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Logos 4: Exact and Intersection Search from Camp Logos 2

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

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If you’ve been to Camp Logos before you know I’m a big fan of the right click menu which houses shortcuts to numerous Logos features. Here’s one of my favorites.

Let’s say you’ve previously created a Theology Books search collection. You’re now studying John 1:3 in your favorite Bible and you want to discover where this verse is mentioned only in this collection of theological resources. Try this:

  • Right click on any word in John 1:3 of your open Bible
  • Select Reference John 1:3
  • Select Search entire library (You can’t designate a specific collection on the right click menu, but since searching is so fast it’s OK to search the entire library.)
  • Select a specific collection from the drop down range list on the Search panel (In other words change Entire Library to a collection like Theology Books.)

Notice the search displays the location of where your exact reference is mentioned such as John 1:3, Jn1.3, verse 3, etc.

To transform this exact search into an intersection:

  • Change the equals sign ( = ) in the search query to the tilde ( ~ )
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search

Now notice you’re getting hits such as John 1:1-5, Jn 1.2-6, etc. As long as John 1:3 intersects with the reference in the book, Logos finds it!

This specific search is but one of many powerful Logos features we cover in Camp Logos 2.

And some exciting news is that you have a couple of upcoming opportunities to participate in Camp Logos 2.

First, we are having our first National Camp Logos 2 on November 10-11 in Bellingham, WA. This is our first National Camp 2 covering Logos 4. In addition to the beautiful scenery, you’ll have two full days of learning how to customize your Logos, as well as catered meals and a tour of the new Logos Headquarters! Register and learn more details about National Camp 2 here.

Also, if you haven’t heard yet, we now have Camp Logos 2 LIVE on DVD-ROM available to pre-order. These DVDs contain in-depth content on how to take the next step with your Logos Bible Software, but it also features arrows, highlights, or callouts for every instruction that I give. There are also many graphics spread throughout the training to call attention to important concepts. If you enjoyed Camp Logos LIVE, I guarantee that you’ll also enjoy Camp 2 LIVE.

And remember, there is both a PC and a Mac version that is tailored to the corresponding version of Logos. Pre-order your copy today!

What right click menu shortcut have you found the most helpful? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Logos 4: Proximity Search from Camp Logos 2

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

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A Logos user recently e-mailed stating that he was writing a paper on the purpose of Christ’s crucifixion and needed to find where that subject was discussed in his Logos books. I suggested that a proximity search containing multiple groups of words would do the trick. Here’s how to execute that search:

  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Basic as the Search type
  • Select from the drop down list the books to be searched such as the Entire Library
  • Choose the Search panel menu and select Match all word forms
  • Type (or copy/paste) this in the Search box:  ((Christ,Jesus,Lord) WITHIN 6 words (death,cross,crucifixion)) WITHIN 6 words (purpose,reason)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results

This search locates the places where the words Christ or Jesus or Lord occur within 6 words of death or cross or crucifixion. These results then occur within 6 words of purpose or purposes or reason or reasons. In other words, Logos locates all the places authors write about the purpose or reason for the Lord’s death on the cross!

This type of power proximity search with multiple groupings of words is just one of many Logos features covered in Camp Logos 2, which is a two-day, hands-on training seminar that goes beyond the numerous topics discussed in Camp Logos.

And I’m very pleased to make a couple of very important announcements regarding Camp Logos 2:

NationalCampLogos2.pngFirst, we’re presenting a National Camp Logos 2 in Bellingham, WA on November 10-11. Each June, Logos welcomes users from around the globe to the headquarters to discover many exciting aspects of the software. We’ve decided to do the same for Camp 2.

At this national seminar you’ll not only learn additional powerful Logos features, you’ll also hear from Logos leaders about the latest developments for Logos Bible Software, Logos Apps, Vryso, Proclaim, and more. Also at the national seminars we’ll enjoy a couple of meals together which are included in your registration fee. Make sure to visit mpseminars.com for more information and to register.

Also, in case you can’t attend a live Camp Logos 2 seminar or need a refresher after attending, Camp Logos 2 Live DVD training is now available on pre-pub! This four disc set contains nearly 10 hours of video instruction and crystal clear video screenshots enhanced with highlights, call outs, and on screen graphics. Rather than describe the project in this blog, please visit the pre-pub page for complete details and to place your order.

This is the most extensive product that we have ever produced and is a direct result of the countless hours that our team has spent on the project.  Recent Camp 2 attendees have been very gracious in their responses and we hope that Camp Logos 2 will encourage you as well.

Have you ever been to a Camp Logos seminar or purchased Camp Logos LIVE? If so, how has it helped you in your use of Logos? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Finding Metaphors and Similes for the Word of God

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

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A Logos user recently e-mailed me this question:

I want to study the images of the Word of God. For example: the Word of God is like a sword… How do I accomplish that?

Here’s my response:

Perhaps the most straightforward way is to:

  • Open a topical Bible like Naves Topical Bible (1)
  • Navigate to the article for Word of God (1)
  • Click the plus sign to the right of its tab to open to others resources with a Word of God article like Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes (2)
  • Most of these topical resources have a section that lists the analogies with the Word (3)

 

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What is your favorite metaphor for the Word of God? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Help for Pronouncing those Big Names 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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

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I wish I had a nickel; for every time I’ve been asked, “Does Logos pronounce all the big names in the Bible?” Currently the answer is, No and Yes. How’s that for riding the fence?

What I mean is Logos currently doesn’t have an audible pronunciation for English words the way it does for Greek words. It does, however, have in most of the base collections a resource, That’s Easy for You to Say: Your Quick Guide to Pronouncing Bible Names, with phonetic spellings of all the English names in the Bible.

Here’s one way to use this book:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right hand corner of the Library (1)
  • Type this text in the Library’s Find box: title:easy (2)
  • Drag That’s Easy for You to Say from the left side of the Library to the Prefer these resources list on the right. (3)
    VERY IMPORTANT:
    make sure this resource is in the top five of your prioritized English topical books like Bible dictionaries
  • Close the Library
  • Open an English Bible to a passage containing the name of a person or place such as Isaiah 7:1
  • Right click on the name of the person or place like Uzziah (4)
  • Select on the right menu Selection “your word” like Selection Uzziah (5)
  • Select on the right menu That’s Easy for You to Say (6)

The resource should open to the phonetic spelling of your word!

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If you’re unfamiliar with phonetic spellings, display the table of contents of That’s Easy for You to Say and click Code for Pronunciation which offers excellent explanations and examples.

What’s the most difficult Biblical name to pronounce in your opinion? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Quickly Open a Devotional to Today’s Reading

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsOne of the many things I appreciate about Logos Bible Software is that simultaneously it’s as powerful or simple as we want it to be. One moment we can execute in depth syntactical searches and the next moment read Psalm 23 from our Preferred Bible. Today’s tip falls on the simple, practical side.

No doubt you have a favorite calendar devotional that you enjoy reading like My Utmost for His Highest or Morning and Evening. If so, this feature’s for you:

  • Open the Library
  • Enter this text in the Library’s Find box: type:calendar
  • Click your favorite devotional from the list that appears to open it
  • Drag the tab of the open devotional to the Shortcuts bar

Now any time you want, click the icon on the Shortcuts bar to open your devotional to today’s reading!

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What is your Favorite Devotional to read on Logos? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Searching The Apologetics Study 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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

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On a recent televised political debate, one of the candidates referred to the “fact of evolution” followed by condescending remarks toward another candidate who didn’t believe in this “fact of evolution.” After my blood stopped boiling, I thought of Peter’s admonition to always [be] prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15, ESV). The Greek word translated defense sounds a lot like the English word apologetics which is “simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith” (The Apologetics Study Bible).

To help us make a defense, Logos places within most of its base collections The Apologetics Study Bible. Make sure to open this resource and display its table of contents. After surveying the contents of this study Bible and I think you’ll be very impressed with what you find!

I won’t recount all of the features of this tremendous resource which you can read about at the Logos website, but I will make mention of a few.

First, Logos assigns the type Bible Notes to this resource which means it will show up in the Passage Guide under the Commentaries section. This study Bible is much like a commentary in that the contributors offer comments on numerous passages of Scripture, but their insights are geared toward defending the faith.

In addition to the versified comments, various Twisted Scripture Notes are interspersed throughout the study Bible. These expanded notes again focus on verses of the Bible, but here the author explains how various individuals or groups have incorrectly interpreted or applied the passage. The Passage Guide will also locate the Twisted Scripture Notes for you.

Also, appearing throughout the resource are brief, but very informative articles on numerous subjects related to apologetics such as, Evolution: Fact or Fantasy?, How Can Modern Medicine Relate to the Old Testament?, Does the Bible Teach reincarnation?, etc. Since these articles deal with subjects and not verses, the Commentaries section of the Passage Guide won’t find them for you.

One way to track down these articles is by using a proximity search:

  • Choose Tools | Collections and create an Apologetics Collection making sure to place in it The Apologetics Study Bible
  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Basic at the Search type
  • Click the Search’s panel menu and select Match all word forms
  • Select your new Apologetics Collection from the range drop down list
  • Type a proximity query in the Find box like: reincarnation WITHIN 7 words Bible
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results

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The above search query locates all of the places where the words reincarnation and Bible occur within 7 words of each other!

Try other queries like:

  • creation WITHIN 5 words evolution
  • prophecy WITHIN 6 words fulfill
  • age WITHIN 8 words earth

Have you ever had a time when the validity of your faith has been called into question? How has Logos helped you offer a defense for your faith? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: How to Locate a Collection in Your Library

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsLogos users often ask me how to find a collection of resources in the Library that they purchased from Logos.com.

For example, let’s say you download the 15 volumes contained in the IVP New Testament Studies Collection. If you type IVP or Studies or Collection, in the Library’s Find box, your resources will not be listed. The reason is, IVP New Testament Studies Collection is just a marketing or working title Logos gives to these books it groups together.

The resources in this (or any) collection appear in the Library according to the actual title of the book, such as Is the New Testament Reliable? or Contextualization in the New Testament.

Using the Library’s Find box, there are a few ways to locate collections:

The key is to look at the individual titles contained in a collection as they appear on Logos.com, because this is how they will also appear in your Library. Just remember not to use the marketing title from the website which does not appear in your Library.

Logos 4: How to Locate a Collection

What collection or collections have you added to your library recently? For students, is there a particular collection you would love to have for this new semester? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Hyperlink Unrecognizable Bible References

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsAs you probably know, contained within the recent release of Logos  4.3 is the Personal Books tool, which allows you to convert your .docx files into Logos resources. Our team here at MP Seminars has posted numerous QuickClip videos to help you get started in building your books. I also wanted to provide written instructions in this blog.

If your .docx file contains recognizable Bible references, Logos will  automatically hyperlink them when it builds your personal book.

For example, if the following sentence is in your document, Logos will automatically hyperlink John 3:16:

The most famous verse in all of Scripture is John 3:16.

Since John 3:16 is recognizable as a Bible reference, Logos does all the work to hyperlink it. Here are other examples of recognizable Bible references:

  • John 3
  • Jn 3:16
  • John 3:12-17

If however, your document contains the following sentence, Logos will not automatically hyperlink the verse:

Look at verse 16, the most famous verse in the Bible, which says, For God so loved the world.

Nowhere in the sentence do we find a recognizable Bible reference. Logos does not know which verse 16 we are referring to. Nor does Logos recognize which verse contains, “For God so loved the world.”

So to hyperlink unrecognizable Bible references, we have to add special tagging to the text in the .docx file. Here is what the tagged text should look like:

Look at [[verse 16 >> John 3:16]], the most famous verse in  the Bible, which says, [[For God so loved the world >> John  3:16]].

To hyperlink verse 16 to John 3:16, place double square brackets to the left of the text. After the text, insert a space followed by two greater than signs, then insert the Bible reference you are wanting to link to. Then close with two double square brackets.

Only the text to the left of the greater than signs (verse 16) will  appear in the Personal Book when Logos builds it; that text, however, will be hyperlinked to John 3:16.

At first this may seem tedious, but after using the tag a few times, you will be able to hyperlink any text you want very quickly.

If John 3:16 is the most famous verse, which would you say are the second or third most famous verses? Leave a comment letting us know!

Logos 4: Quickly Access the UBS Handbooks

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsMany years ago I visited my local bookstore looking for resources to help me with my sermon series on Ephesians. Almost hidden on the shelf was the single volume, A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. Thumbing through the pages, I discovered this commentary was a goldmine full of riches providing insights into word meanings, morphology, and syntax. Here’s the icing on the cake: it was all in plain English! I understood every sentence.

For the next several months I wore out this volume devouring every word as I made my way through Ephesians. The following years I secured other New Testament volumes as I preached through Philippians and Galatians. I came to understan The United Bible Societies’ Handbook Series was prepared for Bible translators, assisting them in translating the Old and New Testaments. This set rapidly became my favorite go-to commentary. In addition to the Bible of course, if I could only have one set of resources in my library, this would be it.

I was thrilled beyond words when Logos digitized the entire series. I removed the print volumes from the shelf and added the e-books to my computer. Then Logos did the unthinkable by including the UBS Handbooks in the upper end collections: Gold, Platinum, and Portfolio.

If you have debating with yourself about upgrading to Gold or above, I encourage you to do so if for no other reason than the UBS Handbooks. This set alone costs $800, but is included in the Gold, Platinum, and Portfolio collections. I believe after using these Handbooks for just a short while, you too will find yourself referencing them before any other resource in your library.

Here’s but one way to quickly access the Handbooks:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize
  • In the Library’s Find box type series:handbook (All of the UBS Handbooks will be listed separately. Please notice they appear by title as A Handbook on “a specific book of the Bible”)
  • Right click on any individual volume
  • Select Prioritize this series
  • Drag in the Prefer these resources list United Bible Societies’ Handbooks until the set is in the top five of your versified resources (Bibles and commentaries)
  • Open a Bible to a specific location like Colossians 3:16
  • Right click on any word in the verse
  • Select from the right menu Reference “your verse” such as Reference Colossians 3:16
  • Select from the list of resources on the right menu the Handbook for your verse such as A Handbook on Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

Regardless of where you are in the Bible, the correct Handbook will appear on the right menu!

As you begin to work with these books make sure to read the Preface and Introductory Information to learn about the editors’ goals. In the New Testament you may recognize a name Eugene Nida, the N in the LN numbers scattered all though out your Logos resources.

Enjoy the authors’ insights into the biblical languages placed on a level easily accessible by all!

What volume, either Old Testament or New Testament is your favorite from The UBS Handbook Series? Leave a comment letting us know!

Logos 4: Hierarchical Table of Contents

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 training seminars and provides many training materials.

mp|seminars TipsWith the recent release of Logos 4.3 comes the Personal Books (PB)  tool, allowing you to transform your Word .docx files into Logos resources. You can now create as many books as you want from your sermon manuscripts, Bible study lessons, school papers, quiet time journals, recipes, or whatever text you want to view inside of Logos.

Our team at mpseminars has created numerous QuickClip training videos to help you get started building books. I also want to provide written instructions for you in several Monday blogs. Hopefully between the videos and blogs you’ll be well on your way in centralizing digital text in your Logos library.

A previous blog gave you the overview of building books so I’ll concentrate on helping you create .docx files that lead to great PB. Today I’ll show you how to create a hierarchical table of contents in your books.

Microsoft Word allows you to format text with nine headings or levels. Logos recognizes these headings and uses them to create a hierarchical table of contents when building PB. After compiling your PB, the table of  contents will look like this:

Heading 1

Heading 2

Heading 3

Heading 4

Etc.

In case you’re not familiar with headings in Word, here’s all you do:

  • Select text in the .docx file that you want to make a major division in the table of contents
  • Choose the Home menu in Word
  • Click the Heading 1 button on Word’s toolbar
  • Select text in the .docx file that you want to make a section under the major division in the table of contents
  • Choose the Home menu in Word
  • Click the Heading 2 button on Word’s toolbar
  • Repeat these steps for as much text as you want in the .docx file

For example, let’s say you have a sermon manuscript or Bible study lesson that will become a PB.

The title of the manuscript or lesson would be Heading 1.

Each major point in the sermon or lesson would be Heading 2.

Each sub-point in the sermon or question in the lesson would be Heading 3.

You get the idea. After building your PB, click its panel menu and display your new hierarchical table of contents!

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Now that the Personal Books tool has been live for a couple of weeks, how many Personal Books have you added to your library? Leave a comment letting us know the number of books you’ve added, and the book type (sermons, devotionals, prayer journals, etc.).

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