. Logos Tech Tip: Find Everywhere Jesus Is Referred to as 'the Word'

Logos Tech Tip: Find Everywhere Jesus Is Referred to as ‘the Word’

In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, the author refers to Jesus as “the Word” (ho logos). This formulation has resonances in the Hebrew Bible, Greek philosophy, and Hellenistic Jewish thought.  But does this formulation appear anywhere else in the New Testament?

With the sophisticated searching available to you in Logos, it’s easy to answer this question. Watch the video about below to see how.

Open this search in Logos (available in Logos Starter and above).

Expert tip: You can use ANDEQUALS to explore how English translations handle different Greek or Hebrew words. For example, search for every time logos is translated by “word(s)” in your top Bibles.

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Adam B. Shaeffer

Adam B. Shaeffer (PhD, Durham University) rarely had time for books until he discovered the fantasy novels on his dad's shelf at age 12; the rest is history. His primary research interests revolve around the interplay between theology and literature, attending to fiction's power to narrate theological insights through the thoughts and lives of imagined people and places. His poetry and fiction have appeared in *Jabberwocky*, *Resident Aliens*, and *This Mutant Life*.

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  • I used the precise syntax in the above example (word ANDEQUALS ), and Logos found zero results.

    When I changed “word” to “Word,” it produced the results as in the video.

    Takeaway: be aware that “Match case” needs to be set/cleared in the Search Panel options (top-right).

  • The search string “{Speaker } AND {Addressee }” finds 22 results in 9 verses, but the string “{Speaker } AND {Addressee }” finds NIL.

    Anyone know why, when there are a number of verses in which Jesus addressed his mother (eg. Lk.2:49; Jn.2:4)?

    • sorry but I can not see any differance in the two search/commands. I am not in any way knowageable in this.

  • I love Logos and have used it for many years. It is a great library tool with powerful search features. However, this video reveals one of its biggest weaknesses: Its lack of usability. Who can remember such complex searches? They are so non-intuitive that unless you use them everyday you won’t remember them.

  • By far the most powerful bible software available. I own several other bible software programs but LOGOS is definitely the most powerful. Love these video tutorials that are short and to the point. They are game changers when doing in depth study. Thank you LOGOS!

  • Too bad there isn’t study coaches. Someone to help you understand what it is that matters in a verse or passage. I guess it’s personal preference.

Written by Adam B. Shaeffer