Custom Bible Reading Plan Help

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Nov 5 2020 6:28 AM

I hate to ask this but I haven’t generated a custom bible reading plan before that I made myself.  I believe I copied/pasted one from the wiki several years ago but I’m drawing a complete blank on how to do this.  I also feel like I asked this before but I couldn’t find it if I did.  I should also note that I read through the Wiki and Logos Help Manual and couldn’t find what I was looking for so I hope Logos could update that documentation in the future for this scenario.

What I am asking for help is how to create my own custom bible reading plan.  Todd Chipman has a book called Scripture Storyline and it has a reading per day that corresponds with his commentary.  

Here are my questions:

1)      Some of his plan is straight forward but there are days where there are multiple readings and I believe the wiki mentions I should use a “|”?  For example, Day 21 in February in 2020 was Deut 12-15 and Ps 119.137-144.  Would I put that down as Dt 12-15 | Ps 119:137-119:144?

 

2)      How do I separate these days when I type up the plan?  The wiki has both commas and semi-colons… does it matter?

 

3)      Once I have the document typed up, how do I import it?  Is this done through the generate a reading plan option?  Can I just copy/paste what I have into the reference range or do I need to create a passage list and import that? I would think creating an entire bible passage list would melt my mac.

 

  • On a related note: I tried to create the plan from the wiki titled: “Old Testament in Tanakh sequence” but I couldn’t make that into a passage list… How would I create that one?

                             i.      Ge-2Ki, Is, Je, Eze, Ho-Mal, Ps, Pr, Job, So, Ru, La, Ec, Es, Da, Ezr-Ne, 1 Ch-2Ch

 

4)      How do I put breaks into the reading plan?  When I look at his 2020 plan, he doesn’t have readings on Sundays so how would I tell Logos that I don’t want a reading on a certain day or interval?

I know this is a lot to ask but any help would be appreciated.  Especially if FL could make a better manual for this, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you in advance

 

URLs of what I spoke on:

Wiki (Advanced): https://wiki.logos.com/reading_plans 

Wiki (Basic): https://wiki.logos.com/Reading_Plans 

Scripture Storyline Book (You can preview ToC): https://www.amazon.com/Scripture-Storyline-Invitation-Biblical-Theology/dp/194804840X/ 

Scripture Storyline Website: https://themcc.org/scripturestoryline/ 

Scripture Storyline 2020 Reading Plan: https://themcc.org/scripturestoryline/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/01/2020scripturestorylinecalendar.pdf 

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Kevin | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 5 2020 6:57 AM

The best way is to try what you have suggested, and see what happens, that way you will have a better understanding of what is happening. You can easily delete the plans you create from the Docs menu.

There is some great help at https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360016525132-Reading-Plans 

I suggest you follow that through which answers most queries.

If Todd's plan has consecutive readings on following days, then your quite probably your only option is to make a custom plan and manually add the entries for each day. Logos will pretty much ignore the commas as consecutive days and mess your plan up by decided where the division should be,

eg if you have john1:1, john1:3-1:7, it will not put the division of a 2 day reading after john 1.1, it will just ignore that you have missed john 1.2.

The best way imo is to just experiement, but to answer some of your questions

1) This will not work and may likely be a complete mystery as to why the plan puts certain readings in certain places. The best I can make out is that the | separates the groups of readings, that it then divides over the 5 days so in the example there are 3 groups.

eg ps1|pr1;ps2;ps3,ps4|pr2,ps5 over 5 days leads to
(default division) or

(chapter division)

2) It makes no difference, it will change them to a semicolon, but also it makes not much difference in that it does not separate the days, it separates the readings. The software decides where the readings go on what days. If the readings are from different books each day, then you may have some luck, but if not then they will need to be pretty similar in length or whole chapters to be able to get the software to divide them as you want.

eg ps1-7,pr1,ps14-15,pr2,Gen5-9 will lead to

(default division) or

(chapter division)

3) Explained in the help document I linked, All Passages - Click to select a custom range, such as the Poetic Books or enter a single book of the Bible. (You would paste it in here)

4) Explained in the help document I linked,  'every day - Click to select a different frequency. Logos allows you to select at your own pace (no time table), every weekday (Monday-Friday), or every…[Check boxes next to the days you want to read].'

A custom plan whilst being a whole load of work will allow you to add whatever readings you like, and is likely your only option other than creating a PBB with the readings on separate pages/dates.

Really my best advice is to just play around, and eventually you will be able to get an understanding.

One note with the custom plans, they are quite infuriating when they decide to change the dates for all your hard work (if you click 'read from here' incorrectly or something), so I would suggest that once you have created it, you leave it alone, and use it as the basis of another Custom Plan. In the custom plans, you can import other plans from the 'Add' menu at the top of the plan. It is also not entirely intuitive which date to change so you will again just have to play around with them.

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Mattillo | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 5 2020 11:05 AM

Kevin:

The best way is to try what you have suggested, and see what happens, that way you will have a better understanding of what is happening. You can easily delete the plans you create from the Docs menu.

There is some great help at https://support.logos.com/hc/en-us/articles/360016525132-Reading-Plans 

I suggest you follow that through which answers most queries.

If Todd's plan has consecutive readings on following days, then your quite probably your only option is to make a custom plan and manually add the entries for each day. Logos will pretty much ignore the commas as consecutive days and mess your plan up by decided where the division should be,

eg if you have john1:1, john1:3-1:7, it will not put the division of a 2 day reading after john 1.1, it will just ignore that you have missed john 1.2.

The best way imo is to just experiement, but to answer some of your questions

1) This will not work and may likely be a complete mystery as to why the plan puts certain readings in certain places. The best I can make out is that the | separates the groups of readings, that it then divides over the 5 days so in the example there are 3 groups.

eg ps1|pr1;ps2;ps3,ps4|pr2,ps5 over 5 days leads to
(default division) or

(chapter division)

2) It makes no difference, it will change them to a semicolon, but also it makes not much difference in that it does not separate the days, it separates the readings. The software decides where the readings go on what days. If the readings are from different books each day, then you may have some luck, but if not then they will need to be pretty similar in length or whole chapters to be able to get the software to divide them as you want.

eg ps1-7,pr1,ps14-15,pr2,Gen5-9 will lead to

(default division) or

(chapter division)

3) Explained in the help document I linked, All Passages - Click to select a custom range, such as the Poetic Books or enter a single book of the Bible. (You would paste it in here)

4) Explained in the help document I linked,  'every day - Click to select a different frequency. Logos allows you to select at your own pace (no time table), every weekday (Monday-Friday), or every…[Check boxes next to the days you want to read].'

A custom plan whilst being a whole load of work will allow you to add whatever readings you like, and is likely your only option other than creating a PBB with the readings on separate pages/dates.

Really my best advice is to just play around, and eventually you will be able to get an understanding.

One note with the custom plans, they are quite infuriating when they decide to change the dates for all your hard work (if you click 'read from here' incorrectly or something), so I would suggest that once you have created it, you leave it alone, and use it as the basis of another Custom Plan. In the custom plans, you can import other plans from the 'Add' menu at the top of the plan. It is also not entirely intuitive which date to change so you will again just have to play around with them.

Thank you Kevin!

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 5 2020 12:37 PM

Kevin:

eg ps1|pr1;ps2;ps3,ps4|pr2,ps5 over 5 days leads to
(default division) or

(chapter division)

Kevin,

how do you get the chapter division?

Dave
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Kevin | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 5 2020 12:59 PM

In the plan you can click on Default to specify Chapter

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Dave Hooton | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 5 2020 1:06 PM

Of course!  Thanks

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