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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Jan 2 2016 11:46 PM

How do I search for prepositions immediately followed by a certain case?

Dave Hooton:

Perform a Morph Search like

 lemma:διά@P BEFORE 1 WORD  @NG

See https://wiki.logos.com/Search_HELP#Morph_Search for an explanation.


There are also instances where it's an adjective or article immediately following the preposition, so you might want to add slightly to Dave's search as follows: 

lemma:διά@P BEFORE 1 WORD  (@NG, JG, DG)

Certainly with διά there aren't any participles immediately following the preposition, but you might need to add that in as well. What surprised me when I tried this, is that it doesn't produce any results if you put the @ before the additional options in the search - you learn something every day! In fact, it only worked when I accidentally omitted the @ after the comma. 

How do I access my PB's on other computers?


Just to clarify: did you upload the PB? Each one needs to be manually uploaded in order to sync across computers.

How do I build a Search to identify clauses?

Dave Hooton:

VF's are restricted to text searches, so they will not inherently help with clause terms, but Syntactic bibles are possibilities e.g. Opentext:

<OpenTextSyntactic = Clause (Emb)>     ---> embedded clause

<OpenTextSyntactic = Cl>   ----> clause

It marks beginning and end of a clause.

Lexham Syntactic GNT is less helpful as the whole clause is marked.

But nothing for Hebrew bibles!

How do I search for  νικάω in the active with any accusative object?

Dave Hooton:


lemma:νικάω@V?A BEFORE 1 WORDS @R??A, NA, JA, DA, V??P??A

i.e. commas between the morph expression for Pronoun, Noun, Adjective, Article and Participle.

How do I search for all words with the σύν prefix?

Mark Barnes:

Of course, we can exclude those instances where σὺν is followed by a space, the search string now reads σὺν* -"σὺν " and gives 9 (instead of 11) results in NA28 Ephesians:

This search string wouldn't find words beginning with σὺν that occur in a verse that also contains the word σὺν itself. There are four such verses in the Pauline Epistles (1 Cor 5:4, 2 Cor 8:19, Phil 1:23 and Col 2:13).

The best search query to answer the original question is σὺν* NOTEQUALS σὺν.

How can I do a search on a character that is treated as punctuation i.e. ignored?


But you can include the arrowhead in the Ctrl-F find  - no issue:

or look for only the arrowhead or the other symbols.

How do I remove a book from my library?

Graham Criddle:
Hiding it should remove it from your library, and your hard drive.


For clarification: the "hidden book" feature should be called "archiving," since that is what you are doing. If you don't want to own a resource, you will need FL to remove the license from your account. NOTE: you can't remove individual books from packages or collections.

How do I prioritize a single book from a series?

On PC, I can Alt + drag to prioritize a single book from a series. 

(On the Mac) it IS the Control key, but the trick is that you have to start dragging the resource and THEN hold control before dropping it into the list. If you hold Control before starting to drag, then it interprets it as a right-click.

Included as a tip of the day in the reading list: TIP of the day: Make a 2015 Reading Plan Work for 2016

How do I measure distance on a map?


EDIT: this only works in the Atlas, the other maps in Logos (e.g., the ESV Study Bible Maps) cannot measure distance.

More about the Atlas here: https://community.logos.com/forums/t/92637.aspx 

steve clark:

For those who are using Logos6/Verbum6 and have not purchased a Logos6 upgrade, i believe you will find that maps in Biblical Places still has this feature (measuring distances).

Please try this on your Mac to confirm my thoughts. In the command window type: open Biblical Places Maps


Then when Biblical Places Maps appear, try using Command + dragging the mouse (or whatever you did in your post).


This can be helpful for us who did not purchase the Logos/Verbum 6 upgrade, but installed the Logos/Verbum 6 free upgrade.

Where do I find the family trees?

Keep Smiling 4 Jesus :):

Does Factbook include "family tree" in media ? or Media search for <Person Joseph (husband of Mary)> ?

How do you find out if a resource has a temporary license?


Open your library.

Right click on the column headers line.

Select "License" from the drop down list.

You can see which is temporary from that new column.


Try this...

Follow Steve's instructions to make the "License" column visible in the Library Pane.

-Click on the License Column heading to Sort by license type.

-For me this created two sub groups, "Permanent" and "Temporary"

Colapse the "Perm" group and expand the "Temporary" group.

Select "All"

Add a tag that says "Temporary" to all those resources that are such.

You can view the Info window on an open resource and see the tags. You will now see the information you are after...Cool...(I think)...This procedure worked for me...


Can't find the edit feature (no it was not displayed under the More drop-down) so....

You can also (I just learned) type (without the quotes) "License:Temporary" in the Find Box at the top of the Library window to do the same filtering.

Then Select all the displayed resources and "Tag" them with an appropriate word that indicates this Temporary status (Temporary?).

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How do I move notes or highlights en masse to new file(s)?

David A Egolf:

Create the resource note file where they are to be moved.  Then open the large highlight file and the newly created note file side by side.  Use the pull down menu from the current highlight file and select the "Sort by reference".  This should cause all the highlights from each resource to be grouped together.  Scroll through the highlight file until you locate the highlights for the resource with the new notes file.  Then drag and drop the highlights from the old file to the new one by one.

David A Egolf:

With the note files side by side, left click and hold the box at the front of the highlight.  Then, while holding the mouse button down, drag to the new note file.  Let up on the button when you are in the space where the new notes are displayed.

David A Egolf:

BTW: This technique of moving highlights also works for notes.

While you are at it, you should probably be setting your individual palettes to either "Most recent note file" or "Resource specific note file". This is done by hovering over the end of the Palette name; e.g., "SOLID COLORS".  A down arrow will appear.  When you click the down arrow you will get a menu with "Save in" at the end. I use Most recent note file so that I have control over where my notes and highlights go.

Most of the time, I collect highlights and notes in a file specific to that resource.  It is my default to keep the size of the note files down.  Also, the Logos default of collecting all highlights in palette files just causes huge disorganized files. 

However, sometimes I want to collect notes and highlights on a topical basis.  This can become important when doing research.  I find that I like to have topical note files for building class presentations.  As I move from resource to resource the notes for that topic are lumped together in a single file. 

I also tend to turn my notes files into clippings files; i.e., I copy all the text from the resource into the notes file before adding my own comments.  That way the notes files are readable in their own right.  I usually have enough information in the notes file that I do not have to revisit the resource in order to process the information for preparing class notes.  Think of it as a 3 X 5 card for research purposes.

What is the appropriate priorities for my Hebrew lexicons?

George Somsel:

I probably have about every Hebrew lexicon offered (except for the Dictionary of Classical Hebrew which was supposed to have shipped yesterday but for some reason did not.  I'll have to check on what happened with it, but I wouldn't have had time to work with it to any degree even if I had received it.  I use HALOT for most of my work.  Occasionally I'll check BDB or even Gesenius, but HALOT is my workhorse.  As for Swanson … eh !  I wouldn't touch Strong's (you might as well just read the AV [AKA:  KJV]).  If you want something quick and dirty the abridged BDB by Whittaker is better than Strong's (but isn't everything better than Strong's?), and it's free.


Just offering a slightly different opinion. David Knoll mentioned in another thread that HALOT is probably the lexicon most users would ever need, and I agree.

If you're analyzing words through a theological lens, NIDOTTE and TDOT are supremely useful. (Caveat: how valid is that approach, e.g. for words that are less theological? I'll just say there are points on both sides.)

To truly deal with the very small percentage of words that remain arguable, to be really at the cutting edge, you would need mastery of the cognate languages and awareness of semitic philology.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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