Coram Deo - definition

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Mike Pettit | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Feb 27 2011 7:16 AM

I came accross the term "Coram Deo" in a Logos resource and much to my shame did not know what it meant.

I attempted to right click the term to see what Logos could tell me about the term but all I could found was a general search for whenever ther words were used. In the end I had to google the term to get a definition.

I have the Platinum package, what should I have done in Logos to get information on "Coram Deo" in an efficient way? 

 

  

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 27 2011 7:25 AM

I would hope you would have recognized that it's a Latin phrase; without knowing that it would be harder to know where to look it up.

I keep a Latin Reference collection to search for things like this. Its definition rule is title:dictionary AND (title:latin OR title:vulgate). Currently it contains the following resources:

The phrase "coram Deo" was found in the middle two on that list. It means "Before God. How we stand in relationship to God, before God’s face, which posture should indicate a certain stance of humility." or "before God; as distinct from coram hominibus, before men."

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Mike Pettit | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 27 2011 8:00 AM

I was wondering if there was a general way to look for definitions rather than references but as you suggest it appears that a collection of relevant refernce works would be the way to go.

I do not have the middle two resources which might explain why I had such problems. Given the weight of my own library I may buy the Muller work, although the Collegeville Catholic Reference Library  does look might tempting.

The more I use Logos the more I think it is important to look at your library strategically with reference works being a key foundation for getting value out of the bulk of the library.

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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 27 2011 8:04 AM

Rosie Perera:

I would hope you would have recognized that it's a Latin phrase; without knowing that it would be harder to know where to look it up.

I keep a Latin Reference collection to search for things like this. Its definition rule is title:dictionary AND (title:latin OR title:vulgate). Currently it contains the following resources:

The phrase "coram Deo" was found in the middle two on that list. It means "Before God. How we stand in relationship to God, before God’s face, which posture should indicate a certain stance of humility." or "before God; as distinct from coram hominibus, before men."

Good response, Rosie.  I have about the same resources for this as you.  According to the website the Oxford Latin Dictionary is supposed to surpass the venerable Lewis and Short dictionary in many ways.  It is still "Under Contract" though my bid was placed -- wow -- six years ago this coming July 30 which is the day before my granddaughter's birthday.  I have another resource which I find very helpful which is a little program that runs in a DOS box called "Words."  It takes input from typing a Latin word, parses it listing and identifying the various forms and gives several glosses.  It also works in reverse, i.e., you can input an English word and get a Latin term in response.  You can find it by Googling (I use the advanced search) "words" and "whittaker."  Almost like a Logos popup.

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fgh | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 27 2011 8:35 AM

Of course, sometimes things are easier than they may look at first sight. These are among my first 11 search results in Entire Library:

What would be really handy in cases like this would be to be able to search for "coram deo (" (with quotes), to get only the occurrences where the author has defined the term, but unfortunately that isn't possible; it returns the same results as "coram deo". Sad

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J.R. Miller | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Feb 27 2011 9:42 AM

fgh:
What would be really handy in cases like this would be to be able to search for "coram deo (" (with quotes), to get only the occurrences where the author has defined the term, but unfortunately that isn't possible; it returns the same results as "coram deo"
Movie Here is a video showing a quick way to find the meaning. (PS, I have a cold, so sorry if I sound terrible in the video).

 

 

 

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