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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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If you find this helpful, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy both volume 1 and volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual. Together, these volumes discuss most of Logos’ features in detail and illustrate them with numerous screenshots.

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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The view icon has been replaced by a dropdown list with three options: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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Logos 5: Collapse Sections in Bible Facts Sidebar

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.

Bible Facts, one of my favorite features in Logos 5, generates reports on the Bible’s people, places, things, and events. The left sidebar, with its wealth of data about a given subject, can become quite lengthy. Try this little trick to navigate through all those facts:

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts.
  • Type a subject, like David, in the box (A).
  • Press Enter to generate the report.
  • Notice, in the sidebar, the long list of helpful information (B).

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  • Right-click one of the section titles, such as Role (C).
  • Select Collapse all (D).

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  • Now you can easily see all the information categories (E).

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  • Navigate to the section of your choice by clicking its title—you’ll be working with just the facts in that area! (F)

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Logos 5: Investigate Biblical Events

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.

For years, with the Bible Facts tool, we’ve been able to study the Bible’s people, places, and things. Now, in Logos 5, we can use Bible Facts to investigate biblical events. Let me show you how:

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts.
  • Type “Passover” into the reference box (A).
  • Notice the dropdown list, with a variety of events (B).
  • Select “The first Passover is celebrated” to build the report for that event (C).

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The left sidebar displays facts about the event, including:

  • A brief description of the event, including the Scripture where it’s referenced (D)
  • A link to the Timeline dataset (click it to open the Timeline, with the event centered in the window) (E)
  • Links to dictionary articles about the event (F)
  • Biblical references of other places in Scripture where the event is mentioned (G)
  • A list of key players in the event (click a link to build a Biblical People report) (H)
  • The setting where the event took place (click a link to build a Biblical Places report) (I)
  • A list of objects mentioned in the event (click a link to build a Biblical Things report) (J)

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I don’t know about you, but I think this sidebar is incredible! When I studied an event with print books, I had to flip through lots of resources—encyclopedias, atlases, manners and customs books, and more. Now all that data is localized and organized in one easy-to-use spot.

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Logos 5: Drag Items to Open Them

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.

Just in case you haven’t discovered yet, Logos isn’t one-size-fits-all—rather, it’s customizable in numerous ways. For instance, maybe when you click a shortcut icon or menu item, the feature opens in a location you don’t prefer. If so, try this simple trick: rather than clicking the option, drag and drop it in the precise place you desire.

For example:

  • Choose the Tools menu (A).
  • Click, hold, and drag Information (B).

  • Notice the highlighted blue portion of the screen as you drag (C).

  • Drop Information when the blue section is in the area you desire (D).

This easy tip will save you time as you manage your Logos desktop.

Logos 5: Display English Bibles in the Library

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 me this question:

Arranging my library by type (A) displays all my Bibles, including Greek and Aramaic fragments. How can I display just my English Bibles? 

A rule with filter fields will easily do the trick.

Enter this text in the library’s find box: type:Bible AND lang:English (B)

This rule instructs Logos to look in the type field for just the word Bible (C) and, at the same time, to look in the languages field for the word English (D). Both terms have to match, so you see only English-language Bibles! (E)

Of course, to show only Hebrew or Greek Bibles, change the word English to Hebrew or Greek.

 

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