Webinar Recap: Sharpen Your Pastoral Care and Counseling

logos-5-webinar-free-trainingThis past week, in a webinar hosted by Logos expert James Fowler, we outlined some exceptional pastoral-care and counseling resources using Logos Bible Software. Fowler shared his knowledge on ways to build unique and useful counseling collections from the books you already own. He also demonstrated how to use the Cited By tool to find connections between Scripture and specific counseling situations.

If you missed the webinar, don’t worry! You can still watch the recording anytime you want and learn about all the benefits described in this important training session:

During this webinar, we featured the Chaplain’s Library, which is full of counseling resources. This extensive 591-title library provides a comprehensive collection of titles dedicated to grief counseling, discipleship, officiating, leadership, and important material for more thorough Bible study.

We’re planning additional virtual training events like this. Let us know via Facebook or Twitter what type of training you’d like us to put together for an upcoming webinar.  We value your feedback!

Then, make sure you’re in the loop: visit Logos.com/Webinar-Archive and sign up to hear about future webinar events. When we schedule the events you want, you’ll be among the first to know about them.

Logos 5: Attach Notes to Headwords

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.

Last week’s blog post about adding notes to verses generated some questions and comments, so I’m following up with a similar discussion about adding notes to headwords.

I’ll introduce the subject with a personal story. I remember years ago when I first started studying Scripture, every topic was brand new to me. As I studied passages, I investigated individual words and topics like Paul, redemption, Corinth, kosmos, and on and on. For every subject or word, I read articles in dictionaries, encyclopedias, and lexicons recording my findings on paper. Inevitably in a few weeks, I’d come across the same topic or word in a different text, so I’d either rifle through paper looking for my previous findings or start the study from scratch again. Digging a deep well from which to draw water was slow going for me in the beginning.

With my testimony as a backdrop, imagine every time you study an English, Hebrew, or Greek word, you deposit your discoveries safely in a notes document. Then the next time you study that same word, Logos will indicate that you’ve been down that road before, and with the click of a button, all of your previous research will be available to you!

Here’s how to do just that:

  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • Name the Notes file something like “English Words” (A)
  • Open a Bible to a passage like Acts 4:36, in which Barnabas is mentioned (B)
  • Double click the word Barnabas to open a dictionary article about him (C)

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  • Right click anywhere within that article (D)
  • Select Headword Barnabas from the right-click menu (E)
  • Select Add a note to “English Words” (or whatever you named the notes document) (F)

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  • Notice that Logos creates a note in the file named Barnabas (G)
  • Also notice that Logos places a note indicator next to the headword in your dictionary (H)
  • Add all your research about Barnabas to the content box (I)

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  • Continue to add more text to this same content box as you conduct your normal research about Barnabas throughout various books
  • Close all the panels except your Bible
  • Pretend it is now weeks into the future
  • Take your Bible to Galatians 2:1, in which Barnabas is referenced again (J)
  • Right click the word Barnabas (K)
  • Select Selection Barnabas (L)
  • Select a resource, other than the one you previously opened, from the menu (M)

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  • Notice it opens to an article about Barnabas (N)
  • Look what is next to the headword in the dictionary: a note indicator saying you’ve studied this word or subject before
  • Rest the cursor on the indicator to see a preview of your content (O)

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  • Click the indicator to open the note

Since you added the note to the headword, every topical book containing an article with the headword Barnabas will have an indicator pointing to your notes document!

I encourage you also to create notes documents named “Hebrew Words” and “Greek Words“. With these files created, follow the same steps as you study Hebrew and Greek words. Over time, you’ll end up with your own personal “dictionaries” with riches you’ve mined from various resources!

If you enjoyed this, check out our other training materials for more helpful hints.

Logos 5: Attach Notes to Verses

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 recently received a question from a Logos user that I answer frequently, so I want to address it again. The question was basically this:

My understanding is when I create a note for a verse, the note indicator is to appear next to that verse in all of my Bibles. However, I’m only seeing the indicator in the Bible in which I first created the note. What’s happening?

This is a very common scenario, so we’ll patiently walk through it from the beginning.

Let’s imagine we’re going to study the book of Mark, verse by verse. As we gain insights, we want to record them in a notes document next to the corresponding verses. In addition, we want those notes to appear in all of our Bibles.

Here’s how to accomplish that task:

  • Choose Documents | Notes
  • Name the file something like Mark Notes (A)
  • Open any Bible to Mark 1:1 (B)

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  • Right click any word in Mark 1:1 (C)
  • Select Reference Mark 1:1 (THIS IS THE KEY: You must choose Reference so the note will attach to that verse regardless of the Bible you’re in. If you choose Selection “the word”, the note is only attached to that word in that Bible.) (D)
  • Select Add a note to “Mark Notes” (E)

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Notice what just happened:

  • A note named Mark 1:1 was created in the notes document (F)
  • A note indicator was placed next to Mark 1:1 in the Bible (G)

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  • The note indicator will appear in all versified books, primarily Bibles and commentaries, containing an entry for Mark 1:1 (H)

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  • Add Content for the Mark 1:1 note (I)

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  • Repeat these steps for each verse as you move through Mark (J)

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  • Close the notes document, but notice the indicators remain in the Bible (K)
  • Rest the cursor on the indicator to preview the note’s content (L)

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  • Click the indicator to open the notes document

By following these steps, at the end of your research you’ll basically have a personal study Bible for Mark that will be saved and synchronized across your various devices.

If you enjoyed this, check out our other training materials for more helpful hints.

Logos 5: Ellipses 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 friend and fellow Logos user recently emailed me the following scenario:

I came to John 1:34 in my study of the subject of election. As I looked at the verse in the NASB reverse interlinear, I noticed a dot (bullet) between the words “the” and “son”. What does that mean?

This is an excellent observation and question. First, I’ll set up what he was viewing.

  • Open the NASB to John 1:34 (A)
  • Notice the verse says “. . . this is the Son of God” (B)

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  • Click the Display link on the Bible’s toolbar (C)
  • Select InlineSurface, and Lemma (dictionary form of a word) (D)

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  • Notice the verse now reads “. . . this is the • Son of God” (E)
  • Look underneath the bullet and you’ll see a Greek lemma (F)

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In the reverse interlinear, this bullet represents an ellipsis.

The bullet may appear on the English line of text, meaning an original Hebrew or Greek word wasn’t translated in the English Bible, or the bullet may be on the lemma line, indicating an English word was inserted for clarification or smooth reading.

Even though the specific lemma wasn’t translated in John 1:34 in the NASB, with the interlinear information displayed, the lemma line is an active line of text.

  • Right click the bullet (G)
  • Select Lemma (H)
  • Select Search this resource (I)

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Look carefully at the search results, which display every occurrence of this word in the Greek text on which the English Bible is based, whether it’s translated in English or not (J).

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A situation like this may raise more questions than it answers, but Logos guides and resources can help:

  • Generate an Exegetical Guide (Guides | Exegetical Guide) for John 1:34 and pay close attention to the Apparatuses section, containing resources pointing out differences in the original language texts (K)
  • Generate a Passage Guide (Guides | Passage Guide)  for John 1:34, and in the Commentaries section, locate critical or textual commentaries you may own, which normally explain the variances in the original-language texts (L)

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While this scenario certainly isn’t an everyday occurrence in your Bible study, when you do come across an ellipsis, you know there’s some assistance for you in Logos.

If you’re looking for more assistance in navigating reverse interlinears, check out our other training materials.

Master the 15 Document Types: Part 2

Logos 5′s documents menu gives you 11 different document types (and Documents.Logos.com reveals four more). Each one works a little differently, so you’ll always have the right tool for the job.

Last week we explored the first five; this week we’ll tackle the remaining ten.

To see examples of all 15 document types, join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife group.

6. Reading plan

Logos scores top marks as a research tool. Tagging powers some of the most useful searching available anywhere. Tools like Clause Search and the Bible Word Study eliminate thousands of hours spent flipping pages and scanning book indexes.

But if you’d like to read a book from cover to cover, Logos performs just as admirably, thanks to the reading-plan document type. Construct a reading plan for any book in your library on a schedule that fits your lifestyle. Reading plans are especially helpful on devotionals, like the one below that I built for Lent based on 40 Days to the Cross: Reflections from Great Thinkers.

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7. Sentence diagram

If, like many, you learned sentence diagramming on the first day of your hermeneutics class, you’ll love this document type. Import a passage in either an English translation or its original language, and use a huge set of tools to chart your way through the text. I particularly love the pencil tool, which interprets my squiggles into perfectly straight lines.

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8. Word-find puzzle

It’s not all hard work in the documents menu—the word-find puzzle turns a Scripture passage into an brain-expanding mental exercise that’s more a game than a study tool. It’s easy to use, and it’s great for the moments when you need to look up from your study and catch your breath. And if you teach a children’s Sunday school class, these puzzles will be a big hit!

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Note: These next two types—syntax search & visual filters—represent the overlap between the documents menu and your search tools. Both are search types that can be saved for later use or shared with others on Documents.Logos.com.

9. Syntax search

Find Syntax Search—a powerful language tool that empowers you to find particular sentence structures in Scripture—under the search menu. But since these searches are complex and take longer than usual to construct, you can also save your search parameters as a document.

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10. Visual filter

Perform a real-time search in the text of your Bible using a visual filter. You can create visual filters, then turn them on or off using the display menu (which looks like a Venn diagram) whenever you have a Bible open.

In the example below, I’ve created a visual filter that highlights all the imperative verbs, drawing attention to the call to action at the end of Peter’s sermon in Acts 2. I started with a new filter (created from the documents menu), switched over to “morph” search and typed an “@” in the search box. Logos suggested various parts of speech for me to choose from. I chose verb, and Logos suggested various tenses, voices, moods, and so on. I chose the imperative mood. In the final step, I chose the “On Fire” style for Logos to mark imperative verbs.

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11. Word list

Good Bible scholars spend hours tabulating the number of times a word is used in a particular passage. But a word-list document will do that for you in three clicks.

With a Bible and new word list open side by side, just highlight the passage you’re studying, and choose to “add from selected text.” From there, you can drag the various columns up to group the entire list according to that criteria.

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NOTE: These last four types do not appear in the documents menu, but you may see them on Documents.Logos.com.

12. Presentation

Your Proclaim presentations are stored and can be shared through Documents.Logos.com. If you haven’t used Proclaim, you can try it free for 30 days!

13. Resource collection

Create custom resource collections to quickly search subsections of your library. These subsections are then stored as resource collections on Documents.Logos.com, so you can share them with others.

A team from the Logos forums has created resource collections for virtually every denomination and belief tradition and made them available through their Faithlife group. You can benefit from their hard work right now!

And if you like that, you may also enjoy the Logos Author Collections group.

14. Guide template

Logos comes with five powerful done-for-you guides that search sections of your library with the right tools for the type of study you’re doing.

In addition to these five, you can create your own guides, mixing and matching tools suit your study needs. For example, I have a guide that searches all of my collections grouped by author, so I can quickly get an overview of what particular scholars have to say about a subject or passage. I have another guide that searches my collections grouped by denomination, so I can get an overview of how different faith traditions handle a subject or passage.

15. Highlighting palette

Logos comes loaded with several highlighting palettes, but you may prefer to create your own—perhaps matching the colors you’ve used for years in your favorite paper Bible. Your custom highlighting palette becomes a document that you can share with others on Documents.Logos.com.

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Get a Logos 5 base package today and get access to thousands of Bible study resources, plus powerful study tools like these 15 document types.

To see examples of each document type, join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife group.

Webinar Recap: Streamline Your Sermon Preparation

logos-5-webinar-free-trainingLast week, in a webinar hosted by Logos expert Todd Bishop, we outlined some key steps in assisting you with your sermon preparation using Logos 5.

Todd shared ways to create custom layouts that are easy to use and navigate. He also demonstrated how to manage your workspace to match your work preferences and explained how to save your shortcuts to your most-used workspaces so you can easily access them later.

If you missed the webinar, don’t worry! You can still watch the recording anytime you want and learn about streamlining your sermon preparation from this training session:

During this webinar, we featured the Tim Keller Sermon Archive, which includes 1,233 sermons covering Keller’s preaching from 1989 to 2011.  When integrated into your digital library, these transcripts are enhanced by amazing functionality.

We’re planning additional virtual training events like this. Let us know via Facebook or Twitter what type of training you’d like to see!

Logos 5: Exploring Lemmas with the Same Root

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 presented this question to me:

I’ve noticed Logos includes the root words for Greek lemmas in English Bibles with the reverse interlinear. How might these root words be used in actual Bible study?

Excellent question! While this blog post will certainly not exhaust all that could be said, hopefully a few insights may get you started using this tool.

First, let’s begin with a few definitions

  • The manuscript form of a word refers to the actual word the biblical author used.
  • The lemma or lexical form of a word refers to how the word is “looked up” or referenced in a traditional dictionary of lexicon.
  • The root is the word from which the lemma is derived.

In very simple terms, manuscript forms are derived from lemmas, which are derived from roots.

Let’s explore this more with a specific biblical example found in Galatians 6:1, in which Paul instructs: 

. . . if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness . . .

  • Open the ESV to Galatians 6:1 (A)
  • Right click the word restore (B)
  • Select Root | Search this resource (C)

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  • Click Aligned in the search panel (D) to see in a center column the various ways different lemmas with the same root are translated in English (E)

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  • Click Analysis to display a spreadsheet of the results (F)
  • Right click on a column header (G)
  • Select at least these categories: Reference, Lemma (Greek), Result, and Sense (please note that Sense does not appear in all Logos base packages) (H)

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  • Drag one at a time Lemma (Greek) and Sense to the top of the spreadsheet (I) in order to group the results according to these categories (J)

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Here’s what you’re viewing in the spreadsheet:

  • The various NT Greek lemmas derived from the same root (K)
  • The various ways the lemmas are translated in the ESV (L)
  • The sense or contextual meaning of each lemma (M)
  • Different senses or meanings for the same lemma (N)

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As you work with these results please keep these cautions in mind:

  • Don’t automatically assume a lemma has the exact same meaning as its root
  • Don’t automatically assume lemmas derived from the same root share the same meaning
  • Don’t automatically assume a lemma has the exact same meaning in every place it occurs in Scripture

With these cautions firmly in mind, it’s interesting to observe that running throughout the related lemmas are the ideas of repaircorrectprepareequip, and mature. Perhaps these lemmas and meanings provide further insights into the concept of restoring in Galatians 6:1.

By combining a search for the root and the Analysis view of the results, you can explore in detail the various facets of a word!

If this was helpful to you, check out our other training materials to help you master your Logos software.

Master the 15 Document Types: Part 1

Note-taking remains central to both personal Bible study and sermon preparation. Whether you’re journaling through the New Testament in your daily devotions, preparing to lead a small group, or doing research for your dissertation, Logos offers powerful, intuitive note-taking tools to improve every facet of your Bible study.

The documents menu in Logos 5 gives you 11 different document types (and Documents.Logos.com reveals four more). Each one works a little differently, so you’ll always have the right tool for the job.

To demonstrate the power of these documents, we created a Faithlife Group with samples of each document type—join right now to see them all!

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There are also four other document types that don’t appear in this menu, but may appear at Documents.Logos.com. Over the next two weeks, we’ll explore the capabilities of each—starting today with the first six types listed in the documents menu.

1. Bibliography

Logos 5 makes it easy to create, edit, sort, and print (or export) bibliographies for publication or personal reference. You can add citations from seven source types (I use “history” most often).

Students, rejoice—if you build a bibliography in MLA only to learn that your professor expects Turabian, don’t worry—you can switch between styles with a click.

Exporting or printing a bibliography is easy, too: just click the panel menu or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Command + P.

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2. Clippings

When you come across an insight you want to remember, turn to clippings—the fastest way to store definitions, ideas, observations, and other fragments of text.

It’s easy: create a new clippings document, then right click text to set it aside for later. The clippings document will remember exactly where you found everything, so you can cite all your sources. You can even add tags (to make clippings searchable) and notes.

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3. Notes

Logos’ notes make it easy to mark up your books. Just like writing in the margins, you can add your own thoughts and observations to personalize every book in your library—except in Logos notes, you’ll never run out of writing room.

Notes and clippings are very similar. Personally, I use clippings to gather insights from my library into one place while I study or prepare to preach. I use notes to store a searchable copy for a final product—like a sermon manuscript, a completed article, or a position paper.

Notes attached to Scripture references will place an inline icon across all your devices. Hover over it to preview the note, and click to open it.

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4. Passage list

This is the most helpful document when you’re studying systematically through a single topic or theme. Use search to find all the references of a specific word or phrase, and store the results for analysis.

The passage list really shines when you toggle over to memorization mode—you can use it to memorize a list of verses by progressively hiding more words as you become more familiar with the text.

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5. Prayer list

Prayer lists help you keep your promises to pray for friends or family. You can add requests, set the frequency, and share your lists in a Faithlife Group or at Documents.Logos.com. You can even record answers, so you’ll always have a record of God’s faithfulness in your life.

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Join the Logos Sample Documents Faithlife Group to see more examples of all 15 document types.

We’ll cover the remaining document types next week—stay tuned for part 2!

Logos 5: Reorder Books in a Collection

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 blog post about displaying a verse from all Bibles, I suggested creating a collection of English Bibles. This suggestion in turn generated some discussion about the order of books in a collection. If you’ve created a collection from the Tools menu, you’ve noticed that Logos alphabetizes the resources in a collection.

To illustrate, in a theology-books collection, Baker’s Dictionary of Practical Theology appears before Concise Theology because B is of course before C (A).

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When using this collection, therefore, in a search, the Baker results appear before the Concise hits (B).

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The question then is, how can we move the Concise ahead of the Baker yet leave them both in the collection? The answer is: rename Concise. This method is a little tedious, but it does accomplish the goal.

  • Click the Library icon
  • Click the Resource information icon on the library’s toolbar (C)
  • Type title:theology in the library’s Find box to display resources with theology in the title (D)
  • Click something other than the title of Concise Theology in the viewing area (E) to display the book in the Resource information pane (F)
  • Click the Edit (pencil) icon next to the title in the Resource information pane (G)
  • Type the numeral 1 in front of the title in the Edit box so the name of the book is now 1 Concise Theology (H)

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  • Press the Enter key to save the name
  • Repeat this process with other theology books using the numerals 2, 3, 4 etc. (I)

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  • Close the Library
  • Choose Tools | Collections
  • Name the collection Theology Books (J)
  • In the Rule box, type title:theology to list resources with theology in the title (K)
    (Please note: this is not a complete rule to locate all theology books, but used just for illustration purposes.)
  • Notice that the resources with numbers in their names are now at the top of the list (L)

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To see this newly ordered collection in action, generate a basic search in Theology Books and notice which books appear at the top of the list! (M)

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Of course, you can use this same method to reorder books in any collection, such as History Books, Ethics Books, or others. This method ensures that your favorite books always appear at the top of your search results.

Logos 5: Locate Words and Phrases in Proximity to One Another

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 addition to coaching people in the use of Logos Bible Software, one of my greatest joys is encouraging biblical communicators toward true expository preaching. Exposing the original intent of a scriptural passage along with contemporary application is a powerful combination!

Toward that end, a Logos user recently asked me how he could search his library for various definitions of expository preaching.

This is an excellent question that can be answered with a proximity search combining words and phrases:

  • Open the Search panel (A)
  • Select Basic as the search type (B)
  • Select Entire Library from the resources drop-down list (C)
  • Type this text in the Find box: (definition,define) WITHIN 3 words “expository preaching” (D)

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  • Choose the search panel menu (E)
  • Select Match all word forms (F)

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  • Press the Enter key to generate the search results (G)

The search query instructs Logos to locate all the occurrences of the words define, defines, defined, defining, definition, or definitions within three words of the phrase expository preaching!

Clicking a hyperlinked search result opens the resource right to an author’s definition of expository preaching. (H)

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Here are some details regarding the search query:

  • The parentheses group terms together
  • The comma within the parentheses represents an OR search, meaning any of the terms present constitutes a hit
  • Match all word forms locates the various forms of define, saving us from having to type them individually
  • The double quotes around the words expository preaching indicate an exact phrase
  • The command WITHIN means the words can appear before or after the phrase
  • The term words designates the context in which the words and phrases must appear
  • The number 3 defines the specific contextual range in which the words and phrases must appear

Please experiment with this query, because joining the proximity search with words and phrases enables us to locate information with precision.

If this was helpful to you, check out our Logos 5 Training Manual Set, which contains greatly expanded explanations of Logos searching.