Logos Pro Tech Tip: Studying the Sermon on the Mount with the Help of the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most significant biblical archaeological discoveries of all time. They shed new light on the teachings and culture surrounding the New Testament and the life of Jesus. People around the world have been able to see the scrolls in traveling exhibitions, and the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem displays the premier treasure of the collection, the Great Isaiah Scroll.

With Logos, you can have full access to both biblical and sectarian manuscripts; you can also accurately search and explore these ancient texts side-by-side with English translations.

In this week’s video, we will use the power of Logos to investigate the concept of “hatred” referenced in Matthew 5:43 and discover key references to this topic in the sectarian manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. [Read more…]

How to Create a Lesson Template for Logos’ Sermon Editor


If you’re a preacher, teacher, or Bible study leader you probably have a fairly consistent approach to study and/or preparation. In other words, you may go through the same steps of lesson development each week. For example, I personally follow my methodology called the I-Beam of Message Building.

Toward that end, I’ve been asked numerous times by fellow Logos users if we can create a “lesson template” in the software allowing us each week to complete fields, such as title, introduction, point 1, point 2, conclusion, etc.

Currently, we can’t create templates (but who knows what the future holds) so I’ve discovered a work-a-round in Logos that may just meet a need you have. [Read more…]

How to Use Inline Search to Find All Forms of a Word

At a recent Camp Logos an attendee asked this question:

Can we execute a Match all word forms search with an Inline search?

First, I’ll give a little explanation.

On the Search panel menu resides the option to Match all word forms. With this feature selected, a search for faith also finds faithful, faithfulness, etc.

An Inline Search, however, does not visibly have this option. No worries, though. An Inline Search uses what was last checked or unchecked on the Search panel menu. [Read more…]

Not Your Average Wordbook


The Lexham Theological Wordbook is a new breed of language tool, one built for any student of the Bible. Craig Bartholomew explains:

In a day in which seminaries and universities are loosening their hold on the biblical languages Lexham Press is boldly leading the way towards a constructive and thoroughly contemporary retrieval. The Lexham Theological Wordbook is a marvelous resource for scholars, pastors, seminarians, and for those whose knowledge of the biblical languages is limited. Scripture is given to us in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, and we need this sort of help in excavating its riches. This Wordbook is based on the best current linguistic insights and will be a resource that I keep close at hand. The Wordbook is an ambitious and major achievement and should and will be used widely.

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More Tips on Finding the Perfect Hymn for Sunday Morning

Last week’s post answered a user’s question on how to find hymns based on a Scripture reference. Today, using a feature called field searching, we’ll locate hymns written by a specific author, with a desired title, or containing certain words.

If you’re looking for a hymn, give this a go:

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How to Add the Same Note in Logos to Different Verses

Last week’s blog post focused on Notes and we’ll continue that theme this week.

Sometimes as we’re studying the Bible, the insights we gain for one passage apply equally to another. For example, as we study the results of Spirit fullness in Ephesians 5:18-22 we realize they’re basically the results of the Word dwelling in us from Colossians 3:16-17. So we want the same note attached to both passages.

To do that, take a swing at this:

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How to Find Everywhere the NT Mentions Eating or Meals

A fellow Logos user recently posted the following question on a Logos blog:

Is there a way to find every time there is eating/a meal in the New Testament?  I think there is a lot of activity that goes on around a table or just eating.

With the Bible Sense Lexicon the answer is a resounding yes!

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Logos Pro Summer Training: One-Hit Wonders in the Bible

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

Shakespeare used around 17,000 different words to write his plays; some of them he used only once, such as imbecility. Words that appear just one time in a given text are called hapax legomena. The New Testament contains quite a number of these. (A Logos user made a full list here.)

Biblical hapax legomena present a unique challenge to translators, because we discover what words mean by observing how they’re used. When these rare words occur, translators are forced to search usage outside of the Bible to discover their meaning.

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How to Tidy Up Your Logos Library

Recently, I received an e-mail from a seasoned Logos user who presented the following scenario:

I’ve been with Logos for many years and amassed numerous resources. As I surveyed my Library I realized some of these resources I may not use. Is there a way to remove them from my Library?

For various reasons you may find yourself in a similar situation. For example, perhaps you don’t read Latin, yet you discover you have Latin resources.

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Logos Summer Training: How to Find a Verse You Don’t Remember

Each week this summer the Logos Pros will teach you how to master the tools and resources of Logos Bible Software. You’ll get some pointers and some study questions. 

If you’ve spent real time in the Bible, certain phrases will stick in your mind. And mix with other phrases. And other translations. You end up with occasional mishmashes, making it difficult for you to find the verse that’s on the tip of your tongue. Scriptural statements also get transmogrified into cultural sayings: “Money is the root of all evil”—except that it isn’t.

With the new Fuzzy Search feature in Logos, you can search for the “wrong” words and still find the right verse. Enter the phrase above and you’ll get 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.”

This week, we will learn how the Fuzzy Search feature works and how we can quickly search for references we don’t quite recall.

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Study Questions

  • Where does Scripture say “God is love”?
  • Can you find the passage where a king hits the ground with arrows three times?