Logos 5: Proximity Search for the Teachings of Christ

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.

A logos user recently emailed me the following scenario:

I’m trying to do an in-depth search on the teachings of Christ. Not how he lived, but what he taught. I’ve tried doing a basic “teachings of Christ” phrase search, but that didn’t really turn up what I thought I was going to find. What’s the best way to locate this information?

Excellent question! Here’s how:

The Bible itself isn’t tagged with the metadata label teachings of Christ; it just contains those teachings. Thus, we want to search our books for where the authors list or catalog what Christ taught. If we execute a phrase search, we’re only looking for a specific wording, such as teachings of Christ. If the author uses phrases like Christ’s teachings or teachings of Jesus, we won’t find what we’re looking for. It’s better, therefore, to use a proximity search, as I detail below:

  • Click the Search icon.
  • Select Basic as the search type (A).
  • Select Entire Library or a specific collection from the range dropdown list (B).
  • Type this search string in the Find box: (Jesus,Christ) WITHIN 2 words teach (C).

  • Click the Search panel menu (D).
  • Select Match all word forms (E).

  • Press the Enter key, or click the Go arrow to generate the search results (F).

The above search locates all the places in our resources where the words Jesus or Christ occur within two words of teach, teaching, teachings, etc.!

When you’re trying to locate subject matter rather than specific phrases, proximity searches work wonderfully.


  1. Clint Scott says:

    This is brilliant Morris, Thank you

  2. Clint Scott says:

    is there a way to save the search? or any search for that matter

    • Clint, the easiest way I’ve found to save a search is to drag the magnifying glass icon on the search tab up to your toolbar. Then your search is readily accessible by clicking on that icon in your toolbar.

      • Clint Scott says:

        Thanks Mike, that is brilliant, works perfectly

        • Mark Felt says:

          Actually, searches can be saved a Favorite. Click on ‘Tools’ then ‘Favorites’. When the search has finished running, drag its ‘tab’ to the ‘Favorites’ window. This will create a Favorite which will redo the search when clicked on.

  3. Wow that's neat. I will need to remember that. Thanks

  4. This is wonderful! Here is my question: I want to save the search results into a list within Logos. Some of the references don't deal with the actual "teachings of Christ." I would like the option to, within the saved document list, delete those particular entries, leaving me with an entire list of references in my Logos Library which deal exactly with this subject. Thank you for your time.

  5. William Henry Wilson says:

    can't wait to get to CampLogos DVD's

  6. This is wonderful! I appreciate God for Logos team, for MP Seminar team and for you, Moris.