Bible Reference Abbreviations

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

All throughout Logos Bible Software 4 you’ll see a reference or passage box in which you can type a Bible reference to initiate a search or generate a report. Please remember you do not have to type out a full reference. Logos accepts most any abbreviation that is close to what you want. For example, observe the following time-saving shortcuts and find the style that works best for you:

  • ps 23 = Psalm 23
  • jn3.16 = John 3:16
  • ec = Ecclesiastes
  • ro 8 28 = Romans 8:28

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  1. Great! That was a sort of common sense type of thing. Logos 4 actually took care of teaching me that I didn’t need to type the whole thing. Great program! Now, a post on the Greek Audio Bible would be nice. Especially since it now only works with the Nestle Aland 27th Edition. Maybe it’ll work with others as updates come out. Other than that, thanks again for such a great and useful tool for Bible study!

  2. If I search my library for a verse, will Logos be able to find and bring up those references that have the abbreviation of the book in the resources? Thanks