Logos 5: Use Timeline for Biblical Events

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

A Logos user recently asked me this question:

Let’s say I’m studying a book in the Bible, and I want to know when it was written. Other than looking at a commentary or study Bible, is there a way to see its date of writing?

With Logos’ Timeline dataset, created just for questions like this, the answer is a resounding yes. (Note that this dataset doesn’t come with the Starter base package.)

Here’s a quick way to find a specific event:

  • Choose Tools | Timeline.
  • Type a word in the Filter box, such as Philippians (A).
  • Observe that only events containing that word appear on the Timeline. (The number in the Filter indicates the number of events currently being displayed.) (B)
  • Notice that your desired event may not currently be visible in the Timeline window (C).

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  • Choose the panel menu on the Timeline (D).
  • Select Find (in this panel) (E).

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  • In the Find box (which opened under the Filter box), type the same word that’s in the Filter box (such as Philippians) (F).
  • Look carefully at the Timeline, which jumped to an event containing your word (G).
  • Use the Previous and Next arrows to move through all the events on the filtered Timeline (H).

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  • Click an event on the Timeline to reveal more information, including hyperlinks back to resources (I).

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As you use the Timeline, please keep in mind these distinctions between Filter and Find:

  • Filter limits events on the Timeline.
  • Find locates events on the Timeline.

In the above example, you’ll see that Logos displays various possible dates, which are taken from resources in the library. Again, you can click an event on the Timeline to display hyperlinks back to those resources.

If you’d like to see other events happening at the same time as the writing of Philippians:

  • Remove the text in the Filter box (J).
  • And notice that all events return to the Timeline (K).

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Logos 5: Locate Resources by Publication Date

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

A while back, a Logos user asked me if it’s possible to locate resources published in certain years. The answer is yes!

You may not need this trick every day, but when you do, here are the simple steps:

  • Click the Library icon.
  • Click the View icon (A).
  • Select Details view (B).

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  • Right-click a column header (C).
  • Select Publication Date (D).

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  • Drag Publication Date to the desired position in the layout (E). 
  • Select a column header, like Title, Author, or Type, to arrange the resources (F).

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  • Type a query in the Find box, such as one of these listed below, to find your resources (G):
    • pubdate:=1900 locates resources published in 1900.
    • pubdate:<1900 locates resources published before 1900.
    • pubdate:>1900 locates resources published after 1900.
    • pubdate:<=1900 locates resources published in or before 1900.
    • pubdate:>=1900 locates resources published in or after 1900.
    • pubdate:>=1900 AND pubdate:<=1910 locates resources published between 1900 and 1910 (H).

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  • Notice that the years in the Publication Date column correspond to the query! (I)

Use these same queries in Tools | Collections to create search collections: then you can locate what was said about a specific subject in a specific period.

Logos 5: Update Active Layout Shortcut

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

One simple (yet powerful) feature in Logos is the ability to “bookmark” layouts for the entire Logos desktop.

To save a layout:

  • Arrange your Logos desktop any way you like: resources, guides, documents, etc.
  • Choose the Layouts menu (A).
  • Click Save as named layout (B).

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  • Type a name for the layout in the box (C).
  • Press Enter to save the name.

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To load a saved layout:

  • Choose the Layouts menu (D).
  • Click the name of a layout from the left side (E).

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The exact Logos desktop you saved opens right back up! You can save as many of these personalized layouts as you like.

Here’s what I really want to explain, though.

After working with a specific layout, you’ll probably make changes to it. For instance, let’s say a Bible in the layout was open to Romans 8, but now you’ve moved on to chapter 9. When you reload the layout, you’ll want the Bible to be in chapter 9, not where you were before. Luckily, it’s easy: all you have to do is resave the layout, much like saving changes to a Word document before closing it.

Here’s a nice little shortcut for updating or resaving a layout:

  • Type update active layout in the Command box (F).

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  • Drag update active layout from the dropdown list that appears under the Command box (G) to the Shortcuts bar (H).

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  • Note that Logos places a new icon on the Shortcuts bar (I).

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Now, anytime you want to save changes to an open layout, you can just click this icon before you clear the desktop!

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Logos 5: Website Links on the Shortcuts Bar

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

You probably know that the customizable Shortcuts bar (the space between the Command box and Layouts menu) houses links to your favorites resources, guides, tools, etc. But did you know you can also use it to store websites?

That’s right! If you want to save links to the sites for your church, school, or ministry, here’s all you have to do:

1. Use your favorite browser to navigate to a web page:

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2. And drag the favicon (the image to the left of the web address) (A) to the Shortcuts bar (B):

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You’re done! Notice that Logos adds an icon to your toolbar (C).

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Now, anytime you want to quickly jump from Logos to a website, you can just click the shortcut icon.

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Logos 5: Displaying Strong’s Numbers

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

In a recent Camp Logos, I was explaining how to do word studies with lemmas and Louw-Nida numbers. During a break, a participant pulled me aside to ask this question:

I see the value of what you’re teaching, but I cut my teeth on Strong’s numbers. Are these numbers still available in Logos, and if so, what’s the best way to see them?

If you, too, are fond of Strong’s numbers, I have good news for you: those numbers are indeed present in Logos, and they’re easily accessible!

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse-interlinear option, such as the Lexham English Bible.
  • Navigate to a passage (A).
  • Click the Display link on the Bible’s toolbar (B).

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  • Check the Inline, Surface, and Strong’s Numbers boxes (C).

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  • Notice that the Strong’s numbers are placed underneath the biblical words (D).
  • Click a Strong’s number to open your highest-prioritized dictionary containing an article for that number! (E)

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Logos 5: Collection Rule for Lexicons

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

One of the keys to effective Logos searching is creating collections, which allow us to search within targeted groups of books, not the entire library. Toward that end, a Logos user recently emailed me this question:

I’m trying to set up a collection for my Hebrew and Greek Lexicons. What’s the rule for such a collection?

Let’s walk through the steps for creating two collections, one for Hebrew lexicons and the other for Greek:

  • Choose Tools | Collections.
  • Assign a specific name to the collection, such as Hebrew Lexicons (A) or Greek Lexicons (B).
  • Enter this text in the Rule box:
    • For Hebrew lexicons: type:lexicon AND title:(Hebrew,old) (C).
    • For Greek lexicons: type:lexicon AND title:(Greek,new) (D).
  • Close the Collections panel.

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Here’s what’s going on:

  • All Hebrew and Greek dictionaries are classified according to the type lexicon (E).
  • So we begin the rule by instructing Logos to look in the Type field for the word lexicon (F).
  • We then add the AND command (G), because we’re also going to instruct Logos to simultaneously look in another field—specifically, the Title field (H).
  • In the Title field, we’re asking Logos to locate resources with the word:
    • Hebrew or Old (I)
    • Greek or New (J)

So, to summarize:

  • For Hebrew lexicons, we’re finding resources with the type lexicon and, at the same time, the word Hebrew or Old in the title, such as A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament or Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.
  • For Greek lexicons, we’re finding resources with the type lexicon and, at the same time, the word Greek or New in the title, such as A Concise Greek–English Dictionary of the New Testament or The Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament

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Logos 5: How to Resize Panels with the Highlighting Tab

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

The Tools menu houses a variety of Logos features, each of which opens a certain way on the Logos desktop. For example:

  • Passage Analysis opens in a floating window.
  • Collections opens in a typical panel.
  • History opens in a “locked” panel.

It’s the locked panel I want to discuss with you, because if you’re not aware of this little trick, resizing can be challenging.

  • Choose Tools | Highlighting.
  • Notice that the Highlighting panel locks into place on the left side of the screen (A).

When you place your cursor on the border line of the panel, you’ll notice that you can’t resize like you can a typical panel (B). (You can drag the Highlighting tab to reposition the panel, but that doesn’t resize it the way we want.)

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So try this:

  • Close the Highlighting panel.
  • Choose the Tools menu again.
  • Click and hold Highlighting.
  • Drag Highlighting around the Logos desktop.
  • Notice how different portions of the desktop highlight in blue (C).

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  • Release the mouse.
  • Notice that the blue area becomes a typical panel housing Highlighting (D).

You can now easily resize the Highlighting panel, because it’s not locked into place (E).

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Try dragging other features on the Tools menu, such as History, Information, Bible Facts, or Power Lookup. I think you’ll enjoy the flexibility that dragging provides!

Logos 5: Locate Biblical Occurrences of a Sense

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

The Bible Sense Lexicon dataset (available in the Gold base package and higher) helps you disambiguate Hebrew and Greek words. For example, the Greek kosmos, usually translated world, has multiple senses; what does it mean in John 3:16? That’s where the Bible Sense Lexicon comes in—it connects the text to specific, contextual meanings.

At Camp Logos, I was recently asked how to find all possible meanings of a Hebrew or Greek word and all the places where those meanings appear in Scripture. Here’s a way to achieve those ends. (Stay with me—there are several steps.)

To see the specific sense of a word:

  • Open your favorite Bible (we’ll use the LEB) to the passage you’re interested in. Let’s use Luke 13:32, where Jesus says “I will complete my work” (A).

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  • Right-click the word complete (B).
  • Notice, in the context menu, that the BSL assigns the sense “to finish” to the underlying Greek word (C)

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To see all possible senses of a word and the verses in which they occur:

  • Right-click the word (D).
  • Select Lemma [the Greek word] in the context menu (E).
  • Select Search this resource (F).

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  • Click Analysis to view all occurrences of the Greek lemma in a spreadsheet (G).
  • Right-click any column header in the spreadsheet (H).
  • Make sure that at least Reference and Sense are checked (I).

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  • Drag the column header Sense to the area above the column headers. (Mac users: hold down the Option key as you drag the header.) (J)
  • Right-click an arrow to the left of a sense (K).
  • Select Collapse all (L).

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  • Notice that all the occurrences of the Greek lemma are grouped according to the senses of the word (M).

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  • Then display all the biblical appearances of a meaning by clicking the arrow to its left (N)

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Again, just for emphasis: in this Analysis view, you’re looking at all possible senses (meanings) of the Greek lemma teleioo and all the places where each sense appears in the Bible!

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Logos 5: Alignment Indicators in the Reverse Interlinear

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

A Logos user recently emailed me this question:

How can I find out what the symbols (arrows, bullets, etc.) mean in the reverse interlinear?

Fortunately, I’ve examined this in volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual, so I sent the questioner the following image from the book:

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If you find this helpful, I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy both volume 1 and volume 2 of the Logos Bible Software Training Manual. Together, these volumes discuss most of Logos’ features in detail and illustrate them with numerous screenshots.

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Logos 5.2a: Updates to Library View

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

Logos 5.2a recently came out. It introduces several changes, including enhancements to the View and Prioritize features.

The view icon has been replaced by a dropdown list with three options:

  • Cover displays a thumbnail preview of each resource.
  • Tile presents the resources in a simple list.
  • Details organizes the resources in a customizable spreadsheet.

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The Library remains in “browse” mode; therefore, the Browse link has been removed, while the Prioritize (B) link toggles the Prefer these resources pane on and off, so you can easily designate your favorite resources (C).

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You can see all the changes in 5.2a here.

If you haven’t downloaded this free update, just type update now in the Command box and press Enter!

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