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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Sep 24 2015 1:29 PM

Where can I find a cheat sheet of the available search modifiers?


Richard Villanueva:

There are some basic (but still pretty comprehensive helps) in the Search window under the blank search field.  If your search field is blank, they should be available.  If you scroll down you can see how to search for Persons, Things, how to see what Person is speaking.  The cheat sheet changes based on what type of search your are using (Morph, etc.)

How do I get Colin Brown to show in my lexicons?

Graham Criddle:

Bob Stephens:
right click on a lemma, a pop up gives me a list of my lexicons

When you do this you should get five lexicons displayed - assuming you have five lexicons that contain the word

These five are your most highest prioritised lexicons which contain the word so to change this you need to prioritize resources in your library. For details on doing this see https://wiki.logos.com/Prioritizing 

How do I search for murder in the Old Testament?

John Fidel:

I would start with the Bible Sense Lexicon as follows. From there you can perform BWS reports on the various Hebrew lemmas. You can also run a search for the bible sense, but as you can see the topic is broad and the BSL gives you options to study narrow or broad. Here is a screenshot:

There are also several Bible Senses for murder, but it is more limited. Just enter murder in the find box.

Here is a search rather than using the BSL:

What I really like about the BSL is that it includes the concept of murder or to kill and provides the various lemmas used. It would be more difficult to create a search using just the lemmas and making sure you include all of them.

Dave Hooton:

Do a Bible Word Study on Murder, which will give you "rings" for both Hebrew and Greek words. Click the sector for a word and then right-click the word at the top of the list to perform a search, copy, BWS, etc. If you do a lemma search you will get the root word from the right click menu in the resource.

The context menu search will give you parameters from which you can further restrict the search to a single Greek or Hebrew resource or a reverse interlinear bible like ESV, NASB95, NRSV. You may have to switch from a Basic Search to a Bible Search e.g.

Although it says "All Passages" the Hebrew word will restrict the search to the OT

Why is there a discrepancy in my results when using a clause search vs. a Bible search?

Problem description:

For example, When I run this search in Clause using the SBLGNT: person:God  person:Jesus person:Holy Spirit I get 10 results. The search range is the same.

However, when I run a search in Bible using the SBLGNT for: <Person God> <Person Jesus> <Person Holy Spirit> I get 205 results in 43 verses.

Why is there a difference?

Graham Criddle:

They operate on different boundaries - the Clause search is finding where all three terms are present in a clause while the Bible search is finding where they are all present in a verse (and this is much more)

How do I straighten out my tags when I have multiples for the same thing e.g. Ancient & AncientApostolic?

Bradley Grainger (Faithlife):

I don't need two tags for that. How do I do it without doing it one by one? 

In the Library, make sure you have the "Resource information" pane open. Select one of the resources with the "wrong" tag.

In the list of tags, right-click the "wrong" tag and choose "Rename tag on all resources". Type in the name of the tag you want to merge it with.

When you press Enter, all of the resources with the "wrong" tag will have it renamed to the right name.

Bruce Dunning:

I too have tagged my entire library so I know the effort that takes. To merge your tags do the following:

  1. Choose which tag name you prefer.
  2. Select all the resources that are tagged with the name you no longer want to use. Click on the first one and then shift/click on the last one.
  3. With all of them selected choose the tag you preferred and tag all the resources with this tag.
  4. Then, with the tags still selected (as in #2) delete the tag you no longer wish to use.
  5. Now you have all of both resources tagged with one common tag.

I hope that helps.

How do I control what I copy ... manuscript, lemma, root ...?

Graham Criddle:

Do you have Manuscript or Lemma (as appropriate) selected on the right of the right-click menu before pressing "copy"?

How do I explain what I see in the Ancient Literature section of the Passage Guide?

Rick Brannan (Faithlife):

Ancient Literature analyzes a bunch of sources to determine possible references between canonical* material and other ancient literature. The underlying dataset currently has around 260,000 references. A large chunk of these have been reviewed and categorized manually, but an even larger chunk was categorized in an automated fashion. Judaica and Ancient Near-Eastern Material are two that were categorized in an automated fashion.

The underlying data and some more information about the dataset is discussed in the Ancient Literature Documentation resource, which you should have in your library.

*canonical: Meaning literature that at least one mainstream tradition considers as canonical in some degree. This includes the material referred to as "apocrypha" by other traditions.

How do I use the memorization tool (assuming I find it)?


It is part of a passage list document

Memorize View

In Memorize View, you can choose to either practice memorizing bible verses in the passage list, or quiz yourself on your memorization of the verses in the passage list.


1. Click Memorize in the upper right.

2. Select the word Practice from the first dropdown link in the sentence along the upper portion of the panel.

3. Select which Bible you want the verse text to appear in using the dropdown link.

4. Select how you want the words or letters to be hidden from you using the dropdown link.

5. Click the Start Practice button.

6. Begin typing. You will have six steps of typing the same verse with different words hidden.

7. When you’ve finished with one verse, you will get your results and a Next Verse button to take you to the next verse.

8. Exit the practice session at any time by clicking the Exit Practice link in the upper right.


1. Click Memorize in the upper right.

2. Select the word Quiz from the first dropdown link in the sentence along the upper portion of the panel.

3. Select which Bible you want the verse text to appear in using the dropdown link.

4. Click the Start Quiz button.

5. Type the words of the verse into the blanks.

6. After each verse you will see your results for that verse and a Next Verse button to take you to the next verse.

7. When you have completed all of the verses, you will see the Total quiz results page which will show your results for the entire quiz.

8. Take the quiz over again by pressing the Restart quiz button.

9. Exit the quiz at any time by clicking the Exit quiz link in the upper right.

How do I access the highlighted parts of my text?

Dave Hooton:

Sylvio Janelle:
I would like to access only the highlighted parts of my text but can't figure out how.

The Locator Bar will allow a search of all notes and highlighting as follows

Select "Annotation" and use the Up/Down arrows ---> just ignore the notes it finds

You can also search for specific highlights using a Basic Search of the resource as follows:

  • {Highlight Style Name}
  • {Highlight Palette Name/Style Name} —> useful if multiple palettes have a style with the same name
  • {Highlight Palette Name/*} —> finds all styles in that palette

e.g.  {Highlight Emphasis Markup/*}   ----> finds all highlighting in the Emphasis Markup palette

       {Highlight My Palette/*}   ---> will find all highlighting in your user-defined palette

       {Highlight Brackets}  --> finds the Brackets style in Emphasis Markup palette + any other palette.


Sylvio Janelle:
I would like to access only the highlighted parts of my text but can't figure out how.

The best you can do is to open the note document (do you know about those?) and switch to "quotes view."  ...

Oh, to clarify Dave's post slightly... He was showing means and methods to find highlights in a given book in context. It sounded to be like you were wanting all the highlights together, which is what I explained. The tips Dave gave are very helpful to find highlights throughout a book in context or to search the highlights themselves. 

How do I set my preferred Bible on the Home Page?

Gabe Martini (Faithlife):

Sam West:

do i set my Priority bible?

Thanks for the help.

You can also click on the settings icon in the top-right corner of the homepage, selecting "Choose Preferred Bible":

And then an option to prioritize will appear in the homepage feed like so:

Bruce Dunning:

This should help you prioritize your Bible or any other resources you would like - https://wiki.logos.com/Prioritizing

I should mention that this is done through your library page

How do I create a Word List from a passage?

Graham Criddle:

Brian McLean:
Is there a way to take a passage list (say an entire chapter or book) and create a list of all the words included in that passage?

Yes - this is provided by the "Word List" capability.

Open the Documents menu and click on "Word List" (from the left-hand menu)

Then click the Add button and enter the passage range you want included and you should get what you want.

The video at https://www.logos.com/logos-pro/word-lists provides some insight on this (Word Lists are covered from 3 minutes in)

Hope this helps you get started, Graham 

Graham Criddle:

Brian McLean:
Is there a way to to a Word List for a specific Translation of the Bible?

Not using the Word List feature - it is based on original language texts and doesn't support use of different translations

Brian McLean:
 For example, I'd like to look at the book of James in the ESV, and return a list of all the English Words used by order of occurrence.

The new Concordance tool (available as part of a Logos Now subscription) does it very nicely as per below

How do I find expired Logos Now resources?

Jacob Cerone:

A list of all the resources that have been in Logos Now can be found at the bottom of this post

How do I perform a search that would find Greek words that occur more than 50 times in the book of Ephesians?

Bradley Grainger (Faithlife):

The easiest way to generate this list is with the new Concordance tool (https://www.logos.com/product/51523/concordance-tool), which is currently available as part of a Logos Now subscription: https://www.logos.com/now

Dave Hooton:

If you don't fancy a Now subscription, and would be using Logos 5 or the free update to Logos 6, then a Word List will provide a list of lemmas.

Use Add menu to specify Ephesians in the bible of choice.

Click the column to sort by Count.

If you want manuscript words then Concordance is the way!

But if you want the words in Ephesians that occur more than 50 times in the bible then you have a different problem.

How do I compare two Bible texts?

Dave Hooton:


I meant NRSV and any other version of the Bible

Open in a Floating Window and the bible text will be side by side (right click Text Comparison in the Tools menu to do this).

To change bibles, type something in place of the other bible e.g. NASB, and hit the Enter key.

When you are working in the NRSV hit the F7 key for a quick comparison!


What verses are you looking at?

If you use "Parallel Passages" in the Passage Guide, you can find resources that show certain passages in parallel, and some of them you can actually choose the Bible Version.

For example, David A. Jones' Old Testament Quotations and Allusions in the New Testament, or A. T. Robertson's A Harmony of the Gospels.


I'm not sure what you mean when you say comparing a verse in the NRSV with another version of the NRSV "of the same verse but in a different Bible version."

But there are some options.

You can create a collection (or collections) with the bible(s) you want to compare your main bible to. That collection(s) will appear in the drop down of the text comparison pane.

You could create a layout with the bibles you want to compare linked. 

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