Learn to Highlight Biblical References in Lexicons

Just like English words, a lot of Hebrew and Greek words have multiple possible meanings. Many lexicons, therefore,  list all the possibilities for these biblical words. Some Hebrew and Greek dictionaries will also give biblical references where specific definitions occur.

In light of this, I recently received this scenario from a Logos user:

When looking up word meanings in Hebrew and Greek dictionaries, is there a step that takes me directly to the particular verse I’m studying?

The answer is yes when we employ a Visual Filter called Emphasize Active References.

Give this a try:

  • Open a Bible with the interlinear option like the ESV to any passage (A)
  • Open a Hebrew or Greek dictionary (B)

  • Choose one at a time the panel menu on each resource (C)
  • Select the same Link set letter for both resources (D)

  • Click the Visual Filers icon on the dictionary (E)
  • Select Emphasize active references (F)

  • Click a word in the Bible (G)
  • Notice Logos looks up the underlying Hebrew or Greek word in the dictionary (H)
  • Notice also Logos also automatically highlights in the dictionary (I) the current reference in the Bible (J)

This little trick is designed to focus our attention in the dictionary to the current passage we’re studying. Of course not every passage we study is going to appear in the lexicon, but if it’s there, Logos will highlight it for us!

For more information about all Visual Filters check out the Logos Training Manuals Volumes 1-3 in print or digital

Also, be sure to register for Camp Logos Inductive in Atlanta April 23-25 or join the training via a live streaming webinar!

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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.


  1. Not working out too well. Did this with NKJV and The Complete Word Study Dictionaryof the New Testament. Well it worked after trying a couple different times. Have had Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, Concise Oxford English Dictionary, a page in the NLT listing the attributes of God (when selecting God), BDAG, and the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. When using the OT, will not even bring the definition (where at least the NT did. For the OT, linked Gesenius’ Grammar of the OT and no joy-will not look up the corresponding word.

  2. Charlene Kellogg says

    I am so far behind knowing what Logos 7 will do. I’ve been purchasing all the new upgrades, but never seemed to have time to learn what they would do. I have print copies Volume 1 and 2 for Logos6. Now I’m thinking of purchasing the printed manuals for Logos7 and the one for Logos7 What’s New. My question is: Are any of the extra helps on Logos Talk included in the What’s New Version? Or do I need to print them all off myself? I have a Cochlear Implant + hearing aid in other ear and do not do well with videos. Reading is the way I learn best. I cannot attend a camp because of hearing. Everyone talks too fast.
    Please reply.

    • Tyler Smith says

      Hi, Charlene. Apologies for the later reply. Unfortunately, the LogosTalk tutorials are not available in the printed manual.