Gaining Significant Insight Into the Geography of the Gospels


With the vast number of resources available in the Logos base package libraries, it’s easy for a valuable resource to get overlooked if we’re not careful. A case in point is the Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels available in the standard libraries at Silver and above.

This commentary is a goldmine when it comes to discovering the geographical context in the Gospels. For example, what’s the significance of:

  • There was no place for them in the inn in Luke 2:7?
  • A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho in Luke 10:30?
  • Jesus had to pass through Samaria in John 4:4?

Grasping the geographical  context of these passages and scores of others is vital to understanding the text. This commentary, unlike any I’ve ever seen, focuses our attention on the where of the passage. It’s loaded with scholarly yet understandable explanations along with links to the Factbook, Atlas, Timeline, and Media tools.

I think you’re going to thoroughly enjoy it, but let’s make sure it’s prominent in the Passage Guide:

  • Drag the Library icon to the Logos desktop so that it opens in its own panel
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right of the Library (A)
  • Place this rule in the Library’s Find box: title:”Lexham Geographic” (B)
  • Drag the resource from the left (C) and drop it close to the top of your prioritized commentaries in the Prefer these resources list on the right (D)

  • Close the Library
  • Choose Guides | Passage Guide
  • Place a biblical reference like Luke 10:30 in the passage box (E)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the report
  • Expand the Commentaries section (F)
  • Click the link for the Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels, which should be close to the top of the list (G)

  • Notice the commentary opens to a discussion of the section in the Gospels (H) in which the Parable of the Good Samaritan appears (I)

  • Scroll through the pages of the commentary noticing all of the links to Logos tools (J) and especially pause at the image showing the elevation of Jerusalem and Jericho, hence going down to Jericho! (K)

This commentary is a prime example of a great resource potentially getting lost in our Library. Had we not prioritized it, it perhaps would have appeared well down the commentary list in the Passage Guide. I certainly hope you enjoy this gem of a book.

For more information about Prioritizing your favorite books in the Library, check out the Logos Training Manuals Volumes 1-3 in print or digital, or attend a Camp Logos training seminar.

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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.