Logos 6: Study Bibles in the Passage Guide

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 fellow Logos user recently presented me with this scenario:

I’m a big fan of the commentaries section in the Passage Guide. I noticed that my study Bibles are included in the section. Is there an easy way to list my study Bibles separately from the commentaries?

The answer is yes! In fact, it can be accomplished with a couple of different methods. What follows is one simple way to achieve what they want.

First, create a collection of study Bibles:

  • Choose Tools | Collections
  • Name the collection Study Bibles (A)
  • Place this in the rule boxtype:“Bible Notes” (Logos groups study Bibles and a few miscellaneous resources in the Type called Bible Notes) (B)
  • Drag any resources you wish to exclude from this collection from the Resulting Collection list to the Minus these resources section (C)

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  • Close the Collections panel

Next, generate a Passage Guide report:

  • Choose Guides | Passage Guide
  • Type a reference in the box, like John 1:1 (D)

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  • Press the Enter key to generate the report

Now, select Study Bibles in the Commentaries section:

  • Rest the cursor on the commentaries section title bar (E)
  • Click the Settings link that appears to the right (F)

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  • Select Study Bibles from the drop-down list (G)

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  • Notice only study Bibles now appear in the list! (H)

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With this method, selecting Study Bibles from the Settings list is necessary for each Passage Guide report. You can, however, create a custom template on the Guides menu to permanently add the Study Bibles section to it.

For more in-depth discussion about all the Bible study guides as well as custom templates, place your pre-order for the new Logos 6 Training Manual: Volumes 1 and 2.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia (Atlanta area).

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For how advanced it is, Logos is pleasantly intuitive. You can pick it up and run with it when you need to, and when you want to do deeper, more powerful Bible study, Logos has all the capabilities you need.

For those who want to go further, we host a digital gathering from time to time—a training webinar where together we learn about the capabilities of this incredible tool. Sometimes we cover basics, and sometimes we range a little further. We always learn something new, and you’re invited to join us.

Check out our most recent training event:

Our most recent webinar—the first after a brief hiatus during the launch of Logos 6—featured Dr. Steve Runge, a scholar-in-residence here at Faithlife. Dr. Runge walked us through the scholarship behind the popular and growing High Definition Commentary series, which invites even English-only students of the Bible to explore the Greek text.

You can view this and all previous events at Logos.com/Webinar-Archive. Keep your ears open for the webinar-only coupon code that unlocks great savings on Dr. Runge’s books!

And while you’re at it, join the webinar email list so that you’ll be among the first to know when future events are planned.

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Logos 6: Create Quick Collections to Improve Searching

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.

At Camp Logos, I often tell students that the challenge with Logos is not too little information, but too much information. For example, managing the results coming at us when we search all of our resources at once can be a steep hill to climb.

One secret to effective searching is creating multiple collections (user-created groupings of books used primarily for searching) and then only searching one collection at a time. At Camp Logos, I’ll encourage you to create two major types of collections:

  • Subject-matter collections, like history books or theology books
  • Author collections, like Tozer books or Piper books

By proactively creating these collections and searching only one at a time, you’ll retrieve information in more manageable portions.

Let’s imagine, however, that we forgot to create a collection, but we find ourselves in the midst of study only wanting to examine ethics books or resources written by Alfred Edersheim. In times like these, we can utilize quick collections in Logos 6.

For example, let’s imagine we’re studying sanctification in 1 Corinthians 1:30:

  • Open a Bible, like the ESV, to 1 Corinthians 1:30 (A)
  • Right click the word sanctification (B)
  • Select from the context menu the English word sanctification (C)
  • Select Search all resources (D)

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Notice that the search panel opens with thousands of hits, which is overwhelming (E). We then decide we just want to search ethics books, but we haven’t previously created that collection.

So try this:

  • Click the resources-to-search drop-down list, which currently says All Resources (F)

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  • Type this simple collection rule in the Find box: subject:ethics (G)
  • Select the line indicating the number of resources matching the rule (H)

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  • Notice that Logos automatically searches just those resources, which produces fewer hits (I)
  • Click the resources-to-search drop-down list again (J)

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  • Type this collection rule in the Find box: author:edersheim (K)
  • Select the line indicating the number of resources matching the rule (L)

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  • Notice again that Logos automatically searches just those resources (M)

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All of the rules we employ to create official collections on the Tools menu work here in the Find box to create quick collections! These quick collections are temporary and are no substitute for official collections, but they can be very helpful to streamline searching on the fly.

For thorough instructions on using all of Logos 6′s tools, place your pre-order for the Logos 6 Training Manual: Volumes 1 & 2.

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia (Atlanta area).

Logos 6: Display Parallel Passages from the Gospels

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.

I remember years ago preparing a sermon on Jesus’ Gethsemane prayer. During my study, I discovered that all four Gospel writers spoke of this event.

Since at the time I didn’t own a harmony of the Gospels (a book presenting in parallel columns the same event from various gospels) here’s what I did. I started off turning the pages in my Bible back and forth from Matthew to Mark to Luke to John and then back to Matthew. After a few paper cuts, I devised a better plan. I photocopied the Gethsemane verses from each Gospel and taped them together side by side. I made my own harmony!

That homemade harmony severed its purpose for that message, but thankfully today in Logos 6 there’s a much improved method—the Parallel Gospel Reader.

Here’s one way to use it:

  • Select the tools menu (A)
  • Click All interactive resources (B)

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  • Click Parallel Gospel Reader (this interactive resource is only available in Logos 6 Gold and higher) (C)

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  • Select a Bible, such as the English Standard Version, from the drop-down list (this Bible will be used to display the verses) (D)
  • Select a harmony from the drop-down list, such as A Harmony of the Gospels by A.T. Robertson (E)
  • Notice the table of contents displaying events in the life of Jesus (F)

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  • Jump to the Gethsemane prayer using either of these methods:
    • Scroll to section 152 (G), or
    • Type a reference from the event, such as John 18:1, in the reference box (H) and press the Enter key

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  • Click the section title to display the verses (I)
  • Notice the accounts of the same event from different Gospel writers

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I encourage you to carefully read the various accounts of Jesus’ prayer in the garden several times. As you do, you’ll see that Matthew, Mark, and Luke each present different details about the agonizing prayer. Matthew uses words like troubledvery sorrowful even unto death, and fell on his face. Mark adds greatly distressed and Abba. Luke writes knelt down, angel from heaven strengthening him, and his sweat became like great drops of blood. All three refer to this cup.

By comparing and contrasting these various accounts, you’ll discover this agonizing prayer was not a brief, easy time of reelection as is often portrayed; this was a spiritual wrestling match!

So as you’re studying the Gospels, forget the paper and tape, but don’t forget this helpful interactive resource that quickly displays parallel passages from various harmonies of the Gospels.

For more detailed information about working with interactive resources, as well as the rest of Logos 6′s new tools, check out these new Logos 6 training materials:

And for live, hands-on training, be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia (Atlanta area).

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Explore Logos 6′s new tools and updates with authorized Logos trainer Morris Proctor. He provides clear, step-by-step instructions to help you get the most out of your software. This video series also shows you the changes between Logos 5 and 6, allowing you to quickly master the new functions in Logos 6 and incorporate them into your own study.

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Learn from Morris Proctor

Logos 6: What’s New? is written by Morris Proctor—certified and authorized Logos Bible Software trainer. He has been a pastor and expository teacher for more than 20 years. Logos Bible Software revolutionized his personal study, and he’s devoted his company, MP Seminars, to teaching others how to do the same. His vision is to help all Logos users have the ability to realize Logos’ full potential.

Proctor is practiced in explaining and teaching Logos. He has written several training manuals, conducted training seminars, and led Logos demonstrations around the country. He has trained hundreds of users—including pastors, Christian educators, military chaplains, professors, and students alike.

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Logos 6: What’s New? walks you through Logos 6′s changes and new features step by step. Plus, you can use the digital manual side by side with your software and follow along!

The digital manual includes:

  • Easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions
  • Numerous screenshots illustrating written explanations
  • Tours of all the new Logos 6 features
  • Explanations of changes from Logos 5

This manual will help you save time trying to understand all of Logos 6′s enhancements, and instead find the answers you need so you can get the most out of your Bible study.

Also be sure you check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Video Training. This training is a comprehensive video series loaded with more than eight hours of content and 175 videos. These videos were created to help users fully (and visually) understand Logos 6′s new tools.

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Logos 6: Instantly Create High-Quality Slides

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.

Years ago in a Christian education class in college, my professor commented, “If overhead projectors were available during the time of Christ, he would have used one.” His point was that Jesus incorporated visuals in his teaching. Think about just a few examples:

  • “Consider the lilies of the field . . .” —Matthew 6:28
  • “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have? . . .” —Luke 20:24
  • “I am the vine; you are the branches. . . .” —John 15:5

A well-placed image can communicate volumes. As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Today during our preaching and teaching sessions we employ visual media slides and projectors to enhance a message.

Knowing the popularity of such visuals, Logos 6 offers a tool that makes fast work of creating slides based on text or images from our Logos resources or even just text we input manually! This tool, Visual Copy, prepares slides suitable for use in Proclaim Church Presentation Software or PowerPoint, or even as standalone graphics.

Try this:

  • Open any Bible to Joshua 1:8 (A)
  • Right click any word within the verse (B)
  • Select from the context menu Joshua 1:8 (C)
  • Select Visual Copy (D)

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  • Notice the Visual Copy tool opens with Joshua 1:8 already placed on a slide (E)
  • Select, if desired, a different template from the left sidebar (F)
  • Select an aspect ratio (G)
  • Select:
    • Copy to place the image on the clipboard, which will then be ready to paste into a document (H)
    • Save as to save the slide as an image file (I)
    • Send to to export it to Proclaim or PowerPoint (J)
    • An icon to share it (K)

morris-proctor-instantly-create-professional-slides-2You’ll also discover that Visual Copy appears on the context menu from within any resource. For example, right click some selected text in a resource, then select Visual Copy from the context menu to create a slide with the text you just selected!

For more detailed information about working with Visual Copy, as well as the rest of Logos 6′s new tools, check out these new Logos 6 training materials:

Also be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Columbus, Georgia.

Logos 6: Locate Verses for a Character Study

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 character study is a very rewarding type of Bible study. A character study is finding all mentions of a person in the Bible and then examining the characteristics of his or her life.

The challenge to this method of research is locating all biblical references to a person! That challenge just got easier with Logos 6. Let’s imagine we want to investigate Barnabas throughout the New Testament. Our research begins with listing of all mentions of the man. Try this:

  • Open a Bible, like the ESV
  • Navigate to a passage of Scripture which mentions the man Barnabas, such as Acts 4:36 (A)
  • Right click on a word referring to Barnabas, such as Joseph—his real name (B)
  • Select from the content menu Barnabas Person (C)
  • Select a search option, such as Search this resource (inline) (D)

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  • Notice only the verses referencing Barnabas now appear in the resource panel (E)

morris-proctor-locate-verses-for-a-character-study-2 As you move through the Inline Search hits, you’ll see that Barnabas is not only referred to by name, but also as good man, apostlecompanion, and more.

We have just combined the referent dataset with a right-click Inline Search to quickly locate all the times a person is mentioned in the Bible. A thorough examination of these verses will now yield some encouraging insights about this man of God in the early church!

For more detailed information about working with Inline Search, as well as the rest of Logos 6′s new tools, check out these new Logos 6 training materials:

Also be sure to register for an upcoming Camp Logos live training seminar, including events in Houston, TexasOklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Columbus, Georgia.

Understand the Biblical World with Logos 6’s Cultural Concepts Tool

cultural-concepts-tool-logos-6With Logos 6, you get innovative tools that help you discover biblical insights by identifying connections that were difficult to find. One of these tools is Cultural Concepts.

Cultural Concepts leverages a brand-new dataset that’s the first of its kind in the world of biblical studies. Before this tool existed, you’d have to manually identify connections between the biblical text and extrabiblical literature that provided additional background and explanation on that passage’s cultural context.

But with Cultural Concepts, those connections are already established for you.

How to access Cultural Concepts

There are two primary ways to use this tool in your studies. The first way you can access Cultural Concepts is through the Passage Guide—this is the best approach when you’re preparing a sermon or Bible study lesson on a specific passage. The Passage Guide links to Factbook entries for each cultural concept—just navigate to the Cultural Concepts section in the Factbook, and you’ll get links to ancient literature, Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, and more. The second way is to simply right click any cultural concept right within your Bible’s text. If a cultural concept is tagged, it will show up in your context menu, and you can click on it to open its Factbook entry for further exploration.

The importance of cultural context

David Witthoff, team lead for the dataset’s creation, explains how Cultural Concepts came about:

The project started with a goal to help users find relevant cultural material that may be related to a passage they are studying. We thought that having a sort of index where ‘marriage’ or ‘sacrifice’ occurred, we could help students of the Bible find other examples of similar practices. By bringing these connections to users, we offer a way to make comparisons and contrasts between the Bible and the ancient world . . .

It was also created because there isn’t really a way to search conceptually. You can find keywords through word searches, but we went a level higher than this with concepts because the same words aren’t always used in relation to one concept.

Identifying the meaning behind cultural concepts helps you understand the biblical world in its ancient context. This tool delivers relevant cultural information from a world so different from ours today; it helps us develop a fuller, more comprehensive interpretation so that we can apply our findings to our lives, guiding modern application of biblical texts.

To see how to use Cultural Concepts, check out this step-by-step video tutorial:

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