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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Nov 22 2015 7:41 PM

How do I open a Bible in regular view when it is the base of a multiview resource panel?

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):
How about Ctrl+Shift+N then Ctrl+Shift+M

Mark Barnes:

... I create two shortcuts for my preferred Bibles, one with multiview turned on, and one with multiview turned off.

How do I turn sympathetic highlighting on?

Harry Hahne:

This is one of my favorite features of Logos. It is called Sympathetic Highlighting.

Here is how you turn sympathetic highlighting on:

  1. Open and English Bible and a Greek or Hebrew Bible.
  2. [optional] Put both Bibles in the same Link Set. Click on the Panel menu for a Bible and select the big A to put it in Link Set A. This allows you to scroll through one Bible and see the same passage in the other Bible.
  3. Click on the Visual Filter icon at the top of the Bible (it looks like 3 rings in Logos 4-5 and 3 small balls in Logos 6). Check the Sympathetic Highlighting option. Do this for both Bibles.

Now, when you select a word or phrase in the Bible in one language it will be highlighted in the other Bible.

You can do this with any English Bible that has reverse interlinear tagging, such as NASB, ESV, NRSV, NIV, NLT, KJV and NKJV. You can also do this with some other language translations, such as some Spanish Bibles. I sometimes use the feature with a Spanish Bible and an English Bible open. Since both are tagged with Greek and Hebrew information, I can highlight a phrase in Spanish and see how it was translated in the English Bible.

Sure, it's called Sympathetic Highlighting - it presupposes a RI for the English bible and you'll find it under the Visual Filters Menu. 


You need to enable it first in the original language window by clicking on the three dotted button (highlighted yellow) and then make sure that "sympathetic highlighting is on". 

Then when you highlight an English word (in the example below, "angel" on the right) the corresponding original language word will be highlighted (as you can see in the left window below):

How do I print a double-sided document?


Maybe it is different for Mac, but in windows there is a link that opens the printer properties for the selected printer

How do I find everything in my library on the topic of servant in Isaiah?

Lonnie Spencer:

Try this search. It may not be as overwhelming in the results coming back.

largetext:servant NEAR isaiah

Justin Gatlin:

Let me try and walk you through a process. The best technique, which is very precise but will miss many valid points, is probably to start searching Factbook for "Servant of the Lord."

The Factbook entry gives the dictionary articles which will really get you started and recommends the search: (<Topic Servant of the Lord> OR "Servant of the Lord" OR "Righteous Sufferer" OR "Servant of Jehovah" OR "Servant of Yahweh" OR "Servant Songs" OR Servanthood OR "Suffering Servant") which gives over 22k results for me, and includes lots of things like Moses as the servant of the Lord, which is pretty far afield of what you want. 

A very brute force version, which will give many false positives, is "Servant WITHIN {Milestone <Bible Isaiah>}" which gives you the word servant within passages tagged as references to Isaiah (13 thousand results for me in my "not Bible" collection).

A more precise tool would be Servant WITHIN ({Milestone <Bible Isaiah 42:1-4>}, {Milestone <Bible Isaiah 49:3-6>}, {Milestone <Bible Isaiah 53:1-12>}) (which still has over 3 thousand results for me). I took the passages the Factbook recommended. This will miss excurses in commentaries which you will want to look up manually in the best ones, but obviously eliminates a lot of clutter.

I might even try to combine the search I developed with the salient points from the  (Servant WITHIN 5 WORDS (YHWH, Lord, Jehovah, Yahweh)) WITHIN ({Milestone <Bible Isaiah 42:1-4>}, {Milestone <Bible Isaiah 49:3-6>}, {Milestone <Bible Isaiah 53:1-12>}) which brings it down to 785 for me. 

You might do a search for "Servant" in heading and large text of resources with type:commentary and title:Isaiah. You could refine that with insights from your other reading and our other searches, depending on what you still want to do.

What does "same surface text" select in the corresponding word visual filter?

Dylan Rondeau:
"Same surface text" is intended to be generous, using stemming to match all word forms and is case insensitive.

Is there a dataset in Logos that explains what Tifha A, Tifha B, and the other terms that appear in the Hebrew Cantillations?

MJ. Smith:

From the reading list Logos/Verbum dataset and visualization information:

Hebrew cantillations

How do I find what lexicons have Strong's tags?

John Fidel:

The best way to find what lexicons have Strong's tags, select a word in a Reverse Interlinear Text, right mouse click on the Strong's and then select Power Lookup. This will show what lexicons you can prioritize to get the link to open that resource instead of the Strong's dictionary. Do this for both Greek and Hebrew.

How do I control what shows in and opens from the interlinear lines?

John Fidel:

If you right mouse click on the reverse interlinear band Logos will provide you options for what you want to show. Below is a screenshot that shows the right context menu. You can see what I have selected to show. 

I prefer the Louw-Nida link to that lexicon over Strong's. However, if I were going to select a Lexicon to link to Strong's it would be the Complete Bible Wordstudy.

Hope this provides you the answer to your question.

John Fidel:

Try prioritizing DBL-Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic lexicons above Strong's. They should open from a Strong's link instead of Strong's if that is what you want.

Where can I find definitions of the various tenses, voices, moods ...?

Graham Criddle:

If you hover over the terms you should get a popup that defines it - clicking on the popup will take you to the book which provides the definition

Do you see this?

Michael Childs:

My suggestion would simply be don't do it.  Rather, I would go to a solid commentary written by a scholar that you trust who is familiar with Greek and Hebrew, and let that commentator bring out the significance of the Greek and Hebrew in the passage.

I think someone not familiar with Greek and Hebrew would make far fewer mistakes that way. 

Get all the meaning you can through solid English Bible exegesis, then consult a good commentary for what you don't know.

How do I configure preferences for the Information window (not overall preferences)?

Graham Criddle:

If you hover your mouse at the top of the Definition section you get a Settings option, click that and you get a dropdown menu

That enables you to choose which resource to get a definition from as shown

Clicking the "Brief" allows you to choose between Brief, Entire and Gloss

Does this give you what you need?

How would I search for what a particular author says about a specific text?

Graham Criddle:

I would create a "Quick Collection"

Then run the search

Mark Barnes:

What does Spurgeon say about Eph 1.1

In search, enter author:spurgeon in the dropdown where you select your resources, and then click on the item that will say "169 resources with author:spurgeon". Then enter <Eph 1:1> OR {Milestone <Eph 1:1>} in the search box.

How do I find out about textual variants in Logos 6?

Graham Criddle:

If you run an Exegetical Guide on a passage you should see the Textual Variants section.

You can add it to a Passage Guide but this requires customisation - if you want to do that there are some guidelines (based on Logos 4) at https://wiki.logos.com/Building_a_Custom_Guide_Example 

How can I search for elohim (אֱלֹהִים) as the subject of a plural verb?

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):

Try the following Clause Search and see if it gets you the results you are looking for: subject-lemma:אֱלֹהִים AND verb-morph:V????P

This gives 45 results. Some (like Gen 6:2 with "sons of God") you won't be interested in, but others (like Gen 20:13 with "God caused me to wander") match what you are looking for. 45 results isn't too many to look through manually.

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