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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…

Synonyms of the New Testament Is Now a Lexicon

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 recently made a small change that resulted in a big impact for Greek word study: we changed the classification of Synonyms of the New Testament from monograph to lexicon. Maybe some of you are tempted to ask, “So what?”

I’ll walk you through a practical example that’s now possible because of the switch.

  • Open the Logos library.
  • Select Prioritize (A).
  • Type this in Find box: author:trench (B).
  • Notice this resource in the list: Synonyms of the New Testament (C) (currently present in Logos 5 Silver and above).  
  • Drag it to the Prefer these resources list on the right (D), making sure it’s one of the top five Greek dictionaries in the list.  
  • Close the Logos library.



  • Open an English Bible containing the reverse interlinear feature, such as the ESV, LEB, or NASB.
  • Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Use History to Retrace Your Steps

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 wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked a question similar to this:

I accidently closed a panel. How can I quickly return to it?

You’ll be happy to know that Logos keeps a running list of all the places you visit, neatly organized in a panel called History. So if you find yourself needing to return to a previous location, here’s all you do:

  • Choose Tools | History
  • Click the desired location from the list—you’ll jump to it instantly! (A)

History

If you’re always closing panels by mistake,  just leave the History panel open. As you visit new locations in Logos, they’ll appear at the top of the History list!

Logos 5: Add Bible Word Study 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 asked me, Morris, how do I get the verses listed in a Bible Word Study report into a Passage List?

This is a very practical question, and I hope the answer will be as well. Let’s use a specific example to discover the solution.

  • Choose Guides | Bible Word Study.
  • Type pray in the Word box (A).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report.
  • Scroll to the Greek Words section, which displays, in a ring, all the Greek words translated pray in your preferred Bible (B).
  • Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Shortcut for Update Active Layout

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 most of my Monday posts, I try to encourage new Logos users with features that more seasoned users may have already discovered. Today, however, I want to pass along a time-saving shortcut that’s applicable if you’ve already discovered the benefit of layouts. So if you’re already on your way to being a power user, this is for you.

If you employ layouts, you know that when changes are made to the active layout, you must update the layout in order for those changes to be saved. This normally requires going to the Layouts menu and selecting an update link. Instead, try this update shortcut:

  • Type this text in the Command box: update active layout (A).

Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Save a Guide for Future Study

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.

Has this ever happened to you? As you’re reading a book, you come across a topic you’d like to investigate further for personal study or a future message, but you just don’t have time for it right now. So you make a mental note to return to that subject in the coming days or weeks. Unfortunately, when time does allow for the study, you’ve already forgotten what the topic was to begin with. I confess this happens to me more times than I care to admit.

If you can relate, try this helpful hint:

  • Open a Logos resource to a specific location such as Alone with God to page 43 (A).
  • Notice the word justification in the second paragraph on this page (B).

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