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Logos 4: Locate Hebrew or Greek Synonyms for a Biblical Word

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 this question to me:

Is there a way I can search the Bible to find every synonym for “sin”?

The answer is a resounding yes and we get to use one of my favorite Logos features: the Translation ring in the Bible Word Study.

  • Choose Guides | Bible Word Study.
  • Type sin in the Word box. (1)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report.

The Hebrew Words and Greek Words sections display all of the Hebrew and Greek words translated sin in the Bible of your choice (as indicated on the blue section title bar). In essence these are the synonyms for sin in the Bible. Of course this exercise is not picking up Hebrew and Greek words translated trespassoffence, etc. which also could be synonyms for sin.

  • Click a Hebrew or Greek word outside the ring to list the verses in which that word is translated sin. (2)
  • Click the Hebrew or Greek lemma next to the word count to generate a report for that word. (3)

Notice the Translation ring in this second report displays the various ways this Hebrew or Greek lemma is translated in English, again in the Bible of your choice. (4)

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By going around the Hebrew and Greek rings in the first report, we can open additional Bible Word Study reports for each word, thereby being well on our way to a biblical understanding of the original concept, in this case sin.

How do you use the translation ring in the Bible Word Study tool? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: A Greek Visual Filter for the English Student

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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Thank you for reading this blog. Now here’s a question. Did I just thank you, an individual reader, or did I thank you all as the collective group of readers? In other words, is the you singular or plural? You can’t answer decisively because you in English can be either. The language of the New Testament, Greek, makes a distinction between singular and plural pronouns, but not all English Bibles maintain that distinction. They use you for both singular and plural occurrences.

For example, Luke 22:31-32 is translated as follows in the NASB:

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you…”

Are these you’s singular or plural or both? Impossible to say for certain just by observing English. A Morphological Visual Filter, however, can help us easily answer the question.

  • Choose File | Visual Filter.
  • Select Morph as the filter type (1).
  • Select from the drop down lists All Morph Text, New Testament, All Resources, and Logos Greek Morphology (2).
  • Type the @ symbol in the Find box which alerts Logos that this is going to be a Morph search (3).
  • Select Pronoun from  the Part of Speech drop down list (4).
  • Select Singular from the Number column (5).
  • Click the arrow icon to save the morph code in the Find box (6).
  • Select from the Formatting list a style such as Box (7).
  • Type the @ symbol in the additional Find box that appears (8).
  • Select Pronoun from  the Part of Speech drop down list (9).
  • Select Plural from the Number column (10).
  • Click the arrow icon to save the morph code in the Find box (11).
  • Select from the Formatting list a style such as Double Box (12).

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You have just instructed Logos to place a box around all singular pronouns and a double box around all plural pronouns in the New Testament of Bibles containing the Logos Greek Morphology. Now open an English Bible like the ESV, NASB, NKJV, or LEB to Luke 22:31The filtering on the underlying Greek morphology is shining through to the English surface text which certainly assists our study of any passage!

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Do you see anything interesting in Luke 22:31-32?

If you enjoy this type of power usage of Logos then you’ll find Camp Logos 2 Live DVD Training very helpful. It’s packed full of instruction and application on how to use Logos original language features for the English student.

How can understanding the Greek meaning of a word help your study of the Bible in English? Leave a comment and let us know!

Increase Your Productivity with Timesaving Tips Vol. 2!

We’re pleased to announce that Logos Timesaving Tips, Volume 2 is now available to pre-order! Like its predecessor, Volume 2 features short videos to help you save time as you study the Bible using Logos. These tips not only save you time, but they also keep your focus on your electronic books.

Timesaving Tips, vol. 2 will assist your Bible study as you focus more on the Scripture and less on the software. How do I know? These tips are the same ones that I use for my own study using Logos. There are approximately 60 minutes in combined video tips, and the habits you’ll form while putting these tips into practice will benefit you greatly.

This DVD plays on your computer, and the videos are enhanced with screenshots and callouts to make learning more effective and enjoyable. There’s a separate version for both the PC and Mac platforms of Logos, so you’ll receive specific screenshots and shortcut commands for the format you prefer. Also, the menu is indexed, so you’ll be able to jump to specific videos by just clicking its title. Replay any video as often you need as you’re mastering some of the most efficient ways of studying the Bible using Logos.

To see an example of a timesaving tip video, please watch the video below (PC or Mac): Create Shortcuts for Search Types.

Please remember that both volumes of Timesaving Tips are not substitutes for Camp Logos 1 and Camp Logos 2, but they’ll supplement those in-depth training products. Timesaving Tips, vol. 2 is available to pre-order for only $19.95. While there can be no dollar value placed on your time, we think  Volumes 1 and 2 of Timesaving Tips are investments that will pay off quickly, saving you many hours while you learn to study like a pro!

Logos 4: Place Highlighting Notes in Book Specific Note Files

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

In my previous two blogs I explained that in Logos 4.5 each time we highlight text, that highlighted text becomes a Highlighting Note placed in whatever Note File we designate. Let’s combine those features for a specific application. Let’s say we’re reading and highlighting Biblical Ethics (Ethics) by Oswald Chambers. We want all of these and only these Highlighting Notes in one Note File.

  • Choose File | Notes to create a new Note File.
  • Name the Note File Biblical Ethics (or the title of whatever book you’re reading).
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting.
  • Decide which palette of Highlighting styles you’re going to use to mark up Ethics, such as Solid Colors which we’ll employ in our example.
  • Rest the cursor on the name of the palette such as Solid Colors.
  • Click the arrow that appears at the right of the title bar for the palette (1).
  • Click the Save in drop down list at the bottom of the menu (2).
  • Click Most recent note file (3).

You’ve just instructed Logos to place all of your Highlighting Notes created with Solid Colors in the most recently used Note File which in this case is Biblical Ethics. Read and mark up Ethics which places all of those Highlighting Notes in the Note File Biblical Ethics. If you want you can use the Print / Export option on the panel menu of the Note File to produce a hard or digital copy of those notes. While this is not the only way to accomplish this result, here’s a great advantage to utilizing the method I just described.

We’re probably going to be reading several books at the same time and in all likelihood prefer using the same palette of styles. If so, with this method all we have to do is create a Note File for each book we’re reading and make sure to open it before highlighting any text in the book. Remember, our Highlighting Notes made with Solid Colors go to the most recently used Note File.

So if you’re reading another book such as Concise Theology by J. I. Packer, create a Note File for it. Read and mark up the book which places those Solid Colors notes in the Concise Theology Note File. To switch back to the Biblical Ethics Note File just open it. Now markup text in Ethics which places those new Notes in the most recently used Note File which again is Biblical Ethics!

I know this may sound confusing, but after you apply this method a couple of times, it will work as silk for you. And remember, you can download for FREE the new Notes and Highlighting chapters from the updated Logos Bible Software Training Manuals Volumes 1 and 2. Enjoy!

What new highlighting feature have you found the most helpful? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Place All Search Results in One Panel

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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If you’ve been to Camp Logos before you know that I’m a big fan of the right click menu. If you haven’t been then I encourage you to open a Bible in Logos and start right clicking. You can access many powerful features through this context sensitive menu that appears when you right click on a word.  This shortcut menu is especially helpful for searching. You can search for English words and phrases, Hebrew and Greek lemmas, references and more with the right click menu. You’ll notice, though, each time you execute a right mouse search you open a separate search panel. Generate five searches and get five search panels. It doesn’t take long to slow down your study as you try to navigate through all these search panels on the screen. Here’s how to avoid that:

  • Close all but one search panel
  • Choose the panel menu on that one search panel (A).
  • Select Send searches here (B).
  • Notice Logos places a target on the search panel menu (C).

Place All Search Results in One Panel

Now when you generate a right mouse search, the current search results will be removed and the new search hits will take their place!

If you need to get back to a previous search just click the Search History icon to the right of the search box.

This is but one of the numerous shortcuts contained on the New Time Saving Tips Volume 2 that Logos just posted as a Pre-pub.

The more shortcuts you use, the more streamlined your Bible study with Logos becomes. Most of these shortcuts come right out of my own personal use of the software.

You can read all about this new video training and place your order at the Logos website.

What Logos 4 shortcut do you use that you think is the most helpful? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Select a Note File for Highlighting Notes

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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In last week’s blog I explained how with the newly released Logos 4.5, highlighted text now becomes a new Note in a Note File. Every time we highlight text, that marked up text becomes part of the title of a new Note in a Note File. But which Note File? By default, Logos places the Highlighting Notes in a Note File with the same name as the highlighting palette. For example, text highlighted with the style On Fire goes to a Note File named Emphasis Markup (the palette containing the On Fire style). Text highlighted with the style Israel goes to a Note File named Inductive (the palette containing the Israel style).

We can, however, select a different destination Note File for each highlighting palette used:

  • Choose Tools | Highlighting
  • Rest the cursor on the name of a Highlighting palette like Inductive (1).
  • Click the drop down menu (arrow icon) that appears on the right of the pal­ette title bar (2).
  • Click the drop down menu (arrow icon) on the Save in section at the bottom of the menu (3).
  • Select (4):
    • Palette-specific note file to save Notes created with this palette of styles in the Note File bearing the name of the Highlighting palette (as explained above).
    • Most recent note file to save Notes created with this palette of styles in the Note File that was most recently active or used.
    • A note file from the list of all note files to save Notes created with this palette of styles in that specific Note File (existing Note Files created on the File menu will be listed here).

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Please note, EXISTING Highlighting Notes created with styles from this palette will NOT be affected. All future Highlighting Notes created with styles from this palette, however, will now be saved in this designated Note File.

You can download for FREE the new Notes and Highlighting chapters from the updated Logos Bible Software Training Manuals Volumes 1 and 2.

 

How do you use notes and highlights to study? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Logos 4.5 Highlights Equal Notes

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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The recently released Logos 4.5 contains numerous new features especially in the areas of Notes and Highlighting. For the next few blogs I’d like to walk you some of these exciting enhancements.

The main point to now remember about highlighting is that every time you highlight text in a resource, that highlight becomes a Note in a Note File. A highlight equals a Note. For example,

  • Open a Logos resource
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting
  • Expand a highlighting palette such as Highlighter Pens (A) to reveal specific styles such as Blue Highlighter 
  • Select text in the resource (B)
  • Click Blue Highlighter in the Highlighting panel (C)

Notice several things that occurred simultaneously:

  • The selected text gets highlighted with the blue pen (B)
  • Logos indicates at the bottom of the Highlighting panel that an Annotation (Note) has been added to the Note File named Highlighted Pens (D)
  • Choose the File menu to see that newly created Note File named Highlighter Pens (E)
  • Click the Note File on the File menu or at the bottom of the Highlighting panel to open it

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By default, every time you highlight text with a Highlighter Pen it will be added to this same Note File!

In a future blog you’ll learn to change the Note File to which these Highlights are added. In case you can’t wait, you can download for FREE the new Notes and Highlighting chapters from the updated Logos Bible Software Training Manuals Volumes 1 and 2.

What is your favorite Logos 4.5 update? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: A Daily Devotion with Carson’s Books and M’Cheyne’s Bible Reading Plan

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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Several people have e-mailed me recently asking my suggestions on using D.A. Carson’s calendar devotionals, For the Love of God, Volumes 1 and 2, into a daily quiet time. So here are some thoughts. First, Carson’s books incorporate Robert M’Cheyne’s Bible reading plan, which takes us through the New Testament and Psalms twice a year and the rest of Scripture once. For each day’s reading, Carson offers some insights and encouragement. If you own these volumes, make sure to read the Preface and Introduction, in which the author explains his goals for the books.

Now here’s a way to incorporate both M’Cheyne’s plan and Carson’s books into a daily devotion time:

  • Open For the Love of God, Volume 1 and/or Volume 2.
  • If you open both, link them together by choosing the panel menu on each and selecting Link Set A on each as well (A).
  • Choose the panel menu on one of the books and select Show table of contents.
  • Select Title Page from the contents pane (B).
  • Close the table of contents.
  • Open your Preferred Bible (C).
  • Arrange the resources as you like on the screen.
  • Choose the Layouts menu.
  • Name the Now snapshot something like Quiet Time.
  • Return to the Layouts menu and drag your newly created Named Layout to the Shortcuts bar (D).
  • Each day, click the new shortcut icon to load this Quiet Time layout.

When the layout loads, please notice on the title page of For the Love of God a link called Today’s Reading (E). Click the link to move Carson’s book(s) to today’s date.

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Now click a Bible reference link in Carson’s book to move your preferred Bible to that location. Click each Bible reference link in Carson’s to complete M’Cheyne’s Bible reading plan for the day.

I truly hope this simple layout will assist you in your daily walk with the Lord.

If you don’t yet own Carson’s books, I think you’ll be encouraged by them.

What is your favorite devotional to read each day? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Graph Bible Search Results

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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The old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, may partially be true with Logos Bible searching. To find out what I mean try this:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel
  • Select Bible as the search type
  • Set from the drop down lists the New Testament in the ESV to be searched
  • Type hope in the Find box
  • Make sure Match all word forms on the search panel menu is NOT checked
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results which should be 74 results in 68 verses
  • Click Graph results on the Search panel’s toolbar which opens the Graph Bible Search Results (GBSR) panel
  • Select Number of hits in book from the drop  down list on the GBSR panel
  • Select a “graph” such as Column Chart from the bottom of the GBSR panel

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Notice how the book of Romans stands out on the chart! Does this say anything about hope in Romans? Perhaps.

Try selecting different types of hits from the drop down list and different graphs from the bottom of the panel, to produce hopefully insightful search results.

What word do you think has the most interesting graph? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Shortcuts for the Shortcuts in the Command Bar

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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As I use Logos Bible Software, I’m all about saving time with the technology so I can devote more time to actual Bible study and meditation. Toward that end we Logos users recently enjoyed a very helpful blog about the Command bar, which allows us to type timesaving shortcuts.

For example we can type: Open ESV to John 3:16 to quickly open the ESV to that specific passage.

Would you believe there are even shortcuts for these shortcuts? Try typing some of these and then press the Enter key to execute the command:

  • nave to heaven opens Nave’s Topical Bible to the article for heaven
  • east to Corinth opens Easton’s Bible Dictionary to the article for Corinth
  • bkc to ep3.17 opens The Bible Knowledge Commentary to the entry for Ephesians 3:17
  • nasb to ps23 opens the New American Standard Bible to Psalm 23
  • pas gui to lk4 opens the Passage Guide to Luke 4
  • exe gui to ro8.28 opens the Exegetical Guide to Romans 8:28
  • bib wor st to forgive opens the Bible Word Study to forgive

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This may appear to be almost comical, but if you use the Command bar a lot, finding the least amount of characters to type to activate your favorite features will save you a lot of time over the course of your study. I encourage you to experiment with your favorite commands and come up with your own shortcuts.

If you enjoyed this time timesaving shortcut, make sure to check out Timesaving Tips, vol 1. And on that note, we’d like to share some exciting news: be looking for Timesaving Tips, vol. 2, which will be announced very soon!

What do you think is the most helpful shortcut in Logos 4? Leave a comment and let us know!

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