Logos 4: Keeping the Home Page Closed

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

By default, Logos 4 starts with the Home Page showing. This “newspaper-like” panecontains links to interesting articles, blogs, daily devotionals, and more. After reading through”Logos Today”you probably close it so you can move into more Bible study. Have you noticed that the Home Page then reopens each time you clear the screen by closing all the panels? You may or may not like this feature. You can easily change this default:

  • Click Customize in the lower left hand corner of the Home Page
  • Uncheck the box Show home page at startup

Now when you close all the panels on the screen, the Home Page will not reopen. Anytime you want the Home Page, just click the Home icon.

Logos 4: Compare Pericopes

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

Most Bible publishers divide the books of the Bible into sections or pericopes. Examples of pericopes could be Birth of Jesus, Baptism of Jesus, Temptations of Jesus, and so on. Of course, different publishers section off the Bible differently. You can, however, see, side-by-side, the various biblical pericopes used by these publishers:

  • Choose Tools | Passage Analysis
  • Click Compare Pericopes at the bottom of the window
  • Enter a passage in the Reference box like Phil 1.1
  • Click the Pericope Sets drop down list
  • Select the Bibles you want to use in the report

Now in parallel columns you see pericope titles and divisions from the selected Bibles.

This report is very useful when you’re trying to perform various tasks such as:

  • Determining the outline or structure of a biblical book
  • Planning a preaching / teachingschedule
  • Writing an exegetical paper

Logos 4: Compare Parallel Passages

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

You perhaps know that some events in the Bible are recorded more than one time. For example, Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record the account of Jesus being tempted by Satan. The passages describing the same event in the Bible are called parallel passages.

In addition, a book displaying these parallel passages is called a harmony. A harmony of the gospels, for instance, usually shows, in column format, parallel passages from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. With a harmony you can easily read how various biblical writers described the same event.

Did you know that your library likely contains numerous harmonies? The Parallel Passages section of the Passage Guide automatically searches these harmonies for you, but you can also open them individually from the Library:

  • Click the Library icon
  • In the Find box of the Library enter this text: type:harmony
  • You should now see all of your harmonies listed
  • Click a specific title to open it, such as, A Harmony of the Gospels by A.T. Robertson
    Note: A Harmony of the Gospels, by A .T. Robertson is included in base packages from Bible Study Library and above.
  • Click the panel menu on this resource and select Show table of contents
  • From the contents pane click a section title like 25. The Three Temptations of Jesus

Now by reading three different accounts of the same event, we may be able to glean details perhaps we overlooked before!

Logos 4: Collapse Basic Search Hits

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

With a Basic Search in Logos 4 you can locate every occurrence of words, phrases, or biblical references scattered throughout your entire library. After getting your search results, though, you may see a long list of books that can be intimidating. Here’s a small suggestion to help manage the hits:

  • Execute a Basic Search
  • When the results appear click By Book (top-right of results section) so that the resources titles are showing
  • Right click on the title of any resource and select Collapse all

Now you can easily see and scroll through the resources containing results.Click the “little triangle icon” next to a resource title to expand the hits in just that book!

Logos 4: Display Page Numbers Inline

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

A Logos user recently e-mailed me asking:

When I read a Logos resource I like knowing when I have gone to a new page. Is there a way to display page numbers in the text of the e-book?

The answer is YES! Here’s how to show them:

  • Open a Logos resource
  • Click the Visual Filters icon (three circles) on the resource’s toolbar
  • Click Show page numbers

Now as you navigate through the resource you’ll see the page numbers right inline with the text!

Please Note: If Show page numbers is not listed in the Visual Filters options, then that Logos e-book does not currently contain page numbers.

Announcing Seminary and Bible College Scholarship Winners

Seminary ScholarshipLate last week, we confirmed our scholarship winners, sent out $2,000.00 in tuition checks, and two free copies of Logos Bible Software 4 Scholar’s Library collections which should be arriving to the students any day now.

Our SeminaryScholarship.com winner was selected and confirmed right away, but because our varied attempts to reach the originally selected BibleCollegeScholarship.com winner were of no avail, everyone who applied had a second chance to win as we selected an alternate winner. So, without further ado, here are our winners:

SeminaryScholarship.com Winner: Mrs. Barbara W. of Raleigh, NC.

Barbara is currently an online student at Baptist Bible Graduate School and Seminary in Pennsylvania. She has been teaching Social Studies and MS Band and Choir at Friendship Christian School since 2002. After receiving a MA in Biblical Ministries she plans to continue teaching at FCS and begin work in women’s ministries through teaching and writing Bible studies.

BibleCollegeScholarship.com Winner: Joseph K. of Kenosha, WI.

Joseph attends LeTorurneau University in Longview, TX. Along with Bible courses, he is currently studying computer science with a focus in network security. Come to find out, while connecting with him and his family back home, Joseph is the grandson to well-known Christian apologist and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler, who is author or co-author to some 70 books and hundreds of articles, many of which are available for Logos Bible Software.


Apply or Reapply for the new round!

Thank you to all who have applied for the scholarships. Whether you applied before or not, be sure to visit the sites as a new giveaway round has begun. Remember that you can enter once per round, but you can increase your chances of winning by telling friends and family to apply as well. Just make sure they enter your name in the “Other” box, when they’re asked how they heard about the scholarship.

Seminary students, apply here:

Bible College students, apply here:

Logos 4: Abbreviated Titles

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

A Logos user recently contacted me with the observation that some books in the Logos library contain abbreviated titles. He wanted to see just those books in his personal library possessing such titles. Here’s what I told him:

  • Open the Library by clicking the Library icon on the toolbar (or pressing Alt + L)
  • Click the View icon on the Library’s toolbar so that a detailed spreadsheet view of the Library appears
  • In the Library’s Find box type this exact text: abbrev:* (Note: abbrev is the field name for Abbreviated Title and the * is a wild card representing any text. The instruction we’re giving Logos is to display all resources with any text in the Abbreviated Title field.)

One of the most practical uses of an abbreviated title is typing it into the Command box to open the resource from there without having to go to the Library!

Logos 4: Bible Word Study for a Greek Word

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

A Logos user recently posted this question at mpseminars.com:

My primary current interest is a thorough, in-depth study of the Greek preposition “pros” (w/accusative). Since it has so many different possible meanings, how do I go about searching the various LXX and NT occurrences – and other available resources – to see what range of alternative meanings might fit in various contexts?

You’ll be very happy to know this type of in-depth original language study is quite easy with Logos Bible Software 4. Here’s one way to tackle this study:

  • Choose Guides | Bible Word Study
  • When the guide opens type this exact text in the Word box: g:pros (the g: alerts Logos that what follows is a transliteration of a Greek word)
  • After typing the text you’ll see a drop down list of Greek words from which you can select the Greek preposition p???
  • Click the Go arrow in the Word box or press the Enter key to generate the report

The report contains numerous sections including:

  • Translation displaying all the occurrences of this Greek word regardless of how it’s translated in the English Bible
  • Septuagint Translation showing all the occurrences in the LXX
  • Grammatical Relationships listing the words and cases used with this preposition including the accusative about which our Logos user originally inquired!

Logos 4: Select the Language Books for the Guides

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

I recently received this question from a Logos user:

The Lemma section of the Bible Word Study guide and the Word by Word section of the Exegetical Guide provide links to dictionaries and lexicons for various words. To the right of some resources are brief definitions, but some books display no such definitions. Why is this and can I control this feature?

First, those brief definitions or glosses are coming from the glossary field that appears in many, but not all Logos language resources. So if no glossary field is present in the book, no gloss is displayed in the Guide.

While we can not control the glosses that may or may not appear in the guides, we can determine which and in what order the resources are listed:

  • Open the Library
  • Click Prioritize in the upper right corner of the Library
  • Type this text in the Find box of the Library: type:dictionary which displays all of your English, Hebrew and Greek dictionaries
  • Right click on a dictionary and select Prioritize this resource, which places the book in the Prefer these resources list on the right
  • Repeat this step for as many language dictionaries as you like
  • Once the dictionaries are in the list on the right you can reorder them by dragging and dropping

The Exegetical Guide and Bible Word Study will now use this list to display resources for the words you’re studying.

Logos 4: Create a Family Tree

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

If you’re like me, you can’t keep up with all of the “begetting” in the Bible. In other words, what are the names of all of Jacob’s sons? Well, here’s an easy way to access the family trees of people in the Bible:

  • Open a Bible to a verse with a person’s name in it
  • Right click on the person’s name
  • From the right menu select Person the name (in our example, Jacob)
  • From the new left menu, select Biblical People

The Biblical People tool now opens displaying that person’s family tree as recorded in Scripture.

Related Tutorial Videos:
Biblical People I
Biblical People II

Note: Biblical People is a feature included in Logos Bible Software 4 base packages from Bible Study Library and above.