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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Aug 23 2015 3:55 PM

How do I find the number of occurrence of a word by chapter?

Mark Barnes:

You can do this for individual words from a Bible or Morph search. After a search, click on Graph Results.

Then choose the appropriate option from the dropdown menu:

How do I search for similar (synonymous) words?

Mark Barnes:

For thesaurus-like functionality in Greek, use the Louw-Nida lexicon. In this case, you need to be looking at the domains 88.289-88.318 (at least). You can do a search for those domains with this syntax: <LouwNida ~ LN 88.289-88.318>.

You can also use the Bible Sense Lexicon which works for both NT and OT:

The Lexham Theological Wordbook is also excellent for this sort of thing. It's an really underrated resource.

How does I search for a part of speech of an English word?

Andrew Zoll:

I'm going nuts with this. I am trying to do a study on the words wish, will, and desire. The problem is, when I search for will in the Bible, it finds not only all of the uses of that word as a noun (what I want), but also all of its uses as a verb (what I definitely don't want). 

I was hoping to find a way to do this using the english. I tried doing a morphology search for will@n, but I got nothing searching that way (leading me to believe that morphology search is ONLY for Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic). Does anyone have any idea how I could run this search?


Try @N WITHIN will

How do I print an Exegetical Guide?

Graham Criddle:

Click on the panel icon (top-left) and select Print / Export - you will see a number of options which you can experiment with

Currently I don't even know how to copy text from the guide to clipboard. :(

Right-click on a section heading and select the Copy option

How do I find where "fear" is used as a positive imperative?

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):

Morph search idea:

<Root = lbs/el/φοβος> WITHIN 0-4 WORDS @V??M

An option for search results is saving as passage list(s).


One way to do this involves two steps for positives and two for negatives, and it can still include some false positive hits. Then of course, you need to do this once for the OT and then the NT.

1. In clause search, search for verb-sense:to fear polarity:positive. Save as passage list.

2. In morph search, search your passage list for imperatives: @V??M

There will be false positives if perchance there are other imperatives in the searches the morph search finds.

Mark Barnes:

Doc B:
I can get a lot of hits searching for fear, but can't seem to isolate the various similar meanings into groups.

I'd recommend the Lexham Theological Wordbook as a starting point. It does a lot of that grouping for you. Use the lemmas from the Wordbook in a BWS, to see the senses used for that word, and then search the senses generated. Combine senses and lemmas with morphology.

For example, here's a list of search of the "Fear the Lord" commands in the OT:

From a Bible Word Study how do I list all the verse where the word appears?

Andrew Batishko (Faithlife):

Click on the word in the very center of the circle to display all verses. Note that you can also right click on the section header ("Greek Words") and select "Save as Passage List" to send all of the verses to a new Passage List.

How can I compile a list of the genitive absolute in the Septuagint?

Dave Hooton:

Provided you have Logos Now you can do a Bible Search with {Section <GramCon GenAbs>}, but it doesn't work for the LXX!

Syntax Search would be best but it is not available for the LXX and a text Search for anarthrous parts-of-speech is not accurate e.g lemma:θεός ANDNOT lemma:ὁ eliminates valid results as the article could belong to another word. Also, there is no way to limit the placement of the construction.

You can experiment with (@V??P??G WITHIN  1-2 WORD  @NG, R??G) but you have to manually inspect the results for articles before the participle (the first term).


We can refine the search for the anarthrous condition as follows:

(@V??P??G WITHIN  1-2 WORD  @NG, R??G) ANDNOT (lemma:ὁ BEFORE 1 WORD  @V??P??G)

In Logos LXX that reduces the number of verses from 955 to 636, but it still eliminates a few potentially valid results

Dave Hooton:

My Search is

What is the difference between Library Resources and Library Results?

Graham Criddle:

Resources is roughly equivalent to doing a Find in your library while Results is doing a search in resources in your library 

What are those right angle brackets in the Lexham English Bible?


You can't make them disappear and it isn't a "bug." It is a characteristic of the translation (and some other translations are similar). 

From the introductory notes: "Second, some expressions in biblical languages are idiomatic, so that a literal translation would be meaningless or would miscommunicate the true meaning. The LEB uses lower corner brackets to indicate such expressions, with a literal rendering given in a note."


John Fidel:

The LEB brackets have footnotes that show literal translations. You can remove them by clicking on the icon with the three dots and checking the box for Bible Text Only as follows:


How do I see all the Greek words for a particular English word?

Pastor Michael Huffman:

Simple question! What report would I need to run if i wanted to see all of the Greek words for a particular engish. For example, if I wanted to see all of the Greek words for the English word "crown" what report would I run?

Graham Criddle:

Use the Bible Word Study Guide with the word "crown" and use the Translation section

What order of priority do you arrange lexicons in Logos and why?

Mark Barnes:


  • BDAG - the most comprehensive and authoritative
  • LSJ - handles words outside the NT, so I want it second to pick up words BDAG misses
  • Louw-Nida - The structure is different to most lexicons, so can give a different perspective.
  • TLNT - the best in-depth theological lexicon IMO
  • Lexham Theological Workbook - I think this is really useful, as it's both brief and theological
  • TDNT - To pick up words not in TLNT or LTW

The logic is that there are three types of lexicons here. In positions (1) and (2) are standard academic lexicons. In (3) is a lexicon organised by sematic field, and in (4) to (6) are theological lexicons. That means I can get to any type of lexicon from the context menu in a couple of clicks.


  • HALOT - the most comprehensive, although can sometimes be confusing
  • DBL Hebrew - much simpler than HALOT, so I use this if I'm in a hurry
  • NIDOTTE - the best theological lexicon (until TDOT comes out)
  • Lexham Theological Workbook - quicker than NIDOTTE

What determines if there is a scrollbar or arrows at the bottom for navigating a resource?


Am I missing a setting that will make this consistent for all documents?

It sounds like you have columns set to 1 (or more). Scrolling view is columns set to "none." If you like to scroll, you must set columns to none, else, you are doing a page turn. This is changed in the resource menu (book cover).

NOTE: This is a "per resource" setting. Does that answer your question? 

How do I find the Reading List compilation of TIPS?

James Taylor:

Where can this be found?

1. "type reading list" in the command box

2. then click the option that pops up "Show Reading Lists"

3. Find MJ's list in the "Recent lists" section (or you can also just search for her name in the find box)

4. Click on the list title link and you will see all of the "Tip of the day" posts in order as requested.

5. Then Check the box of the one you've read it will cause Logos to display it in the "Open Lists" section of the Reading List  tool, and you can also choose to display the "Recent lists" on the home screen if you'd like.  

Ps. the other lists MJ has created are also very thorough and beneficial compiling a plethora of information all organized very thoughtfully to aid in understanding the various things Logos has, does, and is used for.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 23 2015 5:04 PM

Great list MJ. Several of those posts were highlights for me too this week.

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