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How to Study a Word’s Root: Thanksgiving

When it comes to studying the Bible, I always want to go deeper. My problem: I’m no Greek or Hebrew scholar. That’s one of the reasons I get so excited every time I open Logos 5. So much original-language research is done for me, I can instantly understand more.

I’ve been studying biblical thanksgiving lately. One place this study takes me is Psalm 136, where the psalmist pens 26 lines of gratitude to the Lord, “For his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

I look it up in my favorite Bible. Since I’m doing a little original-language digging, I’ll go ahead and turn on my reverse interlinear—it’s the table at the bottom of this image.

This entire psalm is encouraging the reader to give thanks to the Lord, who has shown lovingkindness to Israel through creation, delivering them from Egypt, bringing them to the Promised Land, and sustaining them. The psalmist closes by echoing the beginning: “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

If it’s so important that I “give thanks,” I need to know what it means!

This is where the Bible Word Study tool comes in. I right-click “thanks” and pull up more information about the Hebrew lemma. Then I run a Bible Word Study.

The Bible Word Study guide fetches the word’s definitions from my lexicons and dictionaries, and shows me how this word, ydh, is translated across my Bible.

So I learn that giving thanks to the Lord is more than saying “thank you” to God. It’s also an acknowledgement of who he is and what he has done. In the case of Psalm 136, it makes sense: acknowledge that the Lord has done incredible things for his people, and thank him, for his lovingkindness is everlasting.

But I want to go deeper. I want to find examples of this kind of thanksgiving.

With Logos 5, I’m able to take a look at other biblical words that share this root.

I see that there are 32 uses of the similar toda(h), which is a sacrifice, song of thanksgiving, etc. That’s interesting. I click the Hebrew word, and Logos 5 runs another Bible Word Study!

I can explore the definitions to see that this thankful song of praise to God was an act of worship that proclaimed his mighty works. Also, the word is used for songs like Psalm 100.

. . . which gives me a fine place to keep exploring as I study biblical thanksgiving this November!

And with the new root data in Logos 5, you can do deeper word studies like this, too!

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Logos 5: Freeze the Information Panel

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 couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post about “power reading,” which incorporates your preferred Bible and the Information Panel (Tools | Information). The gist of “power reading” is to rest the cursor on a word in the Bible—the Information Panel instantly displays data about the word.

Today’s scenario is this:

What if you see something in the Info Panel that you want to copy into a Note file or Word doc? As you move the cursor off your word and toward the Info Panel, the data may change.

Of course, you could click Settings on the Information Panel and change the Update Information option to click, but that sort of diminishes the power of “power reading.” The beauty of this setup is that you don’t have to click a thing to access data.

So here’s more power for “power reading”:

  • Open your preferred Bible.
  • Choose Tools | Information.
  • Rest the cursor on a word in the Bible to display data in the Info Panel.
  • Hold down the Ctrl or Cmd key, which freezes the data.
  • Move the cursor inside the Information Panel.
  • Release the Ctrl or Cmd key.

Once the cursor is inside the Info Panel, you can work with the text as much as you want without worrying that it might change on you!

Logos 5: Find All References to a Biblical Person with Clause Search

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.

My favorite new feature in Logos 5 is probably the tagging of referents in the reverse interlinear. Here’s what I mean. Suppose you want to conduct a thorough biographical study of Timothy, so you search the Bible for every occurrence of the word Timothy. This, of course, finds the word Timothy, but what if he’s referred to as brother, disciple, or son? A simple word search doesn’t find these references—until now in Logos 5.

A Logos research team has manually tagged the BIble’s pronouns and linguistic expressions, pointing them to the correct people, places, and things. Three cheers for this team! This means you can now find all references to the man Timothy, regardless of the words used.

Here are a couple of ways to see this incredible tagging in action:

Biblical People

  • Choose Tools | Bible Facts (Biblical People, Places, and Things have been combined into one tool).
  • Type Timothy in the reference box. (A)
  • Select Timothy from the dropdown list to generate the report.
  • Notice, in the left sidebar (which replaces the top ribbon in Logos 4), the section called Referred to As. (B)

Referred to As displays all the references to the man Timothy, not the word Timothy.

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Clause Search

  • Click the Search icon.
  • Select Clause (A) as the search type.
  • Select All Passages (B) and the Lexham Greek-English Interlinear (C) from the dropdown lists.
  • Select Person Anywhere in Clause (D) from the examples list to place that search string in the Find box.
  • Change, in the Find box, the word Moses to Timothy (E).
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

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Again, here are all the verses that mention the man Timothy, not the word Timothy!

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Logos 4: Find Cross-References in a Book

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 asked me how to find all the biblical cross-references to John in a specific resource. Here’s how I responded:

  • Open the resource you want to search, such as My Utmost for His Highest.
  • Click the Search icon.
  • Set the search type to Basic. (A)
  • Select the resource to be searched, such as Utmost, from the drop down list (B)
  • Type this search string in the box: <Bible ~ John>(C)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the search.

The ~ (tilde) is an intersection search operator, meaning that with it, Logos finds all cross references intersecting the book of John!

This search takes a few extra moments, but the results are worth the wait.

Logos 4: Create an Update Shortcut

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.

Ok, I’ll admit. I’m like a little kid when it comes to expectation. I can’t wait. I like walking to the mailbox to see if the mail has arrived. I periodically look out the window, hoping the UPS truck is coming down the driveway. All my life well-meaning people have reminded me about that proverbial watched pot and boiling water. Yet I still jump the gun.

With Logos I’m no different. The software’s developers periodically add new features and update resources, which automatically download into the system. I can’t wait, though. I want to make sure I’m up to date with the latest and greatest. I, therefore—more times than I care to admit—initiate an update. If you’re like I am, you may want to apply this shortcut:

  • Type these two words in the Command box: update now. (A)
  • Drag Update now (B) from the Tools dropdown list (that appears under the Command box) to the Shortcuts bar. (C)
  • Notice that Logos places a down-arrow icon on the Shortcuts bar.

Update Logos Now

Now, anytime you’re wondering if you’re completely current with your Logos Bible Software, just click the new shortcut. Logos will instantly check for updates (D) and, through a popup message (E), inform you if they’re available or not.

I won’t confess how many times I click this icon!

Logos 4: Link to Images from Notes

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.

Several Logos users have recently asked me how to place images in the content area of a Note file. Currently, we can only type, copy–paste, or drag–drop text into the content section. We can, however, create a hyperlink to an image. Here’s how:

  • Choose File | Notes.
  • Name the untitled Notes document. (A)
  • Click Full in the upper-right corner of the document (B) so that you can see both the title and content of the note.
  • Click Add note (C) on the document’s toolbar.
  • Name the Note. (D)
  • Open a Logos resource to a page containing an image. (For example, type 1000 Bible Images in the Command box (E), and press the Enter key to open this book.)
  • Choose the panel menu (F) on the resource.
  • Click Copy location as: URL. (G) (Make sure to click URL.)
  • Close this resource. (H)
  • Click in the content box of the Note. (I)
  • Type some text in the content box, such as click here for a great picture. (J)

Insert Hyperlinks Example

  • Select (highlight) the text you just typed. (A)
  • Click the Hyperlink (chain links) icon (B) on the Note file’s formatting bar.
  • Execute a paste inside the address box (C) that appears underneath the icon. (This paste places the location of the image in the box.)
  • Press the Enter key to close the box.

Insert Hyperlinks Example 2

  • Click the new hyperlinked text (A) in the contentarea to jump to the image:
    • Windows: use Ctrl + click to follow the link.
    • Mac: use Cmd + click to follow the link.

Insert Hyperlinks Example 3

Even though the image is not directly in the Note file, it is just a click away!

Logos 4: Note File Split View

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 add individual notes to a Note file, the document may become so long that locating and viewing one specific note proves difficult. The Split View in a Note file, new to Logos 4.6, solves that problem. Try this:

  • Choose File | Notes.
  • Name the untitled notes document that opens Mark Notes.
  • Open a Bible to Mark 1:1. (A)
  • Right-click any word in Mark 1:1. (B)
  • Select from the right-hand menu Reference Mark 1:1 (C) | Add a note to “Mark Notes.” (D)
  • Type, copy–paste, or drag–drop information into the Mark 1:1 note’s content area—the body of the note that is.
  • Repeat these three steps for additional verses in Mark.

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  • Click Split in the upper right of the Mark Notes document. (A)
    • Note the individual notes in the left column and the single note in the right column.
  • Select a different note in the left column to change the note displayed on the right. (B)
  • Add additional information to this right-hand note by clicking in its content area. (C)

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Logos 4: Create Your Own Topical Bible

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 your Logos library, you probably have several topical Bibles, such as New Nave’s Topical Bible—big books of biblical cross-references arranged by topic. With topical Bibles, you can look up a concept like mercy and see, all in one spot, the most important “mercy verses.” These resources are a terrific help for studying any idea throughout the Bible.

Many times, though, you’ll come across a specific topic that isn’t in your topical Bible. Perhaps you’re researching love in John’s writings or praise in the Psalms. If you’re carrying out such research, I encourage you to create your own topical Bible with the use of Passage Lists. Here’s what I mean:

  • Choose File | Passage List.
  • Give the untitled passage list a specific name related to the topic you’re studying, like “Giving in the Gospels.” (A)
  • Open a Bible to a verse you’ve studied, such as Matthew 6:2. (B)
  • Right-click any word, like trumpet, within the verse. (C)
  • Select from the right-hand menu Reference Matthew 6:2. (D) | Add to passage list “Giving in the Gospels.” (E)
  • Note that the verse has been added to the list. (F)
  • Repeat these steps for as many references as you want. To add a full range of verses to the list, simply highlight all the verses in the range before right-clicking.
  • Choose File | “Giving in the Gospels” to reopen the list.

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As you can see, this Passage List, along with all the other lists you create for additional topics and themes, becomes your custom topical Bible. When someone calls asking for verses about prayer in Proverbs, you’ll easily find those verses and share your discoveries. When you get an email from a friend inquiring about the role of Christians in politics, you’ll reply quickly with references you saved months ago.

Logos 4: Return to a Previous Logos Desktop Display

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 with a physical desk or a kitchen table, you can arrange your resources on the Logos desktop any way you want. Imagine you’ve meticulously moved books to just the right positions: Bible here, commentary there, dictionary in that corner, and so on. Then, unexpectedly, the Logos application closes, by design or accident. Or you’re on an airplane, and it’s time to turn off and stow all electronic devices. Or you mistakenly close the program. Or, for no apparent reason, your computer just decides to reboot.

Is all your desktop organization lost? Fortunately, no. Logos takes a snapshot of the desktop as the program closes. Try this:

  • Arrange the Logos desktop just like you want it.
  • Exit the program, but don’t close anything on the desktop.
  • Reopen Logos.
  • Choose the Layouts menu. (A)
  • Notice a snapshot called Application Closed on the right-hand side of the drop-down menu. (B)
  • Click the above-mentioned Application Closed snapshot to return to that Logos desktop!

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Logos saves and lists up to 10 Application Closed snapshots. If this feature isn’t present on your computer, make sure to update your software to the recently released 4.6 version, which contains this new component.

Logos 4: Collins Thesaurus of the Bible

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 often asked if I still learn anything new about Logos. The answer is a resounding yes! The features and resources available in Logos make up a vast goldmine waiting to be explored. I recently noticed a topical Bible, currently available in most Logos base packages, that pulls together in one place numerous verses about a subject. Collins Thesaurus of the Bible organizes thousands of verses around nearly one thousand topics.

I encourage you to open this resource, display its table of contents, and explore its arrangement and riches. This is one of the most thorough yet user-friendly reference books I’ve ever encountered. If you enjoy doing topical and/or cross-reference work, you’ll benefit from this book. After familiarizing yourself with it, try this organizational tip for easy access:

  • Open the Library.
  • Click Prioritize. (1)
  • Enter this text in the Library’s Find box: title:collin’s. (2)
  • Drag Collins Thesaurus of the Bible from the left side of the library to the Prefer these resources list on the left. (3)
  • Make sure the Thesaurus is in the top five of your prioritized topical books.

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  • Navigate in a Bible to a passage like Ephesians 2:20–21. (4)
  • Right click on a word—temple, dwelling, etc. (5)
  • Select from the right menu Selection “your word” | Collins Thesaurus of the Bible. (6)
  • Notice that the resource jumps to an article about your subject even though it may not be the exact word.

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Please note that if you try to right-click the plural form of a word such as apostles or prophets in Ephesians 2:20 the thesaurus may not show up on the right menu. If this occurs try this:

  • Manually select the singular form of the word, leaving off the “s” (in other words manually highlight apostle rather than right clicking on apostles). (7)
  • Right-click on the selected singular form of the word. (7)
  • Select from the right menu: Selection “your singular form of the word” | Collins Thesaurus of the Bible. (8)

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Now enjoy the extensive cross-references, along with the actual verse texts, found in this book!

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