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Logos 5: Instant Concordance

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.

With the recent release of Logos 5.2 comes a new feature that provides, in essence, an “instant concordance” for any Bible or other book in your library! Try this:

  • Click the Library icon.
  • Right-click the title of any resource (A).
  • Select Search this resource (B).

  • Notice that the search panel opens with the appropriate search type (Basic or Bible) already selected (C), as well as the resource set to be searched (D).

  • Type your desired query in the Find box, such as redemption or “love of God” (E).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results (F).

When you just want to search one specific resource, this trick provides instant access!

Please note: if this feature isn’t available to you, type update now in the Command box and press the Enter key to launch your free update to Logos 5.2.

 

Logos 5: Locate Specific Charts and Tables

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:

I was wanting to find a chart that shows all the kings of Israel and Judah, along with the prophets who were active during the reign of each king. How would I search for something like that?

To locate such charts, I suggest using the Logos image search:

  • Click the Search icon.
  • Select Image as the search type (A).
  • Select Entire Library from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Click the fields dropdown list, which probably says All Images (C).

  • Select desired fields, such as ChartsInfographicsTable, and Timelines (D).

  • Type this text in the find box: king prophet (E).

  • Click the search panel menu (F).
  • Select Match all word forms (G).

  • Press Enter to generate the search.

This search locates all the designated images containing both the words king(s) AND prophet(s) (H)!

Logos 5: Shortcut to Definitions

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.

If you’re like me, as you’re reading the Bible or another book, you frequently come to words for which you need a definition or other background information. Without Logos, this can be difficult to locate.

With Logos 5, however, that data is just a double-click away! Try this:

  • Open a Bible to Acts 1:8 (A).

  • Double-click a word, like Jerusalem (B).
  • Notice that highest-prioritized resource containing an article for the city opens right to that article (C).

  • Double-click other words in the verse, such as Judea and Samaria.
  • Notice, again, a resource looking up these words.

The double-click, a shortcut for executing what Logos calls a Lookup search, works within not only Bibles, but any book!

  • Open Easton’s Bible Dictionary to the article for Corinth (D).
  • Double-click the word Greece at the end of the first sentence (E).
  • Notice that a resource jumps to an article for Greece (F).

You should try this trick when you come to an unfamiliar English word in any popular book (G). But don’t be surprised if the resource that opens is Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary (H). This may be the first resource Logos finds with an entry!

 

Logos 5: Word Count in Word List

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 contacted me with this question:

I’m just beginning research into Luke-Acts, and I need to count Greek words in chapters and sections. Can this be done in Logos?

The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Logos uses a feature called Word List to count words. Here’s how to take advantage of it:

  • Choose Documents | Word List.
  • Name the list (A).

  • Click Add (B).
  • Select your desired Bible from the Bible dropdown list (C).
  • Type a passage, like Acts 1, in the Reference box that appears under Add lemmas from [selected Bible] (D).

  • Press Enter to generate the list.
  • Drag the column header Count to the area above the column headers to sort the words by number of occurrences. (If this header isn’t visible, right-click any column header and select Count.) (E)
  • Click the column header Count to arrange the words in ascending/descending order according to the number of occurrences (F).
  • Right-click a number in the list to Collapse all or Expand all the occurrences at once (G).

There you have it—a great way to look for recurring themes or subjects throughout a biblical passage!

Logos 5: Syntax Search Finds Direct Object

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.

We read in John 3:16 that “God so loved the world.” Grammatically, world is the direct object of the verb loved. So maybe we wonder, “Where else in the New Testament does world function as a direct object?”

One way to find out is with a simple syntax search:

  • Click the Search icon to open the search panel.
  • Select Syntax as the search type. (Note that Syntax search doesn’t appear in the Starter base package.) (A)
  • Select All Passages from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Select the CSGNT from the Bible dropdown list (C).
  • Click Query (D).
  • Select English Object (Cascadia) (E).

  • Type world in the English Object box (F).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

We’ve just discovered all the places any Greek word translated world serves as a direct object in the New Testament! (G)

To locate a specific Greek word functioning as an object of a verb, try this:

  • Select Object (Cascadia) from the dropdown query list (H).

  • Type this in the Greek Object box: g:kosmos (I).
  • Select the Greek word that appears in the dropdown list under the box (J).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

This time, we found every place the Greek lemma kosmos serves as an object of a verb! (K)

Notice some of the results:

  • Gain the world
  • Condemn the world
  • Love the world
  • Save the world
  • Convict the world
  • Judge the world
  • Reconcile the world
  • Overcome the world

This simple search launches a very interesting topical study regarding kosmos.

 

Logos 5: Use Clause Search to Find the Objects of Jesus’ Love

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.

Imagine that you’re studying John 11:5—in which John declares that Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus—and you ask yourself, Who else does the NT record as an object of Jesus’ love? You’ll be happy to know that discovering the answer is simple with a Clause Search:

  • Click the Search icon to open the search panel.
  • Select Clause as the search type. (Note: Clause Search doesn’t appear in the Starter and Bronze base packages.) (A).
  • Select All Passages from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Select the SBLGNT from the Bible dropdown list (C).
  • Select Subject and English Verb from the list of search helps (D).

  • Notice that this query appears in the Find box: subject:A Man verb:to bury (E).

  • Replace A Man with Jesus in the Find box (F).
  • Replace bury with love in the Find box (G).

  • The final query looks like this: subject:Jesus verb:to love
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

You just located the places in the New Testament where the person Jesus (regardless of the words used to designate him) is the subject of a clause, and the verb is a Greek word translated as some form of the English word love(H).


If you know a little Greek, try this:

  • Select Subject and Greek Verb from the list of search helps (I).
  • Remove the Greek word from the Find box (J).

  • Begin typing this transliteration in the place of the removed Greek word: agap (K).
  • Select the search string that appears in the dropdown list (L).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

Now you’ve located the places in the New Testament where the person Jesus (regardless of the words used to designate him) is the subject of a clause, and the verb is a form of the Greek lemma agapao(M).


 

 

Logos 5: Old Testament Prophecies about Jesus

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 how to find Old Testament prophecies about Jesus. One way, but certainly not the only way, is to allow Logos to do the heavy lifting with the Sermon Starter Guide. Try this:

  • Choose Guides | Sermon Starter Guide.
  • Type Jesus in the reference box (A).
  • Notice the dropdown list of preaching themes that relate to Jesus (B).
  • Select the theme Prophecy: Jesus to generate the report (C).

  • Focus on the Passages section, in which Logos lists some verses and pericopes (sections of the Bible) containing prophecies about Jesus (D).

  • Pay close attention to the Thematic Outlines section, in which Logos searches the Dictionary of Bible Themes for outlines related to the subject (E).
  • Click the title “Jesus Christ, prophecies concerning” to reveal the complete outline within the report (F).
  • Rest the cursor on the title of the article, and use the links that appear to the right to copy this outline (or verses within the outline) to another location (G).

One of the things I want you to take away from this blog is that you don’t have to be a preacher preparing a sermon to use the Sermon Starter Guide! Much like the Topic Guide, this tool can help you study nearly any subject.

Please note: the Preaching Themes dataset, which powers the Sermon Starter Guide, doesn’t appear in the Starter base package.

Logos 5: Proximity Search for the Teachings of Christ

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 the following scenario:

I’m trying to do an in-depth search on the teachings of Christ. Not how he lived, but what he taught. I’ve tried doing a basic “teachings of Christ” phrase search, but that didn’t really turn up what I thought I was going to find. What’s the best way to locate this information?

Excellent question! Here’s how:

The Bible itself isn’t tagged with the metadata label teachings of Christ; it just contains those teachings. Thus, we want to search our books for where the authors list or catalog what Christ taught. If we execute a phrase search, we’re only looking for a specific wording, such as teachings of Christ. If the author uses phrases like Christ’s teachings or teachings of Jesus, we won’t find what we’re looking for. It’s better, therefore, to use a proximity search, as I detail below:

  • Click the Search icon.
  • Select Basic as the search type (A).
  • Select Entire Library or a specific collection from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Type this search string in the Find box: (Jesus,Christ) WITHIN 2 words teach (C).

  • Click the Search panel menu (D).
  • Select Match all word forms (E).

  • Press the Enter key, or click the Go arrow to generate the search results (F).

The above search locates all the places in our resources where the words Jesus or Christ occur within two words of teach, teaching, teachings, etc.!

When you’re trying to locate subject matter rather than specific phrases, proximity searches work wonderfully.

Logos 5: Create Your Own Series

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.

 With the recent release of Logos 5.1, we can now create a series of books that behaves as a whole, not as separate parts.

For example, the Hebrew and Greek texts are, in a sense, only “half Bibles” because they contain only the Old or New Testaments. If we opened a Hebrew Bible and typed John 3:16, we wouldn’t jump there because there’s no John 3:16 in the Hebrew OT.

The new 5.1 Series feature lets you join the Greek and Hebrew texts, forming a whole Bible.

Try this:

  • Open your library.
  • Click Browse (A).
  • Click the Resource Information icon on the library’s toolbar, which opens a pane on the right (B).
  • Type lhb in the library’s Find box, which lists the Lexham Hebrew Bible (C).
  • Click Set series in the information pane on the right (D).
  • Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Highlighted Verses to a Passage List

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 the following question:

I highlight various verses in my Bible. Is there a way to place those highlighted verses in some sort of list?

You’ll be happy to know that the answer is yes! Here’s how to do it:

  • Open a Bible.
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting.
  • Select the text of a Bible verse (A).
  • Click a highlighting style, such as Blue Highlighter (B).

Continue Reading…

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