Logos Bible Software

Logos Bible Software is a digital library application designed for the electronic Bible study . In addition to basic eBook functionality, it includes extensive resource linking, note-taking functionality, and linguistic analysis for the study of the Bible both in translation and in its original languages . It is developed by Faithlife Corporation . As of February 2017, Logos Bible Software is in its seventh version.

Logos Bible Software is Compatible with more than 43,000 titles related to the Bible from 200 publishers, Including Baker , Bantam , Catholic University of America Press , Eerdmans , Harvest House , Merriam Webster , Moody Press , Oxford University Press , Thomas Nelson , Tyndale House , and Zondervan . Logos also recently published its own Lexham Bible Reference series, featuring new scholarship on the original Biblical languages . [1]

Until October 2014, the name Logos Bible Software was often used by the software (Incorporated as Logos Research Systems, Inc.). At that date, the company was rebranded as FaithLife Corporation as a response to the greater diversity in products and services then offered. [2]


Windows and Macintosh versions

Logos Bible Software was launched in 1992 by two Microsoft employees, Bob Pritchett and Kiernon Reiniger, along with Bob’s father, Dale Pritchett. The three quit their jobs to develop Christian software. [3] After Acquiring data from the CDWordLibrary project at Dallas Theological Seminary (an Earlier Bible software package for use is Windows 2 ), Logos released an updated version of called Expired the Logos Library System platform in 1995 [4] qui added carrier for more resources and introduced the concept of a digital library.

Logos Bible Software for Windows, v1.6

After a long beta cycle that began in 1999, [5] the LLS was replaced by the Libronix Digital Library Systems (or Libronix DLS) in 2001. [6]This was a 32-bit application (LLS was 16-bit ) and had has been rewritten from the ground up in a more modular fashion that made it easier to add future expansions. As with all other versions of the Logos Bible Software, it was offered as a free update to existing customers. In terms of branding, Libronix Digital Library System Refers to the software Itself, whilst Logos Bible Software Series X Was used for packages That included Both the software and electronic Biblical studies resources.

Version 2 of Libronix DLS appeared in July 2003 as Logos Bible Software Series X 2.0 . This add-on support for documents, as well as notes and word lists, visual filters (which allow users to create rules to add highlighting and markup to resources automatically), and a graphical query editor. [7] Version 3 was launched in June 2006 and introduced reverse-interlinear Bibles, the Bible Study Word tool, and syntax searches. [8] The Series X name was dropped, and the software was known simply as Logos Bible Software 3 . In March 2008 an alpha version of the Bible Software for Mac isreleased for testing, [9] .[10] This is known as Logos Bible Software for Mac 1.0 , and is based on the Windows version.

However, on November 2, 2009, Logos announced Logos Bible Software for Windows , along with an early release of Mac version and a cut-down iPhone version. Like the original release of the Libronix Digital Library System, the application has been substantially rewritten, and featured a very different graphical user interface than its predecessor. [11] Crucially, once the Mac version was completed, both versions of the software would be very similar in function, and settings, documents and resources would be seamlessly sync between different versions. The Mac version atteint beta in July 2010, [12] and Was released in September 2010.[13] Various additions to other platforms, with version 4.1 (October 2010, Windows only) adding sentence diagramming and print / export, [14] 4.2 (December 2010 on Windows, March 2011 on Mac) fixed, [15] 4.3 (August 2011) adding Personal Books to allow users to add their own content, [16] 4.5 (January 2012) adding notes and highlighting [17] (4.4 was skipped), and 4.6 (August 2012) offering fixed bug and a few tweaks.

Logos Bible Software 5 was released for both Mac and Windows in November 2012, [18] with an emphasis on connecting disparate features and databases, making the Bible study easier and more efficient. [19] Datasets and tagging added to Bibles can be used to explore the roots of words and their sense , and the Sermon Starter Guide and Topical Guidebook. Logos 5.1 (July 2013) added read-along audio and a new topic layout, [20] with several more minor improvements in 5.2 (November 2013). [21]

Logos Bible Software 6 was released at the end of October 2014, [22] and became the first version to support 64-bit architecture . It was added to a number of new datasets and features, including Ancient Literature cross-references, Cultural Concepts, original manuscript images, multimedia and the new Factbook that was attempted to integrate the largest number of databases. Logos are also integrated with the Kindle service provided by Amazon.

Logos Bible Software 7 was released towards the end of August 2016. Features added with this full version include, Sermon Editor, Course Tool, Figurative Language (interactive), Hebrew Grammatical Constructions, Longacre Genre Analysis, Sentence Types of the New Testament Dataset, Quickstart Layouts, Speech Acts, An Empty Tomb (interactive), Exploring Biblical Manuscripts.

Mobile versions

An iPhone app was released alongside Logos 4 in November 2009. It provides users with access to the Internet. Resources can be accessed over the cloud , or downloaded onto the device for offline access. Native iPad support was added with version 1.4 in April 2010. [23] Version 2.0 (January 2012) added notes, highlights and inline footnotes. [24] Version 3.0 (August 2012) added reading plan and community rating, [25] and version 4.0 has new UIupdated for iOS 7. A topic guide was added in 4.3 (June 2014), and a scrolling view in 4.4 (December 2014). The app is now available in several ‘flavors’. In addition to the standard Logos Bible Software app, other very similar apps exist under the FaithLife Study Bible , Vyrso , Verbum and Noet brands. These apps offer similar functionality, different branding, and a slightly different UI. The iOS app was awarded the DBW Publishing Innovation Award in 2011.

An Android app entered a public in May 2011, [26] with a beta in July, [27] and 1.0 released a year later. The first version of the book, which has been added to the book of books. This brought much closer parity with the iOS app, [28] and future development has continued along similar lines to the iOS version.

Rebranded versions

Faithlife Corporation aussi Produces two rebranded versions of Logos Bible Software with Almost identiques functionality . Verbum is avocation at Roman Catholics (and adds databases of Catholic topics and Saints , and more data from the deuterocanonical Books ), and Noet is for Those undertaking scholarly work in the humanities, PARTICULARLY the classics and philosophy.


Each version of Logos Bible Software has been received by Christian leaders. It is frequently praised for being user-friendly, [29] having the largest number of available resources of any comparable software, [30] [31] and offering unique tools and datasets not found in any comparable products. [32] However, it has some criticisms for its high cost [33] and lack of speed when compared with other Bible software packages. [31]


  1. Jump up^ The software itself is freeware. Most resources and datasets are paid for add-ons.


  1. Jump up^ Gons, Phillip ‘Phil’ (April 16, 2004). “Logos Research Systems Commissions New Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible” . Logos Bible Software . Retrieved June 13, 2010 .
  2. Jump up^ “Bible Software Logos rebrands as Faithlife” . October 7, 2014.
  3. Jump up^ “High-tech survivors” . Whatcom County Business Pulse.
  4. Jump up^ Harris, III, W Hall (February 6, 2008). “Bible Software History 101” . Retrieved June 13, 2010 .
  5. Jump up^ “Code Name” Titus “- The Future of the Logos Library System” . March 29, 1999. Archived from the original on May 8, 1999 . Retrieved January 5, 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ “Tip from CS: Update from the Logos Library System to Libronix” . January 6, 2009 . Retrieved January 3, 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ “Logos Bible Software Series X v2.0” . 7 July 2003. Archived from the original on July 7, 2003 . Retrieved 5 January 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ “Introducing … Logos Bible Software 3!” . 15 June 2006. Archived from the original on June 15, 2006 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  9. Jump up^ “Macintosh Logos Bible Software Alpha Hits” . March 14, 2008 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  10. Jump up^ “The Answer to Your Question Is” Now “!” . 5 December 2008. Archived from the original on April 1, 2009 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  11. Jump up^ “Logos Bible Software 4.0 Launched!” . Bible Software Review Weblog . 2 November 2009 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  12. Jump up^ “Beta 1 & 2 Release Notes” . Logos Bible Software Forums . 23 July 2010 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  13. Jump up^ “Mac Release Notes and History” . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  14. Jump up^ “Logos 4.1” . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  15. Jump up^ “Logos 4.2” . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  16. Jump up^ “Free Personal Builder Book Ships with New Logos 4 Update!” . August 10, 2011 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  17. Jump up^ “Coming in 4.5 Updates to Highlights and Notes” . 23 January 2012 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  18. Jump up^ “Logos 5 has arrived: a smarter connection to the Word” . November 5, 2012.
  19. Jump up^ “Introducing Logos Bible Software 5” . 1 November 2012 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  20. Jump up^ “Introducing Logos 5.1” . 2 July 2013 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  21. Jump up^ “Logos 5.2” . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  22. Jump up^ “Logos 6 arrives” . Reformation21 . 27 October 2014 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  23. Jump up^ “Review: Logos Bible Software for iPad v. 1.4” . This Lamp . 18 April 2010 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  24. Jump up^ “Logos for iOS 2.0.1 Release Notes” . 27 January 2012 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  25. Jump up^ “iOS Reader Suite 3.0.0 Release Notes” . 29 August 2012 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  26. Jump up^ “Logos for Android Alpha 4” . May 14, 2011 . Retrieved 3 January2015 .
  27. Jump up^ “Logos for Android released” . 4 July 2011 . Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  28. Jump up^ “Brings More Parity Logos Between Android and iOS Bible Apps”(PDF) . Christian Computing Magazine . August 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2015 . Retrieved 3 January 2015 .
  29. Jump up^ Barrett, Charles M. (April 2013). “Logos Bible Software 5”. Themelios .
  30. Jump up^ Challies, Tim (Fall 2006). “Logos Bible Software 3”. The Journal of Modern Ministry .
  31. ^ Jump up to:b Tabb, Brian J. (April 2014). “Logos Bible Software 5 Platinum”. Themelios .
  32. Jump up^ Parker, David (July 2003). “Logos Bible Software Series X”. Evangelical Review of Theology .
  33. Jump up^ Naselli, Andrew David (April 2014). Baker Academic Biblical Studies Bundle. Themelios .