File>New User Module>Commentary. Name it, give it initials (Dean Commentary DCT) and save it. Now you can start typing away. Make sure you go slowly when trying to expand theWord to fill the window, or you’ll close it down every time. This was a major reason (besides its untidy, cluttered appearance) I gave up using it back in Seminary.

Logos: Create a manuscript, and NAME it “Dean Commentary”. No kidding (it’s a hidden thing in Logos) it will prioritize it, especially if you add a link on your taskbar to it. The more you add to it, no kidding, the more Logos will begin to refer to it as you write.

Okay, this should get you started on the “How-to”. Now you just need to start!

Go to Romans 1:1. Read all of Romans 1 and start taking notes in your commentary. You’re going to make notes every third verse (1:1, 1:4, 1:7, etc). Why? Because next year is the second year of commentary, and the year after that is the third year. In three years, you will have written study notes (if not commentary) on every verse in the Bible.

Recommended commentaries: The Bible. The Bible is its own best commentary. In this regard, Pure Bible Search gives you an advantage by FORCING you to use ONLY the Bible and ONLY the Webster’s 1828.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary by John Walvoord is the next best. Flawed, highly Evangelical, and based upon the NIV (UGH!), but still the best commentary you can get.

Look things up. Use Bible Analyzer. Is this the first time that word is used in the Bible? Unless it’s Gen. 1:1, make a note of it! Is this a word used 5 times or Less in the Bible? Make a note of that.

Open the TSK. Follow the rabbit, and see where the references take you. Literally, this is how David Cloud learned all the Bible stuff he learned, using a Strong’s, and eventually adding a TSK. His own notes took the form of a Bible Encyclopedia, instead of a commentary. And yes, you can buy a copy of it.

You’ll add a lot to your commentary as you go along, so don’t worry if you only get a few sentences in at first.

Yesterday’s blog article came out of my commentary.

Best Fundamentalist Bible Software 2018


This is an article I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Without exception, the best Bible software is all written by – and aimed to –theological progressives. Doesn’t sound bad? Read that “Bible Deniers” and “Unsaved.”

The big problem I’ve got with this is of course that no matter how theologically sound you are, stuff like that begins to affect you.

So, today we’re talking about Bible software written by Fundamentalists. For Fundamentalists.

I’ll preface this by saying if you’re the kind of person who can’t rest if your house is untidy, then you need to get Fundamentalist Bible software. All three reviewed today have the cleanest, neatest interfaces in Bible software.

Swordsearcher

swordsearcher

This is the reigning King of Fundamentalist software. No, it cannot do a tenth of what Logos does, but I don’t think Brandon Staggs is losing sleep over it. He wanted a Bible software that really does what it should: Go to a Bible verse, and see all the commentaries, Bible dictionaries and books in your library that talk about that at once.

Swordsearcher is a little unusual, in that most Bible software is written around Strong’s. However, Swordsearcher is not only coded around the Strong’s at its base, but also around Webster’s 1828! This means that you have the added benefit of seeing the definitions of the English words within their Biblical context. It’s a feature I’ve striven mightily to have built into Word search and Logos, and given up. I asked for Webster’s 1828, and they answer they’ve got the Merriam-Webster’s. Well, if you like seeing your English definitions outside of their Biblical context, sure – that would be okay. But if you’re a Christian, why would you want that??? Oh, right, the theological progressive thing.

If I could think of one word for Swordsearcher, it is “functional”. I can’t think of a better word for it. One price, and you get a massive library, a clean interface (one of the cleanest and neatest in the business), you get an instant glimpse into both the lemma and the manuscript of both Greek AND Hebrew (Quickverse, it’s major competitor for years, only gave you the Greek definitions), and you also get an instant glimpse into the English words as well.

Swordsearcher is designed with your Bible study in mind. Type in the beginning of any Bible phrase, and Swordsearcher immediately begins suggesting search terms. So if you know the “Blessed are the peacemakers”, but can’t remember it’s Matthew 5, then Swordsearcher will tell you in a hurry. My commentary on Romans is going VERY quickly, because of this feature.

The instructions show how to create your own topical Bible and your own commentary, and Brandon Staggs recommends you do just that. I like the Swordsearcher way of letting you know you’ve got a comment on a verse by the little four diamonds a lot better than the Logos little yellow squares. You get enough notes and sermons on Matthew 5, and you end up with sixty-two little yellow boxes, and now you have to start changing the colors of those.

To write Sermons in Swordsearcher, you create a user book, put your sermon template on page 1, and then create additional entries. Just copy and paste your template into each new entry you create, and then write your sermon inside it.

Is it better than E-Sword? I think so. E-Sword has unintentionally copied (or perhaps intentionally) many of Swordsearcher’s features, but without copying the interface, it still misses out on where Swordsearcher excels.

Swordsearcher is $60.

Bible Analyzer

Bible Analyzer fund

If you’ve been reading this for a while, you know that Bible Analyzer is completely different. I wouldn’t use it as a stand-alone Bible program, since its note taking system is not up to snuff – but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I always tell you every saved Christian on earth needs Bible Analyzer.

Want to know how many capital letters are in the Bible? It’ll tell you. Need to know what’s the most repeated word in Romans 10? Bible Analyzer will tell you. Want to see the first reference of every word within a verse? Bible Analyzer will tell you.

You need this program. Free.

King James Pure Bible Search

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Someone got a little upset with me because I pointed out this is a program for Ruckmanites/Gail Riplinger followers. I can’t help that – it is what it is. You get the King James Bible, and well – that’s it. No Strongs, no Hebrew, no Greek. No commentaries, no add ons, no nuthin’. And they explain it in this way…

But!

I’m going to say this. If you had ten years to really go through the Bible, and you wanted to find ALL cross references, and had nothing to go by – this program is for you. I was a HUGE fan of the fact you can make your own cross references. Alas, I have so much work to do, and so little time to do it, that.

If you just want the King James Bible and NOTHING else besides the Webster’s 1828 and rudimentary note taking, then this program is for you. If you’ve read Gail Riplinger and believe the nonsense she’s written in the “Toxic” book, this program is for you.

Free.

Conclusions

These are the three Fundamentalist Bible programs. Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer are very good, and King James Pure Bible Search is very good for what it is. Two are free, Swordsearcher is not.

Bottom Line: I’d get at least Swordsearcher and Bible Analyzer. If you refuse to use any commentaries, Strong’s or any other tools, then the King James Pure Bible Search is the program for you.

Why Buy Swordsearcher?


Why did I buy Swordsearcher? I already own Logos. I already own Accordance. I own Quickverse. I own WordSearch.

I have Bible Analyzer, King James Pure Bible Search, E-Sword, and theWord. I had Davar on my computer until I took it off. Bible by Olive Tree, and Xiphos.

So, why did I spend $60 to buy Swordsearcher?

The issue is fairly simple. I wanted a premium Bible software written by a Fundamentalist, a Bible Believer. Brandon Staggs doesn’t write a great deal on his blog about Fundamentalism – he doesn’t even speak on King James Only-ism. The only public stand he takes on the issue is a single comment on the frequently asked questions for Swordsearcher.

But the fact remains, it’s a Fundamentalist program written for Fundamentalists by a Fundamentalist.

Logos is written by Faithlife, an exceptionally Ecumenical program written by Evangelicals. Most of the tutorials and materials they have are theological liberals who deny the sufficiency, inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible. The fact the founder of Faithlife has no qualms about offering that shows that this is probably his viewpoint as well – a New Calvinist theological liberal mindset that makes Karl Barth look like a Fundamentalist. If you’d like to fix this, a letter writing campaign to get me installed as Resident Fundamentalist would go a long way!

Accordance would be my other option for premium software, but they too have a theological liberal mindset. The materials they offer reflect this, although not as bad as over at Faithlife.

Word search is… in need of a massive overhaul, and the mindset there is Southern Baptist. Not too bad, but still they use words like “Church” when they mean “Kingdom”, and obviously consider Catholics as Christians (as does Logos and Accordance). I have a lot of time invested into Word search, but I switched to Logos a few years back from Word search and I’m not looking back.

But mostly (and some of my old readers will understand this), I did it to protect myself. If you sit in the midst of scorners, you will end up scorning too. It’s possible I could end up reading the NASB and quoting John Calvin, and wondering endlessly whatever happened to “Q”. It’s far more possible I could sprout wings and lay eggs, but still, it’s a possibility.

So I wanted a Bible program that I could use 50% of the time that would protect me, and help me to stay Fundamentalist, and stay true to the Bible.

And of course, I wanted to make sure that I had software where the text of the King James Bible remained unaltered. Recently, the ESV on all my other software was updated without my permission (and since I don’t read it, I didn’t much care). If they could do that to the ESV without my say-so, then they can alter the Bible also.

Keep this in mind when choosing your Bible program. If worst comes to worst, I’ve also got a defunct Bible program that will be getting ZERO updates – Quickverse. Once upon a time, it was the gold standard of Bible programs – and Findex ran it into the ground.

Conclusion

I would recommend to all of my readers who are looking into buying premium Bible software and $60 is a stretch to buy it, consider Swordsearcher. It’s actually a fantastic piece of Bible software, very usable and configurable. There’s just one package for $60. Add ons are all third party, and of course, David Cloud offers for $30 an add on package for Swordsearcher –  the “Way of Life Encyclopedia” and “Things Hard to Be Understood”, a work I’d love to see expanded into a 5 volume set!

Studying the word with Swordsearcher


Swordsearcher really is one of those programs I’ve always liked, but you know, $59 goes a long way in this world. Every time I get a new computer, I load in the Swordsearcher demo and play with it, trying to decide whether or not to buy it. Yesterday I finally took the plunge and bought it.

I really can’t describe the emotion I went through buying it. I own how many Bible programs? I’ve paid for several, including several hundred dollars for Logos (and saved quite a bit of money the way I did it!). But for some reason, I felt the most incredible satisfaction buying it.

I do know most Fundamentalists swear by Swordsearcher. If you’re a narrow is the way King James Only Fundamentalist, apparently Swordsearcher is the most commonly used Bible program.

I’ve written a few articles using Swordsearcher, and this current one is no exception. What makes Swordsearcher so special? I’ll tell you. While the Greek  Textus Receptus is available in many programs, the Hebrew Old Testament is not. Quite literally, Swordsearcher is the only one to feature the Ben Chayyim Masoretic Hebrew texts.

I need to explain that just a touch. All the Bible programs offer the Ben Asher Masoretic text. The words “Ben Asher” and “Masoretic” do not go together. It’s like the “Majority text” name – the manuscripts it is connected to is not the majority of the Greek texts used – that’s the Textus Receptus – but they changed the name of the modern texts to confuse Christians. In other words, they lied.

It’s the same with the Ben Asher. They lied to confuse Christians. Only the Ben Chayyim should be used, and only the Ben Chayyim should be called Masoretic. The Ben Asher is invalid under Jewish law.

Now that I’ve explained that, what do you do when you purchase Swordsearcher? They make that clear, just in case there’s problems later. Take the install files you downloaded, and copy it to CD Rom or to a USB to permanently safeguard it. Also, I’d put the download key, download link instructions and the registration number into Evernote immediately. I’ve done that with the registrations for every program I own. Almost losing all my e-mail earlier this year nearly cost me passwords and registration numbers to all my software, so I put all that into Evernote immediately.

The next thing you want to do is go to the User tab on the menu bar, and click “Create New User Commentary.” Call it whatever you like. “My commentary” is good, but it seems like the kind of name you’d call it and think later on, “I wonder what that is?” I’m kidding. I called it My Commentary.

Next, create a user book. Call it “My Topical Studies.” Here’s a list to get you started.

Sanctification
Salvation
Faith
Bible
Jesus Christ
Prophecies of the Messiah
Prophecies of the End Times
The Rapture
Heretics
Sin

That’s just a few of the topical studies you’ll end up with.

You’re ready to get started. You’ll see that there’s four little icons on the very left of each verse. The one with 4 diamonds is your commentary. If it’s grayed out, you have nothing written there. Well, of course – you just created it. The goal is after 3 years, you should have ZERO verses in Swordsearcher with grayed out commentary icons. Every one of them should be black. This will let you know that you’ve written something there.

So, get those two made, and go to your “My Topical Studies” user book. Under Bible, click to edit it, and then add “Luke 8:21”. Click the green arrow, and it saves it. Ta-da! You’ve got your first entry made in what is your own Topical Bible.

Under Luke 8:21 in My Commentary, I added these words…

ἀκούοντες, hear the word of God, λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ

I did this as a test, because a lot of Bible programs cannot save Greek or Hebrew. I did go to the interlinear page in Swordsearcher and check, but it only shows the Lemma of the form, not the actual manuscript. That’s a fancy way for saying it only had the dictionary form of the Greek word, and not the Greek text itself. When you go to the TR tab (Textus Receptus), you’ll see the Manuscript form. Don’t fall into the trap of only looking at the Strong’s KJV tab – start learning some Greek and learn about tenses and sentence structure. The tenses are important!

Okay, let’s get into how to study the Bible using Swordsearcher.

Set up a reading plan. Understand you’re going to first read your Bible, then go back to the beginning of it and start study. Remember, reading is not study. If Swordsearcher allowed it, I’d say set up two reading plans – one is your reading plan through the year (such as a 120 day schedule for reading your Bible), and the other your study plan. But to my knowledge, Swordsearcher does not allow it.

As you study (the study part, not the reading part), try to put a comment in at least every third verse. Next year will be one of the other ones, and the year after that, the only verses you haven’t put commentary in. Guess what? If you’d started this in 2016, this would be your last year of doing it!

So, write comments in Gen. 1:1, and the next one you’ll comment in is Gen. 1:4.

BTW, if you know your shorthand, the way to quickly get to a book in the Bible is Ge 1.4 for Genesis 1:4. Type that in the reference window.

Start using the Webster’s 1828 to accumulate definitions, and cross check that against the Greek. ANYTHING you learn should go into your “My Commentary” window.

A good way to get started is to also put in every cross reference to your active verse (the () icon) inside your commentary. That’s your road map.

Remember, reading is not study. You have ALL the tools you really need inside Swordsearcher.

Now, if you REALLY want to REALLY learn your Bible, this year do 120 day reading plans. Make the third time through in the year a 125 day reading plan, so you’re finishing up on the 31st instead of on the 26th.

If you want to make HUGE inroads in your study, you can buy the Way Of Life Encyclopedia and Things Hard to Be Understood by David Cloud for Swordsearcher. The WOLE will quickly be your go-to dictionary. I strongly recommend it.

Try to find at least two words at random to look up in a dictionary. If of course, you see a word you’re not sure of, then that should be one of the words. But the act of looking things up in the Webster’s and the WOLE will greatly benefit your understanding of the Bible.

Again, the goal is not to complete your commentary in one year. It usually takes ten years to complete a commentary on the Bible. You’re going to get something in every verse after three years, and then you can leisurely refine it over several years after it.

Here’s the exercise – it’s half an hour after the Rapture. Someone finds your laptop sitting open in your house. Swordsearcher is open. And for the unbelieving person who just found your computer, something that explains EVERY VERSE in the Bible is now available.

That’s what you’re writing. And if you’re a pastor, do them a favor and make sure you put copious notes in Timothy and Titus on how to run a church!

Trying SwordSearcher


Swordsearcher is one of the oddest computer programs out there. It was among the first of the Bible programs available for computer, and its programmer apparently decided that (as Logos and Quickverse came out and began offering a million add-ons for what would amount to be over a thousand dollars if you got all the add-ons) it would serve him better to offer one package – everything for $50.

While the cost of living has risen drastically since then, the price of Swordsearcher has not. The demo comes with very little. The actual package (once purchased) comes with a CD-Rom, and you can install everything. The web site gives a complete breakdown. It’s funny that in actuality, what it comes with happens to be David Cloud’s favorite commentaries, and a few he doesn’t care much for.

Swordsearcher is one of the three Bible programs made by Fundamentalists – Swordsearcher, Bible Analyzer, and King James Pure Bible.

By an amazing coincidence, all three have very clean looking interfaces. Unlike the Word, which looks like a 9 year old boy’s room, with stuff everywhere, and E-Sword, with its Quickverse derivative appearance.

The key to Swordsearcher is not it’s nicely laid out, clean looking interface (it’s got to be the best looking Bible software out there), but a hidden thing within it. Literally, Swordsearcher is wrapped around the Webster’s 1828 dictionary. And you’ll never get the feel of it from the demo, because it’s not included with the demo.

If you mouse over a word or click on it, you’ll get the Strong’s definition of it, and the Webster’s 1828 will change to show the definition of the English word. People who’ve bought Swordsearcher describe it as “alive”. 

The Swordsearcher interface features on the left a number of symbols. To make a verse active, click on the parentheses. now the commentary window will change, showing all the commentaries with content related to those verses.

The importance of Swordsearcher is this – from what I’ve seen, the majority of IFB pastors use this software. It’s easy to spot the ones who use it – you’re guaranteed to hear a word defined at least ONCE in the sermon by the Webster’s 1828.

Apparently, the idea is to create a sermon (according to the help file), just create a user book. That’s where you write your sermon. Sunday School Handouts are written in the same manner.

And if you buy the Swordsearcher program from David Cloud, it costs more – but you get his Way of Life Encyclopedia – one of THE most important books for Christians ever written – and also “Things hard to be understood” – which helps clear up Bible difficulties, and answers verses frequently quoted by cults.

Swordsearcher is the ONLY BIBLE PROGRAM to have the Ben Chayyim Hebrew text. None of the others have it.

Changes I’d like to see

While Swordsearcher is the most Logos-like of all the other Bible programs, I’d like to see it grow closer in function to Logos. For instance, the extensive tagging in Logos allowed me to do yesterday’s articles much quicker than I could have in Swordsearcher. Why? Logos has invisible tags on every word. “Seraph” also is tagged “Angel”. By doing a search on “Angels” in Logos, it showed me the Four Living Creatures, Seraphim, Cherubim, Angel, Angels, Angel of the Lord, etc.

I’d love for it to scan EVERYTHING in my library, and return results for a Bible verse range, as Logos does. These would be huge revisions, and would probably end up making Swordsearcher cost as much as Logos!

Another thing I’d like to see is specific tools for Sermon writing, and class handouts, instead of just a “make a user book”. this way all of my sermons could start returning results in the searches as well.

Verse lists and clippings are a much needed feature. I use these so much in Wordsearch and Logos that I find using Swordsearcher is like thinking there’s an extra step on the stairway. “BOOM!” you’ hit the bottom expecting one more step.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, using Logos has spoiled me to other Bible programs. I feel as if I have to work so much harder.

I will say this – if you cannot afford Logos or Accordance, then your next best bet for premium software is Swordsearcher. And since the pricing of both programs is so high (I doubt if I’ll ever be able to upgrade Logos unless I somehow strike it rich selling used sandwich bags), this means that Independent Baptist pastors are pretty much stuck using either Swordsearcher or one of the free packages, like Pure Bible Search or Bible Analyzer.

Or E-Sword (shudder).

9 Must Have Add-on’s for Logos


Logos Bronze

I’m really trying to make my way through my backlog of all these scientifically designed headlines I wrote in one sitting! Seriously!

Preamble text goes here. Blah blah blah, interesting personal story of some mistake I made, blah blah blah!

But no, seriously, Logos remains the biggest “oops!” I’ve got. I ranted against it for 4 years, tried it, didn’t get it. I couldn’t figure out how to use it. It seemed ridiculously stupid. So I finally decided, “Let me watch the stupid videos they have online and…”

Whoa.

Um.

Logos is awesome.

So, let’s assume everyone runs out and gets Logos Basic. First, I’ll tell you that there’s a very unusual disclaimer on Logos Basic. It’s free, yes… and…

You don’t own the materials. It’s free, the engine is free… but when they upgrade to Logos 8, they may or may not continue Logos Basic. Meaning, it won’t update your license to any of the materials. So, Logos Basic is your way to get into Logos, and start saving money. You may not be able to afford to get Logos Starter ($299), but you can get the individual books one at a time.

One more explanation of how Logos works… the more you get for it, the BETTER it gets! Let me explain, and then we’ll get into the meat part of “What do I have to get???”

The Logos engine will index all of the coded entries in every book you get, assign those a place in Logos’s datasets, and then will include those in every search. Searching in Logos is not like other Bible programs – you can just type in Romans 7 and Logos will pause for 2 seconds – then give you every entry in your library that mentions Romans 7.

If you have systematic theologies, they end up indexed. If you have harmonies, you get more search results. And Logos even opens up your top prioritized resources that have those references in them automatically.

I have Logos Bronze. I started with Logos Baptist Starter because I ended up with a bonus at work. I then upgraded to Logos Starter, a birthday present from my wife.
“Wait, I thought you already had Logos Starter?”

Yes. But see, Logos comes in different packages, books based upon whatever your particular denomination is. My denomination is Christian, so of course, I wanted the BaptistSmile.

However, Logos Starter had a lot of items that Logos Baptist Starter didn’t and I wanted those. So I got those.

Then Logos sent me a letter. My birthday happens to be two days before Logos upgraded from Logos 6 to Logos 7. So of course, I’d called up and asked if I could get a free upgrade to 7, and they apologized, but no. Then I got a letter. “We changed our mind. Just pay the difference in the upgrade.”
That was really fair, because the upgrade price was $94 higher. So I moved into Bronze from there. (I could have my upgrade route a little wrong – check my other posts on Logos). So right now, I’ve got the Logos Bronze package, with a bunch of Baptist materials. Well, some Baptist and some Calvinist, because apparently Logos thinks John MacArthur is a Baptist, apparently.
Apparently.

So, my next upgrade route will be to Logos 7 Baptist Bronze, now that I’ve got the stuff I wanted. I’ll probably top out on Logos silver, because I don’t think I can afford to go any higher than that.

I’m assuming you just are getting the free Logos Basic.

So, here’s the add-ons!

  1. Bible Knowledge Commentary. It’s $50 no matter where you get it. Save up. This is probably one of the best commentaries out there. Ignore the videos that Logos gives you on studying the Bible where he keeps recommending commentaries by Elwell – they’re exceptionally theologically liberal. The BKC is the one commentary you need – although I miss Matthew Henry’s pithy sayings.

  2. King James Bible.
    The first time I looked at Logos Basic, they didn’t have the King James as part of the package. But apparently, both Logos and Wordsearch have been reading my articles on Bible software, because now Wordsearch is beginning to take a Logos-like attitude in regards to upgrade packages vs. Items you already own. So now I think Basic comes with the King James. But when they upgrade to 8, you end up with the risk of just having the datasets and the engine – and no books.Make sure the Logos website has you listed as owning the KJV! If not, then spend the $9 and get it.

  3. Logos Datasets.
    These are expensive. But trust me, if you get up to the Bronze package, you end up with almost the entire datasets they offer, which is good, because it used to be the Gold package, meaning you had to pay an extra thousand dollars. Logos now allows you to buy the datasets in either of two packages. Unless you know how Logos works, you think, “Why would I want that?” Trust me, you want that. Recently, I learned who the “We” are in a passage in Acts, without doing a flowchart and search to learn who it was. The datasets give you that information. You can see ALL kinds of information in your Bible text with this. Watch the incredibly theologically liberal videos on “Studying the Bible with Jonah”, and it’ll show off a lot of what goodies you get with the datasets.

  4. New Nave’s Topical.
    Really good topical Bible. I love this. If I were pastoring a church and decided not to go with expository preaching (not much chance of that), I’d be using this as my source for sermon material. Torrey’s is better, but Nave’s has more entries. Get Torrey’s eventually also.
  5. Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge. I’m dumbfounded this was not part of any of the packages. Really. It actually links into the Logos engine, and the entire software suddenly becomes almost alive. The day after I got it, I expected to see my laptop standing over my bed with a butcher knife! But seriously, the TSK remains one of the most sought after Bible add-ons. I can think of one Fundamentalist Bible software package that is basically the TSK, KJV, and Webster’s 1828 linked up, and that’s almost all it is – and people gladly pay the $60 for it!

  6. Robertson’s Harmony of the Gospel.
    I had this in the back of the very first Strong’s I ever had – when I first got Logos, I added this and kept it open to change whenever I did Bible study. As a separate hardcover book, it’s dry, but good. As part of the Logos system, it’s now going to give you a LOT more search results in the Gospels whenever you do searches. Sometimes VERY surprising what shows up!

  7. Easton’s Bible Dictionary.
    I keep going back and forth between this one and Smith’s. Really what I’d like to see is for Logos to add in the Way of Life encyclopedia, and then Logos would just SOAR when you’re doing Bible study.
  8. Ryrie’s Basic Theology. This is an inexpensive add-on, but the way every book in Logos integrates, it’s amazing. It’s good to have a systematic theology from a Bible believer, although Ryrie waffled a bit on the issue of Calvinism. Highly recommended. You really don’t think this shapes how Logos works, but they really stress prioritizing (they’ll explain what that is in Logos) systematic theologies. My search results became much better once I prioritized this book as my only prioritized Systematic Theology.

  9. New Testament Survey by Robert Gomacki.
    Never heard of this before until I got Logos. MAN. Get this. Again, it has a lot of cross references in it, and it helps to organize your search results. It, like the TSK and Robertson’s harmony, actually help do stuff behind the scenes you really can’t see, whether you open this or not.
Conclusion

When you get Logos basic for free, you may not be all that impressed at first. But if you get these add-ons, you’re going to find that your Bible research now yields a lot of information. Ultimately, you’d do best to get Logos Gold, which is over a thousand dollars (I think). Most of us can’t afford to spend that except a little at a time. Most of the items I’ve listed are very inexpensive (except the BKC – the most expensive item on this list). If you buy one a month, your Logos Basic will really begin you give you solid information.
I think I’ve mentioned before that my expository study on Hebrews last year could only have been done with Logos. Much of the information I was looking at would have taken three months per article using Wordsearch or Quickverse.

Logos Bible software is the best. Be advised that my wife is of the conviction that the Faithlife company who makes Logos is not Christian, or it wouldn’t cost so much. She’s probably right about this.

But there’s no substitute for this program.