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Logos 5: Displaying Strong’s Numbers

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.

In a recent Camp Logos, I was explaining how to do word studies with lemmas and Louw-Nida numbers. During a break, a participant pulled me aside to ask this question:

I see the value of what you’re teaching, but I cut my teeth on Strong’s numbers. Are these numbers still available in Logos, and if so, what’s the best way to see them?

If you, too, are fond of Strong’s numbers, I have good news for you: those numbers are indeed present in Logos, and they’re easily accessible!

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse-interlinear option, such as the Lexham English Bible.
  • Navigate to a passage (A).
  • Click the Display link on the Bible’s toolbar (B).

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  • Check the Inline, Surface, and Strong’s Numbers boxes (C).

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  • Notice that the Strong’s numbers are placed underneath the biblical words (D).
  • Click a Strong’s number to open your highest-prioritized dictionary containing an article for that number! (E)

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Logos 5: Collection Rule for Lexicons

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.

One of the keys to effective Logos searching is creating collections, which allow us to search within targeted groups of books, not the entire library. Toward that end, a Logos user recently emailed me this question:

I’m trying to set up a collection for my Hebrew and Greek Lexicons. What’s the rule for such a collection?

Let’s walk through the steps for creating two collections, one for Hebrew lexicons and the other for Greek:

  • Choose Tools | Collections.
  • Assign a specific name to the collection, such as Hebrew Lexicons (A) or Greek Lexicons (B).
  • Enter this text in the Rule box:
    • For Hebrew lexicons: type:lexicon AND title:(Hebrew,old) (C).
    • For Greek lexicons: type:lexicon AND title:(Greek,new) (D).
  • Close the Collections panel.

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Here’s what’s going on:

  • All Hebrew and Greek dictionaries are classified according to the type lexicon (E).
  • So we begin the rule by instructing Logos to look in the Type field for the word lexicon (F).
  • We then add the AND command (G), because we’re also going to instruct Logos to simultaneously look in another field—specifically, the Title field (H).
  • In the Title field, we’re asking Logos to locate resources with the word:
    • Hebrew or Old (I)
    • Greek or New (J)

So, to summarize:

  • For Hebrew lexicons, we’re finding resources with the type lexicon and, at the same time, the word Hebrew or Old in the title, such as A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament or Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.
  • For Greek lexicons, we’re finding resources with the type lexicon and, at the same time, the word Greek or New in the title, such as A Concise Greek–English Dictionary of the New Testament or The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament

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Logos 5: How to Resize Panels with the Highlighting Tab

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.

The Tools menu houses a variety of Logos features, each of which opens a certain way on the Logos desktop. For example:

  • Passage Analysis opens in a floating window.
  • Collections opens in a typical panel.
  • History opens in a “locked” panel.

It’s the locked panel I want to discuss with you, because if you’re not aware of this little trick, resizing can be challenging.

  • Choose Tools | Highlighting.
  • Notice that the Highlighting panel locks into place on the left side of the screen (A).

When you place your cursor on the border line of the panel, you’ll notice that you can’t resize like you can a typical panel (B). (You can drag the Highlighting tab to reposition the panel, but that doesn’t resize it the way we want.)

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So try this:

  • Close the Highlighting panel.
  • Choose the Tools menu again.
  • Click and hold Highlighting.
  • Drag Highlighting around the Logos desktop.
  • Notice how different portions of the desktop highlight in blue (C).

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  • Release the mouse.
  • Notice that the blue area becomes a typical panel housing Highlighting (D).

You can now easily resize the Highlighting panel, because it’s not locked into place (E).

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Try dragging other features on the Tools menu, such as History, Information, Bible Facts, or Power Lookup. I think you’ll enjoy the flexibility that dragging provides!

Logos 5: Locate Biblical Occurrences of a Sense

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.

The Bible Sense Lexicon dataset (available in the Gold base package and higher) helps you disambiguate Hebrew and Greek words. For example, the Greek kosmos, usually translated world, has multiple senses; what does it mean in John 3:16? That’s where the Bible Sense Lexicon comes in—it connects the text to specific, contextual meanings.

At Camp Logos, I was recently asked how to find all possible meanings of a Hebrew or Greek word and all the places where those meanings appear in Scripture. Here’s a way to achieve those ends. (Stay with me—there are several steps.)

To see the specific sense of a word:

  • Open your favorite Bible (we’ll use the LEB) to the passage you’re interested in. Let’s use Luke 13:32, where Jesus says “I will complete my work” (A).

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  • Right-click the word complete (B).
  • Notice, in the context menu, that the BSL assigns the sense “to finish” to the underlying Greek word (C)

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To see all possible senses of a word and the verses in which they occur:

  • Right-click the word (D).
  • Select Lemma [the Greek word] in the context menu (E).
  • Select Search this resource (F).

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  • Click Analysis to view all occurrences of the Greek lemma in a spreadsheet (G).
  • Right-click any column header in the spreadsheet (H).
  • Make sure that at least Reference and Sense are checked (I).

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  • Drag the column header Sense to the area above the column headers. (Mac users: hold down the Option key as you drag the header.) (J)
  • Right-click an arrow to the left of a sense (K).
  • Select Collapse all (L).

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  • Notice that all the occurrences of the Greek lemma are grouped according to the senses of the word (M).

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  • Then display all the biblical appearances of a meaning by clicking the arrow to its left (N)

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Again, just for emphasis: in this Analysis view, you’re looking at all possible senses (meanings) of the Greek lemma teleioo and all the places where each sense appears in the Bible!

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Logos 5: Alignment Indicators in the Reverse Interlinear

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.

A Logos user recently emailed me this question:

How can I find out what the symbols (arrows, bullets, etc.) mean in the reverse interlinear?

Fortunately, I’ve examined this in volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual, so I sent the questioner the following image from the book:

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Logos 5.2a: Updates to Library View

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.

Logos 5.2a recently came out. It introduces several changes, including enhancements to the View and Prioritize features.

The view icon has been replaced by a dropdown list with three options:

  • Cover displays a thumbnail preview of each resource.
  • Tile presents the resources in a simple list.
  • Details organizes the resources in a customizable spreadsheet.

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The Library remains in “browse” mode; therefore, the Browse link has been removed, while the Prioritize (B) link toggles the Prefer these resources pane on and off, so you can easily designate your favorite resources (C).

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You can see all the changes in 5.2a here.

If you haven’t downloaded this free update, just type update now in the Command box and press Enter!

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Logos 5: Locate Noun/Verb Combinations

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.

This question was recently submitted through our website:

I want to search for the combination of the word “spirit” and all the verbs used with that noun. How can I search for noun/verb combinations?

There are actually several ways to locate this information, but for now I want to emphasize a section in the Bible Word Study guide:

  • Choose Guides | Bible Word Study.
  • Type this in the word box: g:pneuma (A).
  • From the dropdown list, select the Greek word with the glossary breath; spirit (B).
  • If the report doesn’t generate on its own, press Enter to build it.

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  • Navigate to the section called Grammatical Relationships. (Please note: this section doesn’t appear in the Starter base package.) (C)
  • Notice the subsection Subject of…, which lists all the verbs in the NT associated with this Greek word! (D)

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To execute the same search for the most prominent Hebrew word translated spirit in the OT:

  • Type this in the Word box: h:ruah (E).
  • From the dropdown list, select the Hebrew word with the glossary spirit (F).

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  • Notice, again under Grammatical Relationships, the subsection Subject of…, which lists all the OT verbs associated with this Hebrew word (G).

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Logos 5: Locate All Forms of an English Word

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.

A Logos user recently asked this question:

I’m studying the subject of heaven throughout Scripture.  Is there a way to find all occurrences of “heaven” and its variants (“heavens,” etc.) without having to search for each individually?

Actually, there are several ways to locate a “family” of words in one search. Perhaps the easiest is what’s called a Match all word forms search.

Here’s how to set up it up:

  • Click the search icon.
  • Select Bible as the search type (A).
  • Select a Bible, such as the English Standard Version, from the resources dropdown list (B).
  • Select a range, such as the New Testament, from the verse dropdown list (C).
  • Type a word—here, heaven—in the find box (D). 

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  • Choose the search panel menu (E).
  • Select Match all word forms (F).
  • Press enter to generate the search.

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  • Notice that the results include “heaven,” “heavens,” and “heavenly”all in one search! (G)
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Logos 5: Display Only Verbs in Word by Word

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.

Years ago, when I was first learning to study the Bible, my instructor encouraged me to focus on the verbs. He explained that, while all words are important, verbs move the passage along and generally hold the keys to interpretation. Verbs are—literally—where the action is!

Here’s a little Logos trick to help us examine verbs:

  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide.
  • Type a verse, like Philippians 1:27, in the Reference box (A).
  • Press Enter to generate the report.
  • Make sure the Word by Word section is expanded to show the verse in a gray box. (If not, click the section-title bar to expand it.) (B)

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  • Rest the cursor on the Word by Word title bar to reveal a Settings link (C).
  • Click Settings (D).

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  • Make sure these options are selected: 
    • Show all words (E)
    • Include only these parts of speech: (F)
    • Verb (G)
  • Click outside the menu to close it and rebuild the Word by Word section (H).

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  • Notice that only the verbs are displayed and analyzed (I).

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  • Return to the Settings list to select a different part of speech, or click any word in the gray box to display other words (J).

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This small feature keeps the word list manageable, while simultaneously allowing you to concentrate on the words of your choice!

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Logos 5: Find Your Place with the Locator Bar

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.

Logos contains an almost endless supply of features; some we use more than others. Here’s one helpful tool that we don’t need every day, but that’s awfully nice to have around.

To show you how it works, I’ll give a specific example from a recent study:

  • I generated an Exegetical Guide report for Colossians 2:15 (A).
  • I clicked to open a resource from the Grammars section (B).

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  • Of course, the resource opened to the exact spot where my verse was mentioned (C). That meant I had trouble discerning where I was in the resource, which made it hard to read the comments in context.
  • I chose the panel menu on the resource (D).

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  • I selected Show locator bar (E).

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  • The locator bar appeared (Funder the resource’s toolbar, indicating I was currently reading in:
    •  Part III: Syntax
    • Chapter XI: The Cases
    • Part VII. The Accusative
    • Section (g): With Transitive Verbs

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With that precise context, I had an easier time understanding the author’s discussion.

You don’t need the locator bar with every resource, but try it when you’re reading:

  • Grammars
  • Church histories
  • The Church Fathers
  • Works of theology
  • Any other books in which you struggle to find a reference point

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