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What is the Exegetical Guide?

 The Exegetical Guide provides tools for exegesis (critical explanation or interpretation) of Bible verses. You do not have to be a scholar to use this guide as there are many aids (definitions, English Bible translation, etc) to help you in your study.
 Logos provides the following video to help you learn to use this guide:
http://www.logos.com/video/2463/exegetical-guide
http://www.logos.com/video/2278/logos-4-mac-exegetical-guide

 You can create Custom Exegetical guides. In a custom exegetical guide you can select which tool bars that you want to appear and place the order of the tool bars how ever you please. You also can setup how Word-by-Word tool bar will display words that you want to study (see Settings under this article). You can also select which Commentaries to view. When you create a custom exegetical guide and name it My Exegetical Guide Logos will use it when you enter a scripture in the Go box of the Home page. You can create as many custom exegetical guides as you please.

 Exegetical guides on a specific scripture study can be saved along with notes that you might want to add. You will need to keep up with these saved guides. So see the articles About Saved Exegetical Guides, Finding saved Exegetical Guides, and Keeping track of saved Exegetical Guides.



How do I open the Exegetical Guide?


  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
  2. In the drop down menu click on Exegetical Guide.
  3. Or if you have created a Custom Exegetical Guide, click on it. A Custom Exegetical Guide will have tool bars which you have chosen and arranged.
    • Logos will open your Exegetical Guide


  4. In the reference box enter the scripture range that you want to study. Then press Enter on your keyboard or use your mouse and click on the blue arrow on the right side of the reference box.
    [Note: longer scripture ranges may slow down the performance of the Exegetical Guide. Also Logos has a limit on the number of verses/words that it will allow.]
    1. The standard Exegetical Guide shows 5 tool bars (blue horizontal bars). For a fuller explanation of these tools see Tool bars in the Exegetical Guide below in this wiki page. You may not see all these tool bars depending on your Logos base package.
  5. You can expand or collapse a tool bar by clicking on the arrow on the left side of a bar.

Opening a saved Exegetical Guide

There are 2 methods for doing this:

  1. Open the Exegetical Guide as mentioned in the previous sub-article How do I open the Exegetical Guide?. Then in the reference box enter the exact passage range that you had when Logos saved your guide.
  2. Or you can search to find your saved guide and when found click on the link in My Content to open the saved guide. See the section further down in this wiki Finding saved Exegetical Guides.

 

Tool bars in the Exegetical Guide

Basic parts of the Exegetical Guide

 As in all the guides, the top fixed tool bar is the Title bar. In cases where you do not name the guide, you will see your scripture reference that you have entered. When you click on it, it shows 2 editable fields: Title, Description. When you make changes to an Exegetical Guide Logos saves the guide (see About Saved Exegetical Guides). These do not show up under File or under Guides. So this can be a little unwieldy. But if you remember something that you have typed in a note on one of the tool bars or in the title or description, you can use Basic Search to locate your saved exegetical guide (see Finding saved Exegetical Guides). This saved guide should not be confused with a Custom Exegetical Guide.

  1. This is the reference box where you enter your scripture reference in which you want to study. Once you start typing in a reference, Logos will show a drop down box with suggestions (if you see one that matches your need click on it in the drop down). After typing or selecting a reference you can start the guide by pressing Enter on your keyboard or use you mouse to click on the blue arrow on the right side of the reference box.
  2. This is the standard title tool bar found in all guides. It shows your scripture reference or if you have entered a title, it shows your title. The Title box appears when you expand this tool bar (click on the bar or on the arrow on the left side of the bar). If you want to save the Exegetical Guide for the scripture reference that you have entered, you should enter a title to help you when you search for it at a later time.
  3. This is where you can type in a description if you want to save a copy of the Exegetical Guide for the scripture reference that you have entered.
  4. Logos keeps track of Creation and Modified date/time (when saving a guide).
  5. Logos uses 5 tool bars in the default Exegetical Guide and Add allows you to add other tool bars to the guide. To save other tool bars in your guide you should create a Custom Exegetical Guide.



  6. All the tool bars have this arrow on the left side. If you click on the arrow that tool bar will expand or collapse. You can also click on another area of the bar and Logos will expand or collapse the tool bar.
  7. If you hover your mouse over a tool bar (except the Title tool bar which is fixed) a blue x will appear on the left side of the bar. If you click on it, Logos will close that tool bar. When you close a tool bar, it is not permanently removed the next time you open the Exegetical Guide. But if you saved the guide it will not appear the next time you open the saved guide.
  8. This can be found under most tool bars. If you click on it, Logos will show a box in which you can enter a note. Again any time that you enter a note, the guide will be saved.
  9. On some tool bars you will see Settings when a tool bar has them available. If you click on it, Logos will show a drop down menu or list. The contents of the drop down depends on the tool bar.




Apparatuses

 Logos will search to see if your library contains an apparatuses in the vicinity of your Bible verse(s). If it finds one or more then this tool will show you links to those apparatuses. For more information on apparatuses see this webpage. Also recently a Blog on Logos discussed How is the SBLGNT Apparatus Different from Other Apparatuses?. Logos also has these articles to help you understand what apparatuses are: Critical Apparatuses and Critical Apparatuses: What and Why.

To find which apparatuses you have in your library, open the Library tool and type in the Find box: type:apparatus (with no spaces on either side of the colon). Logos will show you which apparatuses that you have.




  1. Click on the Apparatuses tool bar to have Logos search for apparatuses. If found then Logos will expand to show you links to them.
  2. Here you will see links to apparatuses in your library which deal with your Bible passage.
  3. After clicking on the link in step 2, Logos opened the new SBLGNT apparatuses to the vicinity of the Bible passage that was entered in the reference box.



Grammars

Grammars – a resource explaining grammatical principles in Bible passages.
Logos has a short article on Grammars.
To find out which grammar resources that you have, open the Library tool and type in the Find box: type:grammar (with no spaces on either side of the colon). Logos will show you which grammar resources that you have.


  1. Links to grammars which were found appear when you expand the grammar tool bar.
  2. If you hover your mouse over the grammar tool bar, Settings will appear. If you click on Settings you can select which resources that you want Logos to search through in finding grammar hits for your scripture reference.
    1. The grammar tool is one in which you can have multiple copies in your Exegetical Guide. Use Add in the top tool bar to add additional grammar tool bars.



Visualizations

 Visualizations – a resource containing visual analyses of sentences, clauses and phrases
To find out which visualization resources that you have, open the Library tool and type in the Find box: type:visualization (with no spaces on either side of the colon). Logos will show you which visualization resources that you have.




  1. These are links to visualization resources which Logos found for John 1:1
  2. When clicking on a link, Logos will open the resource to visualizations for your Bible passage.



Word by Word

 This is a powerful tool of the Exegetical Guide. It shows you the original language for your Bible verse as well as an English translation. Logos uses the Reverse Interlinears to do this. Logos provides a variety of subtle tools in this section, virtually every word is a link which performs some function. See the descriptions below. Note that Logos limits the number of verses/words that it will show in the guide.




  1. This item shows you which Reverse Interlinear that you are using (if your preferred Bible is an interlinear, then it is probably the default). If you click on this item a drop down list will appear of all your reverse interlinears. Clicking on one of them will change which RI is used by the Word by Word tool.

  2. The large gray box contains a full verse. If you have set your reference to span more than one verse, you will see one of these boxes for each verse. With word(s) that you have chosen to view via the Settings (see item #4) under its verse box.



    1. This is the verse for this box. If you click on it, it will open your reverse interlinear to that Bible verse.
    2. If you click on this arrow in the box, it will expand/collapse that verse along with each word-box under that verse.
    3. Notice that the verse box shows the Original Language on the left and the English translation on the right.
    4. These show you where the verse text is from (Original Language from your RI and your English version). If you click on either of these Logos will open your Bible to that verse and open the Reverse Interlinear at the bottom of your resource.
    5. If you have used Settings to change which word(s) appear, then notice that words that you wanted to appear are shown in Black and the words that were not selected appear in Gray.



    6. If you click on one of the black words (in either Orig. Lang. or English) in the verse box, Logos will turn it orange on both versions in the verse box and will turn it orange for that occurrence in the word-box under the verse box (if that word-box is not visible, Logos will reposition and expand it in your display).
    7. If you click on one of the gray words (on either side), Logos will create a word-box for that word. To hide that word-box you will need to click in the Settings (see item #4) to reselect you settings and expand the Word by Word bar again.

  3. These are word-boxes for each word that you have enabled in the Settings. They will appear under the verse box from which they came and in the order in which they appear in the Original Language. Notice that you will see multiple occurrences of a word when it appears multiple times in the verse. This is necessary for the links in each box to work (e.g. used to position your reverse interlinear, see 3a).


    1. This is the manuscript form of the Original Language word found in the verse. If it is orange, you have clicked on it in the verse box (see item 2f). If you click on it, Logos will position your reverse interlinear to that word (if your RI is not open, Logos will open it first). If you hover your mouse over this word, a pop-up box will appear showing you the verse from your English Bible.
    2. This is the transliterated pronunciation of the original language word.
    3. If you click on this arrow, the word-box will collapse/expand.
    4. This is lemma form of the original language word. If you hover your mouse over it, Logos will show you a pop-up box letting you know that it is also a link and that you can open the Bible Word Study to that word. To open BWS to that word, just click on it.
    5. If your original language word is Greek, then this icon will be enabled. If you click on it Logos will pronounce this lemma form of the word. Notice the transliterated pronunciation of the word and the gloss definition of the word to the right of the icon.
    6. This is the morphological tagging for this word. If you hover your mouse over one of the morph words, Logos will show you a pop-up box with its definition. If you click on one of these morph words, Logos will open a grammar resource to that morph’s word definition.
    7. These are dictionary/lexicons in which this word is found. If you hover your mouse over one of these links a pop-up box will appear showing you the definition. If you click on one of these links, that resource will be opened to your word.
    8. If Logos finds more resources defining this word you will see the more link. If you click on it, more resource will be shown. Be aware that once you click on it, the expanded list of resources remains visible. You can override this by reselecting your Setting and expanding the Word by Word bar.
    9. If you click on a black English word, Logos will position your reverse interlinear to that word (if your RI is not open, Logos will open it first. I found that you may need to click on the word again to position to that word if Logos had to open the RI or Bible.). If you hover your mouse over this word, a pop-up box will appear showing you the verse from your English Bible.

  4. This will appear when you hover your mouse over the Word by Word bar.


    1. Click on Settings and Logos will show you a drop down menu shown above.
      1. Show all words: all original language words for each verse will be shown.
      2. Show only lemmas occurring XX times or fewer: this allows you to view only words which appear XX times in the original language (for whole NT or OT).
        • The selections below further restricts what is shown
      3. Show all parts of speech: shows all parts of speech.
      4. Include only these parts of speech: check which parts of speech that you want to be shown.



Adding tool bar(s) to the Exegetical Guide

 Logos allows you to Add various tool bars in your Exegetical Guide in addition to the 5 default tools. Some of the tools can be added multiple times (e.g. Grammars, Collections, and a few others). When you add tool bar(s) they will appear while you have the Exegetical Guide open. Logos keeps track of what you have showing for each particular scripture range. In this wiki we refer to this as a saved guide. There are many tools which can be added to the guide as shown in the image of the list below.
 If you want the tool bars to appear each time you open the Exegetical Guide, you need to create a Custom Exegetical Guide, then when you open an Exegetical Guide choose your custom Exegetical Guide under the Guides drop down menu.You can reposition tool bars by dragging them to a new location in the guide. You can create a Custom Exegetical Guide from any Exegetical Guide by selecting Edit guide template from the guide’s menu (click on guide’s icon or to view the guide’s menu). Or you can create a custom guide from the Guide menu by clicking on .



  1. On the main tool bar for the Exegetical Guide, click on Add.
  2. Logos will show you a drop down menu of available tool bars.
  3. Notice that some tools are grayed out. This shows you tools which you already have open. Many tools can only be shown once in the guide.
  4. Tools which are black in color are available to be added to the guide.
  5. Notice that some tools can be added more than once. Usually these can be customized via Settings after the tool is added.
  6. After the Tool bar appears in the guide, use your mouse to grab it and drag it to the position in the guide where you want it.




About Saved Exegetical Guides

When does Logos save Guides?

 Anytime that you add text within a Guide or add/remove/reposition tool bar(s) Logos will save that guide. Logos saves the guide relative to the exact scripture range that you have entered in the reference box. For instance if you were to type in the Title box, then Logos would save the guide. The areas available to type in inside the Exegetical Guide are: Title box, Description box, Note boxes found under most tool bars. If you use the Add button to add tool bar(s) or if you delete a tool bar(s) or if you rearrange the tool bar(s) then Logos saves the guide.

Which saved Guides do I need to keep track of?

 Since Logos saves guides anytime that you make changes, you probably only will want to keep track of the guides that you added notes to. It would be wise to add a title to these guides to help you remember what you were studying about. Also it would help you if you added a unique prefix to the title (see Finding only save Exegetical Guides). When viewing a scripture range in the Exegetical Guide you may see different tool bars appear/disappear, just realize that you have been there before and Logos has saved your settings when you were there.

Why doesn’t Search find my saved Guide?

 If you are searching for something that you recently changed in your saved guide, then Logos requires a few minutes before this change is available to the Search tool. It usually takes about 3 to 5 minutes before Search will find your saved guide. If you are searching for something that has been in your saved guide previously, then there should be no delay when searching for your saved guide.

I don’t see my saved guides under File or Guide menus

 Logos does not show your saved guides under these menu items. You will need to use the Search tool to locate them. See the article below Finding saved Exegetical Guides.




Finding saved Exegetical Guides

 As mentioned some in above articles, Logos saves Exegetical Guides when you enter: a Title, or Description, a note somewhere in your guide, or change the tool bar(s). These saved guides do not show up under Files or Guides. So to find these guides you can use Basic Search and see them under the My Content section of the results. The sub-articles below will help you use Search to locate your saved guides. It should be noted here that after changing your guide that Logos will take several minutes before it will be found in your Search (usually around 3 to 5 minutes). So be patient when using these methods to locate your saved guides.


By Bible reference

 If you remember the book of the Bible or even better the book and chapter of the Bible for your saved guide then you can enter them in the Find box of Search and Logos will show them in the My Content section of the results (after about 3 to 5 minutes after making changes in your guide). The example below will demonstrate how this works.


  1. Open the Exegetical Guide.
  2. In the reference box type: John 1:4-5
    and press the Enter key.
  3. Click on the top tool (blue bar which shows your passage) and in the description box type: Light
  4. Now please wait for about 3 to 5 minutes while Logos processes your guide.
  5. Open the Search tool and place it next to your Exegetical Guide in your layout.
  6. Now in the Search tool, set it for the followings settings: Basic, All Text, and Entire Library
    Hint: In version 4.5 Logos added My Content into the area where you see Entire Library. Use My Content instead of Entire Library!
  7. In the Find box enter: <Bible ~ John 1>
  8. After Logos completes the search, click on the My Content bar to expand it.
  9. Now look through your results and find: John 1:4-5 Exegetical Guide
    1. Now you have created a saved Exegetical Guide (steps 1 through 3).
      You could have entered any word in the Title or the Description or in any of the Note areas in one of the other tool bars.
    2. You have used Search to locate your saved Exegetical Guide (steps 5 through 9)



By unique word in a Note, Description, or Title

 Another way to help you locate your saved Exegetical Guides is to use a key word that is relevant to your study of the saved scripture. You could place this in one of the following fields of the Exegetical Guide: Title, Description, or one of the Note fields of a tool bar. The example below will demonstrate how this works.


  1. Open the Exegetical Guide.
  2. In the reference box type: John 1:4-5
    and press the Enter key.
  3. Click on the top tool (blue bar which shows your passage) and in the description box type: Light
  4. Now please wait for about 3 to 5 minutes while Logos processes your guide.
  5. Open the Search tool and place it next to your Exegetical Guide in your layout.
  6. Now in the Search tool, set it for the followings settings: Basic, All Text, and Entire Library
    Hint: In version 4.5 Logos added My Content into the area where you see Entire Library. Use My Content instead of Entire Library!
  7. In the Find box enter: Light
  8. After Logos completes the search, click on the My Content bar to expand it.
  9. Now look through your results and find: John 1:4-5 Exegetical Guide
    1. Now you have created a saved Exegetical Guide (steps 1 through 3).
      You could have entered this word (or any other word) in the Title or in one of the Note areas in one of the other tool bars. But you would need to use the same word in your Find box of the Search tool.
    2. You have used Search to locate your saved Exegetical Guide (steps 5 through 9)



Finding only save Exegetical Guides

 If you have a lot of saved documents, then it might be difficult to locate just exegetical saved guides in My Content of the Search. To help you locate only saved Exegetical Guides you can use a unique prefix in the title of each of your saved Exegetical Guides as shown below.


  1. In the Title box of your saved Exegetical Guide, enter a unique word or text that you can remember. (example: ExG short for Exegetical Guide).
  2. Now in the Find box of the Search tool use the unique word that you used in all your titles of saved Exegetical Guides.
  3. Notice that under My Content that only saved exegetical guides are listed.
  • Note that all types of saved guides appear (general saved guides and custom saved guides ).




Deleting Exegetical Guides

Deleting a saved Exegetical Guide

 As discussed above the saved guides do not show up under File or Guides. So it is necessary to locate and open a saved guide to delete it.


  1. Open your saved guide. (see Opening a saved Exegetical Guide)
  2. Click on the guide’s icon to see the drop down menu.
  3. In the drop down menu, click on Delete this guide.
  4. Click on the x to close the visible guide.



Deleting a Custom Exegetical Guide

Warning: if you delete a Custom Exegetical Guide that saved guides where were created from, they may not appear in a Basic Search. But if you have links to the saved guides, they will continue to work.


  1. Click on Guides in the top menu bar.
  2. In the drop down menu locate the Custom Guide that you want to delete and right click on it.
  3. In the pop-up menu click on Delete.




Keeping track of saved Exegetical Guides

 You probably will not want to have to use Search every time that you want to locate one of your saved guides. So this article will suggest two methods in which you can keep track of your saved guides: Using Favorites and Using Notes. Pick a method which you like.


Using Favorites

 If you are a person who likes organizing things using Favorites then this will show you the basics for linking to your saved guides. The method shown below keeps all the saved guide links together in a folder, but keep in mind that you can use this method relative to other ways you organize your Favorites (e.g. by Sermon, or specific Studies).


  1. Open the Favorites tool. (see wiki How do I view Favorites?)
  2. Create a Folder or folders where you want to save links to your saved guides. (see wiki How do I create Folders?)
  3. Open your saved guide that you want to link to (see Opening a saved Exegetical Guide)
  4. Use your mouse to grab the Tab of your saved guide and drag it to the Favorites tool and drop it in the folder you created.
  5. You may want to rename your favorite that you just added, just right click on the favorite and in the drop down menu click on Rename. Then type the name that you want for this favorite and press Enter.
  6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 for other saved guides that you have.



 Steps to get a link (URL) to your saved Exegetical Guide. This link can be used with Notes or when you want to link to this guide in another resource (e.g. Word or Power Point).
 

  1. Open your saved Exegetical Guide.
  2. Click on the icon to open the guide’s menu.
  3. Click on URL.
    1. Or you could have skipped steps 2 & 3 by pressing Ctrl Alt C on your keyboard. (Mac users: Option-Command-C)
      But you must make sure that the Exegetical Guide is the active panel before using the keyboard shortcut!



Using a Note File to list your saved Exegetical Guides

 You may prefer to save links to your saved guides in a Note file. The steps below show you how to do this.
 

  1. Create a new Note file.
    [Click on Files in the top menu, then click on Notes on the left side of the drop down menu]
  2. Name your note file by clicking on the pencil and then typing the name in the title box.
  3. Click on Add note in the tool bar of the Note file.
  4. Click in the title area of the note and add a title for this note.
    [Depending on your preference you may want multiple notes to organize your list of saved guides. Or you may prefer a single note to contain all the links to your saved guides.]
  5. Open your saved guide.
    1. Use the guide’s menu or use your keyboard to get a copy of the link to this saved guide. (see Getting a Link to your Exegetical Guide)
  6. In the body of the note, enter the text that you want your link to show. (e.g. Study of John 1:1)
    1. Now use your mouse to drag over that text to select it.
      [This is very important. Logos needs to know which text to hyperlink to.]
    2. Right click in the Hyperlink box in the note’s tool bar, in the pop-up menu click on Paste.
      [This pastes the link you copied in step 5 into the Hyperlink box]
  7. Now repeat steps 5 & 6 for other saved guides that you want to add links to here in this note.
  • In the future you can open this note file to view your saved Exegetical Guides. To open one of them, just hover your mouse over the link that you want opened. Then hold the Ctrl key down and click the left mouse button on the link. (Mac users: hold the Cmd key down and click on the link)




Speeding up the Exegetical Guide

 You may notice that the Exegetical Guide takes considerable time to populate when started with several tool bars or a wide scripture range. See which tips below might be useful to you in improving the startup speed of your guide.

  • When you start the Exegetical Guide’s updating to a new scripture range, notice the Stop button in the top toolbar. You can press this and Logos will stop updating the tool bars in your guide. You then can click on a tool bar that you want to examine and Logos will populate just that tool bar.

   

  • Remove tool bars which you do not need or rarely use.
  • When entering a scripture range, keep it short. You can always break a scripture range into shorter ranges.
  • In the Word-by-Word tool bar limit the type of words that you need most of the time. (e.g. set just Verbs or Nouns)
  • If you have a Commentary tool bar, select a collection of commentaries which can narrow down the number of commentaries used.
  • If you rarely use Biblical People/Place/Things, then remove them.


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