I made a comment earlier this week to my wife that pretty much sums up my thoughts on the new Psalms Explorer (PE) in Logos 6: “I am no Psalms expert nor am I the son of one, but this Psalms Explorer is pretty rad!” It allows to see the Psalms in a way that I think is quote innovative and extremely useful, especially for a book(s) that has many parts to it.
To open the PE, simply navigate to “Tools” and select the PE. When the PE opens, you get a screen that looks like this:
On the left hand side you see a number of different headings: genre, attribution (author), book, and theme. These are different filters that allow you to select any particular Psalm that you may be looking for. On the right hand side are the Psalms in canonical order. Each Psalm is represented by a different color. These colors represent the different genres that are contained in the Psalms. So far, this is pretty straight forward and rather simple.
But let’s say I wanted to see the Psalms displayed on the right side of the screen according to genre. What will this look like?
The PE has now arranged the Psalms according to the different genres that make up the 150 Psalms. From here I want to show only the Psalms of David. I simply click on “David” in the left menu screen and now I have only the Psalms of David (with the addition of Ps 124, which mentions David in the inscription).
Finally, let’s look at the Psalms of David that are messianic. In the left menu under Themes, click on the “Themes: Prophecy: Jesus” and you will notice that the right side again rearranges the Psalms and lists Ps 8; 16; 22; 41; 68; 69; and 110.
The new Psalms Explorer in Logos 6 is a fantastic tool for seeing how the Psalms relate to each other canonically, thematically, and any other way you can imagine. It is a great teaching tool for the classroom and Sunday school, simply connect your computer to a monitor and you are ready to explore the Psalms together.
If the Psalms Explorer is something you are interested in, give Logos 6 a test drive. They offer a 30 day money back guarantee, so why not try it out. If you have any questions, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.