Logos 4: Help for Pronouncing those Big Names in the Bible

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars and provides many training materials.

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I wish I had a nickel; for every time I’ve been asked, “Does Logos pronounce all the big names in the Bible?” Currently the answer is, No and Yes. How’s that for riding the fence?

What I mean is Logos currently doesn’t have an audible pronunciation for English words the way it does for Greek words. It does, however, have in most of the base collections a resource, That’s Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Bible Names, with phonetic spellings of all the English names in the Bible.

Here’s one way to use this book:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right hand corner of the Library (1)
  • Type this text in the Library’s Find box: title:easy (2)
  • Drag That’s Easy for You to Say from the left side of the Library to the Prefer these resources list on the right. (3)
    VERY IMPORTANT:
    make sure this resource is in the top five of your prioritized English topical books like Bible dictionaries
  • Close the Library
  • Open an English Bible to a passage containing the name of a person or place such as Isaiah 7:1
  • Right click on the name of the person or place like Uzziah (4)
  • Select on the right menu Selection “your word” like Selection Uzziah (5)
  • Select on the right menu That’s Easy for You to Say (6)

The resource should open to the phonetic spelling of your word!

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If you’re unfamiliar with phonetic spellings, display the table of contents of That’s Easy for You to Say and click Code for Pronunciation which offers excellent explanations and examples.

What’s the most difficult Biblical name to pronounce in your opinion? Leave a comment and let us know!

Comments

  1. Any chance for an update for an audible english pronunciation? I had a bible program on a different computer that had one which was really helpful.The phonic spellings don’t always help me.

    • Fred Clifford says:

      I tried the “read aloud” featture, but I don’t think it is as helpful as the afore-mentioned pronunciation guide. With an English Bible open, press Control R. “Read aloud” doesn’t always prounounce names correctly.

  2. Tommy Miller says:

    The most commonly mispronounced Bible name, in my opinion, is Dodo (Judges 10:1).

  3. PastorWillie Sublet · McMurry University

    I have found it helpful to left click on any text.
    Then hit Crtl + R, and the computer will read text for you. Meaning you can hear how to pronounce those most difficult words. Just try it, it works for me. Also used Crtl+R on commentaries and books. When I feel like listen.