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A quick reference to the Bible, Morph and Basic Search features.

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Select the little arrow under the Search icon.
Select Match Case for a case sensitive search.
Select Match all Word Forms to perform a search that is stemmed.
Note that stemming is algorithmic and matches non-Original language words by their perceived stem or root.

Syntax and Operators

Note that search operators must be UPPERCASE.

1. References

To search for references in the text of a resource use the format <datatype Op reference>
    where Op can be ~ {intersection}, intersect {full intersection}, =, subset, or superset.
Note that ~ is the default eg. <bible Jn 3:16> is the same as <bible ~Jn 3:16>.
Many datatypes are handled automatically, so <~Jn 3:16> or Jn 3:16 are the same and <G5547>, <H6213> are recognized as Strong’s numbers.

Strong’s number ranges can be specified as <G875-878>, <H769-771>
Louw-Nida numbers & ranges can be specified as <LN 57.125>, <ln 57.125-57.129> or <ln 57.125-129>
TWOT numbers & ranges can be specified as <TWOT 1768>, <twot 1768-1768b>
TDNT Volume/Page can be specified as <TDNT 8.1>, <tdnt 7.445>

2. (Logical) OR, AND, ANDNOT

eg. Jesus OR Lord; Jesus AND Lord; Jesus ANDNOT Lord

Note that substituting characters (comma, space, dash) may give incorrect results especially in Morph Search eg. @N @V works for AND, but @N, @V does not work and you must use @N OR @V.


These require words to be in the same or different location in the text (usually an Interlinear) eg.
λόγος ANDEQUALS word => find where λόγος is translated as word
λόγος NOTEQUALS word => find where λόγος is not translated as word


eg. Jesus BEFORE Christ, Jesus NEAR Christ, Jesus WITHIN 2 WORDS Christ
See 5. Lists to specify proximity to multiple words.

Specifying Proximity

The main unit for proximity is WORDS or WORD and these are the actual words you see in the text. For example Lord BEFORE 4 WORDS Christ, Lord WITHIN 2-3 WORDS Christ; where 4 is no more than 4 words and 2-3 is between 2 and 3 words. Use 2-2 for exactly 2 words.

CHARACTERS, CHARS or CHAR can be used in special circumstances. For example Lord BEFORE 2 CHARS “Jesus Christ” will find “Lord Jesus Christ” with no punctuation between Lord and “Jesus Christ” (but a footnote marker like f might also produce the extra spacing).

Note NEAR has an inbuilt proximity of 48 chars (about 8-10 words). Use WITHIN for more consistent results.

5. Lists

Lists are used to specify alternative search items in a compact form. For example (who, whoever, whom) is a list that will match who or whoever or whom.
Parentheses ( ) are optional in simple searches.

Note you must use a list with proximity operators eg. (who, whoever, whom) NEAR Christ because (who OR whoever OR whom) NEAR Christ will give incorrect results.

6. Wildcards

* stands for any sequence of zero or more characters e.g. lord* will match “lord” or “lords”
? stands for any single character e.g. lord? will match “lords”, but not “lord”
Note a wildcard will not match punctuation, spaces, or anything else that separates words.

7. Phrases

Use quotes to search for a phrase eg. “My God”, “people of Israel”
You can use phrases in a list eg. (“My God”, “My Lord”)
You can use wildcards in a phrase eg. “Lord ??? Christ” will match “Lord and Christ”.

8. Fields

A Field is a specially tagged portion of text in a resource eg. Bible text, Footnote text.
Use the “All... Text” drop down to limit a search to a field.
To match a specific word within a field use the format fieldname:word eg. words-of-christ:”blessed are” (see Search Fields for what is available).

9. Language Match Commands

From v5.2 Match commands can be used to refine matches for words in different languages eg. [match dagesh] hebrew:מֶֽלֶךְ, [match accents] hebrew:מֶֽלֶךְ. Commands can be combined by separating with a comma eg. [match dagesh, accents] hebrew:מֶֽלֶךְ will be sensitive to vowels and accents.

General format is lemma:word@morph_codes eg. lemma:λόγος@N or lemma:λόγος or @N
Type g:transliteration or h:transliteration to get a Greek or Hebrew word list eg. g:logos, h:el.
Type @ to get a “Part of Speech” drop down and make your selections.
Morphological terms are limited to use with operators #2, #4, #6, #8 & #9 above (#3 and #5 can be used but not in conjunction with @).

Logos 5 has a root search with the format root:word@morph_codes, but this is often best selected from the context menu
eg. λεγω is the root for λόγος so the search has to be root:λεγω@N.

Note λόγος or greek:λόγος is a surface search.

Can use operators and lists #1 to #9, but using a subset of #1 that applies to bibles eg. Louw-Nida and Strong’s numbers.
To get the format for a lemma (or root) start by using Morph Search as above and then select Bible Search eg. lemma:λόγος@N will appear as
<lemma = lbs/el/λόγος> ANDEQUALS <lbs-morph+el ~ N????>, where lbs=Logos Morph and el=Greek.

Note λόγος or greek:λόγος is a surface search.

Can use operators and lists #1 to #9.
It is usually used for non-bible searches and is very fast.
You can search for images using #image ANDEQUALS query but search for specific maps using Biblical Places (Logos 4) or Bible Facts (Logos 5).

Use lang:word to distinguish words if necessary, where lang can be greek, hebrew, aramaic, syriac eg. aramaic:מלך, hebrew:מלך


These are listed within the Topic section of a Basic Search in Entire Library when articles are found within Logos compatible dictionaries eg. salvation. You might also get links from
Note use the right arrow or left arrow key in a resource tab to see the topic in other dictionaries.

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