Logos 5: Display a Verse from All Bibles

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.

Recently I was reading Revelation 3:20 in the ESV, where Jesus says:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”

I noticed in to being used as the phrase, rather than the word into. To refresh my English grammar, I quickly looked up the difference between in to and into.

I then wanted to see how this verse is worded in all of my English Bibles. There are several ways to accomplish this task in Logos, but I’ll show you what I did that evening in my personal study.

First, I created a collection of English Bibles, then I used Text Comparison to display Revelation 3:20 from that collection:

  • Choose Tools | Collections
  • Name the collection “English Bibles” (A)
  • Type this text in the Rule box: type:bible AND lang:english, which encompasses resources categorized in the library as Bibles published in the English language (B)
  • Close the Collections panel (C)

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  • Choose the Tools menu
  • Right click Text Comparison (D)
  • Select Open in a floating window (E)

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  • Type Revelation 3:20 in the Reference box (F)
  • Select English Bibles from the Resources drop-down list (G)

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  • Choose the Text Comparison panel menu (H)
  • Select Vertical layout (I)

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Notice that Logos displays a list of that one verse from all the English Bibles you own!

If you’d like to continue this study, use the Search tool to locate all the occurrences of both the phrase in to and the word into in your Bible.

If you enjoy these weekly tips, please check out the two-volume Logos 5 Training Manual Set, which teaches you how to get the most out of your software.

Comments

  1. Now, maybe I'm overlooking something, but how do I "rank" resources in a collection? The example above is really cool, especially when I enable the "show differences" feature; but it treats the Cambridge Paragraph Bible of the Authorized English Version as the base text, since this is the top of the collection (alphabetically), and I can see no way to change this rank. I would like to, for example, see differences of other translations in relation to the Douay-Rheims or RSVCE.

  2. I completely agree with Joseph Richardson. I had this same question a long time ago and called Logos Bible Software about it but there was no way to change it. I would prefer if everything was compared to the KJV.

  3. I tried this demonstration as well and would also like a way to re-order the books in a collection.

  4. G. Jorge Medina says:

    Shouldn't the feature use first the prioritized Bibles and then all the rest?

  5. Eddie Landreth says:

    Thanks for an excellent tip! I used this exercise to create a "Preferred Bibles" collection. Only difference was, I dragged the versions I didn't want to include in my research to the "-Minus these Resources" area to subtract them from the collection. When I closed my newly formed collection and did a search, I had a comparison with only the Bible versions I use most!

  6. Try typing the version you want to use as the base text in the window that lists the name of the collection (or has the various translations listed) before the name of the collection and then hit “Enter”. Doing that should make that translation the base text. I have a collection of five translations named “Top Bibles” that used the NASB95 for the base text. I typed in ESV before “Top Bibles” and hit “Enter” and it made the ESV the base for comparison. And it stayed that way even after I closed out the text comparison window and then reopened it. In the window it now reads “ESV, Top Bibles”. Hope this helps.

  7. Al Manning says:

    Try typing the version you want to use as the base text in the window that lists the name of the collection (or has the various translations listed) before the name of the collection and then hit “Enter”. Doing that should make that translation the base text. I have a collection of five translations named “Top Bibles” that used the NASB95 for the base text. I typed in ESV before “Top Bibles” and hit “Enter” and it made the ESV the base for comparison. And it stayed that way even after I closed out the text comparison window and then reopened it. In the window it now reads “ESV, Top Bibles”. Hope this helps.

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