Logos 6: Study a Topic with the Sense Section

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 the celebration of our Lord’s birth approaches, let’s imagine we want to execute a topical study on angels, who appeared frequently during the early pages of the Gospels. A significant part of this topical study can originate with the new Logos 6 Sense Section found in the Bible Word Study tool. (Please note that not all base packages include this feature.)

Let’s walk through a practical example of using this helpful tool:

  • Open a Bible, such as the ESV, to Luke 2:8, which begins the pericope of an angel visiting the shepherds (A)
  • Right click the word angel in verse 9 (B)
  • Select the lemma ἄγγελος‚ angelos (C)
  • Select Bible Word Study (D)

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  • Navigate to the Sense Section, which houses the senses ring (E)
  • Notice the lemma in the center of the ring and the two senses (or meanings) of this word, angel and messenger, as assigned in the Biblical Word Senses dataset (F)
  • Observe the listing of the same two meanings (G) underneath the ring (H)
  • Here’s how to read the different sets of numbers:
    • The numbers to the immediate right of a meaning represent the number of times that meaning occurs in relationship to the total number of occurrences of the lemma (H). For example, ἄγγελος‚ angelos occurs 175 times in the ESV New Testament and 164 times it has the sense angel.
    • The numbers to the far right of a meaning represent the number of times that lemma occurs with that meaning in relationship to the total number of occurrences of that meaning throughout Scripture (I)

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  • For example, ἄγγελος, angelos with the sense messenger occurs seven times in the Bible, but the meaning messenger occurs 92 times, which means in the other 85 occurrences other Hebrew and/or Greek lemmas have the meaning messenger
  • Click the arrow to the left of a meaning like messenger (J) to reveal:
    • An expanded explanation of the sense (K)
    • The verses where the lemma ἄγγελος‚ angelos has the meaning messenger (L)
    • Other lemmas tagged with the same sense messenger (M)
  • Click a lemma in the expanded section to generate a Bible Word Study report for that specific Hebrew or Greek word (N)

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By generating and studying Bible Word Study reports for the various Hebrew and Greek lemmas translated angel, you’ll be well on your way to a biblical understanding of the subject angels! Of course, you can perform the same type of study for any topic you like, such as worshipjoy, or grace.

For complete written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Tampa and Houston.

Logos 6: Wikipedia

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 most popular websites on the Internet is Wikipedia, which is a free, user-edited online encyclopedia. This storehouse of information continues to grow in popularity and accuracy. If you’re like me, you’re constantly checking it for quick facts about almost any subject under the sun, even while studying the Bible.

Logos’ software developers recognized Wikipedia’s widespread influence among users and therefore decided to bring the information from the site right into Logos itself. As a utility, Wikipedia can be opened directly from the tools menu:

  • Choose Tools | Wikipedia
  • Type a subject in the reference box (A)
  • Press the Enter key to generate the retrieval
  • Notice Logos searches the Wikipedia site for your article and places it within its own Logos panel (B)

morris-proctor-wikipedia-71.1 As a shortcut, open Wikipedia from the context menu within any resource or guide:

  • Right click a word within a resource (A) or a hyperlink in a guide (B)
  • Select your text selection (C)
  • Select Wikipedia (D)
  • Notice the Wikipedia article is generated automatically within its own panel

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For complete written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Tennessee.

Logos 6: Passage Links in Guides

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.

Looking up biblical cross-references in print books is tedious and time consuming—having to turn page after page after page. With Logos, cross-reference work has always been a breeze. Click a link, and Logos looks up the verse in your preferred Bible. And in Logos 6, cross-reference work just got even easier. Scattered throughout various guides are individual sections with biblical cross-references, such as:

  • Passage Guide | Cross References
  • Sermon Starter Guide | Passages
  • Topic Guide | Related Verses (A)

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Now at the bottom of such sections, you’ll see two links:

  • Save as Passage List, which places all the cross-references in a new Passage List document (B)
  • Open passages in your preferred Bible (C), which places these verses in a temporary filter in your preferred Bible’s panel (much like an Inline Search(D); click the Remove filter link in the Bible to return it to a normal view (E
     
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For complete written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Arizona or Tennessee.

Logos 6: Factbook

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.

Just like the CIA publishes The World Factbook with facts and figures about the countries of the world, Logos 6 presents the Factbook (replacing Bible Facts in Logos 5), which produces reports about biblical people, places, things, and events, as well as a host of other subjects. In addition to being opened from numerous hyperlinks throughout the program and the Context menu, the Factbook is housed and accessed from the Tools menu.

Try this:

  • Choose Tools | Factbook
  • Type a subject in the box (A), such as a:
    • Biblical book, like Ephesians
    • Biblical person, like Moses
    • Biblical place, like Jericho
    • Biblical thing, like sandal
    • Biblical event, like feed 5000
    • Biographical person, like John Wesley
    • Topic, like baptism
    • Cultural concept, like marriage
    • Preaching theme, like mercy
  • Select your desired item from the drop-down list (or press the Enter key if your item is already highlighted in the list) (B)

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The various sections in a report differ depending on the subject under study, but expect to see information types like:

  • Media
  • Dictionary articles
  • Search results from your library
  • Referent dataset
  • Community tags
  • Miscellaneous links to Wikipedia and searches

For quick access to the Factbook, right click a word in a Bible and open the Factbook from the Context menu! The more you use it, the more you’ll be impressed with this goldmine of information neatly organized in a hyperlinked article for almost any subject related to biblical studies.

For complete written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Arizona or Tennessee.

Faithlife Groups’ Collaborative Power Has Come to Logos 6

Faithlife-logoFaithlife Groups serve as the digital home for your faith community. They offer tremendous collaborative power, including document sharing, prayer listsnewsletters, and more!

With Logos 6, that power is now available directly inside the software through the Groups Tool.

You can find it in the tools menu alongside the other social tools. Just like any other tool in the menu, you can click to open or click, hold, and drag to a specific location in your workspace.

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With the Groups Tool, you can easily interact with all of your groups. Just use the drop-down menu to quickly switch between groups. Inside each group, navigate between three view options: news, Community Notes, and documents. Reply to existing posts inline, or create a new post using the pencil in the top right corner.

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The documents menu has long held the power to create useful Bible study documents. Faithlife Groups makes those documents collaborative. And now, thanks to the Groups Tool in Logos 6, that collaboration is possible without ever leaving your software.

And Faithlife Groups is chock-full of groups studying the Word together using Logos 6. You can join in with one of them or start a new one.

Let us recommend a Logos 6 base package to meet your study needs, then collaborate with your Faithlife Groups from within the software using the Groups Tool.

Studying Scripture in Context: Why It Matters and How to Do It

studying-scripture-in-context-logos-6Regardless of where you are in your Bible study—from eager novice to sophisticated scholar—you’ve no doubt come across an obscure or confusing passage, word, image, or practice.

The Bible is filled with images and cultural references that meant a lot to the ancient Eastern mind, but are flat-out dumbfounding today, which—unfortunately for us—means a lot of Scripture’s messages and practices get lost in translation.

Let’s look at the big picture: the Bible was written over a period of about 2,000 years, by about 40 authors with vastly different personalities and cultural backgrounds, and in three different languages—Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.

Every biblical author is writing from a different cultural perspective, so in order to truly understand what the Bible’s saying, you need to understand where the biblical author is coming from—you need to have a basic understanding of their culture and language, or else you won’t fully comprehend the underlying message.

The good news is that Logos 6 comes with the best contextual tools available, so even eager novices like myself (or all the sophisticated scholars whom I work with) can make amazing new discoveries.

Here are a few ways you can better understand the biblical world with Logos 6:

1. Explore ancient interpretations of Scripture

No other text has had a greater influence on Western thought than the Bible. So what better way to dig into the Bible’s culture than to explore its literary contemporaries? The new Ancient Literature tool connects Bible passages to ancient literature based on shared references, themes, and historical periods, and even goes so far as to make these connections based on allusions.

For example, say you’re studying Psalm 23 and you want a better understanding of what “God as shepherd” means. If you start with the Sense Section in your Factbook, you’ll see all the varying meanings of this title. And although you may imagine a shepherd as someone gentle, kind, and quiet, the Sense Section reveals a different perspective: in biblical times, “shepherd” meant citizenry, or a united entity or nation. It meant to lead, and it meant to rule and tend to your flock. The shepherd was a strong, formidable leader—not a meek guide.

You’ll also see several links to works by the Apostolic Fathers in the Ancient Literature section. If you open these works, you’ll see that for Clement of Alexandria, the flock’s relationship to the shepherd was all about humility, and not exalting yourself above others.

For Ignatius of Antioch, God as shepherd was about unity and truth: “Where the shepherd is, there follow like sheep. For many seemingly trustworthy wolves attempt, by means of wicked pleasure, to take captive the runners in God’s race; but in your unity they will find no opportunity.”

And for Hermas, God as shepherd represented a graceful man—someone who personally greeted him and sat down beside him clothed in white.

Do you see how much this fleshes out your understanding? You could just bypass a word like “shepherd,” not knowing the significance and intensity this figure represents—or, with Logos 6, you can get a fuller, richer perspective of its biblical meaning.

2. Understand the real meaning of biblical words

As we all know, words can have myriad meanings. You can explore a cave and you can cave in; you can go dancing at a club and hit a golf ball with a club; you could even eat a chip or get a chip in your windshield.

Alternate word meanings are not unique to modern languages, which is why Logos 6 includes the Sense Section—a new section in your Bible Word Study guide that shows every alternate meaning, or “sense,” of a Greek or Hebrew word, as well as where it occurs.

For example, the Greek and Hebrew word for “house,” can mean a physical house, a family, a people, a group, or a temple. With the Sense Section, you can see all these meanings and go straight to where they occur.

Let’s say you look up “light” in your Factbook—the Sense Section shows that the absence of light represents an “evil realm,” or “darkness.” So when God commands, “Let there be light,” he’s not just flipping the light switch—he’s casting hope in the darkness, he’s creating an oasis from sinfulness, and he’s doing away with ignorance of God; his presence rescues people from an evil realm.

Explore the biblical world with Logos 6

All these awesome tools amount to one awesome goal: better understanding the Word.

Dig into the biblical world and see how you can do more powerful Bible study: get 15% off Logos 6 today!

Logos 6: Weights and Measures Converter

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.

Sometimes biblical passages refer to measurements we just don’t use much, if ever, today. For example, in Genesis 6:15, the Lord instructed Noah to make the ark 300 cubits long. I don’t know about you, but I don’t ever refer to “cubits” in my normal conversations. So how long was the ark to be? The answer to the question is very easy to discover with Logos 6’s new interactive Weights and Measures Converter.

Try this:

  • Choose Tools | Weights and Measures Converter
  • Type in the Convert box the number of units to convert followed by the name of the unit of measurement, such as 300 cubits (A)
  • Select the desired item from the drop-down list (B)

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  • Notice that Logos displays various equivalents in words (C)

Since, however, a picture is worth 1,000 words, notice that this resource also portrays the equivalent in pictures! (D

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300 cubits is the equivalent of:

  • 12 city buses
  • 10 humpback whales
  • 7 semitrucks
  • 3 757 airliners

For written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual. or attend our in-depth Camp Logos in Arizona or Tennessee.

Logos 6: Bible Text Only

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.

Have you ever been reading a print Bible and thought to yourself, it sure would be nice to temporarily:

  • Hide the chapter and verse numbers
  • Arrange the text in list form rather than paragraph form
  • Remove the red letters

You can do all of that and more in Logos 6 with a visual filter called Bible Text Only. This tool has been in Logos for a long time, but it has greatly expanded in Logos 6. The text in most Bibles comes from the publisher with various features, such as:

  • Paragraphs
  • Character formatting, like red letter, italics, etc.
  • Cross-references
  • Pericope headings
  • Chapter and verse numbers

All of this and more can be toggled on and off with the Bible Text Only visual filter. Here’s how to use it:

  • Open a Bible
  • Click the visual filters icon on the Bible’s toolbar (A)
  • Select the Resource box (B)
  • Select Bible text only (C)
  • Uncheck:
    • Bible text formatting to remove all character formatting, such as red letter, italics, bold, etc. (D)
    • Chapter/Verse numbers to remove those numbers (E)
    • Footnote indicators to remove embedded cross-references (F)
    • Non-Bible text to remove pericope titles (G)
    • One verse per line to leave the Bible in paragraph form as opposed to each verse starting on a separate line when this option is checked (H)

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For written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual.

Or, to be one of the first to receive live training for Logos 6, attend an upcoming Camp Logos in California or New York.

Customize Your Desktop to Fit Your Workflow

Logos-6-Layouts-300pxWhen you start working in your new software, you’ll want to gather the tools and books you frequently use so you can keep them right at your fingertips. Since these are the resources you rely on for new insights and discoveries, you’ll always want them close at hand.

Track down your favorite tools and resources, then save them so you can quickly retrieve them without any hassle. The best way to do this is creating custom layouts.

Your software should fit your study, and layouts let you set your workspace exactly how you need it. Once you’ve created your layouts, you can jump right in and work efficiently, regardless of the task at hand.

With layouts, you’ll always be organized. When you first sit down to work, you won’t have to spend valuable time gathering individual resources. Plus, with a consistent, familiar workspace, you can stay focused on your studies rather than constantly rearranging your desktop to get the tools you need.

Check out this helpful tutorial where Todd, one of our Logos pros, walks you through layout creation:

 
Layouts can be as basic or as complex as you’d like—you can combine Logos 6 guides, Bible translations, commentaries, and more in the arrangement that makes the most sense for you.

You can also easily toggle between layouts created for different projects and types of study at any time. It’ll only take seconds to quickly transition from sermon prep to exegetical work to personal study. Your layouts are always readily available, so you can return to your presets whenever you’d like.

What’s your favorite layout? Share it on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #Logos6, and see what others are doing, too!

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If you don’t yet have Logos 6, get it now! You can choose your perfect base package at Logos.com/BasePackages, or give us a call at 800-875-6467.

Logos 6: Inline 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.

Logos 6 is here! Logos just released a new version, and it’s loaded with new features and enhancements. Please don’t panic, though—what you know about Logos 5 continues with you to Logos 6, but you’ll be impressed with Logos 6’s new functionality.

For example, you can now execute searches within a resource panel without having to open a separate search panel.

Try this new Logos 6 Inline Search:

  • Open any resource, such as The Lexham English Bible (LEB)
  • Navigate to a passage, like Luke 15:10 (A)
  • Click the Inline Search icon on the Bible’s toolbar (B)
  • Notice the search criteria opens at the top of the panel
  • Change the search fields and range from drop-down lists if you desire (C)
  • Type this text in the find box: “angels of God”(D)
  • Press the Enter key to generate your search results
  • Notice the only verses now visible in the LEB are the ones containing the phrase “angels of God” (E)

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  • Right click any word in the Bible (F) and you’ll discover this text is active, meaning it’s fully functional with all links and the context menu (G)
  • Click the close X or the Inline Search icon again to hide the search information and return to a normal view of the Bible (H)

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This Inline Search works in any resource and supports searching for words, phrases, multiple terms, and more—just like you would use in the search panel.

You can even access Inline Search from the right-click or context menu!

For written instructions on all the new Logos 6 features, check out the Logos 6: What’s New? Manual.

Or, to be one of the first to receive live training for Logos 6, attend an upcoming Camp Logos in California or New York.