How to Access Rich Content from the Oldest Commentaries

What’s the oldest commentary you own? Perhaps something from the church fathers?

You may be surprised to find you have something even older—something you may not have realized could be useful for you: ancient Jewish writings such as the Talmud, Philo, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. These contain a wealth of insight into the Hebrew Bible: simply by watching the way it has been interpreted over time, you gain perspective on your own reading.
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How Many Ways Can “Elohim” Be Translated?


In his FaithlifeTV lecture series, The Unseen Realm, Dr. Michael S. Heiser noted that the Hebrew word elohim, most often translated God, nonetheless is translated other ways in our English Bibles. With my curiosity piqued, I wanted to discover those English translations of this Hebrew word.

Even though there are several ways in Logos to accomplish this task, I’ll show you the one I used:

  • Open an English Bible with the interlinear option such as the ESV to a passage with the Hebrew word elohim such as Genesis 1:1 (A)

  • Right click on the English translation of elohim such as God in Genesis 1:1 (B)
  • Select from the right side of the Context menu the Hebrew lemma (the one with the ring icon) (C)
  • Select from the left side of the Context menu Search this resource (D)

  • Click Analysis view on the search panel (E)
  • Notice the search results are placed in a spreadsheet (F)

  • Right click on any of the columns headers in the spreadsheet (G)
  • Select from the menu your desired headers for the spreadsheet, but make sure you have at least selected Result (H)

  • Drag the column header Result (I) to the area above the headers (Mac User: hold down the Option key as you drag the header) (J) to group the search results according to the English translations
  • Right click on one of the English results like God (K)

  • Select Collapse all (L)

  • Notice in one list all of the English translations of the Hebrew lemma elohim! (M)

To dig into the significance of this list be sure to check out Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s book, The Unseen Realm or the FaithlifeTV lecture series of the same name.

For more detailed information about Searching and the Analysis view, secure your copy of the Logos 7 Training Manuals Volumes 1-3  in print or digital.

Also be sure to follow the new MP Seminars Faithlife group and receive a FREE download of the commentary Ephesians: Verse by Verse by Dr. Grant Osborne.


Morris Proctor
is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

How to Find Every Instance of the Granville Sharp Rule


At a recent Camp Logos an attendee asked:

What is the search query for locating examples of the Granville Sharp rule?

If you’re unfamiliar with this Greek construction, I’ll show you below how to get some information about it.

The good news is there is a search query for finding examples. The better news is you don’t have to worry about it because the software does the heavy lifting for us!
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How to Study the Bible in List Form, Verse by Verse


Most Bibles are written in paragraph form with verse numbers buried in the paragraphs. That can make finding verse numbers a little challenging as we exegete a passage verse by verse. That’s what prompted a fellow Logs user to email me the following question:

I primarily use the KJV and the NKJV in sermon preparation. Is there a way to display the text in a single verse format rather than the default paragraph format?

Thankfully the answer is yes with an “oldie but goodie” Logos feature called Bible Text Only!
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Can “Elohim” Refer to Beings Other Than God?

Elohim is the most common name for Israel’s god in the Old Testament. In fact, it appears over 2,500 times in the Hebrew Bible. But Elohim can also refer to beings besides the Creator of Genesis 1—such as angels or mighty men or even to the false, lower-case-g gods worshiped by Gentile nations. With Logos we can quickly see the different ways this Hebrew term is translated, and then run a search to discover every place where the term refers to an entity other than the one true God.

To expand on this week’s Logos Pro Tech Tip, try changing your searchable resource to a different English version. See, for example, what results turn up when you search the New International Version for the following:

<Lemma = lbs/he/אֱלֹהִים> NOTEQUALS (God, God’s)>

(Or click here to run the search.)

In the upper left hand corner below the search icon, select the drop down arrow and ensure Match Case is checked. This will further limit your search by case and provide the results seen in the video. Don’t forget to uncheck it once finished.

Recommended Resources

  • You need a Hebrew Bible in order to search the Hebrew Bible. Try the Lexham Hebrew Bible.
  • It’s helpful to have multiple English translations of Scripture for Bible study. Logos 7 base packages all include such translations, and they’re all 20% off until midnight on Sunday, December 31.

How to Use the Bible Browser When You’re “Just Looking”

Like many Christians during this season, I’ve been rereading the Christmas story in Matthew and Luke. Of course, in Matthew we find the Magi visiting Jesus at some point after his birth. Famously they testified, we saw his star when it rose.

Without getting into the specifics of what the star may have been, I started thinking that star or stars are mentioned frequently in Scripture in various contexts. So, I just wanted to explore various instances of how stars are mentioned in the Bible. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular. In fact, I didn’t know what I was looking for other than stars.

So during this “just looking” moment, I turned to a Logos feature that I’m learning to appreciate and enjoy more and more, the Bible Browser.

Take this out for a spin and see if you like it:

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Logos Pro Weekly Training: Studying Satan’s Tactics

The best defense, as they say, is a good offense. Put in prose, this means that it’s generally better to be proactive rather than passive toward your enemies. The same goes for the enemies of Jesus and his followers. The better God’s people know one of their premier enemies, namely Satan, the more effective they will be in overcoming his schemes.

In this week’s video, we’ll take a look at some of Satan’s tactics and pinpoint how specific workers of evil attack God’s people. As a second part to this exercise, launch your own study to determine how you should arm yourself to go on the offense. [Read more…]

How to Create a Slide Show with Sermon Editor

As you well know Logos Bible Software is huge, with many features. Depending on your wants and methods of study and lesson preparation, you may not need all that Logos has to offer. So I always tell people at Camp Logos, Use what you need, but always try to explore more available options. You may just discover a very helpful tool.

Let’s apply that advice to the Sermon Editor. As I’ve written before, with one Sermon file we can create up to four separate documents at once! You may, however, respond, “In my current situation, I just don’t need all that power and flexibility. So, I’m not using the Sermon feature.”

Fair enough. If, however, you’re like many Bible students and teachers, you at least occasionally need to prepare a PowerPoint slideshow of Scripture verses. If that’s the case, then just use the Sermon Editor to quickly create your slides. [Read more…]

How to Import a Pre-Made Outline into Your Sermon


In Logos 7 standard base packages Gold and above, you’ll discover numerous sermon outline books. While I’m not a big fan of “borrowing” other people’s messages, sometimes we may come across an outline that we want to use as a skeleton for a sermon, lesson, or devotional.

There’s now a feature in our software that instantly sends an outline to a Sermon document where we can modify it for our use.

If you have a sermon outline resource then give this a whirl:

  • Open the Library
  • Place this rule in the Library’s Find box: series:sermon AND publisher:baker (A)
  • Notice (if you have a standard base package Gold or above) the sermon outline resources on display (B)
  • Open any of these resources such as Christian Life Outlines (C)

  • Navigate to an outline in the book (D)
  • Right click anywhere within the outline (E)
  • Select from the right side of the Context menu Sermon Outline (F)
  • Select from the left side of the Context menu Send to Sermon (G)

  • Notice a new Sermon document opens containing the entire outline ready to be edited (H)

For even more power, if you’re a Logos Now subscriber, look for the new Sermon Outlines (I) section in the Sermon Starter Guide which links you to sermon outlines based on the passage under study!

For more detailed information about the Sermon document, secure your copy of the Logos 7 Training Manuals Volumes 1-3 in print or digital.

Or for a fast and fun way to leverage the power of your software, attend our last Camp of 2017 in Murfreesboro, TN, or our first Camp of 2018 in San Jose, CA!

Also be sure to follow the new MP Seminars Faithlife group and receive a FREE download of the commentary Ephesians: Verse by Verse by Dr. Grant Osborne.

More Ways to Make Logos Bible Software Work for You

Last week we looked at creating custom layouts to streamline the way you use Logos. In response to that post, we received some excellent feedback from our users—and a request for even more ways to personalize the Logos platform.

In this week’s video, we’ll continue to look at customizing Logos to fit your study process: we’ll create custom guides to get you just the information you need. Follow along as one of the Logos Pros helps you build several guide reports, tracking down information from commentaries, journal article, primary source material, and more. [Read more…]