- Either the Scriptures are God’s words, or they are not. If they are not, then there is no need for us to follow them, because in all cases, throughout all history, men have erred. They will continue to err. However, if the words of Scripture ARE God’s words, then we must engage with them as true, unchanging and perfectly reflecting the mind of God. The final sentence of the description provided above betrays itself as not aiming a death blow to the truth of the Scriptures, but in every case (again, throughout history), when people try to wear away at the God-inspired, God-breathed nature of Scripture, this allows for the creeping in of heresy, disbelief and a lack of commitment to sanctification and full commitment to the requirements and truths of Scripture. The author, here, does not make his argument from Scripture—he makes it from historical writings, many of which are dubious at best. The key question here is, “How did the Biblical authors and actors view the Word of God?” They took it as absolutely God’s Word. Every word of Scripture confirms that. Again, if God did not speak these precious words to us, then there is absolutely no need for us to follow them, let alone read them. Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh, and His words were definitely God-breathed. The OT prophets spoke God’s Word with God speaking in the first person! Were they liars? One cannot escape the theological, interpretational and logical fallacies introduced by the idea that God’s Word is not God-breathed. If you do buy this book, make sure you buy it as an “alternate viewpoint.”
- I cannot fathom why the EGGNT series is available in FaithLife eBooks and not on the Logos website? These are clearly scholarly and academic books for research. Logos/FaithLife should also work toward getting the entire series integrated into Logos. These resources are among the best that I can think of. No serious NT scholar should be without them!
- This is a nifty tool in your Library, which pulls together available outlines for your desires passage. I do wish you could add resources to the list, as I have several commentary sets that are not represented in the Bible Outline Browser. It is helpful to me to see how commentators over the years have sought to organize the thoughts of the Biblical writers.
- I see this package as much better served as an introductory package for new uses to Logos. Aside from the Greek/Hebrew texts and the Lexicons there is not much here the average student would really want/need--just a bunch of extra fluff. However, with the inclusion of those resources (especially the UBS/BHS/LSJ) this is a good price for Biblical languages study. The inclusion of he UBS Handbook series would make this bundle perfect. Unfortunately, with Logos base packages, one has to purchase all the way up to Platinum ($2,500+) before one gets the "basic" Greek and Hebrew tools that should be on EVERY student's desk. My number one disappointment with Logos (and there aren't many) is that they cram a whole lot of useless resources into their base packages and lure users into expensive high level packages just to get the standard resources everyone should have. I get it. They're a business and they make money by selling books. But, they should focus on making reasonably priced, standard sets of resources. That said, I won't be getting THIS bundle, as I already have most of these resources (at least the ones that have any usefulness). However, I do recommend this package to users new to Logos who want to study the original languages. Agreed, as mentioned by others, that this bundle should not be limited to students.
- Friends, Based on the list of contents, just about everything this (paper) book covers is also covered in Logos help files, sites and forums. I'm not telling you not to purchase this book, but rather than complain about the cost of a book that Logos doesn't produce, perhaps look at the other training resources available to you. Although this is unrelated to the review of this book, I have been a little shocked at the cost of upgrades from Logos 4 to Logos 5 and now again Logos 5 to Logos 6. Logos used to be about the Logos Library engine (which was free) and the interoperability of the resources. Now, every time the engine has new features, we must pay (a rather significant upgrade fee) to use them. My electronic library is too extensive to go anywhere else, and I still think Logos Software is the best. But this is just my two cents.
- I completely agree - I've been a Logos user for 20 years, since version 1.3 on floppy discs. For a very long time i resisted upgrading from version 5 to version 6 because I couldn't prudently afford it. Then i had to replace my computer and discovered i couldn't download Logos 5 onto it - this is part of what they mean by 'Logos 5 is no longer supported.' I had to go for the core engine - which was free, but lacked most of the new features. Finally circumstances have changed and i have been able to 'treat myself' to the full package, which is very good, of course. But I do worry that Logos has turned into a commercial empire