Quickly Discover an Author’s View of a Passage

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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.

If you’re like me, when you study a topic or passage you want to know what a specific author thinks about it. What are A.W. Tozer’s insights on worship? What does John Wesley or Charles Spurgeon say about John 3:16? It’s easy to zero in on a specific author’s views in Logos—simply create and search an author collection. You can create one with these simple steps [Read more…]

Do You Skip This Important Bible-Study Step?

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Scripture tells the stories of real people living in real places. Abraham left his father’s home in Ur, sojourned in Egypt, and was buried in the cave of Machpeleh. David was anointed by Samuel in Bethlehem, ruled for seven years from Hebron, and spent the rest of his reign in Jerusalem. Jesus performed a miracle at Cana, travelled through Samaria, and appeared on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection.

These aren’t fictitious places made up for a story. They’re real locations you can find on a map. That’s why a good biblical atlas is an essential tool for understanding the geographical and cultural context of the biblical world. [Read more…]

How to Hide Chapter and Verse 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.

As you probably know, chapter and verse numbers were not added to the Bible until the 13th and 16th centuries, respectively. While these numbers certainly help us navigate through Scripture, sometimes they may hinder us from seeing the natural flow of the text as it was originally written. For example, Paul sent to the saints in Ephesus a letter which has been divided into six chapters. Perhaps we think a chapter launches a new idea, but consider the phrases which begin verse one in chapters 2-6:

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Get the Most Out of Commentaries in Logos

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I remember writing exegetical papers before I used Logos. My desk sagged under the weight of bulky commentaries. My notes were scattered across legal pads and word processor documents. I was constantly flipping between my Nestle-Aland, Biblia Hebraica, and English translations and commentaries.

Now I can access hundreds of commentaries on my computer with just a few keystrokes—and all my notes and highlights are clean and organized. But that’s not the half of it. In Logos, my commentaries are crazy powerful.

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Get the Most out of Logos with Logos Academic Training

49558With a research tool as powerful as Logos, having a guide show you how to use it to its fullest potential is a must. More valuable still is having this guide available down the road—when you really need it.

In LT161 Logos Academic Training, certified trainer Morris Proctor teams up with Mobile Ed to show you how to use Logos 6’s new tools and essential features to do the research you need, whenever you need. In addition to the training videos, you receive word-for-word transcripts that integrate into your Logos library. So when it’s late at night, your deadline is tomorrow, and you can’t remember how to find all of the places King David is quoted in the New Testament, just search your library and you’ll find a video like this waiting to help you.

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Reveal the Poetic Structure of the Psalms in Seconds

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C.S. Lewis once said, “The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.”

Poetry has the unique power to evoke the vast and varied expanse of human emotion. And the Psalms have it all—from fiery, righteous indignation to wild, unbridled joy and profound bewilderment.

How do they do it? What is it about these ancient songs that still captures our hearts, and, like Lewis said, compels us to delight in God?

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This Feature Makes Searching Your Logos Library a Breeze

One of the greatest benefits of Logos is the ability to find anything in your library.

When you open the Search panel and set the search type to Basic (A), you can select All Resources (B) or Everything (C).

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I’m often asked, “What’s the difference between these two search types?”

Simply put, All Resources searches all of your books while Everything searches all of your books plus the Factbook, Atlas, Community Tags, and more!

Imagine you’re studying Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 26:36. When you read that he was in the Garden of Gethsemane you say to yourself, “I know I need info about Gethsemane, but what do I need—and where do I start?”

In times like these, try an Everything Search:

  • Open a Bible to Matthew 26:36 (D)
  • Right click on the word Gethsemane (E)
  • Select the English word Gethsemane on the right side of Context menu (F)
  • Select Search: everything from the left side of the context menu (G)

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When the Search opens, it is set to Basic (H) and Everything (J). As you peruse the search results, notice:

  • Preferred Bible lists occurrences of the word in your designated Bible (J)
  • Factbook links you to reports containing your word (K)
  • Topic shows links to articles about your word (L)
  • Media displays images related to your word (M)
  • Atlas Results provides links to relevant maps (N)
  • Library Results presents every occurrence of your word in the Library (the same as searching All Resources) (O)

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As you can see, the Everything Search provides a buffet of choices to further your study.

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Logos Pro—It’s Friday Night & Your Sermon Isn’t Working

In two days, you’ll stand behind the pulpit and preach from John 12—the beautiful story of Mary anointing the feet of Jesus.

It’s Friday night, but Sunday’s sermon just hasn’t come together yet.

After hours of studying the text—consulting commentaries, doing word studies, and wrestling with the literary context—you’ve hit a wall. What are you missing?

There’s got to be more to this passage, and you have a hunch that it has something to do with the cultural phenomenon of anointing. You know that in the ancient world of Jesus, anointing was both profoundly important and commonplace.

If you could just access other ancient literature and biblical texts that deal with this cultural concept, you’d have a strong grasp of the significance of Mary’s anointing of Jesus.

But time is running out.

Get everything instantly with the Logos 6 Cultural Concepts tool

The Cultural Concepts tool in Logos 6 quickly reveals cultural concepts of the biblical world such as music, food, death practices, economic structures, marriage rituals—and, yes: anointing. We’ve cataloged more than 1,000 cultural concepts across 80,000 hand-labeled tags! Because the Logos team has done the research for you, contextual work that used to take hours can now be done in seconds by anyone.

Watch as I show you how this feature gathers literature on cultural concepts relevant to the text you’re studying—all in one place.

Get the resources you need

When you pull up the Cultural Concepts tool in your passage guide, Logos draws together literature from across your Logos library. Here are some resources that have been a huge help to me as I’ve investigated cultural concepts in Scripture.

  • Cultural Concepts Collection—We’ve hand-tagged a slew of resources with cultural concepts—and this 20-volume collection curates the indispensable resources you didn’t know you needed until now. You’ll find everything from the Pseudepigrapha and the Dead Sea Scrolls study edition to Hallo’s and Younger’s comprehensive The Context of Scripture.
  • IVP Bible Dictionaries Bundle—These eight volumes from InterVaristy Press give you nearly 9,000 pages of historical and cultural background to power the Cultural Concepts section in the Passage Guide.
  • Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary—This is it: the gold standard of Bible dictionaries. Your Logos library is incomplete without it—and the Logos team has tagged this authoritative resource to power your research of cultural concepts.
  • The Social World of Ancient Israel—This resource looks at the most prominent social institutions of early Israel, and then shows how properly understanding them is essential for sound biblical interpretation.

Get started right now!

The Cultural Concept tool is available in Logos 6 Bronze and above, but to get the most out of this tool, I recommend Logos 6 Gold or higher. Get started with Logos 6 and Cultural Concepts now.

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Logos Pro—How to Cut Down Your Prep Time with Inline Search

When I was in full-time ministry, I had to preach or teach as many as three times a week. I was committed to making every single sermon and lesson based on careful exegesis of God’s Word. That meant paying careful attention to the original languages.

But when you’re preparing that much material in a given week, switching between all those resources can really drain away the time you could be using to get to the meat of a biblical text. Being really thorough means scouring mammoth volumes for every occurrence of a word or phrase in the original language.

I love studying the Bible, but with so many responsibilities, I’m always looking for ways to cut down on my prep time and get to the meaning of a passage, faster.

Inline Search makes it easier

Recently I sat down with Todd Bishop, one of our Logos Pros. He showed me that with Logos 6, I can search the underlying Greek or Hebrew without ever leaving my English Bible. Watch Todd show you how it’s done:


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Power your search with these resources

To get the most out of Logos 6 and Inline Search, you need a library full of top-notch resources. I asked Todd what he recommends. Here are his top choices:

    • Biblia Hebraica—the definitive edition of the Hebrew Bible.
    • Nestle-Aland 28—If Biblia Hebraica is the definitive Hebrew Bible, Nestle-Aland is the go-to Greek New Testament. Chances are, you already have both of these resources on your shelf, but if you want to search them the way Todd’s shown you, add them to your Logos library.
    • Lexham Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible—If you want the kind of rich mark-up you saw in the video above, you need something like the Lexham Hebrew-English Interlinear Bible in your library. This resource reveals the original languages hidden beneath the English translation.
    • Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT)—Todd says you can even perform an Inline Search in your commentaries. One of my personal favorites is BECNT—one of the most respected scholarly, evangelical commentaries out there.

Get started with Inline Search today!

Inline Search is included in the Logos 6 Core Engine. But to get the most out of this tool, I recommend Logos 6 Bronze or higher. Get started with Logos 6 and the Factbook now.

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Logos 6: How to Use and Hide Auto Bookmarks

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 sent me this inquiry:

As I’m navigating through resources, I notice hash marks in the scroll bar area. What are they? Can I hide them?

Officially they’re called Auto Bookmarks and, yes, they may be hidden.

Think of the Auto Bookmarks as the “dog ears” we make on pages in print editions. We dog ear a page so we can easily return to it. Logos automatically dog ears locations for us in our resources. These dog ears or Auto Bookmarks are basically the recent history in a resource.

For Example:

  • Open your preferred Bible
  • Notice the hash marks in the scroll bar area (A)

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  • Rest the cursor on a hash mark to preview a previous location you’ve visited in the Bible (B)

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  • Click the hash mark to jump to the location (C)

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To hide Auto Bookmarks:

  • Chose Tools | Program Settings (D)
  • Set Show Auto and Favorite Bookmarks in the General section to No (E)

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Please note, selecting No does not erase the Auto Bookmarks, but merely hides them(F). In the future, if you select Yes, all of the previous Auto Bookmarks will return.

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