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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:

Mac Version:

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!

Logos 4: Searching Wuest’s for 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 TipsLast week I wrote about a favorite resource of mine, Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament. In print, this four volume set consists of Kenneth Wuest’s translation of the NT, commentaries on some NT books, and numerous short articles on various passages and Greek words.

I then explained how to use a Field Search to access his articles about specific Greek words. He also authored numerous short articles about various passages in the New Testament, little mini-commentaries if you will.

Here’s one of several ways you can locate those golden nuggets:

  • Either create a Collection for Wuest’s Word Studies or just open the book on the screen
  • Open a Bible to a New Testament passage such as Ephesians 3:17
  • Right click on any word in the verse
  • From the right menu select Reference “your verse”
  • Select Search Entire Library
  • When the Search panel opens change Entire Library to Wuest’s Word Studies

On the search panel, you’ll now see where Wuest mentioned your reference in his work. If you searched for Ephesians 3:17, you’ll see an article entitled Does He Feel at Home? Click the link to jump to some great insights about one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible!

Let us know, what collections will you create or have you created in order to benefit from this type of search?

Logos 4: Field Search in Wuest’s Word Studies

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 one of my favorite resources in print was Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament. This four-volume set included Kenneth Wuest’s translation of the NT, commentaries on some NT books, and numerous short articles on various passages and Greek words. Wuest’s goal was to put the Greek language into the hands of the everyday English student of the Bible. His insights into Greek words were wonderful if you could ever find them. The indexing system for the set was not the greatest.

In Logos you can easily access his translation and commentaries. But what about all those articles about Greek words? Here’s a little searching trick that will help:

  • Either create a Collection for Wuest’s Word Studies or just open the book on the screen
  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Basic as the search type (1)
  • Select Wuest’s Word Studies from the drop down list where you select the book(s) to be searched (2)(3)
  • Click the first drop list which usually says All Text (4)
  • Click the arrow next to Search Fields (5)
  • Click the box Large Text (6)

Logos 4: Field Search (Wuest #1)

Logos 4: Field Search (Wuest #2)

Here’s what you have just done. Logos calls the headings of Wuest’s articles, Large Text. You set up a field search indicating you do not want to search all of the text in the resource just the field Large Text!

  • Type temple in the Find box
  • Press the Enter key

You just searched the Large Text field for the word temple. Logos finds an article entitled Temple. Click the link and you are now reading about two Greek words both translated temple in the NT! Try the same search for love, grace, world, etc.! Enjoy the riches of Wuest’s insights into the Greek language.

Logos 4: Field Search (Wuest #3)

Let us know, what percentage of your study time is spent studying Greek?

Logos 4: Topic Study from Home Page

 

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 TipsIf you’ve been using Logos for even a short period of time, you’ve probably already discovered the Passage box on the Home Page. By entering a passage and clicking Go, you are off and running into the world of Bible study. Did you know, though, you can also study a topic or subject from the Home Page passage box? Try this:

  • Type sanctification in the passage box on the Home Page.
  • Notice the first entry in the drop down list is Search for sanctification. (See Image 1)
  • Go ahead and click Search for sanctification.

Image 1.
Logos 4: Topic Study (1)

At this point, a search panel opens. The Library Results section in the panel displays every occurrence of the word sanctification in your entire library. At the top is a section called Topic in which links to articles with the headword Sanctification are listed. Look carefully and you’ll see also links to articles called Consecration which is closely related to sanctification. When searching for a “subject,” Logos takes the initiative to search for related topics.

The line Search for (Sanctification, “Entire Sanctification”, Consecration,…) instead? is hyperlinked (See Image 2). When clicked, Logos will automatically search for all occurrences of each of these terms and update the hits in the Library Results section (See Image 3)!

Image 2.
Logos 4: Topic Study (2)

Image 3.
Logos 4: Topic Study (3)

As you can see, Logos is not only powerful; it is very easy to use!

How has Logos made your study time easier? Let us know by leaving a comment with your time saving tip.

Logos 4: Hide Preferred Bible Section on Home Page

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 your Logos library, you have dozens of Bibles.  Among these, you obviously have your favorite Bible which is called your Preferred Bible in Logos. In the ribbon (narrow band at the top) of the Home Page you can designate your Preferred Bible which looks up cross references as you study with Logos resources.
 
After designating your Preferred Bible, you’re probably not going to change it very often (if at all), so you don’t need to see the Choose preferred Bible section in the ribbon. It is taking up valuable space which could be used to display a Prayer List or Reading Plan. Here’s how easy it is to hide the Choose preferred Bible section:

  • Choose the Customize menu in the lower left corner of the Home Page (1)
  • Uncheck the box Choose preferred Bible in the Features section of the menu (2)

Logos 4: Hide Choose Preferred Bible

That’s it. That section will remain hidden in the ribbon until you check this box again!

What is your preferred Bible? Let us know by leaving a comment with your favorite verse using your preferred Bible translation.

Logos 4: Clear Your Desktop with One Click

mp|seminars TipsLast Monday’s blog, “Quickly Clean Up a Messy Desktop,” generated some good discussion. One particular comment, given by a Mr. Joe Bella, gave another user a tip for clearing their screen using the Close all command.

We give many tips and shortcuts throughout Camp Logos and in the Camp Logos LIVE DVDs, and this is one of those tips!

There will be times when you are using Logos 4 that you’ll want to clear all of the open resources, tools, and guides that are open on your screen. You can either close each panel individually or use a shortcut:

  • In the Command box, type close all

If you press Enter, the screen will clear. But what if you wanted that command on your Shortcuts bar?

  • Type close all in the Command box (do not press Enter) (See image 1.)
  • Click and drag the Close all command to your Shortcuts bar (See image 2.)

Image 1:

Close-All Toolbar

Image 2:

Close-All Toolbar

You’ll now see a Close all icon on your Shortcuts bar. Whenever you want to clear your screen, just click the icon!

Close-All Toolbar

Do you use your Shortcuts toolbar? If yes, what are some of your favorite shortcuts? Let us know by leaving us a comment.

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