Dr. Heiser’s Syntax Video Bonanza

OK, bonanza might be a bit of an overstatement…but the good doctor has done some “hard time” in our video production studio so that you might reap the benefit.

As part of our ETS/SBL marketing materials, Dr. Heiser, academic editor for Logos, created a number of videos demonstrating the syntax tools and resources in Logos 3.

Crafting these videos can be a painstaking process and, wow, that small room can get hot…but I hope you’ll agree that it was worth the effort. We’ve posted a few ofthe syntax videosto our Video Tutorials pageand I’ve included direct links to each video below.

How do these differ from the other videos we’ve done on syntax?

Here Mike takes the gloves off and pits morphology vs. syntax to show some very specific things you can do with syntax searching that are simply not possible with morphological tagging alone.

Mike calls syntax the “new frontier” in Bible software and says, “These video presentationsshow searches that are well beyond the reach of Bible software as you’ve known it.”

Or in the words of Walt Disney, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Greek & Hebrew Syntax Videos

The Case for Syntax Searching

Syntax Search vs. Morphological Search (17:33, 17.5MB)

What syntax gives you that morphology alone cannot: better precision in your language research and refined demonstration for teaching.


Search Video #1:

Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text of the Hebrew Bible (8:10, 9MB)

Compound subject in agreement with a singular verb across verse boundaries.

Search Video #2:

Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text of the Hebrew Bible (5:55, 4MB)

Verb-Subject-Object (VSO) order vs. Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) order in clauses in the Pentateuch generally, and by Eissfeldt source (P, J).


Search Video #1:

OpenText.org Syntactically Analyzed Greek New Testament (15:23, 14MB)

Accusative noun or pronoun as subject of an infinitive, when the infinitive also takes an accusative object.

Search Video #1:

Lexham Syntactic Greek New Testament (4:25, 3MB)

Finding double accusatives in the Catholic Epistles.

Update 11/10, 11:05am – If you have limited access to the Internet, you can download the syntax videos as a zip file (46MB). Save the zip file to your hard drive, CD-ROM or other media. To run the videos, unzip all contents to a single folder, then launch each HTML file in turn to view the Flash videos.


  1. David Cortes-Fuentes says

    What do I need to do if I want to download or receive a disk with the videos. I find them very useful, but my access to the internet is limited.

  2. David, I added a link to download the 5 syntax videos in a zip file. We’re not making it available on disc at this point, but I hope the zip file is helpful in the meantime.

  3. The Javascript (flashobject.js) needed to get the videos to run from the zip download is missing. If you start one of the videos through the direct links and stop it after a few seconds then the required Javascript file (flashobject.js) can be found in your Internet Explorer cache. Simply copy the file to the unzipped folder, making sure it is called flashobject.js, and you are away.

  4. Right you are, Gavin. Sorry about that. The javascript file is now included in the zip file, so no worries for anyone downloading the zip for the first time. If you downloaded the zip earlier, follow Gavin’s workaround.

  5. Dr. Heiser made reference to a CD that will be distributed at SBL containing an introduction to OpenText.org NT and syntax search examples. Will this be made available to those of us not able to attend SBL?

  6. Thanks for your interest, Tim! When we’re able to make this available more broadly, we’ll be sure to let everyone know via the blog.