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Logos 5: Passage List of Red-Letter Verses

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.

Recently a Logos user asked:

Moe, is it possible to print just the red-letter verses (words of Christ) from a Bible?

I didn’t have an immediate answer, so I told him I’d have to get back to him. After a bit of thought, I discovered at least one possibility that I’d like to pass along to you:

  • From the ESV New Testament, I compiled a Passage List of all the verses containing red-letter text.
  • I exported that Passage List as a text file. You can use it to create your own Passage List:

Click here to download the file

  • Choose Documents | Passage List (if you’re using Logos 4, choose File | Passage List).
  • Name the file something like Red-Letter Verses in the ESV NT (A).
  • Click Add (B).
  • Select … a file (C).
  • Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Use Information with Any Resource

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.

I often tell people that Logos Bible Software is like an onion containing layer upon layer of features and data. Seemingly simple techniques can yield great rewards. Here’s one such simple trick.

To set this up, imagine we’re reading a Logos resource containing numerous references to people and places, as well scores of polysyllabic words. If you’re like I am, you won’t slow down long enough to look up the unfamiliar terms. You’ll just keep reading, hoping the context will clarify the meaning. But what if you had instant information for those obscure terms? Well, in most cases, you do—with a tool called Information. Try this:

  • Open a Logos resource, such as The Lexham Bible Dictionary, to the article for Jacob
  • Choose Tools | Information
  • Notice that the Information panel opens on the right-hand side of the screen (A)
  • Rest the cursor on a word in the resource, such as Rebekah, symmetrical, coherence, etc. (B)
  • Notice the data that appears in the Information panel—if the data doesn’t appear, try single-clicking the word—which probably includes a definition of the word (C)
  • Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Field Searching

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.

As the certified trainer for Logos Bible Software, I have the privilege of meeting a lot of Logos users and hearing numerous questions. The category with the most frequent questions is searching. Many queries go something like this:

Moe, how do I refine my searches? If I search for a word in all my books, I get a million hits. Is there a way to find articles and “chunks of information” about a subject without executing a word search?

Thankfully, the answer is yes. In this week’s blog, I’ll address just one way to limit searches: with a field search.

First, what’s a field? Think of a field as a specific location on a form or application in which to enter information, such as name, address, city, state, etc. Imagine being an employer wanting to find all job applicants who live in the 37128 zip code. To discover the answer, you wouldn’t search the entire application—you’d just search the zip code field. Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Find Multiple People in the Same Passage

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.

I was recently presented with this question from a Logos user:

Jesus lived and ministered in the power of the Holy Spirit. Is there a Logos search that locates the passages in which both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are mentioned?

The affirmative answer to this question highlights arguably my favorite new Logos 5 feature: the Referent dataset. A Logos research team went through the Bible tagging all the words that point to people, places, and things. In other words, every he, she, we, me, etc., is connected to the correct person, place, or thing!

Using the Clause Search, we can now locate all mentions of people, places, and things, regardless of the words used to identify them. Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Search and Analyze the Root 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 fellow Logos user recently emailed me this question:

Is there an easy way to search for all the forms of a word (noun, verb, adjective, adverb) at the same time?  Like, for example, all the forms of “sick” (astheneo) in James 5:14?

This is a great question, and the answer is “yes.” Actually, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this, but the following steps are fairly straightforward, and they showcase various Logos language features.

Here’s what I responded with:

  • Right-click on a word in an English Bible with the reverse interlinear, like sick in James 5.14 in the ESV. (A)
  • Select Root | Search this resource. (B) Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Camp Logos DVD on Pre-Pub

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 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching Logos users around the globe to get more out of their Logos software. At the heart of that project is a live, hands-on training seminar called Camp Logos.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to attend, but traveling or scheduling prevented you. The next best thing is to bring the training to you with the Camp Logos Live DVD, now on Pre-Pub. This all-new video training covers Logos 5′s new features, such as:

  • Bible Sense Lexicon
  • Bible Facts
  • Timeline
  • Topic Guide
  • Sermon Starter Guide

Continue Reading…

Logos 5: National Camp Logos June 26-28

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 Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Our National Camp Logos, June 26–28, is rapidly approaching. Each year in June, Logos users from around the globe assemble in Bellingham, WA (home of Logos Bible Software) for extended training, tours of Logos’ headquarters, interaction with Logos leadership, and fellowship around the Word.

This year is even more special because we’re presenting the Camp Combo: Camps 1 and 2, back to back, which you can read more about here.

What’s more, Dr. Warren Gage from Knox Theological Seminary is teaching DM831, “Gospel Hermeneutics,” right before Camp Logos, which means that if you enroll in the Knox/Logos DMin program, you can earn credit both for this course and for the Camp Combo. Registration is separate from Camp Logos. Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Open Multiple Copies of a Hebrew or Greek Dictionary

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.

As you very well know, the Bible was originally written not in English, but in Hebrew and Greek. Consequently, sometimes when we read the same English word in different places in the Bible, we’re actually reading the translations of different Hebrew or Greek words. Thus, the same English word is translating Hebrew or Greek synonyms.

For example, both James 5:14 and 15 refer to the sick, but two different Greek words appear in the original text. If you ever want to examine both words in your favorite Greek dictionary at the same time, try this Logos feature:

  • Open an English Bible containing the reverse interlinear option, such as the ESV, NASB, or LEB
  • Navigate to locations containing Hebrew or Greek synonyms being translated by the same English word, such as sick in James 5:14 and 15 (A)
  • Right-click on the first occurrence of the English word, such as sick in James 5:14 (B)
  • Select Lemma “your word” from the right-click menu (C)
  • Select Look up from the right-click menu (D), which opens your highest-prioritized Hebrew or Greek dictionary containing an article about your word (E)

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Logos 5: Set New Defaults for Note Text

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.

During a break at a recent Camp Logos event, one of the students asked how to change the default text used in a Note document. He wanted more default options than appear in Program Settings, located on the Tools menu.

Here’s a nice little feature that allows you to select whatever font, size, and style of text you want to use in your Notes.

First, a summary of the steps listed below:

You can use the formatting bar on a Note file to select default font, size, and style, but the cursor CANNOT be in the Title or Content box when you do so. If the cursor is in one of the text boxes, your selections change only the text in that box, not the defaults.

Here’s how to change the defaults:

Mac:

  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • Click Add note on the Note file toolbar, which: (A)
    • Creates a Title and Content box (B)
    • Activates the formatting toolbar on the Note file (C)
    • Places the cursor in the Note file
  • Click in the Command box, which removes the cursor from the Note file (D)

  • From the formatting toolbar on the Note file, select your desired font, size, and style—these selections are now the new defaults (E)
  • Click Add Note (F) to start using the new defaults (G)

PC:

  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • From the formatting toolbar on the Note file, select your desired font, size, and style—these selections are now the new defaults (H)
  • Click Add Note (I) to start using the new defaults (J)

If you like this power-user trick, you’ll enjoy all the features of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual volumes 1 and 2.

Logos 5: Difference between Highlighting and Visual Filters

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.

On more than one occasion, I’ve been asked questions similar to this:

I’ve discovered the Highlighting feature on the Tools menu and marked up the word love with the red highlighter pen. The challenge is that the red highlights show up in only one Bible. I want love to be highlighted in all my Bibles. How do I do that?

The key to this question is understanding the difference between Highlighting and another feature, Visual Filters.

The Highlighting feature marks up text in only one resource at a time. On the other hand, a Visual Filter is a search in as many resources as you want—one in which you tell Logos how to highlight the results!

This means you can search all your Bibles at once for the word love, and then select how you want the word highlighted in all your Bibles.

Let’s create this simple Visual Filter:

  • Choose Documents | Visual Filter (VF)
  • Name the VF something like English Words VF (A)
  • Select Bible as the search type (B)
  • Select All Bibles from the dropdown list (C)
  • Select All Passages from the dropdown list (D)
  • Type the word love in the Find box (E)
  • Select Red Highlighter from the Formatting list (F)

  • Open any English Bible to see the word love marked up in red (G)

  • Add as many additional words or phrases as you’d like—place phrases in quotation marks, like “in Christ” (H)

Just remember, if you want a highlighting style to automatically mark up text in multiple resources, you want to use a VF, not the Highlighting tool.

If you liked this tip, you’ll enjoy the newly released Logos Training Manuals volumes 1 and 2, which together provide easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for the vast majority of Logos features.

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