Logos 5: Syntax Search Finds Direct Object

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.

We read in John 3:16 that “God so loved the world.” Grammatically, world is the direct object of the verb loved. So maybe we wonder, “Where else in the New Testament does world function as a direct object?”

One way to find out is with a simple syntax search:

  • Click the Search icon to open the search panel.
  • Select Syntax as the search type. (Note that Syntax search doesn’t appear in the Starter base package.) (A)
  • Select All Passages from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Select the CSGNT from the Bible dropdown list (C).
  • Click Query (D).
  • Select English Object (Cascadia) (E).

  • Type world in the English Object box (F).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

We’ve just discovered all the places any Greek word translated world serves as a direct object in the New Testament! (G)

To locate a specific Greek word functioning as an object of a verb, try this:

  • Select Object (Cascadia) from the dropdown query list (H).

  • Type this in the Greek Object box: g:kosmos (I).
  • Select the Greek word that appears in the dropdown list under the box (J).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

This time, we found every place the Greek lemma kosmos serves as an object of a verb! (K)

Notice some of the results:

  • Gain the world
  • Condemn the world
  • Love the world
  • Save the world
  • Convict the world
  • Judge the world
  • Reconcile the world
  • Overcome the world

This simple search launches a very interesting topical study regarding kosmos.

 

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One Response to “Logos 5: Syntax Search Finds Direct Object”

  1. Marco Foti October 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Very interesting example. Another way for getting the same result is hovering on the different words in the section “translations” of a Bible word study, but this example is much more straightforward. Thank you.

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