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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:

Logos 4: Use Field Search to Find Background Information

My good friend Corey Howse, pastor of Connection Hill Primitive Baptist Church, recently asked me if there’s any way to create a collection of resources that facilitates finding background or introductory information for the individual books of the Bible. An excellent question—and I hope this suggestion helps out:

  • Create a collection of all your favorite resources (Tools | Collections) that contain such introductory information—study Bibles, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Bible handbooks, etc. Don’t worry about a specific collection rule; just drag the books one at a time into the Plus these resources section of the Collections panel. (A)
  • Name the collection something like Book Context or Book Background. (B)

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  • Open the Search panel.
  • Select Basic as the Search type. (C)
  • Select the Book Context collection from the second drop-down list above the Search box. (D)
  • Click the first drop-down list above the Search box. From here, we select the specific portions of text in the resources that we want to search. (E)
  • Click the arrow to the left of the Search Fields option in the list. (A search field is like the name, address, phone, etc., sections on an order form. Logos divides the resource text in resources into various fields so that we don’t have to search all the text in a book, but can zero in on specific parts of the book.) (F)
  • Select the fields Large Text and Heading Text. (Depending on which resources you included in the collection, one or both of these fields will be present in the list. These fields usually include the headwords in dictionaries, chapter titles in books, etc. We’re only going to search the text in these fields, rather than all of the text in all the resources.) (G)

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  • Type the name of a biblical book, like Galatians, in the Search box. (H)
  • Press the Enter key.
  • Select By Title to arrange the search results by title.
  • Click the arrow to the left of any resource to reveal a link to introductory information for Galatians. (I)
  • Click the link to jump to that location! (J)

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Since this is probably a search you’ll execute over and over again add this power user step:

  • Drag the tab of the open Search panel (with results) to the Shortcuts bar.
  • Click the new Shortcuts icon each time you want to execute a Bible background search.

When the Search panel opens just type in the name of a biblical book and press the Enter key to locate that book’s background material!

Logos 4: Examples of Search Strings

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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 Bible Software is beneficial not only because of the vast number of resources it provides us, but also because of its search and retrieval system, which allows us to mine those resources for just the information we need.

For example:

  • Open the search panel by clicking the Search icon. (1)
  • Select Bible as the search type. (2)
  • Select from the drop-down lists a range and Bible to be searched, like ESV and New Testament. (3)

Now type, one at a time, the following queries into the Search box and locate the information I describe below:

spirit to find the verses with the word spirit.

“holy spirit” to find the verses with the phrase Holy Spirit.

holy AND spirit to find the verses with both the words holy and spirit.

holy OR spirit to find the verses with either the word holy or the word spirit.

holy ANDNOT spirit to find the verses with the word holy but not the word spirit.

spirit ANDNOT (holy,god) to find the verses with the word spirit but not the words holy or god.

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If you prefer, you can:

  • Omit the AND operator. A search for holy spirit will find the verses with both the words holy and spirit.
  • Use a minus sign ( - ) for ANDNOT. A search for holy -spirit will find the verses with the word holy but not the word spirit.
  • Click the Search panel menu and select Match case to make the searches case-sensitive.

Happy searching!

How do you use search strings to find information? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Using Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists

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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 don’t know about you, but with all the power of Logos Bible Software, sometimes I forget I can just open a resource and use it without an elaborate search, like pulling a book off the shelf. One book you may want to use in such a straightforward way is Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists, a cross-reference resource containing over 350 lists of biblical topics ranging from “Abominations to God” to “Worshipping God.” Here’s one of many ways to utilize this book, which appears in most Logos base collections.

Let’s say we’re studying Luke 22:43, in which an angel strengthens Jesus. We decide to topically examine angels throughout the Bible:

  • Type the word lists in the Command box.
  • Click Open Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists from the drop list to open the resource.
  • Type angels in the book’s reference box.
  • Press the Enter key to jump to the section in the book exploring that topic.

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As you scroll through the book, notice the various lists about angels: “27 Facts about Angels,” “8 Names for the Angels,” “7 Heavenly Activities of the Angels,” etc. Of course, all the lists are cross-referenced to your preferred Bible—just click a link to look up a reference.

If you frequently find yourself using this book, drag its tab to the Shortcuts bar to create a shortcut icon for quick access.

If the book is new to you, spend a few minutes surveying it, because I think you’ll appreciate the helpful, straightforward information it contains.

  • Choose the panel menu on Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists.
  • Select Show table of contents.

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Now explore the contents pane on the left, noting the variety of subjects Dr. Willmington includes in this easy-to-use cross-reference resource.

What list in Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists do you find the most interesting? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: New Bible Search Ranges

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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.

When performing a Logos Bible search, we have the option of adjusting the range of biblical text searched. Logos provides a few broad ranges, such as Old Testament and New Testament. It’s a good idea, however, to create special ranges for specific searches. Here’s how to do just that:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel.
  • Select Bible as the search type. (1)
  • Click the search range drop-down list above the Find box. (2)
  • Notice the New reference range (3) and Range title (4) boxes 

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The New reference range box, receives all the Bible abbreviations we’re accustomed to using throughout Logos. In this box the comma ( , ) means and, while the hyphen ( - ) means throughGe-Dt covers the range Genesis through DeuteronomyPs,Pr includes both Psalms and Proverbs.

The Range title box is an optional label for the range. If you leave this box blank, the new reference range itself becomes the title. 

  • Enter an optional name such as Gospels in the Range title box if desired.
  • Enter a Bible range such as Mt-Jn in the New reference range box.
  • Click Save.
  • Notice the new range is added to the drop-down list.
  • Rest the cursor on a new range in the list and click the X that appears to the right of it to delete it.

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If you do a lot of pinpoint Bible searching, these new ranges will often save you valuable time as you go directly to what a specific author or biblical section said about a subject. Here are a few suggested ranges to get you started:

Pentateuch Ge-Dt

OT History Jos-Es

Poetry Jb-So

Major Prophets Is-Da

Minor Prophets Ho-Mal

Gospels Mt-Jn

NT History Ac

Paul’s Epistles Ro-Pm

General Epistles He-Jd

Apocalypse Re

Luke’s Writings Lk,Ac

John’s Writings Jn,1Jn-3Jn,Re

Peter’s Letters 1P-2P

Prophetic Da,Re

What are some other Bible search ranges you would suggest? Leave a comment and let us know!

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