Author: Jennifer Hendrix, Logos Bible Software
Information is good, and more information is better. But in the digital age, the volume of information available to us can be overwhelming—and this is no less true when it comes to information about the Bible. Lexham Bible Guides help pastors, Bible scholars, or Bible enthusiasts chart a course through the forest of biblical study and theological commentary.
It is often difficult for pastors and Bible students to find the information they need on specific topics without wasting a lot of time sifting through material that takes them off on many different tangents. When your research time is focused and guided, it makes all the difference in the world. Help from these study guides actually combines the expert curation of a Bible guidebook with advanced technology, satisfying the need for a quick orientation to a passage while facilitating in-depth study when time allows. They also help organize all the research on each literary unit of Scripture in addition to illuminating difficult and obscure passages, making passages more accessible for teaching or further study. The guides provide comprehensive coverage that are both easy to use and elegantly organized, addressing both biblical and theological issues — not just one or the other. They also annotate differing opinions of top scholars and link pastors directly to their works' most relevant passages for further reading.
Logos’ Bible reference team created this resource, where each Lexham Bible Guide focuses on one literary unit of Scripture at a time. In a clear and easy-to-follow format, the guides provide: 1.) an outline of the unit's/passage’s structure as well as its biblical significance; 2.) customizable media slides for use in the classroom; 3.) a listing and description of related literature for further study, including important exegetical and theological issues; 4.) an introductory overview; 5.) explanations and summaries of key original language words, important facts, and controversial issues; 6.) curated, annotated links to users' Logos library; 7.) an application summary/overview; 8.) concluding thoughts.
The Lexham Bible Guides provide a comprehensive picture built on the best and most in-depth research available. They elegantly synthesize biblical and theological commentary with historical and literary background. For busy pastors and teachers, the guides include slide templates and prebuilt word-study slides to make it easier to present the information to an audience.
At each point on the map, though, the Lexham Bible Guides offer users the opportunity to delve deeper—without getting lost on the way.
Written to take full advantage of the Logos platform, each Lexham Bible Guide links to relevant content in users' Logos library, giving access to more than 30,000 other digital Christian resources. With one click, the annotated bibliography opens up into a more extensive exploration of a full range of theological perspectives from top scholars. Learn more about how God’s Word has been understood by scholars—faster, and without stumbling over the details.
New Lexham Bible Guides have just been released for several New Testament books. In addition to Lexham Bible Guide: Ephesians, Galatians, 1 Thessalonians, and 1 Peter are also available. Pre-order your Lexham Bible Guides.
This blog originally appeared 10/16/12 on Logostalk.com and can be read in its entirety here.