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Logos 4: Graph Bible Search Results

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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The old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, may partially be true with Logos Bible searching. To find out what I mean try this:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel
  • Select Bible as the search type
  • Set from the drop down lists the New Testament in the ESV to be searched
  • Type hope in the Find box
  • Make sure Match all word forms on the search panel menu is NOT checked
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results which should be 74 results in 68 verses
  • Click Graph results on the Search panel’s toolbar which opens the Graph Bible Search Results (GBSR) panel
  • Select Number of hits in book from the drop  down list on the GBSR panel
  • Select a “graph” such as Column Chart from the bottom of the GBSR panel

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Notice how the book of Romans stands out on the chart! Does this say anything about hope in Romans? Perhaps.

Try selecting different types of hits from the drop down list and different graphs from the bottom of the panel, to produce hopefully insightful search results.

What word do you think has the most interesting graph? Leave a comment and let us know!

Kick Off 2012 with a Logos Bible Reading Plan

The new year is upon us—a time for making resolutions and setting goals. What better way to start 2012 than with a new Bible reading plan?

Following a Bible reading plan is an easy way to become more familiar with the Scriptures—one day at a time. It can be a tremendous boon to a more consistent prayer life, deepening your understanding of theology, and fostering biblical wisdom that better equips you to confront life’s challenges.

We believe in the value of Bible reading plans. We also understand that there is no one-size-fits-all plan for everyone. That’s why with Logos you can use any of your favorite reading plans or easily create a custom Bible reading plan to suit your needs. And it’s never too late to start, since Logos lets you set the beginning and end dates for every plan—no matter what time of year.

With daily reminders on your home page, you’ll never lose track of where you are. And even if you do get behind, you can quickly adjust your plan in Logos to catch up to the current day. Never skip another reading! (We are also working on a fix to sync your reading plans with your mobile devices, letting you bring your reading plan with you wherever you go. Stay tuned for future announcements!)

Want to dig deeper? One of the advantages of doing your 2012 Bible reading in Logos is the ability to quickly discover word meanings, navigate to similar passages, and pull up any related resources. Turn your daily readings into opportunities for deeper Bible study—all without leaving Logos!

Bibles for Just $10!

To help you achieve your new reading goals, we’ve discounted popular Bibles like the NASB, ESV, and KJV to only $10 for a limited time! Paired with a new Bible reading plan, it’s the perfect time to try out a new translation or add a favorite to your library.

Achieving that New Years’ resolution just got a whole lot easier with Logos.

Also check out the on-going discussions on our Facebook page about different reading plan options as well as helpful tips for staying committed.

Camp Logos 2 Live: A Worthwhile Investment

Camp Logos 2 Live will be shipping Monday, January 16, 2011. Order it now at the amazing Pre-Pub price!

Our Platinum base package comes with more books than most people have in their homes. When you combine these with any of the 12,000+ titles for sale at Logos, you have an opportunity to add a depth and breadth to your Bible study that most only dream of.

However, it’s not enough to just have a big library with lots of powerful tools—knowing how to use those tools is the key to getting the most out of the resources you own. Learning to organize and arrange your library is integral to maximizing the full potential of Logos 4.

Toward that end, we would like to draw your attention to Camp Logos 2 Live. In Camp Logos 2 Live authorized Logos trainer Morris Proctor takes you beyond his popular two-day Camp Logos training seminar and Camp Logos Live DVD, and focuses on two major training areas: organizing your books and utilizing Logos features.

Organize Your Resources

Using systematic tags, Morris shows you a multi-layered organizational scheme which allows you to account for and easily access all of the resources in your growing Logos library.

Imagine having all of your commentaries arranged to appear in the categories and order you desire with the click of one icon on the Shortcuts bar.

Or think of all your books catalogued so that, regardless of what verse you’re studying, you instantly see what your ethics, theology, or apologetics books say about that verse!

Or envision studying a subject and quickly accessing a harmony, topical Bible, or dictionarywith a simple right click—without leaving your current resource.

Morris’ plan will teach you to do all this and more.

Remember, even though Morris is our official trainer, he’s first and foremost a Bible teacher using Logos for his own biblical research and sermon prep. The organizational plan he presents comes straight from his own use of Logos Bible Software.

Morris will equip you to:

  • Unlock the power of those mysterious LN numbers in your Bible
  • Locate specific information without wading through thousands of search hits
  • Read a biblical passage syntactically
  • Distinguish singular and plural pronouns in your Bibles
  • Search classic books like Training of the Twelve, Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, and St. Paul the Traveler
  • Show you the power of numerous and often overlooked features
  • And much more!

We often say that using Logos Bible Software is as easy as entering a passage and clicking “Go”, but that’s only the beginning. Let Morris help you get the most out of your resources and unlock Logos 4′s amazing potential.

Some may ask, “Is Camp Logos 2 Live really worth the investment?” And the answer is an emphatic, “Yes!” Many Camp Logos 2 attendees say the session on Louw-Nida numbers alone is worth the price.

Simply put, Camp Logos 2 Live is an investment you can’t afford not to make. And if you hurry, you can get Camp Logos 2 Live while it’s still on Pre-Pub. It ships on January 16, 2011, so act quickly!

Logos 4: Shortcuts for the Shortcuts in the Command Bar

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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As I use Logos Bible Software, I’m all about saving time with the technology so I can devote more time to actual Bible study and meditation. Toward that end we Logos users recently enjoyed a very helpful blog about the Command bar, which allows us to type timesaving shortcuts.

For example we can type: Open ESV to John 3:16 to quickly open the ESV to that specific passage.

Would you believe there are even shortcuts for these shortcuts? Try typing some of these and then press the Enter key to execute the command:

  • nave to heaven opens Nave’s Topical Bible to the article for heaven
  • east to Corinth opens Easton’s Bible Dictionary to the article for Corinth
  • bkc to ep3.17 opens The Bible Knowledge Commentary to the entry for Ephesians 3:17
  • nasb to ps23 opens the New American Standard Bible to Psalm 23
  • pas gui to lk4 opens the Passage Guide to Luke 4
  • exe gui to ro8.28 opens the Exegetical Guide to Romans 8:28
  • bib wor st to forgive opens the Bible Word Study to forgive

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This may appear to be almost comical, but if you use the Command bar a lot, finding the least amount of characters to type to activate your favorite features will save you a lot of time over the course of your study. I encourage you to experiment with your favorite commands and come up with your own shortcuts.

If you enjoyed this time timesaving shortcut, make sure to check out Timesaving Tips, vol 1. And on that note, we’d like to share some exciting news: be looking for Timesaving Tips, vol. 2, which will be announced very soon!

What do you think is the most helpful shortcut in Logos 4? Leave a comment and let us know!

How to Create Your Own Logos Wish List!

With the number of Logos resources available, it’s getting difficult to keep track of all the great stuff you’ve discovered on Logos.com. But what if you could add those discoveries to your own wish list? Now you can!

When you’re signed into your Logos.com account, you’ll find “Add to wish list” links on live product pages (see above), and also on search results.Click these links to build your wish list.

Reviewing  your wish list is as easy as going to your account and clicking on the “Wish List” tab.

If you hit the “Edit” link at the top of your wish list, you can give your wish list a specific name, see the dates you added items to your list, as well as make your list private or public (public wish lists coming soon).

You can also make multiple wish lists in case you want one specifically for commentaries, ministry books, or want a special list to make public.

This is only the beginning of what we have planned for wish lists. Like I said, we intend to enable you to share wish lists as well as make gift purchases off of others’ wish lists. We have many other exciting things planned, but we’re keeping those under our hat for now.

And if you find your list is getting too long, there is a helpful “Add List to Cart” button. So head to Logos.com and start building your list now!

Preview Books on Logos.com!

Have you noticed the new “See Inside” feature at Logos.com? Now you can preview multiple pages of many resources available from Logos.

Getting a glimpse inside the content on Logos.com is as easy as visiting an individual product page (we will be integrating this feature into collections soon) and clicking the “See Inside” button on the product image. A lightbox will open, letting you see a number of random pages throughout the resource.

Now you can look through thousands of resources before adding them to your library. But be careful! You might find yourself filling up your wish list (Oh, have we not mentioned wish lists yet? More to come . . . . )

Logos 4: Quickly Preview Different Bibles

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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We of course have our favorite Bible as we read and study the Scripture: ESV, NASB, KJV, etc. It’s always a good idea, however, to read a passage in multiple versions. If we’re reading in the ESV, seeing how the NKJV translates the same passage may help us understand the text a little better. Here’s a very quick way to see other Bibles as you read in your preferred Bible:

  • Open a Bible to a passage like the Christmas story in Luke 2:1
  • Press the F7 key on the keyboard (if you’re a Mac user you’ll probably also need to hold down the fn key)

What appears on the screen is a preview of Text Comparison which is located on the Tools menu. This popup preview, using the prioritized Bibles as set in the Library, displays as many Bibles as you have room for on the screen!

If you’d like to see a range of verses in the preview, simply type that range in the reference box of the Bible. For example type Luke 2:1-10 in the box and then press F7 (Mac user don’t forget the fn key) and watch what happens!

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What is your favorite Bible translation? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Search Highlighting Styles

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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If you’re like I am you can relate to this scenario:

We read a print book highlighting the main points in blue as we go. After completing the book, we ask ourselves, Now where was that insight the author gave about obeying God? So we flip back through the book only looking at the highlights until we locate the desired information.

Here’s how to replicate this search in Logos:

To highlight text in a resource:

  • Open a Logos book such as Biblical Ethics by Oswald Chambers
  • Choose Tools | Highlighting to open the Highlighting pane
  • Select text in the book that you want to highlight
  • Click a Highlighting style such as the Blue Highlighter pen
  • Continue highlighting as you read the book

To search highlighted text in a resource:

  • Open the book to be searched such as Biblical Ethics
  • Open the Search panel
  • Select Basic as the search type
  • Select Biblical Ethics from the resource(s) to be searched drop down list
  • Click the list first drop down list which is the text to be searched (which probably says All Text)
  • Click the arrow next to a highlighting palette such as Highlighter Pens
  • Click a specific highlighting style such as Blue Highlighter (you have just limited the search range to the blue highlights in Biblical Ethics)
  • Click outside the drop down list to close it
  • Enter the a search query in the search panel’s Find box
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results

Each time you highlight something in a resource, that highlighting style becomes a search field that can be searched. Please note that the highlighting styles do not appear in the text to be searched drop down list until after you use that specific style to highlight the resource. You can use these steps for any type of resource: Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, etc!

This search technique is but one of many powerful features covered in detail in the soon to be released Camp Logos 2 Live DVD training series, which is set to ship next week!

How does highlighting help you study more effectively? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Create a Block Diagram of a Biblical Passage

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars and provides many training materials.

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One of the most common questions I get asked during the breaks at Camp Logos is, “How do I create a sentence diagram?” After a little discussion, I discover the Logos user normally doesn’t want a traditional line diagram (like we learned in middle school), but a block diagram that allows us to see the general thought structure of a biblical passage.  Let’s say as we’re reading Philippians 4:9 we’d like to see an “outline” of the text, at least as it appears in English. You’ll discover from what follows that this is a relatively easy (and painless) process in Logos:

  • Choose File | New | Sentence Diagram.
  • Name the diagram if you like.
  • Click Insert Passage.
  • Type a biblical reference in the Reference box like Phil 4.9 (the passage can be as short or long as you prefer).
  • Select a Bible like the ESV from the drop down list (a literal translation like the ESV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, or LEB works best for diagrams).
  • Select Text Flow diagram from the drop down list (this selection produces a block diagram as opposed to Line diagram which creates a traditional sentence diagram).
  • Select No alternate from the drop down list (you can of course select an alternate line of text if you wish).
  • Click Insert, which places the passage in the diagramming area
  • Click and hold the word learned.”
  • Drag the word learned” down one line and to the left so that it appears underneath the phrase what you have” (notice all of the text following learned” comes with you).
  • Click and hold the word and.”
  • Drag the word and” down one line and to the left so that it appears underneath the word learned” (notice all of the text following and” comes with you).
  • Repeat the above steps until you have created the block or text flow diagram you desire.

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You can now choose the Sentence Diagram panel menu and choose Print / Export to create a hard or electronic copy of this diagram.

See? I told you it would be easy. The key to making the block diagram is to select Text Flow diagram from the drop down list when you initially insert the passage.

I can’t begin to tell you how many of these I created on paper as I prepared sermons before Logos came along. Enjoy the technology with which the Lord has blessed our generation!

This is one of the many features covered in Camp Logos 2 Live, our DVD set on how to customize your Logos Bible Software. Camp Logos 2 Live is shipping the first week of December, but you can still pre-order at the discounted price.

How do you use block diagrams of a passage in your Bible study? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Proximity Search for Greek Words

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars and provides many training materials.

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Normally I try to address as many people as possible in my Monday blogs. Today, however, is an exception as I pass along a very specific Greek tip that I e-mailed a Logos user in response to his question:

I was wondering if there was a way to search for something like a Greek word within a parsed form of another Greek word.  In particular, I wanted to search for the Greek word en, within four words, of the Greek letter omega with an iota subscript.

I’m happy to report here’s one way to do just that:

  • Click the Search icon
  • Select Bible as the search type (1)
  • Select from the drop down list a Greek text like Nestle Aland 27th Edition (2)
  • Select from the drop down list a range like New Testament (3)
  • Type g:en in the Find box (4)
  • Select the Greek word ἐν from the drop down list (5)
  • Type WITHIN 4 words after ἐν in the Find box (6)
  • Type g:w after WITHIN 4 words in the Find box (7)
  • Select the Greek word from the drop down list (8)
  • Notice the complete search query in the Find box ἐν WITHIN 4 words ᾧ (9)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results

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Typing g: alerts Logos that we’re going to type the transliteration of a Greek word which is why the program lists all of the Greek words matching the transliteration. WITHIN 4 words is the command for a proximity search which locates the two Greek terms when they occur within 4 words of each other in the same verse. To disregard the verse restriction and find the two Greek terms within 4 words of each other even if they’re in different verses, select Basic as the search type.

These types of power features that are a little off the beaten path are among the many subjects covered in Camp Logos 2 Live DVD training, which is still available to pre-order!

How has your study of the original languages enhanced your understanding of scripture? Leave a comment and let us know!

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