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Logos 5: Search and Analyze the Root 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.

A fellow Logos user recently emailed me this question:

Is there an easy way to search for all the forms of a word (noun, verb, adjective, adverb) at the same time?  Like, for example, all the forms of “sick” (astheneo) in James 5:14?

This is a great question, and the answer is “yes.” Actually, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this, but the following steps are fairly straightforward, and they showcase various Logos language features.

Here’s what I responded with:

  • Right-click on a word in an English Bible with the reverse interlinear, like sick in James 5.14 in the ESV. (A)
  • Select Root | Search this resource. (B) Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Camp Logos DVD on Pre-Pub

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 15 years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching Logos users around the globe to get more out of their Logos software. At the heart of that project is a live, hands-on training seminar called Camp Logos.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to attend, but traveling or scheduling prevented you. The next best thing is to bring the training to you with the Camp Logos Live DVD, now on Pre-Pub. This all-new video training covers Logos 5′s new features, such as:

  • Bible Sense Lexicon
  • Bible Facts
  • Timeline
  • Topic Guide
  • Sermon Starter Guide

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Logos 5: National Camp Logos June 26-28

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 Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Our National Camp Logos, June 26–28, is rapidly approaching. Each year in June, Logos users from around the globe assemble in Bellingham, WA (home of Logos Bible Software) for extended training, tours of Logos’ headquarters, interaction with Logos leadership, and fellowship around the Word.

This year is even more special because we’re presenting the Camp Combo: Camps 1 and 2, back to back, which you can read more about here.

What’s more, Dr. Warren Gage from Knox Theological Seminary is teaching DM831, “Gospel Hermeneutics,” right before Camp Logos, which means that if you enroll in the Knox/Logos DMin program, you can earn credit both for this course and for the Camp Combo. Registration is separate from Camp Logos. Continue Reading…

Logos 5: Open Multiple Copies of a Hebrew or Greek Dictionary

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 you very well know, the Bible was originally written not in English, but in Hebrew and Greek. Consequently, sometimes when we read the same English word in different places in the Bible, we’re actually reading the translations of different Hebrew or Greek words. Thus, the same English word is translating Hebrew or Greek synonyms.

For example, both James 5:14 and 15 refer to the sick, but two different Greek words appear in the original text. If you ever want to examine both words in your favorite Greek dictionary at the same time, try this Logos feature:

  • Open an English Bible containing the reverse interlinear option, such as the ESV, NASB, or LEB
  • Navigate to locations containing Hebrew or Greek synonyms being translated by the same English word, such as sick in James 5:14 and 15 (A)
  • Right-click on the first occurrence of the English word, such as sick in James 5:14 (B)
  • Select Lemma “your word” from the right-click menu (C)
  • Select Look up from the right-click menu (D), which opens your highest-prioritized Hebrew or Greek dictionary containing an article about your word (E)

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Logos 5: Set New Defaults for Note Text

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.

During a break at a recent Camp Logos event, one of the students asked how to change the default text used in a Note document. He wanted more default options than appear in Program Settings, located on the Tools menu.

Here’s a nice little feature that allows you to select whatever font, size, and style of text you want to use in your Notes.

First, a summary of the steps listed below:

You can use the formatting bar on a Note file to select default font, size, and style, but the cursor CANNOT be in the Title or Content box when you do so. If the cursor is in one of the text boxes, your selections change only the text in that box, not the defaults.

Here’s how to change the defaults:

Mac:

  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • Click Add note on the Note file toolbar, which: (A)
    • Creates a Title and Content box (B)
    • Activates the formatting toolbar on the Note file (C)
    • Places the cursor in the Note file
  • Click in the Command box, which removes the cursor from the Note file (D)

  • From the formatting toolbar on the Note file, select your desired font, size, and style—these selections are now the new defaults (E)
  • Click Add Note (F) to start using the new defaults (G)

PC:

  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • From the formatting toolbar on the Note file, select your desired font, size, and style—these selections are now the new defaults (H)
  • Click Add Note (I) to start using the new defaults (J)

If you like this power-user trick, you’ll enjoy all the features of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual volumes 1 and 2.

Logos 5: Difference between Highlighting and Visual Filters

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.

On more than one occasion, I’ve been asked questions similar to this:

I’ve discovered the Highlighting feature on the Tools menu and marked up the word love with the red highlighter pen. The challenge is that the red highlights show up in only one Bible. I want love to be highlighted in all my Bibles. How do I do that?

The key to this question is understanding the difference between Highlighting and another feature, Visual Filters.

The Highlighting feature marks up text in only one resource at a time. On the other hand, a Visual Filter is a search in as many resources as you want—one in which you tell Logos how to highlight the results!

This means you can search all your Bibles at once for the word love, and then select how you want the word highlighted in all your Bibles.

Let’s create this simple Visual Filter:

  • Choose Documents | Visual Filter (VF)
  • Name the VF something like English Words VF (A)
  • Select Bible as the search type (B)
  • Select All Bibles from the dropdown list (C)
  • Select All Passages from the dropdown list (D)
  • Type the word love in the Find box (E)
  • Select Red Highlighter from the Formatting list (F)

  • Open any English Bible to see the word love marked up in red (G)

  • Add as many additional words or phrases as you’d like—place phrases in quotation marks, like “in Christ” (H)

Just remember, if you want a highlighting style to automatically mark up text in multiple resources, you want to use a VF, not the Highlighting tool.

If you liked this tip, you’ll enjoy the newly released Logos Training Manuals volumes 1 and 2, which together provide easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions for the vast majority of Logos features.

Logos 5: Locate Imperatives in 2 Timothy

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 few days ago, a Logos user emailed me the following question:

For a sermon on April 21, I would like to find all the commands in 2 Timothy. How do I do a search in the Greek for all the imperatives in this letter?

Here’s my response, with easy-to-follow instructions so you can locate those same commands:

  • Open the Search panel
  • Select Morph as the search type (A)
  • Select a Bible that contains the reverse interlinear option, like the ESV, from the dropdown list (B)
  • Select Logos Greek Morphology from the dropdown list (C)
  • Create a 2 Timothy verse range
    • Click the verse range dropdown list (D)
    • Type 2 Tim. in the New reference range box (E)
    • Click Save (F)

  • Type the @ symbol in the Find box (G)
  • Select Verb from the Part of Speech menu (H)
  • Select Imperative in the Mood column (I)
  • Click outside the menu to close it and save @V??M in the Find box
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search

  • Click Aligned when the search results appear (J)
  • Notice 33 results in 25 verses (ESV) (K)
  • Click a Bible reference to jump to that location (L)

 

Logos 5: Logos and Knox Theological Seminary

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, along with other Logos users, recently had the privilege of sitting at the feet of master preacher and communicator Dr. Haddon Robinson. What an honor to listen to his biblical insights as we participated in the course “The Art of Expository Preaching,” part of the Knox / Logos DMin program. We were transformed into sponges as Dr. Robinson guided us through numerous passages, carefully exposing the text’s “big idea.” If you’re not familiar with the Knox / Logos program, please check it out here.

Knox Seminary class

The icing on the cake was having Logos close at hand to check out cross-references and track down Hebrew and Greek words. For example, we examined Mark 4:35–41, in which Jesus calms the storm. Regarding v. 39, “And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!,’” Dr. Robinson asked, “Does this wording sound familiar to a previous event in Mark?”

Here’s what I did, and you can do, to answer that question:

  • Open a Bible with the reverse interlinear option, such as the ESV or LEB
  • Navigate to Mark 4:39 (A)
  • Right-click on the word rebuked (ESV) (B)
  • Select Lemma “the Greek word” (C) | Search this resource (D)

Image 1 for Right Mouse Searching steps

  • Click Aligned on the search panel to display the search hits in a center column (E)
  • Repeat the above search for the word still (ESV) (F)

Image 2 for Right Mouse Searching

These searches, locating all occurrences of the Greek lemmas regardless of how they’re translated in English, replace the Englishman’s Greek (and Hebrew) Concordance print editions that we lugged around.

Notice that Mark 1:25 contains the same words rebuke and be still as Jesus confronts an unclean spirit. Was this just an ordinary, “natural” storm in Mark 4? That’s what we wrestled with in class, and I’ll leave the answer to you.

The point I’m making is that Logos, even in the classroom, provides instant access to biblical information. Remember, don’t leave home without Logos!

 

Logos 5: Adjust Read Aloud Speed

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.

One of the most rewarding aspects of presenting Camp Logos training seminars around the globe is meeting Logos users. We have a great time discussing the Bible in the context of Logos Bible Software.

I also enjoy hearing which of the many Logos features is a person’s favorite. For one, it’s the Word by Word section in the Exegetical Guide. For another, it’s the Translation ring in Bible Word Study. And for another, it’s Copy Bible Verses on the Tools menu.

Here’s one that’s frequently mentioned that may surprise you: Read Aloud, located on the resource panel menu. In case you didn’t know, Logos will read many (but not all) of your books to you. This tool is listed among the favorites for various reasons:

  • Poor eyesight
  • Dyslexia
  • Eye fatigue

If you’ve never used this help, try this:

  • Open a resource such as the Lexham English Bible or Easton’s Bible Dictionary
  • Choose the panel menu on the resource
  • Select Read Aloud
  • Set back and enjoy the reading (A)
  • Notice the control buttons near the Layouts menu (B)

Adjust Reading Speed

To adjust the reading speed:

  • Click the number link on the control bar (four speeds are available) (C)

If you use this feature, please let us know why it’s helpful to you!

Logos 5: Labels for the “Prefer These Resources” 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.

In Logos, we have a lot of books, but among those books we have our favorites. For example, we have a lot of Bibles, but we have our favorite Bibles. We designate our preferred books under the link “Prioritize”:

  • Open the Library.
  • Click Prioritize.
  • Drag books from the display area on the left to the Prefer these resources list on the right.

I encourage you to prioritize these types of books:

  • Bibles
  • Commentaries
  • Bible dictionaries
  • Hebrew dictionaries
  • Greek dictionaries
  • Daily devotionals
  • Lectionaries

Now, when Logos needs to list or open default books, it will use this list.

After prioritizing resources, you’ll discover a long list of books, one that may be challenging to read or edit. Regarding this, I’ve been asked numerous times if we can add labels or headers in the list to more quickly locate our Bibles or devotionals. Unfortunately, we can’t.

However, a friend of mine, Pastor Jeff Brown, recently shared this helpful work-around at Camp Logos Oklahoma City:

  • Create empty Personal Books (A) with titles for each type of book you want to prioritize. I suggest capitalizing the titles (B) and perhaps putting symbols in front of them (C) so they’ll stand out in the prioritized list
    • >>BIBLES
    • >>COMMENTARIES
    • >>BIBLE DICTIONARIES
    • >>HEBREW DICTIONARIES
    • >>GREEK DICTIONARIES
    • >>DAILY DEVOTIONALS
    • >>LECTIONARIES

  • Prioritize these Personal Books (D) so the titles actually become labels or headers in the preferred list of resources (E)
  • Place your actual prioritized books under the appropriate headings (F)

A big shout-out to Jeff Brown for this idea!

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