A lot of people ask me which Bible software I use. I use the Logos Bible Software program because of the amazing versatility and the massive amount of resources which are available for it. While it is expensive, I have found that it saves me hours and hours of research.
Logos is set up as an account. All of your purchases are linked to your account and will automatically install on any device which has the software (free) installed on it. I personally have the software installed on my laptop, my wife's computer, my desktop, my tablet, and my phone. I'm not sure what the limit is on devices, but you should easily be able to share with your spouse or even possibly a friend as long as you trust them since your credit card is linked to your account and anybody logged in can purchase with that card.
Once you purchase a new book or other resource at Logos.com, it automatically onto all of your devices when they connect to the internet. One thing to note is that all highlighting or other markups synchronize across all of your devices, so if you have others on your account, it is helpful to assign a different highlighting color to each user.
Here are the resources that I use along with links:
Bare Minimum Recommended Purchase:
- L4 and L5 Minimal Crossgrade ($275 separate, cheaper together)
- This is the bare bones functions of the system as well as a lot of resources. This gives you all the functions that only come with Gold packages ($1549) but without the cost. If you call Logos, they can combine this into a package deal which is cheaper than buying them separately. Here are the individual links: L4 package, L5 package.
- Logos has upgraded to Version 6 so this option is no longer available. I recommend calling Logos to determine the minimum package that works for you
- The Old Testament in Greek According to the Septuagint ($72)
- This is a must! This gives you the function of being able to translate from Greek to Hebrew and Hebrew to Greek with a fair degree of certainty. When you do a Bible Word Study, it will display a chart that will show you all the Hebrew words that are translated into the Greek word (in the Septuagint) as well as the frequency. Link to the module.
- Choice of Reverse-Interlinear Bible ($10 each)
Other Recommended Resources
- Enhanced Strong's Lexicon - Call to order
- Enhanced Brown-Driver Briggs
- Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary
- New International Dictionary of the Old and New Testament
- Excellent resource for in depth analysis of the context of individual words. Includes ancient Near Eastern analysis!
- Dead Sea Scrolls Bible
- Dead Sea Scrolls: New Translation
- BDAG/HALOT Bundle
- Scholars version of Strong's. Only useful for very in-depth analysis
- Ancient Near Eastern Texts
- Lexham Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible
- Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
- Expensive, but over 6,000 entries and all in context of ancient Near Eastern studies and very in depth. I use this very frequently!
- The Works of Philo
- The Works of Josephus
- The Mishnah
- Social Justice in Ancient Israel and the Ancient Near East
- Zondervan Atlas of the Bible
- The Jewish Study Bible
- Commentary on New Testament Usage of the Old Testament
- A Commentary on the New Testament from Talmud and Hebraica
- The Royal God: Enthronement Festivals
- Property and the Family in Biblical Law
- Justice and Righteousness: Biblical Themes
- Semeia 68: Honor and Shame
- Declaration and Covenant
- The Pharisees and Jesus
- Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity
- Priesthood and Cult in Ancient Israel
- Purification Offering in Priestly Literature
- Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary
- IVP Bible Backgrounds Commentary