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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Dec 14 2020 4:33 PM

How do I group Passage Lists?

Derek Gentle:

Is it possible to group Passage Lists into a Notebook (or in some other way)? I don't want to combine multiple Passage Lists into one Passage List, but I want to group them together. Like this:

  • God the Father in Matthew
  • God the Father in Mark
  • God the Father in Luke
  • God the Father in John

Graham Criddle:

I would put them into a Favorites folder - see for some pointers

How do I delete a sermon template?

Ryan Graves:
Does anyone have any idea how to delete Sermon Templates in Logos 9?

MJ. Smith:

Graham Criddle:

You should be able to identify the names of your templates in the homily manager (although I assume in your case, you know the name of the template)

Then find that document in the Docs menu, right-click and select the Delete option

Screenshots above are from Logos 9 and Sermon Manager, not Verbum 9 and Homily Manager. but the same principles should appy

How do I find the pericope Mark 16:9-20 in Factbook?

I've tried searching a number of ways and can't find a Factbook entry for just Mark 16:9-20. That seems like an oversight. It's definitely in its own pericope, so I'm not sure why the Factbook is not treating it as such.

MJ. Smith:

The pericopes available for the end of Mark in Factbook is below the arrow. The Logos pericopes are the definition of the pericopes used in Factbook.

This provides two pericopes in Factbook

How do I search a Collection?

Floyd Johnson:

Can I search a collection like I can the library? 

Can I search for a particular title, or author, or series? 

Can I limit my search to a subset of a collection without creating a new collection?

Rosie Perera:


Start typing the collection name in the Search box of the Search In dropdown, and then select it from the list of Collections that match:

Floyd Johnson:
Can I search for a particular title, or author, or series? 

Do you mean search in a particular title or in works by a particular author or in a particular series?

If that's what you mean, then yes. If it's a title, type it into the Search box of the Search In dropdown. If it's an author, type: author:"John Doe" (remember to put the quotes around the author's name). If it's a series, type series:"Name of Series"

Floyd Johnson:
Can I limit my search to a subset of a collection without creating a new collection?

Yes, if it's a subset that can be described in a rule such as you might put into the Collection definition box. So for example, if you wanted to search in all books with the word English in the title that are NOT dictionaries, you could enter English ANDNOT type:dictionary into the Search box of the Search In dropdown, and then choose the first option in the list that shows up, of the form "NNN resources with {your collection rule}". There's a term for this on-the-fly kind of search collection, but I can't remember what it is. Temporary collections or dynamic collections or something.

Anyway, I hope I understood what you were asking. You might have been talking about searching for titles, authors, etc. within a library-like listing of a collection so you could filter the list of resources in that collection. If that was the case, then you can do that in the Library itself, using facets. First click the button with three horizontal lines in it at the upper left of the Library to open the Filter sidebar. Scroll down to the Collections heading and expand it by clicking the little triangle beside it if it isn't already expanded. Click "More>>" as needed until you find the collection you're looking for, and then select it. This will filter your library and show only the resources in that collection.

Then you can search for a particular title, author, or series within that collection by typing in the Find resources box. You can then search within those resources by selecting them all and then right-clicking anywhere in the selection and choosing "Search these resources".

Dave Hooton:

First Filter library for the collection and then you can search for title, or author, or series as you would normally.

(1) Open the Library sidebar, look for Collections (originally below Author) and select your Collection.

(2) Search for series, author, title, etc.

Floyd Johnson:
Can I limit my search to a subset of a collection without creating a new collection?

Just use another search field to get your subset e.g.

mytag:notes author:Beale   ---> this limits the author: search to the subset with mytag:notes

How do I use the Cited By vs. Power Lookup tools?

Pater Noster:

I am struggling with the big picture on these two tools. Is it fair to say Cited By shows various references that Cite whatever you are looking at, while Power Lookup has the text of any citations in what you are looking at? 

Cited By: shows who cites this resource

Power Lookup: shows this resources' citations (in complete text)

MJ. Smith:

Basically yes.

Verbum Help:

Cited By

Type a passage in the Search box, or link the tool to a Bible from the Panel menu to display where that passage is cited in other Library resources.

Reference Types

The Cited By tool searches for Data Type References that do not link to a specific resource. For example, [Aug., Conf. 13.19.25] will work, but page 252 of a specific book or commentary will not.

Verbum Help (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2018).

Verbum Help:

Power Lookup

Display everything the active resource links to (footnotes, Bible passages, other resources, etc.) by scrolling through the resource.

The Power Lookup tool finds a data type reference in the current article or selection and displays the text associated with each reference.

Verbum Help (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2018).


Adding to MJ ...

- Power Lookup does exactly what the tool title describes. Let's say, you have you're Quinta apparatus open, along with your MT text (hebrew). And quite frankly, mousing over all the little footnotes, and references is a major pain. Power Lookup does the mousing automatically, depending on how you attach it. Mr Mouser.

- CitedBy is a different problem. It doesn't care about all those footnotes at all. Instead it concentrates on the Bible verse(s) you're at (typically).  It solves the problem of studying your Bible, and not wanting to have to go check the Fathers, or the Talmud or a set of interesting monographs. He's your library assistent.

Both return text ... one jumps because your primary panel has a footnote/refs and looks them up. The other digs thru your library (however selected) for any Bible ref you're currently working on, and returns a decent snippit.

So, they're both big time savers, depending on your tasking. Passage Guide is a big-brother to CitedBy, so you might check him out too.

How do I batch tag resources?


As it is now I've been clicking the information button on each resource after opening it, and manually putting in each tag. There must be a better way....

Does anyone know?...

Rosie Perera:

You can do it in the Library. Open the Information panel on the right side of the Library (click the "i" icon).

Then multi-select whatever resources you want to tag with the same tag (using either Shift+click or Ctrl+click to select either a range of resources or separate resources).

Then click in the "Add tag" box in the info panel and type in your tag(s).

More info on Tagging here:

How do I find passages with a high frequency of a given word?


I am trying to find passages with a high density/frequency of the English word "love" in the NT.  I would then use the identified passages to explore contrasts between the various Greek words for "love".

The closest thing I have found thus far is "Graph Bible Search Results" using the "Result Map," but I believe that is frequency by verse rather than word density (eg. 1 per 10 words). 


Change the option in the dropdown from "Count per book" to "Frequency per 1,000 words in book," or "Frequency per 1,000 words in chapter" if you're doing it at the passage level.

See below. I used the NRSV, it looks like the book of 1 John and specifically 1 John 4 is your winner, followed by 1 Corinthians 13 (no surprise there). You would have to use the translation of your choice to see if you get different results.

per 1000 word in book:

per 1000 word in chapter:


Also, there's only one greek root for Love in 1 John 4: Agapao. Agapao (Love - verb), Agape (Love - noun), Agapetos (Beloved - adjective). Just to save you some time.

From the Concordance tool (filtered to 1 John 4):

Mark Smith:

One other thing you might find interesting or helpful (if you haven't already tried this) is to use the Analysis 'tab' in your search results. If you right click on the header of the table that opens up you can add a column for Chapter or for Book and see your search results aggregated to that level (not paragraphs, unfortunately).

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