Logos 4: Create a Shortcut to The Biblical World Map

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 seminars and provides many training materials.

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Within the past few weeks I’ve received several emails regarding Biblical Places and maps within Logos 4. This blog summarizes some of the instruction I passed along to fellow Logos users.

Prior to the release of Logos 4, the Logos company commissioned the creation of numerous new maps which only appear in the Bible Facts tool, Biblical Places. These new Logos 4 maps are NOT displayed as a separate resource in the Library. In other words, if you want to see a new Logos 4 map for Corinth then generate a Biblical Places report for that city.

One of the new Logos 4 maps, The Biblical World, is somewhat dynamic or interactive in that it hides or shows locations depending on the size of the image:

  • Choose Tools | Biblical Places.
  • Type a city like Ephesus in the Place box. (1)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report.
  • Click The Biblical World map in the “filmstrip” at the bottom to display that map. (2)
  • Zoom out or in on the image to show or hide different locations.
    • Windows: Press Ctrl + + or Ctrl + – to zoom out or in.
    • Mac: Use the scroll feature on your mouse or touchpad to zoom out or in.


To center The Biblical World map on a specific a location:

  • Type a location like Athens in the Place box.
  • Press the Enter key.
  • Notice The Biblical World map automatically adjusts placing the desired location in the center of the window.

To save The Biblical World map as a Favorite or Bookmark:

  • Choose Tools | Favorites.
  • Make sure The Biblical World map is displayed in the Biblical Places window.
  • Drag the Biblical Places tab to the Favorites area or on top of a Bookmark number.
  • Click either the Favorite or Bookmark to open Biblical Places right to the The Biblical World map.

To place The Biblical World map on the Shortcuts bar:

  • Save The Biblical World map as a Favorite or Bookmark as explained above.
  • Drag the Favorite or Bookmark link from the Favorites / Bookmarks pane to the Shortcuts bar.
  • Click the new Shortcuts icon to always open Biblical Places to the The Biblical World map (if you just drag the Biblical Places tab from the Logos desktop to the Shortcuts bar the new icon will always open Biblical Places to its last location not  The Biblical World map).

Having The Biblical World map as a shortcut icon gives you instant access to this basic albeit interactive map so you can quickly see a desired location!

What map do you think is the most interesting? Leave a comment and let us know!


  1. Rich Nazarenus says

    The scroll wheel on the mouse will also zoom the map in and out in Windows also.

    This is a wonderful tool. I also enjoy clicking on the big “G” in the upper right corner and seeing the location (any that you hover over for a second or so–watch the latitude and longitude reference to the left of the “G” change) in Google maps–including satellite view.

  2. Harold Winter says

    This is good and helpful. I also appreciate the link to Google maps.
    What I’d really like in Logos is a map that I can customize to make a powerpoint slide. Allow the user to customize what city names appear and to draw arrows to show for example: Jesus’ journey from Jericho to Jerusalem or the journey of Jacob and family from Canaan to the land of Goshen.
    I use maps regularly when preaching to give people a way to visualize the geography. Existing maps have limitations because of the information they include. It’s hard for Logos to provide a map for every occasion, but if you make it possible to customize scale, places names, and draw arrows and shading etc., then the user can create their own map for each occasion.

  3. David Swain says

    Frankly, although the map is one of the best Logos ones, it is a bit second rate. Apart from the towns, the only feature is some accent highlighting/shadow to indicate relief – and that gets blurred as I/you zoom in.
    At least the towns have contolled zoome to display smaller towns as you zoom in – all other maps in Logos are ‘dumb’ images only.
    I use GIS and map-making capabilities alot and this is alot behind the pace.
    The feature I do like is the Google Maps hot link, with that I can really start to appreciate the context of a place, the topography, the vegetation & productivity, etc, etc.
    It would be alot better to produce some Google map layers one could switch on/off etc for different views and understand different relationships etc.