Customizing the Bible Word Study Guide

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What is a Custom Bible Word Study guide?

 Logos provides several types of Guides with the Bible Word Study being one of them. The Bible Word Study (BWS) guide is provided in the Guides drop down menu. Logos lets you customize what you will see in the BWS guide and arrange the order of the sections that are shown. When you create a custom BWS guide the default BWS guide in the Guides menu remains unchanged (Logos adds your custom guide to the list of custom guides under the default guides). You should name your Customized BWS guide so that you can easily find it in the Guides menu. You can create as many custom BWS guides as you like.

 So if you want your BWS guide to be shown in a particular way you will need to create a Custom BWS guide. Logos provides a Guide Editor for customizing guides; which makes it quick and easy to create or change a custom BWS guide.



Customizing the Bible Word Study guide

 The sub-topics below shows how to open the Guide Editor. And below these sub-topics is another which describes the basic use of the guide editor.

Creating a Custom Bible Word Study guide from scratch

  

  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
  2. In the drop down menu click on Making a new guide template.



  3. In the Guide Editor, click on Bible word in order to populate sections for the BWS guide.



  4. Click on the pencil icon (on in the title box) to rename your custom BWS guide.
  5. see the sub-topic Using the Guide Editor below to edit your new Custom BWS guide.



Making changes to a Custom Bible Word Study guide

  • you will need to open the custom BWS guide that you want to edit.

  

  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
  2. In the drop down menu, locate the custom BWS guide that you want to make changes to and click on it to open it.



  3. In your custom BWS guide, click on the icon to have Logos show you the menu.
  4. In the drop down menu click on Edit guide template.
    • Logos will open the guide editor in a new tab.



  5. see the sub-topic Using the Guide Editor below to edit your new Custom BWS guide.



Creating a Custom Bible Word Study guide from another guide

  • you will need to open the custom BWS guide that you want to edit.

  

  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
  2. In the drop down menu, locate the custom BWS guide that you want to make changes to and click on it to open it.



  3. In your custom BWS guide, click on the icon to have Logos show you the menu.
  4. In the drop down menu click on Edit guide template.
    • Logos will open the guide editor in a new tab.



  5. Click on the pencil icon or in the title box to change the guide’s name (this is important so that you don’t disturb the guide that you are copying from).
  6. see the sub-topic Using the Guide Editor below to edit your new Custom BWS guide.



Using the Guide Editor

 This sub-section requires that you have opened the Guide Editor (see the above sub-sections for opening the editor):

  

  1. First make sure that Bible word is selected.
    1. When it is, you will see these selections on the left.



  2. If you click on Bible Word Study from the All Sections from list, ...
    1. ...Logos will populate all the sections into the area on the right.
  3. Notice the X in the right corner of each section header. If you click on this X Logos will remove that section from your list. You can always add it back by clicking the same section on the left (it will be added to the bottom of the list and you may want to move it by dragging).
  4. Notice that some sections allow you to further customize them. This will be discussed in later steps below.



  5. Or you may want to add sections from the left one at a time by clicking on them. The order that you click on them will be the order that they appear in the area on the right. This might save you a little time in that you will not have to reorder them.
  6. The Topic/Definition section is used by the BWS when you enter an English word.



    1. You can select which resources that you want this section to use by clicking on “All Resources”. You should select ones that contain bible dictionaries and English dictionaries.



  7. The Example Uses section is used by the BWS when you enter an Original Language word.



  8. The Grammatical Relationships section is used by BWS when you enter an Original Language word. Notice that you can customize its use (see the wiki article for more details).



  9. The Greek Words section is used by the BWS when you enter an English word. Notice that you can choose which reverse interlinear Bible is used. Also, you can enter this section multiple times and use different reverse interlinears with each (you need to close the Guide Editor for these to take effect).



  10. The Hebrew Words section is used by the BWS when you enter an English word. Notice that you can choose which reverse interlinear Bible is used. Also, you can enter this section multiple times and use different reverse interlinears with each (you need to close the Guide Editor for these to take effect).



  11. The Lemma section is used by the BWS when you enter an Original Language word.



  12. The Preposition Use section is used by the BWS when you enter an Original Language word.



  13. The Septuagint Translation section is used by the BWS when you enter an Greek word.



  14. The Textual Searches section is used by the BWS for all words.



  15. The Translation section is used by the BWS when you enter an Original Language word. Notice that you can choose which reverse interlinear Bible is used. Also, you can enter this section multiple times and use different reverse interlinears with each (you need to close the Guide Editor for these to take effect).

    The next step describes how to rearrange sections.



  16. To rearrange a section, use your mouse to drag the section header to the location where you want it (notice that Logos shows a horizontal bar to indicate the new location).



    1. When you drop the dragged section (release the mouse button) Logos moves your section to where you dropped it.




Opening a Custom Bible Word Study guide

 Logos provides 3 ways to open your custom BWS guides. Two are shown below: from the Guides menu and from the Right-click menu. When using the Right-click menu you will have 2 choices: use an English word or use an Original Language word. These are covered below. One other method not shown here is to create a shortcut and click on the shortcut in the Shortcut Bar.

From the Guides menu



  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
  2. In the drop down menu locate your custom guide under the list of default guides and click on it. Logos will open your custom guide. If you right click on the custom guide, a pop-up menu will appear where you can direct where the guide is opened (not shown here).



From Right Click menu for an English word



  1. In one of your Bibles find the word that you want to study. Then right click on that word.
  2. In the Context menu on the right side, click on Selection (for the English word).
  3. Then on the left side of the of the menu locate the custom BWS guide that you want to use and click on it.
    Logos will open your custom BWS guide in a new tab.



From Right Click menu for an Original Language word



  1. In one of your Bibles find the word that you want to study. Then right click on that word.
  2. In the Context menu on the right side, click on Lemma (for the Original Language word). Note that some words may have multiple lemmas, so make sure you pick the lemma that you want.
  3. Then on the left side of the of the menu locate the custom BWS guide that you want to use and click on it (you many need to use the scroll bar to reposition the list and find it).
    Logos will open your custom BWS guide in a new tab.



My Custom BWS guide isn’t showing correctly

 Make sure that you Opened the BWS guide by selecting your Custom BWS and not using the default Bible Word Study guide.
 An already open guide will not reflect your changes, or you have probably opened a saved guide (see Saved Bible Word Study’s for more info). You can use Delete this guide in the guide’s menu to reflect your changes (don’t worry, it won’t delete your custom guide).



Deleting a custom BWS guide

 Deleting a Custom BWS is not reversible.


  

  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
  2. In the drop down menu locate the Custom BWS guide that you want to delete, right click on it.
  3. In the pop-up menu click on Delete.




Some suggested Custom BWS guides

Multiple Translations BWS guide

 In this example we will build a Custom Bible Word Study guide in which we can compare how the ESV and the KJV are translated for our study word that we enter in the word box of the guide. After you build your custom BWS guide here. You can use these techniques to add other translations (you will need to skip steps 1-3 and use the open method Making changes to a Custom Bible Word Study guide).

  

  1. In the top menu click on Guides.
    1. In the drop down menu click on Make a new guide templete.
    2. Or click this link Open Guide Editor.



  2. Logos opens the Guide Editor, click on Bible word so we can create a Custom Bible Word Study guide.



  3. Click on the pencil icon (or on the title box) and name the guide BWS Compare ESV to KJV and press the Enter key.
  4. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Topic/Definition. In the new section click on All Resources to the right of Collection:.
    In the drop down list find a collection of Bible Dictionaries (create one if necessary with the rule type:encyclopedia title:bible).
  5. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Greek Words. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find ESV and click on it. Now this Greek Words will use the ESV.
  6. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Greek Words. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find KJV and click on it. Now this Greek Words will use the KJV.
  7. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Hebrew Words. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find ESV and click on it. Now this Hebrew Words will use the ESV.
  8. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Hebrew Words. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find KJV and click on it. Now this Hebrew Words will use the KJV.
  9. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Lemma. This is used when we enter an Original Language word in the Word box.
    It shows us definitions for the lemma form of our word in our lexicons.
  10. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Translation. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find ESV and click on it. Now this Translation will use the ESV.
  11. On the left side under Individual Sections click on Translation. In the new section click on Default Bible to the right of Preferred Resource.
    In the drop down list find KJV and click on it. Now this Translation will use the KJV.

    Now our Custom BWS guide is built. Let’s open it.



  12. In the top menu click on Guides.
    In the drop down menu find our new Custom BWS guide, BSW Compare ESV to KJV and click on it to open it.

    Now lets enter an English word to test the guide



  13. In the Word box type: king and press the Enter key. Notice that you see 2 sets of Greek Words and Hebrew Words, each with an ESV and KJV.
    If you were to open each of the Greek Words sections, you would see that King was translated 117 times in the ESV and 122 times in the KJV (look in the small bar graph and on the left of it is a number. This number is the number of occurrences found).

    Now lets test our Custom guide using an Original Language word which uses different sections.



  14. In the word box type: g:basil, Logos will show a drop down selection. Click on βασιλεύς king. This is the original language word for King.



    Notice that you have two sets of Translation sections, one for the ESV and the other for the KJV.
    If you click to expand each of the sections you will see that our OL word is translated as King and Emperor in the ESV. And that our OL word is only translated as King in the KJV.



Multi-Dictionary BWS Guide

 This is already shown in this wiki page: Use BWS to look in multiple Dict/Lexicons.



Compare Orig. Language Word in different Translations

We will build a custom BWS guide with different Bible Translations. This can be useful to:

  • See how different translators interpreted a word differently.
  • See where some Original Language words differ between translations (e.g. Textus Receptus verses NA27)



  1. In the top menubar click on Guides
    1. In the drop down menu click on Make a new guide template



  2. Click here and name your new custom BWS guide.
  3. Click here to have Logos show sections for Bible Word Study Guides.
  4. Click on Lemma so we can have the Lemma section at the top of our new guide.
  5. Click on Translation to add a copy of the Translation section to our guide.
    1. In the new Translation section click on Default so we can change which Bible translation will be used.
    2. In the pop-up Bible list click on ESV to select the English Standard Version.



  6. Repeat step #5 three more times. Change the Bible translations of each of these to NASB95, KJV (1900 version), and the NIV (1984 version).
  7. Once that your new Guide looks like the above image, click on the X to close the Guide Editor.

    Now lets open our new BWS guide



  8. In the top menu click on Guides and in the drop down menu click on the new guide that we just built.

    Now lets enter a Greek word



  9. Type g:arch in the word box and in the drop down list click on ἀρχή. Logos now starts looking for our word in all our translation sections.



  10. If we expand the ESV and the KJV translation sections we can see that the KJV has 3 more occurrences of our original language word than the ESV translation. This is because the KJV is based upon the Textus Receptus original language manuscripts and the ESV is based upon the Nestle-Aland/USB with some variations.

    Now lets see some of the variations between translators for a word



    1. In the ESV if we click on beginning we see that the ESV translators translated our OL word into beginning 36 times.



    2. In the NASB we see the translators translated our OL word into beginning 37 times.



    3. And in the KJV we see the translators translated our OL word into beginning 40 times.


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