How to Use the New Reverse Interlinear Holman Christian Standard Bible

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At Camp Logos I discuss the reverse interlinear feature in great detail. Then very frequently I receive this question from students: When is the interlinear coming to the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)? Well, I’m happy to report that Faithlife has provided us with a New Year’s treat. The interlinear New Testament of the HCSB is now available to Logos Now members!

That means that if you are a Logos Now member, all of the features you’re accustomed to enjoying in the ESV, NASB, LEB, and other Bibles are now present in the HCSB.

UPDATE: The HCSB Reverse Interlinear is now available for individual purchase, too.

One aspect of the interlinear that I personally enjoy is the referent dataset what tags mentions of biblical people, places, and things regardless of the words used to reference them. For example, let’s say we want to do a character study on the man Barnabas, the encourager in the Bible. One part of our research is to locate all mentions of the man and then analyze the results looking for personality traits, habits, characteristics, etc.

One way to find such results is with what I call  a “right mouse person search.” Try this:

  • Open the HCSB to a verse mentioning Barnabas such as Acts 4:36 (A)
  • Right click on a term referencing Barnabas which includes in Acts 4:36 Joseph, (B) Levite, (C) Cypriot, (D) Barnabas, (E) and he. (F)


  • Select from the right side of the Context menu Barnabas Person (G)
  • Select from the left side of the Context menu Search this resource (H)


  • Select in the search results area Aligned to see all mentions of the man Barnabas in the center column (I)


Now enjoy investigating references to the man which in addition to the ones in Acts 4:36 include good man, prophet, teacher, and apostle.

Also please notice in these verses all the times Joseph was encouraging others in some form or fashion. It’s no wonder the apostles nicknamed him Barnabas!

For more information about Text Comparison and many other Logos 7 features, please check out our 3-volume set of Training Manuals in print and digital comprised of 100 chapters and over 800 pages!

In addition, for a fast and fun way to unleash the power of Logos, please consider attending a Camp Logos training seminar in Houston, TX January 18–20 or in Atlanta, GA February 7–9.

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.


  1. Michael Stark says

    Is this available only for Logos 7? I’m running Logos 7 and this doesn’t appear to work. Each time I receive the notice that there are no results.

    • Tyler Smith says


      So sorry for the confusion. Currently this is only available in Logos Now. I updated the post accordingly.

  2. It’s good to hear about the release of the HCSB reverse interlinear. For me, however, the interlinear and inline interlinear buttons do not appear for the HCSB (as they do in the HSCB screenshots displayed above by Morris) – so no interlinear appears with NT passages. Has the new reverse interlinear been made available for all Logos users with the HCSB or only those with certain base packages? Up until Logos 6, I purchased the Platinum base package and with Logos 7 I purchased the Full Feature Set. As far as I know, all version and resource updates have been downloaded.

    • Tyler Smith says


      We should have clarified that this is only available in Logos Now. I updated the post accordingly. Sorry for the confusion, and so sorry you went to all the trouble of tracking it down in the software!

  3. Tim Murray says

    I’m not seeing any of this. Should the HCSB have been updated in my library?

    • Tyler Smith says

      Hi, Tim.

      We should have clarified that this is only available in Logos Now. I updated the post accordingly. Sorry for the confusion.

      Tyler Smith