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Logos 4: Using Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists

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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.

I don’t know about you, but with all the power of Logos Bible Software, sometimes I forget I can just open a resource and use it without an elaborate search, like pulling a book off the shelf. One book you may want to use in such a straightforward way is Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists, a cross-reference resource containing over 350 lists of biblical topics ranging from “Abominations to God” to “Worshipping God.” Here’s one of many ways to utilize this book, which appears in most Logos base collections.

Let’s say we’re studying Luke 22:43, in which an angel strengthens Jesus. We decide to topically examine angels throughout the Bible:

  • Type the word lists in the Command box.
  • Click Open Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists from the drop list to open the resource.
  • Type angels in the book’s reference box.
  • Press the Enter key to jump to the section in the book exploring that topic.

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As you scroll through the book, notice the various lists about angels: “27 Facts about Angels,” “8 Names for the Angels,” “7 Heavenly Activities of the Angels,” etc. Of course, all the lists are cross-referenced to your preferred Bible—just click a link to look up a reference.

If you frequently find yourself using this book, drag its tab to the Shortcuts bar to create a shortcut icon for quick access.

If the book is new to you, spend a few minutes surveying it, because I think you’ll appreciate the helpful, straightforward information it contains.

  • Choose the panel menu on Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists.
  • Select Show table of contents.

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Now explore the contents pane on the left, noting the variety of subjects Dr. Willmington includes in this easy-to-use cross-reference resource.

What list in Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists do you find the most interesting? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: New Bible Search Ranges

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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.

When performing a Logos Bible search, we have the option of adjusting the range of biblical text searched. Logos provides a few broad ranges, such as Old Testament and New Testament. It’s a good idea, however, to create special ranges for specific searches. Here’s how to do just that:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel.
  • Select Bible as the search type. (1)
  • Click the search range drop-down list above the Find box. (2)
  • Notice the New reference range (3) and Range title (4) boxes 

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The New reference range box, receives all the Bible abbreviations we’re accustomed to using throughout Logos. In this box the comma ( , ) means and, while the hyphen ( - ) means throughGe-Dt covers the range Genesis through DeuteronomyPs,Pr includes both Psalms and Proverbs.

The Range title box is an optional label for the range. If you leave this box blank, the new reference range itself becomes the title. 

  • Enter an optional name such as Gospels in the Range title box if desired.
  • Enter a Bible range such as Mt-Jn in the New reference range box.
  • Click Save.
  • Notice the new range is added to the drop-down list.
  • Rest the cursor on a new range in the list and click the X that appears to the right of it to delete it.

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If you do a lot of pinpoint Bible searching, these new ranges will often save you valuable time as you go directly to what a specific author or biblical section said about a subject. Here are a few suggested ranges to get you started:

Pentateuch Ge-Dt

OT History Jos-Es

Poetry Jb-So

Major Prophets Is-Da

Minor Prophets Ho-Mal

Gospels Mt-Jn

NT History Ac

Paul’s Epistles Ro-Pm

General Epistles He-Jd

Apocalypse Re

Luke’s Writings Lk,Ac

John’s Writings Jn,1Jn-3Jn,Re

Peter’s Letters 1P-2P

Prophetic Da,Re

What are some other Bible search ranges you would suggest? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Logos Desktop Management

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.

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Years ago, when I predominantly studied with print books, I arranged them specifically on my desk for maximum effectiveness. My Bible lay open right in front of me, with an analytical Bible and lexicon on either side. Scattered around the Bible were commentaries, Bible dictionaries, theology books, and more. After studying for a while, my desk became a disorganized mess that necessitated my periodically stopping to rearrange the books.

Of course, now, with Logos Bible Software, we primarily study with electronic books. We still, however, have a “desktop” displaying books—a desktop that needs cleaning up. Here are a few simple tips that will help you keep your Logos desktop neatly arranged.

Instead of just clicking icons or menu items (which opens books, guides, and tools “somewhere” on the desktop), drag your item to the desired location onscreen. For example,

  • Choose the Guides menu.
  • Click and hold Passage Guide.
  • Drag Passage Guide around the screen, noticing that as you drag, different sections of the screen “highlight” in blue.
  • Let go of the mouse button to start a new tile in the blue highlighted section.

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You’ve probably noticed that each resource, tool, or guide opens in its own panel that can be resized by dragging the border line. You may “awaken” from intense study to discover you have small panels next to large panels. If you want to quickly and symmetrically resize panels:

  • Double-click the borderline between two panels.
  • Double-click the meeting point (which looks like a three- or four-way intersection) between three or four panels.

Occasionally you may “lose” books on the desktop because you have so many open. Let Logos automatically arrange those books for you with a predefined layout:

  • Open a lot of different resources and resize the panels to make a very cluttered desktop.
  • Choose the Layouts menu.
  • Select a predefined layout, such as 4 Tiles, in the lower left portion of the menu.
  • Watch Logos carefully arrange resource and resize panels for you!

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How do you keep your Logos 4 desktop organized? Leave a comment and let us know!

National Camp Logos in Bellingham, WA—June 21–22

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.

mp|seminars TipsIt’s time for the highlight of our year: National Camp Logos, which will take place June 21–22. As it is every year, Camp Logos will be hosted in Bellingham, Washington, home to Logos Bible Software.

As a software owner, you know how incredibly powerful Logos is. If, however, you’re like most Logos users, you’re only taking advantage of a fraction of its capabilities. Let us help you unleash the power of Logos at this two-day hands-on training seminar.

You will learn to:

  • Customize Bible study guides for your method of study
  • Locate just the information you need with pinpoint searching
  • Organize your research in detailed note files
  • Create information-filled study folders ready for future use
  • And much, much more

Included in National Camp Logos:

  • Extended training sessions
  • Question-and-answer sessions with Logos leadership
  • Previews of upcoming Logos products
  • Tour of the ever-expanding Logos headquarters
  • Catered meals

To learn more or register for National Camp Logos, please click here.

Logos 4: Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software

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.

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Surrounded by eager observers at a local church, a Logos representative gave a detailed and exciting demonstration of Logos Bible Software. He thoroughly explained the Home Page, the Passage Guide, the Exegetical Guide, Bible Word Study, searching, and more. Following the presentation, an attendee remarked—

This program looks powerful and wonderful! I do have one question, though—What is a commentary?

This event illustrates an important point. Sometimes within Christian circles we may innocently assume everyone is operating from the same knowledge base. Surely everyone is familiar with Christian vocabulary and resources. We all know what redemption means. We all know where the Bible came from. We all know what commentaries, study Bibles, and lexicons are.

Of course, when we stop and think about it, we know this isn’t true. We have to start at the beginning, then learn and grow in any field of study—including our Christian disciplines.

With this in mind, we created the training video  Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software. In this instruction, I assume no prior knowledge of either Logos or the Bible itself.

In understandable terms, I explain what the Bible is, where it came from, and what distinguishes the various available Bibles. I then briefly describe numerous Bible study resources: commentaries, Bible dictionaries, topical Bibles, and more.

In addition, I introduce you to various ways of approaching Bible study, including:

  • Book Study
  • Passage Study
  • Word Study
  • Topic Study
  • Devotional Study

Then, at the heart of the training, I show you how to incorporate many Logos features into the five methods of Bible study listed above. In other words, with this training you’ll not only learn what a book study is—you’ll learn how to use Logos to accomplish it. This instruction not only introduces you to Bible study, it gets you going with Logos.

After completing this training, you’ll no longer just open Logos and randomly click around the software. You’ll proactively and systematically move through the software to facilitate different types of Bible study.

So if you’re new to either Logos or Bible study itself (or even both), this product was created with you in mind.

Even if you’re beyond the introduction stage, perhaps you know someone who can benefit from this training. This is an excellent way to get people started in their study of Scripture.

Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software is now available to pre-order at Logos.com. For more information, please click here.

What is one area of your Bible study that you would like to improve in? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Locate Greek Words in an English Bible

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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One of the many powerful aspects of Logos is its ability to take us English students back to the original languages of the Bible, even though we may not be language scholars. Logos accomplishes this through the reverse interlinear option. Many of the questions I receive are related to the reverse interlinear, such as this one a Logos user recently sent:

How do I search for 2 Greek words within proximity of each other?  For example:
grace WITHIN 5 words righteousness (grace and righteousness in original languages)

I answered a similar question a few months ago in a blog, but since this is a common question I’ll address it again from a slightly different angle.

  • Open an English Bible (containing the reverse interlinear) to a passage, such as Colossians 1:2, containing the first word you want to locate. (1)
  • Right click on a word such as grace . (2)
  • Select Lemma | Search this resource. (3)(4)
  • Take the Bible to a passage, such as Matthew 3:15, containing your second word.
  • Right click on your word such as righteousness.
  • Select Lemma | Search this resource.
  • Notice you now have two search panels open.
  • Add this text to the search query in the first search panel: WITHIN 5 words.
  • Copy and paste the search query text from the second search panel to the first.
  • Make sure the query looks like this: 
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  • Use the drop down lists to adjust the search ranges.
  • Press the Enter key to initiate the search.

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Logos now locates all the occurrences of these two Greek words within five words of each other—in your English Bible!

Please note these very important observations:

If the search type is set to Bible then both terms have to be in the same verse!

If the search type is set to Basic then both terms have to be in the same chapter!

If you enjoyed this tip about using English Bibles to accomplish original language work, then you’ll benefit from Camp Logos Live 2 DVD training which highlights numerous ways for English students to dig into Hebrew and Greek using Logos.

How has digging into the Hebrew and Greek helped your study of the Bible? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Identify English Words Added By Bible Translators

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 me the following question:

From Logos Bible Software, how can one know which parts of the English Bible are not from the original language,  but were added in by translators?

If you’re new to the Bible please don’t be concerned about this question. The Old Testament was originally written (primarily) in Hebrew while the New Testament was recorded in Greek. Our English Bibles are translations of these Hebrew and Greek texts.

Sometimes Bible translators, for various reasons, will both insert extra English words and not translate all Hebrew and Greek words. The Logos reverse interlinear feature, found in numerous English Bibles, clearly identifies these instances.

  • Open an English Bible containing the reverse interlinear information such as the ESV.
  • Click Display | Inline on the Bible’s toolbar. (1)
  • Navigate to a passage such as Matthew 6:1 . (2)

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The English words, such as other in verse 1, with a dot / bullet underneath them have been added by the translators. The Hebrew / Greek words, such as the one to the right of beware in verse 1, with a dot / bullet above them on the English line have NOT been translated in this specific English Bible.

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As you can see, the reverse interlinear is trying to account for every word, both in the original text and the English Bible.

Other English Bibles containing this reverse interlinear option include: NASB, KJV,  NKJV,  LEB, NRSV, NIV (NT only) and NLT (NT only).

For more detailed information about the reverse interlinear option, please see Camp Logos Live, our two-day seminar that we brought to DVD-ROM.

For more information about the basics of Bible study, like the Logos user’s question above, please see our newest video training project, Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software.

How do you use the reverse interlinear to study the Bible? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: All the Questions in the Bible

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.mp|seminars Tips

Over the past few months several Logos users have emailed asking if it’s possible to search for questions in the Bible. In other words, can we search for punctuation marks? Currently we cannot. If, however, you want to see a list of questions in the Bible, the heavy lifting has been already done for you with the book All the Questions in the Bible(which is contained in most Logos base collections). The compiler of the resource lists all of the questions in the King James Version book by book.

  • Open the Library.
  • Type in the Library’s Find box author:hancock.
  • Click the book All the Questions in the Bible to open it.
  • Choose the resource’s panel menu and select Show table of contents.
  • Click a book of the Bible in the contents pane to jump to that location in the resource and to see a list all the questions in that specific book!

As you can see, All the Questions in the Bible, is really a lot of verse lists based on the KJV that have been compiled into one resource!

If you want, you can use this book to make your own Passage Lists based on any version of the Bible you like:

  • Choose File | Passage List.
  • Name the list something like Questions in James.
  • Open All the Questions in the Bible to the section All the Questions in James.
  • Select all of the text in the James section in the resource.
  • Choose the Add drop down list on the Passage List.
  • Select Add Passages from selected text.
  • Select the Bible(s) in the Passage List from which you wish to display the verses.

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All the verses from resource are now in your own customized Passage List! Of course repeat these steps for additional books of the Bible.

What is the most difficult question in the Bible? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Passage in All Versions

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.mp|seminars Tips

A Logos user recently sent me the following question:

Logos 3 (Libronix) had a feature called Passage in All Versions which listed a biblical text from any Bibles I wanted. Is that feature in Logos 4?

Here’s my response:

Yes! It’s actually housed in Text Comparison located on the Tools menu.

  • Choose the Tools menu.
  • Drag Text Comparison to any location on the screen.
  • Choose the panel menu on Text Comparison. (1)
    • Select Vertical Layout. (2)
    • De-select Show base text (3) and Show differences (4) (these options don’t appear in all of the Logos base collections).
  • Choose the desired Bibles to display by typing Bible abbreviations in the Bible box separating them with commas (ESV,NKJV,NASB,NIV) or selecting them from the drop down list. (5)
  • Type a biblical reference in the verse box (Luke 11.1-5). (6)
  • Press the Enter key to display the passage from the selected Bibles.

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To automatically display the passage from an active Bible tab:

  • Open a Bible.
  • Choose the panel menu on both the Bible and Text Comparison. (7)
  • Select Link set: A on both panel menus. (8)

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Navigate to a location in the Bible and noticeText Comparisonautomatically displays the biblical passage from all of the selected Bibles!

What are your favorite Bible translations to study with? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Create a Shortcut to The Biblical World Map

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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Within the past few weeks I’ve received several emails regarding Biblical Places and maps within Logos 4. This blog summarizes some of the instruction I passed along to fellow Logos users.

Prior to the release of Logos 4, the Logos company commissioned the creation of numerous new maps which only appear in the Bible Facts tool, Biblical Places. These new Logos 4 maps are NOT displayed as a separate resource in the Library. In other words, if you want to see a new Logos 4 map for Corinth then generate a Biblical Places report for that city.

One of the new Logos 4 maps, The Biblical World, is somewhat dynamic or interactive in that it hides or shows locations depending on the size of the image:

  • Choose Tools | Biblical Places.
  • Type a city like Ephesus in the Place box. (1)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report.
  • Click The Biblical World map in the “filmstrip” at the bottom to display that map. (2)
  • Zoom out or in on the image to show or hide different locations.
    • Windows: Press Ctrl + + or Ctrl + - to zoom out or in.
    • Mac: Use the scroll feature on your mouse or touchpad to zoom out or in.

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To center The Biblical World map on a specific a location:

  • Type a location like Athens in the Place box.
  • Press the Enter key.
  • Notice The Biblical World map automatically adjusts placing the desired location in the center of the window.

To save The Biblical World map as a Favorite or Bookmark:

  • Choose Tools | Favorites.
  • Make sure The Biblical World map is displayed in the Biblical Places window.
  • Drag the Biblical Places tab to the Favorites area or on top of a Bookmark number.
  • Click either the Favorite or Bookmark to open Biblical Places right to the The Biblical World map.

To place The Biblical World map on the Shortcuts bar:

  • Save The Biblical World map as a Favorite or Bookmark as explained above.
  • Drag the Favorite or Bookmark link from the Favorites / Bookmarks pane to the Shortcuts bar.
  • Click the new Shortcuts icon to always open Biblical Places to the The Biblical World map (if you just drag the Biblical Places tab from the Logos desktop to the Shortcuts bar the new icon will always open Biblical Places to its last location not  The Biblical World map).

Having The Biblical World map as a shortcut icon gives you instant access to this basic albeit interactive map so you can quickly see a desired location!

What map do you think is the most interesting? Leave a comment and let us know!

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