Logos 4: Locate Hebrew or Greek Synonyms for a Biblical Word

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 seminars and provides many training materials.

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A Logos user recently emailed this question to me:

Is there a way I can search the Bible to find every synonym for “sin”?

The answer is a resounding yes and we get to use one of my favorite Logos features: the Translation ring in the Bible Word Study.

  • Choose Guides | Bible Word Study.
  • Type sin in the Word box. (1)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report.

The Hebrew Words and Greek Words sections display all of the Hebrew and Greek words translated sin in the Bible of your choice (as indicated on the blue section title bar). In essence these are the synonyms for sin in the Bible. Of course this exercise is not picking up Hebrew and Greek words translated trespassoffence, etc. which also could be synonyms for sin.

  • Click a Hebrew or Greek word outside the ring to list the verses in which that word is translated sin. (2)
  • Click the Hebrew or Greek lemma next to the word count to generate a report for that word. (3)

Notice the Translation ring in this second report displays the various ways this Hebrew or Greek lemma is translated in English, again in the Bible of your choice. (4)

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By going around the Hebrew and Greek rings in the first report, we can open additional Bible Word Study reports for each word, thereby being well on our way to a biblical understanding of the original concept, in this case sin.

How do you use the translation ring in the Bible Word Study tool? Leave a comment and let us know!

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3 Responses to “Logos 4: Locate Hebrew or Greek Synonyms for a Biblical Word”

  1. Steven Small March 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    I tried this but the beach ball went for a minute and then the whirling circles went on and on. Hey guys, performance is still a Big problem!

  2. Chuck McIlhenny March 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Worked for me. Got the words and synonymns accurately. My Logos is indexing and gets wee bit sluggish during these times; but otherwise it’s very good. Course I did get the top o’d’line Dell laptop with dual what’s a call itz..and bells and whistles…giving it to room and speed…makes all the difference.

  3. Charles Wright March 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    Thanks so much for this article. I noticed that when I look up an individual Greek word it also gives me the Septuagint usage as well. Using the same technique allows me to see which Hebrew words were translated using this Greek word.