Logos 5: Sense in Word by Word

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

As you well know, many words in the English language have multiple meanings. For example, trunk could refer to an elephant’s nose, an automobile’s storage compartment, a part of a tree, or a big case for saving things. The word’s context determines its precise meaning.

The biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek are no different. Some words have multiple meanings. For example, the Greek word kosmos, usually translated world, could mean the planet Earth, the people on the planet, or the philosophy of the people on the planet. When John 3.16 declares God so loved the world, which meaning of world is correct?

In an attempt to identify the contextual meanings of Hebrew and Greek words, Logos developed the Bible Sense Lexicon, located on the Tools menu in some of the Logos 5 base packages.

Perhaps the most useful application of this feature is in the Word by Word section in the Exegetical Guide. For example:

  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide.
  • Type John 3.16 in the reference box. (A)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report.
  • Navigate to the Word by Word section. (B)
  • Click the word world (C) on the right-hand side of the big gray box, which takes you to the entry for the Greek kosmos. (D)

Find Bible Sense in Word by Word

 

  • Notice the line of information called Sense (E), followed by a definition.
  • Click the link to open the Bible Sense Lexicon. (F)

Exegetical guide Bible Sense Definition

 

The Sense definition is a specific, contextual definition for the Greek kosmos. This word may have 12 different meanings, but the Content Innovation Team (CIT) at Logos believes that in John 3.16, it means world populace!

Currently the CIT has tagged the majority of Hebrew and Greek nouns, but it will be adding other parts of speech in the future. The new Sense line of information goes a long way in helping us disambiguate the meanings of biblical words.

Three cheers for the CIT!

Comments

  1. Moran DunLany says:

    I have the Silver edition that is totally updated, but can not get the word sense to operate. Please help. Thanks and Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

    Moran

    • Jayson Bradley says:

      Thanks for your question, Moran. Your best bet to get questions like this answered quickly is to head to the forums. There’s a thriving community of users who are knowledgeable and quick to respond to questions like this. Otherwise, you can call customer service at 1-800-875-6467.