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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!

Logos 5: Active Layout

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, I’ve had the privilege of training people around the world how to get the most out of Logos Bible Software. At almost every seminar, I’m asked this question:

Is there an easy way to see which layout is currently open on the Logos desktop?

I’ve always had to answer no—until now. The recently released Logos 5.0b contains a feature known as Active Layout. Among other things, the Active Layout places layout names to the right of Logos Bible Software on the application title bar.

Try this:

  • Arrange your Logos desktop any way you like
  • Choose the Layouts menu
  • Click Save as named layout on the NOW snapshot (this is also a new 5.0b feature) (A)

  • Type a name in the text box
  • Press the Enter key to save the name
  • Close the Layouts menu
  • Close all panels on the desktop
  • Choose the Layouts menu
  • Click the name of your recently saved layout to load it (B)

  • Notice the name of your layout to the right of Logos Bible Software on the application title bar! (C)

 

If you like this Logos 5 feature, make sure to check out the What’s New in Logos 5 training DVD now on Pre-Pub.

 

Logos 5: What’s New in Logos 5

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 very privileged to be the authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. As such, you may think:

Morris has to be an enthusiastic cheerleader for whatever new feature Logos develops. Being excited about the software automatically comes with the training territory.

While I do eagerly try to apply most, if not all, of the Logos tools in my personal study, I must admit that my first reaction to Logos 5 was subdued. I liked the updated look with new icons, and I saw the new datasets, but I honestly asked myself if I would ever implement Logos 5′s new features in my study and sermon preparation. Was Logos 5 much ado about nothing?

Several months have passed since the initial release, and I now stand humbly corrected. The new Logos 5 features and datasets are incredible and practical!  There’s so much more to Logos 5 than just the new appearance.

I’ve used:

  • The Root word to help my understanding of restore in Galatians 6:1
  • The Bible Sense Lexicon to provide insights into beginning in Colossians 1:18
  • The Referent dataset to track down references to Barnabas
  • Biblical Events to discover verses (all throughout the Bible) that mention the Israelites crossing the Red Sea
  • The spreadsheet view of documents to organize my Logos files
  • Community Tags to be encouraged by Camp Logos 2 alumni applying the tagging system

So here’s my twofold encouragement:

  1. If you haven’t upgraded to Logos 5, please do so. You will not regret it.
  2. After upgrading, go to Tools | Bible Facts and build a report for a person, like David. The REFERRED TO AS section in the sidebar will more than justify your investment!

  3. If you’ve already upgraded to Logos 5, please place an order for the What’s New training DVD, which is now on Pre-Pub, but will ship very soon.
  4. This three-hour training disk focuses on the differences between Logos 4 and 5. In dozens of videos, placed in a hyperlinked menu and enhanced with highlighted screencasts, I personally walk you through Logos 5 features including:

  • Bible Sense Lexicon
  • Timeline
  • Bible Facts
  • Sermon Starter Guide
  • Topic Guide
  • Bibliography
  • Spreadsheet view of documents and guides
  • And much more

After investing three hours with this training guide, you’ll not only know but also use the new Logos 5 features.

See a sample video here.

If you prefer reading rather than watching, then please check out the What’s New Training Manual.

Logos 5: Sympathetic Highlighting

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 the following to me:

When delivering a message on fellowship, pastors will often mention the “one another” verses as ways we are to serve/care/love one another (sometimes phrased as “one another,” as in “love one another,” and sometimes as “each other,” as in “bear each other’s burdens”).

I’d love to find a definitive list of all these verses. What’s the best way? I could do an English search, but that would vary per translation. Is there a way to do it using Greek?

Here’s my response:

You’re correct that the best search is in Greek rather than English. Let’s assume we don’t know any Greek, but want to search in Greek. Logos is here to help with a feature known as Sympathetic Highlighting:

  • Open an English Bible with the reverse interlinear option, like the ESV
  • Open a Greek Bible, like The Lexham Syntactic Greek NT 
  • Choose the panel menu on each Bible (A)
  • Select Link set A on each (B)

SH 1

  • Click the Visual Filters (three circles) icon on each Bible (C)
  • Select Sympathetic highlighting on each (D)

SH 2

  • Navigate to a “one another” verse, such as Romans 12:10, in one of the Bibles (E)
  • Select the phrase “one another” in the English Bible (F)
  • Notice that Logos automatically “highlights” the corresponding text in the Greek Bible (this is Sympathetic Highlighting) (G)
  • Note that this particular example is very interesting; the English phrase is actually only one word in Greek

SH 3

  • Right-click on the Greek word (H)
  • Select Lemma “the Greek word” | Search this resource (I)

SH 4

  • Notice that the search results are returned in Greek (J)
  • Click Verses on the search panel (K)
  • Click Add Versions on the search panel (L)

SH 5

  • Type abbreviations of desired Bibles in the Resources box to display the results both in Greek and in whatever English Bibles you want (separate multiple Bibles with commas) (M)
  • Press Enter to add the other Bible(s) to the display area

SH 6

I think this search will get most, if not all, of the “one another,” “each other,” etc., passages in the NT!

**If you like this Logos power-feature, you’ll enjoy the Camp Logos 2 DVD Training, in which Morris emphasizes original-language tools for the English student.

 

Logos 5: Search for Bible Facts in a Biblical Passage

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, located in the Tools menu in Logos 5, helps us investigate the Bible’s people, places, things, and events. You’ve probably discovered that you can enter text in its reference box to generate a report on a person, place, thing, or event.

You can also enter a biblical reference!

For example, imagine you’re studying Exodus 14, and you’d like to get an overview of that chapter’s people, places, things, and major events. Here’s all you do:

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts
  • Type Exodus 14 in the reference box (A)
  • Note the dropdown list that appears, with all the subject matter from that chapter (B)
  • Select an item in the list to generate a report on it

I don’t know about you, but I like not having to type much!

 

Logos 5: Timeline Filter

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 new Logos 5 datasets (contained in most base packages) is the Timeline, housed in the Tools menu. The hyperlinked Timeline contains events from both biblical and world history.

Currently, the dataset contains over 8,000 events (A), which can make for a cluttered display, especially if you’re looking for a specific event. This is why Logos includes a Filter box (B), allowing you to limit the displayed events. The box works very similarly to a search.

timeline filter image

For example, type:

    • Jacob to display only events containing the word Jacob

timeline filter image 2

    • Jacob OR Esau to display only events containing either the word Jacob or the word Esau

timeline filter image 3

    • Jacob AND Esau to display only events containing the words Jacob and Esau

timeline filter image 4

    • Jacob ANDNOT Esau to display only events containing the word Jacob but not the word Esau

timeline filter image 5

You can also use Find to jump to a specific event:

    • Press Ctrl + F or Cmd + F to open the Find box
    • Type a word in the box, like Isaac (A) 

timeline filter image 6

  • Notice that an event containing the word Isaac is centered in the Timeline
  • Use the previous & next arrows to jump to other events with the word Isaac

Please notice the difference between Filter and Find:

  • Filter limits the number of events currently being displayed on the Timeline
  • Find jumps to an event currently being displayed on the Timeline

You can use the Find feature by itself, or while you’re using the Filter box as well!

To learn more about the Timeline and all the other new Logos 5 features, check out the What’s New in Logos 5 training DVD, now available on Pre-Pub.

Logos 5: Back and Forward Keystrokes

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.

Navigating in Logos 5

Sometimes we need to retrace our steps in Logos. For example, perhaps Nave’s Topical Bible is open to an article on sanctification, and we jump to the entry on holiness. (A)

Nave's image 1

Now we want to return to the previous article. No worries. We can use the back and forward arrows in the upper-right-hand corner to relive our local history in this panel. (B)

Nave's image 2

Our reports created with guides, however, present a different challenge. Imagine we generated an Exegetical Guide report for Ephesians 3.17. (C)

Exegetical Guide image 1

Now, we create a report for Galatians 2.20. (D)

Exegetical Guide image 2

For whatever reason, we want to return to the Ephesians 3.17 report. You’ll notice that there are no back and forward arrows on the Exegetical Guide panel. Again, no worries. Our guides still keep track of the local history; we just have to access it with these keystrokes:

PC
Back: Alt + left arrow
Forward: Alt + right arrow

Mac
Back: Cmd + left bracket
Forward: Cmd + right bracket

In other words, in the above example, while in the Galatians 2:20 report, press Alt + left arrow or Cmd + left bracket and you’ll return to the Ephesians 3.17 report!

What’s a Lemma, and How’s It Used in Bible Study?

The word “lemma” shows up everywhere in original-language books and tools, including Logos 5 features—but what is a lemma?

Lemma

Obviously, it’s a key concept when it comes to digging deeper in Bible study.

So What Is a Lemma, Anyway?

A lemma is the dictionary term for the word you’re looking up. If you were to look up the word “jumping” in an English dictionary, you wouldn’t find it as a headword. What you would find is “jump,” the word that represents “jump,” “jumping,” “jumped,” and “jumps.” In this case “jump” is the lemma.

What’s So Important about Lemmas in Bible Study?

Because Logos ties biblical words to their lemmas, you can search the Bible by a word’s meaning, not just by the word itself.

For example, let’s say I’m studying Mark 4:35–41. In this passage, Jesus and his disciples set sail across the Sea of Galilee. A violent storm arises and threatens to sink the boat. Jesus then says to the wind and sea, “Hush, be still” (NASB), and the storm immediately calms.

The word “hush” in verse 39 is interesting to me, probably because other translations (like the ESV and KJV) use the word “peace” instead. I wonder, “how is this word used in the rest of the New Testament?” I have my Reverse Interlinear panel open in Logos 5, so I see two Greek words listed under “hush.”

Lemma II

But if I look up the lemma, I can find all the different forms tied to the lemma. I can right-click the word “hush,” and run a Bible Word Study report on the lemma right from my Bible . . .

Lemma III

. . . and see the verb used in six different ways across the New Testament!

Lemma IV

 

A lemma is the basic dictionary form of the word you’re interested in, and it’s your ticket to a deeper understanding of the text you’re studying.

Upgrade to Logos 5 now!

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Logos 5: Lexham Bible 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.

In addition to working with numerous publishers to make their print volumes into ebooks, Logos publishes its own resources under the Lexham brand. You may have noticed resources like:

  • Lexham English Bible
  • Lexham Hebrew Bible
  • Lexham Greek-English Interlinear New Testament: SBL Edition (try rapidly repeating that title three times!)

Another very helpful resource contained in all the new Logos 5 base packages is the Lexham Bible Dictionary (LBD). This topical encyclopedia, developed for digital rather than print delivery, contains thousands of in-depth articles covering a multitude of biblical subjects. In addition, new articles are being written and added to the book through Logos’ automatic “update resources” process.
If you’ve yet to discover and use this volume, try this:

  • Open your library 
  • Click Prioritize (A)
  • Type LBD in the library’s Find box (B)
  • Drag the resource from the left to the Prefer these resources list on the right (C) so that the LBD is the highest-prioritized English dictionary in the list
  • Close the library (D)

 

  • Open a Bible to a passage, such as Acts 18 (E)
  • Double-click a word, like Corinth in verse 1 (F) (the double click is the shortcut for the Lookup feature, which aptly means “look up my word in a dictionary”)
  • Notice that the LBD jumps to an article about Corinth (G)
     

 

As you use the LBD, you’ll discover that it arranges articles in a very user-friendly outline format so that you can easily see and navigate to specific information.

Since the LBD is relatively new, it doesn’t contain articles for every biblical subject (yet!), so make sure to prioritize your second-favorite Bible dictionary under the LBD in the library. This way, if the LBD doesn’t have an article about your topic, this backup Bible dictionary will open when you double-click a word.
Also, you can double-click words in more than just Bibles. Try double-clicking the names of people, places, and things in other resources, such as commentaries (H), and watch your Bible dictionary instantly open! (I)

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Logos 5: Sense 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.

As you well know, many words in the English language have multiple meanings. For example, trunk could refer to an elephant’s nose, an automobile’s storage compartment, a part of a tree, or a big case for saving things. The word’s context determines its precise meaning.

The biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek are no different. Some words have multiple meanings. For example, the Greek word kosmos, usually translated world, could mean the planet Earth, the people on the planet, or the philosophy of the people on the planet. When John 3.16 declares God so loved the world, which meaning of world is correct?

In an attempt to identify the contextual meanings of Hebrew and Greek words, Logos developed the Bible Sense Lexicon, located on the Tools menu in some of the Logos 5 base packages.

Perhaps the most useful application of this feature is in the Word by Word section in the Exegetical Guide. For example:

  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide.
  • Type John 3.16 in the reference box. (A)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report.
  • Navigate to the Word by Word section. (B)
  • Click the word world (C) on the right-hand side of the big gray box, which takes you to the entry for the Greek kosmos. (D)

Find Bible Sense in Word by Word

 

  • Notice the line of information called Sense (E), followed by a definition.
  • Click the link to open the Bible Sense Lexicon. (F)

Exegetical guide Bible Sense Definition

 

The Sense definition is a specific, contextual definition for the Greek kosmos. This word may have 12 different meanings, but the Content Innovation Team (CIT) at Logos believes that in John 3.16, it means world populace!

Currently the CIT has tagged the majority of Hebrew and Greek nouns, but it will be adding other parts of speech in the future. The new Sense line of information goes a long way in helping us disambiguate the meanings of biblical words.

Three cheers for the CIT!

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