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Logos 5: See Synonyms in Bible Word Study

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.

A Logos user recently presented me with this scenario:

As I was reading Luke 4:5 where Satan showed Jesus the kingdoms of the world, I was a little surprised to notice the Greek word for “world” was not “kosmos”, the word normally used for “world” in the New Testament. Is there a quick way to see all of the Greek words translated with the same English word?

This is an excellent question, and the answer is a resounding yes!

Using the above example, I’ll show you how to access a quick list of synonyms for world:

  • Open an English Bible with the reverse-interlinear option, such as the ESV (A)
  • Navigate to Luke 4:5 (B)
  • Right click the word world (C)
  • Select Selection world | Bible Word Study (D)

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  • Scroll in the newly generated report to the section called Greek Words (E)
  • Notice the English word world in the center of the translation ring (F) and the Greek words around the ring, which are the words translated world in the ESV New Testament (G)
  • Click a Greek word to see a list of verses in which that specific Greek word is translated world (H)

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  • Click the Greek lemma right above the list of verses (I) to generate a separate Bible Word Study report for that word (J)

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In essence, the Hebrew Words and Greek Words sections are displaying synonyms in the Old and New Testaments respectively for the word world. By studying all of these original words, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the concept of world in the Bible.

If you enjoyed this tip, check out the Camp Logos 1 and 2 training videos for more original-language tips for English students.

Logos 5: Use the Exegetical Guide Verse by Verse

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.

The Exegetical Guide houses one of my favorite Logos features, the Word by Word section, which analyzes each Hebrew or Greek word in a passage. Among the wealth of information found here are the manuscript and lemma forms of words, morphological and syntactical data, links to lexicons, and the meaning of the original words as suggested in the Bible Sense Lexicon dataset (not contained in all Logos base packages). Much of my personal Bible study and sermon preparation is spent in this invaluable section.

Word by Word will automatically investigate every word in every verse we’re studying if we like, but this comprehensive coverage can make for a lengthy report. For example, if we’re examining Joshua 1:1–9, the Word by Word section displays data for all nine verses at once! Thus, you may find yourself scrolling through a long list of words.

Here’s a little trick I employ with the Exegetical Guide so that I only research one verse at a time, yet I never have to type anything to move to another verse:

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse interlinear option such as The Lexham English Bible (A)
  • Choose the panel menu on the Bible (B)
  • Select a Link set letter, such as A (C)

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  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide
  • Choose the panel menu on the Exegetical Guide (D)
  • Select the same Link set letter you just selected for the Bible (E)

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  • Type in the Bible’s reference box the first verse in the passage you’re about to study, such as Joshua 1:1 (F)
  • Notice that the Exegetical Guide follows the Bible to the same verse because both panels are linked to the same set (G)
  • Observe that the Word by Word section is only examining the words in that one verse (H)

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  • Choose the panel menu of the Bible (I)
  • Select Show locator bar (J)

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  • Notice the locator bar, appearing under the Bible’s toolbar, contains previous and next arrows (K)

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  • Click the drop-down list to the left of the previous and next arrows (L)
  • Select Verse (M)

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  • Note that you have just set the previous and next arrows to take you to the previous or next verse in the Bible
  • Click the next (down) arrow (N)
  • Watch the Bible AND the Exegetical Guide move to the next verse, such as Joshua 1:2 (O)
  • Look in the Word by Word section to see analysis of the words just in verse 2 (P)

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You can see that by utilizing linking, the locator bar, and previous and next arrows, we can easily move through a passage a verse at a time without extra typing and scrolling through long lists of words!

If you like this arrangement, don’t forget to save it as a layout so you don’t have to reset the configuration the next time you want to use it.

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Logos 5: Use Proximity Search for a Phrase Search

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.

A Logos user recently emailed me stating he was studying Ephesians 2:4 and came across the phrase “but God.” He inquired about finding similarities to that phrase even though it may not be that exact English phrase, “but God.”

There are several ways to go about this, but here is fairly simple method that yields some good results:

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse interlinear option such as The Lexham English Bible (LEB) (A)
  • Navigate to a verse containing the desired phrase such as Ephesians 2:4 with the phrase but God (B)

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  • Right click on the word but (C)
  • Select Lemma δέ (D)
  • Select Search this resource (E)

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  • Notice the Search panel opens with the results (F)
  • Type this text after the search query that is the Find box: BEFORE 2 words (G)
  • Notice the search query now reads < Lemma = lbs/el/δέ > BEFORE 2 words (H)

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  • Right click on the word God (I)
  • Select the second entry for the lemma which is Lemma θεÏŒς (J)
  • Select Search this resource (K)

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  • Notice a second search panel opens with this text in the Find box: < Lemma = lbs/el/θεÏŒς > (L)

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  • Copy / Paste the above query into the first search panel following the words BEFORE 2 words (M)
  • Notice the complete query now reads: < Lemma = lbs/el/δέ > BEFORE 2 words < Lemma = lbs/el/θεÏŒς > (N)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the results

You just located all the places in the LEB that the Greek conjunction de appears 1 or 2 words before the Greek noun theos!

Look carefully and you’ll see all of the results are not the English phrase but God. (O)

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You’ll find many more searching instructions in the 2-volume set of Logos 5 Training Manuals.

Logos 5: Combine Clause, Passage List, and LN Numbers for a Unique Search

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.

A Logos user recently emailed me this question:

Is there any way to use Logos 5 to locate every place where Jesus talks about sin? I know I can simply search Jesus AND sin and that will get me some (21) hits, but I am sure there are allusions and alternate words (for sin) that would not be included in that search.

I informed him that by combining several Logos tools, we can get very close to what he wants. One of the current solutions to the question involves several steps—please note: depending on your base package, you may not be able to complete this exercise.

But let’s have a go at answering this excellent question:

  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Clause as the search type (A)
  • Select The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition from the resource drop-down list (B)
  • Type this text in the Find box: person:Jesus (C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search, which locates all the places in the New Testament where Jesus is mentioned regardless of the words used to reference him (D)

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  • Choose the Search panel menu (E)
  • Select Save as Passage List (F)

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  • Notice that Logos creates a new Passage List document containing all of the verses from the search results (G)
  • Click the Search tab to return to the Search panel (H)

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  • Change the search type to Bible (I)
  • Select from the resource drop-down list a Bible, such as the ESV (J)
  • Select from the range drop-down list the Passage List that was just created (K)

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  • Type this in the Find box: < LN 88.105 – LN 88.318 >, which represents all of the Greek words in the New Testament that according to the Louw-Nida Lexicon have “negative” or unethical meanings (L)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search, which locates the verses in which both the person Jesus and an “unethical” word appear in the same verse (M)

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As you look at the results, some of the verses will not apply directly to the user’s specific question, but many will be exactly what he was looking for!

Logos 5: Use Timeline for Biblical Events

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.

A Logos user recently asked me this question:

Let’s say I’m studying a book in the Bible, and I want to know when it was written. Other than looking at a commentary or study Bible, is there a way to see its date of writing?

With Logos’ Timeline dataset, created just for questions like this, the answer is a resounding yes. (Note that this dataset doesn’t come with the Starter base package.)

Here’s a quick way to find a specific event:

  • Choose Tools | Timeline.
  • Type a word in the Filter box, such as Philippians (A).
  • Observe that only events containing that word appear on the Timeline. (The number in the Filter indicates the number of events currently being displayed.) (B)
  • Notice that your desired event may not currently be visible in the Timeline window (C).

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  • Choose the panel menu on the Timeline (D).
  • Select Find (in this panel) (E).

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  • In the Find box (which opened under the Filter box), type the same word that’s in the Filter box (such as Philippians) (F).
  • Look carefully at the Timeline, which jumped to an event containing your word (G).
  • Use the Previous and Next arrows to move through all the events on the filtered Timeline (H).

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  • Click an event on the Timeline to reveal more information, including hyperlinks back to resources (I).

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As you use the Timeline, please keep in mind these distinctions between Filter and Find:

  • Filter limits events on the Timeline.
  • Find locates events on the Timeline.

In the above example, you’ll see that Logos displays various possible dates, which are taken from resources in the library. Again, you can click an event on the Timeline to display hyperlinks back to those resources.

If you’d like to see other events happening at the same time as the writing of Philippians:

  • Remove the text in the Filter box (J).
  • And notice that all events return to the Timeline (K).

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Logos 5: Locate Resources by Publication Date

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.

A while back, a Logos user asked me if it’s possible to locate resources published in certain years. The answer is yes!

You may not need this trick every day, but when you do, here are the simple steps:

  • Click the Library icon.
  • Click the View icon (A).
  • Select Details view (B).

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  • Right-click a column header (C).
  • Select Publication Date (D).

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  • Drag Publication Date to the desired position in the layout (E). 
  • Select a column header, like Title, Author, or Type, to arrange the resources (F).

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  • Type a query in the Find box, such as one of these listed below, to find your resources (G):
    • pubdate:=1900 locates resources published in 1900.
    • pubdate:<1900 locates resources published before 1900.
    • pubdate:>1900 locates resources published after 1900.
    • pubdate:<=1900 locates resources published in or before 1900.
    • pubdate:>=1900 locates resources published in or after 1900.
    • pubdate:>=1900 AND pubdate:<=1910 locates resources published between 1900 and 1910 (H).

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  • Notice that the years in the Publication Date column correspond to the query! (I)

Use these same queries in Tools | Collections to create search collections: then you can locate what was said about a specific subject in a specific period.

Logos 5: Update Active Layout Shortcut

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.

One simple (yet powerful) feature in Logos is the ability to “bookmark” layouts for the entire Logos desktop.

To save a layout:

  • Arrange your Logos desktop any way you like: resources, guides, documents, etc.
  • Choose the Layouts menu (A).
  • Click Save as named layout (B).

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  • Type a name for the layout in the box (C).
  • Press Enter to save the name.

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To load a saved layout:

  • Choose the Layouts menu (D).
  • Click the name of a layout from the left side (E).

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The exact Logos desktop you saved opens right back up! You can save as many of these personalized layouts as you like.

Here’s what I really want to explain, though.

After working with a specific layout, you’ll probably make changes to it. For instance, let’s say a Bible in the layout was open to Romans 8, but now you’ve moved on to chapter 9. When you reload the layout, you’ll want the Bible to be in chapter 9, not where you were before. Luckily, it’s easy: all you have to do is resave the layout, much like saving changes to a Word document before closing it.

Here’s a nice little shortcut for updating or resaving a layout:

  • Type update active layout in the Command box (F).

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  • Drag update active layout from the dropdown list that appears under the Command box (G) to the Shortcuts bar (H).

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  • Note that Logos places a new icon on the Shortcuts bar (I).

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Now, anytime you want to save changes to an open layout, you can just click this icon before you clear the desktop!

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Logos 5: Website Links on the Shortcuts Bar

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.

You probably know that the customizable Shortcuts bar (the space between the Command box and Layouts menu) houses links to your favorites resources, guides, tools, etc. But did you know you can also use it to store websites?

That’s right! If you want to save links to the sites for your church, school, or ministry, here’s all you have to do:

1. Use your favorite browser to navigate to a web page:

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2. And drag the favicon (the image to the left of the web address) (A) to the Shortcuts bar (B):

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You’re done! Notice that Logos adds an icon to your toolbar (C).

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Now, anytime you want to quickly jump from Logos to a website, you can just click the shortcut icon.

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Logos 5: Displaying Strong’s Numbers

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.

In a recent Camp Logos, I was explaining how to do word studies with lemmas and Louw-Nida numbers. During a break, a participant pulled me aside to ask this question:

I see the value of what you’re teaching, but I cut my teeth on Strong’s numbers. Are these numbers still available in Logos, and if so, what’s the best way to see them?

If you, too, are fond of Strong’s numbers, I have good news for you: those numbers are indeed present in Logos, and they’re easily accessible!

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse-interlinear option, such as the Lexham English Bible.
  • Navigate to a passage (A).
  • Click the Display link on the Bible’s toolbar (B).

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  • Check the Inline, Surface, and Strong’s Numbers boxes (C).

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  • Notice that the Strong’s numbers are placed underneath the biblical words (D).
  • Click a Strong’s number to open your highest-prioritized dictionary containing an article for that number! (E)

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Logos 5: Collection Rule for Lexicons

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.

One of the keys to effective Logos searching is creating collections, which allow us to search within targeted groups of books, not the entire library. Toward that end, a Logos user recently emailed me this question:

I’m trying to set up a collection for my Hebrew and Greek Lexicons. What’s the rule for such a collection?

Let’s walk through the steps for creating two collections, one for Hebrew lexicons and the other for Greek:

  • Choose Tools | Collections.
  • Assign a specific name to the collection, such as Hebrew Lexicons (A) or Greek Lexicons (B).
  • Enter this text in the Rule box:
    • For Hebrew lexicons: type:lexicon AND title:(Hebrew,old) (C).
    • For Greek lexicons: type:lexicon AND title:(Greek,new) (D).
  • Close the Collections panel.

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Here’s what’s going on:

  • All Hebrew and Greek dictionaries are classified according to the type lexicon (E).
  • So we begin the rule by instructing Logos to look in the Type field for the word lexicon (F).
  • We then add the AND command (G), because we’re also going to instruct Logos to simultaneously look in another field—specifically, the Title field (H).
  • In the Title field, we’re asking Logos to locate resources with the word:
    • Hebrew or Old (I)
    • Greek or New (J)

So, to summarize:

  • For Hebrew lexicons, we’re finding resources with the type lexicon and, at the same time, the word Hebrew or Old in the title, such as A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament or Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.
  • For Greek lexicons, we’re finding resources with the type lexicon and, at the same time, the word Greek or New in the title, such as A Concise Greek–English Dictionary of the New Testament or The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament

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