Logos 4: Compare Parallel Passages

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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.

You perhaps know that some events in the Bible are recorded more than one time. For example, Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record the account of Jesus being tempted by Satan. The passages describing the same event in the Bible are called parallel passages.

In addition, a book displaying these parallel passages is called a harmony. A harmony of the gospels, for instance, usually shows, in column format, parallel passages from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. With a harmony you can easily read how various biblical writers described the same event.

Did you know that your library likely contains numerous harmonies? The Parallel Passages section of the Passage Guide automatically searches these harmonies for you, but you can also open them individually from the Library:

  • Click the Library icon
  • In the Find box of the Library enter this text: type:harmony
  • You should now see all of your harmonies listed
  • Click a specific title to open it, such as, A Harmony of the Gospels by A.T. Robertson
    Note: A Harmony of the Gospels, by A .T. Robertson is included in base packages from Bible Study Library and above.
  • Click the panel menu on this resource and select Show table of contents
  • From the contents pane click a section title like 25. The Three Temptations of Jesus

Now by reading three different accounts of the same event, we may be able to glean details perhaps we overlooked before!


  1. Jared Wilson says

    Is there a way to highlight the differences similar to comparing the different translations of the same text?

  2. In Logos 3, you can display multiple book verses such as “Exodus 20:5-6; Deuteronomy 5:9-10” in Parallel Bible Versions. This does not appear to work in Text Comparisons in Logos 4. Is there a way to display in Logos 4 what I can do in Logos 3? Thanks.

  3. Hi Jared. Great idea, but there’s currently no highlight functionality for parallel passages in order to quickly see the differences (or similarities) of a section.
    Feel free to send in this request and any future ideas you have in an email to suggest@logos.com.

  4. Hi Robert. Open your Library and type type:harmony into the search field. If you library contains it, you should see Synopsis if the Old Testament by Jeffery Glenn Jackson. Open that resource and enter your (Old Testament) target verse and if it has a parallel passage, it should appear.
    I tried it with your example using Exodus 20:5-6 and it did return results comparing the verse with Deuteronomy 5:9-10. Hope that helps.