Custom Highlighting: Orig Lang. (for Visual Filters)

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  • To build a custom Highlighting Style which will allow you to pre-append a specific original language word to the English word in a Reverse Interlinear bible. Or pre-append an alternative English word instead.
    • Since this is for a specific word, it is only useful if you are manually highlighting or using a Visual Filter.
    • An example from this exercise is shown below
      • How the text looked before using this filter:

      • After applying the Custom Highlighting style that is built using this wiki:

      • Or you could use an English word in your Custom Highlighting style instead of an original language word.

  • After running through this exercise, you can build other highlighting styles to make the original language pop out as you read e.g. in the NT, try this with Agape (love) or Phileo (another kind of love).

Building the Highlighting Style

  • Please follow the steps below.
    • It will guide you in building a specialize filter for the lemma YHWH, which is often translated as LORD in the Old Testament.
    • To use an English word, see notes at the end of this section.

  1. We will need a Bible which has a Reverse Interlinear for the Old Testament
    • Open the ESV Bible.
    • In the reference box, enter the passage Psalms 23:1
    • In the ESV’s toolbar, click on the Reverse Interlinear button.
  2. Click on the word LORD
  3. Now in the RI, right click on the selected word (LORD).
  4. A pop-up menu appears
    • On the right side of the pop-up, click on Lemma
    • On the left side of the pop-up, click on Copy
    • Logos now places a copy of the Hebrew lemma into the clipboard for you.
  5. Open the Highlighting tool

    • In the top menu, click on Tools
    • In the drop down menu, click on Highlighting (found on the left side)
    • Now Logos opens the Highlighting window
    • Locate one of your custom Palettes in the Highlighting window, then right click and select Add a New Style
      • Click on New Palette if you do not have a custom Palette.

  6. Now the Highlighting window shows you the highlighting editor.
    • Look down at the bottom and click on Insert Text (was Label Text)
    • In the box under Text Before, right click in it.
    • in the pop-up menu, click on Paste. (this pastes the Hebrew lemma that we copied in step 4)
  7. Look in the top part of the window and click on Font Styling.
    • Click on the superscript button (X2)
    • Click on the scaling and in the drop down menu select 80%
  8. Now click in the name box and give your highlighting style a name (e.g. YHWH)
  9. Now click on the OK button to save your new highlighting style.
  • Now let’s try out the new highlighting style.
    • In the ESV, use your mouse to select the word LORD.
    • Click on your new highlighting style.
    • Now the word LORD in the ESV that you highlight should look like this
  • You could use an English word instead of the Hebrew word e.g. Yahweh or YHWH.
    • In step 6b, don’t right click, but left click.
    • In step 6c, don’t paste just type your English word.
    • This would allow you to skip steps 1c through 4.

Building a Visual Filter to use your Highlighting style

  • This will guide you in building a Visual Filter to use the custom highlighting style that you have built.
  1. In the top menu, click on Documents (or Docs)
  2. In the drop down menu click on New, then on Visual Filter

  3. Now Logos has opened a new Visual Filter editing window.
  4. Open the ESV Bible
    • In the Reference box, enter Psalms 24:3
  5. Right click the word LORD in verse 3
    • In the pop-up menu, on the right side click on Lemma
    • In the pop-up menu, on the left side click on Copy
  6. In the Visual Filter editor window,
    • Click in the name box
    • Name your Visual Filter e.g. LORD / YHWH
  7. Select Morph in the filter type
  8. Select Logos Hebrew
  9. Select ESV for the resource
  10. Select Old Testament for the range.
  11. Now we will set the original language word that we want to be highlighted
    • Click in the Search box on the left
    • Type the text lemma: (don’t forget the colon) then paste in the Hebrew word.
  12. Click the Formatting box to the right and select the highlighting style that you created previously.
    • In the ESV, you should see the word LORD change to show the new highlighting.
  • It is important to know that every occurrence of the lemma that you used may not be translated as LORD. So where some occurrences of the highlighting show where they should not, you will understand what is happening.
    • If you really wanted to customize your filter for each true lemma that is LORD, you could build a Passage List (see Using Passage List to limit Visual Filters)
    • Possibly do a Morph Search on lemma:יהוה INTERSECTS LORD, then create a Passage List.
    • Then in your Visual Filter (step 10) change the Old Testament to the Passage List.
  • You can use the Locator bar in the ESV to move between different highlighted text (see Finding Highlighted Text)

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