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.
We recently made a small change that resulted in a big impact for Greek word study: we changed the classification of Synonyms of the New Testament from monograph to lexicon. Maybe some of you are tempted to ask, “So what?”
I’ll walk you through a practical example that’s now possible because of the switch.
- Open the Logos library.
- Select Prioritize (A).
- Type this in Find box: author:trench (B).
- Notice this resource in the list: Synonyms of the New Testament (C) (currently present in Logos 5 Silver and above).
- Drag it to the Prefer these resources list on the right (D), making sure it’s one of the top five Greek dictionaries in the list.
- Close the Logos library.
- Open an English Bible containing the reverse interlinear feature, such as the ESV, LEB, or NASB.
- Navigate to Ephesians 2:21 (E).
- Right-click the word temple (F).
- Select Lemma “the Greek word” (G).
- Select Synonyms of the New Testament from the list on the left side of the context menu (H).
- Notice that the resource opens to an article comparing two Greek words, both translated temple in our English Bibles (I).
This classic book contains numerous articles comparing and contrasting Greek synonyms that are usually translated with the same English words. For example, you’ll find helpful discussion of the original words translated life, love, world, and more.
This behind-the-scenes change of classification makes this resource much more valuable in Logos!
What I just outlined is only one way to use this “lexicon.” You’ll also see this book in your Exegetical Guide and Bible Word Study.
If you don’t currently own Synonyms of the New Testament, I encourage you to add it to your library.