Logos 5: Use the Exegetical Guide Verse by Verse

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.

The Exegetical Guide houses one of my favorite Logos features, the Word by Word section, which analyzes each Hebrew or Greek word in a passage. Among the wealth of information found here are the manuscript and lemma forms of words, morphological and syntactical data, links to lexicons, and the meaning of the original words as suggested in the Bible Sense Lexicon dataset (not contained in all Logos base packages). Much of my personal Bible study and sermon preparation is spent in this invaluable section.

Word by Word will automatically investigate every word in every verse we’re studying if we like, but this comprehensive coverage can make for a lengthy report. For example, if we’re examining Joshua 1:1–9, the Word by Word section displays data for all nine verses at once! Thus, you may find yourself scrolling through a long list of words.

Here’s a little trick I employ with the Exegetical Guide so that I only research one verse at a time, yet I never have to type anything to move to another verse:

  • Open a Bible containing the reverse interlinear option such as The Lexham English Bible (A)
  • Choose the panel menu on the Bible (B)
  • Select a Link set letter, such as A (C)


  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide
  • Choose the panel menu on the Exegetical Guide (D)
  • Select the same Link set letter you just selected for the Bible (E)


  • Type in the Bible’s reference box the first verse in the passage you’re about to study, such as Joshua 1:1 (F)
  • Notice that the Exegetical Guide follows the Bible to the same verse because both panels are linked to the same set (G)
  • Observe that the Word by Word section is only examining the words in that one verse (H)


  • Choose the panel menu of the Bible (I)
  • Select Show locator bar (J)


  • Notice the locator bar, appearing under the Bible’s toolbar, contains previous and next arrows (K)


  • Click the drop-down list to the left of the previous and next arrows (L)
  • Select Verse (M)


  • Note that you have just set the previous and next arrows to take you to the previous or next verse in the Bible
  • Click the next (down) arrow (N)
  • Watch the Bible AND the Exegetical Guide move to the next verse, such as Joshua 1:2 (O)
  • Look in the Word by Word section to see analysis of the words just in verse 2 (P)


You can see that by utilizing linking, the locator bar, and previous and next arrows, we can easily move through a passage a verse at a time without extra typing and scrolling through long lists of words!

If you like this arrangement, don’t forget to save it as a layout so you don’t have to reset the configuration the next time you want to use it.

If you found this trick helpful, you’ll thoroughly enjoy Logos Timesaving Tips, a downloadable Logos video resource with complete video instructions for over 100 helpful Logos features! Get it today.

Your New Go-To Place for Theological Discussion

There are a lot of logical or cultural sayings people believe are biblical that can’t be found in the Bible. Right now, on Christian Discourse, there’s a conversation examining some of these familiar sayings.

Nate Smoyer asked: “What are common sayings or teachings you’ve heard, or have had spoken to you, that aren’t found in the Bible?”

Here’s one response:

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Christian DiscourseChristian Discourse is a place for honest conversations about the things that matter most. It’s designed to guide you in exploring Christianity through discussion. You’ll find conversations on theology, apologetics, devotional thoughts, Bible questions, and more—all tied to Christian living. Discover biblical insights from followers of Christ on our culture’s most pertinent issues and our world’s most pressing troubles.

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Can Christians Really Do “All Things”?

Bible Study Magazine with Lysa TerkeurstFrom infographics to insights, Bible Study Magazine provides you with engaging, in-depth articles that help you dig deep into the biblical text. The September–October ’14 issue on Philippians is no exception. Derek R. Brown sheds light on the deeper life-slogan behind the oft-quoted phrase, “I can do all things” (Phil. 4:13). Michael S. Heiser explains what Paul was saying when he warned the Philippians to “look out for the dogs” and “those who mutilate the flesh” (Phil. 3:2). Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today, and you’ll also get the following articles on one of Paul’s most joyful letters:

  • A Fruitful Partnership: Nijay K. Gupta explores the financial rhetoric in Paul’s letter—helping us better understand the relationship between the church and money today.
  • Feeling Anxious? E. Tod Twist examines the Greek behind Paul’s exhortation to “not be anxious about anything” to understand how we really can “rejoice in the Lord always.”
  • Watch Your Language! Michael S. Heiser looks at Paul’s surprising use of scatological language in Philippians.

This issue also includes our regular lineup of Bible study insights. In this issue, you’ll receive:

  • A new eight-week Bible study on 1–3 John: Carrie Sinclair Wolcott writes about what it means to live as lights in the darkness.
  • A feature story on the Romanian church: Pastor Gelu Paul-Faina shares the challenges the Romanian church through both oppression and freedom.
  • A cover story on Lysa TerKeurst: The president of Proverbs 31 Ministries discusses her faith story and her Bible study methods.

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Just Released: Proverbs 31 Bible-Art Video

Sharing the beauty of the Word has never been easier—our new Proverbs 31 video brings Scripture to life through color, sound, and animation.

At Logos, not only do we write code that matters, but we also create original artwork to encourage and inspire. Our video team focuses on creating compelling graphics that help you see familiar verses with fresh eyes.

The Proverbs 31 woman—“a woman who fears the Lord”—has been a biblical role model for thousands of years, and this video was created to inspire growth in her honorable attributes.  Share this encouraging video with those you love.





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logos-back-to-school-saleOur back-to-school sale is here! Save on some of your favorite resources in three categories: commentaries, ancient languages, and reference works, plus 32 additional selections you’re going to love. Get these discounted works now—with some of our most popular resources on sale, these deals won’t last long!

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We’ve reduced prices on some of our most-requested resources. And, for the first time, we’re offering a special option: buy all four products in the category to save even more! For example, the Hermeneia, BECNT, WBC, and ICC sets would normally cost you $4,709.80. But when you buy all four together from the back-to-school sale, you save over $1,600.00! That’s only $131 per month for 24 months with an interest-free payment plan.

Additionally, we combed through the 40,000+ resources in the Logos library and selected the best sets, collections, bundles, and individual volumes for your study. Whether you’re a student, pastor, small group leader, or just someone who wants to get the most out of their Bible study, the back-to-school sale is one you can’t afford to miss.

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With seven base-package families to choose from, you can find the best library for you. The Starter library is a great way to get your feet wet, while Bronze comes with all the tools you need to dig into the Bible’s original languages. If you want to take your study even further, Silver will provide you with visual filters and precise Clause Search functions. Gold is our Bible study powerhouse, providing you with every Logos 5 tool offered. Base packages keep getting better with Platinum, Diamond, and finally Portfolio—our biggest Logos 5 base package. Check out our comparison chart to view base packages side by side, so you can decide which datasets, resources, and prices suit you best.

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It’s Time: the Logos 5 Upgrade Sale Ends Today

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At midnight tonight (Pacific time), the Logos 5 upgrade sale ends forever.

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You know about Logos 5’s powerful study tools, sophisticated datasets, and valuable resources. You know you’re eligible for Dynamic Pricing—which means you won’t pay twice for books you already own—and for an additional custom upgrade discount. You know that today’s your very last chance to upgrade before your discounts expire.

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You’re not sure you want more books

Buying books is a gesture of self-improvement. It means, I want to know this, I want to understand this, I want to be someone who’s read this. Trouble is, with print books, it’s often just that—a gesture. Who among us hasn’t bought a print book with the best intentions, and then left it unread on the shelf?

Logos books are different. Your whole library is connected: words link to dictionaries, commentaries link to Scripture, lexicons link to primary sources. This means that a large library is exponentially more valuable. It also means that you learn from all your books. Those titles you haven’t read? They’ve been showing up in your search results, lending context in the Timeline, populating your Topic Guide—you’ve been learning from them all along.

If you buy print books and never get around to reading them, you learn nothing. If you invest in Logos editions, though, you immediately start learning, even if you never read them all cover to cover.

Don’t limit your knowledge and growth: upgrade to Logos 5 before your discount disappears.

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If you’re like a lot of people, you want Logos 5 and you want your upgrade savings (who wouldn’t?), but you’re not sure you want to budget for an entire base package right now. The solution? An interest-free payment plan, which lets you claim your discount before it expires, start using Logos 5 today, and set up the payment schedule that’s right for you.

On an 18-month plan, for example, Gold costs less than $100/month—and that’s before your Dynamic Pricing and upgrade savings!

You’ll be kicking yourself tomorrow if you let this deal expire. Don’t let your budget keep you from deeper Bible study: lock in your savings with a payment plan, and then handle budgeting on your own terms.

You’re still not convinced

Well, by now, you know an awful lot about Logos 5. We won’t try to tell you more. Instead, we’ll let real people describe their experience with it:

It was either go back to school or buy Logos . . . the choice was an easy one. I now have Gold v5. My dad would say to me when I was young, ‘if the job is too hard, you don’t have the right tool.’ He was right. Logos is a great tool.

[Platinum] is enormous, [and it] allows one to peruse and select whatever’s needed to study, meditate, prepare for a sermon or Bible study . . . . Set up a monthly payment plan and enjoy the benefits. You won’t be disappointed, and it’s money well invested.

I have been with Logos for years and really thought the upgrade to Logos 4 was about as good as it could get. Wrong . . . Logos 5 is a significant upgrade and worth every penny. I went from Logos 4 Platinum to Logos 5 Diamond and couldn’t be happier. I love Logos 5.

Logos, I think you have really outdid yourself with Portfolio. I don’t know what could possibly top it . . . This software is the best Bible study application in the world. Thanks, Logos, for a great product.

People love Logos 5. You will, too.

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Get 2 Bonhoeffer Books for Just $0.99!

Get August's free book!Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a man of academic excellence, theological insight, and spiritual fortitude. During August, you can get his inspiring insight free—download Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, vol. 3: Creation and Fall today!

The life of Bonhoeffer

On February 4, 1906, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born to an aristocratic family with a rich history and noble character. Bonhoeffer’s father was a psychiatrist and neurologist, his mother was a teacher, his great-grandfather—Karl von Hase—was a popular protestant theologian, and his brother was a renowned chemist. Dignity and honor ran thick in his family’s veins and Bonhoeffer laid at the crux of it all.

As Bonhoeffer matured, he began blazing a trail in Christian history. He pressed on toward theological studies at the University of Tübingen, where he completed his Staatsexamen (the equivalent of a master’s degree). But Bonhoeffer had no plans of halting his education—by 25, Bonhoeffer had completed two doctorates at Berlin University. Still wanting more, he traveled to America where he studied under Reinhold Niebuhr, an American theologian, at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Shortly after returning from his postgraduate studies at Union Theological Seminary, Bonhoeffer began to pen his series of lectures on Genesis 1–3, which he presented as a professor at the University of Berlin. This series has since been compiled into Creation and Fall, August’s free book.

In Creation and Fall, Bonhoeffer juxtaposes our origin to the fall of mankind. He emphasizes the earth’s creation as the middle of eternity, which belongs to the eternal God. Furthermore, Bonhoeffer anchors Christ at the center of it all.

Carrying on against all odds

Not long after Bonhoeffer’s return to the University of Berlin came the Third Reich’s rise to power. By 1936, the Nazi suppression of the Confessing Church—a church that Bonhoeffer and a colleague formed in resistance to the Nazi-controlled state churches—intensified and revoked Bonhoeffer’s authority to teach at the University of Berlin. Bonhoeffer was deemed an enemy of the state by Theodor Heckel.

In response, Bonhoeffer boldly moved forward by creating underground seminaries, securing the necessary funds from supporting benefactors. It was through one of these benefactors that he met Maria von Wedemeyer, who he pledged to marry just months before his arrest. It was also during this time that Bonhoeffer composed The Cost of Discipleship.

After being arrested for his involvement with the Abwehr—a German intelligence agency at the center of the anti-Hitler resistance—and the 20 July plot on Hitler’s life, he was sent to Tegel Prison. He spent a year and half awaiting trial, during which he wrote Fiction from Tegel Prison. Though this volume is fictional, Bonhoeffer disclosed to his friend and biographer, Eberhard Bethge, “There is a good deal of autobiography mixed with it.” This book discloses much of Bonhoeffer’s aristocratic childhood, social world, and cultural milieu—all of which shed light on his theology. Characters and situations that represent the Nazi regime form a social criticism and help explain Bonhoeffer’s participation with the Abwehr and the plot to kill Hitler. This month only, you can get Fiction from Tegel Prison (a $27.95 value) for only 99 cents. 

Learn from Bonhoeffer’s legacy

Eighteen months later, Bonhoeffer was moved to the house prison of the Reich Security Head Office. In secrecy, he was then transferred to Buchenwald concentration camp, and finally to Flossenburg concentration camp where he was condemned to death by hanging without witnesses, records, or a defense on April 8, 1945—just two weeks before the camp was liberated by the US infantry.

Though Bonhoeffer’s life was cut short, he left a legacy that has spans generations, and reaches across broad denominations.

Download both Creation and Fall and Fiction from Tegel for only $0.99!

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Have Questions? We’re Open Late!

Last chance for Logos 5 discountsOur upgrade sale is coming to an end, and Logos 5 upgrade discounts are going away forever after August 5!

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They’ll listen to what type of study you’re looking to do, answer any questions you may have, and set you up with the best upgrade deal.

Hurry, special discounts on Logos 5 upgrades end August 5—once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

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Time’s Running Out: Get $100 Off the Lexham Bible Guides

lexham-bible-guides-pauls-letters-collectionOur introductory sale on the complete Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection is coming to a close. Now is the perfect time to jump-start your research: you have just a few days left to get the whole collection for $100.00 off!

A quick recap

Lexham Bible Guide: Romans shipped on July 16, completing this 13-volume collection. The Romans volume is the largest and most complex Bible guide we’ve ever created: it’s over 650 typeset pages long and includes thousands of links to the Logos library. Each page is filled with carefully curated research, enabling you to study Romans from a multitude of scholarly perspectives.

Last week, we gave some context to the phrase “time is money,” using the Bible guides as an example. In terms of time saved, a pastor using a single Bible guide from this collection could save up to $130.00 per week. If you’re a seminary student, just think how much faster your writing will go when you use these Bible guides to maximize your research time.

Why people love it

We’ve been able to get the Lexham Bible Guides into the hands of a few reviewers, and here’s what they’re saying:

“This series does a very fine job of introducing interested persons to many of the letters of Paul and divulging to them just some of the treasures contained therein. . . . It is useful, in my view, not only for beginning students of the Bible but for those wishing to introduce various biblical texts to Sunday School classes, Bible study groups, and small group discussions.”
—Jim West, pastor of Petros Baptist Church, professor of biblical studies at Quartz Hill School of Theology, and blogger at Zwinglius Redivivus

“It is vitally important that anybody who seeks to understand the meaning of a text wrestles with an array of ‘camps’ or ‘voices.’ Thanks to the Lexham Bible Guides, in a matter of mere minutes, you are able to survey multiple highly respected theologians for their take on an issue.”
—Jason Brueckner, blogger at The Brave Reviews

“If you want to know how effective Logos Bible Software is, this is one of the most dynamic ways of finding out. . . . This is more than a sophisticated search.”
—Joel Watts, blogger at Unsettled Christianity

Enhance your research today: get $100.00 off the Lexham Bible Guides: Paul’s Letters Collection.

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