Logos 4: New Bible Search Ranges

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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.

When performing a Logos Bible search, we have the option of adjusting the range of biblical text searched. Logos provides a few broad ranges, such as Old Testament and New Testament. It’s a good idea, however, to create special ranges for specific searches. Here’s how to do just that:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel.
  • Select Bible as the search type. (1)
  • Click the search range drop-down list above the Find box. (2)
  • Notice the New reference range (3) and Range title (4) boxes 


The New reference range box, receives all the Bible abbreviations we’re accustomed to using throughout Logos. In this box the comma ( , ) means and, while the hyphen (  ) means throughGe-Dt covers the range Genesis through DeuteronomyPs,Pr includes both Psalms and Proverbs.

The Range title box is an optional label for the range. If you leave this box blank, the new reference range itself becomes the title. 

  • Enter an optional name such as Gospels in the Range title box if desired.
  • Enter a Bible range such as Mt-Jn in the New reference range box.
  • Click Save.
  • Notice the new range is added to the drop-down list.
  • Rest the cursor on a new range in the list and click the X that appears to the right of it to delete it.



If you do a lot of pinpoint Bible searching, these new ranges will often save you valuable time as you go directly to what a specific author or biblical section said about a subject. Here are a few suggested ranges to get you started:

Pentateuch Ge-Dt

OT History Jos-Es

Poetry Jb-So

Major Prophets Is-Da

Minor Prophets Ho-Mal

Gospels Mt-Jn

NT History Ac

Paul’s Epistles Ro-Pm

General Epistles He-Jd

Apocalypse Re

Luke’s Writings Lk,Ac

John’s Writings Jn,1Jn-3Jn,Re

Peter’s Letters 1P-2P

Prophetic Da,Re

What are some other Bible search ranges you would suggest? Leave a comment and let us know!


  1. Wolfgang Witzig says

    Thank you very much for the suggestion concerning creating individual ranges. It makes life easier. Would there be a possibility to arrange the range titles according to my preference? And is it possible to edit the range and range title? With kind regards, Wolfgang Witzig

    • One way is to begin each title with something that will be always sorted sequentially. For example, 01, 02, 03, 04 etc will guarantee you get the order you want.

  2. I’d add “Pastoral Epistles” – 1Tim-Titus

  3. Jeff Beard says

    Thanks! This is very useful.

  4. Philana Crouch says

    It would really be helpful to have a range to exclude the deuterocanonical books specifically when I have a Bible translation (NRSV or CEB) that includes the deuterocanonical books. Not only does this help with searching, but when creating reading plans.