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)
- 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)
- 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)
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 worship, joy, or grace.