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)


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

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)

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.

Study Hacks for Students: Top 6 New Tools

professor-logos-6-study-hacksLogos 6 is every seminary student’s new best friend. It equips you to do smarter, more impressive work, and it saves you the stress of tedious tasks with new study tools.

With Logos 6, mind-numbing tasks like transliteration, citing your sources, and performing textual analysis are all done for you.

Here are six of Logos 6’s top study tools:

1. Morphology Charts

If you’ve ever been stumped by Greek and Hebrew forms or, for some odd reason, found yourself forgetting the ending for the first-person singular imperfect active indicative of a verb (tsk, tsk), then Morphology Charts will be your new go-to tool.

In seconds, Morphology Charts automatically generate paradigms that show the distribution and frequency of any Greek and Hebrew lemma, displaying all of them in a simplified, easy-to-read table.

Just right click any term in your Bible, copy the lemma from the menu that appears, and insert that lemma into your Morphology Chart. You’ll see the the form and frequency of that lemma across the entire Bible and get links to where it occurs.

This tool is available in Logos 6 Silver and higher.


2. Text Converter

The next time your professor asks you to transliterate something, you can breathe easy. The new Text Converter transforms Greek and Hebrew text in seconds. Just copy and paste the text, and the Text Converter converts it into a variety of schemes for transliteration, including SBL General, SBL Academic, Scientific, Spanish, and more. Save hours of transliteration time with this new interactive tool.

This tool is available in Logos 6 Starter and higher.


3. Interactive Greek and Hebrew Alphabet Tutors

Tackle the Bible’s original languages in no time. With new interactive tutors, you can learn to read and write Greek and Hebrew in the pronunciation of your choice, including Koine, Erasmian, and Modern Greek.

Select any letter—from alpha to omega—and you’ll be shown how to write it in upper and lowercase, how to pronounce it, and common lemmas that start with that letter. Once you’ve practiced drawing the letter within your software, you’ll get a score on your accuracy, so you always know how to improve (or, always have something to brag about).

This tool is available in Logos 6 Silver and higher.


4. Propositional Flow Outline

Instead of doing hours of exegetical work—poring through Paul’s letters and trying to determine his thought flow—the new Propositional Flow Outline labels the purpose and intent of every line in the Greek New Testament for you. With a click, see how the text flows, how ideas fit together, and how each line relates to the next, then use this tool as an outline for your next research paper or presentation.

For example, search Ephesians 1:3 in your favorite Bible translation, select the Propositional Flow Outline visual filter, and see each line of text defined with its purpose: the first line is a wish, the second is a divine action, the third is a comparison, and the fourth communicates purpose. Hover over each label for an easy-to-understand definition.

With the Propositional Flow Outline, complex content and ideas have already been broken down and defined for you, so you can gain understanding by simply glancing through the text.

This tool is available in Logos 6 Silver and higher.


5. Textual Variants

Easily explore textual differences across ancient and modern manuscripts with the Textual Variants tool. Textual Variants brings together all the text-critical resources you need to make new discoveries: get textual commentaries, like Metzger’s Textual Commentary, as well as apparatuses, modern editions, ancient versions, transcriptions, and online manuscripts all in one place. Textual Variants presents all the resources you need in an easy-to-use interface.

Discover why certain readings were chosen, explore early translations of the Bible into other languages (like Arabic and Latin), and see handwritten copies of the biblical text.

This tool is available in Logos 6 Gold and higher.


6. Automatic citations

An oldie but goodie, automatic citations are every student’s dream come true. Copy and paste from any resource—including Wikipedia, when accessed through the software—and Logos cites all of your sources for you in the style of your choice. Choose from MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, and more. Whichever style you choose, Logos 6 cites it for you!

This tool is available in Logos 6 Starter and higher.


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Start Your Study with Factbook

Logos-6-FactbookLogos has always provided the richest library available for Bible study, and Logos 6 now offers more resources than ever to help you understand the Bible’s world. But all that information can be a bit overwhelming: how do you get started in your study if you’re not sure where to go?

We’ve created the Factbook to help answer this need. Rather than looking through different books to see if one has relevant content or searching for a word or phrase across your whole library, just enter your query into Factbook to start your study. Logos offers more than 30,000 pages on a wide variety of subjects.

Once you start typing, you’ll see a filtered list of subjects that match what you’ve typed. In many cases, just a single keyword will direct you to numerous different kinds of subjects, depending on your base package. For example, “parable” matches many different subjects, including:

  • A general topic for “parable” with links to dictionary articles, media (like Rembrandt’s “Return of the Prodigal Son”), and content from the new Cultural Concepts dataset:
    • Several dozen passages identifying parables in the biblical text
    • Other examples of parables in the Apostolic Fathers, Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, and more
    • Important senses from the Bible Sense Lexicon related to parables, like “to speak” and “parable (Jesus)”
  • Other topics for specific parables like the Parable of the Mustard Seed, as well as links to the Topic Guide
  • Several different biblical events involving parables
  • Content for preaching and teaching about parables as a theme (similar to the Sermon Starter Guide), showing key verses and preaching resources
  • Several individuals described in one of Jesus’ parables (the Good Samaritan or the Prodigal Son)
  • And more

Factbook-diagram-logos-6Factbook combines the content from different tools in Logos to provide a rich entry point for study. A given page might merge information about people, places, or things together with topical, thematic, or cultural content—all intended to give you the right amount of information to start your study.

Two new subject areas connect content across your Logos library in new ways:

  • Each book of the Bible has an overview page with links to more information about who wrote it, when, and why; the recipients; its form and structure; and its meaning and theology.
  • We’ve added pages for more than 1,000 notable people from church history, with short descriptions, selected quotes, works within Logos, and links to dictionaries, the Timeline, and even Wikipedia content.

Factbook and other Logos 6 guides are great reasons to invest in the best base package you can. The bigger your library, the more content you have available to enrich these guide pages as you start your study.

You can get Factbook in Logos 6 Bronze and higher—get Logos 6 today and find great starting points for your studies!

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.


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.


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)


  • 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


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)


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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