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Logos 4: Create Your Own Topical Bible

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 your Logos library, you probably have several topical Bibles, such as New Nave’s Topical Bible—big books of biblical cross-references arranged by topic. With topical Bibles, you can look up a concept like mercy and see, all in one spot, the most important “mercy verses.” These resources are a terrific help for studying any idea throughout the Bible.

Many times, though, you’ll come across a specific topic that isn’t in your topical Bible. Perhaps you’re researching love in John’s writings or praise in the Psalms. If you’re carrying out such research, I encourage you to create your own topical Bible with the use of Passage Lists. Here’s what I mean:

  • Choose File | Passage List.
  • Give the untitled passage list a specific name related to the topic you’re studying, like “Giving in the Gospels.” (A)
  • Open a Bible to a verse you’ve studied, such as Matthew 6:2. (B)
  • Right-click any word, like trumpet, within the verse. (C)
  • Select from the right-hand menu Reference Matthew 6:2. (D) | Add to passage list “Giving in the Gospels.” (E)
  • Note that the verse has been added to the list. (F)
  • Repeat these steps for as many references as you want. To add a full range of verses to the list, simply highlight all the verses in the range before right-clicking.
  • Choose File | “Giving in the Gospels” to reopen the list.

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As you can see, this Passage List, along with all the other lists you create for additional topics and themes, becomes your custom topical Bible. When someone calls asking for verses about prayer in Proverbs, you’ll easily find those verses and share your discoveries. When you get an email from a friend inquiring about the role of Christians in politics, you’ll reply quickly with references you saved months ago.

Logos 4: Return to a Previous Logos Desktop Display

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 with a physical desk or a kitchen table, you can arrange your resources on the Logos desktop any way you want. Imagine you’ve meticulously moved books to just the right positions: Bible here, commentary there, dictionary in that corner, and so on. Then, unexpectedly, the Logos application closes, by design or accident. Or you’re on an airplane, and it’s time to turn off and stow all electronic devices. Or you mistakenly close the program. Or, for no apparent reason, your computer just decides to reboot.

Is all your desktop organization lost? Fortunately, no. Logos takes a snapshot of the desktop as the program closes. Try this:

  • Arrange the Logos desktop just like you want it.
  • Exit the program, but don’t close anything on the desktop.
  • Reopen Logos.
  • Choose the Layouts menu. (A)
  • Notice a snapshot called Application Closed on the right-hand side of the drop-down menu. (B)
  • Click the above-mentioned Application Closed snapshot to return to that Logos desktop!

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Logos saves and lists up to 10 Application Closed snapshots. If this feature isn’t present on your computer, make sure to update your software to the recently released 4.6 version, which contains this new component.

Logos 4: Collins Thesaurus of the Bible

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’m often asked if I still learn anything new about Logos. The answer is a resounding yes! The features and resources available in Logos make up a vast goldmine waiting to be explored. I recently noticed a topical Bible, currently available in most Logos base packages, that pulls together in one place numerous verses about a subject. Collins Thesaurus of the Bible organizes thousands of verses around nearly one thousand topics.

I encourage you to open this resource, display its table of contents, and explore its arrangement and riches. This is one of the most thorough yet user-friendly reference books I’ve ever encountered. If you enjoy doing topical and/or cross-reference work, you’ll benefit from this book. After familiarizing yourself with it, try this organizational tip for easy access:

  • Open the Library.
  • Click Prioritize. (1)
  • Enter this text in the Library’s Find box: title:collin’s. (2)
  • Drag Collins Thesaurus of the Bible from the left side of the library to the Prefer these resources list on the left. (3)
  • Make sure the Thesaurus is in the top five of your prioritized topical books.

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  • Navigate in a Bible to a passage like Ephesians 2:20–21. (4)
  • Right click on a word—temple, dwelling, etc. (5)
  • Select from the right menu Selection “your word” | Collins Thesaurus of the Bible. (6)
  • Notice that the resource jumps to an article about your subject even though it may not be the exact word.

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Please note that if you try to right-click the plural form of a word such as apostles or prophets in Ephesians 2:20 the thesaurus may not show up on the right menu. If this occurs try this:

  • Manually select the singular form of the word, leaving off the “s” (in other words manually highlight apostle rather than right clicking on apostles). (7)
  • Right-click on the selected singular form of the word. (7)
  • Select from the right menu: Selection “your singular form of the word” | Collins Thesaurus of the Bible. (8)

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Now enjoy the extensive cross-references, along with the actual verse texts, found in this book!

Logos 4: Power Reading

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, my mentor, Rob Morgan, taught me that the first step in Bible study is to read the text. The second step is to read it again. The third step is to read it some more. It’s amazing how much we can learn from a passage if we repeatedly and carefully read it. Sometimes, though, during our initial reading we need some clarification about a word or some background information about a person or place. We’re not quite ready for in-depth study with study guides, lexicons, commentaries, and dictionaries, but some quick help sure would be nice. During these times, we need to practice power reading with the Information panel:

  • Open an English-language Bible containing the reverse interlinear feature, such as the ESV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, or NRSV. (1)
  • Choose the Tools menu. (2)
  • Drag the Information tool to the right-hand side of the screen so that it opens in its own large tile. (3)
  • Navigate to a passage of Scripture. (4)
  • Rest the cursor on a word in the Bible. (5)
  • Notice instant information appearing in the Information panel. (6)
  • Move the cursor to another word and watch the data change.

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If the information is changing too quickly for you:

  • Click the Settings link on the Information panel. (7)
  • Select Update information on: click. (8)

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Now you’ll have to click a word in the Bible to get the information to change. In addition, in the Settings menu, you can adjust the resources that are used in the Information panel.

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Try using this feature when you’re just reading a “normal” book. Having an instant dictionary close at hand can be beneficial!

Logos 4: Visual Filter for the Greek Words Translated Temple

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 an ideal world, you and I would masterfully read Hebrew and Greek, the Bible’s original languages. If you’re like I am, though, you’re thankful for and dependent on English translations of the Bible. When reading our English Bibles, however, we must always keep in mind that the same English word could be the translation of various Hebrew or Greek words. For example, Mark 14:49 and 14:58 both refer to the temple, but two different Greek words are being translated by the one English word, temple.

Can Logos help identify different original words behind the same English word? Thankfully, the answer is yes. A Visual Filter can “read” the underlining Hebrew or Greek word and then highlight the English translation any way we like.

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse interlinear option (such as the ESV, NASB, LEB, or NKJV) to a passage like Mark 14:49.
  • Right-click the word temple. (1)
  • Select Lemma “the Greek word” | Search this resource. (2)
  • Click Make Filter on the search panel that just opened with results. (3)
  • Name the Visual Filter that opened. (4)
  • Click the Formatting drop-down list to the right of the Greek search string. (5)
  • Select a highlighting style, such as Double Box. (6)
  • Navigate in the Bible to a different passage, like Mark 14:58. (7)
  • Right-click the word temple. (8)
  • Select Lemma “the Greek word” | Search this resource. (9)
  • Copy–paste the entire search string from the Search panel to the Find box in the Visual Filter panel. (10)
  • Click the Formatting drop-down list to the right of the Greek search string that was just pasted. (11)
  • Select a highlighting style, such as Box. (12)

Return to the Bible. The word temple (hieron) in Mark 14:49 should have a double box around it and the word temple (naos) in Mark 14:58 should have a single box around it! Try doing this for the different Hebrew words translated praise or sing and the different Greek words translated love, life, or poor.

Of course, we still have to investigate the meaning of each original word, but this Logos feature helps us not automatically assign the same meaning to an English word every time we see it in the Bible.

Logos 4: Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for Highlighting

mp|seminars Tips 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’ve answered several emails related to the Logos Highlighting tool. This mark-up feature allows for user-created shortcuts, which save tons of time if you do a lot of highlighting. In case you’re not familiar with this time-saving tip, here’s how to create your shortcuts:

  • Choose Tools | Highlighting.
  • Click the arrow to the left of any pallet, such as Highlighter Pens.
  • Rest the cursor on the name of a style, such as Blue Highlighter.
  • Click the arrow drop-down list that appears to the right of the style name (A).
  • Click the Shortcut key drop-down list (B).
  • Click any letter, such as B for Blue Highlighter (C).
  • Repeat these steps for additional styles.
  • Close the Highlighting panel.
  • Select text in a resource.
  • Press a newly created shortcut keystroke, such as B for the Blue Highlighter.
  • Notice that your selected text is now highlighted in blue!

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I encourage you to create shortcuts for the styles you use most often. This way you can read, select text, and press one key to mark it up. You don’t have to keep returning to the Highlighting panel and clicking a specific style.

If you enjoyed this tip, please check out Timesaving Tips volumes 1 and 2.

Logos 4: Horizontal View of Panels

mp|seminars Tips 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 contacted me recently, asking how to get a panel to span the width of his screen. In other words, he wanted a horizontal view rather than a vertical view. But regardless of how much he dragged the tabs of open panels, the panels wouldn’t stack one upon the other; instead, they stubbornly stayed side by side.

Here’s one way to accomplish what he requested:

  • Open three resources.
  • Notice that, by default, the first book opens in a vertical panel on the left (A), while the second appears in a right-hand panel (B) and the third joins an already-open panel in an existing tile (C).

  • Drag one of the tabs around the screen, noticing the blue highlighted section showing where a new panel will display once you let go of the mouse (D).

As you look carefully at the screen, note that the default panel display is vertical—both the initial arrangement and the subsequent rearrangement.

  • Choose the Layouts menu (E).
  • Click the predefined horizontal layout (middle one on bottom row) (F).

Notice that the open panels stack one upon the other, spanning the screen’s width. Now, as you drag tabs, you can rearrange panels in both a horizontal and a vertical view! Of course, you can resize the tiles by dragging their borders.

 

With this little trick, you can position the panels exactly where you want them.

Logos 4: Add Websites to the Logos Shortcuts Bar

mp|seminars Tips 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 reminded this week that new users join the Logos family every day. And what is a “yesterday” tip for me (and perhaps for you too) is an “ah ha!” feature for a newcomer. With that in mind, I offer this oldie but goodie.

A Logos user contacted me recently, explaining that he used several websites in his Bible study and sermon preparation. Was there, he asked, an efficient way to jump from Logos to a website?

Yes, there is, and here’s how to implement it:

  • Open Logos and your web browser.
  • Arrange the Logos and the browser windows onscreen so that you can see both at once.
  • Navigate to a website.
  • Drag the website’s icon from the browser’s address bar to the Logos Shortcuts bar.
  • Repeat the above two steps for as many websites as you want.
  • Click a Logos shortcut icon to jump to that page.
  • Right click a shortcut icon and select Delete to remove it.

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Here are some suggested websites:

Remember that these shortcuts will synchronize to your other computers using Logos’ desktop version, so you only have to create them once.

What websites do you use when studying the Bible? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Shortcut to Passage List

mp|seminars Tips 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.

It was my recent privilege to help a Logos user with the following scenario. As he studied a scriptural subject like angel of the Lord, he found himself redoing the phrase search each day of his research. He wanted to execute the search one time and then have quick access to the results any time he wanted whether his investigation lasted one day or one year. Here’s what we set up:

  • Open the Search panel.
  • Select Bible as the search type. (A)
  • Select the preferred Bible and ranges such as New American Standard Bible and All Passages from the drop-down lists. (B)
  • Type the search string, such as “angel of the Lord.” in the Find box . (C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

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  • Choose the panel menu on the Search panel. (D)
  • Select Save as Passage List. (E)

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  • Rename the Passage List (if desired). (F)
  • Adjust the Bible(s) to display in the Passage List (if desired). (G)
  • Drag the Passage List tab to the Shortcuts bar. (H)

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Now anytime you need access to that list, just click the new icon on the Shortcuts bar! When you’re finished with the shortcut, right-click it and select Delete. Even after you delete the icon, though, the Passage List stays safe, secure, and synchronized on the File menu.

Is there a particular subject you find yourself studying on a regular basis? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Multiple Translation Rings in the Bible Word Study Guide

I sometimes receive emails from Logos users asking about finding different search results for a Greek lemma (dictionary form of a word) when searching different Bibles. For example, a search for a Greek word in the NASB may yield three results, while the same search in the KJV only yields two hits.

Without going into a lot of detail or opinion about Greek texts (this Logos article offers much more information), I’ll point out that English-language Bibles are primarily based on one of two types of Greek texts: received text (KJV) and critical text (NASB). Some differences do exist between the two.

Here’s a way to search both families of Greek texts at the same time:

  • Choose Guides | Make a new guide template (New Guide Template for Mac)
  • Name the new guide anything you like, such as Multiple Rings (A)
  • Click Bible word since this guide will examine words, not verses (B)
  • Click Translation in the Individual Sections menu on the left (C)
  • Click the drop-down list in the Translation item on the right (D)
  • Select from the drop-down list an English-language Bible based on the received text such as the KJV (E)
  • Click Translation again in the Individual -Sections menu on the left (C)
  • Click the drop-down list in the Translation item on the right (F)
  • Select from the drop-down list an English-language Bible based on the critical text, such as the NASB (G)
  • Repeat these steps for as many Bibles as you’d like
  • Close the Template Editor (H)

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  • Open a English Bible with the reverse interlinear option, such as the ESV, KJV, LEB, NASB, NIV, NKJV, NLT, or NRSV
  • Navigate to a New Testament passage, such as Hebrews 12:3 (I)
  • Right-click on a word, such as “weary” (as translated in many Bibles) (J)
  • Select Lemma | “your new guide” such as Multiple Rings (K)

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Now notice the multiple translation rings on display, showing the manner and number of ways this Greek lemma is translated. In the “weary” example above, the word appears three times in the received text and twice in the critical text.

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If you enjoy this type of customization and original-language work, you’ll enjoy Camp Logos 2. This seminar focuses on personalizing your system for enhanced use and employing language tools—even if you’re not a Hebrew or Greek scholar.

Camp Logos 2 is available both in DVD format and in live seminars. Register today for one of these Camp Logos 2 Seminars slated for this fall:

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