How to Find Original Language Words behind the English

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In a recent blog post, guest blogger Dr. Andy Naselli discussed the concept of conscience, stating that the Greek word for conscience appears 30 times in the New Testament. How can we locate those 30 occurrences and execute the examination of them as Dr. Naselli instructed? If we know one of the instances we can easily perform a lemma search straight from the Bible using the Context (right-click) menu.

Let’s say, however, we don’t know any place in the New Testament where the word conscience occurs, but we want to study this concept. Where do we start?

Try this:

  • Choose Guides | Bible Word Study
  • Type the English word conscience in the Word box (A)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report
  • Expand the Greek Words section which reveals a Translation ring showing all the Greek words translated conscience in the New Testament (Please note, in this example I’m using the ESV. Your ring may be slightly different depending on the Bible you’re using.) (B)
  • Click the English word conscience in the center of the ring, which generates a list of the occurrences of this English word grouped by the Greek word; notice the most common Greek word for conscience at the top of the list (C)
  • Click the Greek lemma at the top of the list which opens a Bible Word Study report for this word (D)

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  • Expand the Translation section in the Bible Word Study report for the Greek word (E)
  • Click the Greek lemma in the center of the ring, (F) which generates a list of the all occurrences of this Greek word regardless of how it’s translated in English (G)

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Now with this list of 30 occurrences of the Greek word translated conscience, you can easily follow Dr. Naselli’s instructions in his blog!

For more detailed instructions about the Bible Word Study guide, please check out the Logos 6 Training Manual Volumes 1 & 2 Bundle or attend our upcoming Camp Logos in Phoenix, AZ.

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Morris Proctor
is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Comments

  1. David Vincent says:

    When I try this there are no search results that come up, I thought I was doing something wrong but it seems as if there is no index that is associated with the Bible Word Study. Any suggestions?

    • Holly Marr says:

      It may be due to the resources in your library, but I’m only guessing, I’m afraid—the Logos Pros can help you troubleshoot and answer questions! Feel free to reach out at logospros@faithlife.com, have a great day!

      • I’ll speak to Logos Pros as I do have an extensive library and it certainly used to work in earlier versions. I thought I’d just mis-remembered how to do it, but there is obviously an issue.

        • Holly Marr says:

          I’m sorry to hear your experience has become less than satisfactory; I’m confident the LogosPros will know what to do, or at the very least, they’ll know how to help you find a solution!