Logos 4: Multiple Translation Rings in the Bible Word Study Guide

I sometimes receive emails from Logos users asking about finding different search results for a Greek lemma (dictionary form of a word) when searching different Bibles. For example, a search for a Greek word in the NASB may yield three results, while the same search in the KJV only yields two hits.

Without going into a lot of detail or opinion about Greek texts (this Logos article offers much more information), I’ll point out that English-language Bibles are primarily based on one of two types of Greek texts: received text (KJV) and critical text (NASB). Some differences do exist between the two.

Here’s a way to search both families of Greek texts at the same time:

  • Choose Guides | Make a new guide template (New Guide Template for Mac)
  • Name the new guide anything you like, such as Multiple Rings (A)
  • Click Bible word since this guide will examine words, not verses (B)
  • Click Translation in the Individual Sections menu on the left (C)
  • Click the drop-down list in the Translation item on the right (D)
  • Select from the drop-down list an English-language Bible based on the received text such as the KJV (E)
  • Click Translation again in the Individual -Sections menu on the left (C)
  • Click the drop-down list in the Translation item on the right (F)
  • Select from the drop-down list an English-language Bible based on the critical text, such as the NASB (G)
  • Repeat these steps for as many Bibles as you’d like
  • Close the Template Editor (H)


  • Open a English Bible with the reverse interlinear option, such as the ESV, KJV, LEB, NASB, NIV, NKJV, NLT, or NRSV
  • Navigate to a New Testament passage, such as Hebrews 12:3 (I)
  • Right-click on a word, such as “weary” (as translated in many Bibles) (J)
  • Select Lemma | “your new guide” such as Multiple Rings (K)


Now notice the multiple translation rings on display, showing the manner and number of ways this Greek lemma is translated. In the “weary” example above, the word appears three times in the received text and twice in the critical text.


If you enjoy this type of customization and original-language work, you’ll enjoy Camp Logos 2. This seminar focuses on personalizing your system for enhanced use and employing language tools—even if you’re not a Hebrew or Greek scholar.

Camp Logos 2 is available both in DVD format and in live seminars. Register today for one of these Camp Logos 2 Seminars slated for this fall:

Logos 4: Use Field Search to Find Background Information

My good friend Corey Howse, pastor of Connection Hill Primitive Baptist Church, recently asked me if there’s any way to create a collection of resources that facilitates finding background or introductory information for the individual books of the Bible. An excellent question—and I hope this suggestion helps out:

  • Create a collection of all your favorite resources (Tools | Collections) that contain such introductory information—study Bibles, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, Bible handbooks, etc. Don’t worry about a specific collection rule; just drag the books one at a time into the Plus these resources section of the Collections panel. (A)
  • Name the collection something like Book Context or Book Background. (B)


  • Open the Search panel.
  • Select Basic as the Search type. (C)
  • Select the Book Context collection from the second drop-down list above the Search box. (D)
  • Click the first drop-down list above the Search box. From here, we select the specific portions of text in the resources that we want to search. (E)
  • Click the arrow to the left of the Search Fields option in the list. (A search field is like the name, address, phone, etc., sections on an order form. Logos divides the resource text in resources into various fields so that we don’t have to search all the text in a book, but can zero in on specific parts of the book.) (F)
  • Select the fields Large Text and Heading Text. (Depending on which resources you included in the collection, one or both of these fields will be present in the list. These fields usually include the headwords in dictionaries, chapter titles in books, etc. We’re only going to search the text in these fields, rather than all of the text in all the resources.) (G)


  • Type the name of a biblical book, like Galatians, in the Search box. (H)
  • Press the Enter key.
  • Select By Title to arrange the search results by title.
  • Click the arrow to the left of any resource to reveal a link to introductory information for Galatians. (I)
  • Click the link to jump to that location! (J)


Since this is probably a search you’ll execute over and over again add this power user step:

  • Drag the tab of the open Search panel (with results) to the Shortcuts bar.
  • Click the new Shortcuts icon each time you want to execute a Bible background search.

When the Search panel opens just type in the name of a biblical book and press the Enter key to locate that book’s background material!

Logos 4: Examples of Search Strings

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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.

Logos Bible Software is beneficial not only because of the vast number of resources it provides us, but also because of its search and retrieval system, which allows us to mine those resources for just the information we need.

For example:

  • Open the search panel by clicking the Search icon. (1)
  • Select Bible as the search type. (2)
  • Select from the drop-down lists a range and Bible to be searched, like ESV and New Testament. (3)

Now type, one at a time, the following queries into the Search box and locate the information I describe below:

spirit to find the verses with the word spirit.

“holy spirit” to find the verses with the phrase Holy Spirit.

holy AND spirit to find the verses with both the words holy and spirit.

holy OR spirit to find the verses with either the word holy or the word spirit.

holy ANDNOT spirit to find the verses with the word holy but not the word spirit.

spirit ANDNOT (holy,god) to find the verses with the word spirit but not the words holy or god.


If you prefer, you can:

  • Omit the AND operator. A search for holy spirit will find the verses with both the words holy and spirit.
  • Use a minus sign (  ) for ANDNOT. A search for holy -spirit will find the verses with the word holy but not the word spirit.
  • Click the Search panel menu and select Match case to make the searches case-sensitive.

Happy searching!

How do you use search strings to find information? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Using Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists

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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.

I don’t know about you, but with all the power of Logos Bible Software, sometimes I forget I can just open a resource and use it without an elaborate search, like pulling a book off the shelf. One book you may want to use in such a straightforward way is Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists, a cross-reference resource containing over 350 lists of biblical topics ranging from “Abominations to God” to “Worshipping God.” Here’s one of many ways to utilize this book, which appears in most Logos base collections.

Let’s say we’re studying Luke 22:43, in which an angel strengthens Jesus. We decide to topically examine angels throughout the Bible:

  • Type the word lists in the Command box.
  • Click Open Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists from the drop list to open the resource.
  • Type angels in the book’s reference box.
  • Press the Enter key to jump to the section in the book exploring that topic.




As you scroll through the book, notice the various lists about angels: “27 Facts about Angels,” “8 Names for the Angels,” “7 Heavenly Activities of the Angels,” etc. Of course, all the lists are cross-referenced to your preferred Bible—just click a link to look up a reference.

If you frequently find yourself using this book, drag its tab to the Shortcuts bar to create a shortcut icon for quick access.

If the book is new to you, spend a few minutes surveying it, because I think you’ll appreciate the helpful, straightforward information it contains.

  • Choose the panel menu on Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists.
  • Select Show table of contents.


Now explore the contents pane on the left, noting the variety of subjects Dr. Willmington includes in this easy-to-use cross-reference resource.

What list in Willmington’s Book of Bible Lists do you find the most interesting? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: New Bible Search Ranges

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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.

When performing a Logos Bible search, we have the option of adjusting the range of biblical text searched. Logos provides a few broad ranges, such as Old Testament and New Testament. It’s a good idea, however, to create special ranges for specific searches. Here’s how to do just that:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel.
  • Select Bible as the search type. (1)
  • Click the search range drop-down list above the Find box. (2)
  • Notice the New reference range (3) and Range title (4) boxes 


The New reference range box, receives all the Bible abbreviations we’re accustomed to using throughout Logos. In this box the comma ( , ) means and, while the hyphen (  ) means throughGe-Dt covers the range Genesis through DeuteronomyPs,Pr includes both Psalms and Proverbs.

The Range title box is an optional label for the range. If you leave this box blank, the new reference range itself becomes the title. 

  • Enter an optional name such as Gospels in the Range title box if desired.
  • Enter a Bible range such as Mt-Jn in the New reference range box.
  • Click Save.
  • Notice the new range is added to the drop-down list.
  • Rest the cursor on a new range in the list and click the X that appears to the right of it to delete it.



If you do a lot of pinpoint Bible searching, these new ranges will often save you valuable time as you go directly to what a specific author or biblical section said about a subject. Here are a few suggested ranges to get you started:

Pentateuch Ge-Dt

OT History Jos-Es

Poetry Jb-So

Major Prophets Is-Da

Minor Prophets Ho-Mal

Gospels Mt-Jn

NT History Ac

Paul’s Epistles Ro-Pm

General Epistles He-Jd

Apocalypse Re

Luke’s Writings Lk,Ac

John’s Writings Jn,1Jn-3Jn,Re

Peter’s Letters 1P-2P

Prophetic Da,Re

What are some other Bible search ranges you would suggest? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Logos Desktop Management

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.

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Years ago, when I predominantly studied with print books, I arranged them specifically on my desk for maximum effectiveness. My Bible lay open right in front of me, with an analytical Bible and lexicon on either side. Scattered around the Bible were commentaries, Bible dictionaries, theology books, and more. After studying for a while, my desk became a disorganized mess that necessitated my periodically stopping to rearrange the books.

Of course, now, with Logos Bible Software, we primarily study with electronic books. We still, however, have a “desktop” displaying books—a desktop that needs cleaning up. Here are a few simple tips that will help you keep your Logos desktop neatly arranged.

Instead of just clicking icons or menu items (which opens books, guides, and tools “somewhere” on the desktop), drag your item to the desired location onscreen. For example,

  • Choose the Guides menu.
  • Click and hold Passage Guide.
  • Drag Passage Guide around the screen, noticing that as you drag, different sections of the screen “highlight” in blue.
  • Let go of the mouse button to start a new tile in the blue highlighted section.


You’ve probably noticed that each resource, tool, or guide opens in its own panel that can be resized by dragging the border line. You may “awaken” from intense study to discover you have small panels next to large panels. If you want to quickly and symmetrically resize panels:

  • Double-click the borderline between two panels.
  • Double-click the meeting point (which looks like a three- or four-way intersection) between three or four panels.

Occasionally you may “lose” books on the desktop because you have so many open. Let Logos automatically arrange those books for you with a predefined layout:

  • Open a lot of different resources and resize the panels to make a very cluttered desktop.
  • Choose the Layouts menu.
  • Select a predefined layout, such as 4 Tiles, in the lower left portion of the menu.
  • Watch Logos carefully arrange resource and resize panels for you!


How do you keep your Logos 4 desktop organized? Leave a comment and let us know!

National Camp Logos in Bellingham, WA—June 21–22

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.

mp|seminars TipsIt’s time for the highlight of our year: National Camp Logos, which will take place June 21–22. As it is every year, Camp Logos will be hosted in Bellingham, Washington, home to Logos Bible Software.

As a software owner, you know how incredibly powerful Logos is. If, however, you’re like most Logos users, you’re only taking advantage of a fraction of its capabilities. Let us help you unleash the power of Logos at this two-day hands-on training seminar.

You will learn to:

  • Customize Bible study guides for your method of study
  • Locate just the information you need with pinpoint searching
  • Organize your research in detailed note files
  • Create information-filled study folders ready for future use
  • And much, much more

Included in National Camp Logos:

  • Extended training sessions
  • Question-and-answer sessions with Logos leadership
  • Previews of upcoming Logos products
  • Tour of the ever-expanding Logos headquarters
  • Catered meals

To learn more or register for National Camp Logos, please click here.

Logos 4: A Shortcut to the Harmony of 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.

mp|seminars Tips Some events in the Bible are recorded in more than one place. For example, the Ten Commandments appear in both Exodus and Deuteronomy. Qualifications for church leadership are listed in both1 Timothy and Titus. Passages in the Bible describing the same event are called parallel passages and a book containing parallel passages is called a harmony.

Perhaps the most popular harmony is a harmony of the Gospels, displaying in parallel columns the Gospels writers’ accounts of the same historical event. To use this resource in print we would normally go to the table of contents and look up an episode in the life of Christ such as his temptations from Satan. The table of contents would direct us to Matthew’s, Mark’s and Luke’s descriptions of the incident.

As you can see, there’s a lot of page-turning involved in using a harmony in print. Logos, however, locates the same information with just one mouse click!

  • Type A Harmony of the Gospels in the Command box (1)
  • Drag the resource from the drop-down list that appears under the Command box to the Shortcuts bar (2)
  • Notice that Logos creates a shortcut icon to open A.T. Robertson’s A Harmony of the Gospels (all Logos base collections except the Christian Home Library contain this book) (3)
  • Open a Bible to a passage in the gospels such as Luke 4.1 (4)
  • Click the new shortcut icon to instantly open A Harmony of the Gospels right to the page displaying Matthew’s, Mark’s, and Luke’s accounts of the three temptations of Jesus!! (5)

To see the other harmonies you own:

  • Open the Library
  • Type this text into Library’s Find box: type:harmony
  • Drag from the Library to the Shortcuts bar harmonies that cover other parts of the Bible such as Synopsis of the Old Testament and Pastoral Epistles.

When you’re reading in the Old Testament or the pastoral letters, click the appropriate icon to open the resource to the page showing parallel passages!

If you like this explanation of a harmony, then you’ll enjoy the new training tool, Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software, in which I describe numerous Bible study resources and explain how to use them in Logos.

Logos 4: Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software

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.

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Surrounded by eager observers at a local church, a Logos representative gave a detailed and exciting demonstration of Logos Bible Software. He thoroughly explained the Home Page, the Passage Guide, the Exegetical Guide, Bible Word Study, searching, and more. Following the presentation, an attendee remarked—

This program looks powerful and wonderful! I do have one question, though—What is a commentary?

This event illustrates an important point. Sometimes within Christian circles we may innocently assume everyone is operating from the same knowledge base. Surely everyone is familiar with Christian vocabulary and resources. We all know what redemption means. We all know where the Bible came from. We all know what commentaries, study Bibles, and lexicons are.

Of course, when we stop and think about it, we know this isn’t true. We have to start at the beginning, then learn and grow in any field of study—including our Christian disciplines.

With this in mind, we created the training video  Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software. In this instruction, I assume no prior knowledge of either Logos or the Bible itself.

In understandable terms, I explain what the Bible is, where it came from, and what distinguishes the various available Bibles. I then briefly describe numerous Bible study resources: commentaries, Bible dictionaries, topical Bibles, and more.

In addition, I introduce you to various ways of approaching Bible study, including:

  • Book Study
  • Passage Study
  • Word Study
  • Topic Study
  • Devotional Study

Then, at the heart of the training, I show you how to incorporate many Logos features into the five methods of Bible study listed above. In other words, with this training you’ll not only learn what a book study is—you’ll learn how to use Logos to accomplish it. This instruction not only introduces you to Bible study, it gets you going with Logos.

After completing this training, you’ll no longer just open Logos and randomly click around the software. You’ll proactively and systematically move through the software to facilitate different types of Bible study.

So if you’re new to either Logos or Bible study itself (or even both), this product was created with you in mind.

Even if you’re beyond the introduction stage, perhaps you know someone who can benefit from this training. This is an excellent way to get people started in their study of Scripture.

Introduction to Bible Study with Logos Bible Software is now available to pre-order at Logos.com. For more information, please click here.

What is one area of your Bible study that you would like to improve in? Leave a comment and let us know!

Logos 4: Locate Greek Words in an English Bible

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

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One of the many powerful aspects of Logos is its ability to take us English students back to the original languages of the Bible, even though we may not be language scholars. Logos accomplishes this through the reverse interlinear option. Many of the questions I receive are related to the reverse interlinear, such as this one a Logos user recently sent:

How do I search for 2 Greek words within proximity of each other?  For example:
grace WITHIN 5 words righteousness (grace and righteousness in original languages)

I answered a similar question a few months ago in a blog, but since this is a common question I’ll address it again from a slightly different angle.

  • Open an English Bible (containing the reverse interlinear) to a passage, such as Colossians 1:2, containing the first word you want to locate. (1)
  • Right click on a word such as grace . (2)
  • Select Lemma | Search this resource. (3)(4)
  • Take the Bible to a passage, such as Matthew 3:15, containing your second word.
  • Right click on your word such as righteousness.
  • Select Lemma | Search this resource.
  • Notice you now have two search panels open.
  • Add this text to the search query in the first search panel: WITHIN 5 words.
  • Copy and paste the search query text from the second search panel to the first.
  • Make sure the query looks like this: 
  • Use the drop down lists to adjust the search ranges.
  • Press the Enter key to initiate the search.






Logos now locates all the occurrences of these two Greek words within five words of each other—in your English Bible!

Please note these very important observations:

If the search type is set to Bible then both terms have to be in the same verse!

If the search type is set to Basic then both terms have to be in the same chapter!

If you enjoyed this tip about using English Bibles to accomplish original language work, then you’ll benefit from Camp Logos Live 2 DVD training which highlights numerous ways for English students to dig into Hebrew and Greek using Logos.

How has digging into the Hebrew and Greek helped your study of the Bible? Leave a comment and let us know!