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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.).

Logos 4: Right Click Thematic Study

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 an expository preacher, I primarily preach-teach through paragraphs in the Bible. I explain the context, word meanings, and the author’s original intent and of course suggest modern application. Within many biblical paragraphs, however, are topics or themes discussed elsewhere in Scripture. Understanding the entire Scriptural concept certainly sheds light on the individual piece of the puzzle contained within a specific passage of the Bible. For example, redemption is a biblical theme discussed in Ephesians 1:7, but that’s just one verse out of many commenting on the subject. Seeing the whole picture leads to better comprehension of the individual pieces.

Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes, contained in most Logos collections, assists us in grasping the big picture of a biblical topic. Here are some suggestions for using the resource:

First, make sure it’s in the top five of prioritized, topical books (Bible dictionaries, English dictionaries, topical Bibles, etc.)

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize (1)
  • Type title:Zondervan in the Library’s Find box (2)
  • Drag Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes to the Prefer these resources list on the right (remember to place it in the top five of prioritized, topical books) (3)
  • Close the Library

Logos 4: Right Click Thematic Study (1)

After prioritizing the book, use your right click menu to open it:

  • Open an English Bible to a passage such as Hebrews 4:9, which mentions the biblical theme of rest (4)
  • Right click on the word rest (5)
  • From the right menu click Selection rest and then the title of the resource Zondervan Dictionary of Bible Themes (6)(7)

Logos 4: Right Click Thematic Study (2)

The book opens to a brief comment about the theme (5056). Underneath the comment notice:

  • 5057 rest, physical
  • 5058 rest, spiritual
  • 5059 rest, eternal

Within each section you’ll see hyperlink cross references as well as See also directing you to related themes.

Logos 4: Right Click Thematic Study (3)

After looking up many of these cross references, you’ll begin to understand the theme of rest!

I also encourage you to read the Introduction and How to use this book sections of this resource. Here the editors explain the organization of the book. This will be quite helpful if you’ve never used this book.

What are your favorite themes in the Bible? Is it grace, forgiveness, mercy, love, redemption, etc.? Leave a comment letting us and other Logos users know!

Logos 4: Quickly Look Up the Meaning of a Biblical Name

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 TipsUsually in western culture we don’t give a lot of attention to a person’s name. It’s just a label to distinguish him / her from someone else. For example, I have the name Morris so you won’t confuse me with my father Adie or my brother Bill. Is there really any significance to the name Morris as opposed to Richard or Justin? Probably not.

You perhaps know, though, in biblical times, people’s names quite often revealed something about their character or marked some significant event in their lives.

For example, the names, Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac spoke volumes about these people. Thus, when studying a passage containing a person’s name, it’s important we discover its meaning.

The resource, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names, contained in most Logos base collections, helps us uncover that meaning.  Here’s a quick way to jump to a brief definition of a biblical person’s name in that book:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right hand corner of the Library (1)
  • Enter the name of the book in the Library’s Find box: The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (2)
  • Right click on the name of the resource (3)
  • Select Prioritize this resource (4)
  • Drag this resource in the Prefer these resources list on the right so that it’s one of the top five topical books (Bible dictionaries, topical Bibles, etc.) in the list
  • Close the Library
  • Open an English Bible to a passage containing a person’s name such as Genesis 17:15 (5 & 6)
  • Right click on a person’s name in the verse such as Abraham (7)
  • Select on the right menu Selection “name” such as Selection Abraham (8)
  • Select on the right menu The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (9)

Logos 4: Quickly Look Up Names

Logos 4: Quickly Look Up Names

This resource opens to a very brief definition of the biblical name! If you need more information about the person, click the plus sign ( + ) to the right of the resource’s tab and click a book in the list.

What biblical name has been meaningful in your life? Are you named after a particular biblical person? Leave a comment and share the story behind your name!

Logos 4: Prioritize Multiple Books at Once

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 TipsIn our Logos Library we have a lot of Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, and so on. Within all of these books, however, we have our Favorites: favorite Bibles, favorite commentaries, favorite dictionaries, and the like. In Logos, we call these favorites our Prioritized or Preferred books. Logos places these prioritized books at the top of various lists on the Passage Guide, Exegetical Guide, etc. Here’s one way to prioritize and use preferred books:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right corner of the Library
  • Place this text in the Library’s Find box: type:Bible
  • Logos displays all of your Bibles
  • Right click on the title of a Bible
  • Select Prioritize this resource
  • Logos places this Bible in your preferred list of resources on the right
  • Repeat these steps for additional Bibles

To see these prioritized Bibles in action:

  • Type a biblical reference in the passage box on the Home Page
  • Click Go
  • Logos opens the default Home Page Bible study screen which includes your first 5 prioritized Bibles

Prioritize additional books like commentaries which will show up in the Passage Guide and Hebrew / Greek dictionaries which will appear in the Exegetical Guide.

As you can see and perhaps have already discovered with your own use of Logos, prioritizing books is not difficult; it’s just tedious. Here’s the shortcut I really want to show you: prioritize multiple books at the same time!

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right corner of the Library
  • Place your text in the Library’s Find box like, type:Bible OR type:lexicon
  • Hold down the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key on the keyboard
  • Select (click) a book in the Library’s list, but don’t click the title of the book which opens it
  • Select another book with the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key still held down
  • Notice that both books are now selected
  • Continue this process until you’ve selected all the books you want to prioritize
  • Release the Ctrl (Mac: Cmd) key
  • Right click on any of the selected resources
  • Select Prioritize this resource

Logos places ALL of the selected books in your preferred list on the right! This tip is included
on our new training DVD, Time Saving Tips, Volume 1.

What prioritized resource do you regularly use? What particular Bible, commentary, dictionary, lectionary, etc., do you have in your library that you would recommend to other Logos users? Leave a comment letting us and other Logos users know!

Logos 4: Reserve Bookmark 1 for the Passage You’re Studying

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 TipsYears ago when I prepared my sermons with print books, I of course opened my Bible to the passage I was studying. Knowing I would probably leave that specific location as I turned pages, I placed a ribbon or piece of paper in the Bible to mark my spot. Then, regardless of how far I moved from the week’s text, I easily returned with the aid of the bookmark. Now with Logos, I simply transferred that bookmark habit to my e-books, and I encourage you to do the same:

  • Open your Preferred Bible to the passage you’re studying
  • Press Ctrl + Shift + 1 (Mac: Cmd + Option + Shift + 1) to set the number 1 bookmark
  • Navigate to a different location in the Bible
  • Press Ctrl + 1 (Mac: Cmd + 1) to return to your passage

Get into the habit of reserving Bookmark 1 for the passage you’re studying. Then after wandering from it as you look up cross references, you can easily return with a simple keystroke. This little tip will save you a lot of time as you prepare each week’s sermon or lesson.

This tip comes from our latest DVD training product, Time Saving Tips, vol. 1, available now to pre-order from Logos.com. Watch this tip demonstrated below, and be sure check out Time Saving Tips, vol. 1 for more tips and to order your copy today.

PC Version:

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How do you use your digital bookmarks? What are your top 3 bookmarked resources? Leave a comment letting us and other Logos users know!

Logos 4: Windows and Tiles and Tabs. . .Oh My!

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 TipsSometimes, while lost in Logos study, you’ll discover you have numerous resources or panels open on the screen. With so much open you can seem to find the Bible, commentary, or guide you’re looking for. So you pause to clean up your desktop.

If you type close all in the Command box and press the Enter key, everything on the screen closes. That’s quick and easy, but then you must reopen just the resources you want.

You may want to try this:

  • Make sure the few resources you want to keep open are in separate tiles
  • Right click on the tab of a resource or panel you want to keep open
  • Select Close Other Tabs which means close the other tabs in this tile, but keep this tab open
  • Repeat the last two steps for other tiles on the screen

Logos 4: Windows, Tiles, and Tabs

By way of reminder here is an official Logos vocabulary review:

  • Windows contain tiles which contain panels (or tabs)
  • You can open as many windows as you want and divide each window into as many tiles as you want and divide each tile into as many panels (tabs) as you want

Logos 4: Windows, Tiles, and Tabs

While learning the Logos tab system, remember to right click on any tab and practice using each option. Pretty soon you’ll be a pro at Logos desktop management!

What does your Logos desktop look like? Leave a comment describing your desktop layout, or upload a screenshot to Facebook and tag Logos Bible Software!

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