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Lawrence J. Johnson has brought to us a divine collection of worship artefacts from the early Church. He has meticulously researched ancient documents, not for some historical critical purpose or even a manifestly theological purpose, but for the purpose of presenting to us the ways the early Christians sought to order their lives in worship. This is, quite simply, the liturgical thought as it developed in Christianity.
Before I speak to the use of it on the Logos Software platform, I want to first speak to the depth of the material. The goal, as stated in the introduction, is to help Christian denominations who are reforming their worship to have access to “the great literary heritage that witnesses the way Christians lived their liturgical life during the early ages of Christianity.” Thus, he seeks to provide a comprehensive resource for those who are seeking to return to the ancient ways. He does this quite well.
Johnson’s work is found in four volumes, each with a particular temporal focus. The first volume begins with pre-Christian times, drawing from synagogue prayers as well as Jewish tradition. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea Scrolls are not used — although I recognize this may be more of a matter of space than a pointed exclusion. Also included in this first volume is the “sub-apostolic” era as well as the second and third centuries. Here, Johnson pulls from the Didache, Melito of Sardis, and the Apostolic Church Order, respectively. The second volume covers the fourth century, with one half devoted to the East and one to the West. Here, you can contrast Hilary of Poitiers (West) to Gregory of Nyssa (East). The third and fourth volumes follow this pattern with the fifth and sixth century, respectively. A specific highlight to this set is the use of unknown, or relatively unknown works, such as the Manchester Papyrus (Vol. 6, East). In total, Johnson provides over 1500 pages and over 700 years worship of material to devour.
I want to now give an example of a section. In Vol. 1, Johnson displays before us Pseudo-Cyprian’s On Rebaptism. He gives a short biographical sketch and summary of the document. Following this is a short bibliography. Then the document itself is given, or rather, the pertinent part of the document. There is no interpretation or other commentary provided.
This is where having the volumes on the Logos Bible Software platform comes in handy. Rather than having to flip back and forth to the abbreviations and the indexes, everything is now included on the page before you. Further, it is easily searchable and having the electronic versions means I can add whatever notes I like, erase them, and start over. Having an extensive set like this in hardback does look nice, but having it on the same software system that will always access it in order to help your study will enjoy that it moves from the shelf into your hands, from your hands into your mind, and from you mind to your mouth so that you can use it to help either renew your community through a liturgical reform or even as a daily study.
I’ve included some pictures of the set (Vol. 1) on the iPad app.
I can’t tell you why, yet, but I’ve suddenly become interested in highlighting the High Definition series from Logos. This series builds upon the Discourse series, both by Steve Runge, the scholar in residence at Logos.
Now for the first time, the nuances of discourse grammar are marked in your Logos Bible Software English Standard Version New Testament to expose the subtleties of the Greek text. Without formal Greek or Hebrew training, you can:
- Enhance your understanding of the original authorial intent
- Restore the subtleties of tone and stress “lost in translation
- Learn to distinguish among backgrounded information, major and minor points in the text
- Apply the proper emphasis in public reading and teaching of Scripture!
See the link above for a fuller explanation.
This is what it looks like on my iPad:
I’ve split the screen to show Romans 1 in the hi-def NT as well as the glossary volume.
What is different about this, say from other versions attempting to show emphasis? It uses rhetoric as a basis. Notice that on the left of the image is a diagram showing the points of the structure. One of the errors of modern readers is to read Romans as if Paul is monotone. This helps to break that up. Let me show you some more from the inside:
As you know, I have an issue in the way Romans is read because I believe Paul is writing in a certain style, a style detectable if one understands a specific rhetoric as well as acknowledge Paul’s context here. Having the High Definition New Testament is great because it calls us to step back and read it in such a way as to consider we, in fact, did not write it, but someone else — someone else with intentions, purpose, and a specific message — did.
One day, after phd work, I’d like to work on a specific monograph on Romans. This is going to start, and urge me on, in that process. Runge’s work, as much as Campbell and a select few others, is serving to show Paul’s intentional rhetoric and must not be missed if you really want to hear what the Apostle is saying.
Logos sent along a nice review copy of a new book: Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking. The focus of the review is not so much the argument, which I will get to, but why Logos.
I have Kindle, iBooks, and Logos. As one who does a lot of reading, as well as research, I like to keep all of my notes and scribbles on one platform. Kindle is fine, but if I had my choice, it will always be Logos. And here is why. Attached are three photos of the inside of the book. The Logos version, if you have the other books mentioned herein, will include links to other books in your library. This is extremely helpful given the amount of books I have.
Further, I really like the set-up of this one in Logos because of the footnotes. The footnotes are honest-to-goodness footnotes. Anyway, have a look:
In a previous post, we saw how the Bible Sense Lexicon is like a net that, when homonyms get you tangled up, lets you capture only the exact meanings you want. Here we continue by looking at how extensions of a meaning can entangle you, too.
Consider the verb “fish.” It seems like a relatively straightforward word, meaning “to catch or try to catch fish.” But have you ever “fished” for your keys in your pocket? Have you ever seen someone “fish” for a compliment? Word meanings can extend in any number of ways.
I have a few metaphors for Jeremy… or rather, about J-dog.
Most of us think we know the moving story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life—a pacifist pastor turns anti-Hitler conspirator due to horrors encountered during World War II—but does the evidence really support this prevailing view? Bonhoeffer the Assassin? Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking carefully examines the biographical and textual evidence and finds no support for the theory that Bonhoeffer abandoned his ethic of discipleship and was involved in plots to assassinate Hitler. In fact, Bonhoeffer consistently affirmed a strong stance of peacemaking from 1932 to the end of his life, and his commitment to peace was integrated into his theology as a whole.
Can’t wait to read it!
Some nets are specialized for catching specific kinds of fish. You wouldn’t want to try to catch a guppie with a net that has large holes in it. Similarly, you wouldn’t want to try to catch salmon with the same net you use to get your pet goldfish out of its bowl.
Like a specialized net, the Bible Sense Lexicon allows you to capture only the meanings you’re searching for. Consider the problem of English homonyms: “When he said he went to lie down he told a lie.” “Tennis players love to keep their opponents at love.” “The girl in the band was wearing a band around her head.” The same word can have very different meanings. What we may fail to realize, though, is that this can wreak havoc on our Bible searches.
Read the rest there…
This is the definitive library-builder bundle. We’ve pulled together 500 classic titles into one amazing collection—and we’re offering it for over 96% off the regular price! Yeah, you read that right—over 96% off. If you were to pick these up at any other time, you’d pay over $10,000. But right now, you can round out your library with 500 new books for less than $1.00 a title!
Almost 200,000 pages… It looks awesome and frankly, is an awesome price. For those who can’t pay the full amount just now, get the payment plan.
212 authors, including:
- Isaac Watts
- Adolf Van Harnack
- Robert Murray McCheyne
- Charles Finney
- John Darby
- Jacobus Arminius
- George Whitefield
- Myles Coverdale
- John Newton
- Robert S. Candlish
Other books as well:
- Prolegomena to the History of Israel
- Edwin Hatch Collection (3 vols.)
- The Atonement: In Its Relations to the Covenant, the Priesthood, the Intercession of Our Lord
- The Essentials of Prayer
- Ernest DeWitt Burton New Testament Studies Collection (3 vols.)
- The Dark Night of the Soul
- The Philocalia of Origen
- Commentary on Luke
Here’s the rub – it lasts until 31 December. Go. Get. It. Now.
I’ve happened upon this book, quite by accident, thanks to the newly redesigned iPad app for Logos. It is included in the daily devotional section. I have made a habit of reading it, almost daily, for the past few weeks.
It is…deeply theological and not altogether different than what the current Pope is saying.
Cardinal Ratzinger offers selected passages from his profound spiritual and theological writings as meditations for each day of the year. He picked the title of this book from verse 8 in the third letter of St. John, which he also adapted for his coat of arms: “Co-Workers of the Truth.” Just as these words signify for St. John the participation of all the faithful in the service of the Gospel, which includes the faithful extending hospitality to all who come as messengers of faith, so too Ratzinger shows the importance of our uniting charity with truth to make possible the proclamation of the Gospel. Through his meditations here, he hopes to help awaken in each reader the courage and generosity to become coworkers with the Gospel, which is the truth of Jesus Christ.
Looks like @logos has updated Ephesians in their Lexham Bible Guides for Paul’s letters:
Now we’ve enhanced the guide with more than 30% new content, including more analysis, more annotated links for each of the issues discussed, and several new Issues and Background Studies. We’ve also added discussions of nine additional commentaries, including new links to 18 different journal and dictionary articles. This added content will help you study Ephesians’ key interpretive issues while connecting you with the depth and breadth of your Logos library.
I did a vlog review for this: