RefTagger from Logos


Logos has a new tool called RefTagger that Phil Gons persuaded me to try.

Here goes: Ephesians 5:25-32 is a passage I was looking at today as I revise the old Anglican vows for my wedding (see next post!).

Eph. 5:25 is a precious verse.

Those references should now be links!


Answer a Fool According to His Folly

Ok, readers—all four of you (according to Google Analytics), whoever you are.

I want some feedback.

I wrote the following for the Bible Reading Program being put out for high school students by BJU Press. This is part of my introduction to Proverbs, and I need help coming up with a good example for the bolded section below. If you are so inclined, please leave a comment with a suggestion!

“So what are proverbs? More importantly, what were proverbs as the ancient Israelite king Solomon understood them almost a thousand years before Christ? Proverbs are not ironclad promises of what is universally true but wise statements about what is generally true. “Generally true” means that there are exceptions—but this does not mean that the Bible contains errors! This is obvious if you will simply take a look at Proverbs XX:XX.”

I was going to suggest Proverbs 26:4-5 (“Answer not a fool…”; “Answer a fool…”), but I was persuaded enough by the LXX’s different renderings of “according to” and by Waltke’s NICOT comments that I decided I couldn’t rely on those verses as a good example of what I’m trying to say. But I still think it’s true.
Can you think of an example?
N.B. I here express my debt to Randy Jaeggli for his definition of “proverb,” which I largely cribbed because it has stuck in my mind all these years.

Bible Typography

Finally, ESV!

Crossway has finally come out with a single-column, paragraphed ESV.

Here’s the best price I’m aware of.

I’ve just gotten so enamored with my much more spartan TNIV edition that I’m sort of holding out hope that the ESV will have a similar edition (no verse or chapter numbers) soon.

I really admire Crossway’s push for innovation in Bible publishing. And as an occasional graphic designer I am very pleased with their typography, too.

BibleWorks, BJU, and Logos

During two two-week periods each year Logos lets BJU students buy some of their major packages for 40% off. That time is about to expire. I’m helping Logos get the word out.

I bought the Scholar’s Gold package a little over a year ago, and I am glad I did. I have also purchased several commentary and reference sets. Here’s a complete list of what I’ve purchased, followed by approximate recollections of what I paid:

  • Scholar’s Library: Gold ($700)
  • Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament ($150)
  • The Essential IVP Reference Collection ($80)
  • Theological Journal Library 1-10 ($330)
  • WEA Theological Resource Library ($18)
  • Word Biblical Commentary 58-Volume Set ($250)
  • F.W. Farrar, History of Interpretation (ca. $15)
  • Craig Blomberg, Interpreting the Parables (ca. $15)
  • Adolf Deissmann, Light from the Ancient East (ca. $15)

I have a few major recommendations to make to prospective Bible software buyers:

  1. Get BibleWorks first, then Logos. My good friends at Logos will not like me for this, but text-level work is primary, not commentaries or even reference works. BibleWorks is for original language exegesis. If you’ve studied Greek (and/or Hebrew), just get it!
  2. Regarding Logos: get reference works, like commentaries, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. That’s what I think you’ll use, though you may like reading books on your computer screen.
  3. Add up the value of what you will actually use and see if it exceeds what you’re paying for the package. Compare and contrast various packages.
  4. Make sure to check out the Theological Journal Library. Buy it from Logos or direct from Galaxie Software. They’ve got a new Internet subscription, too. $50 a year. Not bad.
  5. Sign up for Rejoice Christian Software’s e-mail list. I don’t know how he gets his deals, but he somehow manages.

BJU students: for more information or to make a purchase, visit:


Latitude and Longitude, Google Earth/Maps, and Bible Geography

I just went on a little adventure with latitude and longitude. I had a bunch of coordinates in full form for the BJU Press Bible Truths D Teacher’s Edition:

33º 40′ 44.98″ N 30′ 24′ 58.61″ E

But neither Google Earth nor Google Maps reads these full form coordinates, and I didn’t realize it. You have to take out the degree º, minute ‘, and second ” symbols.

In the process of realizing that, I ran across a way to convert the long form to decimal form:

33.679161 N 30.416281 E

Exciting, I know. Well, I used a little find and replace wizardry, and here are the coordinates for assorted bodies of water and mountains in the Bible: