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Logos 5: Display Only Verbs in Word by 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.

Years ago, when I was first learning to study the Bible, my instructor encouraged me to focus on the verbs. He explained that, while all words are important, verbs move the passage along and generally hold the keys to interpretation. Verbs are—literally—where the action is!

Here’s a little Logos trick to help us examine verbs:

  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide.
  • Type a verse, like Philippians 1:27, in the Reference box (A).
  • Press Enter to generate the report.
  • Make sure the Word by Word section is expanded to show the verse in a gray box. (If not, click the section-title bar to expand it.) (B)

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  • Rest the cursor on the Word by Word title bar to reveal a Settings link (C).
  • Click Settings (D).

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  • Make sure these options are selected: 
    • Show all words (E)
    • Include only these parts of speech: (F)
    • Verb (G)
  • Click outside the menu to close it and rebuild the Word by Word section (H).

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  • Notice that only the verbs are displayed and analyzed (I).

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  • Return to the Settings list to select a different part of speech, or click any word in the gray box to display other words (J).

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This small feature keeps the word list manageable, while simultaneously allowing you to concentrate on the words of your choice!

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Logos 5: Find Your Place with the Locator Bar

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 contains an almost endless supply of features; some we use more than others. Here’s one helpful tool that we don’t need every day, but that’s awfully nice to have around.

To show you how it works, I’ll give a specific example from a recent study:

  • I generated an Exegetical Guide report for Colossians 2:15 (A).
  • I clicked to open a resource from the Grammars section (B).

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  • Of course, the resource opened to the exact spot where my verse was mentioned (C). That meant I had trouble discerning where I was in the resource, which made it hard to read the comments in context.
  • I chose the panel menu on the resource (D).

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  • I selected Show locator bar (E).

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  • The locator bar appeared (Funder the resource’s toolbar, indicating I was currently reading in:
    •  Part III: Syntax
    • Chapter XI: The Cases
    • Part VII. The Accusative
    • Section (g): With Transitive Verbs

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With that precise context, I had an easier time understanding the author’s discussion.

You don’t need the locator bar with every resource, but try it when you’re reading:

  • Grammars
  • Church histories
  • The Church Fathers
  • Works of theology
  • Any other books in which you struggle to find a reference point

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Logos 5: Collapse Sections in Bible Facts Sidebar

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.

Bible Facts, one of my favorite features in Logos 5, generates reports on the Bible’s people, places, things, and events. The left sidebar, with its wealth of data about a given subject, can become quite lengthy. Try this little trick to navigate through all those facts:

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts.
  • Type a subject, like David, in the box (A).
  • Press Enter to generate the report.
  • Notice, in the sidebar, the long list of helpful information (B).

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  • Right-click one of the section titles, such as Role (C).
  • Select Collapse all (D).

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  • Now you can easily see all the information categories (E).

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  • Navigate to the section of your choice by clicking its title—you’ll be working with just the facts in that area! (F)

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Logos 5: Investigate Biblical Events

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 years, with the Bible Facts tool, we’ve been able to study the Bible’s people, places, and things. Now, in Logos 5, we can use Bible Facts to investigate biblical events. Let me show you how:

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts.
  • Type “Passover” into the reference box (A).
  • Notice the dropdown list, with a variety of events (B).
  • Select “The first Passover is celebrated” to build the report for that event (C).

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The left sidebar displays facts about the event, including:

  • A brief description of the event, including the Scripture where it’s referenced (D)
  • A link to the Timeline dataset (click it to open the Timeline, with the event centered in the window) (E)
  • Links to dictionary articles about the event (F)
  • Biblical references of other places in Scripture where the event is mentioned (G)
  • A list of key players in the event (click a link to build a Biblical People report) (H)
  • The setting where the event took place (click a link to build a Biblical Places report) (I)
  • A list of objects mentioned in the event (click a link to build a Biblical Things report) (J)

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I don’t know about you, but I think this sidebar is incredible! When I studied an event with print books, I had to flip through lots of resources—encyclopedias, atlases, manners and customs books, and more. Now all that data is localized and organized in one easy-to-use spot.

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Logos 5: Drag Items to Open Them

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.

Just in case you haven’t discovered yet, Logos isn’t one-size-fits-all—rather, it’s customizable in numerous ways. For instance, maybe when you click a shortcut icon or menu item, the feature opens in a location you don’t prefer. If so, try this simple trick: rather than clicking the option, drag and drop it in the precise place you desire.

For example:

  • Choose the Tools menu (A).
  • Click, hold, and drag Information (B).

  • Notice the highlighted blue portion of the screen as you drag (C).

  • Drop Information when the blue section is in the area you desire (D).

This easy tip will save you time as you manage your Logos desktop.

Logos 5: Display English Bibles in the Library

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 this question:

Arranging my library by type (A) displays all my Bibles, including Greek and Aramaic fragments. How can I display just my English Bibles? 

A rule with filter fields will easily do the trick.

Enter this text in the library’s find box: type:Bible AND lang:English (B)

This rule instructs Logos to look in the type field for just the word Bible (C) and, at the same time, to look in the languages field for the word English (D). Both terms have to match, so you see only English-language Bibles! (E)

Of course, to show only Hebrew or Greek Bibles, change the word English to Hebrew or Greek.

 

Logos 5: Save as Passage List on Guides’ Sections

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 study guides contain various individual sections, some of which display biblical references—for example, Cross References in the Passage Guide, Translation in Bible Word Study, Thematic Outlines in the Sermon Starter Guide, and Related Verses in the Topic Guide. With the release of Logos 5.2, now the verses in these sections can be easily saved in a Passage List document.

For example, try this:

  • Choose Guides | Passage Guide.
  • Type John 3:16 in the reference box (A).
  • Press Enter to generate the report.

  • Click the Cross References title bar if it’s not expanded. (When the section is expanded, it displays numerous cross-references for the passage you’re studying.) (B)

  • Right-click the Cross References title bar (C).
  • Select Save as Passage List (D).

  • Notice that a new Passage List document is created, containing all the verses in that individual section (E).

Of course, this new document can be renamed—when closed, it will be safely saved in the Documents menu!

Please note: if this feature is not available to you, type update now in the Command box and press Enter to launch your free update to Logos 5.2.

Logos 5: Instant Concordance

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 5.2 comes a new feature that provides, in essence, an “instant concordance” for any Bible or other book in your library! Try this:

  • Click the Library icon.
  • Right-click the title of any resource (A).
  • Select Search this resource (B).

  • Notice that the search panel opens with the appropriate search type (Basic or Bible) already selected (C), as well as the resource set to be searched (D).

  • Type your desired query in the Find box, such as redemption or “love of God” (E).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results (F).

When you just want to search one specific resource, this trick provides instant access!

Please note: if this feature isn’t available to you, type update now in the Command box and press the Enter key to launch your free update to Logos 5.2.

 

Logos 5: Locate Specific Charts and Tables

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 this question:

I was wanting to find a chart that shows all the kings of Israel and Judah, along with the prophets who were active during the reign of each king. How would I search for something like that?

To locate such charts, I suggest using the Logos image search:

  • Click the Search icon.
  • Select Image as the search type (A).
  • Select Entire Library from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Click the fields dropdown list, which probably says All Images (C).

  • Select desired fields, such as ChartsInfographicsTable, and Timelines (D).

  • Type this text in the find box: king prophet (E).

  • Click the search panel menu (F).
  • Select Match all word forms (G).

  • Press Enter to generate the search.

This search locates all the designated images containing both the words king(s) AND prophet(s) (H)!

Logos 5: Shortcut to Definitions

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.

If you’re like me, as you’re reading the Bible or another book, you frequently come to words for which you need a definition or other background information. Without Logos, this can be difficult to locate.

With Logos 5, however, that data is just a double-click away! Try this:

  • Open a Bible to Acts 1:8 (A).

  • Double-click a word, like Jerusalem (B).
  • Notice that highest-prioritized resource containing an article for the city opens right to that article (C).

  • Double-click other words in the verse, such as Judea and Samaria.
  • Notice, again, a resource looking up these words.

The double-click, a shortcut for executing what Logos calls a Lookup search, works within not only Bibles, but any book!

  • Open Easton’s Bible Dictionary to the article for Corinth (D).
  • Double-click the word Greece at the end of the first sentence (E).
  • Notice that a resource jumps to an article for Greece (F).

You should try this trick when you come to an unfamiliar English word in any popular book (G). But don’t be surprised if the resource that opens is Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary (H). This may be the first resource Logos finds with an entry!

 

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