Review: Bible Study Magazine

Bible Study Magazine Cover Ryan Burns from Logos Bible Software graciously sent me a review copy of Bible Study Magazine.

If you go to their Preview page you will find some sample pages of the first issue and a video with a rundown of all the articles in the magazine by John Barry, Associate Manager and Project Editor. I’ll try not to repeat what’s already covered there in this review. I also will not be critiquing the content of each article.

This issue is 49 pages long. There aren’t an inordinate amount of ads. The multi-page articles are continuous and not broken up by full page ads or continuation later in the magazine which is nice.

Their statement of faith is the Apostles’ Creed. The magazine doesn’t seem to have a theological bent as far as I can tell at this point.

It’s interesting to see what Josh McDowell is up to these days. The article mentions how he became a Christian, how he got into apologetics and how it’s useful in different situations, how he prepares for speaking engagements and how he uses Logos Bible Software. This article is a generous five pages.

Daniel Wallace writes an article on Bible translations. This is a very short primer for those who may have used only one translation and are curious about what else it out there. Wallace briefly explains the difficulty of translating a language, basic translation philosophies and why translations are different. He seems to prefer formal equivalence over functional equivalence.

A paragraph each is written for the N/KJV, N/RSV, ASV/NASB, NEB/REB, T/NIV, NLT, HCSB, ESV, NET and he pulls no punches on the New World Translation (Jehovah’s Witnesses). He seems to prefer the ESV and NET.

The magazine is sprinkled with links to areas on the Logos web site, like Resources on the Book of Hebrews and outside resources like DeadSeaScrolls.org.

A few of the questions that are answered in this issue are:

  • What is the Great Isaiah Scroll?
  • What is the Areogapus?
  • How do I find out more about the Greek word used for power (dunamis) as it’s used in Luke?
  • Who is Cyril of Alexandria?
  • Why is John 5:4 absent in many Bible translations?

As you can see, some of these things can be found on the Web. For those who like to read in print, these articles can be good starting points and provide new ideas for subjects to look into further. Other material will tend to be more exclusive, like the interviews, which tend to be the more extensive articles—and multi-issue articles.

I hope I don’t sound like I’m gushing, but I can’t remember the last time I read a magazine where I was interested in nearly every article and read the magazine from cover to cover (although the latter is partly because I’m doing this review).

In these times it’s extremely difficult to launch a magazine and keep it going. I hope this magazine will be helpful in getting people interested in Logos software and be profitable enough for it to be sustained for the long term.

Bible Study Magazine Web Site

3 Responses to “Review: Bible Study Magazine”


  1. 1 Robert Jimenez

    Jeff, Thanks for the review.  I actually paid for a subscription a few weeks ago and have not received any magazine.  I am looking forward to getting my first copy.Daniel Wallace prefers the NET bible?  Really?  – hahaha

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Hey, it’s a good translation!

    I’m sure you’ll like the magazine.
    Jeff

  3. 3 Paul Merrill

    It’s great that such resources are available to us to help us dig deeper into the Word. I hope the new magazine prospers and spreads.Just a reminder that there are still millions around the world who don’t have a single word of the Bible in their language – nor any resources to help them study the Bible.-Paul Merrill for Wycliffe’s The Seed Companyhttp://www.theseedcompany.org/

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